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Ground-breaking KÍLA make welcome return

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Few acts down through the years have opened Irish traditional music up to outside influences with the relish and enthusiasm of Kíla, whose gig at Monroe’s Live on Sunday, May 4, comes as an unexpected treat to Galway fans.

A couple of years have passed since the Dublin traditional group last played around these parts, as the band members have been engaged in a variety of diverse projects as well as recruiting new members.

It’s been eight years since they collaborated with Japanese musician Oki for Kíla & Oki, one of the most eclectic Irish albums ever released and their appeal extends well beyond traditional music circles.

Formed over a quarter of a century ago by the Ó Snodaigh brothers and Eoin Dillon, along with several musicians who would later go on to form The Frames, Kíla have been firm favourites at Irish festivals down through the years.

The heartbeat of the band comes from the furious bodhrán playing of Rónán Ó Snodaigh, who released an album with a band called The Occasionals late last year.

That album, Sos, recently chosen as the RTÉ Radio One Album of the Week, is an eight-song collection completely ‘as Gaelige’ which includes some wonderful guitar work.

American guitar player Pete Pamf adds an unusual dimension to Sos, some of which could be compared to the upbeat African funk of 1980s African heroes The Bhundu Boys.

Funkiest of all is Anam Ionam, a track which could be defined as ‘World’ (rather than ‘Irish’) music. Title track, Sos, is trance-inducing, while Seod sounds like it has come straight out of Africa rather than West Kerry – where the band recorded most of the album.

Unfortunately, the music from Sos will not feature at next weekend’s Monroe’s Live gig – it really would be a treat to see O Snódaigh return to Galway with The Occasionals at some stage.

But, given that Kíla have been one of the most eclectic of Irish bands for two and a half decades, that should not matter when they perform a full live show at Monroe’s.

Indeed, albums such as Tóg é Go Bog é (1997), Lemonade & Buns (2000), Gamblers’ Ballet (2007), and Luna Park (2003) are among the finest traditional releases ever recorded, while Kíla & Oki (2006) – which drew on the Japanese Ainu tradition – is one of the most innovative collaborations in Irish musical history.

Kíla play a full show at Monroe’s Live on Sunday, May 4, at 9pm. Tickets, priced €10, are available online at monroes.ie or on the door for €12.

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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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