Wild Front play Cork date
Nov16

Wild Front play Cork date

Organically formed, UK South Coast Band, Wild Front, aim to pair the unrestrained emotions of music with the capricious nature of life. It came as no surprise when the band formed, as the 4 had been musically working together for years. Although 80’s rock and alternative indie is a love they all share, their primary musical influences are so different. Jack offers his love of folk and Josh studied classical music at university, whereas Mike and Joe’s musical repertoire ranges from West Coast hip hop to indie folk. It’s this exotic mix that creates their unique and distinctive sound. Wild Front have just released their self-titled debut EP, and are in the studio constantly writing and recording new material. Wild Front play Fred Zeppelin’s November 30 Tickets €12 inc booking fee from Tickets.ie Over 18s – Id...

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Song of the Day: Marc O’Reilly’s “Enemy Of”
Oct24

Song of the Day: Marc O’Reilly’s “Enemy Of”

Marc O’Reilly does not sit on his laurels. With several critically acclaimed side projects to his name the Waterford native is releasing new material with a new album in the works. Blending blues and folk with something a little bit sonic and bit magical. Marc has just released “Enemy Of”. The track is now available worldwide and is taken from Marc’s forthcoming new album ‘L’etre Politique’ which is scheduled for release in Feb 2018. Marc will be promoting the release of ‘Enemy Of’ with a full band show at Whelans in Dublin on Thurs 26th...

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In Tua Nua head on tour
Oct10

In Tua Nua head on tour

It was 30 years ago this year that ‘In Tua Nua’ supported U2 on the European leg of The Joshua Tree Tour. They are now setting out on their first Irish Tour since 1988. The band toured extensively throughout Europe and the US during the 1980’s promoting their albums “Vaudeville” and “The Long Acre”. During the 80s In Tua Nua had 9 top 20 singles here in Ireland. One of Ireland’s premier live acts, they shared stages with Bob Dylan (Slane), Fleetwood Mac, and Eurythmics to name but a few while also opening on stadium tours for Simple Minds and of course U2. In Tua Nua reformed for some gigs in 2004 and then again in 2012 when they played The Electric Picnic. What have they been up to? Lead singer ‘Leslie Dowdall’ released two solo albums and had a smash hit with her song ‘Wonderful Thing’. Leslie tours Ireland constantly with wing man Mike Hanrahan and plays regularly in Spain also. Singer/drummer ‘Paul Byrne’ who wrote the majority of ITN songs released his critically acclaimed solo album ‘Cruel & Tender Ways’ in 2014. Also is a member of The Drays and The Guilty Party. Bassist ‘Jack Dublin’ formed the studio project Audiokiss. Their album was successful in Italy while recent single ‘I Don’t Wanna Say’ featuring Megan Burke charted in the US digital charts. Paul and Jack first played together in Deaf Actor in 1980 before forming In Tua Nua in 1983. They have since been banging out beats for Rocky de Valera and The Gravediggers, The Guilty Party and Shane McGowan and The Shane Gang making them one of Ireland’s longest running rhythm sections. The new line up includes Rosie MacKenzie, a talented young fiddle player from Canada based in Dingle, Sarge O’Hara ex The Mod Ls on Keys, Dave McGinley ex Eugene/Precious Stones on Guitar, and Leo Rickard and Martin Nolan will share the uilleann pipe role (at different gigs). In 2012 Leslie, Paul and Jack went into the studio and re-recorded a version of ‘All I Wanted’. Their most successful single from the 80s, it had reached number 69 in the UK charts and became a college radio hit across the US. Other notable singles were ‘Seven Into The Sea’, ‘Heaven Can Wait’, ‘Somebody To Love’, ‘Coming Thru’ and ‘Don’t Fear Me Now’. Also, in 2012 Virgin/EMI released the albums ‘Vaudaville’ and ‘The Long Acre’ on iTunes and Spotify. Tour Dates Theatre Royal, Waterford, Tues Nov 21st Boyle of Slane, Thurs Nov 30th The Milford Room, Carlow, Sat Dec 2nd Mullingar Arts Centre, Sat Jan 5th Irish Tour 2017: Sept 30th @whelanslive Oct 1st @SpiritStore...

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Raine to launch debut EP in UCC
Oct05

Raine to launch debut EP in UCC

“Raine” is the latest creative project from Cork artist and songwriter Lorraine Hogan, who will premiere her 4 track EP at this exclusive listening event including an exclusive first look at the accompanying film project in the stunning surrounds of the Aula Maxima at University College Cork on Wednesday October 11. The Cork songwriter will be accompanied by her band on the stage of the Aula Maxima with Sam Barker on guitar and Stephen O’Brien on drums in a performance that will see them juxtapose a live instrumental performance with electronic production elements that is sure to be an exciting and dynamic exhibition as they endeavour to bring to life this new creative enterprise from Raine. Joining Raine on cello on the night is Christopher Marwood, a former member of the internationally renowned Vanbrugh Quartet and lecturer at CIT School of Music and The Royal Irish Academy of Music. The four tracks from the self-titled debut EP Raine journey through the songwriter’s life as an artist, as well as exploring themes of sensuality, tragedy and loss. “Wake Up” follows the aftermath after a personal friend fell into a coma and Raine’s attempt to process this. The ethereal “Breathe Me In” is a tale of falling in lust while “Honey Babe” breaks free from a toxic relationship while rediscovering her inner strength. Closing out The xx and London Grammar inspired Extended Play is “Burnt”, a track that is unapologetically gritty and sexual. This debut EP was recorded, produced and mixed at Monique studio with Christian Best and mastered by Ruairi O’Flaherty. Raine will also premiere a first look at a video project to accompany the single “Breathe Me In”. The video is a collaboration between Raine’s vision of the single and the cinematic eye of the Cork Film Centre and will be projected in the grand hall of the Aula Maxima on the evening. There will be a special guest as MC on the night yet be to revealed. Admission is free to this exclusive premiere event and is sponsored by Goldbergs Bar and The Leaping Salmon Bar...

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CorkLovesMusic presents Head in Clouds a documentary
Oct04

CorkLovesMusic presents Head in Clouds a documentary

 CorkLovesMusic presents, in association with IndieCork Film Festival and Gobstar Film the screening of the documentary “Head in Clouds” based on Cork Indie/Rock outfit Hope is Noise, October 12 in The Poor Relation, Cork City.  This is not a story of success. It’s the story of a band. It’s the story of four friends, together through thick and thin over nearly twenty years, and in many ways, of the scene that give rise to their existence and longevity.   From that one offhand, seemingly cryptic musing, came an unlikely spark, one that brought four childhood friends together and give them a singular purpose: music that moves you. Moves you to sing, to dance along, to get angry, to identify with it and get immersed in its world and muses. Since bringing their body of work under the banner of Hope is Noise in late 2004, the Cork four-piece have built a dedicated following, drawn equally to their ability to construct a winning pop tune with seemingly little effort, and their incendiary, hardcore tendencies.   The result is a sound that in places resonates with a more considered take on Husker Du & Foo Fighters’ knack for a tune, and burns with a rage comparable to Hot Snakes or At-the Drive In. It’s a seemingly odd dichotomy, but over the course of two E.P.s and four critically-acclaimed full-lengths), it’s one that has formed the basis of something very special indeed, keeping fans and critics alike, across a wide cross-section of genres, hanging on.   It’s brought them gigging all over Ireland, at European festivals, and on two tours of the West Coast of the U.S. It’s seen their praises roared from the pages of Rock Sound (UK) and Hot Press among others. It’s seen them fulfill life-long ambitions, being called to share stages with the likes of Jello Biafra and Mudhoney among others. It’s seen them move from angry youngfellas to a bona fide pillar of Cork music, and one of the Irish underground’s best-loved bands.   This is the restless sound of a band with a sense of purpose, unwilling to settle and be pigeonholed. A band born of lifelong friendship, whose disparate elements are brought together by a passion for creation and performance, regardless of broader trends and fads. This is Hope is Noise.   WHO: Veteran Cork alternative rock four-piece Hope is Noise WHAT: Premiere of documentary film and career-spanning live set WHEN: Thursday October 12th @ 9pm WHERE: The Poor Relation, Parnell Place, Cork City (€5)...

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Bobby Green builds anticipation for The Black Atlantic tour
Oct04

Bobby Green builds anticipation for The Black Atlantic tour

Review by Bobby Green Now that the nights are drawing in and autumns gentle chill starts to slowly conquer late summers clemency we begin to desire more heart-warming pleasures to fire our souls for the long winter nights ahead. We need diotic beauty to complement the colourful autumnal surroundings and I can think of no better companions than Emma Lohan and Anna Mullarkey to accompany our senses during my favourite time of year. These two natives of Galway are about to embark on ‘The Black Atlantic Tour’ playing dates in Cork, Dublin, Galway and Roscommon. They are touring together to launch their distinctive sounds to new audiences across Ireland. Atlantic-folk meets electro-pop in this unusual but astoundingly complimentary pairing for a night of nostalgia and beautifully unique music. To mark the launch of ‘The Black Atlantic Tour’, Anna Mullarkey and Emma Lohan will both release a single from their forthcoming albums. Anna’s Baby Dragon is her first solo release and is a heartfelt track written on piano with a blend of electronics giving it an underwater disco feel. Emma’s Wander Free will be her second offering from Black Atlantic that takes you on a nostalgic dream, a laidback soundscape across the Irish Sea. Emma will be backed by a stellar 6-piece band comprised of horns, strings, synths, percussion and Gregory Sanders-Gallego on lead guitar; her natural, carefree approach to performance is infectious, putting people at ease to let go and enjoy the moment. To experience Black Atlantic live is to be taken on a whirlwind musical trip that embraces her audience from the first note. With upbeat guitar licks, rich harmonies, honest lyrics and beautiful arrangements Lohan invites her audience to forget everything and just dance… and they usually do! Anna Mullarkey brings her new electronic project to the stage. Her music is a fusion of multiple genres with roots in folk, jazz and minimalism. Anna has been touring and composing with My Fellow Sponges for the past five years whilst also composing soundtracks for multiple documentaries. Her current project explores dance music as a solo performance artist intertwining retro synthesizers with a modern house edge. But don’t worry Sponge fans, they are still going strong. The 2 singles released to support the tour are of exceptional beauty, Anna’s style and grace that shapes so much of My Fellow Sponges sound is still at the forefront of her solo project but with an electronic edge so subtle so as not to take over the sound allowing her voice to dictate the mood. Emma Lohan’s Wander Free is as sweet as candyfloss and equally as soft. Just close your eyes...

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