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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Chris Mills starts week off in The Spirit Store

Published 11/10/2002|00:11

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Support on the night will be left with Jimmy Johnston who has a host of excellent songs that are sung with the full emotions and feeling that help to transport you into his world. Albums like Politics of the Heart and Rian an Uaigness are pools that wi

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Things get under way in The Spirit Store on Thursday night with a visit from Chris Mills and the City that Works. Chris is probably one of the finest songwriters to emerge from the city of Chicago in quite some time. His current release ‘The Silver Line’ has already received rave reviews from all the top music mags in the States. Comparisons to the likes of Harry Nilsson and Phil Spectre have been used to describe his strong lyrical content and excellent tunes.

Support on the night will be left with Jimmy Johnston who has a host of excellent songs that are sung with the full emotions and feeling that help to transport you into his world. Albums like ‘Politics of the Heart’ and ‘Rian an Uaigness’ are pools that will be drained from during his set, and you can rest assured that his new material will also be given an airing too.

Although they made their S. Store debut about a month ago, Pugwash are back on Friday night to provide another night of top class guitar driven, yet melodic songs. Having had their album ‘Almond Tea’ featured in the Hot Press top 30 albums of the Millennium, they have since released ‘Almanac’ and have been making a gradual rise to fame that is really becoming less of the gradual and more of the meteoric over the last couple of months.

To make sure that they infiltrate your brain in a less than painful way, they even manage to throw in a number of Byrds covers that can turn a silent crowd into a heaving mass of cheering fans who really let go and enjoy an inspired band.

Support on the night will be left in the capable hands of Stoat who debuted in the Store when they supported Pete Johnson on his final solo performance. A well practiced three piece, these boys have one of the most well executed sets around and certainly won’t be waiting on ceremony when they get on stage, so go early to make sure you get the best of the night.

On to Saturday night and time for a Scottish singer songwriter who has been plying his trade for over 30 years. Dick Gaughan and mixes a subtle blend of Scottish and Irish traditions in his music. Hailing from an impoverished industrial background in Scotland, Dick’s songs deal with the hardships of growing up there and can mix emotions of fear and anger with those of joy, happiness and love. But it’s the quality of his performance where he’s able to convey complex stories in an uplifting way and his own commitment to the downtrodden and forgotten people of today and yesteryear that helps to keep him head and shoulders above those of his ilk.

Support on the night will be left in the hands of Jackie McAuley who is a good friend of Dick’s. Jack is possibly one of the better guitar players playing around town at the moment. His ability to write classic songs has been seen from his ‘Bad Day At Blackrock’ album and he already feels at home in the Store since he performs there most Sundays with the Summer Blues band whom he’ll be joining again this Sunday between 5 and 8.



Other gigs to watch out for in the coming week is the return of Clive Barnes and his blues guitar with S.J. McArdle in support and the legend that is Jimmy McCarthy on Friday night.

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