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Bipolar Empire to test the waters at Galway gig

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Guinness Live returns to Galway’s Latin Quarter on Thursday next, September 26, and runs until Saturday, September 28. There will be free shows from The Complete Stone Roses, Kila, Simon and Oscar from Ocean Colour Scene and a DJ set from Snow Patrol. On Saturday, September 28, Bipolar Empire play the King’s Head.

The young Dublin based band are currently working on their second LP, the follow up to 2011’s Feel That You Own It. The band’s as-yet untitled sophomore effort was recorded in Metropolis Studios in London.

“It was quite an exciting place to go, we were fortunate to record there,” says Callum McAdam, Bipolar Empire’s gregarious drummer. “Freddie Mercury’s piano is in there, Cream used to do a bit of recording there – our bass player [Joe Leech] is a massive Cream fan. I think the Stone Roses did an album there; the Black Keys did some mixing there.”

Bipolar Empire’s line-up is completed by leadsinger and guitarist Shane O’Reilly and Mark McGuire  on guitar/vocals. What were the quartet’s aims for this record?

“We’re looking to have a more mature sound,” says Callum. “We did the first album quite young – not as young as The Strypes! – but we didn’t know exactly what we were doing. For the second album, we had more control in the studio.”

“We went in with the songs, and the producer we worked with came up with some harmonising ideas. Joe and me went in on the first day on drums and bass, and knocked out the 10 songs on the album in 5 and a half hours.”

Since they released their debut, Bipolar Empire have played in Europe, the UK and Brazil. Callum feels this experience has benefited the band.

“We’ve had so many years of gigging and festivals and playing in different countries that we’ve got better at our instruments,” he says. “I think we had more technique to give to the recording process, rather than just going in and recording songs we’d written in a shed the year previous.”

“It was a more mature approach to recording, which I think we all needed to feel good about all the work we’ve put in over the last couple of years.”

Bipolar Empire spent six months living in London and make regular trips to the English capital. Their drummer enjoys the buzz of the place.

“I think London is an amazing place,” Cal says. “We have a lot of mates over there; we’re really good friends with Morrissey & Marshall, they’re a two-piece acoustic act, and the lads play a little bit them.”

“We’d walk around Camden and get merrily drunk; there’s a great music scene. In Ireland, it’s a shame because there’s so many great bands and not as many people giving a shit. But over there, there’s more people approaching you and going out and listening to your music, getting involved. It can be tougher, because there’s so many bands doing the same thing as you, but a lot of it is being in the right place at the right time.”

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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