Man with the golden flute tunes up for repeat performance

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 31 May, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 31 May, 1994, 12:00am

THE ebullient James Galway - dubbed the man with the golden flute - is giving a one-off concert tonight at the Cultural Centre.

But we wonder whether this will be the only performance he gives on his current visit.

For, at his own request, the bearded Irishman asked to be billeted across the harbour at the Mandarin - a refined hostelry over which presides this town's best-known Irishman, Seamus McManus.

We understand that McManus and Galway are friends from way back when. So we doubt the flautist will take his leave without so much as joining McManus in upholding a noble Irish tradition - a late night tincture or three while relating jokes about the English.

Such occasions are usually accompanied by folksy ditties in which the name ''Mother Kelly'' is reverently evoked at frequent intervals.

And no proud Irishman could then resist the temptation to produce a tin whistle - something, we hear on good authority, that Galway always carries about his person.

The regulars over at the Chinnery Bar might be in for a pleasant surprise one of these nights.