First I want to apologise for not attending last months Cushy
night, believe me if I could have been there I would. My particular
thanks to Paul the girl who stood in at the last minute, and
of course Paul Anderson and Meets Guitar who by all accounts
entertained you all royally. This month I have no foreseeable
problems and will endeavour to make it up to you all. http://www.cushyproductions.com/html/rhatigan.htm
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The 1st RUBY SESSIONS Irish Tour with SUZANNE RHATIGAN, RODRIGO & GABRIELA, KEITH MOSS and NEOSUPERVITAL...
Wednesday August 21st Spirit Store - Dundalk
Friday August 23rd Stables
Monday August 26th Roisin
Dubh - Galway
Thursday August 29th McGarrigles
Friday August 30th Half Moon
(blue room)- Cork
Saturday August 31st The Forum - Waterford
SUZANNE RHATIGAN (Solo set)
As regular attendees of the 12 Bar Club will know it is the
best venue in this great city to hear intimate performances.
Though we often push the venue to it's limits with the wide variety
of bands CUSHY promote in this small space, tonight we have three
solo performances which should really engage everyone. My own
have experimented with various line ups and drastic dynamics
over the years and I know a lot of our fans have enjoyed that,
but some of my favourite nights have been solo, maybe I am a
control freak after all! I'm embarking on a short solo tour around
Ireland in August so this is a nice way to kick it all off
Post rock instrumentalists BILLY
MAHONIE have been quiet recently so that's given guitarist
Gavin Baker a chance to do some song writing and MEETS
GUITAR is the result. Some 8track recordings are to be
released on Johnny Kane Records (due in July 2002) and Becalmed
Records (due in September). These early Meets Guitar records
are acoustic have been described as nu-folk and although Meets
Guitar thinks this phrase is a bit daft, it is nice to be allocated
a genre so soon.
Last months Cushy night was one of the most eclectic but enjoyable
nights we have had for a while, great to see everyone enjoying
all the music. This month we have the cream of new songwriters
and bands emerging from London and one from slightly further
afield, but more of that later.
SLATER's sound is epic with an energy and ambition that seems
boundless. His web site http://www.tobyslater.com
is very accessible and informative. You can hear the range of
his emotive pop rock sound on the radio station he has up there.
After a stint signed to Virgin Records with his former band 'Catch'
he spent some time on the West Coast of America, an influence
which can be heard in the occasionally histrionic guitar work,
before immersing himself like all artists making original music,
in the independent/cyber world. Some comparisons with Jeff Buckly
are obvious but so far this hasn't put this listener off.
JET JOHNSON is a happy musical marriage of the vocals and
bass of Caroline Nesbo formerly of Norwegian band Peach Fuzz
and the guitars of Gavin Baker erstwhile axe god of Billy Mahonie,
with best men Ian Scanlon of grind-pop-band Econoline on bass
and drummer Kevin Smith from Reynolds (not the Reynolds girls
btw though I'm sure he'd rather Fleetwood Mac than Jack any day).
Such a combination of indie luminaries promises a lot and so
far singles 'Mr Bones' on Becalmed Records
and 'Klementiev' on the Two Minute Men compilation, don't disappoint.
Atmospheric, melodic, throbbing, pop.
A late but welcome addition to tonight's proceedings is GARLIC.
Newly signed to Bella Union this partnership
will hopefully bring the groovy guitar pop of last year's album
'The Murky World of Seats' originally released on Propylactic
Records, to a wider audience. This album certainly deserves a
push and has already garnered fans in radio here. Check out the
web site http://www.garlicmusic.co.uk
to sample the infectious intensity of tracks like 'Slave to the
summer' and the wonderful 'Drink Induced Conversations'.
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