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Seán filled with new energy as he plays Town Hall show

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Singer Seán Keane will be in concert in the Town Hall Theatre this Friday, May 17 after an absence of almost five years from the city venue.

It’s difficult to believe it’s been five years since his last concert there, says the Caherlistrane born singer, but then a lot has happened in the intervening time.

Four years ago Seán lined out in the nearby Black Box Theatre with a full band and a crew of dancers and singers to record an album and DVD, The Irish Scattering about the Irish experience of emigration through the centuries.

It was a powerful project, with which his wife and manager Virginia was critically involved. However, shortly afterwards Virginia became ill and this July will mark the second anniversary of her death.

He has given a lot of thought to that project since then, and he has plans to recreate a stage version of it in the future, but right now, Seán’s focus is on the Town Hall show.

He pulled back on work during Virginia’’s illness and afterwards he took time out from singing and touring.

“Going back to it without her, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do that,” explains Seán, whose accolades have included winning Best Male Folk Singer for four years in a row in Ireland a Meteor award nomination.

But, he laughs, even in death, “like she always did, she gave me a kick in the arse”.

And he knows it was the right thing.

“Even through the whole process afterwards, this is what I was meant to be doing. It’s the gift I was given. And it’s what Virginia would have wanted; she’s the one who got me into it.”

It was only because Virginia had offered to manage his career in their early days together that Seán went back to performing after he had decided to leave the music business, he explains. And his career blossomed, with a series of solo albums including Turn a Phrase, No Stranger to the Rain and The Irish Scattering.

So it hasn’t been easy since she passed on. But in the past while, he’s been taking up offers of shows and has travelled to America, Canada and Germany to perform, and now he’s become more active about seeking gigs. That’s how the Town Hall show came about.
“I thought it was time to do a proper gig in Galway. I’ve mostly been doing charity gigs and it’s time to do a proper one.

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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