Classifieds Advertise Archive Subscriptions Family Announcements Photos Digital Editions/Apps
Connect with us

Entertainment

Down-home US country music at Monroe’s live

Avatar

Published

on

The Groove Tube with Jimi McDonnell

Expect some genuine Nashville song craft when Max T Barnes and Craig Curtis play Monroe’s Live on Friday, February 28. 

Max has co-written nine number one country hits and dozens of album tracks for country stars like Randy Travis and Colin Raye. Craig Curtis, meanwhile, is a country songwriter who is fast making a name for himself, as well as being a friend and label mate of Max’s.

They will be playing songs and sharing the stories behind them during their Galway visit.

“We’ll come over there with acoustic guitars and we’ll bring the harmony,” Max says.

Max T Barnes grew up in the country music scene. His father, Max D Barnes, wrote hits for stars like George Jones and Merle Haggard. Max has been in the trade himself for over 30 years, so what’s life like in the competitive, but potentially lucrative, Nashville songwriting scene?

“It’s not glamorous like you might think,” he says. “It’s a job and you go in every day to an office and you get with other writers and you write, and you write and you write. You just stack up them songs like cordwood. When somebody needs a song you pull one off the pile.”

That might sound a little 9 to 5, but Max enjoys life as a Nashville writer.

“It’s not like a factory job or anything, I don’t mean to downplay it!” he laughs. “It’s really loose and it’s a great lifestyle. There’s no set schedule. I’ve been doing this for 30 years, and when you want to go to the beach, you go to the beach.”

Did Max’s father share any songwriting tips with his son?

“I’d been playing guitar since I was 10 years old but my dad would never write a song with me, because he took it very seriously and it wasn’t for messing around with your kids,” he says. “But after I turned 18, I was on the road with country music stars, playing guitar. He kind of figured ‘well, the kid’s got something’. So, when I was 19, just about to move out, we got started into writing at the kitchen table. We wrote three in that batch and one of them was Way Down Deep which was hit for Vern Gosdin here in the States.”

Max D Barnes passed away 10 years ago, and his son recalls the country music community congregating to remember one of their own.

“He was a huge influence, not only to me, but big stars from around Nashville,” Max says.  “His funeral was a who’s who of country music. My dad wasn’t famous, but everybody he knew was. George Jones brought his bus and stayed all day, it was like taking the CMA (Country Music Awards) and parking them at the funeral home.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

CITY TRIBUNE

Sharon goes global for lockdown album The Reckoning

Avatar

Published

on

Sharon's new album will be available from this Friday.

Despite Covid-19 travel restrictions, Sharon Shannon has gone global for her latest studio album, The Reckoning, which is being released this Friday, November 27.

The Reckoning, which was composed, written and recorded during lockdown, features more than dozen remote collaborations from locations across the world.

All the twelve tracks have been co-written by Sharon and band members and various guest collaborators.

The full-on method in which it was recorded marks a new departure for the Clare-born musician who lives in Galway City, she says.

“Normally when we work on an album, we do one track at a time,” Sharon explains. “But with this, it seems to be an avalanche when you’re working on 13 or 14 tracks every day. It’s like a minefield!”

One of the key tracks, The Jolly Roger, resulted from a challenge which rugby player Robbie Henshaw presented to Sharon during the first Covid lockdown. Issued via Facebook, her task was to learn a new skill. And she did. After five days of intense practice, she created The Jolly Roger Facebook video . That clip of Sharon and her electric guitar has attracted more than 289,000 views since it was uploaded earlier this year.

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

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app
The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

 

Continue Reading

CITY TRIBUNE

Artists going to dogs in aid of annual auction

Avatar

Published

on

Work donated to MADRA by Galway artist Grace Cunningham and Achill Island’s Padraig McCaul.

Works by some of Ireland’s top artists, including Grace Cunningham and Finbar McHugh from Galway as well as Padraig McCaul from Achill Island and Charles Harper from Valentia Island, will go under the hammer at this year’s MADRA Dog Rescue Charity Art Auction.

The popular event, which kicks off for viewing next week, will take place online year due to Covid restrictions.

The event, will open for registration and online bids next Thursday, December 3 and will remain available to view and bid online until Monday, December 7 .

The goal is to raise €3,000 to contribute towards vet bills for the Connemara-based dog rescue and adoption charity. MADRA is facing major bills, all without the financial support that’s normally generated by its two charity shops – they have been closed for months this year due to the pandemic.

“We have stunning artworks available with an amazing variety of subjects and styles,” explains MADRA co-founder and director, Marina Fiddler, adding that the organisation is “honoured that so many talented artists have donated such beautiful pieces to support the homeless dogs in our care”.

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

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app
The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

 

Continue Reading

CITY TRIBUNE

Celebrating Romania on Great Union Day

Avatar

Published

on

ConTempo, will perform a programme from thier native Romania for next Tuesday's lunchthime concert.

The next instalment of the lunchtime music series, From Europe with Love, will take place next Tuesday, December 1, at 1pm. Hosted by Galway Music Residency, it’s the last one for 2020.

It promises to be a special event as Galway’s Ensemble in Residence, the ConTempo Quartet, who are from Romania, celebrate their homeland on what’s known as Great Union Day. This national holiday marks the unification of Transylvania, Bessarabia and Bukovina with the Romanian Kingdom in 1918.

ConTempo will perform a varied programme, showcasing the best of Romanian music. This will feature works by celebrated composers George Enescu and Theodor Grigoriu alongside lesser-known musical treasures. There will be a strong folk theme throughout, making for a lively lunchtime show.

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

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app
The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

 

Continue Reading

Local Ads

Local Ads

Advertisement

Weather

Weather Icon
Advertisement

Facebook

Advertisement

Trending