Hard Working Class Heroes – The Grand Social
Hard Working Class Heroes Festival is on this Saturday, 4th of October at The Grand Social.
The Black Sea Fleet
7.30pm - 8pm The Grand Social
Music by Daniel Sheeran and Eoin Dolan
Me Auld Flower
8.10pm - 8.40pm The Grand Social
Música folklórica from Galway City, Ireland
His New Atlas
8.50pm - 9.20pm The Grand Social
At a fast pace young 18 year old Eoghan O’Hagan has plummeted into the world of music under the name of “His New Atlas”. Founded on the 16th Febuary 2013 His New Atlas has now played 190+ shows all over the Ireland, Northern Ireland, and the North West of England. Just over a year and Eoghan has built a strong name, and reputation for His New Atlas with the successful release of Two EPs, two Irish tours, and his restless need to keep his fans, and listeners feed with new music, live and recorded. “His New Atlas’ live performances have a soulfully appealing power leaving the room silent and entranced.”
9.30pm - 10pm The Grand Social
Blending folk, blues and acoustic pop to taste, Brian Casey's debut solo EP 'Plain Sailing' is a collection of songs that find things to be positive about in the face of poor weather and bad news. Released in August 2013, this first 5 track offering showcased a wide range of styles and moods influenced as much by contemporary singer-songwriters of the past decade as they are by the likes of the Beatles and folk/blues artists of the 50’s and 60’s.
Winning positive reviews in national publications and significant radio exposure, Casey toured nationally promoting the EP both solo and as a two piece combo with drummer Andrew O’Sullivan, further developing a unique and dynamic live sound. Drawing from a repertoire of over 100 songs at last count, completely improvised set-lists weave through the singers own compositions along with some of the classics that helped inspire them. Most rewarding of all, patrons at shows have begun to sing along with the Brian Casey originals as often as they do to past hits scattered throughout the set.
Now, growing into a trio and enriched by spontaneous switches between guitar, piano and anything else to hand, things have begun gathering pace towards bigger live shows and a planned return to the studio in Autumn 2014 to capture an ever expanding body of original work. The first fruits of this work in studio will be an EP entitled 'Rain Songs' due for release in October 2014.
10.10pm - 10.40pm The Grand Social
Justin Cullen is a songwriter and recording artist from Wexford. He has just released his first solo album "Slow Season" under the name Frankenstein Bolts.
"Frankenstein Bolts creates a somewhat otherworldly sound, live his breezy music is confidently made by a well honed backing band, but it is Cullen himself that delivers the killer blow with his soulful and evocative voice, a supremely talented singer songwriter, fantastic"
(SD) STATE MAGAZINE
"Frankenstein Bolts is the name given to Justin Cullen’s solo project, but you’d never know it if you seen them play live. The four-piece band are at such ease on-stage that you’d swear they were all full-time members. Sleepling Sacks is a beautiful four-minute slice of slow burning country rock with vocal delivery as tender as anything put to tape by Simon and Garfunkel. That’s all topped off with some gentle three-part harmonies from Cullen’s backing band. Lost Shells is held together by Fleet Foxes style vocals and backed by Band of Horses-esque soft rock". DD (GOLDEN PLEC)
10.50pm - 11.20pm The Grand Social
WILD PROMISES are a group of musicians who have just released their debut single 'Ballymore',a 'stop-you-in-your-tracks' (Nialler9.com) kind of song which tries to capture the understated beauty and poetry of the suburbia in which they grew up. Colm Russell's elegant portrayal of this in the official video is a testament to the ability of the human spirit to find beauty in all things, even the housing estates and grey skies of our satellite towns.