Friday, 20 March 2015

John Murry (USA) - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday, March 30, 2015

John Murry plays Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday, March 30. Doors open: 8:30pm; Gig 9:15pm; Admission: €12 at the door.

With a family relationship to American author, William Faulkner; a critically acclaimed debut album, 'The Graceless Age' in 2012 ('Uncut' called it "a masterpiece" and gave it a 9/10 rating', Mojo" gave the record a 5/5 Star review, and The Guardian called it "a work of genius" also giving it 5/5 stars); a subsequent full blown heroin addiction, and recovery; a devoted, and growing cult following, John Murry has packed a lifetime's living into his 33 years.
Writing songs that give expression to inner pain, and buried joy, Murry's material is indeed on the darker side (and by Murry's own admission "...not for everyone") but no less compelling for it. This is not depressing, mawkish material; this is honesty, truth, and a search for redemption, and for the light. This is John Murry; this is the real deal.

Most highly recommended.

'Photograph' -
'Southern Skies' -
'Little Colored Balloons' -

Suppport from Peter Doran - 'Tug' -

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Woody Pines - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday, March 23, 2015.

Woody Pines - Down Home Swing
LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, Monday, March 23rd, Doors 8:30pm; Gig: 9:15PM Sharp; Admission: €12 at the door.

No stranger to fans of the new folk music coming from all corners of the USA, alongside artists like Old Crow Medicine Show and Pokey LaFarge, Woody Pines continues to forage thru the secret world of old 78สน′s and to write new chapters in the Anthology of American Music. Integrating sounds from Leadbelly to Bob Dylan, from Woody Guthrie to Preservation Hall, Woody Pines belts out songs of fast cars, pretty women and hard luck with a distinctive vintage twang.

Recently signed by Nashville’s Muddy Roots Records, they will have a brand new album to promote in 2015, produced by Grammy-winner Mitch Dane  and Mixed by Vance Powell, renowned as one of the best from studio work with the likes of Jack White, JD McPherson, Seasick Steve and Beck. 

The trio’s distinctive bigger-than-three viper sound is beefed up by Skip Frontz Jr on upright bass, adding both foot tappin’ low-end and rapid fire percussion with his red hot slap technique, and Brad Tucker on vintage electric guitar, Resonator and vocal harmonies. 

Maverick magazine praised the last album as “an intoxicating blend of rural and urban stringband, country blues, ragtime and jug band music”


'I Would Do Anything' -
'Addicted to Blood' -

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Pete Cummins with Brian Harris - LIVE in Mick Murphy's, Monday, March 16, 2015

Pete Cummins - formerly of The Fleadh Cowboys and Granny's Intentions returns to play BAG on Monday next in support of his new, second solo record, 'Crooked Highway'. Pete will be aided and abetted by Brian Harris on guitars. Doors open at 8:30pm; Gig: 9:15pm. Admission: €12 at the door.

Some Bio: Pete Cummins is an Irish musician. He won a Grammy Citation for his contribution to the album “Other Voices, Other Rooms” by Nanci Griffith, at the 1993 ceremony. He is a founding member of Irish band Fleadh Cowboys. He started playing music in a Beat Group in Dublin in the mid 60’s with two bands, The Stepping Stones and The Circle. He joined Limerick band Granny’s Intentions in 1968 and recorded Honest Injun for the Deram lable.
The former Fleadh Cowboy has recorded and played with Townes Van Zandt , Donovan The Chieftains, and Nanci Griffith, with whom he was awarded a Grammy citation for his contribution to her 1993 album Other Voices Other Rooms.
In 2008 Pete released his first solo album The Brilliant Architect to critical acclaim, one of the songs, Flowers in Baghdad spent two years in Neil Young’s anti war website chart.
Pete's new single 'The Gypsy Rose' is released on Thursday March 11, and you can get a free download from a limited time from Pete's website.
You can view it here on YouTube:

Monday, 2 March 2015

Ed Romanoff & Clive Barnes with Seth Parker, Monday, March 9, 2015

Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare, Monday March 9. Doors 8:30pm; Gig 9:15pm; Admission: €12 - Final night of the Irish leg of their tour, before heading to New York for some Stateside dates.

Ed Romanoff:  

Ed Romanoff’s eleven song, self-titled debut was a Roots Radio Top 100 Album for 2012, has been played in 13 countries and ranked as high as number 12 on the European Americana Charts.  Produced by Crit Harmon, the album’s smoky haze and rustic sounds paint a moody landscape to showcase Ed’s earthy voice and features cameo vocal appearances from Josh Ritter, Tift Merritt and Meg Hutchinson.

Cutting a wide emotional swath, nine songs from Ed’s inaugural effort won top awards at The International Songwriting Competition, USA Songwriting Competition, The Great American Song Contest and The Nashville Songwriters Association International Competition. Most recently he joined Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, James McMurtry, and Nanci Griffith as a New Folk Winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival.  Ed lives in New York City with his Costa Rican rescue dog, Freckles, and is currently finishing his first book.

Clive Barnes is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter of rare quality, and is no stranger to BAG, having played the gig many times over many years. A Bluesman at heart, Clive has developed a signature sound on both guitar, and lap-slide.
He has shared stages with Eric Bibb, Taj Mahal, The Blind Boys of Alabama and many, many, more. With four highly acclaimed solo studio albums under his belt, Barnes will release his fifth record 'Get Low' in late Summer 2015.