Friday, 23 February 2018

I Draw Slow - Live @ BAG - Monday, March 5th

Video: 'Same Old Dress Will Do' -

After releasing their critically acclaimed fourth album 'Turn Your Face To The Sun' last year, the five good folks of I Draw Slow have continued to tour the planet, bringing their unique Irish take on an Old-Time/Folk/Bluegrass String band sound to it's four corners.
It's a pleasure to welcome the band back to BAG, where, just like the last time, we'll set them up around a couple of good condenser microphones, and let you hear them just as nature intended.

So come along to Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare on Monday, March 5th. Doors will open at 8:30pm. Admission is €15

Patrons are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

***As of this morning (Friday) the gig is 100% on! The cold snap is expected to have passed by Monday, so see you in Mick's!***

Friday, 16 February 2018

Blackbird & Crow/Richie Healy & Friends - Double Bill. Monday, Feb 26th.

On Monday, February 26th, I'm delighted to present two BAG Debutantes for the price of one - literally!

From Donegal come duo, Blackbird and Crow (Maighread Grace and Stephen Doohan). 

Ever wondered what a 21st century Rory Gallagher and Janis Joplin pairing would sound like? Well, wonder no more.

Whether performing their high energy electric slide guitar driven foot-stompin' Blues, or their more paired-back acoustic guitar led material, this is one hot act, Live. Delighted to have them in the BAG.

From the Marble City of Kilkenny, comes Richie Healy

With detectable influences as broad as Springsteen, Waits, and old Delta Bluesmen, Richie is a songwriter of tremendous depth, and striking lyrical ability. 

He is beautifully backed on his brand new album, 'The Perilous Tree', by Ger Moloney on accordion, and Elise Ramsbottom on backing vocals, and both also accompany him Live. 

Richie Healy presents himself humbly, and with self-deprecation, but the songs speak volumes, in their truth, and honesty.

Doors open at 8:30pm. Admission is €12 at the door. Patrons are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Mark Geary - LIVE @ BAG - Monday, Feb 19th

(Photo Credit above: Celine O'Donnell Photography)

Mark Geary has become a favourite artiste at BAG, and each year his return is much anticipated.

This year sees him return with a brand new album entitled 'The Fool'. From what I've heard so far, the new record continues to exhibit Mark's fine songwriting, and gift for memorable melody.

But, it is Live where Mark Geary truly excels. He is one of the most giving of performers that you'll see play. He has a charisma on stage that draws the listener in, and once they're in, he can hold them all night.

Truly, it is a pleasure to welcome him back to BAG.

Joining Mark on the night, will be Dave Hingerty on drums, and Colm Quearney on bass.

Doors open at 8:30pm. Patrons are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Admission is €12 at the door.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

John Spillane - LIVE @ BAG, Monday, Feb 12th

John Spillane returns to Mick Murphy's Bar, Ballymore Eustace, on Monday, Feb 12th, 2018. Doors open at 8:30pm, and patrons are advised to arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Admission is €15, at the door.

On November 4th 2017, John Spillane, arguably Cork’s finest living troubadour, released the first in a series of three very special albums of acoustic renditions of some of his famous songs.

We’ll let John tell the story, as only John can…

"Friends have been encouraging me for years to make an album of simple, acoustic versions of my songs, and here it is. These songs were written over a period of 35 years, from 1982 to 2017. With the exception of 'The Streets of Ballyphehane' they have all been previously released by myself and many of them have been covered by artists like Pauline Scanlon, Christy Moore, Karan Casey, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Seán Keane, Róisín El Safty, Máire Ní Chéilleachair, Sharon Shannon, Méav, Nell Ní Chróinín, Cathie Ryan, Caroline Fraher, George Murphy, and by bands such as Nomos, Solas, Danú, Greenshine, The Outside Track, Project West, Girsa, Shooglenifty and The Battlefield Band. Hurray!

Other singers who have performed live versions of these songs include Mick Flannery, Mary Black, Brian Kennedy and Declan O' Rourke.

Happy days in the Hit Factory. It's been a blast.

It is a great honour for me that my songs have been sung at many Irish funerals and at many a wedding as well, and by singers at sessions around the world. Thank you all.

The lyrics and the stories behind the songs are all in my book 'Will We Be Brilliant Or What? Songs and Stories by John Spillane ' - The Collins Press 2016.

Well done everyone!"  - 
John Spillane, Passage West, County Cork, October 2017.