Monday, 24 November 2014

Interview: Columbia Mills



On the 29th of November COLUMBIA MILLS will play their first headline show in Dublin


Dear Desert will be joining them on the night!! 



In the intimate venue upstairs in Whelanslive.



The show marks the release of Columbia Mills debut EP 
'Factory Settings' 
Out on the 28th of November



Available to Pre Order Now for only €1.99



Tickets are just 8euro and are available at the link above

Check out Dear Desert here on soundcloud. https://soundcloud.com/dear-desert


1.     Who are you?
Columbia Mills

2.     Where are you based? 
Bray/Dublin

3.    What achievements do you want me to know about?
Our first single "Never Gonna Look at You the Same" has got some good radio airplay which we're delighted about

4.    What are you up to now?
Promoting the release of our debut EP "Factory Settings" out on the 28th of November on iTunes . 

5.    Name something unique about you or/and your product?  
Check out our lyrics video on youtube



6.    What is the best song ever written? 
Hopefully we haven't heard it yet

7.    What's the best album ever made?
Very hard to say! 

8.     What are your future plans? 
Our  EP launch will be Upstairs in Whelans on the 29th November with Dear Desert supporting. We can't wait 

9.   Where can I spend money on you or your product?
Pre Order our debut EP: Columbia Mills "Factory Settings" on  iTunes . Thanks for asking!


Interview: Nizlopi



FIRST TOUR IN SIX YEARS FOR PLATINUM-SELLING “JCB SONG” CHART TOPPERS

IRELAND Dublin: Whelan’s Saturday, November 29, 8pm “Political, intense, angular and beautiful” - Colin Murray, BBC Radio 1 “Everything I know about live performance I learned from them” - Ed Sheeran

 The hugely successful, highly original, inescapably endearing duo NIZLOPI are back on the road this November, for the first time since their 2008 split – armed with a brand new live CD. The tour finale will be in Dublin - their sole Irish date. Here Luke gives us a glimpse of himself in an interview:


 1. Who are you?
We are Nizlopi - a radical folk hip hop duo from Warwickshire, England.

 2. Where are you based?
Now we're in London, but travelling, playing and writing all over.

 3. What achievements do you want me to know about?
We've made music we're really proud of about things we're passionate about. As a band on our own Independent label we have played Hyde Park, Wembley, and soon the Royal Albert Hall. We've been influential on great young artists like Ed Sheeran.

 4. What are you up to now?
We're on tour and coming to Dublin on the 29th Nov! Writing, organising. And we're both cranking other projects too.

  5. Name something unique about you or/and your product?
We like mixing politics, humour and joy with hip hop jazz and folk.

  6. What is the best song ever written?

To this impossible question I answer 'Mulema' by Richard Bona.

 

7. What's the best album ever made.
Munirr bashir live in Budapest

  8. What are your future plans? To make red hot songs, help people and be a good lover.

  9. Where can I spend money on you or your product? Nizlopi.com
 


See Nizlopi live this Saturday Nov 29th in Whelans. Support provided by a local legend Gary Dunne and Aisling O'Gorman. Tickets here: http://www.whelanslive.com/index.php/wav-tickets/nizlopi-tickets/

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Preview: Turning Pirates's New Year's Eve Mixtape

As usual we have a great line-up for Dublin's best New Years Eve party in Vicar Street from the good people of Turning Pirate. Listen to three of the acts here now: Adam Matthews https://soundcloud.com/adammatthewsmusic The Young Folk http://theyoungfolk.com/ Brooka Brass Band https://www.facebook.com/BookaBrass Check out this great video of last year's MIXTAPE from 'Musicians With Cameras'

Saturday, 22 November 2014

The Noisy Plug Interview: The Once


by Hazey Lake

Over the past five years, the Once has been quietly making a name for themselves in their native Canada. The Newfoundland-based band has collected a trio of Canadian Folk Music Awards, been named Newfoundland & Labrador Art Council’s Artist of the Year and earned a Juno nomination for best Roots/Traditional album.

In the coming year, however, the rest of the world will get to discover the joyous, harmony-rich acoustic music that have made them such favorites in their homeland. This summer, the trio (Geraldine Hollett, Andrew Dale and Phil Churchill) released Departures – their first album on Nettwerk Records – as well as embark on a world tour opening for Passenger, beginning in America, before heading to Europe and then Australia and Asia.

 They are supporting Passenger in the 3 Arena tonight November 22nd. Last night The Once popped into Hazel Lake on The Noisy Plug and had a chat. Have a listen below.

 


The Once will be back in Ireland playing The Workman's Club on May 7th 2015. For more information, check out their website. http://www.theonce.ca/

Video: Coughlan's Live Festival 2014





Those 'Musicians With Cameras' have just released their new video onto YouTube showcasing the best of Coughlan's of Cork recent Live Music Festival that took place at the end of November. Hear and see Wallis Bird live with glimpses of the likes of John Blek & The Rats, Anna Mitchell, RSAG, Joe O'Leary, Mick Flannery, I Draw Slow and many fans enjoying the best music venue in Ireland.



Friday, 21 November 2014

Interview: Miriam Donohue




1.     Who are you?
I'm Miriam Donohue a singer/songwriter from Galway, based in Dublin.

2.  What achievements do you want me to know about?
In 2013 I was featured on TG4 music show Ceol ar an Imeall and was chosen by The John Murray show, RTE Radio1 to play at Castlepalooza. In 2014 I was selected to play in Whelans Ones To Watch Festival and I was also in the Final Five of the Hotpress Big Break Competition this year. And I just recently supported the brilliant Martha Wainwright in Whelans.

3.    What are you up to now?
Right now I'm in the middle of a Fundit campaign to record my Debut Album, and I'll be heading into the studio with Gavin Glass in December to record.
Upcoming gigs:
20th Upstairs in Whelans @ 8pm
23rd Whelans supporting Ultan Conlon @ 8pm
Thurs 27th Boyles Slane Purple Sessions @ 9pm
Dec 2nd Mart Gallery, Rathmines @ 8pm
Dec 6th Supporting David Geraghty from BellX1, in Abner Browns 8pm

4.    Name something unique about you or/and your product? 
Im a special little snowflake! I love singing and writing songs, Im not tryna be or sound like anyone but myself, and I think that comes across in my music. In a live gig situation, Ive got a great knack of embracing my inevitable musical hiccups as part of some hilarious endearing stage banter! ;)

5.  What is the best song ever written? 
Woah now! Thats not fair on all the other songs! In this moment my answer is ... “Aguas de Marco” by Antonio Carlos Jobim as sung by Elis Regina. It never fails to make me happy:) What's great is I've no idea what the words mean:) My other contender is Joni Mitchell “Case of you”, absolutely beautiful!



6.    What's the best album ever made? 
You don't ask easy questions! For pure nostalgia reasons I'm gonna say Radiohead Kid A one of those teenage albums I played on a loop and thought wow this is good music!

7.     What are your future plans?
Well next year I'll be releasing an album, touring around Ireland and further afield, and getting to play to a wider audience. I'd like to collaborate with artists and filmmakers and make lots of music videos next year too to coincide with album so anyone interested get in touch:)

8.   Where can I spend money on you or your product?
You can contribute to my Fundit album campaign before the 9th December here:

You can also buy my current EP Bookmarks here



Top 5 Gigs: Nov 21st - Nov 28th





1. Gig of the Week - Jennifer Evans, Whelans Fri 21st

http://www.whelanslive.com/index.php/jennifer-evans/
Listen to the unmistakable vocals of Jennifer Evans here:




2. Passenger with support from the Once 
            3Arena, Saturday 22nd November


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3. Raphaels EP Launch, Whelans Thursday 27th
           with support from Ray Scully & Mongoose



4. Wallis Bird - The Academy, Sat Nov 22




5. Ultan Conlon & The Bluebirds, Whelans, Sun Nov 23rd
The BlueBirds are Jenny Groarke, Lorraine Flanagan and Laura Lynn from Galway and will be accompanying Ultan for this stripped back show.


Interview: Raphaels




1.     Who are you?

We are 'Raphaels', your friendly neighbourhood band - Ray on vocals and guitar, Michael on bass and backing vocals, Junior on lead guitar.

2.     Where are you based?

Dublin, most of the time.

3.    What achievements do you want me to know about?

I'd count releasing our debut EP 'Colours & Sounds' as a big achievement. It involved an awful lot of organisation and effort and it's paid off. We were also recently chosen to be the Hot Press band of the week and had a track played on Radio Nova.

4.    What are you up to now?

Right now, final preparations for the launch gig of our EP, on the 27th November in Whelan's, and planning for our next studio session and some UK dates in 2015.

5.    Name something unique about you or/and your product?

I'd say we're all proud of the fact that it's difficult to definitively say we sound like any other band when you listen to our music. We have an awful lot of influences, and it shows in our variety. Ray dabbles in the visual arts as well and being a songwriter www.facebook.com/razormullan.

6.    What is the best song ever written?

Hmm... That depends on the day and the mood you're in! I've had 'Sir Duke' by Stevie Wonder stuck in my head for a few days now.



7.    What's the best album ever made?

Michael: As above... I'm in love with The Beatles' 'Rubber Soul', and have been for about fifteen years.

Ray: If I had to pick I would say ‘Bleed American’ by Jimmy Eat World.

8.     What are your future plans?

We're looking at heading into the studio again at the start of 2015, this time to record a longer EP, sort of a mini album. We've also been asked to go back to Liverpool for a gig or two, so that's going to be the starting point for a UK tour.

9.   Where can I spend money on you or your product?


Our EP 'Colours & Sounds' is on iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/colours-sounds-ep/id931029560) and Bandcamp (https://raphaels.bandcamp.com/), and we'll have a few physical copies at future gigs.



Thursday, 20 November 2014

Album Review: Hvmmingbyrd by Hvmmingbyrd



Hvmmingbyrd Album Review by Una Begley

Maynooth five-piece, all-female band Hvmmingbyrd celebrated the launch of their self-titled album last week. Not normally a lover of female vocal bands, after suffering through one too many Christina Aguilera-esque screeching efforts, their album “Hvmmingbyrd” has done the unexpected by restoring my faith. Full of rich harmonies that intertwine with simple classic melodies, this is a real pleasure to listen to, and cements the fact that Hvmmingbyrd cannot be boxed into the “girl band” category.

Hvmmingbyrd’s sound transcends pigeon-holing into one particular genre - to borrow lead singer Deborah Byrne’s description, their sound is ‘somewhere between indie folk, acoustic pop, reggae and blues’. While the harmonies on their folk ballads such as “The One I Love” are a highlight, and are what kept me hitting the repeat button, it is this surprising mix of styles that makes this release something quite special.

As a pleasant surprise, although “Etre Moi” is sung entirely in French, it was “Bluebird” that transported me to hazy summer days lazing in French sunshine, and proved to be the perfect antidote to a grey November day stuck in Dublin.

Their hauntingly beautiful song Nineteen was a personal favourite, and I’m sure will resonate with a lot of listeners. It perfectly captures the delicate vocal strength of the band and improves with every listen.

I strongly recommend checking out the album (available for €10 at hvmmingbyrd@gmail.com or listen here http://open.spotify.com/album/6YZfW4yzsoLPbcCTyhzx8r) and I look forward to seeing Hvmmingbyrd live soon.

Hvummingbyrd by Hvmmingbyrd 10 out of 12

Interview: Nev from Youth Mass



1. Who are you?

I'm Nev and I play guitar in the phenomenal Youth Mass!

2. Where are you based?

We're all from Trim in Co. Meath.Only me and Willy (Drummer) still live here though, the two Mullarkey brothers defected to Leixlip.

3. What achievements do you want me to know about?

I know every word to Paul's Boutique by The Beastie Boys. Playing memorable gigs like the Olympia and Electric Picnic would come a distant second to that.

4. What are you up to now?

I'm sitting at home having a cup of tea, evaluating the nuances of Danny Dyer's best performances on the silver screen.

5. Name something unique about you or/and your product?

While my main thing is being in Youth Mass, i also moonlight as the sexiest living man.

6. What is the best song ever written?

Lisa Loeb - Stay (I Missed You)



7. What's the best album ever made?

Tough question - I'd have to go with The Cure - Disintegration. Flawless. 

8. What are your future plans?

Well immediately, we're having a release party for our new single Tony Don't You Worry in the Twisted Pepper on Saturday November 22nd. The label we're with, Pickled Onion records, are hosting the night with the excellent Half of Me supporting and its free in. We've been on a tour of Ireland since October, so we'll be entering into the last leg of that then in December, finishing up in Whelans on 20th December.

In the long term, it would be to discover who it is, in this country, who is watching and supporting Mrs Brown's Boys.

9. Where can I spend money on you or your product

You can buy our debut album Morning Run | Evening Sun and our single on iTunes, Google Play or actually physical cd's off the album from our website www.thisisyouthmass.com


Album Review: A Lazarus Soul - Last of the Analogue Age




Last of the Analogue Age is an Irish Indie masterpiece of an album. I love every harsh, glorious note and lyric of an album born and bred from the dying embers of a school in Finglas South.

Partly recorded in Patrician College, the school singer and principal songwriter Brian Brannigan attended, 'Last of the Analogue Age' is an emotional coming of age album for those of us who have the opportunity to reflect back. As with every great album I hear a new favourite lyric or line on each listen. These lyrics are encased within a wonderful indie rock soundtrack that swirls around the tales, thoughts and sensibilities of Brian Brannigan.



'Last of the Analogue Age' is a complete unit of songs that has the ability to floor you on every listen with it's maturity and insight fullness. Kicking off with 'Midday Class', a seven minute anthem sets the scene perfectly with lines as powerful as ...

" In the neighbourhood there was nothing doing, with a job as rare as the sun in June
So we smoked some puff & cards were played, sold socks & jocks & razor blades.
See when times are tough, they are at their peak in the underground economy"  ......


'The Future's Not Ours' is one of those reflective songs. Looking back on his childhood, making sense of the now. I adore the lyrics of 'Ghettoblaster' written about the secret sounds of the city. In truth there's not a bad song on the album. 

A Lazarus Soul - 11 out of 12


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

The Lingo Festival: In Words, Numbers & Videos



"LINGO is a new spoken word festival, the first of its kind in Ireland. Our vision is to be a dynamic and inclusive celebration of words and live language that will present the exciting underground Spoken Word scene to a broad audience and develop new spoken word artists. Long live the live literature! "

http://www.lingofestival.com/

Check out a selection of videos from performers at the first Lingo Festival:

Words by John Cummins Music by Dirty Beaches






I am the Revolution. Words by Karl Parkinson. Music by RSAG






Swim - Words by Colm Keegan. Music by Ana Morley.


Interview: Rossa from Kila [As Gaeilge]




1. Cé Tusa? Is mise Rossa Ó Snodaigh

2. Cá bhfuil tú lonnaithe? Cluainín Uí Ruairc, Contae Liatroma

3. Cad iad na gaiscí ar mian chur fén ár mbráid? Ceoltóir is bunaitheoir mé leis an mbuíon ceol Kíla atá ag seinnt ceol le chéile ar feadh 27. Tá 14 albam eisithe againn agus táimid tar éis seinnt in os 35 tir ar fud an domhan. Tá trí leabhar scriofa agam 'Cliúsaíocht as Gaeilge', 'Our Fada' agus 'The Joy of Pissing'. Rinne mé dhá dhráma a stiúradh Pat the Ppe Píobaire don ridió agus Líon Mo Bhearna. Cathaoirleach ba ea mé ar choiste bhunaithe Gaelscoil Chluainín agus OCP mé ar an choiste chun Coláiste Loch Gile a bhunú.

4. Cad 'tá ar bun agat faoi láthair? Táim ag cleachtadh le kíla chun ceol úr a chumadh, tagus táimid ar tí albam a 15 a eisiúint dar teideal Suas Síos.

5. Ainmnigh rud éigin sainiúl fút fein nó do tháirge? Cainteoir dúchais as Bleá Cliath mé, Cumann is cóiríonn muid i Kíla ár gceol féin is eisíonn muid na h-albaim ar ár lipéad féin.

6. Cad é an t-amhrán is fearr a scríobhadh riamh? An amhrán ar cuireadh inár gcodhladh sinn

7. Cad é an tAlbam is fearr ar déanadh riamh? An chéad ceann eile

8. Cad tá á inleadh agat don tochaí? Tá clár le taifead agam ar chanúntí daltaí na gaelscoileanna san iar-thuaisceart

9. Cár féidir liom m'airgead a chaitheamh oct agus do tháirgeadh? www.kila.ie


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Whelanslive.com presents                               KILA

plus guest Main Venue

Solistice. The shortest day of the year. The longest night of the year! And what better way to spend it than dancing to Kíla’s tunes in Whelans on the 21st of December.



Single Review: Squarehead - 2025



Squarehead are back with an awesome new single 2025 and it's great for three reasons.

1. Finally Squarehead have a song that lives up to their potential. It's Weezer-esque is style, with great lyrics and a catchy chorus. One of the best songs I've heard all year.

2. It's being released through bandcamp for charity: All proceeds from the sale of this track go towww.immaturityforcharity.com raising money for St Francis' Hospice in Raheny

3. 2 friends of the band made this official video for the band!



Video Credits:





Video by Domhnall and Brian Gleeson, Hugh O'Conor, Michael Moloney and Rowan Averill
Thanks to Mary, Brendan, Eoin, Siobhan, Fergus, Rory, Seán and Toots the Train
squarehead.bandcamp.com
immaturityforcharity.com

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Interview: Harrison & The Devil

Photo Credit: Patrickkavanagh.ie 

1. Who are you?

Macabre indie - garage rockers Harrison & The Devil - David Hickey, Eric Martyn, Ja McDonagh, and (as of a few days ago) Liza McCann.

2. Where are you based?

We proudly fly the flag for the graveyard of ambition, between the docks and the west end of Galway City.

3. What achievements do you want me to know about?

We have put out two releases so far through Citóg Records and Wingnut Records. The first of which, released in Winter 2013, was the ‘Cat Matters EP’ which was well received by Hot Press, Golden Plec & Dave Fanning amongst others. It was also included in Nialler9’s Top 5 Irish EPs of 2013 along with Hozier and MMOTHS.

In the Spring of this year we put out a double A-Side single, ‘Mary (Had A Baby)/Blue Blood’, which charted well and received great radio airplay. Beyond that, I think Ja came 2nd or 3rd in a Texaco Children’s Art contest embarrassingly recently, Hickey has a trophy in schools debating he’s very proud of and Liza is the unofficial Queen of the west.

4. What are you up to now?

After gigging around Ireland following the ‘Mary/Blue Blood’ release and hype, we took a month or two off. Ja traveled to South America, Eric (a stage actor by trade, and Gaiety alumni) starred in Adrian Lavelle & John O’Connor premiere run of ‘A Room With No View’ and Hick worked with Baboró, the international Arts Festival for children.

Our original bass player Rick O’Connor a.k.a. Blackie moved on and up to Belfast recently to pursue his career in human rights & international conflict. Honestly! The lad’s wicked smart. In his place we have been joined by Liza McCann, a nightclub promoter who also fronts the hard indie group ‘Boyfights’.

At the moment, we are wrapping up the arrangements of about a dozen or so tracks over the winter & spring before we hit up Hob Hunker Studios to record a debut album. Which should hopefully see the light of day towards the end of 2015. At this literal moment, we are ironically watching X-Factor. . . we think.

5. Name something unique about you or/and your product?

All but 1 or 2 of our songs centre around one story. Basically, Ja, who is a writer day to day, was in the middle of writing a novel. It was about the following. . . “Having went through a bad break up, Juan Julio, a Basque chap, leaves Spain to spend a summer in Galway. On a night out in The Blue Note he meets two ladies, Mary Badger & Alex Bird. They bring him back to a hipster house party, have their wicked way with our hero and then, unfortunately, murder him. Leaving Alex Bird full of remorse, and Mary Badger exhilarated”. The novel mainly followed the aftermath.

As I am sure you’ve guessed from the synopsis, the novel wasn’t very good, and Ja scraped it about a third way through. The tale stuck with him though and Ja wrote a song about it (which became the opening track of our Cat Matters EP ‘The Badger & The Bird’). He showed it to David, who was his housemate. A few days later a band was formed and we were playing the Fringe Festival. The name of the scrapped novel was. . . Harrison & The Devil.

6. What is the best song ever written?

FREEBIRD! Seriously though, impossible to choose. The best song any of us have written though was when David thought he made history by writing a pop masterpiece a few years back. Unfortunately both the Future Kings of Spain and Weezer had pretty much already wrote the song.

7. What's the best album ever made?

Jeff Buckley’s Grace, Neil Young’s On The Beach, and The Smashing Pumpkins’ Siamese Dream.



8. What are your future plans?

In the near future. . . recording our debut album, getting back on the road, releasing a single & video after Easter, and hitting the festivals & continent.

9. Where can I spend money on you or your product?

For reasons out of our hands we haven’t been able to stick the EP and single up on Amazon, Spotify, iTunes, etc but they should be up in the new year. In the meantime you’ll have to settle for all good record stores nationwide and from bandcamp at http://harrisonandthedevil.bandcamp.com. You can keep up to date then at http://www.facebook.com/harrisonandthedevil

Preview: Orla Gartland - UK & Irish 'The Lonely People' Tour





We have a good feeling that 2015 will be a great year for Orla Gartland. A UK & Ireland tour will be followed by a trip to North America in March 2015.

Tickets for the above shows go on sale tomorrow:  http://www.orlagartland.com/


Festival News: Knockanstockan 2015


AKPhotography - Travis Oaks at KS2014

Knockanstockan announced two huge bits of news on their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/KnockanStockan/116271338387011

1. Submissions for bands open this week. Keep an eye out on the above facebook page for details!

2. First band announced are the awesome Syd Arthur who are on an Irish Tour in early December:






http://sydarthur.co.uk/




Monday, 17 November 2014

Interview: Paul Creane & The Changing Band




One of the best things about The Ceol Collective is this new interview feature. Reading these honest and insightful answers from Paul Creane I became interested in the man himself, listened to his music and can now consider myself a fan. Be sure you do the same!



1. Who are you?



2. Where are you based?

Based in Wexford, Ireland

3. What achievements do you want me to know about?

Personally to date, what I am most proud of is our second album,
released at the beginning of this year called "The Clock." It has
given us great opportunities in touring Europe and the lead single,
In Lieu Of You, got the the final of the International Songwriting
Contest. We are in a small group of acts that have reached the final
two years in a row.


4. What are you up to now?

Right now we are about to head to Europe again for a tour (Tuesday
18th) of The Netherlands and Germany. We come back in the first week
of December and then it's straight into a week run of a play I'm
lucky enough to have a part in. New to the acting game but loving
it. After that we head to Cork to record our new EP, due for release
in March. Busy and happy times.

5. Name something unique about you or/and your product?

One thing we have started this year is what we call CD Home Gigs.
They've been a great success for us. Simple concept. We pack our
instruments into the van and turn up to somebody's living room to
play an intimate set of our material. These have been my favourite
things to do this year. Because of the settings we get to play a lot
of material that doesn't quite work in louder venues, particularly
pubs. The momentum for them is building so hoping to do a lot more
of them next year. Hosted two in my own place this week. Not sure
if it was worth the clean up but good craic was had.

6. What is the best song ever written?

Impossible to answer. Truthfully anyway. You could ask me every day
for the rest of my life and I would give you a different answer. I'm
gonna cheat and give you three off the top of my head right now that
have been consistent favourites of mine for a long time. A Change Is
Gonna Come (Sam Cooke). Wichita Lineman (Glen Campbell). Have You
Forgotten (Red House Painters.)


7. What's the best album ever made?

Again I'm gonna cheat. I have to pick three or these questions will
plague me for days. Three personal favourites. Mule Variations (Tom
Waits). Mid Air (Paul Buchanan) Bon Iver (Bon Iver)

8. What are your future plans?

Touring and recording are top of the list. I'm looking forward to
2015 more than I have any year. I was giving a fantastic opportunity
to act in a production this year that has had an amazing run. It was
written by Paul O'Brien, of Blood Red Turns Dollar Green fame. He's
an amazing writer and director and because of him I have the bug. So
I want to keep that up and look to expand next year. Also, I'll be
releasing my first novel next year which is really exciting for me.
The future for me, is about expanding the network of people I work
with, taking risks and having craic.

9. Where can I spend money on you or your product?

Admirably phrased. You can buy our album on iTunes or get in touch
with me through our Facebook page and we can post a hard copy out to
you. Ideally we will be passing through somewhere close to you soon
and you can pop by a show, have a good night out and we can give you
an album the old school way, face to face.



Live Review: Ray Scully - Workmans Club Nov 16th





Ray Scully put on one hell of a great album launch that was a celebration in the best of live music in a great venue with a superb crowd.

Support acts The Radioactive Grandma and Kicking Bird provided excellent support sets. 

The Radioactive Grandma in their new four piece set-up proved to me why so many people rate them highly. They have this indie 90's vibe fused with the synth pop of the 80s. Strangely it works. 


Kicking Bird were simply awesome. Talk about genre hoping. The band went from country ballads, to indie folk to Swiss yodalling in a few short songs to great affect. Blessed with two awesome singers, 'Kicking Bird' are one of the best bands I've seen this year.


One of the most enjoyable aspects of the album launch was seeing Barry Jazz Finnegan at work on a portrait of  Jax from Sons of Anarchy. http://www.barryjazzfinnegan.com/  Was great to see a genius at work.

Ray Scully performed a great set of tunes taken from his debut album "Let's Blow This Town". For most of the gig Ray was on stage with the full band broken up by a mid set trio of songs performed by Ray and his mate Shanners on cajon. Stand out tracks include "I Found A Dollar", "I Won't let You Fade" and my favourite from last night, "Coming Home".  

I admire Ray for being a honest songwriter in the same mould as Glen Hansard. Ray has the potential and determination to reach those same heights. Be sure you check out Ray Scully!





Video - Haley Heynderickx | Thoughts of an Anxious Twenty-Something





Haley Heynderickx | Thoughts of an Anxious Twenty-Something
An exclusive video from Musicians with cameras - Stephen Allan

     


Haley Henderickx  - Facebook / Youtube / Soundcloud
Video courtesy of   -  Musicians With Cameras.
Photo above courtesy of Aidan Murphy - The Monday Echo.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Festival News@ Kilkenny Roots Festival Announces Calexico as Headliners

First 5 Acts announced for 2015's Kilkenny Roots Festival with Calexico 
returning to Kilkenny to HEADLINE.



Here's the first 5 acts announced here:

Calexico - Para




Ryan Boldt - Love is Pleasin'



I'm With Her - Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz & Aoife O'Donovan


Kacy & Clayton



Cale Tyson


Saturday, 15 November 2014

Interview: The Once [Support to Passenger, 3Arena, Nov 22nd]


Ceol Collective Q&A – The Once



1. Who are you? 

We are The Once - Geraldine Hollett, Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale. 


2. Where are you based?

We are based out of St. John's, NL, Canada. 

3. What achievements do you want me to know about? 

Outside of landing a world tour with Passenger? We won some awards. Music NL, ECMA, CFMA's and were nominated for a Juno. It's Canada's version of a Grammy or Brit Award. 


4. What are you up to now?
We are on a world tour opening for Passenger. We just released our 4th studio album and we are preparing videos for release and preparing our very own headlining tour.



5. Name something unique about you or/and your product? 

We are an acoustic, vocal driven band. We don't have drums or bass on stage. We make up for it by using stomp boxes, tambourines and the Bodhrán.

6. What is the best song ever written? 

This is hard. Anything Leonard Cohen. Have you heard Anthem, Coming Back to You, Chelsea Hotel? Amazing writing.


7. What's the best album ever made? 

Joshua Tree U2 for how it inspired. Darkness on the Edge of Town, Springsteen. Sorry, couldn't pick one.

8. What are your future plans? 

Tour the places we have been on this world tour as a headline act. 

9. Where can I spend money on you or your product? 

iTunes, Amazon. You can find all that information at theonce.ca


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Thanks to The Once for all the above info. Get to the 3Arena early before Passenger to see this fine band live. In the meantime why not have a Christmas song?