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Ian Whitty and the Exchange Album Launch in the Pavilion

Ian Whitty released his long-awaited second album Lucky Caller No 9 with a bang last week in the Pavilion.  It’s an edgier, more energetic production than his first offering Will o’ the Wisp with stand-out tracks such as Houndstooth Shirt and Fallen Stars (In Late Night Bars) already getting quite a bit of radio airplay.  There are throwbacks to the more subtle and softer tones of the debut album with the gorgeous The Family is Still Young and the delectable She Knocks Me Out.  Can you guess I’m a fan?

I was looking forward to the gig for many reasons: first time photographing a gig in the Pavilion which was very impressive; getting my grubby hands on Lucky Caller No 9; and finally to see Armoured Bear playing support.  Unfortunately we didn’t get in to see Armoured Bear but it’s another gig to get to in the near future.  Armoured Bear also have an album recently launched which is high on my wish-list.  Amoured Bear a.k.a. Anto plays drums for Ian Whitty so I managed to get a few shots of him all the same.

There’s another review of the gig here by the fine folk at Drop-d.ie, who also have a review of the album, as do Red Track Music and Good Seed PR.  I just noticed that Ian Whitty has his very own Facebook page so do a search for him if you’re on that (not sure about linking to Facebook pages when I’m logged in…).

See more photos in the full set on Flickr.  Oh, and go and buy the album, it’s in the shops on Friday Ocobter 24th.

Aaron Dillon Album Launch at the Triskel

Aaron Dillon at the Triskel (Album Launch)

Aaron Dillon launched his debut album Brown Envelope last night in a packed Triskel Arts Centre. We were lucky to get in as we were late and missed a great support act by all accounts.  I’ve been looking forward to this album for ages, almost all the songs are familiar having seen Aaron Dillon play a few times, the first being when he supported Mick Flannery in the Opera House and more recently in The Roundy.  Mick Flannery came on and accompanied for a few songs during the set which was a nice touch.

The album itself is well produced with a good mixture of haunting songs and more upbeat banjo-backed tracks to have you slapping your knees in time.  The guitar arrangement and interplay between Aaron and Dave Hackett is fantastic and a joy to watch live.  They are playing in Drogheda on May 29th and back in Cork for a charity gig on the 12th of June in The Whisky.  If last night is anything to go by, get along to one of these if you can.  I’m not sure how widely distributed the album is but I’d say keep an eye on his MySpace for more info.  This album, along with Ian Whitty’s forthcoming album, are already looking like albums of the year for me.

Aaron Dillon at the Triskel (Album Launch)

Aaron Dillon at the Triskel (Album Launch)

Aaron Dillon at the Triskel (Album Launch)

Aaron Dillon at the Triskel (Album Launch)

Aaron Dillon at the Triskel (Album Launch)

Aaron Dillon at the Triskel (Album Launch)

There are some more photos in the full set on Flickr.