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James Leg/The Bonnevilles
Fri 5 May 2017, 20:00 – 23:30 IST
Longshot Promotions in association with Punk Rock Blues present
Thomas House, Dublin
Friday 5th May 2017
Leg, the son of a Texas preacher, started playing
piano when he was just six. Raised on southern gospel music, he began preaching at the church his father
pastored at the age of 14. Two years later he became infected with the lure of rock- n- roll and eventually
alcohol and drugs. It was this contrast of good & evil, heaven & hell that would affect not only his music -
solo and otherwise - but also his impassioned l ive performances evoking some sort of fervid snake-
handling Pentecostal preacher in the middle of a lung- busting, jugular- popping sermon ( just replace the slippery vermin with a fifth of whiskey and Leg pounding on his signature Fender Rhodes and you get the picture).
The Bonnevilles are shaking Northern Ireland in a way it hasn’t felt since Van Morrison & Them obliterated Club Rado in 1964 and Stiff Little Fingers blew apart The Trident in 1977! The Bonnevilles don’t so much play punk blues as use it as a spring board to create a completely new genre. Their new album “Arrow Pierce My Heart” is evidence of a band at the top of their game. The Lurgan duo take Mississippi Hill Blues and Punk Rock and mix into their own unique dark Northern Irish Punk Blues stew.