Biggles Flys Again
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.
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.
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.