Sunday, 15 October 2017

John Spillane - Monday Oct 16th - CANCELLED


Owing to the impending arrival of Tropical Storm Ophelia on Monday and into Monday night, I have spoken with John Spillane, and his Manager, and we have decided that the responsible thing to do is to cancel John's show on Monday night. If the predicted RED/ORANGE Weather Warning transpires, driving conditions are likely to be hazardous, and we do not wish to be the cause of anyone making unnecessary journeys, and putting themselves at risk.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused, but I'm sure all will understand that this is the right thing to do.
It is hoped to reschedule the show for Spring 2018
Thanks.
R.T.

Met Eireann National Forecast
Tomorrow

RED & ORANGE STATUS WARNINGS IN EFFECT. Stormy tomorrow Monday as Ex-Hurricane Ophelia moves up over the country. Gale to storm force southerly winds will occur with severe and damaging gusts - winds strongest along southern counties with the risk of storm surge here, along with very high seas. Structural damage is possible anywhere. Rain will be widespread also, with the heaviest falls likely to occur in Atlantic coastal counties. Localised flooding is possible with thundery falls. The winds will veer southwesterly as the low pressure system tracks northwards over western parts of the country. Highest temperatures will range 15 to 19 degrees Celsius. 

Additional Note: At present, the strongest and most damaging winds are now forecasted to affect Munster and Leinster, particularly the southwest, south and Irish Sea coasts with the heaviest rainfall accumulations in Connacht, west Ulster and west Munster. There are likely to be changes to the warnings which will be updated later this morning, pending the latest up to date guidance. This is an evolving situation and your patience is appreciated.

Outlook

Monday night: Ex-Hurricane Ophelia will continue to track northwards on Monday night, exiting Irish coastal waters before midnight. Rain will gradually become confined to the west Connacht and west Ulster coasts and it will become dry in many parts with clear spells. Strong to gale force and gusty southwesterly winds will gradually abate. 

Saturday, 23 September 2017

BAG Gigs - October 2017

Four more great gigs in October. As usual, all gigs are in Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare. Doors open for all gigs at 8:30pm, and admission is €12, unless otherwise noted.

Josh Harty (USA) - Monday, October 2nd



www.joshharty.com

Josh Harty's unique blend of American music has become a must-hear for those who keep the tradition of country, blues and folk close to their hearts. Born and raised on the plains of North Dakota, Harty grew up playing shows across the Midwest with his father, a small-town police chief and preacher. The touring bug has never left Josh as he now continuously travels across Europe and North America. Harty is always looking for that balance between the rolling road and the people who inspire him, trading stories around kitchen tables and theatre stages. His live shows prove that good storytelling combined with journeyman musicianship is as American as music gets.

The Remedy Club - Monday, October 9th

www.theremedyclub.ie


The Remedy Club (previously B & The Honeyboy) are Aileen Mythen (vocals & percussion) & Kj McEvoy (guitar & vocals).  They’re Irish.  They live in Wexford. They’re married.  To each other. Brand new album, 'Lovers, Legends and Lost Causes', launches on October 7th.

They play what can only be described as American music, countryish mainly, a little bluesy here and there.  Renowned journalist Jackie Hayden has described their music as ‘a marriage of folk and country with a hint of the blues with delicious harmonies and nimble guitar playing’. Call it Americana, call it roots, call it country, it’s all on their new album ‘Lovers, Legends and Lost Causes’ – their first release under the new name The Remedy Club (they released two albums under the previous name).  It consists of 11 original songs and the title refers to the songs therein, some about love, some about legends and some about lost causes.  They recorded the album in Gorey, Co. Wexford and it was mixed by 5 time grammy award winning producer and engineer Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and Willie Nelson) and Mark Petaccia who has worked with the likes of Jason Isbell, Lindi Ortega and others. 

Video: 'I Miss You' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qimGvulmUA

John Spillane - Monday, October 16th

www.johnspillane.com



On November 4th, John Spillane, arguably Cork’s finest living troubadour, releases the first in a series of three very special albums of acoustic renditions of some of his famous songs, entitled 'All The Ways You Wander'. Ahead of that release, I'm delighted to welcome John back to Ballymore Eustace on Monday, October 16th for a very special nights of songs, stories, and craic!

Doors open at 8:30pm, and admission is €15 at the door.

In case you didn't already know: JOHN SPILLANE is a musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller, poet, dreamer – a canvass filled with color and brilliance. His music transports the listener; his live performance captivates the audience. In a world filled with strife and upheaval, a time-out with John Spillane is enough to ease the load a bit on anyone lucky enough to bask in his light. The man and his music are pure magic.

What makes John special is that he is an artist who knows how to deliver all that he has to offer to anyone of any age, male or female, no matter the musical preference. Place him in the genre of folk, acoustic, traditional, world or pop – that’s fine with John. He’s a man who is very comfortable in his skin. Whether performing solo with guitar, with gentle accompaniment or with full band before 10, 10,000 or 100,000, John entertains, charms, and mesmerizes.

John’s performances shimmer with the magic realism that permeates many of his songs as he effortlessly flits between beautiful poetry tinged with melancholy to roguish, irreverent Cork humour. If you are looking for a night of good ‘craic’, a John Spillane show should not be missed.


Catfish Keith (USA) - Monday, October 23rd

www.catfishkeith.com



Cutting-edge blues singer, songwriter and bottleneck slide guitarist Catfish Keith has established himself as one of the most exciting country blues performers of our time. Catfish's innovative style of foot-stomping, deep delta blues and American roots music has spellbound audiences the world over. He has reinvented the guitar with great power and artistry, and brings a rare beauty and vitality to his music. Handing down the tradition, Catfish continues his lifelong journey as one of the brightest lights in acoustic blues and roots music.  
"Pulling Blues Out of The Sky, Catfish lays down a foot-stomping groove. One of the most exciting guitarists of any genre."    - Acoustic Guitar 

Video: 'Uncle Ned, Don't You Lose Your Head' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3kerv1ok1c

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

September 2017 BAG Gigs

After a terrific season opener on September 4th from The 4 Of Us, here's how the rest of September shapes up (all shows - 8:30pm Doors; €12 admission):

Monday September 11th - Malkum and Chris (US Blues Duo)


Terrific Blues duo from the US. 
Regulars from the old days of gigs in the Ballymore Inn, will remember this great act tearing down the house. Genuine, authentic sound, Malkum and Chris are not to be missed. A classic Blues guitar and harmonica duo, they have a powerhouse sound.
More here: http://www.mnblues.com/cdreview/2001/malkum-chris-gb.html

Monday September 18th - John Blek (Solo show)


John Blek releases his third solo album - entitled 'Catharsis Vol.1' - on October 6th, and is touring it now in advance of it's official release.
Between his work fronting the band, John Blek and The Rats, and his solo work, John Blek has been developing a committed following, and making quite a name for himself as one of Ireland's finest young singer/songwriters, and has impressed BAG regulars with each visit to Mick Murphy's.
More info, here:  http://johnblek.com/

Monday September 25th - Niall Connolly (with special guest, Warren Malone, USA)



Niall Connolly is about to release his eighth studio album, entitled 'Dream Your Way Out Of This One', and, if previous offerings are anything to go by, this record will be a gem-laden beautiful thing. Brooklyn-based for many years, Cork-born Niall Connolly has, for several years, been considered one of the finest indie-folk songwriters on the scene. It'll be a pleasure and a joy to welcome him back to Mick's.
'May 12th 1916 - A Song for James Connolly' - https://youtu.be/qWa0ubNgQ9I
http://niallconnolly.com/

Late addition to the bill is special guest, Warren Malone, from New York. Check out his music here: https://warrenmalone.bandcamp.com/

Coming in October: Josh Harty (USA) (2nd); The Remedy Club (9th); Danko (16th); Catfish Keith (USA) (23rd).

For the full 2017/2018 Part 1 gigs listing, go to: 
http://ballymoreacousticgigs.blogspot.ie/2017/08/upcoming-bag-shows-autumn-2017.html

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Upcoming BAG Shows - Autumn 2017


After the usual summer break, BAG is back!! Here we go for year number seven!! 

The Autumn schedule is jam-packed with the best acts from Ireland and overseas. Put your favourite picks in your diaries now, and don't miss out. All gigs are, as usual, on Monday nights in Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare. Doors open at 8:30pm, with a showtime of 9pm. Unless otherwise stated, admission to all gigs is €12

For artiste info/videos etc. click on the links provided.

September.

4th - The 4 Of Ushttp://the4ofus.com/ (€15)
11th - Malkum & Chris (US Blues duo) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWP4Od2qokM
                                                                 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlGzpO_fA5I
18th - John Blekhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkuTP88qkq4
25th - Niall Connollyhttp://niallconnolly.com/

October

2nd - Josh Harty (USA) - http://www.joshharty.com/
9th - The Remedy Clubhttps://www.theremedyclub.ie/
16th - John Spillane - www.johnspillane.com (€15)
23rd - Catfish Keith (USA) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHtu_IInXM21z4adSdnDA9w
http://www.catfishkeith.com/

November

6th - Brendan O'Shea & Jenna Nicholls (IRL & USA) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dz_X-XZGwOI
13th - Eugene Brosnan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa4NJkG6FBo
20th - Melissa Greener (USA) - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcB_XLaFwE9Lkb2DgPyQgTopPyu-QKEFH
27th - Malojian (Stephen Scullion) with Mark McCausland of The Lost Brothers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z_XuX-lHZg

December

4th - Luka Bloom - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eKGvJBSqnw (€15)

Friday 8th - The 8th Annual 'Vibe for Larry' - All welcome; no cover charge. Followed by Winter break. Gigs resume on Monday, Feb 5th.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

The 4 Of Us - Opening the BAG for 2017/2018 Season

The 4 Of Us - Brendan and Declan Murphy - in Mick Murphy's, November 2016
Photo: Mj Smyth 

Website: www.the4ofus.com

Last November, Brendan and Declan Murphy, the backbone of Newry band, The 4 Of Us, played BAG, and it was - as promised - a night to remember.
I'm delighted to announce that The 4 of Us return to again play BAG @ Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare on Monday, September 4th. (In truth, the lads booked their return before leaving the venue last time - they loved playing for us, and were instantly keen to return.)
Doors 8:30pm. Admission is €15. No advance ticket sales, so do come early, and form an orderly queue!

Having released their debut album - 'Songs For The Tempted' - in 1989, the band went on to release four further studio albums over the years - 'Man Alive' - '92; 'Classified Personal' - '99; 'Heaven and Earth' - '03, and 'Fingerprints' - '06, which were all critically acclaimed. After a ten year recording hiatus, the brand new record - 'Sugar Island' was just released in October 2016. It's chock-full of fine songs, drawing on the Murphy brothers' experiences growing up in Newry. Brendan's trademark soulful vocal has aged well, and has lost none of its impact, while brother, Declan's intricate acoustic guitar work drives the sound.

“With twelve songs in all, ‘Sugar Island’ offers a little bit of everything that we have come to love and expect from the band – the soulful voice of Brendan against a backdrop of Declan’s stunning acoustic guitar playing.” – FOLK & TUMBLE album review.

A full Irish Tour in support of the new record has been ongoing since the release, with many of the shows in a stripped down acoustic format with just 'The 2 of Them'! - brothers, Brendan and Declan Murphy with two acoustic guitars. And it works; oh, boy, does it work!

So, here's your chance to once again catch the band in an intimate setting, re-live late-80's memories, and hear a set that showcases the depth of the band's back catalogue, and the excellent new songs from 'Sugar Island'.

This one will live long in the memory - don't miss it!

Videos: (Check 'em out!)
http://the4ofus.com/videos/

Coming next: 11/9 - Malcolm and Chris (U.S. Blues Duo); 18/9 - John Blek; 25/9 - Niall Connolly

Friday, 12 May 2017

Tim Grimm and The Family Band - Live @ BAG - Monday, May 22, 2017


www.timgrimm.com

Tim Grimm returns to Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday, May 22nd. This time, though, he does so as 'Tim Grimm and The Family Band', supported ably by sons Jackson (guitars, banjo, octave, mandolin and backing vocals) and Connor (bass), and wife Jan Lucas (harmonica, and backing vocals).
Touring their new record, 'A Stranger In Time', they come to us at the end of a European Tour in support of the CD. Read a fine review of the record here:
http://getreadytorock.me.uk/blog/2017/03/album-review-tim-grimm-and-the-family-band-a-stranger-in-this-time/

First three tracks from the new album, 'A Stranger In Time', here:
https://soundcloud.com/cavalier-musicmanagement/sets/the-first-3-songs-from-tim

Those of you who caught Tim on his previous visits with us, will know that this will be a great night. The musicianship of his sons, Jackson and Connor; beautiful backing vocals by his wife, Jan, and Tim's trademark richly evocative songwriting, guarantee it.

Doors open at 8:30pm. Admission: €12

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Krista Detor - Live @ BAG - Monday, May 15th, 2017

Krista Detor and David Weber will definitely float your boat!

Krista Detor returns to BAG at Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, on Monday, May 15th, 2017 for her third appearance. As ever, she will be accompanied by her husband, producer and guitarist, David Weber. On both of her previous visits, Krista has left her audience awe-struck after stunning, powerful, and utterly captivating performances. It is hard to over-recommend this show!
Doors open at 8:30pm. Admission is €12 at the door.

Here's a link to videos and sounds: http://kristadetor.com/index.php?page=video

"She is not just a songwriter, nor accomplished musician, nor poignant entertainer - I have been awed by the soul-punching talent of Krista Detor.." - WNC Magazine (Feb. 2015)

MusicDish magazine calls her work: "..like Richard Wright’s 'Manchild in the Promised Land' or the musical equivalent of Akira Kurosawa’s 'Dreams';" The Allmusic Guide calls her “An artist of rare ability with a deep poetic gift,” and Rolling Stone, "A small miracle."  Krista Detor’s solo albums have reached national and international prominence, including #1 on the Euro-Americana Chart, and placement within the top 10 of the U.S. Folk and Independent Music charts, but she is no ordinary songwriter: Detor has been involved in several award-winning collaborations, including the highly-acclaimed 'Wilderness Plots,' (PBS national), for which she and fellow writers, including American College of Arts & Letters inductee author Scott Russell Sanders, were recognized by the Indiana Legislature for contributions to the arts (2010), and which resulted in (2) Emmy nominations and a Golden Eagle award.

She was the only American woman invited to The BBC's Darwin Songhouse Project, Shrewsbury England (2009); Says Neil Pearson, Producer of the project: “Krista is one of the very finest modern songwriters at writing within character; and her ability to convey the emotions of the people that inhabit her songs is utterly convincing and believable.. The compelling way the narratives are delivered make one of the most flexible and empathetic writers. Her understanding of the human condition and her ability to express the motivation for her characters give her songs real impact and resonance with the listener.”

She has been commissioned to write musical theatre for The U.S. Dept. of State in New Delhi, India (2012); For the Indiana Arts Commission ('The Breeze Bends the Grass,' recipient of the Indiana Arts Commission's Masterpieces Grant - 2016); and has written commissioned choral pieces for several national and int'l choirs. In addition, she's been a returning presenter at Stanford University, wherein, her album, 'Chocolate Paper Suites' was a multi-year ‘required reading’ assignment for the literature course, "The 'isms of Modernism," in which students sought to explore modernism's impact on, and negotiation with, contemporary culture and art. Says Dr. Rod Taylor of the album, “This album provides an excellent example of how the most salient elements of modernist art and philosophy persist in postmodern culture. Its poetic and intertextual lyrics, captivating melodies, meaningful organization, and complex narrative thread will undoubtedly lead to rich discussions among my students.” She has conducted songwriting seminars, performances and presentations at universities and arts centers throughout the world, including Ireland's prestigious IMRO performing rights organization. In February, 2015, she was Artist-in-Residence at the renowned Hedgebrook foundation.

Krista will conduct the first of her signature cross-cultural collaborations, along with Dr. Rod C. Taylor, in Northern Ireland, May, 2017 - taking 20 songwriters on an immersive, 10-day songwriting retreat in the beautiful Mourne Mountains, County Down. In 2018, she hopes to host 12 Northern Irish writers for a similar experience in the U.S. She continues to tour the U.S., U.K., and Europe all the while. She's shared stages with Victor Wooten, Chuck Rainey, Loudon Wainwright, The Neville Bros. and Suzanne Vega, among many others.

Krista lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
You can find her on all social networking sites and at KristaDetor.com