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Jim McKee growing into his craft as he launches new album

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Kinvara resident Jim McKee and his band play the Backstage Bar in Monroe’s on Friday, June 30.  The County Tyrone native has just released his second studio album Goodness comes from the Heart, which was recorded locally.

“I started off recording with Bruno Staehelin in Open Air Studios,” says Jim. “I put the vocals and drums down there, and a bit of bass, and a little bit of electric guitar. I took it to another studio after that, Bruno’s wife was very ill.

“We ended up going to a man called Tony Trundle, he’s got a studio called Cuckoo Studios in Kinvara. To be honest with you, he’s responsible for the overall sound. A lot of the strings, and wee bits of guitar.”

Jim wanted his latest album to have a full sound and plenty of toe-tapping moments.

“I started the rehearsal of this album with my drummer first, he moved in next door,” Jim says. “I wanted to get grooves and rhythms that were not too fast and not too slow; I was thinking festival as well as a singer/songwriter vibe.”

Jim McKee is a visual artist as well as a songwriter and two of his paintings make up the artwork for Goodness comes from the Heart. Does he have to set aside separate times for painting and songwriting?

“As somebody once said, ‘when the dog bites you just go with it’,” he replies. “When I’m painting, a lot of the time I’ll get inspired to write. I tend to paint and write every week, it’s part of my day. I’ll go for a good walk and process ideas; I’m always working on something.

“I’m doing a book at the moment, illustrations, and I’ve done a few songs for that too,” he adds. “It’s a kid’s book. I’m always writing and working, I won’t have enough life left to record all the songs or to finish all the art projects and ideas. I just take them as they come; it’s a juggling match, really.”

Last year, some of Jim’s songs featured in locally shot film Songs for Amy, which sold out at the Galway Film Fleadh. The film also featured tracks by Loughrea’s Ultan Conlon.

“That took up a couple of years, believe it or not,” Jim says about his involvement with Songs for Amy. “I worked on set – they auditioned me for a part and I got a different one. I ended up being Tom the busker, singing Galway Bay outside the Club Áras on Dominick Street. I really enjoyed it. I had four songs in it, myself and Ultan. We had to coach the actor [Sean Maguire] to sing our songs.”

Being involved in Songs for Amy brought Ultan and Jim McKee very far afield.

“We ended up going to Newport Beach, California, for 11 nights,” says Jim. “The film got an award [at the Newport film festival] there, and we were showcasing songs every night, myself and Ultan. We went to Cannes as well, sang there. Glasgow Film Festival, then there was the Galway Film Fleadh. It took us off on a lovely trip, a couple of years.”

Cannes may bring images of glitz and glamour to mind, but it’s not a world where Jim would like to spend much time.

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.

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