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Trad band Roudledum for reunion gig after 30 years

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Gerry Hanley, Seán Ó hÉanaigh, Jerry Mulvihil and Vincent Griffin.

Galway band Roudledum, which was prominent on the local music scene during the late 1980s will make a return to the stage after 30 years with a special gig at Pádraig’s Place at the Docks in Galway City on Friday, July 18, when they will relaunch an album that they first released in 1984.

The four musicians in Roudledum got together in late 1983 to play their music and songs in the Galway/Clare area. They are Gerry Hanley from Castlegar, Seán Ó hÉanaigh from Cárna, Jerry Mulvihill from Meath and East Clare fiddle player Vincent Griffin. Collectively and individually they were part of the resurgence of traditional music at the time.

The 1980s were exciting times for traditional music and the band organised a series of gigs. They also record an album, which was issued only on cassette.  A tour of London followed, with gigs and sessions in various well-known venues including the Forum and the White Harte in Fulham Broadway. They met and played with various musicians including Bobby Casey, John Bowe, Finbar Dwyer and many more.

The four members of Roudledum have lived in and travelled to many places in the intervening years, and played their music in many locations. They recently decided to revive the band and to re-live the music they created together.

Now, 30 years on, the Roudledum album has been re-mastered by the man who recorded it, Gerald O’Donoghue of Greenfields Studio, and it has been re-issued as a CD.

The four members may be 30 years older, but time has not dampened their enthusiasm.

Vincent Griffin is a widely respected musician who spent time in London where he perfected his style of playing.  He brings a strong Clare tradition to the mix. Box player Gerry Hanley was based in Sligo for years and has performed throughout the world. Jerry Mulvihill is well known on the traditional music scene as a banjo player, who also gigs with his musician wife Mary Staunton. Seán Ó hÉanaigh has composed various Irish language songs, and played for some years in Dublin.

They hope the CD has stood the test of time.

“We were aware of a lot of good tunes, many of which weren’t being played too often in those days. It was very enjoyable playing and recording them for a wider audience at the time” says Gerry Hanley. The four have planned further gigs for the Fleadh Cheoil in Sligo and other parts of the west of Ireland.

“It’s great being together again and we are enjoying the music and comradeship. As long as people enjoy it, who knows what will happen?” says banjo player Jerry Mulvihill.

Traditional music fans in Galway will get a chance to hear the tunes and to relive the music of the 1980s on Friday, July 18 in Pádraig’s Place, at 8pm as part of the Galway Fringe Festival.

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Sisters in perfect tune for unique musical snapshot

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Breda and Claire Keville, photographed by Nutan. (Inset) The sisters, as depicted by artist Isabel Alegria, on the cover of the album.

Arts Week with Judy Murphy

“A snapshot in time,” is how musician and composer Claire Keville from Claran, near Headford, describes Music from Galway, the new CD which she and her sister Breda have just released.

With Breda on fiddle and Claire on concertina, it’s a gorgeous collection of music from all parts of Galway and beyond, a mix of slow airs, gigs, reels and marches. The sisters are accompanied by guitarist and longtime musical friend Terence O’Reilly on several tracks, which they recorded in the studio of his East Clare home in April of this year.

Claire, a French and Music teacher in Coláiste Iognáid (the Jes) in the city for the past decade, and Breda, who works as a radiation therapist in UHG, have previously released solo albums. Breda’s, The Hop Down, was released in 2006 and The Daisy Field, from Clare came out in 2009. Each guested on the other’s album, but this is their first joint recording, a project they’d been discussing for years.

When it did finally happen, it came together a lot more quickly than either of them had anticipated.

“I didn’t think we’d have it done this year,” says Breda, as Claire recalls that they discussed its timeframe in April, while driving from Galway to Terence’s home in Clare.

After that first day, when they recorded 10 tracks and realised that most of them would make the album, they reckoned it was achievable. Another session in An Spidéal with musician, ‘talented engineer and general all-rounder’,  Ronan Browne, convinced them it was and Music from Galway was launched at the Willie Clancy Festival in Miltown Malbay in July.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Telebox channel youthful energy into mature sound

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Telebox...new single and Róisín gig.

Groove Tube with Cian O’Connell

Guitar-driven, alternative rock four-piece Telebox are the latest product of the talented youth music scene in Galway. And having packed out the Róisín Dubh in all all-ages gig in May, they are returning to the Dominick Street venue this Sunday at 2.30pm to celebrate the release of their second single.

The group consists of frontman Joe Kelly, guitarist Conall Ó Floinn, drummer Stevie Healy and bassist Eoin Killeen – and their Signs of Joy is available on streaming platforms from this Thursday. It is a smooth and hook-laden follow-up to Platonic Plague, a debut reminiscent of The La’s in its ringing guitars and post-punk pop melodies.

Telebox are a shining example of the ability that exists among teenage Galway musicians, and they serve as a reminder of the need for arts spaces that welcome crowds of all ages.

“For us, the reason we did [the Róisín gig] was that half of us are still underage,” Joe explains. “We find it really hard to get pub gigs and we have connections to the Róisín, so we went to them and said we’d love to do an all-ages thing.

“A lot of our friends are underage as well, so it was a chance for everyone to come together again. No one can go to pubs or anything like that and we’re too old for discos and that sort of thing. It’s a nice middle ground.”

“It was unbelievable,” Eoin recalls. “We couldn’t believe the energy that people brought. It’s like 2pm, 3pm in the day. People aren’t drinking, everyone is sober, and they’re still dancing and enjoying themselves.”

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Tunes in the Church returns with August concert series

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Tunes in the Church returns with August concert series

The Tunes in the Church concert series returns to Galway after a two-year break. The award-winning, series held in St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, will run for the next two weeks, taking place on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday nights.

The concerts will feature some of Galway’s finest musicians, singers and dancers, with two musicians and a dancer performing each night. During the interval, there will be a short historical tour of St Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, which celebrated 700 years in existence in 2020.

Tunes in the Church began in 2010, set up by Kerry musician and Galway resident Cormac Begley, who wanted a way of presenting traditional music that was family-friendly and respected the tradition. It is an acoustic, authentic, personal and interactive representation of Irish music, song and dance.

Interaction between the audience and performers is central to the experience, Cormac explains, with relaxed, natural, conversation being a feature of all the concerts.

Tunes in the Church provides a respectful and family-friendly setting for the listener and creates a platform where leading exponents of traditional music can showcase their talents. For more information and to book go to www.tunesinthechurch.com

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