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Pugwash returning to Portland

Irish rock band to play Empire on Oct. 3

PORTLAND - Two years ago, I saw one of the greatest concerts of my life when Ireland's Pugwash played Portland's Empire during their first American tour. It was an unforgettable night.

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Tuesday, 14 October 2014 18:48

Pugwash rock Portland on first U.S. tour

The opening moments of Pugwash's first Maine concert, last Thursday at Portland's Empire, set the tone for the evening. As the Irish band walked onstage to cheers, whoops and hoots, front-man Thomas Walsh greeted the crowd and heard his voice echo in the vocal monitor. 'Could you please remove the reverb?' he asked the man in charge of the mix. 'We're an anti-reverb band, you see. We don't want to sound like Simon Le Bon.'

As if they were reading each other's minds, the group launched a brief and mockingly dramatic reverb-soaked version of Duran Duran's 'Save A Prayer' much to the delight of the audience, some of whom had driven many hours to greet the Pugs on the fourth show of their first U.S. tour. 'Some came here from Kentucky to see us,' an incredulous Walsh commented later. 'You people are amazing.'

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Acclaimed Dublin band to play Portland Empire on Oct. 9

If you have yet to experience the musical joy on earth that is Pugwash, please allow me to introduce you to 'A Rose in a Garden of Weeds: A Preamble Through The History of Pugwash,' a compilation of 17 delectable nuggets of pure pop genius recorded by the Dublin, Ireland band between 1999 and 2011. Released this week by the passionate music lovers at Omnivore Recordings, the collection is designed as a Pugwash-primer and is a generous dip into a wonderfully rich catalog of gorgeous songs.

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