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Amazing Apples are pick of the bunch

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The Amazing Apples, from left, Anthony Ryan, Darragh Crehan, Eanna Fahy, Brian Grace and Cian Crehan.

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Young, ambitious and with an energetic live show to boot, the Amazing Apples play Róisín Dubh this Sunday, May 31. The Galway quintet will be celebrating the release of their debut album A Little Sense, which was recorded in the esteemed Grouse Lodge studio in Westmeath.

On the day of this interview, Amazing Apples have just heard that they have made it through to the final six of  the Hot Press Big Break competition. The outright winner will make the cover of Ireland’s premier music magazine.

“We’re delighted, but the main thing is the advertisement that you can get out of it,” says fiddler and co-frontman Eanna Fahy. “If we won this, it would be a great way for us to get our name across to a wider audience.”

As part of the competition the band went to Dublin to shoot two videos for Hot Press. While there they also shot their own video for their next single, On Your Own.

That was shot by Bold Puppy productions, and directed by experienced camera-man Kevin Minogue.

“Our drummer’s girlfriend was in college and worked with Kevin,” says Eanna. “He shot our first video years ago when we were just experimenting and releasing stuff for the craic. We just kept in touch with him because he’s great to work with and has a great eye for detail.”

Shooting videos, doing your own promotion – there’s a lot of extra-curricular work in a modern band. Does Eanna find that it interferes with being a musician?

“It’s just the way it is, especially when you’re independent,” he says. “The organising and taking care of everything takes up an awful lot of time. It can be an annoyance. We’ve a lot of things to focus on, tracks, doing your own PR and advertising. But it keeps you busy!”

Busy is the word to describe this group which started out some years ago as a covers band before deciding to focus on their own material. And they are attracting influential fans.

On Your Own was produced by Joe Chester, a talented musician who was part of the sublime Hedge Schools.

“He came to one of our gigs in Róisín Dubh last year,” Eanna says of Chester’s involvement. “He was really happy with what he saw, but thought he could make some improvements. I think mainly people might’ve known us as a folky band, but that element is kind of drifting out now. We’re going more electric, more indie. We’re still using the same instruments, but in a different way.”

Making the album involved pre-production in Eanna’s shed at home in Craughwell, where the band recorded 17 demos with Joe, and then whittled them down to the final 10 tracks.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Stunning and David Kitt for free gigs in Ballinalsoe and Clifden

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The Stunning are playing Ballinasloe this Saturday night while David Kitt will be in Clifden next Friday, October 22.

The Stunning will take to the stage of Ballinasloe’s Town Hall Theatre this Saturday, October 16, night at 8pm to play hits such as including Brewing up a Storm, Half Past Two, Romeo’s on Fire, Heads are Gonna Roll and Brighten up my Life. Meanwhile David Kitt will be in Clifden next Friday, October 22, performing songs from his new album, 20.

These gigs are the fourth in the Ceol an tSamhraidh series of free live music events being presented by Galway County Council Art and Tourism Offices as part of the Government’s Local Live Performance Programming Scheme.

The Stunning were a force to be reckoned with in 1990s’ Ireland, when they played and toured continually, becoming one of the most successful homegrown bands ever. Their debut album, Paradise in The Picturehouse. spent five weeks at number one and became among the most popular Irish albums of all time. After seven years on the road, the band split. These days, the members still continue to pursue their own individual projects, but they also perform together regularly as the Stunning. And now that restrictions have eased, they’re ready for road.

Meanwhile, the Station House Theatre is the location for David Kitt’s debut Clifden show next weekend.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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John Behan – ‘blowing our hearts wide open’

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RTÉ's Bryan Dobson congratulates artist John Behan after officially opening his exhibition 'Shifting Ground' at the Kenny Gallery on Friday. Masks were worn for the event, only being removed for the speech and photographs. PHOTO: DEAN KELLY.

Shifting Ground, a new collection in bronze from sculptor John Behan, opened at the city’s Kenny Gallery last weekend, with RTÉs’ Bryan Dobson doing the honours and praising the artist’s work ethic and discipline as well as his talent.

The show reflects on Behan’s experience of living through the pandemic, while the renowned artist has also returned to his previous theme of Emigrants and created images inspired by the current refugee crisis, a subject he explored in his show, Migrants, which was shown in Kenny’s early in 2020, before Covid took hold.

John Behan has met and worked with refugees on various trips to Greece and Cyprus and their stories have found their way into his art alongside his Irish work, the Famine Ship, and Broighter Boat and Oar Boat series.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Feast of Mozart for memorial concert

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Pianist Christian Blackshaw is renowned for his interpretation of Mozart's sonatas.

UK pianist Christian Blackshaw will give a recital of Mozart’s music next Friday, October 22, at the Emily Anderson Concert Hall, NUIG, starting at 8pm. The concert, in celebration of Anderson’s life and work, is being presented by Music for Galway and NUIG.

It will feature Mozart’s Fantasie in D minor, K.397; Rondo in D major, K. 485; Adagio in B minor, K.540; Sonata in F major, K.332; Sonata in C major, K.545; Sonata in C minor, K.457.

“It is nearly two years since we last presented a concert in this venue and we can’t wait to be back where MfG started 40 years ago,” says Chair of Music for Galway Anne Ó Maille, who describes the venue as the group’s “spiritual home”.

The multi-talented Emily Anderson (1891-1962) was reared in the quadrangle of NUIG. The daughter of Alexander Anderson, the president of what was then Queen’s College, she graduated from the college and went on become its first professor of German. She moved to England in 1918 and worked as a code-breaker for the British during WWII. As an academic, she went on to edit and translate the letters of Mozart and also of Beethoven.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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