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2024-07-05 Sugababes - Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

I've been a Sugababes fan since I first heard Overload way back in 2000.  It was, and still is, a pop classic.  Over the years, I managed to catch them live a couple of times.   The first time I caught Sugababes live was way back at Creamfields 2002.  Unfortunately Siobhan had left the band by then and been replaced by Heidi, so I never got to see the original lineup.  Did it matter much at the time to me?  No, not at all, I was just their to party!  As a side note, post Sugababes, Siobhan went on to release two solo albums, Revolution in Me in 2003 and Ghosts in 2007. The next time I saw them was at Oxegen 2008, and by then Mutya had left the band and was replaced by Amelle, leaving Keisha as the only remaining original member.  It was a tad strange seeing the band with only one remaining member, but again, it was a festival and all we were looking for was a good time, which we definitely got! Another side note, just like Siobhan, Mutya went on to release her own solo work, a gr

2024-06-14 Mary McGuinness - Judge Roy Beans, Newbridge

So Nashville country music star Mary McGuinness was in Ireland recently and played a couple of gigs in Kildare.  The first was a small, intimate gig in Lawlors of Naas, followed up the next night with a show in Judge Roy Beans in Newbridge.

We all know how much I know about country music, and it can be summed up as precious little, so I always go with an open mind, hoping to be entertained!

Was I entertained?  Indeed I was.  Mary, joined by Cole Ritter on guitar and backing vocals, put on two wonderful shows mostly performing her own music, but with a couple of covers thrown in for good measure.  I think she is on her way back to Nashville now, but if you get the chance to see her, or indeed Cole Ritter perform, take it!

Support on the night came from Cole (he did a short set by himself), Andy and Pete (ex of Vagabonds and Thieves) and Dubh Lee, who I hadn't seen perform in ages!

All in all, a great night of music in JRBs!

Now for a few photos:











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