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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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Ceramic artist who found her creative home in Galway

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Tatiana Dobos...creative space in Galway.

A ceramic artist who made her home in Galway a decade ago is one of twelve creative pioneers to feature in a new series of abstract short films available for viewing on the TG4 Player.

Samhlú Croí Cruthaitheach is a season of twelve commissioned abstract short films featuring artists and creatives – among them Moldovan born Galway-based ceramic artist Tatiana Dobos.

Tatiana was born in 1982 in Bujor, and studied all kinds of ‘numbers’ till she was 27, when she discovered clay accidentally while doing sculpture in an art studio.

She describes it as being like arriving home for the first time. She had to quit my job, erase everything she studied and start her forever journey with clay which, since then, is a constant learning and discovering process.

She came to Ireland in 2010, and Galway felt like home from the first walk on its streets.

“Ten years later I can say that Galway is the true and only home to me,” she says.

“My studio is located in Knocknacarra, very close to the sea where I cycle almost every day for refreshing swims, and also close to Barna Woods, a place for reflection and reconnection. It feels really inspiring to be so close to Connemara and Burren, places that invite to rediscovering oneself,” she adds.

From her little studio, Tatiana creates ceramic artworks inspired by human emotions.

She seeks to materialize in her works the mechanisms of the inner battles, at the same time exploring the anatomy of the aftermath.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Land, Sea and Mind at heart of Kinvara show

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Some of the works from a new exhibition by Patrick Kenneally, set for the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara

An exhibition of new work by artist Patrick Kenneally opens at the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara, on Saturday week and runs until Sunday, August 8, from 10am to 4pm daily.

Of Land, Sea and Mind is a new series of oil paintings by the artist which is inspired by the mind’s adaptation and reaction to the restrictions placed on the mind and body by lockdowns over the past year.

“As an artist, being in and with the landscape is a vital stimulation for the creative process. You listen to the silence and vastness of the Burren. You take in the salty air of the Atlantic breeze,” he explained.

“The mind, without the direct stimulation of the environment you are so used to being in, will stitch you a new patchwork of colours, compositions and perspectives based on memory, thoughts and feelings. These “mindscapes” allow me to revisit the places that are restricted to me,” he added.

The paintings are a reflection of the self in isolation; a boat on the horizon, a windswept tree in the Burren, a single cloud in the sky, a rolling wave. The self is not present in the landscape but is present with the landscape.

 

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Galway-made box office hit returns home to Film Fleadh

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Galway hit…a scene from Two by Two Overboard!

A Galway-made animation movie which outshone the big-budget studios at the box office is making a homecoming of sorts this weekend – in the open air.

Two by Two Overboard!, produced in Galway by Moetion Films, was the number one film at the UK box office in November 2020.

The film has also proved a big hit at home with top three spots in all Irish cinema during Christmas 2020.

This weekend, Galway audiences will be treated to a special showing during the Galway Film Fleadh on Saturday at noon, in the specially constructed open-air cinema located in Father Burke Park.

Distributed by eOne Entertainment, the film opened in multiple locations across the UK in late October 2020 – but now as restrictions ease, it is set for release in France, Spain, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Estonia and elsehwere.

Made in 3D animation, the film tells the story of young Nestrian Finny and his best mate Leah, a Grymp, who accidently fall off Noah’s ark and are swept out to sea.

Adrift on a flood, the two misfit castaways struggle to reunite an unorthodox family, out-run a volcano, and negotiate a peace deal on a creaking Ark.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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