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Delorentos’ star in the ascendant as they play Westport

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Delorentos play the Westport Festival of Music & Food this weekend, part of a stellar line-up that includes Elvis Costello, Christy Moore, Martha Wainwright, The Waterboys and The Stunning. The Dublin based band will be headlining the Róisín Dubh stage on Sunday.

It’s been a great year for Delorentos – singles from their third album Little Sparks have been getting extensive airplay and in March they won the Choice Music Prize. How does the band feel after scooping the Irish music industry’s most prestigious prize?

“Well, I guess it was a big shock,” says singer and guitarist Rónán Yourell. “You never expect these sorts of things. Particularly the Choice Awards – of any honour you could receive, to be nominated is brilliant. And it’s a great night, so we were just buzzing to be there.”

“It was a mad one, because we had to fly over to the States four or five hours after the show ended. So it never really sunk in! “

Winning the Choice Prize has also led to producers around the country wanting more of Delorentos.

“We’re working on album number four at the moment and, other than doing some festivals in Europe, we had contemplated it being a quiet enough summer,” says Rónán. “But we’ve just been inundated with requests to come play here, there and everywhere. Some of them, like Westport, we’ve never done before. We couldn’t say no!”

The first two Delorentos albums contained some gems (Stop and S.E.C.R.E.T., in particular) but with Little Sparks, their popularity has soared. Why has this album made such a connection with people?

“I can only say this from our perspective, but I think our songwriting has jumped up a level,” Rónán says. “I think everybody focused more on their own writing, expressing their own ideas and feeling, and I think that comes across in the songs. I think it’s a really honest collection of songs.

“A lot of the subject matter is very personal, and people relate to that,” he adds. “If I think of music I like – on one hand, anything with a beat I go crazy for, but the songs that stay with you, for me, are the ones that you can connect with.”

Their headline slot at the Róisín Dubh stage marks Delorentos’ debut appearance at the Westport Festival.  What has their experience of the festival scene been like?

“We’ve had all sorts of funny ones. From changing in what would be like bathrooms, to great days kicking football with the Arctic Monkeys. It’s from one extreme to the other, week on week. I guess you wouldn’t have it any other way; it is a mad existence.”

Last year, Delorentos played the Benicassim festival near Valencia in Spain, sharing the bill with acts like New Order and The Stone Roses.

“We’ve played that festival twice over the past couple of years,” says Rónán. “In comparison to Oxegen and things over the years, where the weather’s terrible, when the weather’s nice people hang around a lot more. I got to meet some of my heroes – Julian Casablancas [from The Strokes] and Noel Gallagher last year.”

There’s a great clip on YouTube of Delorentos playing Bullet in a Gun on a street in Madrid. Spain seems to be taking to the Dublin band, and they’re looking to increase their following throughout Europe.

For more read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Work for children of all ages in extended Baboró programme

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Grand Soft Day, a new co-production from Branar is for children aged three to six.

The 26th annual Baboró International Arts Festival for Children will take place from Friday, October 14, to Sunday, October 23, in theatres, galleries, schools and communities in Galway City and County.

This year’s extended 10-day festival will have more than 50 live events, presented by companies from all over Ireland and Europe, including Belgium, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Scotland and England.

These will include a special collection of European work made for children up to six years, as well as residencies in special schools and child-led projects.

Children aged eight and older are invited to join the surreal world of Der Lauf, where nothing is quite as it seems. In this show, two circus performers from Belgian company Le Cirque du Bout du Monde, compete in a series of bizarre challenges as they juggle blindly, spin plates and stack glasses, while wearing boxing gloves. As the glasses rise, so do the stakes. The children are their only guides and will either help lead the clowns to order or towards further chaos.

Ballet Ireland will present The Glasshouse, a dance performance for children aged six and older. It is the story of Fiach, an earnest youngster who is on a mission to repopulate the world with plants and turn it green. This fun, compelling show, by exciting young choreographer Róisín Whelan, is about human courage, friendship and the determination to survive. The Glasshouse promises “moments of suspense and joy, exhilarating dancing, vibrant costumes and magical music”.

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

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A feast of Butlers at the Kenny Gallery

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The Butler family, from left: Liam, Ronan, Lisa and Davin.

Sculptor Liam Butler will return to the City’s Kenny Gallery this Friday night, August 12, for his first exhibition in more than 10 years. The new show, Copper Roots, is an even more special occasion for Liam as it will be his first time exhibiting alongside his children, Davin, Lisa and Ronan.

Liam is a self-taught sculptor who has been creating and exhibiting work for almost 30 years. He has passed on his craft to Davin, Lisa and Ronan, teaching them the techniques he developed throughout his career, as well as his love for copper and its artistic possibilities.

In 2020, during Covid, the Butlers were all together, back home in Galway for the first time in many years. They rekindled their passion for sculpture, spending time in Liam’s workshop, creating   new work, alongside each another.

There was learning, creativity and experimentation, they say. The resulting exhibition at Kennys’ celebrates reconnecting with family roots, and passions passed on from generation to generation.

A welder by training, Liam grew up on a small farm in Kilkenny. He worked in Germany and America for years before returning to Ireland, settling in An Spidéal where he began experimenting, using the skills he learned as an industrial welder to create simple sculptures from steel.

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

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Sisters in perfect tune for unique musical snapshot

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Breda and Claire Keville, photographed by Nutan. (Inset) The sisters, as depicted by artist Isabel Alegria, on the cover of the album.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

“A snapshot in time,” is how musician and composer Claire Keville from Claran, near Headford, describes Music from Galway, the new CD which she and her sister Breda have just released.

With Breda on fiddle and Claire on concertina, it’s a gorgeous collection of music from all parts of Galway and beyond, a mix of slow airs, gigs, reels and marches. The sisters are accompanied by guitarist and longtime musical friend Terence O’Reilly on several tracks, which they recorded in the studio of his East Clare home in April of this year.

Claire, a French and Music teacher in Coláiste Iognáid (the Jes) in the city for the past decade, and Breda, who works as a radiation therapist in UHG, have previously released solo albums. Breda’s, The Hop Down, was released in 2006 and The Daisy Field, from Clare came out in 2009. Each guested on the other’s album, but this is their first joint recording, a project they’d been discussing for years.

When it did finally happen, it came together a lot more quickly than either of them had anticipated.

“I didn’t think we’d have it done this year,” says Breda, as Claire recalls that they discussed its timeframe in April, while driving from Galway to Terence’s home in Clare.

After that first day, when they recorded 10 tracks and realised that most of them would make the album, they reckoned it was achievable. Another session in An Spidéal with musician, ‘talented engineer and general all-rounder’,  Ronan Browne, convinced them it was and Music from Galway was launched at the Willie Clancy Festival in Miltown Malbay in July.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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