Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Pat Coldrick - Live at BAG, Monday, March 12

'Antarctica' - (Original piece by Pat Coldrick)

It is my privilege and pleasure to welcome Pat Coldrick back to BAG, where he has come to play for us, year after year, to the delight of BAG regulars and new listeners, alike. 
Once you see Pat Coldrick in concert one time, you'll want to see him again, and again. Now with a new Management team, and about to embark on a nationwide tour of larger concert venues, Pat never forgets his fans, and is delighted to be returning to the intimate surroundings of Mick Murphy's to entertain us with his unique approach to classical guitar performance. Joining Pat on the night, will be guitarist and Producer, Peter Eades.
Here's a video of the two men in action recently:

More info below.

Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, Monday, March 12th. Doors open at 8:30pm, and Admission is €12 at the door.

Pat Coldrick is an Irish Classical Guitarist and Composer, who has been working for the last six years in Ireland but has also performed Recitals in Europe, the USA and Russia. Pat has been described as ‘pushing the boundaries of classical guitar’ with his musical interpretations and compositions and has made Classical Guitar exciting, interesting and more accessible to music lovers in general. Through his interpretation of music and by exploring and embracing new technologies he strives to enhance the dynamics of the classical guitar and bring his music to a wider audience both at home and abroad.

His music defies genre and appeals to a wide cross section of music lovers. While Pat plays his own arrangements of great classical pieces, it is his own compositions that sets him apart – pieces such as Lament, CityJam and Antarctica to name but a few. Pat’s skillful and atmospheric connection with his audience is an art form in itself and is in total contrast to other more formal classical performances. He has a very easy going, laid back and unassuming approach and his interaction with the audience and philosophy of ‘entertaining’ rather than ‘educating’ his listeners is a breath of fresh air.
Once Pat begins to play people are immediately captivated by his dedication, passion and skill. His interpretation and delivery of each piece combined with his superb artistry as a performer results in his unique ability to make his audience laugh and equally move them to tears.

To date Pat has produced 2 albums – Cayendo in 2010 and CityJam was release in November 2014. Since CityJam was launched his music has been played on all the major radio stations in Ireland and was voted ‘Album of the Week’ on RTE Lyric FM. It’s fair to say that Pat’s music is currently attracting a lot of attention in classical quarters and beyond. Pat is now widely acknowledged as a very accomplished musician and composer who is succeeding in bringing classical guitar music ‘Centre Stage’ where he so passionately believes it belongs.

Friday, 23 February 2018

I Draw Slow - Live @ BAG - Monday, March 5th

Video: 'Same Old Dress Will Do' -

After releasing their critically acclaimed fourth album 'Turn Your Face To The Sun' last year, the five good folks of I Draw Slow have continued to tour the planet, bringing their unique Irish take on an Old-Time/Folk/Bluegrass String band sound to it's four corners.
It's a pleasure to welcome the band back to BAG, where, just like the last time, we'll set them up around a couple of good condenser microphones, and let you hear them just as nature intended.

So come along to Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday, March 5th. Doors will open at 8:30pm. Admission is €15

Patrons are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

***As of this morning (Friday) the gig is 100% on! The cold snap is expected to have passed by Monday, so see you in Mick's!***

Friday, 16 February 2018

Blackbird & Crow/Richie Healy & Friends - Double Bill. Monday, Feb 26th.

On Monday, February 26th, I'm delighted to present two BAG Debutantes for the price of one - literally!

From Donegal come duo, Blackbird and Crow (Maighread Grace and Stephen Doohan). 

Ever wondered what a 21st century Rory Gallagher and Janis Joplin pairing would sound like? Well, wonder no more.

Whether performing their high energy electric slide guitar driven foot-stompin' Blues, or their more paired-back acoustic guitar led material, this is one hot act, Live. Delighted to have them in the BAG.

From the Marble City of Kilkenny, comes Richie Healy

With detectable influences as broad as Springsteen, Waits, and old Delta Bluesmen, Richie is a songwriter of tremendous depth, and striking lyrical ability. 

He is beautifully backed on his brand new album, 'The Perilous Tree', by Ger Moloney on accordion, and Elise Ramsbottom on backing vocals, and both also accompany him Live. 

Richie Healy presents himself humbly, and with self-deprecation, but the songs speak volumes, in their truth, and honesty.

Doors open at 8:30pm. Admission is €12 at the door. Patrons are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Mark Geary - LIVE @ BAG - Monday, Feb 19th

(Photo Credit above: Celine O'Donnell Photography)

Mark Geary has become a favourite artiste at BAG, and each year his return is much anticipated.

This year sees him return with a brand new album entitled 'The Fool'. From what I've heard so far, the new record continues to exhibit Mark's fine songwriting, and gift for memorable melody.

But, it is Live where Mark Geary truly excels. He is one of the most giving of performers that you'll see play. He has a charisma on stage that draws the listener in, and once they're in, he can hold them all night.

Truly, it is a pleasure to welcome him back to BAG.

Joining Mark on the night, will be Dave Hingerty on drums, and Colm Quearney on bass.

Doors open at 8:30pm. Patrons are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Admission is €12 at the door.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

John Spillane - LIVE @ BAG, Monday, Feb 12th

John Spillane returns to Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, on Monday, Feb 12th, 2018. Doors open at 8:30pm, and patrons are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Admission is €15, at the door.

On November 4th 2017, John Spillane, arguably Cork’s finest living troubadour, released the first in a series of three very special albums of acoustic renditions of some of his famous songs.

We’ll let John tell the story, as only John can…

"Friends have been encouraging me for years to make an album of simple, acoustic versions of my songs, and here it is. These songs were written over a period of 35 years, from 1982 to 2017. With the exception of 'The Streets of Ballyphehane' they have all been previously released by myself and many of them have been covered by artists like Pauline Scanlon, Christy Moore, Karan Casey, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Seán Keane, Róisín El Safty, Máire Ní Chéilleachair, Sharon Shannon, Méav, Nell Ní Chróinín, Cathie Ryan, Caroline Fraher, George Murphy, and by bands such as Nomos, Solas, Danú, Greenshine, The Outside Track, Project West, Girsa, Shooglenifty and The Battlefield Band. Hurray!

Other singers who have performed live versions of these songs include Mick Flannery, Mary Black, Brian Kennedy and Declan O' Rourke.

Happy days in the Hit Factory. It's been a blast.

It is a great honour for me that my songs have been sung at many Irish funerals and at many a wedding as well, and by singers at sessions around the world. Thank you all.

The lyrics and the stories behind the songs are all in my book 'Will We Be Brilliant Or What? Songs and Stories by John Spillane ' - The Collins Press 2016.

Well done everyone!"  - 
John Spillane, Passage West, County Cork, October 2017.

Friday, 26 January 2018

Liam O'Maonlaí - Monday, February 5th, 2018

Photo credit:

BAG is delighted to announce that Liam O'Maonlaí will play in the intimate surroundings of Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday, February 5th.

Best known as frontman with iconic Irish folk/rock outfit, Hothouse Flowers, Liam O'Maonlai is one of Ireland's best loved songwriters and performers across many styles - folk; Rock; tradtional Sean Nós singing.
In addition to fronting the 'Flowers, Liam has recorded two solo albums - 'Rian' and 'To Be Touched' - as well as countless collaborations with other artistes at home, and around the world. Most recently, the band Ré, which, along with Liam, comprises Peter O'Toole, Cormac Begley, Eithne Ni Cathain (Inni K), and Maitiú O Casaide played a seventeen consecutive date tour of churches around the country.

This will be a special night, and no mistake.

Doors will open at 8:30pm and patrons are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment. 
Admission is €15, on the door.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

BAG Gigs - Spring season '18

Happy New Year to all!

The diary is filling up nicely for the coming Spring season. Plenty of favourites returning, and BAG debutantes, too, to choose from!

The full schedule will be released as soon as I plug a few holes in it, but for now, here's whats coming in February:

Monday Feb 5th - Liam O'Maonlaí -
Admission: €15

Monday Feb 12th - John Spillane -
New album 'Acoustic Series, Vol 1' - out now.
Admission: €15

Monday Feb 19th - Mark Geary -
New album 'The Fool' - out now.
Admission: €12

Monday Feb 26 - Blackbird and Crow/Richie Healy - Double Bill
B&C -
Debut album, 'Shock, Shatter, Convince' out now.
R.H. -
New album, 'The Perilous Tree', out now.
Admission: €12

All gigs are in Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, with doors opening at 8:30pm.

See ye in Mick's!