Grand Pocket Orchestra played a couple of weeks ago in The Pavilion in Cork as part of the weekly Bootleg series. I was looking forward to seeing this band and I must say I was surprised at how young this band is. Continue reading Grand Pocket Orchestra at The Pavilion
Mick Flannery played the Lodge two weeks ago as part of the tour to launch his second album White Lies. Mick Flannery has been touring quite a lot in the last couple of years which was evident by the full house at The Lodge. While he hasn’t lost his bashfulness on stage, he seems to take it all in his stride now.
Tomorrow’s Paper, which I believe is the first single from the album White Lies, has been getting a lot of airplay on local and national radio so it seems Mick Flannery is getting the recognition he deserves outside of Cork, where he has been selling out shows for a few years now. That song is a bit more upbeat than songs from his debut album and overall I think White Lies is a more varied and considered album. There seems to a be an avalanche of good Irish bands releasing strong albums at the moment. While you’re in town (or online) buying this album, why not pick up Ian Whitty’s second album too, From the Word Go from Messiah J and the Expert, Go God Go from Fred, and Honeycomb Moons from Armoured Bear.
Clare O’Mahony played support to Mick Flannery down in The Lodge in Mallow recently and appears to be playing support on more of his upcoming gigs. Clare was joined on stage by another guitarist who also contributed on backing vocals and together they created nice melodies and interplay with their guitar picking. Clare once alluded to Dawson’s Creek during the gig and its impact on one of her songs and this influence is plain to see in many of the songs. You could just imagine watching the dilemmas of Dawson, Joey, Pacey et al. unfurl whilst listening to her music and in this respect her style reminds me of Christopher Dallman. Unfortunately there was quite a bit of chatter down the back in The Lodge but those of us up front certainly enjoyed the show.
If you’re going to see Mick Flannery in the Pavilion on Friday then get in early to catch Clare O’Mahony.
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.
The Blizzards headlined the recent(ish) Indie-Pendence Festival in Mitchelstown on the last night of the festival. This festival just gets better each year, well done to Shane Dunne and all involved with putting a free festival together with such great acts. The Blizzards have truly come of age with a fine second album recently released although I’m not convinced by their choice of first single. There are many other stronger choices for singles on Domino Effect. Judging by the reaction the lads got from the crowd the album should be selling well. I just bought it yesterday, along with Mick Flannery’s White Lies which has been playing non-stop so I’m afraid I only listened to Domino Effect straigh through once. At the gig one of the photographers was certainly smitten by lead singer Niall Breslin, she just smiled her way around the front of the stage taking photographs and even proclaimed “I think I’m in love”. I don’t get it, sweaty hairy fecker that he is :).
Some more photos in the full set on Flickr. The Blizzards are back in Cork on October 2 when they play the Savoy.