Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Pat Coldrick - Live @ BAG - Monday, March 27th 2017


Pat Coldrick has become a firm favourite of BAG regulars, and has enthralled his audience each time he has visited. No stranger to playing much larger venues - having sold out at the National Concert Hall on three occasions - he returns to play the intimate setting of Mick Murphy's Bar in Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, on Monday, March 27th, 2017. Doors open at 8:30pm. Please note that while the show is scheduled to start at 9pm, Pat often plays his warm up from the stage, so that patrons arriving are treated to 'the show before the show', while Pat chats with them and welcomes them. Admission is €12. Most highly recommended.

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.

Pat’s musical formation has not followed normal traditional lines. He is mainly self taught and in a relatively short period of time he has put together an impressive body of work and has gained considerable recognition throughout Ireland and Internationally both as a performer and composer. 

'Antarctica' - https://youtu.be/-AeZ-ccJqDM
'Lament' - https://youtu.be/zBLSZqgmBBc
'Danza Paraguaya' - https://youtu.be/8pFZQ3Od2mc
'La Ultima Cancion' - https://youtu.be/lG4k952QWAM
'CityJam' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIgXRqqgdN0
'Asturias' - https://youtu.be/4O2B2q1lZNs

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Susan Tomelty & Pat Farrell - Live @ BAG - Monday, March 20, 2017

Susan Tomelty & Pat Farrell are one of Ireland's premier Blues/R&B/Jazz duos.

Susan Tomelty & Pat Farrell return to BAG at Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, on Monday, March 20th. Doors open at 8:30pm, for an expected 9pm start. Admission is €12.

Susan Tomelty, one of the finest singers to come out of N. Ireland, hails from Portaferry Co. Down originally and her musical journey has brought her to Dublin, via Drumshanbo Co. Leitrim, England, Scotland, France, Denmark, Sweden, Belfast and Nashville.
An astounding singer of Jazz, Blues and R&B, Susan's passion for singing is evident in her performances. She is a very versatile singer, but has an overwhelming love for the Blues. She sings with a heart wrenching soulful sting...oozing energy and tone.
Pat Farrell is a highly regarded lead and rhythm guitarist, and has been a stalwart of the Dublin Blues scene for decades, having played with The Business, and Red Peters, among others, and has shared stages with B.B. King, Jeff Healy, John Primer and Carlos Johnson.
Susan and Pat will perform as a duo on the night, and pack much of the same energy as the full Susan Tomelty Blues Band line up, which also includes Tommy Moore (bass/vocals). Fran Byrne (drums) and Greg Boland (guitar) - and sometimes James Delaney (keys).


Highly recommended.

'Voodoo Woman' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pyY6SopKFs
'Gotta Serve Somebody' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIjHknhRR_8
'Wang Dang Doodle' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2Xo0L3HNEY

Monday, 6 March 2017

Peter Byrne & Conor Mahony - Monday, March 13, 2017

The remarkable pairing of Peter Byrne and Conor Mahony play their debut BAG show at Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, on Monday, March 13th. Doors open at 8:30pm, for a 9pm show. Admission is €12


Together for just two years, singer Peter Byrne and guitarist Conor Mahony have worked steadily to gain their growing recognition on the Irish folk scene.
From Drimnagh in Dublin, Peter Byrne had been floating around the Dublin Folk scene since the early seventies, frequenting various music clubs, such as the Meeting Place, and Mother redcaps Tavern, where he, along with his wife Eilish Moore, ran a Folk Club every Saturday night for over ten years. Peter’s demeanor is that of a quiet, modest man who just loved listening to music and song, and would sing the odd song, when asked. However, the reaction to his voice and delivery of the song always enthralled the listeners. It was in later years, after his early retirement from CIE (where he worked for over forty years), that he met acclaimed Newbridge musician Conor Mahony, that something just clicked. Rehearsing every week on a regular basis, both of them realised there was something truly special.

Peter doesn’t just sing his songs; he inhabits them. With his charming ways he can set an audience alight as he appears to capture effortlessly the essence of each song. No one can sing the story of a song quite like Peter Byrne and few can capture with such honesty and humanity a songs melody, humour or poignancy.
Conor Mahony has been playing classical guitar since childhood but is also equally fond of playing Traditional and Roots music. A singer and songwriter himself, his intricate delicate guitar arrangements are quite impressionistic and are tailored to perfectly enhance each song. Their first album contains mostly traditional songs from Land and Sea. Beautifully produced and engineered by Frankie Lane, the music is a rich blend of tradition and innovation, both delicate and raw.

(Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QGR_ISa2uY
Lord Franklin - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1Vitlp_SOA
The Charladies' Ball - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKr8RU9n76I

Friday, 3 March 2017

BAG Gigs for March 2017

Terrific BAG lineup for March - See below. Please follow artist website links for music samples, etc.
All gigs are on Monday nights in Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare. Doors open at 8:30pm for a 9pm show, in each case. Admission to each gig is €12.

March 6 - Ger Wolfe (IRL) - Folk - http://www.gerwolfe.com/

March 13 - Peter Byrne & Conor Mahony (IRL) - Folk/reinterpretation - https://www.facebook.com/peterbyrneconormahony/

March 20 - Susan Tomelty & Pat Farrell (IRL) - Blues/Roots - http://www.susantomelty.ie/

March 27 - Pat Coldrick (IRL) - Classical, and so much more - http://www.patcoldrick.com/

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Ger Wolfe - Live at BAG - Monday, March 6th, 2017

Photo: Richie Tyndall

Thrilled to be welcoming Ger Wolfe back to Mick Murphy's, in Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday, March 6th, where he has been a regular visitor for almost 20 years. Doors open at 8:30pm. Admission is €12. www.gerwolfe.com

Ger Wolfe has released seven albums of original material over the last twenty years; his latest entitled “I Have Been Loved” ‘exquisitely performed, arranged and recorded’ ... sublime (Hotpress). Celebratory, reflective, independent in mind and nature, Ger continues to plough his own way through the Irish musical landscape, heedless of fad or fashion. True to the craft of songwriting, he tells his own story as only he could, in his own unique voice. Ger is a fine lyricist, poet and composer all rolled into one. He is a highly respected guitarist and singer. Later on this Spring (2017) Ger will release ‘The Lark of Mayfield’ a compilation celebrating his beautiful work to date.

What the critics say:

"Ger Wolfe..creating understated but carefully crafted vignettes, exquisitely performed, arranged and recorded....sublime"
Hot Press magazine.

“A rare and unique creative talent"
Paul Dromey writing in Irish Examiner

"’The Curra Road’ is a classic of grace and simplicity and should become a standard."
The Boston Globe

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Mark Geary with Grainne Hunt - Monday, February 27, 2017


Now a regular visitor to BAG (he loves the vibe), Mark Geary returns to Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, on Monday, Feb 27th. Doors open at 8:30pm, for a 9pm show. Admission is €12.

Joining Mark on the night is the really rather wonderful, and lovely, Ms. Grainne Hunt.
Grainne is a fine songwriter in her own right, and will perform some solo numbers, and provide backing vocals for Mark's set.
Check out how they sound together, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXSIbMIxqTg
and, here: https://youtu.be/hjVc3FJZbAA

With his 5th studio album  now mixed and mastered, 2017 sees Mark road-testing the songs from the new album which will be released later this year. So, you can be assured of a set that's chock-full of great new songs, and the best of his back catalogue. One of the most charismatic performers to grace BAG, a Mark Geary show is always a special thing to witness.

Mark is described as a “quintessential singer-songwriter” and his records of finely-crafted songs 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 (soon to be 5) 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).

Touring and performing are still Mark’s lifeblood and passion. From the outset it is impossible not to be charmed by him, delivering as he does both his music and his stories in unassuming and singular style. His natural humour and ability to read the moment, give his shows a uniqueness, leaving his audiences with the feeling that they have just experienced something very special.

Over the last 20 years Mark has toured all over Europe, the US and Australia, and has shared the stage with performers such as The Swell Season, Glen Hansard, The Frames, Josh Ritter, Bell X1, Coldplay, Elvis Costello, The Pretenders and Joe Strummer.  In recent years, he has played shows and festivals in both the US and across Europe notably in Switzerland, Austria and Germany, including a headline spot on the critically acclaimed Songs from Ireland: Old and New tour. He also supported Glen Hansard on several of his European dates in 2015 and 2016.

'Volunteer' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8W24GSOhbqQ

HATS - Monday, February 20, 2017


Another new act for BAG, HATS is a collective of three very individual performers who truly do become greater than the sum of their considerable parts. They play their BAG debut in Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, on Monday, Feb 20. Doors open at 8:30pm for a 9pm show. Admission is €12

HATS….3 Songwriters, 3 Styles and 1 Name

Gerry Creen from Belfast is considered a folk legend with a finger picking’ style next to none. His voice and songs are full of great stories. Check out his albums including his latest ‘My Shoes’.

David Dee Moore also from Belfast but now in Westport has a background of songwriting and as a session Bass player around the world with many top names. His songs exude catchy pop licks and wonderful melodies. Check out his recordings including his latest album ‘The sun the moon and the stars…and other moving objects’.

Derek McGowan now living in Westport is a blues legend in Ireland.  He grew up with the Blues in Dublin and his guitar versatility and rockin’ songs can be heard on his latest album ‘Rainlight’.

These three gents have a fine, fine sound that's a perfect fit for BAG. Come along and catch their first visit with us.

'Burst' (David Dee Moore) - https://youtu.be/ieaeH7Ns2wo
'Watering Can' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6d4dFb0kg0&app=desktop