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Saturday 24th November
The Dublin Castle
The Blue Orchids/Micko And The Mellotronics/The Courtesy Group/of Arrowe Hill
/DJs We Got Killers Doors 7.30pm GET CHEAP TICKETS HERE

Tony Bug Bear and Mike Spenser (The Cannibals) engage in a biddabing biddabong hey I’m walking here where’s my pretzel hold the pickles whatcha gonna do and now I gotta turn my back on you type New York City shaped filmic finery on Soho Radio’s The Saturday Sync for your edification and entertainment, and the link to hear this joyous delight is right there behind blade wielding Deborah H, click and enjoy. Music outta films with Noo Yoik Noo Yoik as featured location. This radio show also has a featured gig, and Nov 24th in the DC be it, so you’ll hear all the bands on this sensational roll call amidst the John Barry, Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein et al…..

Them bands…such great bands.. Blue Orchids are still making startling music, and we’re made up to welcome Martin Bramah and his current Orchids back to the Dublin Castle with their cerebral, spectral Northern English Doors post punk psych throb. As a certain Paul Morley said “They rave but they are not mad” A wonderful outfit with their own unique take on post punk psychedelics, original Fall guitarist and songwriter Martin formed the band with organ whizz Una Baines after Fall-ing out in 1979. Una left the group early doors but Martin has continued to make startling new music over the years, hence we’re pleased to announce this show supports new-ish album ‘ ‘Righteous Harmony Fist’, suitably acclaimed as ace by Louder Than War and numerous others. Bramah has added new drummer Howard Jones (Last Harbour/Calvin Party) alongside John Paul Moran (The Monochrome Set/Rapid Pig) on keyboards and Vince Hunt (A Witness/Inca Babies) on bass. Martin’s guitar work is a joy to absorb, slicing thru yer nervous system in a manner somewhat akin to Tom Verlaine meets Robbie Krieger, but all Martin Bramah.

The whole bill is a doozy, get in nice and early. Veering between bleepy found sound electronica, jaunty post punk and psychedelic eccentric pop, the career of Micko Westmoreland has been fascinating. Now hooked up with full band, Micko And The Mellotronics, including former late era Banshees guitarist John Klein, Micko takes to the stage perhaps at his most rocknroll oriented yet. Expect the kind of esoteric joy you’d imagine from someone who’s roll call includes gay porn soundtrack work for his film director brother Wash Westmoreland and his own Landline Records output of Cabaret Voltaire meets Squarepusher cut and paste goodies. You may remember Micko from his role in Ewan McGregor glam schlock flick ‘Velvet Goldmine’ too, and for his musical endeavours with soooo many of the great and good including Terry Edwards, Neil Innes, The Blockheads, Kevin Eldon, Horace Panter from The Specials, The Stranglers, Les Rhythmes Digitales and celebrated artist Harry Pye.Anyone say polymath? Mulitimath perhaps… Also tonite, The Courtsey Group….with a lineage of Fall cum Nightingales awkward squad skued pop brilliance going back to the 1990s and not a little John Peel Show action [more], these West Midlands twisted rock specialists have recently been finding new fans in lofty places..The Guardian for one, and no wonder, their current material is fabulously Beefheartian avant punk with a uniquely Courtesy Group feel. Bring on The New Beef.
Opening this amazing show are of Arrowe Hill. The Cat in the Hat Adam Easterbrook has led many versions of this wonderful kitchen psych scally hauntological happening, always supported by John Peel in the early days, but the current lineup with riddim section Ian O ‘ Sullivan and Jason Hobart has their lofi but luminescent sound thoroughly nailed. Their new Ouija Board release ‘Domestic Espionage” could well be the best yet. An enigmatic amalgam of boho melodics, rascalish social comments, found sounds and field recordings, with ace tunes that come and go so fast you’re left quite giddy. Excellent.