On|V - September/October 09
Music, Art and Culture magazine dedicated to Meath.
MEaTH | MUsIc | arT | cULTUrE September/october 2009 ISSue 2 FrEE akacrap | HENrIETTa GaME | WarrEN ZEVON | LE cHEILE FEsTIVaL dEIrdrE rOGErs | MUsIc rEVIEWs | arT rEVIEWs conor Heary Music & Entertainment Editor Email email@example.com ciara Mckelvey Art & Culture Editor and designer Email firstname.lastname@example.org aaron brady Chief illustrator Aaron's illustrations and animations are getting more & more popular by the minute. Find out about poor Planty here on pg 54. daniel conneally aka yertle Cult Corner Guru Yertle will bring us great insights into the lives of cult icons both past and present. alan Gernon Comedian/Daddy Alan will share with us words of wisdom that only a comedic dad of two could get away with. Jessica bridgeman aka Just Jess Art Critic Jess will be reviewing and previewing art exhibitions both local and nationwide. Welcome to On|V Magazine It's been two months and we're here again to inspire and share the goings on of our fellow royal creatives and a little of what the wee county are up to too. car break downs, break ins and a dose of piggy flu couldn't keep us down, so enjoy issue number two and here's to another two months of madness... All the best, ciara & conor JOINT EdITOrs coNor heArY & cIArA mcKeLVeY dEsIGNEd by cIArA mcKeLVeY cOVEr dEsIGN by AKAcrAp (FeAtured ArtISt) ILLUsTraTIONs by AAroN brAdY (uNLeSS otherWISe StAted) ALL AdVertISINg eNquIrIeS EMAIL oNV@LIVe.Ie or PHONE 086 151 9578 All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or part without the written permission from the publishers. The views expressed in On|V Magazine are those of the respective contributors and not necessarily shared by the magazine. The magazine welcomes ideas and new contributors but can assume no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or illustrations. 2 10 18 NEWs PrOcrEAtION V crEAtION - ALAN gErNON LE cHEILE 2009 ONE tO WAtcH - HENrIEttA gAME 4 8 10 14 18 22 26 30 36 38 46 48 50 54 56 3 22 gLAss dEsIgNEr - dEIrdrE rOgErs rOck tHE LOugH c'MON fEEL tHE NOIsE 30 Art sHOW PrEVIEW - just jEss WArrEN zEVON - yErtLE AErOsOL juNkIE - AkAcrAP ON|V's QuIck guIdE tO tHE AutuMN 36 tHEAtrE PrEVIEW gIg rEVIEWs LIfE & dEAtH cOMIc by AArON brAdy 46 gLObEtrOttEr - NEW zEALANd WhAT ThE hEll is GOiNG ON? GErry TULLy - sIck, sOrE & sOrry Gerry Tully has just released a single `Sick, Sore & Sorry' with DJ Johnny Pluse. The track is out on Bulabeats label and available on Jono Records. The track has sold in Ireland, England, Sweden and Australia. As part of his `So Folk n' Cool Tour' Gerry will perform at theatres and venues including The Passion Fruit Athlone, The Folkenpagaille France and The Solstice Arts Centre Navan. He will be singing songs from his last album called `Leaves Float Down' a CD of 13 self penned tracks and songs from song writers like Tom Waits and Richard Thompson among others in his own style. Find out more at GerryTully.com aNTHONy dEparTs Hsr Dunshaughlin Pop/Punkers Home Star Runner have a vacancy on their drum throne after the surprise departure of sticksman Anthony Kelly. The band have stated that "things have not been clicking according to how they should". The band have also stated that they and Anthony are still the best of friends. The search begins for a new drummer so get in contact with the lads if you fancy yourself as a bit of a Travis Barker. Full statement which was issued by the band on their myspace page below. "Hey guys. It's with a lot of sadness that I announce that as of today Anthony will no longer be a member of Home Star Runner. Anthony is one of my best mates and it was a really tough making this decision. Unfortunately we have felt that things haven't been clicking according to how we want it to be in the last while, and that's what's forced us to do this. This band is so much to all of us and we don't want to risk things not being how we want it to be. Like I said Anto is a great friend and still is. As a band we have known him for years and his old band Little Nightmare where our best mates. It's a really tough situation for us, we will miss him terrible, but its just a decision that had to be made. As for Home Star Runner now we are still going strong so don't worry and all of the up and coming gigs are still going as planned in Galway and Belfast. We have a rake of new songs and plans for the future and we wanna thank all the fans on behalf of Anto for all the support you've given him in the time he spent in the band. We are currently looking for a drummer so if you have a video of yourself playing send us a link (age is a preference 19,20,21) we aren't promising we will get back to everybody so please don't think were dicks if we don't!!! Peace and Love doooodz." 4 2 6 Photo by Enda Casey NEWs sTEpHEN LEdWIdGE - prObabLy THE bEsT ILLUsTraTOr IN THE WOrLd! Navan man Stephen Ledwidge has recently been featured in the famous Lurzer's Archive as one of the best illustrators in the world. Lurzer's Archive 200 best illustrators worldwide has included three of Stephen's illustrations in the category of Magazine Editorial. Stephen holds an impressive list of clients such as Esquire, Mongrel, Harvard Business Review, The Reader's Digest, The Advocate, The Market to name but a few and is a member of the Illustrators Guild of Ireland. Devour his portfolio at StephenLedwidge.com MEaTH's WOrkING cLass HErOEs The now infamous Hard Working Class Heroes festival returns this year bigger and better than ever. Featuring one hundred bands playing across various Dublin city centre venues from October 16-18. On the busy bill this year are Meath/Dublin two piece The Ambience Affair who play Andrews Lane Theatre October 16 (preceded by a 1pm set in Tower Records, Wicklow St.), Kells natives Ham Sandwich who will be rocking The Twisted Pepper on Abbey Street October 18th and Oliver Cole who will be entertaining the masses at The Button Factory on October 17. Log onto HWCH.net for details. LaUra GEraGHTy - bOOk rELEasE Navan based designer, illustrator and children's book author, Laura Geraghty has just released a beautifully composed children's book called `C� bhfuil t�, a Ph�draig?' published by An G�m. With the current and very local subject of the M3 motorway passing through the Skryne Valley near the historical site of the Hill of Tara the book should prove popular with both children and adults alike. In the book, St.Patrick hears about the new motorway and returns to Tara to help the protestors to stop it from destroying our heritage. The book is in Irish and illustrated with a clever use of mixed-media. The book is aimed at children aged between 7 and 10 years with fluent Irish or indeed with aspirations to be! Laura hopes this book will `promote the Irish language by dealing with a topical issue in a visually interesting way that will capture the interest and imagination of the readers.' 5 2 OLIVEr cOLE - Ep LaUNcH Oliver Cole has just released his latest ep `What will you do with yourself?'. The ep launch night was held in the quirky Odessa Club in Dublin on October 1st. As part of his ep release Oliver will be playing many great venues around the country including Rois�n Dubh in Galway on October 2nd, Cyprus Avenue in Cork on October 8th and back to Dublin on October 16th at the Button Factory as part of the Hard Working Class Heroes festival. Find out more at myspace.com/olivercole Jack L - VENUE THEaTrE raTOaTH WITH sUppOrT FrOM LUcy kaVaNaGH saMHaIN sOUNds bUskING FEsTIVaL The streets of Navan will be alive with music this October bank holiday weekend with buskers from all over Ireland descending on Navan to entertain the shoppers, residents and visitors. Samhain Sounds Busking Festival is a three day event full of fun, revelry and top class musical entertainment from renowned local musicians and those from afar. Jack L plays the Venue Theatre in Ratoath with support from the beautiful Lucy Kavanagh. Just back from a world tour, Jack Lukeman is currently working on a new movie co-written by him entitled `I Hate Musicals' in which ironically enough he sings the sound track. Lucy hails from Dunboyne and is studying Applied Music at Dundalk IT and will no doubt be a stunning support for Jack's show. The Venue Theatre Ratoath October 3 Tickets -28euro For more information visit VenueTheatre.ie From Saturday October 24th � 26th, the people of Navan will get the opportunity to be entertained by over fifty different acts demonstrating the high class level of music the Irish are renowned for across the globe. Original music and cover music will enliven the everyday shopping experience for the Navan community. This celebration of music will culminate with a Buskers Night at The Backroom, Lantern Bar Navan on Friday October 30th. This night will see the public & all busker's sitting back and enjoying each others music and entertainment. For more information check out SamhainSoundsFestival.com 6 2 O'carOLaN Harp, cULTUraL & HErITaGE FEsTIVaL - NObbEr For 22 years the O'Carolan Harp Festival Committee have brought this wonderful festival of culture and heritage to the North Meath region. The four day harp festival is inspired by the legacy of Turlough O'Carolan who's birthplace was the picturesque village of Nobber. The weekend will be hopping with performances from the renowned Scottish Harpers the `Sileas', The Meath Harp Orchestra, Cormac De Barra and Dearbhail Finnegan, Kathleen Loughnane and the The Kilfenora Ceili Band. The village will also be alive with pub sessions, workshops and harp competitions, lectures, presentations, a historical tour all wrapped up with Traditional Mass followed by an afternoon Ceil�. Nobber Co. Meath October 1-4 Tickets - events vary For more information visit CarolanFestival.com EUGENE dONEGaN TOUr Meath based acoustic folk maestro Eugene Donegan is currently packing his ruck sack with spare strings, a packed lunch and his favourite PJ's as he gets set to embark on an Autumn Irish tour in support of his fantastic album Little Apples. Donegan will kick off the tour with a home town show in Beggys Navan on October 2nd and finish up in Whelans Dublin on November 25th. Autumn Tour Dates 2009 Oct 2 Beggys Bar Navan Oct 8 Backroom Navan Oct 9 Lynch's Tullamore Oct 10 Old School Wicklow Nov 11 Sugar Club Dublin Nov 12 Crane Bar Galway Nov 13 Arts Centre Drogheda Nov 25 Whelans Dublin cOdEs - TrEEs drEaM IN aLGEbra My FaVOrITE WEIrdO Ep Lovely fuzzy bleeps, squeaks, layered guitars, loops, squalks, rhythms, beats and blues for the Weird Age we find ourselves in. Layers of ambient sounds, repetative beats make the `My Favourite Weirdo' ep electronica with a heart. Taking inspiration from sources as diverse as the works of GK Chesterton, CS Lewis and Aphex Twin, the new ep brings thoughtfulness to evolving ambient soundscapes and beats that capture the spirit of retro electronica. For more information on the music of Joshua O Connor or to download some of his tracks log on to TechRecord.net Expansive yet melodic. Powerful yet delicate, Codes music colours the void between the ambience and longevity of soundtrack music and the energy and immediacy of live music. Their new single `You Are Here' is taken from the debut album `Trees Dream In Algebra', which was recorded with acclaimed producer Greg Haver (Manics, SFA) mastered by Greg Calbi (U2, Interpol, Kings of Leon). Dunshaughlin based drummer Paul Reilly brings the legendary beats to Codes and is destined for great things with this truly inspirational four piece. The band are currently enjoying a nationwide tour in support of the release. Check their myspace for dates. Check out myspace.com/codesofficial or tweet at them from afar on twitter.com/codesofficial 7 2 THErE Is NO MOrE sOMbEr ENEMy OF GOOd arT THaN THE praM IN THE HaLL ...wrote british critic cyril connolly in 1938 alluding to the death of creativity when one becomes a parent. Procreation versus creation Words by Alan Gernon I thought of this quote when I was asked to perform a stand-up comedy set at the launch of this very magazine but had to pass as my second child had just been born. So I guess that means I agree with Connolly? Well, not totally. And anyway, we keep our pram in the boot of the car. My first gig back was a month later at Dublin's Capital Comedy Club. "He's only been held back by his inability to stop having children" they joked on their website in my profile before the gig. It made me sound like a single mother mad for child benefit or OctoMom or yer man who was hiding kids in his back garden in California. I was only a father of two, quite moderate in our parents' and grandparents' eras. About 4 years ago following an impulsive stand-up debut in Sydney Comedy Store whilst backpacking I returned to Ireland and launched myself into the Irish comedy scene with relish. Before I knew it I'd not only got married but reached the finals of most new act competitions and performed nationwide with the likes of Ardal O'Hanlon, David O'Doherty, PJ Gallagher and other acts I'd only seen on tv. I was a couple of steps up the rickety step-ladder 8 2 that was the Irish comedy circuit. Then my wife fell pregnant (although `fell' isn't exactly the correct term as to how it happened, fact fans) and my priorities changed. I took a step down from the ladder for a while and placed my feet firmly in Mothercare, the nursery and finally the labour ward in Drogheda Hospital. As the due date loomed family and friends wondered if it would be a boy or a girl or if they should buy pink or blue. I told them to buy black and hope it's a Goth. I couldn't imagine comedy legends like Richard Pryor pottering about Mothercare. Maybe Motherfuckercare. So, I gave performing a break for a while as my home life was suddenly as busy as Shane McGowan's tooth fairy. Maybe the pram in the hall is more of an enemy to some sort of bohemian lifestyle that some creative people, too messed up to be parents, cling to. Illustration by Jessica Bridgeman But it didn't stifle creativity. In fact, it gave me a brand new perspective on life. My writing blossomed. And anyway, as kids are generally the funniest demographic on the planet shouldn't they be an inspiration? I recently asked my two year old daughter, who's funnier than any comedian I've ever met, to tell me a joke. "Welcome to the Joke. This is the Joke" she replied giving the most succinct explanation I'd ever heard of the set-up and reveal structure behind most gags. Indeed, Connolly totally ignored the fact that many artists and authors had been moved to create because of their children, whether it be for emotional or financial reasons. Maybe the pram in the hall is more of an enemy to some sort of bohemian lifestyle that some creative people, too messed up to be parents, cling to. And there seems to be an historical rejection of the notion of having a family by a certain type of creative person. There'll also be some who might use the pitter patter of tiny feet as an excuse for their life's bitter scatter of tiny feats. As I write, sipping coffee wearily from my `World's Number One Dad' mug (that thousands of others have counterfeit versions of) I realise kids might limit your energy or motivation to perform but that creativity is a compulsion. Going back to Connolly's quote I don't know good art but I know what I like. Being a dad foremost, and whatever else second. They don't have to be mutually exclusive. And what's a better creation than your child who's a lot funnier than you are? Alan Gernon is currently changing nappies, watching CBeebies and gigging. For further details check out myspace.com/AlanGernon myspace.com/AlanGernon or somewhere on Facebook. 9 2 EILE E cH L Now in its tenth year of existence Meath's premiere music and arts festival, Le Cheile, hosted a tasty collection of top quality music acts and artists. To name but a few rock n rollers who made the voyage to North Meath were Mundy, Fight Like Apes, Delorentos and Declan O Rourke as well as some more local acts like Little Palace, Joy Booth, Ruairi Coogan and Fiona Melady. Being the Le Cheile virgins that we are On|V decided to knock back some drinks, do some drunken dancing and pop our Le Cheile cherries. Due to some unforeseen circumstances (the On|V mobile being broken into) we only arrived in Oldcastle Saturday thus missing acts like Lisa Hannigan, Mundy and Fiona Melady but we heard rather good reports from various Le Cheile patrons. So first on the On|V agenda was a visit to the rather snug Creans bar to watch the Meath GAA football team overcome the challenge of Limerick, nice start, box ticked so onwards to the marquee venue we went. adEbIsI sHaNk What a start to our weekend we got as oddball post punk instru-mentalists Adebisi Shank welcomed us to Le Cheile with a blistering humorous set. Adebisi Shank have been on the Irish music scene over three years now and have built up quite a large loyal underground following. The trio have played the length and breadth of the country and have also toured Japan, yes Japan. Heavily influenced by the underground Washington DC punk nineties scene bands such as Fugazi, Bad Brains and Minor Threat as well as Swedish post punkers The Refused. But Lar, Mick and Vin have their own original brand of mayhem with thundering drums and bass trying to keep up with Lar's unpredictable guitar riffs and of course no vocals. It's a very entertaining set with front man and guitarist Lar leaping up and down like a Salmon every few moments and Vin the red masked Bass player adding even more confusion and mystery to an already bewildering set up? The Shank blast out `You Me', `Snakeships', `Horse' and `Jump Cat' with masked bassist Vin having time to throw down his bass, race through the crowd, order a pint at the back of the venue, have a sip and make it back on stage for a photo finish. A fantastic quirky start by a visually and sonically astounding act. sTIVaL 09 FE 10 dELOrENTOs The difficult job of following Adebisi Shank falls to Irish twenty first century jangle guitar maestros Delorentos. The Dublin based quartet have had a frustrating year calling it a day at one point before a speedy reformation. Having spent the intervening months demoing material for difficult album number two this was a rare chance to see the Delorentos air some new material. A decent sized crowd had managed to wander out into the highly impressive makeshift venue at the back of Creans bar as the Delorentos made their way on stage looking very fresh faced and wide-eyed. All of the usual suspects got an airing `Basis of Everything', `Stop', `Do You Realise' and the top notch `Eustace Street' as well as some exclusive new songs such as `You Can Make Sound' and `S.E.C.R.E.T.' showing on album number two that the Delorentos are going to pick up where they left off with `In Love With Detail' quality mainstream radio jangle pop. Delorentos go down as well as expected in Creans back yard and put on a quality yet predictable show. Photography By Ciara McKelvey 11 JOy bOOTH Our first port of call for Sunday was a quick dash up the stairs of Caffreys bar to the venue above to catch Navan acoustic songstress Joy Booth's set. Joy has been gigging around County Meath and beyond the past couple of years honing her Joni Mitchell style sound. Tonight in a packed Caffreys, Miss Booth is accompanied by full band which expands songs like `Clown without a Circus, Can't Wait for June', and the rather lovely `Smile'. It's a sturdy confident set from Booth who finishes with `This Famous Light' an upbeat tune that really comes to life with bass, drums and electric guitar powering behind. A very enjoyable set (no pun intended). LITTLE paLacE After Joy Booth, Kells natives Little Palace take to the stage. Having recently released a new album `Invitation Time' after a lengthy eight-year hiatus the six-piece return to the fray. Showing off a clever understanding for pop sensibilities, Little Palace execute each track with precision. Tracks like `Puppet Show', `Invitation Time' and especially `Beekeeper' go down a storm in a crowded Caffreys. Little Palace have always had a pretty loyal local following and despite being non existent for eight years, coming back and still having an impressively large following is testament to their song writing skills. EVEr 27 Unfortunately we couldn't stick around for all of Little Palace's set as we had to dart back over to Creans to be pleasantly surprised by the grunge rock sounds of Ever 27 blasting out from the stage. Westmeath based Ever 27 have only been together a few months but look and sound like they have been at it for years. Lead singer Brendan McEvoy sure knows how to work a crowd and how to lead a band as Ever 27 fire out big American sounding rock tunes like `Closer', `Fairytale' and the standout track `The Ground Where You'll Be Livin'. Ever 27 look like a band that mean business they are part of the exclusive club of bands that have the pleasure of having a female bass player in their ranks. Indeed, in dreadlocked Tanya O Callaghan, Ever 27 have a bass player with mass ability and style. An extremely impressive set from the Westmeath four piece. 12 Fight like Apes have created a complete genre for themselves and everyone has followed. FIGHT LIkE apEs Without a doubt Dublin's Fight Like Apes have been the great white hope of the last year with every muso, blogger, journalist, reviewer predicting great things for the band in the next few months. It's with good reason too, as Fight Like Apes have created a complete genre for themselves and everyone has followed, yes Fight Like Apes are leaders and not followers. Their non guitar, keyboard laden, infectious tracks have infected the hip youth of not just Ireland but the UK also, hence a barrage of UK dates over the past year along with festival appearances at the Leeds and Reading festivals and Pukkelpop lined up for later in the year. FLA starts with typical mayhem in Creans with `Something Global' the first track off their recently re-released debut long player `Fight Like Apes and The Mystery of the Golden Medallion'. The manic crowd laps it up as lead singer May Kay Gerathy jumps around to `Lend Me Your Face' a fantastic fort right punk song minus the guitars. Top wingman, keyboardist and vocalist, Pockets, decides to jump into the crowd and leave the security of the stage behind, bringing mic stand and all for a mid floor version of `Do You Karate'. What is so likable about Fight Like Apes is their lack of egos and constant insistence to not take the world and life so seriously. They smash through songs like `Jake Summers', `Battlestations' and `Megameanie' but also show a more sensitive side with `Tie Me Up With Jackets'. As Fight Like Apes sadly leave us, afro bassist Tom Ryan decides to opt out of the graceful stage left exit, instead opting to walk into the frenzied crowd and take off his bass guitar and hang it on a disgruntled member of security before handing it to a more deserving fan who decides to play some bass riffs. This sets Ryan off on a dance tangent before making a bee-line for backstage. Where else would you find it folks really? Looking forward to next year's Le Cheile already. indeed the punk attitude burns strongly in Fight like Apes as they constantly make nuisances of themselves with May Kay squeezing some of the security men at the front of stage half to death. 13 14 ONE tO WAtcH "Being one of the less salubrious streets in Dublin, it tends to be frequented by certain ladies of easy virtue. The name is dedicated to one such f ictitious lady. Here's to you Henrietta." I Henrietta Game t's hard to believe young melancholic Meath/Dublin four piece Henrietta Game have only been around a matter of months. It's been something of a whirlwind start with packed out notorious shows, national radio airplay and two Electric Picnic sets. On|V caught up with the Henrietta gang to talk about the Irish music scene, songwriting, Electric Picnic and the future. So tell us how the Henrietta Game story began? Well, the story began in college as most good band stories go. We were all studying to be teachers and while we were all in different years, the college being the size of a fairly well attended local dance, we kinda knew each other to see. Christy and Judy had already been working on some material before they approached Aisling to join in `on a few tunes' at Christy's house. I was practising cello in the music room one day when Christy sat down and started playing the piano. After jamming for the duration of a maths and English lecture (sorry Val and Gene) he asked if I wanted to join a band. And the rest is well history. Where does the name come from? That's a closely guarded secret which we have disclosed only to a few close friends. Christy used to live on Henrietta Street. Being one of the less salubrious streets in Dublin, it tends to be frequented by certain ladies of easy virtue. The name is dedicated to one such fictitious lady. Here's to you Henrietta. You formed back in January yet your success has been huge. What's your key? To be honest it's been a mixture of different things. At the risk of sounding insincere, we are all genuinely in it for the music - we don't have an ulterior motive. We enjoy coming together, working with different rhythms and melodies to create a sound which we hope to be unique to the band. This has spurred us on to work on different material that some of us wouldn't have previously considered. We have also had great help and support from a lot of people along the way � profile music group, Andrew from Boyles pub in Slane and Greg French to name but a few. I think it's fair to say that luck has played its part. We kinda didn't really take the whole thing very seriously for about a 15 week until we were offered our first gig in Whelans. The ensuing scramble for songs resulted in a set that we have been polishing for the past few months. After that the gigs seemed to come from nowhere. Recently you played two slots at the Electric Picnic. How did it go? Any funny stories? The whole thing was a bit mental. We had set ourselves a target of maybe playing on some small stage in 2010 and there we were travelling down to play not one gig but two! They went well; the crowds seemed to enjoy them anyway. The combination of walking, raining and general muckiness proved for a quality weekend. Apart from Christy screaming like a girl on the big wheel, 16 me being covered from head to toe in muck and Judy and Aisling making out with a trout and herring respectively, it was a quiet weekend. Original eclectic sound. Does it stem from your influences? We have all brought different musical interests to the band. They range from composers such as Dimitri Schostakovitsch and Mozart to bands such as Arcade Fire and singers such as Bob Dylan and even a bit of Lady Gaga. I think it's fair to say that we all enjoy music with some thought behind it. As is evident from our influences, some of us would be influenced by lyrical song writers while others have a mainly melody based background. Bringing all this music together like an audible casserole has Photography By Ruthless Imagery "Bringing all this music together like an audible casserole has definitely helped us to create the sound that we produce today." definitely helped us to create the sound that we produce today. It has helped shape and guide the direction of the sound of the band even in the past few months that we've been together. Tell us about your song writing formula. Since we've only really been together for the last few months, I don't really know if we have worked out a formula yet. Up until now the main ideas for the songs have come from both Christy and Judy. Everyone interprets the songs in their own way. Myself and Aisling bring our ideas to the tunes putting strings and vocals to the melodies. In the run up to our headlining gigs and the Electric Picnic, we started to play around with the songs a bit more, deconstructing them and putting them back together with different harmonies, lyrics and in some cases melodies to interesting effect. Opinion on the Irish music scene at the moment? There's a whole lot happening out there, it's a very exciting time to be part of it. There are top class bands emerging left, right and centre such as Codes, Alias Empire, La Galaxie, the brilliant things... It's great to be able to head out any day of the week and find a new band playing in some random venue. Any advice for young original bands? Being very young ourselves, we're not really at liberty to dispense advice. We're open to any advice anyone has for us out there. We have found though that hard work tends to pay off and ALWAYS bring wellies to the Electric Picnic. What does the future hold? Any releases/ tour dates? We have a four track EP on our myspace account at www.myspace.com/HenriettaGame. We also have a few gigs coming up in the Twisted Pepper on the 8th of October and on the 10th and 11th of November upstairs in Doyles at the Ruby Sessions and the Sugar Club respectively. We hope to release a single before the headliner at the Sugar Club with a view to a possible album in the new year. So tis all go in the mean time. 17 DeirdreRogers.com 18 gLAss dEsIgNEr "Deirdre works mainly with sheet glass adding colour with powder enamels and then manipulating it or `fusing and slumping' to get the desired effect." G Deirdre Rogers lass designer Deirdre Rogers creates intricate pieces of fine glass sculpture, laced in colour and texture. Deirdre's work ranges from beautifully delicate wall-mounted pieces to vessel forms, sculptural presentation pieces and outdoor features. Her work is filled with detail and this is most evident in her delicately etched and sandblasted pieces. This timeless resource of inorganic material is constantly being reinvented in various forms and functions from vases to windows, walls, floors and infrastructure. Deirdre's work is glass innovation at its most beautiful, most creative and often at its most pure. Going right back to its roots, certain pieces echo the very beginnings of glass creation, when a volcano erupted or a meteorite struck, the fluidity of nature and the sporadic yet strategic placement of detail is very much present. Deirdre works mainly with sheet glass adding colour with powder enamels and than manipulating it or `fusing and slumping' to get the desired effect. Other materials such as slate and metal are also used creating a very rural yet contemporary feel reminiscent of stark Irish landscapes. 19 2 20 In 1994 Deirdre graduated from the National College of Art & Design with a BA degree in Craft specialising in Glass. With Scandinavian design being one of her main inspirations Deirdre travelled to the renowned Orrefors Glaskolan in Sweden for six months where she completed a post-graduate course in which she was awarded a Henry Higgins travel scholarship. When back in Ireland Deirdre worked with both Cavan Crystal and Waterford Crystal. She now runs her own glass studio outside Navan under the name Various Vessels and has received numerous awards for her work. In 2003 Deirdre was the overall winner at the Plan Expo Architect and Building Show in Dublin. This was an outstanding achievement in such a constructionled competition. Deirdre's win amplified the importance of strong design in the construction industry and the value of great art. Deirdre's work is in many collections including The National Museum of Ireland- Collins Barracks, The Craft Council of Ireland, Kilkenny, The Royal Dublin Society, Jury's Hotel Boston and The Mobile Gallery, Ohio. Her award winning limited editions have been presented to dignitaries and exhibited throughout Ireland and abroad. Deirdre has taught glass making techniques to children and adults in the Cill Rialaig Centre, Kerry, the Firestation Artists Studios, Dublin as well as in her own studio through regular workshops. Lismullen National School have been lucky enough to have had Deirdre work with them for six weeks back in 2007 creating a beautiful commemorative ceramic wall mosaic. If you are interested in taking part in a workshop with Deirdre Rogers or want to see more of her work log on to DeirdreRogers.com 21 e for liv ough in a lt en aying 't spoi weren ster band pl nd musical lane he of S eco Manc astle eople get a s ood p r (a certain June) they the Slane C tival the g mme fes in ike As if music is su ckyard ugh. L usic th meone's ba Rock D Lo ne-day live ug location m so of e sn sao certain in the form De Lough i n's bar in th onal folk a y k iti ig shind ncerts, Roc e behind R oustic trad dlining the c e i a o ea rock c large marqu rth Dublin easure of h al acts Ruair ere loc No e pl na . m wh s th set i alough always ing fro sey, ha f Gorm ien Demp upport com Farrelly. 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T hom rme ned ceiv lish ial o s s M `T tin m h o in F r ed and ong ela he g co bo w e th ion mem n sta g dy' Fea m o ree a p be ge pe to s, rfo ps it's s sk r I for rks -p lay rs rm off a s ills Fe tab we iec ed an a v ong fo ar' ly o ll w e ce. ery o r w rel n ith pr f im riti ease top ofe m ng d . as ssio ens a na e l 23 25 rUaIrI cOOGaN Ruairi Coogan has been steadily building up a loyal following locally through his persistent gigging and cheeky likeable down to earth persona. In the wait for Ruairi to appear on stage images of the Beauparc maestro were beamed on the two giant screens each side of the stage, a ploy that certainly added a sense of occasion to his set. A very large sized crowd had started to gather at the front of the stage as Ruairi kicked into his upbeat catchy set. Like Fiona Melady, Ruairi is accompanied tonight on stage by a backing band. `Getting Along', `The Break Up' and `Cold Shivers' sound louder, fuller, more gutsy with the extra kick from the bass drum. Each song is incredibly well received by the now few hundred strong crowd. The brilliant `For Themselves' goes down best tonight bringing the audience to some premature dancing with its catchy rhythm and anti selfish lyrics. As the enjoyable set comes to a close the audience react with a large applause with a beaming Coogan clearly chuffed. 24 Photography By Ciara McKelvey daMIEN dEMpsEy Things have rarely been better on planet Dempsey than now, sitting comfortably as one of Ireland's biggest selling Male solo acts not to mention selling out shows in the Northern and Southern hemisphere, `Damo' has come along way from his Ballyfermot Rock School days. Dempsey has always enjoyed a healthy following in these parts causing a frenzied scrap for tickets when he packed out Navan's Backroom a few months ago. Accompanied by guitarist Jack Maher Dempsey walks out to a packed Gormalough looking fitter, healthier, bigger and meaner than he ever has. Clearly delighted to be back in the Royal County a beaming Dempsey opens with `Sing All Your Cares Away', a fantastic opener that immediately brings the near fanatical audience to sing every word. Dempsey is clearly passionate about what he does; he sings every word with the upmost clarity and volume. Never one to shy away from social and political comment `Celtic Tiger' and `Colony' get an airing tonight, it's here where Dempsey often slides close to the realms of parody. Taking on the role of working class hero in the same vein as Bruce Springsteen, Dempsey bites his way through `Celtic Tiger' with lines like `Hear the Celtic Tiger Roar I want more' and `Where we gonna live, what we gonna do, We'll have to move in with the woman in the shoe'. It's reasonable acceptable subject matter for a song but unlike Springsteen it's not written in a clever or mature way. Again on `Colony' a song which Dempsey speaks out to remind us of the oppressive offenders who sailed the seas and colonized through rape and pillage in the intervening generations. Proceedings get a tad cringe worthy and bogus as Dempsey sings `I look to the east, I look to the West, to the North and the South, and I'm not too impressed, time after time, after crime after crime, they raped, robbed, pillaged, enslaved and murdered'. Where Dempsey really shines is on the fantastic `Your Pretty smile' and the astounding `Apple of my Eye' a beautiful ballad in which the deafening crowd sings every word. it's the highlight of the evening and a surreal moment that would warm the coldest of hearts. The Bob Marley inspired `Patience' sounds just as good striped down without percussion. `Party On' and the astounding `Seize The Day' are delivered with pure sweat and tears. Before we know it the big Donaghmeade man leaves the Gormalough faithful with his rendition of The Pogues `Rainy Night in Soho'. Even handbags at dawn in the middle of the crowd can't dampen the electric atmosphere, a job well done from a clearly buzzing Dempsey. 25 c'MON FEEL THE NOIsE... part ... two last time out On|V brought you a plethora of local acts you needed to know about. Over the past two months On|V has drunkenly stumbled upon even more hidden gems in the coarse Meath musical rough. From acoustic singer songwriters to full on ear ringing `rawk' stars of the future, each one is individual and puts their own foot stamp on the musical world. so check these talented souls out and go see em' do their thang! tHE guILty fOLk Meath acoustic duo The Guilty Folk "attempt to try to write songs that aren't about the usual things, or to write songs that are about the usual things but in unusual ways" their words not ours. Aidan Comerford & Dee Hynes certainly succeed with refreshing highly entertaining songs like `Kate Winslet', `Magic Door' and the brilliant `Liverpool'. Listen to: Liverpool myspace.com/GuiltyFolk jANEs sHOEs Three-piece acoustic act Highly impressive guitar playing with strong vocals is Meath three-piece acoustic act Janes Shoes' trademark. Sounding somewhere between Nick Drake, Jim Morrison and Elliot Smith this exciting combo produces hazy ghostly acoustic rock. Listen to: A Hundred Good Men myspace.com/Jane39sShoes 26 bIOgrAPHIEs HENRIETTA GAME 8:15 Sunday, September 6th 2009, somewhere in a spooky woods close to Stradbally Co Laois a sweaty, mucky, freshly rocked Henrietta Game walk off the very shiptastic stage at Electric Picnic to a firm applause. The Meath/Dublin fantastic four have just finished not the first but the second set which were offered to them by (lets face it) Ireland's hippest, coolest outdoor summer festival. It's the highlight of what has been an exceptional few months for the quirky enchanting act. Only formed a few months back in December in a Dublin inner city flat (students eh?) Henrietta Game decided to throw themselves out into the current Irish music sea and have caused more than just a few ripples winning over hoards of strangers and onlookers with their undeniably awe inspiring performances around Meath and in the capital. Henrietta Game create very original enchanting quirky music, laden with sublime vocal harmonies and the catchiest of hooks. If Arcade Fire, Damien Rice and Abba were run over by Tom Waits and some of his Vaudeville friends while they lost control of a grand piano going down a hill it may sound something similar to Henrietta Game, but only maybe. Lead `Hen' Glockenspiels, sweet melancholy and Electric Picnics, get yo' head in The Game Christy Leech plays guitar, Judy McNamara brings the `twinkle star' sound of the glockenspiel to the mix as well as piano and guitar with uber funky Aisling (Ali Baba) O Connor and Aongus MacAmhlaigh adding some strings in the guise of violin and cello and if that wasn't enough talent for one band all four members are rather good in the vocal department too. Standout track `Running Out of Time' has been turning heads the length and breadth of the country thanks to some national radio airplay. It's a song destined for greatness in the way Damien Rice's `Cannonball' was, so expect it to appear on a Hollywood `Rom Com' in the near future. Having only been in existence for nine months the future looks blindingly bright for Henrietta Game. The quartet have a string of Dublin dates lined up in the near future including stop offs at The Twisted Pepper, Abbey Street, Doyles, College Street and The Sugar Club, Leeson Street. Check the bands myspace for details. cHrIsTy LEEcH VocALS, guItAr, pIANo JUdy MacNaMara gLoKeNSpIeL, guItAr, pIANo, VocALS aONGUs Mac aMHLaIGH bASS aIsLING (aLI baba) O cONNOr VIOLIN, VOcaLs Listen to: Running Out Of Time myspace.com/HenriettaGame 27 dLs meAth'S beSt Kept Secret In the last installment of C'mon Feel The Noise and our entire launch issue for that matter, there was a considerable lack of Trim based bands and musicians involved. Despite us being Navan natives I can assure you it was not done intentionally as we couldn't hear much noise coming from that part of the county. So we were genuinely delighted to come across a hidden little gem in the form of Trim indie rockers The DLS. Influenced by the modern British Indie scene (Arctic Monkeys, Oasis, Manic Street Preachers) The DLS put their own authoritative stamp on the genre by throwing in some Stooges/Nirvana inspired distorted anarchy. The DLS are a clever modern band with an incredible knack for writing anthems with huge choruses that belong in arenas, `Feel The Release' and `For Now Is Not Forever' are massive and the infectious `Stutter' would rival any four minute modern indie/rock single out there. It's all done with acute precision from a tight as hell act. Drummer `Willy Gray' can change from fast new wave disco beats to phat abrasive meatier grooves in seconds, bassist Gerry Ryan thunders underneath while guitarists `Nev' and Darren Mullarkey exchange riffs and blast out complex parts to perfection. Darren Mullarkey has a fine easy to listen to voice and can pen some quality standout lyrics. Still a new band The DLS have fierce potential and have all the right ingredients to be appreciated by the masses. The Trim four piece will be tearing apart venues in Dublin in the coming weeks so make sure to check them out, the bands recently recorded ep is available for free and can be downloaded at the bands website, www.TheDLSMusic.com darrEN MULLarkEy VocALS, guItAr NEV guItAr GErry ryaN bASS WILLy Gray drumS Listen to: Stutter myspace.com/TheDLSmusic bLINd MIrrOrs Trendy clobber, trendy hair, trendy sounds Blind Mirrors is the sound of a new generation. The Meath uber cool four piece have a massive mature modern garage punk sound far beyond their years. Pure raw energy with cynical smile, the kids are alright. Listen to: Test myspace.com/BlindMirrorsBand tHE MytH "Don't Bring Your Recession Down On Me" "Don't Bring Your Recession Down On Me" is the words ringing from Navan indie rockers The Myth on track `Recession'. Kenny, Gavin and company are having too much fun playing their brand of Brit Pop inspired sounds to be bothered with such troubles. Listen to: Top of the World myspace.com/TheIrishMyth 28 Photo By Loreana Rushe THE aNd THE FrEsHMEN minty's having a go at political Leaders, the catholic church and the rain on album number two `time to burn'. Alun Smyth aka `Minty' is not a man to rest on his laurels. Having already released a full-length album off his own back the fantastic `The Amazing Adventures of' Smyth retreated back into his homemade Navan based studio to start work on the follow up. `Time To Burn' is the latest installment in the amusing and fascinating Minty and the Freshmen saga. Joined in the studio this time by even more local stars, most notably The Dolldrums' bassist Paddy Smyth, The Swords sticks man Andrew Snow and Simon Fagan. Musically the album features dozens of instruments, guitars, accordion, mandolin, double bass, congas and more and it's all written and produced by Smyth cohesively. The albums opening track, the brilliant `Garrison Guilt' which features Eamonn De Valera's reply to Winston Churchill reminds one of a country and a time of much fragility and instability. `Strawhouse' is a more upbeat number with a reggae style chorus. `Dig Your Own Hole' has country roots with it's banjo and accordion while lyrically takes a pot shot at less than acceptable political leaders. Smyth shows his soft side on `All The Way' a guitar led track that still holds a familiar plodding rhythm. `Break in the Rain' has a jazzy feel as Smyth vents his frustration of having to endure a Navan summer. Minty is joined in the chorus by some children's vocals which will bring a smile to any rainy day upon a listen. `Unturned Stones' deals with skeletons sometimes being better off left in the closet. `Fairytale Pushers' is a brave firm rock thrown in the direction of the Catholic Church. The album comes to a somber ending with `You Walked It' an acoustic ditty with melancholic overdubbed vocals. ` Listen to Garrison Guilt myspace.com/Mintyfreshmen MINTy gErry tuLLy Trim based singer songwriter Gerry Tully eases comfortably between Country, Trad, Rock and Pop with trademark poetic honest lyrics. Having released his debut album `Leaves Float Down' last year Gerry has been busy entertaining crowds in the county and beyond since. Listen to: News For You myspace.com/GerryTully PEAdAr fArrELLy Peadar `Trigger' Farrelly is a talented singer songwriter from Meath with a Jeff Buckley inspired sound who writes highly thoughtful clever lyrics. Farrelly has been busy on the Meath gigging circuit over the past couple of years. Listen to: Smile On myspace.com/ TriggerFarrelly23 29 `You talking to me' by Mantas Podreys - First prize winner Texaco Children's Art Competition Highlane Gallery, Drogheda Sept 24 - Oct 28 Admission free Texaco Children's Art Competition has touched the lives of almost every family in Ireland over three generations. It has attracted entries from countless thousands of young artists many of whom have gone on to play a prominent role in the world of art, culture, education and various other walks of life. On September 24th at 11.00am 161 winning paintings from this years 55th Texaco Children's Art Competition went on show at Drogheda's wonderful Highlanes Gallery. Renowned batik artist and former Texaco Children's Art winner Bernadette Madden was the guest of honor with the winning artists and students from schools in the Drogheda area also present. Amongst the works on show is the amazing painting entitled `You talking to me' by 18 year old Donegal student Mantas Podreys, who won top prize in the competition. Also on show is `Sunflowers', a beautiful still life by special merit award winning Louth student Aoife Purton, age 7 and `She didn't get it from the Wind' by Dunboyne artist Chloe Phipps, age 16. Showcasing a wide range of abilities, varying subjects and different styles it really is a show that has something for everyone, a must see! 30 `She didn't get it from the wind' - Chloe Phipps `Sunflowers' - Aoife Purton 61 Art sHOW PrEVIEW Asymptote dodo An Exploration of Utopia Smithfield - DarkLight Festival Oct 8-10 Admission free DodoCollective.wordpress.com In this exhibition, the Dodo Collective investigates the concept of Utopia. Originally defined by Thomas More in 1516, the Utopian ideal has been a pursuit both in actuality and allegory. It has been mused about in literature and music, treated in art, and attempted in politics. Yet it remains as elusive as when it was first described. Perhaps the problem with Utopia lies in its proposed singular nature; is it at all possible to apply this idyllic ideal to society as a whole, or is it a concept that fails due to our individual nature? This exhibition is an attempt to question the concept of Utopia collectively; whether this is indeed achieved as a collective should provide an answer. The Dodo Collective consists of a group of artists who share an interest in new media art. All current members are Fine Art Media students at the National College of Art and Design. The collective was formed as both an incentive to act and a structure to support creative ambitions. The Collective aims to explore expressive and innovative ways of using new media as an art form. 34 The Collective are: Siobhan Carroll, Luobo Gelda, Henderson, Grace McEvoy, Simon McKeagney and Suzanne van der Lingen. 31 Influx Solstice Arts Centre, Navan Oct 22 - Nov 14 Admission free The Solstice Arts Centre bring together four emerging visual artists from Meath to document a point of orientation in their developing arts practice. Within this practice lies a diversity of medium from site specific installation to photography, fibre art and drawing. Fred Reilly is a photographer whose project based work alternates between the real and SolsticeArtsCentre.com 27 unreal of memory and dislocation. Textile artist Jillian Gott, (see On|V issue 1) explores issues of psychosomatic defense and protection within fibre installations. Visual artist Ronan Tuite examines individual and group concepts of identity and environment whilst Tr�ona Langan's previous work includes development of transformative symbolism from string theory. 32 Conflicting Account Paul Seawright Highlane Gallery, Drogheda Sept 27 - Oct 28 Admission free Highlanes.ie PaulSeawright.info Paul Seawright is best known for his alternative visual analysis of locations and subjects dominated by mainstream media. In this exhibition Seawright explores the conflicted terrain of Ireland's Past. For the first time in 12 years he has revisited the theme of Northern Ireland as a subject for his work to produce a poignant and stunning exhibition. Working in history classrooms of Protestant and Catholic schools and on housing projects from both communities Seawright recovers visual fragments and texts showing glimpses, traces of evidence of the disparate and often conflicting narratives of Northern Irish history. On September 27 the opening took place in the form of an in-conversation where Paul Seawright discussed his work practice with Megan Johnston, Art Director, Millenium Court Arts Centre, Portadown. On show for 4 weeks, this exhibition is well worth the visit. 33 Henry McGrane The Slane Art and Print Gallery, Starts Nov 28 & runs for 2 weeks Admission free Henry McGrane will exhibit his most recent work in a solo exhibition this November in Slane, Co.Meath. The works will consist of predominately `en plein air' paintings of local sites and landscapes as well as works from recent trips further afield such as Spain, Italy and Poland. There will also be a limited amount of still life and figurative paintings on show. This is a perfect time to invest in good, reputable art and anyone with the means to do so can do very well. In an uncertain economic climate bank shares can dwindle but you will always have your painting and its value will rise again. Investments aside, to possess a beautiful painting from a well respected local artist is reason enough for any proud art collector to visit this show. 34 34 HenryMcGrane.com LillyFineArt.com Exile - by Shay Culligan Toradh Gallery, Ashbourne, Starts 7pm - Nov 3 - Dec 1 Admission free An Exhibition of Serigraphy Exploring the Notion of Belonging in Unfamiliar Environments Shay Culligan hails from Navan but relocated to Boston in 1992 where he graduated from Boston's Massachusetts College of Art, with a BFA degree. Shay specialises in serigraphy, screen printing his photographs onto various media including canvas, board and card. Commissioned by the Meath County Council Arts Office, Shay will be exhibiting his work in Ireland for the first time in nearly twenty years. With his strong, colourful compositions and frank and outspoken nature this exhibition has the strength to be more than solely aesthetic. ShayToradh.com Shay states his work is `an exploration of such states as isolation, neglect, uncertainty, trust, anxiety, injustice, and occasionally, regeneration.' He also `...laments the modern direction of visual art claiming that beauty has been almost entirely removed from the equation, where too many influential galleries promote funny and profound works even if they happen to be artistically mediocre, while overlooking more competent visual creativity.' Shay has exhibited his serigraphs in Boston, Cambridge, the Hague, London, Buffalo, Los Angeles, Ontario and now Ashbourne. Kudos to the Meath County Council Arts Office for bringing yet another great talent to the Toradh Gallery, Ashbourne. 35 35 WarrEN ZEVON they say `everything's alright', they say `better days are near', they tell us `these are the good times' but they don't live around here. THE INdIFFErENcE When he was diagnosed with cancer in 2002 Warren Zevon was probably better prepared than most. He had spent a large part of his creative life writing songs which regularly featured mortality, death and plain bad luck as central themes. He adapted quickly to the news, deciding not to receive treatment for the cancer and instead put all of his energy into making his final album `The Wind', which was released to critical acclaim on August 23rd 2003, two weeks before he died. Zevon first came to prominence with 1978's `Excitable Boy' album which showcased his unique songwriting ability and fondness for dark humour. But subsequent albums failed to sell as well as `Excitable Boy' and he was very much a cult figure for most of the 1980s. 36 While the late 1970s saw Warren Zevon's greatest commercial success, for me it is the second half of his career from around 1990 onwards that produced his greatest work. While his albums from this period continued to feature a full band sound, his live performances were almost all solo affairs which laid bare the incredible songwriting talent he possessed. This is best documented on the album `Learning to Flinch' which was released in 1993. A live album, it was recorded on a solo world tour and features Zevon accompanied only by guitar and electric piano. Older songs on the album like `Play It All Night Long' and `Hasten Down The Wind' seem stronger and more poignant in their stripped down form. Meanwhile newer songs such as `Searching For A Heart' and `The Indifference Of Heaven' serve as evidence that Zevon had honed cuLt cOrNEr OF HEaVEN his writing ability throughout the 80s and was now able to apply his harsh honesty to his own situation as well as fictional ones. This is what I regard as Zevon's greatest songwriting strength, an ability to deal frankly with the human condition no matter how bleak the subject matter. For those not yet familiar with Warren Zevon I would recommend this album as a starting point. Between 2000 and 2002 Zevon released two very strong albums, `Life'll Kill Ya' and `My Ride's Here'. Both were acclaimed by critics and fans alike. In 2002, after the cancer diagnosis, VH1 were granted permission to film the recording sessions for `The Wind' and in 2004 the documentary `Inside Out: Warren Zevon' was released. The documentary also contains footage Words by YertLe of Zevon's final public performance on the Late Show with David Letterman. The entire show was devoted to Zevon who played several songs and discussed his illness saying `I may have made a tactical error in not going to a physician for 20 years'. This documentary is an excellent chronicle of Zevon working on his final project and it provides a great insight into his attitude toward his illness and his outlook on life. Following his death Zevon was posthumously awarded two Grammys for `The Wind'. Ultimately he was justly recognised for his incredible songwriting talent. His ability to address intense human emotion while maintaining humour and avoiding clich� sets him apart as unique in the pantheon of great American songwriters. 37 38 AErOsOL juNkIE 39 2 40 2 akacrap street art is fast becoming a mainstream form of art, accepted into most modern art galleries it may even be in danger of being, well, accepted. On|V catch up with street artist, (under the alias akacrap), to find out more about this underground youth culture and how not to get arrested. When did you first get into Graffiti? Around 2000/01, first starting writing crap on walls in 2001. Why Crap? Sounds funny being a crap writer and the c and p balance out the letters when painting a piece. Are you part of a `gang'? Not at the moment, I'm a solo crap writer. What was the best/most fun assignment you've had since you started painting? Paintin' and meetin' international writers at jams. Bansky is all about anti-capitalism, anti-establishment and pro-freedom. Do you feel he has recently sold his soul? ehhh to be honest no because we all need and love money... Famous Street artist Shepard Fairey has been accused of copyright infringement, arrested for tagging of property and self-banned from carrying out Street art in Boston. Do you feel he has been targeted for his success as an artist or should he have remained anonymous like Bansky? Saying who you are does bring the spotlight on you so it's hard to know. I'll be keeping an eye on the situation, hahaha... 41 42 Have you ever been arrested? Not for graff If so can you elaborate? No Many companies/bands such as BT2, Vodafone and Green Day have commissioned graffiti artists to design their shop windows and adverts or in Greenday's case spray paint the new album logo everywhere. Do you get commissioned often to do guerilla style projects/advertising? Graffiti is the in-thing these days and lots of people are jumping on the band wagon using graff to sell their products. It really depends on the job so not at the moment no but I may do some in the future... Maser loves you. Do you love him back? Haha Maser loves everybody or so I hear, I do love his work, it's quality... Maser is known for his `eye love my city' mural off Andrews Lane in Dublin. Can you ever see yourself doing a 100ft `eye love Navan' on the Boyne bridge? Hahahah no but I may put something on it if Meath get to another all Ireland soon... A lot of your work on canvas has strong tribal/ African attributes. Is there a particular influence or reason for this? I have always been fascinated by tribal art, strong abstract shapes plus I love the great colour tribal art uses. I love aboriginal art and the Easter Island heads... big time I'm plannin' some Celtic stuff in the near future. Do you feel Meath would benefit from having designated graffiti areas where artists can express themselves and develop their skills or would this completely contradict the spontaneity of Graffiti? Yes it's a great way to show the positive side of graff and the skill of the aerosol can... 43 "get up off ur asses la d On|V love to visit cities like Barcelona in search of some great Miss Van ladies especially since female graffiti artists seem few and far between. Do you agree that Graffiti is predominantly a man thing? Yes this is true but there are some very talented female artists about. Get up off ur asses ladies and start paintin'. Are you a slave to Graffiti tourism like us? If so what city would you recommend we go to next? Yea Sao Paolo... it has a different style and os gemeos are some operation... New York... I'd love to go there where it all kicked off... ArtCrimes.com is a great site for graff check it out... Do you feel there is a fine line between reckless defacement of property and the art of graffiti? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, to me they are one. What would you say to any up and coming graffiti artists out there? Be original, be clever and practice practice practice Any advice on how not to get arrested? Use your head, get fit, don't get caught and if you do learn magic haha Can we buy your art on canvas? If so how/where? Email me at email@example.com if u interested in my work, check out my flickr page flickr.com/photos/akacrap/ and website to be made soon... laterzzz 44 dies and start paintin" 45 a qUIck GUIdE TO WHaT's ON THIs aUTUMN tHE AgE Of stuPId bLOckbustEr Presented by The Meath Climate Change Group The Age of Stupid is the new 90 minute film on Climate Change from director Franny Armstrong, starring Oscar nominated Pete Postlewaite as a man living alone in the devastated world of 2055, looking back at archive footage of 2008 and asking why didn't we stop climate change when we had the chance? Each screening will be followed by an open discussion Solstice Arts Centre, Navan, Co.Meath October 16 Time 8pm Tickets 6euro 46 2 stOrybOOks EP LAuNcH Mad cap pop rockers, Storybooks For Small Dogs launch their eagerlyawaited ep on October 16. Expect anything and everything from Carmo and co at their ep launch night in the Backroom, Navan on October 16. Storybooks are "the perfect prescription for a world which has grown fat on free downloads, where the soul of a million dead composers is just one torrent click away." The Backroom, Lantern Bar, Navan, Co.Meath October 16 Time 9pm - 1am Admission tbc dEAd cAt bOuNcE tHE VENuE tHEAtrE Side-splitting comedians/ band. YouTube Dead Cat Bounce `golf' & `damn girl' - funny stuff. Dead Cat Bounce is a comedy group made up of Mick Cullinan, Demian Fox, Shane O'Brien and James Walmsley. Dead Cat Bounce started as a sketch act, but now perform as a full band, mixing songs with character comedy, genre spoofs and over the top rock posturing. The lads made their debut RT� appearance in January last as part of Project Ha Ha. The Venue Theatre, Ratoath, Co.Meath October 17 Time 8pm Tickets 20euro sPrINgstEEN NIgHt At bOyLEs 24 years after the Boss rocked Slane he returns (well in spirit anyway). Be prepared to hear all your old favourites, Born to Run, Can't Start a Fire, and Born in the USA on the 17th as Boyles of Slane host a night dedicated to the Boss himself. Boyles Pub, Slane, Co.Meath October 17 Time 10pm Admission tbc tHE AMbIENcE AffAIr The Ambience Affair play The Spirit Store Dundalk. For those of you who did not catch this incredible twosome at the On|V launch night they play The Spirit Store in Dundalk on October 18. The Ambience Affair is comprised of vocalist and guitarist Jamie Clarke and drummer Marc Gallagher. Their songs combine layered looped guitars, keyboards and vocals with driving rhythms. It will undoubtedly be a great gig. The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co.Louth October 18 www.myspace.com/ TheAmbienceAffair sAMHAIN sOuNds buskINg fEstIVAL October Bank holiday brings buskers to the streets of Navan for a festival of pure raw music. On October bank holiday weekend the people of Navan will get the opportunity to be entertained by over fifty different acts. Samhain Sounds Busking Festival is part of Spirits of Meath Festival that celebrates Halloween across the county and presented by Meath Arts Office & Profile Music Group. Navan, Co.Meath October 24-26 HENrIEttA gAME cIty HAt-trIck Catch Henrietta Game live at any of 3 Dublin based gigs. NEIL dELAMErE tO PLAy rAtOAtH Back by popular demand, funny man Neil Delamere plays The Venue Theatre in Ratoath, Co.Meath. Twisted Pepper Oct 8, Doyles Pub Nov 10 Best known as the star The Sugar Club Nov 11. of RTE's The Panel and On|V's advice is if you want BBC's Blame Game, Irish comedian Neil Delamere to sit down comfortable, debuts his new show go to The Sugar Club, Bookmarks. `It was want to stand (probably a sign. Life is just a series very close to everyone else of bookmarks, the events in a rather hot & sweaty that highlight how far but great arty place) go to Twisted Pepper. Or if you we've come and how far we've left to go. They just want a mad, drunken could be anything, night out where you can weddings, funerals, sit, stand and fall over, go to Doyles, either way you're charges being dropped guaranteed a great gig. even facing your fears.' Feic it, go to them all! The Venue Theatre, www.myspace.com/ Henrietta Game Ratoath, Co.Meath November 20 Time 8pm Tickets 24euro 47 2 FEEliNG ThEATriCAl? pOE sHOW - a GOTHIc dIVErsION Poe Show is a haunting piece of gothic theatre that pays tribute to the master of macabre fiction, Edgar Allan Poe. The show was initially staged in January, in Dublin's Bewleys Cafe Theatre to mark the 200th Anniversary of Poe's birth and has since been further developed in response to the public's appetite for the mysterious and the macbre. Created by Michael James Ford, it fits together three of Poe's famous short stories and poems including `The Tell-Tale Heart', `The Raven', `Annabel Lee', `The Cask of Amontillado' and `The Bells' for a 50-minute feast of gore and suspense. Poe Show is the fourth short drama to be performed as part the successful "Supper at Solstice" evenings. Wine and cheese will be served post-show. Poe Show promises a deliciously dark descent into the maelstrom of one of history's most frenzied imaginations. Devised and directed by Michael James Ford Music by Trevor Knight Performed by Stephen Swift , Michael James Ford, Rhiannon Clark, Eliot Moriarty, Feargal Titley Solstice Arts Centre Navan October 24 Time 8pm Tickets 16euro For more information visit SolsticeArtsCentre.com bLackWaTEr prOJEcTs prEsENT sOMEONE WHO'LL WaTcH OVEr ME Three men. One cell. An agonising wait. An American doctor, an English academic, and an Irish journalist are held hostage in a Lebanese prison. As the three men strive for survival they also strive to overcome their personal and nationalistic differences. Having little contact with their unseen captors and none whatsoever with the outside world, the men use dark humour and their vivid imaginations to forge their own reality within the walls of their cell. Cast includes; Charlie Bonner, Paschal Friel, Duncan Hamilton A play by Frank McGuinness Produced by Blackwater Projects Solstice Arts Centre Navan October 8-9 Time 8pm Tickets 18euro For more information visit SolsticeArtsCentre.com 48 2 tHEAtrE sTELLa bass & baNd prEsENT sMOkE aNd sOUNd Divinely Decadent. Dangerously Dark. An evening of theatrical song and historical reminiscences presented by chanteuse Stella Bass and band, under the musical direction of Peter Roycroft. Together they fashion an entertaining musical tribute to the inter-war Berlin cabaret in a Germany teetering on the brink of political turmoil; having survived the austerity of WWI, an all-too-brief golden age of music, cabaret and satire emerged, whose exponents included Marlene Dietrich, Kurt Weill and Friedrich Hollaender. Their trademark songs - including Lili Marlene, Mack The Knife and Falling In Love Again - are known and loved around the world, having thankfully outlived the demise of cabaret culture following Nazi accession to power in 1933. An evening not to be missed! Musical by Stella Bass and band Directed by Peter Roycroft The Venue Theatre Ratoath November 6 Time 8pm Tickets 18euro (including a glass of wine!) For more information visit VenueTheatre.ie TaLL TaLEs THEaTrE prEsENT MOMENT Moment is a riveting new play by Deirdre Kinahan exploring the effects of violence and murder in Ireland on the lives of a perpetrators family. It is Autumn 2009 and Nial Lynch visits his Mother's house. It is apparent that Nial, a successful visual artist now living in Cork and his new wife Fiona are not regular visitors. What unfolds is an extraordinary evening in a very ordinary household where the various members of the Lynch family are forced to return to a shattered past in an attempt to build a new future. A play by Deirdre Kinahan Produced by Tall Tales Theatre Company Solstice Arts Centre Navan November 12-14 Time 8pm Tickets TBC For more information visit SolsticeArtsCentre.com NaVaN THEaTrE GrOUp prEsENT Lady WINdErMErE's FaN Allegations, intrigue and confusion consume the plot of this satirical play by Oscar Wilde. Lady Windermere learns from a friend that Lord Windermere is spending a great deal of time with a certain Mrs. Erlynne, and fearing that he is being unfaithful to her, she decides that their marriage is at an end. The play is a tale of confusion and misinterpretation with Wilde's brilliant wit woven throughout the dialogue, guaranteeing an evening of fun and frolics. A play by Oscar Wilde Produced by Navan Theatre Group Solstice Arts Centre Navan November 25-29 Time 8pm Tickets 15euro & 13euro For more information visit SolsticeArtsCentre.com 7 49 2 tHE WHAtMANs The Village, Wexford Street, Dublin, Friday 18th September 2009 There has been a lot of noise coming from camp Whatmans over the last few weeks with Hollywood style, furniture wrecking, dog attacking videos being freshly produced, whispers of major label interest echoing around and plans of a single release. The later of which was the main purpose behind the Navan men's Friday night Dublin headline slot in the rather roomy Village venue plonked on Dublin's trendy Wexford Street. Indeed The Whatmans release their debut single `Devil Shoes' this month and launched the little ditty in style in the capital. Major kudos to the two support acts, the uber -cool young garage rockers Blind Mirrors and the excellent acoustic ramblings of Trigger Farrelly and The Hitmen. Shortly after The Hitmen's set The Whatmans walk out onto the impressive larger than most Village stage to a three quarter full venue and kick into `This one's for the music' and `Korea'. Instantly the influence of the Beatles, Oasis and Stone Roses can be heard blasting out across the venue particularly in `Korea' with its borrowed from Lennon `Power to the People' chorus. On third track ,`Follow Me', The Whatmans shift up a gear with frontman John Brennan (looking suspiciously like Killers front man Brandon Flowers in a certain light, maybe it's the jacket?) and guitarist Peadar Mulvey's vocals 50 shining in the chorus. It's a fine stomping tune with a simple sing along chorus and the audience lets the band know about it upon its finish with a large applause. The Whatmans are a band heavily influenced by bands from the `shoe-gaze' category and it shows as the band (with the exception of Brennan), prefers to let the music do the talking for them. In John Brennan the Whatmans have a solid frontman who is certainly not lacking in any confidence as he belts out `Messiahs and Monkeys'. Next up is `Soldier' a slower calmer affair with some nice marching style drumming from Aidan Carolan. It builds into a nice drawn out mid tempo crescendo ending dominated by Mulveys roaring guitar sound. `Casino' is fired out of the cannon next, an infectious stomper that will have you singing `C'mon C'mon C'mon' for at least a week. It is followed by the Lizzy-esq `Guns of Dublin'. `Mr Blue Suit' is another song with roots in the `Madchester' early to mid nineties scene. The Whatmans finish off the night with the current single release `Devil Shoes', a quality standout track that has the perfect blend of all of the bands influences with an original modern twenty first century twist. A solid assured performance from an ambitious band with huge confidence that showed they belong on larger stages tonight. Photo By Andrea Sheridan gIg rEVIEWs Photo By Ciara McKelvey tHE dLs Pravda, Lower Liffey Street, Dublin Friday 11th September 2009 Dublin venues have witnessed something of a mini invasion of Meath artists over the past year or so with the likes of Ham Sandwich, The Whatmans, Blind Mirrors and The Dolldrums (to name but a few) all doing their best to blow the roofs off various venues dotted around the capital. Tonight Russian themed North side bar, Pravda, was the bustling setting for a mixed bag of up and coming acts one of which was Trim's indie rockers The DLS. Kicking off their 10pm set to a jammed out half drunken trendy audience with `Tastes Like More' The DLS waste no time in turning up the heat with some Biffy Clyro-esq riffery. Second track `Dark Winter Darker Summer' keeps the moving crowd busy with its Stone Roses meets Arctic Monkeys bi polar tempo changes. Extremely likeable Lead singer/ guitarist Darren Mullarkey is on top form exclaiming `All my faith in humanity is now gone' during third track the fantastic `The Problem of People', the ultimate anti commercial song. It's a joyous uplifting song featuring outstanding drumming from sticksman Willy Gray looking ominously like Stone Roses drummer Alan `Reni' Wren tonight. The impressive drumming continues with `For Now Is Not Forever' with some nice snare triplets over a Gerry Ryan (not the radio pie eating champion DJ) steady bass line. It's a monster of a song, which sees the foursome leave the Stone Roses-esq riffs behind and adopt a far louder abrasive sound that takes proceedings up a notch and includes a Rage Against The Machine breakdown in the middle. By the time Mullarkey starts the opening bars of `Barcelona' crowd and band are as one, more trademark heavy intricate changes spew from the amps with Mullarkey and lead guitarist the bespectacled Nev (who amusingly spends the duration of the set with his back to Mullarkey) showing off some highly impressive guitar interchanges. The sweaty crowd and band get a slight breather as Mullarkey starts `Feel The Release' before it kicks into an anthemic chorus. After we are treated to `Tunnels', then the highlight of the set the epic `Mick Lyons' raises its ugly head. It's a massive sounding juggernaut with crashing cymbals, thundering bass and piercing guitars, a perfectly suitable track title if ever. The Trim boys leave us with `Vinyl' a fine set closer and the packed out crowd give The DLS a deserving thunderous ovation with frontman Darren Mullarkey grinning from ear to ear like a Russian Blue that got the cream. A highly impressive set by a very likeable act that isn't afraid to break through the borders of Brit pop indie rock into the alternative rock junkyard. 51 HOME stAr ruNNEr Dunshaughlin Community and Sports Centre, Co.Meath Saturday 19th September 2009 In the last On|V issue I mentioned how refreshing and nice it is to come across quirky different gigs, gigs away from the normal predictable safe confines of usual venues. Well this was another of those. Dunshaughlin Community and Sports Centre was the setting, a very large American high school looking hall, the kind you would see Will Smith scoring a few Slam Dunks in an episode of Fresh Prince of Bel Air with its `Home' and `Visit' basketball scoreboard hoisted half way towards a very high ceiling. Adjacent to the scoreboard hangs a twenty-foot high `Coronas' banner. The Dublin four piece were paying Dunshaughlin Community college a visit but it was the main support act local pop punkers `Home Star Runner' that On|V was concerned with. In the quartets four year existence they have never played a hometown show so On|V went along to join a few hundred up for it teenagers for a very eventful performance, but oh how old we felt! By the time opening act Dee Tour had finished their set a few hundred young revelers had already positioned themselves right in front of the very impressively professional make shift stage in anticipation for the local boys set. Right on cue looking as hip and American as always lead singer/guitarist Stephen Arkins leads his men into battle with `Machines' the opening track from the bands long player `Kill The 52 Messenger' and from the off organized chaos ensues with mass pogo-ing throughout the hall and on stage too. The band keeps momentum with the undeniably catchy `Game Over', an immaculately arranged and written punk song. Home Star Runner have been around four years now and their experience shows as they expertly deal with deafening young folk as if they were born to do so, throwing in rock clich�s whenever needed to keep the energy flowing. As Home Star Runner blast through `Red Alert', `Go Get'em Joey Greco' and `Love Sick Get Away' their West Coast American brand of punk has got to be admired as well as the bands sheer tightness with truly outstanding drumming from Anthony Kelly. During the ultra fast part of `When I Die' the security at the front of the stage earn their money tonight as the barrier gives way with the force of a couple of hundred bodies jumping forwards at the same time. The band finish off their twelve song set list with big hitters `The Arsonist' and their recent single `Nocturnal'. Home Star Runner are a band on top of their game. Despite the dreadful to be expected sound, they managed to whip up a frenzy in their home town with their infectious songs, great stage presence and bundles of energy. Photo By Ciara McKelvey sIMON fAgAN Whelans, Wexford Street, Dublin. Saturday August 15th 2009 It's been a busy time of late for Navan's son of soul Simon Fagan. Lately Mister Fagan has been leapfrogging forward and backwards across the Irish Sea cramming in performances for anyone willing to listen the length and breadth of the UK and Ireland as well as fitting in a radio appearance or twenty. It's all done in support of Fagan's debut EP release the very impressive `Hired and Fired'. The Meath maestro brought his full band along with his brand of `soul pop' to the capital for a Saturday night headline slot in Whelans' main venue on Wexford St. for a very energetic interesting August night. Simon starts proceedings with `Memphis' and `Something I Don't Know' the latter of which tilts strongly towards The Eagles. It's a crowded stage as no less than seven incredibly talented individuals jostle for room including a three-piece horn section (dressed smartly in black), drummer, bassist, guitarist and Fagan himself (donning a floral white shirt, jeans and Converse shoes) showing the large Whelans crowd that he is certainly more than a one trick pony hopping between keyboard, acoustic guitar and trumpet. Fagan leads the band into the very well written `The Way A Women Should' before the smooth jazz tingled `Falling Into You', a kind of song that cruise ships were built for with its laid back finger clicking rhythm and soft brass hooks. The title track from Fagan's EP `Hired and Fired' gets the audience moving for the first time tonight with its undeniably catchy rhythm and shouty chorus. After that we are treated to `Absolute Child' and `Face Down' before `Bring The Dance' brings a three-minute wave of dance euphoria through the venue with even the most sober/stationary of individuals brought to some toe tapping at the least. The bouncing souls out front are mirrored on stage as a confident Fagan decides to jump off the stage and dance along to the rhythm with acoustic guitar in hand. The upbeat bonhomie in the room continues with `Damn Honey' and `Never Really Cried' before the excellent `Campfire' finishes off a highly impressive set from a highly exuberant, confident, ambitious Meath talent who's next mission is to rock the pharaohs of Egypt! 41 53 Photo By Ciara McKelvey 14 15 56 2 New Zealand gLObEtrOttEr With South America done and dusted Peter Kinsella and Shauna McKelvey f ind themselves in the birthplace of extreme sports as they embark on their next journey through the wonderfully diverse landscapes of New Zealand. Words and Photography by PETER KINSELLA Auckland's Sky Tower Auckland Thirteen hour flight in cattle class brought us to New Zealand. We landed on the north island, first stop Auckland. Our first impression of Auckland was positive as the people were courteous & pleasant. We must have looked like two apples in a banana factory though as we couldn't even look lost for a minute without a local offering some assistance with directions. City tour gave us a nice introduction into New Zealand's largest city, hop on hop off bus that shows you around Auckland's main attractions, most notable attractions being Auckland's beautiful harbour, harbour bridge and Parnell Village. On the face, Auckland appears to be a rich, successful city, little crime, no dirt, no homeless people in the street and of course (for me) the largest barometer for measuring a cities success, a million & one coffee shops. Not just coffee shops though, I mean I thought New Zealand was colonised by the Brits, you'd think it were the yanks though with the ridiculous number of fast food joints, they're all here in abundance. Wealth and success aside there will always be political issues. We thought we'd seen the last of the protests once leaving South America. Whilst being dragged around Queens Streets many clothing outlets, we witnessed a large march (approx 7000 people) approach us. A local spectator kindly explained the reasons for the march, I won't go into detail but the gist of the situation was that Auckland are setting up a new super city council and the Maori people feel they aren't being fairly represented or offered enough seats on the new council. The Maori account for roughly fifteen percent of New Zealand's population. The single most prominent feature of Auckland's skyline is undoubtedly The Sky Tower. It's an observation and telecommunications tower standing 328mtrs tall, taller than the Eiffel Tower in fact the tallest free-standing structure in the Southern Hemisphere. Their are two types of person that go up this sky tower. The first is the person who wants to witness the beautiful panoramic view of the city and maybe a bite to eat in the upper tier which hosts a 57 Peter Kinsella jumping from the famous Sky Tower Zorbing in Rotorua restaurant turning 360 degrees once every hour. The second is the adrenalin junkie that jumps from its observation deck. No prizes for guessing which person I was. Of course I opted for the leap of faith, two words `Jump Heaven'. New Zealand is a very well managed country but besides that I found the place to have some similarities to Ireland, both geography wise and population wise. It also had a strong farming background in the past with its main claim to fame being the number of sheep this country has per person (8 to 1), enough to put a smile on any Offaly man's face. The average New Zealand man is also well catered for as the ratio of male to female is 1 to 3/4. They also love their sport and the occasional alcoholic beverage, as well as punch above their weight on the international front. Waitomo Caves We drove down to Waitomo caves the next day for some adventure. Our package - `Black Abyss'. We started by abseiling 35 metres down Ruakuri cave, soon followed `The Flying Fox', which is basically zip lining in the dark. Then you jump roughly 10 metres with a tube into the caves waters. Once in the tube our guide then turned off the lights on all of the helmets before we glided with the water through the luminescent glowworm-studded walls. We then jumped off waterfalls, climbed up waterfalls, crawled through tunnels that even the great escape prisoner's would have struggled in, it's basically the ultimate cave adventure. Bear Grylls eat your heart out. Rotorua If you like extreme sports you'll love Rotorua. We took advantage of the many activities on offer here, most notably Zorbing, Shweeb, Freefall extreme and Luge. Top of my list was Zorbing. The Zorb was invented in New Zealand and is an 11ft high inflatable transparent sphere which you can ride inside. A Jeep brings you to the top of the hill, you climb in the Zorb then the staff happily push you off the edge and you tumble to the bottom. There are two types of Zorb. First is the Zorbit, the dry ride where you're harnessed inside and you spin down the hill, nearly made me sick, but the second is the Zydro and is much more fun. They put water inside the zorb and you slip and slide inside all the way down to the bottom. The Bay of Islands It was agreed that starting up north and working our way down south would be the best route to take. The Bay of Islands was the first place we pin pointed for our expedition. After numerous hours behind the wheel of our classy rental car we arrived in Pahia. Next morning we went for a stroll along Pahia's beachfront and the few grey clouds that lurked didn't take anything away from the stunning sea views of the Bay of Islands. I reckon it's even more beautiful in the summer months. There is a nice walk though called `Mangrove Walk' which takes roughly two and a half hours to complete and if you're with your burd & want to see a really pretty village take the passenger ferry over to Russell. 58 Mitai Maori Village Mitai Maori Village After all that excitement we decided we finally needed to experience some indigenous culture so we paid a visit to the Mitai Maori Village and what a fantastic evening we had. The show began with traditionally dressed Maori warriors paddling up the near by river in a waka (Ancient warrior canoe). Christchurch On route to Christchurch we stopped off in the beautiful Alpine Spa village of Hanmer Springs and took advantage of their famous natural thermal pools. We relaxed in their hot therapeutic and sculptured rock pools and soaked ourselves as we watched the hot steam rise with the snow capped mountains in the background. The pools ranged from 33C to 41C and really helped to revitalise our tired backpacker muscles. We arrived in Christchurch, also known as `The Garden City'. Christchurch is a stylish city with an attractive mix of heritage and contemporary architecture as well as beautiful gardens. It has however clearly stayed loyal to its Anglo Saxon routes as the majority of its streets have English names, eg Gloucester and Manchester St. Cathedral square is the hub of the city and is really beautiful. It was there we boarded this quaint vintage tram and began circumnavigating the inner city and even though we couldn't understand a word of the Kiwi tram driver's tour commentary we still enjoyed the experience. In Christchurch we loaded up on culture visiting numerous museums. The best by a country mile was the Canterbury Museum which was loaded with really interesting New Zealand natural and human heritage, first settlers, hunters, transport and sport. A close second was a flying visit to the Air Force Museum located at a former Air Force base. 59 The chief then gave us a lecture on the Maori history, culture and explained the facial art. Painful stuff back in the day as it was carved into the skin. Soon after, the Mitai put on a display of weaponry and combat and not to forget the spine tingling haka finale. Then we feasted on Hangi, ground cooked meat, this is how the Maori prepared the food in times past. After dinner we were then brought on a guided tour to a night lit nature park called Rainbow Springs. Here we were allowed to walk with the Kiwi in an open enclosure. Kiwi is the national symbol of New Zealand. It's a flightless bird, nocturnal and roughly the size of a chicken. It is endemic to New Zealand but sadly is currently endangered. Shauna takes to the slopes of Coronet Peak Queenstown Finally we arrived in Queenstown, the final stop in our itinerary and I was more than pleased to return the rental car. My first impression of Queenstown was that it's completely tourist orientated and possibly the biggest money spinner for the tourist board. But if it's adventure and a decent nightlife you're after you are in the right spot. It's also very scenic, especially down by the waterfront. They've packed the whole town into roughly four streets so everything is within walking distance. Queenstown was all about one thing for us, ski. A small bit of research helped us choose the ski resort of Coronet Peak as it had the best reputation as well as the best powder. After endless fun, hours of working on our techniques & building up some confidence we progressed to the steeper gradients of the blue slopes (intermediate). I was black & blue by the end of the week. Towards the later stages of the week that little devil on my left shoulder was telling me to chance a black run (expert), but thankfully the lad on the right intervened and told me I was probably going to need both arms and legs for the remainder of the trip. Franz Josef Glacier Glaciers We then drove along the west coast into glacier country heading towards Franz Josef Glacier. Our appreciation for the great outdoors meant we had to stop by this attraction if only for a night. Their are many companies available to take you out on a glacier valley eco tour but as we'd seen a few glaciers at this stage we decided to save a few quid and do our own tour. We cutely waited patiently for a tour before following the guided group. We took a 5km glacier walk over a riverbed heading towards Franz Josef Glacier. We did manage to get onto the glacier though and caught some nice views of the glacial valley but had to call it a day when the group put on their ice picks for the final phase of the tour. 60 Queenstown Bay Fur Seal in Kaikoura Peter far above the clouds at Coronet peak Paihia at sunset Rugby A connecting flight from Christchurch to Wellington brought us to the second test of the 2009 Iveco Series. As a young sports mad lad there were only ever two teams I wanted to see playing in the flesh. The first were those boys from Brazil in the soccer and the second were the All Blacks. I'm happy to now tick both teams off my list. The All Blacks lost the first test in Dunedin 22-27, which was secretly the result I was hoping for as I wanted to see an angry All Black side. In the second test I wanted the Westpac stadium to be a house of pain for the French, unfortunately for us instead of a house of pain, all we got was a house of rain. The rain & windswept evening inevitably affected the quality of the match but thankfully the All Blacks ran out 14-10 winners on the night. The haka was great to see live but to be honest it actually looks much better on TV. The biggest booo on the night was saved for the naming of Sebastien Chabal, aka the cave man on the Tannoy. Chabal seems to be to rugby what Graham Geraghty was to the GAA, probably the most hated figure in the game. I'd still include both in my respective teams though. One last note, the atmosphere at a New Zealand rugby match is far superior to a northern hemisphere match. As much as the supporters cheer on their heroes, it's widely accepted to shout obscenities at a referee or put off the opposing kicker. For me, this is when the crowd can become that extra man and essentially is the reason why playing at home should be an advantage. The remainder of our New Zealand trip was spent hanging around Wellington watching sports and checking out shops and museums. To sum up New Zealand, I'd say it's a very scenic and cosmopolitan country with a very proud and decent people and right now is number 1 on the countries I've visited so far. Definitely a country I could see myself living in. 61 MEaTH | MUsIc | arT |cULTUrE sUBsCriBE TO ON|V MAGAZiNE WWW.IssUU.cOM/ONVMaGaZINE To advertise here call 0861519578 sENd Us yOUr THOUGHTs dON'T kEEp IT aLL INsIdE! IF yOU HaVE aNy FEEdback Or IdEas yOU WOULd LIkE TO sHarE Or JUsT WaNT a GOOd OLd raNT, sENd Us aN EMaIL WITH yOUr THOUGHTs. EMaIL yOUr THOUGHTs TO ONV@LIVE.IE Or drOp Us a cOMMENT ON: IssUU.cOM/ONVMaGaZINE MyspacE.cOM/ONVMaGaZINE ONVMaGaZINE.bLOGspOT.cOM 62 Depression affects feelings, thoughts, behaviour and energy. 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