Louise Bruton, in the Irish Times, wrote of Bantum‘s second album Move: “With familiar names such as Rusangano Family, Loah and newcomer Farah Elle featuring, it’s an exact guide of who we should be listening to right now.” At Bello Bar last Friday night, which me and two fellow Cork people stumbled across after consulting street names, Google Maps, nearby pubs and general running around, Ruairi Lynch aka Bantum presented the case all over again. He had his keys set up to the left of the stage in a room which feels more like a hotel lobby from the 1970s than the place to showcase some of the hottest new music, with collaborator Le Tissier on visuals. And then there was a rotation of guests who took centre stage, from Farah Elle, stellar on support duties (if you read a ones to watch 2017 list and she’s not featured, then stop reading immediately), to Sally Garnett (Loah) and CC Brez and Louize Carroll. Each time they provided a breathe of fresh air to proceedings, though the latter pairing didn’t seem 100 per cent sure of what exactly they should be doing. It was a fun show that, probably because of the venue, was lacking a little energy, but one feels that during festival season 2017, if Bantum and all his friends are on the lineup, then they should be easily among the highlights if they all get together. Pictures by Brid O’Donovan (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram)

(CHEAP PLUG: Bantum was the latest guest – and the last of 2016 – on my podcast, also called The Point of Everything. Listen on Soundcloud or iTunes)

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