Multi instrumentalist and artist R.S.A.G comes to play a very exclusive show at Bar Ritz (Mulroy’s Bar ) in Castlebar on Saturday night April 2 with a full visual screen show with support coming from The Ambience Affair and The Light Parade, in what promises to be a very intimate show at Mayo’s original alternative night out Finbar Hoban Presents.
R.S.A.G. (aka Rarely Seen Above Ground, aka Jeremy Hickey ) is a multi-instrumentalist hailing from Kilkenny city who has been making waves since 2008 with his explosive live set and a double album release, Organic Sampler – the debut which received a five-star review from the Irish Times as well as gaining a Choice Music Prize nomination in the same year. R.S.A.G records, performs and produces all his own material. Live R.S.A.G. plays drums / percussion and sings. The backing tracks are recorded in his studio. Visually, he has created a virtual band which is projected on a screen behind him.
Think of Joy Division, Talking Heads, Fela Kuti, New York rockers ESG with the visual impact of the Gorillaz. But rather than the use of animation, he aspires to a sort of shadow play; a show of silhouettes of himself, which he utilises on disc. This is so much more than just music, it is a friendly, full-sensory virus with no known cure. R.S.A.G. is back with his Leo Pearson produced follow-up album Be It Right Or Wrong.
Be It Right Or Wrong was performed entirely by Hickey and was recorded in Leo’s studio in Thomastown, Kilkenny.
Support for this show comes from rising Irish band The Ambience Affair who are vocalist/guitarist Jamie Clarke, and drummer, Marc Gallagher. They have recently recruited a new live member, Yvonne Ryan (bass/vocals/keys ). One of the band’s tracks was recently used in the series C.S.I. New York titled ‘Parting Patterns’. They are currently in the studio working on their debut album and hope to release in the coming weeks.
The Light Parade, who hail from Texas, are on a nationwide tour and make a very welcome stop off at Bar Ritz. The Light Parade are the musical partnership of Alex Howard and Kara DuBose. After meeting at college in Abilene, Texas they began singing and writing together in their senior year and the chemistry between them was instant. R.S.A.G is sure to leave his mark when he comes to play Bar Ritz next weekend in Castlebar, Marc Conway will be back spinning the tunes once again and doors open at 9pm. For more booking info call (0949028954 ) or check out www.myspace/finbarhobanpresents com for further listings.