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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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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Video of the Day: Joey Ryan with ‘Violet’
Oct10

Video of the Day: Joey Ryan with ‘Violet’

‘Violet’ is the new release from Cork musician Joey Ryan. Violet is a soulful track taken from his 2016 release Fall Through the Night, which saw Ryan refine his sound with the help of Cork based producer Christian Best in Monique Studios. Having relocated to Berlin, Germany in mid 2016, ‘Violet’ sees a collaboration with the Berlin based Kopperkollectiv who have previously worked with many successful German acts through their Berlin Open Stage music video series. Shot in Berlin city and surrounding area during summer 2017, Swedish dance artist and choreographer Siri Elmqvist created a modern interpretive dance sequence to interpret the character of Violet, bringing an edgy and dark element to the video, in contrast to sonic color of the music. Joey Ryan is currently in the studio recording the first tracks of what will become his next album. Watch ‘Violet’...

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Song of the Day: Tanjier’s haunting ‘Hymn’
Oct10

Song of the Day: Tanjier’s haunting ‘Hymn’

In case you haven’t come across them before Tanjier are Mick Killen, Tommy Buckley and Ronan Lynch and they create dark electro-pop lurking in the shadows; the sound of isolation in orange dimly lit city streets. They are a trio based in Dublin, Ireland. Previously the band have tackled issues like homelessness, addiction and mental health. Their new single ‘Hymn’ musically documents the growth of the band’s sound which shimmers and pops. Skillfully employing their influences from Talos and James Vincent McMurrow into their own particular niche with haunting lyrics and growling guitar. Lyrically the band continue to hone their songwriting and delve into the darker recesses of human nature. Setting a scene of obsession and infatuation as the protagonist struggles with their lust for a prostitute and their own sexual desires. Tanjier play: October 17 – Ruby Sessions October 20 – Sin...

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Bobby Green gets dirty with new double release from Fontaines
Oct10

Bobby Green gets dirty with new double release from Fontaines

  Review by Bobby Green If you’re looking for a groove so dirty that it’s going to reach inside your guts and shake your very foundations then look no further than Fountaines double A side 7” single ‘Hurricane Laughter / Winter In The Sun.’ This infectious Dublin 5 piece outfit delighted us earlier this year with ‘Liberty Bell’ but have really stepped it up a notch with ‘Hurricane Laughter’ This could well be musician.ie’s single of the year with its gloriously flamboyant video perfectly painting a visual surreal accompaniment to this psychedelic romp with a hook so naughty it should have an 18 certificate. A superb single with a superb video. ‘Winter in the Sun’ has a more familiar Fontaines sound full of blatant Dublin attitude, but I honestly believe that it might get overshadowed by the quality of its shared billing. Catch Fontaines live as they tour Ireland to promote the new single. Sat 7th October- The Button Factory- “Hurricane Laughter/Winter In The Sun” Launch. Thu 12th October- Crane Lane Theatre- Cork Fri 13th October- Brewery Corner- Kilkenny Sat 14th October- The Loft, Galway Wed 18th October- The Shacklewell Arms, London (Fierce Panda/Club Fandango Present) Fri 27th October- Mike The Pies- Listowel, Co. Kerry...

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