Friday, 4 July 2014

Ferguson and Ferguson (USA) - Live in Mick Murphy's, July 14

Gary Ferguson returns to BAG, in the company of a second Gary Ferguson, on Monday July 14, for what will be the last gig of the summer, Doors 8:30pm; Admission €12.

Irish audiences are known for their love of American folk, country and bluegrass music, a fact Gary Ferguson discovered on his first tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland in 2005. Ferguson has toured in Ireland every year since then, working with such Irish musicians as Mick Hanly, Charlie McGettigan, Frankie Lane, Janet Holmes and Colin Henry at folk clubs, pubs and arts centers throughout the land. His upcoming July 2014 Irish tour marks his tenth trip here, and to commemorate the milestone, he’s going to tour Ireland and Northern Ireland with none other than…Gary Ferguson. That’s Gary Alan Ferguson, a renowned bluegrass and country musician from the state of Virginia who’s worked with such artists as Donna Fargo and the Knoxville Grass. Ferguson & Ferguson are excited to perform together and bring their songs to new audiences this summer!

Gary Gene Ferguson (guitar, lead vocals), a longtime resident of southeastern Pennsylvania, is a singer, songwriter and guitarist who’s been a mainstay of the bluegrass and Americana scenes since the 1980s. In addition to the Gary Ferguson Band, Gary has recorded or performed with such distinguished bluegrass musicians as Ronnie McCoury, Robbie McCoury, Mike Auldridge, Alan O’Bryant, Ron Stewart and Jimmy Gaudreau.

Gary Alan Ferguson (lead guitar, vocals), a nativeof Fredericksburg, Virginia, who now lives in the Washington, D.C. area, is an engaging singer, songwriter and versatile multi instrumentalist whose music blends influences from rock, soul and gospel to folk, jazz, country and bluegrass. He plays acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, upright bass, electric bass, keyboards and percussion instruments. His performance and/or recording credits include the Knoxville Grass, Donna Fargo, Claire Lynch, John Starling, the Virginia Squires and many others.

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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Cormac O'Caoimh - Live in Mick Murphy's, Monday July 7th

Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, Monday, July 7. Doors 8:30pm; Gig 9:15pm.

Debut BAG appearance for Cork singer/songwriter Cormac O Caoimh,  who has just released his new 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.
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.

Early moon loses its memory reviews:

"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

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

EDISONS - Live in Mick Murphy's - June 30

EDISONS play Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, Monday June 30. Doors 8:30pm, Adm: €12

EDISONS is comprised of Pete Fagan, and Fran King -two superb Irish songwriters, and musicians.
Each having a long and credible musical pedigree, they came together to form this original outfit in 2013.
With a debut album, 'Little Bohemia' just released to critical acclaim, Edisons is a band with a contemporary Americana sound evocative of the landscape conjured up by album track 'Badlands'.
The album, I should point out, is a collection of songs inspired by the life, love, and death of notorious gangster John Dillinger at the Little Bohemia resort in Wisconsin, USA. Interesting inspiration; expertly realised, well crafted songs.

Highly recommended.

'Evelyn' -
'Badlands' -
'A Change' -
'When The Morning Comes' -

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Clive Barnes - Live in Mick Murphy's

Clive Barnes plays Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, Monday June 23. Doors 8:30pm. Adm: €12 at the door.

Clive Barnes is one of Ireland's premier roots/blues/slide guitarist/songwriters. 
He has played all over the world and shared stages with Eric Bibb, Taj Mahal, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and many more.
His guitar work is super-accomplished, and, at times, dazzling; he is possessed of a deft songwriting ability, and his re-interpretations of old blues numbers, are faithful and progressive, in equal measure. 
Don't miss this great artiste at the height of his game.

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Thursday, 12 June 2014

Pat Coldrick - Classical Guitarist - Live in Mick Murphy's

Irish virtuoso Classical Guitarist, Pat Coldrick makes his welcome return to Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace on Monday June 16.
Classical guitar as you probably haven't seen it before - engaging, absorbing, and thoroughly entertaining.

He has played to packed houses at home and abroad - filling the John Field Room in the National Concert Hall, and playing to large auditoriums across Europe, from Estonia, as far afield as St. Petersburg. He is highly regarded wherever he goes, and when you see and hear his performances, it'll be no surprise to you that he is.
You will be treated to a programme of classical pieces; re-interpretations of popular classics; and outstanding original compositions, one of which ('Lament') you can listen to below.
Highly recommended.

'Lament' (original) -
'Can'tHelp Falling in Love With You' -

'Passacaglia' -
'Classical Gas' -

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Sarah McQuaid - Live in Mick Murphy's - June 9 2014

Monday, June 9, sees the welcome return to Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, of UK based folk-singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid. 
Last time Sarah played BAG, a small but appreciative audience fell under her spell, and were treated to an eclectic set of folk music, from around the world. This time around, I'm hoping to see a much larger crowd come out to witness this great artiste at work, in this most intimate of venues. Doors 8:30pm. Admission: €12 on the door.

Rising star Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument.

Her musical output reflects her own eclectic background: Sarah was born in Spain, raised in Chicago, holds dual US and Irish citizenship, and now lives in rural England. Refusing to be pigeonholed, she spans the genres with both her beautifully crafted originals and her interpretations of material from around the globe and down the centuries.

Sarah’s third solo album The Plum Tree and the Rose has drawn critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic: “Impeccable,” wrote fRoots (UK), while Midwest Record (USA) called it “low key but glorious and incendiary” and Hot Press (Ireland) said it “should feature on many end-of-year best-ofs.”

“Likely to make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck.” — Aled Jones, BBC Radio 2

“A world class talent ... burns with a brilliant allure.” — Living Tradition

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Mark Geary - Live in Mick Murphy's


Mark Geary plays Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, Monday, May 26.
Doors open 8:30pm. Admission is €12 on the door.

Mark Geary is a Dublin born musician who has split his time between Ireland and New York City over the last 20 years. He spent his early years performing in NYC at the famed Sin-e Café alongside other up and coming musicians, including friend Jeff Buckley, garnering respect and attention from both audiences and fellow artists. Of Mark’s time in New York, Time Out NY magazine said “His delicate songs about love and defiance…recall Richard Thompson and John Lennon….one of the East Village’s favorite adopted sons.”

Touring and performing live is Mark’s lifeblood. He has been featured on bills with musicians as diverse as Joe Strummer, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders, Coldplay, The Frames and The Swell Season among others.

Since 2002, Mark has released 4 studio albums and 2 live recordings. His second album, the acclaimed Ghosts, was named 2005′s Album of the Year by the Irish Voice. Billboard Magazine said Ghosts “evokes Van Morrison, particularly his early-1970s era,” and called it “a collection of superb songs delivered with a quiet intensity that will endear itself to listeners.”

To capture Mark’s talents as a performer and storyteller, the 2009 live album Live, Love, Lost It NYC showcases some of his best songs performed in front of audiences at various venues around New York City. Mark’s second live recording, Songs: Vienna was just released in December 2013. It was recorded over one night at Casino Baumgarten in Vienna with Mark’s band Grainne Hunt and Mark Penny.

In addition to his own albums, Mark has composed the score to several films; 2005’s Loggerheads, 2006’s Steel City, and 2010’s Sons of Perdition, a Tribeca Film Festival favorite and one of the first documentaries featured in the Oprah Winfrey Network Documentary Club. His songs have also been featured on various television shows including One Tree Hill and Bones.

In 2013 Mark toured throughout Ireland, the UK, New York, the Czech Republic, Austria and Germany. In November of 2013, Mark collaborated with Glen Hansard on a new version of his song Christmas Biscuits as a charity single for St. Vincent DePaul of Ireland. The song hit the Top 40 and was made the song of the week on TodayFM Ireland’s largest commercial radio station.

In 2014 Mark will be touring in Ireland, the UK, Germany, Switzerland and the Czech Republic while also working on his 5th studio record.