Ian Whitty was on the Cyprus Avenue stage at the Indiependence Festival in Mitchelstown last weekend. We had just arrived at the mudfest where the festival was located this year when we heard Ian playing so we ambled over to the tent housing the Cyprus Avenue stage. The crowds had yet to appear at this stage of the afternoon but Ian and his band put on a great show for those present. His second album from last year ‘Lucky Caller No 9’ is still one of my favourites and has a special place on my mp3 player.
I have a few more photos in the full set on Flickr.
Jim Carroll has been touting a free download of the excellent “Long Distance Swimmer” by Adrian Crowley on his site recently. If you want to get this for free, head on over to On the Record but hurry as this offer only lasts until Thursday December 18th. This is a great idea to big up sales of a forthcoming album next year and a pre-Christmas tour of Ireland. I hope to get in to see him on December 21st in Cyprus Avenue.
The irreverent New Yorker Hamell on Trial came to town back in February and is always a must-see. I hadn’t seen him since the days of the long-gone Lobby where I had been warned by friends not to sit up the front if you didn’t want to get a mouthful of Hamell sweat! Not much has changed although in Cyprus Avenue Hamell was that much further back from the crowd. Ed Hamell is one of those singers who can spin tales just as well as everything else on stage. If you ever get the chance to see this guy, grab it with both hands, but remember, keep a safe distance.
There’s a whole bunch of photos in the full set on Flickr. Also, see photos from support act Honest Spud Leonard.
One of Cork’s finest, Honest Spud Leonard, opened up for Hamell on Trial back in February for Hamell on Trial. Sweet gig to get, especially as he had made the trip to London to see Hamell play on the same tour! There’s no show like a Leonard show, his quirky over-sized ukulele or under-sized guitar as much a feature as his long rambling stories. He did get the crowd going at the end of his set, but only to get some cred from Hamell. Honest Spud Leonard plays regularly in Cork, most recently in Sláinte, so keep an eye for him.
Polish duo Skinny Patrini (be warned, some photos on their MySpace are NSFW but then who gets away with MySpace at work???) played Cyprus Avenue at the start of April with Elk opening up the night. I’m not too into electronica music but their stuff is pretty cool. Coupled with their space age outfits (young people these days, huh!), they put on an entertaining show.
Lighting was pretty tough so I didn’t get too many photos but there are another couple in the full set on Flickr.