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Mike Sweeney & Paddy O'Hare / Press

“@MikeandPaddy an honour and a privilege as always :) - keep doing what you do best! ^AP #ColneBlues”

“O’Hare and Sweeney are next on stage and receive a warm reception, there are plenty of beaming faces and clapping hands in the audience as the band perform a nostalgic selection of feel good country and blues rock songs. Despite the other members of the full band having only joined very recently (the previous week!), the musicians jam together well and have a natural chemistry. The bond between the two frontmen is evident as they casually banter with each other and the crowd between songs. This creates a laid back atmosphere allowing the crowd to relax and enjoy themselves rather than standing on ceremony in the low ceilinged basement. Filling the room with warmth and energy, O’Hare and Sweeney set a great mood for the rest of the evening.”

“Ramsbottom favourites Harp and a Monkey were popular with their interesting northern folk-electro style, as was Salford's Mike Sweeney, performing with Paddy O'Hare, who led a well-received and very enjoyable set.”

“The evening’s playlist was made up of a brilliant selection of music ranging from some of Sweens material from his Salford Jets days. Through some songs from the Golden Oldies era, some of Mike and Paddy’s original material and even including a hearty range of Blues. The night’s shocker for me was a stripped down version of Teenage Kicks, originally by The Undertones, giving it a brand new twist and making me smile like an idiot. As much fun as it was to listen to Sweens, it was even more fun to soak in the skills displayed by Paddy. The relaxed look on his face just further showed that this man not only knows his way round a guitar but really enjoys playing it as well. Backed up by the Banjo, Mandolin and drum talents of John and Phil the whole experience of the evening was a great one with the lads showing their love for ‘Roots’ music...”