* * * * * MARDI GRAS 2014 * * * * *
In honor of KAM's 8th birthday--no admin fee for online ticket purchase!!
KAM's eighth Mardi Gras, marks the anniversary of KAM's launch concert in 2007. Headlining the night will be Baile An Salsa, Galway's own Latin/Irish Trad fusion band making a national splash following their appearance on the Late Late, the Temple Bar Trad Fest in Dublin, and Arthur's Day Guiness Festival in Galway.
Opening the evening will be The Fabulous Boogie Brothers, featuring Brother Zach on drums and vocals, Brother Sylke on bass and vocals and Brother Wolf on guitar, keyboars and vocals.They pride themselves in energetic live performances of original soulful blues, rock and jazz tunes as well as covers by greats such as B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, Rory Gallgher, and more.
Mardi Gras (fat tuesday) is the end-of-winter, beginning-of-Lent party celebrated in originally in parts of the French-speaking world. Known in much of the Spanish-speaking world as Carnival, the same date and celebration is now held New World cities from New Orleans to Rio. In Kinvara it marks the birthday of Kinvara Area Music (KAM) and celebrates another winter survived!
In addition to the two great bands on the main stage, there will be a short appearance of The Gringo Stars at the start of the evening in the front room, The New Plaid Shawl. There will also be: food, refreshment, raffle, costume contest and more. Advance tickets will be available and as a special birthday gift for this concert, there will be no fee for online ticket purchases.
At the AGM/P held Thursday, Nov. 21st, lively upbeat music was provided by Paul Gunning, John Martin & Frank Hall. Food nibbles and and wine were appreciated by the attendees who were treated to positive reports on finances, the state of the concert series and production process, as well as various tidbits of KAM news from the past year. A new Steering Committee was elected, with Anne Korff joining returning Committee members: Josephine Boland, Caoilte Breatnach, Paul Gunning, Frank Hall, and Janet Sutton. Retiring committee members, Rosaleen Tanham and Eileen Fleming, were sincerely thanked for their services, and are both more than happy to be called on to help out with future concerts/events. The meeting/party finished with a thanks to all members who attended and a salute to all members who by their €10 contribution, support the community contribution of KAM.
With the help of the Kinvara Community Council, KAM has embarked upon a project of fitting the Community Centre with a curtain which will reduce the size of the room for small concerts.
The curtain material has been purchased with assistance from the Galway County Council Arts Office, and a committee fabricators, headed by Petra Breatnach, has stitched it into curtains which will hang in two places. A large curtain will divide the room in half and be lowered from a truss, something like the one already installed for a lighting bar. The other curtain will hang from the current stage proscenium arch to further limit the space.
For small concerts the modular stage pieces will be utilisedRead more: Community Centre Project
To play in random order.
Mardi Gras, February 2013