Having survived the biggest event in Tallaght since the re-routing of the 49 bus, tonight I have the pleasure of going along to photograph a very good gig. Rory Grubb is currently touring the country to launch his second full-length album Sketches From The Big Sleep. The Grubb has treated audiences in Cork, Galway, Thomastown, Daingean and his hometown of Limerick to a few songs already, so tonight Rory is playing upstairs in Whelan’s before finishing the tour in Wexford on Friday.
I haven’t seen Rory play since catching a few of his shows last summer when he was touring around with his Majorcan collaborators El Prehome Indefinit. At that point he was still working out much of the material on this new album, but you could see that there were some quality songs on offer. Rory’s experimental acoustic-based tunes have been referred to as psych-folk, which I suppose I could agree with. He reminds me of Iron & Wine, especially his voice, but he has a particular, futuristic take on folk styles which almost sound like Department of Eagles at times. His mixture of gentle melodies, experimental percussion and loops are compelling to watch live and songs like “Take Your Own Advice” and “Keep Rising, Rising Tide” elevate him above any comparisons to generic singer-songwriter sleeping tablets. Support on the night comes from Breakdown Rambler and a solo turn by Greg Breen from the excellent Kill City Defectors. 7 yoyo’s at the door at 8pm tonight. The lovely poster for the gig and some photos from last year’s Joy Gallery launch gig are below.