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Doubletime and The Roaring Forties at the Cork Jazz Festival

Without appearing to be a Gary-Baus-and-Roaring-Forties-Appreciation nutter, I might just put up the following notice that Gary sent out in his email.  He’ll be playing and DJing in the Jazz Festival here in Cork.  This is usually the time of year that a lot of Corkonians decide to stay away from the city but for a great night out you really can’t beat the following:

“Doubletime! A night of hot swing jazz with Dj Gary. Also featuring Cartoon who will be releasing their new single “Move On”. The Roaring 40s, an excellent swing band. And the joyous sounds from Kickback’s Djays. All together on one special night.

where: Imperial Ballroom, Imperial Hotel
when:  Sunday, October 30th, 9.30pm-2.30am
adm:    €20″

It’ll be great to see these guys in a bigger venue.  Doubletime on its own is getting too big for the Spailpin! 

He goes on to say that he’ll “also be playing with the jazz trio Valdman, Smyth, and Baus.

VSB Jazz Trio
where: An Spailpin Fanac, South Main St.
when: Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28th and 29th, 10.30pm
adm: Free”

Previous posts on these bands:





Matt Lunson at Cyprus Avenue

Matt Lunson, originally uploaded by docaoimh.

Matt Lunson played Cyprus Avenue last Friday night. This time he played with a full band so there was more of a punch to the songs. Although, he has such a powerful voice that he could sing without any accompaniment to great effect also.

The first single (I think) from his debut album Miss Vaughan was Softly Spoken Boy and the full band version of this was in stark contrast to his solo version the last time I saw him in the Cruiscin. Maybe it would be better if he could combine the two and have the full band effect contrasting with a softer slower approach on the verse. This is one of my favourite songs from the album but it’s chocabloc with great songs. If you don’t have it yet, get your skates on and buy it now.

A quick mention of the support act: Cormac from The Maladies played 4 or 5 songs. See here for a picture of him playing the guitar. He played the first 3 songs with the piano and I was going to take a pic of him playing that on the next song but he got up and started playing guitar. If this is anything to go by, I’m going to check out The Maladies next time they’re around. Great voice and great musician. He had a familiar sound but I couldn’t quite place it. By the way, you can download their Fifes and Forts single from their site.

The Roaring Forties

The Roaring Forties, originally uploaded by docaoimh.

The Roaring Forties play the Everyman Palace bar in Cork tomorrow (Sat) night just after midight. If you are into your swing and jive jazz you’ll love these guys.

Also, keep an eye out DJ Gary Baus and his Doubletime night in the Spailpin.

Update: Unfortunately I was sick over the weekend and couldn’t get in to see them. They will be playing a lot over the Jazz Festival so will definitely get to see them then.

Turn live at Cyprus Avenue

Turn lead singer Ollie Cole, originally uploaded by docaoimh.

Turn played Cyprus Avenue on Saturday 8th of October. This was my first time seeing them live and I must say I was well impressed. I have heard a lot of their earlier music but even their new music sounds great. Slide guitarist Clive Barnes came on stage for 2 songs with the lads. Another name I see regularly on Cork Gigs but have never seen live. I have a few pics of him here and here.

For more info and blogs check out their MySpace.

A quick mention about the support acts. Dwight got the night off to a rocking start. Click here to download some of their tracks. I had heard about this band before and I was surprised at the range of songs they played. Very often, support acts aren’t up to much and I’m glad when they finish up but Dwight left the audience wanting more. The one downside of their gig (and I’m being picky) was the unfortunate habit of the lead guitar to go out of tune. This kinda ruined what is a great song in “Gardening” which you can download here. One to keep an eye on for the future. For more see

Stars of the City also played but their type of music wasn’t really my cup of tea.  Thankfully a drunken old mosher kept us amused during their set. 

Republic of Ireland call up for Kevin Doyle

It’s great to see Kevin Doyle get called up to the senior Irish squad so soon after joining Reading Football Club.  I wonder if he was still in the Eircom League with Cork City if he would have got a call up.  Perhaps he would have as a token gesture but hopefully now he will actually get a run in the team against Cyprus if things are going well.  But, going on past experiences in this group, things have never been too comfortable.