Jazz and football overlapped at Counihan’s on Sunday afternoon. Dropped into the Pembroke Street bar to see the Mary Stokes Band but instead found myself watching the closing quarter of the Liverpool v Man U game on the big screen and not a seat to be had.
But soon the happy Liverpool bunch in front of us left and the six of us grabbed the table and chairs, right in front of the bandstand. Mary came on and passionately and energetically blasted out the hard blues for two hours or so giving ample time to the highly talented lead guitar player to show his talented hands do their hot stuff, so hot you looked for smoke! Great show and the sounds came out so well (by comparison with Ocean’s 6 who never quite got the technical bit right the previous day).
Hats off too to the Counihan’s crew. Hundreds in for the match and then even the standing room gone for the Stokes show. But they remained courteous and efficient at all levels. Tables were quickly cleared of empties and service at the bar was prompt. Not too easy to get to the bar, though the crowd were in good humour and courteous, moving an inch to the left or right to let you and precious cargo through!
If you’re in town for the jazz next year, put this gig on your schedule as the Stokes band are regular festival visitors at the venue, playing afternoon and night slots.
Check out my review of Counihans Bar - I am cork - on Qype