BACK FROM GLASTONBURY Crow Black Chicken play Garbo’s this Saturday night.
CASTLEBAR rock music fans are in for a treat this October with two high-profile acts rolling into the county to play at Garbo’s at Mayo Leisure Point.
Both Crow Black Chicken and Johnny Gallagher and the Boxtie Band play Saturday night gigs, on October 5 and 19 respectively.
Crow Black Chicken are lead singer Christy O’Hanlon, Stephen McGrath on Bass with Gev Barrett on Drums. A power trio combining elements of folk and hard rock with the blues rock blast of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Zeppelin.
Since their last appearance in Castlebar, Crow Black Chicken have supported ZZ Top at The Marquee in Cork, played Glastonbury twice and obtained a Top Five album in Classic Rock Blues. The band continues to tour all over Europe and still finds the time to release albums like 2015’s ‘Deep South‘ and ‘Pariah Brothers’ in 2017.
It doesn’t end there though . Earlier this year they were voted the ‘best act’ by the audience of the Introducing Stage at The Great British Rock and Blues Festival. Consequently, they will be returning in 2020 for an appearance on the festival’s main stage. Words alone cannot convey the musical dynamics and chemistry of this trio and the only way to truly experience this is by seeing them live.
Widely acknowledged as one of the finest guitar players touring the European circuit, Johnny Gallagher with the Boxtie Band is a full on Rock ‘n’ Roll show combining Gallagher’s own material with stunning personal versions of selected classics. His guitar playing covers a unique range of rock styles and country pickin’, with which he can naturally and masterfully turn himself into a true blues man. To top it all, Johnny possesses a truly unique and expressive voice which show cases his songs with the dynamics to swoop from a scream to a whisper.
The Boxtie Band packs the double punch of Pauric and James Gallagher - the twin brothers of Johnny Gallagher who have toured extensively all over Europe. James plays a solid consistent punchy bass, always powerful and never too busy. Pauric switches between his unorthodox organ and boogie piano style while Johnny displays his wizardry on both electric and acoustic guitars.
The Boxtie Band have a force that doesn’t appear out of nowhere, it’s like an aging process that takes time to mature. They also visit the unknown on stage, ad-libbing, jamming, improvising. That’s the magic at all their live shows as it also gives the audience the power to express themselves. That’s the ultimate connection, that’s what its all about. It’s plain and simple Rock ‘n’ Roll.
Crow Black Chicken play on Saturday, October 5 and Johnny Gallagher and the Boxtie Band play on October 19 at Garbo’s. Doors 10pm and €10 tickets will be available on the door and on ticketweb.ie for both gigs.