Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Tim Grimm - LIVE in Mick Murphy's - August, 31st, 2015

Tim Grimm plays his debut BAG show on Monday, August 31st, 2015.
Door open 8:30pm; Gig: 9pm sharp; Admission: €12

Tim Grimm is a jack of many trades. Singer-songwriter, actor and  farmer.  Musically Grimm walks that fine line between folk and country, while maintaining a strong footing in tradition.  We hear the rural rumblings that have shaped his life, but we are also invited into a bigger picture, as evident in so much of his work. Critics searching for comparisons most often cite Johnny Cash, Woody Guthrie and (Nebraska era) Bruce Springsteen.  His qualities as lyricist are much praised. Tim Grimm is a story-teller par excellence, who not only sings but also acts his songs. Almost like a video in audio.

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Buddy Mondlock & Mike Lindauer - LIVE in Mick Murphy's,August 24th, 2015

Buddy Mondlock with Mike Lindauer, Live in Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare,
Monday, August 24, 2015. Doors 8:30pm; Gig: 9pm sharp; Admission: €12 

Buddy Mondlock & Mike Lindauer have toured Ireland most years for much of the past 20 years, and are amongst BAG's most favourite acts. Buddy Mondlock is one of the great songwriters of our time, and his work has been recorded by artists such as Janis Ian, Art Garfunkel, Garth Brooks, and many more.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

BAG Listings for August - October 2015

Howdy folks!
I've been pretty preoccupied with, and consumed by, 'life-stuff' for the past while and hadn't noticed the calendar rolling along so quickly - apologies to fans and acts alike; I have some catching up to do - do please bear with me. A lot on my proverbial plate, but this too will pass - let's focus on the music, eh?
The Autumn program of gigs is nearly upon us, and it's choc-full of wonderful acts for you to enjoy. I'll be posting full details in the coming days, but here's the listings in brief:
Note: All dates are Mondays; all gigs will be Doors 8:30pm with a start time of 9pm sharp. All gigs will have an admission price of €12, unless otherwise noted.
Sept 14 - Petunia & Nathan Godfrey (CAN) 
Sept 21 - Pat Coldrick (IRL)
Sept 28 - Jeff Finlin (USA) with Clive Barnes (IRL)
Oct 5 - Tokyo Rosenthal (USA)
Oct 12 - Ultan Collie Conlan (IRL)
Oct 19 - Peter Doran (IRL)
Oct 26 - NO GIG - Bank Holiday
November/December listings will follow soon.
Looking forward to seeing y'all again after the summer break, and enjoying more magic nights in Mick Murphy's.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

JOHN STATZ - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, June 15, 2015


BAG debutante, John Statz, has been met with high praise, following the release, in 2014, of his current, and seventh record, 'Tulsa'. Originally from Wisconsin, now residing in Denver, Colorado, John Statz took up an offer from Jeffrey Foucault to produce the record. The result is beautiful blend of soft americana and smooth folk. “John writes songs you can’t shake,” says Foucault. “They follow you around all day and run through your head at 3 a.m. Open hearted, horizon-line songs.” 

Popdose, in the USA, said: “This is a modern musical travelogue; a diary of different moments and places, captured in words and lyrics…HIGHLY RECOMMENDED“

American Songwriter said: “John writes the kind of songs that float through your mind, seeking purpose and stay nestled in your thoughts long after listening.”

BAG says: I fully concur with the sentiments expressed above, and I'm delighted to present to you, this fine young songwriter!

'Home at Last' -
'Any Town' -

Monday, 8 June 2015

ROY THOMPSON - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday, June 8 2015

Yes, after 5 years since my last public performance (this promotion lark takes up a lot of time), I have given in to the many requests from BAG regulars to take a Monday night for myself!

It's a bit awkward writing a promo piece about myself, so I'll just tell you this:
I've had a guitar in my hand since I was a teenager, and been writing songs nearly as long. I'm flattered that folks have seemed to like them over the years. I've had some memorable gigs playing my songs - probably my best memory was opening for Jeffrey Foucault in Mother Redcaps in Dublin some years back - right before they tore it down to build apartments..... ah, the price of progress. Anyway, even when busy with promotion, and not performing, I've found a little time to write, and I want to give those songs their wings. There are plans for more gigs, and to record, but one step at a time....
I'll be real happy to play these songs for you on Monday, June 8; All the usual standard details apply: 8:30pm doors; 9:15pm showtime; €12 cover charge (this will help with investment needed to repair and upgrade my P.A. which I use for all the gigs) - I do hope you can come along.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

FIACH MORIARTY - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday, May 25, 2015

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Following on from his enthusiastically received debut BAG show last year, Fiach Moriarty returns to Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Monday, May 25. Doors open at 8:30pm; shot: 9:15pm. Admission is €12 on the door.

Touring in support of his fine new record, 'Revolution', (Title track video: ) Fiach Moriarty is one of the finest young emerging Irish singer/songwriters around. Paul Brady says: 'Fiach Moriarty is one of Ireland's most talented singer-songwriters with a musical sophistication rare in the genre'. High praise, indeed, but so well deserved.

Since the release of his debut record, Fiach Moriarty has toiled and torn his way through countless venues in his home country of Ireland, as well as Europe, Australia and North America.

This heavy duty work ethic has paid off, garnering praise from from a host of musical heroes of his such as Paul Brady and Chris White of British invasion legends The Zombies and sharing the stage with Ray Davies of The Kinks and Fairground Attraction chanteuse Eddi Reader.

Fiach's second record, 'The Revolution' tackles subjects such as The 1916 Easter Rising, World
War 1 and Los San Patricios (the Irish brigade in the 19th century Mexican Army) and is set for release in April 2015.

The record was produced by former Edwyn Collins collaborators Simon Quigley and Peter Meighan and features a guest appearance from Meteor award winner Wallis Bird.

MARK GEARY - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday, May 18, 2015

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After his packed-out BAG show last year, Mark Geary returns to the intimate surroundings of Mick Murphy's in Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, on Monday, May 18th. Doors open 8:30pm; Gig 9:15pm. Admission is €12 at the door - please note there are no advance tickets, so early arrival is recommended to avoid disappointment.
Kildare native, Ciaran Dwyer supports.

Dublin-native Mark Geary is a celebrated musician who began his career more than 20 years ago. In 1992, Mark bought a one-way ticket to New York City and spent several years honing his craft playing the local circuit in the East Village which included numerous appearances at the acclaimed Sin-é cafe with other upcoming artists including friend Jeff Buckley.

During that time, Mark’s songwriting skills and engaging live performances garnered him a dedicated audience, the respect and esteem of his peers and a reputation as one of the finest song-smiths of his generation.

Mark is described as a “quintessential singer-songwriter” and his records have been hailed as encapsulating both boisterous joy and gentle, delicate moments that endear themselves to the listener and evoke comparisons to artists such as Van Morrison, John Lennon, Elliot Smith and Richard Thompson.

His body of work includes 4 studio albums, 2 live recordings and collaborations with a number of artists including the release in 2013 of a charity version of his song ‘Christmas Biscuits’ with friend Glen Hansard in aid of St Vincent De Paul. Mark has also lent his talents to the visual arts scoring several films including Loggerheads (2005), Steel City (2006) and TriBeCa Film Festival favourite, Sons of Perdition (2010). Geary's fifth studio record is due out later this year.