MIKE SWEENEY & PADDY 0’HARE
LIVE AT THE BIKE AND HOUND SUN 2ND DEC 2012
On Sunday the second of December I had a mosey on down to the Bike and Hound ale house not knowing quite what to expect. Having known about Mike Sweeney (or Sweens) for years and after seeing him perform in numerous guises I was interested to see what was on offer this time.
The reception as always at the Bike and Hound was warm and welcoming and even though it was an early start being six in the evening the pub was already lively with punters enjoying the music supplied by the larger than life Luke Williams. After about half an hour of mingling Sweens and Paddy took to the stage. The tone of the evening was set straight away by the easy banter of the band to the crowd and each other making for a very comfortable setting. The evening’s playlist was made up of a brilliant selection of music ranging from some of Sweens material from his Salford Jets days. Through some songs from the Golden Oldies era, some of Mike and Paddy’s original material and even including a hearty range of Blues. The night’s shocker for me was a stripped down version of Teenage Kicks, originally by The Undertones, giving it a brand new twist and making me smile like an idiot. As much fun as it was to listen to Sweens, it was even more fun to soak in the skills displayed by Paddy. The relaxed look on his face just further showed that this man not only knows his way round a guitar but really enjoys playing it as well. Backed up by the Banjo, Mandolin and drum talents of John and Phil the whole experience of the evening was a great one with the lads showing their love for ‘Roots’ music. On the whole this was for me and many others a damn good night and one I hope to repeat again, all power and respect to Mike and Paddy for bringing this amazing collection of skill to the masses.
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