Music from the Heart

Reviews

An acoustic gig can't hide anything

There are bands whose style differs from the rest. An intimate venue can only highlight their artistry. A pleasant environment for those who enjoy fine music. Those who came to see The Shookies at Kafara in Brno on Saturday November 2nd had the opportunity to experience just that. The Shookies are a band from Brno (so this could be considered a hometown gig), have been playing for nearly ten years. Last summer their biggest dream came true and they supported the legendary Irish band Interference and Glen Hansard at Jazz tibet club in Olomouc. They released their second album called Sooner or Later earlier this year, spent five years working on that. But hard work always pays off.

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Playing like back in the day

Bluegrass band Reliéf has been on the Czech music scene for quite a while and they've been considered among the best in the genre. Some of their songs were even recorded not only by Czech but also American bluegrass bands.

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What do you do when you can't sleep? You start to play

This is an advice that may have got stuck in the heads of those who braved the rainy weather on wednesday October 9th and  attended gig of the group Deliou in the Stara pekarna club in Brno, Czech Republic. Deliou means "foliage" in Breton. A perfect soundtrack to the gloomy autumn day.

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Charisma that can cross boundaries

Charisma is a powerful tool if you have it. It’s something you have to be born with, can’t be learnt over the years. The two artists who came to play at  Forum Karlín in Prague on August 27th certainly have what it takes to silence a room of a few thousand heads.

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Falling in love with the city

Irish songsmith David Keenan is without doubt someone most of you have already come across. He first came to public attention in 2015 where a taxi driver filmed him singing in the front seat of his taxi and later put the video on Youtube. And it has taken off since then for David. Appearing in the legendary Other Voices in Dingle, broadcast on RTE, sharing the stage with the likes of Hothouse Flowers, Damien Dempsey or Glen Hansard ( who took him on tour to USA last year), David has recently recorded a debut album A Beginners Guide to Bravery which is going to be released on August 16th.  And on May 31st this rising talent came to play the Czech Republic for the very first time at United Islands of Prague festival.

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Let the music speak - no words are needed

Some events are attracting the audience because they're taking place in a special location or there is some not-to-be-missed artist performing. The start of St.Patrick's Day weekend in Cork had it all - a breathtaking venue of the former church of St.Luke's. It promises an unforgettable night right when you enter. And the artist? None other than the legendary band Interference. Their Cork gigs are always something else. Magical timeless gathering of an extended family.

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The man with the voice that calms you down when you need it

The charismatic Irishman returned to Brno after several years, accompanied by Petr Tichy on double bass and Vojtech Jindra on acoustic guitar. J Eoin comes from Limerick, Ireland but spent nearly thirty years living in London before moving back to Ireland last year. He released his latest album Sunshowers earlier this year, just guitar and vocal.

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Smile because it happened...

The Czech tour of Interference continued in Olomouc on August 7th. This was the only gig of the tour where the band had a support act. The Shookies have been playing for eight years and to be part of what promised to be an unforgettable night was certainly a dream come true for them. The lead singer of the band, Filip Burš, is a confident artist with a voice to remember. Glen and Interference took the stage after a little break and Glen introduced the band in Czech saying " My jsme Interference" (" We are Interference").

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An emotional return to where it all began...

Folk holidays festival in Namest nad Oslavou, Czech Republic, is one of a kind. You don't see many festivals like that. It takes place in a small town and you get the impression you just came to a gathering of an extended family. The town comes alive, you keep meeting the same people and the barriers between performers and the audience almost vanish. The Irish cult band Interference fell in love with Namest on their first visit in 2005. They came back two years later and the long gap of 11 years followed before they were finally able to return. This return was highly anticipated but also very emotional. The lead singer and co-founder of the band, Fergus O'Farrell, passed away two years ago. He's dearly missed by all who loved him but they also know his presence is constant even though invisible.

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Raw emotions make you discover unknown feelings

Even though it was the start of Folk holidays festival in Namest nad Oslavou, Czech Republic, one of the highlights came on Monday July 30th. English songwriter John Smith (some might say there is no name more typical for an English person) performed in the Czech Republic for the very first time but the reputation of master guitarist and an author of powerful songs full of raw emotions was already there. Then add collaborations with big stars like Waterson:Carthy, Joan Baez, Lisa Hannigan or Glen Hansard and the unforgettable experience is guaranteed.

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