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Transfixed by tales of lakes and epic marches

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TV Watch with Dave O’Connell

You’re always wary when a new drama arrives on the small screen already laden down with critical acclaim and heightened expectation – thankfully on this occasion, Top of the Lake lived up to the billing.

This new seven-art drama is set in New Zealand but it’s part-funded by the BBC – so by the time it made it debut appearance on the Beeb here, it had already received its international airing and its instant acclaim.

The pre-publicity was in part down to the cast and crew – it’s written and occasionally directed by Jane Campion, the woman behind The Piano, and it stars Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss as Detective Robin Griffin alongside – among others – an unrecognisable Holly Hunter as a sort of new-age guru of broken women.

The story is a simple one to start with – the drama opens with a twelve year old girl wading into a lake and immersing herself in water up to her shoulders before a passer-by spots her and hauls her out.

The twelve year old is Tui Mitcham, young daughter of an Oriental mother and Scottish drug-dealing father – and she’s five months pregnant and clearly then the victim of rape.

To describe her domestic situation as unorthodox would be an understatement; her father Matt Mitchum (Scottish actor Peter Mullan) is a bad guy straight from central casting. He keeps dogs and has eight foot fences to protect his patch, but in reality if he simply growled at passers-by himself, no one would ever bother him.

He lives beside the lake in the title, and has two boneheaded sons as henchmen as he rules the local criminal and drugs underworld with an iron fist.

He also believes he has rights to an adjacent spot of land, quite understatedly known as Paradise, but then discovers that a commune of damaged women has moved into an array of old artic containers furnished with matresses and a communal cooker.

You see him bear his teeth at these ladies – all of them suffering from addictions that range from drugs to sex – in an effort to clear them from his land, but then it’s to this eclectic community that young Tui flees when the going gets tough.

Then it gets even tougher and by morning she has disappeared, providing the real start of the story for Top of the Lake.

An investigation needs a hero cop, and this one comes in the form of local woman turned big city detective, Robin Griffin, who is co-incidentally home on a visit to her cancer-stricken mother.

 For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel. 

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TG4 to broadcast Sina’s lockdown Town Hall gig

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German-born Sina moved to Ireland in 2015 to pursue her musical dream.

A concert by German born, Irish-based singer-songwriter Sina Theil, which was recorded at the Town Hall Theatre in December 2020, during lockdown will be broadcast by TG4 this Saturday night, February 4.

This energetic and hardworking artist is currently touring Ireland as special guest with rising folk singer Dan McCabe.

She has previously been named Hottest Act in Irish Country Music (female), won Song of the Year at the Hot Country TV Awards and the Rising Star of the Year 2022 Award at the American Celtic Listener Supported Music Awards. She’s also had 17 number one singles in the Irish Country charts and a number one in the mainstream Irish charts with her latest self-penned song.

Sina relocated to Ireland in 2015 on her own in what she calls “an act of blind faith” to pursue her dream of making music. She knew nobody here as she began funding her musical education by busking on the streets of Dublin, sometimes making just enough in the morning to cover bills that had to be paid in the afternoon.

Sina’s independently released album, Live at THT Galway, for which she crowdfunded more than €16,000 with the help of her loyal online following (50,000+), reached number three in the mainstream Irish charts and songs have had thousands of plays on Irish radio.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Stories, drama and improv at Moth and Butterfly Festival

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The Moth & Butterfly International Festival of Storytelling & Improvisation will take place in Galway City, County and online from this Friday to Saturday, February 3-5.

Events will include improvisational theatre events, children’s storytime, a virtual global story chain, a music workshop and an audio experience in Connemara, according to Artistic Director Órla Mc Govern.

The Moth & Butterfly group have been running monthly events in Galway for 12 years, as well as collaborating with festivals and events globally. Following two successful digital and hybrid festivals in 2021 and 2022, theyre now bringing their first fully live festival to Galway and beyond.  It has a wide range of events for all ages, many free or via donation.

Land of Stories will run from this Friday to Sunday at locations in Connemara and online. In this selection of recorded stories and conversations, local artists discuss their practice and connection to the landscape. It involves recordings being ‘placed’ in various places, using location-based software, so the stories are activated by being in a specific area. Remote access is available via an online map, for those who can’t travel.

At 11.30am this Friday, storytellers Catherine Brophy and Máirín Mhic Lochlainn will be at Galway City Library to present a free, bilingual event, Stories For Children / Scéalta do Pháistí.  At 3pm Tales of Mischief and Magic will be at Oranmore Library, when Antrim storyteller Liz Weir will lead participants on an interactive journey through the imagination. It’s for ages 6+ and is free.

At 8pm, Parenthetical, an improvised theatrical performance with The Jess’ss’ss will be in the city’s Blue Teapot Theatre, Munster Avenue, for audiences of 18+. It’s based on the theme of ‘Parent’.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Artist Gertrude in flying form at Kenny Gallery

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A collection of 40 original paintings and graphics by renowned German artist Gertrude Degenhardt, will open at The Kenny Gallery in the city’s Liosbán Retail Park on Saturday, February 11th at 3pm.

The show, Flying Melodies, features new and retrospective works and is described by the gallery as something of a Greatest Hits, featuring many images which will be well-known to her Irish fans.

Gertrude Degenhardt, who is one of Germany’s leading painters and graphic artists, first came to Ireland in the early 1970s when she was commissioned to prepare illustrations for a German edition of a book of short stories by Liam O’Flaherty.

She has produced several exhibitions for the Kenny Gallery over the years, including Women in Music –  a series of 70 images of female musicians – Vagabondage, Passes By, Paradise Lost, Dancing Couples and It’s About Time.

Degenhardt, who was born in 1940, is a keen observer of people. Song and wine feature frequently in her distinctive work, as do revolution, vagabonds, dance, musicians, Ireland and her late husband, Martin.

Flying Melodies will be officially opened by renowned fiddle player Frankie Gavin at 3pm on Saturday, February 11, at The Kenny Gallery, Liosbán Retail Park. All are welcome.

The exhibition will run daily from 9am-5pm, Monday to Saturday, until St Patrick’s Day in the gallery and online at www.thekennygallery.

 

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