MANX SOUND EXCHANGE: Ballaghs and Ballagroove
AFTER a triumphant public return at Mannifest earlier in the month, the mighty Ballaghs cement their comeback with a follow-up gig tonight (Friday).
The punky folk rockers promised the world The Ballaghs had retired at the end of 2011, but the call of the stage proved too strong, and this weekend’s gig is all for a good cause.
They headline a charity night in aid of Eva Rose’s Garden, a garden being developed for patients of the Hospice and Rebecca House, in memory of a little girl who last year died at Rebecca House at just nine weeks old, finally succumbing to her numerous health complications.
The gig starts at 7.30pm at The Crescent (formerly Paramount City) in Douglas, with the £5 admission all destined for the Eva Rose Garden project.
The Ballaghs were on fine form at Mannifest. Expect the usual energetic melody of their originals, with a fair sprinkling of covers from the likes of The Levellers and Flogging Molly.
Also on the bill, one after the other, are two of the island’s finest acoustic crooners, Chris Winchester and Joey Wilde, and also emerging duo Electric Railway – Harry and Dani – whose great show I stumbled across at Mannifest.
For tickets call 452830, 456746 or visit www.evarosesgarden.webs.com.
The charity theme continues next weekend, with a night of Ballagroove-themed loveliness in aid of the Manx Minkes swimming team who will tackle the English Channel for spinal injury charity Aspire.
It’s on Saturday, September 1 at Castletown Football Club, and music starts at 6pm, so get there early enough to make a night of it. Also capacity is limited to 80, so get there early enough to assure entry.
The acts are all on the Ballagroove label, with the exception of electro guests Dusty Plankton.
Appearing are punk act 13th Pillar, the reggae swing of Space Monkey, Dusty Plankton, and the surf rock of Mr Eliminator and the Deadly Vipers, riding a wave (excuse the pun) after back to back nights at the Villa Marina this week supporting the Kaiser Chiefs.
The Ballagroove overlords, DJs Gypo and Toots, will also take to the decks. Tickets are £5, contact via www.ballagroove.com (which has links to the event’s Facebook page).
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