KRAUTROCK LOVING post-rockers, stripped down punk influenced bands, folk’n’country acts, and everything inbetween, the Citóg nights continues its excellent tradition of showcasing the finest in independent and imaginative Irish music, when it returns to the Róisín Dubh this month on Wednesdays from 9pm.
First up is Glimmerman on March 4. Formed from the ashes of Boxes (Gavin Cowley, vocals, guitar ), Jackbeast (J Bassetti, stand-up bass, vocals ) and Holy Ghost Fathers (Phil Murray, drums, vocals ), Glimmermen’s stripped-down sound, which draws on punk, ska, post-rock, and blues, can be heard on their debut EP Satellite People and debut album I’m Dead.
Both the EP and album have earned critical acclaim. “If you’re ever aching for a hit of Wire or The Members (and why ever not? ), then you’ll get it here,” said The Irish Times. The Irish Daily Star called I’m Dead “a raw but engaging record full of accomplished and powerful songs”, while the Sunday Business Post said, “Sparse..witty rock...Glimmermen deliver a clever back to basics record”. Support is from rock quartet Polaralis and singer-songwriter David Skelton.
Krautrock, folk, jazz, metal, psychedelia, and post-rock fuse in the music of Limerick based multi-instrumentalists Iron Mountain who play on March 11. The band - Ronan Ryan (flute ), Matt Bashford (uilleann pipes and whistles ), Ray Murphy (percussion ), Damien Mullane (guitar ), and Stephen Hughes (bass ) - released their debut album Unum last month.
Also on the bill are Niall Teague and the Fast Company, who are also promoting their debut album. Their sound has been defined by Phil Brown of BBC Lancashire as “It’s Irish, it’s Folky, it’s Country, it’s bluegrass, it’s great!” Teague is a songwriter originally from Belfast now living in Galway. The fast company includes some of Galway’s best musicians in Padraic Joyce, Kelvin Busher, Javi Mula, Una Mac Lochlainn, and Maidhc O’hEanigh, who play double bass, fiddle, flute, banjo/mandolin, percussion, and guitar.
Support is from improvisational band Community.
The final Citóg gig of the month is on March 18, with The Pox Men, who have this to say about themselves: “From the mists of the Irish bogs we come a wanderin’, carryin’ our guitars, and shoutin’...we are the men of the Pox...”. To make sense of that listen to this:
Also on the bill are Donegal/Galway prog-rock band Tuath who use computers and other traditional rock and jazz instruments, and singer-songwriter Mike O’Connor, who will play songs from his album, Octopus Tattoo. His music has been played on John Creedon’s RTÉ Radio 1 show.
Admission to all gigs is free. For more information see Citóg on Facebook and www.roisindubh.net