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Bob’s unique Blundabus brings Comedy Carnival in new direction

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Bob Slayer with his Blundabus bar and theatre.

BY PATRICK FLAHERTY

The morning bus commute might bring stress and anxiety to workers and students alike, but an English comic hopes that his double-decker bus will only bring good cheer when it features in this year’s Vodafone Galway Comedy Carnival.

Bob Slayer’s award-winning ‘Blundabus’, is a London bus, which he has converted into a 45-seater venue and bar. And it’s in the city’s Eyre Square, this weekend, for what should be Comedy Carnival highlight.

At a launch for the Festival, held in NUIG on Tuesday, the Ludlow funny man explained he ended up touring in a London bus.

“I’ve put gigs on in all sort of strange venues, in empty shops, in other vehicles. But they’re always temporary.  An accountant in England wanted me to do a gig in a unique venue, and I just had the idea that I if I did it on the bus, at the end of the festival, I could drive it away and keep it. So, why’s it on a bus? So I could keep the bugger.”

The bus has a bar and ticket office on the lower deck, while there’s a unique 45-seater theatre upstairs.

“It’s a nice space. You do the gig side-on, and you’ve got such a lovely close-up front row. You can see everybody and you end up having a good old chat with folks, finding out about folks, including folks. It’s truly intimate,” Bob says.

The setting has been applauded by various comics, too. Bob believes that’s because the unique atmosphere allows for a set unlike anything they can do elsewhere.

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

 

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Landmark gig underlines need for designated cultural spaces

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Back at last...James Vincent McMorrow at the Iveagh Gardens.

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James Vincent McMorrow’s Iveagh Gardens performance on June 10 was a landmark moment for Irish music. The pilot gig may have been dry, socially distanced and limited to an audience of 500 – but, for those in attendance and those on stage, it represented an emotional return.

McMorrow’s quote early in his ninety-minute set has been popularised by media outlets in the show’s aftermath: “I didn’t realise how much I needed this until it gets taken away…”

Unsurprisingly, the Dublin singer-songwriter is now acutely aware of the role live music holds for him. And as grateful as he was to be given the opportunity to pioneer the country’s move back into venues, he has been vocal in his criticism of the opportunities afforded to Irish musicians in a live setting. The dearth of artistic spaces, as well as the housing crisis in Dublin and nationwide, is the subject of McMorrow’s new collaborative project Co-Living Culture.

The group is completed by Cody Lee and David Anthony Curley, previously of Otherkin. Their single Renegador is out June 25 on Faction Music Group’s newest imprint Lost Decay.

The song is something of a separation from the indie-folk singer’s personal catalogue. A noisy, anthemic EDM track, it is a tune intended for a bouncing electronic venue – the likes of which, McMorrow and his bandmates suggest, is lacking in the capital.

“Renegador started out as an incredible amount of fun in the studio one day,” they recall. “The more we worked on the song, the more we talked about places in Dublin where you might hear a record like this being played.

“Honestly, we struggled to come up with any. In the last five years so much has changed, we are of the opinion that cultural and art spaces are the beating heart of a city, but so many of them have been taken away and replaced with structures that aren’t meant for those who occupy the city at all.”

If Co-Living Culture is a criticism of the issues facing Irish musicians by way of arts spaces, it is also a celebration of the resilience and adaptability of the good people working in the industry.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Anne’s Roses of Hope for Médecins Sans Frontières

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Kinvara artist Anne Korff has launched an initiative to support the work of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).

It’s a new book, Roses of Hope – Meditations, which contains a selection of six reproductions of her artwork, 25×25 cm in size, ring-bound and with a hanging attachment, ready to display on a wall.

Roses of Hope – Meditations was created as a series of paintings during the pandemic in 2020-21. Throughout this period of solitude and isolation, Anne wanted to share her artwork as a way of providing support, inspiration and nourishment for the soul. Each painting is a meditation using energy, colour and shape to bring hope and solace.

According to the Irish Times’ art critic Aidan Dunne, ‘Anne Korff’s paintings vividly reflect her experience of the refugee crisis . . . in a space of what feels like infinite loss, flickers of hope appear’.

Anne, who studied Fine Art in Berlin moved to Ireland in 1977. A decade later, inspired by her passion for history and archaeology she set up her own publishing company, Tír Eolas. Her publications include beautifully illustrated guides and maps of the Burren, south Galway, Lough Corrib, The Shannon Valley, as well as The Book of the Burren.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Film Fleadh’s invitation to pitch a script

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Submissions are now open for the annual Film Fleadh Script Pitching Competition, which will be held next month as part of the online festival.

The competition focuses on the crucial role of good writing in the audio-visual sector and has provided many writers with an opportunity to get Entrants should submit a 500-word written pitch (from beginning to end with no cliff-hangers!) and applications are welcome from writers of any skill level. Any genre of feature drama, documentary or animation will be considered.  Finalists will be chosen to pitch their idea live online as an ‘Elevator Pitch’ of 90 seconds to a virtual panel of industry judges and an audience. The winner will be announced at the Fleadh’s online awards ceremony and will receive a prize of €3,000.

In addition to the money and the opportunity to pitch to industry professionals, there are other benefits to taking part. These includes opening the door to producers; writers having their project optioned by producers; being invited on mentorships to hone their craft; bolstering their confidence and giving them their first opportunity to win over an audience. For the winner, the money can allow them the time to develop and expand their pitch into a full film script.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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