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Night of toe tapping blues with The Hot Sprockets



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The Hot Sprockets play a free show in Monroe’s Live, as part of the Hot Press Jagermeister Freezer Sessions. Also playing on the night are O Emperor, Raglans and Preachers Son.

The Hot Sprockets are a Dublin based five piece who play toe-tapping, swampy blues rock. Their latest single Comin’ On is accompanied by a very impressive video. It’s the latest eye-catching clip from the band, and their harmonica player and singer, Frankie, explains where they get their ideas from.

“Half of us do art; we sit around and think, and then go someone who want to work with us,” he says. “We all just sit down, have a chat, and brainstorm.”

Comin’ On is a one-shot video directed by Luke Sweetman which sees the band walking through a chaotic, carnival- esque world.

“Wayne, the singer, came up with the idea of doing the one shot take,” says Frankie. “We have friends who live in that big house where it was filmed, out in Celbridge. We just got about 60 of our friends, and all the props were done by Prop Mule; we have a friend who works with them and they helped us out big time.”

One camera moves along to follow the action, and it’s all very well put together. But it took a bit of graft to get it right.

“I’d say it was seven full takes,” says Frankie. “We did it all in one day, which was great. There was a lot of hard work. Luke came up a few weeks beforehand, doing run-throughs and stuff like that. So we were well prepared by the time we actually went to film it. It was a lot of hard work, but it was worth it in the end.”

Comin’ On is an advance single from The Hot Sprockets’ second album, which they plan to release in March. The album was produced by Gavin Glass and recorded in Orphan Studios, Grouse Lodge in Westmeath and Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin. Windmill Lane is where U2 recorded The Joshua Tree – did Frankie enjoy working there?

“It’s good, it’s big,” he says. “That’s mainly why we went there to do the drums. You can do guitar and vocals in a smaller place. Windmill is one of the top studios in the country, as well as Grouse Lodge. We want to get the best quality we can.”

Gavin Glass is a talented solo artist and a member of Lisa Hannigan’s band, but he’s also quickly becoming an in-demand producer.

“He can play loads of stuff,” Frankie enthuses. “When he was recording and producing, he was able to come with some cool ideas for different guitar sounds.’’

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.


Folk duo launch What Will Be Will Be



Niall Teague and Pádraic Joyce.

Folk duo Niall Teague and Pádraic Joyce are launching their new album What Will We Be, a  blend of folk, Americana and acoustic music, this Friday, May 19, at 8pm in An Taibhdhearc.

The success of their well-received 2020 release Taobh le Taobh, as well as recent successes at the Pan Celtic and Oireachtas Song Contests, spurred the duo on to record this new album which represents many years of collaboration and musical development.

It features Niall and Pádraic on vocals, harmonies, and acoustic guitars, Maidhc Ó hÉanaigh on double bass and Neil Fitzgibbon on fiddle. The catchy title track, What Will We Be, features contributions from percussionist Jim Higgins (The Stunning, Christy Moore, Paul Brady) and haunting, driving melodies on vocals, guitar, and fiddle.

Themes of love and hope are woven through Come Away with Me which features interplay between piano and fiddle as well as rich vocal harmonies.

People, places, and broken dreams are celebrated and lamented on Martin and Tom, Guitar Gold, Memories of You and Achill Island. The influence of David Henry Thoreau’s novel Walden features on the tracks Simple and Wise and Walden, with the beauty of nature, escape and simple pleasures at their core.

The album moves from minimalistic folk ballads such as Galway Ghost to swirling, string-laden arrangements on the song Neptune, both of which are influenced by maritime tales from Galway. Much of the work on this album was supported by the Arts Council, including work with musical arranger Eoin Corcoran and the string ensemble Treo.

The album will be launched this Friday, May 19, at 8pm in an Taibhdhearc. Tickets €22, plus booking fee at

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All roads lead to Dunmore as town tunes up County Fleadh



Most of the competitions for young musicians will take place this Saturday in Dunmore Community School. All the competitions are open to the public.

Dunmore is the place to be this weekend for lovers of traditional music, as the Galway County Fleadh will take place there from this Friday, May 19, to Sunday, May 23.

It is 10 years since Dunmore last hosted a fleadh and the local Comhaltas branch, which has re-formed since Covid, is looking forward to facilitating this gathering of music, song, dance and craic.

The official Opening Concert will take place in Dunmore Town Hall this Friday at 8pm with the acclaimed Mulcahy family from Limerick. Mick, Louise and Michelle are well known throughout the country, thanks to their live performances, television appearances and numerous CDs. They were the winners of the TG4 Gradam Ceoil Grúpa Ceoil Award for 2023.  Tickets for their concert can be purchased on the door and a great night of music is promised.

Two days of competitions will kick off this Saturday at the town’s Community School, with more than 1,500 competitors taking part. Participants will be hoping to qualify for the Connacht Fleadh 2023, which will be held in Ballina, County Mayo, from June 23 to July 2.

Competitions for those aged Under 10, Under 12 and Under 15 will be held in a large variety of instruments on Saturday, as well as in singing and Comhrá Gaeilge. Sunday’s competitions will be for the Under 18 and Over 18 ages groups, as well as in dancing.

On both days a large entry is expected for Grúpaí Cheoil and Céilí Band competitions across all age groups.

Seventeen Comhaltas branches from across Galway will have participants in this weekend’s competitions, which will result in a large number of visitors to the Dunmore area.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the competitions, which offer a great opportunity to hear and see the talent on display. There will be sessions in local pubs over the weekend as well and everybody is welcome to attend these.

For more information on the County Fleadh, go to


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Piano concert rescheduled for Tuesday



Pianist Cédric Pescia.

Music for Galway’s concert with renowned Swiss pianist Cédric Pescia which had been due to take place on April 27 but which had to be deferred, will now take place next Tuesday, May 23, at 8pm, in the Emily Anderson Concert Hall at the University of Galway.

This concert of German classics with Bach at its core, will brings the Bach element of Music for Galway’s 41st season to an end.

This world-class pianist who won the famous Gina Bachauer International Artists Piano Competition, has a repertoire that spans many eras from baroque to contemporary and he is widely known for his elaborate programmes. Cédric Pescia describes music as  ‘language and movement at the same time’.

Audiences will have a chance to experience his soft, clear touch as he performs a programme for solo piano that will include classics such as Schumann’s popular Waldszenen (Forest Scenes), a suite of nine short pieces, and the penultimate of Beethoven’s piano sonatas, No. 31.  These pieces will be interspersed with French Suites by Bach.

■ Ticket for Cédric Pescia’s concert are available at, or by phone 091 705962 and on the door on the night. They cost €20/€18. The price for fulltime students of all ages is €6 while MfG Friends can avail of the friends’ rate of €16.

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