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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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Sunday evening concert offers All the Pleasures

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Sunday evening’s concert will be performed by the Resurgam Choir and Irish Baroque Orchestra (pictured), under director Peter Whelan.

Music by George Frederic Handel and Henry Purcell as well as a world premiere by Irish composer Rhona Clarke will feature in Resounding Landscapes, a concert being presented by Music for Galway in association with Galway 2020 this Sunday, November 22. It will be live-streamed from the city’s St Nicholas’ Church, starting at 7pm.

It’s the second concert in the Abendmusik (Evening Music) series of vocal and choral performances, which forms part of Music for Galway’s programme for the European Capital of Culture project.

Sunday’s event will feature Welcome to all the Pleasures by the 17th century composer, Henry Purcell with text by Cristopher Fishburn; the world premiere of Rhona Clarke’s O Vis Aeternitatis – based on writings by the 12th century mystic, Hildegard of Bingen; and Handel’s Dixit Dominus.

The programme will be performed by the Resurgam Choir and Irish Baroque Orchestra (IBO), under director Peter Whelan, who is director of the IBO.

Creator of the Abendmusik Sunday evening concert series, Mark Duley feels that “in our current circumstance, it is good to be reminded by Fishburn in his text that ‘in music, we find relief from sorrow and grief’. And we can salute the venerable building of St Nicholas’ Church where for 700 years music has resounded and prayer has been valid.”

Meanwhile, a scheduled online production of the community opera, Paper Boat, which Music for Galway commissioned to celebrate the 700th anniversary of St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, has been postponed.

Paper Boat is central to Music for Galway’s programme for Galway 2020 and before Covid-19 restrictions, there had been plans for a major live production of the site-specific composition in St Nicholas’ last June.

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

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Chance to experience Fregoli’s Cross Street as the drama unfolds

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Enid trying to make sense of her life in 'Cross Street.

Fregoli Theatre Company will present a work-in-progress performance of its forthcoming play, Cross Street, on Saturday, November 28.

This virtual reading of their new comedy, written by the company’s co-founder Jarlath Tivnan, offers hints of horror while exploring mental health issues, according to its director Eimear Finan.

The story centres on Enid who’s searching for a new home and finds a place on Cross Street, one of Galway’s most happening spots.

However, she enters a space that’s is already populated by some serious creatures of habit. When Enid’s arrival threatens to disrupt well-worn routines, a house meeting is called to re-establish order. But on this stormy night, other events take over.

Cross Street explores how mental issues can grow and manifest when left to fester, says Eimear. Each of the housemates has an issue: these range from grief, guilt, alcoholism, eating disorders, neglect, self-harm and self-doubt. And each person isolates from anyone who might either interfere or help.

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

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Resourceful Emma gets in step with Zoom during pandemic

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Connemara's heritage features strongly in Emma's sean-nós dance classes and in her Facebook videos.

If you fancy learning sean-nós dancing, now is your chance as renowned dancer Emma O’Sullivan is using technology to put her students through their paces – at home and abroad.

In normal times, the All-Ireland champion can be seen dancing on the junction of Mainguard Street and Cross Street in Galway City.

Emma, from Derryinver, Letterfrack, is a popular figure and videos of her performances have been shared by over 20 million viewers worldwide. Her skills as a sean-nós dance teacher mean she’s in constant demand for classes among children and adults as at home and abroad.

But like so many in the performing arts sector, Emma’s livelihood has been severely affected by the pandemic.

After her regular classes were cancelled in March when lockdown began, she decided to try something new. She complied a 30-minute introductory sean-nós dancing tutorial video, which she uploaded to YouTube.  The feedback was so good, she moved on to classes via Zoom – which her students have since nicknamed ‘zoom-nós’.

This hasn’t been without its challenges, she says.

“There’s so much more to consider. Lighting and audio were a bit difficult, because while Zoom is fine for just chatting, suddenly I needed to talk and play music too.”

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

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