Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Jack of Diamonds In Photos & Review

AK Photography was in town on Friday night to capture these fine photos of The Jack of Diamonds festival:

Created with flickr slideshow.


Jack of Diamonds Review: Friday & Saturday


The vibe around Dame Street for The Jack of Diamonds is for me one of the finest compliments I can bestow on the Jack of Diamonds crew. Minnie & the Illywackers  on the outside stage at the back of The Mercantile had young and old swooning and dancing to their rag time tunes. What a great way to kick off The Jack of Diamonds:

Conor Linnie in The Button Factory performed a solid set of tunes mostly taken from his fine debut album 'Astry' released last year. Conor is an accomplished frontman, vocalist and songwriter with a long career ahead of him. 

Over to Abner Brown's basement in Sweeney's was the wonderful Sarah Red. Sarah is such a great performer, vocalist and songwriter who will I've no doubt release a spectacular debut album in the future. Until then you need to find her at festivals like The Jack of Diamonds or Knockanstockan as well as checking out her tunes on Soundcloud:

Back to the Button Factory now for Gavin Glass who is performed like the true professional he is. There's style, grace, energy and charm in abundance on stage with Gavin's folk-rock sound. I was massively impressed and began thinking along the lines of ...... "How is Gavin Glass not more well known in Ireland".

With the last bus calling I got to hear a few tunes from the impressive folksters The Annulments in Sweeney's basement and a bit of Tod Doyle's set upstairs in Sweeney's. 

The Annulments didn't disappoint nor did they completely impress either. It's hard to make a judgement on a few tunes heard but the quiet folk sounds of The Annulments sound didn't match the folk-rock attitude of the festival. That being said, I'm really looking forward to hearing released music from The Annulments. The songs I heard have depth, meaning  and superb musicianship throughout. 

Tod Doyle's vocals were a definite 'Wow' of the weekend to the extent that I was annoyed at only catching the last few minutes of his set. Check out Tod's sounds on Soundcloud:


Staying in the comfy environs of The Button Factory I got to see White Trash and the Spearheaded Sparrahawks, Tupelo and a part of Rackhouse Pilfer's set.

I wrote yesterday about how impressed I was with Tupelo this weekend. Before Tupelo was White Trash and the Spearheaded Sparrahawks who showed glimpses of real talent in an overall noisy mess of americana, folk-rock. In a case of more style than substance, the band have a confusing sound where the impact and energy of the eight musicians took precedence over melody and vocals. 

Following from Tupelo was Sligo's wonderful folk band 'Rackhouse Pilfer' who proved their quality once again on The Button Factory stage. 

Sadly that was all I got to see at this year's Jack of Diamonds. Already looking forward to next year's festival! http://jackofdiamonds.ie/

Monday, 18 August 2014

Exclusive Video - Ray Scully Live in the Phoenix Park

2UIBestow are delighted to present a series of special 'Live Performances' of some of Ireland's finest songwriters live in the historic Phoenix Park.

First up on the bandstand is Ray Scully from Tallaght in Dublin. Ray has outstanding vocals and a number of enthralling, deep and personal tunes ready for release on his upcoming debut album. Take a look and listen to this awesome talent performing the track 'Little Rooster'.

Recorded live on a windy day @ The Phoenix park, Dublin 16/08/2014. 
Edited by Stephen Lovatt & Anto Kane.
Filmed by Andy Delamere & Anto Kane.

Folk 2une of the Week: Tupelo - Patagonia

Finally at this weekend's Jack of Diamonds I got to see Irish folk four piece 'Tupelo' for the first time and I was suitably impressed. Everything from stage presence, crowd interaction, musicianship as well as a set-list of great tunes makes 'Tupelo' one of Ireland's best live acts.

So if you don't believe me, maybe you should check out this video for their song 'Pathegonia' including footage of their January tour of Denmark. In fact all of Scandinavia can't get enough of Tupelo ....


Friday, 15 August 2014

Brownbread Mixtape at Electric Picnic

The Brown Bread Mixtape is a monthly themed event showcasing some of the best musicians, poets and performers in Ireland. Taking place on the last Wednesday of the month upstairs in The Stags Head in Dublin.

Once again, they will be descending on Electric Picnic, with their regular eclectic blend of music and spoken word. Here is a quick look at who will be taking to the Word Stage in Mindfield Area at 5pm on the Saturday and Sunday of this years festival.

All Ireland Slam Champ: Joe Cummins

Singer Songwriter extraordinaire: Pearse McGloughlin

With live comedy with the Brownbread Players and their usual raucous sing along including alternative Irish anthem, My Blood is Boiling For Ireland. The show will be hosted by MC and poet Kalle Ryan and promises to be something very special.

For more information check out:


5 Friday Videos - Electric Picnic Picks [Nick Mulvey, Youth Mass ...]

Check out our current 5 Picks for the Picnic spread across all stages announced on http://www.electricpicnic.ie/lineup in this YouTube playlist where you'll see and hear official videos from:

Nick Mulvey,
Youth Mass,
Maud in Cahoots,
The Lost Brothers,
Bombay Bicycle Club

If you found a favourite above check out more music from the 5 picks here:

On the main stages you can check out the wonderful alt-folk sounds of Nick Mulvey:

Also on the main stages you'll get a chance to see Bombay Bicycle Club:

On the Body & Soul stage you can hear the indie sounds of Irish band Youth Mass:

Headlining the Earthship stage in the Body & Soul area are popstars in the making Maud in Cahoots:

Finally on the Jerry Fish stage get swooned by the harmonising vocals of The Lost Brothers:

Thursday, 14 August 2014

2Day's Electric Picnic Tune: I Am Niamh - The Waiting Game

Another Irish gem hidden away in the incredible Electric Picnic line up this year is Dublin's i am niamh. Another great addition to the already impressive Body and Soul Earthship stage.

i am niamh, comprises primarily of Dublin based solo project artist, Niamh Parkinson. Her musical style has be considered Avant-garde, shown through her classically trained voice with idiosyncratic tendencies in her music.

Since Niamh’s d├ębut EP Launch in 2013, I am Niamh has played an impressive number of shows, including a prime slot at Body & Soul Festival and toured around the UK. Her EP is receiving extensive national airplay, playing on top stations as RTE Lyric FM, 98FM and RTE Radio 1.  She has recently toured successfully around Germany and has supported Elenor McEvoy.  i am niamh has been shortlisted for the Big Break Hot Press competition! 

For anyone not lucky enough to have tickets to this years Electric Picnic, you can catch Niamh this Saturday (august 16th) at the Bello Bar in Dublin at 9pm as she opens for Death in the Sickroom.

To hear more from Niamh, head to https://soundcloud.com/iamniamh

For any more information check out: www.iamniamh.com