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Thomas on crest of a wave with debut album

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Thomas McPartland will launch his debut album, 'Sing Me to Shore' next Thursday in the Róisín Dubh. PHOTO: JOE O'SHAUGHNESSY.

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A songwriter who has paid his dues in Galway’s open mic circuit, Thomas McPartland will launch his debut album upstairs in Róisín Dubh next Thursday, August 4. Sing Me to Shore was recorded in Willow Sea Studios in Galway, and ended up being a different album to what Thomas originally envisaged.

“It took a year and a half from the start of the recording to end of the process,” he explains. “Longer than I thought it would be. Initially I thought it would just be me and guitar, and certain things, but it kept getting bigger and turned into a full band album.”

The sound of Sing Me to Shore changed as Thomas called on an impressive cast of players from the Galway music scene. The record features Dave Shaughnessy from My Fellow Sponges on drums and the unique guitar stylings of Dylan Murphy and violinist Darren Concannon from A Band Called Wanda. It was produced by Will O’Connor from Grounds for Invasion, who also played keyboard and electric guitar for good measure.

“I was delighted to get them – my dream team of players!” Thomas says.

Thomas McPartland first found his feet as a performer at the Róisín Dubh Open Mic night, and is still a regular punter at the weekly showcase.

“There are 20 acts and it’s such a great night,” he says of the platform. “You don’t know what to expect, there’s always something totally out there. Monologues, comedians, people you’ve never heard of who turn up and blow your mind. I go there every Sunday if I can.”

It made sense, then, for Thomas to launch his debut in the upstairs room where the Open Mic is held.

“It’s kind of like a second home – I’ve played in there nearly as much as I have in my own bedroom!” he says. “Most of the songs from the album I played for the first time in that room.”

Sing Me to Shore opens with With You in Mind, a song that sprung from an overseas hangover.

“For two summers in a row, I went on holidays with a bunch of musician friends,” Thomas says. “The first time was a pretty drunken affair – you can imagine, five lads going to Berlin. I tried to take it easy the last night, but then I woke up and I’d missed my flight. I had to wait in the airport for 12 hours.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Legendary Andy Irvine in concert

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Andy Irvine

Legendary singer/songwriter Andy Irvine will play the Gig Room in the Kinvara Community Centre next Saturday, May 28, at 8pm.

With an impressive repertoire of Irish songs and Balkan dance tunes, he is renowned for his unique fusion of Irish and World music.

Andy’s musical career took off when he joined Sweeney’s Men in 1965, touring extensively with them before leaving in 1968 to pursue his own musical journey. That took him to Bulgaria, Romania and Yugoslavia, as he studied the music and traditions of these places.

During this time, he began playing the bouzouki professionally, as it allowed him to develop his own style while deepening his knowledge of Balkan music.

Back in Ireland Andy founded the now-legendary Planxty with Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and Liam O’ Flynn. When the group took a break in 1967, he recorded an album with Paul Brady, simply entitled Andy Irvine & Paul Brady, which became a classic.

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

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World premiere to feature in free concert

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Dave Flynn

The world premiere of E-Bow, a work for string quartet and electric guitar by  composer Dave Flynn, will take place this Sunday, May 22, at 3pm at the O’Donoghue Theatre, NUIG. Admission is free and all are welcome.

E-Bow will be performed by Galway’s quartet in residence, ConTempo, and Dave Flynn himself. A work in three movements, it plays with the tradition of the guitar quintet, which dates back to the late 18th century, but brings it in new directions by using an electric guitar with the addition of an e-bow.

This is a hand-held electronic bow invented by Greg Heet in 1969 and patented in 1978, after which it became an essential tool for rock guitarists. Performers including Blondie, U2, Radiohead, Big Country, Genesis, Pink Floyd and R.E.M. have used them, but e-bows are less common in classical music because they don’t work on nylon-string classical guitars.

The work was co-commissioned by long-term commissioning partners Galway Music Residency (GMR) and Galway City Council and is being presented  as part of Arts in Action, by  GMR, in association with Dublin’s Contemporary Music Centre.

Sunday’s show will also include a performance of Philip Glass’ Mishima, arranged for string quartet and electric guitar, with special permission from the composer. Philip Glass composed this piece for the film Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, about Japanese author Yukio Mishima who died in November 1970 after performing Seppuku (ritual suicide by disembowelment).

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

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Hidden Horses in Kinvara’s KAVA gallery

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Hidden Horses in Kinvara’s KAVA gallery

Hidden Horses, an exhibition of work by Clare-based artist Kate Browne will open at Kinvara Area Art Gallery, KAVA, this Friday, May 20, and will run daily until Sunday, May 29, from 11am – 4pm.

It’s an exhibition that grew from the loss she felt over the past decade as her children left home and began to forge their own paths.

Kate, who’d had a passion for horses in her younger years, rediscovered that passion.

“Now my muses are the mountain ponies of neighbours, the rescued equines and forgotten horses in our countryside and cities.  Hidden Horses asks you to see that the lives of all sentient creatures, is our moral obligation and to speak up when in doubt.”

All are welcome to view the work at the KAVA gallery in Kinvara’s  former courthouse.

 

 

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