Wednesday, January 26, 2011

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Nirvana - Irish Tour History

The great blog Swear I'm not Paul has sparked me to check out the Irish tour history of Nirvana. The blog just put up a bootleg of their Cork show from 1991 which was sparked from a post here which was sparked from here . How fun! Nirvana would have been one of the first bands that was on constantly when I was growing up thanks to an older brothers infatuation with the group. The band only made 4 appearances in Ireland including 3 cancelled shows, one in 91 in McGonagles, Dublin, where the band finished their tour early due to exhaustion. They cancelled two in 94 one for August in the Simmonscourt Pavilion, Royal Dublin Society which was rescheduled for October but Kurt's untimely death cancelled this particular show. Here is the list of the three shows :
08/20/91 - Sir Henry's, Cork, Ireland SET : Drain You • Smells Like Teen Spirit • Floyd The Barber • Sliver • Breed • About A Girl • School • Lounge Act • Negative Creep • Been A Son • Blew • Endless, Nameless SUPPORT : Sonic Youth BOOTLEG : Link
08/21/91 - The Top Hat, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland SET : Smells Like Teen Spirit • Floyd The Barber • Drain You • Sliver • On A Plain SUPPORT : The Donnelly Brothers • Mexican Pets • Power Of Dreams • Sonic Youth 06/21/92 - The Point Theatre, Dublin, Ireland SET : Aneurysm • Drain You • Stay Away • School • Sliver • In Bloom • Breed • About A Girl • Polly • Lithium • Blew • Been A Son • On A Plain • Negative Creep • Come As You Are • Smells Like Teen Spirit • Territorial Pissings SUPPORT : The Breeders • Teenage Fanclub
06/22/92 - The King's Hall, Belfast, United Kingdom SET : Aneurysm • Drain You • Stay Away • Sliver • School • In Bloom • Breed • About A Girl • Scoff • Polly • Lithium • Blew • Been A Son • On A Plain • Swap Meet • Negative Creep • Come As You Are • Love Buzz • Smells Like Teen Spirit • Territorial Pissings SUPPORT : The Breeders • Teenage Fanclub More in the Irish Tour History Series : The Rolling Stones Irish Tour History The Who Irish Tour History Neil Young Irish Tour History Leonard Cohen Irish Tour History David Bowie Irish Tour History Bob Dylan Irish Tour History Ryan Adams Irish Tour History The Smiths / Morrissey Irish Tour History Oasis Irish Tour History

Friday, January 21, 2011

The Phantom Band + Protobaby, Dolans 20/01/11 Review

Full Review + Videos coming soon! Protobaby Set List: Freedom Time Flourescent Clones If I Could? Sold You A Lie State of Affairs The Spark Protobaby - Time Live at Dolans, Limerick 20/01/2011 by indielimerick The Phantom Band Set List: Throwing Bones O Mountain Everybody Knows It's True Into The Corn Walls A Glamour The Howling The None of One Come Away in the Dark Left Hand Wave

Friday, January 14, 2011

Digital Socket Awards 2011 Shortlist

The Shortlist and Line up for the inagural awards are now listed over at

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Choice Music Prize - Irish Album of The Year 2010 Shortlist

No real surprises here, Money is on Villagers to win! Adebesi Shank - This is the Second Album of a band called Adebisi Shank (Richter Collective) The Cast of Cheers - Chariot Cathy Davey - The Nameless (Hammer Toe Records) Fight Like Apes - The Body of Christ & The Legs of Tina Turner (Model Citizen) Halves - It Goes, It Goes (Forever & Ever) (Hate is The Enemy) Imelda May – Mayhem (Universal) James Vincent McMorrow – Early in The Morning (Universal) O Emperor - Hither Thither (Universal) Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History (Kitsune) Villagers - Becoming a Jackal (Domino) The shortlist has been selected by a panel of 11 Irish music media professionals representing print, radio, online and TV. The full list of judges can be found on the Choice Music Prize website: The winning Album of the Year will be selected by the judging panel at the Choice Music Prize Live Event at Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday March 3.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Albums Worth Checking Out This January

L-R Rumer - Seasons Of My Soul The Decemberists - The King Is Dead Des O'Dwyer - Home James (Available in dolans) Iron & Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean White Lies - Ritual Pearse McGloughlin – Twine EP Cake - Showroom of Compassion 21Outs - Maybe I'll Have Yours (Click to buy) Suggestions Welcome as Always

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Tribute Night to Des O'Dwyer , Dolans 01/01/11 Review

Picture Courtesy of Pat Browne ( Check out more here)
I have been meaning to write about the passing of Des O'Dwyer for some time now. The massive turnout last night at the Tribute night for Des at Dolans speaks volumes of the very high esteem in which Des was held amongst family, friends and music-lovers. Personally I would have met Des a lot at gigs and through my uncle Eamonn Hehir, one of his closest friends and bandmates. Simply put, Des was a seriously sound guy and would always salute you and give his time freely to you, and this was reflected in the hundreds of people who gathered to pay tribute to him.
A collection of Limerick's finest musicians gathered in tribute to put on a magnificent show for a jam-packed Dolan's Warehouse. The bill boasted the likes of Joe Browne & the Dirty Dawgs, Toucandance, Tuesday Blue, The O'Malleys and a one-off collaboration entitled Medicine Machine - Des's musical pseudonym for his solo projects. Joe Browne kicked off proceedings with his backing band the Dirty Dawgs and treated the audience to a mixed set of original songs and a selection of covers which got the crowd going. He was promptly followed by legendary Limerick outfit Toucandance (Eamon Hehir, Dawn Browne, Sean Fox and Eddie Clancy & guest vocals from Siobhan O'Brien and Jenny McMahon) - a special treat as the band haven't played together in quite some time. They played two of Des' own songs which feature on the 13 track album, 'Home James' and two Toucandance classics, 'Dry Land', and 'Steve Brodie Took a Chance'. to the delight of the crowd. See videos below. Tuesday Blue took to the stage to a rapturous welcome from the crowd in a rare appearance, and played a blinding set including classics such as 'Cut and Dry', 'Love Me Simple' and 'Tunnel Vision'. They were extremely tight and played with the gusto of a band that had never stopped playing together. Mike Ryan's vocals were unbelievably powerful and Dave Keary played a blinder on lead guitar for the entire night, hardly leaving the stage all evening making an appearance with every act on the bill. Tuesday Blue were followed by Medicine Machine, a conglomerate of all the acts and Des' musical colleagues, who played a number of Des' original songs all of which are featured on the album. Guests included Brian O'Connor & Niall Quinn of the Hitchers and Fin Chambers from Woodstar and John Steele who featured throughout the night. "Every Home Should Have One of These" was a particular highlight. Between acts we were treated to projected pictures and videos of Des which included the video of Green Eyes by Toucandance and a 1989 MegaMix show appearance from Toucandance performing Radon Daughters. The O'Malley's brought the night to a close. The last time I saw the O'Malleys was in The Greyhound Bar in Kilkee in the Summer. A great night of music with Des on top form so it was fitting to see them close out this tribute night to Des. The night concluded with a cover of David Bowie's Heroes performed by John Steele, Mike Ryan and Dave Keary which had the crowd singing in full voice. Des' album 'Home James' was released on the night and can be bought behind the bar in Dolan's - all songs written, recorded & produced by Des. All in all, a great night was had by all. This emotionally-charged evening provided a delightful dose of nostalgia whilst celebrating what it was that Des was all about. Indeed, it was a fitting tribute to Des, a fantastic musician and an all-round nice guy and I'm sure everyone there would agree that it would be great to see a night like this become an annual event. Cheers for the music Des. R.I.P Des O'Dwyer 1962-2010