Date Published: 24-May-2012
DUBLIN outfit, The Original Rudeboys play Róisín Dubh this Saturday, May 26.
In their short time together the trio have clocked up hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube, as well as getting major radio play and a slot at Oxegen.
In March, they released their debutalbum, This Life, a blend of “slick acoustic pop with heart-on-sleeve hiphop” according to the Irish Times.
The Original Rudeboys are rapper Seán ‘Neddy’ Arkins, Robert Burch on guitar/vocals and Seán ‘Walshy’ Walsh on ukulele. Rob recalls how the band started out.
“It was just after a night out,” he says. “We decided to head back to Ned’s house and have a few drinks. We got out the guitar and Seán Walsh ran around to his house and got his ukulele and just blended it in with us. And we came up with in a couple of minutes, which was Stars in My Eyes, stuck it up on YouTube and created the band from that.”
Stars in My Eyes sees Rob singing the chorus with Ned delivering his easy flowing style. The reaction online to their very first effort encouraged the three lads to pursue their sound.
“The internet can be a very cruel place; people are going to be as honest as they’re going to be,” says Rob. “If people didn’t like it, I’m sure we would’ve been told. We said let’s keep going with this and make more music and make more YouTube videos and see where this leads us.”
Songs with spoken verses and melodic choruses are not unusual in popular music – but ukuleles are. How did Seán Walsh end up bringing the small, stringed instrument into the band?
“Before he picked up the ukulele, he saw a YouTube video with an Asian guy playing She’s out of My Life by Michael Jackson,” explains Rob.
“And he was like ‘I need to learn this’. He picked up the ukulele and it just kind of stuck.
“It’s an usual combination but it seems to be working,” he says about the Original Rudeboys’ sound. “The ukulele is a really beautiful instrument when it’s played right. Even though it’s so small, and people don’t know much about the ukulele. I think Seán is bringing it back into fashion.”
Rob usually brings the hook to the table, with Ned throwing in his verses over it.
“That’s pretty much how the first few songs went – Stars in Your Eyes and Live Your Life,” says Rob. “I’d have the chorus written out and the melody on the guitar, and brought them to Ned, and he wrote his raps, and Seán added ukulele.
“But then Ned had other songs, from years ago maybe, and brought them back out when we were making the album,” he adds. “Then we changed them around a little bit, I had my input, Seán had his and we kind of messed around with the songs.
For more of this interview see this week’s Tribune.
The way we were – Protecting archives of our past
People’s living conditions less than 100 years ago were frightening. We have come a long way. We talk about water charges today, but back then the local District Councils were erecting pumps for local communities and the lovely town of Mountbellew, according to Council minutes, had open sewers,” says Galway County Council archivist Patria McWalter.
Patria believes we “need to take pride in our history, and we should take the same pride in our historical records as we do in our built heritage”. When you see the wealth of material in her care, this belief makes sense.
She is in charge of caring for the rich collection of administrative records owned by Galway County Council and says “these records are as much part of our history as the Rock of Cashel is. They document our lives and our ancestors’ lives. And nobody can plan for the future unless you learn from the past, what worked and what didn’t”.
Archivists and librarians are often unfairly regarded as being dry, academic types, but that’s certainly not true of Patria. Her enthusiasm is infectious as she turns the pages of several minute books from Galway’s Rural District Councils, all of them at least 100 years old.
Part of her role involved cataloguing all the records of the Councils – Ballinasloe, Clifden, Galway, Gort, Loughrea, Mountbellew, Portumna and Tuam. These records mostly consisted of minutes of various meetings.
When she was cataloguing them she realised their worth to local historians and researchers, so she decided to compile a guide to their content. The result is For the Record: The Archives of Galway’s Rural District Councils, which will be a valuable asset to anybody with an interest in history.
Many representatives on these Councils were local personalities and several were arrested during the political upheaval of the era, she explains.
And, ushering in a new era in history, women were allowed to sit on these Rural District Councils – at the time they were not allowed to sit on County Councils.
All of this information is included in Patria’s introductory essay to the attractively produced A4 size guide, which gives a glimpse into how these Rural Councils operated and the way political thinking changed in Ireland during a short 26-year period. In the early 1900s, these Councils supported Home Rule, but by 1920, they were calling for full independence and refusing to recognise the British administration.
“I love the tone,” says Patria of the minutes from meetings. “The language was very emotive.”
That was certainly true of the Gort Rural District Council. At a meeting in 1907, following riots in Dublin at the premiere of JM Synge’s play, The Playboy of the Western World the councillors’ response was vehement. They recorded their decision to “protest most emphatically against the libellous comedy, The Playboy of the Western World, that was belched forth during the past week in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, under the fostering care of Lady Gregory and Mr Yeats. We congratulate the good people of Dublin in howling down the gross buffoonery and immoral suggestions that are scattered throughout this scandalous performance.
For more from the archives see this week’s Tribunes here
Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr
Date Published: 23-Jan-2013
Athenry fail to take chances as they bow out of Junior Cup
Date Published: 29-Jan-2013
Athenry FC 1
Kilbarrack United 2
(After extra time)
For the second year in succession Athenry were done in extra time in the FAI Junior Cup as last season’s beaten finalist’s came from behind to snatch an excellent game in Moanbawn on Sunday afternoon.
On a heavy pitch that was only playable following extensive groundwork by club officials all morning, the home side were by far the better side in the opening half, but failed to take advantage of a number of opportunities that came their way.
An Alan O’Donovan penalty gave them a merited advantage just after the restart, but thereafter were on the back foot as Kilbarrack took over, but for all their pressing, the home rearguard were dealing comfortably with their forays.
However they were struck a body blow just six minutes from time, as big striker Keith Kirwan was left all alone at the far post to head the equaliser and from that point on the Dubliners were the better side.
They started off the extra time in the ascendancy and enjoying all the momentum before striking for a good winning goal on 104 minutes. A strong bench allowed them to make some necessary changes and it was not a facility that was available to Athenry manager Gabriel Glavin.
With Gary Forde and Gary Delaney out through suspension following their sending off against OLBC in the previous round, and Seamie Crowe injured, it left their bench rather threadbare with just a number of young squad players available.
Playing with the aid of the slight incline and any wind advantage going, the home side had a Connor Cannon effort on target in the opening minute, while John Meleady was just over with a flick at the other end.
Meleady then tested Andrew Walsh who saved comfortably, before the goalkeeper pulled off a brilliant double save on 14 minutes.
Firstly he went full length to push away a Meleady shot and was then back on his feet to parry David Jackson’s close-range rebound.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.