Classifieds Advertise Archive Subscriptions Family Announcements Photos Digital Editions/Apps
Connect with us

Entertainment

Mundy has youth on side for new album

Avatar

Published

on

Mundy, who is playing the Róisín Dubh as part of a tour to mark the release of his new album. PHOTO: PERRY OGDEN.

The Groove Tube with Jimi McDonnell

Singer-songwriter Mundy will play Róisín Dubh on Friday, May 22, to celebrate the release of his self-titled new album.

This release sees the Birr songwriter reunite with the English producer, Youth, who produced Mundy’s 1996 debut Jelly Legs. Why did the Offaly man feel the time was right for them to work together again?

“A few years ago you would have seen people doing these anniversary gigs around, if they’d had an album out 15 or 20 years ago,” Mundy says. “I just realised that Jelly Legs was nearly 20 years old and Killing Joke, Youth’s band, were playing in town. I just thought it was a funny coincidence. I hadn’t seen him in the time since Jelly Legs.”

Given that it had been a while since the Irishman had seen Youth, he introduced himself by saying ‘I’m Mundy!’ The pair then went for a beer and caught up.

“I said I’d just become a dad, was still in the music business and things had gone well,” Mundy recalls. “I [also] said I was a bit uninspired at that time and he said ‘I know the feeling’. He’d had two kids and it takes getting used to. So he basically invited me over to London to his studio to write a few songs together. He said ‘I have a few ways to open up your mind – everything doesn’t have to come from the heart all the time’.  So I went over, and that’s how it began.”

Mundy sounds reinvigorated on this new album, something he credits to the man behind the desk.

“We were doing a session from 12 to 4pm and an hour before it would end Youth would say ‘have you got any lyrics yet? The muse doesn’t wait around, and he’s going to be gone at four, because I have another session coming in’.

“He’s very full-on and straight up. I like to understand what I’m trying to say and he’s like ‘no, no, you’ll get used to them. You don’t have to know what you’re trying to say. Give the songs a chance to breathe’. Just the kind of inspiration I needed.”

Mundy is in good voice too on this release, something he credits to both his lifestyle choices and his producer.

“I was minding myself, I wasn’t staying up late, smoking fags and getting drunk,” he says. “And Youth would say things like ‘sing it softer’, or ‘sing it in a higher register’. Shot In The Dark was quite a struggle to sing. But he said ‘push it to the max, don’t be afraid’. He brought out a little bit of youth in me!”

One of the songs that jumps out on the album is Glory Hole.  How did that one come about?

“Youth had been Googling me and Galway Girl came up, live at Oxegen, 12,000 or 13,000 people going nuts,” Mundy says, referring to his performance of Steve Earle’s song at Oxegen with musician Sharon Shannon. “He said ‘wow, did you write that song?’ I told him I wished I had done . He asked would I have liked to. Absolutely!

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

CITY TRIBUNE

Anne’s Roses of Hope for Médecins Sans Frontières

Avatar

Published

on

Kinvara artist Anne Korff has launched an initiative to support the work of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders).

It’s a new book, Roses of Hope – Meditations, which contains a selection of six reproductions of her artwork, 25×25 cm in size, ring-bound and with a hanging attachment, ready to display on a wall.

Roses of Hope – Meditations was created as a series of paintings during the pandemic in 2020-21. Throughout this period of solitude and isolation, Anne wanted to share her artwork as a way of providing support, inspiration and nourishment for the soul. Each painting is a meditation using energy, colour and shape to bring hope and solace.

According to the Irish Times’ art critic Aidan Dunne, ‘Anne Korff’s paintings vividly reflect her experience of the refugee crisis . . . in a space of what feels like infinite loss, flickers of hope appear’.

Anne, who studied Fine Art in Berlin moved to Ireland in 1977. A decade later, inspired by her passion for history and archaeology she set up her own publishing company, Tír Eolas. Her publications include beautifully illustrated guides and maps of the Burren, south Galway, Lough Corrib, The Shannon Valley, as well as The Book of the Burren.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App

Download the Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App to access to Galway’s best-selling newspaper.

Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Or purchase the Digital Edition for PC, Mac or Laptop from Pagesuite  HERE.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app
The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

 

 

Continue Reading

CITY TRIBUNE

Film Fleadh’s invitation to pitch a script

Avatar

Published

on

Submissions are now open for the annual Film Fleadh Script Pitching Competition, which will be held next month as part of the online festival.

The competition focuses on the crucial role of good writing in the audio-visual sector and has provided many writers with an opportunity to get Entrants should submit a 500-word written pitch (from beginning to end with no cliff-hangers!) and applications are welcome from writers of any skill level. Any genre of feature drama, documentary or animation will be considered.  Finalists will be chosen to pitch their idea live online as an ‘Elevator Pitch’ of 90 seconds to a virtual panel of industry judges and an audience. The winner will be announced at the Fleadh’s online awards ceremony and will receive a prize of €3,000.

In addition to the money and the opportunity to pitch to industry professionals, there are other benefits to taking part. These includes opening the door to producers; writers having their project optioned by producers; being invited on mentorships to hone their craft; bolstering their confidence and giving them their first opportunity to win over an audience. For the winner, the money can allow them the time to develop and expand their pitch into a full film script.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App

Download the Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App to access to Galway’s best-selling newspaper.

Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Or purchase the Digital Edition for PC, Mac or Laptop from Pagesuite  HERE.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app
The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

 

Continue Reading

CITY TRIBUNE

Innovation and tradition at heart of Brú Theatre’s new programme

Avatar

Published

on

Martha and Ronald Sayers and Melissa Gillespie, right, during rehearsals for ‘Ar Ais Aris’ overlooking Galway Bay off Grattan Road. The immersive virtual reality experience takes place from June 11-20 in Gaeltacht communities along the Atlantic coast. PHOTO JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

Brú Theatre Company has become an integral part of Galway’s arts scene since it was founded three years ago by Artistic Director James Riordan and Producer Jill Murray. Focusing on new writing, mask theatre, live music and dance, this innovative, talented company has won over audiences and critics alike.

Brú has now launched its programme for the remainder of 2021 with a mix of work that includes virtual reality performances, two stage shows and a physical theatre school.

“From drag to keening, it’s going to be great,” according to James Riordan who is ready for the next challenge.

“The support we have got from audiences and organisations alike in the past year has spurred us forwards, and I can’t wait to share all the shows, songs and stories we’ve been cooking up over the last year.”

From the beginning, Brú has produced bilingual work across a range of genres and that’s the case with Ar Ais Arís, an Irish language, immersive Virtual Reality experience which is touring Gaeltacht areas from Donegal to Cork from this Friday, June 11 until Sunday, June 20.

The show will site audiences by the sea before transporting them to Connemara’s mountain tops and far-away piers as it explores emigration, displacement and the poetic body, all via virtual performances. Inspired by Irish language writers including Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Pádraic Ó Conaire and Máirtín Ó Cadhain, Ar Ais Arís was originally commissioned by NUI Galway and Galway 2020, European Capital of Culture. It’s being presented as part of Brightening Air/Coiscéim Coiligh, a countrywide series of arts events supported by the Arts Council. Tickets are available from www.brutheatre.com

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App

Download the Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App to access to Galway’s best-selling newspaper.

Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Or purchase the Digital Edition for PC, Mac or Laptop from Pagesuite  HERE.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app
The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Continue Reading

Local Ads

Local Ads

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

Advertisement

Trending