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Monroe’s welcome back popular Rackhouse Pilfer

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Rackhouse Pilfer.

Sligo’s Rackhouse Pilfer make a welcome return to Monroe’s Live on Friday, May 6.

On their most recent Irish tour, the six-strong band played their first show in Campbell’s Tavern in Cloughanover, and were in rare form indeed.  With mellow numbers and foot-stompers in their set, Rackhouse Pilfer know how to charm a crowd.

They specialise in well-honed Americana but appeal to anyone who appreciates quality live music. Playing both originals and well-chosen covers (their version of Springsteen’s Atlantic City is sublime), the band are regulars in Monroe’s at this stage and it’s no surprise to see them invited back to the Dominick Street venue.

Last year, Rackhouse Pilfer went to London to record with the late Tom Jones and the producer Ethan Johns, who has worked with Ryan Adams and Kings of Leon.

Fiachra, the band’s fiddle player, describes Jones as a ‘gent,’ but the fiddler admits to some nerves on Rackhouse Pilfer’s part.

“We only had one day to get the songs done,” he says.  “To be honest, there was a bit of pressure to get it right. Even though they trusted us and liked the album, there was still an element of will this/won’t this work.”

Ultimately, Jones ended up using both the songs he recorded with Rackhouse Pilfer. To see, and hear, what he saw in them be sure to get along to this gig.

Doors 10pm, admission €10/€8 online.

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Druid paints picture of life and works of poet Eavan Boland

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A photo of Eavan Boland from 1992. PHOTO: JOE ST LEGER, IRISH TIMES.

Druid’s next production, a drama about poet Eavan Boland, entitled Boland: Journey of a Poet, will be livestreamed from the company’s Mick Lally Theatre between Thursday, April 22, and Saturday, April 24.  With words written by the late poet herself and edited by novelist Colm Tóibín, the 60-minute piece will feature actor Siobhán Cullen and will be directed by Druid’s Artistic Director, Garry Hynes.

Boland: Journey of a Poet explores the mind and imagination of one of Ireland’s great poets, courtesy of Colm Tóibín, who describes himself as “privileged” to have been commissioned by Druid for this project on Boland, who died on April 27, 2020. He hopes “this production will remind us of her stature as a major poet”.

Garry Hynes describes Boland as “an extraordinary Irish poet and essayist”, adding that “her standing only grows with time”.

Performed by Siobhán Cullen whose previous productions with Druid include Once Upon a Bridge, The Cherry Orchard and Richard III, this world premiere examines Eavan Boland’s relationships with family, poetry, memory, womanhood and national identity.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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KAVA Presents puts spotlight on Anne Korff

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Roses of Hope by KAVA member Ann Korff.

Anne Korff is the latest artist to feature in KAVA Presents, the new online project from Kinvara Area Arts Group. It’s a series of short videos, in which members of the group share their work practice, with a new episode being released every second Monday on KAVA YouTube channel and social media platforms.

Anne is a German-born professional artist who has lived and worked in the area for many years.  She has travelled extensively and influences of this travel can be seen in her creations.

KAVA’s online introduction to Anne and her work will be available from next Monday, April 12 from 10am.

This series has been running since February and all the videos are three minutes or shorter in length.

■ More information at www.kava.ie

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Film of Sarah’s self-powered global trip to thrill armchair adventurers

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Sarah Outen in Alaska in 2014 during her trip of almost 25,000 miles which was a mostly solo journey. PHOTO JUSTINE CURGENVEN.

The Irish Adventure Film Club, which usually holds screenings in venues throughout the country, including Galway’s Town Hall Theatre, is launching a series of virtual screenings.

The first is Home: An Outward Journey, which will be screened next Wednesday, April 14, followed by a live Q&A with adventurer Sarah Outen and the film’s director Jen Randall.

This documentary tells the story of Sarah Outen’s solo, self-powered expedition around the globe between 2011 and 2015, during which she was brought to the brink, physically and mentally, by a violent ocean storm. For the expedition, London2London: Via the World, Sarah was the engine, travelling by bike, kayak and rowing boat across Europe and Asia, the Pacific Ocean, North America and finally the Atlantic.

She clocked up nearly 25,000 miles on her four-year odyssey. As she travelled between cultures, climates and landscapes under her own power, Sarah’s mostly-solo voyage was followed by thousands.

But the months of solitude and extreme elements also took their toll.

This documentary, which was created from hundreds of hours of footage, captures Sarah’s journey honestly and unflinchingly: the kindness of strangers, the wonders of the wild, the savagery of the elements, the near-death experiences, the demons of her emotional trauma and PTSD, and her discovery of love for a farmer called Lucy.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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