Popular Mayo musician and raconteur Tony Reidy, is launching his new album, ‘Not a Bad Day Now’, in Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar, Westport, on Thursday, December 6, at 8.30pm.
Reidy is strongly influenced by folk singers of the past who also sang and played their own instruments without a need for the bells and whistles of modern production techniques – timeless singers like Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie.
With a view to fostering this genre of music, Reidy, along with fellow musician Tim Rogers, set up the lively Clew Bay Folk Club, which offers a forum for local musicians singers and writers to perform in an appreciative atmosphere. ‘Not a gig, not a session, a space to play and to listen’, the club meets monthly in Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar, the venue for the launch this Thursday.
Reidy’s music has travelled far, carried on local and national airwaves, here and overseas. As BBC Music Magazine wrote, Tony Reidy has ‘a keen compassionate eye for human frailty … His songs have a pungently poetic sense of place’.
Tony Reidy’s captivating live performances have a sense of intimacy that brings his audiences on an emotional journey too, one that can move seamlessly from laughter to pensive poignancy, and back again in the twinkle of an eye. And it sounds like that intimacy and sense of place will also permeate his new album, bringing listeners on enriching journeys new.
Admission to the launch of Tony’s album in Matt Molloy’s Yard Bar is free. Tony will be joined by the Clew Bay Critters and friends on the night. Copies of the album will be available on the night.