Barretstown Inspirations gig at The Olympia Theatre

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barretstown-olympia-theatre-1The Olympia Theatre hosted Barretstown Inspirations 2013 gig last Thursday. The event gathered some of Ireland’s finest music act to support families affected by childhood cancer.

Barretstown was founded by Hollywood actor Paul Newman in 1994 and modelled on his renowned Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut, USA. They serve children affected by serious illnesses – primarily cancer and serious blood diseases – from Ireland, Britain and throughout Europe, and their families.

The night was hosted by Ian Dempsey and featured Maud in Cahoots, The Strypes, The Frank and Walters, The Walls, The Coronas and Republic of Loose.

We arrived at the venue just as Maud in Cahoots were beginning their set and we were amazed to see how crowded it was. The excellent lineup and people’s desire to contribute to a good cause were the ingredients for a night that was looking successful from the start.

Maud in Cahoots had a very energizing set with their contagious tunes, plus a very cool reinterpretation of Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy”. The combination of cello, trumpet and a bunch of other instruments makes Maud In Cahoots’s music a pleasure to listen to, especially live.

the-strypes-barretstown-olympia-theatre-24Cavan based four-piece The Strypes performed next and did a great job taking the energy level infused by Maud in Cahoots even higher. The Strypes live and breathe 60’s style rock ‘n’ roll. From their looks to their atitude and, of course, their music, the four teenagers created a fantastic atmosphere. The setlist included a selection of their best-known tunes both covers and own material.

Lisa Hannigan played after The Strypes. Her delicate guitar play and relatively quiet set was a welcomed break from the bands before. Still, people enjoyed her tunes, in spite of a few minor technical faults.

Cork band The Frank and Walters and their bright orange shirts followed Lisa.

the-frank-walters-barretstown-olympia-theatre-1Their set was a short trip down memory lane for those that knew The Franks for a long time. For the rest of the audience, the set was a classy display of indie-pop topped off with a cover of Kraftwerk’s “The Model”.

The Walls were the next band to take to the stage at The Olympia Theatre. Another tonic shot of alternative rock came from the Dublin four-piece, just when it felt the audience was getting a bit tired.

The Coronas, probably the most expected band of the night, triggered a wave of cheering from the excited audience, the second they stepped on the stage. Despite playing without Graham, their bass player, who was unable to join them due to a hand injury, The Coronas raised to the high standards of their fans and delivered a memorable performance. The setlist included tunes such as “Closer To You” and “Mark My Words”. Graham Knox finally joined the band for the last song, playing a shaker, not bass.

The last band to perform at Barretstown Inspirations 2013 were Republic of Loose who, in spite having fewer people in the audience, delivered a solid set, including a featuring with Kevin Godley.

Barretstown Inspirations 2013 ended with all the bands back on stage, performing one last tune together, in a relaxed atmosphere.

Check out our full photo gallery of: Maud in CahootsThe StrypesLisa HanniganThe Frank and WaltersThe WallsThe Coronas and Republic of Loose.


Lucy Ivan

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