Ballincollig Winter Music Festival 2018 brings more exciting and eclectic artists to Cork in January
Nov29

Ballincollig Winter Music Festival 2018 brings more exciting and eclectic artists to Cork in January

Now in its ninth year and well established as one of Ireland’s best Winter Festivals, The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival returns in January 2018, with another fantastic and eclectic mix of artists and events centered around the festival hub at The White Horse. One of Ireland’s most invigorating female performers of the last decade, Wallis Bird, gets proceedings under way on Thursday January 25, joined by a rising star of the Canadian folk scene, the 22-year old Kaia Kater. The following evening at The White Horse will see multi-instrumentalist-singer-songwriter Larry Campbell and singer-guitarist Teresa Williams’ bring a touch of Americana to the festival. They released their acclaimed eponymous debut in 2015, after seven years of playing in Levon Helm’s band. The duo were frequent guests with Phil Lesh, Little Feat, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, and are renowned for bringing to the stage the crackling creative energy of a decades-long offstage union. Irish Times’ journalist, Tony Clayton-Lea, brings a mix of lively debate, interesting interviews and live performances to The White Horse on Saturday January 27, with Culture Vultures, while that night, Cork legends Rubyhorse are set to bring brand new material to the venue that night. The band are set to release new tracks in 2018, with shows in Ireland and the US, where they had a billboard top 20 hit with ‘Sparkle’ and appeared on the David Letterman Show, Conan O’Brien and Good Morning America. Sunday January 28 will see an afternoon show, featuring trad maestros Frankie Gavin, Alec Finn and Derek Hickey with special guest, Italian folk and world music star, Lavinia Mancusi. Meanwhile, the festival takes a step away from Ballincollig for a show at Cork Opera House, where The White Horse Guitar Club bring Kentucky and Tennessee roots music to a new level with an ensemble of guitarists drawn from widely varying backgrounds. Bringing the festival to close on Sunday night, The Niall McCabe Band will launch a new album with support from Rowan. Further news on festival workshops, discussions and more great artists will be announced in the coming weeks. “We’ll have much more to announce in January” says festival organiser Joe Carey, “but felt that we would whet music lovers’ appetites before Christmas with what is in store for Ballincollig Winter Music Festival 2018. We’re looking forward to welcoming back Music in Community as part of the festival programme as well as a lots of workshops and sessions throughout the weekend”. All tickets on sale now...

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Leopardstown celebrates the best of Dublin and announces headliners Damien Dempsey and Stockton’s Wing 
Nov21

Leopardstown celebrates the best of Dublin and announces headliners Damien Dempsey and Stockton’s Wing 

The Dublin Racing Festival is the newest addition to the Irish festival calendar and is a weekend that will celebrate Dublin’s richness and diversity across culture, comedy, music, racing and food. Taking place at Leopardstown Racecourse on Saturday February 3 and Sunday February 4, Leopardstown has announced the two music headliners for the festival – Damien Dempsey (Feb 3) and Stockton’s Wing (Feb 4).While Grade 1 horse racing and top class music will top the bill over the weekend, Leopardstown Racecourse is set to bring the ‘the best of Dublin’ to the racecourse, celebrating the fair city’s famous wit, comedy, cuisine and culture in a two-day festival programme. In terms of music, it doesn’t come much more Dublin than Damien Dempsey. Earlier in 2017, Damien released his new studio album Soulsun, recorded with long-term producer and collaborator John Reynolds and featuring duets with Dido and Imelda May. It was proclaimed his “most exciting work to date”  and marked 17 years that have set him apart as one of the most unique and important voices in Irish music.Meanwhile, Stockton’s Wing is one of Ireland’s most prolific and enduring bands, celebrating their 40th year since forming in 1977. Seen by many as one of this country’s finest exponents of contemporary traditional Irish music, Stockton’s Wing have released 12 albums, toured the US several times – a New York Times critic described their sound as “eclectic, electric, passionate, personal, innovative and powerful” – and even supported Michael Jackson for two nights at Pairc Ui Caoimh in Cork. A recent tour to coincide with their 40th anniversary confirmed their continuing popularity, cementing their place in Irish music annals.Tickets for the festival are now on sale from www.leopardstown.com with information on various packages for the...

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Video of the Day: Anna Mitchell’s ‘All These Things’
Nov20

Video of the Day: Anna Mitchell’s ‘All These Things’

‘All These Things’ is the opening track off Anna Mitchell’s self titled second album which has already been released through Tonetoaster Records in Germany and will have an Irish release show in Coughlan’s on February 8. ‘All These Things’ holds on to Mitchell’s bluesy roots but is a departure from her debut album. It has left the Americana behind and brought in something darker, richer and shows a new side to Mitchell and her songwriting. The accompanying video directed by Robin Guiton with direction from Anna Mitchell depicts this new direction as it explores the self. Check it out...

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Wild Front play Cork date
Nov16

Wild Front play Cork date

Organically formed, UK South Coast Band, Wild Front, aim to pair the unrestrained emotions of music with the capricious nature of life. It came as no surprise when the band formed, as the 4 had been musically working together for years. Although 80’s rock and alternative indie is a love they all share, their primary musical influences are so different. Jack offers his love of folk and Josh studied classical music at university, whereas Mike and Joe’s musical repertoire ranges from West Coast hip hop to indie folk. It’s this exotic mix that creates their unique and distinctive sound. Wild Front have just released their self-titled debut EP, and are in the studio constantly writing and recording new material. Wild Front play Fred Zeppelin’s November 30 Tickets €12 inc booking fee from Tickets.ie Over 18s – Id...

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Early Bird tickets for Indiependence go on sale
Nov02

Early Bird tickets for Indiependence go on sale

Following a sold-out stomper at INDIE17 this summer featuring headliners Manic Street Preachers, Tom Odell and The Coronas, Indiependence Music & Arts Festival has announced tickets will go on sale this Saturday November 4, with INDIE18’s first acts set to be revealed next month.   Since its first festival in 2006, Indiependence has grown into one of Ireland’s biggest and most loved events, drawing international acts like Basement Jaxx, Public Enemy, De La Soul and Editors to play alongside the best names in Irish music, in the scenic foothills of the Galtee Mountains.   “We’ve managed to grow the festival over the last few years into a 10,000 capacity event, while avoiding increases in costs to our fans, making INDIE the best value for money festival in the country,” says organiser Shane Dunne.   “We’ve never rested on our laurels and want to make 2018 the biggest and best INDIE we have had yet. This will see us increase the price of our normal 3-day Camping Ticket by a small amount, but as always, fans will have plenty of opportunities to buy their tickets at lower prices than most festivals, so don’t leave it too late!”   Tickets prices for INDIE18 are as follows:   Super Early Bird 3-day Camping Ticket – €109 Early Bird 3-day Camping Ticket – €119 3-day Camping Ticket – €139   Tickets will be available online from Tickets.ie and regionally from Super Valu and Centra outlets with the Tickets.ie logo. Tickets will also be on sale from a special Pop-Up Shop in Mitchelstown from The Yard Bar on Saturday, where there will be free teas and coffees, some food and DJs with entry to a raffle for VIP upgrades!...

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