Saturday, 30 April 2011

Amhrán Gach Lá - Brian Brody

This event on Tuesday is a wonderful idea and I hope it goes well for Hamlet Sweeney & co!

Taken from the facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=169719486415342


BIG WARM ACOUSTIC TUESDAY!


Donate an instrument or pay just €5 for a superb gig to help kids in need get musical instruments to learn on.



...The Grand Social,
Lower Liffey St (at Halpenny Bridge)
8pm (first act starts early, last act finishes in time for buses home)


***IF YOU HAVE AN UNUSED INSTRUMENT PLEASE DONATE IT! MESSAGE HERE. BRING IT ON THE NIGHT. OR DROP IT INTO THE GRAND SOCIAL ANYTIME***

The artists appearing will be:

Gavin Glass

Amazing multi-instrumental singer songwriter who has played the world over and is a regular onstage alongside Lisa Hannigan & Cathy Davey. His songwriting is always deeply soulful and he’s renowned for giving his live performances everything he’s got.


Toby Reiser Quartet

No instruments, just 4 voices a capella performing southern US gospel songs that sound like they’re coming straight out of a wind-up record player. Impossible not to love.


Sincop'Hat

4 French guys playing Gypsy swing. A crackingly good live act. You won’t resist dancing to their version of Inspector Gadget.


Hamlet Sweeney

Dublin singer/songwriter with a rich repertoire of playful, poetic songs. “...good times acoustic blast...” Evening Herald


Brian Brody

Top drawer troubadour with a hugely diverse background from cabaret to being a member of The Pale. Always a very powerful live performer.


01 Soul loving life by Brian Brody

All money is going to help a city centre music school run by Saint Vincent De Paul & volunteers. The music teaching program has been a huge hit with the kids but they need more instruments badly. So how about you spend a fiver, have a night of wonderful live music, all while helping a very worthy local cause right on your doorstep. It’s music fans & musicians helping people directly through music.

Friday, 29 April 2011

List: Top 50 Current Irish Artists

Here is the Best 50 Irish Acts out there at this moment in time in my humble opinion.




50. Clockwork Noise
49. The P Affection
48. The Elective Orchestra/Nick Carswell
47. TKO
46. Pete Courtney
45. Friend?
44. EleventyFour
43. Norabelle
42. Mark Black /with The Roots Orchestra /with The Trips
41. Fox. E & The Good Hands
40. The Chapters
39. Fred
38. Owensie
37. Peter Doran
36. The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra
35. Villagers
34. Fia Rua
33. El Hombre Jokes
32. Jennifer Evans
31. A Plastic Rose
30. Huey & The Hobgoblins
29. Alien Envoy
28. Terence Rowlands
27. A Band Called Wanda
26. Reader's Wives
25. The Riot Tapes
24. Burning Codes
23. Fiach
22. Groom
21. Anthony Furey & The Young Folk
20. Awake Young Soldiers
19. Shayne Byrne
18. Preachers Son
17. Pearse McGloughlin
16. The Dirty 9s
15. Youth Mass
14. Storyfold
13. Sean Millar/Dr. Millar
12. Fling
11. James Vincent Mcmorrow
10. Brian Canavan/The Difference Engine
9. Resurrection Fern
8. David Hope & The Henchmen
7. A Lazarus Soul
6. Cocophone



5. The Blue Choir

Maynooth band The Blue Choir stand apart from the many hundreds of other rock bands due to the vocals and songwriting lyrics of frontman Barry Kirwan. This track was one of my favourite from 2010.






4. Henrietta Game

I cheated here by including Henrietta Game as the band are only now releasing their official debut single from their soon to be released album 'Black Ship'. I had a quick listen yesterday and it's a superb album.

HENRIETTA GAME: RADIO SINGLE: SLEEP THEN + B-SIDE by GoodSeedPR




3. Arrow in the Sky

Arrow in the Sky have the songs, musicianship, charm and them amazing vocals and harmonies which make Arrow in the Sky standout. This is the best song I've heard all year. I love how the lyrics are so relevant to today's Ireland!

Ghost Town - Arrow in the Sky by ShaynewithMWL




2. Ham Sandwich

Ham Sandwich are included in the list because they released a near perfect pop album last year. They had the courage to allow Niamh's voice shine through and the limit the big indie rock sounds which Ham Sandwich were renowned for on their first album.

Ham Sandwich - Oh Oh by Pop Culture Monster




1. Bill Coleman


Not only did Bill release a wonderful self released and self funded album 'You Cant Buy Back Your Life' last year which you can download for free but Bill is continuing the creative process by producing a new song a week on his soundcloud page. As he puts it himself it's : 'A series of home demos written and recorded to allow the muse to flow and blow out the cobwebs.' Here Bill covers Kanye West which has already amassed 2,500 listens and close to a hundred downloads! Go Bill!

Cover - Runaway (Kanye West) by bcoleman

Amhrán Gach Lá - Gemma Hayes

Today's the day when the full Top 50 current Irish artists list is complete. There's lots of great Irish artists I've excluded from my list due to not releasing any material in the last year and a bit. Artists such as The Frames, Lisa Hannigan and Junah, as well as artists that don't do it for me like Bell X1, Fight Like Apes and there's a fairly decent question mark over Declan O'Rourke!

One artist I'd have loved to include is Gemma Hayes who is on the verge of releasing a new album.

As Friday is covers day on the blog I'm going to share this video of Gemma guesting on Magnet's version of Dylan's 'Lay lady lay'.

Thursday, 28 April 2011

List: Top 50 [6 - 10]

This is part 9 of my rundown of the Best 50 Irish Acts out there at this moment in time.




50. Clockwork Noise
49. The P Affection
48. The Elective Orchestra/Nick Carswell
47. TKO
46. Pete Courtney
45. Friend?
44. EleventyFour
43. Norabelle
42. Mark Black /with The Roots Orchestra /with The Trips
41. Fox. E & The Good Hands
40. The Chapters
39. Fred
38. Owensie
37. Peter Doran
36. The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra
35. Villagers
34. Fia Rua
33. El Hombre Jokes
32. Jennifer Evans
31. A Plastic Rose
30. Huey & The Hobgoblins
29. Alien Envoy
28. Terence Rowlands
27. A Band Called Wanda
26. Reader's Wives
25. The Riot Tapes
24. Burning Codes
23. Fiach
22. Groom
21. Anthony Furey & The Young Folk
20. Awake Young Soldiers
19. Shayne Byrne
18. Preachers Son
17. Pearse McGloughlin
16. The Dirty 9s
15. Youth Mass
14. Storyfold
13. Sean Millar/Dr. Millar
12. Fling
11. James Vincent Mcmorrow



10. Brian Canavan/The Difference Engine

Brian released a really good debut album in 2009 .... last year he formed 'The Difference Engine' who released 'Elephant Island' a few months back. Brian writes clever engaging pop songs and is a great talent!





9. Resurrection Fern

Resurrection Fern is Bean Dolan who is also one-fifth of the most entertaining band in Ireland ... The Jukebox Gypsies. The Resurrection Fern album is folk music at it's best.

07 When You're Weary, Come Home by Resurrection Fern



8. David Hope & The Henchmen

David Hope & The Henchmen fuse an Irish folk sound with Americana to produce a sound totally unique. David's vocals and lyrics work well over the steel guitars and banjo.

Cut Me Down by David Hope+The Henchmen



7. A Lazarus Soul

The third A Lazarus Soul album 'Through a Window in the Sunshine Room' was released in January and it's a superb album full of thoughtful lyrics and mesmerising electronic sounds.


Save our Greenbelt by alazarussoul


6. Cocophone

Cocophone is a band brimming with charm and great songs. Their debut EP gained much attention from djs and the media which was well deserved. The four tracks on the EP are delicate, haunting tunes which blossom with every listen.

04 Yellow Flower by cathalmb

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

List: Top 50 [11 - 15]

This is part 8 of my rundown of the Best 50 Irish Acts out there at this moment in time.




50. Clockwork Noise
49. The P Affection
48. The Elective Orchestra/Nick Carswell
47. TKO
46. Pete Courtney
45. Friend?
44. EleventyFour
43. Norabelle
42. Mark Black /with The Roots Orchestra /with The Trips
41. Fox. E & The Good Hands
40. The Chapters
39. Fred
38. Owensie
37. Peter Doran
36. The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra
35. Villagers
34. Fia Rua
33. El Hombre Jokes
32. Jennifer Evans
31. A Plastic Rose
30. Huey & The Hobgoblins
29. Alien Envoy
28. Terence Rowlands
27. A Band Called Wanda
26. Reader's Wives
25. The Riot Tapes
24. Burning Codes
23. Fiach
22. Groom
21. Anthony Furey & The Young Folk
20. Awake Young Soldiers
19. Shayne Byrne
18. Preachers Son
17. Pearse McGloughlin
16. The Dirty 9s



15. Youth Mass

I adore the rock music Youth Mass make. As is the case with most music I like I find it difficult to describe the sound. Some of the songs are your bog standard alternative rock sounds but some like 'False Start' and this recent single 'Tony Don't You Worry' I'm kind of reminded of 'The Unforgettable Fire' era U2. Only miles better of course!

Tony Don't You Worry by Youth Mass




14. Storyfold

No one makes better radio friendly catchy pop songs with an attitude like the ultra cool Storyfold. Their three singles released to date are all brilliant and will form the backbone to a wonderful debut album called 'Rocket Science' which will be released next month.





13. Sean Millar/Dr. Millar

Sean [Dr.] Millar released an album in two parts at the end of 2009 into early 2010 on cassette and cd. 'Of The People' parts one and two contains the usual brilliant lyrics full of colourful commentaries on life.






12. Fling

Fling are part trad and part folk and it works. The vocals are amazing and the songs with lyrics bring to mind heyday era Dylan. When the band kicks off into jigs & reels it really is an experience to behold. Fling are simply a wonderful band.

Shady Grove by Fling


11. James Vincent Mcmorrow

It took me a long time to warm to the charms of James Vincent McMorrow but I can finally say I've been converted. Last year's 'Early in the Morning' is a fantastic album.

James Vincent McMorrow - From The Woods by partisanpr

Amhrán Gach Lá - Kill Krinkle Club

Kill Krinkle Club's promo video for their single 'Handwritten Novel' really makes me want to visit Venice. The quality of the video makes up for a lack of interest I have in the song which doesn't do it for me!

http://www.killkrinkleclub.com/

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

List: Top 50 [16 - 20]

This is part 7 of my rundown of the Best 50 Irish Acts out there at this moment in time.




50. Clockwork Noise
49. The P Affection
48. The Elective Orchestra/Nick Carswell
47. TKO
46. Pete Courtney
45. Friend?
44. EleventyFour
43. Norabelle
42. Mark Black /with The Roots Orchestra /with The Trips
41. Fox. E & The Good Hands
40. The Chapters
39. Fred
38. Owensie
37. Peter Doran
36. The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra
35. Villagers
34. Fia Rua
33. El Hombre Jokes
32. Jennifer Evans
31. A Plastic Rose
30. Huey & The Hobgoblins
29. Alien Envoy
28. Terence Rowlands
27. A Band Called Wanda
26. Reader's Wives
25. The Riot Tapes
24. Burning Codes
23. Fiach
22. Groom
21. Anthony Furey & The Young Folk



20. Awake Young Soldiers

Awake Young Soldiers are an indie folk band who perform their music with both the tenderness and enthusiasm that musicians of all ages find so difficult to pull off. These lads have great talent and lots of really good songs too. An EP is released this Summer called 'From The Vetern's Dreams' and it's a good un!








19. Shayne Byrne


Shayne Byrne formally of Arrow in the Sky is included on the back of this wonderful song entitled 'Always'. So far Shayne has only released the single 'The Long Road Ahead' from his forthcoming debut album entitled 'Walk Away' but the quality of that song and this tune 'Always' songs is top drawer.

Always by shaynebyrnemusic




18. Preachers Son

'Love, Life & Limb' the debut album from Dublin rockers Preachers Son contains enough quality tracks on it to keep me wanting to see the band live. I'm forever close to the CD as it travels around with me in the car!

Born Another Time by Preachers Son




17. Pearse McGloughlin

I'm a big fan of Pearse McGloughlin's tender vocals and exceptional lyrics. His 2009 debut album is still a fantastic listen and the follow up EP Twine contains four wonderful tunes. Included is this live favourite 'Morning Mist'.






16. The Dirty 9s


The Dirty 9's are the best live rock band in the country. As the band develops I've no doubt that the songwriting will improve to match the majesty of their musical talents.

The Dirty 9s - Something Better by 2uibestow

Monday, 25 April 2011

List: Top 50 [21 - 25]

This is part 6 of my rundown of the Best 50 Irish Acts out there at this moment in time.




50. Clockwork Noise
49. The P Affection
48. The Elective Orchestra/Nick Carswell
47. TKO
46. Pete Courtney
45. Friend?
44. EleventyFour
43. Norabelle
42. Mark Black /with The Roots Orchestra /with The Trips
41. Fox. E & The Good Hands
40. The Chapters
39. Fred
38. Owensie
37. Peter Doran
36. The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra
35. Villagers
34. Fia Rua
33. El Hombre Jokes
32. Jennifer Evans
31. A Plastic Rose
30. Huey & The Hobgoblins
29. Alien Envoy
28. Terence Rowlands
27. A Band Called Wanda
26. Reader's Wives



25. The Riot Tapes

While only having one single release and being a very young band, The Riot Tapes have charmed their way into the top 50 with a bunch of great tunes like this one:

The Riot Tapes - Photograph (single) by the riot tapes



24. Burning Codes

The new Burning Codes album called ‘Rivers Of Hope’ will be released on 20th June on Dublin Label Indiecater Records and if it's anything like the last album I'll be ecstatic. No one makes music as relevant to my life as the Burning Codes albums. Bring on the new album!

Have a listen to the new single: We Are Like Gold

Burning Codes - We are like gold by Jax Management




23. Fiach

Fiach makes the top 50 for producing a superb debut album last year. Like many a band out there his release was badly timed in that if it came out during the Heyday of singer-songwriters his bank balance would look a lot healthier! Is Fiach up there with Damien, Damo D or Declan yet? I think he's almost at that level! Put it another way I'd pay way more money to see Fiach live than Mundy!


Every single day (radio edit) by Fiachmusic




22. Groom

Groom are just brilliant. They make one of the best albums of the year, play a few small gigs and then disappear to their different musical projects. I've no doubt album number five is already in the works along with their passion for all things music.






21. Anthony Furey & The Young Folk

Brimming with charm Anthony Furey with his band The Young Folk released a really nice debut album last year. The band have since become just 'The Young Folk' and I can't wait to hear the new songs which result from the collective band.

Arthur Furey & The Young Folk - Sad Day by DamnPIK

Mixtape: Festival of the Fires

This coming Saturday sees a great line-up for the one day 'Festival of the Fires' music festival featuring a truly splendid line-up for the nice sum of €35 if the ticket is purchased before the day and €40 on the door.






MAIN STAGE

13:00 – Touch the Earth

14:00 – Aldo (Mexico)

14:30 – Ronan Leonard

15:15 – Pete Courtney

INSTINCT by pete courtney


16:00– The Aftermath

17:15 – Paddy Casey


Paddy Casey - Anyone Who's Yet To Come by Audio Networks


18:30 – Republic of Loose


Republic Of Loose - You Know It by djilo


19:30 – Liam O’Maonlai

20:00 – Kíla

21:10 – FIRE PARADE

22:00 – The Saw Doctors


Red Cortina (acapella) - by The Saw Doctors out Dec 3rd by GoodSeedPR



BUTTON FACTORY STAGE

13:00 – Cherokee Chicks

13:30 – Ri Ra agus Ruile Buaile

14:00 – Stewart Agnew

14:40 – Jupe

15:15 – Kill Goliath


01 Rise and raze by Kill Goliath


16:00 – Arrow in the Sky

16:45 – Preacher’s Son


This Time Of Life Single by Preachers Son

17:25 – Creamy Goodness

18:15 – Junah

19:00 – Jukebox Gypsy


05 The Redwood Song by Jukebox Gypsy


19:45 – The Revellz

20:30 – The Riptide Movement


Keep on keepin' on by The Riptide Movement


21:10 – FIRE PARADE

22:00 – Bi-Polar Empire


Tempomanic by Bipolar Empire

23:00 – Liam O’Maonlai agus Rónán O’Snódaigh

Amhrán Gach Lá - The Hot Sprockets

It's getting closer to the album launch of the debut album from the Hot Sprockets.




The band have put the video of the single 'Cruisin' on YouTube and it's a cracking little tune.



The Hot Sprockets are playing Vantastival on Sunday and in Slane at The Sibin festival on Saturday on the band stage with the following bands:






BAND STAGE:

The Infomatics

Mutefish

The Hot Sprockets

The Cujo Family

Cold Comfort

The Whipround

Guilty Boy Association

Mescalito

White Noise

New Secret Weapon

Veroa

Dem Fools

The Barley Mob

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Amhrán Gach Lá - Label/Terry Sutton/Rezlow

To celebrate Easter Sunday I bring you the tale of an artist with massive potential whose amazing band died a death but is on the verge of a resurrection.


Label consisted of Simon Good on guitar, Binzer on drums, Shane Fitzsimons on bass and the vocals of Terry Sutton. The band were writing and gigging for a number of years and released one single in 2001 called 'Tailspin'. The second b-side was this sublime track 'Morning Riser'.


Label - Morning Riser by 2uibestow



I've mentioned a number of times that Terry Sutton has hooked up with a bunch of Kerry lads and called the band Rezlow. I'm anticipating a sublime debut album from the band which will be released over the Summer months. Check out early samples of the album here:


Saturday, 23 April 2011

Amhrán Gach Lá - Clockwork Noise

As it happens so many times, just after I wonder where a band has been hiding they then produce a single of sublime quality. Clockwork Noise justifies their entry into my top 50 list by releasing this song from their forthcoming debut album 'Whethermachines'.


Advocate by clockworknoise


The video is really good too:

Friday, 22 April 2011

List: Top 50 [26 - 30]

This is part 5 of my rundown of the Best 50 Irish Acts out there at this moment in time.




50. Clockwork Noise
49. The P Affection
48. The Elective Orchestra/Nick Carswell
47. TKO
46. Pete Courtney
45. Friend?
44. EleventyFour
43. Norabelle
42. Mark Black /with The Roots Orchestra /with The Trips
41. Fox. E & The Good Hands
40. The Chapters
39. Fred
38. Owensie
37. Peter Doran
36. The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra
35. Villagers
34. Fia Rua
33. El Hombre Jokes
32. Jennifer Evans
31. A Plastic Rose



30. Huey & The Hobgoblins

Drogheda's 10 piece funky pop outfit Huey & The Hobgoblins are a fabulous band. They have a swagger about them live which is infectious and helps to create a wonderful live experience. They write good tunes too as well be being musicians of real talent.





29. Alien Envoy

Alien Envoy is the collective name for former Fat Lady Sings vocalist Nick Kelly and friends. The album is a live recording of tracks from the gestation period of gigs Nick conducted upstairs in Whelans over a nine month period. The album just missed out on my top ten albums of 2010 but it's still one of my regular listen's while in the car.






28. Terence Rowlands

Terence Rowlands released a home recorded album last year entitled 'Beta'. The album contains many wonderful tracks and it's a must find for anyone into music which is full of charm.

Red Sunrise by Terence Rowlands




27. A Band Called Wanda

Galway's 'A Band Called Wanda' released their debut EP 'Roses are Still Red' about this time last year and have been steadily touring Ireland promoting it. The band are a great fun time folk band with plenty of harmonies and outstanding musicianship.

06 Where Has The Day Gone? by A Band Called Wanda





26. Reader's Wives


While there's a number of bands on the list who are about to release an album and are in the spotlight there are a few bands who've released a single or an EP in 2010 and been very quiet ever since. I adore Reader's Wives. The band. Mainly for the song Victor's Mother Juliet. This is a wonderful video for Victor's Mother Juliet:

Thursday, 21 April 2011

List: Top 50 [31 - 35]

This is part 4 of my rundown of the Best 50 Irish Acts out there at this moment in time.




50. Clockwork Noise
49. The P Affection
48. The Elective Orchestra/Nick Carswell
47. TKO
46. Pete Courtney
45. Friend?
44. EleventyFour
43. Norabelle
42. Mark Black /with The Roots Orchestra /with The Trips
41. Fox. E & The Good Hands
40. The Chapters
39. Fred
38. Owensie
37. Peter Doran
36. The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra




35. Villagers

It's taken me some time to warm to the charm of Conor O'Brien. Over the last few months with the organising of the DSAs and with the Choice Awards approaching I have to say the album won me over big time. I'm delighted that Conor O’Brien has been nominated for an Ivor Novello Award in the category “Best Song Musically and Lyrically” for “Becoming a Jackal”.


Villagers - The Meaning Of The Ritual (Live At Working Mans Club) by DominoRecordCo




34. Fia Rua

Galway's Fia Rua is a wonderfully talented songwriter who released his debut album 'Falling Time' last year. Along with his distinct rural Ireland vocal qualities the lyrics of his songs bring to the forefront an Ireland that's not normally discussed. Check out the album closer 'Ghosts' here.








33. El Hombre Jokes


El Hombre Jokes are a fun time alternative rock band with much promise and bags of enthusiasm to keep with the business long term. They have the added benefit of being a sound bunch of lads!







32. Jennifer Evans


When I seen Jennifer live for the first time last October I was blown away by the quality of her voice and the musicianship on display. An amazing talent who is going to release one hell of a great album someday soon.

Scattered - Jennifer Evans by lynchna




31. A Plastic Rose


Part Sligo, part Belfast this four piece rock band make the kind of rock music which is in your face and will send a shiver down your back. The quality of the dual vocals along with the sheer power of the tracks make A Plastic Rose a good bet for the next stage of world dominance.

Mother It's Time by A Plastic Rose

Amhrán Gach Lá - Saramai & The Swords

One of the blog's tips for 2011, Navan's Saramai & The Swords have put a few tunes on soundcloud and can be accessed here: http://soundcloud.com/saramai

Here's a potential hit for the band with the song Galileo .... [not the Declan O'Rourke one!]

Galileo by saramai

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

List: Top 50 [36 - 40]

This is part 3 of my rundown of the Best 50 Irish Acts out there at this moment in time.




50. Clockwork Noise
49. The P Affection
48. The Elective Orchestra/Nick Carswell
47. TKO
46. Pete Courtney
45. Friend?
44. EleventyFour
43. Norabelle
42. Mark Black /with The Roots Orchestra /with The Trips
41. Fox. E & The Good Hands



40. The Chapters

My number one act last year falls way back due to this hiatus they've taken upon themselves since they released this single last Summer. The Chapters are still a great band and I'm hoping they are just writing album two as I type!

Black Room by The Chapters




39. Fred

Fred are another band who sneak into my list due to a recent release. Their forth album 'Leaving My EMpire' was released only last week and so far I'm really enjoying it. Here's for my money was the best song off their 2009 album 'Go God Go' called Keep Me Clear.

Fred - Keep Me Clear by 2uibestow




38. Owensie

Owensie's album 'Aliens' is still one of my favourite albums of the year. The calming folk sounds of Owensie makes 'Aliens' the perfect Summer soundtrack.

Owensie: Dark Place by OOAL




37. Peter Doran


Mullingar's singer-songwriter Peter Doran released a wonderful second album last year called Sleepless Street. He has since been touring around the country as well as playing online gigs to promote it. Peter is a songwriter of the highest caliber as evidenced by this track.

Pathways by PeterDoran





36. The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra

The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra are a superb live band. Their folk rock sounds and multiple harmonies set the band apart from the ordinary.

Soon! by The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra by sillygooserecords

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Album Review: Bipolar Empire - Feel That You Own It

Bipolar Empire is the latest band to get a big push in Ireland. The band are releasing their debut album 'Feel That You Own It' this week and it's got some very good songs on it. However as an album it doesn't work for me as there are too many highly skipable tracks.






The album kicks off with the infamous 'Tempomaniac' which was heavily featured on Irish television. I've never liked the track and therefore skip onto the much superior title track. The song 'Feel That You Own It' acts as a middle ground here. The album has songs heavier that it such as 'Playing With Fire', 'Open Our Minds' and 'Start The Show' and some where the tempo comes right down. For me the latter tracks are much better where the vocalist really shows his quality.


There's no doubt that Shane O'Reilly has a splendid varied textured voice which suits a range of different songs. However he excels on the pop songs like 'From The Sun' and 'Trip Around The World'. Both of these tracks could be likely radio hits for the band and for me are really good tunes.


The album does let itself down when these two song perspectives collide as in the songs 'Human Race' and 'It's Only Darkness' which sound like they should belong to a Bon Jovi b-sides album from the 80s!


To finish on a positive note I'd say Bipolar Empire live would be value for money as there's enough good tracks on here to keep up an interest!



Bipolar Empire - Feel That You Own It [7 out of 12]



http://www.bipolarempire.com/

Feel That You Own It by Bipolar Empire

List: Top 50 [45 - 41]

This is part 2 of my rundown of the Best 50 Irish Acts out there at this moment in time.




50. Clockwork Noise
49. The P Affection
48. The Elective Orchestra/Nick Carswell
47. TKO
46. Pete Courtney


45. Friend?

Friend? is one of the few bands on the list which I haven't as yet seen live. This will change tomorrow when I go to The Button Factory to see the band with three other fine bands at 'Where The Mugic Happens'. There's a valid question in 'Do we need another post rock instrumental band?' and the answer is when they produce music as good as this then yes! The violin for me makes all the difference with Friend?





44. EleventyFour

EleventyFour sneaks into the Top 50 on the back of her recent EP 'The Joy Formidable'. The songs are funny sweet little pop songs which are brimming with charm.

I'm looking forward to how EleventyFour follows up this EP as I feel an album would need songs a bit more substantial and varied to make an impact. This EP is a great start though.






43. Norabelle

Norabelle writes music that's almost too good for the Irish market. They need to bring their sound further afield so that they can get the recognition for their musicianship, vocals and song writing. Norabelle are a wonderful band.



Video by http://www.youtube.com/user/cockandbulltvmusic




42. Mark Black /with The Roots Orchestra /with The Trips

Mark Black is one of the most talented musicians and songwriters in the country. His style of bluesy rock may not be to everyone's taste but I love it. His new band called 'Mark Black & The Trips' are releasing an album next month which I'm looking forward to hearing.

Mark Black & The Roots Orchestra - Faint Hearted by 2uibestow




41. Fox. E & The Good Hands


Eimear Fox and her band The Good Fight are a talented bunch of people. The band blew me away with their style, funky attitude and wonderful tunes. I can't wait to see the band again live and to hear more music from them into the future.

Sunday's Whore by Fox.E and the Good Hands

Amhrán Gach Lá - Time is a Thief

This is a great event happening in The Mercantile this coming Saturday.





All 5 bands are excellent and there's lots of prizes to be won. Having been in The Mercantile last week I can only imagine the gig on Saturday will be jammers and a great night will be had by all.


The band I'm most looking to seeing is Cork's 'Time is a Thief'. Here's a song from their first release called Crazy Moon.


Crazy Moon by TimeIsATune



You guys don't mind the odd copy'n'paste from the press release?


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Entry is 5 euro. Doors at 7.30pm. First band on stage at 8pm.


Performing at the gig are five artists that are part of the Boards.ie community - Susie Soho, Hamlet Sweeney, Time is a Thief, Nugget and Beastmen. All superb acts.


We'll be selling a CD on the night too for €10 which will include tracks by all of those bands, plus five more Boards bands: The Riot Tapes, I Phoenix, Peaks, Entheos and Mola. The CD is sponsored by CDDuplication.ie, so all proceeds made from the sale of the CD will go directly to charity.

Raffle prizes for the night (with raffle tickets for one euro!):

Base Recording Studios - 1 day recording for 1 song (valued at 350) & a mix and master of same song (valued at 350)

Trackmix Studio - a day in the studio

Bluebird Studios - a day in the studio

Molson Coors Brewing Company - 2 tickets to the Ireland v Scotland game in the Aviva & 5 cases of beer

Castle Hotel Dublin - 2 nights accommodation for 2 people (bed, breakfast & one evening meal), for any weekend in 2011

Yamamori - 100euro voucher

Michie Sushi - 30euro voucher

Cocoa Atelier - Hamper worth 50euro

Butler's Chocolates - Large Easter Hamper

Monday, 18 April 2011

List: Top 50 [50 - 46]

This is part 1 of my rundown of the Best 50 Irish Acts out there at this moment in time.




50. Clockwork Noise


Clockwork Noise have been quiet of late but the EP they released last year called 'Yes and No and Everything in Between' contains five superb indie tracks. The singer reminds me of Conor Oberst but the violin and musicianship on the EP means this is no Bright Eyes rip-off.


05 Clockwork Noise- Windows by clockworknoise




49. The P Affection



Padraig McCauley and The P Affection makes this list on the back of the debut self titled album released this year. The radio friendly pop songs are simply a pleasure to listen to.


The Flood by thepaffection

Listen to and download the album here: http://soundcloud.com/thepaffection





48. The Elective Orchestra/Nick Carswell


As well as being an integral element of The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra, Nick Carswell has formed his own Orchestra called The Elective Orchestra and has just released a brilliant debut album. It's so good that I can't stop listening to it enough to get a review written. The album is launched this Thursday in The Odessa and is well worth the admission price.


From The Ground Up by The Elective Orchestra





47. TKO


TKO are a good time rock band who make music to nod the head to while drinking ridiculous amounts of alcohol is an atmospheric bar environment.

The Busker by TKOHQ





46. Pete Courtney


10 years ago Pete Courtney released his debut album 'One of These Things' and it was a delicious album of simple but effective songs. He followed the album up nine years later with 'Karma Biscuits' which I never got round to reviewing on the blog. I will be at Whelans for the 10 year anniversary gig of that debut album where Pete is promising to play tracks from both albums and to have special guests with him for a song or two.



Fingers And Face by pete courtney

Introducing: The Top 50

Nope The Top 50 isn't the name of a new band although it's not the worse name for a band!

It's the time of the year where for aesthetic purposes I list my top 50 Irish artists .... at the moment ... living in Ireland ..... who have released a single/album ..... and who pay me backhanders!



Over the next 2 weeks [Monday - Friday] I'll be working up the list five acts at a time and telling the world why each band/artist is highly regarded by myself.




That all makes sense right?

I posted my Top 25 artists who live abroad a few weeks back so while I Am Not Lefthanded featured predominantly in the list last year don't make the list this year. Also some artists have recruited a band and are also not eligible for this list.


For nostalgia I've got the previous two lists copied here:


2010's Top 50 List:

1. The Chapters
2. Bill Coleman
3. The Swell Season/The Frames/ Glen Hansard
4. Mark Geary
5. Fiach
6. I Am Not Lefthanded
7 Henrietta Game
8. The Whiskey Limbs
9. Declan DeBarra
10. Heritage Centre
11. Mark Dignam
12. Miss Paula Flynn
13. Ultan Conlon
14. Lisa Hannigan
15. Murder Plan
16. Brian Canavan
17. Mark Black
18. Foy Vance
19. David Hope
20. The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra
21. Padraig Digan
22. Pearse McGloughlin
23. Arrow in the Sky
24. Lisa o'Neill
25. Sean Needham
26. Kitty and the Can Openers
27. The Garret Wall Band
28. Saramai and the Swords
29. Joe Echo
30. Heathers
31. Junah
32. Reader's Wives
33. Pony Club
34. Kiernan McMullan
35. Elder Roche
36. Michael Brunnock/Little Palace
37. The Lonely Schizophrenic
38. Adrian Crowley
39. Keith Mullins
40. Damien Dempsey
41. A Plastic Rose
42. Garry O'Brien
43. Pete Courtney
44. Valerie Francis
45. Dayo
46. Brendan O'Shea
47. Bobby Noonan
48. Entheos
49. BellaJane
50. Andy Delamere





2009 Top 50 List:



1. The Swell Season/Frames/Glen
2. Terry Sutton
3. Martin Finke
4. Pony Club
5. Lisa Hannigan
6. Iain Archer
7. Brain Canavan
8. Shaz Oye
9. Mark Dignam
10. I Am Not Lefthanded
11. Kiernan McMullan
12. Alphastates
13. The Guggenheim Grotto
14. Nick Kelly
15. Gemma Hayes
16. One Day International
17. Wallis Bird
18. My Brother Woody
19. The Gorgeous Colours
20. Damien Rice
21. Ham Sandwich
22. Angel Pier
23. Sinead O'Connor
24. Perry Blake
25. A Lazarus Soul
26. Susan Enan
27. Foy Vance
28. Bell X1
29. Bill Coleman
30. Mumblin' Deaf Ro
31. Declan DeBarra
32. Fred
33. Armoured Bear
34. Lunasa
35. Miss Paula Flynn
36. Colin Devlin
37. Oppenheimer
38. The Spook of the Thirteeth Lock
39. Mark Geary
40. Padraig Digan
41. Barry McCormack
42. The Hedge Schools
43. Damien Dempsey
44. David Kitt
45. Liam O'Maonai
46. Declan O'Rourke
47. Butterfly Explosion
48. Percolator
49. Groom
50. Emmet Scanlan & What The Good Thought