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Peel Your Own Spuds warm up for Loughrea

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Peel Your Own Spuds will play at The Sibin, Loughrea this weekend

Citing The Pogues and The Saw Doctors as key influences, Peel Your Own Spuds play An Sibín, Loughrea, this Saturday, August 15.

The band are a six-piece based in Newport, South Wales, with strong Irish roots.

They began when mandolin player and songwriter Tom Flannelly met lead-singer Rosie O’Donnell.

“We’re eight years going now,” says Tom. “Rosie, who’s a Welsh girl of Irish descent with parents are from Cavan and Donegal, approached me and asked if I’d like to be in an Irish band.

“I said ‘yeah, no problem, but we’ll need some original material, and not just go banging out the same old tunes’. I wrote about four or five original songs, and then we got my old line-up from a rock band many years ago. So we’ve a mixture of old and young in the band.”

The rest of Peel Your Own Spuds are Dave Treharne, Keith Boast, Seán Keane and Mick Vodden. The band members draw from Newport’s large ex-pat Irish community.

“There’s a big Irish community there,” says Tom. “I played for a Gaelic team there as well, Pride of Éire, may years ago. There’s a Comhaltas there, and I started pulling together the main people from there – stealing them, I was!”

Tom is a massive fan of The Saw Doctors – in an email subsequent to the interview, he asked to ‘ put an ultimatum out to the Saw Doctors if anyone of them is interested in playing with the Spuds they’re welcome and we’ll see them in An Sibin in Loughrea!’

“The Saw Doctors are tremendous,” he says during the interview.

“I’ve seen them a couple of times over in the UK. You have to remember we’re emigrants, four of us. I left in the 1980s, and then you have lads who left in the two thousands. We like the Saw Doctors’ stuff and they sing about emigration, just like we do.”

Tom is the chief songwriter in the band, but is keen to credit his colleagues.

“I usually bring them in, and the lads add a riff or some harmonies, and lead parts, and breaks,” he says. “The songs would cover emigration, different topics.

“The single we have out now, I wrote about my kids doing their exams. In the UK it’s the exactly same as Ireland! The kids had to struggle through and had a lot of other influences and distractions. But at the end of the day they had to put their head down because it’s their future, y’know?”

The Loughrea show is part of Peel Your Own Spuds four-date Irish tour. How does it feel to be bringing it all back home? “It’s brilliant, I come to Ireland quite regularly on holidays but the other members, especially the Welsh lads, have asked, for years, to tour Ireland,” Tom explains.

“We finally said ‘right, we’re going home’.

For more about Peel Your Own Spuds and their upcoming Loughrea gig see this week’s Tribune

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Galway gets ready for Gilgamesh

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Legend of Gilgamesh on the streets of Galway.

The epic story of a young tyrannical king – two thirds God, one third man – obsessed with fame, composed 1,500 years before Homer wrote the Illiad and the Odyssey, will become a familiar experience over the next few months in the heart of Galway.

Because Macnas, the masters of storytelling and spectacle, are back as the legend of Gilgamesh starts to unfold via the Gilgamesh Experience on Macnas.com and on the streets of Galway.

The legend of Gilgamesh will play out online in the lead up to the indoor show in March and firmly roots the world of the characters in the city and landscape of Galway.

It all starts at https://gilgamesh.macnas.com/ with the reveal of the first in a series of specially commissioned films by cinematographer Colm Hogan.

This week saw the story spill onto the streets with the central character of UTA – the one who cannot die – wandering through Galway, with the same character appearing in a stunning mural which went up overnight on the corner of Bridge Street and Dominick Street. The coming months will see more surprise, unannounced pop up live moments in the city.

A dramatic new interpretation of the world’s oldest story, Gilgamesh is a Galway 2020 commission for the European Capital of Culture celebrations and sees Macnas take its traditional theatre and storytelling into new outdoor, indoor and digital territories, bringing the contemporary themes of this ancient origin story to life.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Last of Liam O’Flaherty’s novels is finally republished – 87 years on

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O’Flaherty....banned novel just republished.

Aran author Liam O’Flaherty’s banned novel The Martyr has just been republished by Nuascéalta – 87 years since its first and only publication, back in 1933.

And with this reprint of The Martyr, Nuascéalta publishers complete their epic task of returning to Ireland the last three major O’Flaherty novels banned by the Irish state.

The Galway novel The House of Gold, and O’Flaherty’s insightful and scathing Hollywood satire Hollywood Cemetery, had already been re-issued.

O’Flaherty’s novels – mainly written in the 1920s and 1930s – collectively address significant events in Irish history and the newly emerging Free State.

Nuascéalta’s return of The Martyr to the book shevles comes as the centenaries of the War of Independence and the Civil War are commemorated.

The Martyr gives O’Flaherty’s take on the battle to control the country’s destiny. The novel written just ten years after the civil war, and published in 1933, brings to life the nationwide Free State attack on the anti-Treaty forces.

One such offensive was the landing at Fenit in Kerry – and Liam O’Flaherty fictionalises this event at “Carra Point” and “Sallytown” (Tralee).

Events around the Free State troop landing and its sequel are seen through the eyes of Sallytown’s defenders and its townspeople, clerical and lay.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Musical collaborators for concert in Clifden

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Cormac Begley (centre) with Ye Vagabonds....live at Clifden’s Station House Theatre.

Ye Vagabonds and Cormac Begley will be in Clifden’s Station House Theatre this Friday night; the concert is being presented by Clifden Arts Festival and Music Network and is part of a nationwide tour organised by Music Network.

Ye Vagabonds – Carlow brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn – grew up playing music together and their performances are marked by close harmony singing, tasty accompaniment and their ability to tell a good story in song.

They have played sold-out headline shows in Ireland, France, Switzerland and the UK.

Their second album The Hare’s Lament was released in 2019 to huge critical acclaim, winning the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Traditional Track, and sweeping the boards at the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards where they won Best Traditional Track, Best Group, and Best Album.

For this tour, they’re embarking on a collaboration with Cormac Begley, a renowned solo bass, baritone, treble and piccolo concertina player from a West-Kerry musical family.

Cormac plays solo and in a range of collaborations with Liam O’Connor, Rushad Eggleston, Liam Ó Maonlaí and Lisa O’Neill. He is the founder of the Airt Residential School and the award-winning Tunes in the Church live concert series in Galway and Dublin.

Cormac was nominated for RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Instrumentalist of the Year in 2018 and 2019, and his debut solo album received nine five-star reviews and was shortlisted for the Irish Times Album of the Year in 2018.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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