midweek, we CLOSE THE CURTAINS
outside of the weekends, we close the curtains and dim the lights, for a series of intimate, candle-lit gigs in our conservatory. A limited number of tables are available for dinner during these shows (unless otherwise stated), for which booking is strongly recommended. Doors at 8.30pm, show starting at 9pm.
weekends mean LATE NIGHT LIVE
Late Night Live comes at the weekends, where the music gets a bit louder, the drinks flow a bit faster and things go on a bit later. A band plus DJ continues to be the format of these nights, often with one of the band themselves spinning for the night, offering an insight into the musical influences that go into the bands own sets, but more importantly keeping you dancing either side of the band being on stage. Entry to all Late Night Live gigs remains free, with things kicking off about 10pm.
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Thursday 13th March, 8.30pm
CLOSE THE CURTAINS SPECIAL, with Leo & Anto (The Saw Doctors)
Tickets £10 in advance, from OBI, or from the link below.
This is one of our Close The Curtains specials where we will clear our dining room and set up for the show with the audience seated ‘theatre style’, for an intimate and cosy experience. It’s quite rare we set up like this and all previous occasions have been truly memorable, including performances from Roddie Woomble (Idlewild), Kris Drever and LAU. Frightened Rabbit, Admiral Fallow and Kassidy have also enjoyed the benefits of the dining room clear out (standing on these occasions).
In the Summer of 2013 with The Saw Doctors on a year long sabbatical, two band members and friends, Leo Moran and Anthony Thistlethwaite, have put together an acoustic show that will include different takes on well-known Saw Doctors' songs, versions of lesser-known band songs, a few from Anthony's solo-albums and other songs written recently with Tuam songwriter Padraig Stevens. It's all new and fresh and challenging and scary and exciting .....
When Leo met Anto
It was May 1st 1998 in Galway and fledgling local band from Tuam, The Saw Doctors, were playing at 'The Late Late Breakfast Show' in The Warwick Hotel - a fundraising event for the Galway Arts Festival. The songs kicked off at lunchtime and children and their arts-patron parents danced and sang along while Flanagan's Bar earned victory in the cocktail competition with their lethal-proven concoction 'The Claddagh Collapse'.
Eleven miles out the road in the seaside village of Spiddal on the shores of Galway Bay, The Waterboys, who were creating a gigantic buzz having moved to Ireland from London after the international success of their huge hit album, 'This Is The Sea' and its chart-topping single, 'The Whole Of The Moon', were in the middle of recording their new record 'Fisherman's Blues' in Spiddal House, an old estate residence temporarily converted into a state-of-the-art rock and
Somewhere in the middle of The Saw Doctors's marathon four-hour set in the Warwick Hotel, Waterboy Anthony Thistlethwaite arrived with his Sax and got up and started blowing along with the band; the main gig finished and the musicians moved to the dining room to continue with the powerful wave of music they were surfing. On that evening in The Warwick Hotel a musical friendship between
Leo and Anto was born that continues to this day.
A few months later Waterboys' singer Mike Scott asked The Saw Doctors to support the band on the Irish tour the following December; this led to their supporting The Waterboys all over Britain in the Spring of 1989. Mike produced The Saw Doctors' first single, N17, and Anthony arrived into Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin late in the evening after awaiting a call in the pub next door for a number of hours, and valiantly put down a driving sax riff on the outro of what has become a classic Irish single.
Through much of the 90's Anthony toured Ireland, Britain, the US, Europe and Australia with The Saw Doctors and at the beginning of the new millennium when the band's original bassist, Pearse Doherty, left the practice, Anthony took over on the bass, an instrument he had originally played with the Waterboys way back.
Sunday 16th March, 8.30pm
CLOSE THE CURTAINS SPECIAL, with Ewan McLennan (Transtlantic Sessions)
Tickets £5 in advance from OBI
Another of our rare Close The Curtains specials where we will clear our dining room and set up for the show with the audience seated ‘theatre style’, for an intimate and cosy experience. It’s quite rare we set up like this and all previous occasions have been truly memorable, including performances from Roddie Woomble (Idlewild), Kris Drever and LAU. Frightened Rabbit, Admiral Fallow and Kassidy have also enjoyed the benefits of the dining room clear out (standing on these occasions).
Winner of several awards including the 2011BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award Ewan McLennan is an emerging folk artist that has been making headlines. His music combines traditional folk, with an inevitable focus on the music of Scotland, as well as his own self-penned songs that are receiving critical acclaim in their own right. BBC Radio 2's Mike Harding has said of Ewan, ‘he sings beautifully, with great sincerity and great empathy, he's terrific!’. His guitar playing, described as 'stunning' , is influenced by the rigour and technique from his years of studying classical guitar, while retaining a unique and compelling sound in which his immersion in folk music is evident.
His debut album,Rags & Robes, has been receiving glowing reviews. Described as 'a collection of truly captivating songs', it was chosen as a 'Top Ten Album of 2010' by MOJO and has won numerous accolades in radio and print media.
According to The Root and Branch Review Ewan‘may well be the best singer you'll hear all year' while Maverick have said he is 'quite possibly destined to become the UK’s finest folk singer!'.
The latest series of Transatlantic Sessions will be repeated on BBC 4 TV starting 7th February and broadcast each Friday at 19:30. Ewan appears on episodes 1, 3 and 5. Find out more here:www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00gtlnv
· Guardian Review
During several days of the filming of Transatlantic Sessions a Guardian journalist was present and able to see 'how it was all done'. The Guardian have just featured their article, giving a good insight into how exactly Transatlantic Sessions worked, what that famous atmosphere was like...and it also gives a good mention to Ewan's songwriting (his song 'Whistling the Esperanza' in this case).
You can read the article here: