Tuesday, 15 May 2012

John Spillane - Monday, May 28, 9pm.

John Spillane is consistently one of the best live Irish performers out there. No stranger to Ballymore, it's been a while since his last visit.
In September 2011, John Spillane released his current CD 'A Rock To Cling To'. No better man than the man himself to tell you about it- Over to John:
" 'A Rock To Cling To' is a new collection of beautiful songs that I have made up myself, out of my imagination, fair play to me!
This is a collection of newly composed Irish melodies, songs of love and family, songs that have come floating down to me through the air.  This is gonna be a proper album - no mad stuff!
There are no Madwomen, no Whales, no Beamish Stout, no Talkie numbers, no Sarcasm, no Mad Cork Stuff on this album.  This is an album of beautiful songs, love songs especially". Come on out, and spread the word. Monday May 28, 9pm, €12

The Dance of the Cherry Trees: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhpWqk4cz6s



Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Tania Opland & Mike Freeman, May 21, 9pm


In keeping with my desire to bring new acts and new music to BAG, Tania Opland & Mike Freeman play Mick Murphy's Stage Inn, Monday May 21. Travelling with a large range of instruments (string, wind, and percussion) Tania and Mike perform an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary material from many cultures as well as original compositions, all presented with wit and style - guaranteed to provide an evening of great music and entertainment for all, especially those seeking something a little off the beaten track. 9pm sharp. Adm: €12.


Thursday, 3 May 2012

Peter Mulvey - Monday, May 14, 9pm. Adm: €12

Peter Mulvey is no stranger to Ireland, or to Ballymore; he has been touring here regularly, and to critical acclaim for fifteen years or more. This time, he brings with him a new album: an eclectic collection of influences and styles.
Twenty-odd years on the road, performing songs from his
own catalog and from a vast, varied, and deep well of classic
and obscure covers, has amounted to a distillation process, from which has condensed the pure drop, the good stuff, as it were. 

THE GOOD STUFF, Peter Mulvey’s fifteenth record, is a collection of standards which promptly rejects the accepted definition of “Standard” in favor of a more vivid, open approach. The music of Tom Waits is right there with Duke Ellington; Willie Nelson next to Thelonious Monk; Jolie Holland juxtaposed with Bill Frisell. Mulvey (along with his band, the Crumbling Beauties) address each tune with a true artist’s touch. His mirthful, gravelly baritone is front and
center from moment one, and every track is a master class in restraint, phrasing, and commitment.

What the press say:

Boston Globe: “Peter Mulvey is all substance, which is his style.”
Mojo (UK): “Singularly gifted.”
Davis Enterprise: “The cream of the crop... sings with a clarity reserved for the likes of legends.”

THE IRISH TIMES: “Peter Mulvey is consistently the most original and dynamic of the US singer-songwriters to tour these shores... A phenomenal performer with huge energy, a quick-fire, quirky take on life, and an extraordinary guitar style... a joy to see.”

Videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/petermulveymusic?ob=0&feature=results_main

Website: http://www.petermulvey.com/