Shouting at Planes at Whelans Ones to Watch 2011
#1 & #2 – January kicked off with two days at the Whelans Ones to Watch weekend. A crappy phone camera did nothing to capture the talent that was on show.
I went purely to see Miracle Bell, who I had seen supporting The Coronas in the Olympia in December 2010 (and ended up getting to see twice due to a rather unfortunate power cut on Dame Street which led to the gig being rescheduled four songs into the Corona’s set – there are only so many songs you can play acoustically in darkness!).
But I also caught Sarah Gleeson, The Man Whom, Owensie, Ivan St John, SHOUTING AT PLANES!, Lost Chord, Hired Hands, and Strait Laces.
Because of this, I ended up adding another three talented Irish bands to my list of ones to watch out for – The Man Whom, Shouting at Planes, and Strait Laces, were all brilliantly different, but appealed to me, and whet my appetite for the sheer variety of Irish talent on our doorstep. It also brought home to me just how much music is created in Ireland independently or through small home grown labels, a fact that I had been pretty much ignorant of until then.
*Originally posted on http://www.gigaholic.tumblr.com on 06/06/12*