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Stomptown Brass bring party vibe to Monroe’s

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

Groove Tube with Jimi McDonnell – tribunegroove@live.ie

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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Stars align as Teapots finally stage Into the Dark Woods

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Blue Teapot director Petal Pilley with cast members Michael Hayes and Valerie Egan ahead of the show.

Into the Dark Woods

Blue Teapot at the Black Box

REVIEW BY JUDY MURPHY

After several false dawns, Blue Teapot Theatre Company finally got to stage its long-awaited drama, Into the Dark Woods, in the city’s Black Box Theatre last week. A Galway 2020 commission, and written by company member Charlene Kelly, it was originally meant to be presented more than two years ago.

Blue Teapot is made up of actors with intellectual disabilities and Charlene is one of its best-known performers, but this marked her first foray into writing, supported by dramaturg Eileen Gibbons. The production, directed by the company’s Artistic Director Petal Pilley, has done her proud.

It’s a short, moving, sometimes humorous piece about two young people with intellectual disabilities from very different backgrounds, who get lost in the woods where they are confronted by various demons and monsters.

Jennifer Cox plays Sharon whose grandmother (Mary Monaghan-McHugh) has taught her to be independent and outward looking, while Kieran Coppinger is a prince who has been cocooned in a nearby castle by his father (Midie Corcoran), a king who feels his son isn’t capable of inheriting the throne.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Busy times as Music for Galway embraces the familiar and new

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Alexander Sitkovetsky, whose uncle Dmitri created the arrangement for strings of Bach's Goldberg Variations that will be performed in Galway City and Portumna next week.

Music for Galway has a busy couple of weeks in store, which includes a visit by the National  Symphony Orchestra to Leisureland on Thursday, October 6.

First up is a new initiative, the Galway Encore, which will take place next Thursday in Galway City and Friday in Portumna, when violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin and viola player Sergey Malov and cellist Natalie Clein join forces to perform the string trio arrangement of Bach’s Goldberg Variations.

That’s scheduled for Thursday, September 29, at 8pm at University of Galway’ s Emily Anderson Concert Hall and in Christ Church in Portumna on Friday, September 30, also at 8pm. And, as part of MfG’s plan to bring more work to the county, Sergey Malov will visit Tuam’s Mall Theatre on Wednesday, inviting some 400 children in to Meet the Violins.

Johann Sebastian Bach’s Goldberg Variations were originally composed for harpsichord, reportedly to soothe an insomniac nobleman.  The work has reached new audiences in modern times, thanks to piano performances by artists such as Glenn Gould. And it became infamous as one of Hannibal Lecter’s favourite pieces in The Silence of the Lambs.

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Cosán na Naomh at Stiúideo Cuan

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Composer and musician Máire Breatnach, whose new work will be performed in An Spidéal next week.

Cosán na Naomh, a new work by renowned musician and composer, Máire Breatnach, will have its world premiere in Stiúideo Cuan, An Spidéal, from next Tuesday, September 27, to Saturday, October 1 at 8.30pm.

The piece, commissioned by Stiúideo Cuan, will be performed by piper Mick O’Brien, harper Noreen O’Donoghue and Máire herself on fiddle and viola, with sound design by Stephen O’Brien.

Cosán na Naomh is inspired by The Saints’ Path – an 18km pilgrim route through the West Kerry peninsula of Corca Dhuibhne; beginning at Ventry Beach and rising to the top of Mount Brandon. According to folklore, Ventry Beach was the scene of a 17-day battle, Cath Fionntrá, between the legendary Fianna, led by Fionn Mac Cumhaill, and Daire Donn, the powerful King of the world.

Máire’s composition follows the success of a similar project last year, explains the studio’s creative director, Darach Mac Con Iomaire.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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