(Part 1) A Night at Poor David’s with String Theory and Ireland Harber

Recently while visiting a friend in Texas I had the pleasure of seeing Emmet Cahill, String Theory and Ireland Harber perform live at Poor David’s Pub in Dallas. This is a two-part blog series because there was so much talent it was just too big for one post.

For this series I was fortunate enough gain use of pictures from that night taken by the incredible Amanda Grace of Gilded Isle Photography! All images used in this series are hers.

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After a lovely Q&A/meet and greet with Emmet Cahill before the opening act, we sat down to watch the amazement that is String Theory! This band is made up of University of North Texas graduate Jesse Ramirez on guitar, and North Texas School of Irish Music student Nathan Kennedy on fiddle.

What first caught my eye was their perfect rhythm and synchronization, as both  played so naturally like that was the only thing their arms were made for. These lads are Celtic instrumental at its finest! As I sat there listening I wished this could be the soundtrack to me horseback ridding through Irish moorland (I have artsy dreams, okay?).

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I was most impressed by Kennedy’s fiddling. During each song he added so much emotion and narrative with his well-seasoned playing, then to my amazement I learned that Kennedy was only thirteen years old! This lad has talent beyond his years. I am completely proud to say that Kennedy was just recently in Ireland competing in the world championships of Irish music, the Fleadh Cheoil! Kennedy is the first Texas youth fiddler to qualify and compete in this championship!

For those of you lucky enough to live in the Dallas Fort-Worth Metroplex, stop by The Celt Irish Pub where String Theory frequent. These lads put on an incredible show!

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After Emmet Cahill did a few songs, Ireland Harber, another member of the North Texas School of Irish Music, came up on stage to sing. The whole room stilled as she told the beautifully mournful and truly Celtic ballad “The Last Rose of Summer” with a grace that many professional singers lack.

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At the end of her song, Cahill broke the room’s stillness with a proud “She’s ten” and proceeded to gush on her talent saying how it was, “The best performance of that song I’ve seen, and I’m not just saying that ’cause you’re here.” I have only seen this song performed that one time but I can most certainly say that it was breathtaking.

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For her last song Harber joined Cahill in “Go Lasse Go”. Her gorgeous harmonies alongside her sweet and truly Celtic voice, stole the hearts of all who listened. I was also extremely impressed by how relaxed Harber was onstage, even down to interacting with the audience. This lass will go places!

These people have been some of my favorite opening and guest artists, and I can’t wait until they have opening artists of their own.

Click here for part two of A Night at Poor David’s with Emmet Cahill

You can find:

String Theory on Facebook

Jesse Ramirez on Facebook and jesse-ramirez.com

Ireland Harber and Nathan Kennedy in their Irish Folk band Innisfall on Facebook.

North Texas School of Irish Music on Facebook and at schoolofirishmusic.org

Legit Photographer Amanda Grace on Facebook, Instagram @gildedisle and gildedisle.com

Dé Luain sásta– Gems of Genres

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Top 5 Songs I Never Get Tired Of

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Do you have a song that you never get tired of? That you unashamedly “play to death”. And do you ever get happy when that song gets stuck in your head? Well I know I do. Here is a list of my Top 5 Songs I Never Get Tired Of:

 

#5: “Jailhouse Rock” by Elvis Presley

Every time I hear this song I immediately feel cool, (And unashamedly do the twist to). This is by far my favorite song the The King did. Written in 1957 by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, “Jailhouse Rock” was written for Presley’s third motion picture by the same name. “Jailhouse Rock” reached #1 on U.S. Billboard charts and stayed there for seven weeks! And in early ’58 it stayed at #1 for three weeks in UK charts. But this song’s popularity is no wonder considering its rocking beat and catchy tune, and of course its illustrative lyrics.

 

#4: “If The Gaff Don’t Let Us Down” by Skinny Lister

This hit by English Punk-Folk band Skinny Lister always makes me smile! It’s so happy! “If The Gaff Don’t Let Us Down” tells a beautiful story about sailing to one’s love. (This song is guaranteed to make every gal wish her lad had half this much class 😉 ) I love the happy melody and the great beat this song has. “If The Gaff Don’t Let Us Down” is from Skinny Lister’s awesome debut album “Forge and Flagon” check it out.

 

#3: “Love Me Or Leave Me” cover by Regina Spektor

This cover of “Love Me Or Leave Me” is from the Boardwalk Empire Vol. 3 Soundtrack. I can’t get over this song it’s so good! Spektor’s voice flawlessly portrays the frustration and desparity that waiting on someone to choose you can have. She perfects the 20’s Blues sound with her gentle yet pained voice. *Sighs* This woman should get some sort of award for this song!

“Love Me Or Leave Me” was originally written by Walter Donaldson and Gus Khan for the Broadway production of “Whoopee”, and sung by Ruth Etting. It has been recorded by over fifty artists in its years of existence, however (in my opinion), Regina Spektor’s cover is by far the best.

 

#4 “Precious” by JD McPherson

This song, it gets me every time. I would easily compare this song to a religious experience. Honestly if someone told me this was a hymn I wouldn’t doubt them. McPherson has done it again with this gorgeous piece from his latest album “Let The Good Times Roll“. If you can’t get through this song without at least chills, then you aren’t even human! Every time I hear this line:

“What does it mean when your blood vibrates? I thought it was a bad sign. There was a word I never tried to speak, now it’s a battle cry! It’s so precious, precious to me,…”

*Wipes tears away from eyes* For the first time I am rendered speechless. (And that doesn’t happen! One of my biggest problems in school was that I couldn’t summarize!) All I can say is listen to this song. It’s so beautiful!

 

#1 “Wild Woman” by Imelda May

My jam! From her latest album “Tribal“, Imelda May’s “Wild Woman” is the best song to rock out to. I mean full on rocking out: blaring the speakers, running through room, hair down, shouting at the top of your lungs, and air-guitar, complete with a dance routine. (Oh you think that’s the video? Haha, no that’s me while listening to this song! 😛 ) May wrote the song about how no matter how much you try in life to conform to society’s rules and responsibilities there is still that Wild Woman inside you, ready to burst out at any time! I think the reason I like this song so much is because I’m not a wild person, but this song provides the perfect opportunity to act as crazy as you like, (With curtains drawn of course!)

 

Even though these songs are in order, I still can’t say that one is better than the other. There all so good!

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! Do you have any songs that you never get tired of? Are any of these songs new favorites for you? If so please comment and let me know! Also drop a comment if there are any bands or musicians you’d like a review on.

 

Keep on Rockin’, Rollin’ and Jivin’!

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Kitty, Daisy and Lewis: A Rockin’ Rhythm and Blues Trio

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Kentish Town trio Kitty, Daisy & Lewis have a vintage groove of Rhythm & Blues, Hawaiian, and Rock ‘n’ Roll that make you want to dance ’till the nights end. What started out as three siblings playing music in their front room has now turned into world-wide phenomenon, as KD&L have gained a fan base in America, most all of Europe, Australia, and even parts of Asia. But that’s no wonder considering their infectious sound of sleazy trumpet, muted slide guitar licks, grooving base vibes, and that enticing snare drum that convinces all to put on their dancing shoes.

Between the three of them Kitty, Daisy & Lewis play a variety of instruments including Guitar, Piano, Drums, Harmonica, Lap Steel, Ukulele, Banjo, Xylophone, Trombone, and Accordion. On top of that Lewis has an extensive collection of vintage recording equipment which he uses in their home studio. All of KD&L’s music is recorded analogue on 8-track tape machines; No computers or digital recording equipment is ever used, giving KD&L a rawer, more natural sound, almost like they’re playing right there in the room.

In addition to the three siblings Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are joined by parents Ingrid Weiss on Bass and Daddy Grazz on Acoustic Guitar, and legendary Jamaican Trumpet player Eddie “Tan Tan” Thornton.

KD&L are signed to BBC Radio DJ, Rob Da Bank’s record label Sunday Best. Sunday Best has signed artists such as Ben Ottewell, Skinny Lister, and even David Lynch.

KD&L The Third

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis have recently released their third studio album “Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third”. Long-time fan Mick Jones (The Clash) has co-produced the new album.

“With Mick on board, it was the first time we have worked with a producer,” says Lewis, “Just having someone else in the room meant we could start bouncing ideas off other people and that was great.”

Take a listen to their hit single “Baby Bye Bye”, which has gained high acclaim as BBC Radio 1’s Record of the Week.

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis are some of the most talented young artists I can think of. Their music brings all the good of the past, and makes it fit the 21 century.

You can order “Kitty, Daisy and Lewis The Third” here on Amazon and ITunes as well as their other awesome music. You can find KD&L on Facebook, Twitter, and at kittydaisyandlewis.com

Keep on Rockin’

Gems of Genres

I Am Still Alive

Why hello my readers, do you still remember me? Much apologies for the lack of writing over the past months, but Thanksgiving, Christmas, friends visiting, New Years, and a move have kept me busy since we last chatted. Well, I am still alive. I have not fallen off a cliff, or anything tragic like that, I just have a life. Haha!

Good news though, things have settled down for me and I shall soon begin posting! Hooray! Perhaps by next week I shall have a post up!

Keep a look out for future artist features on: Rebecca Harkin, The O’s, The Subways, Kitty Daisy and Lewis, and so many more.

To quench your musical thirst for the time being, here is a song that I have been absolutely obsessed with from JD McPherson’s much anticipated second album “Let The Good Times Roll”. The albums release date is February, 10, 2015. You can pre-order Let The Good Times Roll here.

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You can find JD McPherson on Facebook, Twitter, and at jdmcpherson.com

Thank you all for your support. Best wishes and a MerryThankfulNew Holiday thing, and any other red letter days I’ve missed.

Keep on Rockin’,

Gems of Genres