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Early Music Festival to celebrate 101 years of the Brothers Grimm

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Arts Week with Judy Murphy – judymurphy@ctribune.ie

One hundred years after the first publication of Grimm’s Fairytales, the Galway Early Music Festival, May 9-12, presents ‘Sonnets for the Cradle’, a multi-media event based on fairytales, directed by Ireland’s foremost recorder soloist, Laoise O’Brien, with original artwork by tapestry weaver, Lorna Donlon.

Inspired by the folk tales collected by the Grimm brothers, Hans Christian Anderson, Giambattista Basile and Charles Perrault, this music and art project takes a look at the dark side of fairy tales.

“I gathered music to make a fine story with heroes and villains, kings and queens, monsters and fairies, really as much as I could fit in to 40 minutes of music,” Laoise O’Brien explained.

“These tales didn’t always have the happy endings that they now have. The themes are abandonment, loss, neglect and impossible challenges that are answered by cleverness, humour and hope.

“I was largely led by the stories and the rhymes that my son liked and I found that he loved the stories that were a little bit scary. He loved Little Red Riding Hood (with the original ending – the wolf eats her, the end!) and anything with a deep dark wood in it.”

Tapestry artist Lorna Donlon’s response to the stories, rhymes and music are beautifully crafted collages and imaginative items that highlight the hidden messages in the stories. Although the project is inspired by the fairytales and nursery rhymes of childhood, it speaks to young and old.

The multi-media concert of Sonnets for the Cradle is on Friday, May 10, at 8pm in An Taibhdhearc, Middle St, Galway. The art exhibition runs from Friday, May 10, to Friday, May 17, in the Rehearsal Room, An Taibhdhearc, during opening hours.

The Galway Early Music Festival, “Word Play: What came first, words or music?” runs from May 9-12 with an imaginative and wide-ranging programme. From 17th century Roman music to the performance of Early Irish poetry and a playful look at the dark side of fairytales, join us for a rich tapestry of medieval renaissance and baroque vocal and instrumental music in the liveliest medieval town in Europe!

For a full programme of events and to book tickets visit www.galwayearly music.com

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Singer/songwriter reveals his Future Business Model

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Derek Ellard...new single from upcoming EP.

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Derek Ellard is a talented Galway-based songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist; he boasts a comprehensive catalogue of live performances around the city, including support slots for the likes of Gavin James, Wallis Bird, the Frank and Walters, and Hudson Taylor.

With his primary focus though, folk-rock outfit Derek Ellard & the Future Business Model, he is forging an outlet that allows him to explore every avenue of his creative work.

And this Friday, February 10, the group is set to release Three Sheets to the Wind, their sixth single to date and the first of five tracks on a forthcoming, self-titled EP.

The song recalls some of Derek’s formative years growing up in Tipperary. It is laden with imagery and bright melodies – for those that have not previously listened, the single sets a perfect example of the range of emotions that litter Derek’s work.

“I wouldn’t say I had a strange relationship with my brother, but he was this professional rugby player who had everything together, and I kind of wasn’t,” he explains.

“We had a connection through being bold really… Two mischievous fellas and that was what we bonded over. When we look back, we remember it fondly and what inspired me to write the song was my brother telling me how, when he was younger and playing rugby for the senior team at sixteen or seventeen, he would sneak out and get absolutely bladdered with the team. He’d be sauced going into school and stuff… That was the first verse.

“We grew up in this room together with orange walls, but Dad had mixed up the paints. One side was gloss and the other was matte – it was a strange room and I included that as well.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Family affair as Faye and Pat preset new show Well

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Pat Shortt and Faye Shortt wrote and worked on Well during lockdown.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

The various Covid lockdowns were pretty grim but there were some unexpected positives – including the comedy collaboration that developed between Pat Shortt and his daughter Faye. That’s resulted in a touring show, Well, which will come to the city’s Galmont Hotel this Saturday, February 11, having been touring since last March.

Well was preceded by two online shows, The Wellness hour with Paaah and Sile, and Pat Shortt’s Comedy Heads. But he loves the buzz of live gigs, despite audiences being initially cautious about returning to venues following all the lockdowns.

“Apart from Tommy Tiernan, Christy Moore and Joanne McNally, who seem to have had a dispensation,” he says with a laugh. Now, “we have full houses all over the place and the show is going really well”.

“Well is about two characters – it’s a dad and daughter relationship, and we do various sketches on that.”

The two characters are musicians who return to gigging after lockdown, but really it’s about them “facing into each other and how they embarrass each other”.

Any parent of a teenage daughter will know that merely existing embarrasses their child.

“You know, the rules around picking them up from discos in the GAA hall,” Pat says with a guffaw.

And as a father, being embarrassed can come from asking the wrong question, “something like ‘how did you get on at the disco?’ only to hear about the lad she wanted to snog who was snogging her friend. I don’t want to hear that”, he shudders.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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TG4 to broadcast Sina’s lockdown Town Hall gig

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German-born Sina moved to Ireland in 2015 to pursue her musical dream.

A concert by German born, Irish-based singer-songwriter Sina Theil, which was recorded at the Town Hall Theatre in December 2020, during lockdown will be broadcast by TG4 this Saturday night, February 4.

This energetic and hardworking artist is currently touring Ireland as special guest with rising folk singer Dan McCabe.

She has previously been named Hottest Act in Irish Country Music (female), won Song of the Year at the Hot Country TV Awards and the Rising Star of the Year 2022 Award at the American Celtic Listener Supported Music Awards. She’s also had 17 number one singles in the Irish Country charts and a number one in the mainstream Irish charts with her latest self-penned song.

Sina relocated to Ireland in 2015 on her own in what she calls “an act of blind faith” to pursue her dream of making music. She knew nobody here as she began funding her musical education by busking on the streets of Dublin, sometimes making just enough in the morning to cover bills that had to be paid in the afternoon.

Sina’s independently released album, Live at THT Galway, for which she crowdfunded more than €16,000 with the help of her loyal online following (50,000+), reached number three in the mainstream Irish charts and songs have had thousands of plays on Irish radio.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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