By Bill Leopold
One of Somerville’s premier Irish pubs, the Burren, will be hosting a dual CD release party for Tommy “Clogs” Gallagher and The Johnny Come Lightlies June 10. The festivities will kick off at 4 pm and admission is free.
Perennial favorites of the Burren’s backroom, the Johnny Come Lightlies play Irish roots-rock. Fiddle driven dance music and song that have no place in a traditional session, but rather in a club. Robert Elliott and Damon Leibert are the founding members of this Boston-based Irish roots rock band. Prior to this musical collaboration Elliot had performed regularly throughout Ireland and the United States. Leibert's unique and energetic style of fiddle playing lies somewhere between the driving dance beat of Cape Breton, and the lyrical music of Ireland. He has performed innumerable concerts and festivals across North America & Europe and has worked in various theater, film, and recording projects.
Tommy “Clogs” Gallagher traveled between New York City and his native Ireland (Roscommon) with his fiddle in hand and his clogs tapping out a reel or a jig. With his keen wit, intelligence, rakish style and his wise take on Irish society in the 1970s and 1980s, he was a man ahead of his time. Due to his untimely death in 1984, at the age of fifty-three, Gallagher never commercially recorded his music. Now this previously unreleased CD will feature archival recordings from his television work, and songs from his sister Marie backed by Maureen Crowley & The JCLs.
Lisa Hannigan at Paradise Rock Club.