She Makes War to play St Patrick's Day gig at the James Street Vaults
WITH everyone going mad for Irish music on Sunday, it being St Patrick's Day, Welshman Mark Tam, who presides over music at the James Street Vaults has opted for an alternative.
"We all know that there's a very good Irish band, at a very good Irish pub on Paddies day, so I thought we'd have some girls in a good old English pub that will be doing great deals on Guinness and Jamesons!
"She Makes War (AKA Laura Kidd) has been making waves with her atmospheric solo gigs on Telecaster, ukulele, megaphone and loop pedal, performing in theatres, village halls and living rooms alike supporting Midge Ure, Viv Albertine and Tom Williams and the Boat."
The new album itself sets to work the supportive, collaborative community building up around She Makes War via her ardent international fanbase.
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Also on the bill is the hugely talented Josie Ghost.
Former frontwoman of the Love Cats, who has recently spent 18 months as part of The King Blues, she returns with her barnd new EP Stranglehold, tracks from which exploring themes of hidden longing, betrayal and what it is to be human.
Josie's music celebrates the unpredictable, exults the outsider and pays tribute to those with seemingly 'disordered' lives.
Unwaveringly honest, it's both unsettling and uplifting in equal measure
"If you missed her last time, you won't want to miss her again," says Mark.
MEANWHILE, a three-piece band who turned up just to play a few tunes at an open mic night at Kitty O'Hanlon's have won a competition to open for Mad Dog Mcrea on St Patrick's Night this Sunday.
The band, This Time Around, played week seven of the contest, without realising it was a competition and found themselves winning a place in the final.
They went on to win the final last week, the prize for which was £150, plus a bottle of champagne and best of all, the chance to play on the steps of the Magistrate's Court for the traditional St Paddy's Knees Up with Mad Dog.
"We're usually an indie rock band," says bass/guitar player Nicholas Robshaw, "but we went unplugged for the open mic night, and people liked it. We're delighted to have won!"
The band, also Daniel Chivell and Ashley Burrows on percussion, play mainly originals, but turn their hand to covers as required.
"They only came together last July after first meeting up on the Falkland Islands.
"Me and Dan are in the Navy, and met while serving on the Falklands in 2010.
"We used to make use of the music room there and experimented with loads of instruments.
"We always promised ourselves that we would get together to make music back home."
You can see This Time Around open the festivities on Sunday at 7.30pm, with the mighty Mad Dog Mcrea taking to the steps stage at 9pm.