Friday, 27 February 2015

Gig Preview: Sean Rowe - Whelans, March 28th










Gig Preview: Sean Rowe - Whelans, March 28th


The awesome Sean Rowe is beginning his European tour on Saturday and will hit Dublin on March 28th. Sean is an incredible artist. Well worth checking out.








https://www.facebook.com/seanrowemusic


Tour Preview: The Young Folk April Irish Tour









Tour Preview: The Young Folk April Irish Tour

Ceol Collective favourite's The Young Folk are gigging around the country in April .....


Thu 23 Apr - DUBLIN . Whelans
Fri 24 Apr - CORK . Cyprus Ave
Sat 25 Apr - GALWAY . Kelly's


Check out all of The Young Folk's Official Videos here below. 














2Day's Tune: Elephant - Little Ghost













2Day's Tune: Elephant - Little Ghost

Little Ghost' is the first single of Irish artist Elephant's debut album 'Hypergiant'. Check out this fine video for a great song 'Little Ghost'.

https://www.facebook.com/weareelephants





Thursday, 26 February 2015

Gig Preview: Gig For The Homeless 2, The Mercantile, Sun March 1st










Gig Preview: Gig For The Homeless 2, The Mercantile, Sat March 1st

Full line-up is below in the poster. Listen to four of the acts on the bill on Sunday night in The Mercantile for Abner Brown's Man in a Hat gig for the homeless. 













New Video: Slow Motion Heroes - Resolution












New Video: Slow Motion Heroes - Resolution

Released on Fifa Records tomorrow is this delicate but immense song from 'Slow Motion Heroes' called Resolution. It's a great track that conjures up memories of 80's indie pop with a rock edge. Well worth checking out. The video is brilliant as well.






https://www.facebook.com/SlowMotionHeroesCork

Gig Preview: The Fireside Sessions, Carranstown Lodge, Duleek, Fri March 6th









Gig Preview: The Fireside Sessions, Carranstown Lodge, Duleek, Fri March 6th


The next edition of the ever popular Fireside Sessions takes place this time on the 6th March, Yet another amazing line up, keeping the momentum going from the previous sessions, these 4 acts will sure not disappoint... And it goes like this... Donal Quinn, Andy Casey, The Mountain Man Band, and headlining are Davina Brady and the Messengers.. 


It all happens in the usual venue The Carranstown Lodge in Duleek in Co. Meath ... Kick off at 9pm.... Free Admission, Free Finger Food, An atmosphere that will not be beaten, one of the best original music nights in the country, put on for musicians, by mucisians for music lovers..... Listen to all the acts here now:















2Day's Tune: The Plan - The Joke's On Me








2Day's Tune: The Plan - The Joke's On Me


Taken from their EP 'Dyad' comes this video for the track 'Jokes on Me' from Cavan band 'The Plan'.

The three track EP was produced by the brilliant Duncan Maitland and features Duncan & Nelson Bragg (from Brian Wilson's Band) on an array of instruments.



https://www.facebook.com/theplanireland/

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Gig Preview: Party For Peter, Sweeney's Thurs 26th Feb











Gig Preview: Party For Peter, Sweeney's Thurs 26th Feb

Raising funds for the Peter McVerry Trust, this line-up for tomorrow night's gig in Sweeneys has party written all over it. Will be a great night.







The Charlotte Interview: Rackhouse Pilfer










The Charlotte Interview: Rackhouse Pilfer
written by Charlotte Jakobsen

1. Can you tell us about the band?

Rackhouse Pilfer formed about 3 years ago now, but the seeds of the band were being sown a few years before that when Leon and Leslie had a 2 piece band going. They were playing covers of people like Ryan Adams, Gillian Welch, Bruce Springsteen etc. and some older roots stuff, they really had a good thing going and it sounded great with just the two of them. Myself, Leon and Les have known each other since childhood and so I'd sit in with them the odd time on drums. I suggested to the two guy's that we make a full band out of what they were doing and eventually one drunken night they gave in to my requests haha, and so we began looking for other musicians. It came together really quick then actually, we recruited another childhood friend Duane on Bass - Done, Mark our Banjo player who's younger than us had been sitting in on some of their sessions to gain experience playing and had become friendly with us all and of course is a super player - Done. And Figs our Fiddle/Dobro player came recommended by two musicians in Sligo who's opinions we trust and how right they were, we didn't even audition another guy once we met Figs, he was in - Done! And then we basically started by picking up on Leon and Les's Monday night Bluegrass session in McGarrigles bar in Sligo, we still play some of the covers the guys were doing as a two piece, so it's really the foundation of it all. Unfortunately just over a year in Duane the Bass player wanted to leave, it wasn't his thing and so we took on Hugh who is the youngest of us all now and had never played an upright bass before, but a few of us had worked with him in other bands and we knew he was good and more importantly a person we liked and he was into the gig, so we asked him to go buy a Double Bass and one month later he was there playing his first Rackhouse gig on the thing and was doing a fine job at too, amazing!! 3 years on we'd never have imagined back then we'd have achieved everything we've achieved already... We've just been awarded "Best Folk/Trad" band in the Hot Press readers poll awards, beating off serious competition like Christy Moore, Sharron Shannon and Damien Dempsey, unreal!! We were also in another category for "Best Live Band" with The Script and Hozier etc. we didn't win that one somehow haha. But we did win the Hot Press and Jagermeister freezer sessions Live Band of the Year just at the end of 2014 there, again unreal. We've supported people like Imelda May and Paul Brady, we've done some of Ireland's and Europe's biggest festivals. We've released two albums, the second 'Love and Havoc' was recorded in Nashville Tennessee with Brad Jones a producer whom some of us really admire. And I think honeslty the most meaningful thing we've achieved is that we've built an incredibly loyal fan base of people who are just the best and support us so well everywhere we go, the journey is only young yet but we're loving it.



2. How would you describe your music?

Leon was chatting to a person after a gig recently who described us as The Sex Pistols with Bluegrass instruments haha, we hadn't really thought of it that way before, but he's pretty much hit the nail on the head. When we get fired up at a gig it's just Raw Energy, we don't try to play every note to perfection, we just let lose and it's all heart, energy and sweat. But as the Drummer and in my musical opinion haha, I think the lads, the string players in this band are just great at what they do, they are brilliant musicians so they can afford to let go and play with abandon. And of course the Rackhouse Cherry on Top is that we all sing both Lead and Harmonies, that seems to be the deal breaker for a lot of people. At our gigs it's a constant changing of voices and instrument swaps and it somehow all comes together so well. So to sum up I'd say Irish, Americana, Bluegrass, Punk.









3. How did you get into alt­ country/Americana music?

We all came to this kind of music ourselves in different ways. Personally I come from a family of musicians who played country music a lot, so I've been immersed in country music since I was born. Leon's Grandad was a huge country music lover, people like Hank Williams etc. the old school proper country, so Leon again was exposed to it a lot as child and has a deep love and knowledge about all things Country and Americana. Figs parents we're Folk musicians on the road too, they toured Europe a lot in the 70's, Figs was actually born on tour in Holland, so he's just been steeped in all kinds of music his whole life. The other guys I think came to it later, they we're all Heavy Metal lovers and all Heavy Metal Guitar players until just a few years ago, but they somehow arrived here and they love it!!



4. You recorded the 2nd album “Love and havoc” in Nashville last year? Why Nashville?

Yeah we recorded in Nashville January 2014, what an amazing experience for us as a band. Why Nashville? Who wouldn't want to record in Nashville? Agh no, the truth is I have been going there since I was a kid, again with my Country music playing family. I always loved that city and so in my early 20's started going there every year using my 90 day Visa, I was learning how to write songs, recording demo's, and eventually recorded my own solo album in 2007 Produced by John Carter Cash at the Cash Cabin Studio. That album didn't do much for me, but what it did do was provide a chance meeting with one Brad Jones on the day I was at the Mastering studio finishing up my solo album. So I met Brad briefly and after he left the studio, the Engineer told me he was a great producer. Not being one for absorbing album credits, I actually didn't realize I owned several albums he had produced that I loved. Anyway that brief meeting always stuck in my head and when it came time for Rackhouse to record our original material I suggested Brad to the rest of the band and they liked the idea. So I got a number for him and called and he loved what he heard. We actually asked him would he come to Ireland to record us, save money on flights haha, but he said we should go there and use all his amazing vintage Guitars and Mic's which would help the sound of the recordings. So that's what we done and we're so glad because we had such a top class experience all round in Nashville and Music City really took to Rackhouse Pilfer too, we do hope to return.








5. How was it coming from the West Coast of Ireland and suddenly find yourself playing with the some of the greatest musicians of all time – like Harold Bradley who has played with Elvis, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis just to mention a few?

To be honest it was mind blowing having Harold Bradley in the Studio with us, not only has played on records by the Artists you've mentioned but he has played on virtually all of Roy Orbison's records and Patsy Cline's too. Harold and his Brother Owen were pioneers in making Nashville Music City back in 50's, creating recording techniques that had never been done before, that's why they created some of the most timeless records ever made!! He came in and played his signature "Tic Tac Bass" on our tunes "Angela" and "Me and a Polar Bear", it's a very subtle percussive bedding type sound, but it's so effective in moving the song along, and so recognisable once your ear tunes into it. It's the same sound he recorded on so many huge hit records of the 50's and 60's. It was just amazing to have him do that on our album and get to work with him.



6. You have had an amazing year in 2014 and you have just won the Hot Press Magazine Readers Choice Award "Hotties ­ Folk/Trad Band 2015". What have been the highlights so far?

Yeah winning that award was one of the best things so far, I mean if not only for the fact that we were in with Christy Moore, Sharron Shannon and real heavy weights of the Irish Music scene, we can't believe we won it really, but all the credit must go to our fans that took the time to vote for us! Winning the Freezer Sessions Live Band of the Year was class too, again thanks to our fans. Being invited to play at President Higgins Summer garden party at Aras an Uachatarain last Summer was such an honour too. Of course recording in Nashville, so many great things have happened, we're very grateful.



7. What can the audience expect at a gig?

Well as I said before, we always play our hearts out with tons of energy. I mean we can get chilled sometimes too for periods of our sets or albums, we don't keep things at 100 Miles an Hour all the time. But generally it's all about the upbeat energetic stuff and we have a lot of fun, which most nights is a two way street between us and our audience. A Rackhouse gig is just lots of fun.









8. What makes a good song and a good gig?



Tough question we're no experts, but I'll try haha.
A good song... Something that connects with it's audience. Whether that be emotionally or energetically. I think that's how I'd at least look at answering that from a Rackhouse perspective. We got some slower songs that have gotten a great reaction from our fans and critics, I think the reason they're recieved well is that they are written from a place of truth, I suppose you're getting a piece of the writer in them which makes them genuine and in turn when that translates to the listener they can connect with it and make it their own and feel somewhat personal with the piece of music. On the other hand we strive to be upbeat and those songs are actually very hard to write, I suppose in those ones you're looking for hooks or catchy phrases or riffs, something exciting, fun.

A good gig... I think for us the good gigs are always the ones where the band and audience are in it together, a two way street. We feed off their energy and they feed off ours and it's one big beautiful thing, gigs can be lame sometimes when the audience or band isn't into it, thankfully that rarely happens.



9. It already looks like 2015 will be a very busy year for you? What are your plans?


The biggest thing on our schedule for this year is that we want to try and make another album before the end of the year. We've only just begun writing songs for it, they're starting to come, so at the moment it's all about getting those written, rehearsed and demo'd. We gig constantly also, it's always been our philosophy to hit the road and gig in as many places as we can to build our fan base from grass roots level up, so we're always trying to get to new towns and venues. We also already have been confirmed for some great festival slots in 2015.... Arainn Ceilteach on Inish Mor March 14th, Vantastival, Sea Sessions, Hilden Brewery, La Roche France and loads more to be announced. It's going to be another crazy busy year and we love it!!


10. Any questions you wished I asked?

Not really you done good, and I bet you're glad you didn't ask anymore judging by the length of my answers!! Thanks a million to you and all your readers, Best wishes to you all. Come jump on the Rackhouse bus, it'd be great to see you at gig. RHP




EP Review: Monsoon Season - Elements








EP Review: Monsoon Season - Elements
Written by Peter N

I adore this debut EP from Dublin based World Music band 'Monsoon Season'. Heavily influenced by the soulful reggae vibes of the 80's Monsoon Season make swooning catchy pop music that sounds both fresh and nostalgic.

The bass guitar brings the grove, the sax and flute brings the swoon along with the Suzanne Vega style vocals of Helen Holligan and you've got a quality band that I'm looking forward to seeing live.

The four songs representing Air, Earth, Water and Fire compliment each other very well. I'd say 'Drifting' and 'Sunrise' edge the other tracks in terms of quality but the whole EP is a joy to listen to. I'll be hoping to see this band on a number of Festival line-ups in the Summer so I can chill to these soulful sounds.  

Monsoon Season - Elements [8 out of 10]






http://www.monsoonseasonmusic.com/

2Day's Tune: Grace Wilde - In The Witching Hour










2Day's Tune: Grace Wilde - In The Witching Hour


Headlining Boyles of Slane as part of The Purple Sessions tomorrow night is Skerries two piece 'Grace Wilde'. Check out the impressive live video for 'In The Witching Hour' featuring Vyvienne Long on Cello. 





Recorded Live in the Annesley House,Dublin By Tony Platt.

Mixed by Tony Platt for Platinum Tones Productions at the Shop , London... Mastered by Ray Staff at Air Mastering , London..

Video production Licas Martins

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Live Review: King Charles - The Academy, Sat 21st Feb [Review by Claire McConnell]















Live Review: King Charles - The Academy, Sat 21st Feb 
Review by Claire McConnell



Recognisable by his penchant for flamboyant and theatrical fashion, his ability to pen the perfect pop tune with undeniable nuances of glam, afro- beat, folk hip-hop, rock & roll and country, the new-wave force that is King Charles rolled into Dublin’s Academy last Saturday.



It’s not all whimsy and wonder however. Charles is a masterful and clever lyricist, combining romantic narratives with a resoundingly catchy hook. He won the prestigious International Song writing Competition in Nashville and went on to record his sophomore album LoveBlood as a result. He closed the festival circuit in 2014 and went straight into the studio to record his, as of yet, untitled second album, produced by Marcus Mumford.



Tonight’s show as is this tour, a road test for the new material. Rather bravely, he opened with a new track entitled Carry Me Away which he performed solo. Whilst much more understated in delivery it showcased his soulful and seemingly effortless vocals and allowed for the lyrics to be digested at a less urgent pace.



It’s never easy to maintain the momentum while performing a lot of new songs to unfamiliar ears whom are eager to hear the hits. King Charles recognised this and did a great job at balancing the old with the new. He ripped-roared through his set with favourites such as Bam Bam, Mississippi Isabel and The Brightest Lights getting much appreciated airplay whilst intertwining newbies and not so newbies. Gamble for a Rose is new to the setlist yet he claims to have written it ten years ago and was ‘too afraid to release it’. Loose Change for the Boatman is another track which was written two years ago and has only been played on this tour. Having toured LoveBlood for two years, it’s understandable that he has acquired quite the collection of new songs hungry for the attention and nourishment that the studio brings.



Overall, King Charles delivered on my expectations; I came, I sang, I danced and had a great time as did my gig buddy who was entirely unfamiliar with his music. The new material shows great promise even if upon first listen, it tends lean heavier on the folkier side than the exuberance of LoveBlood.



He closed the encore with a cover of Paul Simon’s You Can Call Me Al mixed with Lady Percy. When asked what we should expect from the new album, he responded instantly and abruptly with “Bangers”. Whether that is a reference to Superquinns finest or Miley Cyrus, I will leave that to your interpretation. Either way, I’m sure you will be hearing a lot more from King Charles very soon!





KURT COBAIN 21ST ANNIVERSARY CHARITY TRIBUTE NIGHT - Number 1 Venue, Mullingar








KURT COBAIN 21ST ANNIVERSARY CHARITY TRIBUTE NIGHT - Number 1 Venue, Mullingar

In Aid of Suicide Awareness Charity Good 2 Talk Westmeath(http://www.good2talk.ie/) and The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust(http://kevinbellrepatriationtrust.com/) this charity event celebrates the life and music of Kurt Cobain.

Cronin, Matt McManamon of {The Dead 60s}, SircleS,RuggedWood, ODi, Stephen Young & The Union, Zack Boone, Dave Peyton, Kymann Power and Orchid Collective.Fallen Lights, Distant sons, The Shy Talks, The Pale, The Academic, Peter Doran, Arrow in the Sky,

Plus Very Special Guests

A star filled line-up will perform original songs and tribute songs from 4 PM on April 05th 2015. Tickets are 10 Euro and WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON from Number 1, Wilfs Clothing Store, Sports Outlet, Mullingar Music (Rochforts) and online via Festival and Gig Guide Ireland(http://www.festivalandgigguide.ie/).

https://twitter.com/comeasyouareirl

https://www.facebook.com/comeasyouareirl/timeline



Listen to some of the acts here now:
























Interview: Elevation Falls







Ahead of Elevation Falls gig on Friday night in the Twisted Pepper, we have an interview with the band here below:


Interview: Elevation Falls

1. Who are you?

Elevation Falls

2. Where are you based? 


Dublin 


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

Played at Electric Picnic and Knockanstockan in our first year, & had a song used as the music for a tech/game show on tv3e 

4. What are you up to now?

Finishing our album, playing in Dublin for Filmbase fundraiser for final year students on 27th Feb, playing Sunshine Festival in NI in the summer and been selected for Indie Week Europe in Manchester, also selected as a finalist in the Recording Festival (to win two weeks recording at Grouse Lodge) - Something is always turning up!

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

We started off heavier rock but now with new band members, we're into harmonies / male-female duets and a more modern 'Fleetwood Mac' style - however, secretly we'll play any genre as long as it's a good melody! Check out the recent one we did of 'Wicked Game'







6. What is the best song ever written?

We'll argue about that one forever.. but so far...

HAZEL JADE (lead singer/pianist) Beggars and Hangers On - Slash

PAUL DAVID MORRIN (lead guitarist/2nd Vocalist): Rhiannon - Fleetwood Mac

MARCO: (drummer): Too many to answer

GABRIEL(2nd lead/rhythm) Iris - Goo Goo Dolls





7. What's the best album ever made?

Ditto... BUT

HAZEL JADE (lead singer/pianist): I'm Not Dead - Pink

PAUL DAVID MORRIN (lead guitarist): Abbey Road - Beatles

GABRIEL(2nd lead/rhythm): Angra - Secret Garden

8. What are your future plans?

Start to tour over in Europe and UK - hope to make enough to branch out a bit further, mainly to keep creating and producing some great music

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


Itunes and Amazon - iTunes is www.itunes.com/elevationfalls , via our own site www.elevationfalls.com - or at the shop on a new site called https://www.musicglue.com/elevationfalls/

You can check us out on http://www.youtube.com/elevationfalls as well of course!

10. Last question, ...... Make Us Laugh 




Be a part of the making of 2 great Irish films this year and come check out 'FilmBASS Fest' @ The Twisted Pepper, Friday 27th February.

Doors open: 7.30pm.
Music from: 8pm
Admission: €10


LINEUP:

New Valley Wolves
ElevationFalls
Luna Luna
Fiona Lennon Music
& Áine Cahill


2Day's Tune: 5 Dollar Shakes - Name









2Day's Tune: 5 Dollar Shakes - Name

Here's a short and sweet video from Wexford band 5 Dollar Shakes for their new single 'Name'. 








The band are destined for greatness after landing a spot at this year's Sea Sessions festival. Expect to hear more from 5 Dollar Shakes in the coming months.

https://www.facebook.com/5dollarshakes

Monday, 23 February 2015

Album Review: Cry Monster Cry - Rhythm of Dawn [Review by Una Begley]










Album Review: Cry Monster Cry - Rhythm of Dawn
Review by Una Begley




One of the more exciting releases of 2015 is Cry Monster Cry’s debut album “Rhythm of Dawn” which will be released on March 6th, with a Tower Records instore show set for March 7th, and an album launch in Whelans on March 14th, with support from Biggles Flys Again.





Cry Monster Cry are brothers Richie and Jamie Martin, who follow up their 2012 “The Fallen EP” with a really beautiful album. While their music always contrasted their sweet vocal harmonies with darker lyrics, this album also showcases a depth of musical complexity that was not as evident on their previous release.





It is hard to choose a highlight on an album that aims to bring the listener on a cylical journey, where the songs have more meaning when considered as part of the whole. That said, “Starling”, current single “Postcards” and “The Distance” are standout tracks, in addition to old favourite “On Tangled Shores” which had featured also on their EP.





“Rhythm of Dawn” - a stunning folk album from the talented Cry Monster Cry, very much worth waiting for. 9/10







https://www.crymonstercry.com/

Tour Preview: ASIWYFA UK & Irish Tour










Tour Preview: ASIWYFA UK & Irish Tour

In addition to the below UK dates in April & May, And So I Watch You From Afar are playing their biggest headline date in Ireland on Friday 19th June in The Olympia, Dublin. 

Have a listen to 'Run Home' the first single off their 4th album.









https://www.facebook.com/andsoiwatchyoufromafar



The Charlotte Interview: Eamonn O'Connor from Lucky Bones












The Charlotte Interview: Eamonn O'Connor from Lucky Bones

by Charlotte Jokobsen


Can you tell us about yourself and your band Lucky Bones?

I guess I'm to blame for Lucky Bones. While tramping around the USA in 2009 I met with producer Stephen Ceresia at Kansas Irish Music Fest and we hit it off. I headed back to his studio just outside Austin, Texas a few months later and we recorded "Together We Are All Alone" with some of Austin's finest players. On my return to Ireland I got the band together (I guess that was 2010) as promotion for an album and we haven't been able to get rid of each other since.

There's been a change or two in personnel since, some have managed to escape. We've recorded another album since (Someones Son-2013) and our new EP "Blessed" is on the verge of release. We've played some great gigs and we've suffered some real toilets too but we're still here making music and we have a great time doing it.


How would you describe your music?

Like Mike Scott and Willie Nelson at a session in a Dublin flat at 2am intoxicated and playing songs by The Band. That or alt-country.

What have the highlights been so far?

Being handed my very first printed copy of our debut album was a proud moment. Being Album of The Week on RTE RADIO for our second is up there. A couple of sold out tours in Germany have also been very special. There's been loads of special moments.

Has touring in the States and especially recording in Texas influenced your songwriting?

I think so yes .I think consciously or subconsciously you can't helped but be drawn to a sound that surrounds you. I've always be drawn to the Americana sound which itself has its own roots firmly steeped in Irish music. I'm a huge fan of Texas songwriters Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clarke and Steve Earle. While we were recording our second album in Texas we were lucky enough to get to see Willie Nelson play to a small crowd for a TV special. He sang "Always On My Mind" which is one of my all time favorite songs. Moments like that have had a huge influence on my own song writing.

Can you tell us ore about your new EP?

The "Blessed" EP is an amalgamation of a few different recording sessions. Three songs which we left from the "Someones Son" LP-"Maria", "Love In Vain" and "Greensleeves", "Blessed" which we recorded last year in Dublin and a Icarus which I recorded at home more recently.

What is the song “Icarus” about?

"Icarus" is a tribute song to a friend and an original member of our band Billy Morley. Billy passed away suddenly in January 2014. He was a great storyteller, a brilliant guitar player and an all round good guy. We miss him but were glad to have had the chance to have known him.

What are your plans for this year? Any solo gigs or tours with Lucky Bones?

We've got two tours of Germany, we'll be playing at some of the Irish summer festivals as well as touring around Ireland and we're hoping to make it back to the USA before year end, I also tour Scandinavia on a very frequent basis, so four or five more tours up there this year too. There's always plenty in the pipeline as far as gigs and tours are concerned. We keep on rolling on to the next town or venue and will do till we derail or the engine blows up!



http://luckybonesmusic.com/



2Day's Tune: Chris Keys - I'll Be Home









2Day's Tune: Chris Keys - I'll Be Home

Here's a fine new single from Belfast singer-songwriter Chris Keys. It's released on the 5th March. It hints at a great album from Chris Keys in the near future.







https://www.facebook.com/chriskeysofficial




Sunday, 22 February 2015

Live Review: Blog Party - The Sugar Club [Review by Una Begley]















Live Review: Blog Party - The Sugar Club 
Review by Una Begley


The 'Blog Party' event in the Sugar Club brought some of the best up-and-coming acts and DJ crews of 2014 to the stage, with the range of styles on offer reflecting the diverse Irish music blogs who had chosen them. MC for the night was Abner Brown and they did it in style. 




First up was Nialler 9’s choice Carriages, who blend producer Harry Bookless’ field-recordings with rich electronic layers and the stunning vocals of Aaron Page. They may have been the openers, but for me, they were the highlight of the night and set a high bar for those who followed. 




Next was Le Cool’s selection Dear Desert. Having seen them before (http://www.ceolcollective.com/reviews/gigs/live-review--columbia-mills---whelans-upstairs-nov-29th.html) I knew what to expect, and they didn’t disappoint. Channeling the 80s but avoiding cheesiness is a tricky one to pull off, but Dear Desert do it in style. I’d be surprised if they aren't snapped up by one of the big labels soon. 




The Last Mixed Tape chose September Girls, who brought their noise pop sound to the stage with tonnes of swagger. While not my personal taste, they were the first act of the night to get people to the floor and were a real crowd-pleaser.




However, the final live act, Goldenplec’s pick Bitch Falcon, were the ones that really got the crowd going. Bursting onto the stage with massive riffs and a loud, grunge sound, Bitch Falcon were the perfect closing live act as there were few not on their feet by the end of the set.




Wrapping up the night were Choice Cuts best of 2014 DIP, WellKnown and DiscoTekken, who kept the party going well into the wee hours. A unique idea that created an opportunity to showcase some of the diversity of home grown music around at the moment, the Abner Brown’s Blog Party was a real musical treat.

2Day's Tune: Niamh Crowther - Origins











2Day's Tune: Niamh Crowther - Origins

18 year old Niamh Crowther is an immense talent who is releasing her debut single 'Origins' in March. Niamhs vocals are outstanding on this track and she has the potential to reach millions. 









Upcoming shows:

March 8th: Unitarian Church, Dublin (supporting PictureHouse)
March 25th: Whelans, Dublin (Single Launch)

https://www.facebook.com/NiamhCrowther


Saturday, 21 February 2015

2Day's Glastonbury Tune: Paul Fitzpatrick - Voices










2Day's Glastonbury Tune: Paul Fitzpatrick - Voices

The last of the tunes to share from my Glastonbury playlist comes from Meath artist Paul Fitzpatrick and his track 'Voices'. It's a radio friendly pop song with outstanding vocals. One to watch for the future!





Link: https://www.facebook.com/paulfitzpatrickmusic




Friday, 20 February 2015

EP Review: The Clicks - Time Goes By









EP Review: The Clicks - Time Goes By
by Peter Nagle


The Clicks are Dublin singer-songwriters Keith O'Brien and Shane Davis and 'Time Goes By' is their debut release under the name 'The Clicks'. The five track EP showcases both vocal styles, quality songwriting as well as including a quality cover version of one of my favourite songs.

The titles track opens the EP and is a fine folk tune with the right amount of strings to add a shine to an average track. 'I Know I've Won' is another really pleasant country folk song with superb harmonies. 'Bodies' sounds a little like The Avett Brothers and is the best song on the EP. Keith's vocals really shines on this song. 


The cover included is of Ryan Adam's 'Oh My Sweet Carolina'. The EP version is a live recording and it does a great song justice. To finish the EP there's also the obligatory Lullaby song that is actually a beautifully composed love song and brings a charming EP to a nice close. 


'Time Goes By' is a quality EP with fantastic vocals and harmonies from two of our finest songwriters. 

The Clicks - Time Goes By [7 out of 10]


https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/time-goes-by-ep/id961269419

https://www.facebook.com/theclicksband







Interview: Vegabonds and Thieves













Interview: Andy Harper from Vegabonds and Thieves

Photo Credit: LucyTakesPhotos


1. Who are you?


Andy Harper from the band Vagabonds and Thieves.


2. Where are you based?


Kildare, the band practices in my home studio out in Rathangan.


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


We have just recorded our E.p. all by our little selves. We wrote recorded and produced it ourselves and are getting it ready to send for mastering.


4. What are you up to now?


Now we are getting ready for the release and writing. We have in the region of 20 originals so apart from gigging as much as we can we also want to plan making the album a solid collection of tunes.


5. Name something unique about you or/and your product?
We don't really stick to one style, we have a tendency to experiment with whatever feels good at the time, oh and we have a bouzouki player who plays through a marshall.


6. What is the best song ever written?


To me Pearl Jams alive, I was 11 and it was the first song that got me into guitar music, first time I heard it everything changed. I was into Jackson 5 and off the Wall, but when I heard the riff followed by Vedders voice that was it, everything changed that day.





7. What's the best album ever made?


Ten Pearl Jam, to me just perfect album from the last era of the vinyl album. Where you had two albums in one. First side was pure rock then flip over it starts with oceans its a totally different vibe. That's the sad part about cds and mp3s you don't get that break to split a record into two, plus artwork is always cooler on vinyl.


8. What are your future plans?


Release albums and play as much as we can.


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


You can check out all future dates and releases on the face book page
https://www.facebook.com/Vagabondsandthieveshome










2Day's Glastonbury ETC Tune: Faers - We Dance On









2Day's Glastonbury ETC Tune: Faers - We Dance On


We're very proud again to be involved in the judging process of Glastonbury's Emerging Talent Competition. Out of my list of 156 artists there were over 20 songs that stood out and impressed me. I now have the difficult task of reducing that 20 'longlist' to the final three.

Hailing from North West London, 5 piece indie pop band Faers submitted a great tune to the ETC called 'We Dance On'. Listen to it below and watch out for Faers in the future! 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/FAERS/1481709632069369



Thursday, 19 February 2015

New Video: Jape - Streets of Philadelphia from NYE Mixtape










New Video: Jape - Streets of Philadelphia from NYE Mixtape from Musicians With Cameras https://www.facebook.com/MusiciansWithCameras


Awesome new live video from those Musicians With Cameras now as Jape with the aid of this talented band pays tribute to a Bruce Springsteen classic.








Richie Egan(Jape) with Cormac Curran, Gavin Glass, Joe Furlong and Graham Hopkins play a cover of "Streets of Philadelphia" for the Turning Pirate Mix Tape live from Vicar Street on New Years eve 2014.
http://www.turningpirate.com/



Filmed by Luke Byrne & Stephen Patrick Allen
Sound by Andy Knightley

Festival News: Vantastival Launch - Sweeneys, Feb 27th










Festival News: Vantastival Launch - Sweeneys, Feb 27th

Next Friday you'll get to hear the cross section of genres represented at Vantastival 2015 at the Launch in Sweeneys on Dame Street. You've got to be there!






2Day's Glastonbury ETC Tune: Sam Larner - King of Man









2Day's Glastonbury ETC Tune: Sam Larner - King of Man

We're very proud again to be involved in the judging process of Glastonbury's Emerging Talent Competition. Out of my list of 156 artists there were over 20 songs that stood out and impressed me. I now have the difficult task of reducing that 20 'longlist' to the final three.

Hailing from Southwest London, Sam Larner is going to have some successful music career with them awesome vocals and great tunes like this; 'King of Man'





https://www.facebook.com/SamLarnerMusicOfficial

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Gig Preview: Mongoose - Unitarian Church, Feb 27th










Gig Preview: Mongoose - Unitarian Church, Feb 27th

To launch their new single 'Two Birds' Mongoose are gigging in The Unitarian Church on Feb 27th. It will be a great night.

Check out this live recording of 'Two Birds' in The Harbour Bar of Bray.  


Link: https://www.facebook.com/mongoosetunes


Festival News: Sea Sessions Line-Up 2015









Festival News: Sea Sessions Line-Up 2015

Tickets: http://seasessions.com/













New Video: The Young Folk - A Song About Wolves









New Video: The Young Folk - A Song About Wolves

This video for 'A Song About Wolves' has been released to support The Young Folk's gig in Amsterdam on April 2nd where they play the legendary Paradiso Main Room. This is huge news which shows massive ambition for The Young Folk. 


https://www.facebook.com/TheYoungFolkMusic








2Day's Glastonbury ETC Tune: Esper Scout - Belay













2Day's Glastonbury ETC Tune: Esper Scout - Belay


We're very proud again to be involved in the judging process of Glastonbury's Emerging Talent Competition. Out of my list of 156 artists there were over 20 songs that stood out and impressed me. I now have the difficult task of reducing that 20 'longlist' to the final three.

Esper Scout are a rock band from Leeds who write decent indie rock tunes and have a great future ahead of them! 







Link: https://www.facebook.com/EsperScout