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Toby dances to his own beat with Gumbrielle

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Toby Kaar, who will mark the launch of his new EP with a gig in Róisín Dubh.

Groove Tube with Jimi McDonnell – tribunegroove@live.ie

Toby Kaar has just released what could prove to be the most exciting EP of 2016 and the Cork-based musician and producer will play a free show in Róisín Dubh next Thursday, April 14, to celebrate the launch of the four-track mini album, Gumbrielle.

The music, “an eclectic mix of samples ranging from jazz blogs to Asian supermarkets”, was made on a nine-year old computer and Toby explains how this came about.

“It was written over the course of five years, so when I started it was only a five-year-old computer!” he says. “I never really had a huge passion for new gear, new equipment. I just found something that works that I’ve been using it for ages. After I finished this EP, I actually got a new computer. So the nine-year-old computer is rotting away under my bed at the moment! It got to the stage where it was just crashing constantly, it was an absolute nightmare.

“I wanted to keep in simple, and not create any barriers between what I wanted to do and realising it,” he adds about his music. “I think you can complicate it and you can start to colour it with equipment, if you introduce loads of stuff. I was quite fluent with this computer, I just felt comfortable.”

Where did he find the name Gumbrielle?

“Gumbrielle is my mother’s maiden name,” he says. “Due to males and things like that in the family, it threatened to die out as a name. It was a French name, I’m not sure where it originated, but my mum is huge into family trees. There’s a couple of Gumbrielles in Chile, and I think maybe some in Australia.

“I’m not great at naming things, so I wanted something simple that meant something. My mum and her sisters are chuffed about it, they got very emotional when I told them. I told them to calm down, it’s only an EP!”

Toby Kaar makes dance music that surprises you, and it seems he answers questions in the same way. His press release describes his music as ‘tensely arranged’ – what does that mean?

“Well, I see the ‘tense arrangements’ relating more towards the song structures,” he says. “I mean, the pieces came together over a number of years. It is one piece. I would never say it’s just a collection of songs.

“Maybe one song says something and the other answers a question. When I compose music, there’s a lot of stuff going on and a lot of stuff changing. I didn’t write that [press release] – you’d have to find the guy that wrote the blurb and ask him!”

So, Toby didn’t write the press release, but, as a solo performer, the live show is very much his baby. Ahead of his nationwide tour, how is it coming along?

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Tommy Tiernan among acts in Róisín Dubh comedy line-up

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Tommy Tiernan: Chat show host, actor and, above all, comedian.

Tommy Tiernan will perform his brand-new show, Tomfoolery, in Leisureland on Thursday and Friday, February 25 and 26.

The show, being presented by the Róisín Dubh, is billed as “a high-energy mix of outrageous ideas and whimsical flights of fancy”.

Comedian, actor and, more recently, chat-show host Tommy is performing a series of warm-up gigs in the Róisín in January  for the main event – they sold out within minutes of going on sale last week.

In a comedy career spanning 25 years, Tommy has toured extensively at home and abroad, and guested on top TV shows including three appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman in the US. He’s also has had his own one-hour special broadcast on Comedy Central USA. More recently, Tommy has begun presenting a talk show on RTÉ, an improvised live programme where he has no idea of who his guests are until they appear on set. And he’s a better chat-show host than anyone else in this country, by a country mile. But it’ll be comedy that he’ll be focusing on in Leisureland on February 25 and 26. Tickets for those shows are €35.

The Róisín is on a comedy roll and will present Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience in April at the Galmont Hotel.

This version of Basil, Sybil and Manuel from Australia’s Interactive Theatre has played more than 500 sell-out shows in Ireland in the past decade – 20 of them in Galway City. Some of the show’s scenes will be familiar from TV, some will be off-the-cuff but all will have a ‘Faulty’ seasoning. Everything that can go wrong, does in this two hours of “controlled chaos and hilarity” where dinner is part of the act.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Children’s anthology has vision of fairer society

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Land of the Ever Young

A new children’s book, Land of the Ever Young, which has just been published, is the final in a trilogy of working people’s writing from contemporary Ireland. It follows the poetry anthology, Children of the Nation and prose anthology, From the Plough to the Stars, all edited by Jenny Farrell and published by Culture Matters.

The collection is made up of 23 male and female writers, who are mainly from the East, South and West of Ireland, creating in English and Irish.

These authors have created children and adults who confront wrongs, challenge superstition and injustice, and who often see further than others around them.

The stories’ heroines and heroes are filled with a sense of the common good, highlighting the qualities necessary to create a fairer, better society, a Tír na nÓg, the Land of the Ever Young.

Such a place can only materialise in the absence of wars, of profit-driven greed with its contempt for equality, humanity and the environment – a place where the common good is the measure of society, according to Jenny.

This pioneering project is supported by the Irish trade union movement in recognition of the importance of creativity and the right of the working class to express their culture and their experience of life.

Children read stories many times and these often stay with them for a lifetime, acting as a moral compass, says Jenny of their importance.

The images that accompany children’s stories are also remembered for a long time and Land of the Ever Young has been beautifully illustrated by the artist Karen Dietrich.

Land of the Ever Young: An Anthology of Working People’s Writing for Children from Contemporary Ireland, edited by Jenny Farrell with illustrations by Karen Dietrich costs €12 plus package and posting.. All three books are available at www.culturematters.org.uk

 

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Variety and quality on menu as music series is ‘back live’

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Musician and broadcaster Ruth Smith has curated this Saturday’s concert.

Three Kinds of Music, the popular Galway Music Residency multi-genre ‘music-tasting’ series, which had moved online due to Covid will return live from this Saturday, December 4. Three concerts have been planned for December and the first will take place in The Hall of the Red Earl at Druid Lane this Saturday at 3pm when musician and broadcaster Ruth Smith, who presents the RTÉ radio programme Simply Folk will be the guest curator.

Ruth has invited Ruth McGill (soprano) and Niall Kinsella (piano), to take part and they will perform a set of songs by German composer Kurt Weill. Clare singer-songwriter and guitarist Síomha is also taking to the stage with her unique mix of folk, jazz and soul. ConTempo Quartet will take the traditional reins with a performance of Dave Flynn’s The Cranning and other Irish tunes.

On Saturday, December 11, at 3pm the second in this series of shows will take place in Druid’s Mick Lally Theatre. Curated by jazz musician Aengus Hackett, it will be an exploration of climate change and the disappearance of the natural world.

Aengus’s selection of musicians will include uilleann piper, pipe-maker and former botany professor Eugene Lambe and renowned jazz pianist Greg Felton. The ConTempo Quartet, who perform regularly at these concerts will discover some of the wildlife hidden in the classical music repertoire.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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