Soul is the music people understand. Sure it’s basic and it’s simple. 
But it’s something else ‘cause, ‘cause, ‘cause it’s honest, that’s it. It’s honest. 
There’s no fuckin’ bullshit. 
It sticks its neck out and says it straight from the heart. 
Sure there’s a lot of different music you can get off on but soul is more than that. 
It takes you somewhere else. It grabs you by the balls and lifts you above the shite.

Before Adele, Duffy, Amy Winehouse and all those other new British Soul acts, there were The Commitments.

I loved The Commitments, the movie, the soundtrack and the band.  Brings back good memories of my part-time gig at The Wherehouse (Where?  The Wherehouse), the old record and video store chain, mostly on the West Coast, I think.  We would play all kinds of music and it was always a party whenever an Commitments song came on.  Blue eyed soul at it’s finest, indeed.


Okay, technically, they were movie band, never performed on the road or did anything outside of the movie, but, like I said, it was a good movie and they were a good damn band.  

It’s been 20 years since the movie’s release and they’re getting the band back together!

Now, for the first time ever, the original cast of The Commitments will re-unite for a limited run of concerts in March 2011, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Ireland’s favourite film. This will be the very first time that the band will perform a full concert together!

That’s great news!  Bad news is, the concerts are over in Europe and one member of the band won’t be reuniting.  

The whole gang, with the exception of Maria Doyle Kennedy who played backing singer Natalie in the film, are on board. Yep, someone’s even convinced Glen Hansard to take time out from his hectic schedule with The Frames and the Swell Season to revisit the character of Outspan. Perhaps he’s just really in the mood for 20th anniversaries at the moment. Even Robbit Arkins will be joining the group, despite the fact that his character, Jimmy Rabbitte, was never a performing member of The Commitments, but rather their manager in the film. So in total that’s a 10piece band; Andrew Strong, Robert Arkins, Angeline Ball, Bronagh Gallagher, Michael Aherne, Glen Hansard, Felim Gormley, Dave Finnegan, Ken McCluskey and Dick Massey.

The Commitments included classic soul hits such as ‘Try A Little Tenderness’ and ‘Mustang Sally’. The concerts are billed as “full blown soul extravaganzas with songs from the movie and many added extras” so no doubt the band will reprise all their old favourites when they play the following dates in March 2011.

The Royal Theatre, Castlebar – March 14th
The INEC in Killarney – March 15th
The Odyssey, Belfast – March 17th 
The O2, Dublin – March 19th

Sigh.  Maybe they will get such a great response that they will bring their show around this way.

Check them out, performing one of my favorites, Treat Her Right.

Do yourself a favor, if you’ve never seen the movie or heard the soundtrack, do so posthaste.  If you have seen the movie and/or heard the soundtrack, go back and relive some good times, eh?