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Exhibition puts a focus on the magic world of childhood

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The Wolf, one of the works being exibited in Catching Dreams.

Fairy tales, myths and childhood imagination have inspired Catching Dreams, a new exhibition by Kathy Ross, which will open next Tuesday, February 10 in Áras na Mac Léinn, at NUIG. The show is part of this year’s Muscailt Arts Festival, hosted by the University, which will run until March.

“Catching Dreams seeks to explore those heroes and heroines, villains and beasts that have allowed people to believe anything was possible – once you had a little bit of imagination,” says Kathy.

The artist, originally from Doughiska on the east side of Galway City, has a degree in Art from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, and a post-graduate qualification in Arts Administration from NUIG.  As a child she loved fairytales, but she credits her children, Milly aged six, and Luke who is a year and a half, as being the inspiration for her current fascination with myths and lore.

“With two small children running about the house, every day is filled with new wonders and experiences. Fairytales seem that bit more believable when you see the world through the eyes of a six-year-old.”

It’s not just her own children who are inspiring her. Last year Kathy was one of only eight artists to be awarded the Artist in School scheme run by the County Council. This allows for selected artists to work in a primary school with students for up to 40 hours.

“I’ve been working in Scoil Bhríde, Lackagh, on a historical project where the kids have been making models of Claregalway Castle and Friary. I’m also doing a project based on literacy with Junior and Senior Infants where the kids have been making puppets and illustrating Irish mythology,” she explains.

Kathy would love if adults could recapture some of that childhood imagination.

“As a child I remember curling up and poring over the pages of my favourite children’s books. They were so beautifully illustrated, filled with vivid colours and fantastical creatures, each one transporting me to a different more wonderful world. As adults I think we loose a certain edge to our imagination. Colours become duller, edges become sharper, and reality wins over.

“Even the artwork we choose for home is grey and ordinary,” Kathy continues. “For me colour and imagination are crucial. I want to capture your imagination, I want you to question the mundane. Open your mind up to the realm of possibility and childhood wonder and grasp onto your dreams.”

Kathy’s work is in public and private collections in Ireland and the UK, and she has taken part in many group shows in Dublin and Galway, including Tulca, since graduating from college.

– Children’s author Patricia Forde will officially open Catching Dreams next Tuesday evening at 6pm in Áras na Mac Léinn, when the Athenry Guitar Orchestra will also be playing. The exhibition will run until March 6.

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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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