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Tune of the Week – “War”

One for the weekend – in Stradbally and Croke Park. There are a ton of acts I’m looking forward to seeing over the weekend. If you want my recommendations, have a look at this. Of course, that’s just the tip …

Thu, Sep 3, 2009, 09:16

   

One for the weekend – in Stradbally and Croke Park.

There are a ton of acts I’m looking forward to seeing over the weekend. If you want my recommendations, have a look at this. Of course, that’s just the tip of the iceberg – the real joy of EP09, as has been the way over the last few years, will come from just stumbling across a band or an act in a tent or some far-flung corner of the estate who will knock your socks off.

One act I’ll definitely be trying to catch are the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Prior to this, I’ve only ever seen them playing on street corners in New York City.

Chicago-born and New York-based, eight of the nine-strong Ensemble are sons of former Sun Ra Arkestra trumpeteer Phil Cohran so there’s pedigree behind their playing. But HBE is more than just kith and kin and when the players start to blow, it’s impossible not to fall for their joyful, jazzy, infectious sound as tracks like “War” bump, swing and roll along with great panache. You can’t fail to nod your head and move your feet when the HBE kick off and their self-titled album has never been far from the stereo all summer long to provide a feel-good blast of brassy funk from the far side when the occasion demands one.

The HBE play on Sunday afternoon in the Little Big Tent at 2.40pm which makes them the perfect warm-up for the big game in Croker as Tipp’s young guns try to put a halt to the gallop of Kilkenny’s four-in-a-row veterans. Honestly and pragmatically, I can’t see us stopping them but – and there’s always a but in hurling – if there’s still a game in it with 10 minutes on the clock, it could – could – swing our way.

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