Song of the Day: Stoat “Try Not To Think About It”
May23

Song of the Day: Stoat “Try Not To Think About It”

  Review by Bobby Green Stoat are back again, this time to let us know that things didn’t quite turn out the way they hoped with this beautiful honest look at adult male life today. The single has a punkish reggae feel to it that gives the song an energy that draws you in and holds you down while you dismantle the bitter sweet lyrical journey Stoat are bringing you along. “I never get to see my wife naked anymore. We’re just partners in chores.” As with all of the singles from the forthcoming album you don’t have to dig too deep to find the charm encapsulated within franticness of Stoats delivery. There’s layer upon layer of emotions within their songs, none more so than with “Try Not To Think About It”. It’s witty and charming, but in typical fashion the humour hides a disappointment that men sometimes feel unable to address. It’s nice of you to offer sympathy When I’m feeling sorry for myself – But frankly I was hoping for advice That might be a bit more practical. But this isn’t a cry for help, it’s an insight into the norms of life for a lot of 30 / 40 somethings who are a bit confused about how things turned out. But as the song reminds us ‘Try Not To Think About It’ The album, also called Try Not To Think About It is out in a few months and can’t come soon enough for me. Because with album releases comes live shows, and Stoat are a band to be experienced. But until then the single “Try Not To Think About It” is out now....

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Townlands Carnival Reveal More Headliners
May16

Townlands Carnival Reveal More Headliners

Townlands Carnival 2017 adds yet more acts and stages to its eclectic lineup. Taking place the weekend of July 21-23, at Rusheen Farm Estate, Macroom, Co Cork. Townlands Carnival are thrilled to reveal new headline act Hermitage Green. The Limerick 5-piece have built a dedicated legion of fans since forming in 2010 thanks to their captivating live sets. Their unique arrangement of instruments sets them apart as a truly original offering of Irish Music. Having signed to Sony Music Ireland and with the release of their album Save Your Soul Hermitage Green have shown they are here to stay.   Already announced are headliners Bushy One String, Krafty Kuts, MC Dynamite featuring an exciting lineup of rising Irish talent with Jack O’Rourke, Le Boom, Shookrah and Sillk.   Brooklyn rapper Jeru Da Damaja is also confirmed to play the festival, bringing with him a back catalogue that includes acclaimed Hip Hop album The Sun Rises In The East.   Headlining the Sub Atomic stage, Bristol-based producer Om Unit brings some of the most innovative Drum and Bass sounds to Rusheen Farm Estate.   Housed in a big top tent, Cirque de Freakout is a crazy burlesque circus consisting of trapeze, comedians, giant puppets, live video mapping and a world of upbeat exotic music, from Balkan beats to Tropic to Gypsy Punk to Klezmer. It’s hosted by three of the finest impresarios; Dj Kyem, Al-Jive Mestizo and Maximilian Magic, complete with a sprawl of Steampunk funfair games to immerse festival goers in the Freakshow theme. Music is interspersed with cabaret performances featuring Les Freres Zeugma, Le Molecule Frendleyks, Marcel Bouffard & the Family, DJ Spoilt Bastard, Moonanga, DJ Tibobo, DJ Sadou, and DJ Trooblemaker.   The Village Green Area is a diverse community of artists, musicians, activists, slam poets, craft workers, farmers, environmental technologists and foodies who aim to build community spirit whilst keeping carbon emissions to a minimum. This green edge of the festival will showcase musical acts, offer healthy food and drink options and host discussions on topics that affect us all. Craftcamp offers interactive craft experiences for children and adults. Earthmatters will set the stage for discussions on social and environmental issues in an open and light hearted way. The Village Hall will be home to an eclectic mix of musical acts, DJ’s, and comedy featuring Scene of the Rhyme led by Cormac Lally as well as TED style talks and panel discussions. Shake off a fuzzy head from the night before with morning yoga and join the debate in what was voted last year’s favourite area. With more acts from the worlds of Dancehall, Grime, Drum and...

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Bobby Green reviews Che Horgan debut album “When The Rivers Rise Again”
May16

Bobby Green reviews Che Horgan debut album “When The Rivers Rise Again”

  Review by Bobby Green Che Horgan is a songwriter from The Peoples Republic Of Cork embarking on a journey evoking images of rivers and seas that permeate this debut album as Horgan navigates the uncharted waters of new and old relationships. This independently released album would normally be a brave step for some but when you hear the quality sprinkled across these exquisitely arranged and perfectly delivered songs you’ll understand that it’s a no brainer. On first listen I was taken aback by the jolly beauty of this little gem, but on further listens I’m astonished that this is a debut album. These songs sound like a seasoned troubadour in full stride. I fell in love instantly when I heard the melodies and arrangements, the sway and flow from track to track over this complete album, because this is an album that needs to be heard as a whole like all great albums should. There’s no low points along this journey that is heavily influenced by Lennon/McCartney, Harry Nilsson and David Gates, but the highly individual approach which runs through track after track transcends any influence to reveal a uniquely personal vision and sound. When The Rivers Rise Again should introduce Che Horgan and his music to an audience way beyond these shores and I believe that his star will ascend to glorious heights. These delightful songs will flirt away with you every time you hear them and you’ll be seduced by their charm as you drift along the rivers with them as they rise to meet you and take you through the nine turns along this journey you’ll remember for a long time to come. When The Rivers Rise Again is available from June 1st...

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Clonmel Junction Festival presents exciting programme for summer festival
May15

Clonmel Junction Festival presents exciting programme for summer festival

Clonmel Junction Festival is set to bring a diverse and unique programme to County Tipperary this summer. Carefully curated around the theme of the Black Sheep, festival goers will have the opportunity to experiment as well as experience something new and completely different when the festival takes place the week of July 3-9th.   One of the most sought after shows in Ireland and the only Irish performance in 2017, CJF17 will present the award-winning Swan Lake/Loch na hEala by Teac Damsa  a magical adaptation of one of the most famous of all ballets, Swan Lake.  Michael Keegan-Dolan  has forged a searing new vision for the beloved tale, creating a world of magical realism, powerful imagery and potent storytelling, rooted in a place where ancient Irish mythology and modern Ireland meet. The Dublin-based band Slow Moving Clouds has created a new score that combines Nordic and Irish traditional music with minimalist and experimental influences.    The extensive music programme will feature This is the Kit, Martin Hayes and David Power, Lankum (formerly Lynched), Crash Ensemble and Sam Amidon, Kate Ellis and Yuki Numata Resnick, Talos, Aine Cahill, AE MAK, R.S.A.G., Daithi and much more.  CJF17 will present The Cave, three intimate music events in Mitchelstown Cave on July 7/8/9.  Featured in this series are Peter Broderick, Loah, Jesca Hoop, Rosie Carney, Marc O’Reilly and Brigid Mae Power.   Compagnia TPO from Italy bring their wonderful family show Kindur – The Adventurous life of Icelandic Sheep. Telling the story of the sheep through three dancers who involve the audience and encourage them to become part of the flock, it promises to be a truly immersive show for both children and family.   The Black Sheep Artist-in-Residency programme will feature knitwear designer Katie Hanlan, visual art organization Lay of the Land, graffiti artist James Earley and Ireland’s premiere contemporary music group Crash Ensemble.  Over the course of the week, these incredible artists will create work that responds to the theme and the landscape in Clonmel.     At the weekend, festival goers will find a 12-foot Gramophone by Donnacha Cahill – audio-visual sculpture – moving around the town and surrounding areas.  Audiences will be able to interact with the steel Gramophone, weighing over a tonne at various locations and can receive updates on it’s location by following our social media channels    Joanne Condon of Kyle Lane (furniture upcycling company) will create an outdoor installation entitled Balloon Herd, that will see buildings around Clonmel decorated with large-scale balloon installations.   Yvonne McGuinness returns to the well to perform with her new piece, exploring themes of femininity, ritual and relationship to place.  Working with dancer Liv O’Donoghue and the guardian of the well David Flannery, the artists combines real and fictive performances and stagings that create an immersive installation at Scot’s Church.  ...

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Song of the Day: The Strypes “Behind Closed Doors”
May15

Song of the Day: The Strypes “Behind Closed Doors”

  Review by Bobby Green Every question that has been asked of The Strypes so far in their already industrious career they have answered with great aplomb. Their debut EP’s and debut album were killers, but were they a fad, a flash in the pan? Then a glorious 2nd album with continuous live performances around the world putting some more established acts to shame with their attitude and energy. Yes, there were hints of it being a difficult 2nd album during the creation process, but the finished result was a polished sound of a band who knew what they wanted and where they wanted to go, and like nearly everyone I know, we all wanted to go there with them. For us older fans, we’ve seen a few bands come and go, but The Strypes have always been the real deal. Their honesty and intent from day 1 has always been true. When you see them live you’re reminded of how exciting rock n roll can be, and with album number 3 on the way my friends and I are all excited about what are they going to sound like now. To be honest some of us are looking forward to album number 5 and 6 and there are multiple scenarios we’ve been playing around with. But putting our imagination aside for a while there is a third Strypes album on the horizon and “Behind Closed Doors” is the lead single from it. As always they fail to disappoint, this has all the vibes of a 45rpm single, it’s close to perfect. With a late 70’s early 80’s post punk feel to it, you’ll be reminded of Secret Affair with a hint of The Vibrators, but overall you’ll be left with this stomping tune going round and around in your head. It has all The Strypes attitude and swagger you’d expect with a faultless vocal delivery. If this is a taster of ‘Spitting Image’, their next album, then look out anyone who stands in their way. They can move away from the shackles of being the next big thing and take their place among the bigger boys who could learn a thing or two from one of the most exciting bands on the planet right...

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Song of the Day: Pine The Pilcrow “Dahlia”
May12

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 of why they created such a buzz when they emerged onto the scene. Catch Pine THe Pilcrow on the following dates June 2nd YouBloom June 3rd Vantastival, Louth June 23rd Civic Theatre June 25th Body and Soul July 21st Ballinamore Fringe Fest July 28th The Tin Church Laragh, Monaghan Aug 5th Arcadian Field, Dundalk Aug 6th Feile Beag, Thurles Sep 3rd Electric Picnic Watch the video for “Dahlia”...

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