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Magical journey in store with UK guitar virtuoso Jon Gomm

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Using his voice, a guitar and loop pedals, Blackpool-born Jon Gomm is more than just a one-man band. The multi-talented musician, whose fans include actor Stephen Fry and Tommy Lee from Motley Crue, plays the city’s Róisín Dubh venue on Friday, April 12.

Jon’s distinctive guitar sound is his calling card and he says the moment he fell for that instrument was a life-defining decision – although he was only a toddler!

“My Dad says I was watching TV, and there was someone on playing guitar,” he recalls. “It was Mark Knopfler with Dire Straits, playing his bright red shiny Stratocaster guitar. I was two years old, and my Dad said all I wanted after that was a guitar.

“I started having guitar lessons when I was four,” Jon adds. “After that, I started getting into the blues and going to gigs with my Dad. I was a pretty early starter!”

Rumour has it that Jon Gomm once received a guitar lesson from the legendary BB King. Is this really true?

“It was a brief one!” Jon laughs of the lesson. “I was backstage at gig in the Wintergardens in Blackpool, and my Dad used to write reviews of gigs for a local newspaper. So I got to go backstage and play Lucille, BB King’s famous guitar.

“He was lovely. Sometimes, when I meet these famous guitar players they’re not really interested and they find you a bit annoying if you’re a little kid. BB King was like Santa or something! He’s also the best live performer I’ve ever seen.”

Jon Gomm’s guitar style takes in a variety of influences. One his earliest teachers was a flamenco player, so Jon’s music has that flavour. But he’s also a big fan of eighties guitar wizards like Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. There’s also a strong percussive element to Jon’s sound – at times, he uses his guitar as a drum.

Passionflower is Jon’s best known song to date, with over four million views on YouTube. Jon, who turned down a place at Oxford to pursue his musical career, explains how the song came about.

“I think you can get inspiration from anything; I can’t think of many songs about plants, though!” he says. “It’s about a real plant that I grew in my backyard. It was in Leeds, West Yorkshire, [a place] like Coronation Street, with loads of terraced houses all in a row. A little yard, with a brick wall around it.”

Jon threw seeds from a discarded passion fruit into a small pot and the plant grew from there, coming to life while he was away on tour.

“I came back, and the whole yard was just covered in this green plant, like a jungle,” he says. “I traced it back to this tiny little pot. Then on the one day of summer we get in Leeds every year, the sun came out and all these buds all the plant burst open within hours of each other. All these tropical flowers, it was an incredible thing to see. So I wrote a song about the unlikely nature of it.”

How could a song about a plant clock up such a huge amount of hits?
“It was just people sharing it,” Jon says. “It’s still going, as well; people will keep discovering it because it’s a popular thing now. It had been online for two months, and then it was posted on Reddit. You either vote it up or down; eventually it ended up on the front page of the site.

“But there are other things as well. There were celebrities tweeting about it, a really strange mix – like Stephen Fry and Tommy Lee from Motley Crue [and ex-husband of Pamela Anderson]. You can’t really think of two more diverse celebrities! I think one day, I could have a very strange dinner party!”

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.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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