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Thursday, March 17 • 8:00pm - 9:00pm
R.S.A.G.

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R.S.A.G R.S.A.G. (aka Rarely Seen Above Ground, aka Jeremy Hickey) is a multi-instrumentalist hailing from Kilkenny city who has been making waves since 2008 with his explosive live set and a double album release, Organic Sampler – the debut which received a 5 star review from the Irish Times as well as gaining a Choice Music Prize nomination in the same year. “If the winner of the Choice Music Prize were based solely on their performance tonight, no doubt Jeremy Hickey, or R.S.A.G., would have walked away with that €10,000. For one man with only a drum-kit and a backing track, he gave an utterly riveting and surely exhausting performance. The combinations of complex rhythms and the speed and accuracy with which he played clearly engrossed the audience and earned him the night's only clap-along.” Entertainment.ie, March 2009 R.S.A.G. ( Rarely Seen Above Ground ) is Jeremy Hickey. He is a multi-instrumentalist who records, performs and produces all his own material. Live R.S.A.G. plays drums / percussion and sings. The backing tracks are recorded in his studio. Visually, he has created a virtual band which is projected on a screen behind him. Think of Joy Division, Talking Heads, Fela Kuti, New York rockers, ESG with the visual impact of the Gorillaz. But rather than the use of animation, he aspires to a sort of shadowplay; a show of silhouettes of himself, which he utilises on disc. Think of what DJ Shadow done on his live tour of The Private Press. This is so much more than just music, it is a friendly, full-sensory virus with no known cure. Now back with his Leo Pearson produced follow-up album Be It Right Or Wrong. Be It Right Or Wrong was performed entirely by Hickey and was recorded in Leo’s studio in Thomastown, Kilkenny in August ’09. Leo Pearson is a leading remixer, programmer and producer, and has worked with many big names including U2, Elvis Costello and Howie B. “Recording Be It Right Or Wrong was a completely different experience to Organic Sampler. On Organic Sampler I more of less wrote and recorded everything at home. For Be It Right Or Wrong I chose to record with Leo Pearson in Thomastown, Kilkenny. Leo has a great set-up. It doesn’t have that claustrophobic feeling to it like a lot of studios. I had recorded a lot of the songs again at home and came to the studio with the demos. Straight away we clicked on the sounds and the different vibe I was going for. Leo convinced me to record everything from scratch, which at first I wasn’t into, but now I'm glad I listened. With this album I wanted more of a live feel, almost like a dysfunctional band who needed to get all of their influences out but of course, still being recorded by only one man. Working with Leo was great, he really has a talent of getting the right take from you. In it's feel and technical merit, I wanted this album to be different than my last. Change is something we cant control but we can write about it” - Jeremy Hickey May 2010 “There is a vibrancy and a freshness here and those elements, coupled with Hickey’s clear vision and single-minded approach, have combined to put together one of the best Irish albums you’ll hear in 2010.” – State.ie “Be It Right Or Wrong is innovative, carefully crafted, and often captivating.” – Entertainment.ie “Turning his radar back 50 years, R.S.A.G. (aka Jeremy Hickey) has once again delivered a record as fresh as it is exciting, a homage to the original rock’n’rollers brought bang up to date. Put this down as a Choice nomination shoo-in.” – Irish Times “Hear the drummer get wicked and sublime. No need to be alarmed. Jeremy Hickey knows exactly what he’s doing.” – Hotpress “It marks the arrival of a truly world-beating new talent. Utterly brilliant” – RTE Guide “A truly inventive work from a true original.” AU Magazine “Now more Picasso than Pollock” – Sunday Tribune
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R.S.A.G R.S.A.G. (aka Rarely Seen Above Ground, aka Jeremy Hickey) is a multi-instrumentalist hailing from Kilkenny city who has been making waves since 2008 with his explosive live set and a double album release, Organic Sampler – the debut which received a 5 star review from the... Read More →



Thursday March 17, 2011 8:00pm - 9:00pm
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