Happy The Man (And Woman!)

Four years is far too long to have waited for a return by the Guggenheim Grotto to Kilkenny but every second was worth it.

Four years is far too long to have waited for a return by the Guggenheim Grotto to Kilkenny but every second was worth it.

The duo were preceded at Cleere’s on Friday night by alternative folk singer and songwriter Peter Doran, a Mullingar-based talent.

His new album, Overhead the Stars, is well worth a purchase and you’re guaranteed to play it on loop. Unless of course you already own his two previously independently recorded and released studio albums Wood and Sleepless Street – then you’ll play it in rotation.

Inspired by his cousin’s heavy-metal albums at the age of 11, Peter picked up the guitar for the first time and found himself working out his own sound.

That sound is hugely unique and an experience, one worth seeking out.

He was the perfect accompaniment to the main act, The Guggenheim Grotto, who were very well received.

The now Brooklyn-based boys of Kevin May and Mick Lynch have created something that’s truly addictive. Their albums Happy the Man and Walking Alone bear witness to some of the best music and song that you’ll ever hear.

Their live performances are even better and it’s here they excel, as they did again on Friday night, performing many of their staple classics and yet-to-be-released musings.

They promised to not leave it so long before returning again but if you can’t wait and don’t have their work in your collection get your hands on some – you’ll not regret it!