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School’s out as music rules for Featuring X

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Featuring X, from left, Dara Farrelly, Jenny McKeown, Niamh Sharkey, Sarah McLaughlin, Eleanor Rogers.

The young and upcoming Featuring X play The Victoria Hotel on Wednesday, July 23 as part of this year’s Galway Fringe Festival.

The Drogheda based outfit, whose influences include the Arctic Monkeys and the Black Keys, are on the road to celebrate the release of their new video and single, Wild Love. They also have another reason to celebrate – the five members of Featuring X did their Leaving Cert this summer, having formed while they were in Transition Year.

“We entered a competition that year, and then gig after gig followed. We met our manager and did an EP and single,” says lead singer Niamh Sharkey. “We were doing underage gigs and things like that. As we grew older, we started doing more pub gigs and late night gigs. Now we’re 18, the sky’s the limit!”

Niamh is joined in Featuring X by Dara Farrelly on lead guitar, Eleanor Rogers on rhythm guitar, Sarah McLaughlin on bass and Jenny McKeown on drums. Their recent video for Wild Love is a witty reprise of the clip for Robert Palmer’s Addicted to Love. This time, the models in the iconic 1980s video who couldn’t play their instruments are replaced by the members of Featuring X, who can. The video was directed by Gavin Kilduff.

“He had the idea and he wanted to do it for so long but he just couldn’t find the right band,” says Niamh. “Then he found out we had this song, and it all fitted in. We did it all in one day. That morning we got up, got our hair and make-up done. We spent about six hours shooting.  We played along to the track and it came out that way.”

Standing in front of a camera for six hours could have been quite an intimidating prospect, especially for such a young bad.

“At first, we were a bit weary of it,” Niamh admits. “But we videoed it in a warehouse, it was empty, it was us playing our music, our videographer and our manager, and that was it. It was just like normal band practice, there was nothing to be uncomfortable about in that sense.”

Wild Love was written by Rea Garvey and Andrew Chatterly, but Featuring X also pen their own tunes, as they did for their debut EP last year.

“For our EP, Eleanor and Dara came to the table with these lyrics and riffs,” Niamh says. “From that we all built on top of it – Jenny got a beat for the drums, Sarah figured out a bass line and it all came together. This summer, we’re starting to write again. We’re hoping to incorporate more originals into our set, especially after the release of Wild Love.”

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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