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Ari Hest planning to make his mark as he plays Campbell’s

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Brooklyn-based songwriter Ari Hest plays Campbell’s Tavern this Saturday, April 20. Last year the singer, whose music spans the folk-rock genre, released his seventh album, The Fire Plays, which he feels is his best so far.

“I think any artist would say that right after they release an album that it’s their best,” he says. “I feel that for a couple of reasons. One is that it’s the newest material, so I guess it’s the truest music to the way I feel about life.

“But also I think years and years of songwriting have made me hone in on what my strengths are, and what my weaknesses are. Finding out the spots where I need to get rid of this line, or emphasise that one.”

The Fire Plays opens with the line ‘I want to do right by my mistakes’, taken from the song Untitled Part 2. Was Ari looking back when he wrote those lyrics?

“I wrote it in the first person but I was thinking about an inmate in a jail,” he says. “I had just passed this jail on the way to a gig, and I started to think about what it’s like to live in that particular space; what someone mentally has to deal with who’s just stuck there, and wishes he could get out but knows what he did was wrong. He’s come to a peaceful place with it but still is stuck there. I was thinking about that more than myself.”

In 2008, Ari, whose influences range from Bob Dylan to the Beatles, James Taylor and Pearl Jam, embarked on an undertaking known as The 52 Project. Every week, he would write, record and release a new song, which he sent to people on a subscribers list. Did he feel under pressure that year, or did he enjoy himself?

“Both!” he laughs. “There was certainly pressure, but it was self-imposed. I got into a groove with it; I really enjoyed it. After about the 20th week or so, I started to look forward to it more. Instead of ‘oh, I’ve got to write another song’. It was more so ‘I’m excited about what’s going to happen next week’

“As it went on, it got a little bit more experimental as regards instrumentation and production. I think it was good for me, and I think when I stopped it set me back some. I had to re-learn how to write a little bit.”

Surely, with such a project, there must have been some concerns about quality control?

“I came to term with the knowledge that there was no way that I was going to get through 52 weeks without writing some duds,” Ari says. “There were going to be a few in there that was not really what I was hoping for. That knowledge helped me and it took a little pressure off.”

One of the highlights from this year-long workshop was Cranberry Lake, a duet with LA based singer Amy Kuney.

“We wrote that song together,” Ari says. “I sent her the music and she wrote the bulk of the lyrics. So she came up with Cranberry Lake. In America, there’s a few different Cranberry Lakes that I’ve come across, some of them are similar to what she describes, and then some of them, not at all!”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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TG4 to broadcast Sina’s lockdown Town Hall gig

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German-born Sina moved to Ireland in 2015 to pursue her musical dream.

A concert by German born, Irish-based singer-songwriter Sina Theil, which was recorded at the Town Hall Theatre in December 2020, during lockdown will be broadcast by TG4 this Saturday night, February 4.

This energetic and hardworking artist is currently touring Ireland as special guest with rising folk singer Dan McCabe.

She has previously been named Hottest Act in Irish Country Music (female), won Song of the Year at the Hot Country TV Awards and the Rising Star of the Year 2022 Award at the American Celtic Listener Supported Music Awards. She’s also had 17 number one singles in the Irish Country charts and a number one in the mainstream Irish charts with her latest self-penned song.

Sina relocated to Ireland in 2015 on her own in what she calls “an act of blind faith” to pursue her dream of making music. She knew nobody here as she began funding her musical education by busking on the streets of Dublin, sometimes making just enough in the morning to cover bills that had to be paid in the afternoon.

Sina’s independently released album, Live at THT Galway, for which she crowdfunded more than €16,000 with the help of her loyal online following (50,000+), reached number three in the mainstream Irish charts and songs have had thousands of plays on Irish radio.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Stories, drama and improv at Moth and Butterfly Festival

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The Moth & Butterfly International Festival of Storytelling & Improvisation will take place in Galway City, County and online from this Friday to Saturday, February 3-5.

Events will include improvisational theatre events, children’s storytime, a virtual global story chain, a music workshop and an audio experience in Connemara, according to Artistic Director Órla Mc Govern.

The Moth & Butterfly group have been running monthly events in Galway for 12 years, as well as collaborating with festivals and events globally. Following two successful digital and hybrid festivals in 2021 and 2022, theyre now bringing their first fully live festival to Galway and beyond.  It has a wide range of events for all ages, many free or via donation.

Land of Stories will run from this Friday to Sunday at locations in Connemara and online. In this selection of recorded stories and conversations, local artists discuss their practice and connection to the landscape. It involves recordings being ‘placed’ in various places, using location-based software, so the stories are activated by being in a specific area. Remote access is available via an online map, for those who can’t travel.

At 11.30am this Friday, storytellers Catherine Brophy and Máirín Mhic Lochlainn will be at Galway City Library to present a free, bilingual event, Stories For Children / Scéalta do Pháistí.  At 3pm Tales of Mischief and Magic will be at Oranmore Library, when Antrim storyteller Liz Weir will lead participants on an interactive journey through the imagination. It’s for ages 6+ and is free.

At 8pm, Parenthetical, an improvised theatrical performance with The Jess’ss’ss will be in the city’s Blue Teapot Theatre, Munster Avenue, for audiences of 18+. It’s based on the theme of ‘Parent’.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Artist Gertrude in flying form at Kenny Gallery

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A collection of 40 original paintings and graphics by renowned German artist Gertrude Degenhardt, will open at The Kenny Gallery in the city’s Liosbán Retail Park on Saturday, February 11th at 3pm.

The show, Flying Melodies, features new and retrospective works and is described by the gallery as something of a Greatest Hits, featuring many images which will be well-known to her Irish fans.

Gertrude Degenhardt, who is one of Germany’s leading painters and graphic artists, first came to Ireland in the early 1970s when she was commissioned to prepare illustrations for a German edition of a book of short stories by Liam O’Flaherty.

She has produced several exhibitions for the Kenny Gallery over the years, including Women in Music –  a series of 70 images of female musicians – Vagabondage, Passes By, Paradise Lost, Dancing Couples and It’s About Time.

Degenhardt, who was born in 1940, is a keen observer of people. Song and wine feature frequently in her distinctive work, as do revolution, vagabonds, dance, musicians, Ireland and her late husband, Martin.

Flying Melodies will be officially opened by renowned fiddle player Frankie Gavin at 3pm on Saturday, February 11, at The Kenny Gallery, Liosbán Retail Park. All are welcome.

The exhibition will run daily from 9am-5pm, Monday to Saturday, until St Patrick’s Day in the gallery and online at www.thekennygallery.

 

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