Saturday, 31 August 2013
Gypsy Rebel Rabble - The Salty Dog Stage
I'll never get bored seeing this band live. For the third time in two weeks Gypsy Rebel Rabble entertained us with their brand of good-time Americana gypsy folk.Their new album is out next month!
Shannon & The Shortcuts - Trailer Park Stage
Here's another band I've seen numerous times and I can honestly say that this band are very close to a sound that's right for vocalist, bassist and future star Shannon. The sound is catchy alternative pop perfect for daytime radio. Future releases are planned for the band in the form of an official video, singles and more.
In Their Thousands - Oxjam Stage
Donegal rockers 'In Their Thousands' blew me away with their sound on the Oxjam stage. It was my first time seeing the band but it certainly won't be the last time. Armed with two amazing vocalists, a grungy sound and fantastic musicianship 'In Their Thousands' are easily in in my top 20 best bands in Ireland.
Crow Black Chicken - Trailer Park Stage
Dirty blues time in the Trailer Park with Crow Black Chicken. The band don't normally do it for me but I had a great time enjoying their tunes. A superb live band!
Lisa O'Neill - Body & Soul Main Stage
With a huge listening crowd Lisa charmed her way through a set of mainly new tunes destined to be on that difficult second album due out ... eh soon. Highlight of the set was a tune for Elvis, tell him all the advancements since his death. It's funny, charming, delicate and utterly absorbing.
My Bloody Valentine - Main Stage
While floating through the areas of the picnic fuzzy feedback from the main stage delighted my ears. We only properly caught the last couple of tunes but that final track in the set was amazing. The Ticket gave their set 2 stars based on perceived audience boredom. I suppose MBV would bore you if you were waiting for the arrival of Fat Boy Slim.
Fireworks .......... Happy Birthday Electric Picnic!
The Trampz - Trailer Park Stage
Fusing the sounds Fun Loving Criminals and The Republic of Loose, The Trampz entertained the sizeable crowd who ignored Fat Boy Slim to be in the presence of Dundalk's finest. Ireland's finest live band?
Saint John The Gambler - Salty Dog Stage
Saint John were fantastic in the late hours on the Salty Dog stage. I'm in danger of being overly positive in my reviews today but with careful planning we got to see the best in Irish bands and Saint John are in the category. They got the crowd dancing, singing and in the mood for a picnic.
The Viking Project - Salty Dog Stage
Another great live band here 'The Viking Project' push the boundaries of their grungy seventies style folk rock with some delicate four part harmonies contrasting greatly with the good time rocking tunes.
Mikey & The Scallywags - Salty Dog Stage
Good-time folk continued big time with Galway's wonderful band 'Mikey & The Scallywags'. Another great Irish band.
Top 5 Bands - Friday
1. The Trampz
2. Saint John The Gambler
3. In Their Thousands
4. Lisa O'Neill
5. The Viking Project
Time to go enjoy Saturday in The Picnic!
Video by Little Beast
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Producer: Jenny Moylen.
Costume Designer: Kate Moylen
Production Designer: Claire Haynes
Production Manger: Tony Flynn
Focus: Philip Blake
Lights: Sarah Dunphy
Data Wrangler: Daniel Butler
AD: Gavin Glass
Friday, 30 August 2013
Thursday, 29 August 2013
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
By Charlotte Jakobsen, Denmark
If you are into traditional music, chances are that you either been or heard about wonderful festivals like The Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Newport festival in the states and the countless festivals in Ireland and England.
But what about Tønder Festival in Denmark? Tønder just finished its 39th festival but somehow managed to keep this gem of a festival a secret abroad. This despite many musicians, who have played here over the years, would tell you that’s the best in the world.
I just come back from my 9th festival in the small idyllic town of Tønder, only 10 km from the German border and feel it’s time to spread the word about this truly amazing festival.
So what makes this festival so special and unique? It’s hard to explain really. Apart from attracting the best in Folk & Roots music every year, I think the best word to describe the festival is the Danish word “Hyggelig”. Like the Irish word “craic” it’s hard to translate into other languages – but my best try would be wonderful, relaxing, cozy, fun, and friendly.
Maybe “Great music + good craic = Tønder Festival” explains it all.
Tønder Festival has grown from a tiny festival of 100 to 8.000 -10.000 and 2000 volunteers. However, Tønder still feels like a small intimate festival where you can actually both hear and see the bands and artists playing. A rare treat nowadays where at a lot of festival you are lucky just to see a large screen in the distance.
The festival has a big open air stage, 2 large tents, a Belgian glass tent, and smaller tents for concerts and sessions. On top of top of that, there are a few concerts venues outside the festival area. Many of the musicians stay for a few days during the festival and play small informal gigs during the day and join other artists on stage. So walking around the festival area, you will probably meet most of them which is very different from other festivals as well.
The Avett Brothers at the festival grounds.
All stages and tents are within a few minutes’ walk of each other so there is plenty of opportunity to hear a lot of different music for 14 hours every day. Not only has Tønder Festival been brilliant in attracting the absolute best artists and groups but it also succeeded in presenting different genres. All from Irish/Scottish/English traditional music, Cajun, Americana, country inspired folk music to Celtic Punk Rock, New this year was Portuguese Fada with Mariza and the Australian 17 man crazy fun loving choir “Spooky Men's Chorale”.
Unlike Ireland, Denmark has unfortunately lost the tradition for folk music, songwriting, and storytelling. We don’t have many pubs here where we can hear traditional music and for many years this music genre has been very uncool. It’s been mostly associated with gray old men with white beards smoking pipes and women in home knitted woolen jumpers. To be quite honest, the average age at Tønder has been very high with most festival goers having been there every single year for the last 20 – 35 years. Last year Tønder festival wisely decided to renew the festival in order to attract a younger audience as well and this has been a great success. They also started to book young bands like Deer Tick, Deep Dark Woods, Avett Brothers that appeal to a younger crowd. Yes you still see the gray bearded men but they are now more likely to stand next to a 19 year old with Mohawk head banging to Flogging Molly. It is amazing that so many generations coming together at the same festival. Another thing that makes Tønder quite unique.
The program this year was even more diverse than ever before. Headlining was The Avett Brothers, Sinead O´Conner, Flogging Molly and Billy Bragg.
For me, The Avett Brothers gave the best concert of the festival. Their modern country/Americana rock style and ballades just blew the audience and critics away. I think that banjo is the most under-valued instrument ever so any band that includes the banjo gets my vote! Thanks Avett brothers, Mumford & Sons…
If you don’t know them, check them out!
The Avett Brothers in action.
Flogging Molly, with Irish singer Dave King in front, blew everybody away with their Irish/American Celtic punk style music and probably stopped a few pacemakers in the older crowd. It was a wild, loud, energetic and ear and sense assaulting concert but really enjoyable.
Billy Bragg is still a brilliant performer and despite getting older, he can still muster a bit of anger and resentment against injustice done to the working man. And of course he didn’t forget to say a few words about Mrs.Thatcher. At Tønder, storytelling between songs is very popular and Billy Bragg shared a story about his first gig in Denmark at Roskilde Festival back in 1996. He played the main stage just before The Pogues. After he stayed for the Pogues gig and from back stage he was supplied with beer whenever the band was (=A LOT of beer). When he was called on stage to sing the final song with them, he was really really drunk. He managed to go on, sing and then he fell over collapsing in a beer coma. When he came to himself he saw that he was carried off stage by Shane MacGowan and instantly knew that he had hit an all-time low in his life. To be more drunk than the Pogues is quite impressive.
Irish, Scottish and English traditional music is always well presented in Tønder. This year we heard brilliant music, but at times seemed like never ending tunes, waltzes and reels, from groups like Dervish, Niamh Ni Charra, Lau (Sco), Duncan Chisholm (Sco) and Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson Band (Sco/Ire.)
As is often the case at Tønder, it’s the newer less-known bands that become the festival favorites. This happened again this year with 3 new Irish groups.
The new Galway group “The Whileaways” with Noriana Kennedy, Nicola Joyce and Noelie Mcdonnell was one of them. They presented songs from their new album “Wildflowers” very well and especially Noriana Kennedy’s beautiful singing was a joy to listen to on songs like “Banks on the Ohio” and “Dear My Maker”.
For 2nd year running, Dublin based Harry and Alfie from “Hudson Taylor” were a big hit – especially amongst teenage girls and their mums. They became popular by uploading cover songs on you tube and they are still to release their first real cd.
But the most fun and lively group was undoubtedly another Dublin band called Tupelo. With their Irish/American inspired music and a cheeky singer, they were showing us Danes what having a good time Irish style was all about. They got everybody joining the fun and singing along songs like “Irish man”, “Firefly” and “My family´s land”. Singer James Cramer’s solo cd “The Road to Kinawley”, with its more quiet songs, is also well worth a listening.
Tupelo in the Tea Room
Another band worth checking out is Canadian Barr Brothers with a folk/blues/ Indies sound and the Glaswegian band Admiral Fallow with their Scottish/Snow Patrol sound. Check out their hit “Isn’t this world enough”.
The last few years, Cajun/Americana/Old time/Swing / Country Blues music has become very popular at the festival. This year “The Pine Leaf Boys”, “Red Stick Ramblers”, “The Revelers”, “Joel Savoy”, “Pokey LaFarge”, “Carolina Chocolate Drops” and “Meshiya Lake and the little Big Horns” did their best to get people dancing.
Over the 4 days there were so many great bands and musicians playing that it would be impossible to mention them all.
So why don’t you come to Tønder Festival next year and join the big 40th celebrations that guarantee fantastic music, new friends and lots of “Hygge”.
You won’t regret it! See you there!
Tønder Festival 1012 - Youtube
2Day's Tune : Crow Black Chicken - John Lee Wee Fresh from their recent Stateside tour Crow Black Chicken have four performances at this years Electric Picnic. Do yourself a favour and go see at least one of their performances as they are tighter then Michael Noonan on budget day.
Friday 8pm Trailer park stage
Sat 10 pm Word stage with BP Fallon
Sun 10pm Word Stage
Their 4th performance is somewhere, some stage, some time. You will just have to keep an ear out!
Tuesday, 27 August 2013
Monday, 26 August 2013
My Bloody Valentine
Two Door Cinema Club
Robert Plant presents Sensational Space Shifters
Duckworth Lewis Method
Ocean Colour Sscene
Noah & The Whale
Dublin Gospel Choir
Sunday, 25 August 2013
THE STONEY BROKES
THE COLD DRAW
SHANNON & THE SHORTCUTS
WHat a great line-up ..... find Saucy Sunday's in the Oxjam tent near to the entrance to the Body & Soul area!
Here's a super song from Dublin band Color//Sound
Saturday, 24 August 2013
Catch Cathy Davey live as part of Jerry Fish's 'Electric Slideshow' in the Trailer Park. Here's a great track to listen to in anticipation for Electric Picnic next week!
Midnight procession of sideshow performers ring in "Together DISCO" 12 Midnight - 4am
Naoise Roo 4:30 - 5:00
Colm Mac Con Iomaire 5:15 - 5:50
The Lost Brothers 6:05 - 6:45
Mick Flannery 6:55 - 7:35
Jerry Fish feat. R.S.A.G with Special Guest Lisa Hannigan
Sideshow Finale 7:50 - 8-:30
Silent Movie Theatre / The Kilo 1977 + Special guest DJ's Incl. The Golden Maverick 8:30pm - 1:00am
THE JERRY FISH ELECTRIC SIDESHOW feat. R.S.A.G ~ 1:00am - 2:30am followed by "Together Disco" Part II
Gavin James 4:30- 5:00
The Freakles 5:15 - 5:50
The Gavin Glass Band 6:05 - 6:45
Cathy Davey 6:55 - 7:35
The Hot Sprockets - Sideshow Finale 7:50 - 8-:30
Silent Movie Theatre / The Kilo 1977 + Special guest DJ's Incl. Sally Cinnamon 8:30 - Midnight
THE JERRY FISH ELECTRIC SIDESHOW feat. R.S.A.G ~ Midnight - 1:30am followed by "The End of The World Party"
Including performances from many of our leading Carnival, Street Theatre performers led by the GORGEOUS Fairie Moe x
Friday, 23 August 2013
More info: https://www.facebook.com/edisonsmusic
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Watch the new video for a great little tune called 'Next Please' with some lovely shots of Dublin ......
Directed by Bob Gallagher, Produced by Tony Flynn.
Myles Manley's 'Greatest Hits 2012-2013' will be released on Sep. 6th via http://www.mylesmanley.com.
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Pre-sale opens tomorrow! It'd be so so special hearing songs like this sung in the Unitarian Church!
Monday, 19 August 2013
Buy the album 'Everything You Need Is Here' from CDBaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/caruso4
Sunday, 18 August 2013
Gypsy Rebel Rabble - Outdoor Dame Lane Stage https://www.facebook.com/GypsyRebelRabble
The band entertained the sizable crowd with their upbeat rootsy folk sounds and their well written good-time fun tunes. Their new album is out soon and I can't wait to hear it.
Tickley Teeth - The Mercantile https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tickly-Teeth/130566600298586
I caught the first few tunes from Tickley Teeth who offers something a bit different. Singing in French and English, the songs intrigue and the performance was pretty decent. Here's an example of the tunage from Tickly Teeth.
The Rusty Fixtures - Dame Lane Outdoor Stage https://www.facebook.com/therustyfixtures
Tipperary's folk-pop band The Rusty Fixtures performed a really good set of songs that got the crowd dancing and bopping their heads. The backing vocals of Keyboardist Mary sets the band apart from most similar acts out there.
My Fellow Sponges - The Workman's Club https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Fellow-Sponges/138758152881243
Galway trippy folk band 'My Fellow Sponges' bring a delightful charm to the festival. Similar to 'The Moldy Peaches' this band create wonderful sounds with quirky lyrics and musicianship. They've a great album in them and I'll be looking out for it in the future.
Quincy - Outdoor Dame Lane Stage
Well for a start I wasn't planning to catch the band I think are called 'Quincy'. I can't find a facebook or breaking tunes page for the band so not 100% sure on their name. Their bluesy folk rock sound dragged me down towards the stage and are well worth checking out.
Stephen Young & The Union - The Globe
Band of the night for me were 'Stephen Young & The Union' with their country rock sound that perfectly suits Stephen's vocal range. From the quality of the songs last night there's be a great second album from the band to be released early in the Summer of 2014. Check out the first single from that album here now .....
Redwoods - Sweeney's Upstairs
Heavily promoted young band from Greystones, Co. Wicklow, Redwoods have everything to become very successful. The band have three excellent vocalists, fine musicianship and good catchy tunes that work.
Well done again to the Jack of Diamond crew for another fine day of music and for introducing excellent bands to new listeners.
2Day's Tune is a tad different to my usual posts but it's brand new Irish music and to me it sounds amazing. It's from Irish electro-pop duo 'R' who release their debut single ‘Change’ in both Ireland and the UK on the 18th Oct via Salt and Shake Records.
'R' is a collaboration between two siblings with burgeoning reputations in their individual artistic directions of film composition and folk-blues and who together create delicious slices of infectious electro-pop.
Saturday, 17 August 2013
Prairie Dawgs https://www.facebook.com/dawgs.prairie
Kicking off the festival on one of the two outdoor stages at the back of The Mercantile, The Prairie Dawgs entertained the large crowd with their mix of folky, bluegrass, harmonious tunes that puts a smaile on your face. The Prairie Dawgs are such a great band. Have a listen to 'Ain't No Money' which was one of the highlights from last night's set:
Gstar & Robb
Local heroes Gstar & Robb played a fine set of acoustic songs which showcased their vocal harmonies. The guys reminded me in many ways to 'The Milk Carton Kids' and 'The Lost Brothers'. I really enjoyed their set.
The Cujo Family https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cujo-Family/101765956532391
It was my first time seeing The Cujo Family and I was really impressed. We made it to Whelans in time to hear 'Dog Gone Crazy' which is one of my favourite tracks of 2013. They've got the right balance between edgy 70's rock and bluesy folk where the impressive keyboard sounds elevates their sound above the ordinary.
Mikey & The Scallywags https://www.facebook.com/mikeyandthescallywags
The Globe regulars got a taste of fine Irish goodtime folk music from Galway band 'Mikey & The Scallywags'. High on entertainment vales I loved their version of Watercress' Candlemaker which was a favourite of mine back in the day. There's massive potential for this band to break into the mainstream real soon.
Markas Carcas https://www.facebook.com/markascarcas
In a night jammed with great music I find myself warming to the 'Stoned Folk' sounds of Markas Carcas. Frontman Markas has amazing guitar skills, good solid vocals, wonderful stage presence as well as a bunch of foot stomping tunes like this one ......
River & Crows https://www.facebook.com/RiversAndCrows
Galway folk duo 'Rivers & Crows' brought beauty and charm to my night with glowing folk sounds that belonged to a candle lit atmospheric setting more than rousing folk rock festival. Regardless of the setting the music was wonderful.
Hassle Merchants https://www.facebook.com/HassleMerchants
Stuck in the basement of Sweeneys we find 'Hassle Merchants' doing their punky songs justice. The band's been around for an age but there's little sign of an album appearing so it felt a bit sterile. The most impressive tune is 'Glory to the DJ' which has the potential to be a huge hit.
Gypsy Rebel Rabble http://www.gypsyrebelrabble.com/
I caught the last 2 songs of Gypsy Rebel Rabble in The Mercantile. It was plainly evident why so many people tell me that this band are amazing and could well be the next Irish band to break onto daytime radio and into the mainstream.
To finish my night I went to check of Kapitals who have a buzz about them from playing a whole bunch of different festivals around Ireland this Summer. Their indie rock sound was pretty solid and agreeable without blowing me away.
For more info on the Jack of Diamonds festival go here: http://www.jackofdiamonds.net/
Check back later today for a slideshow of photos from https://www.facebook.com/AntoKanePhotography
'All Things All At Once' is taken from the new Tired Pony album 'The Ghost of the Mountain' which is released this Monday in the UK.
TIRED PONY presents THE GHOST OF THE MOUNTAIN performed by
IAIN ARCHER, PETER BUCK, RICHARD COLBURN, JACKNIFE LEE, GARY LIGHTBODY, SCOTT MCCAUGHEY & TROY STEWART featuring MINNIE DRIVER, KIM TOPPER and BRONAGH GALLAGHER
Friday, 16 August 2013
The single is taken from Dermot's new album Tiny which is out now.
Catch Dermot on the World Stage at Electric Picnic 2013
Thursday, 15 August 2013
Here's a wonderful tune from Rivers and Crows .....
Wednesday, 14 August 2013
Tuesday, 13 August 2013
September 2013 will see the release of ‘As The Crow Flies’, the second album by fiercely independent folk singer, novelist, and filmmaker Will Varley. The album was recorded in the old smuggling tunnels that riddle the basements of the cottages beneath the seaside town of Deal, Kent.
It is released on DIY label Smugglers Records
that Varley runs alongside a co-operative of fellow southeast based musicians. Over the last five years Smugglers has helped a plethora of artists further their musical endeavours, as well as organising their own sell-out festival deep in the Kent countryside.
Monday, 12 August 2013
Sunday, 11 August 2013
Listen to this song to find out why I rate 'Corner Boy' so much:
Saturday, 10 August 2013
From "Swoon" the debut album by Dott which will be released on November 5th 2013 on Graveface Records.