Saturday, 5 October 2013
Friday, 27 September 2013
BAG is delighted to have Catfish Keith in for two shows next week:
Monday, Sept. 30 - Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare; Doors 8:30pm.
Tuesday, Oct. 1 - Upstairs at Cunninghams, Kildare Town; Doors 8pm. www.cunninghamskildare.com
Admission to both gigs is just €12 at the door.
Wednesday, 24 July 2013
But rest assured, I'm busy putting together a programme of shows for the autumn/winter months, to bring the very best of singer/songwriters from Ireland and overseas to listening audiences in the County Kildare area.
Full details will appear here and elsewhere (Facebook - www.facebook.com/BallymoreAcousticGigs & mailing list - firstname.lastname@example.org to get added) to let you know what's coming. In the meantime, here's some highlights to look forward to:
Monday Sept. 2 - Freddie White - Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace.
Tuesday Sept. 3 - Freddie White - Upstairs at Cunninghams, Kildare Town
Monday Sept 9 - Buddy Mondlock - Mick Murphy's, Ballymore.
Monday October 7 - Ben Reel - Mick Murphy's, Ballymore.
Monday October 14 - Double Bill - Josh Harty and Amelia Curran - Mick Murphy's, Ballymore
Thursday Oct 17 - Double Bill - Amelia Curran and Otis Gibbs - Upstairs at Cunningham's.
There'll be much more announced in the coming weeks. Meantime, you could while away whole days checking out these fine artistes' websites!
Saturday, 29 June 2013
Wednesday, 19 June 2013
Canadian Bluesman, Matt Andersen returns to BAG @ Mick Murphy's Bar in Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday June 24. Doors 8:30; Gig 9:15pm Sharp. Admission: €12 on the door.
Last year when Matt played BAG, he was a sensation. Powerful vocals backed by seriously accomplished guitar accompaniement, Matt Andersen is a mightily impressive performer. His current album 'Coal Mining Blues' has received much praise, and I can add mine to it: It's superb! Here's a link to the Biography on Matt's website, where you can read about his background, and his music.
Still relatively unknown in Ireland, Matt Andersen is a big deal in his native Canada, playing larger theatres and auditoriums and selling them out.
So, come on out on Monday and witness a powerhouse of contemporary Blues at the height of his powers.
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
Singer/songwriter/guitarist extraordinaire Cara Luft is that rare artist steeped in folk and traditional roots music almost from birth yet willing to alter that fabric, stretch the boundaries, not afraid to bend genres, styles and integrate what others might regard as a disparate set of influences. Her music has been described as “a rich roots travelogue whose traditional heart beats with a wholly contemporary pulse spanning the distance between the mists of English folk balladry and Middle East mysticism, through to the Mississippi Delta and the rustic wonders of the Appalachian Hills, with a certain fearless reverence and no small amount of soul.” (Ottawa Xpress) Americana UK declares her “a consummate performer. Unlike so many singer-songwriters, Luft’s music has an urgency that can’t be denied.” Critics have drawn comparisons to Julie Miller, June Tabor, Gillian Welch, Linda Thompson and even Brit folk-rockers Pentangle.
Friday, 26 April 2013
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The Irish Times described this Irish duo thus: "Sounds like the ghost of Hank Williams whispering a secret to The Everly Brothers" - I'd say that's pretty spot on.
I simply use the word "superb" to describe the sounds these two young guys produce with the aid of just two guitars and two beautiful vocals. Accomplished musicianship, and tight vocal harmonies... yes, superb.
Here's some background:
"Rosenthal can draw you into his lyrics much the same way that James Taylor and Don Henley can".
The quotes above, and more, is what the critics are saying about Tokyo Rosenthal. But it wasn’t an overnight trip. Hardly, as "Toke" has spanned the music scene for three decades. But it was in 2007 when recognition finally reached him through the recording of his CD, "One Score And Ten".
In a career that started with the country rock boom, Rosenthal has honed his craft and "Rootsy/ Americana with a little blues thrown in" sound to perfection.
2012 was busy both on the touring front and recording. Tokyo headlined at The Bitter End for the third time while extensively performing all over the East Coast including The Avalon Theater in Easton, Maryland. He also returned to Austin, Texas to perform at SXSW and was web cast live from Threadgill's on Music Fog. But the highlight of the year was his Ireland tour where Toke covered the land from County Clare up to Belfast getting rave reviews everywhere he gigged.
Finally he returned to the studio to record "Tokyo's Fifth". The early released single and video, "What Did I Used To Be?" went "mini-viral" as Toke once again took on sensitive political and social topics. "Tokyo's Fifth" is scheduled for release in January of 2013. Toke is joined on the record by Chris Stamey, John Teer, Charlie Chamberlain, Allyn Love, and Andrea Connolly, among others.
Always writing and always gigging, his musical journey continues, and now brings him to Ballymore; come and join him on his road.
Monday, 8 April 2013
|Take from my front row seat in Kilkenny, 2012.|
From The Black Velvet Band and early performances with Hothouse Flowers, to starring in Alan Parker's movie, 'The Committments', and more recently in 'The Tudors', MDK is one of Ireland's most multi-faceted and talented performers.
Together with her husband and guitarist, Kieran Kennedy, MDK is recongnised as one of this country's finest singers and songwriters.
MDK live is a joy to behold, so I recommend you don't miss this one-off intimate show
Sunday, 7 April 2013
Quite how a kid from the English midlands so thoroughly gets the whole vibe of American banjo music is in itself a wonder, but that wonder is eclipsed by the musicianship of this kid. Quite simply: stunning - as you will see from the videos below.
A master musician, Ken Pelman is considered, by those who know, to be the finest 'clawhammer' style banjo player in the world. Having watched him play, I'd find it very difficult to disagree! Take a look at the videos below, and you'll get a flavour of what I mean.
|Photo: Colm Henry www.colmhenry.ie|
Folks, we're in for a treat with this show - superb musicianship, beautiful voice, and a wide range of styles in her repertoire. Highly recommended.
Tuesday, 2 April 2013
Paul Tiernan plays Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, Monday April 8th. Doors 8:30pm. Adm: €12 on the door.
The following review of Paul Tiernan's 2012 release gives a good insight into Paul, and his music, so I'm borrowing it!
Wednesday, 6 March 2013
This marks the beginning of an exciting new collaboration between BAG and Cunningham's, to bring quality musicians and singer/songwriters, from home and overseas, to this super venue.
Two-time Meteor award winner, John is one of the most accomplished songwriters in Ireland today.
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.
What the Press have said:
“ … some of the most skillfully crafted, vividly realized songs anyone has written in Ireland over the past dozen years.” Earle Hitchner, premier writer/reviewer for Irish Echo and The Wall Street Journal.
“ … funny, quirky, massively entertaining. John is a story teller, a shanachie.” Dan Regan, Founder, Kansas City Irish Festival.
“Why isn’t John Spillane a major star? [John] writes catchy, heartfelt folk-pop songs with the bonus of actually meaning something.” The Sunday Business Post (My Dark Rosaleen & The Island of Dreams).
“He’s carved a niche writing melodic, compelling, simple songs. Spillane is at his best when his delivery is unforced and lyrical.” Oliver P. Sweeney, The Ticket, Irish Times (“My Dark Rosaleen & The Island of Dreams).
Saturday, 2 March 2013
I am delighted to announce that I have teamed up with Nigel Flanagan and the team at Cunningham's Bar in Kildare Town, to bring live Roots Music gigs to their rather lovely new venue upstairs over the bar - 'Upstairs at Cunningham's'. Cunningham's Bar is a long established Bar and Restaurant in the centre of Kildare Town. It has a history of live music in the bar (indeed, yours truly played a Sunday evening residency there for a couple of years in the early 00's) featuring Irish Traditional sessions, acoustic singer/songwriter sessions, and covers bands. This new venture is an extension of that musical tradition.
A regular gig will take place on Tuesday nights, but there will be some gigs on other nights, too, in time. Our joint aim is to develop the room as a renowned venue, hosting the very best of Irish and overseas singersongwriters and musicians.
The room can be configured to seat up to 80+ paying patrons, in an intimate space with a warm and welcoming ambience, and is equipped with house P.A. and stage lighting.
I will be announcing details of upcoming gigs in the next while, but I can tell you today, that our first show will be on Tuesday March 26th. Full details will follow in a separate post - it'll be worth the wait, and the suspense!
For more details and info about Cunningham's Bar, search Facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/#!/cunninghams.bar?fref=ts
You can also find the BAG Facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/#!/BallymoreAcousticGigs
Help spread the word about this exciting development for live music in Kildare Town by sharing this post to your social media pages, and befriending both our FB pages.
If you'd like to be added to the BAG mailing list, or you're interested in a booking, simply drop me an email to email@example.com
I look forward to meeting you some night soon, Upstairs at Cunningham's.
Monday, 25 February 2013
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Friday, 15 February 2013
Pat Coldrick returns to play BAG at Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday, February 25. Doors 8:30pm. Admisson is €12 on the door.
Born in Navan and now living in Howth Co.
Dublin, Pat Coldrick has been playing and
studying classical guitar since he was 12 years old. Initially self taught, Pat went onto study music at the College of Music in Dublin and also had the opportunity to study under world renowned guitarists David Russell and Gabriel Esterellas.
A guitarist with a classical and rock background, he writes and performs works for the guitar with a fresh, new and exciting approach. Not for Pat the 'stuffy' world of classical guitar recital; his performances are engaging and thoroughly entertaining.
His musical career includes playing guitar with hugely popular Irish band The Memories in the 1980’s. Through his session and classical work, he has achieved some of the highest honours in Feis Ceoil Awards and has made a number of appearances on national TV shows on RTE and TV3 and guested on a number of radio interviews and live performances on RTE Radio 1 and Lyric FM. He has also been invited to perform at festivals in the United States, Austria and Estonia.
Experiencing Pat Coldrick live, offers a unique opportunity to enjoy his varied repertoire and own material, in an informal, relaxed atmosphere. His album “Cayendo”, released in 2011, includes some original compositions and arrangements as well as some guitar masterpieces such as “Asturias” by Albenis and “Danza Paraguaya No.1” by Barrios. Modern day popular songs are also cleverly arranged by Pat for his live performances.
Friday, 1 February 2013
Luka Bloom needs little introduction; he is one of the most critically acclaimed singer/songwriters to have emerged from the Irish scene in the late 1960s/70s. With a unique and distinct guitar sound, and a rich, evocative vocal, Luka Bloom has accumulated a large and loyal following at home, and abroad. A prolific songwriter, he has numerous studio releases to his name.
Full details of his long and distinguished career can be found here: http://www.lukabloom.com/biography/
This is Amelia's first visit to Ballymore, and BAG is delighted to be bringing you new music of such high calibre. Doors 8:30pm. Admission €12 at the door.
Thursday, 24 January 2013
Clive Barnes plays BAG at Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday Feb 4, 2013. Doors 8:30pm. Admission: €12 on the door.
I'm delighted to welcome Clive Barnes back to BAG; Clive has been a Ballymore favourite over many years.
Wexford born Clive Barnes is considered by many to be one of the best guitarists/singer songwriters to emerge from the Irish scene in many years.
With four studio albums under his belt, and worldwide shows, including stages shared with such greats as The Blind Boys of Alabama, Eric Bibb, and Taj Mahal. amongst others, Clive has developed a reputation for his masterful guitar playing - particularly on the lap slide.
With a rich gravelly voice, and a finely honed songwriting skill added to his great guitar playing, Clive Barnes may be as close as you'll get to an Irish artist perfecting a bluesy/roots/Americana sound.