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' http://www.mickflannery.com/

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': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cm5sex9ryfs
 'I've Spent My Whole Life': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWTPZK4f-WI
'Flowers': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSgwry105uA

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' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kz0JsJJpGTw
Petunia - solo - 'Mercy' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6o8HzU252I

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.

Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x972cJY9I-c&list=RDHC6afAiWsWa-k

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Cam Penner & Jon Wood - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday Nov 17, 2014


Making his BAG debut, accompanied on electric guitars by guitarist/producer Jon Wood, Canadian, Cam Penner plays Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday, November 17. Doors 8:30pm; Gig 9:15pm. Admission: €12 at the door.

Most highly recommended.

Listen to this great singer/songwriter here:

Also, check out a video of 'Driftwood' here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXa_V_0fcIQ

Americana UK writer Mike Ritchie awarded Cam & Jon his Gig of The Year accolade last time they were over - ahead of Neil Young, Sam Baker, Steve Earle, etc. In his review of the show, he said it "never dipped below magical". That's a pretty serious endorsement.

'To Build a Fire' is an album of leaving and new beginnings- not because anything is so bad perhaps but because things can always be better. If there is a chance, you have to look. Cam had recently escaped the city to live in his new dwelling in the mountains with his sweetheart and new daughter- new start, new challenges. Ideas were trusted and built upon quickly, the unfamiliar was used as confidently as the familiar, pushing the conventions of what can still be called folk music back to where it should be- immediate and honest.
Cam Penner has carved his own path. Music born from the soil and sin of this world. His last album, WCMA Nominated "Gypsy Summer" debuted at number 16 on the FOLK BILLBOARD Charts. It was featured along with a full interview on NPR's 'All Music Considered' and toured the album through both Eastern & Western Canada, UK, Scotland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France.

"It’s Captain Beefheart experimenting with folk, David Crosby unleashed, Woody Guthrie reincarnated"
- Folk Words

"If music had a quota system, then the category of singer-songwriter would be closed due to overcrowding. Thankfully there isn't, because Cam Penner and his emotional songs of lives lived and experiences endured and enjoyed deserve to be heard in all their stoical splendour."
- Irish Times

Friday, 31 October 2014

Frankie Lane & Paul Kelly - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, November 10, 2014

Frankie Lane (http://www.frankielane.com/index.html) and Paul Kelly have been making music together, on and off for more years than they probably care to remember.

They have been a part of, or played with, the best of Irish music outfits since the early 1980's, most notably - The Fleadh Cowboys, and have shared stages, and studios with some of the greatest international performing and recording artists.

Singer/songwriter/guitarist/dobro playing Frankie, and multi-instrumentalist (fiddle/mandolin/banjo) Paul, play BAG at Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, Monday, November 10, 2014.

Doors open 8:30pm; Gig 9:15pm. Admission: €12 at the door.

Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwsCgFPJkcI

Frankie Lane, with trademark red hat!

Paul Kelly, fiddling away to his heart's content.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

The Lost Brothers - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday Nov 3, 2014.

(c) Mark McNulty

The Lost Brothers - Mark McCausland (left in pic), and Oisin Leech - are delighted to announce tour dates for Ireland across October and November, including a headline show at Whelans, Dublin on 15th November in support of their new record, 'New Songs Of Dawn and Dust'.
I'm delighted to welcome back The Lost Brothers to play BAG at Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, on Monday, November 3rd. Doors open at 8:30pm; admission is €15 at the door.

'New Songs Of Dawn and Dust', is the start of something new for the Irish duo. Their previous release, 2012's The Passing Of The Night, was the closing chapter in a trilogy of records that started with their debut album 'Trails of the Lonely' in 2008.
The band describe musical influences that range from Ennio Morricone to Jack Nitzsche to Beck, from Chuck Berry to Harry Nilsson, from Sweeney's Men to Van Morrison, from Bob Dylan to Lou Reed and Nick Cave.
"This new album steps away from the strictly folk/americana thing and opens up a new door for us," says Oisin.
The first single from the album is Derridae, and you watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DkU7SUKux9A

Friday, 17 October 2014

What Goes Around.....

Let me share with you this little tale....

It's 1991. I'm 21, just out of college, with an ever-deepening interest in music, and, in particular, in singer/songwriters with a story to tell, a message to pass on.

I've just been to a Dublin record store to buy Billy Bragg's new release - 'Don't Try This At Home' - and we're driving home; I'm in the back seat listening to my purchase on my Sony Walkman cassette player. I'm reading the liner notes and lyrics while listening.

On comes track #3 - 'Everywhere'. It's tells the story of two American kids who grew up together in pre-WWII America. One kid is All-American; the other, Japanese American. America's entry into the war led to different experiences for both, though both lose their lives; the former dies in uniform, serving his country on some island, somewhere in The Phillipines; the latter dies by his own hand, broken by the racially motivated treatment he receives as a falsely suspected spy in his own country.

The song is a little different in style to Bragg's previous material, so I check the credits: he didn't write it; it's a cover written by someone I've never heard of. Great song, though, and I make a mental note to check out the writer, and carry on with my listening, to the echoes of the chorus: "Over here, over there; its the same everywhere - a boy cries out for his mother, before he dies for his home". Years go by, and I never do check him out.

This was all pre-internet, you understand, so researching new artists was more difficult than nowadays. 

Now, fast forward to 2005. I'm now the sound guy for the regular Monday night gig in Ballymore Eustace - run, at the time, by my late, great friend, Larry Roddy. I'm awaiting the arrival of tonight's act; I haven't met, or worked with him before, but Larry assures me I'll like his stuff. His name is Greg Trooper. The name vaguely rings a bell, but I can't place it.
He arrives, we do the introductions, chat for while; I soundcheck him, and he goes off to eat. Later he plays a great show full of fine, fine songs. Nice guy; great songwriter. 
We hit it off from the start; he compliments my efforts on sound, and he invites me to his Dublin show at the weekend, when he'll open for Sid Griffin's band ' The Long Ryders' in Whelan's of Wexford Street. I tell him I'll try to make it, but I'm unsure if I can.

That Saturday, I manage to make it to the gig, and we meet up just before Greg's set. He takes the stage and he's playing a blinder, when he starts into a song; I recognise the opening bars. And then, that first line: "Dig in boys for an extended stay; those were the final orders to come down today". 

Holy smokes! That's 'Everywhere'; Greg is the guy that wrote it - that's where I know his name from: the name in the credits, all those years ago...

When his set is done, I tell Greg the story, and he delights in my little tale.

So, 2014, and I haven't seen Greg for a few years. But I'll be very happy to welcome him back to Ballymore Eustace - where I now run that gig - next Monday, October 20th.

Come on out, and meet this great singer/songwriter/human being. Greg's work has been covered by so many great singers, that maybe there's a song recorded by one of them that you've loved for half your life without ever having had the opportunity to connect with its writer. Monday night could be your chance. You never know...

Greg Trooper

After all that, here's the song: 'Everywhere' - 
Greg Trooper: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJppom5Nzgo
and, a version by Billy Bragg: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYNhyziSFWY

Greg Trooper plays Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Monday Oct 20. Doors 8:30pm; Admission: €12 at the door. www.gregtrooper.com