Tuesday, 19 March 2019

April Gigs in the BAG

Monday, April 1st - Leslie Dowdall & Mike Hanrahan

Doors 8:30pm. Gig 9pm. Admission: €15

Photo credit: Barry McCall

Leslie Dowdall, (In Tua Nua) and Mike Hanrahan (Stocktons Wing) have been engaged in a writing and performance partnership for the past few years. The live gig features Leslie and Mike performing new songs from this partnership, along with some of their old hits with Stocktons Wing and In Tua Nua.

Monday April 8th - The Southern Fold
Doors 8:30pm - Gig 9pm - Admission: €12

Ballymore Acoustic Gigs (BAG) presents The Southern Fold live at Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday, 8th April 2019. 

The Southern Fold will perform songs from their debut EP 'A True Ascension from the Wayward Path', and their upcoming full length album 'Bible Fear'.

"THEY CITE Hank Williams and Kurt Cobain as their inspirations, and they seek to communicate messages of truth and honesty through harmony singing and the craft of songwriting in its simplest, purist, form."

- Kernan Andrews, Galway Advertiser

Formed by Kilkenny native Emlyn Holden in 2014, and joined by Dubliner Laura Hand as co-vocalist the following year, The Southern Fold began gigging in earnest mainly in the Leinster area performing a number of self penned songs in the alt folk & country/blues vein.

With their debut EP, ‘A True Ascension from the Wayward Path’, released on April 28th, 2016, and Frieda Freytag (Fox Owl Crow, Dave Couse) on cello and piano, Joe Maher (The Mariannes) on guitar, and Rob Campbell (Pine the Pilcrow) on cello and bass brought on board to help broaden their sound and introduce more dynamics to the songs, the band have been busy spreading their sound on the Irish gig circuit.

2018 saw them play a number of dates including a couple of YouBloom gigs (Phoenix Park & the Mercantile), a slot at Vantastival and an upcoming show at the Rollercoaster Stage at BARE Festival. They also made it through to the final of the Nova Discovered competition in June 2018.

A successful Fundit campaign during the Autumn of '18 allowed the band (with new expanded lineup) to get back to the studio and record a full length album, now in the mixing stage and due for release in Summer 2019.

"Sounding a lot like something Australia's roots musician Bill Jackson might have written... This is pretty much as good as anything America can come up with... well worth hearing."
Frank Gutch Jr. - No Depression

“With some deft touches in songwriting and arrangements, the Southern Fold are a new prospect on the alt‐folk scene here. Ones to keep an eye on.”
- Eirecana

Monday April 15th - Gráinne Hunt & Brendan Walsh
Doors 8:30pm - Gig 9pm - Admission: €12

Gráinne Hunt is no stranger to BAG, having performed for us several times. 
It's a pleasure to welcome her back, this time with her collaborator, Brandan Walsh, and the fruits of a new project - Songs from Ireland - a collection of traditional Irish ballads and folk songs in both English and Irish, carefully arranged by Brendan to give a modern new feel to beautiful old songs.

Monday April 29th - Ultan Conlon
Doors 8:30pm - Gig 9pm - Admission: €12

Ultan’s ongoing Irish tour includes headline concerts in Dublin at Whelan’s on Saturday March 23rd and in Galway at the Black Gate on March 28th - so I'm delighted to welcome Ultan back to Ballymore Acoustic Gigs, at Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co.Kildare. 

This tour comes on the back of a very successful year for Ultan with a series of big shows at the 3Arena as a guest of the legendary John Fogerty, and at the Trinity College Summer Series at the invitation of Bryan Ferry. He also toured Ireland and the UK with Eddi Reader and The Stunning.