Monday, 26 January 2015

Pat Coldrick - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday, Feb 2, 2015

Pat Coldrick returns to play an intimate show at Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, on Monday, February 2nd. Doors open 8:30pm, and admission is just €12

Pat Coldrick's session work and classical appearances have earned him a reputation of being one of the finest and most versatile guitarists in Ireland. As well as his touring performances, he has appeared on National Radio and T.V. and has studied with world renowned guitarists David Russell and Gabriel Esterellas. Pat has achieved worldwide acclaim for his unique sensitive and expressive style in his playing.

In 2014, Pat released his second album, 'CityJam', to critical acclaim. A collection of original compositions, together with a carefully chosen selection of classical, and more contemporary pieces, CityJam is a triumph, and showcases Pat Coldrick's superb talent, and his ability to reach his audience in a way few other 'classical' guitarists can. He is so much more than a 'classical guitarist', and his ability to connect with, and move his audience with his music, is inspiring, and, at times, moving. Highly recommended.

'CityJam' -
'Antarctica' -
'Lament' -

Thursday, 22 January 2015

BAG Gig Listings - January/February/March 2015

Booking inquiries for 2015 have been brisk, to say the least! More details will issue in due course, but here's the listings for the Mondays up to the end of March.

Jan. 26 - John Spillane (IRL)
Feb. 2 - Pat Coldrick (IRL)
Feb. 9 - Dennis Ellsworth (CAN)
Feb. 16 - Ed Deane (IRL)
Feb. 23 - The Certain Three Tour 2015 (USA/IRL/USA)
Mar. 2 - Cormac O'Caoimh (IRL)
Mar. 9 - Ed Romanoff (USA) & Clive Barnes (IRL) &
Mar. 23 - Woody Pines (USA)
Mar. 30 - TBC - update soon.

Spread the word, and come on out to Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare and support LIVE Roots music of the finest quality. Doors open for all gigs at 8:30pm.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

John Spillane - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Monday, January 26, 2015

John Spillane has been a regular contributor to live music in Ballymore Eustace for many, many years, and it is always a pleasure to welcome him back, particularly when he's bringing brand new music in the form of a collection of songs from his new record, 'The Man Who Came In From The Dark'.

John 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, and you can see this for yourself when he plays BAG @ Mick Murphy's on Monday, January 26, when Doors open at 8:30pm, and admission is just €12 at the door.


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Brooks Williams - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday, January 19, 2015

Brooks Williams has been a visitor to these shores, and to Ballymore Eustace for many years, and it's great to welcome him back again, on Monday, January 19 to kick off 2015's programme of gigs. 
Voted one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists of all time, he is a songwriter with extraordinary depth and breadth of talent. With a distinctive rootsy blues sound, and a smooth, rich vocal, Brooks is an engaging, and memorable Live performer. Originally from Statesboro, Georgia, Brooks now lives in the UK, but, as he says in this video, his roots have never left him: 'Statesboro Blues' -  Highly recommended.

Doors 8:30pm. Admission: €12

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

BAG Gig - Casey Black (USA) - with Support from John Blek, and Mick Flannery - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday Dec 8th, 2014

Casey Black makes his BAG debut in Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday, December 8, 2014. 

Support on the night will be from John O'Connor - frontman with John Blek and The Rats, promoting his debut solo record 'Cutting Room Floor'.

Special guest appearance from Mick Flannery, fresh from a successful tour of Australia and New Zealand promoting his current record, 'By The Rule'

Casey Black is the Nashville-born, Columbia-University-educated, gravel-voiced, literary singer-songwriting son of Charlie Black, NSAI Hall of Fame songwriter of more than a dozen #1 country hits. Casey wrote his first song at twelve years old, released his first "record" three years later (a cassette of songs he recorded in his basement on his father's hand-me-down equipment), and signed with EMI Music Publishing Nashville at nineteen, making him one of the youngest staff songwriters on Music Row. 

Moving to Los Angeles, to find his own way, he released two records in the following five years. He then moved again - to New York, this time, where he hooked up with Niall Connolly, the Irish-born figurehead of Brooklyn's Big City Folk scene. Inspired by the literary and honest approach to songwriting of the scene's players, he threw himself back into music and made his third record, 'It Shapes Me As It Goes'.

Drawing a close to a circular decade, Casey returned to Tennessee last year, where he lives with his wife in a small country house outside of Nashville. His new record, 'Lay You In The Loam' was released earlier this year. Casey, who owns more books than he does records, writes a literary lyric in the conversational, storytelling style–songs about optimistic pessimists, about the battles between the brain and the guts–and his deep singing voice is tumbled with gravel. It's a unique and compelling combination, one which may, as KCRW's Tricia Halloran put it, restore one's "faith in the lost art of damn fine songwriting." 
In the past year Casey completed two successful tours in Ireland, the first with Mick Flannery; the second with Niall Connolly. This time he'll be headlining, and building on a growing following, this tour promises to raise his profile to where it deserves to be, and beyond.

Videos: 'The Sarge':
 'I've Spent My Whole Life':

PLEASE NOTE: This gig will certainly sell out on the night; capacity is 55, so do please come early. As the venue is an old building, there are sight line issues from some positions in the bar - from some positions you cannot see the performance area. Its not a problem with normal sized attendances, but on busy nights, it comes into play. Just letting you know!

BAG Gig - Petunia with Nathan Godfrey - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday Dec 1, 2014

If ever there was a dream meant-to-be pairing it was when the colourful frontman of hot Canadian band Petunia & The Vipers hooked up with renowned American old-time picker Nathan Godfrey.

This exciting duo play BAG at Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday, December 1, 2014. Doors open: 8:30pm; Gig 9:15pm. Admission: €12 at the door.

Described by reviewers as “the real deal,” the pair mine for nuggets from the US roots music back catalogue and present them as well-burnished golden treasures.

Expect to hear echoes of Hank Williams, Lefty Frizell, Jimme Rodgers and Riley Puckett as well as originals which will be familiar to fans of The Vipers’ shows.

Whenever Petunia takes the stage for a solo spotlight, it is always powerfully impressive.

Godfrey, his multi-talented side-kick, who joins him on vocals and resonator guitar, mandolin or banjo, is recognised as one of Canada’s leading old-time performers and also hosts his own radio show.

They have toured extensively on the US/Canadian circuit in this superb duo format to become recognised as one of the truly great ‘live’ experiences.

“A pure Canadian treasure” – Key to The West music journal

Video: 'I'm Getting Ready To Go' -
Petunia - solo - 'Mercy' -

Mary Coughlan with James Delaney - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday Nov. 24, 2014

It's been some years since Mary Coughlan played Ballymore Eustace, but that's about to be put to rights. Mary makes her triumphant return to Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace on Monday, November 24th. Doors open, 8:30pm; Gig 9:30pm sharp. Admission: €15 at the door.

A lot has been written and a lot has been said, whispered, recounted, alleged, supposed and presumed. It’s all quite forgotten now and the songs remain the same, they remain a testament to Mary Coughlan’s seemingly timeless and endless talent. Her smoky, bluesy, boozy drawl has always been a seduction, no matter what the subject. The vocal marrying of sardonic wit, visceral rage, orgiastic between the sheets passion, the tenderest of sorrowful regrets; this is Mary’s talent. Regardless of the elements she chooses to manipulate with flawless ease, Mary’s voice has always been an unforeseen, sudden seduction. This is why she is so loved. Throughout the over 25 years of her quite extraordinary recording career Mary has drawn heavily from her legendary heroes; Billie Holiday’s grievous, teary outpourings, the husky flirtations of Peggy Lee, Van Morrison’s soulful wails, the defiant chanteusery of Edith Piaf. All are present and correct in her delivery. Even so, Mary, with her naked honesty makes every song her own; they belong to her and nobody else.

Mary will be joined, on piano, by James Delaney. Put simply, James is perhaps the finest keysman on the Irish music scene, and the perfect sideman for Mary Couglan's Jazz/Blues/Soul set list.

This will be a memorable show in the intimate surroundings of Mick Murphy's, so come early, bring a friend, and enjoy one of the greatest female singers that Ireland has to offer.