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This November 29, KAM will host it's first ever 'Blackboard Venue', a community open-mic type of event, where anyone can sign-up on the night and perform. The name comes from an Australian tradition of shared performance at festivals and folk clubs, though it has been used elsewhere. Kinvara already has a wonderful tradition of 'Open Mic' nights for teen musicians and performers, which draws from the whole area as well as places distant as Castlebar and Dublin. To avoid confusion and institute a community-wide open performance opportunity—as well as to indicate how it works: sign-up and perform—'Blackboard Venue' will say it all. Come along and give a song, or a tune, or a poem, comedy sketch, symphony, whatever you have to share.


Spirit of Voice

The Spirit of Voice returns to Galway City on Friday 21st  November. The festival now in its eleventh year focuses on live music and features a diverse selection of singers and DJ’s working together on the same stage

This year’s event will centre on the Victoria Hotel with a night of live music from 9pm. The line up includes acapella group, ‘The Sing n Tonics’, lead by Choral Director Peter Mannion and present one of Connemara's finest vocalists, Eileen Keane together with her exceptional band of musicians performing songs from their latest CD, ‘Spaces’. Musicologist critic Producer PJ Curtis wrote 'a very fine piece of work' and Journalist Charlie McBride said
"the 6 exquisite songs are quite something ... they gleam with an affecting glow that delights the ear and moves the heart… essential listening'. The band  come to Galway following a busy summer touring and playing festivals around the country

Brian Deady is one of Ireland’s finest exponents of contemporary soul.  Raised in the bohemian badlands of West Cork, he creates music that blends rich, expressive vocals with a cool, electro-groove—a sound that has drawn praise from such influential artists as Nile Rodgers and Ashley Beedle, not to mention LA’s revered radio station KCRW.
Since releasing his acclaimed album, Interview, in 2009, he has been building a reputation as a distinctive songwriter and producer.  In addition to opening for disco legends Chic at the Cork Jazz Festival, he has played with a host of major acts such as De La Soul, Mayer Hawthorne, Dam Funk and Janelle Monae. He has performed with the RTE Orchestra at the Bord Gais Theatre and on the main stage of Electric Picnic festival

Read more: Spirit of Voice

AGM 2014


The KAM AGM/P was held Wednesday, Oct 15 in the cozy Book Nook at Sexton's pub. It was attended by some 20 few people who were entertained by the beautiful vocals of Coimhe Campbell and Gracie Wallis. Several bottles of wine complemented the delicious finger food and set the tone for a convivial meeting with two reports, an election and free-ranging discussion of the KAM vision and mission statements.

The report on this past year's concerts was given by Josephine Boland who pointed out the wide vairety of musical styles and genres represented, from modern and traditional jazz, to traditional Irish and American music, with eclectic songwriters also included. Also with the Gig Room Launch and the advent of younger performers in support slots, a wide range of ages have been involved in the concerts as well. Josephine also thanked the Johnston family, and especially Maeve for making Johnston's Hall available for KAM concerts and keeping the hall open these past seven-eight years.

Frank Hall gave the financial report which saw a total of more than ten thousand euros going in and out of the treasury, mostly around concert production (eight thousand in artist fees, for example). Expenditures included donations to charities from fundraisers, as well as memberships in local and county organizations. The income slightly outpaced expenditures, so there is money in the bank as the new season starts. KAM is now paying a small fee for support acts, which should make good use of that money. Plus there are plans to enhance the lighting at the Gig Room for concerts which will be taking place there from January.

Following these two reports, the election of committee members took place. Carol Campbell was elected to join the committee of: Josephine Boland, Caoilte Breatnach, Janet Sutton, Pascal Bradley, Sarah Wall, Eilish O'Connor, and Frank Hall. Read more: AGM 2014 Report


Winter-Spring Concerts to be staged in Gig Room

At the end of November this year the public liability insurance for Johnston's Hall runs out, and because of the high cost of running the hall, of which insurance is only part, the owners have decided to cease public activities there in the interim, while they consider longer term investment in the maintenance and development of the building.
For KAM this means that our favorite venue will be unavailable for some time, and we will be moving our concerts to The Gig Room—the half-sized, curtained-off Community Centre. If you haven't been there, in its reduced size it makes a lovely performance space. It has the feel of an arts centre. We will have the opportunity now to develop that space and make it as warm and friendly as we can in keeping with KAM's reputation of intimate concerts for good listening.

We would like to acknowledge all the Johnston family, and especially Maeve Johnston, for making Johnston's Hall available for KAM concerts, for the last seven years. Maeve has done trojan work to keep the space open, viable, and in good repair for multiple community use. That was a very special seven years of change from the closing of Winkle's, the loss of the Auld Plaid Shawl, to the closing (temporarily) of Johnston's Hall. While several premier music venues were lost, others were gained, though very different. Importantly, Kinvara's special music scene survives.



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