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Bluegrass on menu at Monroe’s from diverse Lands End

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With members from Ireland, England and Germany, Lands End are a six-piece bluegrass outfit who play Monroe’s Live this Friday, June 14th. The band met last April at Sore Fingers, an annual bluegrass workshop in Oxfordshire in the south-east of England. Part of the week-long workshop involved forming a ‘scratch band’, and that led to Lands End being formed.

“A scratch band is something you do for fun on the Thursday night,” says lead singer and guitarist Hubert Murray. “You put your name down, and then they delegate everyone. They try and get a banjo player, a guitarist and a singer in every band.

“I knew Bruno [Pichler, dobro] from doing open mic nights in London. We all came together at Sore Fingers, and we heard each other play in the jams that were going on. Richie [Foley], the mandolin player, came over to me. We did the Thursday night scratch band slot and got a great response.”

Lands End’s line up is completed by Paddy Kiernan (banjo), Sam Rose (double bass) and Sam Draper (fiddle).  A few weeks after forming, Lands End had their first festival slot at the Didmarton Bluegrass festival.

“The organisers of Sore Fingers run it,” explains Hubert. “It’s one of the biggest bluegrass festivals in England.  They really liked it, said there was a great vibe and feel, something different. We said we’d try and get a few more gigs, and it all lifted off then. One thing led to another and we’ve been gigging ever since.”

Originally hailing from Williamstown in Galway, Hubert Murray is currently living in London. But geographically, Lands End are a diverse bunch.

“We’re all over the place!” laughs Hubert. “Richie is in Cork, Paddy the banjo player is in Dublin, there are two of us based in London, and there’s another fella from Gloucestershire.”

Lands End have just released their debut EP, The Border Sessions, which was recorded in Bruno Pichler’s family home in Bavaria.

“Bruno has a recording studio in his basement,” says Hubert. “He and his brother had it for fun. They had all these old mics that were very, very good.

“We all flew over to Germany, and it was recorded over a few days in January. It was right in the middle of the Bavarian Alps, some spot.  Once we had that all done, Bruno took over the mixing of it. We got it mastered then by a friend in Bath.”

Although he is well used to playing live, being in the studio was initially daunting for Hubert.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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Love Buzz fill big shoes in Cork’s musical story

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The Love Buzz...new single released.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

Cork’s musical reputation is long established and well-earned; from the cult status of Cathal Coughlan (Microdisney and the Fatima Mansions), to Simple Kid’s nods to folk, electronica, rock and everything else, the cartoon punk and madness of Sultans of Ping F.C., the Frank and Walters, and – if not for bringing him into the world – the raising and moulding of Rory Gallagher.

It’s a scene full of life, innovation and identity – a perfect balance of passion, ability and not taking yourself too seriously. And all of those ideals are epitomised by the county’s most exciting contemporary three-piece – The Love Buzz.

Having burst into life with last year’s Candy Flip EP, the group’s latest single builds on the energy and enthusiasm of their first release – bouncing around your head until you go back for another listen.

Harp is a punch in the gut for anyone missing live music. Twenty seconds in, as Henry Love’s thunderous drum fill signals the honey-sweet intro’s end, you can close your eyes and convince yourself you’re swarmed in a sweatbox of a venue – likely Cyprus Avenue or Fred Zeppelin’s – attending a gig that could be talked about for years.

“Overall, not being able to gig has given us a unique opportunity to get our heads stuck into writing,” bass player Aidan Lynch insists.

“We’ve worked on a few songs that we’re happy with and we’re very excited to get them out there… Harp being the first of them and we’re delighted with the reception… I think we learned to broaden our style.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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POST bringing patients beyond hospital walls

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Artist Deirdre O'Mahony and sound recordist John Brennan in the Burren. PHOTO: TOM FLANAGAN.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

“Going into hospital, you can be stripped of so many things and it’s important to see the whole person. Healthcare is recognising that,” says the Arts Director of Saolta Arts Margaret Flannery.

Margaret is in charge of the arts programme at the Saolta University Healthcare Group, which runs hospitals in Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Donegal.

She’s been promoting the importance of arts in healthcare since 2003, when the Master’s Graduate in Arts Practice and Policy was appointed Outreach Officer with Galway Arts Centre. A large part of her job there involved liaising with UHG and Merlin Park Hospital.

“I was known as the arts lady,” she recalls with a laugh.

Margaret’s belief in the value of arts in a hospital environment and her tireless work to demonstrate that, resulted in growing HSE support and she’s now employed by the Saolta group, in charge of its arts programme.

Over the years, she’s organised artist-in-residency schemes in Saolta hospitals, she has worked with Cúirt Literature Festival, with the Tulca Festival of Visual Arts and with the Arts Festival, as well as holding exhibitions and events throughout the region – at UHG, Merlin Park and Portiuncula here in Galway.

Saolta Arts also teamed up with Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture to present a year-long arts and health programme, designed to bring nature and familiar landscapes into hospital spaces.

This began in February, before lockdown, with Viriditas, a commission created by singer and artist Ceara Conway, which explored the healing power of music and the link between nature and health.

Another Saolta commission for 2020, POST, was launched in November.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Sharon goes global for lockdown album The Reckoning

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Sharon's new album will be available from this Friday.

Despite Covid-19 travel restrictions, Sharon Shannon has gone global for her latest studio album, The Reckoning, which is being released this Friday, November 27.

The Reckoning, which was composed, written and recorded during lockdown, features more than dozen remote collaborations from locations across the world.

All the twelve tracks have been co-written by Sharon and band members and various guest collaborators.

The full-on method in which it was recorded marks a new departure for the Clare-born musician who lives in Galway City, she says.

“Normally when we work on an album, we do one track at a time,” Sharon explains. “But with this, it seems to be an avalanche when you’re working on 13 or 14 tracks every day. It’s like a minefield!”

One of the key tracks, The Jolly Roger, resulted from a challenge which rugby player Robbie Henshaw presented to Sharon during the first Covid lockdown. Issued via Facebook, her task was to learn a new skill. And she did. After five days of intense practice, she created The Jolly Roger Facebook video . That clip of Sharon and her electric guitar has attracted more than 289,000 views since it was uploaded earlier this year.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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