Here’s a reprint of my NI music news column that runs in Hot Press every fortnight.
Words: Edwin McFee
You know what makes your humble correspondent a considerably contented wee bunny these days? It’s seeing some of NI’s best bands and artists spread their wings and book tours that take in the length and breadth of the island. While in the past a considerable number of acts (usually based in Belfast) always appeared reluctant to cross the border (and by “reluctant” I mean they never bothered their holes leaving whatever town they lived in) the last few years have seen things slowly start to change and let’s face it-that can only be a good thing for both the performers and their audiences alike.
One such band who have been steadily building up a fan-base all over Ireland are the life-affirming Empty Lungs and they bring their brand of righteous rock to the great unwashed all over the country this month for a tour and here’s the dates for your diary. Kicking off on Nov 1 at the Blind Pig, Limerick, the band play the Workman’s Club, Dublin on Nov 2, the Office, Limerick on Nov 13, Roisin Dubh in Galway on Nov 14, TBC in TBC on Nov 15 (I love that place!), Emmet’s Bar, Ballina on Nov 16, Whelan’s in Dublin on Nov 17 and the Crane Lane Theatre in Cork on Dec 4.
Not to be out-done, the mighty rock ‘n’ roll killing machine that are Gascan Ruckus also embark on a tour and dates include (deep breath) the Blind Pig in Limerick on Nov 1, the Workman’s Club in Dublin on Nov 2, the Roisin Dubh in Galway on Nov 3, the Piper Inn in Clonmel on Nov 9, Whelan’s, Dublin on Nov 10, the Top of the Town, Omagh on Nov 16, the Nerve Centre, Derry on Nov 30, the Crane Lane, Cork on Nov 12 and the Limelight, Belfast on Dec 21. The boys have also just released their ace new EP ‘Buddies’ and you can download the thunderous offering here gascanruckus.bandcamp.com.
Finally this fortnight, alt pop sensations Runaway Go also have a huge whup-ass Irish tour in the works and you can catch them at the Workman’s Club, Dublin (Nov 2), Penny Lane Cashel, Tipperary (Nov 3), Whelan’s, Dublin (Nov 9), Monroe’s, Galway (Nov 23), Dolan’s, Limerick (Nov 27), the Crane Lane, Cork ( Nov 28), K2, Nenagh, Tipperary (Nov 30) and the Hole In The Wall, Kilkenny (Dec 1). For more info on the massively promising bunch visit runawaygo.com.
All three tours are booked in conjunction with Youth Of A Nation Promotions and you can keep up to date with them on Twitter @YOANPromotions. #MoreOfThisSortOfThing