Category Archives: Reviews

Irish Times reviews Casement Sonata: “a strange and rare gift”

Malcolm MacClancy discusses Gavin Friday’s The Casement Sonata in today’s The Irish Times. He writes:

“The Casement Sonata lies in a submerged tradition of modern Irish letters that includes Patrick Kavanagh’s Lough Derg as well as Eugene Watters’ The Week-End of Dermot and Grace (when will some clever radio producer finally stumble across this sonic gem from 1964?). At the same time, it reflects and expands upon Gavin Friday‘s 2011 album catholic. That album’s artwork featured Friday’s uncanny re-enactment of Sir John Lavery’s iconic death portrait of Michael Collins. It is no coincidence, for example, that the Sonata is aired in the Hugh Lane Gallery, alongside Lavery’s dramatic portrayal of the Casement trial, High Treason. It is also highly appropriate that the artwork accompanying the new recording should prefigure Casement as a Dada-esque head complete with attendant mosquitoes. 1916 was a year of not only historical but also artistic revolution, the original punk rebellion if you will.”

The review includes “Easter Rising” a ‘bonus track’, not included in the Hugh Lane installation.

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Review – Biorhythm Live: Emotion

By Pat Lynch The 2nd of three events in the Bio Rhythm exhibition currently running at the Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin featured Gavin and BP Fallon amongst a cast of music psychologists, therapists and fellow musicians to explore and discuss the relations we have with music. And specifically for the first half of the…

Gavin Friday on Yeats – review

Gavin Friday on Yeats with Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill Seen at the National Library, June 30, 2010 Demand for Gavin Friday, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill performing work by William Butler Yeats on June 30th was so great, the National Library decided to simulcast the event in the Library’s cafe. Gavin, approaching the material…

Gavin Friday and Friends at Carnegie Hall – Press Round Up

The reviews are pouring in. Here’s what’s being said in the press about ‘Gavin Friday and Friends’ at Carnegie Hall: Jon Pareles of the New York Times: “Mr. Friday has built a latter-day career as an eclectic, cabaret-tinged songwriter who hasn’t forgotten rock. The songs testify to romance and disillusion, while taking unexpected harmonic twists.…

‘Friday gave an inspired performance’

Londonist reviews the 4-hour Rogue’s Gallery show in London on July 28th, 2008 Other fixtures were Ed Harcourt and Gavin Friday. Harcourt’s heartbreaking “Farewell Nancy” sounded less mournful with the Langley Sisters leading the vocals. Friday gave an inspired performance of “Baltimore Whores,” perhaps the first truly exciting performance of the evening. The pair shared…

Rogue’s Gallery: A smattering of highlights

JournalOnline.co.uk reviews Rogue’s Gallery in Gateshead: “A smattering of highlights (there were too many to mention) would be the aforementioned Oscar winner, Mr Robbins taking the lead mic for My Son John, Sandy Dillon (whose voice suggests a Macy Gray/Steve Tyler parentage) pleading Leave Her Johnny and Gavin Friday giving the Baltimore Whores food for…

Bloomsday Breakfast 2003 review

From the Irish Independent, dated Tuesday 17 June: “Actress Elizabeth P Moynihan’s reading of Molly’s soliloquy went down a storm, while Gavin Friday’s Nighttown song, accompanied on the kazoo, was the highlight for many. “Beautiful, sinister, melodic, whispering”, enthused Senator David Norris.”

Review: Chills abound with Interference – Hot Press

Review of the June 6, 2003 Interference concert at Vicar Street, by Peter Murphy: Interference were always on the outside of the in-crowd, a peculiar hybrid of muso chops and stoner rock distinguished by soaring vocals and virtuoso violin. Tonight, roughly 15 years after their inception, was a sort of Last Waltz extravaganza organised by…

After Schools Education Project DJ night

Gavin and Guggi started their DJ set in Lillie’s Bordello on April 30, 2003 with an Aidan Walsh tune and some classy 30’s/40’s music. Raising some 10000 Euro for charity, they ended up DJ’ng for most of the night, playing tracks like the start of Also sprach Zarathustra (from 2001 — A Space Odyssey), Prince’s…

Bloomsday Breakfast review

In the Evening Herald on June21st, Senator David Norris wrote the following on Gavin’s 2002 Bloomsday appearance: “Gavin Friday produced a real gem, having discovered a 1928 recording of a previously undiscovered song which had a direct bearing on the text of Ulysses. It gave me great pride in Joyce and his city to see…