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Raggle-taggle Eskies for Monroe’s Live

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The Eskies play folk music infused by blues.

The Eskies come to Monroe’s Live on Saturday, June 6. The Dublin based five-piece released their debut album, After the Sherry went Round, last year. It was produced by Gavin Glass, who plays in Lisa Hannigan’s band.

“He’s a fantastic producer,” says lead-singer Ian Bermingham. “We’re a bunch of messers, so it’s not that easy to handle us.”

Ian plays guitar and sings in The Eskies, and the rest of the band are Tim George (bass), Steven Kearney (drums/vocals), Rob Murphy (mandolin/guitar) and Sean O’Reilly (guitar/vocals). Do the members write together or bring finished pieces into rehearsals?

“It depends on the song,” Ian says. “A lot of the time, one of us will write something then bring it to the rest of them. I’ll have a chord progression and what I think is a finished song, then I’ll bring it to the jam room, and it’ll totally change.”

“It’s leave the egos at the door,” Ian says. “If you come up with something and someone doesn’t like it, so what?  You come up with something else.”

What the Eskies have come up is very good indeed. This raggle-taggle, blues-infused folk messers are worth catching at the Dominick Street venue.

■ Doors at 9pm, tickets €10/€7 online.

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Fresh outing for hit show Postcards from the Ledge

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Rory Nolan in Paul Howard's Postcards from the Ledge, directed by Jimmy Fay.

“The Rossmeister General is coming to your gaff! And lockdown isn’t going to stop me!”

That’s the warning from Ross O’Carroll-Kelly, aka Paul Howard, whose one-man show, Postcards from the Ledge, will be livestreamed this Saturday night, May 15, with tickets available from Galway’s Town Hall Theatre.

The popular show, presented by Landmark Theatre, directed by Jimmy Fay, and starring Druid regular Rory Nolan as the South Dublin alacadoo will also be available on demand until Sunday, May 23.

The action is set in 2029 as Ireland enjoys yet another economic boom. Ross is about to turn 50 – and life couldn’t be sweeter. His wife, Sorcha, is Taoiseach. His triplet boys are the backbone of the Castlerock College Junior Cup team. And he’s still doing ok with the ladies. But trouble is around the corner as Ross’s daughter, Honor, is about to get married.

Ross O’Carroll-Kelly began life in the-now defunct Sunday Tribune newspaper more than 20 years ago and Paul Howard’s creation has since become familiar to readers of Saturday’s Irish Times thanks to his column in that paper.

Paul has also written several critically acclaimed series of books based on Ross that satirised Ireland during the boom and bust.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Irish poets centre stage in Druid’s new Coole series

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Tommy Tiernan, who kicks off the poetry series with The Echo at Coole by Austin Clarke.

Druid’s Coole Park Poetry series, which began last year, will continue this month with a series of 10 new short films featuring the work of poets Austin Clarke, Patrick Kavanagh, Thomas Kinsella, Séamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Eiléan Ni Chuilleanáin, Eavan Boland, Paul Durcan, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Paula Meehan.

The poems, which will premiere online from next Wednesday, May 19, will be read by Tommy Tiernan, Aaron Monaghan, Seán McGinley, Marty Rea, Brian Doherty, Venetia Bowe, Jade Jordan, Andrew Bennett, Rory Nolan, Marie Mullen and Clare Dunne.

A new film will be released weekly and all are free to view on the YouTube channels of Druid and the Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation. The films were shot by Matthew Thompson in Cooke Park, and the project was made with the support of the US-based Adrian Brinkerhoff Poetry Foundation.

The poems are  The Echo at Coole by Austin Clarke, The Hospital by Patrick Kavanagh, Another September by Thomas Kinsella, an excerpt from Station Island by Seamus Heaney, A Disused Shed in County Wexford by Derek Mahon, The Architectural Metaphor by Eiléan Ni Chuilleanáin, The Lost Art of Letter Writing by Eavan Boland, Tullynoe: Tête-à-Tête in the Parish’s Priest’s Parlour by Paul Durcan, Cathleen by Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, and This is not a confessional poem by Paula Meehan.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Enda’s pictures show lockdown in new light

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Enda's parents Michael and Denise were happy to collaborate on the lockdown project, a mix of the nostalgic and the surreal as can be seen from this photo, Milkshakes.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

A photography project born out of lockdown and filled with colour, nostalgia, an odd touch of grime and a few Catholic icons, has won a major award for Galway artist Enda Burke. The show, Homebound with my Parents is now going on display at the popular Coffeewerk and Press café exhibition space in Galway City’s Quay Street.

Enda, from Mervue in the city, normally specialises in outdoor story-based photography, but when lockdown took hold early last year there wasn’t much happening outside, so he turned his gaze closer to home. He was living with his parents, Michael and Denise, at the time and decided to make them the central figures of a Covid-19 photo series.

Enda took all the photos using a 35mm film camera but before he picked it up, he drew each scene out on a sketchbook.

Then, he built theatre-style sets in his parents’ house to create a variety of tableaux in which Denise and Michael feature, together or individually, as protagonists. The backgrounds include a range of vivid wallpaper, holy pictures and old-fashioned televisions. Vintage radios and mirrors as well as jigsaws, tins of beans and dodgy clothing also feature.

The images he creates invite the viewers to build stories around them – and while the settings are domestic, they’re surreal too.

In one photo, Michael is working out – only he isn’t. In another, Denise is at a table, holding a cigarette while eating a packet of Tayto and reading a book. There’s a plate of beans and an ashtray filled with butts on the table. It “has that element of grime in it”, says Enda. Like the others, it’s also quirky and kitsch.

Michael and Denise are both creative: he writes short stories and she’s into interior design and colour, says Enda. His photography marries both these talents, creating dramas in a colourful, surreal environment.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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