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Gritty, outlaw country from determined Daniel

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Country singer Daniel Kemish.

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Daniel Kemish, who takes inspiration from outlaw country singer like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson, will play city venue Monroe’s Live on Sunday, April 24. Kemish, who hails from Southampton but lives in Portugal, recently released a video for his song Trouble Girl. How did that riff-driven tune with a distinctly country-American feel come about?

“I released it last year, but when I went to Nashville after that and showed it to the guys in the studio,” Daniel says. “They really liked the song. So we went for a version of it and it actually turned out completely different to the original version I’d written. It felt like the right song to push and release first.”

Anyone with an interest in country music will make it their business to go to Nashville – especially songwriters with ambition. Daniel recorded his debut album – in one day – at the city’s prestigious Ocean Way studio.

“I went out a couple of times before making the album and I met a guy called Chad Fowler,” he says. “We got together with the idea and concept, and I showed him the stuff. He organised a lot of it out there. Part of the reason we could get it all done in a day was he knew a lot of very, very good players.

“We recorded everything in the same room,” he adds. “The idea of this album was to bring back the roots of the songs. The way they used to record, when music had slightly more grit to it, and was slightly more real. Some of these new records you get nowadays, they’re so polished and so perfect, that it kind of takes away from the naturalness of the songs.”

There are thousands of songwriters inspired by that rootsy, country sound – but you’d be hard pressed to name many living in Portugal. What brought Daniel to that part of the world?

“When I was younger, my parents bought a house out here,” he says. “I was living in the UK before this, but I wasn’t really liking it too much. I was playing a lot of cover stuff in the UK, and I got well known for doing it, but when you start trying to do your own stuff, they don’t want to give you the time of day.

“I had to get away from that, go somewhere different that meant I could start afresh, so to speak. I moved out to Portugal, started writing a lot more and trying to hone in on what it was I wanted to do, and where I wanted to go.”

 

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Legendary Andy Irvine in concert

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Andy Irvine

Legendary singer/songwriter Andy Irvine will play the Gig Room in the Kinvara Community Centre next Saturday, May 28, at 8pm.

With an impressive repertoire of Irish songs and Balkan dance tunes, he is renowned for his unique fusion of Irish and World music.

Andy’s musical career took off when he joined Sweeney’s Men in 1965, touring extensively with them before leaving in 1968 to pursue his own musical journey. That took him to Bulgaria, Romania and Yugoslavia, as he studied the music and traditions of these places.

During this time, he began playing the bouzouki professionally, as it allowed him to develop his own style while deepening his knowledge of Balkan music.

Back in Ireland Andy founded the now-legendary Planxty with Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and Liam O’ Flynn. When the group took a break in 1967, he recorded an album with Paul Brady, simply entitled Andy Irvine & Paul Brady, which became a classic.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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World premiere to feature in free concert

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Dave Flynn

The world premiere of E-Bow, a work for string quartet and electric guitar by  composer Dave Flynn, will take place this Sunday, May 22, at 3pm at the O’Donoghue Theatre, NUIG. Admission is free and all are welcome.

E-Bow will be performed by Galway’s quartet in residence, ConTempo, and Dave Flynn himself. A work in three movements, it plays with the tradition of the guitar quintet, which dates back to the late 18th century, but brings it in new directions by using an electric guitar with the addition of an e-bow.

This is a hand-held electronic bow invented by Greg Heet in 1969 and patented in 1978, after which it became an essential tool for rock guitarists. Performers including Blondie, U2, Radiohead, Big Country, Genesis, Pink Floyd and R.E.M. have used them, but e-bows are less common in classical music because they don’t work on nylon-string classical guitars.

The work was co-commissioned by long-term commissioning partners Galway Music Residency (GMR) and Galway City Council and is being presented  as part of Arts in Action, by  GMR, in association with Dublin’s Contemporary Music Centre.

Sunday’s show will also include a performance of Philip Glass’ Mishima, arranged for string quartet and electric guitar, with special permission from the composer. Philip Glass composed this piece for the film Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, about Japanese author Yukio Mishima who died in November 1970 after performing Seppuku (ritual suicide by disembowelment).

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Hidden Horses in Kinvara’s KAVA gallery

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Hidden Horses in Kinvara’s KAVA gallery

Hidden Horses, an exhibition of work by Clare-based artist Kate Browne will open at Kinvara Area Art Gallery, KAVA, this Friday, May 20, and will run daily until Sunday, May 29, from 11am – 4pm.

It’s an exhibition that grew from the loss she felt over the past decade as her children left home and began to forge their own paths.

Kate, who’d had a passion for horses in her younger years, rediscovered that passion.

“Now my muses are the mountain ponies of neighbours, the rescued equines and forgotten horses in our countryside and cities.  Hidden Horses asks you to see that the lives of all sentient creatures, is our moral obligation and to speak up when in doubt.”

All are welcome to view the work at the KAVA gallery in Kinvara’s  former courthouse.

 

 

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