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Melodic hard rock to get your jaw working

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Fox Jaw play Monroe's Live on Monday August 14.

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Hard-rocking yet still melodic, Fox Jaw play Monroe’s Live on Monday August 14. The Limerick-based quintet used to go under the name of Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters, but are now going by an abbreviated moniker.

“We had more of a haircut I think, we halved it!” says leadsinger and guitarist Ronan Mitchell. “Everyone that knows us call us Fox Jaw. And when you’re playing gigs late at night and the punters are there saying ‘are ye called?’ and you say Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters they say ‘Foxy What? Fox Trot something or other.’ People always got it wrong. Fox Trot Nineteen Hundreds was one that came back to us before.”

Fox Jaw’s music has an edginess to it – did the band talk about the direction they wanted the music to take before they started playing?

“We never really had any discussions about where we wanted the band to go, we always just tried to write songs we thought were good,” says Ronan. “It always gravitated towards the darker side, I think we do listen to stuff in that vein.”

But, like Queens Of The Stones Age, Fox Jaw’s hard rock has a groove and swing to it.

“Firstly, as a songwriter, that’s how I approach it,” Ronan says. “It has to have good hooks and a groove, and rock out but still be a bit weird. That’s our modus operandi I suppose. Everyone likes a good tune and a good melody, but if you’re striving to be an artist you’ll always want to do something a bit weird and on the darker side.”

Fox Jaw will be releasing their album A Ghost’s Parade in mid September. The album was produced by Dave Christopher who worked on Whipping Boy’s classic Heartworm album.

“We’d never really worked with a producer before,” Ronan says. “But Dave just got us completely and he had some great ideas, he could see what we were trying to do.

“A lot of the songs on this album are different from each other, and we were a bit worried that the album might be a bit disjointed,” he adds. “You’ve got a bluesy thumper, and then a fifties crooner song and then there’s one that sounds like a 1960S bosa nova track. He was really able to find the similarities between them and link them all together.”

Dave’s philosophy, it seems, is to be prepared before you go into the pressure cooker atmosphere of a studio.

For more,  read this week’s  Connacht Tribune.

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Immortal, a musical exploration of history, family and immortality

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Ellen Greally who plays Oisín's daughter Plur in Immortal.

An original musical, Immortal, from local theatre company, Morgan Creative is running at the city’s Town Hall Theatre until this Friday night, September 24, starting at 8pm nightly.

Billed by its creators Luke and Jake Morgan as “the next chapter of Irish folklore”, the story is set between the mythological land of Tír na nÓg, rural Galway during the Irish Civil War and modern-day Galway. It features 12 new original songs that strive to bring the area’s rich local history and traditions to a modern audience.

An era after her father, Oisín has left Tír na nÓg, Plur sets off on a perilous journey to find him. With the help of Choppy, a grouchy swan, Plur crosses the sea to a magical land she has heard about only in stories: Ireland. However, when she arrives, she learns that trouble is brewing.

The year is 1921 and the struggle for Irish independence is about to take a bitter turn. As Plur encounters a group of young rebels intent on storming Renmore Barracks, there is only one question on her mind: Will she manage to find her father and bring him home before it is too late?

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway back in festive swing

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Festival highlight…John Gerrard (centre) in front of his Mirror Pavilion in Derrigimlagh Bog, pictured in with Galway International Arts Festival’s Chief Executive John Crumlish (left) and Artistic Director Paul Fahy. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

The programme may have been amended because of Covid-19 restrictions – but this year’s Galway International Arts Festival still conjured up a whole set of indoor and outdoor experiences to deliver three weeks of spectacular success.

The pandemic resulted in GIAF’s biggest ever digital programme, including the first festival theatre livestream, making the work accessible to a much wider audience – and a star-studded concert from St Nicholas’ Church.

Festival highlights included Medicine, a theatrical tour-de-force by Enda Walsh with a cast featuring Domhnall Gleeson – and the acclaimed Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work, the second part of John Gerrard’s visual art project set in the heart of Derrygimlagh bog. That also attracted a global audience because it included a 24/7 live stream of the virtual performance that was being shown on the LED screen.

The first ever Other Voices collaboration with the festival delivered an unforgettable concert from St Nicholas’ Church, as part of the Courage series, featuring NewDad, Tolü Makay, Susan O’Neill and Mick Flannery, and Anna Mullarkey.

Audiences can still experience again the First Thought Talks series by checking them out  the Festival website.  Guests such as Misha Glenny; Bonnie Greer; Mike Ryan, Noelle Browne; Siobhan Burke, Sinéad Burke, Fintan O Toole, Peter Lunn and Teresa Lambe amongst others, discussed everything from cyber-hacking to the impact of remote working on rural Ireland to vaccine development.

The 2021 Vinyl Hours series saw guests Philip King, Sinéad Burke, Niamh Regan and Brian Kerr, reveal their most treasured songs in special in-conversation events. Fans can catch up with these conversations when they are released next month as part of the First Thought podcast series.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Kinvara exhibition focuses on ups and downs of social media

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The Kinvara Area Visual Artists group, KAVA is hosting, My Social Bubble, an exhibition of work by arts graduate Mark Keaveney, in which the Roscommon native focuses on the use social media

“My current practice is about the psychological effects of social media,” he explains. “I am exploring people’s engagement with these online platforms, mostly through digital media, along with other platforms such as painting, drawing, and photography.  Modern technology has proven to be a huge phenomenon and an extremely helpful tool in the contemporary art world.

“It provides many benefits as well as potentially harmful results. There is a significant grey area to be found when approaching peoples’ mental health and these handheld devices.”

This exhibition in cooperation with KAVA, will be supported by Kinvara Alive, a local group that promotes well-being and mental health.

The spokesperson for Kinvara Alive, Sean Glynn, says the show offers plenty food for thought.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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