Another busy season of gigs coming up from Limerick Jazz Society. All gigs take place either upstairs or in Warehouse at Dolans. Immediate highlights for me include afro-cuban jazz pianist Ellio Villafrance, return of Justin Carrolls Organics trio and visit next week of US3 and Courtney Pine collaborator Bryan Corbett. Would be interested in any other recommendations, leave tips or indeed reviews in comments section.
Sept 3: Wed Bryan Corbett with House Trio Upstairs €13/10 Sept 11 Thurs Abecrombie/Baron/Guilfoyle/Buckley Warehouse €20/15 Sept 17 Wed Zrazy Upstairs €13/10 Sept 24 Wed Organics Upstairs €13/10 Oct 1 Wed Mark McKnight Quintet Upstairs €13/10 Oct 12 Sun Ellio Villafranca Quartet Warehouse €15/12 Oct 22 Wed Hugh Buckley with House Trio Upstairs €13/10 Nov 4 Tue Manu Katche Warehouse €25/20 Nov 19 Wed Guy Barker with House Trio Upstairs €15/12 Nov 26 Wed Ameiresco Upstairs €15/12
(Apologies for late publication of this review- lost the disc. Plenty of photos from gig up on cheebah myspace. Was also at Melodica Deathship gig on saturday, doobs gives some feedback here, which proved once again that the soundsystem in the courtyard of Trinity Rooms is excellent- Shane)
the swirling clouds above the courtyard were met with a reactionary
hot front of teenage hormones as the weather and the pre leaving cert
results crowd met to create a type of audience energy for this
evenings Hiphop fun. The Los Angles singer from the group The Rebirth
was certainly not known to 99% of the people present at the beginning
of the night but those that saw the act will certainly remember her
when she returns. Dublins Dj Scope was her on stage beat provider as
well as the promoter who put this mini Irish tour together at very
short notice so this show literally fell out of the sky.
a successful RnB room in the Trinity room focusing on the commercial
end of HipHop so visually and aurally the teens hanging in the
courtyard who lap this end of things up are not generally primed for
a charismatic songstress rap-singing over tuff beats.The lack of
advance publicity amongst other factors ment many fans of this type
of edgy hip soul missed out the action so it’s a straight crowd.
Having no conventional comfort zone Nicoles work was cut out for her
as she took to the new stage in the Courtyard. Grabbing peoples
attention with banter about how no guy had offered to buy her a drink
before the show and how cool it was to have a tree for tonights on
stage, she then let loose.
Three medals for our boxers in the Olympics. Good to see a strong Limerick connection as outlined here by Andrew Carey. Darren 'the dazzler' Sutherland won bronze today. He has the attitude and skills to maybe really make a go of it in the professional world post Olympics. Interestingly, his bebo band page lists hip hop , r n b and reggae as music types and on his youtube channel his boxing highlights come with a hip hop soundtrack. While there may not be too much special about that, this musical interest inspired pure radio gold when Jimmy Magee came to describe it on Morning Ireland. Listen here.
The Melodica Deathship project comes to town this weekend. Featuring Exile Eye and Troubled Soul, this is a really mature sounding Irish hip hop with very dark undertones. As the press suggests Melodica Deathship sounds like the
Pogues, Augustus Pablo and King Tubby and Bitches brew era Miles
Davis got together to record in the hull of an ancient galleon on a
trip to hell. Exile Eye was featured on Aoife Ni Cannas Club Cheol this week for an excellent interview detailing his career to date. He pointed out that this Melodica Deathship release features his first ever cover. The track 1803 is a cover of the Bobby Sands penned song ' Back home in Derry'. One of my favourite tracks of the year so far. Hear it for yourself on their myspace here, or alternatively check out the live show over the next few days Thursday 21st Bierhaus , Galway Friday 22nd, Pavillion Cork Saturday 23rd Trinity Rooms Limerick Monday 25, Lazybird Anseo Dublin
Was in UL arena last night to see Notre Dame university team easily account for the irish basketball team. Even though it was only a friendly, it was quite exciting end to end stuff and fairly physical. Great crowd. A few weeks ago the Limerick blogger observed that a lot of negative stuff about the city was been recounted on the travel blogs of tourists etc. Well no such fear with the Notre Dame side. Kyle McAlarney(senior guard) is writing about their experience and I hope someone from Shannon Develpoment is reading it because he thinks the whole area is brilliant. I particularly like his description of breaking the rules in Bunratty.
There were all these signs in the castle and around the little village
that said "Do Not Enter" and "No Trespassing" but I wanted to
experience everything. I'd hop a fence or go where I wasn't supposed
just to get a picture that no one else will have.
There was one spot in the castle where the top level was closed,
but I just kind of climbed up there. It was blocked off, but it was a
cool little room. I could have fallen from the top and no one would
have ever found me. Every door I saw I was trying to open thinking,
'This is where my ancestors came from.'
Innocent maybe but refreshingly honest.
Of course indoor sports are probably the only solution this weather and it is not like we will be saving up for any visit to Dublin for GAA finals. That doesn't mean Limerick can't emerge as all-Ireland Champions of sorts in Croke Park though. Cúl Green is aiming to make Croke Park carbon neutral through a system of pledges. Worth registering for. It is a step in the right direction from the GAA and it will be interesting to see how fast this spreads. There is also a carrot to encourage pledges and that is the County Challenge. The county which produces the most amount of pledges will receive 20,000 euro in training gear. As I write Limerick is wiping the rest of the country, so pledge and make it happen. Sure we are the natural Green champions :-)
Update: Highlights from UL Southern Slam up on irish sport
Such was the synergy
of my Saturday evenings entertainment. Arriving at 22.20 on the 21st
expecting to be greeted by my eternal comrades Brothers Andy n Kev,
my expectations were conflicted due to the bipolar mess that I’ve
been greeted with at recent hip hop gigs. From the over-minimal and
somewhat lethargic trappings of the Shadow chemist gig to the
ostentatious smugness and cliché-deluged image conscientious
petulant Kenny Dope. Chin strokers would be a given premium,but
depending on the presence and timing,would hopefully fade into the
obligatory three to four safe-as-fuck silhouettes known by every
rhythmically challenged skinny white boy enthusiast.
On entering the unfamiliar to myself Roisin Dubh, I was aghast at the intimacy, with
no sign of a running track pitch-side to separate the crowd from the
artists,every action and reaction couldn’t help but influence the
proceedings. The deal for image rights had obviously not been signed
yet either or the talent on show had taken full advantage of recent
sale in Penneys. The Volume of the crowd seemed indirectly related
to its size even though its sparseness added to the charm.
Slug And Brother Ali kicked off uncompromisingly void of any introduction or “hey ho’s.” This could well have back fired due to their relative obscurity in Ireland but because of their confidence, aggressive style and Ants’
unique beats which influences seem to range from Dennis Coffey to Dr
Dre, every conversation in the room suddenly became redundant. Both
MCs’ natural rhyme and rapport was tighter than the lid of that jam
jar that perpetually makes me look like a puny degenerate.With so
much effort put into sound, cynical intuitive lyrics and a borderline
questionable cohesion between MCs, there may have been a blind spot
to disappoint but even at my most pedantic I could be indifferent let
alone find fault with any aspect of the show.
a disgusting awakening was left on any plastic pretenders, without
the will or sensitivity to bear arms against the gruelling hours of
practice needed (and by default risk of tuberculosis) to reach the
dizzying I’m not going to say atmosphere I promise.
Cheebah presents Dj Cool C in Mickey Martins Sat Aug 1
Back to the scene of the crime in the words of The Incredible Mr Freeze as the return of Cool C brought the old jams to the alleyway in fine style this Saturday night. Limerick summertime seems now to be a quite time as the lure of Killkee and various holiday trails account for the absence of a few faces tonight for the return of Killkennys finest Dj (b-boys and tattooed club girls not withstanding). I also observed
that the ever diminishing music fans that would previously have come out for a
gig of this calibre seem to have now been replaced by a curious Saturday night crowd who now gravitate to Mickeys,checking out a soundtrack that offers a funky alternative to the chart and rock menus found in other venues as the weekend gets its party face on.
C is an underground type of guy who currently resides in Spain and through his djing, he threads rare sounds with familiar favorites as a type of event management for the weekend.This means that as classy girls swing to Diana Ross the dotted heads in the crowd nod to the fact that he swung in there via Frank Zappa. Very aware of how his soulwaxed contempories currently program sets, C knows he has to work twice as hard and does so by juggling Hiphop beats and scratch techniques with an open selection that dosent alienate the mainstream. He played an energetic 4 hour set that was crowd pleasing in an honest sense.
Hands up here, I'm the unashamed trainspotter who bugged out in the alley to Shut up and dances first single before saluting a neat latin set that led into C’s patented Simple minds cut up. And nobody has played early 90s rappers Hard knocks out since the days white boys rocked africian pendants either (story lyrics! cant front on that).
Noelle Scaggs plays tonight in Cork and tomorrow night, Saturday in Trinity Rooms Limerick. Check the videos below for a flavour of what to expect. The first one is with Scope who will also be in Limerick with her tomorrow night, the second is her singing with the Lions. Really great stuff.
Update: Noelle interviewed about upcoming show in Limerick on the Block. Listen back by clicking here now.