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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Gillian McGee reviews debut EP from Raine
Oct11

Gillian McGee reviews debut EP from Raine

Review by Gillian McGee Raine (Lorraine Hogan) who is a Cork based artist has just released her self titled debut EP and it’s truly a thing of beauty.  Jam packed with atmosphere, imagery and a real soundtrack vibe there is no doubt a very personal style to these songs . All backed up her haunting vocals and strong songwriting you will be left with a real lasting impression after just one listen. The songs in Raine cover a range of topics but are tied together with a deep personal undertow.  Wake up is a world class song written about Raine’s friend who had fallen into a coma.  There is really gut wrenching plea to the song and the production on it (and the entire EP) is just gorgeous.  Burnt  and Honey Baby are both catchy and full of attitude and deal with affairs of the heart and finding her inner strength. Breathe Me featuring some beautiful cello is entirely sensual and wraps you up in a floating cocoon. The entire EP is a far cry from your typical understanding of a singer songwriter, it’s on another level and  if you are a fan of bands like the XX then this ep is definitely for you. It’s important too to say that these are very real songs full of emotion and beautiful lyrics. Raine will launch her debut EP in Aula Maxima at University College Cork on Wednesday October 11th with a full band. Her performance will be accompanied with a video project and it’s reflected in these songs that she is really a multidisciplinary artist with a very interesting and bright future The EP is available now to...

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New Plugd space to open October 13
Oct10

New Plugd space to open October 13

Cork’s much-loved record shop Plugd, originally founded by Jim Horgan back in 2001, will be reopening for business upstairs at The Roundy, Castle Street, this month.   Jim said: “It has been great working with Emma and Frank in the Roundy these last months. We have big plans for the space and we are excited about collaborating with Cork’s creative community to make great things happen.  Upstairs at the Roundy will function as a record and print store, café, gallery, and event space, four days a week; and we’ll be developing new ideas along the way. I’m really looking forward to having Plugd back in action and welcoming back friends and familiar faces.” Since first opening on Washington Street some sixteen years ago, Horgan’s emporium has been an intrinsic part of Cork’s music community. Plugd Records, and its sister café Gulpd, had both operated out of the Triskel Arts Centre for the past six years, hosting regular concerts and events with local and international artists and musicians, until the premises’ closure in June.   Following meetings with The Roundy’s promoter Emma Kelly (Merakindie) and owner Frank Bradley, Plugd has found a new home, and will be back selling vinyl as well as expanding into independent publications and limited prints. In addition to this, Jim will be working with Emma in programming events in The Roundy. The space will also host exhibitions curated by Izabela Szczutkowska and Mick O’Shea.   Plugd’s new home Upstairs at The Roundy will be open from Saturday October 13th. To celebrate the official relaunch, Emma and Jim have a programmed a weekender of events featuring Lakerama, Outsider YP, Robedoor, ooSe, HEX and Gadget & The Cloud.   Emma commented: “I’m delighted to be working with Jimmy, big respect for what he created in Gulpd & Plugd, it became such an important place for a lot of people, so we’re both very happy to be bringing that space to a new home. Frank (who runs the The Roundy) has been fantastic. His open mindedness, support and enthusiasm has been so important in making this happen, everything is coming together really well. We want this to be a place where everybody feels comfortable coming into, we’ve got great gigs lined up for the next couple of months, with an eclectic mix of genres.”   Following several recent closures and relocations of artistic spaces in Cork there has been a lot of discussion about the lack of available cultural venues in the city. Plugd’s relaunch will go some way towards filling that void....

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