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Mood music to groove to from Jeremy Hickey

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It could well be one of the gigs of the autumn – and it’s free. Rarely Seen Above Ground (RASG) plays Róisín Dubh on Thursday next, September 12, fresh from a headlining slot in the Body & Soul area at the Electric Picnic.

RSAG is a one-man show, put together by Kilkenny based drummer, Jeremy Hickey. He released Organic Sampler, his Choice Prize nominated debut, in 2008 and followed it with Be It Right Or Wrong in 2010.

In July this year, Rarely Seen Above Ground returned with the EP, Rotate and Jeremy is currently working on his third album.

“The whole idea was to bring that out before I went to finish off an album,” he says.  “I have songs there; it’s just a question of picking the right ones and finishing them off.”

RSAG’s rhythm based sound was arresting from the get go, and Jeremy plans to continue in that vein, while adding some new elements to the mix.

“On Organic Sampler, you have the main disk which had a post-punk, funky thing going on,” he says. “Then you had the bonus disk, which was a bit more soundtrack-y and instrumental. Then I went on to do Be It Right Or Wrong, which I did in Leo Pearsen’s studio in Thomastown, that was a different sound.

“Now I’ve gotten some better gear, and I’ve gotten back to the process and the techniques I uses on my first album. Now, it’s slightly evolving into a more electronic sound. I got a couple of synthesisers.”

Jeremy is currently recording at home, which he enjoys, but there also is an advantage to working in someone else’s studio.

“I like the idea of being able to work on something, that’s not exactly a nine-to-five thing,” he says about working from his own house. “But I suppose there’s a plus and minus side to it. It’s nice to have it there so you can work whenever you can, but the other side of it is that it’s nice to have a place to have to go to at a certain time, and then go home.  It’d be nice to have a studio that wasn’t in my house, but that’s just the way it is these days.”

RSAG is probably best described as ‘mood music’ and Jeremy draws a lot of inspiration from film soundtracks and novels.

“I suppose what I’ve done with Rotate and what I’d like to do with the album is basically try and write tunes with themes that would be inspired by a movie, or a book,  or an idea, and that mood is going to stay with the song until it’s finished.

“If a lyric isn’t there at the start, then the one that’s added will have to suit the mood,” Jeremy adds. “It’s almost like a soundtrack, but there’s no real story, it’s just the way it happens. The way I like to work is one week I could watch a movie and be in a certain mood, and hence a track would come from that. Another week it could be something different.”

Given that Rarely Seen Above Ground is a one-man operation, how does Jeremy ensure that the project keeps evolving?

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Work for children of all ages in extended Baboró programme

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Grand Soft Day, a new co-production from Branar is for children aged three to six.

The 26th annual Baboró International Arts Festival for Children will take place from Friday, October 14, to Sunday, October 23, in theatres, galleries, schools and communities in Galway City and County.

This year’s extended 10-day festival will have more than 50 live events, presented by companies from all over Ireland and Europe, including Belgium, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Scotland and England.

These will include a special collection of European work made for children up to six years, as well as residencies in special schools and child-led projects.

Children aged eight and older are invited to join the surreal world of Der Lauf, where nothing is quite as it seems. In this show, two circus performers from Belgian company Le Cirque du Bout du Monde, compete in a series of bizarre challenges as they juggle blindly, spin plates and stack glasses, while wearing boxing gloves. As the glasses rise, so do the stakes. The children are their only guides and will either help lead the clowns to order or towards further chaos.

Ballet Ireland will present The Glasshouse, a dance performance for children aged six and older. It is the story of Fiach, an earnest youngster who is on a mission to repopulate the world with plants and turn it green. This fun, compelling show, by exciting young choreographer Róisín Whelan, is about human courage, friendship and the determination to survive. The Glasshouse promises “moments of suspense and joy, exhilarating dancing, vibrant costumes and magical music”.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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A feast of Butlers at the Kenny Gallery

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The Butler family, from left: Liam, Ronan, Lisa and Davin.

Sculptor Liam Butler will return to the City’s Kenny Gallery this Friday night, August 12, for his first exhibition in more than 10 years. The new show, Copper Roots, is an even more special occasion for Liam as it will be his first time exhibiting alongside his children, Davin, Lisa and Ronan.

Liam is a self-taught sculptor who has been creating and exhibiting work for almost 30 years. He has passed on his craft to Davin, Lisa and Ronan, teaching them the techniques he developed throughout his career, as well as his love for copper and its artistic possibilities.

In 2020, during Covid, the Butlers were all together, back home in Galway for the first time in many years. They rekindled their passion for sculpture, spending time in Liam’s workshop, creating   new work, alongside each another.

There was learning, creativity and experimentation, they say. The resulting exhibition at Kennys’ celebrates reconnecting with family roots, and passions passed on from generation to generation.

A welder by training, Liam grew up on a small farm in Kilkenny. He worked in Germany and America for years before returning to Ireland, settling in An Spidéal where he began experimenting, using the skills he learned as an industrial welder to create simple sculptures from steel.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Sisters in perfect tune for unique musical snapshot

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Breda and Claire Keville, photographed by Nutan. (Inset) The sisters, as depicted by artist Isabel Alegria, on the cover of the album.

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“A snapshot in time,” is how musician and composer Claire Keville from Claran, near Headford, describes Music from Galway, the new CD which she and her sister Breda have just released.

With Breda on fiddle and Claire on concertina, it’s a gorgeous collection of music from all parts of Galway and beyond, a mix of slow airs, gigs, reels and marches. The sisters are accompanied by guitarist and longtime musical friend Terence O’Reilly on several tracks, which they recorded in the studio of his East Clare home in April of this year.

Claire, a French and Music teacher in Coláiste Iognáid (the Jes) in the city for the past decade, and Breda, who works as a radiation therapist in UHG, have previously released solo albums. Breda’s, The Hop Down, was released in 2006 and The Daisy Field, from Clare came out in 2009. Each guested on the other’s album, but this is their first joint recording, a project they’d been discussing for years.

When it did finally happen, it came together a lot more quickly than either of them had anticipated.

“I didn’t think we’d have it done this year,” says Breda, as Claire recalls that they discussed its timeframe in April, while driving from Galway to Terence’s home in Clare.

After that first day, when they recorded 10 tracks and realised that most of them would make the album, they reckoned it was achievable. Another session in An Spidéal with musician, ‘talented engineer and general all-rounder’,  Ronan Browne, convinced them it was and Music from Galway was launched at the Willie Clancy Festival in Miltown Malbay in July.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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