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Chuck Prophet aiming to ‘hit where it hurts’

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Chuck Prophet.

Groove Tube with Jimi McDonnell – tribunegroove@live.ie

At a first listen, Chuck Prophet brings to mind songwriters like Beck and Bob Dylan. Delve a little deeper, though, and you’ll discover an artist whose solo career began in 1990, and who has a sound that’s very much his own. The San Francisco based singer plays the Róisín Dubh next Tuesday, July 21, as part of this year’s Galway International Arts Festival.

Given that his career goes back over 25 years, is it hard for Chuck to put a set-list together? “I tend to like my later stuff – I can’t say that about all the artists that I follow!” he laughs. “I’ve so many songs to choose from, so I try to read an audience. I try and hit people where it hurts. I try to make them laugh.”

Last year, Chuck Prophet released his 13th studio album, Night Surfer.

Was he happy with how it turned out? “Absolutely, yeah,” he says. “I’m just so surprised that it’s taken me this f**kin’ long to get the hang of it! I feel like I’m just starting to. I don’t know, there’s songwriting, performing, and then there’s the craft of making a record. You want it all to come together at the same time, and it’s a mystery what that is.”

Laughing on the Inside is a track that grabs the listener from the very first chord. How did that bittersweet tune come about?

“I was trying to write something big like [George Harrison’s] All Things Must Pass, or Phil Spector,” he says. “There are two drummers on that track. I just wanted something that was less delicate and not sweet. You hear a track like Lust for Life and it just hits you, it rolls over you like a steam engine.”

Chuck is particularly proud of Truth Will Out (Ballad of Melissa and Remy), which he describes as a ‘dense, storytelling song’.

Was it hard to get that one right? “It was a little bit tricky,” he says. “Honestly, I don’t know if we even nailed it. Songs are living and breathing and you never know where the definitive one is coming from. Except for The Beatles – I heard Revolution on the radio and it’d be hard to think of a better version of that song. But they had the ability to make definitive recordings.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

 

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Fun and laughter promised in Harry Potter parody show

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Potted Potter is visiting Galway as part of an Irish tour.

The Olivier Award nominated Potted Potter, The Unauthorised Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff, visits Galway’s Town Hall Theatre from this Thursday to Sunday, August 18-21. Having played to sold-out houses all over the world, it’s visiting Galway as part of an Irish tour.

The show takes on the challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real-life game of Quidditch) into 70 hilarious minutes.

Performed by Jan Martin and Paul Brown, Potted Potter contains all the central characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic.

Created by double-Olivier Award Best Entertainment nominees Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner, Potted Potter has been seen by over a million muggles around the world since its 2006 premiere. It played 30 weeks off-Broadway across two sold-out seasons, as well as having five West End runs, and multiple North American and Australasian tours.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Talk and workshop to accompany Twofold

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Artists and sisters Susan Campbell and Paula Hickey whose new show opens in Kinvara this Friday evening.

Twofold, joint exhibition from artist sisters Susan Campbell and Paula Hickey will open this Friday evening at 6pm, at the Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara, hosted by KAVA arts. It will run until Sunday, August 28,  with a talk and a workshop next week to coincide with the show.

Susan and Paula describe Twofold as their response to the dynamic processes and equilibriums found in nature.

Using a range of mediums, it references water cycles, geological formations and flora, including those local to the Burren.

Susan who lives in Wicklow, has a Higher National Diploma fine art, and an MPhil and PhD art history, who is now integrating her creative and research interests. She is concerned with natural dynamics, the structures that underly reality and the relationships between things. Paula who is based in Leeds, and who has a BA in graphic design and MA in creative practice, is a regular visitor to Kinvara. Her process is rooted in material play, through which, she believes, the more elusive aspects of human existence can be explored.

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

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Mike Denver and guests in Salthill

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Mike Denver.

Mike Denver, one of Galway’s favourite singers, will return to Leisureland on Friday, August 26, delighted to be back on the road properly again.

Mike’s popularity led to him being voted Entertainer of the Year 2016,  together with having his album, Cut Loose, named Number One album of the Year at the ACMA Awards on RTÉ TV. To date, he has had 15 hit albums and five DVDs.

Having gathered a huge following in Ireland, North and South, he’s now making inroads in the  UK.

With his excellent backing band Mike will present a high-energy, two-and-a-half-hour show at Leisureland, which will feature all his hits, including Tommy K, Wasn’t that a Party, Galway Girl and Blown Away, alongside other hits from the 1960s and 1970s. He will be joined on the night by special guests and  Country legends, Brendan Shine and Ray Lynam.

■ Tickets for MIke’s show in Leisureland on Friday, August 26, are available at Kelly’s Foodstore Clarinbridge, Tel 091-796105 and from Ticketmaster.ie

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