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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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Unselfing with TULCA over the weekend

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TULCA Festival of Visual Arts will present a programme of visual arts events this weekend to celebrate its UnSelfing programme.

UnSelfing is a series of exhibitions, performances and art events that was TULCA’s contribution to Galway 2020’s visual arts programme.

Several TULCA events took place during 2020, but Covid-19 put paid to others. Like every other arts group involved in the European Capital of Culture, the festival had to reimagine its programme.

The result is this weekend’s projects. They include a film commission, a new book and a radio play- podcast.

The World premiere of the film, entitled A Visit, A Ceremony, A Gift airs online this Friday, April 16, at 9pm. Created by artist and philosopher Elisabeth von Samsonow and curator Kate Strain, it involved commissioning work by artists from Ireland and France. The resulting collage of film, sculpture, music, sound and design explores people’s access to nature through poetry. This project has been supported by the French Embassy.

The second project is a new publication being launched on Saturday. XVIII – Stories of TULCA explores 18 years of the festival as well as its UnSelfing programme.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Darragh recalls grandparents in ‘Tilly and the Postmaster’

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Darragh O'Dea.

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An album that was two years in the making and is in memory of the singer’s grandparents will be released shortly . . . and even before its release, Darragh O’Dea’s album already proving hugely popular with his loyal following.

The paternal grandparents of the accomplished Tuam singer and songwriter passed away in the past year, so he decided name the album he was making in their honour.

Darragh has performed with local bands The Coonics and Ralphs over the years, but this is his first full-length solo album. He’s funding it via the website Kickstarter and the pre-release sales have been incredibly encouraging.

It’s entitled Tilly and the Postmaster to celebrate the lives of Tilly who died in January of this year and her husband of 63 years, Neil O’Dea, who was laid to rest in May 2020.

Neil, the father of Galway footballers Jimmy, Conor and Padraic O’Dea, was the retired Postmaster in Tuam and a prominent member of the town’s GAA club.

Darragh, a born songwriter, explained he wanted to remember his late grandparents at what was a difficult time for the whole family.

His father Sean O’Dea, a member of Tuam Golf Club, is the elder statesman of the family but one who is incredibly proud of his son and mentions Darragh’s musical skills at every opportunity. His mother Carmel is an avid walker.

In a reversal of current trends, Darragh’s new album is being released on old-fashioned vinyl and CD as well as online. He has also produced a limited-edition t-shirt in conjunction with the album for those who have supported his Kickstarter campaign.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Diverse voices at Cúirt Over the Edge event

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Suad Aldarra.

Bern Butler, Riona Mac Eoin and Paul McCarrick will feature in the annual Cúirt / Over the Edge showcase for emerging writers, which takes place next  Thursday, April 22, at 1pm, via Zoom. They will be joined by the winners of this year’s Cúirt New Writing awards, Bernadette Lynch and David Morgan O’Connor, as well as the festival’s Common Currency Writer in Residence, Suad Aldarra.

Galway City woman Bern Butler, who writes prose and poetry, has been short- and long-listed in the Listowel, Fish and Over the Edge writing competitions. Bern has a background in adult education, mostly prison education and was co-ordinator of the Writers in Prisons scheme. She co-edited the first Irish anthology of prison writing, Another Place, and wrote, directed and produced prison dramas. With an MA in Writing from NUIG, she’s working on her first poetry collection and her work has been published in Force 10, The Grey Castle, ROPES and Skylight 47.

Fiction writer Riona Mac Eoin co-owns Briarhill Veterinary Clinic in Galway City, where she works. She’s interested in psychology, specifically the impact of childhood on a person’s adult life, and volunteers with the youth group, Foróige. On a career break last year, she spent six months in New York, which is where she discovered her love of writing.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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