Galway International Arts Festival

Vinyl Hours 2021

The 2021 Vinyl Hours series takes place in the O'Donoghue Theatre and Bank of Ireland Theatre on the NUI Galway campus. Please refer to this page to confirm the location of the Vinyl Hours event you plan to attend.

Please Note: All new bookers, and existing ticketholders, will be required to show proof of a Covid-19 vaccination certificate at the venue. Any existing ticketholders who cannot provide a vaccine passport are asked to contact the GIAF box office on Anyone who is no longer in a position to attend will receive a full refund.

Listen to these conversations on the First Thought podcast. Available from October. Playlists will be available on GIAF’s Spotify.

Vinyl Hours is a series of talks with music aficionados. Guests reveal their most treasured songs in conversation with music maestro Tiernan Henry.

Join us for an intimate conversation with special guests, who play and speak about their go to playlists, a selection of eight songs, a soundtrack to their lives and what it stirs within them; fun, heartbreak and revolution.

From teenage kicks to first loves and musical idolatry to that life–changing first listen, spend an hour on an aural journey of treasured musical memories. Playlists will be available on Spotify and a podcast of these conversations will be broadcast on the new Festival First Thought Podcast.

Guests include the award–winning and critically acclaimed musician and composer Philip King; diversity advocate, podcaster, and fashion influencer Sinead Burke; former Republic of Ireland football manager Brian Kerr, and Galway singer-songwriter Niamh Regan.

Philip King

Friday 3 September, 6pm, O'Donoghue Theatre

Sinéad Burke
Saturday 11 September, 5pm, Bank of Ireland Theatre

Brian Kerr
Saturday 11 September, 8pm, O'Donoghue Theatre

Niamh Regan
Friday 17 September, 6pm, Bank of Ireland Theatre

Planning Your Visit & Your Safety

Galway International Arts Festival is committed to prioritising your health and safety. Please read our COVID-19 Safety Information, and our FAQs, to help you plan your visit.