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Folk to the fore as Canada’s Cara Luft plays concert in city

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Canadian songwriter Cara Luft plays upstairs in Róisín Dubh this Saturday, June 8. Cara is someone to reckon with as she has been awarded a Juno (Canada’s answer to the Grammys) and was a former member of folk trio, The Wailin’ Jennys.

She has just released her third solo album, Darlingford. With all this experience behind her, was making this album easier than her previous efforts?

“It was a different process because I chose to record it myself,” Cara says. “Whereas all my previous solo recordings, as well as the recordings with the band I’d been in before, we’d always had a producer involved.

“I was always still very hands on with the process, and I understood how to produce an album but I’d never undertaken it myself. So it was quite different that way, learning to trust my instincts and learning to express what I wanted from the other players that were taking part.”

The album was recorded in a church in Darlingford, a rural town in Canada. What made Cara choose that unusual location?

“I used a couple of churches, actually,” she says. “Part of the reason I did that was the album was written after a pretty severe break-up. I was really wearing my heart on my sleeve, and I felt it would really help to capture the energy of the songs if I was to record them in a really unique environment.

“Churches have often been sung in; they’ve had a lot of music played in them. So I could pick up a little bit of the vibe that was already within those walls and have it seep into the album a little bit.”

Darlingford sees Cara Luft deliver a stirring version of Bring  ’em all In,a relatively unknown Mike Scott song. How did the Canadian folk singer come across it?

“A friend of mine, a guy who produced one of my albums, was a big Waterboys fan,” Cara explains. “I had listened to The Waterboys quite a bit, but he gave me Mike’s solo album. I listened to that song, and I was just floored. I thought it was one of the best written songs I had ever heard in my life.

“I thought ‘wouldn’t it be cool to it as a duet?’ and came up with my own rendition of Mike’s song, but not straying too far from Mike’s version. It’s such a great song, and audiences absolutely love it.”

Many of the songs were co-written with Lewis Melville, a songwriting friend of Cara’s. Having Lewis there helped to up her game, but it also meant she was a little more measured in how she wrote about her break-up.

“I did that purposely because I didn’t want to wallow in misery,” Cara says of having a collaborator. “Songwriters write from their experience, and I was going through a really difficult time. And I wanted to be able to write about it, but I didn’t want to do it in a way that nobody could relate to.

“Lewis could help me capture what I wanted to say in a song, but capture it in a way that it could be upbeat. It might have a sad subject matter, but it’s not going to be overly depressing to listen to.”

There was also a free flow of ideas, and opinions, between Cara and Lewis.

“I know him well, he’s an excellent songwriter, but he’s also the type of person that isn’t precious about his ideas. I wanted to write with somebody who wasn’t going to be ‘it’s my way or the high way’. If I had an idea and he disagreed, he could say so but neither one of us needed to feel hurt or upset.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune. 

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Ceramic artist who found her creative home in Galway

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Tatiana Dobos...creative space in Galway.

A ceramic artist who made her home in Galway a decade ago is one of twelve creative pioneers to feature in a new series of abstract short films available for viewing on the TG4 Player.

Samhlú Croí Cruthaitheach is a season of twelve commissioned abstract short films featuring artists and creatives – among them Moldovan born Galway-based ceramic artist Tatiana Dobos.

Tatiana was born in 1982 in Bujor, and studied all kinds of ‘numbers’ till she was 27, when she discovered clay accidentally while doing sculpture in an art studio.

She describes it as being like arriving home for the first time. She had to quit my job, erase everything she studied and start her forever journey with clay which, since then, is a constant learning and discovering process.

She came to Ireland in 2010, and Galway felt like home from the first walk on its streets.

“Ten years later I can say that Galway is the true and only home to me,” she says.

“My studio is located in Knocknacarra, very close to the sea where I cycle almost every day for refreshing swims, and also close to Barna Woods, a place for reflection and reconnection. It feels really inspiring to be so close to Connemara and Burren, places that invite to rediscovering oneself,” she adds.

From her little studio, Tatiana creates ceramic artworks inspired by human emotions.

She seeks to materialize in her works the mechanisms of the inner battles, at the same time exploring the anatomy of the aftermath.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Land, Sea and Mind at heart of Kinvara show

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Some of the works from a new exhibition by Patrick Kenneally, set for the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara

An exhibition of new work by artist Patrick Kenneally opens at the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara, on Saturday week and runs until Sunday, August 8, from 10am to 4pm daily.

Of Land, Sea and Mind is a new series of oil paintings by the artist which is inspired by the mind’s adaptation and reaction to the restrictions placed on the mind and body by lockdowns over the past year.

“As an artist, being in and with the landscape is a vital stimulation for the creative process. You listen to the silence and vastness of the Burren. You take in the salty air of the Atlantic breeze,” he explained.

“The mind, without the direct stimulation of the environment you are so used to being in, will stitch you a new patchwork of colours, compositions and perspectives based on memory, thoughts and feelings. These “mindscapes” allow me to revisit the places that are restricted to me,” he added.

The paintings are a reflection of the self in isolation; a boat on the horizon, a windswept tree in the Burren, a single cloud in the sky, a rolling wave. The self is not present in the landscape but is present with the landscape.

 

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Galway-made box office hit returns home to Film Fleadh

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Galway hit…a scene from Two by Two Overboard!

A Galway-made animation movie which outshone the big-budget studios at the box office is making a homecoming of sorts this weekend – in the open air.

Two by Two Overboard!, produced in Galway by Moetion Films, was the number one film at the UK box office in November 2020.

The film has also proved a big hit at home with top three spots in all Irish cinema during Christmas 2020.

This weekend, Galway audiences will be treated to a special showing during the Galway Film Fleadh on Saturday at noon, in the specially constructed open-air cinema located in Father Burke Park.

Distributed by eOne Entertainment, the film opened in multiple locations across the UK in late October 2020 – but now as restrictions ease, it is set for release in France, Spain, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Estonia and elsehwere.

Made in 3D animation, the film tells the story of young Nestrian Finny and his best mate Leah, a Grymp, who accidently fall off Noah’s ark and are swept out to sea.

Adrift on a flood, the two misfit castaways struggle to reunite an unorthodox family, out-run a volcano, and negotiate a peace deal on a creaking Ark.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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