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2024-06-01 What's De Craic Festival - Maynooth

It's festival season again, and I nearly missed out on my first of the year!  I'd spent the previous 11 days in the south of Spain, missing out completely on Day 1 of Maynooths brand new music festival,  What's De Craic . I did, eventually, make it there on Saturday for Day 2 of What's De Craic, just in time for some good old country music with these fantastic performers,  Cliona Hagan , Robert Mizzell and Nathan Carter .   As I've said previously, my country music experience is limited to the likes of Cash, Kristofferson, Campbell, Nelson and a few others, so my knowledge of the good and great on the Irish country scene is very limited. These artists are definitely part of the good and great though, and the crowd really got into the swing of things as they line-danced the night away, all whilst singing their hearts out! I just like to say that I can neither confirm nor deny the rumour that I might, just might have, sang along to Wagon Wheel!!! So, Saturday might h

2024-05-17 Muddy River Band - Fallons, Kilcullen

It had been a while since I'd been to a gig in Fallons of Kilcullen , I think it was February 2020, just before the COVID lockdowns started, and Sara Ryan was performing.  It had also been a while since I'd headed along to see the Muddy River Band perform.  I'd meant to catch them earlier in the year, but that show was postponed unfortunately.  The Muddy River Band,  for those that don't know, are  Willie Headon ,  Pete Kavanagh  and  Pat Silke , and they play a selection of songs from the huge back catalogues of Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Van Morrison. The venue, at the rear of Fallons, is a beautiful stone walled, intimate room, with seating for about 80 to 100, with huge crystal chandeliers hanging from the ceiling.  It is, as I said, quite beautiful.  So, how was the show?  Well, it was great, a very enjoyable night of live music, even, if like me, you're not a Dylan or Morrison fan!  I'd definitely recommend catching these guys live. Now for some photos:

2024-05-10 Tyler Booth - Lawlor's of Naas

I'm not the biggest country music fan going.  Don't bet me wrong, I don't hate it, but my country collection is limited to Cash, Kristofferson, Campbell, Nelson and a few others, all household names.  However, I do like live music, so when I heard that a young guy from Kentucky, Tyler Booth , was going to be in Naas for an intimate meet and greet with fans and was going to play a few songs too, I put on my boots, grabbed my Stetson and headed to the saloon! I wandered down to the Piano Bar in Lawlor's of Naas , and was instantly hit by a wave of flashbacks... Many good nights were had in that bar and it's great to see it being used again.   There was a nice sized crowd there, big enough to give it a good vibe, small enough that everyone got to spend some time with Tyler, getting photos, autographs and so on.  After thar, and a couple of pints, to lubricate his vocal chords, Tyler treated the crowd to a few songs, including local favourites Wagon Wheel and Galway Gir

2024-05-11 Oh Good Grief - The Ireland Institute

I've known of Miss LaVelle for about 8 years...  The first time I saw her perform was at the Peacock Parlour, in Cork, back in 2016. Since then, we've crossed paths at many shows over the years, the last time being at Stoneybanter back in February of this year. I like to support the arts, support my friends, so when I saw she had a one woman show as part of the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival , I figured I'd buy a ticket.  I'd no idea what the show was about, but it would be entertaining, that much I was sure of. When I arrived, I soon found out that the show dealt with death...  At times incredibly funny, at times incredibly sad, but at all times wonderful.  If you weren't there, you really missed out.  We Irish deal with death very well publicly (but maybe not so well privately...).  It's more we celebrate their lives, rather than mourn their deaths, and tonight was certainly a celebration. I'm not sure if the show will tour at all, or whether it will appear

2024-04-27 The Dirty Circus - The Grand Social, Dublin

I'd seen The Dirty Circus pop up on my Instagram feed many times and it always piqued my interest, so, one night I decided to message them about shooting the show, and sure, here we are, in The Grand Social , Dublin, in the middle of the madness! What is the Dirty Circus?  Well, it's a little bit of burlesque, a little bit of circus, a lot of innuendo and a dash of fire...  Basically, what I'd call a good night out! Would I recommend the show?  Oh hell yes, most definitely.  If you get the chance to see the show, either in Dublin or on its travels, you really should go.   Now for some photos (this will be updated over time!!!)

2024-04-13 Tolka Hot Club - Unitarian Church, Dublin

The last time I set foot in the Unitarian Church on St. Stephen's Green was for the recording of Cathy Davey's live album,  Live at Dublin Unitarian Church , back in March 2018.  What a night that was! Well, it might have taken 6 years to get back, but tonight I'm back baby, and it's to see the fantastic Tolka Hot Club . For those that have not heard them play before, Tolka Hot Club play Jazz with a dash of Swing, some French cabaret with a healthy dose of the Balkans mixed in and it sounds delightful. They are the type of band that when their gig is over, you have a huge smile on your face.  It's just good for your soul, it makes you happy.  Even if you don't have a soul, you'll still have a great time! I'm not quite sure what else I can say here about Tolka Hot Club really, they are superb live, just go see them.  Don't be stupid and skip their next gig, but a ticket and go.  Would I steer you wrong??? Earlier in the night, Mosatrïc performed a ro