In Tua Nua – Irish Tour
Sep26

In Tua Nua – Irish Tour

IRISH TOUR AUTUMN/WINTER 2017: It was 30 years ago this year that ‘In Tua Nua’ supported U2 on the European leg of The Joshua Tree Tour. They are now setting out on their first Irish Tour since 1988. The band toured extensively throughout Europe and the US during the 1980’s promoting their albums “Vaudeville” and “The Long Acre”. During the 80s In Tua Nua had 9 top 20 singles here in Ireland. One of Ireland’s premier live acts, they shared stages with Bob Dylan (Slane), Fleetwood Mac, and Eurythmics to name but a few while also opening on stadium tours for Simple Minds and of course U2. In Tua Nua reformed for some gigs in 2004 and then again in 2012 when they played The Electric Picnic. What have they been up to? Lead singer ‘Leslie Dowdall’ released two solo albums and had a smash hit with her song ‘Wonderful Thing’. Leslie tours Ireland constantly with wing man Mike Hanrahan and plays regularly in Spain also. Singer/drummer ‘Paul Byrne’ who wrote the majority of ITN songs released his critically acclaimed solo album ‘Cruel & Tender Ways’ in 2014.  Also is a member of The Drays and The Guilty Party. Bassist ‘Jack Dublin’ formed the studio project Audiokiss. Their album was successful in Italy while recent single ‘I Don’t Wanna Say’ featuring Megan Burke charted in the US digital charts. Paul and Jack first played together in Deaf Actor in 1980 before forming In Tua Nua in 1983. They have since been banging out beats for Rocky de Valera and The Gravediggers, The Guilty Party and Shane McGowan and The Shane Gang making them one of Ireland’s longest running rhythm sections. The new line up includes Rosie MacKenzie, a talented young fiddle player from Canada based in Dingle, Sarge O’Hara ex The Mod Ls on Keys, Dave McGinley ex Eugene/Precious Stones on Guitar, and Leo Rickard and Martin Nolan will share the uilleann pipe role (at different gigs). In 2012 Leslie, Paul and Jack went into the studio and re-recorded a version of ‘All I Wanted’. Their most successful single from the 80s, it had reached number 69 in the UK charts and became a college radio hit across the US. Other notable singles were ‘Seven Into The Sea’, ‘Heaven Can Wait’, ‘Somebody To Love’, ‘Coming Thru’ and ‘Don’t Fear Me Now’.  Also, in 2012 Virgin/EMI released the albums ‘Vaudaville’ and ‘The Long Acre’ on iTunes and Spotify. Tour Dates Whelan’s Dublin, Sat Sept 30th Spirit Store, Dundalk, Sun Oct 1st Cypress Avenue Cork, Fri Oct 6th Theatre Royal, Waterford, Tues Nov 21st Boyle of Slane, Thurs Nov 30th The Milford Room, Carlow, Sat Dec 2nd Mullingar Arts Centre, Sat Jan 5th     https://twitter.com/InTuaNuaBand/status/910787011899985921...

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Gillian McGee reviews the new album from Niall Connolly ahead of his dates in Dublin, Galway & Cork
Sep26

Gillian McGee reviews the new album from Niall Connolly ahead of his dates in Dublin, Galway & Cork

Review by Gillian McGee It’s hard to believe that this marks the 8th studio album from Niall Connolly. A little bit because where did the time go. But mainly because when you listen to Dream Your Way Out of This One you can’t help but be struck by its freshness and at times almost raw sound. Connolly is someone who isn’t jaded by the album process or the gigging scene or tempted by the frills of overproduction so it all feels like a new venture.   That’s not to say that this isn’t a polished accomplished album – because it very much is. Niall is based in New York for over ten years and themes of that city, it’s sights and sounds , placing yourself as an immigrant in a strange land (fitting in, being accepted and accepting all that’s around us)  run throughout the album . Connolly collaborates with his New York based band in this album and a lot of what we hear he says is born from the the creative process tied into his New York based music nights called Big City Folk Collective.  There’s beautiful instrumentation (from trumpet, to synths to bird song)  and gorgeous complex sounds throughout but it’s not in your face. Which is important as with an artist like Niall Connolly the lyrics should be to the fore , for he is at the core a folk artist, a poet with a beautiful way with words and the true gift of writing a catchy tune.   The album has a strong opener with ‘Sacre-Couer’. There’s a dreaminess to this song that draws you in and makes you want to follow the stories Connolly tells us,  we want to listen to what makes his heart beat.  ‘Dream your way out of this one’ , the title track  written about the harshness of New York winters is a catchy tune and a total change of pace with a hip hop beat and mantra for us to stick our ears into. Throughout the album you are struck by Connollys sharpness of observation and twisting of common phrases. You are definitely left questioning what exactly are we doing to each other and how we are living life in our ‘little worlds’ these days. The march like quality of ‘I am a Good Man’ is a great example. ‘We look after our own’ he repeats,  how often do we hear that now and so it becomes normalised. But oh no no Connolly says ‘Open Your Eyes’ and lets do much better, I’m living this and you know it’s not how it should be, it’s a very timely topic....

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Bobby Green reviews Brash Isaac’s “In The Dark”
Sep22

Bobby Green reviews Brash Isaac’s “In The Dark”

  Review by Bobby Green Brash Isaac’s latest offering is so infectious it you’ll swear you’ve heard it before. It’s the mark of quality song writing when a song can tap into your consciousness and create memories you don’t even have. Brash Isaac is the musical pursuit of Andrew Cameron. Combining folk song writing with a mixture of rock and pop, this beautiful music is both heartfelt and radio friendly. Combining vulnerable lyrics, along with an impressive handle on melody, they create an accidental pop music of sorts. But there is nothing accidental about the quality on offer here, built on live performances there is a finely tuned ability to produce songs of an exceptional...

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Zoo 2 set for Cork Opera House
Sep21

Zoo 2 set for Cork Opera House

In the late 90s, Zoo 2 staged a tribute production to U2’s ZOO TV show, using multiple screens and recreated video footage, the large stadium experience was brought to the small stage successfully delivering the audio-visual experience with perfection.   This show ran for a number of years, visiting the then, Point Depot, Millstreet – Green Glens, Waterfront Belfast and nearly every county in Ireland.   In the early 2005 ZOO 2 moved to USA where they have spent the last decade wooing American audiences with their passionate recreation of the U2 concert experience.   Recently ZOO 2 returned to this side of the Atlantic and have been performing at festivals across Europe where International feedback has been fantastic with audiences revelling in the excitement of the new show.   ZOO 2 like U2 are proud to be Irish. 4 humble guys who strive for perfection.   ZOO 2 are back…they play The Cork Opera House September 30. Show starts 8pm and tickets are €25 + booking...

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Bobby Green review “Sun House” from Crojayn
Sep19

Bobby Green review “Sun House” from Crojayn

Review by Bobby Green (Bobs Joint) Crojayn are an alternative style blues based rock band from the peoples republic. If you’ve not heard of them yet you very soon will. Their explosive sound is like dynamite to the senses and will leave you trembling with excitement. They formed in September 2013, at the ages of 13 – 15 and have been honing their craft ever since.  They have remained a self-managed band releasing their début eponymous EP in August 2015 to critical acclaim, building on their following they completing their first ever Irish tour in 2016 where they supported “The Strypes” picking up even more fans along the way and now, releasing their new blistering 4 track EP in 2017. This fantastic second EP is everything I love about blues based rock, there must be something in the Irish water because this next generation of young musicians are creating a scene reminiscent of the 60’s where the next interpretation on the blues is stepping forward and staking its claim at the musical top table and the quality on offer just gets better and better. With the right management there would be no stopping Crojayn, their sound is worthy of the world stage and could easily compete with their peers. I’m genuinely excited about this next generations interpretation of the blues and the emerging scene it’s creating, and with this EP Crojayn are becoming major players. These are very exciting times for the music scene in Ireland and the likes of Crojayn and their peers are a major reason for this. The EP is available on Spotify, iTunes, Google Play and various other platforms now. You can preview “Sun House”...

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