When the team behind the monthly Jammhouse gigs at The Playhouse decided to put on a long weekend of music for last year’s City of Culture year, it was inspired.
People filled the iconic building as music played from every available space, showcasing the very best of Derry’s talent. It’s no surprise then that they decided to re-create the event this year.
Unfortunately, with two small children, I missed Friday’s gig. Word has it that it was a great evening, and if it was anything like Saturday night then that’s a fairly accurate review.
For me the highlight of Saturday’s gig was Glenn Rosborough. I’ve heard bits and pieces of his work before but, when coupled with a live band, his sound is truly impressive.
Next up were PORTS. They rose to fame last year, under their initial moniker Little Bear, and their sound is so distinct they’re hard to ignore. Their popular singles ‘The Few and far Between’ and ‘Night Dries Like Ink’ were clear favourites among the crowd, but their new music is also sounding great, with an album currently being recorded.
Finishing up were the Wood Burning Savages, fresh from a set on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury. It’s easy to see why they were chosen for such a gig, as their assured sound had everyone on their feet.
A host of other names also played, and I was sorry to miss Ego the Jackal as his slot clashed with PORTS.
Sunday’s family afternoon at The Playtrail had Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas headlining and was a great way to end the weekend. The music was as energetic as always and had all the little ones bopping about, as well as their parents. No wonder we all slept well on Sunday!