BOURKEâ€™S Bar in Limerick mark a year of Thursday Night Live gigs with a very special and rare show by The Redneck Manifesto this Thursday night.
A full year has passed since Bourkeâ€™s appointed former Whelanâ€™s booker John Hennessy to curate a new line-up of totally free gigs on a Thursday night and since some of the countryâ€™s top acts - including Jape, Katie Kim and David Kitt - have passed through the doors of the Catherine Street pub.
This Thursday the intimate Catherine Stree venue welcomes top instrumental rockers The Redneck Manifesto - one of the most critically acclaimed Irish bands on the go - along with eclectic and innovative local DJ Mynameisj0hn to mark a year of top gigs in the venue.
The Rednecks - Mervyn Craig, Richard Egan, Niall Byrne, Matthew Bolger, Neil Oâ€™Connor, Glenn Keating - are a rare proposition in the live arena, given their members are scattered around the globe and all involved in other music projects, not the least of which is Egan, who as Jape has won the Choice Music Prize twice in recent years.
The Rednecksâ€™ album Friendship in 2010 - released on the Richter Collective label and still available to download at the recession busting price of â‚¬4 (link below) - remains one of the best Irish releases of recent years.
The band have a cult following among musicians and those working in the industry, such is the energetic and visceral nature of their live shows.
Admission this Thursday, as ever, is free and former Termights DJ Tom Fitz and Eamon Sweeney will also be on hand to provide a soundtrack to the eveningâ€™s celebrations.
See the the Redneck Manifesto Bandcamp for more on the band.