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Diversity and talent on show in printed matter

Judy Murphy

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Members of the Galway Print Studio in the Connacht Tribune Printworks Gallery where Printed Matter will open this weekend. From left: Jan Godfrey, Nicola Gunwhy, Victoria Smith Cradock, Studio Administrator, Mick Davoren, Mary Geeleher, Mary Ryan, Norah Brennan and Pauline Kinahan Kane. PHOTO: JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

The finest of art from Galway’s finest print-makers is currently on display in the Connacht Tribune Printworks Gallery. Printed Matter is the annual exhibition from the 30 members of Galway Print Studio and this year’s show includes guest artist from Dublin’s Graphic Print Studios.

The exhibition, which will run until August 27, has an eclectic array of work on offer, ranging from landscapes to figurative and abstract works as well as digital photography, print textiles, and a 3-D sculpture.

They have been created using age-old print-making techniques, with some of the artists also using new technology including 3-D printers and digital photography.

The art in Printed Works offers an in-depth look print-making culture in the West of Ireland.  Along the way, it explores how print-making has evolved to accommodate our current touch-screen age. The art on show demonstrates why print-making remains important.

This is the culmination of a scheme, entitled EP’16, which celebrates Irish print-making by allowing artists to exchange work. A group of 30 artists from all over Ireland created work for the initiative and their prints were exchanged in a process overseen by Galway Print Studio.

The works from EP’16 are now being exhibited in The Connacht Tribune Printworks while three box-sets have been collated for a special raffle. The first and second prize have 10 original prints, including a John Behan or Pádraic Reaney piece, while the third prize has 10 original prints.

Tickets cost €10 and can be purchased on the website or at the gallery.

Being an artist can be a lonely business, and Galway Print Studio offers a place where people can meet, exchange ideas and offer each other encouragement. The group also collaborates with other print-making bodies in Ireland, which is why Dublin’s Graphic Print Studio is being represented in the Galway show. Founded in 1960, it’s one of Ireland’s leading print-making groups.

The much younger Galway Print Studio had its debut outing last year, when members exhibited their work, also in the Connacht Tribune Printworks. Since that show, Print is Dead, Long Live Print, the Galway Print Studio members have taken part in exhibitions and residencies across Ireland, as well as in Britain, Brittany and Estonia. Close to home, they were involved in the Shorelines Festival in Portumna.

Printed Matter includes a special exhibition from the children’s classes, while merchandise from Galway Print Studio will also be for sale during the exhibition run. There’s a special display area with mugs and tote bags as well as a selection of original prints from members, all at reasonable prices. These are in addition to the 144 exhibits on display in the gallery, most of which can also be purchased.

■ Printed Matter will run until August 27 at the Connacht Tribune Printworks, Market Street in Galway City. All are welcome.

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Reeling in the years to celebrate iconic album

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Pearse Doherty, John ‘Turps’ Burke, Johnny Donnelly, Davy Carton and Leo Moran on stage at the Warwick, for the album’s back cover. PHOTOS: FRANK MILLER.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s Galway City was on a creative roll, with the Arts Festival and theatre groups such as Druid, Punchbag, Na Fánaithe and Macnas expanding our creative horizons in all directions.

Down in the Quays Bar – then very much a local pub renowned for the calibre of its music sessions – a group from Tuam was creating waves and attracting fans, including Mike Scott of the Waterboys.

That group was the Saw Doctors, “all the way from Tuam”, and Mike Scott had encountered the lads when his band was in Spiddal, making the album Fisherman’s Blues.

They ended up supporting the Waterboys on a tour of Ireland and the UK and, in 1989, Mike Scott produced their debut single, N17, in Dublin’s Windmill Lane. Leo and Davy’s song about youth and emigration captured the experience of so many young people at that time – but it didn’t capture the public imagination. After a few radio plays, it faded away quietly.

“As a teenager, you’d have a dream of having a hit single,” recalls Leo Moran of that debut release. “But when you are writing songs, you become a bit more practical. And we were older and were gone beyond pop-star dreams.”

Their aim was simple.

“Our ambition was to put out a single.”

The group, then made up of Davy, Leo, John ‘Turps’ Burke, Pearse Doherty and Johnny Donnelly, had to earn a living too, and that wasn’t always easy.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Legendary trio for live Town Hall concert

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Máirtín O'Connor who will be joining forces with Frankie Gavin and Johnny Duhan for the concert on July 3.

Fans of quality music who have been pining for live gigs can look forward to Saturday, July 3, when Frankie Gavin, Máirtín O’Connor and Johnny Duhan will be on stage at the Town Hall Theatre at 8pm, for a one-off concert, Part of a Tribe.  The venue will have a limited capacity of 50 people and the concert will also be livestreamed.

Each of the three will perform solo works and collaborate on well-known instrumental pieces.

Tunes will include The Road West, The Queen of Sheba, The Belfast Hornpipe, Thomond Bridge, Joe Cooley’s Reels, and songs like The Voyage, Don’t Give up til it’s Over and The Beacon.

Part of a Tribe comes from the title of a song that the three musicians recorded with the cream of Galway’s folk and traditional musical community some years ago for St Vincent de Paul. Its theme of co-operation and team spirit is especially relevant as the country moves out of the shadow of Covid-19.

The concert will last 70 minutes and there will be no interval and no bar.

The maximum number of tickets that can be purchased per person is four. They cost €25 for the in-person event. Online tickets are €15/Online household €20.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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‘Cowgirl’ love song that hits all the right notes

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The Raines, from left, Yvonne Tiernan, Ruth Dillon and Juliana Erkkonen.

The wonderfully titled Love is sublime (til it draws out its gun) is the latest single from Galway based folk-Americana trio, The Raines. Launched on Friday, it went straight to number one on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts in Ireland and number 12 in the overall charts.

It follows their debut single, 2020’s Bare Feet on Grass, which also reached number one in the iTunes singer-songwriter Chart and was Song of the Week on RTE.ie’s culture section, with over one million impacts on Irish radio.

The Raines are Ruth Dillon, Juliana Erkkonen and Yvonne Tiernan, all terrific performers in their own right.

Ruth (vocals, guitar, ukulele) who toured and recorded with Dolores Keane, is a former member of The Molly Hicks, and has three solo albums of her own. Juliana (fiddle and vocals) has been at the forefront of Ireland’s Americana musical scene and released seven albums with various groups, including one solo album.

Yvonne Tiernan (vocals and ukulele) has toured as lead singer with ‘The Chieftains’.

This up-tempo summer single again showcases the beauty of their vocal harmonies, strings and their overall rapport.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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