Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Ger Wolfe - Live in Mick Murphy's

Touring in support of his current CD - 'I Have Been Loved'
Monday, March 3, 2014 - Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare.
Doors 8:30pm; Gig: 9:15pm sharp. Admission: €12

Cork singer/songwriter Ger Wolfe has been coming to Ballymore Eustace for many years; each visit he brings a bag of songs that paint images of real, and simple folk, in their places; their towns; their landscapes. He speaks to the heart of the matter; to the truths that bind us all to the lives we lead, and to the dreams we follow.

Ger's lyrics read as pieces of poetry: accessible poetry, that has meaning and relevance to every reader.

Musically, Ger's individual style of fingerstyle playing is at once, rich, and delicate. In there, are nods to a traditional Irish music sound; to folk, blues, and even Reggae!

A truly unique and wonderful singer, and songwriter, Ger is someone you really ought to see live.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Two Evenings With The Henry Girls

The Henry Girls (The McLoughlin sisiters) from Donegal, are about to release their new album 'Louder Than Words'. To promote this fine collection of music and songs, they are embarking on a thirteen date Irish Tour. 
I'm delighted to be hosting two of those dates next Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 24 & 25.
Monday's show is in Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co Kildare. Doors open at 8:30pm; showtime is 9:15pm. Admission is €12 at the door.
Tuesday's show happens Upstairs at Cunninghams, Kildare Town - 
Doors open at 8pm for a 9pm show. Admission is €12 on the door.

Here's what the press said: 

‘A full bodied and powerfully dynamic collection..High buoyant vocal harmonies and ebullient instrumental attack make for stellar moments aplenty.’
fRoots Magazine (UK)

‘What gossamer voices came whisping out of our speakers? Who are these lovely voices that bewitch us? The Henry Girls are more like the three Graces: Splendor, Mirth, and Cheer. If indeed there are angels among us, here be them.’
New Folk Radio (UK)

‘…shimmering harmonies…this winsome Irish trio weaves a continuous spell, adorning a fresh sounding and varied set with their beguiling and versatile vocal chemistry’
Roots Music Report (USA)

Video: 'Maybe'

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Gig Listings for February/March/April 2014

BAG bookings for the first half of 2014 are almost fully complete, at this stage! Imagine that: second week of February and Mick Murphy's (MM) in Ballymore Eustace, is already booked every available Monday (excepting Bank Holiday Mondays) up to the end of May! There are only two Mondays left in June, and one in July, before our last gig of the summer on July 14! Those available dates will be confirmed soon, too.

Some dates in the second half of the year are already booked, also- but we'll get to those in months to come!

Gigs Upstairs at Cunninghams (USAC), in Kildare (, are usually monthly and February and March are booked. More to follow, I'll post updates as bookings are confirmed. Suffice to say that in conjunction with the good folks at Cunningham's, I'm hoping to bring some pretty special acts to the venue over coming months.

All gigs in both venues operate thus: Doors 8:30pm. Gig 9:15pm.
Admission to all gigs is €12 on the door, unless otherwise indicated. Capacity in Mick Murphy's is limited to 50 patrons; please come early to avoid disappointment.
USAC has a larger capacity, (60+) but early arrival is also advised - come really early, and have supper first, if you like! Cunninghams have a 'Grub'n'Gig' offer for The Henry Girls show - €20 for Chicken Curry (Thai Red, Green, or Massaman) and a ticket to the show - see the website above for more details.

So here's the next three months of gigs confirmed for both venues (MM/USAC), together with the artists' country of origin and website address, so that you can get more info, music and video links, etc.

Mon. Feb 17, MM - The Lost Brothers (IRL) -
Mon. Feb 24, MM - The Henry Girls (IRL)
Tues. Feb 25, USAC - The Henry Girls (as above)
Mon. Mar 3, MM - Ger Wolfe (IRL) -
Mon. Mar 10, MM - Paul Bradley & Friends (IRL) -
Thursday Mar 20, USAC - Peter Mulvey (USA) -
Mon. Mar 24, MM - Peter Mulvey (as above)
Mon. Mar 31, MM - The Quicksand Band (IRL) -
Mon. April 7, MM - Malcolm Holcombe (USA) -
Mon. April 14, MM - Freddie White (IRL) €15
Mon. April 28, MM - Kelley McRae (USA) -

More info will follow in due course.

I look forward to welcoming you at any of these gigs that take your fancy (I'll be the one on the door!), and thank you for supporting local live music venues.


The Lost Brothers - Live in Mick Murphy's, Monday Feb. 17

Currently busy writing and recording their fourth studio album, super young Irish folk duo, The Lost Brothers, are embarking on a few dates around the country, and I'm delighted to welcome them back to Mick Murphy's Stage Inn, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday, February 17. Doors 8:30pm; Show: 9:15pm. Admission, on the door, is just €12

The Lost Brothers - Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland, both on vocals and guitars - first met in Liverpool in 2007, having decamped from Ireland separately to further their individual careers with their respective bands. The 

Shared musical loves, and influences, which included and ranged between acts from Phil Spector to The Louvin Brothers, the Carter Family to Sam Cooke, The Impressions to Van Morrison, inevitably brought the lads together for occasional gigs together on the Liverpool scene. When together, fans referred to them as The Lost Brothers, and so it began.

After moving to Portland, Oregan to record their folk-tinged debut album, they returned to the UK releasing 'Trails of The Lonely' in 2008. Touring constantly, honing their craft as the went, they released their second album ' So Long John Fante' in 2011. With a growing profile, and increased exposure they were noticed by Raconteur Brendan Benson, who brought them out to his Nashville studio to record their third, and best album yet 'The Passing of The Night'. Released in late 2012 to critical acclaim, it achieved good airplay and recognition. And so we await their fourth offering....

The future looks mighty bright for these fine gentlemen.

As they say themselves: 'Well, alright!'

Videos: Moon River -
Who Could Love You More -