Queen Bonobo and her band will make their debut appearance in West Cork at the notoriously lovely Connolly’s of Leap. This treat of a triple bill will feature three talented female songwriters, all from wee rural places, coming together to share a sweet and soulful evening. Maya Goldblum (aka Queen Bonobo) had the pleasure of spontaneously dancing with and sleeping on the couch of Eve Clague a while back in Cork, and the two jazz inspired artists immediately knew that they would come together for a gig. Connolly’s of Leap was the number one venue Maya wanted to play at in the South before heading back to the States and so she spoke with two of the most talented local songwriters, Eve Clague & Mide Houlihan to create an unforgettable night of music in the country.
A night not to be missed! A beautiful in the round gig with Mick Flannery, SON AKA Susan O’Neill, Mide Houlihan and more to be announced, a raffle with wonderful prizes, followed by a DJ set! All to raise funds for the amazing rainforest preservation NGO, Cool Earth. Recommended donation €15 or more if you can! Cool Earth is a non-for-profit organisation that empowers indigenous communities in the most vulnerable areas of rainforest to save the earths lungs, support native communities and promote biodiversity. “Helping Cool Earth to halt tropical deforestation makes a real difference. Perhaps the biggest difference we will make in our whole lives” – Sir David Attenborough The difference of your donation makes is a LOT. €60 can save one acre of rainforest. €5 can offset 1 metric tonne equivalent of Co2. We’re hoping this evening of fun can help save several acres of rainforest and will inspire the attendees to continue giving for years to come, making a huge difference in the survival of these beautiful regions. Learn More at https://www.coolearth.org
In the summer of 1979 Sonny Condell was sharing a flat in Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin with Greg Boland who had played guitar on the recording of Camouflage, Sonny’s debut solo album on the Mulligan label. They were joined around this time by singer and harmonica player, Philip King who, having decided to quit teaching for a career in music, and had also become their flat mate. Boland had just left Irish band ‘Stagalee’ and they began doing some informal gigs together. King had also approached Mulligan with the aim of securing a solo album deal but, as the trio’s performances were being well received, the idea of combining the approach to Mulligan as a group became an attractive alternative. All that was needed was a collective name. Taking the story back three years to 1976 would find Condell and King playing together with Freddie White (Vocals / Guitar), Mick ‘Black Dog’ Daly (Vocals / Guitar), Dan Fitzgerald (Drums) and Eamon Doyle (Bass). This band was a fun relief for the members, all of whom were involved in other group and solo projects. King came up with the name ‘Scullion’ (meaning, a kitchen servant) for this collective and it was decided to use this name for the trio (Sonny Condell, Greg Boland and Philip King) that evolved from these sessions. A record deal was agreed and in late 1979 the band went into Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin, to record with Irish producer PJ Curtis. At Curtis’ suggestion, Jimmy O’Brien Moran (Pipes) was brought in to add a Celtic flavor to the sound and the band was expanded to four. The debut ‘Scullion’ album was released in early 1980 and generated an increased demand for live performances. There followed a busy period of live performances including an appearance at the…
Connolly’s of Leap presents… Brigid Mae Power Support on the night – Aoife Nessa Frances Friday, October 25th _________________________________________________ BRIGID MAE POWER is an Irish singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who, like Judee Sill, Micky Newburyor Linda Perhacs before her, paints her songs in dreamily expansive strokes, transporting earthly compositions into universal and exultant realms. Her self-titled debut on Tompkins Square was a majestic suite of reverb-swathed laments for voice, guitar, piano, accordion, and harmonium, recorded at the Portland studio of key musical foil Peter Broderick. Themes include transformation, change, motherhood, acceptance, strength, courage and trust. In the words of Power, the album was about “trusting if you lose yourself or your way – you can come back”. New album ‘The Two Worlds’ is another masterful collection of effortless, hypnotic folk, and an album that furthers the songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s already stellar reputation. Live, Brigid can encapsulate the timeless magic of her songs either solo or as a duo with Peter. Thus far she has toured throughout Ireland, UK and the US together with artists including Lee Ranaldo, Richard Dawson, Alasdair Roberts, Peter Broderick and Ryley Walker, with performances at Le Guess Who? and TUSK festivals along the way. “The Two Worlds is Power’s most ambitious and her most introspective” – PITCHFORK “The two worlds coexist beautifully here, the soft Power and the raw” – UNCUT “The Two Worlds churns like rough seas, Power’s voice veering between steely warning and piercing transcendence” – THE GUARDIAN
Connolly’s of Leap presents… Strange Attractor Saturday, November 16th. ___________________________________ Strange Attractor are a Funk/Pop band formed in Dingle, Co. Kerry. They have performed in numerous venues across Ireland in their several years together whilst playing the country’s most prestigious festivals, including Electric Picnic, Other Voices and Cork Jazz Festival. The group have toured Germany and played shows at UK festivals, such as Wilderness Festival in England. Having just released their latest single “Scream” and with several more singles to be released the band are aiming for big things in 2020!
Connolly’s of Leap presents… Ye Vagabonds Thursday, November 21st Tickets – €15 + booking fee _________________________________________ Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn grew up playing music together around their hometown of Carlow, a small town in the southeast of Ireland. After moving to Dublin in 2012, they quickly became a staple of the live music and session scene in Ireland, playing their own original songs as well as folk songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and America. Their debut EP Rose & Briar was released on October 7th 2015. Since then, they have been busy touring Ireland, the UK and Europe, opening for acts such as Villagers, Roy Harper and Lisa Hannigan (whose band they played in for her Irish tour, June 2016). In October 2017 they launched their debut, self-titled album to great acclaim. “Ye Vagabonds” comprises of harmony rich folk music, influenced by Irish traditional music, Appalachian singing, and the 1960’s folk revival. It includes ten mellow tracks weaved with thoughtful lyrics, thickly layered with strings and droning harmonium. Their second album ‘The Hare’s Lament’ was released on 22nd March 2019.
Bandicoot Promotions Presents Culture Shock (the link between Subhumans and Citizen Fish) play Connolly’s of Leap on Sat 23rd Nov 2019. Support Big Boy Foolish Doors 9.30pm Admission Free/No cover charge/All Welcome Culture Shock (featuring members of Subhumans/Citizen Fish) are a cult band from the mid 80s when they appealed to a mix of punks, and assorted other reprobates with their mix of punk, skank, dub reggae and psychedelic fusion. During their career, Culture Shock released various albums all on Bluurg Records. 2013 saw the band reform and in 2016, Culture Shock released ‘Attention Span’ on Alternative Tentacles Records (home to Jello Biafra) which was their first new album since the late 80’s. Big Boy Foolish are Liam Heffernan and Ricky Dineen (Nun Attax/5 Go Down To The Sea/Beethoven/And Nun Came Back) playing electric guitars and making a racket in a retro punk/new wave fashion.