Reverbnation Folk Charts this Week:
No. 1 NYC
No. 2 USA
No. 3 Global.
Come decide for yourself and Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2, NYC at 9pm on Friday Oct 19th, Republic, Takoma Park, Maryland Sat at 10pm , or LIC Bar, Long Island City, Queens on Sunday at 7pm.
RIP Mike Tait.
When I first moved to New York, the Red Lion was instrumental to my survival. I made most of my money, many of my friends and a great deal of contacts there. Sometimes the gigs were great, often they were tough. Over the years, managers and bartenders changed. Bleeker Street changed. Mike Tait was, it seemed to me, the only constant. If he wasn’t on stage playing the opening riff of ‘Wish You Were Here’, he was in the sound booth, making us comfortable on stage and sounding good out front. Myself and David would joke that he came with the building and I assumed he would always be there. Quick witted and generous, Mike advised me on everything from sound engineering, to hummus recipies, to the intricacies of dealing with the department of homeland security. In the Cork sense of the word, Mike Tait was sound.
To his family and friends, everyone at the Red Lion and the music community in New York City, a sad loss, my sincerest condolences.
Good luck Mike, Wish you were here. RIP.
Thanks Boston. Deep breath, and here we go…
A huge thanks to Paddy Saul and Katie, to Johnny Mac and everyone who came out to shows in Toad, TT the Bears, Sally O’Briens and The Plough and Stars in Cambridge over the weekend. Another action packed week coming up. Today, I’m going to the consulate to hang out with the Taoiseach, then hosting BigCity Folk Tuesday Night Song Club at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3 with Eric Wilson Harris, Michael Wagner,Nadie King and Brandon Wilde at 6.30pm. Tomorrow at Ceol Pub hosting WNSC with Miles Wick, Thursday, open mic at The Path Cafe, Friday Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 with band and our great friend Casey Black and our new friends Tacoma Narrows, Saturday I’m at Beal Bocht, Sunday at The Scratcher Sessions. By Sunday, I should either be brilliant and have this singing thing down, or be mute. Any bets?
Three Boston Shows this Weekend.
Happy Friday Folks,
It’s a chilly bright and beautiful morning in Brooklyn. I’m packing my bag, to take the bus to Boston for 3 shows in Cambridge this weekend. Tonight, I’m back at Toad, tomorrow night I’m opening for my friend Paddy Saul at his big “Fall Bash” at TT the Bears and on Sunday I’ll be performing at the Plough and the Stars for the first time.
Then back to NYC, where after meeting with the Taoiseach (!) on Tuesday I will be hosting the Big City Folk Tuesday Night Song Club at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3 at 6.30pm. This month’s features are EW Harris, Brandon Wilde, Michael Wagner and the wonderfully talented and seriously funny comedian, Nadie King.
Tickets on sale now: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/663327
Friday night, Casey Black is back in town and will be performing before us at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2 at 7pm.
Myself and the band play at 9pm. Saturday 28th I’m back at Beal Bocht in Bronx.
Also, gigs coming up in Chicago, Maryland, NYC in October and plans a foot for a North West tour in February.
Thanks for reading, thanks for listening,
Thank you and Goodbye to the Pavilion.
Very sorry to hear of the closing of The Pavilion, Cork. My grandparents on my mother’s side actually met there. I played there several times and was always proud to bring musicians from overseas there. A great place to go to a gig and a great place to play a gig. Thanks to everyone there, from the management, the bar staff, the sound staff to the doormen. The sound was always great and the staff were always sound. Wishing you all the very best.
Niall Connolly, Brooklyn, July 22nd 2014
From Brooklyn to Ballydehob, via Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, UK.