Author: Ria Burke

One to Watch Wednesday: The Witch Trials

The Witch trials are a Dublin four-piece comprising of guitar, bass, drums and saxophone. Describing their style as ‘psychedelic rock / trip hop’, the band have been really making a name for themselves in Dublin’s music scene over the last few months with Louder Than War’s John Robb hailing their music as being “as intoxicating as the chemicals that probably provided its inspiration”. Hot off their recent gig in the Button Factory, they have just been announced as part of the line-up for this year’s Knockanstockan festival. I spoke to lead vocalist and guitar player Daniel McIntyre about what...

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One to Watch Wednesday: Derek Ellard

Since the release of his debut EP ‘Candour’ in 2014, singer-songwriter Derek Ellard’s feet have hardly touched the ground. Hotpress Magazine described Derek as having “a sound that is very much his own” on his lauded debut EP. With gigs supporting the likes of Wallis Bird and playing his adoptive home of Galway’s biggest and best venues, it is clear that Derek’s is a name that will indeed be one to watch on the music scene this year! I had a quick chat with Derek about all things musical, here’s how it went.   Which artist/band has influenced your...

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One To Watch Wednesday: ELM

Elm are a Dublin four-piece comprising of vocalist Dylan Walsh, cellist Gary Molloy, guitarist Aidan Clancy and drummer Cathy Ahearne. They are described as having “a dark earthy sound like no other, composed by a cello, drums, guitar and haunting vocals” and having seen them play live I found this description to be true, haunting they are indeed! Celebrating the release of their song ‘Concentrate’, I spoke to Elm guitarist Aidan Clancy about all things musical. Which artist/band has influenced your music the most? “Off the top of my head I don’t think our music has been influenced by...

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One to Watch Wednesday: Maria Kelly

By Ria Burke. I caught up with 20 year old singer-songwriter Maria Kelly after her gig playing support to Badger Hill in Whelan’s recently. Currently based in Dublin studying Songwriting at the BIMM Institute, Maria is originally from Mayo and has gigged extensively both there and in Dublin, most recently playing support to Wyvern Lingo in Castlebar. Here’s how our conversation went: Which artist/band has influenced your music the most? “I’d have to say that Regina Spektor has influenced my music more than any other artist. I was given her album ‘Begin to Hope’ when I was younger and...

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