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Sublime Mark Geary for Monroe’s show

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Mark Geary.

Groove Tube with Jimi McDonnell

The sublime songwriter Mark Geary makes a welcome return to Monroe’s Live this Friday, May 22. When he takes the call for this interview, Mark is recording an album he plans to release in the autumn. His process is a little unusual, even risky, in that he goes into the studio without having any songs prepared.

“That’s kind of how I’ve done it on the past couple of records, almost wilfully have no songs and just create around the musicians, write on the fly – it’s awful!” he laughs. “But the creative brain starts to commit, it starts to make decisions. You have to believe what you’re singing about.”

It’s a gamble that’s paying off and Mark has hit a creative purple patch.

“This whole week I’ve been in Westmeath, and it’s the third day I’ve woke up with a new song,” he says. “They’re really the gifts. It’s usually 90% perspiration, 10% inspiration but to wake up with a fully formed, written song, that’s what you wait for.”

In 1992, Mark moved to New York to cut his teeth as an artist. The Dubliner appeared alongside the upcoming Jeff Buckley and made the city his home. A few years ago, he decided to return to Ireland and began to put a band together.

“When I came back from New York, I was looking for a band that I could hang with and sit in with, that would know my back catalogue and add something to it,” he says. “In my head, I wanted singers, as well as bass players and keyboards. I wanted loads of harmonies, because that’s my favourite part of music. The Everly Brothers, The Beatles, Fleet Foxes . . . killer harmonies, it just feels so intuitive to me.”

He placed an ad in Hot Press and began the search. In a world far removed from the callousness of the X-Factor, the auditions were ‘very mellow, a cup of tea and a chat’,

“I was looking for intuitive musicians, not a super group,” Mark says. “Sometimes it can be a bit too session-y. My New York band, a lot of those guys could be playing in ten bands.”

This search yielded a gem when Gráinne Hunt walked into the room. Adding nuance and texture to Mark’s songs, Gráinne is a gifted singer who will soon be releasing her own EP.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Raines launch new single and get set to tour

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The Raines: Ruth Dillon, Yvonne Tiernan and Juliana Erkkonen.

Galway’s Folk and Americana trio, The Raines, have just released a new single and are about to embark on a national tour, starting next week.

Another Lover is the fourth single from the trio – Ruth Dillon, Yvonne Tiernan and Juliana Erkkonen – and comes from their forthcoming album. The song is on the RTÉ Radio 1 ‘Recommends List’ this week. Their previous singles also received extensive airplay on RTÉ and reached number one on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart,

Like them, Another Lover features soaring vocal harmonies and sweeping strings. Ruth performs vocals, guitar and ukulele, while Juliana is on fiddle and vocals and Yvonne is on vocals and ukulele.

It also features John O’Dwyer on bass, Cesar Benzoni on mandolin and Cormac Dunne on drums.

Award-winning producer Brian Masterson, who has worked with The Chieftains, Van Morrison, Willie Nelson and The Bothy Band, mixed and mastered the track.

“We’re thrilled to be kicking off our first Irish tour in Whelan’s, Dublin, next Friday,  June 3, and taking the band on the road to play around the country,” says Yvonne. “The part we love most about being in The Raines is playing our music to a live audience.”

The Raines will be in Clifden’s Station House Theatre on Sunday, June 12, at Galway Folk Festival on Friday, June 17, and Áras Éanna, Inis Oírr, on Sunday, August 20.

Tickets on sale now via ticketmaster.com and Galway Folk festival.

Another Lover is out now on all major digital platforms.

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Excellent production let down by a weak script

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Amelia Crowley as Breda in The Cavalcaders.

REVIEW BY JUDY MURPHY:

THE CAVALCADERS BY BILLY ROCHE DRUID THEATRE

Aaron Monahan has proven his mettle as an actor in many Druid productions through the years. Now, he’s on his debut outing as a director with the company and he’s no slouch in this regard either.

He’s already directed several successful shows for Cavan company, Livin’ Dread, and brings those skills to Druid’s latest production, Billy Roche’s The Cavalcaders.  There’s an impressive cast too, showcasing singing and dancing skills as well as acting ability.

Which makes it a pity that Druid didn’t pick a better vehicle for all this talent.

The Cavalcaders, which premiered on the Peacock stage of the Abbey Theatre in 1993, is set in a shoemaker’s shop in a provincial town and its central character Terry (Garret Lombard) is going through what seems to be a midlife crisis, looking back on the errors of his younger years.

He owns the shop and has just sold it to Rory (Naoise Dunbar), an effervescent, enthusiastic young employee who is planning big changes.

And so, we begin a journey back in time to explore Terry’s youth and the events that shaped him and led to his many regrets. It’s a trip that’s enlivened by great singing, as Terry, Rory and their fellow workers Josie (Sean Kearns) and Ted (Tiernan Messit-Greene) perform in a barber-shop group called The Cavalcaders.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Three stars share one night in Ballinasloe concert

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Eleanor Shanley and John Feeley

Three of the West’s finest performers will share the stage at Ballinasloe Town Hall next Friday, June 3, in a unique live performance.

Ceol an tSamhraidh 2022 will feature Eleanor Shanley, John Feeley and Ultan Conlon for a night made possible through the support of Galway County Council Arts Office and funded through the Government’s Local Live Performance Scheme.

Eleanor Shanley and John Feeley first met in London in the 1990s, when she was touring with the iconic Galway band De Dannan.

They didn’t meet again for almost 25 years, when John was doing a show in Eleanor’s now-hometown of Ballinasloe.

They got chatting about doing some work together and have since joined forces for numerous live shows – and their new album, Cancion de Amor, is the result of their recording collaboration.

Recorded in the historic Meelick Friary, beside the River Shannon in Eyrecourt, Cancion de Amor is a beautiful body of work.

Eleanor and John share a meeting of musical minds and both love how John’s classical and Spanish-influenced guitar styles work with Eleanor’s distinctive voice in this unique and special collaboration.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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