Moira Nelligan ***This rare local appearance by an extremely talented multi-instrumentalist and singer of Irish heritage (with family ties to the Savannah area) finds the beguilingly-voiced Nelligan out in support of her latest independent CD, Christmas Folksongs.
The record, which is available through CDBaby.com and DecaturCD.com features folk songs and fiddle tunes from the USA, Ireland and throughout Europe, as interpreted by Nelligan on fiddle, as well as piano accordion, bodhran and recorder. This sweet-voiced and highly accomplished acoustic musician (who cites the great, under appreciated Mary Hopkins as a key influence) tackles everything from Olde English ballads all the way to a downright precious arrangement of the pop-culture classic “Christmas Time is Here” (from the famous Charlie Brown holiday TV special).
Nelligan’s earlier albums have been hailed by critics and listeners alike as fine examples of Celtic-influenced Southern folk music and her “angelic” vocal style (according to Atlanta’s Creative Loafing) has been likened to that of Alison Krauss, Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris.
This string of regional dates marks the first time ever that Nelligan’s son Mickey (now 16 years old) will be accompanying her on what she terms a “café tour.” Listen & Learn: myspace.com/moiranelligan. $5 cover at door. Fri., 8 pm, The Sentient Bean Coffeehouse - ALL-AGES.
All the branches of this S.C.-based restaurant chain are known for presenting live music in addition to food and libations. In fact, live entertainment has become a prominent aspect of their business model — to the point where they actually have a branch of their corporation that books (primarily) East Coast acts in the genres of modern rock, pop, blues, jam, funk and reggae, and routes them through many, if not all, of their locations.
This has created a strange sort of circuit which quickly becomes (for some bands) a bread-and-butter gig that can keep them traveling from town to town throughout Georgia and the Carolinas for days at a time several times a year.
This Charleston-based reggae band has been a popular, regular attraction at the Wild Wing outlet in that historic tourist town for many years, and seems to have parlayed that positive crowd response into a spot in the entire chain’s rotation. They offer no-frills roots riddims perfect for dancing or merely zoning out.
Lead vocalist and percussionist General Top Rank’n Geecheeman has a long history behind him and his earlier bands have opened for the likes of Shabba Ranks, Steel Pulse, Burning Spear and Eek-A-Mouse. He and his bandmates can be counted on to lay down uplifting, positive message music (both originals and covers) with a solid, relentless dance groove that draws on ska, rub-a-dub and dancehall styles. Listen & Learn: dagullahrootz.com. No cover (21+ only). Sat., 10 pm, Wild Wing Café.
Danny Quinn ***
A regular, recurring attraction at this well-known restaurant and Irish pub for many years, this traveling troubadour has been a professional balladeer and sideman for almost three decades. In that time, he’s played with or opened for everyone from The Clancy Brothers and Eileen Ivers to John Prine and Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary fame). Notably, he toured nationally with Celtic music legend Tommy Makem for over 20 years.
Repeat and sometimes standing engagements at major pubs and Celtic music festivals are a testament to his abilities as a performer and his lengthy repertoire of both Irish and American folk music — including his own original material.
For those who’ve never availed themselves of the singular experience of dining or drinking at this fabled River Street nightspot, this string of evening gigs might be the perfect opportunity to bask in the vibe of a long-standing Irish-style pub that has been providing live Celtic music seven nights a week for longer than most folks around here can remember. Most of the artists who play there rave about the environment, so it’s well worth a visit. Listen & Learn: dannyquinn.com. Wed. - Sun., 8:30 pm, Kevin Barry’s - ALL-AGES. cs