Jack O’Rourke and freezerRoom join forces for Pieta House
Dec13

Jack O’Rourke and freezerRoom join forces for Pieta House

Jack O’Rourke brings 2017 to a close with an intriguing electro pop interpretation of Frankie Goes To Hollywood’s classic, ‘The Power of Love’. Released as part of A Co-Present Christmas Album,featuring tracks from 15 Irish artists in aid of Pieta House, Jack’s version of ‘The Power of Love’ was recorded with production maverick Graham White of freezerRoom. 2017 saw recognition for Jack O’Rourke’s live prowess scale new heights, following the release of his debut album Dreamcatcher. Jack performed the album in its entirety with a full orchestra at Cork Opera House, while appearances on the Other Voices Stage at Electric Picnic, Indiependence, Groove and Sea Sessions have cemented his place as one of Ireland’s rising songwriters and live performers. Jack also collaborated with the likes of Wallis Bird, Tracy K and Joe O’Leary (Fred) with Christian Eigner (Depeche Mode ) on drums on Freezer Room’s Fire on the Ocean album, which was also performed live at Electric Picnic. ‘The Power of Love’ is a further collaboration with White, bringing a classic 80’s track to a new audience with a perceptive slant. “’The Power of Love’ is such an amazing song, to attempt to copy it would have been futile,” says Jack, “so myself and Graham approached it from a different point of view, trying to do the melody, the message and Holly Johnson’s vocals some justice. We’re delighted to have it included on such a superb compilation of music like A Co-Present Christmas, among some very talented musicans and brilliant songs. We hope people will buy the album and support a very good cause.” Jack begins the new year with shows at the Dublin Trad Festival on 25th January  and also in Paris with Roisin O, while writing and recording tracks for his second album due out later in 2018. A Co-Present Christmas Album can be purchased here: https://thecopresent.bandcamp.com/album/a-co-present-christmas-3 Animation and video was designed by D!VE Live Dates: 15th December – Live at St Luke’s, Cork (with Marlene Enright) 20th January – Trad Fest – Dublin – Saint Werburgh’s Church, Werburgh Street, Dublin 17th February – Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick 15th February –  Le Centre Culture d’Irlandais, Paris – with Roisín O...

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Doors Alive for Cork show
Dec12

Doors Alive for Cork show

The Doors Alive are widely regarded as the closest and most enthralling representation of the legendary 1960’s rock gods The Doors in the world today. The band re-create the sound, look, presence and magic of a real 1960’s Doors concert, perfectly and effortlessly transporting the crowd back in time with classic hits such as ‘Light My Fire’, ‘When The Music’s Over, Riders On The Storm, The End and many more. Doors Alive play AMP, Hanover Street, Cork on Saturday, Decembers 16. Mike Griffioen captures the look, attitude, and rich baritone voice of the late, great Jim Morrison with ease while his compadres showcase the musical chops of original Doors members Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore with finesse and skill. To achieve that authentic Sixties sound, the band use the very same instruments that members of the Doors originally used. These include a vintage Fender Rhodes Bass keyboard, a vintage Gibson keyboard and a vintage Gibson S.G guitar. They have left awestruck audiences all over the world and repeatedly sold out some of the most respected venues in the business . “Truly AMAZING… They capture the true spirit of The Doors” – Zane Lowe, BBC Radio 1 “The best tribute band I have EVER seen” – Clint Boon, XFM “The Doors Alive is the best Doors “tribute” band that I’ve seen…Sometimes they sound more like the Doors than the Doors” – Doug Cameron – Assistant Road Manager to The Doors 1968/69. www.thedoorsalive.co.uk Doors Alive play Amp, Cork, December 16 tickets €20 including booking fee from...

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My Fellow Sponges release new single The Schlieffen Plan
Dec08

My Fellow Sponges release new single The Schlieffen Plan

  Review by Bobby Green In a world where so many things that are abhorrent to us are normalised and served up to us on ever increasing regularity it’s beautifully refreshing to find something to love. It was ‘A Cold Hand’ that turned my head and my heart last year when I first encountered this Galway collective, and since then My Fellow Sponges have danced around my consciousness with such glee and gay abandon. I find their music uplifting and a delight to listen to. You can feel their genuine affection for their craft seeping through their charming melodies as they encapsulate your soul with every note. ‘The Schlieffen Plan’ is a gentle affair that effortlessly floats its way into your heart with its undemanding inflection, the horns will carry you along a gentle ride from verse to chorus and back again in a gentle dance that’s not too fast but certainly enough to make you dizzy. But this old fool could just be high on the fact that amongst all the shit that normally gets released at this time of year there’s a flower that grows from heart of Galway that will blossom in the lives of whoever welcomes them in. ‘The Schlieffen Plan’ is out now....

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Bobby Green reviews the debut album from The Grey Merchant
Dec07

Bobby Green reviews the debut album from The Grey Merchant

   Review by Bobby Green  When I first heard ‘Spotless (The Protecting Veil)’ and following singles ‘The Last Transmission’ and ‘Convenience’ I was genuinely excited about this Cork collective. Their use of samples may not be groundbreaking but when samples are used well they bring a track to life as effectively as a guitar sound or bass line does. But there’s more to The Grey Merchant than a few cheeky samples thrown over an awesome alternative soundtrack.  This multi textured debut album highlights the possibilities that The Grey Merchant are only starting to scratch. It’s bursting with ideas and will restore anyone’s faith in the album as an art form. Don’t get me wrong, this album isn’t groundbreaking but Avenue De Rennes certainly delivers a knockout punch and is so much more than an introduction to their sound. Their full on flavour has the maturity of a fully seasoned band. The lead single from the album that shares the same name is a glorious stomper of tune but there isn’t a tune on this album that isn’t a riotous treat. Even the slower tempo numbers have a mischievous feel to them with edges so sharp you’ll be in danger of slicing your ears open if you’re not careful. This is highlighted in the difference between the stomping attack of single ‘Avenue De Rennes’ and the anthemic album track ‘The Exchange’. To bridge the gap between these two glorious examples of their sound you need great tracks in-between so the album doesn’t sound disjointed or just a collection of songs, but as I said at the top of this review, this is a great album full to the brim of great ideas woven together so well that as an album it’s refreshing to know that bands can still use this art form to the best of its ability to create what is my favorite mode of transport.  The Album. And Avenue De Rennes  will certainly take you places.   Avenue De Rennes is out Dec 15th   Pre-order Avenue De Rennes on Bandcamp here: https://thegreymerchant.bandcamp.com/album/avenue-de-rennes...

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It Takes A Village Tickets go on sale December 7
Dec06

It Takes A Village Tickets go on sale December 7

Ever fancied being at a festival, hidden away from the world, in a secluded setting on the edge of the Atlantic… with a roof over your head? This coming April, there’s something happening in Cork that will change the way people think about festivals in Ireland. From Friday 13th to Sunday 15th of April, It Takes A Village takes over the idyllic and pastoral surroundings of Trabolgan, East Cork. It Takes A Village offers 150 self-catering houses and apartments, plus 35 fully-serviced campervan sites, contained in Trabolgan Holiday Village. With your booking including accommodation and unlimited access to a huge variety of entertainment onsite it’s a residents only affair for the festival weekend, with a limited amount of day tickets on Sunday. First acts announced feature an abundance of eclectic electric acts: Young Fathers – Andrew Weatherall – Talos – Fujiya & Miyagi – Brian Deady – The Altered Hours – LE BOOM – Oh Pep! – Donal Dineen – John Daly Music – Bitch Falcon – Nialler9 – Anna Mieke – Seamus Fogarty – Cian Finn – Sunday Times! – Strength N.I.A – Lilla Vargen – MynameisjOhn – Ryan Vail – Kevin Barry – Sim Simma – Bocs Social… with many more artists and activities still to be announced. The village will feature three main venues, as well as a multitude of pop-up stages all over the 120 acre site. The swimming pool, with its wavemaker, slide, hot tub, and balmy conditions will host some steamy tropical party tunes from supreme DJs on Saturday and Sunday mornings, with some amazing aquatic audio and synchronized sounds. All leisure activities at Trabolgan like go-karting, archery, 5-a-side soccer, zip line, climbing walls, crazy golf, and par 3 golf, will operate during the daytime over the weekend. The festival will also host some talks and walks around the Roches Point and Trabolgan area for those interested in a bit of history and a stroll. Expect big sound, killer lighting and top live performances. Wordsmiths, MC’s, raconteurs and poets will be dropping rhymes and reason; art installations will be popping up, down, and around, the wooded valley on site; great food will be brought to you by some savage stalls and food trucks from only the finest local producers in the rebel county. It Takes A Village will be a home away from home with a musical soundtrack covering a broad palette of tastes, styles and rhythms. It’s a place to meet and make new friends whilst having modern conveniences, comfort and never being more than two minutes walk from your new home! Ticket prices range from €185 – €265 (including booking fee) per...

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