I caught the first gig of a newly formed ensemble, Hometown at the Coastguard Centre in Tramore on Saturday night. A strong line up included stalwarts, Gerry Madden on mandolin, guitarist Paul Grant and Richie McDonald on bass. The group fully exploited the potential for a variety of timbres and delivered an appealing and eclectic programme of jazz, folk and world music to a full house. Suzanne Rowe added a 'café orchestra' vibe on accordion. A new face to me was American singer , Bobby Carey who impressed with her classy renditions of jazz and folk numbers. Set against the ensemble efforts, it was good to hear reduced instrumentation such as a waltz on accordion, a guitar treatment of Gabriel's oboe and the Latin American riffs of bass and guitar. Highlights were the bossa nova version of folk standard, Black is the Colour and original songs by band member Paul Grant and Paul Foskin who was in the audience. My sources tell me that you might catch members of the band in a more informal session on Tuesdays in Downes' Bar, Waterford.