Wednesday, 31 July 2013

2Day's Tune: Jonathan Wilson - Dear Friend

Last year at Electric Picnic I found two new favourite bands; Dry The River and Californian Jonathan Wilson who with his great band played a great set of tunes. Here's his new single, 'Dear Friend' taken from the band's 2nd album 'Fanfare' released in October.


Tuesday, 30 July 2013

2Day's Tune: Jukebox Gypsy - Down to the River to Pray

So I'm back from a family holiday in Crete where I got a little Sun and lots of great memories. One memory I'll have for a long time will be of hearing my daughter sing this traditional folk song on a table in a friend's restaurant.



Jukebox Gypsy can be seen live in Clonmel at the Busking Festival from Aug 8th - 11th where all performances are free! Also on the bill are Ham Sandwich, John Spillane, The Lost Brothers, The Frank & Walters and many more:






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

Monday, 29 July 2013

2Day's Tune: Go Swim - Halo

This is a really good indie electro pop from Belfast band 'Go Swim':



https://www.facebook.com/wearegoswim

Sunday, 28 July 2013

2Day's Tune: Window Seats - Try Hard

Catch Belfast band 'Window Seats' and a whole bunch of great acts at this festival 'Bellybang' in CLonmel next month:


Here's a fine tune from Belfast rockers 'Window Seats':



https://www.facebook.com/windowseats

Saturday, 27 July 2013

2Day's Tune: Hogan - Gimme Love

After years of serving an apprenticeship in the Irish music scene, Hogan have now a well packaged radio friendly indie sound that's making major progress on radio and in the press. Check out the title track from their new EP:




Hogan play Whelans tonight with Kapitals in support!

https://www.facebook.com/HoganBandIreland

Friday, 26 July 2013

2Day's Tune: Kapitals - Ms Heartache

There's a trend for bands dropping the 'The' in front of their name. First up was 'Raglans' who I'm sure were known at one stage as 'The Raglans'. Next 'Riot Tapes' dropped the 'The' as too have 'Gorgeous Colours' and now 'Kapitals'...... anyway ....

Kapitals are a good band and this song is a tasty radio friendly indie pop song that deserves your attention:



Be sure to catch Kapitals at some of the upcoming festivals!

https://www.facebook.com/kapitalsOFFICIAL


Thursday, 25 July 2013

2Day's Tune: Mara Simpson - Whiskey

Last year I got the chance to see Berlin based, New Zealander Mara Simpson live in Boyles of Slane and it was a wonderful performance. The good news is that she's touring Ireland again including hitting Boyles. The bad news is I'm still away in Crete!


https://www.facebook.com/marasimpsonmusic

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

2Day's Tune: Ram's Pocket Radio - 1 + 2

Tanglewood Music Festival takes place in Warrenpoint over the August Bank Holiday weekend and it's a tasty line-up:



One of the best acts on the bill is Rams Pocket Radio:



Tickets here: http://www.tanglewoodmusic.co.uk/



Tuesday, 23 July 2013

2Day's Tune: Myles Manley - Easy Money

I actually laughed out loud a little when I found out Myles Manley's next release is called 'Greatest Hits 2012 - 2013'. Myles is an artist who intrigues me, fascinates me and at the same time confuses me. It'll only when I actually get to see him live that 'Myles Manley' the package will actually make sense. Or maybe not.

Will 'Easy Money' be on his greatest hits album?



Myles is just back from a few stateside gigs and will play Castlepalooza next weekend and Knockanstockan this coming weekend.


Monday, 22 July 2013

Sunday, 21 July 2013

2Day's Tune: Clockwork Noise - Advocate

Bray alternative rock band 'Clockwork Noise' released their debut album which you can download for free at http://clockworknoise.bandcamp.com/ or download every track separately from here: https://soundcloud.com/clockworknoise

Here's the official video for Advocate which should make you hit one of them links to download a really good debut album of nine quality tunes.


https://www.facebook.com/clockworknoise




Saturday, 20 July 2013

2Day's Tune: Stevie Cliff - Rooftops

New music here from Howth based singer-songwriter Stevie Cliff. 'Rooftops' is the second song on his recent 'Name Your Price' EP entitled 'Doe Eyed White Boy Soul" and it's a great little tune.






https://www.facebook.com/steviecliffmusic

Friday, 19 July 2013

2Day's Tune: Let's Set Sail - Boats

Dublin band 'Let's Set Sail' are gigging tonight in The Workman's Club and are well worth checking out. Male/female harmonies, melodic soundscapes and layers of charm make Let's Set Sail a band worth seeing.






https://www.facebook.com/letssetsail

Thursday, 18 July 2013

2Day's Tune: Ruarri Joseph - Anyway

So today I'm a year older than I was yesterday and I decided to share this great tune from Cornwall's Ruarri Joseph. It's a wonderful song lyrically and Ruarri was the first act we seen at Glastonbury in the Avalon Cafe on the Thursday morning. Ruarri's a superb talent that you should listen to ......




https://www.facebook.com/RuarriJoseph

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

2Day's Tune: The Heads of State - Day's Long

Donegal band 'The Heads of State' have a new EP out called 'These Times' and it's pretty decent in a Mumford & Sons meets The Saw Doctors kind of way. The best track is this one entitled 'Day's Long':



http://www.theheadsofstate.tv/

Monday, 15 July 2013

2Day's Tune: The Stoney Brokes - Counting The Days

A Dublin band with massive potential, I've yet to hear a bad track from The Stoney Brokes who have just released their new single 'Counting The Days' and it's really nice with great vocals:



https://www.facebook.com/thestoneybrokes

Sunday, 14 July 2013

2Day's Tune: Lucy Ward - Icarus

Lucy Ward is making considerable progress in the UK folk scene thanks to the release of her second album entitled 'Single Flame'. It's an album of atmosphere and relaxed moods very much in the style of Sinead O'Connor. Well worth checking out this considerable talent.



http://www.lucywardsings.com/


Saturday, 13 July 2013

2Day's Tune: Halves - Best Summer

Halves launch their second album tonight in The Button Factory with some fine support:


Here's a fine fine tune from the band called 'Best Summer':



http://ahomeforhalves.com/

Friday, 12 July 2013

2Day's Tune: The Amazing Few - Ric O' Barry'

Some bands are more difficult to describe than others. 'The Amazing Few' is one of them bands. They are ... eh ...well .... oh just listen to their new single 'Ric O'Barry' about the guy who trained Flipper to be a star.




While 'The Amazing Few' has a sound that I struggle to describe I can say with full honesty that they are one of Ireland's best festival bands that put a smile on your face. See them at Knockanstockan, Sunflower and Electric Picnic!

http://theamazingfew.com/

Live Review: Imelda May at the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin July 11th

Imelda May & her band proved to me yet again that they are one of the most entertaining bands from Ireland with a packed out show opening this year's 'Iveagh Gardens' festival.



Support act Mundy played a fine opening set to get the substantial crowd in the mood for Imelda May. Finishing with Mexico and July he had the crowd up for it and singing away in the evening sun. Mundy certainly made the most of this support slot. http://mundy.ie/

Looking objectively, there's only really a handful of acts out there like Imelda May. For your hard earned cash you'll be guaranteed full on entertainment from a classy band performing as if their life depended on it. There were so many familiar songs in the set like 'Big Bad Handsome Man', 'Inside Out', 'Love Tattoo' and that's even before you get to the hits of 'Johnny's Got a Boom Boom', 'Mayhem' and 'Psycho'. 'Mayhem' was the big highlight on the set.



I wouldn't be a huge fan of the music of Imelda May but her energy, delivery, personality and performance keeps me wanting to see her perform, With the six or seven new songs performed last night there's signs that the Imelda May story will keep on running for many years to come.

http://imeldamay.co.uk/

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Mix: Knockanstockan 2013




With Knockanstockan 2 weeks away what better time is there to get to hear a dozen songs from my must see acts at the festival ..... although in fairness there's about 50 bands on the bill I really like so it'll be a super festival!

Liza Flume: https://www.facebook.com/LizaFlume




The Calvinists: https://www.facebook.com/TheCalvinistBand




Arrow in the Sky: https://www.facebook.com/arrowinthesky




Redwoods: https://www.facebook.com/Redwoodsofficial




Sinead White: https://www.facebook.com/sineadwhitemusic




Color//Sound: https://www.facebook.com/ColourSoundMusic




The Cujo Family: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cujo-Family/101765956532391




The Young Folk: http://www.theyoungfolk.com/




Oddsocks: https://www.facebook.com/Oddsocksmusic




Stephen Young & The Union: https://www.facebook.com/StephenYoungAndTheUnion




Sorcha Richardson: https://www.facebook.com/sorcharichardsonmusic




Saint John The Gambler: http://saintjohnthegambler.bandcamp.com/




Tickets here: http://knockanstockan.ie/festival/tickets-2/

2Day's Tune: Gorgeous Colours - Bright Ideas

I love this alt folk/indie Dublin band "Gorgeous Colours" and I'm delighted they are back with a new single and are gigging the capital this Saturday.



While not outstanding, I still really like this new single 'Bright Ideas'. Hear it here:



Wednesday, 10 July 2013

2Day's Tune: Tom Russell - Stealing Electricity

Legendary singer, novelist, artist, songwriter and master storyteller, Tom Russell, will be in Dublin as part of his forthcoming Irish tour, performing on July 14th at Whelans. Looking at his bio on the website [http://www.tomrussell.com/biography.php] you get to appreciate the life of Tom Russell and you can appreciate why he could be labeled a legend!

 Russell’s latest release, Aztec Jazz (2013) was recorded live in concert with the world-­‐renowned 32-­‐piece Norwegian Wind Ensemble and can be purchased here:  http://www.villagerecords.com/product_info.php?products_id=8470




Jul 12, 2013 Monroes, Galway, Ireland
Jul 13, 2013 Mallow (Cork), Ireland
Jul 14, 2013 Whelans, Dublin, Ireland
Jul 16, 2013 Portstewart, Northern Ireland
Jul 17, 2013 Belfast, Northern Ireland

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Mix: Live at the Iveagh Gardens 2013




Here's the full list of acts playing the Aiken Promotions set of gigs beginning this Thursday with Imelda May. Listen to the headline acts here:


Tickets here: www.ticketmaster.ie/iveaghgardens




July 11th: Imelda May



July 12th The Tallest Man On Earth



July 13th Bell X1 & special guests We Cut Corners




July 14th Damien Dempsey & special guest Gavin James



July 18th Grizzly Bear & special guest Matthew E White



July 19th Josh Ritter & special guest Delorentos



July 20th Beach House & special guests Connan Mockasin, Adrian Crowley & Bleeding Heart Pigeons

July 21st Glen Hansard & special guests Sam Amidon & Lisa O’Neill




Sunday, 7 July 2013

2Day's Tune: Huey & the Hobgoblins - Which One Am I Tonight?

There's a big chance you don't know who 'Huey & The Hobgoblins' are but I've seen these guys develop through the years to a good-time folk/retro/blues sound that's high on entertainment value.



With your help the band are hoping to release their debut album through a Fund:It campaign .... http://www.fundit.ie/project/hobgoblins-debut-album

Sample Reward: For €50 you can get a group hug, 2 albums, 2 t-shorts and 2 tickets to the album launch.



http://www.hueyandthehobgoblins.com/

Saturday, 6 July 2013

2Day's Tune: Kiernan McMullan ft Allie Bradley - Keep The Melody Going

Here's a recent update straight from Nashville based Kiernan McMullan:

https://www.facebook.com/AntoKanePhotography


" As some of you may have seen, after 5 years of relentless touring, my van has hit a wall. I've had to cancel almost all of my US dates this summer and we're not sure how long it will be until I can get back out to all of you. 

I've made 15 songs available for ONE DOLLAR on my website. It includes live recordings and select tracks from all my records as well as the two songs featured solely on my 2010 vinyl release.

If you hit ADD ALBUM TO CART you can have them all for only one dollar, and every penny will be going into either fixing this van, or finding a new way to get back on the road. There is a reason why I never do Kickstarter's or music funding sites and it takes a lot for me to ask for help, but every now and then we need to I guess.

Other than downloading the fifteen songs, you can also helps by purchasing a cd on Itunes, listening to them on Spotify, or ordering hard copies from americancadence.com and my website."

One of those 15 songs you can buy for a $ is this one featuring Allie Bradley on vocals:



http://www.kiernanmcmullan.com/fr_home.cfm

Friday, 5 July 2013

2Day's Tune: The Viking Project - Got Sunk Down

The Salty Dog Trials take place tonight and tomorrow night in Boyles of Slane with some great bands over the two nights.

Friday July 5th

8:55 CFit
9:30 Conor Linnie
10:15 Grace Wilde
10:50 The Viking Project
11:30 Super Turbo Ninja Club
12:15 Booka Brass

Saturday July 6th

8:55 St John The Gambler
9:30 Reverend JM's Panic Worship
10:15 Color//Sound
10:50 Red Queen Contest
11:30 The Trampz
12:15 Moo!!

Every one of these bands have the potential to win a spot on the Salty Dog stage at Electric Picnic. If you're a music fan in the Meath region you should try to get to Boyles this weekend. 

I'm really looking forward to hearing some great music and I've a feeling I might hear this tune tonight:




Thursday, 4 July 2013

2Day's Tune: Patty Griffin - Ohio

I adore Patty Griffin's new album 'American Kid' and can think of no better day than to share this video for 'Ohio' taken from the album:



http://www.pattygriffin.com/

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

2Day's Tune: Red Sail - Balcony Balloons

Here's a lovely indie folk song from Dublin's Red Sail. Balcony Balloons appears on their latest EP entitled "We Still Build Forts":




Tuesday, 2 July 2013

2Day's Tune: Tujacques - Wicked Wind

TRINITY PROFESSOR LAUNCHES NEW EP
WITH BAND, TUJACQUES,
AT 10 DAYS IN DUBLIN FESTIVAL
SPECIAL GUEST
THE MIKE NEILSEN QUARTET

Workman’s Club, Monday 8 July 2013, 8.30pm, €8
Here's a great song from Tujacques' debut album from last year called 'Wicked Wind'. Worth the entry fee alone!



http://www.tujacques.ie/

Monday, 1 July 2013

2Day's Tune: Amazing Apples - Slipping By

Here's another tune from Galway's Amazing Apples with some fine violin playing towards the end of the track:



Amazing Apples headlines 'Rock Against Racism' in Sweeneys on Friday 12th July: