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If 2007 was a year of ups (their big­gest-ever Ir­ish show at Malahide Cas­tle) and downs (split­ting from Uni­ver­sal), 2008 is the year of the Yanks for the Bel­lies. They’ve now got two US tours un­der their belts as they con­sol­i­date on the buzz from ap­pear­ances on the David Let­ter­man, Co­nan O’Brien and Craig Fer­gu­son TV shows plus good re­views State­side for Flock.


Ed­mund “Mundy” En­right is the chap who has done a lot of singing and writ­ing since he emerged from the Faith­ful County well over a decade ago. Now firmly es­tab­lished as a star on the Ir­ish scene, En­right’s cur­rently en­joy­ing ac­claim for his Me­teor Award-win­ning Gal­way Girl turn with Sharon Shan­non.


They’re the vet­er­ans on this bill, the band who have been fight­ing the good fight for rock and pop since 1982. What’s kept them sharp is the con­nec­tion with their au­di­ence via such songs as Crazy World and This Is.­


Cap­tain ar­rive in Co Kil­dare with two al­bums to show off. Af­ter giv­ing a good ac­count of their boy-girl pop with the Trevor Horn-pro­duced This is Hazelville, sec­ond album Dis­trac­tion con­tin­ued the yarn of a Lon­don band with a keen ear and a heart­felt fond­ness for slow-burn­ing and hyp­notic pop melodies and hooks. www.mys­ cap­tainthe­band

In­ter­pol: mu­si­cal heft

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