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Carnival rolls into town as Jerry Fish plays Festival gig

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The Groove Tube with Jimi McDonnell – tribunegroove@live.ie

Roll up, roll up! The carnival is coming to town when Jerry Fish and his band play the Róisín Dubh, as part of this year’s Galway Arts Festival. The former front man of An Emotional Fish and The Mudbug Club is in typically gregarious form as he prepares to come West.

“I guess I’m at my usual skulduggery of experimenting,” he says. “I think what’s really happened to me is years and years ago – in An Emotional Fish – when I went on stage, I became somebody else. But I guess that person that used to take over me onstage has now become me. I’ve kind of become more performer than human being at this stage of the game!”

Jerry’s new drummer is the one-man powerhouse Rarely Seen Above Ground – aka Jeremy Hickey, whose 2008 debut as RSAG received a Choice Prize nomination.

“It’s a bit like a rodeo!” Jerry laughs. “I’m a massive fan, so I feel very honoured and privileged that he’s drumming with me now.”

Also joining Jerry will be his long time collaborator Grum, a guitarist with swagger to spare.

“Grum is pretty much an underground legend waiting to happen,” says Jerry. “I feel very privileged to be working with him. He’s an old friend; I met him initially with Cathy Davey, her first recordings, maybe three or four years before she did her first album with EMI. She came to me with Grum and a bunch of songs. I guess I’m lucky that I’m the guy that people come to.”

Jerry and Grum are working on new material that may eventually become an album, but will start out as a series of stand-alone tracks.

“I guess I’m doing what I did with the Mudbug Club, which is mix up different genres and people,” Jerry says. “I started an album but halfway through it I decided, I’m just going to release them as they come along, with movies.

“I’m playing around with a director called Paul Mahon and we’re about to do a carnival/motorcycle kind of movie. I’ve always loved circus and carnivals, so I’m bringing all that on board.”

Jerry Fish’s career goes back 25 years, to his days with An Emotional Fish. The band were signed to Atlantic Records, a company with a catalogue that includes Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding. With The Mudbug Club, he made the transition to being an independent artist, so it’s fair to say he’s familiar with the highs and lows of the music industry.

“It’s a precarious life,” he says. “If you decide to be in a band and try and live, and feed your family through that, you’re only asking for it – you are a bit of a mad man! We don’t have security, and in a way it’s scary, but the thing that’s happened with the recession – we’re a little bit more used to it, I guess, and a little more tenacious.”

This tenacity comes through in a Jerry Fish live show. Aware of the doom and gloom caused by the economic downturn, Jerry tries to offer up an antidote.

“Even if we give up, there are genes inside us that won’t,” he says. “And I have a lot of fun with that with the live show. In a way, I think I’m the man between the band and the audience. My job is done if I unite the room as one utopian thing!”

That is what he always endeavours to do – there’s no such thing as a sedate Jerry Fish gig. Would he agree that he invites the audience to be part of the show?

“Definitely, Otherwise, what are we doing? I don’t really get the shoe-gazing thing. It’s about being in the now, if we can all be in the same moment.”

The subject sets him off on another tangent.

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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