Friday, 12 May 2017
Tim Grimm returns to Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday, May 22nd. This time, though, he does so as 'Tim Grimm and The Family Band', supported ably by sons Jackson (guitars, banjo, octave, mandolin and backing vocals) and Connor (bass), and wife Jan Lucas (harmonica, and backing vocals).
Touring their new record, 'A Stranger In Time', they come to us at the end of a European Tour in support of the CD. Read a fine review of the record here:
First three tracks from the new album, 'A Stranger In Time', here:
Those of you who caught Tim on his previous visits with us, will know that this will be a great night. The musicianship of his sons, Jackson and Connor; beautiful backing vocals by his wife, Jan, and Tim's trademark richly evocative songwriting, guarantee it.
Doors open at 8:30pm. Admission: €12
Tuesday, 9 May 2017
|Krista Detor and David Weber will definitely float your boat!|
Krista Detor returns to BAG at Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, on Monday, May 15th, 2017 for her third appearance. As ever, she will be accompanied by her husband, producer and guitarist, David Weber. On both of her previous visits, Krista has left her audience awe-struck after stunning, powerful, and utterly captivating performances. It is hard to over-recommend this show!
Doors open at 8:30pm. Admission is €12 at the door.
Here's a link to videos and sounds: http://kristadetor.com/index.php?page=video
"She is not just a songwriter, nor accomplished musician, nor poignant entertainer - I have been awed by the soul-punching talent of Krista Detor.." - WNC Magazine (Feb. 2015)
MusicDish magazine calls her work: "..like Richard Wright’s 'Manchild in the Promised Land' or the musical equivalent of Akira Kurosawa’s 'Dreams';" The Allmusic Guide calls her “An artist of rare ability with a deep poetic gift,” and Rolling Stone, "A small miracle." Krista Detor’s solo albums have reached national and international prominence, including #1 on the Euro-Americana Chart, and placement within the top 10 of the U.S. Folk and Independent Music charts, but she is no ordinary songwriter: Detor has been involved in several award-winning collaborations, including the highly-acclaimed 'Wilderness Plots,' (PBS national), for which she and fellow writers, including American College of Arts & Letters inductee author Scott Russell Sanders, were recognized by the Indiana Legislature for contributions to the arts (2010), and which resulted in (2) Emmy nominations and a Golden Eagle award.
She was the only American woman invited to The BBC's Darwin Songhouse Project, Shrewsbury England (2009); Says Neil Pearson, Producer of the project: “Krista is one of the very finest modern songwriters at writing within character; and her ability to convey the emotions of the people that inhabit her songs is utterly convincing and believable.. The compelling way the narratives are delivered make one of the most flexible and empathetic writers. Her understanding of the human condition and her ability to express the motivation for her characters give her songs real impact and resonance with the listener.”
She has been commissioned to write musical theatre for The U.S. Dept. of State in New Delhi, India (2012); For the Indiana Arts Commission ('The Breeze Bends the Grass,' recipient of the Indiana Arts Commission's Masterpieces Grant - 2016); and has written commissioned choral pieces for several national and int'l choirs. In addition, she's been a returning presenter at Stanford University, wherein, her album, 'Chocolate Paper Suites' was a multi-year ‘required reading’ assignment for the literature course, "The 'isms of Modernism," in which students sought to explore modernism's impact on, and negotiation with, contemporary culture and art. Says Dr. Rod Taylor of the album, “This album provides an excellent example of how the most salient elements of modernist art and philosophy persist in postmodern culture. Its poetic and intertextual lyrics, captivating melodies, meaningful organization, and complex narrative thread will undoubtedly lead to rich discussions among my students.” She has conducted songwriting seminars, performances and presentations at universities and arts centers throughout the world, including Ireland's prestigious IMRO performing rights organization. In February, 2015, she was Artist-in-Residence at the renowned Hedgebrook foundation.
Krista will conduct the first of her signature cross-cultural collaborations, along with Dr. Rod C. Taylor, in Northern Ireland, May, 2017 - taking 20 songwriters on an immersive, 10-day songwriting retreat in the beautiful Mourne Mountains, County Down. In 2018, she hopes to host 12 Northern Irish writers for a similar experience in the U.S. She continues to tour the U.S., U.K., and Europe all the while. She's shared stages with Victor Wooten, Chuck Rainey, Loudon Wainwright, The Neville Bros. and Suzanne Vega, among many others.
Krista lives in Bloomington, Indiana.
You can find her on all social networking sites and at KristaDetor.com
Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Cork singer/songwriter Cormac O'Caoimh is about release his fourth solo record, 'Shiny Silvery Things' on May 12th. As part of the release, he plays three CD Launch gigs in Cork, Dublin, and, firstly, Ballymore Acoustic Gigs in Ballymore Eustace! This rather special evening will take place on Monday, May 8th, in Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare.
Admission, at just €12, includes a copy of the new CD. Doors open at 8:30pm for a 9pm show.
This is a terrific new record, from one of Ireland's most innovative and individual songwriters. Early reviews have been highly complimentary:
"Rich, rewarding exemplars of mature, observational songwriting, as though The Smiths had actually grown up and become responsible adults. Shiny Silvery Things positively rings with brightness and charm in a jewel encrusted trinket box full of delightful vignettes and new-found-sounds. There are so many standout tracks that it seems pointless to try to separate them in a spurious order of merit, so I won’t try." - 1380 Radio Recommends
"hidden depths and lyrical touches that make the listener sit up and take notice...melancholy and joyous, at once catchy and thoughtful." -Americana UK
“In time of constant change, certainties remain. Among them is the music of Cormac O Caoimh.. hook laden songs, superficial simplicity disguising thoughtful compositions, lyrically deep explorations and that all important personal touch that reflects O Caoimh’s music… varied, finely painted and ever-widening illustrations” - Folkwords
Have a listen to the new single, 'Second Hand Clothes' here: https://cormaco.bandcamp.com/album/shiny-silvery-things
and visit Cormac's website, here: http://www.cormacocaoimh.net
Thursday, 6 April 2017
|John Statz in the studio, recording his new record, 'The Fire Sermon'|
John Statz has been writing love songs lately, specifically about the kinds of romantic love that burn. Namely, all of them. When we first enter a new relationship we are filled with burning desire. Sometimes we later take those same relationships for granted and seemingly burn right through them. At the end we might find ourselves literally burning old love notes, or bridges, which turns out to be an excellent time to listen to that fire in our bellies. Hit the road, see something new, spend time on ourselves. The Fire Sermon is more than a meditation on romance in the 21st century, it is an assertion gleaned from trial by fire.
One of the more prolific and hard-working young songwriters working in the Americana genre, John Statz has released seven studio albums, and performed all over North America (including Canada and Mexico) and Europe, all in just a shade over a decade. Throughout that time he’s been writing the kind of songs that float through your mind and stay nestled in your thoughts long after listening (American Songwriter) and it’s been said that his songwriting can stand beside the best and above the rest (No Depression). Along the way John has attracted the attention of the likes of Americana scene heroes Jeffrey Foucault and Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown), who separately produced his last two records. This latest is produced by fellow Denver songwriter Megan Burtt, whose instincts and backing band help bring forth an entirely new sound from Statz. The title of The Fire Sermon was taken from the third section of T.S. Eliot’s poem, The Wasteland, the name of which was borrowed from a sermon given by Buddha, in which he denounced the fires of passion, hatred, and infatuation with which the senses burn, according to Eliot’s endnotes. At the very end of the Fire Sermon section Eliot simply repeats, “Burning burning burning burning.”
John Statz was given a guitar by his grandmother when he was 15, which turned out to be perfectly timed for a teenager who, after ten years of piano lessons, had lost interest in classical music and had taken to learning John Lennon and Elton John tunes, first trying out his singing voice and turning towards rock and roll. Spending the rest of his high school years in southern Wisconsin attempting to play and sing like Neil Young and Cat Stevens, it wasn’t until Statz was 19 and attending university in Oshkosh that he began writing songs. The spark lit after attending a show at the storied Cafe Carpe in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin featuring Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey, who quickly became heroes, and, much later on, fast friends and colleagues. The first record, Dusk Came Slow, was engineered by a friend enrolled in the university recording program, and what followed for John has been 11 years of touring everywhere from Bellingham to Budapest, Fairbanks to Mexico City, all the while becoming a stronger songwriter, and a more compelling performer.
New single, 'Cashmere' - https://soundcloud.com/john-statz/cashmere
Thursday, 30 March 2017
Two of Ireland's finest songwriters and performers Luan Parle and Clive Barnes have for many years been gaining
an international reputation as solo performers. For the past two years they have been performing together to sold
out audiences across Ireland, US & Europe. It's a real pleasure to welcome them back to BAG at Mick Murphy's,
Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, on Monday, April 10th. Doors open at 8:30pm. Admission is €12
Meteor & Tatler Award winner Luan Parle has had numerous hits & accolades. Her top 10 hit single 'Ghost' spent
three months in the Irish Charts and was the most played Irish single of that year.
Parle signed her first record deal at just 12 years of age and has written and recorded with some of the worlds most
successful songwriters & producers including Grammy award winning Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crowe, Michael Jackson,
Prince, Travelling Wilburys, Elton John) & Billy Steinberg (Madonna, Roy Orbison, Cyndi Lauper, The Pretenders,
Whitney Houston, The Bangles, Celine Dion).
Parle signed with Elton Johns Management Company Twenty First Artists and opened for Elton three nights at the
London Hammersmith Apollo. Signing to Sony Records, Parle released her critically acclaimed album 'Free' in 2007.
To date she has released 3 studio albums and is currently working on her latest material due for release in 2017.
Clive Barnes is highly regarded as one of the finest performers on the roots circuit and has been gaining a worldwide
reputation as one of the finest songwriters and guitarists on today's scene.
Having released four critically acclaimed albums of his own, he has played and recorded with some of the finest
musicians on the world stage including Joe Cocker, Taj Mahal and Eric Bibb and also shared stages with Dr John,
Jeff Beck, Solomon Burke, The Blind Boys of Alabama, & Gary Clark Jr to name but a few.
Barnes has played numerous US, UK and European Tours and taken various awards, Including Album of the Year
for “Welcome to Farewell” in the US magazine ‘Acoustic Guitar'. His new album 'Get Low' is due for release early
“Luan Parle is quite simply one of the most exciting singers to emerge from Ireland, or any other country for that
matter! She is a superb song smith as well”
Harry Guiren RTE Television
"Clive is a guitarist who can make one guitar sound like six. Barnes transported the entire, hushed venue across the
Atlantic to where the paths taken by the Delta Blues, Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen all led to his own special
territory. Balancing intensity with between song banter that would challenge any stand-up, Barnes' songs were a
Monday, 27 March 2017
|Wally Hughes, Brooksie Wells, and Lisa Kay Howard|
Lisa Kay hosts 'The Old Home Place' radio show on WAMU's Bluegrass Country. She and Wally both perform with Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike (featuring Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Tom Gray on bass) and with the band East of Monroe. Lisa Kay also leads her own Lisa Kay Band; Wally plays fiddle and Dobro with Randy Cook & Commonwealth.
'BUT for this tour,' Lisa Kay says,
... it will just be Brooksie, Wally, and myself performing Brooksie's wonderful original music as Brooksie Wells & Round Hill. You can hear entire songs here or find out more about Brooksie at www.brooksiewells.com
So, get along to Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, on Monday, April 3rd. Doors open at 8:30pm. Admission is €12
Tuesday, 14 March 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 released 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