Welcome back to the start of another season of BAG - the eighth year of top Acoustic Roots acts from home, and abroad, presented on Monday nights in the intimate surroundings of Mick Murphy's Bar, in Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare.
Between early September and the end of May 2019, we will be treated to some of the best acts on the Roots/Folk/Indie scene, some at the top of their game; others emerging - many dates are already booked and confirmed, with more in the pipeline.
In order for this concert series to continue to work, I need you - Dear reader/listener - to keep coming out, and supporting Live music. I could also do with some help spreading the word, and there is no substitute for a personal recommendation. Social media has it's place, but let's face it: many of us began coming to the gig because a trusted friend told us about it, and opened us up to amazing nights of music. All those wonderful memories, just because someone said: "We have to go to this!"
So this is your chance to make memories for a new batch of BAG followers. Please spread the word, share this post via your social media, email it to selected contacts, but above all - talk to your friends about the gigs, and encourage them to come along. Now, more than ever, Live music needs support. Musicians need places to play - this is their life's work - without venues, there are no gigs, and nowhere for artists to perform; without fans of live music coming out to support gigs, there is no reason for venues to bother putting on gigs. It's all connected.
So you are vital to the future of Live music. Your support over the years has been terrific, and is the reason why I can continue doing this. Please keep it up, and bring a friend as often as you can. This year promises to be the best yet, and I'm looking forward to sharing many more wonderful nights of music with you all.
See ye in Mick's!