- 03 Apr 17
Currently riding a crest of a wave following the phenomenal success of their self-titled 2015 album, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats recently played a very special St. Patrick’s weekend gig at the Jameson Distillery Bow St. for a lucky group of fans. Colm O’Hare reports on the evening and also talks to the band’s frontman about their meteoric rise...
It’s mid-March in Dublin, and the late afternoon sun is shining brightly on the cobbled streets around Smithfield Square. The town is already racing towards full St. Patrick’s party mode. Among the smattering of lurid green Darby O’Gill hats and Leprechaun beards outside, Nathaniel Rateliff cuts a striking figure, as he strolls in casually through the doors of Jameson’s historic Bow Street Distillery, with bandmates the Night Sweats in tow. Looking like a cross between an early 20th century Californian gold prospector and an Amish elder, the Missouri-born, Colorado-based, one-time missionary preacher and now musical powerhouse, is in high spirits.
He’s in town for a couple of live appearances, including an intimate Bow St. Sessions slot in The Academy on Paddy’s Day eve and today’s even more intimate show at the Distillery. The two hottest tickets in town on this feisty national holiday, those lucky enough to have a pass for this evening’s event are already gathering outside the door. Quite frankly, there could hardly be a greater air of expectation.
“Wow, this such a great room,” Rateliff enthuses, casting his gaze around the newly refurbished and extended facility, which is all aged oakwood beams, rough-cut stone and shiny countertops. “Nice and intimate but big enough for a party. It’s going to be something special tonight.”