Thursday, 18 August 2016

BAG Gig Schedule - Autumn 2016

After the usual summer break, BAG is back!! Here we go for year number six!! 

The Autumn schedule is jam-packed with the best acts from Ireland and overseas. Put your favourite picks in your diaries now, and don't miss out. All gigs are, as usual, on Monday nights in Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare. Doors open at 8:30pm, with a showtime of 9pm. Unless otherwise stated, admission to all gigs is €12

For artiste info/videos etc. click on the links provided.


5th - Frankie Lane & Paul Kelly (IRL)

12th - Niall Connolly (IRL) Support from Eugene Brosnan

19th - Ben Reel (IRL)

26th - Peter Doran - The Great Trade (IRL)


3rd - Suzanne Jarvie (CAN)

10th - Kevin Montgomery (USA) with Clive Barnes (IRL)

17th - Kelley McRae Duo (USA)

24th - Greenshine (IRL) 

7th - B and The Honeyboy (IRL)

14th - The Four of Us (IRL)

21st - Jeff Finlin(US)/Peter Bruntnell(UK)/Clive Barnes(IRL)

28th - John Blek (Solo) (IRL)


5th - I Draw Slow (IRL)

9th - 6th Annual 'Vibe for Larry' - Free session of music, song and stories - all welcome.

Followed by winter break - BAG will resume again in February 2017

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Songwriters In The Round - Gary Ferguson, Roy Thompson & Shane Sullivan

BAG gigs in Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, may be on a summer break, but organiser, Roy Thompson is not!

U.S. Country/Old Time singer/songwriter, Gary Ferguson returns to Ireland in July for a tour, and following several dates around the country with Colin Henry, he teams up with Roy Thompson and Shane Sullivan for two 'Songwriters In The Round' shows. In the past few years, Gary has teamed up and co-written with each of these Co. Kildare songwriters. This is the first time that all three will have shared a stage together, and has the makings of two great shows.

Details as follows:
Friday July 15 - Arts & Culture Centre, McCauley Place, Naas, Co. Kildare. 8pm Show. Tickets are €12 and are available from Jam Music, Naas, from Saturday June 18th; from Hair by Eilis, Hair Salon in Kilcullen, or you can reserve by phoning Roy Thompson on 086 3270780, or Shane Sullivan on 086 8597164
Sunday July 17 - Tutty's Bar, Hollywood, Co. Wicklow. 4pm Show. A 'Pass-the-hat' gig with a recommended donation of €10pp

Gary Ferguson - 'Morning in May'
Shane Sullivan - 'Little Steps' -
Roy Thompson - 'To Say So Long' co-written with Gary Ferguson and Frankie Lane -

For more info on Gary Ferguson's other Irish dates, check out:

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

BAG Listings - APRIL/MAY 2016

All gigs are in Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare. 
Unless otherwise notified, all gigs are: 
Doors 8:30pm; Show 9pm; Admission €12.

Please follow the artist website/YouTube links below for music samples, etc.

Monday Apr 4th - Niall Connolly (IRL - U.S. based)

Monday Apr 11th - B and The Honeyboy (IRL)

Monday Apr 18th - Fiach Moriarty (IRL)

Monday Apr 25th - Josh Harty (USA) + support - Mark 'Cappy' Caplis, aka Kolumbus

Kolumbus -

Monday May 2nd - Bank Holiday, but...

Peter Mulvey (USA) plus John Statz (USA)

Monday 9th - Winter Wilson (UK)

Monday May 16th - No gig.

Monday May 23rd - Buddy Mondlock with Mike Lindauer, and Tim Grimm (Double bill) €15

Monday May 30th - Roy Thompson (IRL) with special guest, Eugene Brosnan - last gig before summer break.

Eugene Brosnan:

'Share Of The Blame' -

'Spring Wind' (Greg Brown cover)

Tuesday, 12 January 2016


All gigs are in Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare. Unless otherwise notified, all gigs are: Doors 8:30pm; Show 9pm; Admission €12.

Here's the full listing for FEBRUARY.

Monday Feb 1st - The Lost Brothers (IRL) (€15)

Monday Feb 8th - Small Town Jones (UK)

Monday Feb 15th - Paul Tiernan (IRL)

Monday Feb 22nd - Mark Geary (IRL)

Monday Feb 29th - Krista Detor (USA)

Only three gigs in MARCH, as the last Monday of the month (28th) is the Easter Bank Holiday. Here's what's confirmed so far:

Monday Mar 7th - Cormac O'Caoimh (IRL)

Monday Mar 14th - Luan Parle 
with Clive Barnes (IRL)

Monday Mar 21st - Nick Nace (USA) with Gordon Barry (IRL).

Here's what's in the BAG so far for APRIL:

Monday Apr 4th - Niall Connolly (IRL - U.S. based)

Monday Apr 11th - B and The Honeyboy (IRL)

Monday Apr 18th - Fiach Moriarty (IRL)

Monday Apr 25th - Josh Harty (USA)

And coming in MAY:

Monday May 2nd - Bank Holiday, but...

Peter Mulvey (USA) plus John Statz (USA)

Monday 9th - Winter Wilson (UK)

Monday May 16th - No gig.

Monday May 23rd - Buddy Mondlock with Mike Lindauer, and Tim Grimm (Double bill) €15

Monday May 30th - Roy Thompson (IRL) - last gig before summer break.

BAG Gigs - January 2016

Just the one show this month, but its a good 'un!! Debut BAG appearance for Gordie Tentrees from Canada - see below. Monday, Jan 25th, Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare. Doors 8:30pm. Gig starts 9pm sharp. Admission - €12 at the door.

Gordie Tentrees w/ Jaxon Haldane
Gordie Tentrees crosses the big pond with 25 record release concerts in England, Ireland and Scotland including famed Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, Scotland with much loved multi-instrumentalist Jaxon Haldane who also opens all concerts solo before joining Gordie. 
Deeply personal and moving, melodic and uplifting and lyrically rich – these are the songs that will tear your heart out, one note at a time. Master storyteller and multi-instrumental performer Gordie Tentrees has arrived. Yukon based, Ontario raised, farm boy, golden glove boxer, school teacher, youth counsellor turned folk artist, Tentrees has released 6 records touring North America, UK, Australia and Europe up to 200 concerts each year, nominated for Western Canadian Music Awards, international song competitions and toured with Kelly Joe Phelps, Fred Eaglesmith, Steve Poltz and Mary Gauthier.
Opening the concert is Oklahoma based, Winnipeg raised Jaxon Haldane, former bandleader for legendary Canadian punk-bluegrass band the D-Rangers, performing his own songs as well as joining Gordie on banjo, mandolin, fiddle saw, and cigar box guitars. See them both below!

WATCH Gordie Tentrees – Love in Ink:
WATCH Gordie Tentrees – Keno City:

2016 - A New Year with a new Program

2015 was a great year, in which I presented 30 gigs to the 'Ballymore Faithful'! Audiences were great, with plenty of new faces joining the ranks of the regulars. The long-established ethos of 'quiet attentiveness' has remained unadulterated; new listeners have quickly understood, and valued, the wonderful respect that is shown to all musicians who come to play for us - for that, I am thankful, and, indeed, reassured that there are still people who do want to go to gigs to listen to the music. So, on behalf of all the musicians, and myself thank-you, one and all, for your continued support. Do please keep it up - we need you as much as you need us!
2016 promises to be another great year of gigs, with much of the first half of the year already booked. As usual, I'll be presenting a mix of returning favourites, and quality acts new to BAG. Striking the balance between the two is always the challenge, but I think you'll enjoy what comes your way, even if I can't give everyone their every wish! Believe me when I tell you that inquiries for bookings, far outnumber the available Mondays. However, there's always 2017, and beyond! 
This year, as last, all gigs will start at 9pm - unless otherwise advertised, with doors generally opening at 8:30pm. Admission price will generally be the same, too, at just €12, but there will be some higher profile acts who will command a little more. "That's understandable", I hear you say. Well, I thank you for your understanding!

Check back regularly, as I'll be posting monthly updates - I can't sustain last year's individual gig postings - with artist info, website and video links. Please note that when posted the monthly updates may not be complete, and this will be indicated at time of posting - further acts may be added, filling in the gaps.
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Here's to another great year of magic nights in Mick Murphy's Bar in Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare!

See ye in Mick's!


Sunday, 8 November 2015

ALBERT NILAND - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday, November 30th, 2015 - for news, videos, etc

Albert Niland returns to Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, on Monday, November 30th. Doors open 8:30pm; gig 9pm. Admission is €12.

Albert Niland is, without doubt, one of the most impressive singer/songwriters to have come out of Ireland in more than the past decade.
Originally from Mountbellew, Co. Galway, he came to national attention in the early noughties for his interpretation of Kate Bush's 'Wuthering Heights'. That cover is, indeed, extraordinary, but there is so much more to Mr. Niland's catalogue, and musical breadth.
Time spent as a student of Flamenco guitar in Spain, years spent living and touring in Europe, and influences from as broad a range as Irish Traditional, to American folk, have all worked to form Albert Niland into one of the most exciting, and innovative songwriters around.

Most highly recommended.