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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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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.

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