Yes it’s that time of year again when peoples of all nations assert their Irish provenance.
The O’Rigleys comprises of three Englishmen and a Finn. Sounds like a bad joke but it’s entirely true. The good part is that they will be playing authentic jigs and reels, and Irish folk and pop. Also stuff pretty unrelated to St Patricks Day (or about as related to Ireland as most peoples around the world celebrating 17th March).
Paddy Rice – this Thursday it’s a gig, not an open mic.
Three Englishmen, Two Fiddles and a Finn.
Reel Good Stuff
Steve Sutcliffe – Electric Violin and Mandolin
Graham Kemish – Fiddle
Joe Wrigley – Acoustic guitar
Antti Siitonen – Cajon
Paddy Rice, Street 136 and Riverside, Phnom Penh
8.30pm, 17th March 2016.
Street 172 and Street 51, Phnom Penh
Shanghai Bar is one of the longest-running bars in Phnom Penh. When the owner ‘Tall Paul’ and his managers are planning a special event, they turn to Joe Wrigley to provide the music. The Jumping Jacks played on the Shanghai Rooftop on the occasion of the bar’s 14th and 15th anniversaries, and for the Christmas Day party 2015. The band got such a great reaction that customers from nearby sky-bars overlooking the Shanghai rooftop flocked over to boogie on down.
Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks, Miss Sarawan Band
off Street 308 (near Norodom Blvd), Phnom Penh
The hippest watering holes in town are run by a consortium of cool dudes, including brothers George and William Norbert-Munns. A cluster of themed bars (The Library Bar, Hangar 44, Meat and Drink, Seibur, etc.) selling specially-mixed drinks open on to a communal laneway, where the patrons bump shoulders with the local residents. When Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks hit Bassac Lanes, the crowd really goes crazy and a true Rockabilly party spirit is in attendance.
Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks
Around once per month
‘Golden’ Street 278 (near junction St.51), Phnom Penh
Street 278 is a popular destination for tourists and expats seeking good times and live music. Passers-by stream into Duplex when live music is playing on the street-facing stage. Equinox was once the daddy of live music on ‘Golden’ Street but now Duplex is laying on an increasing number of live acts. Catch Joe here playing with The Blueberry Moonboys, Miss Sarawan Band or The Jumping Jacks.
Duplex was the scene of the Joe Wrigley Music launch night on the 12th March 2016.
Around once per month
FCC – THE MANSION
Sothearos Blvd and Street 178, Phnom Penh
Perhaps the most spectacular and atmospheric of settings for live music in Phnom Penh. Joe has enjoyed many memorable nights here with various bands – including the farewell concert of Grass Snake Union in 2014 and a special Miss Sarawan show for the Cambodian Film Festival 2015. FCC Mansion is situated in an untouched French colonial building that exudes the sense of the mid-twentieth century, when Phnom Penh was known as ‘The Pearl of Asia’. An appropriate venue for regular gigs by retro-styled bands such as Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks and The Mekong Messengers.
Around once per month
FARM TO TABLE
16 St.360, near St. 51, Phnom Penh
This organic restaurant is packed with customers each Friday for post-work drinks. Regular acoustic sessions by Joe are the perfect accompaniment. The setting is organic and al-fresco (but with ample covering when it rains) and Farm-to-Table is a favourite for parents who want to bring their children along to enjoy some live music too!
Around once per month:
THE ALLEYCAT CAFE
42 St.19z, near corner of St.19 and St.178
Joe jamming with Steve Sutcliffe at The Alleycat Cafe – pic: David Flack
The Alleycat Cafe has been trading for more than ten years from a ‘hole-in-the-wall’ off Street 19 in Phnom Penh. Despite its small size, the tex-mex restaurant has hosted many legendarily-good live music nights and, in 2009, was the birthplace of the band The Cambodian Space Project. Each Sunday, The Alleycat Cafe is the venue for the ‘Sunday Sundowner Sessions’ – an acoustic open mic which always attracts great musicians and songwriters in Phnom Penh. The popular Sundowners event was created by Tasmanian singer Scott Bywater at the now-defunct Rubies Bar in 2013. Joe is proud to host the weekly early-evening session at The Alleycat Cafe.
Joe Wrigley Hosts
Sunday Sundowners Acoustic Session
The Alleycat Cafe, Phnom Penh
213 Sisowath Quay (corner of Street 136), Phnom Penh.
pic: Thursday is a lively night at Paddy Rice
Paddy Rice is one of a few Irish-themed bars in the city. St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) can get pretty wild here, with the Cambodian beer dyed green and Joe belting out some Irish folk songs. Paddy’s is located right in the heart of the tourist district on the Phnom Penh riverside. The 24-hour bar and restaurant attracts lively crowds for live music gigs. You never can tell who will walk through the door on Thursday nights when Joe hosts the Paddy Rice open mic jam session – magic moments happen often and all are welcome to join in.
Joe Wrigley hosts:
Open Mic at Paddy Rice, Phnom Penh.
126, St.130, Phnom Penh.
Joe & The Jumping Jacks having a rockin’ good time at Sharky’s – pic: Steve Porte
What can we say about the ‘longest running rock’n’roll bar in Indochina’? Sharky Bar has been a fixture of Phnom Penh nightlife for twenty years. Founded by Michael ‘Big Mike’ Hsu as a watering hole for military personnel in post-UNTAC Phnom Penh, Sharky’s was – along with Martini’s and Heart of Darkness – one of extremely few ‘Barang’ bars in late nineties/early noughties Cambodia. Mike and his partners added a stage and Sharky Bar became the only place in town to hear expat bands. To find out more about the fascinating story of the venue, read this Cambodia Daily article written on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of Sharky Bar. Experience some real rock’n’roll at Sharky when Joe & The Jumping Jacks or Mekong Messengers next hit the stage!
First Saturday of each month:
‘Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks’
Sharky Bar, Phnom Penh
Third Saturday of each month:
Sharky Bar, Phnom Penh
Saturday 12th March 2016
Duplex was rocking on Saturday like it has never rocked before. Three ‘Joe Wrigley Music’ acts took to the stage from 8pm, and there was even a special guest set by Clay George.
VIP guests were in attendance from earlier on in the night. There was quite a crowd already when the first act Blueberry Moonboys opened proceedings. Steve Sutcliffe really tore into his electric violin, ripping through some swing jazz numbers:
Steve also joined Clay at the end of his acoustic set. After a few minutes break, Miss Sarawan Acoustic Trio were on stage. Dressed in a sparkling dress, Miss Sarawan received a very warm welcome from the Duplex crowd.
Jeff, Joe and Miss Sarawan treated the audience to their tasty acoustic textures. By the time the set was over, the venue was getting pretty packed as passers-by joined the party.
Time to take things up a gear! Joe Wrigley & The Jumping Jacks launched into a terrific rock’n’roll set. Things got even crazier later on when Jeff Sleeman, Steve Sutcliffe and Miss Sarawan got back on stage for a jam session. What a great night!
A long afternoon setting up and a near-four-hour show were at an end. The Jumping Jacks band T-shirts were nearly sold out, too! All that was left was to say ‘goodnight’ and thanks to the boss of Duplex, Geert !