Wednesday, 15 April 2015

KELLEY McRAE DUO - Monday, April 20, 2015

Kelley McRae and Matt Castelein return to BAG @ Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, on Monday, April 20. Doors: 8:30pm; Gig 9:15pm sharp. Admission: €12 at the door. These guys have a sweet, sweet sound; don't miss 'em!

Kelley McRae has played over 400 shows in the past 4 years, toured coast to coast in the US, played to packed rooms across Europe, sold-out the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, and continues to build a passionate and dedicated following on the strength of their live performances.  Paste Magazine's 4 Star review raves “Kelley moves effortlessly from the mournful tones of the plantation to the celebratory swing of the saloon, from songs of loss and decay to hymns of love and grace.”  BBC Radio host Bob Harris calls the songs ‘brilliant', and acclaimed film maker Wim Wenders told the San Francisco Chronicle that Kelley's songs move him to tears.

A review of the new album - 'Easy On My Mind':
“With a couple of guitars and a seemingly bottomless supply of effortlessly gorgeous harmonies, McRae and Castlelein have taken their tranquil, often mesmerizing style of Americana and modern folk across the U.S. and Europe…The duo’s mix of heartland acoustic country and contemporary songwriter folk is present again on McRae’s fine new Easy On My Mind. Written in a Carolina Smoky Mountains cabin and recorded in Austin, Texas, the EP’s six songs display few theatrics and little angst but a lot of coolly measured Americana, every note, every line a marvel of down-to-the-bone minimalism and quiet, soulful pondering.”  – Direct Current

Videos can be viewed here:

Friday, 3 April 2015

MELISSA GREENER (USA) - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday April 13, 2015

Melissa Greener's last visit with us was (would you believe) three and a half years ago! So I'm particularly delighted to welcome her back to BAG on Monday, April 13th.
Doors open at 8:30pm, with showtime being 9:15pm. Admission is €12 at the door. Never was it truer than to say that this show is most highly recommended.

For a sample, here's a link to Melissa's YouTube Channel:

Nashville based Americana artist Melissa Greener is a singer, songwriter and guitarist of the finest order.  Her songs are summoned from mountain ranges, holy places, deserts, oceans and forests, or the lonely stretch of blacktop from Detroit to Austin.  Greener collects truth as much from the feathers she finds as from the potholes she dodges.  Impressive vocal chops wrap narrative that “paints superb portraits of the human condition" (Maverick Music Magazine -UK).  Quirkily crafted lyrics are skipped like stones across the surface of the deep-pocket groove on her raucous electric tremolo guitar.

Greener grew up in Detroit with an alluring cacophony of Mo-town, standard torch ballads, and 1960’s Laurel Canyon records.  She also savored the irreverent lyrical stylings of modernist poets whose books she stole from the junior high school library.  Years of living in Austin left a distinct Texas-roots feel to much of her current work.  So much so that Guy Clark could relate and he has become a regular song-writing partner with Greener.

Raucous. Poetic.  Groove.  Such is the paradox of Greener’s dynamic muse.

Transistor Corazón, Greener's third studio release, explores complexities of the heart - the circuitry versus the soul, the mana versus the machine. The songs transport the listener to the far-reaching landscapes where they were born.  Greener has won songwriting awards and teaches songwriting workshops.  She is a relentless road-dog, casting her spell across international audiences.

Friday, 20 March 2015

John Murry (USA) - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday, March 30, 2015

John Murry plays Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday, March 30. Doors open: 8:30pm; Gig 9:15pm; Admission: €12 at the door.

With a family relationship to American author, William Faulkner; a critically acclaimed debut album, 'The Graceless Age' in 2012 ('Uncut' called it "a masterpiece" and gave it a 9/10 rating', Mojo" gave the record a 5/5 Star review, and The Guardian called it "a work of genius" also giving it 5/5 stars); a subsequent full blown heroin addiction, and recovery; a devoted, and growing cult following, John Murry has packed a lifetime's living into his 33 years.
Writing songs that give expression to inner pain, and buried joy, Murry's material is indeed on the darker side (and by Murry's own admission "...not for everyone") but no less compelling for it. This is not depressing, mawkish material; this is honesty, truth, and a search for redemption, and for the light. This is John Murry; this is the real deal.

Most highly recommended.

'Photograph' -
'Southern Skies' -
'Little Colored Balloons' -

Suppport from Peter Doran - 'Tug' -

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Woody Pines - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday, March 23, 2015.

Woody Pines - Down Home Swing
LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, Monday, March 23rd, Doors 8:30pm; Gig: 9:15PM Sharp; Admission: €12 at the door.

No stranger to fans of the new folk music coming from all corners of the USA, alongside artists like Old Crow Medicine Show and Pokey LaFarge, Woody Pines continues to forage thru the secret world of old 78ʹ′s and to write new chapters in the Anthology of American Music. Integrating sounds from Leadbelly to Bob Dylan, from Woody Guthrie to Preservation Hall, Woody Pines belts out songs of fast cars, pretty women and hard luck with a distinctive vintage twang.

Recently signed by Nashville’s Muddy Roots Records, they will have a brand new album to promote in 2015, produced by Grammy-winner Mitch Dane  and Mixed by Vance Powell, renowned as one of the best from studio work with the likes of Jack White, JD McPherson, Seasick Steve and Beck. 

The trio’s distinctive bigger-than-three viper sound is beefed up by Skip Frontz Jr on upright bass, adding both foot tappin’ low-end and rapid fire percussion with his red hot slap technique, and Brad Tucker on vintage electric guitar, Resonator and vocal harmonies. 

Maverick magazine praised the last album as “an intoxicating blend of rural and urban stringband, country blues, ragtime and jug band music”


'I Would Do Anything' -
'Addicted to Blood' -

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Pete Cummins with Brian Harris - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday, March 16, 2015

Pete Cummins - formerly of The Fleadh Cowboys and Granny's Intentions returns to play BAG on Monday next in support of his new, second solo record, 'Crooked Highway'. Pete will be aided and abetted by Brian Harris on guitars. Doors open at 8:30pm; Gig: 9:15pm. Admission: €12 at the door.

Some Bio: Pete Cummins is an Irish musician. He won a Grammy Citation for his contribution to the album “Other Voices, Other Rooms” by Nanci Griffith, at the 1993 ceremony. He is a founding member of Irish band Fleadh Cowboys. He started playing music in a Beat Group in Dublin in the mid 60’s with two bands, The Stepping Stones and The Circle. He joined Limerick band Granny’s Intentions in 1968 and recorded Honest Injun for the Deram lable.
The former Fleadh Cowboy has recorded and played with Townes Van Zandt , Donovan The Chieftains, and Nanci Griffith, with whom he was awarded a Grammy citation for his contribution to her 1993 album Other Voices Other Rooms.
In 2008 Pete released his first solo album The Brilliant Architect to critical acclaim, one of the songs, Flowers in Baghdad spent two years in Neil Young’s anti war website chart.
Pete's new single 'The Gypsy Rose' is released on Thursday March 11, and you can get a free download from a limited time from Pete's website.
You can view it here on YouTube:

Monday, 2 March 2015

Ed Romanoff & Clive Barnes with Seth Parker, Monday, March 9, 2015

Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, Monday March 9. Doors 8:30pm; Gig 9:15pm; Admission: €12 - Final night of the Irish leg of their tour, before heading to New York for some Stateside dates.

Ed Romanoff:  

Ed Romanoff’s eleven song, self-titled debut was a Roots Radio Top 100 Album for 2012, has been played in 13 countries and ranked as high as number 12 on the European Americana Charts.  Produced by Crit Harmon, the album’s smoky haze and rustic sounds paint a moody landscape to showcase Ed’s earthy voice and features cameo vocal appearances from Josh Ritter, Tift Merritt and Meg Hutchinson.

Cutting a wide emotional swath, nine songs from Ed’s inaugural effort won top awards at The International Songwriting Competition, USA Songwriting Competition, The Great American Song Contest and The Nashville Songwriters Association International Competition. Most recently he joined Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, James McMurtry, and Nanci Griffith as a New Folk Winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival.  Ed lives in New York City with his Costa Rican rescue dog, Freckles, and is currently finishing his first book.

Clive Barnes is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter of rare quality, and is no stranger to BAG, having played the gig many times over many years. A Bluesman at heart, Clive has developed a signature sound on both guitar, and lap-slide.
He has shared stages with Eric Bibb, Taj Mahal, The Blind Boys of Alabama and many, many, more. With four highly acclaimed solo studio albums under his belt, Barnes will release his fifth record 'Get Low' in late Summer 2015.

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Cormac O'Caoimh - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday March 2, 2015

Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, Monday, March 2nd. Doors 8:30pm; Gig 9:15pm. Admission: €12 at the door.

Second BAG appearance for Cork singer/songwriter Cormac O Caoimh who last year released his third solo album - 'The Moon Loses Its Memory' - to critical acclaim (see reviews below). A smooth, jazz/indie pop infused vocal and guitar style, is my best stab at descriptive terms for Cormac O'Caoimh's sound. Subtle, thoughtful lyrics, and that smooth, honeyed delivery, make his material a joy to the listening ear. Quite simply, it draws you in, and holds you there; where you are only too willing to give your full attention.
The new album has already been featured and received excellent reviews in The Sunday Times, The Daily Star, Hot Press, The Ticket and many many more. He has done live sessions and interviews on RTE Radio 1, NEwstalk, KCLR to name but a few and 12 of the 14 songs of the cd have already received airplay on national and local stations. A full gig of his - live from HMV (who are also stocking the cd in their stores) went out live on the RTE website. And on the success of this new cd  he has received endorsement deals with Godin Guitars, Schertler acoustic amps and Logjam stompers.

O Caoimh has picked up some well-known admirers along the way including Ron Sexsmith and Tom Robinson (BBC) and has shared the stage with fellow luminaries; Damien Rice (in the Paradiso, Amsterdam), Declan O Rourke, Josh Rouse - to name but a few.

Reviews for the album:

"Cormac's songs are like little sculptures... considered, shaped and honed into things of beauty that find their way to your soul."
- Fiachna Ó Braonáin (Hothouse Flowers)

“Cormac O’ Caoimh’s songwriting is akin to that of the ‘80s school of wordsmiths such as Lloyd Cole, Paddy McAloon and even Elvis Costello....a songwriter to be reckoned with" - Hot Press

"Acoustic Gems from the Cork singer-songwriter. Each song superglues to the memory " **** Mojo Magazine

"This is one album you should not ignore" - Folkwords

"O Caoimh has achieved something here that most songwriters aspire to" - Instrumentali

"will accompany me on my travels in the future, given it's uplifitng and strong pop-folk vibe" - Remy's Music & Film Guide

"An effortlessly charming album" - Songwriter Magazine

"a tour de force" - Americana UK

“a refreshingly broad album.. an amalgamation of art and music.. the result is intriguingly beautiful..I’m definitely a fan.”-

Videos - 

'Yellow Crumbs' - TG4 Appearance on the Roisín show:
'The Moon Loses It's Memory' - CD version, video shot in Kilkee, Co. Clare: