On the 24th of September, the Milltown Manor in Tempo played host to a charity rock gig in aid of two excellent and worthwhile charities; ‘Hands with Voices’ and the ‘National Deaf Children’s Society’ which help support children with hearing ailments. ‘The Undecided’ were formed as a one off act as a way to raise money for these charities. Featuring the talent of five musicians from the local area, they prepared a set list that would hopefully suit the tastes of everyone in attendance. Entry to the gig was free with buckets allocated for voluntary donations towards the two aforementioned charities.
Although this event was for a tremendously good cause, I was worried due to the following reasons; ‘Cliona Hagan’ was booked to perform in the Tempo Community Center on the same night, and Rock music doesn’t usually sit well with the locals that frequent the Milltown Manor. I took the walk down to the Milltown Manor approximately an hour and a half before the band was expected to take the stage. Too my surprise there was already a sizable crowd in attendance which is always great to see, especially on a night raising funds for charity.
Around 11pm and with a sizable crowd in attendance, The Undecided took the stage to a truly positive reception. They kicked of their set with a double dose of nineties Pop Punk nostalgia with covers of ‘Basket Case’ and ‘All the Small Things’. By this point, the crowd had already invaded the dance floor and were truly enjoying themselves. With their next song, a cover of ‘Don’t Stop’ Guitarist and Singer Ciaran Carson stood into the limelight and showed off his impressive vocal ability which was further displayed on songs such as ‘Folsom Prison’, ‘Hells Bells’ and ‘Whole Lotta Rosie’ amongst others. When it came to the AC/DC material, he was able to channel Bon Scott and Brian Johnson and really gave the songs an extra level of authenticity.
As mentioned the set list was catered to suit as many people as possible and along with superb renditions of ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, there was songs such as ‘Mustang Sally’, ‘Galway Girl’, and ‘Brewing up a Storm’. If people were not head banging on the dance floor, they were quickly replaced by people who just wanted to dance.
Lead singer and guitarist Ignatius ‘Iggy’ Murphy was equally as awesome and showed his level of experience by faithfully doing justice to material such as ‘Whiskey in the Jar’, ‘The Boys Are Back in Town’ and my personal favourite ‘Enter Sandman’; Every gig is just better with some Metallica included. Lead guitarist Jason McCarney performed a magnificent rendition of Kirk Hammett’s wah drenched solo. Although professional throughout, there was always time for a laugh as Ciaran Carson once again channeled Brian Johnson and sung like him during the breakdown of the instrumentation. The chemistry between these five musicians was clear to see and enjoyable to watch.
Even with the aforementioned event happening at the Tempo Community Center, the size of the crowd had sustained throughout. It got to the point where it was extremely difficult to navigate through the crowd without bumping into someone by accident. From behind the crowd that populated the dance floor, I could hear the sound of bag pipes and I knew what was coming on next. Pushing through, I was greeted with a magnificent cover of ‘It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll)’ which featured Ciaran Murphy on bagpipes for a truly authentic experience.
The band finished their set with ‘Thunderstruck’ which never fails to keep a crowd on their feet and their hands in the air. As with any good band finishing their set, the crowd desired more; it is not often a band like this graces the stage in the Milltown Manor. With one final song the band concluded their set with an incendiary cover of ‘Killing in the Name Off’, which has to be one of the heaviest songs ever performed on the premises and got everyone, young and old on the floor head banging and dancing.
Without a solid foundation any band will fall flat on the ground and not last the duration; by saying this I am talking about the unsung heroes of any band, the rhythm section. Bassist Stephen McCarron and Drummer Dwayne McGowan were fantastic throughout the set. There wasn’t an audible bum note or drop in the rhythm.
Although this was meant to be a one off performance, it is my belief and hope that this will not be the case. The Undecided are a fantastic band and I feel that there is plenty of life in this endeavor; be it future gigs or original material. This was a fantastic night and it was a success for the chosen charities as there was £1,119 collected which will be split between the two charities. Even if this should be the first and only performance of The Undecided, I am proud to say that I was present for it, and I know that everyone who attended will be saying the same thing.
- Basket Case
- All the Small Things
- Can’t Stop
- Hells Bells
- Whiskey in the Jar
- The Boys Are Back in Town
- Sweet Home Alabama
- Proud Mary
- Mustang Sally
- Galway Girl
- Folsom Prison
- With or Without You
- Under the Bridge
- It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll)
- All These Things That I Have Done
- The Summer of ‘69
- Cake by the Ocean
- Shut Up and Dance
- Brewing Up a Storm
- You Shook Me All Night Long
- Whole Lotta Rosie
- Enter Sandman
- Killing in the Name Off