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Moxie give trad music a multi-cultural edge

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Ted Kelly, Cillian Doheny, Paddy Hazelton, Darren Roche, Jos Kelly of Moxie.

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Putting a rhythmic, energetic twist on a trad sound, Moxie come to Monroe’s Live next Thursday, October 8.  Formed in 2011, the band are Ted Kelly (tenor banjo/guitar), Jos Kelly (accordion/keyboard), Cillian Doheny (tenor banjo/steel string guitar), Darren Roche (accordion) and Paddy Hazelton (percussion).

When they take the call for this interview, brothers Jos and Ted are driving from Dublin to Carlow to get an accordion fixed.

“Actually two accordions!” says Jos. “We’ve an Irish tour coming and they badly need a servicing. We’re on the way to a fella called Martin Quinn. It’s just a few tuning issues and a few loose reeds. He’s reliable and he’s good.”

Moxie first met each other over the course of a hectic few days at the Willie Clancy Festival in Milltown Malbay, Co Clare. Sligo natives Jos, Ted and Paddy bumped into Limerick lads Darren and Cillian, and devilment and plenty of music ensued.

“We were playing sessions and stuff, and there was so much energy between us that we were going off into little areas of the night, playing when everyone else had left. Ten o’clock in the morning, and we just kept playing!” says Ted.

Four years on, and Moxie are creating something that is truly exciting. Propulsive rhythms and synths fuse with accordion and banjo, making for a vibrant sound. Did Moxie sound like this from the get-go, or has their sound developed?

“It was more of an evolution that naturally happened,” Ted says. “Everyone in the band started to choose their instrument. It’s even changed so much since. Darren has started playing the glockenspiel and I’m playing the electric guitar. Joss has a synth keyboards with a lot of different sounds, and Paddy has added a lot to his percussion kit.”

Synthesisers in a trad band are not the norm, so Moxie must surely ruffle some feathers with their sound.

“When we were playing the Fleadh, there was lot of negativity about where we were taking the music,” Ted says. “It’s just people who are purist, traditional, and they’re afraid of us changing the tradition, or ruining what they protect.

“We do respect them; they collect tunes and do loads of great thing for Irish music. But we also play a form of Irish music, and what we’re doing is taking it to a different world. It’s happened naturally, and we’re playing the music we want to play.”

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.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

“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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