(Pelt/Black Twig Pickers)
With US underground drone wizards Pelt and later the barnstorming Appalachian old-time band Black Twig Pickers, Mike Gangloff helped forge a unique blend of avant-garde freedom and dyed-in-the-(plaid)-wool backwoods traditionalism. But along the way, the multi-instrumentalist offered only rare glimpses of the music he plays alone. This April, Gangloff is journeying to Ireland for a solo tour, performing fiddle, banjo and vocal tunes he learned from regional masters around his home in Southwest Virginia and stretching out into personal spaces claimed in nearly two decades of improvisational music.
His is an idiosyncratic musical landscape informed by knee-to-knee sessions with players ranging from guitar fire-breather Donald Miller of Borbetomagus to Charlie Parr, from the late Jack Rose (a bandmate in Pelt and frequent Twig collaborator) to pre-war recording artist Clayton Hall, from the Slate Mountain Ramblers to the Ivanhoe Wildcats.
Expect drones and hoots, full-on stomps and disconsolate dirges. Expect to be rocked back on your heels in a way you’ve never been before.
The Lynch brothers have been performing together for over a decade now, beginning with their self penned folk-punk numbers, and gradually becoming drawn towards the singing tradition of their native city. The brothers seek to give expression and dignity to Dublin city’s peculiar and unique culture through the medium of the traditional folk song. Accompanying their ‘raucous Dublinese twang’ with uilleann pipes, guitar and whistle, their music wraps itself around the full spectrum of the folk idiom, from anti-war sing-alongs, to children’s street songs, to local variants of the classic ‘big ballads’. Coming from a background where singing of some shape or form takes place at almost every family meeting, they have played and sung all over the world to audiences as diverse as the revolutionary Zapatistas in Mexico to yuppie shoppers in Melbourne.
The duo have recently been joined on fiddle, concertina, banjo and vocals by multi instrumentalists and singers Cormac and Radie, both of whom are accomplished traditional Irish musicians but whose musical tastes go as far as stoner rock and techno, as well as American folk and old timey music.
The group are currently recording an album which is expected to be available by this summer.
Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required.
AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Indie DJ from 11pm til late or you might even catch the end of Song Cycle, our weekly singer-songwriter showcase in the front bar.