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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Guitar Legend plays Monday Blues at Shannon Knights

Johnny Fean
I heard on the grapevine that Horslips guitar legend Johnny Fean has a regular gig in Shannon and  and although Monday night in  Clare might not seem  the most  likely time and place for  a lively  blues gig, we enjoyed a terrific night at the Rineanna Bar at ShannonKnights with a six piece!  band  no less.  Fronted by Stoney Walls on vocals and sax  and featuring ex Horslips guitarist Fean .

The engine of the band are bass player Mike Quinn and drummer,  Darragh O Connor who sustain  the driving rhythms throughout the course of the set.  Johnny is supported by Limerick based guitarist Dave Keary  already mentioned on these pages  and a youthful Cathal Jones adds keyboard skills and occasional vocals to the mix. 

  The Rineanna Bar has a pleasant clubby sort of decor with dark wood panelling ands leather seats.  The flocked wallpaper lends a  retro tone which chimes nicely with the music vibe  The lighting is restfully  subdued   and there is  a sense of many  old friends meeting and greeting after some time. The audience are mostly mid forties to fifties  and there for the gig which I believe has been running with this line up for six months or so on first Monday of the month at this venue.

The   set,  mixing old blues standards with Van Morrison and  sixties rock hits incorporates each instrumentalist in  generous solo  interludes .  There is an homage to the late Gary Moore and I am struck by what a good  decade the 70s were for Irish  guitar players. What makes the gig so enjoyable is the obvious pleasure each band member takes in the the music making, Fean himself seems to be transported during his solo turns and there is an easy  rapport with the audience,  several of whom are greeted from the stage .

Stoney Walls

Although it is early in the year yet, I suspect that this evening will be a strong contender for my Musical Highlights of 2011.

You can see Johnny and the House Shakers Blues Band on the first Monday of the month at Shannon Knights .

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