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Mood music to groove to from Jeremy Hickey

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Groove Tube with Jimi McDonnell – tribunegroove@live.ie

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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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.

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