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:

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:
and, a version by Billy Bragg:

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

Monday, 13 October 2014

Greg Trooper - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday October 20, 2014

Greg Trooper returns to Ireland mid-October for his first tour in several years. He plays Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, Monday Oct 20. Doors 8:30pm; Admission: €12
Here's a video of Greg's recent appearance on the legendary Nashville TV Show, Music City Roots:
Greg Trooper is a singer/songwriter who has released 12 albums since 1986. Raised in the shore town of Little Silver, NJ he became enthralled by the greater New York area’s rich music scene. He discovered a sort of holy musical trinity in the work of Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, and Hank Williams, with their guiding lights of passion, literary dexterity and plainspoken honesty. It’s one reason Trooper’s music feels equally informed by Memphis soul, Greenwich Village folk and Nashville twang.
Trooper has made an impact on the music scenes in all the places he’s lived since leaving home after high school: Austin, Texas, Lawrence, Kansas, Nashville and New York. Music critics praise his poetic feel, infectious melodies and insightful lyrics. Americana star Buddy Miller produced 1998’s ‘Popular Demons’ album, while soul legend Dan Penn steered 2005’s extraordinary ‘Make It Through This World’.
His songs have been recorded by numerous artists including: Vince Gill, Steve Earle, Billy Bragg, Robert Earl Keen, Maura O’Connell, Lucy Kaplanskyand Tom Russell.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Ger Wolfe - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday October 13

Ger Wolfe returns to Mick Murphy's in Ballymore Eustace, Co.Kildare, on Monday, October 13th. Doors open at 8:30pm. Admission is €12 at the door.

Ger Wolfe is one of the finest Irish singer/songwriters of his generation - and I don't say that lightly. 
A master lyricist and poet, Ger Wolfe captures the beauty and joy in ordinary scenes of human existence, and transforms them into the remarkable; a gentle tenderness, and sense of wonder underpin Ger Wolfe's writing - evocative images abound, throughout.
A folk musician of considerable depth and breadth of ability, Ger Wolfe, LIVE, is a memorable experience; weaving a tapestry of his words and melodies, the listener is drawn into the weave, there to reside, wrapped in golden yarn, until gently cast off back into the night air at show's end.
It can change you; it can uplift you, and reaffirm your hope that there is beauty to be found out there. 

You have been warned.....

Ger Wolfe official YouTube Channel:

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Rod Picott - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, October 6, 2014

Rod Picott returns to play BAG at Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday, October 6th. Doors open at 8:30pm, and admission is €12 at the door.

Rod Picott is the songs he sings. Since before Woody Guthrie songwriters have soaked their public image in the sepia tones of the working life but Picott bears the real life scars of living that life. 
Rod Picott's songs are inhabited by sheetrock hangers, drinkers, circus hands, boxers and working girls and he sings about his characters with intimacy. Listening to a Rod Picott album you can smell the gasoline on a mechanics hands and the perfume of lovers in dark corners; he fondly tells the stories of the often voiceless blue collar regular 'Joe', for he was, and still is that soldier.

The son of a welder and former Marine, Picott grew up in the small mill town of South Berwick, Maine, Rod Picott has released five solo cds and one cd with sometimes duo partner Amanda Shires-- all to excellent reviews and extensive touring. The very definition of a modern troubadour Picott tours the U.S. in a Jeep Cherokee with a current odometer reading of 276,300 miles. Picott also tours annually in Europe and the U.K. to the tune of 130 plus shows yearly. Picott is lauded for his narrative and melodic songwriting, passionate delivery and darkly humorous onstage storytelling. 

'Haunted Man' -

Highly recommended.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Matt Andersen - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday September 29, 2014


Canadian powerhouse acoustic folk/roots/Bluesman Matt Andersen returns for his third BAG appearance in Mick Murphy's Bar in Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, on Monday Sept. 29th. This is the first of only three dates on the island of Ireland, and one of two in the Republic, so I'm delighted he's able to come play for us again.
Doors open 8:30pm. Showtime 9:15pm sharp. Admission is €12 on the door.

For more info on Matt, here's a link to Matt's promo Bio:

I'll just say that his new record, 'Weightless' has everything you'd want from the man - power, subtlety, superb songwriting, and a storyteller's touch - all wrapped up in that distinctive rootsy, Blues sound of his that wins you over as soon as you hear it. Top notch - one of my favourite records of 2014.

Here's one of my favourites from the record - 'So Easy' - 
And another: 'Alberta Gold' -

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Double Bill - Buddy Mondlock (USA) and Dan Walsh (UK) - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Sept 22 2014

Monday Sept 22 sees a super Double bill for BAG. US singersongwriter Buddy Mondlock returns, with his lifelong friend and super fretless bass player Mike Lindauer; they will be joined on the bill by a young singer/songwriter, and banjo sensation from the UK, Dan Walsh. Both acts will play full sets. Doors 8:30pm, Gig 9:15pm. Admission is €15 at the door.

Buddy Mondlock & Mike Lindauer have toured Ireland most years for much of the past 20 years, and are amongst BAG's most favourite acts. Buddy Mondlock is one of the great songwriters of our time, and his work has been recorded by artists such as Janis Ian, Art Garfunkel, Garth Brooks, and many more.

Dan Walsh is a super talented young Banjo/Guitar player, and singer/songwriter, from Staffordshire, UK. Returning for his second BAG appearance; if its like his first, he'll wow the crowd, for sure!