BarryGruff Unplugged: Oisin McCole + Sive + Phil McDermott :: Wednesday, December 18th :: The Liffey Studio, Newbridge

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We’d an amazing time doing the first ‘BarryGruff Unplugged’ earlier in the year, easily our best show to date. To sign off on 2013, we’re doing another unplugged show in the wonderfully intimate surroundings of The Liffey Studio, with Oisin McCole, Sive and Phil McDermott performing for you;  three exceptionally talented musicians.

It’s all happening next Wednesday, Decemeber 18th in The Liffey Studio, 1 Main Street, Newbridge. Door are at 8pm. It’s €5 if you book in advance or €7 on the night. The cheap list is limited so if you would like to reserve a spot, just email your name to barrygruff[at]gmail[dot]com – with ‘Cheap List’ in the subject title. More details & info below. [RSVP]

:: Oisin McCole ::

Oisin McCole is an outstanding and undeniably talented folk singer and songwriter, yet he has managed to remain rather illusive outside his native Dublin. McCole’s lo-fi blues / folk blend is refreshingly humble and entirely devoid of ostentatious. His songs are beautifully written and constructed, never sounding contrived or over-produced, and posses an incredibly intimate sound and personal touch. These are folk songs from a seriously talented songwriter, deserving of far greater attention – something his two recently released EPs, From Here The Mountain & Winter Is Coming, are testament to.

:: Sive ::

Sive is no stranger to Newbridge audiences; having been wooed on many occasions by their always impeccable live shows. The brainchild of Naas musician Sadhbh O’Sullivan, ably assisted by her band, they draw from a wide variety of alternative rock, jazz and folk influences. Sive’s gorgeous sound comes from a combination of these influences being fused with excellent musicianship and charm, and her voice, which is simply exquisite. 

:: Phil McDermott ::

Phil is a talented young songwriter from Newbridge who has only begun to cut his teeth so to speak. Relatively new to the game he maybe, but he’s already got a fine bundle of material in his arsenal. Hopefully in the new year he takes the next step and heads to the studio to record some of his music. 

Introducing: Oisin McCole


It never ceases to baffle me how so many talented artists remain hidden away for view, especially somewhere relatively small like Ireland. Oisin McCole is one such example, an outstanding and undeniable talented folk singer and songwriter, previously based in Dublin but currently residing in Germany.

McCole has been writing songs since the age of 12 and had planned to release an EP after his 13th birthday but was afraid of the critics. Now in his early twenties, less fearful and having extolled the virtue of patience long enough, he recently released his debut EP, From Here The Mountain. McCole’s lo-fi blues/folk blend is refreshingly humble and entirely devoid of ostentatious. The songs are beautifully written and constructed, never sounding contrived or over-produced. The songs posses an incredibly intimate sound and a personal touch; you can almost imagine him being stood a few feet away as they flow from your speakers. Importantly, he also has a knack for making good tunes too. From the gorgeous ballad, ‘Not For Your Heart’ to the extremely catchy and humorous ‘Doghouse’ – these are folk songs from a seriously talented songwriter, deserving of far greater attention. I was lucky enough to attend the launch of From Here The Mountain a few weeks back, and the entire room was absorbed by McCole’s amazing performance. It was simply faultless.

The only concern is that I’ve undersold his talent, but there’s only so many adjectives one can use. Needless to say, don’t take my word for it, have a listen to the few choice cuts below. If you like what you hear, you can ‘name your price’ and download From Here The Mountain from here.