Cat Meat – Americana with some very familiar faces
What you may need to know…
01. Cat Meat are something of a hub of Irish music veterans to say the least: Ian Olney (Power of Dreams/Cypress, Mine!) is central to the main line-up, while Morty McCarthy (Sultans of Ping/Pharmacy) has guested behind the kit, and live bassist Mark Healy has prior form in Cypress, Mine! and Lift.
02. Emerging a few years back, the band have recently dropped by some old stomping grounds, with gigs in Cork city and Ballydehob. The outfit plies a warm if somewhat forlorn mix of folk, Americana and blues.
03. Streaming above is the band’s new full-length, Trembling Tongues Make Magpie Bait, also available for free/pay-what-you-want download from the band’s Bandcamp.
04. We’ll keep you posted on any upcoming return Irish legs for the band, though video from their last few shows is up on their Facebook.
Thoughts: The sum of their influences and reference points, but with a hint of ’90s alternative ingenue amid it all.
We interrupt our regularly-scheduled posting for some reader-generated content, this time from Copenhagen-based Irishman Richard Farrell.
Ploughing a furrow in blues, soul and other musical traditions, he’s doing some of his faves inbetween the serious business of assembling his band’s second record.
Currently I’m writing and organising music for my next album in an awe inspiring artist residency in the south of France outside of Carcassonne called La Muse.
Each week I am recording some of my favourite songs in an acapella style. Above is a version of an old blues and gospel song,’Angels Singin’, by The Reverend Gary Davis recorded in the cavernous hallways at La Muse….
The Alternative Sunday Social Club (which goes down every Sunday, as you might have gathered, between 4-8pm) has set up shop at Toner’s on Baggot Street, with the intention of putting the street back on Dublin’s musical map.
ASSC’s Barry Hartigan writes:
Long before Whelan’s in Wexford St. turned that part of town into a music hub, all the gigs used to happen in three pubs on Baggot St. back in the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s.
The Baggot Inn itself is of course the one that most people associate with music, but there were also bands playing in Toner’s and The Pembroke.
Now, however, two of those are a dim and distant memory, but Toner’s remains pretty much unchanged and we’re putting bands on there again on a regular basis for the first time in several decades….
Playing this Sunday are blues power-trio The Business.
The Business are one of Ireland’s finest and longest performing blues bands. For almost 35 years the band has maintained a hard working schedule bringing the best in blues and rock to the country. Featuring Pat Farrell (guitar & vocals), Jim Tate (bass) and Grant Nicholas (drums).