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The Flaws: back from the brink of extinction

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The Flaws play Monroe’s in Galway this Friday.

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The Flaws play Monroe’s this Friday, as part of the venue’s Roctober Weekender. As well as gems like Sixteen, the alt-rock quartet will be showcasing tracks from their upcoming third album. The band started recording Springtime For The Flaws in 2013, but have had to delay its release until February next year.

“Unfortunately, it had to go on the back boiler,” says lead singer and guitarist Paul Finn. “A few life things came up for some of us, and we had to put it aside for a while. Then earlier on this year we said ‘let’s get a plan together.’ Normal life had resumed, I suppose.”

Back in July, The Flaws released the superb Animals as a preview of their new material. In the blurb that came with it, the band mention ‘secret band break ups.’ Did they really happen?

“Most definitely, yeah,” says Paul. “We called it a day back in 2012. We were at the glass ceiling, getting nowhere, and it was hard to keep pushing on. Of course, we were disheartened by things in the past.”

“But we said ‘why are we doing this?’” he continues. “‘We all love writing songs, let’s just do it for that.’ And that’s exactly why we’re doing it. We work together well; it’s just so much fun writing songs. The craft, as they call it. That’s what stopped us from completely calling it a day – although we did for a while.”

Animals is the sound of a band renewed, and a very arresting piece of music. How did it come about?

“The writing usually comes from myself or Shane [Malone], or a mixture of the both of us,” Paul says. “I think I was over in his house for a drink late one Thursday night, listening to Snoop Dogg. We had an idea for a song, and worked on it for a few hours. That was basically it.”

Springtime… was recorded in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan.  It was very much a DIY affair, yet The Flaws have lost none of their slick sound.

“A few years ago, we built a studio out the back of my house in the middle of nowhere,” Paul says. “We never properly used it to record an album, but this time around we said why not? It’s there, we have great equipment.”

“We got our great friend Jason Varley, who’s always worked with us before, to help record it. It was all done in the back of the shed we built, which we lovingly refer to as Studio A/B.”

It’s been almost 4 years since the last Flaws record. Is Paul proud of what they’ve done this time around?

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Stunning and David Kitt for free gigs in Ballinalsoe and Clifden

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The Stunning are playing Ballinasloe this Saturday night while David Kitt will be in Clifden next Friday, October 22.

The Stunning will take to the stage of Ballinasloe’s Town Hall Theatre this Saturday, October 16, night at 8pm to play hits such as including Brewing up a Storm, Half Past Two, Romeo’s on Fire, Heads are Gonna Roll and Brighten up my Life. Meanwhile David Kitt will be in Clifden next Friday, October 22, performing songs from his new album, 20.

These gigs are the fourth in the Ceol an tSamhraidh series of free live music events being presented by Galway County Council Art and Tourism Offices as part of the Government’s Local Live Performance Programming Scheme.

The Stunning were a force to be reckoned with in 1990s’ Ireland, when they played and toured continually, becoming one of the most successful homegrown bands ever. Their debut album, Paradise in The Picturehouse. spent five weeks at number one and became among the most popular Irish albums of all time. After seven years on the road, the band split. These days, the members still continue to pursue their own individual projects, but they also perform together regularly as the Stunning. And now that restrictions have eased, they’re ready for road.

Meanwhile, the Station House Theatre is the location for David Kitt’s debut Clifden show next weekend.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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John Behan – ‘blowing our hearts wide open’

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RTÉ's Bryan Dobson congratulates artist John Behan after officially opening his exhibition 'Shifting Ground' at the Kenny Gallery on Friday. Masks were worn for the event, only being removed for the speech and photographs. PHOTO: DEAN KELLY.

Shifting Ground, a new collection in bronze from sculptor John Behan, opened at the city’s Kenny Gallery last weekend, with RTÉs’ Bryan Dobson doing the honours and praising the artist’s work ethic and discipline as well as his talent.

The show reflects on Behan’s experience of living through the pandemic, while the renowned artist has also returned to his previous theme of Emigrants and created images inspired by the current refugee crisis, a subject he explored in his show, Migrants, which was shown in Kenny’s early in 2020, before Covid took hold.

John Behan has met and worked with refugees on various trips to Greece and Cyprus and their stories have found their way into his art alongside his Irish work, the Famine Ship, and Broighter Boat and Oar Boat series.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Feast of Mozart for memorial concert

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Pianist Christian Blackshaw is renowned for his interpretation of Mozart's sonatas.

UK pianist Christian Blackshaw will give a recital of Mozart’s music next Friday, October 22, at the Emily Anderson Concert Hall, NUIG, starting at 8pm. The concert, in celebration of Anderson’s life and work, is being presented by Music for Galway and NUIG.

It will feature Mozart’s Fantasie in D minor, K.397; Rondo in D major, K. 485; Adagio in B minor, K.540; Sonata in F major, K.332; Sonata in C major, K.545; Sonata in C minor, K.457.

“It is nearly two years since we last presented a concert in this venue and we can’t wait to be back where MfG started 40 years ago,” says Chair of Music for Galway Anne Ó Maille, who describes the venue as the group’s “spiritual home”.

The multi-talented Emily Anderson (1891-1962) was reared in the quadrangle of NUIG. The daughter of Alexander Anderson, the president of what was then Queen’s College, she graduated from the college and went on become its first professor of German. She moved to England in 1918 and worked as a code-breaker for the British during WWII. As an academic, she went on to edit and translate the letters of Mozart and also of Beethoven.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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