Friday, 31 May 2013

2Day's Glastonbury Tune: Ruarri Joseph - Until The Luck Runs Dry

With just 26 days to go until the gates open in Glastonbury I'll be posting an extra song of the day in anticipation of yours truly attending the greatest festival this Summer:

Ruarri Joseph is down to play The Avalon Cafe at Glastonbury and will hopefully attract a crowd of a few hundred of so for his performance. However .... this song is one of my favourite songs of 2013! 



Music Video made by Light Colour Sound for Ruarri Joseph's performance of 'Till The Luck Runs Dry' from the album 'Brother'.

New album 'Brother' is out now and available over at:
iTunes: http://bit.ly/ruarriitunes
Amazon: http://amzn.to/13f50kP

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/RuarriJoseph
Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruarrijoseph

2Day's Tune: Sara Crockett - Hide & Seek

Guilty pleasure confession time. While the first few episodes were dodgy at best I'm really loving Nashville the TV show. One of the venues featured in the show The Bluebird Café is presenting a Belfast Songwriters Night on Saturday June 1st:


At The Bluebird 6.30pm this Saturday (1st June) with Nashville's Tommy Womack, a Special Mystery Guest who has had 20 top ten hits in the Billboard Charts, Sara Crockett, Emily-Rose Conlon, Amanda Agnew and Chris Keys will be showcasing with everyone playing three songs each. No Cover Charge.



Thursday, 30 May 2013

Live Review: Iron & Wine - The Olympia, Dublin, May 29th

Iron & Wine performed a stylish, impressive set of mainly new songs to an adoring crowd in The Olympia last night. Support was provided by the wonderful vocals of John Smith.


It was great to get a chance to see John Smith live last night. He began his set with a song that he sung without the mic with his wonderful vocals filling the impressive Olympia room. This took some courage and silenced the full room. With this start I thought I was going to discover a real star. Unfortunately the biggest problem with John Smith is that vocally he sounds too much like Ray Lamontagne. This wouldn't be a problem if the songs matched the quality of Ray's but they failed to light a fire in me. Maybe with full band it would have been different. I would be very interested in hearing John's latest album 'Great Lakes' and maybe seeing him live with a full band. The highlight from the set was this Lisa Hannigan co-composed track:




http://johnsmithjohnsmith.com/shop/

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With the look of a posh 'Commitments', Sam Beam and his merry band of thirteen arrived on stage to near on hysterical applause from the Iron & Wine fans in attendance. Along with drums, bass, keys and Sam's guitar we had threesomes of strings, brass and backing vocals. The band looked amazing, were very stylish, accomplished and really to entertain. At one point Sam stated that this arrangement had just been together a few weeks which was hard to believe. However the band were assembled to perform Sam's new album entitled 'Ghost on Ghost'.

Apart from five well known and requested songs, Iron & Wine pretty much performed the whole new album. The album is pretty good and contains a number of really good tunes. It flirts with jazzy sounds with a big band soulful sounds. Songs to impress from the new album include "New Mexico's New Breeze", "Caught in the Briars" and this one "Grace for Saints and Ramblers":



The gig was full of contrasts. The band were awesome musicians but failed to ignite the crowd. Between songs the crowd lapped up everything Sam was saying but were muted during the new songs. The mid set 'Buffet' section was by far the most enjoyable with songs like 'Trapeze Swinger' and 'Naked As We Came' getting a great response from the crowd but then again the purpose of the gig was to air the new songs which left people flat. Sam told us many times how much he loves playing Dublin but gave the crowd only a half dozen of so familiar songs. Then there were the people who left early. Those people missed the most poignant, beautiful moment in the night with Sam's blissful rendition of 'Flightless Bird, American Mouth'.



For me as a part-time lover of Iron & Wine I usually find three or four gems in every album and if Iron & Wine release a 'Best of ..' it'll be a great album. However last night there were only three or four gems in the whole set-list so overall last night I was left a bit disappointed by Mr. Beam.

http://www.ironandwine.com/

2Day's Glastonbury Tune: Dry The River - History Book

FULL LINE UP ANNOUNCED

With just 27 days to go until the gates open in Glastonbury I'll be posting an extra song of the day in anticipation of yours truly attending the greatest festival this Summer:

PYRAMID STAGE

Friday
ARCTIC MONKEYS
DIZZEE RASCAL
THE VACCINES
PROFESSOR GREEN
RITA ORA
JAKE BUGG
HAIM
TOUMANI DIABATE
Ben Howard


Saturday
THE ROLLING STONES
PRIMAL SCREAM
ELVIS COSTELLO
BEN HOWARD
LAURA MVULA
BILLY BRAGG
ROKIA TRAORÉ

Sunday
MUMFORD & SONS
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS
VAMPIRE WEEKEND
KENNY ROGERS
RUFUS WAINWRIGHT
FIRST AID KIT
BASSEKOU KOUYATE

OTHER STAGE

Friday
PORTISHEAD
FOALS
ALT-J
TAME IMPALA
THE LUMINEERS
ENTER SHIKARI
AMANDA PALMER
THE HIVES
TBA

Saturday
CHASE & STATUS
Dry The River

EXAMPLE
TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB
ALABAMA SHAKES
NOAH AND THE WHALE
AZEALIA BANKS
DRY THE RIVER
THE 1975
THE STAVES

Sunday
THE XX
SMASHING PUMPKINS
EDITORS
OF MONSTERS AND MEN
PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED
I AM KLOOT
STORNOWAY
THE HEAVY
ZULU WINTER

WEST HOLTS STAGE

Friday
CHIC FEATURING NILE RODGERS
SEASICK STEVE
TOM TOM CLUB
TORO Y MOI
ALICE RUSSELL
GOAT
ZUN ZUN EGUI
CLASSICA ORCHESTRA AFROBEAT

Saturday
PUBLIC ENEMY
MAJOR LAZER
MAVERICK SABRE
THE ORB FEAT. KAKATSITSI
Matthew E. White

BADBADNOTGOOD
THE BOMBAY ROYALE
FATOUMATA DIAWARA
TROKER

Sunday
BOBBY WOMACK
LIANNE LA HAVAS
SÉRGIO MENDES
ONDATROPICA
THE CONGOS
DUB COLOSSUS
MATTHEW E WHITE
RIOT JAZZ

THE PARK STAGE

Friday
THE HORRORS
DJANGO DJANGO
DINOSAUR JR
PALMA VIOLETS
SOLANGE
KING KRULE
HALF MOON RUN
TELEMAN
RACHEL ZEFFIRA

Saturday
FUCK BUTTONS
CALEXICO
RODRIGUEZ
DEVENDRA BANHART
HAIM
ED HARCOURT
MELODY'S ECHO CHAMBER
JOSEPHINE
NICK MULVEY

Sunday
CAT POWER
STEVE MASON
MICHAEL KIWANUKA
The Pictish Trail

LAURA MVULA
TIM BURGESS
STEALING SHEEP
THE PICTISH TRAIL
ROZI PLAIN

JOHN PEEL STAGE

Friday
CRYSTAL CASTLES
THE COURTEENERS
BASTILLE
FRIGHTENED RABBIT
MILES KANE
LOCAL NATIVES
PEACE
KODALINE
DOG IS DEAD
SWIM DEEP
FRANCOIS AND THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS

Saturday
HURTS
EVERYTHING EVERYTHING
SAVAGES
JOHNNY MARR
DAUGHTER
THE STRYPES
TOY
MS MR
JAGWAR MA
PRĀTA VĒTRA
THE RPMs

Sunday
PHOENIX
TYLER, THE CREATOR & EARL SWEATSHIRT
JAMES BLAKE
JESSIE WARE
TOM ODELL
VILLAGERS
DEAP VALLY
SUUNS
THE BOTS
THE DANCERS

ACOUSTIC TENT
Glen Hansard


Friday
SINÉAD O’CONNOR
GLEN HANSARD
BILL WYMAN’S RHYTHM KINGS
MARTHA WAINWRIGHT
MARTIN STEPHENSON & THE DAINTEES
JAKE BUGG
JOEL RAFAEL
LUCY WARD
RAINY BOY SLEEP
THE RIPTIDE MOVEMENT

Saturday
THE BOOTLEG BEATLES
STEVE WINWOOD
THE PROCLAIMERS
KT TUNSTALL
DEACON BLUE’S RICKY ROSS
ZAC BROWN BAND
STEVE FORBERT
BLUES BOY DAN
HUDSON TAYLOR
BRIDIE JACKSON & THE ARBOUR

Sunday
LUCINDA WILLIAMS
GABRIELLE APLIN
SETH LAKEMAN
JACK SAVORETTI
GRETCHEN PETERS
LONDON COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR
THE GYPSY QUEENS
MATT CORBY
TREVOR MOSS & HANNAH-LOU
PORT ISLA

AVALON STAGE

Friday
SHOOGLENIFTY
STORNOWAY
LUCY ROSE
OYSTERBAND
MOLOTOV JUKEBOX
CROWNS
GORDIE MACKEEMAN AND HIS RHYTHM BOYS
HOBO JONES & THE JUNKYARD DOGS

Saturday
VINTAGE TROUBLE
Ben Caplan

BEVERLEY KNIGHT
NEWTON FAULKNER
THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE
PENGUIN CAFE
HEADMIX
MAD DOG MCREA
BEN CAPLAN
JOSH DOYLE

Sunday
XAVIER RUDD
GARY CLARK JR.
EVAN DANDO
THE STAVES
JJ GREY & MOFRO
SIR BRUCE FORSYTH
THE DESTROYERS
THE DEMON BARBERS XL
BRIDIE JACKSON & THE ARBOUR

LEFT FIELD

Friday
BILLY BRAGG & BAND
EMMANUEL JAL
THE MILK
THE COMEDY SPOT: PHILL JUPITAS
THE RADICAL ROUND UP WITH BILLY BRAGG
DEBATES

Saturday
THE BEAT
WAYNE KRAMER
DIZRAELI & THE SMALL GODS
THE COMEDY SPOT: STEVE GRIBBIN
THE RADICAL ROUND UP WITH BILLY BRAGG
DEBATES

Sunday
AMAZING GRACE LIVE! FEATURING SAM DUCKWORTH, JEHST, SWEET BILLY PILGRIM + SPECIAL GUESTS
KATE NASH
GEOFF BERNER
THE COMEDY SPOT: CHRIS COLTRANE
THE RADICAL ROUND UP WITH BILLY BRAGG
DEBATES

Full line -up here: http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/line-up/

Delighted for the few additions such as Noah & The Whale, Kodaline and Dry The River


2Day's Tune: Allie Bradley - The News

Here's 2day's news: 

THE PURPLE SESSIONS IS 5           ..............................


Superb line-up tonight in Boyles of Slane for the 5th birthday celebrations of the very successful showcase night established initially in Drogheda before finding it's place in the warm surroundings of Boyles in Slane.

Check out the YouTube page for The Purple Sessions: http://www.youtube.com/MeAcousticSessions

Total stats:
227 subscribers
228,242 views

Can't wait to see all these artists tonight but in particular I'm really looking forward to Allie Bradley's set:

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

2Day's Glastonbury Tune: Matthew E White - One of These Days

With just 28 days to go until the gates open in Glastonbury I'll be posting an extra song of the day in anticipation of yours truly attending the greatest festival this Summer:

http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/







For me the highlight in the West Holts area will be to see Matthew E. White and his brand of soulful folk music.



More info: http://www.matthewewhite.com/

2Day's Tune: Fling - Bottle Opener

One of my favourite Irish bands Fling have a gig in Whelans this bank holiday Sunday night and it's just a fiver in with support from Twin Headed Wolf. Should be a great night:


Check out 'Bottle Opener' here:



More info: https://www.facebook.com/Flingfolk

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

2Day's Tune: PictureHouse - Heavenly Day

You know Dublin pop band Picture House are back with a new album 'Evolution' and are playing a launch gig in Vicar Street on June 7th? 


Remind yourself of the brilliant pop music from Picture House by checking out Heavenly Day from their Heyday back in the late 90s:




Above photo from The Soul Picnic on Saturday by AK Photography: https://www.facebook.com/AntoKanePhotography 

2Day's Glastonbury Tune: Matt Corby - Resolution

With just 29 days to go until the gates open in Glastonbury I'll be posting an extra song of the day in anticipation of yours truly attending the greatest festival this Summer:

http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/




Here's a new song from an artist playing The Acoustic Stage but not on the above line-up poster; Matt Corby. This new song Resolution is such a great song showcasing Matt's Buckley-esque vocals.



https://www.facebook.com/mattcorby

Other acts I know that are confirmed but not on the poster include Noah & the Whale, The Riptide Movement and Marc O'Reilly.

Monday, 27 May 2013

2Day's Glastonbury Tune: Billy Bragg - Handyman Blues

With just 30 days to go until the gates open in Glastonbury I'll be posting an extra song of the day in anticipation of yours truly attending the greatest festival this Summer:

http://www.glastonburyfestivals.co.uk/


What better place to begin that with Mr Glastonbury himself Billy Bragg who'll be performing on the Pyramid Stage as well as curating the Leftfield stage. Here's Handyman Blues from his new album 'Tooth & Nails':

2Day's Tune: Rezlow - Gone

This is really good .... Kerry band Rezlow with Dubliner singer Terry Sutton have released this video for their song 'Gone' taken from their debut album and I love it.



More info: https://www.facebook.com/Rezlow

Sunday, 26 May 2013

2Day's Tune: Doug Sheridan - There's The Sun

There's the sun .... it's been a glorious weekend in the Dublin region so far with the Sun making a warm addition to our lives. In the very same way Doug Sheridan's music is so beautiful and welcome. If you haven't had the listening pleasure of Doug yet here's your chance:




There's a whole album plus of music to listen to on his Soundcloud page: https://soundcloud.com/dougsheridan


Saturday, 25 May 2013

2Day's Tune: Mikey & The Scallywags - Living in the Light

One of my favourite Irish bands 'Mikey & The Scallywags' are gigging everywhere this Summer with a full tour schedule below. Check out 'Living in the Light' for some folky pop to brighten up your weekend:





https://www.facebook.com/mikeyandthescallywags



Tour Dates:

Friday May 24th          Dublin – Sweeney’s upstairs
Saturday May 25th      Dunmore East - 52 Degrees Festival with Paddy Casey
Friday 31st May           Galway - Kellys Summer Residency
Thursday June 6th        Galway – Musical Mayhem with The Skies
Friday 7th June            Galway - Kelly’s Summer Residency
Friday June 14th          Galway – Youth Festival 2013
Saturday June 15th      Carlow  - Carlow Arts Festival
Friday 21st June           Ballinlough Castle. Co. Westmeath - Body and Soul
Friday 31st June           Galway - Kellys Summer Residency
Thursday 4th July         Galway - Musical Mayhem Concert Series
Friday 5th July             Galway - Kellys Summer Residency
Thursday 11th July       Dublin – Whelan’s w/ John Fairhurst
Friday 12th July           Galway – w/ John Fairhurst
Saturday 13th July       Limerick - Dolans w/ John Fairhurst
26th – 28th July.            Wicklow. – Knockanstockan Festival




Friday 2nd August       Galway - Kelly’s Summer Residency
Sunday 3rd August      Galway Arts Festival @ Tigh Neachtains
Friday 9th August        Galway - Kelly’s Summer Residency
Friday 16th August      Dublin – Rhythm and Roots Festival




23rd-25th August          Dunmore East -  Dunmore East Guinness Bluegrass

30th August                 Laois - Electric Picnic Festival 

Friday, 24 May 2013

Album Review: Alan Doyle - Blasphemy

It's been a very long time since I've been gripped by an album so intense, delicate and sublime as 'Blasphemy' by Dubliner Alan Doyle.


I've had a great time this week delving deep into the debut album of Alan Doyle. With obvious influences of Bonnie Prince Billy and Vic Chestnut, Alan Doyle has a sound and an album unlike any other new artist out there.  'Blasphemy' is a deep enriched album of intense songs which continue to reveal new insights and aspects even after numerous listens. For this reason alone, 'Blasphemy' is one of the best albums of the year for me.

There are three great songs on the album which stand out from the rest. I've loved 'The Road to Reno' since I first heard it a couple of years ago. The song 'Better World' is simply beautiful with the inclusion of a meditation bell to make you stop and think. My favourite song though is the intense opening track entitled 'Brother' with the opening paragraph of

"my brother died last winter he just faded away
he found his self destruction
west of liberty bay
and if you'd have seen
him it would of torn your heart
he was aged and broken
with a white lily in his hand "





It's the lyrics and the stories within these ten tracks that reveals something new on each listen which means that 'Blasphemy' demands repeat listens. Alan Doyle has great stories from a personal point of view and tells great stories with his songs. Along with his vocal style and gentle strumming these songs have the ability to become really intense songs such as 'Wooden Frame' and the anti-love balled 'Your Last Victim'.

Overall 'Blasphemy' is a fine piece of art that's requires the listening to dig deep into and discover songs of real quality.

Alan Doyle - Blasphemy [10 out of 12]






Buy The Album: http://alandoyle.bandcamp.com/

The album launch is on Friday 31st May in the intimate and all-acoustic setting of the No.9 Room in the Workman's Club.



2Day's Tune: Dermot Lambert - Hey Sean

Dermot Lambert brand new Single 'Hey Sean' on general release on Friday 17th May. Buy from iTunes at
https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/hey-sean/id642758684?i=642758848&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

All proceeds from the sale of the single will go to the Green Ribbon campaign to encourage more open conversation about mental health in Ireland, and we are very proud to be involved with such a great programme. 



"Hey Sean" written by Dermot Lambert & Barry Campbell.
Shot directed & edited by Mick Quinn at studio14.ie
Additional footage & art direction by Dermot Lambert
Supporting See Change & the Green Ribbon campaign

Thursday, 23 May 2013

2Day's Tune: Cat Dowling - Hunters

Former Alphastates singer Cat Dowling released her debut solo album 'The Believer' recently and is busy promoting and touring the country supporting it's release. The best track off the album is this song 'Hunters'.




I won't be giving the album a review on the blog. With an album review I have to be able to give it a decent amount of listens to really get into the album and with 'The Believer' there's only a few really good songs but on a whole I was rather disappointed by the album. It failed to grab hold of my attention, was very monotonous and a real let down. Don't let my opinion stop you from checking out the album yourself at: http://catdowling.bandcamp.com/album/the-believer

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Gigs 2 Go 2: May 23rd - 29th [ft Iron & Wine, Max Greenwood, runaway GO & more]

This week is one of the best weeks for gigs so far in 2013. Here's the pick of the gigs to go to ....


Thursday May 23rd

Laura Elizabeth Hughes, Whelans, Dublin, €5


The first ever headline gig for Dubliner Laura Elizabeth Hughes with able support from Eoin Glackin and Eamonn Barrett of Royseven.



http://www.whelanslive.com/index.php/elizabeth-hughes/

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Thursday May 23rd

Elder Roche, Odessa Club, Dublin, €10

& support from Lou McMahon



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Friday May 24th

Runaway GO, Whelans Upstairs, €6

With support from SHADOWS & DUSTYELLOWBRIDGE and THE WINTER PASSING

Runaway GO release their new single ‘I Would Go” on Friday 24th of May in Ireland and Monday 27th of May in the UK.

To celebrate the release Runaway GO will tour Ireland starting on Wednesday the 22nd of May in Dundalk before making their way further south to Cavan and Dublin, from there west to Galway and then south to Cork and Limerick.


http://www.whelanslive.com/index.php/runawaygo/

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Friday May 24th

Max Greenwood, The Roisin Dubh, Galway, €5

Originally from Yorkshire, Max Greenwood grew up in Nottingham and moved to Dublin in 2005. In demand as a piano player, he has played live and on record for Vyvienne Long, Adrian Crowley, Charlie Winston, Sam Semple and Tom Baxter, appearing on both Irish chart-topping albums ‘Feather and Stone’ and ‘Skybound’. This May he releases his second album 'Soul of a Man' and it's really good!


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Sat & Sun May 25th & 26th

The Soul Picnic, Merrion Square, Dublin 12-6 pm, €5 Donation

Saturday

Sunday
I'll be here on the Sunday and I'm really looking forward to seeing Rackhouse Pilfer in particular live:



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Irish Tour:

This is the Kit





In The Roisin Dubh on Tuesday and in Whelans on Wednesday night, This is the Kit is supported by Mossy Nolan and Twin Headed Wolf.

https://www.facebook.com/thisisthekit

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Wednesday May 29th

Iron & Wine - The Olympia, Dublin

More info: http://www.mcd.ie/listings/fg.php?c=3002433&ar=ironandwine&cat=all

The geography teachers of folk promote their new album in Dublin's finest live music venue The Olympia.

2Day's Tune: Conor Linnie - Moths

Moths is one of the standout tracks from Conor Linnie's debut album released earlier this year entitled "Astray" and it's worthy of another mention and share today:




Conor plays The Grand Social on Tuesday 11th June on the first night of The Mash-Up:


SPOKEN WORD:
Chris Bradley
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rwoPIVP6rrk

Karl Parkinson
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r64mPLgIZwY

SINGER SONGWRITER:
Conor Linnie
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hfnd3k_5x1M

Funzo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJgjTzTvdtA

HIP-HOP:
Nugget
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGhFhvv65ts
More info: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Unique-Horn-Promotions/468169416570248

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

2Day's Tune: Brendan McCahey - Call Me Now

Taken from Brendan's live album "Strings & Soul", Call Me Now is a great tune from the Co. Monaghan man behing the band 'The Making'.




CALL ME NOW performed by Brendan Mc Cahey for his new LIVE Album “Strings & Soul”
Written By Brendan Mc Cahey
Recorded By Peter Mc Nulty
Mastered By Jason Varely


Monday, 20 May 2013

2Day's Tune: Laura Elizabeth Hughes - Fear of Falling [Exclusive Video]

We don't normally do too many exclusives but this is the real deal. Ireland's own YouTube sensation 'Laura Elizabeth Hughes' with well over 1 Million YouTube views is today at this time releasing an official video for her wonderful song 'Fear of Falling' and we [you & I] are the first to see it here now:




I have no doubt that 'Laura Elizabeth Hughes' will become a major international star for her quality songwriter, wonderful vocal range and having that 'Artistic Glow' about her.

If you like the song go to Laura's new website: http://www.lauraelizabethhughes.com/#freemusic where you can get 'Fear of Falling' for free.

Also on http://www.lauraelizabethhughes.com/ you will find details of Laura's Fund:It campaign to raise €4000 to record her debut EP as well as details of the launch gig of the campaign in Whelans on May 23rd.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Live Review: Senakah - Workman's Club, Dublin - May 17th

Senakah launched their new album 'Human Relations' in the Workman's Club in Dublin with very talented support acts in Ana Gog and David Hope. After a very positive album review last week from myself here: http://2uibestow.blogspot.ie/2013/05/album-review-senakah-human-relations.html I was very interested to find out if the album sounded as good live as on CD and with the quality support acts on offer I was bound to have a great night.

Gig photos from AK Photography: https://www.facebook.com/AntoKanePhotography

David Hope http://davidhope.bandcamp.com/

David kicked off the night with a set of tunes taken from his most recent album entitled 'Scarecrow'. As always David is able to get a laugh out of a crowd with some fine organic banter between songs. Those tunes to impress include 'Hell or High Water', 'Flow', the song about suicide 'Someone Else's Mind' and this wonderful song 'Daybreak Someplace':




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Ana Gog's music must be the most difficult in Ireland to describe. I love their debut album released this year entitled 'Making Trails' but the set played at the Workman's was made up nearly entirely of new material for album number two. There's four part harmonies, dramatic soundscapes, originality and intensity through every song and it works. Be sure to check out 'Making Trails' and go to their headline show in Whelans on June 6th.








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In that album review I stated that the new album was a ..." no nonsense, no frills, outstanding rock album with enough really good songs on there for a very pleasant listening experience. "  

The launch gig could be described in the same way. This was a rock concert with rock n roll stances, crashing drums, intense vocals and a nice amount of guitar solos thrown in for good measure. It would be a bit naff if the songs weren't so damn good. 









Just like the album every song hit the mark on Friday night. Those that worked best were 'Envy', 'Clues' the Yvonne sung 'Head of Steam', the string backed recent single 'Ugly' and the titled track of their new album 'Human Relations'. With the album being released in central Europe on the German music label Kanoon; http://kanoon-music.com/ I can predict that while Ireland and it's influential music journalists ignore Senakah, the band will continue to grow their fanbase performing quality no frill rock concerts like this one in the Workman's Club of Dublin.

2Day's Tune: The Hip-Neck Blues Collective - Bill Murray

This is good ...... no THIS IS GREAT:



Shot, Directed & Edited by Shane Serrano
www.shaneserrano.com
More info from this fine Limerick band here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Hip-Neck-Blues-Collective/131207030283086

Get their debut EP here for a 'Name Your Price' deal: http://thehip-neckbluescollective.bandcamp.com/album/millie-ep

Friday, 17 May 2013

Mix: Forbidden Fruit 2013 [ft Health, Austra, Swim Deep & more]

With just 2 weeks I give you to you a mix of 10 tunes from bands I'd be seeing at Forbidden Fruit:



http://www.forbiddenfruit.ie/tickets

Primal Scream



Everything Everything




Health




The Hot Sprockets




Halves




The Mighty Stef




Swim Deep




Ghost Estates



Austra



Fight Like Apes

2Day's Tune: Yellowbridge - Circus

This song Circus, the final track from Dublin artist Yellowbridge's debut EP is a glorious pop song which should be all over the radio .....





Check out the rest of the self-titled EP here: http://yellowbridge.bandcamp.com/album/yellowbridge-ep

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Album Review: Senakah - Human Relations

'Human Relations', the second album from Senakah is pretty much a no nonsense, no frills, outstanding rock album with enough really good songs on there for a very pleasant listening experience. 





Human Relations is that difficult second album that's been in the pipeline for a number of years from Limerick band Senakah. Remember five of years ago "Seneca" were on a crest of a wave with a huge 300 date American tour, MTV syncs and a debut album 'Sweeter Than Bourbon' that's one of the best debut's from an Irish band I've listened to. Fast forward to now and the Noel Hogan produced Human Relations finally gets a release. Was it worth the long wait? 


Emphatically ..... Yes! 


There are four outstanding tracks on 'Human Relations' which have the ability to become radio hits. 'Training Wheels' is such a delicious tune with great lyrics that finds singer Rob on top form vocally. The title track which was released as a single towards the end of last year is catch pop rock song at it's very best. There's a gorgeous change of tempo mid album with 'Head of Steam' sung beautifully by bassist Yvonne with the right amount of strings and backing vocals to enhance it's charm. I love the quirky pop of the track 'Envy' with it's funky bass line and superb chorus. 


Overall there's not a bad song within the 13 tracks on offer. The accomplished musicianship and ability to write these catchy rock/pop songs proves to me that Senakah are a great band who deserves your attention. 

Senakah - Human Relations [11 out of 12]

Human Relations is out on May 17th: http://senakah.bandcamp.com/


Sweeter Than Bourbon is available here for free: http://senakah.bandcamp.com/album/sweeter-than-bourbon

2Day's Tune: The Lost Brothers - Not Now Warden

I'm loving the tour posters for The Lost Brother's gigs in Ireland at the moment. This one is for Saturday's Ep launch gig in Whelans.




Aiken Promotions present The Lost Brothers' headline gig at Whelans May 18th.There will also be special guest Steve Poltz on the night.Tickets are 12 euro and are available from ticketmaster and wav tickets.


Here's a great tune 'Not Now Warden' off their most recent album "The Passing of the Night":




Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Gigs 2 Go 2: May 16th - May 22nd

Stuck between band holidays and only weeks to go to the Summer holidays, there's a definite reduction in the amount of quality gigs to choose from this week. Here's the best of what's on:


Friday May 17th

Saint John The Gambler - Upstairs in Whelans,

http://www.whelanslive.com/index.php/saint-john-the-gambler-3/


Saint John The Gambler release their second album on Friday in Whelans. Going to be a great night with support from The Young Folk.




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Friday May 17th

Whelans Main Room:

A LAZAROUS SOUL + guests THE INSTRUCTIONS & THE HEDGE SCHOOLS

Catch three bands in Whelans downstairs on Friday for just €7:



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Friday May 17th

Senakah / David Hope, The Workman's Club, Dublin €10 


The gig on Friday I am going to is Senakah's album launch in The Workman;s with support from the brilliant David Hope. 


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Saturday May 18th

The Chapters - Launch their album 'Blood Feels Warm' in the Smock Alley Theater, Dublin with support from Miriam Donohue, €10





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Saturday May 18th

On Saturday 18th of May The Little Green cafe & bar hosts:



The Gandhis, Red Sail, Kings and Cavaliers and The Alpaca Jamboree for a night of purely acoustic music without the use of mic's or amps.
Located just minutes away from Christ Church, The Little Green provides the ideal location for 4 of Dublin's most talented bands to perform a selection of original songs in the upstairs listening room.
100 tickets are available priced €8 - €9 at www.ticketfriend.com
Doors open 9:00PM


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Saturday May 18th

Aiken Promotions present
REBEKKA KARIJORD
Saturday May 18th
The Workmans Club, €16



http://theworkmansclub.com/index.php/events/aiken-promotions-present-rebekka-karijord/

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Tuesday May 21st

This looks like a great gig next Tuesday, free in, drinks promotions and some wonderful artists:



2Day's Tune: Elder Roche - Fortified

One of Ireland's best performers and songwriters Elder Roche is playing The Odessa on May 23rd and will be releasing his second album in October 2013. Remind yourself of the brilliance of Elder by watching this great video.



There's a ticket competition on Music & Everything's website here: http://musicandeverything.com/2013/05/14/giveaway-win-elder-roche-tickets-for-thurs-23rd-may-in-the-odessa/

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

2Day's Tune: Archie Atholl - On Silbury Hill

2Day's tune is from Scottish songwriter Archie Atholl who released a 'Concept' album entitled 'One Wiltshire    Winter' a few months ago. The piano driven songs are accompanied by atmospheric cello which gives wonderful depth to the intriguing songs.




Check out the album opener 'On Silbury Hill':



Buy the album here: http://archieatholl.bandcamp.com/album/one-wiltshire-winter

Monday, 13 May 2013

Mix: Soul Picnic Sat 25 & Sun 26 May 2013

With less than a fortnight to go it's now time to shine a spotlight on this year's Soul Picnic line-up:





Saturday May 25th


Halleluia Gospel Choir
To be announced
To be announced
To be announced

The Eskies


Special Guests – to be revealed












Very Special Guest – Top Secret
Soul Power v’s The Goods




Although the Soul Picnic is free to attend, your donations are vital for the survival of our charity. Instead of expensive festival tickets all we ask of you is a donation of €5 or whatever you can afford.
In return for your donation and to thank you for your support you will be entered into our Instrumental Art Raffle. There are loads of prizes up for grabs. So come and enjoy the unique Soul Festival atmosphere with family and friends but please be sure to make a donation before you leave!