Gillian McGee is wowed by Marlene Enright’s Coughlan’s show
Apr21

Gillian McGee is wowed by Marlene Enright’s Coughlan’s show

A month after the release of her debut album Placemats & Second Cuts and ahead of her last performance in St John’s Church, Listowel, Marlene Enright brought her live show to the home crowd in Coughlan’s, Cork on April 13th and Gillian McGee was there to witness it. Marlene Enright’s debut album Placemats and Second Cuts is a piece of pure magic and completely addictive listening.  I’m clearly not the only one who thinks this judging by the enthusiastic reception at her sold out gig in Coughlans Cork where Enright brought us her tunes at a whole other level.   Ailbhe Reddy opened the evening playing support.  A Dublin based singer-songwriter Ailbhe treats us to her pure voice and heartfelt lyrics accompanied by her lone electric guitar lending a sharpness to her sound.  Songs such as ‘Distrust’ and ‘Relentless’ are very special and draw the crowd in – she’s back in Coughlans in a few weeks and is definitely worth catching.   As soon as Marlene Enright and full band take to the stage,  the now nicely packed living room type venue really comes to life.  Opening with  ‘Alchemy’ we are all immediately hooked in and everything sounds so so wonderful. Gemma Sugrue on backing vocals blends perfectly with Enright’s voice and they create a perfect melodic counterpoint together. The combo of Davie Ryan on drums with Walshy on bass gives everything a big polished sound and Hugh Dillion’s lead guitar is just flawless. Throughout the gig though it’s Marlene’s beautiful floating vocals and rich sound from the keys that truly shine bringing a brilliant light to Enright’s perfect alt pop folk songwriting. The impressive production you can hear on Enright’s album is even stronger live and every single song sounds like a little masterpiece.   Stand out songs on the night are an incredible acapella version of ‘When the Water is Hot’ which sees the whole band singing harmonies clapping and foot stomping, and a spine chilling version of ‘Sadness’.  Enright also treats us to a cool cover of Taylor Swift/Ryan Adam’s ‘Shake it Off’  which leaves you in no doubt that she really has a truly original sound. A nod is also made to Enright’s previous musical life with band ‘The Hard Ground’  with the excellent ‘‘Pucker’ a song Fleetwood Mac would be proud to steal. For me though, ‘We were in Trouble’  is utterly stunning and even more perfect than the album.   Throughout the gig Marlene is so naturally charming and enjoying all the magic she is creating with lots of relaxed chats with the crowd making everyone feel part of this – a very...

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Gig Review: Myth launch single at Workman’s Club
Apr04

Gig Review: Myth launch single at Workman’s Club

Review by Louise Blackburn Dublin four-piece Myth launched their new single “Idiots Savages” in The Workman’s Club on Saturday night (April 1) and new Musician.ie reviewer Louise Blackburn was on hand to catch the show and says “they got the crowd going with their strong rock beat and energetic performance”.   Taking to the stage at 9:45 the buzz of a packed venue surely settled some nerves for Myth as they faced their first headlining show. Lead singer Alex Webb is multi talented. Not only did her vocals impress but she also played the violin in interludes throughout the set. You could hear the influence of Paramore and Evanescence on the set. Their song writing style relies on a strong drum beat through the verse changing to a head banging chorus and Webb’s haunting vocals bring across the mood of the tunes.The crowd cheering them on after each song, seemed to give them more energy during the set. The song ‘Crow’ which Myth say shaped their musical style and sound drew you into the soul of the group. ‘Stacy’ is a heartfelt song of frustration of taking on another person’s dramas where they don’t seem to care about changing the situation. I’d say most people in the venue could relate to this. Overall, a great performance at The Workmans Club, and I’ve just found an exciting new Irish alternative rock group for you to keep an ear out...

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Circles release their debut E.P. with a launch at the Crane Lane Theatre on March 4
Feb17

Circles release their debut E.P. with a launch at the Crane Lane Theatre on March 4

Cillian MCSweeney and Circles release their debut E.P. with a launch at the Crane Lane Theatre on March 4 in association with Music Generation Cork City 27 year-old Wilton musician Cillian MCSweeney has been playing music for the last ten years. He has cerebral palsy and relies on eye movements to communicate. Through using advanced technology, including ‘Eye Gaze ‘and ‘E-scape’, he has been able to write and perform his own music. Cillian developed as a writer and performer through the SoundOUT programme as part of Music Generation Cork City, where he was involved in a collaborative music project with the Togher Music Project in 2011. Five years ago Cillian formed the band, Circles, with fellow musician and SoundOUT tutor, Graham McCarthy. The band has since performed at some of Cork’s finest venues, including Cork Opera House and the Curtis Auditorium at Cork School of Music. The release of their debut E.P. featuring the title track ‘Unique’ will be marked with a special launch at the Crane Lane Theatre on Saturday March 4, 2017. Doors open 7.30pm and is a free over 18s event. Support on the night are Jim McCarthy and Kenneth Speight. SoundOUT is a Cork based initiative which runs ongoing music education programmes in schools and community settings in partnership with Music Generation Cork City. Building on the work of Cork Music Works (directed by Dr. Evelyn Grant) , SoundOUT was established by Dr. Gráinne McHale in 2011. SoundOUT’s vision is that adults, children and young people with and without disabilities have access to inclusive and progressive music-making and learning opportunities. Assistive music technology is used within all SoundOUT activities to ensure access for all abilities to meaningful music...

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Tickets for ‘Purple Rain’ Prince Tribute show go on sale today!
Jan27

Tickets for ‘Purple Rain’ Prince Tribute show go on sale today!

Good news for Prince fans today as ‘Purple Rain’ embarks on its first nationwide tour of Ireland in 2017, bringing their world class live celebration of the music, life and legacy of Prince. This full 8 piece live band delivers a non-stop, hit packed show spanning more than two hours! Complete with backing vocals, horn section, keys and of course Jimi Love as the unsurpassed Prince. Audiences can expect to see, hear and feel all of the hits from one of the most loved Artists of all time; 1999, Little Red Corvette, Purple Rain, Kiss, Diamonds And Pearls, U Got The Look, When Doves Cry, Cream, I Wanna Be Your Lover and more from the Artist’s extensive back catalogue. Lauded by the original Prince and the Revolution drummer Bobby Z as “authentic and on the money”, the Purple Rain Show is as close to one of the most iconic performers to ever take to the stage as it gets. IRISH TOUR DATES: Weds May 17th Dublin – Vicar Street Thurs May 18th Cork – Opera House Fri May 19th Belfast – Limelight Sat May 20th Galway – Black Box For more information go to Home Tickets priced from €27.50 go on sale this Friday January 27th at 9am through www.ticketmaster.ie and venue box...

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Christmas Sessions in Dingle
Dec22

Christmas Sessions in Dingle

On Wednesday the 28th of December Kennedy’s bar in Dingle, host to Other Voices gigs, will be the venue for The Christmas Sessions, a night of original music with a wide range of acoustic performances with some special guests thrown in! Vinnie Flynn – Red Moon Bayonets. Vinnie Flynn is a Kerry Musician based in Dublin who set up his act Red Moon Bayonets in 2013. His style is a mix of alternative rock, blues and indie. Vinnie’s main aim is to create something musically new and innovative. Vinnie is playing a string of solo acoustic gigs along with new material in 2017 under the Red Moon Bayonets name Other acts performing on the night include Dingle native Edwin T Wright of (Sideproject), Maeve Molly of Dublin punk band (Vulpynes) and brothers Joey and Julian Boland. Event info is here https://www.facebook.com/events/1752516778402373/ Watch Vinny and the lads in action...

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Niall Connolly returns to Cork
Dec19

Niall Connolly returns to Cork

Born at a time that witnessed the birth of Punk, when Leonard Cohen was being played on bedroom stereos and Cork’s emerging music scene was spawning legends, Glanmire-born Niall Connolly entered the world with his ears piqued and no choice but to follow a musician’s path. Now residing in New York, Niall rounds up a month-long European tour with a performance at The White Horse in Ballincollig. He will be accompanied by long-time collaborator Karl Nesbitt, renowned Cork poet Billy Ramsell and Irish tunesmith Ian Whitty. Connolly is a compelling live performer with infectious melodies and engaging lyrics. His songwriting encompasses his observations of the vibrant city of New York, where he has spent the last ten years, the lives and personalities of the strangers he has encountered on the road, and the sights and sounds of tours across Europe. Connolly has accumulated influences in his adopted homeland, juxtaposing sparse, finger-picked moments with the gigantic sonic swells of the band at full flight. All the while his lyrics retain their reverence for the poetic, the literary, and all that is emotionally honest. Connolly writes intelligently and with extraordinary clarity and curiosity. On his latest album, All We Have Become, Connolly traverses the landscape of his travels. Sublime trumpet lines and atmospheric guitar riffs lay alongside surging beats and harmonies. Each lyric creates a cosmos in miniature; memoirs from his youth to the imagined lives of others, nostalgia for young wonder and the struggle for the survival of the human heart. Niall has had the great pleasure of playing festivals, embassies, theaters and dive bars all over the world, including Glastonbury, the Prague Fringe Festival, and CMJ. He has had the privilege of sharing the stage with the luminaries in his band and in the Big City Folk music scene, as well as MisterWives, Lambchop, Evan Dando, Mick Flannery, Glen Hansard, and John Spillane, to name a few. He has also collaborated with such poets as Neil McCarthy, Stephen Murray, and Billy Ramsell in various Voice and Verse projects. At the core of every Niall Connolly song is the story, one that unfolds a layer with each listen as he blends a riveting sound with layered, literate lyrics that generously reward the listener. Niall Connolly plays The White Horse, Ballincollig, December...

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