Any of you who have been reading since the Whelans Ones to Watch festival way back in 2011 might remember that I really rated Shouting at Planes as being absolutely brilliant. But I haven’t seen them in ages, so their St Jude EP launch was going to be an interesting one – would they be as good as I remembered? Well, yes, they were. These lads have amazing harmonies, and some really stand out songs. Even their (strong!) Cavan accents add to their charm, and they seemed to have brought a fair chunk of Cavan with them to Whelans if the crowd were anything to go by! Their support act, Red Queen Contest, who I had seen previously at Haiti Fest, were also really good, and I wouldn’t mind trying to catch them again. Shouting at Planes – still ones to watch, in my book. And Aodhan was right, the pic of Liam on the CD does have a decidedly cycloptic element to it!
The Walls at the Sugar Club
Haiti Fest moved from Whelans to the Sugar Club for their 2013 fund raiser, which lead to a more sedate night all round, with a bit more sitting and a bit less dancing than last year! With their now traditional mix of the best of Irish and Haitian music, it gave me another chance to see festival favourites Raglans and Ham Sandwich, along with a massive trip down memory lane listening to the Walls!
Red Queen Contest at the Sugar Club
Raglans at the Sugar Club
Ham Sandwich at the Sugar Club