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Weekend of fun and music at Spiddal’s Traidphicnic

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Arts Week with Judy Murphy – judymurphy@ctribune.ie

There’s a packed programme of music, dance, wildlife events, exhibitions and fun at Spiddal’s second ever Traidphicnic, which will take place in the Connemara village on Friday and Saturday, July 5 and 6.

Highlights include music with Martin Hayes and Kevin Crawford, Charlie Lennon, Eventide (featuring Tóla Custy, Pádraig Rynne, Pauline Scanlon and Donogh Hennessy); The Bonny Men; Johnny Connolly; Colm Gannon and Harry Bradley; Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke; Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, Caitlín Nic Gabhann and Caoimhín Ó Fearghail; Jesse Smith and Emmett Gill; and sean-nós dancing with Seosamh Ó Neachtain and Marian Ní Chonghaile.

There will also be a drumming workshop and puppet shows, wool spinning, a chance to participate in a ‘Riverdance’ art installation and an opportunity to try out sean-nós dancing.

For those people who want a break from the buzz of the festival, there will be a walk along the stunning coastline and countryside.

All events, which are bilingual, will be free of charge, except for the music workshops taking place on the morning of July 6. However the Traidphicnic committee will gratefully accept donations throughout the weekend, says the event’s Cathaoirleach Bridget Barker.

Brighton-born Bridget, who moved back to her father’s home area of Camus in 1996, is the driving force behind the Traidphicnic. She had played classical violin as a child and some years ago, she returned to music, undertaking a Traditional Music and Arts Diploma under the auspices of NUIG, at Spiddal’s Cuan studio.

As a result, she rediscovered the fiddle with a passion, and subsequently attended the Willie Clancy Summer School and Scoil Acla with her family, attending workshops with master players.

After taking part in those festivals, Bridget felt it would be good to have something similar in Spiddal and the idea has received fantastic community support, with a committee established to undertake the organisation of Traidphicnic and regular fundraising events taking place throughout the year.

This year’s Traidphicnic will kick off at 2pm on July 5 with composer and fiddle player Charlie Lennon, who will host a Gathering Session. Anyone who wants to is invited to come and play a couple of tunes from the stage outside Studio Cuan. To this end, the organisers have posted two polkas on their website. People who want to take part are asked to learn them, then come and play them with a few other easy session favourites.

There will be free gigs throughout Friday afternoon with top musicians and dancers, including Johnny Connolly, Marian Ní Chonghaile; Toner Quinn and Malachy Bourke; and Emmett Gill and Jesse Smith. That evening Tóla Custy, Pádraig Rynne, Pauline Scanlon, Donogh Hennessy will be in concert. All events are free, but people will be asked to donate.

A dream team of trad performers and composers is lined up for a series of workshops taking place on Saturday morning from 10.0am-1.30pm.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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