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Riptide Movement’s bigger ambitions for the next wave

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The Groove Tube with Jimi McDonnell – tribunegroove@live.ie

The Riptide Movement, a raucous Dublin based four piece, play Róisín Dubh on Saturday week, May 11. Last year, the band released their second album Keep On Keepin On and its success led to two sold-out show in the Olympia and an appearance on the Late Late Show.

Speaking from Grouse Lodge studios in Westmeath, where The Riptide Movement are recording their third album, lead singer Mal Tuohy says:

“We did the last album here. It’s a brilliant live room, and all the staff are great, so we said we’d come back. The owner’s here beside us, he’s got an iPhone to my neck, so I’ve to be very careful about what I say!”

The Riptide Movement’s next album will be produced by Ted Hutt, an Englishman based in California. Hutt’s impressive CV includes established American bands like The Gaslight Anthem, Old Crow Medicine Show and the Dropkick Murphy’s. How did Mal and the lads acquire his services?

“We just put the word out,” says Mal. “We were looking at producers of albums that we liked and we sent off a few emails. Then we met a few of them, and we got the best vibe off Ted. We feel that we made the right decision, because it’s going great so far.”

“He really understands it. The new tunes, they’re a lot more advanced, there’s a lot more in them than our previous stuff, which we would’ve produced ourselves.”

It might just seem like a name on the credits, but having an experienced producer like Hutt onboard really makes a difference, especially to a younger band like The Riptide Movement.

“You put your trust in him and he manages the whole project,” says Mal. “It means the rest of us are freed up to work on guitar pieces and lyrics. We don’t have to be in the main room the whole time.”

“Down here as well, it’s such a big place, you can go for a walk and have the MP3s on your earphones, listening back. All the while, Ted’s inside, keeping the show on the road, bringing people in and out, getting all the stuff recorded. I’m really looking forward to the finished project.”

Keep On Keepin On did well, and helped to establish The Riptide Movement on the live and festival circuit in Ireland. But Mal, JPR, Ger and Gar have bigger ambitions this time around.

“We’ll definitely put it out through a label this time,” says Mal. “For the likes of America and the UK, we’ll have to license it and get it out to a bigger audience, involve a bigger team in the whole thing.”

“The last one did really well for us, so this’ll be a step up. We’re doing a lot of stuff abroad now, from pretty much the end of May onwards we’re doing festivals all over Europe and the UK. The plan is to break out of Ireland now.”

This plan seems to be bearing fruit. Recently, The Riptide Movement received an offer to open for an upcoming blues/rock outfit called The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park, this July. How did they land such a massive gig?

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Immortal, a musical exploration of history, family and immortality

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Ellen Greally who plays Oisín's daughter Plur in Immortal.

An original musical, Immortal, from local theatre company, Morgan Creative is running at the city’s Town Hall Theatre until this Friday night, September 24, starting at 8pm nightly.

Billed by its creators Luke and Jake Morgan as “the next chapter of Irish folklore”, the story is set between the mythological land of Tír na nÓg, rural Galway during the Irish Civil War and modern-day Galway. It features 12 new original songs that strive to bring the area’s rich local history and traditions to a modern audience.

An era after her father, Oisín has left Tír na nÓg, Plur sets off on a perilous journey to find him. With the help of Choppy, a grouchy swan, Plur crosses the sea to a magical land she has heard about only in stories: Ireland. However, when she arrives, she learns that trouble is brewing.

The year is 1921 and the struggle for Irish independence is about to take a bitter turn. As Plur encounters a group of young rebels intent on storming Renmore Barracks, there is only one question on her mind: Will she manage to find her father and bring him home before it is too late?

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway back in festive swing

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Festival highlight…John Gerrard (centre) in front of his Mirror Pavilion in Derrigimlagh Bog, pictured in with Galway International Arts Festival’s Chief Executive John Crumlish (left) and Artistic Director Paul Fahy. Photo: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

The programme may have been amended because of Covid-19 restrictions – but this year’s Galway International Arts Festival still conjured up a whole set of indoor and outdoor experiences to deliver three weeks of spectacular success.

The pandemic resulted in GIAF’s biggest ever digital programme, including the first festival theatre livestream, making the work accessible to a much wider audience – and a star-studded concert from St Nicholas’ Church.

Festival highlights included Medicine, a theatrical tour-de-force by Enda Walsh with a cast featuring Domhnall Gleeson – and the acclaimed Mirror Pavilion, Leaf Work, the second part of John Gerrard’s visual art project set in the heart of Derrygimlagh bog. That also attracted a global audience because it included a 24/7 live stream of the virtual performance that was being shown on the LED screen.

The first ever Other Voices collaboration with the festival delivered an unforgettable concert from St Nicholas’ Church, as part of the Courage series, featuring NewDad, Tolü Makay, Susan O’Neill and Mick Flannery, and Anna Mullarkey.

Audiences can still experience again the First Thought Talks series by checking them out  the Festival website.  Guests such as Misha Glenny; Bonnie Greer; Mike Ryan, Noelle Browne; Siobhan Burke, Sinéad Burke, Fintan O Toole, Peter Lunn and Teresa Lambe amongst others, discussed everything from cyber-hacking to the impact of remote working on rural Ireland to vaccine development.

The 2021 Vinyl Hours series saw guests Philip King, Sinéad Burke, Niamh Regan and Brian Kerr, reveal their most treasured songs in special in-conversation events. Fans can catch up with these conversations when they are released next month as part of the First Thought podcast series.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Kinvara exhibition focuses on ups and downs of social media

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The Kinvara Area Visual Artists group, KAVA is hosting, My Social Bubble, an exhibition of work by arts graduate Mark Keaveney, in which the Roscommon native focuses on the use social media

“My current practice is about the psychological effects of social media,” he explains. “I am exploring people’s engagement with these online platforms, mostly through digital media, along with other platforms such as painting, drawing, and photography.  Modern technology has proven to be a huge phenomenon and an extremely helpful tool in the contemporary art world.

“It provides many benefits as well as potentially harmful results. There is a significant grey area to be found when approaching peoples’ mental health and these handheld devices.”

This exhibition in cooperation with KAVA, will be supported by Kinvara Alive, a local group that promotes well-being and mental health.

The spokesperson for Kinvara Alive, Sean Glynn, says the show offers plenty food for thought.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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