Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell
Keith Wallace’s work with independent Galway record label Rusted Rail has produced a broad and eclectic catalogue of music since its inception in 2006. A passion project that prides itself on facilitating and endorsing its artists, the label has been as much a vehicle for Keith’s peers as well as it has his own work under the moniker Loner Deluxe. And fittingly, his latest work enlists the help of several musicians with longstanding ties to Rusted Rail.
Set for release this Friday, Field Recordings is Loner Deluxe’s third full-length LP. Written and recorded with David Colohan (United Bible Studies), Brian Kelly (So Cow) and Cecilia Danell (A Lilac Decline), the album draws on themes of technology and science-fiction across fourteen atmospheric tracks. Having sat on it for almost a year, it is a record that Keith has had time to shape and develop.
“This album was finished on April Fools’ Day last year,” he recalls. “It was mixed and mastered and ready to go and then I sat on it for a year.
“Every song bar Viral Hit was written and recorded pre-Covid so it’s not a pandemic album other than that song. If there’s a theme to it, I think it’s to do with outdated technology and the pace of modern life.
“There are also elements of the supernatural in there. The song Space Junk is basically about humans polluting the earth as well as leaving satellites spinning in space. The song Gone Fission, which is a pun on nuclear fission, I wrote after watching Chernobyl.
“So, it’s basically about all of the ways humans have messed up the earth but, on the other side of it, hopefully it’s upbeat and catchy and provides forty-five minutes of a nice listen where you don’t have to think about any of these things at all.”
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Two arrested following taxi hijacking in Galway
Gardaí have arrested two men following the hijacking of a taxi in Co Galway last night.
Shortly before midnight, Gardaí received a report that two men who were passengers in a taxi had attacked the driver and stole his vehicle.
The driver was ejected from the car on the M18 motorway.
Gardaí were alerted and observed the car in Claregalway.
A managed containment operation to ‘block in’ the taxi was put in place with assistance from the armed Regional Support Unit.
The car was brought to a stop on Bothar na dTreabh and two men fled on foot. The two men, one in his mid-20s and the other in his early-30s, were subsequently arrested.
They are currently detained at Garda HQ in Renmore under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.
Man arrested after €90,000 drug seizure
Gardai have arrested a man after €90,000 worth of drugs were discovered in a bog near Ballinasloe.
As part of an ongoing surveillance operation, Gardai conducted a search in Poolboy Bog late yesterday afternoon.
They discovered €70,000 worth of cocaine, and a further €20,000 worth of cannabis along with other drug equipment.
A man in his 20s was arrested at the scene and taken to Ballinasloe Garda Station.
He’s since been charged and will appear before Ballinasloe District Court next Thursday.
Waiting lists surge since pandemic
Waiting lists at Galway hospitals have rocketed since the onset of Covid-19, with fears that the situation will only worsen as doubts have been cast over the long-awaited new elective hospital at Merlin Park.
Figures released from the National Treatment Purchase Fund, which covers the cost of outsourcing public patients to private hospitals, show that since 2020, waiting lists locally have surged by almost 25%.
Galway City Councillor Níall McNelis said statistics obtained by the Labour Party showed the numbers waiting for inpatient and outpatient treatment were ever increasing, and little was being done to address the problem.
“Waiting lists have skyrocketed since the beginning of 2020 and have increased from 52,935 in January to 65,548 in March 2021, an increase of a whopping 23.8% in a little over a year.
“In every specialism, the numbers waiting at Galway University Hospitals are growing and growing month after month, with the number of people waiting for general surgery growing from 3,468 to 4,990 – a 43.9% increase; [the list for] cardiology treatment has grown from 2,406 to 3,231, a 34.3% increase in little over 14 months,” said the Labour Party councillor.
This sharp increase in waiting times came as Moycullen-based Senator Seán Kyne (FG) cast doubt over the mooted 200 in-patient beds and new elective hospital at Merlin Park – something that has long been presented as the solution to Galway’s health woes.
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