Skills exchange member Vicky has launched her successful Medicine Sessions in Lismore, Co. Waterford. She’s recently just finished up her second gig and here’s what she has to report;
As far as pubs go, The Red House is one of your classic locals. It has character and characters. It is one of the most distinctive buildings in Lismore having a history stretching before it including stories like when Eamon Dé Valera used one of the bar tables as a platform as he gave his speech outside and the time one of the locals brought a particularly good horse inside the bar for a pint. It was only natural that something like The Medicine Sessions could seed and grow there.
Thursday 12th April was the second night of Medicine, provided in spades, via the deft hands, minds hearts, heads and throats of Cormac O’Caoimh, Gary Baus, Bren O’Ruaidh and Aiden, Dave and Steve from Dimitry Datus.
Cormac started the night, expertly delivering his brand of mellow folk magic to the room, hypnotizing all present with a voice that creeps easily to the ear. He performed songs from his soon to be released album ‘A New Season For Love’. I have compared Cormac’s music to a warm woolly jumper, of the angora type, in muted earthy colours, worn by a loose-haired girl in fading light meadows. Whatever analogy you use for Cormac’s music, it can only be a beautiful one!
Second up. The Medicine spoken word was created by apparent Cork legend, Gary Baus and his sometimes band partner, Bren O’Ruaidh. I had heard some of Bren’s poetry before, in tiny glimpses and I was looking forward to hearing him deliver them over the mic. He has one of those Irish voices that is made for spinning tales and his mind is certainly capable of flowing through a story. Accompanied by Gary’s saxophone, his, almost stream of consciousness, beat poem ‘Broken Trains’ picked you up and journeyed you. As did Gary Baus and his delivery of ‘Kansas City Woodshed’, which might have come straight out of the sort of New York jazz café that people (like me) imagine New York jazz cafes to be. For certain, there was a feeling amongst the audience that they were witnessing something special.
The Medicine ‘open floor’ was graced by Matthew and Nicola Tull, who bravely bared their souls to the room, hopefully setting an example and beating the brazen path for any others who may want to perform their words for the first time.
Dimitry Datus ended the night after the break, upping a gear in time to the extra drinks that were floating about by then. The lads launched nicely into their set of ‘odd rock’, a genre which seems to sum them up well. Steve, the drummer, made a fine job of playing a real drum kit at a level suitable for the cosy Medicine Room and did it very well indeed! Combined with the great voice, bass playing and almost surfer style guitar riffs deployed by Aiden and Dave, Dimitry Datus make a very cool sound indeed.
Thanks again to all the performers this month, who were an absolute pleasure to deal with. All the best things!