The fantastic Lúnasa return to the Róisín Dubh this Saturday, June 18, as part of the Galway Sessions Festival.
Lúnasa formed in 1997 and, from the outset, aimed to stand apart from other traditional bands by having no vocalist. Instead, they focused on the purity and energy of the tunes.
“We had to work very hard to make the whole concept interesting,” says Seán Smyth, who plays the fiddle and low whistle.
“I grew up playing those tunes, from my father and grandfather. I wanted to play the music I was in love with. That was tunes that were played at the sessions in Galway and up with my father in Mayo.”
Seán is joined in Lúnasa by Kevin Crawford (flutes, low and tin whistles), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass), Ed Boyd (guitar) and Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes and low whistles).
Lúnasa released a collaboration with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in 2013. Was it difficult to adapt freewheeling trad to an orchestral arrangement?
“I think that was a natural evolution,” Seán says.
“One of the guys who arranged traditional music happened a long time before us – Seán Ó Riada. He was the one who really started that. Then you had the likes of the Chieftains who came along after, an arranged set-up and a concert format.”
Lúnasa are all about making make dynamic and exciting music and intend to continue doing that as they mark their 20th year together in 2017.
Artists offering unique tour of Galway
The Artist’s Eye on Galway is a new project involving work from 46 artists from Ireland, the UK and USA, all at various stages in their careers, which offers a unique, artistic tour of the city and county.
Led by a team of local artists, and co-ordinated by Terri Kelleher, the project is being supported by independent publisher, Ballinderreen-based Hoogledorf Press, which is publishing a book of the same name, containing images of all the artworks.
The project is also being supported by Galway Artist’s Forum, a social networking resource for artists and arts events locally, explains Terri.
The paintings are included in a 144-page, hardback book that’s designed to offer a virtual tour of local landmarks and scenery. This tour begins in Galway City and travels to South Galway, before passing through areas east of the River Corrib and continuing on to Connemara.
The publication, The Artist’s Eye on Galway, also has a large section dedicated to the participants, as well as photos and statements about them and their work.
The book and accompanying exhibition will be officially launched in the city’s Galmont Hotel this coming Monday, July 4, at 7.30pm and the artworks will be available to view in the hotel from then until Wednesday, July 6.
Artists taking part in the project include Barrie Maguire, Sarah Murphy, Joan Finnegan, Linda Kennedy, Suzanne Kearney, Michael Moore, Dubravka Drenski, Alicja Natalicz, Belinda Fair, Neal Whelan, Bridget Ryan, Fiona Bradley, Carol Feeney, Attracta Carbery, Cathal O’Malley, Róisín Ní Ghuidhír, and Hank Weisbecker.
A full list of participants and more information on the publication is available at www.artistseyebooks.com.
As the Crow Flies opens at Oughterard Courthouse
As the Crow Flies, a collaborative exhibition from artists Caroline McFadden and Susanne Keane, will open in Oughterard this Friday evening, July 1, from 7-9pm, as part of the Oughterard Courthouse Arts Programme (OCAP).
It’s a series of sculptures and paintings from the artists whose work reflects their connection with nature and their local landscape.
Susanne Keane is an abstract sea- and landscape artist whose paintings and drawings capture bog and marshes, hills, lakes and the sea.
Her vibrant palette aims to recreate the sense of wonder and magic that people experience when in nature. Susanne, who studied Art & Design and Fine Art at GMIT, has held numerous solo exhibitions and has participated in group shows and community events.
Caroline McFadden, who studied Fine Art part-time in GMIT for five years, practises ‘Authentic Movement’, which involves movement as a method of self-exploration and well-being.
The nature sculptures in this show came about following an exercise she was given in 2019, when she was asked to represent her ‘inner witness’. Caroline had a growing urge to work with her hands and to transform found nature objects into sculptures.
As the Crow Flies will run until Sunday, July 10, from Monday to Saturday, 10am-5pm, and on Sundays from 12pm-5pm. All are welcome.
Further information from www.ocap.ie.
Eclectic show from Belfast winners of Turner Prize comes to Galway
Work from Belfast’s Array Collective, which won the 2021 Turner Prize for art in Britain will be shown in Galway City this August and September
It’s being presented by Galway Arts Centre and marks the first exhibition of this show in Ireland.
The Array Collective, which won the prestigious Turner Prize, is a group of 11 Belfast-based artists from all parts of Ireland, as well as from England and Italy. They live and work in Belfast, creating collaborative projects in response to issues affecting Northern Ireland and other issues, including access to abortion, gay rights, mental health, gentrification and social welfare.
Their work encompasses performances, protests, exhibitions and events. Each member has an individual artistic practice, but they won the Turner Prize as a collective – becoming the first artists from Northern Ireland to win it.
The Turner Prize, a highlight of Britain’s contemporary art calendar, is awarded to artist/s who are from Britain or are based there, for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work.
The National Museums of Northern Ireland, who acquired this work for their permanent collection at the Ulster Museum, have loaned it to Galway Arts Centre.
For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.
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