Gavin Glass @ Whelan’s, Dublin

Last Sunday night, I went to a gig.

A belter of a gig.

A hot, sticky, love-infused belter of a gig.

Gavin Glass brought his New Shakers (not a euphemism, it’s his band’s name… actually maybe it *is* a euphemism??) and his Sunday Songs along to Whelan’s on Wexford St for a good auld airing.

I missed NC Lawlor, the first warm up, and arrived just as the Sleep Thieves were finishing up.

Without much ado, or any introduction, Gavin burst onstage and straight into a couple of numbers before declaring “Happy Sunday Songs everyone!!”

While not packed, the room was a who’s-who of Dublin music – I spotted a couple of Hot Sprockets, Ross Turner (drummer with Lisa Hannigan, also drums on some of Sunday Songs), Tomo (drummer with Damien Rice and Lisa Hannigan), Shane Fitzsimons (bassist) and I was standing… next… to… Paul… Noonan… from… Bell… X… 1…

I was madly starstruck, mainly because Rocky Took a Lover is one of my favourite tunes, and we’re planning on playing it at our wedding. Gush.

Anyway, I digress… Gavin grooved through his new Sunday Songs, along with some of his oldies, such as Just Like Rome and Myna Birds.

A gig filled with love, there were lots of “Happy Birthday Gav!”, thrown up from the crowd and, in a moment of love supreme, Gav announced that his mot is expecting their first child.

A few misty eyes in the house after that.

A highlight of the night was his rendition of Witchita Lineman, where he was joined on stage by Conor O’Brien of Villagers (who knew he was so short?).

Rarely have I come away from a gig with so much joy in my heart, it was really special.

<3 you Gav.

Hazel

Sunday Songs is available on iTunes and in Tower Records….

Here is the title track :)

Bank Holiday Weekends = Best Weekends

June Bank Holidays… conjures the image of sunshine, tourists bustling around Grafton St, teenagers annoying office workers in the parks at lunchtime, driving to the beach with the windows rolled down and the music blaring… right?

It lashed rain all weekend, just easing off in time for me to go back to work this morning.

Sigh. Despite this, I managed to have an awesome weekend.

On Saturday, I went to see the Foo Fighters in Slane.

The lineup was pretty great, I missed the Strypes (no loss to me) and arrived just in time for Ash, who I LOVE.

They played a cracking set, but the sound was very poor. From our spot on the hill at Slane Castle, it was really patchy.

Despite this, they did a great run-through of some of the oldies: Girl From Mars, Shining Light (which Tim dedicated to Dave Grohl, awww), A Life Less Ordinary… as well as newies like Cocoon.

Next up was Hozier, who I don’t love, if I’m honest. I think he was mis-timed, the energy from Ash kinda died a death.

Plus, it started to rain halfway through his set… but I’m not sure I can blame him for that.

Kaiser Chiefs were surprisingly (for me) good. Very lively and boppy. I didn’t realise I knew so many of their tunes!

And then it was time for the Foos. They played an amazing set, loads of classics and they threw in Jail Break by Thin Lizzy for good measure.

Good times :)

The mud though, the MUD! MCD really did a shite job of maintaining the site. There was nothing that some straw or wood chippings wouldn’t have fixed, but no, it was better to let people fall (badly in some cases).

By the end of the night, people were throwing themselves through it, apparently oblivious to the fact that it was full of sh*te, p*ss and puke from the day’s revellers.

I wonder if they were allowed to get on the bus at the end of the night??

Speaking of the buses, they were great, they had a great system in place to deal with the crowds and we were home and dry by 1am.

Not too shabby for Hazel.

On Monday, I bunked off doing the Mini Marathon due to “inclement weather”

So, my sister, fella and I popped over to IKEA where I got my hands on this little beaut:

All in all, a terrific weekend, although today, I feel like this chap:

Shook, I am. Shook.

:)

Flix

Sooo, we “got” Netflix a few weeks ago (Series 3 of House of Cards made us do it!) and I’m kinda hooked.

I very much like the variety of series vs films, documentaries vs fiction etc. It seems like there’s a lot of shite to sift through, but some gems in there too.

Here are some of my highlights so far:

House of Cards, series 3 (obviously):

Where my Netflix journey began. I wanted to love this, but it just didn’t live up to the cunning, drama and suspense of season 1.

I liked the Pussy Riot cameo and I’m holding out hopes for a massive season 4. (Claire’s stylist for President!)

QI:

This is my happy place, I absolutely adore Stephen Fry and I love this show. I always learn something “quite interesting” in each episode, but then it gets pushed out by something else in the next show!!

PS, Sandi Toksvig is my spirit animal. As is Jo Brand. <3 you ladies.

Dreams of a Life:

This is a documentary that I stupidly watched while ill. It’s a film based on the real-life story of a lady named Joyce Carol Vincent, who was found dead in her bedsit, having been dead for more than two years.

The tagline is “Would anyone miss you?” GUYS, I WAS SICK IN BED AND VERY VUNERABLE!!

It wasn’t great timing, but it was a really compelling story. Je recommend.

Official website here: http://dreamsofalife.com/

So, I’m mad into the ‘Flix at the moment. I’m not sure what’s next on the viewing agenda, but sure, it saves having to talk to your fella all evening, amirite??

;) I jest.

H x

Pure M awards – Best Male Solo nomination

Good evening!

Things are still quiet chez moi as I have the lurgy of all lurgies, but a bit of news: Barry has been nominated for a Pure M award – Best Male Solo Act.

Tis a long list, in fairness, but it’s nice to see his name up there, first award nomination.

Whoop :)

If you’d like to check us out, we’re on soundcloud – www.soundcloud.com/barryfinnimore

Pure M Award Nomination

Pure M Award Nomination

Dosed

I have the lurgy. Sniffles, aches and pains and a razor-sore throat.

Poor me. Today I will be lobbing hot Berocca drinks, Sudafed and other liquids into me like there is no tomorrow. (Maybe there won’t be, maybe this will just kill me. Dramatic much??)

I foresee a Netflixy afternoon ahead of me.

Hope you’re all luckier than me and having a lovely weekend.

*cries*

        *Sniffles*

To cheer me up, I’m listening to Iron and Wine’s Tiny Desk Concert. Love him :)

There’s always time for Alexa Chung

So, it’s Monday evening and my boyfriend is out of the house for a music lesson, so it’s time to call on my mate Alexa Chung for the chats.

I found this video on YouTube one day when I worked at a really boring job and it was then that I “got” the Alexa Chung phenomenon.

She’s so funny and sassy and I genuinely watch this when I’m alone and want girlie company :)

DON’T JUDGE ME, OK! I love her eyeliner.

She’s losing it!

Literally and figuratively, I am losing it… #yesitsanotherweightlosspost

I just finished a 6 week programme run by my friend Claire at Volta Fitness, a recently qualified Fitness Instructor and Sports Nutritionist.

Claire started Volta Fitness last year (sadly hanging up her boots on the wonderful Music&Everything blog) and I have followed her avidly with some pride, I must say.

Having followed Claire’s programme (where she looked through my goals, motivation and circumstances and created a plan for me, reinforced with Facebook support), I have managed to lose 11lbs so far*. Delighted with life, so I am.

I can’t speak to the science of the whole affair, but it appears that re-thinking my eating habits, cutting way back on white carby food, upping my protein intake and lobbing in some exercise does a body good. My body anyway.

*I say “so far” because I have no intentions of stopping. Claire’s plan was so easy to implement and follow. There are no faddy Points/Syns/Yums etc to count, no calorie/macro formula to crack, just sensible guidelines and a kick up the hole to move more.

Claire can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as her Blog.

11 lbs lost

True that :)