london irish village recap

While East London was doing the ‘Mobot’, revellers on the west side of town still found time to pack out Under the Bridge for a summer celebration of Irish music and culture, featuring performances from some of the country’s best-loved artists and bands.

For two weeks at the end of July, the likes of The Undertones, De Dannan, The Fureys, Thin Lizzy, Nanci Griffith, Aslan and The Saw Doctors brought the inimitable influence of Ireland to London for a celebration of Celtic craic in the capital (click on the artist link above to see pics).

Thanks to the fantastic artists playing there were many great moments to savour. We had our own personal favourites. For example when the Saw Doctors broke into ‘Pretty Vacant’ before a sold out house – frontman Davy Carton, obviously feeling our venue’s King’s Road vibe, was wearing a Pistols t-shirt.

Thin Lizzy were magnificent too. County Wicklow man Eddie Jordan, the F1 boss who is usually in the stadium above cheering on Chelsea FC, popped in to catch the rejuvenated rockers.

In the same spirit of stopping by, ex-Pistols drummer Paul Cook (father of rising star Hollie Cook) joined his fellow former member of The Greedy Bastards/Greedies, Scott Gorham, backstage. Touchingly, Jack Moore, musician son of the late, great Gary Moore, stepped up to play keyboards on the evergreen Gary Moore-penned love song ‘Still in Love With You’.

The whole festival went fantastically well, and by the standard measure of how well an Irish festival went it was well-lubricated success: over 15 kegs of Guinness were downed over the fortnight.

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