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The Strypes – busy and buzzing as they prepare for Big Top

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Back in 1965, The Who declared that ‘the kids are alright’ and 58 years later, that’s still very much the case as The Strypes come to town for this year’s Galway Arts Festival. The Cavan quartet, whose are aged between 15 and 18, will be opening for Grizzly Bear at the Festival Big Top this Friday.

The Strypes are Ross Farrelly (lead vocals/harmonica), Josh McClorey (lead guitar/vocals), Pete O’Hanlon (bass guitar/harmonica) and Evan Walsh (drums). As this interview takes place, the band are in Sussex where they are recording their debut album with veteran producer Chris Thomas, who played on The Beatles’ White Album and produced the Sex Pistols’ iconic Never Mind The Bollocks. How did Thomas hear about The Strypes?

“We did a show in Brighton in a really tiny pub, and he came along to that,” says the affable Pete O’Hanlon.  “I think Mercury [the Strypes’ record label] said ‘do you feel like producing this band?’ so he  watched us and said ‘yeah, I’d love to work with you’.”

The Strypes have a deep love of the blues, citing artists like Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry and Slim Harpo as influences, as well as early Beatles’ and Rolling Stones’ material. This knowledge was acquired from music-loving parents and The Strypes’ manager, Niall.

“We got bitten by the blues bug and just completely fell in love with that kind of music; how versatile you can be in being simplistic, but being extremely profound and prolific,” Pete says. “It’s such a varied style of music; with blues, there’s such a landscape that you can fill.”

It’s been a hectic 12 months for The Strypes since they came roaring out of the traps last year. A few weeks ago, they made their first appearance at Glastonbury. How did that go?

“We played the John Peel Stage on Saturday, the day the Stones played,” says Pete. “We didn’t expect the crowd to be as receptive and as big as it was. We didn’t actually get to see the Stones; we had to do an acoustic song for BBC 2, which is a shame. We got to see a bit of it on telly but it’s not the same as being there.”

Though they ended up playing to a crowd of 6,000, Pete admits to some pre-Glasto jitters.

“On the bus journey up were all going ‘what’s it going to be like, is the weather good?’. There’s a lot of anticipation and expectation. I think it went well; a defining moment, a real highlight for us over the past few months.”

The Strypes announced their arrival with the song You Can’t Judge a book by the Cover, a re-working of a Bo Diddley song. Even though the Stones first few releases were covers, The Strypes have been criticised in some quarters for still having some in their set.

“A lot of bands that start when they’re 14 or 15, they start out playing covers and when they hit their  early twenties, they start writing their own stuff,” Pete explains. “But we got picked up [by Mercury] earlier on, and we didn’t have that many originals going at the time we got picked up by the label.

“And we got a lot of stick over here in England, people saying ‘what are you at, playing covers, you’re supposed to be playing originals?. We didn’t think it was very fair; we’re still in the embryonic stage of our career. But the writing’s coming along; the set’s now comprised of mainly originals.”

What with playing legendary festivals, touring constantly and acquiring fans like Paul Weller, Dave Grohl and Elton John – it’s been a wild ride so far for The Strypes. So who’s working with this band to keep its members from succumbing to rock’s notorious pitfalls?

“Niall [our manager] is with us, he’s been with us from the start,” Pete says.  “He’s the fifth member of the band – he’s the only one that could drive when we started! I think the age thing, in this context, is a fair question.”

Glastonbury is not the only English music institution that The Strypes have been invited to play at – they’ve also blazed a trail on The Jools Holland show. How was that experience?

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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Ceramic artist who found her creative home in Galway

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Tatiana Dobos...creative space in Galway.

A ceramic artist who made her home in Galway a decade ago is one of twelve creative pioneers to feature in a new series of abstract short films available for viewing on the TG4 Player.

Samhlú Croí Cruthaitheach is a season of twelve commissioned abstract short films featuring artists and creatives – among them Moldovan born Galway-based ceramic artist Tatiana Dobos.

Tatiana was born in 1982 in Bujor, and studied all kinds of ‘numbers’ till she was 27, when she discovered clay accidentally while doing sculpture in an art studio.

She describes it as being like arriving home for the first time. She had to quit my job, erase everything she studied and start her forever journey with clay which, since then, is a constant learning and discovering process.

She came to Ireland in 2010, and Galway felt like home from the first walk on its streets.

“Ten years later I can say that Galway is the true and only home to me,” she says.

“My studio is located in Knocknacarra, very close to the sea where I cycle almost every day for refreshing swims, and also close to Barna Woods, a place for reflection and reconnection. It feels really inspiring to be so close to Connemara and Burren, places that invite to rediscovering oneself,” she adds.

From her little studio, Tatiana creates ceramic artworks inspired by human emotions.

She seeks to materialize in her works the mechanisms of the inner battles, at the same time exploring the anatomy of the aftermath.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Land, Sea and Mind at heart of Kinvara show

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Some of the works from a new exhibition by Patrick Kenneally, set for the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara

An exhibition of new work by artist Patrick Kenneally opens at the KAVA Courthouse Gallery in Kinvara, on Saturday week and runs until Sunday, August 8, from 10am to 4pm daily.

Of Land, Sea and Mind is a new series of oil paintings by the artist which is inspired by the mind’s adaptation and reaction to the restrictions placed on the mind and body by lockdowns over the past year.

“As an artist, being in and with the landscape is a vital stimulation for the creative process. You listen to the silence and vastness of the Burren. You take in the salty air of the Atlantic breeze,” he explained.

“The mind, without the direct stimulation of the environment you are so used to being in, will stitch you a new patchwork of colours, compositions and perspectives based on memory, thoughts and feelings. These “mindscapes” allow me to revisit the places that are restricted to me,” he added.

The paintings are a reflection of the self in isolation; a boat on the horizon, a windswept tree in the Burren, a single cloud in the sky, a rolling wave. The self is not present in the landscape but is present with the landscape.

 

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Galway-made box office hit returns home to Film Fleadh

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Galway hit…a scene from Two by Two Overboard!

A Galway-made animation movie which outshone the big-budget studios at the box office is making a homecoming of sorts this weekend – in the open air.

Two by Two Overboard!, produced in Galway by Moetion Films, was the number one film at the UK box office in November 2020.

The film has also proved a big hit at home with top three spots in all Irish cinema during Christmas 2020.

This weekend, Galway audiences will be treated to a special showing during the Galway Film Fleadh on Saturday at noon, in the specially constructed open-air cinema located in Father Burke Park.

Distributed by eOne Entertainment, the film opened in multiple locations across the UK in late October 2020 – but now as restrictions ease, it is set for release in France, Spain, Germany, Norway, Denmark and Estonia and elsehwere.

Made in 3D animation, the film tells the story of young Nestrian Finny and his best mate Leah, a Grymp, who accidently fall off Noah’s ark and are swept out to sea.

Adrift on a flood, the two misfit castaways struggle to reunite an unorthodox family, out-run a volcano, and negotiate a peace deal on a creaking Ark.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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