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Attention Bebe give a new twist to ’90s hits

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Attention Bebe

Groove Tube with Jimi McDonnell – tribunegroove@live.ie

It might only seem like yesterday to some since the glory days of the 1990s, but that decade is ripe for nostalgia these days. With an ear for the decade’s cheesiest pop music, Attention Bebe come to Monroe’s Live on Friday, November 11. The Dublin-based band formed when singer Jane Cassidy started hosting sessions in her kitchen in Portobello. Her friend and Bebe’s bassist Shane McKenna got wind of this, and they decided to go looking for gigs.

“A few more of us joined in the next session they had and decided we should do it in front of a crowd,” Shane says. “We took it across to the Bernard Shaw venue in Dublin, and we started doing gigs there. Loads of people started coming, in a matter of two gigs.

“So we moved from there into Tripod, which was down the road at the time. It was a bigger venue, 500 capacity. We started doing bigger gigs and it really kicked off.  Then we were playing the Electric Picnic in 2008, and after that we just grew on the festival scene.”

Attention Bebe can be anything from a 12- to a 16-piece band, and they belt out songs from Coolio, Will Smith, 2 Unlimited and more with irresistible gusto.

“It’s kind of unusual, it’s almost like mash-ups of 1990s songs,” Shane says. “We don’t do straight covers; we add in bits of music that we’re interested in. The main song will be a 1990s tune, but we might have Curtis Mayfield thrown in there, and loads of funk and disco. We have loads of freedom of that to throw in to the ‘90s stuff.

“It’s basically to get people dancing,” he adds. “We’re a party band, really. We just want to get into a room and have people dancing from start to finish, that’s the whole idea. There’s a nostalgic element with the ‘90s tunes, everyone can sing along. It’s a big singsong, dance-fest for two hours.”

Trying to synchronise diaries for 16 people must be tricky – who takes on the unenviable job of booking Attention Bebe’s gigs?

“We’ve shared that over the years,” Shane says. “At the moment it’s all booking through a company called Turning Pirate. They book Lisa Hannigan, Booka Brass and at the moment they’re booking us gigs around the place. A festival here, a gig there.

“It’s funny, we got to the point where we didn’t have to look for gigs, people were asking us to do shows all the time. We can just pick and choose the nice ones!”

One of the ‘nice ones’ included their storming set at the Electric Picnic. About 1,000 people packed into a tent for their slot, and it’s probably the reason they’re starting to tour nationwide.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Stars align as Teapots finally stage Into the Dark Woods

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Blue Teapot director Petal Pilley with cast members Michael Hayes and Valerie Egan ahead of the show.

Into the Dark Woods

Blue Teapot at the Black Box

REVIEW BY JUDY MURPHY

After several false dawns, Blue Teapot Theatre Company finally got to stage its long-awaited drama, Into the Dark Woods, in the city’s Black Box Theatre last week. A Galway 2020 commission, and written by company member Charlene Kelly, it was originally meant to be presented more than two years ago.

Blue Teapot is made up of actors with intellectual disabilities and Charlene is one of its best-known performers, but this marked her first foray into writing, supported by dramaturg Eileen Gibbons. The production, directed by the company’s Artistic Director Petal Pilley, has done her proud.

It’s a short, moving, sometimes humorous piece about two young people with intellectual disabilities from very different backgrounds, who get lost in the woods where they are confronted by various demons and monsters.

Jennifer Cox plays Sharon whose grandmother (Mary Monaghan-McHugh) has taught her to be independent and outward looking, while Kieran Coppinger is a prince who has been cocooned in a nearby castle by his father (Midie Corcoran), a king who feels his son isn’t capable of inheriting the throne.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Busy times as Music for Galway embraces the familiar and new

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Alexander Sitkovetsky, whose uncle Dmitri created the arrangement for strings of Bach's Goldberg Variations that will be performed in Galway City and Portumna next week.

Music for Galway has a busy couple of weeks in store, which includes a visit by the National  Symphony Orchestra to Leisureland on Thursday, October 6.

First up is a new initiative, the Galway Encore, which will take place next Thursday in Galway City and Friday in Portumna, when violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin and viola player Sergey Malov and cellist Natalie Clein join forces to perform the string trio arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

That’s scheduled for Thursday, September 29, at 8pm at University of Galway’ s Emily Anderson Concert Hall and in Christ Church in Portumna on Friday, September 30, also at 8pm. And, as part of MfG’s plan to bring more work to the county, Sergey Malov will visit Tuam’s Mall Theatre on Wednesday, inviting some 400 children in to Meet the Violins.

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations were originally composed for harpsichord, reportedly to soothe an insomniac nobleman.  The work has reached new audiences in modern times, thanks to piano performances by artists such as Glenn Gould. And it became infamous as one of Hannibal Lecter’s favourite pieces in The Silence of the Lambs.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Cosán na Naomh at Stiúideo Cuan

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Composer and musician Máire Breatnach, whose new work will be performed in An Spidéal next week.

Cosán na Naomh, a new work by renowned musician and composer, Máire Breatnach, will have its world premiere in Stiúideo Cuan, An Spidéal, from next Tuesday, September 27, to Saturday, October 1 at 8.30pm.

The piece, commissioned by Stiúideo Cuan, will be performed by piper Mick O’Brien, harper Noreen O’Donoghue and Máire herself on fiddle and viola, with sound design by Stephen O’Brien.

Cosán na Naomh is inspired by The Saints’ Path – an 18km pilgrim route through the West Kerry peninsula of Corca Dhuibhne; beginning at Ventry Beach and rising to the top of Mount Brandon. According to folklore, Ventry Beach was the scene of a 17-day battle, Cath Fionntrá, between the legendary Fianna, led by Fionn Mac Cumhaill, and Daire Donn, the powerful King of the world.

Máire’s composition follows the success of a similar project last year, explains the studio’s creative director, Darach Mac Con Iomaire.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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