THURSDAY 23RD MAY sees a special date with THE PENNY BLACK REMEDY from London play songs with a dark humour & catchy melodies that get in your head, prompting you to sing along loudly & with abandon. You just can’t help it!
Keith M Thomson
Wilco van Eijk
Thomas ‘Tmag’ Maguire
Origin: London, England
Genres: Ska, Folk rock, Country, Gypsy Punk, Alternative
The Penny Black Remedy is a London based band playing a mix of Country, ska,folk and Punk with a Balkan edge and are linked to the UK’s gypsy punk scene.
The group has broad international origins and is led by Scottish singer/songwriter/guitarist Keith M Thomson, with Croatian classically trained vocalsit Marijana Hajdarhodzic, drummer Wilco van Eijk from The Netherlands and bassist Steve Nelson from England. The band’s live act often also includes saxophonist Thomas ‘Tmag’ Maguire from London Ska Punk band Danny Fontaine and the Horns of Fury.
The Penny Black Remedy received the Gibson Guitar Best Alternative Act award at the 2008 UK Indy Awards.
They released their first album No One’s Fault But Your Own in Spring 2009. The album was recorded in Zagreb, Croatia. They announced a global distribution deal with Cadiz Music in November 2009.
The band’s name refers to a pub in Edinburgh called The Penny Black, which opened at the unusually early time of 5am.
The songs draw on dark humour and absurdity, often dealing with drinking and death, whilst having memorable sing-a-long choruses, which result in rowdy live shows.
Extensive touring in the UK and throughout the band members’ homelands of the Netherlands and Croatia, as well sold out residencies at London’s legendary venue The 12 Bar Club, have seen the group gather an enthusiastic hardcore following. This has resulted in summer festival appearances scheduled for 2010, including at Glastonbury.
The Guardian newspaper’s review of their single I Won’t Argue When I’m Dead claimed it was “Quite simply, the finest country sing-along I’ve heard on the vexed pop topic of how one’s body should be disposed of after death.”
Thomson has pointed to the dedication of their fans being the result of the band’s slightly unusual humour mixed with harking back to a traditional, almost old-fashioned take on live music gatherings: “The fact that most of my songs are about death, lost love, brothels or just trying to live in a constant state of crippling paranoid fear and cope with the daily grind of everyday life is irrelevant. If anything, encouraging people to sing loudly and out of tune about the absurdity of general existence seems to instil a sense of comfort and unity. I think.”
Support comes from Dublin garage rockin’ 3 piece THE BLACK PITTS, who cite influences as The MC5, Stooges, New York Dolls & The Ramones; perfect pedigree I think you will agree.
Have a listen here http://www.reverbnation.com/tunepak/3628540
The story of The Black Pitts goes back a long way, with founding member Ive playing kick ass Rock n’ Roll for over 20 years now, under many different names and with many different line-ups, but always with Ive’s catchy but aggressive songs and delivery.
The Pitts has had many accomplished musicians through the doors, but in more recent times the line-up has settled down to a nailed to the floor three piece, with Ive on Lead Vocals and Guitars, Ado on Vocals and Bass and Tony effortlessly supplying those killer beats.
This is not about fashion, its about staying true to a genre of music which changed the world we live in, leading to 70’s Punk, 90’s alternative and even the power pop of today, its influences will long reign on!!
A musician, performance artist and creator of alternative culture. He has been on the music market since over 15 years. A musician of bands SOMETHING LIKE ELVIS and POTTY UMBRELLA with whom he recorded five records. He played concerts almost all over the Europe and also in Canada and in the USA.
Since three years he has been realizing individual path and has been composing own music between experiment, improvisation with Slavic melodics and sensibility.
Responsible for the organization of the festivals: IF YOU SAY SO… FESTIVAL and FONOMO Music & Film Festival.
Founder of Wet Music Records where the projects with his part are released.
ARTUR MAĆKOWIAK… in Polish:
Artur Maćkowiak Muzyk, performer, animator kultury alternatywnej. Działa na rynku muzycznym od ponad 15 lat. Muzyk zespołów SOMETHING LIKE ELVIS i POTTY UMBRELLA, z którymi nagrał pięć płyt. Koncertował niemal we wszystkich państwach Europy oraz w Kanadzie i USA.
Od trzech lat rozwija się też indywidualnie, komponując własną muzykę z pogranicza eksperymentu i improwizacji, z elementami słowiańskiej melodyki i wrażliwości.
Płyta “TAKE AWAY” jest najbardziej osobistą płytą, jaką udało mi się nagrać. Jest wynikiem spotkania z samym sobą. Muzyka w ramach wszystkich wcześniejszych projektów była rezultatem współpracy z osobami, z którymi w danym czasie miałem okazję grać. Wspólne tworzenie muzyki to duża przyjemność. Chciałem jednak sprawdzić, jak działa sytuacja, w której tego wzajemnego oddziaływania nie ma. Gdzie jest się zdanym na samego sobie, ale też nie ma potrzeby szukania kompromisów, czy spełniania oczekiwań. Chciałem odnaleźć w sobie przyjemność ze zwykłego grania na instrumencie, gdzie niekoniecznie musi pojawić się jakiś założony efekt.
Venue:RAFFERTY’S BAR SLIGO
Doors open: 9pm
First band: 9.30pm.
Entry: 6 euros
For those folk living on the route of the late night Sligo to Dublin airport bus is that the bus leaves Sligo 1am (gigs are usually over by this time, venue is 5 mins walk from bus station), arrives Boyle 1.35am, arrives Carrick on Shannon 1.50am and so on to Dublin airport