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A new record from Cian Nugent is being launched this week with a special gig at The Joiney. Grass Above My Head, the new single from the acclaimed Dublin guitarist, has been released on 7″ vinyl by VHF Records and comes with My War Blues, a Black Flag reworking, on side B. The two songs are considerably shorter than Nugent’s Doubles LP from last year, and perhaps it’s a combination of timing, style and the accompanying artwork but I first heard the songs a few weeks back when the weather was better, and felt that Grass Above My Head sat so well as a summer evening sundowner. It’s slower than most of Nugent’s usual work and reaches some gorgeously poignant, pinpointed moments, as his own “wistful, fingerpicked, South Dublin coastal lovesick blues”.
Bill Blood, the Redneck Manifesto guitarist and sidekick of Jape in the VisionAir project who goes by the name of Niall Byrne, will support at the Joinery, along with the first live airing of Emakousma, who I noted with some interest comprises guitarists Colin Boylan (Sunburnt Jets/Bouts/Green Lights) and artist Barry Quinn (Mooliki) along with Barry’s brother Stephen (mastering engineer @SQAnalogHeart) on electronics. Sounds like there’s a wonderful evening of unabashed musical delights in store tomorrow. Tickets are €6 and it’s BYOB as per the Joinery’s usual coolness.