Good news from the Kingdom with the news that the Kerrynini (my favourite club name ever, foreign readers might need to check this link) crew are continuing on with their monthly events in Tralee. A great radio feature on last gig available here. This month's event see Limericks own a2df along with percussion group craiceann and the local heads, full details here. This news came to us on the same day as a missive from Mayo where ex velure head bongo now resides. He now runs with the Mr Whippy Sound System which hopefully will be coming to a town near you shortly. It does exactly what it hints at in the photograph.
All of this decentralisation is amusing and of course great, in the past few years- we have had hip hop nights in Ennis, reggae in Scarrif and Jungle Republic in Valentia.
It is all a far cry from a summer in 91, I think, when returning from West Kerry I came across a flyer in tralee for Horans. Photocopied on fluroscent orange paper it contained the words, house, rap, dance around a picture of vanilla ice. The event was promised for that Saturday night. At that stage,well before Paudie Cronins 'fresh 'n'funky nights,Horans was your regular big disco. On entering that night I found I wasn't alone as a group of about a dozen or so had ventured over from Killarney. In my innocence I maybe assumed the 4-500 others also had been tempted along for new musical delights. After a warm up of chart standards from the resident, Slipmat (anthony o rourke, from Cork) stepped up. Playing the house classics that Cork was immersed in at the time, didn't fill even a tenth of the dancefloor but it was at least easy on the ear. However the next DJ , DJ Bass (DFC) from Dublin who specialised in mixing breakbeats and techno, managed to clear the floor completely and cause considerable distress around the bar as the hordes saw their Saturday night slip away. Finally order was restored as the resident stepped in after just a bare half hour, took the mic to thank DJ Bass, and promptly launched into a slow set! As I left, a short while later, the bank of televisions surrounding the dancefloor had sprung into action and were blasting out the Cher track 'The shoop shoop song'.