Sunday, 19 August 2018

BAG Gig Listing - September/October 2018



Top Roots/Folk/Indie Acts from home and abroad, presented on Monday nights in Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare.

All gigs start at 9pm sharp; Doors open at 8:30pm. Admission price: €12, unless otherwise indicated.

September 3 - The 4 Of Us - €15 - www.the4ofus.com

September 10 - Melissa Greener (USA) - www.melissagreener.com

September 17 - Donal Clancy - www.donalclancy.com

September 24 - Ed Romanoff (USA) with Clive Barnes - www.edromanoff.com 

October 1 - The Remedy Club - www.theremedyclub.ie

October 8 - Shane Joyce/Tim V Smyth (Double bill) €15
www.shanejoyce.ie/

October 15 - John Statz/Megan Burtt (USA) (Double bill) €15 - www.johnstatz.com www.meganburtt.com

October 22 - Kris Drever - €15 - www.krisdrever.com 
plus Special guest: John Blek https://johnblek.com

Saturday, 18 August 2018

A New BAG Season - A call to arms!


Welcome back to the start of another season of BAG - the eighth year of top Acoustic Roots acts from home, and abroad, presented on Monday nights in the intimate surroundings of Mick Murphy's Bar, in Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare.

Between early September and the end of May 2019, we will be treated to some of the best acts on the Roots/Folk/Indie scene, some at the top of their game; others emerging - many dates are already booked and confirmed, with more in the pipeline.

In order for this concert series to continue to work, I need you - Dear reader/listener - to keep coming out, and supporting Live music. I could also do with some help spreading the word, and there is no substitute for a personal recommendation. Social media has it's place, but let's face it: many of us began coming to the gig because a trusted friend told us about it, and opened us up to amazing nights of music. All those wonderful memories, just because someone said: "We have to go to this!"

So this is your chance to make memories for a new batch of BAG followers. Please spread the word, share this post via your social media, email it to selected contacts, but above all - talk to your friends about the gigs, and encourage them to come along. Now, more than ever, Live music needs support. Musicians need places to play - this is their life's work - without venues, there are no gigs, and nowhere for artists to perform; without fans of live music coming out to support gigs, there is no reason for venues to bother putting on gigs. It's all connected.

So you are vital to the future of Live music. Your support over the years has been terrific, and is the reason why I can continue doing this. Please keep it up, and bring a friend as often as you can. This year promises to be the best yet, and I'm looking forward to sharing many more wonderful nights of music with you all.

See ye in Mick's!

R.T.
https://www.facebook.com/BAGBallymoreAcousticGigs

Saturday, 28 April 2018

BUDDY MONDLOCK, with MIKE LINDAUER - LIVE at BAG - Monday, May 21st


www.buddymondlock.com

Buddy Mondlock and Mike Lindauer are almost as much 'favoured sons' of Ballymore Eustace as the locals themselves, as they have been coming and playing music in the village for 20 years. So it is always a personal pleasure to welcome them back for their (pretty much) annual visit ever since.

They return to play BAG at Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday May 21st. Doors open at 8:30pm. Admission is €12.

Buddy Mondlock is one of the finest songwriters of our generation, and if you've never seen or heard him before, I can tell you that he has written songs that you almost certainly do know, for his songs have been recorded by the likes of Janis Ian, Art Garfunkel, Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, Garth Brooks, and others...
I can also tell you that once you've seen a Buddy and Mike show once, you'll want to keep coming back! Mike Lindauer is, without doubt, one of the finest Fretless Bass guitarists, and harmony vocalist you'll get to see live. He regularly tours with Al Stewart.

So come along; I can promise you a wonderful night of songs and music - but most of you already know that!

Video: 'Coming Down In The Rain' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6JAoOT0Z8w

WINTER WILSON - Live @ BAG - Monday, May 14th


Winter Wilson (a pretty cool name for a folk outfit, if you ask me) is/are wife and husband duo, Kip Winter and Dave Wilson. www.winterwilson.com/

They return to play BAG at Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday, May 14th. Doors open at 8:30pm; show 9pm. Admission is €12.

Kip (vocals, accordion, guitar, flute) is one of the finest singers on the circuit, expressing power and emotion in equal measure “from melting to belting”, while Dave (vocals, guitar and banjo) is amongst the top tier of British song writers, with his songs covered by some of folk’s “greats”.

In October 2016, while still busy touring their latest album at the time - “Ashes and Dust”, the follow up to “Cutting Free” which made the Daily Telegraph’s ten recommended folk albums for Summer 2014 - the duo were offered the supporting slot on Fairport Covention's Winter 2018 tour.
That call quickly led to the duo writing and recording a new album, 'Far Off On The Horizon', to take on the tour. The new album has been critically acclaimed as perhaps their best yet.
The tour was a massive success for the duo, and you can read about it here:
https://winterwilson.wordpress.com/2018/02/28/who-knows-where-the-time-went-the-fairport-convention-wintour-2018/

It's no great surprise that the tour was a success for the duo, for it's in live performance that Winter Wilson really excel, bringing a sense of intimacy to every stage, welcoming audiences into their world, mixing songs with stories of life on the road. “This isn’t a performance – it’s a domestic!”

Tight harmonies, killer songs and a lot of fun – that’s Winter Wilson.

Video: Live at Union Chapel - 'Ghost', and 'Life In The Old Dog Yet' with Fairport Convention.
https://youtu.be/loTo9zzTQGg

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

SARAH McQUAID - Live @ BAG - Monday, April 30

Photo by Phil Nicholls (www.philnicholls.co.uk).
Sarah McQuaid returns to Mick Murphy's - Stage Inn Bar - in Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare for the fourth time on Monday, April 30th. Doors open at 8:30pm for a 9pm show. Admission is €12 at the door. Patrons are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Visit http://www.sarahmcquaid.com/ for other tour dates and more information about Sarah.

“The precision and sophistication of the writing and playing blows me away. I am so glad to be involved,” writes guitar legend Michael Chapman in his introduction to Sarah McQuaid’s fifth solo album If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous – which he offered to produce after meeting Sarah at a festival where they were both on the bill.

Recently honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Ards International Guitar Festival in Northern Ireland, Sarah’s also drawn critical praise for her voice (which has been variously likened to malt whiskey and melted chocolate) and her engaging rapport with audiences: “I’ve attended hundreds of concerts of all kinds, and her subtle mastery onstage launches her straight into my fave shows ever,” wrote The Huffington Post.

With the release of her new album, the Madrid-born, Chicago-raised, Cornwall-based singer/songwriter has expanded her battery of instruments to include piano, electric guitar and drum, and it’s drawn critical raves internationally: Dutch music magazine Heaven hailed it as “an early contender for folk album of 2018,” the UK’s fRoots said it was “a collection to savour” and the USA’s PopMatters called it “a gateway into a true innovator’s soul.”

“Seeing a shared world in a new way, from a different angle, is the role of the songwriter. Sarah gets a gold star on that front. This is a fabulous album.” —The Afterword

“A darkly melodic, richly layered folk tapestry ... haunting and sparse, yet beautifully rendered ... a voice as thick and soft as fur.” —Elmore Magazine

“A work of formidable passion.” —FolkWords

sarahmcquaid.com
facebook.com/sarahmcquaidmusic
twitter.com/sarahmcquaid
youtube.com/sarahmcquaid
instagram.com/sarahmcquaidmusic

PETER MULVEY - Live at BAG - Monday, April 23, 2018


www.petermulvey.com

Peter Mulvey returns to Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare - where he has been coming for 20 years - to play BAG at Mick Murphy's Bar on Monday, April 23rd. I've been onboard since pretty much the start, and it is my personal pleasure to welcome him 'home' again. Doors will open at 8:30pm, when I will gently relieve you of €12 to fund Peter's continuing troubadouring around the world! Patrons are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Its a difficult challenge to select just one video to give the uninitiated a flavour of what Peter Mulvey's music is all about. But I've chosen a pretty recent one, off the current album, 'Are You Listening'. In it, he takes the ordinary, and makes it extraordinary - as is his gift. Pound for pound, a true heavyweight among American songwriters of our generation.
'DIA' - https://youtu.be/CjizWGaTFFU

Now, what the website says:

Peter Mulvey is a veteran singer and songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He began his career on the streets of Dublin, as a busker, and from there moved on to performing in the subways and streets of Boston. This led to his first record deal and a leap to full-time national and international touring, beginning in the early Nineties.

Mulvey is an iconoclast within the singer/songwriter world. Restless and inventive, he has made seventeen records,spanning rock and roll, folk, Jazz, spoken word, and Americana.
A long-standing gig at the National Youth Science Camp led toa spoken word piece, “Vlad the Astrophysicist”, which became a TEDx talk, and then an illustrated book. In 2007 he began an
annual late summer tour by bicycle instead of by car andairplane- the 10th annual bicycle tour will happen this September. He has taught songwriting and guitar workshops at the Swannanoa Gathering and at various folk festivals across the U.S.

In 2015, “Take Down Your Flag”, his song about the victims of the shooting at the AME Emanuel Church in Charleston, reached 200,000 people when many songwriters, including Ani DiFranco, Anais Mitchell, Keb’ Mo, Paula Cole, & Jeff Daniels, re-wrote the middle verse and posted their own videos of the song. This movement led to an online benefit concert, and a deepening of the friendship between Mulvey and DiFranco.
Early in 2016 DiFranco produced “Are You Listening?”, Peter Mulvey’s 17th record, which was released on March 24th 2017 on Righteous Babe Records.

Mulvey continues to tour, playing over a hundred shows a year as he has for the past twenty five years. This is the core of what he does: music, in a room, performed for a live audience.

ARBORIST - Live at BAG - Monday, April 9th

Photo: Carrie Davenport, Getty Images.

http://www.arboristmusic.com/

ARBORIST (Mark McCambridge) makes his debut BAG appearance at Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare, on Monday, April 9th. Doors open at 8:30pm. Admission is €12 at the door. Patrons are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

I saw Arborist for the first time last December, opening for Malojian in Kilkenny's Set Theatre. I was hugely impressed with the material, and the charasmatic, yet understated stage presence. I knew immediately that I had to bring him to Ballymore, and I'm delighted to be able to do so. R.T.

ARBORIST released their debut album, 'Home Burial', in November 2016 to critical acclaim. UNCUT 8/10 “A staggering debut of depth and substance", ★★★★ The Guardian "A Man of My Age feels like an instant classic" and ★★★★ Mojo "A deliciously self-assured collection."
Listen to 'A Man Of My Age', here: https://soundcloud.com/arboristmusic/a-man-of-my-age

Mark McCambridge played his first show as ARBORIST in 2014 supporting James Yorkston. A solo tour of Ireland followed before impressive performances led to notable support slots alongside Low, Cat Power, Echo and The Bunnymen and Guy Garvey.

Since the release of their debut single "Twisted Arrow" in 2015, Arborist have become somewhat cult properties, thanks in no small part to KIM DEAL (Pixies, The Breeders) contributing delicate harmonies to the song. A nonchalant and thoughtful piece of Americana, conceived in Belfast, it premiered on Stereogum and The Line of Best Fit with extensive play on BBC 6 Music. It was also featured in The Guardian Guide’s tracks of the week.

They are set to record their sophomore LP in 2018.