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Canadian songwriter Royal Wood plays upstairs Róisín Dubh on Thursday, November 7. 

Wood has a built up a sizeable following at home, as well as in the US, Germany, France, Italy and The Netherlands. Yet, when it came to do some writing, Royal decamped to Slane. So how did an internationally successful songwriter end up in County Meath?

“Well, I had toured many times over in Europe,” Royal says. “Ireland was always ‘just go to Dublin and there you go’ and I never really had the opportunity to expand on touring there. I got this offer from a promoter to come to Slane and perform in his bar, Boyle’s.

“It had been a long time since I played a small room,” he adds. “I really wanted to see the country and everyone was raving about it, so off I went. In doing so, I realised how much of my family history was from around there, and that led to me going back retracing a few things and making a lot of amazing friendships.”

One of those friendships led to Royal being offered the use of a cottage in Slane for a month in May. “I would wake up everyday, light the fire and write some music,” he recalls. “I’d walk into the village, have a pint or two, and walk back.”

It was a creative period for Royal.

“You know what, I’d honestly say it was the most productive time I’ve ever  had writing,” he says. “Not since I was a kid have I allowed myself to exist as an artist. You get so caught up in the machine, you tour and there’s press and the business side. I realised I had a large back up of music.

“My marriage was ending and a bunch of other things were going on. I just felt like I needed to get away, and Ireland just made perfect sense. Some days I’d write and some days I wouldn’t, and somehow I emerged with 40 songs.”

These songs will feature on Royal’s next album, but the record he is currently promoting is 2012’s We Were Born To Glory. The title is taken from the single The Glory, which is accompanied by a very impressive video. Directed by Adam Makarenko, it features a range of landscapes made from miniature models.

“I went to Adam and said ‘here’s the kind of video that I want to make, what do you think about it?’,” Royal says. “He just ran with it in places I hadn’t even anticipated. We ended up forming a really amazing friendship by the end of it. He sends me thing he’s working on, and I share music. He’s a really amazing artist.”

Making the video was very intricate.

“Adam was this guy that started off kind of normal, and then he spent weeks, if not months making this video. He does it all from his studio, which is his apartment. And he lives in the sets, basically. His whole place becomes a shoot for the video. Caves are being made over here, and forests are over here, and the waterfall’s here, and the universe is here. It’s like ‘where do you live, Adam?’

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Ceramic artist who found her creative home in Galway

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Tatiana Dobos...creative space in Galway.

A ceramic artist who made her home in Galway a decade ago is one of twelve creative pioneers to feature in a new series of abstract short films available for viewing on the TG4 Player.

Samhlú Croí Cruthaitheach is a season of twelve commissioned abstract short films featuring artists and creatives – among them Moldovan born Galway-based ceramic artist Tatiana Dobos.

Tatiana was born in 1982 in Bujor, and studied all kinds of ‘numbers’ till she was 27, when she discovered clay accidentally while doing sculpture in an art studio.

She describes it as being like arriving home for the first time. She had to quit my job, erase everything she studied and start her forever journey with clay which, since then, is a constant learning and discovering process.

She came to Ireland in 2010, and Galway felt like home from the first walk on its streets.

“Ten years later I can say that Galway is the true and only home to me,” she says.

“My studio is located in Knocknacarra, very close to the sea where I cycle almost every day for refreshing swims, and also close to Barna Woods, a place for reflection and reconnection. It feels really inspiring to be so close to Connemara and Burren, places that invite to rediscovering oneself,” she adds.

From her little studio, Tatiana creates ceramic artworks inspired by human emotions.

She seeks to materialize in her works the mechanisms of the inner battles, at the same time exploring the anatomy of the aftermath.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Land, Sea and Mind at heart of Kinvara show

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Some of the works from a new exhibition by Patrick Kenneally, set for the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara

An exhibition of new work by artist Patrick Kenneally opens at the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara, on Saturday week and runs until Sunday, August 8, from 10am to 4pm daily.

Of Land, Sea and Mind is a new series of oil paintings by the artist which is inspired by the mind’s adaptation and reaction to the restrictions placed on the mind and body by lockdowns over the past year.

“As an artist, being in and with the landscape is a vital stimulation for the creative process. You listen to the silence and vastness of the Burren. You take in the salty air of the Atlantic breeze,” he explained.

“The mind, without the direct stimulation of the environment you are so used to being in, will stitch you a new patchwork of colours, compositions and perspectives based on memory, thoughts and feelings. These “mindscapes” allow me to revisit the places that are restricted to me,” he added.

The paintings are a reflection of the self in isolation; a boat on the horizon, a windswept tree in the Burren, a single cloud in the sky, a rolling wave. The self is not present in the landscape but is present with the landscape.

 

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Galway-made box office hit returns home to Film Fleadh

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Galway hit…a scene from Two by Two Overboard!

A Galway-made animation movie which outshone the big-budget studios at the box office is making a homecoming of sorts this weekend – in the open air.

Two by Two Overboard!, produced in Galway by Moetion Films, was the number one film at the UK box office in November 2020.

The film has also proved a big hit at home with top three spots in all Irish cinema during Christmas 2020.

This weekend, Galway audiences will be treated to a special showing during the Galway Film Fleadh on Saturday at noon, in the specially constructed open-air cinema located in Father Burke Park.

Distributed by eOne Entertainment, the film opened in multiple locations across the UK in late October 2020 – but now as restrictions ease, it is set for release in France, Spain, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Estonia and elsehwere.

Made in 3D animation, the film tells the story of young Nestrian Finny and his best mate Leah, a Grymp, who accidently fall off Noah’s ark and are swept out to sea.

Adrift on a flood, the two misfit castaways struggle to reunite an unorthodox family, out-run a volcano, and negotiate a peace deal on a creaking Ark.

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