Loyola describe themselves as the first music band to come out of Galway Ireland! While that is clearly a joke, their brilliant first single is clearly not. Launched just in time for Christmas, It’s Clearly Christmas takes a critical look at the excesses of the season. A strong melody, clever lyrics and haunting chords make this debut our Christmas Number 1.
You can follow Loyola on Instagram at @loyolatheband, purchase the single at bandcamp, itunes or apple music, or listen to them on Spotify, Tidal, or your favourite music streaming app.
Fancy a trip to the theatre this December? In contrast to the usual visit to the pantomime, Xanadu Online Theatre invites you to watch an alternative Christmas show from the comfort of your own home – all you need is a computer and an internet connection.
Started in May 2020, Notes From Xanadu is, as far as can be seen, the first online arts centre in the English-speaking world. Since its beginning, it has attracted visitors from countless countries on six different continents (we’re still trying to crack Antartica)! On 23 September, we launched Xanadu Online Theatre with a variety concert featuring artists from two different continents and three timezones. December sees the debut performances from our in-house theatre company, with a double bill of classic tragedy and comedy: Riders to the Sea by J M Synge and The Proposal by Anton Chekhov. Tickets are free of charge, but limited, and must be booked in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/theatre-at-home-for-christmas-tickets-129660125927. Admission is per connection, not per person, so you can have as many people watching with you as you like. More details are available at the website at theatre.notesfromxanadu.org.
The arts centre and the theatre are the brain children of Mary Tynan, a chronically-ill, disabled creative living in the West of Ireland. For interviews please contact Mary on firstname.lastname@example.org.