The final edition of Roots at the Boat Club will take place this Saturday 21st October. (Full story behind why this is the last one here) Featuring the mighty Rootical Soundsystem with Jason on the controls and Rungus and Harry J on the mic. Going to be special.
Doors at 9pm. After this we see, where Roots will go next. But the Boat Club, ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís.
from the chrome children album as selected by peanut butter wolf..
*system error featuring brother culture - un deux trois*
missed his last gig due to football commitments grrrrr...but we're in the county final now...
*cut chemist - the garden*
taken from the audience is listening album..he puts dj shadow in the ha'penny place..
*mr lif. murs is my manager*
from his brand new album mo'mega...
standout track feat pharoahe monch from the posthumous album the shining..
*bajka i can no poet be*
she needs to work on her grammer..like her voice though..jazzman
*jurassic 5 - canto de ossanha*
only decent offering from j5's new album..will cut chemist's departure from j5 lead to their demise..discuss...
*mongo santamria - we got latin soul*
got the original album 'workin on a groovy thing'..word!..feature article on latin and boogaloo in latest wax poetics...
*the specials - gangsters*
have been looking for this for ages so you can imagine my delight
at finding it on vinyl..the story goes a little something like this..me
"i'd like to buy this record please"....shocked record store guy "how
the hell did that get out on the shelf, you can't have that"..me "tough
*dizzy gillespie - cashbah melon*
from his album soul and salvation..tasty..
*cameo - energy*
from their album secret omen..quality disco..
*john holt - ali baba*
reggae vibes for a saturday night..fergus played this the night he was over..went down a treat..
*anita ward - ring my bell*
can give the blood sisters a break now that i found this on 7"...
*denis coffey and the detroit guitar band - scropio*
this is where queen latifah got her sample for 'mama gave birth to the soul children'...7"
*the chakachas - jungle fever*
got this on original 7" too..quality..
*beneath the underdog by charlie mingus*..well worth a read if you have a bit of spare time...
senior county football final next sunday week the 22nd in the
gaelic grounds..well worth a look if you have a bit of spare time... Peter Curtin
Peter Curtin plays Mickey Martins this Saturday 14th October
This following bit of news was made public last night following a week of speculation:
"Hello. Sorry to bother you but we’ve got important news. The rumours
are true. The Boatclub is shutting down. Our loyal gig goers have very
little interest in boats, so we’re not getting our license back. Added
to that some developer is taking a wrecking ball to the place in the
new year to build some swanky new apartments. Asshole. Anyway we’re
shutting down in just over a month and we’d really appreciate your
support at all the gigs before we go. There’s bills to be paid! All the
gigs are on the profile (there’s loads) and if it’s okay I might post
some on your page another time (if that’s not okay, just say so!) Thank
you for all your support. Please post a comment on our profile if you
have a favourite memory and we might put them all together for
nostalgia’s sake. Thanks again. The LBC boys."
This is bad news, the Boat Club had established itself as a very real living alternative in the city. A full page article in the Limerick Leader, in September, recognised the energy that the venue was helping to create in a relatively stagnant local music scene. Add to this the sheer diversity of music on offer in any given month and you start to see that this is a real terrible blow to the cultural fabric of the city.
Since the announcement a number of people, including many musicians have posted comments on the gigtown myspace and they are worth looking at. Just some of the comments I have lifted include
"grey times for limerick city" "the boatclub is such a class venue. the only one with any character in limerick to me" "You have turned it into the best small venue in ireland." "It's the best venue in the country, and the very last thing that
Limerick needs is another big f**king manky block of "mixed-use" shabby
apartments" "soon all limerick will be is a shell with apartments"
(If you don't have a myspace account you can contribute a comment at the end of this article- just click comment) Bottom dog has written about shambles regards apartments in the city before so I won't go into that now. However a few points that come to mind:
- What role Limerick City Council and specifically the arts officer in all this? Aside from music, the boat club has also been used as a rehearsal space for theatre groups in the city and I could see many other possibilities. Why let another space be lost especially now that all other plans for Riverside Arts/theatre spaces seem to have been shelved.
-While the building doesn't seem to be on the list of protected structures here Shannon Bridge itself and the Shannon Boat Club are. I assume that any development on this site is going to impact on both these and I was under the impression that LBC was over 100 years old so what is its status vis a vis protection
- There are few other venues in the city which can boast such a integrated yet diverse audience. James Kennedy of Tralee group avatar who travelled to the last roots gig proposed that maybe the boat club should be renamed "an Ireland of the welcomes club" such was the level of foreign born revelers in the space. I think it is pretty obvious why it is important to have these spaces in the town.
Anyway, we will see, our last Roots gig on the 21st October still goes ahead. As does the national launch of Captain Moonlights Album "Agroculture" on November 2nd. His rendition of 'Dirty c**ts' with its denouncing of Irish politics and greed will I'm sure get a rousing reception.
Photos taken outside boat club at Roots Summer Special by Brian Cross
Another great evening in Mamuska last night.
Didn't catch all of the programme but did get in on time to see new offering from Limerick based artist Celene
Natasha Murphy " Like Father, Like Son". Taking a childs perspective, the short film captures a sense of fun and playfulness. The surprise ending earned a great response from the audience. You can catch it again in the Kerry Film festival at the end of the month.