Monday, April 28, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
I had the pleasure of going to Dolan’s Last night for the second time this week. However tonight was a completely different affair as we were in a tightly packed warehouse and we went from Male Singer–Songwriter to Female Singer-Songwriter with Gemma Hayes taking the stage.
We were first treated to ‘Happy Sad’ taken from Gemma's second album “The Roads Don’t Love You” (2005) and what followed was a mish-mash of her extensive back catalogue and some newbie’s from her soon to released album “The Hollow of Morning”. Already these new songs seem to be like old favourites and proving how prolific she is, she confidentently showcased a beautiful song written only last week called ‘Oliver’. The crazy antics of the electric guitar player kept me entertained as Gemma rocked the packed warehouse. Her new album will be available to buy on May 12th but last night we got an opportunity to buy it, its already a favourite and will be hard to put down with such crowd pleasers as ‘Out of our hands’ and ‘In Over My Head’. Another great night of music, Cheers!
25 Castlebar - Royal Theatre (Ruby Room
27 Galway - Roisin Dubh
28 Belfast - Spring & Airbrake
29 Dublin - Tripod
For more info & News on Gemma check out http://www.gemmahayes.com/index.html
Gemma Hayes – Happy Sad
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I have always said that upstairs in Dolan’s is one of the best venues around. It brings a kind of warmth to a gig and it almost feels like we are in the artist's living room and we are almost intruding on a private session, but last night we were all warmly invited round Mark's for tea (Guinness) & Music.
We were first treated to Ann Scott. She is currently touring with Mark and also features on his new album “Opium”. Ann is going out with the producer of the album and studio band member Karl Odlum. She wowed us with a combination of velvety vocals and finely picked guitar, and was a perfect introduction to the main performance in which she provided a harmonious counterpart to Mark's vocals. Mr. Geary arrived on stage and spoke of his fondness of Limerick and how he has cousins around these parts - and sure why wouldn’t he, the place is full of Gearys! He opened with the infectious "Cold Little Fire" which set the tone for this intimate gig. The set began with some hand picked songs from the new album, which included “Always”, of which Mark said: “This is a love song, not the roses and chocolates side of love, but the bricks through the window and calling the police side of love. Nobody writes love songs like that anymore!!" He then moved on to some crowd favourites from “33 1/3 Grand Street” & “Ghosts”. The atmosphere was so relaxed, the banter from a contented crowd adding to the intimate feel. Mark and his band flowed through his set list and then bid us good night. After calls from the crowd, Mark returned on stage solo to play requests from the audience, which included “You’re the Only Girl”, “Morphine” , “Adam & Eve” and even a brilliant rendition of Radiohead’s "No Surprises". The evening seemed to fly by and I suppose that in itself is testament to the fluidity and ease of the performance. Cheers for a great gig.
Cold Little Fire
Facin’ the fall
King of Swords
Not on your life
Maid of Gold
It Beats Me
You’re the Only Girl
Radiohead’s No Surprises
Adam & Eve + Ray LaMontagne's Jolene
Check out Ann Scott Here http://www.annscott.net/
Check out Mark Geary Here http://www.markgeary.com/
Info on his new album plus gig warm up http://indielimerick.blogspot.com/2008/04/geary-brings-opium-to-limerick.html
Hungry for gigs? check out Gemma Hayes this Thursday @ Dolan’s.
Mark Geary - Tuesday Live @ Dolans 22/04/08 (Sorry for the Quality)
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
After researching the background to this album it becomes clear where this sound emanates from. Let me fill you in.
Bon Iver represents the French word “bon hiver” meaning good winter. Good winter is a very interesting way to put it, but I bet Justin Vernon didn’t think it would have been refer to as a Good Winter when he set about to start this album.
He had just been in the middle of a split from his previous band “DeYarmond Edison” and just got into his head to go into isolation in the form of a remote cabin in Wisconsin for four months. While Justin was there he kept up to date with day to day up keep of his father’s farmland which was adjacent to the cabin. He busied himself with various activities such a wood cutting and so on. His artistic side obviously woke up while there and began to write this amazing folk/indie album. I can just picture him alone in the middle of nowhere surrounded by guitars, recording equipment and hundreds of papers with lyrics on them.
This story has one of a great happy ending as Vernon's self-released debut album is one of fine quality and worth a listen or two.
Bon Iver plays Crawdaddy 2nd of June , Dublin
Check out his Myspace page here http://www.myspace.com/boniver
Bon Iver -Flume (dont blame me for goosebumps)
Monday, April 14, 2008
Like the pixies film below this documentary is on pitchfork.tv for one week only. Every week this website offers us a new band's film. Last week's film on the pixies was a real insight into the band and this week's film offers us a look into the unusual band "Air". get to the site soon and give it a whirl as its only there for one week only http://pitchfork.tv/?p=one-week-only
I love the section where they are getting asked crazy questions from the press, which they dont understand a must watch!
One of the few hard Irish working singer songwriters is coming back to limerick this month (22th of April) and this time he is bringing along new material from his new album Opium. The album sounds superb on first listen and continues to grow on me.
Mark Geary’s third album showcases a sole that has been on a long and winding tour of the states and someone who was trying to find themselves and won the battle.
There are some fantastic songs on here and I am sure we will be hearing quite a lot from Geary before the year is out.
He describes the album as being “about escape and the notion of consequence”. Tracks such as “Tuesday” and “Atrophy” seems to emanate that statement and it’s a record you will find yourself going back to again and again.
His other albums “33 1/3 Grand Street” in 2003 and “Ghosts” in 2004 have had critical acclaim and are well worth looking into. Check out more of Mr.Geary at http://www.markgeary.com/
Mark Geary - Tuesday (From the new album)
-- He plays Dolan’s 22th of April (http://www.dolanspub.com/event.php)
-- He Plays Electric Picnic 31st of August ( http://indielimerick.blogspot.com/2008/03/festival-conundrum-update-electric.html)
Friday, April 11, 2008
Named after a painting by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, Coldplay's Fourth Studio album is nearly here. The release date is said to be June 16 with a possible single before then.
The website posted the above indicating the Tracks to be included in the new album. The title to be honest sounds a bit more Ricky martin then Mexican painting but hows ever the proof is in the hearing. Will look forward to this and hopefully they have gone down the path of parachutes but i have an strange feeling they haven't.
To keep an eye on their progress check out http://www.coldplay.com/
*Sorry for the lack of posts this week still recovering from the fantastic weekend in Gloucester*
Coldplay at their raw greatness live at Barfly sessions
Part 2 & 3 on youtube.com
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
Name : The Acid Test
The Acid Test Live from BALCONYTV.COM (23/03/2008)