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Musical gems to be celebrated at Galway’s annual arts extravaganza

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Aldoc, who are playing Monroe's as part of this year's Arts Festival.

There are plenty of musical gems to unearth at this year’s Galway International Arts Festival.

Live Live Cinema (July 21 and 22) promises to be one of these, where a group of performers playing at red-hot speed play a live score of Little Shop of Horrors. Pitched as ‘the ultimate live cult film experience’, the concert is directed by Oliver Driver. Tickets €16 – €18.

Expect some majestic fiddle playing when Colm Mac Con Iomaire plays Róisín Dubh on Monday, July 20. A founding member of The Frames, Colm released his second album this year, the follow up to the truly superb The Hare’s Corner.  Mark this gig as unmissable.

Also playing in the Róisín are the up and coming All Tvvins (July 16th, €16/€14), who are being tipped for big things. The duo have opened for Arcade Fire and the Pixies.

Fans of folk and Americana are in for a treat with The Young Folk and The Lost Brothers double bill. (€16/€14).

Jape make a welcome return on July 18 (€16/€14), riding high after releasing one of 2015’s best albums so far.

If you can, be sure to check out Aldoc in Monroe’s Live on Thursday, July 23. With members from Germany, Tallaght, New Zealand and Holland, they fuse world music, trad and reggae into a sound that’s all their own. Tickets are €15/€10.

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Highly anticipated debut album helps to bring it all back home

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Elaine Mai...hotly anticipated debut album now out.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

One of the most highly anticipated debut albums of the year is that of Westport-born electronic artist Elaine Mai. With a string of acclaimed singles and EPs assembling her catalogue since 2012, the songwriter and producer has announced herself with this project as a seminal electronic recording artist on the national stage. That reputation is amplified by the platform this LP is built on – namely a string of the country’s best female artists.

Home was released on October 8 and, across its nine synth-based tracks, features Ailbhe Reddy, MayKay, Sinéad White and Loah. Elaine will celebrate the launch in Dublin’s Workman’s Club this Friday, October 29. The timing all seems to be right. Home signs off on the depths of the pandemic and it proves that the last eighteen months didn’t go to waste.

“I’ve been really happy to see people say they like it,” she notes. “It’s been a long time in the making so it’s good to get it out there now. It’s a great feeling for sure. I think sometimes, with my previous experiences with EPs and stuff like that, you release them and it almost feels like that’s it. You need to move on to the next thing.

“With this, it’s entwined quite nicely with gigs coming back and that so for now, the focus for me will be very much on playing this stuff live and continuing to push the album. It feels great to be in that position.”

Playing a handful of gigs over the last month or two has allowed Elaine to perform some of the tracks on the LP. Despite all the warm online reception for the album and the singles that preceded it, she admits it was impossible to fully understand the impact the songs would have in a physical environment.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway centre stage in new novel ‘58% Cabbage’

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Karl MacDermott was well-known as a stand-up comedian before he decided to focus on writing.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

Karl MacDermott graduated from UCG in 1984 with a degree in commerce.  Commerce was strange choice, he agrees, for someone who’d go onto make his living from comedy and storytelling.  “I was like a fish out of water in the course,” recalls the Salthill man, who has lived in Dublin for more than three decades, and who has just published his second novel, 58% Cabbage.

Arts might have been a more logical choice but a BA wasn’t on Karl’s radar as he was making his CAO submission.

“I went to secondary school at St Joseph’s (The Bish) and, after the Inter Cert, when we had to pick subjects, I settled on Commerce and ended up doing it for the Leaving Cert.  There were very few people [in my year] veering towards doing Arts in college,” he recalls.

Karl knew almost immediately he’d made a mistake but stuck with it. However, he invested most of his energy in DramSoc and other events on and off campus, including the Castle in Salthill, now long-gone, where Noel McHale (now a promoter) ran entertainment nights.

Karl grew up in Salthill, where his parents had settled in the early 1960s. His father, Charlie, who died in 2005, was originally from Oranmore and his mum, Philomena, was from Glenamaddy. His sister, Eithne, still lives in Salthill.

Karl was a regular visitor to Galway until his mother died in 2018, but less so since then. He has “a slightly conflicted view of the place”, he observes.

For one thing, he dislikes the expectation that “you have to be proud of it and wear the jersey”.

But Galway features in 58% Cabbage – it’s home to the book’s anti-hero, Roddy Bodkin, whose life goes from bad to worse after being dumped by his long-suffering girlfriend.  And it’s not an idyllic place. No surprise there.

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Food and exercise regime tailored to menstruation

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The creator of Flow by Fittsteps Jessica Keniston.

Health, Beauty and Lifestyle with Denise McNamara

As a former Ballerina turned personal trainer, Jessica Keniston has always been super fit. But even she noticed when teaching classes that she would get tight and sore, some weeks finding it much harder than others.

In her clients she noticed they would report small injuries at particular times of the month.

The owner of Fittsteps gym in Craughwell began to track a pattern that consistently fell in line with her menstrual cycle. She decided to tailor her workouts in line with her periods.

She also realised her cycle influenced her food habits. When menstruating she craved more carbohydrates, and a good deal more chocolate. She changed her diet to take these cravings into account but in a nourishing, healthy way, using her background as a nutrition therapist.

After noticing an Increase in energy, improved mood, inch loss and toning, she decided to set use her time in lockdown to set up an app, which tailors exercise programmes in line with the menstrual cycle. For those in perimenopause or menopause who have erratic periods or none, she recommends following the cycle of the moon.

“If you ignore the signals and push through with the dietary restrictions and heavy workouts, you can suffer additional pain, inflammation and exhaustion. Lean in a little, adjust the food intake, modify the workouts and you get natural pain relief, increased endorphins for better mood and the benefit of cell repair while your body is naturally focused on this. This can lead to better muscle tone and weight loss over all.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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