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.
Taken from Brown Envelope, the debut album by Aaron Dillon released last year. I’ve seen Aaron play a few times and I put his site together which is where I just found this vid.
Album available for download on iTunes at just €8.99 or at the following locations.
Plug’d records Washington St. Cork,
Charlies Bar Union Quay, Cork,
The Corner House Coburg St. Cork,
Crowleys Music store McCurtain St. Cork
Daly’s Hotel Donore Drogheda.
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.