Thursday, 26 October 2017

BAG Gigs - November 2017


Four more great acts this month - top independent singer/songwriters from home and abroad. For all gigs, doors open at 8:30pm; Admission is €12.

Monday, November 6th - Brendan O'Shea & Jenna Nicholls (IRL & USA)



Originally from Killarney, singer-songwriter Brendan O’Shea moved to the United States in the late 90’s. Since then, he has become a veteran of New York City’s songwriter scene and released three albums which have garnered praise from critics and press around the world.

Brendan’s singing can also be heard in such films as Ron Howard’s Academy Award nominated film Backdraft and in the wildly successful Karen Gehres documentary Begging Naked. His songs are also featured on ABC’s docudrama Boston Med.

Brendan has shared stages with The Frames, The Swell Season, Glen Hansard, Cowboy Junkies, Elliott Smith, Loudan Wainright, and Interpol as well as other innovative contemporaries. In addition to headlining his own shows in both the United States and Europe, he has embarked on four tours of Japan with the Trinity Dance Troupe and is currently collaborating with Colin Dunne and Mike Kirkpatrick on new works for the company.

Brendan released his fourth studio album, entitled 'Mid-atlantic Ghost' in December 2016

http://www.brendanoshea.com
Videos and sounds: https://brendanoshea.com/listen/

PRESS QUOTES

A fine unpretentious album… The song Southryn Sky is a jazz infected ballad of the kind Randy Newman might record.
Hot Press mag IRL 2017

Midatlantic Ghost has a slow burning intensity, never skimps on intimacy and has immediate appeal… This is one for people who love well crafted songs and are serious about truly great songwriting.
Dan Neely  – Irish Echo, NY – 2017

Jenna Nicholls is a native of a Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, but calls NYC her home. She has toured all over the world and performed with a variety of well known and talented artists such as Oscar winner Glen Hansard, Amanda Palmer, Lucius, Angela McClusky (Telepop) Rob Moose, Thomas Bartlett (BonIver /Doveman), Nouvelle Vague and many others. Her music has been featured in film and television. She's toured and released 2 full albums: "Curled Up Toes in Red Mary Janes" and "The Blooming Hour".

https://jennanicholls.wordpress.com/
Videos: https://jennanicholls.wordpress.com/video/

Monday, November 11th - Eugene Brosnan (IRL)

http://www.eugenebrosnan.com/


Too quiet for too long on the live scene, Corkman, Eugene Brosnan is back on the road, and its a pleasure to welcome him back to Mick Murphy's for his first headlining BAG show in many's the year.
Like fellow Corkman, Freddie White, Eugene Brosnan is a rare animal - a performer who is both a gifted lyrical songwriter, and a master of interpreting songs by other songwriters.
With a hat-full of new songs, he's back touring again, and I'm really looking forward to hearing the new material; past experience assures me it'll be of the highest quality.
Albums, 'Frames of Mind' (2000) and, later, 'Solid Ground' - where songs from Dylan, Warren Zevon and Springsteen sit alongside some of his own compositions and do not feel out of place among, "the headless Thompson gunners" and "the ghosts of poets and hoboes" that inhabit the soundscape of this very real and atmospheric recording - remain firm favourites of mine.

"SOLID GROUND shows off Brosnan's exquisite vocals, a timeless piece of Irish acoustic folk"
(Colm O'Hare, Hotpress, EIGHT/TEN)

"Brosnan's strength lies in his songwriting, a succinct and canny storyteller"
(Siobhan Long, The Irish Times)

Videos:
'Share of The Blame' - https://youtu.be/Xn410f9n17E
'Spring Wind' - Greg Brown cover - https://youtu.be/oPm68cnopvY

Monday, November 20th - Melissa Greener (USA)

www.melissagreener.com

Photo: Mark Tucker
"Greener paints superb portraits of the human condition" - Maverick Music Magazine

Whether fronting her folk-rock all-girl-power-trio, duo with drums, or solo-electric, she is at once magnetic, delicate, fierce and tender. Her voice lulls and soothes all the while soaring over the cinematic effects of a sometimes raucous electric hollow-body guitar.  At the root of Greener's expansive sound are her songs which summon their truth from mountain ranges, holy places, deserts, oceans and forests, or the lonely stretch of blacktop from Old Route 66, to the Golden Gate, to the Tappan Zee.   Musically, Greener's influences are as vast as the high desert plains before there were borders, before the west was won.


Born an alien of the Motor City's however alluring cacophony, Greener was first enamored with the jazz vocalists that crooned on the late night WDET radio station in Detroit.  Beside those standard torch balladeers, other early inspirations were the Laurel Canyon and Greenwich Village songwriter scenes of the 1960's and 70's; then later, Texas poet-writers like David Rodriguez, Townes Van Zandt and Lucinda Williams.  Years living in Austin left a permanent mark on Greener - in psyche and in song - so much so that Guy Clark took her under his wing as a co-writer in the last years of his life.  A combined love of modernist poetry, bohemia, and the modal D tuning on her sometimes raucous electric tremolo guitar gives Greener her unique approach.

Videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tt-ql8zMJWA&list=PLcB_XLaFwE9Lkb2DgPyQgTopPyu-QKEFH

Monday, November 27th - Malojian, with Mark McCausland (N. IRL)

https://malojian.com/

Photo: Colm Laverty
Malojian, or Stevie Scullion, to his friends, is a young singer/songwriter from Lurgan, near Belfast.
He's been making real waves in the past few years, and I'm delighted to present him for his debut BAG appearance on November 27th.
Joining him on the night will be Mark McCausland - better known as one half of The Lost Brothers - to open the show, and back Stevie on guitars and harmony vocals. This will be a real treat of a gig, and is likely to live long in the BAG memory.

Over the last few years, Malojian has released 4 stunning solo albums, along the way collaborating with some musical legends, including Steve Albini, who earned his chops producing Nirvana, The Pixies etc. His latest album - 'Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home' features Joey Waronker (Beck, R.E.M., Atoms For Peace, Roger Waters), Gerry Love (Teenage Fanclub), Jon Thorne (Yorkston/Thorne/Khan, Lamb) and more…But it’s Malojian’s own voice and songs that sets him apart from the crowd. 

“Absolutely love that! If the new album is as good as that track it’s gonna be a masterpiece…a strong element of Beatles ’67…that kind of slightly woozy psychedelia…beautiful…” Ralph McLean, BBC, June ’17

“achingly beautiful” Q Magazine

“the North’s best songwriter over the last half decade” Hot Press Magazine 


“I really and truly believe we’ve unearthed a star here and I can’t urge you strongly enough to seek out this wonderful album.” Maverick Magazine 

Videos:
The Great Decline - https://youtu.be/K9dDJ8tDL80
Some New Bones - https://youtu.be/O7Rm7ne5SAU
Ambulance Song - https://youtu.be/oG_xKWZSQPo

Friday, 20 October 2017

Catfish Keith - LIVE at BAG, Monday, October 23rd

Catfish Keith (USA) - Monday, October 23rd

www.catfishkeith.com

Late update:Just ahead of Catfish Keith's first Irish show on this tour, at BAG on Monday night, he has just received news that the new album he's touring - 'MISSISSIPPI RIVER BLUES' - and two songs on it, are under consideration and on the ballot for the 60th GRAMMY AWARDS in three categories!
Come along to Mick's on Monday night to see and hear why!

World-touring USA acoustic blues pioneer CATFISH KEITH returns to the Ireland for his 25th Anniversary Tour. He brings his highly acclaimed 16th album, MISSISSIPPI RIVER BLUES, and more surprises. 

Catfish Keith plays Ballymore Acoustic Gigs at Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday, Oct 23rd. Doors open at 8:30pm. Admission is €12 at the door. Spread the word, and come along!


Cutting-edge blues singer, songwriter and bottleneck slide guitarist Catfish Keith has established himself as one of the most exciting country blues performers of our time. Catfish's innovative style of foot-stomping, deep delta blues and American roots music has spellbound audiences the world over. He has reinvented the guitar with great power and artistry, and brings a rare beauty and vitality to his music. Handing down the tradition, Catfish continues his lifelong journey as one of the brightest lights in acoustic blues and roots music.  
"Pulling Blues Out of The Sky, Catfish lays down a foot-stomping groove. One of the most exciting guitarists of any genre."    - Acoustic Guitar 

Video: 'Uncle Ned, Don't You Lose Your Head' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3kerv1ok1c

Sunday, 15 October 2017

John Spillane - Monday Oct 16th - CANCELLED


Owing to the impending arrival of Tropical Storm Ophelia on Monday and into Monday night, I have spoken with John Spillane, and his Manager, and we have decided that the responsible thing to do is to cancel John's show on Monday night. If the predicted RED/ORANGE Weather Warning transpires, driving conditions are likely to be hazardous, and we do not wish to be the cause of anyone making unnecessary journeys, and putting themselves at risk.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused, but I'm sure all will understand that this is the right thing to do.
It is hoped to reschedule the show for Spring 2018
Thanks.
R.T.

Met Eireann National Forecast
Tomorrow

RED & ORANGE STATUS WARNINGS IN EFFECT. Stormy tomorrow Monday as Ex-Hurricane Ophelia moves up over the country. Gale to storm force southerly winds will occur with severe and damaging gusts - winds strongest along southern counties with the risk of storm surge here, along with very high seas. Structural damage is possible anywhere. Rain will be widespread also, with the heaviest falls likely to occur in Atlantic coastal counties. Localised flooding is possible with thundery falls. The winds will veer southwesterly as the low pressure system tracks northwards over western parts of the country. Highest temperatures will range 15 to 19 degrees Celsius. 

Additional Note: At present, the strongest and most damaging winds are now forecasted to affect Munster and Leinster, particularly the southwest, south and Irish Sea coasts with the heaviest rainfall accumulations in Connacht, west Ulster and west Munster. There are likely to be changes to the warnings which will be updated later this morning, pending the latest up to date guidance. This is an evolving situation and your patience is appreciated.

Outlook

Monday night: Ex-Hurricane Ophelia will continue to track northwards on Monday night, exiting Irish coastal waters before midnight. Rain will gradually become confined to the west Connacht and west Ulster coasts and it will become dry in many parts with clear spells. Strong to gale force and gusty southwesterly winds will gradually abate. 

Saturday, 23 September 2017

BAG Gigs - October 2017

Four more great gigs in October. As usual, all gigs are in Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare. Doors open for all gigs at 8:30pm, and admission is €12, unless otherwise noted.

Josh Harty (USA) - Monday, October 2nd



www.joshharty.com

Josh Harty's unique blend of American music has become a must-hear for those who keep the tradition of country, blues and folk close to their hearts. Born and raised on the plains of North Dakota, Harty grew up playing shows across the Midwest with his father, a small-town police chief and preacher. The touring bug has never left Josh as he now continuously travels across Europe and North America. Harty is always looking for that balance between the rolling road and the people who inspire him, trading stories around kitchen tables and theatre stages. His live shows prove that good storytelling combined with journeyman musicianship is as American as music gets.

The Remedy Club - Monday, October 9th

www.theremedyclub.ie


The Remedy Club (previously B & The Honeyboy) are Aileen Mythen (vocals & percussion) & Kj McEvoy (guitar & vocals).  They’re Irish.  They live in Wexford. They’re married.  To each other. Brand new album, 'Lovers, Legends and Lost Causes', launches on October 7th.

They play what can only be described as American music, countryish mainly, a little bluesy here and there.  Renowned journalist Jackie Hayden has described their music as ‘a marriage of folk and country with a hint of the blues with delicious harmonies and nimble guitar playing’. Call it Americana, call it roots, call it country, it’s all on their new album ‘Lovers, Legends and Lost Causes’ – their first release under the new name The Remedy Club (they released two albums under the previous name).  It consists of 11 original songs and the title refers to the songs therein, some about love, some about legends and some about lost causes.  They recorded the album in Gorey, Co. Wexford and it was mixed by 5 time grammy award winning producer and engineer Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and Willie Nelson) and Mark Petaccia who has worked with the likes of Jason Isbell, Lindi Ortega and others. 

Video: 'I Miss You' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qimGvulmUA

John Spillane - Monday, October 16th

www.johnspillane.com



On November 4th, John Spillane, arguably Cork’s finest living troubadour, releases the first in a series of three very special albums of acoustic renditions of some of his famous songs, entitled 'All The Ways You Wander'. Ahead of that release, I'm delighted to welcome John back to Ballymore Eustace on Monday, October 16th for a very special nights of songs, stories, and craic!

Doors open at 8:30pm, and admission is €15 at the door.

In case you didn't already know: JOHN SPILLANE is a musician, songwriter, performer, recording artist, storyteller, poet, dreamer – a canvass filled with color and brilliance. His music transports the listener; his live performance captivates the audience. In a world filled with strife and upheaval, a time-out with John Spillane is enough to ease the load a bit on anyone lucky enough to bask in his light. The man and his music are pure magic.

What makes John special is that he is an artist who knows how to deliver all that he has to offer to anyone of any age, male or female, no matter the musical preference. Place him in the genre of folk, acoustic, traditional, world or pop – that’s fine with John. He’s a man who is very comfortable in his skin. Whether performing solo with guitar, with gentle accompaniment or with full band before 10, 10,000 or 100,000, John entertains, charms, and mesmerizes.

John’s performances shimmer with the magic realism that permeates many of his songs as he effortlessly flits between beautiful poetry tinged with melancholy to roguish, irreverent Cork humour. If you are looking for a night of good ‘craic’, a John Spillane show should not be missed.


Catfish Keith (USA) - Monday, October 23rd

www.catfishkeith.com



Cutting-edge blues singer, songwriter and bottleneck slide guitarist Catfish Keith has established himself as one of the most exciting country blues performers of our time. Catfish's innovative style of foot-stomping, deep delta blues and American roots music has spellbound audiences the world over. He has reinvented the guitar with great power and artistry, and brings a rare beauty and vitality to his music. Handing down the tradition, Catfish continues his lifelong journey as one of the brightest lights in acoustic blues and roots music.  
"Pulling Blues Out of The Sky, Catfish lays down a foot-stomping groove. One of the most exciting guitarists of any genre."    - Acoustic Guitar 

Video: 'Uncle Ned, Don't You Lose Your Head' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3kerv1ok1c

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

September 2017 BAG Gigs

After a terrific season opener on September 4th from The 4 Of Us, here's how the rest of September shapes up (all shows - 8:30pm Doors; €12 admission):

Monday September 11th - Malkum and Chris (US Blues Duo)


Terrific Blues duo from the US. 
Regulars from the old days of gigs in the Ballymore Inn, will remember this great act tearing down the house. Genuine, authentic sound, Malkum and Chris are not to be missed. A classic Blues guitar and harmonica duo, they have a powerhouse sound.
More here: http://www.mnblues.com/cdreview/2001/malkum-chris-gb.html

Monday September 18th - John Blek (Solo show)


John Blek releases his third solo album - entitled 'Catharsis Vol.1' - on October 6th, and is touring it now in advance of it's official release.
Between his work fronting the band, John Blek and The Rats, and his solo work, John Blek has been developing a committed following, and making quite a name for himself as one of Ireland's finest young singer/songwriters, and has impressed BAG regulars with each visit to Mick Murphy's.
More info, here:  http://johnblek.com/

Monday September 25th - Niall Connolly (with special guest, Warren Malone, USA)



Niall Connolly is about to release his eighth studio album, entitled 'Dream Your Way Out Of This One', and, if previous offerings are anything to go by, this record will be a gem-laden beautiful thing. Brooklyn-based for many years, Cork-born Niall Connolly has, for several years, been considered one of the finest indie-folk songwriters on the scene. It'll be a pleasure and a joy to welcome him back to Mick's.
'May 12th 1916 - A Song for James Connolly' - https://youtu.be/qWa0ubNgQ9I
http://niallconnolly.com/

Late addition to the bill is special guest, Warren Malone, from New York. Check out his music here: https://warrenmalone.bandcamp.com/

Coming in October: Josh Harty (USA) (2nd); The Remedy Club (9th); Danko (16th); Catfish Keith (USA) (23rd).

For the full 2017/2018 Part 1 gigs listing, go to: 
http://ballymoreacousticgigs.blogspot.ie/2017/08/upcoming-bag-shows-autumn-2017.html

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Upcoming BAG Shows - Autumn 2017


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

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.

September.

4th - The 4 Of Ushttp://the4ofus.com/ (€15)
11th - Malkum & Chris (US Blues duo) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWP4Od2qokM
                                                                 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlGzpO_fA5I
18th - John Blekhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkuTP88qkq4
25th - Niall Connollyhttp://niallconnolly.com/

October

2nd - Josh Harty (USA) - http://www.joshharty.com/
9th - The Remedy Clubhttps://www.theremedyclub.ie/
16th - John Spillane - www.johnspillane.com (€15)
23rd - Catfish Keith (USA) - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHtu_IInXM21z4adSdnDA9w
http://www.catfishkeith.com/

November

6th - Brendan O'Shea & Jenna Nicholls (IRL & USA) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dz_X-XZGwOI
13th - Eugene Brosnan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa4NJkG6FBo
20th - Melissa Greener (USA) - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLcB_XLaFwE9Lkb2DgPyQgTopPyu-QKEFH
27th - Malojian (Stephen Scullion) with Mark McCausland of The Lost Brothers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Z_XuX-lHZg

December

4th - tbc
11th - Luka Bloom - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eKGvJBSqnw (€15)

Friday 8th - The 8th Annual 'Vibe for Larry' - All welcome; no cover charge. Followed by Winter break. Gigs resume on Monday, Feb 5th.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

The 4 Of Us - Opening the BAG for 2017/2018 Season

The 4 Of Us - Brendan and Declan Murphy - in Mick Murphy's, November 2016
Photo: Mj Smyth 

Website: www.the4ofus.com

Last November, Brendan and Declan Murphy, the backbone of Newry band, The 4 Of Us, played BAG, and it was - as promised - a night to remember.
I'm delighted to announce that The 4 of Us return to again play BAG @ Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare on Monday, September 4th. (In truth, the lads booked their return before leaving the venue last time - they loved playing for us, and were instantly keen to return.)
Doors 8:30pm. Admission is €15. No advance ticket sales, so do come early, and form an orderly queue!

Having released their debut album - 'Songs For The Tempted' - in 1989, the band went on to release four further studio albums over the years - 'Man Alive' - '92; 'Classified Personal' - '99; 'Heaven and Earth' - '03, and 'Fingerprints' - '06, which were all critically acclaimed. After a ten year recording hiatus, the brand new record - 'Sugar Island' was just released in October 2016. It's chock-full of fine songs, drawing on the Murphy brothers' experiences growing up in Newry. Brendan's trademark soulful vocal has aged well, and has lost none of its impact, while brother, Declan's intricate acoustic guitar work drives the sound.

“With twelve songs in all, ‘Sugar Island’ offers a little bit of everything that we have come to love and expect from the band – the soulful voice of Brendan against a backdrop of Declan’s stunning acoustic guitar playing.” – FOLK & TUMBLE album review.

A full Irish Tour in support of the new record has been ongoing since the release, with many of the shows in a stripped down acoustic format with just 'The 2 of Them'! - brothers, Brendan and Declan Murphy with two acoustic guitars. And it works; oh, boy, does it work!

So, here's your chance to once again catch the band in an intimate setting, re-live late-80's memories, and hear a set that showcases the depth of the band's back catalogue, and the excellent new songs from 'Sugar Island'.

This one will live long in the memory - don't miss it!

Videos: (Check 'em out!)
http://the4ofus.com/videos/

Coming next: 11/9 - Malcolm and Chris (U.S. Blues Duo); 18/9 - John Blek; 25/9 - Niall Connolly