Once again there were a lot of notable gigs happening around the city but my gig of choice for Thursday evening was at The Reindeer where it was the monthly eclectic gathering for Shane’s Shenanigans.
Kicking things off just after 8pm on a very warm evening was Shane’s own collective of Olinski Onsomble with a few friends. A particular standout was the final song, which I have heard several times before but loved hearing it here, Shane’s lyrics and wordplay sounding especially clear (Chop suey, Kong Phooey, Siouxsie Sioux(y)), brilliant as ever.
With only minimal personnel changes it was The Wash up next, again in very impressive form. Always different and surprising, I always enjoy their sets. They were followed by Camille Davila, who I had not seen in ages. She was performing new songs here accompanied by Francesco Pepe on piano. An album is in the works and will be launched at Anteros on 9 August with exceptionally strong support from The Neutrinos and Bridget Holmes, plus Iain Lowery and Ivan McCready playing alongside Camille and Francesco on the night.
I saw The Tom Conway Trio a few days earlier, playing the front garden of the Church of Art during the Lanes Fayre. On that occasion they played a new song for the first time, recorded it a day or two later and performed it a second time here at Shane’s Shenanigans. The Water Song is amazing. Even with some background chatter as the dance class which had been taking place in the back room finished and people filed through to the bar afterwards the performance was spellbinding.
To close the night was Eiyuze, featuring Richard, and Oskari (playing his third set of the evening). Once some technical gremlins had been banished the set started in earnest. It sounded good and fresh, it’s been too long since the last Eiyuze gig but I hope the wait for the next one will not be so long.