FRI­DAY 14.10.16

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS -

FAREWELL TOUR Rich­mond Fon­taine All good things, they say, come to an end, and so it is with this Port­land, Ore­gon, band that has so bril­liantly turned lean prose and stark sto­ry­lines into some of the most com­pelling alt.roots/rock mu­sic of the past 10 years. Pri­mary song­writer Willy Vlautin will surely go on to do other things (no­tably in the writing of books and screen­plays), as will other mem­bers of the band, but for now it’s a fond farewell to a band that will be missed.

Tony Clay­ton-Lea

FRESH FACED TRAD Zoë Con­way, Dó­nal Lunny and Máirtín O’Con­nor The clean-lined beauty that de­fines this trio’s gor­geous re­cent record­ing, Faoi Lán Seol/In Full Sail, is likely to be even more pris­tine in a live set­ting, as they wend their way around the coun­try, air­ing tra­di­tional, folk and orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions with alacrity. Richard Thomp­son’s Crazy Man Michael si­dles up along­side Coin­leach Gh­las An Fhomhair as if they were life­long bed­fel­lows.

SL

10th BIRTH­DAY Bernard Shaw It’s a decade since Body­tonic took over a run­down boozer called Bam­brick’s in Por­to­bello and turned it into the all-singing, all-danc­ing, all-ac­tion Bernard Shaw, a buzzing pub with some­thing go­ing on in ev­ery nook and cranny. They cel­e­brate 10 years on the go with an all-star cast in­clud­ing Mr Satur­day Night’s Ea­mon Harkin rep­re­sent­ing New York and Derry, Glasgow’s Op­timo, Lon­don’s K15 and the cap­i­tal’s Adul­trock and Body­tonic’s Ben Bix & Feather. Get there early as ad­mis­sion is free and this one will be jam­mers.

Jim Car­roll

Both Blawan and Psyk are men noted for mak­ing a sub­lime racket. Jamie Roberts is the dude be­hind Blawan’s cuts of dis­tinc­tion with tracks like Get­ting Me Down, What You Do With What You Have and Why They Hide Their Bod­ies Un­der My Garage

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