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Amazing Apples to branch out in new creative direction

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Bringing a lively take to Irish and American roots music, Amazing Apples play Monroe’s Live on Friday next, May 31. The Galway based five-piece have gone from strength to strength since winning the hotly contested Battle of the Band’s competition in The Townhouse last year.

“It gave us a bit more faith in ourselves, made us push on a bit more,” says Cian, who plays guitar and sing in the band.

Amazing Apples are currently recording their debut single, which they plan to release in July.

“It wouldn’t be a dance-y kind of tune, but it’s not slow,” says Cian about the song. “It’d be upbeat enough – I don’t how you’d say that. We’re going to have a brass section as well. It’s the first time we’ve done that, looking forward to it.”

The band members have mostly been doing some home-recording, but went to a city-centre venue to get their drum sound right.

“We’re recording out in Ed Kenehan’s [sound engineer with Monroe’s Live] house, but we’ve put some of the drum tracks down in Monroe’s,” says Cian. “There’s a room in there that Ed thought would suit, it had the right ambience, good reverb.”

Last year, Amazing Apples made the transition from being a covers band to performing their own compositions. Cian has found the transition relatively smooth.

“It’s been about eight months now,” he says. “We don’t really do covers anymore. If we do, they’re our own take. They’re never straight covers, we’d always change it as much as possible. Just for the live show.”

“It’s going pretty well, to be honest,” he adds. “We thought it’d be harder. People seem to respond well to it. A lot of the stuff is upbeat, it catches people’s attention. I suppose our main thing when we’re playing live is to create the best show that we can. It’s all about the live show, you have to make sure that people stay into it.  It’s about making an impression; that’s the main priority.”

The full line up of the Amazing Apples is Eanna Fahy (fiddle/mandolin/vocals), Cian Crehan (rhythm guitar/vocals) Anthony Ryan (lead guitar/bass/vocals), Brian Grace (drums/guitar/piano), Darragh Crehan (bass/keyboards/mandolin/bouzouki/vocals.) They formed almost accidentally, says Cian, explaining that the band was originally “just a bit of craic really, something to do”.

“Myself and Dara are brothers,” says Cian. “We were in a band with the drummer, Brian, years ago. Myself and the brother used to work in a car-wash with the guitarist, Anthony. Then, the fiddle player is just a friend of a friend.”

Amazing Apples formed over three years ago. Did Cian have a good feeling about the group from the get-go?

“No!” he laughs. “We didn’t think we’d be taking this direction, but it kept going from strength to strength. We just kept working on the live show, and it was going well. When we started writing our own stuff, that’s what we were trying to do. People were coming to our gigs that we’d recognise. We were happy with it so we decided to keep going.”

Having three people swapping lead vocals means Amazing Apples are never dull to watch.

“It gives the other person a break as well!” says Cian of this practice.

Perhaps the most arresting part of an Amazing Apples live show is their singing fiddler, Eanna. Cian admits that Eanna’s onstage antics helped to get the band noticed at an early stage.

“It was definitely different,” he says. “It opened a lot of doors and we could do more things that we wouldn’t be able to do if he wasn’t in the band. It brought an Irish flavour to it. We wouldn’t be traditional Irish at all, but it definitely has an Irish feel to it because of the way he plays.

“It drives them a bit mad!” Cian adds about Eanna’s effect on a crowd. “If you’ve a song rocked up with a bit of fiddle in it, people tend to go a bit nuts.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Reverberate – exploring migration and memories

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Joselle Ntumba of Éireann and I, the collective that is presenting the show at Galway Arts Centre, pictured with her family.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

A new exhibition, Reverberate, by Éireann and I, will open at the city’s Galway Arts Centre this Saturday, December 3, at 2pm, and will run until December 22.

Reverberate is an oral history project developed by Éireann and I, a black migrant community archive, in collaboration with members of Galway’s African diaspora.

The organisers invited Black migrants who have settled in Galway to recount their journeys to Ireland, their relationship with the city and county, and to reflect on whether they have developed a sense of belonging.

The testimonies in Reverberate come from eight people of varying age and from different places. The many subjects they deal with include parenting, politics, the effects of the asylum system on lives and the communities and organisations they have built.

Some of their shared background is immediately obvious, but there are deeper connections too and these demonstrate how all humans are affected by the global and local tensions that cause people to leave their homelands and build new lives elsewhere.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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‘Potato People’ pays homage to victims of Great Famine

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Artist and sculptor Joe McCaul

The Potato People, an exhibition of sculptures based on the Irish Famine of 1845-49, will open in the foyer of Alcantara, one of the new buildings at the city’s Bonham Quay, this weekend.

It’s the work of artist and sculptor Joe McCaul, who lives in Ballinderreen.

These ceramic figures, fired in clay, “tell the harrowing stories of the lives and deaths of our ancestors during the Great Hunger”, he explains.

The exhibition has already had an eight-week run in Kinvara where it was very well-received, Joe adds.

Joe became fascinated by the Great Famine in recent times and with the many different accounts of those tragic years.

This fascination began in earnest when he read The Truth Behind the Irish Famine, by Kerryman Jerry Mulvihill.

“I began to feel a strong affinity with the people in these stories, their tragedy and the horrendous suffering they endured. I felt compelled to find a way to honour the millions who died of hunger and disease – and emigration; the countless stories forgotten in the Famine graveyards all over this country.”

Joe used his knowledge of working with paper clay to express this need. The process was intuitive and experimental, he says, as he worked without pre-planning or pre-drawing.

The resulting figures, which were formed by draping paper clay over armatures of chicken wire and steel bars, “just emerged from my fingertips. I sculpted feverishly for many months, one horrific figure leading to the next – so many stories to be told”.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Songs of Celebration at Galway Cathedral

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Composer and clarinettist Emma Johnson will join Vox Orbis.

Galway’s Vox Orbis, a female choral ensemble directed by Mark Keane, is joining forces with internationally renowned clarinettist Emma Johnson to present her Songs of Celebration. The concert will take place in Galway Cathedral next Friday, December 9

Emma Johnson, who won the BBC Young Musician of the Future at the age of 17, has since gone on to become one of the world’s biggest selling classical artists, celebrated for her diverse repertoire. The choir will present two of her compositions as well as her Variations on We wish you a merry Christmas with Annalisa Monticelli, piano.

The programme will also include Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, accompanied by concert harpist Aisling Ennis. Aisling has recently released an album of harp solos, Folly of Melancholy, and will perform a solo on the evening too. Galway based soprano Noreena McDonagh will join the choir for seasonal favourite, O Holy Night, newly arranged by conductor Mark Keane.

Vox Orbis promotes the work of female composers, and the programme will include Snow Angel by the contemporary Canadian composer Sarah Quartel, with Nickie Geddes, cello. They have also commissioned leading Irish composer, Rhona Clarke, to compose a set of carols, Sweet the Song, which will also be premiered on the evening.

Tickets at €20 are available on Eventbrite and at the door on the night. Visit voxorbis.ie for more information.

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