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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.

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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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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.

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Innovation and tradition at heart of Brú Theatre’s new programme

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Martha and Ronald Sayers and Melissa Gillespie, right, during rehearsals for ‘Ar Ais Aris’ overlooking Galway Bay off Grattan Road. The immersive virtual reality experience takes place from June 11-20 in Gaeltacht communities along the Atlantic coast. PHOTO JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

Brú Theatre Company has become an integral part of Galway’s arts scene since it was founded three years ago by Artistic Director James Riordan and Producer Jill Murray. Focusing on new writing, mask theatre, live music and dance, this innovative, talented company has won over audiences and critics alike.

Brú has now launched its programme for the remainder of 2021 with a mix of work that includes virtual reality performances, two stage shows and a physical theatre school.

“From drag to keening, it’s going to be great,” according to James Riordan who is ready for the next challenge.

“The support we have got from audiences and organisations alike in the past year has spurred us forwards, and I can’t wait to share all the shows, songs and stories we’ve been cooking up over the last year.”

From the beginning, Brú has produced bilingual work across a range of genres and that’s the case with Ar Ais Arís, an Irish language, immersive Virtual Reality experience which is touring Gaeltacht areas from Donegal to Cork from this Friday, June 11 until Sunday, June 20.

The show will site audiences by the sea before transporting them to Connemara’s mountain tops and far-away piers as it explores emigration, displacement and the poetic body, all via virtual performances. Inspired by Irish language writers including Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Pádraic Ó Conaire and Máirtín Ó Cadhain, Ar Ais Arís was originally commissioned by NUI Galway and Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture. It’s being presented as part of Brightening Air/Coiscéim Coiligh, a countrywide series of arts events supported by the Arts Council. Tickets are available from www.brutheatre.com

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