On Friday 14th July, The Central in Navan will be host to some of Ireland's musical legends.
The legendary Terry Woods from The Pogues has just been added to the bill and will join Pete Cummins onstage. The special night of songs and laughter is also expected to include some surprise special guests.
Terry Wood's musical career is so rich that it is hard to know where to begin. He was in Phil Lynott's first band Orphanage and was one of Joe Strummer's all-time favourite musicians. Terry rarely performs live and he has now joined an already stellar line-up so this is a gig not to be missed. As a stalwart member Shane McGowan's The Pogues he recorded on "Fairytale Of New York" and has travelled with The Pogues around the world for decades. With his other bands such as Steeleye Span and Sweeney's Men he has changed the sound of folk music as we know it.
Joining Terry onstage on the night for a set together will be legendary Dublin musician Pete Cummins whose band The Fleadh Cowboys have toured with the likes of Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris and many more over the years. Pete also recorded on cosmic songwriting genius Townes Van Zandt's last album "No Deeper Blue". In later years Pete started the legendary "Midnight At The Olympia" in Dublin but it's his work as a celebrated songwriter that makes him a unique artist. His critically acclaimed solo records "The Brilliant Architect", "Crooked Highway" and "Lookin For The Magic" both showcase his exquisite skills as a songwriter.
It could be said that together Terry Woods and Pete Cummins changed the shape of Irish music forever in a hugely positive way by bringing seminal artists together and by exploring new roads in music.
To see Pete Cummins and Terry Woods play a set together in Meath on Friday July 14th will be a unique opportunity.
Also on the bill is Caoimhin O'Raghallaigh who's band The Gloaming have been selling out theatres internationally. On top of being one of Ireland's most innovative and exciting artists Caoimhin also makes his own instruments and he hand crafted the very violin he plays. In his band The Gloaming he shares the stage with Martin Hayes, Dennis Cathal, Iarla O'Lionard and Thomas Bartlett. He has played alongside Glen Hansard and countless other stars. He was even actor Jeremy Irons' personal violin teacher for brief a spell. It's a huge honour to have him in Co. Meath July 14th.
Also bound for The Central is underground's indie artist hero Mark Geary who forged a career in New York playing alongside Jeff Buckley and Sinead O'Connor in the 1990s. His albums have been voted in the "Top 100 Irish Albums Of All Time" in Hot Press and he has toured with The Pretenders and Coldplay plus many more. A stalwart of Other Voices this will be a rare live appearance in Meath for Mark.
The Strawhall House Band is made up of some of Dublin's finest rock n'roll musicians including Fiacre Gafney who has spent many years as personal tour manager to Glen Hansard and Damien Dempsey. Having just recorded their debut album with Frames' producer Dave Odlam in France they have crafted a beautiful sound somewhere between Little Feat and Curtis Mayfield. Their performance will lend a more raucous soulful rock n'roll feel to The Folk Club.
Also rocking it on the night will be Chuck Berry Little Richard 1950s cover band The Pacifics who are known to arrive with members of The Little Green Cars and other stars of Irish Indie rock. They supported The Undertones and will be fresh from a European tour when they play The Central Navan. Sean Goucher's army of musicians tackle classics like Ray Charles "I Got A Woman" in such a fresh exciting way that you can't help but boogie.
"We always knew we would bring the Folk Club on tour- we just didn't expect it to be a few hundred metres up the road!" says one of the Folk Club organisers organisers Oisin Leech. "This night Friday July 14th is really a unique gathering of artists and promises to be a wonderful night. It's exciting to be bringing The Folk Club to The Vintage Lounge in The Central- it will be perfect."
Oisin, whose band The Lost Brothers have toured with Arctic Monkeys, Elvis Costello, Glen Hansard and Billy Bragg, will also perform on the night.
"This night will be incredible because we have legendary acclaimed guests coming but also new exciting talent like Niamh Regan whose style of singing and guitar playing is as good as any new music that's out there today." The new Lost Brothers album is due out later in the year and was recorded in Tucson Arizona.
House Bard will be Peter Fallon whose work as an esteemed and hugely renowned poet has brought him all over the world. As a publisher for the likes of Seamus Heaney and many more he has been at the forefront of Irish Culture since the 1960s.
Also on the line up is local musician and music lover Stevey Beggy who is delighted to see The Folk Club on tour. Stevey will perform songs from Paul Brady and Fleetwood Mac.
"I'm calling on all music lovers to be at The Central in the vintage lounge July 14th. It's going to be a special night" says Oisin.
Tickets are €15 available from The Central on 046 9027999 or from Ticketstop.ie
The August 18th folk club line-up includes Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Mystery Special Guest, Lisa O'Neill, Thomas Walsh from Pugwash, Saramai, Cormac O'Keefe and many more. Tickets for August 18th will be available only from The Central July 14th where the full line up will be announced. Tickets for August 18th will sell out so early booking advised.