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Friends in The Crossfire hoping for the big time

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The Crossfire who play Monroe’s Live this Saturday, December 5,

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Citing Kodaline, Coldplay and U2 as influences, Dublin based five-piece The Crossfire will come to Monroe’s Live this Saturday, December 5.

The band is made up of Seán Buckley (lead vocals), Matt Brady (guitar), Chris Murphy (guitar), Sean Keeley (bass) and drummer Adam Shanahan and their aim is to produce anthemic songs complete with sing-along hooks, pounding drums and melodic guitars.

“We’d been friends long before even the notion of starting a band got into our heads,” Seán says of how they got together. “Slowly, but surely, the ideas started creeping in and we did a few talent shows and Battle of the Bands. It all went really well, we enjoyed it and we thought we’d go for it. It turned out well, we kept going and two years later we’re still here.”

They recently released their debut EP and are relatively new on the live scene. For Seán, it was important to have a bunch of quality songs to play before hitting the road.

“We’d been writing songs together a long time before we started gigging. We wanted to be a band that had a lot of songs and we always prided ourselves on writing on our own songs. By January 2013 we had a batch of songs we really liked.”

Their first release is simply titled EP 1 and it was recorded in Cauldron Studios, just off O’Connell Street in Dublin. The songs were mixed by Phil McGee, who has previously worked with The Script and Kodaline. How did a young unsigned band secure his services?

“The likes of Kodaline are someone we love and the albums are amazing,” Seán says. “I’d known Phil as a producer. It was a chance meeting, we were out in Swords one night, going to see a few friends playing and I spotted him across the room.

“I got one of my friends who kind of knew him to introduce me. I said ‘we love the records you produce, is there any chance we can get you on a track?’ We sent some stuff on and he said ‘let’s do it’.”

Coldplay and U2 are two of the biggest bands in the world, and Kodaline have two sold-out shows in the 3 Arena this December. Citing these groups as influences must be a sign of big ambitions.

“Definitely,” Seán says. “I’ve always liked bands who wear their hearts on their sleeves. I think we’re the same. We just want to be straight out there and say ‘yeah, we want to take this as far as it can go’ and be a big band. That’s what we want, the same as anyone who starts playing guitar at an early age.”

But still, those are big and bold plans. Have they had any interest from big labels?

“We’ve been talking to someone industry people and sending on some tracks, getting some really good feedback from the likes of labels and management companies,” Seán says. “We got picked for Guinness Amplify last year, which actually brought us to Galway. We were on billboards all over Dublin, which was great.”

So far so good. Now have they any plans to release a full-length album?

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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