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Superb August Wells to showcase their songwriting skills

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August Wells.

The superb August Wells make a welcome return to Galway with a free show in Róisín Dubh next Thursday, January 28. The project is the brainchild of Ken Griffin and John Rauchenberger, both based in New York.

Griffin is a former member of Irish indie legends Rollerskate Skinny, whose 1996 single Speed To My Side remains a classic.

An August Wells record, will feature a saxophone player, a violinist and a French horn player. But the core of the band is the partnership between Ken and John Rauchenberger, whose  style has been described as ‘Sinatra singing Lou Reed songs’. How did the pair meet?

“I met him through a circle of friends,” Ken says. “We were all walking home and he wanted us to show us his house. There was a piano there – I’d known him for two years and didn’t even know he could play!

“He sat down and started playing for a minute, and I thought ‘that’s interesting. Those weren’t very predictable notes’. So I suggested ‘why don’t we just get together and play?’ He lives a hundred yards from me!”

The collaboration has resulted in some fine songs that have a melancholic, Nick Cave feel to them.  August Wells recently opened for Glen Hansard for some of his tour dates, and their work will appeal to anyone interested in the craft of songwriting. Unmissable. Doors for their show are at 9pm.

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Connecting children with classical music

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Connecting Kids with ConTempo is a four-week initiative designed to help children engage with classical music in a fun and creative way.

Beginning this Friday at 11am, the scheme, which is being run by the Galway Music Residency (GMR) will run over four Fridays.

The Galway Music Residency will release a video each week which will feature a short performance by ConTempo Quartet with an educational introduction. These videos will explore different aspects of classical music, from the composition of a string quartet to understanding a waltz.

The children will be asked to listen to the music on each video, with specific questions in mind and are then invited to respond creatively to ConTempo’s performance. They can do this through art, writing or anything else that comes naturally to them.

The children’s creations can be sent to GMR and will be displayed on its social media and website.

Connecting Kids with ConTempo is geared primarily at primary school children, but young people of all ages are encouraged to enjoy these beautiful performances and delve a little deeper into the listening experience, explains the General Manager of Galway Music Residency Maeve Bryan.

Connecting Kids with ConTempo can be found on GMR’s Facebook page (@thegalwaymusicresidency) or YouTube Channel (The Galway Music Residency).

It will take place this Friday, July 31, Friday, August 11, Friday, August 14 and Friday August 21, at 11am each day.

Participation is free, but donations are welcome and, according to Maeve, will help GMR to create more online educational content in these difficult times.

Donations can be made on individual Facebook posts or via www.galwaymusicresidency.ie.

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Artist collective, Theatre57 now open to new members

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Theatre-maker Róisín Stack, one of the founders of Theatre57.

Theatre57, the Galway theatre collective that launched last year with 57 members and now has more than 90, is currently inviting new people to join.

The group, which acts as a point of contact and an advocate for independent members of the Galway theatre community, is welcoming new and existing members. Performers, producers, directors, designers, technicians, playwrights and those who are pursuing a career in professional theatre outside of a regularly funded organisation are welcome to apply. Members must be making theatre in Galway city or county.

Theatre57’s main aim is the establishment of a hub for theatre-makers where creative and professional development can be nurtured.

The group’s members point out that while other cities such as Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Belfast and Dublin have these spaces, Galway does not. They believe that having such a space would allow people in the business to share their knowledge and would encourage professional and creative excellence. The result would be a stronger and more diverse theatre community throughout Galway.

Theatre57 “believes in creative autonomy, the spirit of co-operation and the power of community”, according to a spokesperson for the group who quotes the Irish-language statement ‘Ní neart go cur le chéile’ which translates as ‘there is strength in numbers’.

The group has had a busy and productive 2020, liaising between and advocating for self-employed members of Galway theatre community, many of whose livelihoods have been seriously affected by Covid-19.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Coronas’ collaborations add to new album’s fresh sound

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Gabrielle Aplin with the Coronas, working on their new duet, Lost in the Thick of It.

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Any group releasing new music in the middle of a pandemic would have to be inventive – but when you’re The Coronas, it’s accepted you might have to up the ante…which might explain why the band are making plans to promote their new album by, at the same time, giving out free ice cream across the country.

The Coronas have been a mainstay of Irish indie-rock for the best part of two decades. From their debut album in 2007, the Dublin outfit have toed the line between chorus-heavy, pop anthems like San Diego Song and more sombre, acoustic folk tracks like Heroes or Ghosts.

In a national context, their legacy is bolstered by a long list of Irish radio favourites as well as a catalogue of major songs recorded as Gaeilge – and, as one of the Arts Festival’s most prolific acts, they are well embedded in Galway’s live music scene.

The Coronas will release their sixth studio album True Love Waits this Friday.  Singles in the run-up to the release date have included several collaborative efforts including Lost in the Thick of It, a melodic duet with English singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin.

As a whole, the record is full of ambition. The band worked with a series of co-writers and producers in order to vary the project as best they could. One notable impact is the diversity of lead singer Danny O’Reilly’s vocals throughout.

“Knoxy and the lads were always encouraging me to use my voice in different ways and that,” Danny admits.

“I think co-writing a few of the songs with different people as well [had an impact]. When I wrote Find the Water with John Broe and my sister Róisín, I had the chorus and, in my head, I had the verse an octave lower and John said ‘You know what – you need to use your voice in different ways. You’ve been doing this a good while now and it’s time to surprise people’.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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