FOR decades the Sunday afternoon gig was one of the staples of the city's music scene. Up in Slattery's on Capel Street there used to be a stampede once the dreaded Holy Hour, ahem, ended at 4pm to hear amped-up blues courtesy of The Business. The Cajun Kings were regulars in Whelan's and the Lower Deck while the Baggot Inn was also a popular venue.
The Baggot was where you'd regularly get bands who'd played in Belfield the night before – the likes of Cado Belle and Roogalator spring to mind – making a few extra bob playing to real people before packing their van and heading for the boat in Dun Laoghaire.
It was also where The Undertones made their debut on this side of the border, playing as the support act to The Radiators from Space on one particularly memorable day in 1977.
Well, the good folks down in the Stag's Head have revived this noble tradition, hosting a four-gig session which kicked off last weekend with alternates sets by the Rhythm Kings and Trouble Pilgrims.
Rocky De Valera, Richie 'Milkboy' Taylor and their fellow monarchs of movement packed the place last Sunday and one would expect tomorrow's headliners to do the same.
Trouble Pilgrims feature former Radiators Steve Rapid, Pete Holidai and Johnny Bonnie. The Radiators' name could obviously never be used following the recent death of Phil Chevron, but the gig will feature material from that band's back catalogue alongside songs from Pete Holidai's solo album.
The last official Rads' release was Sound City Beat, a collection of songs originally performed by Irish beat groups in the 1960s – back in the day when the band were no strangers to covering the likes of The Stooges and The Velvet Underground.
Sounds like a recipe for a grand afternoon out to me, especially with pre-gig sounds provided by Karl Tsigdinos. And with the doors opening at 4pm, all the old folk in attendance should be well tucked up in bed before Love/Hate starts. Thoughtful, that.
Trouble Pilgrims play the Stag's Head tomorrow afternoon.
- GEORGE BYRNE