The Bonny Men come out to play - Live Harcourt Sessions 28th May 2012

On a hot and balmy night in Dublin The Bonny Men came out to play. The venue of choice was the long established Harcourt sessions in the heart of Dublin, with this being their first gig here. Always a popular venue for traditional music they were greeted by a very appreciative audience and ably supported by folk duo Lynched. Despite the 30 minutes that it took the sound engineer to get to grips with seven instruments on the stage they carried it off with admirable professionalism. In speaking to guitar player Barry Lyons they seem to be enjoying their time on the road with engagements in the UK and some of the European festivals next on the agenda. Oh to be young free and single again, not to mention talented.

With a wide spread of instruments the Bonny Men have a big sound, and when they get into full flight they can really lift the roof. The flute playing of Moss Landman in particular was worthy of note as it provided some great breaks in the sets and added a nice counterpoint to the strong rhythm section. They covered a lot of material from their debut album The Bonny Men which we reviewed on Tradconnect recently, as well as some new and unfamiliar material. The sets were well arranged, building strongly to a crescendo of sound with echoes of the Bothy Band in places. All in all a great nights entertainment. Look out Europe, hear they come.

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