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Kíla still rocking Irish music three decades on

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It mightn’t be the sound of sleigh bells ringing, but a Kíla gig always has a celebratory air to it. The band make a welcome return to Monroe’s Live on Friday next, December 23.

Since forming in 1987, Kila have brought something vital to Irish music. Their album, Suas Síos, released last year, was majestic and the eight-piece band will be hoping that its energy translates into the live album they are currently working on.

The death of Leonard Cohen is mentioned at the start of the interview, and the band’s Colm Ó Snodaigh mentions the lushness Cohen’s live band achieved. Is this a quality he’d like to emulate on the live record?

“It depends on the piece of music – sometimes it demands it, and other times it requires jaggedness,” he says. “Brian from the band said ‘listen to how it makes you feel, not the technical things. They’ll get in your way’. That’s interesting. For years, we’ve been in studios making sure everything is right, tidying, getting the next take, all that kind of stuff. With this live album, it’s a different approach.  There’s a certain looseness in the playing that gives a different type of feeling.”

Was it difficult to achieve this looseness when they knew they were being recorded; that a desire to get everything right might compromise their spontaneity?

“We put the horse before the cart, or the cart before the horse- or both at the same time!” Colm says. “For the past four years, we’ve recorded the concerts. Just so we have them, in case we hit lucky. We’ve been playing really well the past few years, tip-top form.  There’s been some great music.”

This is heartening to hear from a band who are fast approaching their 30th anniversary. What has happened in these last few years that has made Colm feel so enthusiastic about Kíla?

“There are a number of things,” he says. “Five years ago, Dave, our drummer, joined and we’d never worked with a drummer all the time. There’s his expertise, but also his personality and his willingness to be part of who we are and what we do. That’s made a huge difference.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Best of local and international for electronic music weekender

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Sully, one of the headliners at Rua Sound’s weekender. Photo: Szymon Kawecki

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

Formed in 2015, Rua Sound is one of Galway’s longest running electronic music labels; to date spawning nineteen records of exploratory jungle and drum & bass, always placing an emphasis on fresh sounds and underground artists capable of provoking dancefloors.

Among the label’s releases are projects from Sully, Arcane and Sun People – each of whom are set to feature on the lineup for their first weekend long event.

Taking place in Áras na nGael on October 14/15, Rua Sound’s weekender is the latest pop-up mini festival to emerge in Galway post-Covid. Alongside the label’s chosen five international acts – Henry Greenleaf and Itoa among those already mentioned – there is a strong contingent of emerging Irish artists in the form of Little O, Colm McGinley, Bé, Ema, SectionFive, DJ Egg, Hannah Hession and Kelsey Sheridan.

“It wasn’t easy at all,” label co-founder Rob Flynn says of piecing together the line-up.

“We’ve put out nineteen records so far and a lot of those people are friends of mine that I know quite well. We had this thing before the pandemic that we’d always get to know people. It’s a kind of a club that you’re in, a record label, and it should be a supportive network.

“We really lost that over the pandemic, and I was thinking about it when I moved back to Galway, that it would be really nice to get a bunch of the artists together. [It’s tricky] to figure out which ones to bring over because Áras na nGael is a 150-capacity venue so you can’t go too big on it.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Diverse funnymen for Comedy Festival gigs

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Andrew Maxwell will bring his new show, Krakatoa, to the Loft at Seven.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

A show from British comic Bobby Davro and the return of Irish favourite Andrew Maxwell will be among the highlights of this year’s Galway Comedy Festival which runs in the city from Tuesday, October 25, to Monday, October 31.

Bobby Davro is a man of many parts – comedian, actor, impressionist, singer – who has featured on EastEnders and Celebrity Big Brother

But it’s his reputation as a joke machine that should draw audiences to the Town Hall Theatre for his show, Taking the Mimic, on Wednesday, October 26.

One of England’s most versatile and experienced comedians, he made his TV debut in 1981, but his major breakthrough came with an appearance on ITV’s Saturday night variety show, Live at Her Majesty’s, in 1983.

That was a turning point for the Surrey man who went on to host his own TV series, Copycats, as well as On the Box and the Bobby Davro Show, among others.

A few years later he had a brief, but memorable stint on EastEnders, playing the loveable rogue Vinny Monks.

In more recent times, he has been a regular on reality TV shows, coming fourth in Channel 4’s Celebrity Big Brother in 2015. He took part in Dancing on Ice and Come Dine With Me, and raised funds for the charity ‘Kids ‘n’ Cancer’ by taking part on ITV’s Your Face Sounds Familiar.

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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