“The Curragower Falls” a special piece composed by Fergal (UPDATED)

April 29, 2024  |  2 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Other News

Last year, the Irish classical music radio station RTÉ lyric fm based in Limerick asked Fergal to compose a short piece to celebrate the station’s 25th anniversary in 2024. After hesitation and fear of not being able to do it, Fergal said yes… and soon after his very first piece for full orchestra “The Curragower Falls” was born (Fergal finished in late 2023).

Note: Curragower Falls is found in the heart of Limerick city under the shadow of King John’s castle. The falls are formed when the river Shannon drops over a rock ledge at the right tide. When the river is high the volume of water and the combination of low tide turn the falls into a freestyle playground. The waves are usually surfable 2 hours before low tide.

According to Fergal’s recent interview published on RTÉ Guide this week, the piece reflects on memories of childhood by the River Shannon, celebrates a city (Limerick) and memories of loved ones, including his father the late Myles Lawler who was a massive fan of classical and opera music, his mother Audrey who passed away at the end of January this year and the late Dolores O’Riordan…

“The Curragower Falls” will be performed on 1 May 2024 at the University Concert Hall in Limerick as part of the radio’s 25th birthday concert. Fergal won’t be performing that day, he was asked to but declined the invitation, hence he can relax, enjoy the show, and hear the piece for the very first time in concert from the audience!

It’s unclear whether the concert will be live or later broadcast on the radio; possibly live as there’s a mention “Listen, Lyric fm, Wednesday” on the top of the page of the RTÉ Guide interview.

EDIT (1st May): The concert is live broadcast tonight (Wednesday) from 7:30pm to 9pm. Listen here.

If you’d like to be part of the audience, more details, tickets, and performing artists on uch.ie

Special thanks to daffodillament1995 for the RTÉ Guide.


UPDATE – 2 MAY

Fergal yesterday at the 25th anniversary concert with Scarlett Griffin O’Sullivan (a musician? or someone from the audience?). Special thanks to her for the pics shared on Instagram

VIDEO: “A moment of appreciation for Fergal Lawler” shared on Twitter/X by @RTElyricfm


Mike turns 51

April 29, 2024  |  No Comments  |  by Axl  |  The Cranberries

Mike turns fifty one, fifty one, fifty one… today-ay-ay-ay!
Happy birthday to our favorite bass player.

Photo: Andy Earl, 1994, Mike was twenty one, twenty one, twenty one…


First images RSD2024 – Bury The Hatchet / Are You Listening? (UPDATED 2x)

April 15, 2024  |  3 Comments  |  by Axl  |  Dolores O'Riordan, The Cranberries

The 2 vinyls in real life, still the front covers we already know and no images of the inner discs and inserts yet. Published on Instagram by user @actionrecords and to be released on 20 April 2024.


UPDATE – 19 APRIL

There are 2 editions (US & EU) of Bury The Hatchet TCS so far. Exact same content.
The US edition has a UMe logo and the New York address. The European edition has a different universal logo and the Netherlands address plus a “made in czech republic” sticker.
Front sticker is almost the same on both editions, just a slightly different catalog number (plus or minus double zero).

First images of the US version were posted yesterday on ebay.com

US

EU


UPDATE – 20 APRIL

Unlike BTH it seems there is only one edition for AYL wherever you are in the world, a MADE IN GERMANY edition.


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