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Edgy Sleaford Mods don’t do ‘nicey-nice’

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Sleaford Mods, who play the Róisín Dubh next Thursday, December 4.

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Sleaford Mods, who play Róisín Dubh on Thursday, December 4, are an in-your-face fusion of punk and spoken word. Jason Williamson fires relentless observations of urban English life over Andrew Fearn’s no-frills drum, bass and guitar loops.  Jason is not shy with expletives and some may find his on-stage style confrontational.  Are people ever taken aback by Sleaford Mods?

“A lot of the time,” Jason says. “Offended by it, or people don’t like what I say. But we’re in an environment where everybody’s really nicey-nice to each other. It should change. Start telling people what you think, talk about the environment around you – which isn’t very good. None of that goes on, nobody’s saying anything.”

Earlier this year The Guardian ran a piece tipping Sleaford Mods for a prestigious Mercury Prize nomination. They missed out, but Jason wasn’t too bothered by not making the cut.

“That thing’s the kiss of death, innit?” he says, possibly referring to an act like Speech Debelle, whose career nose-dived after she won in 2009. “I think the board were just scrabbling for something, trying to make themselves look a bit edgier. Stuff like FKA Twigs is all very well, but it’s pretty much the same thing.  Not very inventive, the songs aren’t saying anything.

“The music speaks better than an award. An award’s not going to sell your records, the only thing that will is good songs.”

Sleaford Mods certainly have those. The sublime Liveable Shit latter contains this great line: ‘Like three months of rain, no one likes a Tory reign/The Prime Minister’s face hanging in the clouds like Gary Oldman’s Dracula.’

“That line came out of just walking down the street and you kind of connect things,” Jason says. “You start off with one subject, connect it with another, and just patchwork it like that. Most of it is entrenched in social observation. You can pretty much run free with that.”

Jason rails against the Tory government and a docile society on Divide And Exit. But he’s wary of the modern way to air discontent, as he shows with the lyric: ‘To disagree on social network sites is to kill the counterculture.’

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Creating treasure from trash on Turbot Island

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A little girl shows the versatility of Hanneke Frenkel's 'Sea Carpets' on Turbot Island during Clifden Arts Festival.

The saying ‘one man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ proved true as a collection of ‘sea carpets’ made from discarded fishing ropes was one of the hits at this year’s Clifden Arts Festival.

The sea carpets were exhibited on Turbot Island, the part-time home of their creator Hanneke Frenkel. Over the last two weekends, they were snapped up by festival-goers who jumped at the chance to not only take a tour her of workshop, but also to explore an island that many see off the Clifden coast, but that few get to visit.

Turbot, which has been without a permanent population since 1981, has been Hanneke and her husband Stefan’s summer home for almost 30 years, but an extended stay during Covid was the genesis of her sea carpets as the long-time artist sought a creative outlet.

“As I was walking around the island, wondering what to do, I found a huge amount of black rope washed ashore and thought to myself, maybe there was something I could do with it. From that, I started making my first carpet, just for myself, and it all started from there,” she says.

Over the past two years, the colours and style of carpets have changed, but their unique charm has remained. And they, as well as the island tours led by Stefan and Hanneke, were a winner over the past couple of weeks.

“It’s been a huge success and we’ve been overrun by lots of enthusiastic visitors who loved Turbot and the carpets – nearly all have sold out. We’ve enjoyed welcoming the visitors who came on all types of boats and it was all effortless. Everyone had a great time,” they say.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Putting cartoon art in spotlight

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Willy Brennan, Paul Callanan and Richard Chapman of Galway Cartoon Festival at the launch.

This year’s Galway Cartoon Festival, which will officially open in the city this Friday, September 30, at 7pm, is inviting people to draw a line under “the last couple of miserable years” and start having fun again.

The official opening, to which all are invited, is in the PorterShed, Bowling Green and it also marks the launch of the festival’s flagship exhibition, Drawing The Line, in the same venue.

This group exhibition from top Irish and international cartoonists casts a humorous eye on recent events at home and abroad and, as cartoonist and festival co-founder Richard Chapman observes, “there’s no shortage of material”.

Drawing the Line has contributions from dozens of countries, and includes some of the biggest names in the profession. It will be open daily at PorterShed, Bowling Green, from 12 noon to 5pm until the festival concludes on October 9.

The work of Irish cartoonist Jim Cogan will be in the foyer of the Town Hall Theatre. Jim began drawing for Hibernia Magazine while he was a student at the National College of Art and Design. After initially working in the advertising industry, he became a fulltime cartoonist and illustrator, working mostly for the Sunday Independent and Farmers Journal.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Soup – blending art forms to explore memory and grief

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Deirdre Griffin confronts love and loss in Soup. PHOTO: LUCA TRUFFARELLI.

Soup, a new show that explores grief in an Irish context, using live art and physical theatre, will be performed in an intimate setting in the city’s Black Box Theatre next Monday, October 3 at 8pm.

Created by choreographer and dancer Deirdre Griffin in collaboration with sound artist Craig Cox, it’s performed by Deirdre and was inspired by her mother Mary Heneghan.

Originally from Claremorris and living in Meath, Mary died from stomach cancer in 2013. A keen gardener and great cook, according to Deirdre, Mary’s illness left her unable to eat the nourishing food she created.

Since Mary’s death, Deirdre has been collecting the everyday reminders of their life together and in this 45-minute show she explores these, alongside the surreal experience of watching her mother’s body become something other; her sensation of detachment following Mary’s death; and a series of dreams charting her grief.

Deirdre describes Soup as a live diorama that celebrates her mother while considering her own relationship with the grief of Mary’s death.

She does this by including memory-inducing sensory material, such as the disembodied voices of radio presenters; the tactility of hair; the smell of a herb that may not exist and the warmth of home-made soup.

The Artistic Director of Dublin Fringe Festival, Ruth McGowan, described Soup, which premiered at the 2019 festival, as “a genre-bending performance that rewrites familiar experiences in thrilling, intimate new ways”.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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