HERE COMES THE NIGHT!
For the past few years, the Jameson Bow St. Sessions have hosted some incredible events across the country, packing out venues and showcasing the best live talent that Ireland has to offer. Kodaline, Walking On Cars, Maverick Sabre, Pleasure Beach, Barq,
The newest instalment sees the series return to Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day Eve. This year, in a similar vaulting spirit, the Bow St. Sessions will welcome international star Nathaniel Rateliff, who will share a stage with All Tvvins and Brian Deady in the intimate environs of The Academy. A purveyor of vintage rhythm & blues music, the Denver-based Nathaniel Rateliff has been performing since
2005. He rose to prominence when he founded Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, the soul music dreamteam, back in 2013. Signed to the legendary Stax label, the band released their eponymous debut album two years ago. They went on to confirm their arenaheadlining status with last year’s A Little
Something More From… EP. As they gather momentum globally, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats will be supporting Kings of Leon on their tour this summer, hitting the 3Arena in July.
But for those who can’t wait until then, and want to see the band do their powerful, soulful R&B thing, up close and personal, Bow St. Sessions provides the perfect setting!
One person who is really looking forward to see Nathaniel in the flesh is Cork singer Brian Deady. Releasing his album Non-Fiction last year,
Brian himself offers proof positive that the finest soul and gospel music transcends borders.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing Nathaniel,” Brian tells me, the excitement on his voice coming through despite the fact that the singer has just freed himself from an exhaustive 5-hour recording session (new music is on the way!) “Between Nathaniel and I, the genres aren’t too far apart. I wasn’t initially aware of him as a singer until I heard the song ‘S.O.B’ and just thought, ‘Wow, this guy’s amazing!’”
‘S.O.B’ was the breakthrough hit for Nathaniel and his band – and it paved the way for burgeoning international success. Brian acknowledges that there are remarkable similarities between this and his own breakthrough hit, ‘Clap Both My Hands’.
“It’s a funny story. I first heard ‘S.O.B’ when I was doing a radio appearance with Ian Dempsey for Today FM. He played ‘Son Of Bitch’ and I sat there thinking, ‘Hold on, is that me playing?’ I think it’s the up-claps and the similar tones that we both have in our songs. It’s really good to have that kind of stuff going – even with the likes of Rag’N’Bone Man too – because it confirms that there’s an appetite for our brand of music out there.”
He’s got it that right – The Academy will be packed to the brim on March
There to offer a different musical flavour is the electronic indie-rock duo All Tvvins. Fresh from the release of their debut album IIVV and performing a string of brilliant live shows over the summer, All Tvvins have been in hiding for the past few months, focusing on songwriting. But March is set to be a big month for them.
“We haven’t done many live shows this year,” says Conor Adams, one half of the Dublin duo. “We’ve been focussed more on writing, so live sets have been put on the backburner a bit. But now we’ve got a load of live shows coming up that are going to be truly epic –the Bow St. Sessions among them.”
Anyone who has seen All Tvvins before will be familiar with their expertly-honed live chops. How are they feeling about playing alongside Brian and Nathaniel?
“We’re really looking forward it. I think it’s nice that All Tvvins are a bit of a different act to the others. If we were all similar all the music would blend into one –and it might not be as memorable. When a few acts are playing it’s good to have a bit of variation.”
Meanwhile, headliners Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are just about the most brilliantly entertaining live acts you’re ever likely to see.
For anyone curious about what they have to look forward to, look up their rousing appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s
All told, this one is not to be missed.