Kilkenny Roots 2014

We hit the city for two days with two gigs and lots of madness!

Floyd had once again sorted our accommodation for free but this time he went all out and booked us in the Lyrath Country House...very swanky!!

So on our first night we decided to get some practice in back in the room and after 15 mins along came the dreaded knock on the door. We knew it was a complaint for playing music in the room, so I promptly hid in the bathroom while Floyd took the mission to apologise! As Floyd prepared to launch into his defensive plea he was handed a bucket with complimentary champagne from the hotel and a note hoping we enjoy our stay...again!!! Not sure what name Floyd used to get us in but let's say the rehearsals went down hill from there!!!

Roll on Sunday and the Playright as our first gig at 2pm. The staff now know us from previous years so there was an element of comfort as I served myself behind the bar!!! They were so helpful it just made us feel right at home and so we kicked off to a great turn out (one of the first gigs that day) which included some familiar faces that saw us last year which was lovely to see! What I love most about this festival is the involvement you get from the crowds. Always genuinely interested to hear you play.

So roll on The Marble City gig at 10:30pm Sunday and though the crowd was not as big as earlier it was still full of music loving folks who got into everything we played...even my melodica solo! I got told by a lovely lady called Fiona that she recognised me from my boots, I was very pleased with that!

So another year and again so any new stories and friends. A massive thank you to Kilkenny Roots Festival and the Playwright and the Marble City folks for letting us be a part of this great event.

Beat

First Headline Gig April 10th Whelans

Its true we are taking the big leap and putting on our first Headline gig this April 10th in Whelans.

After supporting a few acts upstairs in Whelans we knew it was the perfect venue to kick off our first headline gig.

We hope the gig will be timed nicely with the release of our first single form our Debut Album so the night will be a special one for us.

In addition we have the wonderful Laura Elisabeth Hughes as a special guest and if you managed not to hear anything from her yet check out here.

We hope to see you all there

Beat

After the gig with Lindi.

Friday with Lindi Ortega in Whelans:

Well what a night! Myself and Floyd had high hopes for this gig and it didn't let down. Sometimes you get gigs and you play them cause its a good act or venue you really want to play but sometimes those acts might be nothing like you and its all a bit mishmash. On Friday however there was an opportunity to play to folks who might just get on The Needables Train!

And there they were, sitting and waiting for us to make a noise that would hopefully be pleasant on the ears! So up we stomped on stage and began our little set in the hope to have a few listeners. What followed was a show that left The Needables with ear to ear grins! If you were there I can't thank you enough.

You cant beat the feeling you get when a crowd reacts and takes part in one of your shows. At one point during a particularly quiet part of a song I couldn't hear a sound and the feeling was incredible. At that point we knew we had the potential of finding some new friends. I am sure some folk didn't dig it as much as others but they still listened and gave us the opportunity to impress. You might all think I am mad as it was a room of 50 to 60 people and not a sold out show at the O2 but I cant express enough just how special it was to us. You get used to and expect (especially when you are the support) to some chatting and only occasional glances towards the stage but this was full on engagement and we humbly thank you all that made the show. We hope we have made some new friends who we will get to meet again and again.

A note on Lindi - She arrived for soundcheck dying of a cold and stepped up on stage and proceeded to belt out a song with incredible ease and nodded to the sound man that she was happy if he was and finished just like that. What a voice god damn it! And coupled with such a happy go lucky attitude was so nice to see. Many Leprechaun stories later we had become mates and had a whopping singsong backstage which completed a great night. We even had the incredibly nice Paddy Casey join us in our singsong! Unfortunately both our phones died and we couldn't capture any of it but Lindi did so you never know it might appear on the net sometime!

As for her performance well we all know how good that was...although next time Lindi "Fall down or fly" must be played!! She was really taken aback by the reception and the crowd as she feared no one knew of her!

A special mention to our new friend Dave Danger!!! Dave (Lindi's Tour Manger) was one hell of nice bloke and we hope to take him up on his offer to play his venue in Camden. Even just to slag him again for inability to say the word "Smithwicks"

If you made the show please let us know your thoughts we would love to hear from you.

So long for now

Beat

Whelans gig with Lindi Ortega, 14th October, 2011.

Photo by Adrian Vieni

We hit Whelans (upstairs) this Friday with the wonderful Canadian Alt Country singer, Lindi Ortega. If anyone is interested in catching an early days performance when we are still rusty as hell then come on down. Click here to get tickets for the show.

Here's some info on Lindi Ortega: "With her arresting vocals and unique brand of alt country, a genre she describes as "a roadside motel love affair between old school outlaws and country darlings". The record will be a collection of songs that aims to speak to the desperado in all of us. Be sure to keep an ear out for that sweet vibrato and an eye out for those little red boots because it won’t be long before Canada boasts of a brand new country darling."