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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First Acts Revealed for Indiependence 2018
Dec06

First Acts Revealed for Indiependence 2018

Indiependence Music & Arts Festival has dropped an early Christmas present for fans by revealing the first names of what will be a bumper INDIE18 at Deer Farm, Mitchelstown, next summer. Some of Ireland’s biggest and best live acts join an initial announcement that features some new faces for INDIE and some old friends. Walking on Cars have cemented their place as one of this country’s most successful bands since playing the Beer Hall at INDIE14. They head up a strong Irish contingent that already features Le Galaxie, King Kong Company, HamsandwicH, The Blizzards, Le Boom, Wild Youth and 1000 Beasts. The UK’s thriving indie scene has been raided and welcomes some new names to INDIE18 that include Jake Bugg, Mercury Prize nominees Everything Everything, Brit Pop legends Cast and one of the UK’s hottest rising stars, Tom Grennan. Meanwhile, INDIE18 will feature artists with strong Ministry of Sound ties with debuts from Sigala and Mylo. Mylo has remixed tracks from Scissors Sisters, Amy Winehouse, The Killers and The Knife to name a few in recent times while Sigala’s track ‘Easy Love’ hit Number 1 in the UK singles chart and has amassed over 300m views on YouTube alongside ‘Sweet Lovin’’. All Early Bird Tickets have already sold out for INDIE18, with three-day camping tickets now on sale for €139 and VIP Indie Garden tickets on sale for €179 from www.tickets.ie. “We will be announcing a lot more acts in 2018,” said organiser Shane Dunne, “but wanted to give Indie fans something to look forward to before Christmas. Thanks to everyone who has bought tickets so far and we look forward to sharing some really big names with you in the new year.” Since the first festival in 2006, Indiependence has grown into one of Ireland’s biggest and most loved events, drawing international acts like Basement Jaxx, Public Enemy, De La Soul and Editors to play alongside the best names in Irish music, in the scenic foothills of the Galtee...

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Ballincollig Winter Music Festival 2018 brings more exciting and eclectic artists to Cork in January
Nov29

Ballincollig Winter Music Festival 2018 brings more exciting and eclectic artists to Cork in January

Now in its ninth year and well established as one of Ireland’s best Winter Festivals, The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival returns in January 2018, with another fantastic and eclectic mix of artists and events centered around the festival hub at The White Horse. One of Ireland’s most invigorating female performers of the last decade, Wallis Bird, gets proceedings under way on Thursday January 25, joined by a rising star of the Canadian folk scene, the 22-year old Kaia Kater. The following evening at The White Horse will see multi-instrumentalist-singer-songwriter Larry Campbell and singer-guitarist Teresa Williams’ bring a touch of Americana to the festival. They released their acclaimed eponymous debut in 2015, after seven years of playing in Levon Helm’s band. The duo were frequent guests with Phil Lesh, Little Feat, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, and are renowned for bringing to the stage the crackling creative energy of a decades-long offstage union. Irish Times’ journalist, Tony Clayton-Lea, brings a mix of lively debate, interesting interviews and live performances to The White Horse on Saturday January 27, with Culture Vultures, while that night, Cork legends Rubyhorse are set to bring brand new material to the venue that night. The band are set to release new tracks in 2018, with shows in Ireland and the US, where they had a billboard top 20 hit with ‘Sparkle’ and appeared on the David Letterman Show, Conan O’Brien and Good Morning America. Sunday January 28 will see an afternoon show, featuring trad maestros Frankie Gavin, Alec Finn and Derek Hickey with special guest, Italian folk and world music star, Lavinia Mancusi. Meanwhile, the festival takes a step away from Ballincollig for a show at Cork Opera House, where The White Horse Guitar Club bring Kentucky and Tennessee roots music to a new level with an ensemble of guitarists drawn from widely varying backgrounds. Bringing the festival to close on Sunday night, The Niall McCabe Band will launch a new album with support from Rowan. Further news on festival workshops, discussions and more great artists will be announced in the coming weeks. “We’ll have much more to announce in January” says festival organiser Joe Carey, “but felt that we would whet music lovers’ appetites before Christmas with what is in store for Ballincollig Winter Music Festival 2018. We’re looking forward to welcoming back Music in Community as part of the festival programme as well as a lots of workshops and sessions throughout the weekend”. All tickets on sale now...

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Leopardstown celebrates the best of Dublin and announces headliners Damien Dempsey and Stockton’s Wing 
Nov21

Leopardstown celebrates the best of Dublin and announces headliners Damien Dempsey and Stockton’s Wing 

The Dublin Racing Festival is the newest addition to the Irish festival calendar and is a weekend that will celebrate Dublin’s richness and diversity across culture, comedy, music, racing and food. Taking place at Leopardstown Racecourse on Saturday February 3 and Sunday February 4, Leopardstown has announced the two music headliners for the festival – Damien Dempsey (Feb 3) and Stockton’s Wing (Feb 4).While Grade 1 horse racing and top class music will top the bill over the weekend, Leopardstown Racecourse is set to bring the ‘the best of Dublin’ to the racecourse, celebrating the fair city’s famous wit, comedy, cuisine and culture in a two-day festival programme. In terms of music, it doesn’t come much more Dublin than Damien Dempsey. Earlier in 2017, Damien released his new studio album Soulsun, recorded with long-term producer and collaborator John Reynolds and featuring duets with Dido and Imelda May. It was proclaimed his “most exciting work to date”  and marked 17 years that have set him apart as one of the most unique and important voices in Irish music.Meanwhile, Stockton’s Wing is one of Ireland’s most prolific and enduring bands, celebrating their 40th year since forming in 1977. Seen by many as one of this country’s finest exponents of contemporary traditional Irish music, Stockton’s Wing have released 12 albums, toured the US several times – a New York Times critic described their sound as “eclectic, electric, passionate, personal, innovative and powerful” – and even supported Michael Jackson for two nights at Pairc Ui Caoimh in Cork. A recent tour to coincide with their 40th anniversary confirmed their continuing popularity, cementing their place in Irish music annals.Tickets for the festival are now on sale from www.leopardstown.com with information on various packages for the...

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