STRAY KITTEN COMES HOME…AND GETS READY TO RUMBLE

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Local girl Jillian Canney, goes back to her roots to DJ at The Rumble Club, Sandinos on New Years Eve
 
Canney, born and bred in Derry, has been a resident in Ibiza since 1997, where she DJs under the aka of Stray Kitten
 
(29th Dec2012/Derry/Fix Ibiza)
You can take the girl out of Derry but you definitely can’t take the Derry out of the girl. Wise words, and ones firmly backed by local woman, Jillian Canney, as she prepares for her DJ debut at city-centre watering hole, Sandinos, this Monday night, New Years Eve, as part of the line up at The Rumble Club, a night dedicated to good old rock n roll.
 
Under her DJ alter ego of Stray Kitten, Canney, who has been a full-time resident in the music mecca of Ibiza since 1997, plans to see in the New Year back in her home town with a soundtrack that can only be described as a blast to the past as we head to the future. 
 
Having twisted some arms earlier in the year to join the event’s DJ line up, alongside the club’s main dudes, DJs, promoters and local musicians Todd Gfeller and Danny McGeady (aka Hot Rod Todd and Beatnik Dan), Canney says she can’t wait to jive her way into the New Year, “Coming back home from Ibiza for Christmas just got even better; I’ve been wanting to play at The Rumble Club for ages so getting the chance to do it for New Years Eve is like an extra wee Christmas Box”.
 
The NYE event is the fifth such gathering organised by Gfeller and McGeady, who claim that The Rumble Club came about through “their desperate search for musical kicks”. Their music policy-  “the choicest slices from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s: the hottest jump jazz, rarest rockabilly, swinginest surf, deepest soul, good ol’ rock and roll and the dirtiest blues this side of the muddy Mississippi”- is just up the Stray Kitten’s street then.
 
Back in the Balearics, with her PR&Events Agency- FIX IBIZA- heading into its 6th year, Canney is responsible for such events as the Rock n Mola Retro Festival, as well as handling international PR for music brands including Ibiza Rocks, the live music phenomenon that has changed the face of Ibiza and its musical inclination since it’s conception back in 2005.
 
As an aside, Jillian’s grandfather, Patrick Canney, was a prominent figure in Derry’s music scene throughout the showband days, with the Patrick Canney Orchestra and The Derritones amongst his musical credits.
 
But back to the present and here’s to the future- rockin’ and rollin’ into 2013 at:
THE RUMBLE CLUB
@SANDINOS BACK BAR// WATER STREET//DERRY CITY
NEW YEARS EVE 31/12/12 FROM 9PM
DJS HOT ROD TODD//BEATNIK DAN//SPECIAL GUEST: STRAY KITTEN
£5 DOOR CHARGE
 
on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheRumbleClub    http://www.facebook.com/events/312640068835646/

December 29, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Uncategorized. 2 comments.

AN AUDIENCE WITH GOVERT DE ROOS- the rock n roll education continues at Ibiza Rocks House

 

JOHN  LENNON & YOKO ONO IN BED, THE JACKSON 5, ABBA, GRACE JONES, BLONDIE AND QUEEN: JUST SOME OF THE ARTISTS CAPTURED ON FILM BY THE DUTCH PHOTOGRAPHER  DURING THE 70S & 80S 

 

SATURDAY 25TH AUGUST CONFIRMED FOR THE ILLUSTRATED TALK WITH DE ROOS AT IBIZA ROCKS HOUSE @ PIKES HOTEL.

 

 THE DATE WITH DE ROOS IS THE SECOND IN THE ‘AUDIENCE WITH’ SERIES, THE FIRST WITH BARON WOLMAN IN JUNE

 

 

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Ibiza, 15th August 2012 (FIX Ibiza)

 

When it comes to real rock n roll destinations of the 70s and 80s, Holland was way up there with the best of them, hosting the world’s top musicians and some of the most important events in the history of music from that time. Behind the lens, Govert de Roos was knee deep in the scene, ready to capture the essence of music for posterity with the help of his trusty camera..

As far as setting the bar high goes, de Roos’ picture of the peace and love ‘bed-in’ of John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam is an undeniable classic moment in the history of music and from there the Dutch photographer went on to work one on one with The Jackson 5, Abba, Grace Jones, Peter Frampton, Joe Cocker, Whitney Houston and Blondie. That’s not to mention his stunning ‘live on stage’ shots of bands like Queen, Janis Joplin and Bob Marley.

When we consider that this was the last era before digital came steaming into the world of photography, it’s not difficult to work out that the music/photography bond back then was a whole different ballgame to the modern day rockstar shoot. A different time, when a different connection existed between the musician and the photographer.

It is that spirit, that trust, those naive pre-paparazzi times, that Govert De Roos photos capture so beautifully.

Nearly forty years on and it’s time to relive that past- just for a while, with an exclusive appearance by the Govert de Roos himself, in an unprecendented visit to Ibiza, more specifically, at Ibiza Rocks House @ Pikes Hotel.  Having dusted off his archives and selected his personal favourites, ‘An Audience with Govert de Roos’ is set to take place on Saturday 25th Auguest.

More specifically, the exhibition, entitled ‘Hard Copy’, will comprise of a  selection of some fifty classic examples of the photographer’s work and will show until 28th August at the island’s original rock and roll hotel. A number of pieces (including some originals) will also be available for purchase on the night of the event,  with de Roos on hand to personally sign the pictures.

‘An Audience with Govert de Roos’ is the second in the Ibiza Rocks initiative , the first having been hosted by Rolling Stone’s first photographer-in-chief, Baron Wolman on 12th June. De Roos, just like Wolman, is expected to enthrall his audience with the stories behind his pictures and tales of pure rocky horror and high japes- not to mention images of great including Abba, Blondie, David Bowie, Herman Brood, Joe Cocker, Lennard Cohen, Duran Duran, Eurythmics, Brian Ferry, Peter Frampton, Whitney Houston, Jackson 5, Elton John, Grace Jones, Janis Joplin, Chaka Khan, Kiss, Paul McCartney, Freddy Mercury, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Bob Marley, Ringo Star, Miami Sound Machine, Sting, Cindy Lauper, Prince, Sade and Status Quo.




As far as the venue goes, Ibiza Rocks House @ Pikes really is the ideal spot for such an occasion, already famous worldwide for its own 80s hey-day when Freddie Mercury and Grace Jones were regulars, Willie Nelson, Bon Jovi and Julio Iglesias frequent guests. Even Wham choose the hotel as the backdrop to their monster smash hit, Club Tropicana, turning the Pikes swimming pool into a must visit by any diehard 80s kid.  All in all, the place boasts more rock n roll memorabilia from back in the day than a read through Ozzy Osbourne’s diary.

Back to the future, and these days, the 26 room boutique hotel, hidden in the San Antonio hills, is owned by two of Ibiza’s original forward-thinkers and party-makers- Andy Mc Kay and Dawn Hindle- Mr & Mrs Ibiza Rocks. Since 2005, with the start of their pioneering live events, IRH/PIKES has witnessed a staggering number of today’s music scene pass through its kooky grounds, all thanks to Ibiza Rocks bringing the live back to Ibiza. And so, the legacy continues and rock and roll will never die…

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‘An Audience with Govert de Roos’

Sat. 25th August 2012

Ibiza Rocks House @ Pikes Hotel

Ibiza

   Restaurant ‘Room 39’ Ibiza Rocks House open for cocktails from 19.30hrs

An Audience with Govert de Roos from 21.00hrs

More Info:
www.ibizarockshouse.com
Restaurant reservations: 971 34 22 22

 

 

For more info on the photographer:  www.govertderoos.nl

August 15, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Uncategorized. 1 comment.

ROCKAJILLY

I mean, is there just no end to the wealth of bloody great music that’s making my ears bleed(in a VERY good way)these nippy winter days?…It would appear not ,says this resident FIXER, who has been up to her eyeballs this week in a big heap of rock n roll scandalicious gorgeousness…

First up, it’s up and at ‘em as we announced the first Ibiza and Mallorca Rocks (henceforth referred to as ‘The Rocks’) plan for 2011. And when I say plan, I blatantly refer to PLAN B, that rather dashing young Soulsta who’ll be opening both venues on 31st May in Mallorca and 1st June in Ibiza. Rather conveniently in time for my birthday, thanks Andrew Mc Kay, leader of The Rocks Crew. What a guy…

With 17 gigs confirmed for both the San Antonio and the Magaluf hotels, this is going to be one belter of a season.

More rock and roll, and lots of other stuff in between times got dusted off and re-adored as I finally got off my fat be-hind(I blame Christmas)and  fulfilled my hazy,  long ago full moon drunken promise to everyone’s favourite host with the most, Josito Pepua, and assuming my role as one half of Girlz Skool, I put on my skool tie and my headphones and got lost in the music and the tardis that it AK Pepua Bar, in La Marina.

A special Big Up should go out at this point to the gorgeous Di Burns and her husband Louie, for their support on the night. It was a real pleasure to meet the two who were on the island for a few days to start the groundwork for their Battle of the Bands final in Ibiza this summer. Also, a high five to Adrian!

Next up, and I must mention last Saturday’s Rock n Roll night in the San Antonio Town Hall Tent. Talk about right up my strata, almost too far up my strata actually, and it was petticoats and pompadours al maximo as real live rockabillys including Carlos Segarra, Mad Rumblers and Tennessee kept me, my Pink Ladies and the locals jiving all night long. A special mention should be given to Rockin’ Pauly, who was also due to perform and who sadly passed away some months ago. Gone but certainly not forgotten…

Indeed, such a good night was had by yours truly, that I’ve decided to take myself off to Malaga this weekend for the RockinRace Festival- four days and nights of the crème de la crème of rockabilly lovely jubblyness. Eek- I really need to start packing my suitcase, this is going to be extreme 50s mania dressing up deliciousness! Bring it on!

February 2, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Uncategorized. Leave a comment.