Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Rod Picott - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, October 6, 2014


Rod Picott returns to play BAG at Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday, October 6th. Doors open at 8:30pm, and admission is €12 at the door.

Rod Picott is the songs he sings. Since before Woody Guthrie songwriters have soaked their public image in the sepia tones of the working life but Picott bears the real life scars of living that life. 
Rod Picott's songs are inhabited by sheetrock hangers, drinkers, circus hands, boxers and working girls and he sings about his characters with intimacy. Listening to a Rod Picott album you can smell the gasoline on a mechanics hands and the perfume of lovers in dark corners; he fondly tells the stories of the often voiceless blue collar regular 'Joe', for he was, and still is that soldier.

The son of a welder and former Marine, Picott grew up in the small mill town of South Berwick, Maine, Rod Picott has released five solo cds and one cd with sometimes duo partner Amanda Shires-- all to excellent reviews and extensive touring. The very definition of a modern troubadour Picott tours the U.S. in a Jeep Cherokee with a current odometer reading of 276,300 miles. Picott also tours annually in Europe and the U.K. to the tune of 130 plus shows yearly. Picott is lauded for his narrative and melodic songwriting, passionate delivery and darkly humorous onstage storytelling. 

'Haunted Man' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCZtdQH6J2M

Highly recommended.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Matt Andersen - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday September 29, 2014

Website: http://www.stubbyfingers.ca/

Canadian powerhouse acoustic folk/roots/Bluesman Matt Andersen returns for his third BAG appearance in Mick Murphy's Bar in Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, on Monday Sept. 29th. This is the first of only three dates on the island of Ireland, and one of two in the Republic, so I'm delighted he's able to come play for us again.
Doors open 8:30pm. Showtime 9:15pm sharp. Admission is €12 on the door.

For more info on Matt, here's a link to Matt's promo Bio: 

I'll just say that his new record, 'Weightless' has everything you'd want from the man - power, subtlety, superb songwriting, and a storyteller's touch - all wrapped up in that distinctive rootsy, Blues sound of his that wins you over as soon as you hear it. Top notch - one of my favourite records of 2014.

Here's one of my favourites from the record - 'So Easy' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNEC6NVDRd4&list=ALHTd1VmZQRNrGdmLrudt5B6Wz6iJKj8eJ 
And another: 'Alberta Gold' - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ek1-swOBYfY&list=ALHTd1VmZQRNrGdmLrudt5B6Wz6iJKj8eJ

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Double Bill - Buddy Mondlock (USA) and Dan Walsh (UK) - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Sept 22 2014

Monday Sept 22 sees a super Double bill for BAG. US singersongwriter Buddy Mondlock returns, with his lifelong friend and super fretless bass player Mike Lindauer; they will be joined on the bill by a young singer/songwriter, and banjo sensation from the UK, Dan Walsh. Both acts will play full sets. Doors 8:30pm, Gig 9:15pm. Admission is €15 at the door.

Buddy Mondlock & Mike Lindauer have toured Ireland most years for much of the past 20 years, and are amongst BAG's most favourite acts. Buddy Mondlock is one of the great songwriters of our time, and his work has been recorded by artists such as Janis Ian, Art Garfunkel, Garth Brooks, and many more. http://www.buddymondlock.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jO9Plwt3qs 

Dan Walsh is a super talented young Banjo/Guitar player, and singer/songwriter, from Staffordshire, UK. Returning for his second BAG appearance; if its like his first, he'll wow the crowd, for sure! http://www.danwalshbanjo.co.uk/ 

Saturday, 13 September 2014

CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS - Ed Deane & Eamon Murray - LIVE in Mick Murphy's - Monday, Sept 15

Unfortunately, Ed Deane has come down with severe laryngitis and cannot perform tonight; we hope to reschedule for a future date.

Way back in the 60's a fantastic young band hit the scene with a bang, they we're called Blues House and two of its members were then school friends Ed Deane and Eamon Murray. Now all these years later these two talented musicians are playing together again as a very exciting duo. They play BAG at Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday Sept. 15. Doors 8:30pm. Admission is €12 at the door.

Eamon Murray
Ed Deane
Ed Deane one of Irelands leading guitarist who is a renowned blues musician, specializing in Slide and the Lap steel guitar and a fine singer.
The list of who he played with in London is endless; Granny’s Intentions and then with the Woods Band, Bees Make Honey who cut an album produced by Nick Lowe. The very popular Juice on the Loose with Ron Kavana and Geraint Watkins. He recorded and toured with Frankie Miller.
For much of the 90's Ed worked with the blues diva Dana Gillespie, then with Chris Jagger, Paul Jones, Shane McGowan and later with Bap Kennedy and Nick Lowe.
Ed appeared in the Mike Figgis movie ‘Stormy Sunday’. He contributed substantially to the soundtrack and was the only featured guitarist apart from B.B. King.
Ed has also played on the soundtracks of the films ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ and ‘Serendipity’.
Ed returned to Ireland 10 years ago and has recored his first solo, instrumental CD 'Slideshow' to critical acclaim on the Blue Navigator label in 2006., with his band 'The Ed Deane Band'.

Eamon Murray is one of Ireland's top harmonica players, an excellent tenor sax player, who is also a good singer.

He has worked with too many line ups to mention including Emotional Fish, Luka Bloom, Rocky de Valera and The Rhythm Kings, The Cajun Kings, Chris Meehan and his Redneck Friends, and his own band Fattenin' Frogs for Snakes.

In the last few years Eamon has recorded with Jimmy McCarthy, Luka Bloom, Nigel Mooney and Clannad and of course with Ed as a member of The Ed Deane band.

He has worked on a number of film sound tracks including the award winning ' Kings'.

With outstanding guitar, sax and harmonica, solo and harmony vocalists – they tackle an intriguing selection of some of their own material and songs from such tunesmiths as Skip James,Buddy Guy,Bobby Charles and Little Walter Jacobs.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Peter Doran - LIVE in Mick Murphy's - September 8th


Mullingar native Peter Doran has been attracting much attention since arriving on the Irish music scene some years ago. His music, often described -  not inaccurately - as soulful folk-pop, bears witness to many influences, contemporary and old-school, but it has a voice all of it own.
Peter makes his BAG Debut in Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, on Monday, Sept 8th. Doors 8:30pm; Gig 9:15pm sharp. Admission is €12 at the door.

http://arbutusyarns.net/2014/08/21/a-day-well-spent-with-peter-doran/ - for a flavour of what this young man is all about.

Peter Doran is about to release his new record - 'Outlines' - and you can read the first review of the record here:  http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2014/09/peter-doran-outlines/