a pack of three is a great night's entertainment certainty
The package tour is one of the great traditions of rock'n'roll. Such jaunts were staples back in the '50s and '60s, with seminal rockers sharing bills and buses.
In this country we had the Heineken Rollercoaster tour for several years, while anyone who saw the 'Stuff the Turkey's Hole with Holly' Christmas jaunt in the early '90s, featuring Blue in Heaven, the Stars of Heaven and The Dixons, probably still pines for their lost youth.
Nostalgia aside, we have the third annual The Certain Three tour taking place this month. The brainchild of the Word of Mouth agency, three diverse acts are put together on a countrywide trek which offers punters the opportunity to bear the January blues for little more than a tenner a head. People have won Nobel medals for less.
The line-up consists of The Lost Brothers, Katie Kim and Puzzle Muteson. The former have just released their second album, So Long John Fante, recorded in Sheffield with members of Richard Hawley's backing band who provided a perfect backdrop for Mark McCausland and Oisin Leech's beautifully affecting, Everlys-like harmonies.
Katie Kim has recently appeared with the Waterboys and specialises in ethereal folk/pop while English singer-songwriter Puzzle Muteson could be the surprise of the package, boasting a piercing vibrato and a distinctly left-field approach.
Go on -- get out of the house.
The Certain Three tour plays Cork city tonight and Myrtleville, Co Cork, tomorrow before pitching up in Dublin's Workingman's Club on January 27