Author: Mags Blackburn

10 Things to see at Townlands Carnival

Townlands Carnival returns for a third year to Rusheen Farm this weekend, July 21-23, with headliners Jeru the Damaga, Brushy 1 String, King Kong Company set to take the stage over the three day event. Here at we compiled 10 things to see at this years Townlands Carnival 1. King Kong Company are bringing the Buckie to Rusheen Farm with a show full of noise and rumble. After tearing down the tent at Glastonbury 2017 King Kong Company bring to Townlands Carnival some inimitable “21st century swagger” (Irish Times), whose “live shows are events, built from sweat soaked...

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Tanjier dazzle with new single “Yu”

Currently, Tanjier are holed up somewhere in the West of Ireland recording their 2nd EP, due out in September and many of our regular readers will remember their debut EP “Sunrise” was one of our favourites from 2016. “Yu” is the debut single from this new EP and is set for release June 24 with a show in Whelan’s, DUblin. After finding each other in Tanjier, Morocco in 2015 the band have been creating dark broody electro pop since. “Yu” sees a slight change in lineup and with it their sound is more heightened, stripped back, and raw. Tanjier...

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Video of the week: Ailbhe Reddy’s “Fingertips”

Ailbhe Reddy has come out fighting with her latest release Attach To Memory and the EP demonstrates the positive affect touring has had on the Irish singer/songwriter with up-tempo led tracks and strong but simple accompaniment. ‘Fingertips’ is the lead track from the EP and the track and it’s accompanying video are true to Reddy’s vision. Never one to shy away from a topic that is affecting on ‘Fingertips’ Reddy explores female sexuality with a frankness and honesty we have come to expect from her. The video is a graphic visual representation of what it feels like to fall...

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Song of the Day: Pine The Pilcrow “Dahlia”

After stunning Irish media and fans alike with their self-titled debut EP in 2016 Pine The Pilcrow return in 2017 with a new agenda and promise of a second EP in May. “Dahlia” is our first taste of their new music. As we saw last year Pine the Pilcrow make their own rules and the hypnotic, dreamlike quality of “Dahlia” calls on folk traditions but it’s their unorthodox approach to these traditions that make them such an exciting Irish act. Combining classical and pop elements into “Dahlia” we find Pine the Picrow at their most innovative and a reminder...

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Song of the Day: Sun.Set.Ships “Song For Brothers”

Monaghan trio Sun.Set.Ships had impressed us when we first came across them last year but their newest release “Song For Brothers” proves that they are participating on an international level and ready to take over. “Songs For Brothers” with it’s Chvrches influence fulfills the bands manifesto to create uplifting, atmospheric and mellow electronic music. The lyrics and video are searching, probing, finding one’s sense of self and identity. While the slightly hypnotic melody line ensures you listen through to the very end to see how the story ends. Overflowing with potential these guys know what they want to create...

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