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Dom Flemons – flying a flag for American folk

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Dom Flemons will be playing a combination of musical styles for his gig in Campbell's.

Groove Tube with Jimi McDonnell – tribunegroove@live.ie

If you enjoy roots music, and especially Americana, then Dom Flemons’ gig in Campbell’s Tavern, Cloughanover, on Wednesday, July 27, is for you.

A former member of the Grammy-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom plans to bring an intriguing mix of sounds to the venue, just outside Headford.

“I’ll be playing a combination of styles of American music, ranging from country blues to early ragtime, early jazz, and I’ll be doing some country,” he says. “I’ll also be interspersing older songs I’ve learned with original material.

“When it comes to performing, I have a few interesting instruments that I bring with me. One is an instrument called the quills, which is like a panpipe. They’re very old, they’re played everywhere, but there’s a small tradition of them in the States.”

Although this tour is celebrating the release of Prospect Hill, Dom is already working on its follow-up.

“The next album I have coming out is on the Alamo Black Cowboys,” he says. “I’ve been researching different songs associated with black cowboys. About one quarter of the cowboys who settled the West in the United States were black. It’s something that’s not that well known. Many of the most famous songs, including Home On The Range, are associated with them.”

A native of North Carolina, Dom Flemons is a champion of America’s folk tradition. He is involved with the Music Maker Relief Foundation, a non-profit organisation that works with traditional Southern musicians who have fallen on hard times. He recalls the case of the talented blues guitarist Boo Hanks.

“He was in this very ratty old trailer he’d had for 30,40 years before Music Maker met him,” Dom says. “Through the donations of their supporters, they were able to help Boo get a new trailer and heating oil for the winter. The idea is what can a couple of hundred bucks do for people who are living on less than $8,000 a year.”

On July 4, Independence Day, updated his Facebook profile picture to a photo of himself standing in front of a row of American flags. He also recently took on the name of The American Songster. In a year of more mass shootings and the increasingly divisive Donald Trump, is it fair to say that Dom is looking to celebrate the better side of American culture?

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Hilarity and dance for all the family in Absolute Legends

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Lords of the Strut Cian Kinsella and Cormac Mohally as fame-seeking brothers, Sean and Seamus.

Ridiculous dance duo, The Lords of the Strut, are bringing their hit fantasy adventure, Absolute Legends, to Galway’s Town Hall Theatre next Wednesday, February 19, starting at 4pm.

It’s a family-friendly show, suitable for children aged six and older.

World champion street performers and semi-finalists of the ITV series, Britain’s Got Talent, in 2017, Lords of the Strut are a dancing duo from Cork, who first started performing together in 2009.

In this fast-moving comedy show, they focus on Sean and Seamus – a pair of fame-hungry brothers who are determined create the perfect dance routine and who need help from the audience to do so.

The spandex-wearing duo are joined by a host of fantastic and bizarre characters as they create rocking moves, run into trouble, have several tantrums, cause mayhem and learn if fame is really what they’re seeking after all.

Lords of the Strut (Cian Kinsella and Cormac Mohally) have teamed up with the ground-breaking Dublin-based theatre and events company THISISPOPBABY for Absolute Legends.

The two groups first began working together in 2016 when THISISPOPBABY invited Cian and Cormac to take part in their hit show, RIOT. A fusion of theatre, dance, music and performance art, RIOT won best production at that year’s Dublin Fringe Festival and has since gone on to tour successfully at home and abroad.

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

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Cycling legend shares his stories

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Mark Beaumont will be sharing his experiences at the Town Hall.

TV presenter, broadcaster and ultra-endurance adventurer Mark Beaumont will be in conversation at the Town Hall Theatre on Sunday, February 23, at 8pm.

In the show, Around the World in 80 Days, Scottish-born Mark will be discussing his successful quest, in 2017, to turn Victorian fiction into a two-wheeled reality.

As a cyclist, Mark first came to fame for an 18,000-mile round-the-world bike race, where he smashed the previous world record by a whopping 82 days. He followed that with a 13,00-mile ride through the Rockies and Andes, climbing the highest mountains in Alaska and Argentina.

Off the bike, his ocean trips have involved rowing through the high Arctic and surviving after capsizing mid-Atlantic

In 2015, Mark achieved another world record when he cycled 6,718 miles through Africa. The solo cycle along the length of that continent took him 41 days, 10 hours and 22 minutes, destroying the previous record.

Mark’s story is a personal roller-coaster of mental and physical endurance as well as a fascinating insight into the natural world.

This two-hour talk, presented by the motivational group, Speakers from the Edge, will include photographs and extracts from the documentary of his 2017 trip as he shares his experiences of planning and executing this and other successful expeditions.

Tickets costing €19/17 from tht.ie, 091-569777 or from the Town Hall Theatre box office.

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Bob draws on family history for one-man show on IRA

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Bob Kelly in Tintown, the one-man show based on his grandfather's experience as an internee in the Curragh during World War II.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

Bob Kelly’s grandfather, Joe, was a young man when he joined the IRA in the 1930s, much like another Dubliner who later went on to gain fame as a writer, Brendan Behan. It was the early and troubled years of Irish independence, when these revolutionaries were intent on continuing the struggle for a united and free Ireland.  But, when World War II broke out, Joe and hundreds of activists were interned in the Curragh Military Camp in Kildare.

De Valera’s Fianna Fáil government were responsible for this, viewing the group as a threat to Free State security.  These internments were widely known about at the time. However, while contemporary Ireland has commemorated the events of 1916 and is currently marking the War of Independence, very little has been documented about that moment in Irish history, according to Bob.

The talented writer and actor has created a one-man show Tintown in a response to that silence, exploring his grandfather’s story and how one young man’s ideals were stripped away by reality.

Tintown, with its central character of Bernard Carroll, was first presented in 2016 as a work-in-progress at Sligo’s Hawkswell Theatre, where Bob, a graduate of the Lecoq Theatre School in Paris, had developed it. Based on interviews with internees, and directed by Niall Henry of Blue Raincoat Theatre, its first full production was in Blue Raincoat’s Factory Performance Space last April.

Tintown captures the story of the ideological conflict between IRA members in the Curragh that led to the organisation’s decline within the camp.

The Irish government had also used the Curragh to intern Allied and Axis prisoners of war from 1939 onwards, something that’s highlighted in the Department of Justice website, where there’s little reference to the local troublemakers, says Bob.

His grandfather was among them – Behan “would have been a contemporary of his at the camp”, he observes, but Joe’s family knew very about this.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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