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November 2017

Catriona McKay & Olov Johansson – Scottish/Swedish Harp music

Friday 10th November – doors 8pm – 15 euroes Olov and Catriona have toured frequently the last years with their unique collaboration where the Scottish harp and the Swedish Nyckelharpa gives the framework. Videos here – https://goo.gl/mvwtaq another video here – https://goo.gl/6B9qWA The two harpists have developed a common core in their music making where groove, interplay and melodic wealth stands in the center and where their different experience from different traditions fill the picture all the way out in the corners.


Martin Hayes & Denis Cahill

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill are two of the world’s leading artists in traditional Irish music. Their adventurous, soulful interpretations of traditional tunes are recognized the world over for their exquisite musicality and irresistible rhythm. For over two decades, the Irish fiddler and American guitarist have performed at major concert halls and festivals around the globe. The duo also helped found the new Irish supergroup The Gloaming.


I am the Cosmos – R.Kitt live – Dip DJs

Saturday 18th November :: 8 till L8 :: €10 I Am The Cosmos ——————— I Am The Cosmos are an Irish electronic duo made up of Ross Turner and Cian Murphy. The band’s forthcoming EP ‘Nothing But Love’ will be their 3rd release, following 2016’s ‘Letting It Go’ 12” single( Happy Valley Records) and 2013’s ‘Monochrome’ LP(Elastic Witch/Bodytonic). The EP’s four tracks were written, produced, recorded and mixed in the National Concert Hall, Dublin and are scheduled for Autumn release on Art For Blind. The EP’s cover art is a painting by Labhaoise Murphy. Since their debut album’s release, I Am The Cosmos have garnered both local and international critical praise; they were awarded Nialler9’s Irish album of 2013 for ‘Monochrome’ and were nominated for Meteor Choice Song of the Year 2013 for their track ‘Look Me In The Eye’. International press has included features on Vice, Clash, Mixmag, the 405 and Dangerous Minds among others. Although generally choosing to make only rare live appearances, the band have shared stages with the likes of Metronomy and Lindstrom, as well as featuring on Ireland’s summer festival circuit. ’Nothing But Love’ will be available from November 17th via Art For Blind Records.” — — ‘It’s a delightful collection of nostalgic and melancholic electronic music, tunes that refuse to lapse into a downtempo mode, but instead manage to sustain a controlled urgency’. – The Irish Times ‘From their first release “Dislocate”, they have been cautiously producing material of such quality and originality that it promised I Am The Cosmos would one day release a masterwork. And now it would appear this day has come early, with the release of their sublime debut album Monochrome’ – Dangerous Minds ‘with Monochrome, I Am The Cosmos have created an incredibly beautiful and urgent record that avoids the nostalgic…


Mark Geary ‘The Fool’ album launch tour

The Ledgend that is Mark Geary is back once again under the hammers. He will be playing songs from his long awaited new record ‘The Fool’. The last time that Mark was in leap he opened up for Glen Hansard for our 1st year anniversary party. we are only too happy to have him back A little more information about the man himself below… Mark Geary is one of Ireland’s dearest songwriting treasures, having honed his craft in New York alongside luminaries such as Jeff Buckley and Glen Hansard, Mark has continued a rich recording and performing career for over two decades. It’s five years since his last studio album and in that time, Mark has been frequently touring, building his fan-base throughout Europe and the US, and ‘gig-bashing’ songs shaped from ideas born on the road. For this latest studio album, ‘The Fool’ – produced by Karl Odlum in France, Geary has amassed a collection of well-honed lyrical songs with catchy hooks which often belie the deep emotions at play. Doors 8pm :: €13


Strange Brew Takeover :: Daithí :: Slow Place Like Home :: Elaine Mai :: Paddy Hanna :: Gugai (DJ set)

Friday 25th November :: 8PM :: 5 Acts :: €15 :: Pure Madness What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object? lets find out!! Strange Brew & Connolly’s of Leap Present: Daithí Slow Place Like Home – Elaine Mai Paddy Hanna Gugai DJ set) ————————–——– Galway comes to West Cork! Strange Brew is a infamous Club night that has been running out of the galway stronghold the Roisin Dubh for many a moon now Captained by the man, the mtyth the legend Gugai MacNamara. night has quite the reputation and we are only too happy to bring the party to West Cork. He shall set sail from Galway with a mighty fine selection of artists to throw the mother of all partys! keep it country, keep it local. Heaps of infor about the bands below on their own pages. ————————–——– – Daithí – https://www.facebook.com/daithimusic/?fref=ts – Slow Place Like Home – https://www.facebook.com/SlowPlaceLikeHome/?fref=ts Elaine Mai https://www.facebook.com/elainemaimusic/ Paddy Hanna https://www.facebook.com/Paddyhannamusic/


*SOLD OUT* Paul Noonan (Bell X1) Solo Show

*SOLD OUT* Paul Noonan (Bell X1) Live at Connolly’s of Leap Sat 25th November Doors 8pm We are delighted to announce that the man, the legend, PAUL NOONAN from BELLX1 will be joining us November 25th to perform some brand new material, as well as Bell X1 and Printer Clips favourites. Support on the night comes from Maria Kelly


Lankum (Previously Lynched)

Connolly’s of Leap proudly presents Lankum Sunday November 26th :: Doors 8pm :: €20 Lankum are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material. Having spent the last number of years performing as ‘Lynched’, the band decided that they would no longer continue with the name due to the unavoidable implications that it has in regards to acts of racist violence. Their new name comes from the ballad ‘False Lankum’, as sung by the Irish Traveller John Reilly Jr. The band was originally formed as an experimental-psychedelic-folk-punk-duo by brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch in the early 2,000’s, and has since progressed through a number of incarnations. As their interest in traditional music and song grew, the brothers began to attend sessions around Dublin, where they formed friendships with Cormac Mac Diarmada and Radie Peat, amongst a whole host of impressive young musicians. When Ian began work in the Irish Traditional Music Archive, after completing a folklore masters, he had the rare opportunity to record in the ITMA studio with friend, colleague and in-house technician Danny Diamond, whenever a spare evening presented itself, so he and Daragh asked Cormac and Radie to provide some backing vocals and instrumentation on “one or two songs”. After some preliminary practice sessions it became obvious to all involved that something much more interesting was happening, and the group quickly became a dedicated four-piece, gaining experience and confidence as they played together at the Grand Folk Club gigs, which they hosted monthly. They also applied around this time for the Arts Council’s 2013 Deis Recording…

December 2017

Little Green Cars

Little Green Cars were still in their teens when they were spotted and signed to Glassnote and recorded their widely-acclaimed 2013 debut Absolute Zero with producer Markus Dravs. That album changed their lives, taking the five former school friends on tour everywhere from Europe and Australia to Russia and the States, which they criss-crossed six times in three years. Now all in their early 20s, Little Green Cars are both a different band and the same five friends who met every Sunday aged 15 in singer Stevie Appleby’s garden shed to start writing songs. Those changes, their shared experiences and individual ups and downs are candidly documented in Ephemera, a gorgeous, grown-up album about, well, growing up. Two deaths, relationship break-ups and their over two years’ worth of touring are among the key events that inform Ephemera’s richly-textured, harmony-soaked rock songs. While the impact of those events will change over time, the intense emotions they evoked live on in the music. All the time the band were on tour, they were writing new songs, some of which they honed live. All the time they were changing, as were family and friends back home, whose lives they could sometimes no longer relate to. Stevie and Faye O’Rourke – the band’s principal songwriters and interchanging lead vocalists – watched their love lives fall apart. All five questioned who they used to be and who they had become, not least guitarist Adam O’Regan, whose father passed away. “It’s a transitional album,” says Stevie. “Lyrically, it’s all about change – the end of some eras, new beginnings, learning from the past and looking to the future. Ephemera means things that are important to you, but only for a short time. That could apply to music or relationships or even a particular day. All five members…

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