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Twenty one-year-old elec­tro-pop artist, Laoise, talks about the mu­sic scene in her home­town, Gal­way. From the best pubs to lo­cal mu­sic he­roes, she gives us her rec­om­men­da­tions, as she gears up to re­lease her new EP Mad, on March 29.

“One of my favourite places to play in Gal­way is Roisin Dubh (9 Do­minick Street Up­per). I’d been to my rst cou­ple of gigs there, and I vividly re­mem­ber see­ing Lit­tle Green Cars, which was re­ally cool. And even Ed Sheeran, when he was just blow­ing up, came to play – so it was re­ally fun to play there when I started re­leas­ing mu­sic my­self.

“There’s also a pub called Tig Coili (Main­guard St, The Latin Quar­ter, Gal­way), where I used to par­tic­i­pate in ses­sions when I played the ddle. I’d go down ev­ery week with my par­ents, and meet and play with other tra­di­tional mu­si­cians. That was a re­ally nice, eye­open­ing mo­ment for me. I was re­ally lucky that where I lived: there was mu­sic right on my doorstep all the time. I al­ways re­alise this when I go home – how colour­ful and vi­brant the city is.

“Re­gard­ing lo­cal mu­sic he­roes, my fam­ily are quite good friends with Sharon Shan­non, who’s an amaz­ing ac­cor­dion player. I ac­tu­ally re­mem­ber when I was re­ally young, she in­vited me up on stage to play with her. I was nearly seven years old and I was still playing ddle, and she was al­ways re­ally sup­port­ive. She never got too wor­ried about what other peo­ple thought, be­cause she just wanted to make mu­sic for her­self. It’s re­ally cool that so many peo­ple love her for that. She was break­ing the bound­aries in tra­di­tional mu­sic as well, and that re­ally in­spired me. For in­stance, she had an al­bum with a rap song on it and there was a tune in the mid­dle of it! So grow­ing up I thought that was nor­mal – that you could do what­ever you wanted in mu­sic, which was su­per-inspiring.

“A great mu­sic store in Gal­way has to be Pow­ells Mu­sic Shop (53 Wil­liam Street, Gal­way). I’d al­ways go in and look at the num­ber of gui­tars and think, ‘I want all of these!’ The peo­ple are so lovely and it’s a very calm, serene at­mos­phere. As for great mu­sic pubs, An Púcán (11 Forster St, Gal­way) is unique. There’s al­ways a mix of gen­er­a­tions in there, which is nice to see, and they do re­ally good cock­tails.

“Af­ter a gig, I head back to Roisin Dubh, be­cause they have a silent disco there once a week, which is great fun.”

“I al­ways re­alise when I go home how colour­ful and vi­brant the city is.”

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