Monday, 30 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Biggles Flys Again - Chambers

Exciting times ahead for Biggles Flys Again with a tour taking the band to London and Paris as well as releasing a new EP entitled 'Chambers'. This track was one of my favourite from the album ... listen here:




https://www.facebook.com/bigglesflysagain

Biggles Flies Again tour:

OCT 3RD HWCH 13 The Mercantile 10:30
OCT 4TH The Panti Bar, Capel st, Dublin
OCT 19TH Roisin Dubh, Galway
OCT 24TH Whelans, Dublin
OCT 27TH Fading Light Festival, Caherdaniel, Kerry
NOV 13TH The Windmill, Brixton, London
NOV 27TH Le Pop In, Paris

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Album Review: Kate O'Callaghan - The Still Beyond

'The Still Beyond', the debut album from Donegal songstress is an album of folk tunes that's warm, inviting, charming and delicate. A stunning debut album. 



'The Still Beyond' is Kate O'Callaghan accompanied by various musicians proving a blissful soundtrack to her delicate tales of love, desire and relationships that read like poems in the liner notes. When sung by Kate the lyrics come to life and envelop your mind. These are well written songs open to interpretation over delicate music in the form of acoustic guitar, violin, double bass, organ and ukulele.

Songs that impress include 'Reverie of a Radiant Knight' where Kate sings about ... "how beautiful life will be" or 'My Dear' about the pain of being away from a loved one. I love the delicacy of 'Coldness at Dawn' with it's empowering positive lyrics. My favourite song off the album is the jazzy track entitled 'Feel' which suits Kate's vocals with some great lyrics ....



'The Still Beyond' is a great collection of songs, perfect to unwind to and listen as background music and even better to actively listen to.

Kate O'Callaghan - The Still Beyond [10 out of 12]

Buy the album: http://www.kateocallaghan.com/shop/

October 24th Dublin Album Launch
Odessa Live presents Kate O'Callaghan performing w/Seamus Devenny
Dublin launch of Kate's debut album The Still Beyond
+ Special guest Brendan McGlynn & DJ set afterwards.
Tickets: €5
Doors: 8.30pm


2Day's Tune: The Mick Heslin Trio - Pray Not Complain

Pyrite's opening night in Fibbers of Dublin is tonight, brought to you by Dem Fools with an awesome line-up of blues, rock and indie music from The Mick Heslin Trio, The Cold Draw and Dem Fools.



Check out the blues tunes of Mick Heslin here: https://soundcloud.com/mick-heslin



https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mick-Heslin/341020289487

Saturday, 28 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Storyman - Afloat [Formally The Guggenheim Grotto]

One of Ireland's most well traveled touring bands The Guggenheim Grotto is having a fresh start and a new name. Storyman release 'This Time Round' next month through Ingrid Michaelson's Cabin 24 Record label.



I've always loved The Guggenheim Grotto's harmonies and pop melodies and am delighted with their push and fresh start. Afloat from the new album is a lovely tune that deserves to be listened to ....



http://storymanmusic.com/

Friday, 27 September 2013

2Day's Tune: The Cabin Collective - Marrakech

Galway's super group have just released this fine radio friendly catchy tune which makes you want to emigrate down the N17 to Marrakech!




The Cabin Collective, a new nine-piece Galway rock band, featuring members of The Saw Doctors will play their debut headline Dublin show in Whelans on the 27 of June.

The band’s first live gig was on The Late Late Show last week, swiftly followed by 2 sell out shows in The Taibhearc in Galway. Now it’s time for Dublin to see the Cabin Collective.

Featuring some of Irelands best songwriters and musicians such as Keith Mullins, Noelie McDonnell, Larry Kelly, Dave Clancy, Éimhín Cradock, Spud Coen, Rickie O'Neill, Leo Moran and Anthony Thistlethwaite the band are a formidable live force.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

2Day's Tune: We Should Be Dead - Forget Romance, Let's Dance

'Forget Romance, Let's Dance' has to be one of the best indie tracks from an Irish band ever. Love this song and it's available below for free .....





The Limerick three piece released a new album this year entitled 'Dreamstate' and you can get it here: http://weshouldbedead.bandcamp.com/album/dreamstate-album

This version of 'Forget Romance, Let's Dance' is from a collection of rare We Should Be Dead material spanning 10 years. Beginning with some home demos and ending with We Should Be Dead 'Live from San Francisco'. The entire 30 track collection is now FREE to download. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Otherkin - '89

Here's a great video for Dublin based indie rock band 'Otherkin' for their song entitled '89. It's apparently about De La Soul.




Directed by Musicians With Cameras.  https://www.facebook.com/MusiciansWithCameras
Editing by Luke Byrne.
Filming by Otherkin and Musicians With Cameras.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Vienna Teng - Goodnight New York

I discovered 'Vienna Teng' many years ago on other blogs and have kept an eye out for her since. She's back with a new album entitled 'Aims' with a really great album cover ....


'Goodnight New York' is the closing track off the new album and it's beautiful ending to a fine new album.



Listen to the album here: https://soundcloud.com/vienna-teng/sets/aims-paste-exclusive-stream

http://viennateng.com/

Monday, 23 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Gavin Glass - Good Fortune

Mr. Gavin Glass shared a new song a few days back and it's so good that I'm encouraging you to check it out today. It's called 'Good Fortune' and it's a gorgeous slice of country folk with slide guitar, double bass and encouraging, positive lyrics.



'Good Fortune' is taken from Gavin's forthcoming new album .....

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gavin-Glass/181285200674

Sunday, 22 September 2013

2Day's Tune: The Midnight Union Band - if You'd Stay

'If You'd Stay' is the title track, first single and free download from the debut EP of The Midnight Union Band released at the end of August. It's a good-time country folk/american track that's pretty decent indeed. Definitely worth a download at the least:



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

Saturday, 21 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Marc O'Reilly - Lighthouse

Here's a gorgeous new track from Waterford's excellent singer-songwriter Marc O'Reilly ...






Marc O’Reilly – New Single – ‘Lighthouse’
 
Release date - 18th Oct’13 - Salt & Shake Records
 

Irish folk/blues troubadour Marc O’Reilly releases his new single ‘Lighthouse’ through Salt & Shake Records on 18th October. The song is taken from Marc’s forthcoming second album which is scheduled for release in early 2014.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Thursday, 19 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Little Bear - Night Dries Like Ink

I love Derry band 'Little Bear'. They are a seriously good band who are due for Whelans on Thursday, October 3rd.


Here's the new single, Night Dries Like Ink!



More details on the Whelans gig: http://www.whelanslive.com/index.php/little-bear/

https://www.facebook.com/LittleBearOnline

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Christy Moore - Arthur's Day

I've a feeling this might not get much radio play in Ireland but Christy Moore's insight in Arthur's Day deserves your attention ....



http://www.christymoore.com/

Song available on i Tunes 26/9/13.
Taken from the album 'Where I Come From' - out 1/11/13

(1)
Diageo Diageo have mounted a Crusade
creating Arthur's Day they've suckered us into their charade
start 'em off on Alco-Pops tastes just like lemonade
get 'em into the hit while they're young and none the wiser

(2)
Diageo pump the volume up on Arthur's Day
with The Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream, Tom Jones and David Gray
to flog their alcohol they're revvin the youngsters up for a mighty spree
Twitter and Facebook tellin them where The Mumfords 'r gonna be

(Chorus)
Happy Happy Happy Happy Arthur's Day
Its such.... a Happy Clappy Advertisin Scheme
Drink sensibly they implore us, as their Hosannas sound a never-ending chorus
'n kids get hooked on the fantasies that flash before us

(3)
Arthurs Alcoholiday is comin round again
he's the patron saint of porter canonized by the Advertisin' Men
the medics in the ambulance 'll be workin overtime,
the A&E 'll be like a drunk tank in the firing line
while Diageo goes AWOL at closing time
(christy moore. / wally page. IMRO)



Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Album Review: Ultan Conlon - Songs of Love So Cruel

Rarely has an album title adequately summed up the mood and concept of an album. 'Songs of Love So Cruel' is a wonderful album full of warm, charming tales of heartbreak.



Galway's finest singer-songwriter Ultan Conlon has made an album to comfort those out there heartbroken. It's a concept album of anti-love songs packaged in a warm, charming soundtrack of folk music that is both contemporary and also has it's roots firmly in the 50s and 60s.

Every song is beautifully written with some really great tunes on 'Songs of Love So Cruel'. Sabrina Dineen co sings 'The River Flows & The Woods Creep' which is as good a song you'll hear anywhere this year. Other stand-out tracks include 'In The Mad', the first single 'Lonely Avenue' and my personal favourite 'Bristlecone Pines' for the line ...
    "If You Go I'll Love You For All Time, If You Stay Here We Will Only Fight"

To make an album of heartbreaking love songs that sounds this good is a wonderful achievement for Ultan Conlon. It would probably mean more to me if I was in that heartbreaking position myself. As it is, for the musicianship, lyrics, vocals and charm I'd highly recommend you check out this album.

Ultan Conlon - Songs of Love So Cruel [10 out of 12]


2Day's Tune: The Henry Girls - Home

Apart from the huge international success of Irish bands like Kodaline, Little Green Cars, The Strypes, Ryan Sheridan, Villagers [Mercury Nod Again!] .... a huge amount of Irish bands are heading for Europe to tour to audiences that love our artists. For example, David Hope is currently selling out venues in Switzerland, A Band Called Wanda are just back from Sweden and Donegal's 'The Henry Girls' are heading to Germany next week for this tour:


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

I love this song 'Home', downloadable from the widget below.




Monday, 16 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Roisin & The Beards - The Good Times

German folk-pop band with an Irish singer 'Róisín & The Beards' have a 'Pledge Music' campaign to get their debut album mastered & pressed which can be found here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/rnbs

Here's The Pledge



Here's a nice 'Videosong' for the band's single 'The Good Times' where

"1. what you see is what you hear (no lip-syncing for instruments or voice). 
2. if you hear it, at some point you see it (no hidden sounds)."



https://www.facebook.com/roisinandthebeards

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Sunday, 15 September 2013

2Day's Tune: James Canty - Sharks in the Shallows

I seen James Canty support The Staves in the Pepper Canister Church on Friday night and he was really impressive. Something a bit different, a bit cheeky chappie mixed with the darkness of a Jacques Brel. This song is about moving to London, which apparently James never got round to doing ....



http://www.jamescanty.co.uk/

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Saturday, 14 September 2013

Live Review: The Staves - Pepper Canister Church, Friday 13th Sept

A love affair blossomed between myself and The Staves's harmonious folk music in the beautiful, atmospheric Pepper Canister Church in Dublin last night that'll last a very long time. 


Special guest James Canty performed a very solid set of tunes is a Frank Turner meets Leonard Cohen kind of way. The Billericky artist has a number of very good tune that deserve your attention.
 https://www.facebook.com/thisisJamescanty


The Staves gave a masterclass performance of their debut album "Dead & Born & Grown" where you felt this was a special night for Watford sisters. Their harmonies are stunning live, sending shivers down my spine on many occasions. The album sounded wonderful live in a space perfect for the charming folk music from the band. Everything was perfect and enabled me to relax, get into a somber mood and tune into each and every song.


Standout tracks for me last night were 'Mexico' that was written in Liverpool, 'Facing West' which got a big cheer from the crowd and 'Eagle Song'. However I adored 'Icarus' in the set which was dedicated to Myles O'Reilly who made a video of The Staves performing Icarus in St. Stephen's Green in Dublin and can be seen below.



The Staves have the right mix of contemporary songs which nod back to the British folk traditions as well as them stunning vocals. I genuinely can't wait to see The Staves again in concert and I'm eagerly awaiting album number two.

http://www.thestaves.com/


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2Day's Tune: Ruarri Joseph - Severed Dreams

Ruarri Joseph has an 11 date Irish tour beginning on Wednesday after a very successful Gigstarter campaign. Ruarri's album 'Brother' released last year is such a great album and he was the first act we saw live in Glastonbury this year. Tour details are below:




http://ruarrijoseph.co.uk/
Listen to Brother for free here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=thXHbVGa3h0


Surf & Song - Irish tour Sept 2013

Wed 18th - Mc Carthy’s, Dingle
Thurs 19th - Shells Sea Side Cafe, Strandhill 
Fri 20th - Whelan’s, Dublin
Sat 21st - Unitarian’s, Dublin*
Sun 22nd - Coughlan’s Cork*
Mon 23rd - Tuamgraney Church, Clare
Tues 24th - Ruby Sessions, Dublin
Wed 25th - Dolan’s, Limerick*
Thurs 26th - De Barra’s, Clonakilty*
Fri 27th - The White Horse, Ballincollig*

* support for John Smith


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Friday, 13 September 2013

Live Review: Ailie Blunnie - The Grand Social Thurs 12th Sept

Ailie Blunnie, from Carrick On Shannon in the Midlands of Ireland launched her debut EP entitled 'On Love ... and other Murder Mysteries' in fine style in The Grand Social last night. It's been ages since I was at such a relaxed, funny, entertaining and stylish gig as Ailie Blunnie's in Dublin's The Grand Social. 

Photos by Anto Kane: http://www.antokanephotography.com/



Ailie Blunnie is a superb performer, singer and songwriter who'll be forever compared to Regina Spektor or a Julie Feeney but with a funny quirky personality that oozes charm and demands your attention. I've found a new favourite Irish artist in Ailie.



With the risk of being accused of championing, I'm going to come out with a bold statement that last night's gig was the perfect EP launch. Without a support act, Ailie and her band played a varied set of 'Murder Ballads', lullabies, well placed covers and those lyrically perfect quirky tracks that were brought to life last night. Backed by a fantastic rhythm section of drums and double bass as well as Ailie's sister Róisín on keys and two backing vocalists, the band were on top form all evening. A mid set collection of ballads were enhanced by the arrival on stage of Vyvienne Long on cello. The best song in the set was the anti-love song 'Whiskey & Ice' which I adored. Other standout songs in the set were the closing song 'Monsters', the very funny older song of Ailie's entitle 'We Women' and this fine track 'Coming To get Ya' which is the opening track of the EP:





Apart from the music, the most enjoyable aspect of the gig was the fun between song banter between the sisters on stage that was very organic and funny. This along with the lyrics of Ailie's songs made me chuckle and laugh the whole night through. There's a no holds barred attitude to Ailie's lyrics that I love. The lyrics draw you in and the music envelopes you to great effect. This is a superb band that I hope is able to build a good fan-base off the back of this wonderful EP.





Do yourself a favour and listen to the EP here: https://soundcloud.com/ailieblunnie
Buy The EP here: http://ailieblunnie.bandcamp.com/
Like Ailie Blunnie here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ailie-Blunnie-Music/175997555754842

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2Day's Tune: Ricotto Rojo - Indian Chief

New Country Rock Mullingar band 'Ricotto Rojo' uploaded a few tunes onto Soundcloud recently with this tune being the standout track....



There's some fine potential in this band. Give them a Facebook like to keep up to date: https://www.facebook.com/RicottaRMF

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Thursday, 12 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Anna Calvi - Eliza

One of my favourite artists, Anna Calvi is releasing her new album 'One Breath' on the 7th October.



Listen to 'Eliza' here from the album:




http://www.annacalvi.com/

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Jack Johnson - Radiate

The new 'Jack Johnson' album 'From Here To Now To You' is very welcome in my house .....



Good to see Jack back to top form!


..... From Here 2 Now 2 U I Bestow!


Tuesday, 10 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Gavin James - Remember Me


Lovely stuff from Gavin James here with 'Remember Me' the lead and title track off his debut UK EP release.




'Remember Me' EP tracklisting
1. Remember Me
2. For You
3. Slow
4. Lucky

Gavin is special guest of Ryan Keen on his UK tour.

RYAN KEEN SUPPORT TOUR:

5th October Plymouth University
6th October Brighton, The Concorde 2
8th October Preston, 53 Degrees Club
9th October Manchester, Academy 3
10th October Leeds, Cockpit
12th October Birmingham, Institute Temple
13th October Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
15th October Bristol, Fleece
16th October Swansea, Sin City
17th October Norwich, Waterfront
18th October Southampton, Joiners
21st October London, Scala
22nd October Guildford, Boileroom
24th October Stoke on Trent, Sugarmill
25th October Newcastle, Academy 2
26th October Glasgow, The Garage 2
28th October York, The Duchess
29th October Hull, Adelphi

Monday, 9 September 2013

Mix: Coughlan's Live Music Festival 2013

In case you think music festivals for 2013 are finished this wonderful line-up in the intimate 60 seater venue in Cork called Coughlan's appears. Many of the gigs are already sold out but I'm posting music from some of the bands you can see for free at the end of September.

More info: http://www.coughlans.ie/



DAY BY DAY LINE UP 

Thurs 26th Sept.

6pm Festival Open
8pm THE HARD GROUND – Free Adm.


10pm JOHN BLEK & THE RATS- Free Adm.



Friday 27th  Sept.

8pm WALLID BIRD with Special Guest THE MAN WHOM SOLD OUT


11pm O Emperor – Free Adm.



Saturday 28th Sept.

4pm CATHY DAVEY  with Special Guest  ELLY O KEEFFE SOLD OUT

8pm LISA HANNIGAN with Special Guest ANNA MITCHELL SOLD OUT


11pm FRED – Free Adm.



Sunday 29th Sept.


4pm IARLA O LIONAIRD & STEVE COONEY with Special Guests LISA CANNY & CONOR O SULLIVAN (Tickets €17.50)

8pm MICK FLANNERY with special guest Cat Dowling


11pm The Lynch Mob




Monday 30t Sept

Monday Club Festival Special

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2Day's Tune: Billy's Boots - The River

I'm really looking forward to tomorrow night's 'New Music' night in Whelans: 


BILLY'S BOOTS, 

BOOM CHILD, 

CROSSFIRE, 

OTHER CREATURES 


TUES-September 10TH

8pm/€5

Headlining is Billy's Boots from Dublin who ".....an original band with a sound that incorporates rock, soul & blues, influenced byblues artists such as Etta James to rock artists such as ACDC & Fleetwood Mac." 



https://www.facebook.com/billysbootsband

Album Review: Foy Vance - Joy of Nothing

Finally Foy Vance has released his second album entitled 'Joy of Nothing' .... however this is very much a joyous occasion in my books.


Foy Vance has an incredible voice which has the ability to be tender and delicate but when in full flow can inject adrenaline into a song. On 'Joy of Nothing', Foy relies on the full band sound and strings to add depth and texture to that voice to create songs of beauty that work.

I love that I find a new favourite tune on every listen. 'You & I' is my regular 'Earworm' at the minute with it's catchy chorus. 'Janey' is a great love story. Even the "Bromantic" closing track when he duets with Ed Sheeran perfectly brings the album is a satisfying close. The title track is one of the best songs I've heard this year and should be the first place you go to if you want a taster of the album ....


On 'Joy of Nothing', Foy manages to jostle himself between Springsteen and Van Morrison and provides that missing link between the icons. This is a mature album that merges the beauty and charm of 'Astral Weeks' with Springsteen-esque tales of a 'Northern Ireland' upbringing. This with them vocals, fine musicianship and well positioned strings makes 'Joy of Nothing' one of the albums of the year.

Foy Vance - Joy of Nothing [12 out of 12]

Buy from Itunes

http://www.foyvance.com/


Sunday, 8 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Laura Marling - Master Hunter

Laura Marling plays The Olympia on September 29th with Nick Mulvey in support. It's a perfect excuse to share this fine track from Laura's most recent album 'Once I Was An Eagle'.



More details on the Dublin show here: http://www.mcd.ie/listings/fg.php?c=2364017&ar=lauramarling&cat=all

http://www.lauramarling.com/

Saturday, 7 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Oddsocks - Bringing Your Love

Sligo/Dublin band Oddsocks are 'Bringin' Their Love' to London's O2 Academy in Islington where I've no doubt their funky country rock vibes will go down a treat. Here's a track from the 'There's Something's Going On' EP the band are launching tonight.




http://www.oddsocksmusic.com/



Friday, 6 September 2013

2Day's Tune - Ailie Blunnie - "Monster"

2Day's Tune is brought to you by Carrick on Shannon's finest songstress Ailie Blunnie who is releasing her debut EP "on love.. and other murder mysteries" next Thursday, 12th September, in the Grand Social. Doors - 8pm €10 ( €8 with concession).

Thursday, 5 September 2013

2Day's Tune - Stephen Young & The Union - Shine A Light

'Shine A Light' is an awesome song from Irish Americana/Country Rock band Stephen Young & the Union.



'Shine A Light', is for Shane. It will be available on iTunes worldwide from September 14th through our label Cellarmusic Recordings. All proceeds from the single will go directly to the event organisers, and then directly to Shane's recovery costs.



https://www.facebook.com/StephenYoungAndTheUnion

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Cry Monster Cry - The Fallen

Here's a great gig to go to this Saturday:



Two great bands in Whelans this Saturday for ya! 'In Their Thousands' blew me away at Electric Picnic and Cry Monster Cry make beautiful music like this ......



http://www.crymonstercry.com/
https://www.facebook.com/intheirthousands

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Red Queen Contest - Now (Before It Gets Old)

I do love the indie rock of Red Queen Contest. The band have just released this official video for their single 'Now (Before It Gets Old) and it's whetting my appetite for the new album.



Directed, shot and edited by Aidan Farrelly(Bad Apple Films)
Here's the soundcloud widget of the song if you wish ....



http://www.redqueencontest.com/


Monday, 2 September 2013

Electric Picnic - Full Review

Firstly and most importantly ........

Happy Birthday Electric Picnic and well done on securing 10 more years!

All photos by Anto Kane:
http://www.antokanephotography.com/


Read Friday's Review here:
http://2uibestow.blogspot.ie/2013/08/electric-picnic-friday-review.html


Read Saturday's Review here:
http://2uibestow.blogspot.ie/2013/09/electric-picnic-saturday-review.html



Sunday: For many reasons we cut our 2013 experience short but not before catching these wonderful ladies on the main stage:


Kicking off Sunday in fine festive form The Dublin Gospel Choir shine brightly on stage entertaining the Sunday one day trippers and helping to sooth hangovers.

We also got to see a great little set from Jennifer Evans on the Body & Soul main stage where she proved how wonderful an artist she is as well as catching most of the stunning set from Northern Ireland songstress 'Silhouette' in the Little Big Tent.

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Final Thoughts

The Electric Picnic I experienced was awesome but I didn't get to a quarter of the events that I wanted to go to. I'd have loved to stayed in Mindfield the whole weekend. Or stay by the Salty Dog stage all weekend. Or float between the main stages! Due to the scale that is 'Electric Picnic' there's space for everyone and a place for everyone to feel comfortable. I felt I belonged in the Mindfield area and certainly in the Salty Dog/Trailer Park arena but I never felt the love at Body & Soul. Even with all the wonderful art installations on show I felt the atmosphere muted especially in comparison the Salty Dog area.

Examples of Art on display in Body & Soul:




So here's a general Top 5 of random things from the weekend!

Top 5 Stages

1. The Trailer Park
2. The Salty Dog                                                                                   Top 5 Irish Acts
3. The Word stage at Mindfield
4. The Oxjam Stage                                                                      1. The Hot Sprockets - The Salty Dog
5. Trenchtown                                                                               2. The Trampz - Trailer Park
                                                                                                     3. Pete Pamf Sextette - Salty Dog
                                                                                                     4. Marc O'Reilly -  Brownbread Mixtape
                                                                                                     5. Bronagh Gallagher - Salty Dog

Top 5 Moments

1. Hearing 'Loveless' tracks being bounced around the arena from My Bloody Valentine
2. Seeing the lead singer of The Trampz throw a shirtless man off the Trailer Park stage.
3. Watching a true entertainer and performer Bronagh Gallagher re-invigorate her career on Saturday night.
4. The Pony Girls Burlesque show as part of Jerry Fish's Electric Sideshow was so damn funny. 
5. Seeing The Hot Sprockets looking like true rock-stars on The Salty Dog Stage.


Can we have 10 more years of Electric Picnic please?


2Day's Tune: Pete Pamf - Love Song

One of the highlight's from this weekend's Electric Picnic was discovering those amazing artists that slipped past my radar. "Pete Pamf's Sextette", a five piece band on the Salty Dog consisting of Pete, Neil Hannon on keys, Cathy Davey on drums as well as Emmaline Duffey-Fallon on drums also simply blew me away. The attitude filled songs like 'Love Song' were very funny and entertaining!

Don't listen if you're easily offended!




Listen to more tunes here: https://soundcloud.com/pamfster-1


Sunday, 1 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Dearly Beloved - She

One of the best bands at this year's 'Indie Week' was Canadian rockers 'Dearly Beloved' who are touring the UK & Ireland this month. Check out this fine tune 'She' from their debut album "Hawk Vs Pigeon":







DEARLY BELOVED UK & EUROPE TOUR

Sept. 7: Southampton, UK @ Joiner’s
Sept. 8: Bristol, UK @ 02 Academy 2
Sept. 9: London, UK @ Barfly
Sept.10: Manchester, UK @ Alter Ego
Sept. 11: Sheffield, UK @ The Corporation
Sept. 12: Glasgow, SCO @ Garage 2
Sept. 13: Edinburgh, SCO @ Liquid Rooms
Sept. 16: Paris, FR @ Le Pop In
Sept. 19: Dublin, IE @ Whelan’s
Sept. 20: Mullingar, IE @ Number 1

*More dates to be announced

Electric Picnic - Saturday Review

It was Saturday when the fondness for The Salty Dog and the Trailer park went turned to full on love and I became disillusioned again by the Body & Soul area. Here's a few lines on each of the acts I got to see on a comfortable Saturday in Stradbally.

The Young Folk - Little Big Tent

The Young Folk are an ever evolving band who performed a set made up primarily on new material to be recorded this Autumn for album number two. The new songs have a real edge to them and you can sense the band are gelling better than ever. It was a solid set from a band on the rise.

Ultan Conlon - Body & Soul Main Stage

Ultan is a proper gentleman who has his second album ready to be released next month. The nostalgic sounds from Ultan belong to time well forgotten but sound refreshing and intriguing, enhanced by Ultan's wonderful vocals.

Valerie June - Little Big Tent and later on The Salty Dog

Valerie June is one of my favourite acts of the year and released a superb debut album. She has that star quality to stop people in their tracks and you could real music fans in appreciative mood. Do go a check out that debut album available here: http://www.valeriejune.com/fr_home.cfm

Marc O'Reilly - The Brownbread Mixtape on The Word stage in Mindfield

In what will be the find of the fesatival with timing on our side we sauntered into Mindfield to find Marc O'Reilly taking to stage for a short set of wonderful tunes from the talented Waterford singer-songwriter and guitar maestro. It was a magical 15 minutes to admire followed by a rendition of the 'My Blood is Boiling for Ireland' by the Brownbread guys Enda & Kalle.  http://brownbreadmixtape.wordpress.com/

Cold Comfort - The Salty Dog

The Cold Comfort set was decent enough but left me uninspired. There was a few enjoyable tunes but nothing there to really get excited about from their brand of alternative rock.

The Lost Brothers - Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow stage

I'll never get tired of seeing this melodic two piece singing in harmony over acoustic guitars. They raced through their most well known tunes and were full of charm.

Mark Mulcahy - Body & Soul Main Stage

What an honour it was in see Mark Mulcahy live at Electric Picnic. An indie legend he brought grace and expertise to the festival with a set of his well known tunes from decades of great albums.

Little Green Cars - Electric Arena

Beginning the set in hushed tones, the large appreciative crowd lapped up the golden boys and girl of Irish music. They did themselves and their album proud. A great, great band who deserve to be where they are at the forefront of Irish music.

Gavin James - Rankin Woods Stage

After five songs from Little Green Cars I popped over to catch a few minutes from Gavin's Set. Highlights from the set include 'Home' and his cover of 'Get Lucky'.

Whistle - The Trailer Park

Americana roots band 'Whistle' really impressed me on The Trailer Park with their mix of original and cover songs that got people dancing in the fading light. The star of the band was the Fiddle player whose musicianship excelled.

Bronagh Gallagher - The Salty Dog

What a great gig it was from Bronagh Gallagher. She had everyone moving and dancing in the Salty Dog area with a band of fine musicianship and great songs from Bronagh. She was so entertaining that it was one of the performances on the weekend.

Pete Pamf Sextette - The Salty Dog

Pete Pamf blew me away with his band of well known merry men and women. Pete was like a 'Hamill on Trial' act who semi-raps his was through a chaotic set of songs that worked. The set really blew me away.

Matthew E. White - Body & Soul main stage.

I love Matthew E. White's debut mini album and his sound. It's a great band but they were playing the most sterile environment I've ever been at with no atmosphere. The Body & Soul fails to inspire.

The Hot Sprockets - The Salty Dog

My Saturday at Electric Picnic ended with the great and wonderful 'Hot Sprockets'. In comparison to previous times seeing the band, their set in made up of brilliant tunes. Not a dude tune in earshot with the highlight being 'Sleep Shake'.