Townlands Carnival Reveal Full Stage Times
Jul19

Townlands Carnival Reveal Full Stage Times

Townlands Carnival taking place this weekend (July 21-23) at Rusheen Farm, Macroom have released their full stage lineups. Headliners include Jeru The Damaga, Brushy 1 String, Krafty Kuts, Hermitage Green and King Kong Company along with an exciting lineup of cutting edge artists from the worlds of performance and dance music. Townlands Carnival are also pleased to support Irish acts with some of Ireland’s rising stars set to take to the stage over the three day festival including Sillke, Le Boom, Jack O’Rourke and James Or. The festival has also created an enticing lineup of spoken word in The Village Green featuring talks by Cork Loves Music, and performances from Lords of Strut and The Rubberbandits. Campervan tickets are about to sell out but make sure you don’t miss out and be the envy of your friends by availing of a bell tent from Silk Road Tents or flash the cash for an Airstream. Physical tickets can be purchased at any of the following locations: JC Murphy’s Bar (Macroom), Organico Cafe (Bantry), Toonbridge Cafe, Bunker Vinyl (Cork), Siopa Gan Aimn (Cork), Shire Bar (Killarney), Spin Dizzy Records (Dublin) Tickets are available for €140 +BF from www.townlandscarnival.com...

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Bobby Green finds his groove with new single from Siomha
Jul17

Bobby Green finds his groove with new single from Siomha

Review by Bobby Green One of the perks of writing for musician.ie is that I often come across music I would never normally come across. I’m not going to sit here and lie about how long I’ve been into certain bands or singers and I hope my honesty comes across in my reviews. For instance, Friday evening after ‘one of those’ weeks I came home and sat by my back door to write about an artist I’d not heard before by the name of Siomha and her latest track “July Red Sky”. I poured myself a glass of wine, put on my headphones and clicked on the link for the video. For the next 4 and a half minuets I was at one with the world and all my surroundings. As the beautiful video played away I had the breeze of the open doors gently caress my brow while my own July Red Sky provided the backdrop as I fell in love with the music that was absolutely perfect for that moment in time. Perhaps it was the wine, or the fluke of having a perfect sunset while the video for “July Red Sky” showed Siomha and the band playing live in the Burren to their own perfect July Red Sky that made me fall head over heels for this track. So I closed the laptop to see how the music would stand up in the morning. So the next day as I sat down to write this review, I pressed play on the link again and once more I was taken somewhere beautiful. This jazzy soulful infusion played live on the edge of the unmistakable limestone slabbed landscape of The Burren, in her native Co. Clare along the Wild Atlantic Way is a stunning way to show a live performance. The video highlights the rocky grey of The Burren and is offset by the stunning backdrop of the sun rising across the sky in a blaze of red. All the while Siomha’s vocal strides across this beautiful landscape, owning it, her voice belongs there. “July Red Sky” is the second in a series of live videos by this emerging new Irish talent. ‘FLY!’, filmed and recorded live in a beautiful converted cottage in Feakle in East Clare, was released earlier this year and racked up 25,000 views in the first few days of its release. If you’re looking to be transported somewhere beautiful this July then click on the link...

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Columbia Mills reveal new single This City Doesn’t Feel Like Home To Me.
Jul14

Columbia Mills reveal new single This City Doesn’t Feel Like Home To Me.

  Review by Bobby Green It seems like forever that I’ve been waiting for The Columbia Mills album to arrive, with every single I get a little more excited with their sound and with “This City Doesn’t Feel Like Home To Me” I can smell how good this album is going to be. I’ve already got it in my top 5 albums for this year and I’ve not even heard it yet. But with The Perfect Day EP & Battles you had the sense something special was happening with these lads from Bray. Then they deliver “This City Doesn’t Feel Like Home To Me” and you just know this album is going to be a belter. As the single started I was reminded of Joy Division and the way they used atmospheric soundscapes with strong pronounced vocals to create a mood of serious intent, but as the single progressed you fall head first into their trademark multi layered diotic bestowment Columbia Mills are becoming known for.  “This City Doesn’t Feel Like Home To Me” is a glorious track and a perfect launching pad for the bands forthcoming debut album, A Safe Distance To Watch, which is scheduled for release in October. Columbia Mills are on the festival circuit over the summer, and you can see them at Indiependence in Mitchelstown on Sunday August 6th, Groove Festival in Bray on Saturday August 19th, and Electric Picnic in Stradbally on the first weekend in September....

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King Kong Company to take to Townlands Carnival stage
Jul11

King Kong Company to take to Townlands Carnival stage

Irish festival legends King Kong Company and recent Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalists, Lords of Strut, have been added to a growing line-up at this summer’s Townlands Carnival, taking place at Rusheen Farm Estate in Marcroom, Co Cork on July 21 -23. They join some amazing live acts already announced for the festival, including Hermitage Green, Brushy 1 Sting and Jeru The Damaga 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 late-night electronic buzz and rumble” (Last Mixed Tape) and who were recently crowned the Best Irish Live Act 2016 (Pure M Awards). Meanwhile, Cork’s favourite spandex-wearing duo are on a mission to change the world with dance. Lords of Strut make an exhilarating addition to a diverse and highly charged line-up in the Village Hall. Also on the bill, Cork Loves Music promises an impressive panel of speakers to talk music and the ever-changing industry.   Townlands Carnival are also excited to reveal that Stevie G and Andrea Williams Dancers are bound for this year’s Main Stage, promising an exciting live show played out to Hip Hop, Dancehall, Jazz and RnB beats. Set amongst the ancient trees of Rusheen farm in an old tin barn is Townlands Carnival’s best kept secret, The Sibin; showcasing an eclectic line-up of live music acts from the hauntingly beautiful to the stompingly danceable.   Hosted by Worries Outernational and featuring Cian Finn, Solo Banton, Wynton Kelly Stevenson and Flipside Selekta the Riddin Shack with its Jamaican Reggae Dub Dancehall style is sure to prove popular at TLC.   SubAtomic boasts some of the most innovative acts from the worlds of Grime, Baseline, Dubstep and Techno including OM Unit, Wriggle, Meadbh O Connor, Clu, Shreiken, Jamie Behan and Warren Knowles.   Goat Shed returns and this time the goats have company! From the depths of the underground, creatures from Ireland’s wilderness have joined us for one animal rave. Come join these raving beasts, stamp your hooves and shake your tails to the wild rhythms and banging tunes at the Goat Shed with sets from P-Hocto and Gary Fitz and takeovers from Humans of the Sesh. Release your inner creature and rave with the best and weirdest of them! Grown ups and kids are invited to dance to the rhythm with Dead Cool Songs silent disco or embrace their inner Sherlock Holmes for the Digital Scavenger Hunt. Alternatively, film buffs and music lovers alike can relax and join CineCeoil for a programme of films that document Ireland, her landscapes and musicians. Ronan...

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Bobby Green tracks the evolution of The Strypes on their new album
Jul11

Bobby Green tracks the evolution of The Strypes on their new album

Review by Bobby Green I’ve waited for a while before reviewing this album. I make no secret that The Strypes are one of my favourite bands, and when one of your favourite bands release a new album it’s always the best album you’ve heard that year. There’s so many superlatives I wanted to throw at this album, so much I wanted to say about the band themselves. I’ve been a fan for ages and watched from debut album explosion to impressive second album and again I find myself debating with my friends their sound for the next album and what we would like from them. I’ve never known a rock n roll band to have so much exposure in my generation, and with social media and the musical landscape as it is right now there has never been a time when a band has been as close to its fanbase. But what we want and what we get can be to very separate things. Spitting Image kicks off with a Dr Feelgood feel but then unravels into a sound reminiscent of so many influences but never plagiaristic. They are still raw, still energetic and exciting but at the core still fantastic songsmiths. Where Spitting Image doesn’t push any boundaries it is a joy to hear The Strypes at this stage of their journey delivering some quality tunes. I’ve heard and read some critiques suggesting that it’s not as good as Snapshot, but you never forget your 1st kiss, and I like my romances to mature a little bit over time. This is the sound of a band enjoying where they are right now and confidently striding along in their career.  But this game moves pretty fast and now they are established their next move will always be their most important one, while all the time being only as good as your last album. And with Spitting Image I think we may be getting the last of this type of album from The Strypes for a while, the experience, experiments and lifestyle will soon be their influences. They will have to reinvent themselves as they grow as a band, like all great bands do, and I believe The Strypes to be a great band. They have the most exciting years ahead of them, both as young men and as musicians and it’ll be hard for them to ignore these things when writing good honest rock n roll, and they are true believers in the art form....

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