Tag: Workman’s Club

First Fortnight 2015


Trailblaze Revolution, Christchurch Cathedral

This is a tricky one to write to be honest – I re-read last year’s post (https://gigaholic.wordpress.com/2014/03/16/first-fortnight-2014/) and can vividly remember how I felt writing that post, and during the festival. To be able to remember things so clearly and yet to know how much changed within the space of a year is a little bit disconcerting to be honest.


Danny Battles


The Lost Brothers

During 2014 I became much more involved in First Fortnight, having been asked to get involved with a pretty amazing group of people to do fundraising for the charity. Being more involved has let me see how much goes into this festival from the other side, rather than as a volunteer or as a spectator. The fact that this festival has been created by a bunch of volunteers is simply mind-blowing. That said, being more involved makes it challenging to write a review of it, so I’m not even going to attempt it. It’s impossible for me to be unbiased so all I’ll say is if you haven’t been to a First Fortnight event yet, then check out the festival next January, or one of the fundraising events during the year. I think that’s the fairest way of me keeping Gigaholic true to my views but without letting my love of this festival skew any review I wrote of it.


I Have a Tribe


State Lights

Booka Brass Band

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I toyed with using this post as another spot of free therapy, but it a) doesn’t seem fitting, and b) doesn’t really seem needed. This year has given me so much more confidence – it is impossible to see how much can be achieved by a small group of volunteers with some big ideas, without some of that confidence rubbing off. Hard to sum up how grateful I am for that, so I’m not even going to try.

Ben Ottewell


I have been a massive fan of Ben Ottewell since the Gomez days of my late teens/early 20s (I’m showing my age now!). While his solo work obviously doesn’t allow any of the unusual harmonies he could create with Ian and Tom as part of Gomez, his unique voice means that his solo work is a treat to listen to.

I reviewed the gig in more detail (see below) but just remember this night as one of my favourite types of charming intimate gigs where the focus is on the quality of the vocals and songwriting rather than the bells-and-whistles that go into bigger productions. Support act Michele Stodart was fantastic also.



Michele Stodart

This gig was originally reviewed for Ceol Collective which has now ceased operations. The review that was published is preserved for posterity here!

Taking to the Workman’s Club’s stage on a freezing, sleeting night in Dublin, Ben Ottewell’s intimate acoustic set was simply brilliant. Opening with the title tracks from his two solo albums, his recent release “Rattlebag” and 2011’s “Shapes and Shadows”, Ben set the tone for the night. He brought the audience on a meandering journey through his solo material, but also treated the crowd to some beautiful versions of Gomez classics, which pleased the more vocal members of the audience.

His distinctive voice continues to blend a rich smooth baritone with a hint of gargling with whiskey and gravel. Added to this the fact that he is also an extremely talented guitar player, means that with a Ben Ottewell show, you’re never going to be disappointed. He also managed to successfully balance playing solo tracks, as this is his solo tour, with pleasing the crowd with imaginative takes on Gomez numbers – always a tricky ask.

Personal favourites on the night were his solo tracks “Blackbird” (“Not the Beatle’s one”, as he pointed out) and “Starlings” (“Not Elbow’s One”, he giggled, leading to him stating that he “really needs to think up some more original song titles!”). However, hearing his solo takes on old Gomez favourites like “Get Miles”. “Love is Better than a Warm Trombone” and “Tijuana Lady” stole the show.

Special mention must be made to support act Michele Stodart, bass player from The Magic Numbers. Charming, talented and endearing, she opened the night in style. Catch more from Michele here (https://soundcloud.com/michelestodart).


Speech Development Records Tour


Excitement would have been an understatement for how I felt about this show. Still mourning the end of Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip as a duo, the opportunity to see some of the finest acts signed to Scroob’s Speech Development Records label was too good to resist. I’m so glad I didn’t because this gig was simply amazing – packed, loud, and sweaty, this was gigging at its best.


Star of the show B Dolan is a real showman, with dance offs and banter with the crowd doing little to distract from his full-on live show. He has a unique brand of angry music that often makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up. The fact that Scroobius Pip made a brief guest appearance was the icing on the cake. This gig also gave me my first chance to see Scroobius Pip doing spoken word, an opportunity that I hope will be repeated in the not too distant future.



 The Amazing B Dolan, with Scroobius Pip


Warren Peace

FMC Tour

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The First Music Contact tour brought some of the best Irish acts to a number of venues around the country, and I went along to the Workmans Club gig  – well I was hardly going to miss a chance to see Daithi and Le Galaxie in a relatively small venue, seeing as both are on a fairly stratospheric rise at the moment and unlikely to be playing in venues like these for much longer.


And just like at St Patrick’s Day, I got to bring a friend who had never seen Le Galaxie before, which is always something special. There’s not much more I can say about Le Galaxie that I haven’t said before – but the fact that this gig included Mick Pope crowd surfing and them blasting out new songs to a crowd that were more than ready to hear them made this gig feel just that little bit special.


Liza Flume


It was around this time of 2013 that I realised that I with the tickets I had already bought that I was going to be going to 46 gigs that year. I decided that with a number so tantalisingly close to averaging one a week that I really wanted to find a few more gigs and try to hit that milestone. I only had a couple of months left so it was going to mean going to multiple gigs each week – which, to be honest, is no hardship, but can be take its toll on the amount of sleep I get!


So I trawled the gig listings, and boy was I glad I did. Liza Flume was playing a gig in the Workman’s Club – and it was a night that I was free so off I went. Her show was amazing. Seriously talented – this girl can create more rhythm and melody with a loop pedal, clicking fingers, a guitar and her voice than a lot of the full bands I’ve seen. She came across as so humble, repeatedly referring to the fact that she was amazed that there were more people in the room than she knew in real life – it’s always amazing to see someone with so much potential being so surprised that people actually want to come to see them!


Liza Flume with Brona Keogh and Katie Lynn from Gypsy Rebel Rabble

Dan le Sac versus Scroobius Pip


Dan le Sac versus Scroobius Pip are one of my favourite acts, and have been for years. Getting sick and missing part of one of their shows was integral to me starting this whole “go to as many gigs as I can” endeavour!


I have seen them a few times before and have caught a few of Scroobius Pip’s solo shows as well. Something about this show was different though. I’m not going to lie…I geeked out in a huge way. I hadn’t been this excited at a gig in a few years, and I can’t put my finger on why, on what was different about this show! I’ve always connected with their older stuff, but some of their new songs are brilliant, and their sound has really developed.



With Scroob’s lyrics becoming apparently more autobiographical and some insanely good new beats from Dan le Sac, they just keep getting better and better. Their support act Prolyphic and Buddy Peace were also amazing.

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Le Galaxie


Reid at the Workmans Club


The Last Days of 1984 at the Workman’s Club


Le Galaxie’s #Workmania Christmas shows in the Workman’s Club were brilliantly bonkers as only these lads can manage to pull off (well, can pull off and still manage to be cool as f*ck)! From the now traditional dispersion of glow-sticks to the what-will-hopefully-become-traditional Jurassic Park ending, the crowd went suitably mental. With support from Reid and Last Days of 1984, this was the sweatiest gig of 2012 for me, and I think was my favourite Le Galaxie gig yet.

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Le Galaxie at the Workmans Club
*Originally posted on www.gigaholic.tumblr.com on 01/01/13*