Friday, June 26, 2009

Bluestacks Jam Club

Greg provided an update on the Bluestacks Jam Club, looks like it's wile craic, and it'll be something I'll show up for next time I'm home.

Its now official; Monday is the new Saturday night in Donegal Town.with The Bluestacks Jam Club just a month old and drawing crowds form all over the North West and beyond who get tuned into a night of Blues, Rock, Funk. and Reggie and original material...all live and FREE in the Abbey Hotel Monday nights @10pm. Musicians of all ages are jockeying for the mic, as the popularity of the club grows and grows.The night started with The Live Register Blues Band, who are turning into a regular feature at the event. Next up were the very talented duo "Acoustic Breaks" with a wealth of experience behind them. Singer songwriter Jim Carbin and Paul 'Skippy' Meehan, entertained the crowd with some excellent slide guitar sounds, combining their own materiel with a Bluegrass , Flamenco style . They set a mellow groove for the remainder of the first half of the night. The lads will hopefully be featuring many times again before the end of the summer. Our in house D J Kieran "funky old school" Cambell was not around this time as he was competing in the annual Coolshannon stone spreading championship were he came first and win for the first time.ever. Stage Director Jimmy Gallagher was doing an excellent job organising the various artists so the sets flowed continuously for the entire night. Indeed Jimmy made an impromptu performance of his own playing a set which included Journey's 'Don't Stop Believing'. Damien Edwards 'IBO Acoustics' again provided the sound and did the desk. His expertise is much appreciated which frames the Club with a professional sound. Also worthy of thanks are the latest sponsors; The Abbey Hotel, Simple Simon's Health Shop, the Blueberry Restaurant, Peter Dunnion Motor Services, Beleek Co Fermanagh . O' C. Bookmakers, the Diamond Donegal.and Denis Gorman's Barber shop Donegal town €1,150.00 has been raised to date from our sponsors, which will be donated to a local charity later this summer. Part two of the night kicked off with Daniel Vito Kelly's excellent band with both Rosa Byrne and Eoin Travers on Guitars . Daniel proved what a versatile musician he is by drumming as well as playing guitar...and doing vocals. Guitar man Andrew Begley played an impromptu blues set with a very smooth clean style with Morgan Ferriter on Bass and myself on drums. Its great to see young talent carrying Blues Music to their generation because they know that its the roots to all modern music. If you can play the Blues you can play anything.
The penultimate act of the night was provided by Oisin Cannon from the Mirenda Rosenberg Band who was on the same stage two weeks ago. Oisin on vocals and acoustic guitar with Bluestacks Backers by the Ferriter brothers Morgan on bass guitar and Enda on keyboards, and Brian "sticks" Cannon on drums, he performed Pinball wizard among others. He has become a regular feature on Mondays and is one of the most popular artists performing, with very strong vocals and acoustic guitar joined by Skippy and James Carbin, the lads played on much to the delight of the audience. The Final set proved to be the biggest surprise of the night when the young and very talented Emma Hughes from Laghey took to the stage. Singing songs by Led Zeppelin, the Doors and Eric Clapton, she had the crowd eating out of her hand with her huge stage presence. She was then joined by the equally talented Ryan Mc Closkey on lead guitar with some serious soloing which made the hair stand up in the back of my neck , "yes that one hair I have there" It was hard to believe it was their first performance in the club as they took to the stage like seasoned veterans and thats what we are all about. We would like all Musicians to come down any Monday nite for 9.30 .play a few tunes and have a bit a craic. On behalf of the Club I would like to thank all the Musicians who have joined us in giving their time and skills to this. By Greg Gorman

Doors open @10pm FREE entry. Abbey Hotel Donegal Town Send an email to or join Bluestacks Jam Club on Face Book or Bebo.

Looks like there was a decent turnup too (thanks to Danel V. Kelly for the pic on Facebook).

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