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Dublin's Stomptown Brass bring their urban, New Orleans-style music to Galway on January 23. Photo: Dara Munnis

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Expect some good-time New Orleans-inspired sounds when Stomptown Brass come to Monroe’s Live on Saturday, January 23. The Dublin based nine-piece have been only been together for a year but have already made their mark on the festival scene.

It all began when trombonist James O’Leary assembled some players he knew from the Newport music school in Blackrock, alongside some other brass players. “It was an absolute nightmare at the start, especially with the jazz guys who always have gigs, every evening almost,” James says. “But eventually, because a few of us are in 9-to-5 jobs, we found a weekly rehearsal time that suits.

“Gradually, over the course of six or eight months, it became more a thing in everyone’s lives. It came to a point where everyone worked around this band. Now we’re at a strong stage where we can look for gigs well in advance and we don’t have to worry about people being over-committed to things.”

The band cut their teeth busking, but began to make their mark this summer. “We started off doing Canalaphonic in May,” James says. “It’s a festival in Rathmines and at the end of it we did an impromptu march towards the city centre, a big parade following us. “We moved on to bigger festivals as the summer progressed and from that we got some interest from Longitude. We were on the main stage of Indiependence in Cork shortly after that, and then it culminated in Electric Picnic where we had five different gigs.”

Five gigs in three days? That can’t have left Stomptown with too much time for the hedonism that defines the Picnic for many people. “On the Saturday, we had three gigs,” James says. “There were over twelve hours between our second and third gig. The third one was at three in the morning. The partying in between was a bit of a challenge, but we all managed to turn up on time!”

James is the band leader and writes the pieces for Stomptown Brass, but the other members help shape the numbers and come in with solos. “Generally what happens is what I’ll do is have a melody bouncing around in my head, and I’ll be too busy to do anything with it. When it works out nicely, I can bang it out in one day, particularly when I’m cycling around. Sometimes I need to put in a little bit more work.”

Stomptown Brass do an impressive re-working of The Auld Triangle. How did the idea to fuse Brendan Behan’s classic with brass come about?

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Reeling in the years to celebrate iconic album

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Pearse Doherty, John ‘Turps’ Burke, Johnny Donnelly, Davy Carton and Leo Moran on stage at the Warwick, for the album’s back cover. PHOTOS: FRANK MILLER.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s Galway City was on a creative roll, with the Arts Festival and theatre groups such as Druid, Punchbag, Na Fánaithe and Macnas expanding our creative horizons in all directions.

Down in the Quays Bar – then very much a local pub renowned for the calibre of its music sessions – a group from Tuam was creating waves and attracting fans, including Mike Scott of the Waterboys.

That group was the Saw Doctors, “all the way from Tuam”, and Mike Scott had encountered the lads when his band was in Spiddal, making the album Fisherman’s Blues.

They ended up supporting the Waterboys on a tour of Ireland and the UK and, in 1989, Mike Scott produced their debut single, N17, in Dublin’s Windmill Lane. Leo and Davy’s song about youth and emigration captured the experience of so many young people at that time – but it didn’t capture the public imagination. After a few radio plays, it faded away quietly.

“As a teenager, you’d have a dream of having a hit single,” recalls Leo Moran of that debut release. “But when you are writing songs, you become a bit more practical. And we were older and were gone beyond pop-star dreams.”

Their aim was simple.

“Our ambition was to put out a single.”

The group, then made up of Davy, Leo, John ‘Turps’ Burke, Pearse Doherty and Johnny Donnelly, had to earn a living too, and that wasn’t always easy.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Legendary trio for live Town Hall concert

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Máirtín O'Connor who will be joining forces with Frankie Gavin and Johnny Duhan for the concert on July 3.

Fans of quality music who have been pining for live gigs can look forward to Saturday, July 3, when Frankie Gavin, Máirtín O’Connor and Johnny Duhan will be on stage at the Town Hall Theatre at 8pm, for a one-off concert, Part of a Tribe.  The venue will have a limited capacity of 50 people and the concert will also be livestreamed.

Each of the three will perform solo works and collaborate on well-known instrumental pieces.

Tunes will include The Road West, The Queen of Sheba, The Belfast Hornpipe, Thomond Bridge, Joe Cooley’s Reels, and songs like The Voyage, Don’t Give up til it’s Over and The Beacon.

Part of a Tribe comes from the title of a song that the three musicians recorded with the cream of Galway’s folk and traditional musical community some years ago for St Vincent de Paul. Its theme of co-operation and team spirit is especially relevant as the country moves out of the shadow of Covid-19.

The concert will last 70 minutes and there will be no interval and no bar.

The maximum number of tickets that can be purchased per person is four. They cost €25 for the in-person event. Online tickets are €15/Online household €20.

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‘Cowgirl’ love song that hits all the right notes

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The Raines, from left, Yvonne Tiernan, Ruth Dillon and Juliana Erkkonen.

The wonderfully titled Love is sublime (til it draws out its gun) is the latest single from Galway based folk-Americana trio, The Raines. Launched on Friday, it went straight to number one on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts in Ireland and number 12 in the overall charts.

It follows their debut single, 2020’s Bare Feet on Grass, which also reached number one in the iTunes singer-songwriter Chart and was Song of the Week on RTE.ie’s culture section, with over one million impacts on Irish radio.

The Raines are Ruth Dillon, Juliana Erkkonen and Yvonne Tiernan, all terrific performers in their own right.

Ruth (vocals, guitar, ukulele) who toured and recorded with Dolores Keane, is a former member of The Molly Hicks, and has three solo albums of her own. Juliana (fiddle and vocals) has been at the forefront of Ireland’s Americana musical scene and released seven albums with various groups, including one solo album.

Yvonne Tiernan (vocals and ukulele) has toured as lead singer with ‘The Chieftains’.

This up-tempo summer single again showcases the beauty of their vocal harmonies, strings and their overall rapport.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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