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Catch up with Relish at Róisín Dubh show

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Relish are back in action after a period working on other projects.

Groove Tube with Jimi McDonnell – tribunegrove@live.ie

Relish bring their uplifting, rocky sound to the Róisín Dubh on Friday, November 13. Led by Co Down brothers Ken and Carl Papenfus, Relish re-released their first two albums Wildflowers (2001) and Karma Calling earlier this year. The brothers got in touch with Universal Records, which had taken over their old label EMI.

“They brought us down for a meeting and discussed re-releasing the material,” Ken says.  “We couldn’t have been happier, especially because the second album didn’t get around that much; there wasn’t much of a push behind it for whatever reason. Getting it out there again was great.

“There’s a whole new audience out there, maybe two generations that aren’t aware of Relish,” he adds. “It feels like we’re coming back in one respect, and we’re starting over in another.”

Relish are bolstered by two new members, with Paul Musgrave on bass and Nick Joseph on guitar.

“Paul Musgrave was a bass player in other bands that we used to play in when we were kids,” Ken says. “It just so happened that he rang me one day talking about buying some new equipment. He was totally off the scene and wanted to know what he could get for his money.

“We started talking about equipment, and it went on from there to ‘are you doing much playing?’ I said ‘Paul, you’re more than welcome to come up, let’s have a jam’. It went on from there.”

Nick joined the band after spending an evening with Carl and some other friends, and the subject of Relish came up.

“It’s been very informal, very relaxed,” Ken says. “The guys are fans of the music, so we said we’d take it a step at a time.”

Relish returned this year after a few years away from the live scene. Carl and Ken have kept themselves busy, with Carl playing with Paul Weller and both brothers joining Sinéad O’Connor’s band.  Given the demands of playing with A-listers like that, where does Relish fit in their list of priorities?

“Relish is number one right now,” Ken says. “We’re finished the Sinéad O’Connor tour and we have some studio work with another artist in November.  The rest of the month is taken up with Relish on tour, and getting ready for the next record. We’re in the middle of recording our next album at the minute.”

Where is that album being made?

“Different places. We’ve done some recording in Dublin and we have a studio at home. We’ve done some bits in London. We’re not being too particular in how we put it together. It’s a nice mish-mash, and hopefully it’ll make sense in the end.”

Relish first signed to EMI in 1998. After almost two decades later, does Ken find the music business any easier to negotiate? He laughs ruefully at the question.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Success for Galway at Book Awards event

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The award for the An Post Short Story of the Year, sponsored by writing.ie, went to Deirdre Sullivan for Little Lives.

Galway shone at the 2021 An Post Irish Book Awards, held virtually on Tuesday night and broadcast on the RTÉ website.

The Irish Language Book of the Year award was won by an Spidéal writer Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin for Madame Lazare, while Kennys in Galway City won the inaugural Best Bookshop Award and Deirdre Sullivan from Knocknacarra in the city, won Short Story of the Year for Little Lives.

This annual ceremony has been running since 2006 and is the country’s biggest literary awards event, with 20 prizes across 20 categories.

The new bookshop award was introduced to acknowledge the role played by bookshops countrywide in helping local communities to find the books they wanted during Covid-19. Kennys celebrated the win by offering their online subscribers an extra 10 per cent off all titles for a 24-hour period.

There were celebrations too in an Spidéal, where Barzazz, the new company that published Madame Lazare, is based.

It’s an imprint of Futa Fata, the successful Irish-language publisher specialising in children’s books that was established in the early 2000s. Barzazz was launched just this summer to publish contemporary fiction, poetry and translations for adults in Irish, and Madame Lazare was its first book – it’s also the debut novel from screenwriter, children’s author and songwriter, Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin.

A novel about secrets and truths, it follows the life of the mysterious Hana Lazare, with the action moving backwards and forwards in time between the Irish-speaking West of Ireland of the 1930s, to a devout Jewish community in 1990s Paris, to present day Brussels.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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From The Milking Parlour Bar to Town Hall Theatre

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Town Hall Theatre, Galway

Galway’s Whileaways will be in concert in the Town Hall Theatre on Saturday, December 11, as they celebrate the release of their single The Milking Parlour Bar, a song that celebrates friendship and the magic of music shared.

It showcases a new, fresh sound from The Whileaways while still featuring their trademark rich vocal harmonies. That’s a taste of what’s to come from their new album, In All Honesty, due for release in Spring.

The Whileaways are singers Noelie McDonnell, Noriana Kennedy and Nicola Joyce, who first got to know each other on Galway’s session circuit in 2012. Since joining forces, they have released three critically acclaimed albums, toured the world, and been nominated for Best Group and Best Album in the RTÉ Folk Awards.

In 2019, the group embarked on a new proect, teaming up with Kerry singer, Pauline Scanlon for Bird On The Wire, a celebration of Leonard Cohen, featuring a ten-piece band, which has now been revived.

This new single, The Milking Parlour Bar has its roots in recent Covid experiences, as Noelie explains.

“We’ve all missed things we previously took for granted – singing together, playing together, dancing together, even just being together.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Local publisher extends invite to Open Evening

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Marguerite Tonery....Tribes Press.

Local publishing company, Tribes Press, is hosting an online Open Evening with several of its authors next Wednesday night, December 1, starting at 7pm.

Anyone who’s interested in book-related topics is invited to link up with the group’s authors.

Tribes’ founder Marguerite Tonery describes the occasion as “an incredible opportunity to ask questions about writing and publishing. But not only that, it is an opportunity to get to know your favourite Irish author a little better”.

Authors from a range of genres are taking part in this free event. They include Marguerite, whose books include the Kapheus fantasy adventure series and Covid Monster’s Visit.

James L Keogh, author of Little Kitten, Geraldine Renton (Ethan and Me), Jack Walsh (Jingles’ Christmas Adventure), Maria Breen-Fahy (Silly Sammy) and Lynn Maloney (A Fairy Wonderland of Rhymes) are also taking part, as is Kevin Lawlor, author of A Guide to Starting Business the Irish Way and Grace Alice O’Shea, whose book Sex Educated promises to answer all the questions that young people ask about sex – including consent, body image, relationships, pornography and reproduction.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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