Thursday, 23 November 2017

7th Annual 'Vibe for Larry' - Friday, Dec 8th

Photo credit: Mike Lindauer
Each year in early December we pay tribute to our dear departed friend, Larry Roddy; this year's 'Vibe for Larry' is the seventh year of so doing.

Larry was a music promoter, and agent. But mostly, he just loved folk music of all kinds. He loved the idea of putting musicians and listeners in the one room, and watching the magic happen between them; he delighted in seeing performer and listener come together as one, sending melody and applause out into the good night.

And so, at this time each year, we - his friends, family, and regular BAG attendees - come together to remember him with love, and in appreciation for all the musical gifts he gave us. In doing so, we send our own music, songs, poetry, stories, and laughter out into the good night so that it might reach Larry, away off out in the great beyond. 

It is always a joyous evening.

So come along on Friday, Dec 8th, from 8pm. All musicians, singers, etc. welcome. Admission is free, but we will have a voluntary contribution box this year in aid of Dublin Simon Community - a charity Larry always tried to do a bit for. 

Luka Bloom - Live @ BAG - Monday, Dec 11th

Photo: www.lukabloom.com
Before he up'd sticks and moved to Clare a few years back, I used regularly meet 
Luka Bloom walking in the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of Pollardstown Fen, not far from his hometown of Newbridge, Co. Kildare.
There, we'd chat about that place; about life, and about the music. He'd heard what I was doing with BAG, and was supportive and encouraging. I suggested he might play the gig himself, sometime.
One Monday night he arrived in to catch a gig - Maria Doyle Kennedy, and Kieran Kennedy - and afterwards Luka came to me and said he'd love to come back and play it himself. Well, he did; the place was packed to the rafters, and it was a terrific night.

Some time has passed since, and the time has come for Luka Bloom to return to BAG; he has a brand new album, just released, called 'Refuge', so you could consider this it's Ballymore Eustace launch! www.lukabloom.com

Come along for the last BAG show of 2017 - Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare; Monday, December 11th. Doors open 8:30pm. Gig - 9pm sharp. Admission is €15 at the door.
Please note: To avoid disappointment, you are advised to arrive early. Capacity is limited to about 50 people, seating is limited, too. From some parts of the bar, the view of the stage is restricted, so to get the best spots, you'll need to be toward the head of the queue.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Malojian, with Mark McCausland (The Lost Brothers) - Monday, Nov. 27th

Malojian, with Mark McCausland (N. IRL) - Monday, Nov. 27th, 2017

https://malojian.com/

Photo: Colm Laverty
Malojian, or Stevie Scullion, to his friends, is a young singer/songwriter from Lurgan, near Belfast.
He's been making real waves in the past few years, and I'm delighted to present him for his debut BAG appearance on November 27th.
Joining him on the night will be Mark McCausland - better known as one half of The Lost Brothers - to open the show, and back Stevie on guitars and harmony vocals. This will be a real treat of a gig, and is likely to live long in the BAG memory.

Over the last few years, Malojian has released 4 stunning solo albums, along the way collaborating with some musical legends, including Steve Albini, who earned his chops producing Nirvana, The Pixies etc. His latest album - 'Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home' features Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M., Atoms For Peace, Roger Waters), Gerry Love (Teenage Fanclub), Jon Thorne (Yorkston/Thorne/Khan, Lamb) and more…But it’s Malojian’s own voice and songs that sets him apart from the crowd. 

“Absolutely love that! If the new album is as good as that track it’s gonna be a masterpiece…a strong element of Beatles ’67…that kind of slightly woozy psychedelia…beautiful…” Ralph McLean, BBC, June ’17

“achingly beautiful” Q Magazine

“the North’s best songwriter over the last half decade” Hot Press Magazine 


“I really and truly believe we’ve unearthed a star here and I can’t urge you strongly enough to seek out this wonderful album.” Maverick Magazine 

Videos:
The Great Decline - https://youtu.be/K9dDJ8tDL80
Some New Bones - https://youtu.be/O7Rm7ne5SAU
Ambulance Song - https://youtu.be/oG_xKWZSQPo

Paddy Casey, with Saoirse Casey - Mon. Dec. 4th 2017

Paddy Casey (Saoirse Casey opening) - Monday, Dec. 4th

www.paddycasey.ie

Photo Credit: Bob Dixon
One Monday night a couple of years ago, Paddy Casey quietly walked into a BAG gig - I can't recall who was on stage - paid his money, ordered a pot of tea, and sat intently listening to the music. 
Afterwards, he approached me and asked how long the gig had been running. 
"About 25 years", says I. 
"Why haven't I heard about it?" says he, "Sure I only live out the road a bit." 
"I dunno", says I, "But, sure, you're here now."
"It's a cool gig", says he, "I'd love to play it sometime."
"Sure, why not" says I. 
And that 'sometime', is now.

Paddy Casey is a household name in Ireland, and beyond. From his debut release, Amen (So Be It) in 1999, to his 2003 chart-topping offering, Living; 2007's 'Addicted To Company', and 2012's 'The Secret Life Of', Paddy Casey has consistently outsold many of his contemporaries, and maintained a fiercely loyal following. His imminent new release is much anticipated, and is sure to confirm the Dubliner's popularity. 
Songs, that at first appear to be pop tunes, reveal a greater depth and substance with careful listening. A song with a well made observation, or a considered social commentary, wrapped in a memorable melody, with a catchy chorus, is no bad thing. Its what Paddy Casey does, and he does it well. Very well indeed. Best known tracks include: 'Saints and Sinners'; 'The Lucky One', and my own personal favourite, 'Sweet Suburban Sky', from his debut album. Listen to the track here: https://youtu.be/MbG-pqgpt4s

It'll be my great pleasure to welcome Paddy to the stage for his BAG debut on Monday, December 4th, 2017. Doors open at 8:30pm. Gig will start at 9pm sharp. Admission is €15 at the door.
Please note that you are advised to come early, as seating is very limited, with some seats being out of view of the stage - its a small traditional bar, after all.  

And, as if that wasn't enough, Paddy's daughter, Saoirse Casey will open the show.
With her debut album, 'Carousel' just released, Saoirse Casey is at the beginning of what looks - and sounds - like a very promising career. 
"Daughter of famed Irish musicians Paddy Casey and Sinead Martin, Saoirse has embarked on her own career as a singer-songwriter. Her work so far, including being featured on Declan O'Rourke's 'Whatever Else Happens', has showed significant promise." - so said Hot Press, when they featured Saoirse's song, 'Tiger' as their Track Of The Day, recently.
Listen to the track, here: https://youtu.be/JDGwPAj3J2w

Thursday, 26 October 2017

BAG Gigs - November 2017


Four more great acts this month - top independent singer/songwriters from home and abroad. For all gigs, doors open at 8:30pm; Admission is €12.

Monday, November 6th - Brendan O'Shea & Jenna Nicholls (IRL & USA)



Originally from Killarney, singer-songwriter Brendan O’Shea moved to the United States in the late 90’s. Since then, he has become a veteran of New York City’s songwriter scene and released three albums which have garnered praise from critics and press around the world.

Brendan’s singing can also be heard in such films as Ron Howard’s Academy Award nominated film Backdraft and in the wildly successful Karen Gehres documentary Begging Naked. His songs are also featured on ABC’s docudrama Boston Med.

Brendan has shared stages with The Frames, The Swell Season, Glen Hansard, Cowboy Junkies, Elliott Smith, Loudan Wainright, and Interpol as well as other innovative contemporaries. In addition to headlining his own shows in both the United States and Europe, he has embarked on four tours of Japan with the Trinity Dance Troupe and is currently collaborating with Colin Dunne and Mike Kirkpatrick on new works for the company.

Brendan released his fourth studio album, entitled 'Mid-atlantic Ghost' in December 2016

http://www.brendanoshea.com
Videos and sounds: https://brendanoshea.com/listen/

PRESS QUOTES

A fine unpretentious album… The song Southryn Sky is a jazz infected ballad of the kind Randy Newman might record.
Hot Press mag IRL 2017

Midatlantic Ghost has a slow burning intensity, never skimps on intimacy and has immediate appeal… This is one for people who love well crafted songs and are serious about truly great songwriting.
Dan Neely  – Irish Echo, NY – 2017

Jenna Nicholls is a native of a Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, but calls NYC her home. She has toured all over the world and performed with a variety of well known and talented artists such as Oscar winner Glen Hansard, Amanda Palmer, Lucius, Angela McClusky (Telepop) Rob Moose, Thomas Bartlett (BonIver /Doveman), Nouvelle Vague and many others. Her music has been featured in film and television. She's toured and released 2 full albums: "Curled Up Toes in Red Mary Janes" and "The Blooming Hour".

https://jennanicholls.wordpress.com/
Videos: https://jennanicholls.wordpress.com/video/

Monday, November 11th - Eugene Brosnan (IRL)

http://www.eugenebrosnan.com/


Too quiet for too long on the live scene, Corkman, Eugene Brosnan is back on the road, and its a pleasure to welcome him back to Mick Murphy's for his first headlining BAG show in many's the year.
Like fellow Corkman, Freddie White, Eugene Brosnan is a rare animal - a performer who is both a gifted lyrical songwriter, and a master of interpreting songs by other songwriters.
With a hat-full of new songs, he's back touring again, and I'm really looking forward to hearing the new material; past experience assures me it'll be of the highest quality.
Albums, 'Frames of Mind' (2000) and, later, 'Solid Ground' - where songs from Dylan, Warren Zevon and Springsteen sit alongside some of his own compositions and do not feel out of place among, "the headless Thompson gunners" and "the ghosts of poets and hoboes" that inhabit the soundscape of this very real and atmospheric recording - remain firm favourites of mine.

"SOLID GROUND shows off Brosnan's exquisite vocals, a timeless piece of Irish acoustic folk"
(Colm O'Hare, Hotpress, EIGHT/TEN)

"Brosnan's strength lies in his songwriting, a succinct and canny storyteller"
(Siobhan Long, The Irish Times)

Videos:
'Share of The Blame' - https://youtu.be/Xn410f9n17E
'Spring Wind' - Greg Brown cover - https://youtu.be/oPm68cnopvY

Monday, November 20th - Melissa Greener (USA)

www.melissagreener.com

Photo: Mark Tucker
"Greener paints superb portraits of the human condition" - Maverick Music Magazine

Whether fronting her folk-rock all-girl-power-trio, duo with drums, or solo-electric, she is at once magnetic, delicate, fierce and tender. Her voice lulls and soothes all the while soaring over the cinematic effects of a sometimes raucous electric hollow-body guitar.  At the root of Greener's expansive sound are her songs which summon their truth from mountain ranges, holy places, deserts, oceans and forests, or the lonely stretch of blacktop from Old Route 66, to the Golden Gate, to the Tappan Zee.   Musically, Greener's influences are as vast as the high desert plains before there were borders, before the west was won.


Born an alien of the Motor City's however alluring cacophony, Greener was first enamored with the jazz vocalists that crooned on the late night WDET radio station in Detroit.  Beside those standard torch balladeers, other early inspirations were the Laurel Canyon and Greenwich Village songwriter scenes of the 1960's and 70's; then later, Texas poet-writers like David Rodriguez, Townes Van Zandt and Lucinda Williams.  Years living in Austin left a permanent mark on Greener - in psyche and in song - so much so that Guy Clark took her under his wing as a co-writer in the last years of his life.  A combined love of modernist poetry, bohemia, and the modal D tuning on her sometimes raucous electric tremolo guitar gives Greener her unique approach.

Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt-ql8zMJWA&list=PLcB_XLaFwE9Lkb2DgPyQgTopPyu-QKEFH

Monday, November 27th - Malojian, with Mark McCausland (N. IRL)

https://malojian.com/

Photo: Colm Laverty
Malojian, or Stevie Scullion, to his friends, is a young singer/songwriter from Lurgan, near Belfast.
He's been making real waves in the past few years, and I'm delighted to present him for his debut BAG appearance on November 27th.
Joining him on the night will be Mark McCausland - better known as one half of The Lost Brothers - to open the show, and back Stevie on guitars and harmony vocals. This will be a real treat of a gig, and is likely to live long in the BAG memory.

Over the last few years, Malojian has released 4 stunning solo albums, along the way collaborating with some musical legends, including Steve Albini, who earned his chops producing Nirvana, The Pixies etc. His latest album - 'Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home' features Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M., Atoms For Peace, Roger Waters), Gerry Love (Teenage Fanclub), Jon Thorne (Yorkston/Thorne/Khan, Lamb) and more…But it’s Malojian’s own voice and songs that sets him apart from the crowd. 

“Absolutely love that! If the new album is as good as that track it’s gonna be a masterpiece…a strong element of Beatles ’67…that kind of slightly woozy psychedelia…beautiful…” Ralph McLean, BBC, June ’17

“achingly beautiful” Q Magazine

“the North’s best songwriter over the last half decade” Hot Press Magazine 


“I really and truly believe we’ve unearthed a star here and I can’t urge you strongly enough to seek out this wonderful album.” Maverick Magazine 

Videos:
The Great Decline - https://youtu.be/K9dDJ8tDL80
Some New Bones - https://youtu.be/O7Rm7ne5SAU
Ambulance Song - https://youtu.be/oG_xKWZSQPo

Friday, 20 October 2017

Catfish Keith - LIVE at BAG, Monday, October 23rd

Catfish Keith (USA) - Monday, October 23rd

www.catfishkeith.com

Late update:Just ahead of Catfish Keith's first Irish show on this tour, at BAG on Monday night, he has just received news that the new album he's touring - 'MISSISSIPPI RIVER BLUES' - and two songs on it, are under consideration and on the ballot for the 60th GRAMMY AWARDS in three categories!
Come along to Mick's on Monday night to see and hear why!

World-touring USA acoustic blues pioneer CATFISH KEITH returns to the Ireland for his 25th Anniversary Tour. He brings his highly acclaimed 16th album, MISSISSIPPI RIVER BLUES, and more surprises. 

Catfish Keith plays Ballymore Acoustic Gigs at Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday, Oct 23rd. Doors open at 8:30pm. Admission is €12 at the door. Spread the word, and come along!


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

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.