Just landed in Edinburgh and with no plans in mind and a mind full of curtains and kitchen fittings, I got an email out of the blue from my Galway cousin, Sophie Coyle, about a gig in Banshee Labyrinth last night. What a fabulous performance – I just wish I’d caught more of it. It’s always impressive to see someone you know, someone family, re-making themselves as something you also know but in an entirely different realm – as a professional musician.
My first job with Hummingbird Films meant spending a lot of time around gigging musicians, and I’m proud to say Sophie is the real deal. Beautiful songs, which I’ve been enjoying properly on CD today. Magical, addictive stuff.
Also playing was Dundalk punk-poet Jinx Lennon. I have to admit the term ‘punk-poet’ would normally have me reaching for the Ovaltine and TV Times, but Jinx had such a way of combining words, guitar, samples & choruses with wit and passion that I was instantly hooked.
Sophie’s music can be downloaded at www.myspace.com/sophiecoylefromgalway. Yesterday morning as I was driving into John Lewis, calculating curtain sizes and how much house the wedding vouchers will adorn I wondered if I was feeling to old to go to Oxegen or Electric Picnic this year. Last night’s reminder of the magic of live music says maybe not!