A music blog from Ireland.
Happy days are here again, for record stores at least, as one springy venture celebrates a year of operations this weekend. It’s the first birthday of Elastic Witch, a tiny business that’s made a big difference to the music experience of this small city.
“If I tried to do what I’m doing in a premises up in Dublin 2 somewhere, I wouldn’t last five minutes. I’d be gone straight away.”
Over at Totally Dublin is an interview with Gib Cassidy, the man behind the music store, and it’s a lovely read full of big vibes, great thoughts and plans for the future.Gib talks to Ian about his reasons for starting up despite a forbidding economical climate, how he feels about running a shop of his own, how he works with local independents and the balancing act of his own tastes vs. those of the customers.
I know that everyone is delighted to witness Bodytonic‘s idea for a shop inside its Twisted Pepper venue coming to fruition in such a way and in this respect, the good guys there also deserve props for having the vision and faith to make it all happen. Between them, we’re hard-fought to find a better understanding of what makes music people happy.
This Saturday 22 September sees a birthday bash to celebrate the shop’s success in its first year of trading. A great line-up of bands will perform by day and night. Kicking off at 2pm, the diurnal events are free and include Adultrock, Ickis Mirolo, I Heart The Monster Hero and Owensie with DJ sets by Nialler9 and Darren McCreesh. Nocturnally, there’s an €8 cover charge for The Jimmy Cake, Ginnels and Catscars with DJ sets by David Kitt and the ‘Witch itself.
Hope to see you there, and it goes without saying but here’s to Elastic Witch’s continued success for a long time to come!