Friday, January 31, 2014

Girl Band live at Bourkes 30/01/2014

Managed to catch Dublin outfit Girl Band in Bourkes last night, These lads sure pack a punch!
The musical equivalent of jumping head first into the cold sea. The massive loud sound is backed up by a singer who has no care for his vocal chords, The guitarist and bassist were equipped with a huge armament of pedals adding to the wonderful chaos with various loops and distortions. The foundations of Bourkes were well and truly tested by this young quartet as they smashed through their set. Extremely enjoyable to watch this energy fest, check out the clip below for a sample of it. Cheers Lads!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Albums Worth Listening to in January 2014

Yann Ryan - Apple Picking EP (Check out the local lads ep here)
James Vincent McMorrow - Post Tropical
Little Mammoths - Shoot the Crows (Free album here)
Boy & Bear - Harlequin Dream
Cat Dowling - The Believer
Harrison & the Devil - Cat Matters (Buy the Galway bands ep here)

Suggestions as always welcome!

Teenage Kicks coming to Limerick

RTE are bringing out a new TV series akin to School of Rock, They will be getting a band together made up of Limerick young wans aged 16-14. The criteria is below :

Are you from Limerick? Aged 16-24? Do you sing, rap or play a musical instrument? If so, the producers of a new RTÉ TV series want to meet you on SATURDAY, 8TH FEBRUARY in the Limerick School of Music, Mulgrave Street.
‘TEENAGE KICKS’ follows musician, and The Voice of Ireland coach, Bressie as he travels to Limerick with the goal of forming a band comprised of different musical talent.
For more information go to the TEENAGE KICKS Facebook page:

Friday, January 24, 2014

Eamonn Hehir live at Dolans 30/12/2013 Review

Apologies for the delay in putting this one on the blog, Just getting back into the swing of things after a great Christmas.
On the 29th of December a gigging tradition was renewed as local singer songwriter Eamonn Hehir assembled a band and played Dolans..
 A couple of Decembers have gone by without this tradition so it was great to see it back.
Support on the night came from another local singer songwriter by the name of Yann Ryan. Nine days before the gig yann had released a three track ep entitled 'Apple Picking'. I managed to pick up a copy on the night and I was very impressed by the quality. His relaxed story telling much like Fionn Regan with a voice similar to the style of Belle & Sebastian and nice plucking on an acoustic guitar made for a perfect opener. You can check out Yann over here.
Eamonn arrived on stage with his newly formed band slightly different from his last outing back in November 2012 to release his album 'The Flag Listeners'.  (Review) .
This time the line up comprised of John Steele on guitar , James Hanley on keys , Sean Fox on Bass and Tony Brennan on Drums with backing vocals from Siobhan O'Brien and Jenny MacMahon.
The band lashed into a 21 track set on front of a packed upstairs, The band being only newly formed played a blinder and looked like they had been playing for ages The set was mainly taken from the wonderful 2012 release and also some old classics from his Toucandance days and a cover from former band mate the late Des O'Dwyer.
The line up are hoping to play a few gigs around Limerick during 2014, It would be great to see another release too. Cheers for a cracking night!
Cold Year
Angels Share
Rider's Song
Things Will Happen
Before the Song was over
Dry Land
Restless Kind
Little Man
Running Scared
People are Happy in Canada
Clapham Omnibus
Almost Drowning
Gates of Limbo
Steve Brodie took a Chance
Joe Cocker
Cat Stevens
Women on Trains