Wednesday, 23 March 2016

BAG Listings - APRIL/MAY 2016

All gigs are in Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare. 
Unless otherwise notified, all gigs are: 
Doors 8:30pm; Show 9pm; Admission €12.

Please follow the artist website/YouTube links below for music samples, etc.

Monday Apr 4th - Niall Connolly (IRL - U.S. based)

Monday Apr 11th - B and The Honeyboy (IRL)

Monday Apr 18th - Fiach Moriarty (IRL)

Monday Apr 25th - Josh Harty (USA) + support - Mark 'Cappy' Caplis, aka Kolumbus

Kolumbus -

Monday May 2nd - Bank Holiday, but...

Peter Mulvey (USA) plus John Statz (USA)

Monday 9th - Winter Wilson (UK)

Monday May 16th - No gig.

Monday May 23rd - Buddy Mondlock with Mike Lindauer, and Tim Grimm (Double bill) €15

Monday May 30th - Roy Thompson (IRL) with special guest, Eugene Brosnan - last gig before summer break.

Eugene Brosnan:

'Share Of The Blame' -

'Spring Wind' (Greg Brown cover)

Tuesday, 12 January 2016


All gigs are in Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare. Unless otherwise notified, all gigs are: Doors 8:30pm; Show 9pm; Admission €12.

Here's the full listing for FEBRUARY.

Monday Feb 1st - The Lost Brothers (IRL) (€15)

Monday Feb 8th - Small Town Jones (UK)

Monday Feb 15th - Paul Tiernan (IRL)

Monday Feb 22nd - Mark Geary (IRL)

Monday Feb 29th - Krista Detor (USA)

Only three gigs in MARCH, as the last Monday of the month (28th) is the Easter Bank Holiday. Here's what's confirmed so far:

Monday Mar 7th - Cormac O'Caoimh (IRL)

Monday Mar 14th - Luan Parle 
with Clive Barnes (IRL)

Monday Mar 21st - Nick Nace (USA) with Gordon Barry (IRL).

Here's what's in the BAG so far for APRIL:

Monday Apr 4th - Niall Connolly (IRL - U.S. based)

Monday Apr 11th - B and The Honeyboy (IRL)

Monday Apr 18th - Fiach Moriarty (IRL)

Monday Apr 25th - Josh Harty (USA)

And coming in MAY:

Monday May 2nd - Bank Holiday, but...

Peter Mulvey (USA) plus John Statz (USA)

Monday 9th - Winter Wilson (UK)

Monday May 16th - No gig.

Monday May 23rd - Buddy Mondlock with Mike Lindauer, and Tim Grimm (Double bill) €15

Monday May 30th - Roy Thompson (IRL) - last gig before summer break.

BAG Gigs - January 2016

Just the one show this month, but its a good 'un!! Debut BAG appearance for Gordie Tentrees from Canada - see below. Monday, Jan 25th, Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare. Doors 8:30pm. Gig starts 9pm sharp. Admission - €12 at the door.

Gordie Tentrees w/ Jaxon Haldane
Gordie Tentrees crosses the big pond with 25 record release concerts in England, Ireland and Scotland including famed Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland with much loved multi-instrumentalist Jaxon Haldane who also opens all concerts solo before joining Gordie. 
Deeply personal and moving, melodic and uplifting and lyrically rich – these are the songs that will tear your heart out, one note at a time. Master storyteller and multi-instrumental performer Gordie Tentrees has arrived. Yukon based, Ontario raised, farm boy, golden glove boxer, school teacher, youth counsellor turned folk artist, Tentrees has released 6 records touring North America, UK, Australia and Europe up to 200 concerts each year, nominated for Western Canadian Music Awards, international song competitions and toured with Kelly Joe Phelps, Fred Eaglesmith, Steve Poltz and Mary Gauthier.
Opening the concert is Oklahoma based, Winnipeg raised Jaxon Haldane, former bandleader for legendary Canadian punk-bluegrass band the D-Rangers, performing his own songs as well as joining Gordie on banjo, mandolin, fiddle saw, and cigar box guitars. See them both below!

WATCH Gordie Tentrees – Love in Ink:
WATCH Gordie Tentrees – Keno City:

2016 - A New Year with a new Program

2015 was a great year, in which I presented 30 gigs to the 'Ballymore Faithful'! Audiences were great, with plenty of new faces joining the ranks of the regulars. The long-established ethos of 'quiet attentiveness' has remained unadulterated; new listeners have quickly understood, and valued, the wonderful respect that is shown to all musicians who come to play for us - for that, I am thankful, and, indeed, reassured that there are still people who do want to go to gigs to listen to the music. So, on behalf of all the musicians, and myself thank-you, one and all, for your continued support. Do please keep it up - we need you as much as you need us!
2016 promises to be another great year of gigs, with much of the first half of the year already booked. As usual, I'll be presenting a mix of returning favourites, and quality acts new to BAG. Striking the balance between the two is always the challenge, but I think you'll enjoy what comes your way, even if I can't give everyone their every wish! Believe me when I tell you that inquiries for bookings, far outnumber the available Mondays. However, there's always 2017, and beyond! 
This year, as last, all gigs will start at 9pm - unless otherwise advertised, with doors generally opening at 8:30pm. Admission price will generally be the same, too, at just €12, but there will be some higher profile acts who will command a little more. "That's understandable", I hear you say. Well, I thank you for your understanding!

Check back regularly, as I'll be posting monthly updates - I can't sustain last year's individual gig postings - with artist info, website and video links. Please note that when posted the monthly updates may not be complete, and this will be indicated at time of posting - further acts may be added, filling in the gaps.
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Here's to another great year of magic nights in Mick Murphy's Bar in Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare!

See ye in Mick's!


Sunday, 8 November 2015

ALBERT NILAND - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday, November 30th, 2015 - for news, videos, etc

Albert Niland returns to Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, on Monday, November 30th. Doors open 8:30pm; gig 9pm. Admission is €12.

Albert Niland is, without doubt, one of the most impressive singer/songwriters to have come out of Ireland in more than the past decade.
Originally from Mountbellew, Co. Galway, he came to national attention in the early noughties for his interpretation of Kate Bush's 'Wuthering Heights'. That cover is, indeed, extraordinary, but there is so much more to Mr. Niland's catalogue, and musical breadth.
Time spent as a student of Flamenco guitar in Spain, years spent living and touring in Europe, and influences from as broad a range as Irish Traditional, to American folk, have all worked to form Albert Niland into one of the most exciting, and innovative songwriters around.

Most highly recommended.

FRANKIE LANE & PAUL KELLY - LIVE at Mick Murphy's, Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Frankie Lane and Paul Kelly have been making music together, on and off for more years than they probably care to remember.

They have been a part of, or played with, the best of Irish music outfits since the early 1980's, most notably - The Fleadh Cowboys, and have shared stages, and studios with some of the greatest international performing and recording artists.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist/dobro playing Frankie, and multi-instrumentalist (fiddle/mandolin/banjo) Paul, play BAG at Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, Monday, November 23, 2015.

Doors open 8:30pm; Gig 9pm. Admission: €12 at the door.

Video: Frankie and Paul in action -

ULTAN CONLON - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday, November 16, 2015 - For info. videos, news, etc.

Ultan Conlon plays his debut BAG performance on Monday, November 16th. Doors open at 8:30pm; Gig starts at 9pm. Admission is €12.

In these times of short attention spans and the need for instant gratification, it is refreshing to have an artist like Ultan Conlon capable of producing deeply affecting songs like the ones on his soon to be released second album which demand you sit down and slowly listen to over and over. Ultan combines common themes and familiar situations with coherent prose and wraps them around musical styles rooted deeply in traditional rock and roll, country and folk. There is no slick polish, flash or tricks to the songs, nor is there to the man himself. Love, regret, heartbreak and hope are presented in a candid way made even easier to empathize with due to Ultan's comforting and uncontrived vocal delivery.

His current, and second release, 'Songs of Love So Cruel' finds Ultan not just comfortable with fuller instrumentation but also more versed and focused as a songwriter. In a time when the idea of a concept album might scare away not only listener but performer as well, Ultan has embraced the notion to boldly put together a stellar collection of songs that, while capable of standing on their own, insist that they be heard together from beginning to end.
Much of the album's theme is that of reflection and looking back from various perspectives on lives lived, lovers who've faded away and some who've remained.
Asked about what's most important to him musically Ultan replies, "I believe sound, image, and great voices come and go but great songs will always remain". It can be sure that Ultan Conlon knows a tremendous amount about great songs and his should certainly stand the test of time.