Monday, July 25, 2011

Milk Market Gig No.3

Just announced the third act to play the excellent big top is the Villagers!
Villagers come back to limerick after a wonderful show last December in St.Johns church. On the 23rd of September will be the local gig of the year, Tickets go on sale today for 23 euro.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Dolans Summer Party #1 Aug 6th

A whole host of acts will be in Dolans on the 6th of August to celebrate all things summer curated by Out on a Limb Records. The acts on the OOAL label & guests will play a 12 hour festival type party in the docklands venue. All for just 5 squid, You gotta love this town! Worth checking it out!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mahlon Sweet Field this Weekend

Limerick outfit Mahlon Sweet Field, Comprised of a stellar cast of local musician including some from the legendary "Woodstar" troupe. Support on the night comes from Pa O'Brien from "Last Days of Death Country" & Mister Justin and finishing off this excellent line up is the brilliant DJ Tom Fitz!
Check out MSF here and download their magnificent 6 track free download.
Wont be around Saturday but hopefully this gig will be a start of more to follow.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Benjamin Francis Leftwich Live at Dolans Limerick 18/07/2011 Review

A typical mid-July summers evening was upon us i.e. miserable, cold and wet and upstairs in dolans was nicely kitted out with candle lit tables and chairs strewn about the place. The support act tonight was Ben Oit. A Belgian born long time limerick resident played a nice set of home grown acoustic songs backed by a bassist. If you have to draw some comparison I would say Jack Johnson/Ryan Sheridan caught up in a buzz of soulful blues and jazz. Check him out for yourself here
Next up was the triple barrelled Benjamin Francis Leftwich, I picked up a copy of his new debut album Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm a few days ago, thanks to some Internet blog buzz about the chap. I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed this record, playing in at just over a half an hour of blissfully played guitar and excellent stories to accompany this. I love the imagery of the Sea and Stars throughout the album.
Tonight in Dolans was Benjamin's fourth night of a six gig Irish tour. The crowd were excellent tonight with the only noise in the place coming from pints being poured, Benjamin looked like he really enjoyed the place and commenting that it was the best place on the tour so far. We were treated to a lovely set filled with early EP released songs and a host from the excellent debut album. He also played three new tracks showing signs of great things to come from the York born singer. He opted at times to sing sans mic due to the brilliant silence from the crowd, adding a lovely intimate gig feeling, Benjamin said he would be back around these parts in November, Hopefully he will play Limerick again, Cheers for a great night!
Check him out here :
Set List
Break the Day Open
Bottle Baby
Butterfly Culture
Stole You Away
Is That You On That Plane
Box of Stones
Atlas Hands

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Benjamin Francis Leftwich in Dolans Next Monday

Really enjoying this guys new release entitled Last Smoke Before The Snowstorm, Benjamin plays dolans on the 18th of July as part of his 6 date Irish tour. This guy is worth checking out!!! The new album streams below.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Albums Worth Listening to in July 2011

From L-R
Gillian Welch - The Harrow & The Harvest
Beirut - The Rip Tide
Cashier No.9 - To The Death of Fun
Lamb - 5
The Japanese Popstars - Controlling Your Allegiance
Paddy Mulcahy - Trouble Instigator (Check him out here

As always suggestion very welcome!

Friday, July 1, 2011

Moscow Metro Live at Foleys Bar, Limerick 30/06/2011 REVIEW

The excellent singer songwriter night in Foley's had a great crowd in tonight. The weekly Thursday gig is a great platform for budding singers and bands to showcase their talent on front of a live audience. The organisers do a great service and run it well, each week sees a different headline act and tonight it was the turn of the young limerick act Moscow Metro.

The lads have been keeping a low profile in terms of gigging and now with a track called "Spirit of the City" seeing the light of day the band are beginning to make inroads.

We witnessed various singers take to the stage bringing their homegrown bedroom hits to the masses, Its a great evening if you have a Thursday night to spare and if you have some tunes of you own even better,

The headliners took to the stage to rapturous applause as it was clear the larger crowd were in for them, They played a small set which included a new member in the form of Jules on the piano. If you were to pick bands that sound like MM I would still say very "The National" vibes and at times touches of the "XX" when the keyboard was introduced, Lead singer Barry Mc Nulty has hints of a billy corganesque vocals. The sound quality on the night wasn't the greatest but its hard to harness a full band not used to the equipment in such short notice. The band give off a great energy and its fantastic to see a young local band on the up with excellent songs up their sleeve. Keep an eye out for Moscow Metro as I'm sure you will hear alot more from this band in the future.

Check out the Limerick Songwriter Night here
Check out Moscow Metro Here