Bobby Green falls for Duke Special’s poetry collaboration
Oct20

Bobby Green falls for Duke Special’s poetry collaboration

  Review by Bobby Green The wondrous beauty of Duke Specials creative muse can sometimes bring a man to tears with its genius. But to also be gifted with a voice so delicious there could have been no other life for him but to do what he does. And with Hallow we have Duke focus his creative spark, dare I say fire, entirely on the poetry of Belfast poet Michael Longley. The seemingly effortless manor in which Duke translates these poems frames an already alluring work of beauty and delivers them with such a sweet kiss it’s impossible not to fall in love with them. Duke has set up a website called Advocate (www.advocateduke.com) where fans can pre-order the album in their preferred format: CD, vinyl or digital download. There will be a limited run of exclusive signed and numbered CD and vinyl releases which are only available on pre-order. Every pre-order on all formats will include a special ADVOCATE PASS which will give you access to exclusive content online through the Advocate website. This will range from behind-the-scenes videos of the recording process and video messages from Duke on how the album is progressing, to snippets of demos and exclusive previews of Hallow. Fans can see ‘Hallow’ being performed live on Duke Special’s October tour, commissioned by The Strollers Touring Network and he has just added new dates in February 2018 in Belfast, London & Dublin.  (Dates and venues below. Check venue websites for ticket details.) Duke says, ‘I genuinely hope that these songs will speak to you, inspire, comfort, challenge, provoke, make you cry, make you smile, make you wonder and all the things that good art should do.’ Duke Special is an artist to be celebrated in todays creative world where we are awash with the mundane. Where the creative genius behind the music is the units shifted and not the art itself. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good campaign, and clever marketing today is itself at best artistic in its delivery. But when you have truly great art, the glittery shine from everything else on offer becomes dull reflections of just ‘stuff’ we’ve been sold before. Hallow is out now and Duke Special is on Tour promoting it.   Weds 25th October            Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick. Thurs 26th October            Solstice Arts Centre, Navan. Fri 27th October                  Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare. Sat 28th October                 The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny. Sun 29th October                Siamsa Tíre, Tralee. Thurs 22nd February         Bush Hall, London Fri 23rd February               Empire Music Hall, Belfast Sat 24th February              Unitarian Church, Dublin www.advocateduke.com ...

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Bobby Green takes a look at the new EP from  Atlas Zero
Oct18

Bobby Green takes a look at the new EP from Atlas Zero

  Review by Bobby Green The peoples republic have a knack of raising the bar when it comes to great music and Atlas Zero are aiming to raise standards yet again with their debut self-titled and self-produced EP.  Formed back in 2013, they were all introduced to one another through mutual friends. As of early this year they all decided to pursue the band full time and have certainly set the marker down in delivering this EP. Atlas Zero blends atmospheric rock with epic orchestral symphony’s and electronic elements. Speaking about their sound they say that their approach is to create anthemic, over exaggerated soundscapes yet retaining beauty in their melodies. One thing that really impressed me was the overall look of Atlas Zero, it’s an easy mistake to think that ‘a look’ doesn’t matter but lead guitarist Cian who is also a photographer has really put the work in to create a look, something so many bands don’t even think about, and ultimately why so many bands never get past the 1st hurdle. A simple band logo could be all that’s needed to get ahead today and Atlas Zeros is beautiful in its simplicity. The EP was recorded in Dan’s (vocalist / rhythm guitarist) family home in Monkstown in a small 8x10ft room in the house. The goal of this was to emphasise the fact that artists can create and produce professional sounding music without the need for expensive recording studios. Atlas Zero are a creative force to be reckoned with and it’s a joy to see a band come along who have an idea about the look, feel, smell, touch of their art. Atlas Zero is out today  ...

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Video of the Day: The Eskies “All Good Men”
Oct13

Video of the Day: The Eskies “All Good Men”

Returning to the foot stomping gypsy folk that has already won them an army of fans, All Good Men is a full on, big band, swing sounding romp, snarling and growling its way through three and a half minutes of roaring brass and crowd harmonies.   This is the first single from the band’s anticipated new album, And Don’t Spare The Horses. Recorded at Orphan Studios in Dublin earlier this year, the new album leaps from genres as vast and varied as folk, klezmar and yiddish to rock, swing and blues. And it’s content? As eclectic as their sound according to the band – “Melodramatic tales of woe, betrayal, conflict, upheaval, rebellion, love, loss, fear and anger,” says the band. “All wrapped in tongue-in-cheek irreverence and self-deprecation, occasionally giving way to a flurry of triumphalism or whisper of introspection.” Renowned for their raucous live shows and fiercely passionate support, the band have been busy touring the far and wide since their 2015 debut After The Sherry Went Round. They’ve played mainstage slots at both Glastonbury (Field Of Avalon) and Cambridge Folk Festival, as well as an outing at Dutch centrepiece Eurosonic Noordeslaag and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections. They’ve also appeared on RTE’s Saturday Night Show, BBC Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’ with Clive Anderson and BBC Radio 3’s ‘Essential Classics’.   The Eskies UK & Ireland tour kicks off on 4th October in Manchester. For full dates please visit...

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Song of the Day: Ailbhe Reddy “The Tube”
Oct13

Song of the Day: Ailbhe Reddy “The Tube”

  Review by Bobby Green I’ve always fallen in love with the truth, it’s the difference between ok and excellence. In relationships we prefer the truth to the falsehoods of just getting by, even if the truth is mundane. If you can’t think of anything to say then why fill the gaps with conversational wallpaper as tiresome as the mock William Morris reproductions found in late 80’s curry houses. With ‘The Tube’ we find Dublin Singer Songwriter Ailbhe Reddy caught in that dilemma of not knowing what to say or how to express herself while being left with only small gestures. Alibhe delivers a diamond vocal here wrapped up in her beautiful lyrical honesty, you couldn’t ask for more from her. She first began to attract attention in 2014 when her first single, ‘Flesh & Blood’ garnered excellent reviews. Reddy has gone on to feature on every major festival line up in the UK and Ireland, such as Glastonbury, Latitude, The Great Escape, Cambridge Folk Festival, Electric Picnic and Body & Soul. Ailbhe has also begun to break out internationally after signing a worldwide publishing deal with London-based publishing house, BDi Music. ‘The Tube’ is out now. Catch Ailbhe live this autumn: Oct 18 – Black Box Studio, Belfast Oct 19 – Roisin Dubh, Galway Oct 20 – Cyprus Avenue, Cork Oct 21 – Whelans, Dublin Oct 27 – Liverpool Philharmonic Oct 28 –The Met, Bury Oct 29 – Oporto, Leeds Oct 30 – Henry Tudor House, Shrewsbury Nov 01 – The Canteen, Bristol Nov 02 – St Pancras Old Church, London Listen to The Tube...

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New music from Niall Cash
Oct11

New music from Niall Cash

Niall Cash is a Singer-songwriter from Wexford Ireland, currently studying songwriting in BIMM Dublin. Niall has supported fellow luminaries Walking On Cars and The Original Rudeboys over the last few months and has been playing in venues such as The Button Factory, Whelans, The Workmans Club, The Ruby Sessions and The Bello Bar, honing in his live act. He was nominated as ‘Best Solo Male Act’ for Pure M Awards also. Gathering a band behind him for his debut EP he developed his music into an indie/folk/pop sound gathering influences from the likes of James Bay, Ben Howard and The Coronas. In May 2016 he then released an EP called ‘Frames Have Cracked’ which peaked at number 1 in the Irish singer-songwriter charts on iTunes. Niall’s EP ‘Frames Have Cracked’ is available on iTunes, Spotify and soundcloud. https://www.facebook.com/NiallCash/ Fire is out Oct...

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