Category: Bands – Biggles Flys Again

There is a Light album launch

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Dylan Tighe

My last gig in May was the album launch for the “There is a Light” collaboration album, launched by Bluestack Records in aid of the brilliant First Fortnight. The album itself is a selection of some of the best Irish acts around at the moment and is downloadable here (http://bluestackrecords.bandcamp.com/album/there-is-a-light), with the bands donating their songs for free to benefit the mental health charity.

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With five of the acts featured on the album performing on the night, the launch was a real treat – and, as I often point out in my posts, a total bargain at €10 (seriously – we, the gig-going population of Ireland, are spoiled with the quality available to watch for half-nothing). A bonus performance by Kevin Nowlan opened the night, followed by Biggles Flys Again, who were their usual brilliant selves. Dylan Tighe was up next, and then Owensie, both of whom mellowed the mood but showed their song-writing skills to spectacular effect. Hidden Highways and The Ambience Affair completed the line-up.

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Hidden Highways

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Kevin Nowlan

I’ve spoken before about First Fortnight and what it stands for, but a brief speech from JP Swaine, director of the charity, turned this from “just another gig” (albeit with an array of local talent) to an opportunity to remind ourselves of what First Fortnight is all about. It aims to challenge the very real stigma around mental health in this country, and to raise awareness of mental health issues. From some of the conversations I had that night, it certainly got a few people thinking. All in all, a great night for a great cause.

 

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Biggles Flys Again

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A few days later, it was off to Biggles Flys Again and Jethro Pickett in the Stags Head. A fundraising show for a Homebeat tour in Germany, the lads played a great mix of their music, new and old. Pity it wasn’t a bigger crowd, because it was a fantastic show.


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Biggles Flys Again set upstairs in Whelans, with support from Anderson and Carriages – I mean, what a line-up! And for less than a tenner. Tonight reminded me, yet again, how spoiled we are with the Irish music scene and how little we pay for the privilege of seeing quality music like this. It also reminded me that upstairs in Whelans is one of the few remaining venues I’ve been in where people actually listen to the acts and don’t talk through the entire show. All three acts are brilliant – but Biggles Flys Again, the headline act, pretty much stole the show.

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Anderson

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Carriages

Hard Working Class Heroes part 1

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Hozier

Hard Working Class Heroes is one of my favourite festivals – no matter where you go, no matter which venue you choose, you’re guaranteed to see some of the best of Ireland’s up and coming bands. 2013 was no different. I only made it to two of the three nights, but still got a chance to see some great acts. In a lucky case of scheduling, I was able to make it to two venues to catch five acts – Plutonic Dust (who barely made their start time because the lead singer couldn’t find a parking space!) started proceedings, followed by a great set from Elaine Mai. I’ve seen Elaine Mai, both solo and doing vocals with Le Galaxie, and love her sound.

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Plutonic Dust

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Elaine Mai

Next up was Anderson, who played some solo songs and also attempted to play with a full band. However, technical difficulties meant that the poor bass player wasn’t getting any sound, and the fact that they were followed by Hozier playing a stunning set with full band and backing singers just highlighted their slightly “less rounded” sound! That said, I really enjoyed Anderson’s songs and have seen him again since. But speaking of Hozier, this guy is amazing. Obviously a huge amount of the crowd were there to see him, and I can see why. Insanely talented, this guy is going to be massive.

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A quick dash to the Mercantile meant we got there just in time to catch Biggles Flys Again set, this time as a threesome. These guys are brilliant and if you get a chance you should definitely head to see them.

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The Chapters

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The Chapters at the Unitarian Church

Chapters in the Unitarian Church was a calmer sort of gig than my usual fare – the beautiful setting was the perfect back drop to the gig previewing most of Chapters upcoming 2013 album. A real find was the support act – Biggles Flys Again. Beautiful voice, fabulous songs. I’ll be trying to see them again in 2013 for sure.

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Biggles Flys Again at the Unitarian Church
*Originally posted on www.gigaholic.tumblr.com on 31/12/12*