The performance was coruscating, like the darkest of Weimar Cabaret on steroids. Old and new songs sat together with The Loyaliser from Fatima Mansions days and Rat Poison Rendevous from the far more recent Flannery’s Mounted Head show being particular standouts. (I almost wrote Slattery's Mounted Foot (Val Doonican standard))
Top of the pile though was a semi improvised intro to Berties Brochures that posited the existence, in the small town of Ballinahades, of a boutique festival (shake your boutique!) that played host to the crème de la crème of the alternative music scene from the past few decades such as the UK Subs and hold your breath they’re speaking again, …almost - Kajagoogoo (but not Mr Coughlan of course) And it’s only 129 euro for a one day pass!
Some songs from the new album Rancho Tetrahedron also make a good first impression, particularly Mr Bib's Saorstat Star Time....
'Be quiet, the both of you,
why must you gripe?
your bellies are full, why be bitter?'
she said, 'I'm worth better, you cringing wee shite',
so he picks up the poker to hit her
Afterwards, over beer (them) and coffees and ginger ale (me) I talked with some friends who also enjoyed it although finding it a pretty intense experience, less Light & Shade than Shade & Darker Shade. Del said he’d be heading home to put on some early Nick Cave for light relief. ....
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You should catch him on his forthcoming mini tour and further details can be found on his myspace page or by visiting his website.
7 Sep 2010 19:30 Bush Hall London,
11 Sep 2010 19:30 Whelan's Dublin
12 Sep 2010 21:00 Pavilion, Cork