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Woodburning Savages fired up for Monroe’s

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Derry's Woodburning Savages, one of the bands taking part in Rocktoberfest, which runs over four days in Monroe's.

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Derry-based rock band The Wood Burning Savages will play Monroe’s Live next Thursday, October 1, with doors at 9pm. The gig is part of Rocktoberfest, an indoor festival across two stages, which runs between October 1 and 4.

The Wood Burning Savages are Paul Connolly (vocals/guitar), Dan Acheson (bass) Aaron McClelland (drums) and Shea Tohill (guitar).

They have spent much of 2015 on the road and the Monroe’s gig will be their second trip to Galway in a fortnight. The soundtrack to the band’s road-trips gives a clue to their music.

“It’s fairly eclectic; it’s a bit of everything really – when the stereo in the van works. It’s a bit temperamental!” Paul says. “I like all the 1960s’ garage-rock kind of stuff, and the guys like all the 1990s’ grungy sort of stuff – Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden. Usually, I stick on a wee bit of The Carpenters because I like them. It’s gets a bit heated then! But we’re all open-minded enough.”

The Wood Burning Savages formed in 2011, when a band that Paul and Aaron had been in broke up. They recruited bassist Dan the following year, and the line-up was complete when Shea Tohill joined in 2013. In June 2014 the band secured a prestigious slot at Glastonbury.

“That was through Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music,” Paul says. “He’s a songwriter himself, he had a few big hits in the 1970s and 1980s. He’s quite influential and he really helped us out in England.

“He asked us over to do the BBC Introducing Stage, which was a big surprise. We went over and it was absolutely fantastic, walking around with people like George Ezra and Hozier in the same wee backstage as us.”

Glastonbury is regarded as the ultimate goal on the festival circuit. How was it for The Wood Burning Savages?

“You know what, I can’t wait to get back over to it,” Paul says. “It’s a city of music, it’s enormous. The sign of a good festival is people are always walking around with their heads up, looking to have  a laugh with somebody. As opposed to heads down, trying to get to the next stage or whatever. It’s a really good community vibe.”

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Reeling in the years to celebrate iconic album

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Pearse Doherty, John ‘Turps’ Burke, Johnny Donnelly, Davy Carton and Leo Moran on stage at the Warwick, for the album’s back cover. PHOTOS: FRANK MILLER.

In the late 1980s and early 1990s Galway City was on a creative roll, with the Arts Festival and theatre groups such as Druid, Punchbag, Na Fánaithe and Macnas expanding our creative horizons in all directions.

Down in the Quays Bar – then very much a local pub renowned for the calibre of its music sessions – a group from Tuam was creating waves and attracting fans, including Mike Scott of the Waterboys.

That group was the Saw Doctors, “all the way from Tuam”, and Mike Scott had encountered the lads when his band was in Spiddal, making the album Fisherman’s Blues.

They ended up supporting the Waterboys on a tour of Ireland and the UK and, in 1989, Mike Scott produced their debut single, N17, in Dublin’s Windmill Lane. Leo and Davy’s song about youth and emigration captured the experience of so many young people at that time – but it didn’t capture the public imagination. After a few radio plays, it faded away quietly.

“As a teenager, you’d have a dream of having a hit single,” recalls Leo Moran of that debut release. “But when you are writing songs, you become a bit more practical. And we were older and were gone beyond pop-star dreams.”

Their aim was simple.

“Our ambition was to put out a single.”

The group, then made up of Davy, Leo, John ‘Turps’ Burke, Pearse Doherty and Johnny Donnelly, had to earn a living too, and that wasn’t always easy.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Legendary trio for live Town Hall concert

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Máirtín O'Connor who will be joining forces with Frankie Gavin and Johnny Duhan for the concert on July 3.

Fans of quality music who have been pining for live gigs can look forward to Saturday, July 3, when Frankie Gavin, Máirtín O’Connor and Johnny Duhan will be on stage at the Town Hall Theatre at 8pm, for a one-off concert, Part of a Tribe.  The venue will have a limited capacity of 50 people and the concert will also be livestreamed.

Each of the three will perform solo works and collaborate on well-known instrumental pieces.

Tunes will include The Road West, The Queen of Sheba, The Belfast Hornpipe, Thomond Bridge, Joe Cooley’s Reels, and songs like The Voyage, Don’t Give up til it’s Over and The Beacon.

Part of a Tribe comes from the title of a song that the three musicians recorded with the cream of Galway’s folk and traditional musical community some years ago for St Vincent de Paul. Its theme of co-operation and team spirit is especially relevant as the country moves out of the shadow of Covid-19.

The concert will last 70 minutes and there will be no interval and no bar.

The maximum number of tickets that can be purchased per person is four. They cost €25 for the in-person event. Online tickets are €15/Online household €20.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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‘Cowgirl’ love song that hits all the right notes

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The Raines, from left, Yvonne Tiernan, Ruth Dillon and Juliana Erkkonen.

The wonderfully titled Love is sublime (til it draws out its gun) is the latest single from Galway based folk-Americana trio, The Raines. Launched on Friday, it went straight to number one on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts in Ireland and number 12 in the overall charts.

It follows their debut single, 2020’s Bare Feet on Grass, which also reached number one in the iTunes singer-songwriter Chart and was Song of the Week on RTE.ie’s culture section, with over one million impacts on Irish radio.

The Raines are Ruth Dillon, Juliana Erkkonen and Yvonne Tiernan, all terrific performers in their own right.

Ruth (vocals, guitar, ukulele) who toured and recorded with Dolores Keane, is a former member of The Molly Hicks, and has three solo albums of her own. Juliana (fiddle and vocals) has been at the forefront of Ireland’s Americana musical scene and released seven albums with various groups, including one solo album.

Yvonne Tiernan (vocals and ukulele) has toured as lead singer with ‘The Chieftains’.

This up-tempo summer single again showcases the beauty of their vocal harmonies, strings and their overall rapport.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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