Post by C.M.
Remember Galway this time last week? Everyone you encountered had a lovely smiley face on them, the fake tan was out on maxi-dress adorned, flip-flop wearing girls, an uncomfortable number of men felt the need to disrobe their top halves, a great deal jauntily swinging their t-shirts from the belt loop of their shorts? Well, I’m afraid I am the one who ruined it all. On Saturday I bought a raincoat. And the very next day, as if on que, it rained. Thanks clouds, for giving me the opportunity to show off my new purchase! Although it’s not that great, just a cheapo job (Penney’s, €21 – how did you guess?!), so there was no need to break so soon. I just needed to have one in reserve.
This wet and windy week I dropped by Citóg, the music night in The Cellar bar held every Wednesday. Every night has at least one local Galway act, one of which this week was the sublime Rivers and Crows, an act that beautifully blends gorgeous harmonies in a very affecting old-meets-new take on Irish music. Their creative mix of violin, guitar, vocals and any other instrument they can get their hands on makes for an imaginative and captivating set. Shivering outside in the hair-frizzing mist at the end of the night I spotted one half of the duo rocking the best rain jacket I’ve ever seen and immediately cursed the impulse buy of my just-in-case bargain.
Stephanie is sporting the ultimate West of Ireland accessory -a fiddle – and don’t you just love her weather appropriate carrier-bag? Taking note to get me one of those. Emma dons her famous red raincoat over a suitably updated Annie Hall-esque ensemble. You can (and should!) follow the girls on twitter @riversandcrows and catch them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/RiversAndCrows to keep wind of any upcoming gigs.
Also playing were the always divine Depravations (as gushed over in previous post “Onwards, Upwards by The Depravations”) and Tracy Bruen, an original and exciting singer-songwriter with a vocal styling not dissimilar to Kate Bush. She was joined for an arresting a cappella duet with a guest vocalist at the beginning of her set, which turned the dreary and dismal weather of the night outside into a moody and evocative backdrop for the truly spellbinding song.
Check out https://www.facebook.com/citog, where you’ll find details of the acts playing for the coming week and details of how to get in contact with the organisers.