A music blog from Ireland.
Good things are happening for music down Limerick way said Aoife Barry last month in Take Me To The River, a music article for the Irish Times that explored the city’s fresh depths. One of the ventures mentioned was Bourke’s Bar on Catherine Street where John Hennessy took on the role of booker in November after years spent serving Whelan’s. Tonight a special show marks the six month stint of free gigs that have become a weekly staple. Waffle isn’t really necessary when you take a quick look at the quality of bands to play so far; David Kitt, Le Galaxie, Tieranniesaur, Yeh Deadlies, Bouts and Land Lovers are just some of the bands to have traipsed through premises in recent months along with Jape and Moscow Metro who both return for the celebrations there tonight after performing brilliantly on previous visits. Below is a video from the last Jape gig which really got the crowd hopping.
Just as the activity of promoting live music gives local artists like Moscow Metro and MyNameIsJohn (who DJs tonight but makes music of his own such as the excellent The Thinker & The Prover EP) a stab at decent gigs on home turf, so do music shops help musicians reach new levels when it comes to being heard further. I’m often conscious as a blogger that the capital hogs all the limelight but in this case, Limerick’s really bringing the goods. As it happens, in other Limerick news it’s really good to hear that there will soon be a new link in the Wingnut chain of music outlets. One thing that stood out in the article I mentioned above is that there wasn’t much mention of record stores, surprising considering that as a broadcaster and DJ, Aoife Barry seems the sort who would sniff out good records from a mile off. Moviedrome, a rental store at Kyle House on Henry Street in Limerick, will start selling a selection of latest, local and must-have Irish releases under the Wingnut rack. It brings to three the number of shops where Ray Wingnut has struck up space-sharing arrangements with established retailers, the two other outlets being Bell, Book and Candle in Galway and Hard Times’ bookshop in Waterford. In a time when gig promoters and record retailers are on the defensive, it’s small but pervasive efforts like these that help preserve the presence of music in the local community.
The gig tonight in Bourke’s Bar is free admission with doors at 9pm.