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Rock'n'Roll Club in Ireland
I have often been contacted, through this web site, for info on Rockabilly or Rock'n'Roll gigs in Ireland. Unfortunately, I don't have any info except for our own gig list. It gave me the idea to start up an Irish Rockabilly, Rock'n'Roll, Retro Club. I want to start by compiling a FANZINE page to provide info and to promote other Rockabilly bands/clubs/events in Ireland. The idea is to provide nation-wide info to anyone who likes our kind of music. I'm sure there's a lot of interest in this around Ireland but there's never been an info point available. So, if you have anything at all you think fits the description, send it to me at the following address.
E-mail Sammy
Kilkenny 2002
Breathnach's Bar kindly asked us back to play for them in the 2002 Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots Festival. They said we were their 'personal favorites from last year'. There was plenty of Rockabilly, Swing, Rock'n'roll and Zydeco for the dancers to show what they could do. It was great to see lots of familiar faces around. Some local, some from Cork and some from further afield. This festival never lets you down and this year's line up included The Saber Jets, The Rimshots, Lanette Morgan & the River Valley Boys, The Coal Porters, and CJ.Chenier & his Red Hot Louisanna Band. Here's some pictures thanks to Brenda.
Above, SeŠn Duff and his partner Geraldine show what they can do on the 
dance floor while Rockin' Sammy shows off on the double bass.
Below, some shots of the Sabre Jets playing.
Trinity Records
Calling all Dublin Rockabilly fans......Trinity Records on Dame Lane (opposite the Central Bank) have our CD, Too Hot To Rock'n'Roll, in stock. I'm not sure of the price. I think it's about 8 euros.
Biddy Mulligan's
The Cats will be playing early this Friday evening in Athlone's foremost live music venue, Biddy Mulligan's. This is the traditional Christmas kick-off gig which we've been doing for the last four years. It's always pretty mad, so if you fancy a pint and a bit of rock'n'roll when you finish work on Friday, be sure to call down to Biddy's at 5.30pm.
Cats in Ferbane
We're back in Joe Hiney's Bar this Saturday (3rd Nov.)for the first time since the Ferbane Festival last June. Hiney's is a well known venue for great music and its patrons really enjoy a session. It's also where we made our public debut almost four years ago.
Brian Setzer in Dublin
We went to see Brian Setzer's 68 Comeback Special in Vicar St., Dublin last night and bumped into a lot of old friends from around the country They came from far and wide: Belfast, Kilkenny, Cork, Claremorris, Kerry, Athlone, Roscrea and Galway. We certainly weren't disapointed with the show. Setzer is one ROCKIN' DUDE.
Kilkenny Again
We've just received the details of our gigs in Kilkenny for the Bob Dylan week-end (13th-15th July). We'll be playing in three pubs that we haven't done before. They are Maggies on Friday night, Clears on Saturday afternoon and Ryans on Saturday night. We'll be looking forward to seeing Bob on Sunday 15th.
Kilkenny Cats
The Cats are back in Kilkenny again this year for the Budweiser Country & Roots Festival. We'll be playing in Breathnach's Bar at 9pm on Sunday 6th. We're looking forward to seeing Jason Ringenberg playing there. We're also looking forward to seeing the Athlone Kittens (Leah, Mich and Jo), if they make a re-appearance.
The Memphis Club
Mark from Dublin's Memphis Club mailed us to confirm the details of our gig there on March 16th. The club is run in the City of Dublin Working Mens Club on Wellington Quay beside Clarence Hotel.
Guestbook Working Again
I got a mail a few days ago informing me that our guestbook was not working properly (Thanks Ivan). That explains why nobody has signed it since last July. Our appologies to anyone who tried in vain to sign our guestbook for the last 4 months. The fault is fixed now and it should be working fine.
Cats in the Kingdom
The Cats will be playing a number of gigs in Kerry between now ond the end of the year. The dates so far are as follows: September 8 Fri. The Beach Bar, Carrolls' Cove, Cahersiveen 10pm October 14 Sat. The Square Pint, Kenmare 10pm More dates will follow.
Sligo Dates
The Cats will be visiting Sligo at the end of August. It's always a rockin' good time when we go to the Northwest so we're looking forward to seeing some familiar faces.... ...even Finn's. August 31 Thu. The Garavogue Bar 10pm September 1 Fri. Shoot the Crows Bar 10pm We may have some special guests too.
Waterford SprŠoi Dates Confirmed
The venues and times for our gigs in Waterford have been confirmed. They are... August 4 Fri. Egans' Bar 9.30pm August 5 Sat. The Three Ships 10pm August 6 Sun. Phil Grimes Pub 10pm Last year's SprŠoi was really good fun so we're looking forward to more this week-end.
July Dates
The three TrŠ Fest gigs went very well with 'Delboy Noughton' standing in on drums for The Chef. We even got to play an extra gig on Saturday night for the Freewheelers Motorbike Festival in Houghton's Pub, Kilmeadan (thanks Gaff). The Chef was back in action for Cuba Niteclub gig on the 5th. The joint was a jumpin' that night and Hellen-Anne took some photos which we hope to see soon. The opening date for An Proinnteach Venue, Lahinch, Co.Clare has had to be put back due to delays in the building. The new date has yet to be set.
TrŠ Fest Dates Confirmed
The venues and times for our gigs in Tramore have been confirmed. They are... July 1 Sat. The Victoria, Tramore 5pm July 2 Sun. Pavement Gig (open air), Tramore 2pm July 2 Sun. O'Neills' , Tramore 10pm
Waterford Bud Beat
The venues for our Waterford dates next week-end have been confirmed. They are... June 2 Fri. Katty Barry's, Waterford 10pm June 3 Sat. McLoughlins', Waterford 10pm June 4 Sun. The Hog's Head, Waterford 10pm
1000th Visitor
SeŠn Connolly from Galway today became the 1000th visitor to this web site. SeŠn will receive a Giant Mars Bar as his prize. Well done SeŠn and congratulations from Jimmy, Sammy and The Chef.
Smokin' in Kilkenny
We had three rockin' gigs in Kilkenny for the festival. There was a big contingent form Athlone in Biddy Early's on Sunday when the PA amp went up in smoke. Thanks to Jimmy behind the bar and Paddy O'Dwyer we had a replacement amp in 10 minutes.
Unfortunately, Flaco Jiminez was cancelled and we were playing at the same time as The Derailers and The Boz Boorer Band but we did get to see The Tennessee Rhythm Riders play in Paris Texas on Sunday afternoon ....great gig lads.
Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots Festival 2000
The Cats next outing is at the Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots Festival which takes place from April 28th to May 1st. Our dates are... Fri. 28 Langtons, Kilkenny 10pm Sat. 29 The Grain Store, Kilkenny 10pm Sun. 30 Biddy Early's, Kilkenny 10pm The main events of the festival include Flaco Jiminez, The Derailers, The Holms Brothers and The Boz Boorer Band. The Black-Eyed Peas and The Tennessee Rhythm Riders will make a welcomed return to the festival. There'll be no shortage of great music.
New Poster
Larry Hynes designed a new poster for the band. What do you think of it?