Zoo 2 set for Cork Opera House
Sep21

Zoo 2 set for Cork Opera House

In the late 90s, Zoo 2 staged a tribute production to U2’s ZOO TV show, using multiple screens and recreated video footage, the large stadium experience was brought to the small stage successfully delivering the audio-visual experience with perfection.   This show ran for a number of years, visiting the then, Point Depot, Millstreet – Green Glens, Waterfront Belfast and nearly every county in Ireland.   In the early 2005 ZOO 2 moved to USA where they have spent the last decade wooing American audiences with their passionate recreation of the U2 concert experience.   Recently ZOO 2 returned to this side of the Atlantic and have been performing at festivals across Europe where International feedback has been fantastic with audiences revelling in the excitement of the new show.   ZOO 2 like U2 are proud to be Irish. 4 humble guys who strive for perfection.   ZOO 2 are back…they play The Cork Opera House September 30. Show starts 8pm and tickets are €25 + booking...

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Sons Of Sothern Ulster go walkabouts.
Aug02

Sons Of Sothern Ulster go walkabouts.

Review by Bobby Green One of the stand out albums of 2016 for me was Foundry Folk Songs by Sons of Southern Ulster, it was truly a remarkable album, timeless in its poetic delivery, perfectly crafting a world you were dragged through by the scruff of your neck and shown a side of life that may no longer exist. The true beauty of music in all its glory doesn’t just provide perfect emotional soundbites for fancy commercials, when done right it can also take you to places a lot more real than the exclusive club you’d never be invited to because you’ll look too much of a tosser using the product on display. Foundry Folk Songs was the perfect flip side to the gleam of product placement music, and was exactly what the alternative scene needed. Now in 2017 The Sons of Southern Ulster are finally getting off their arses and doing some live gigs in Ireland as part of a documentary about the debut album and the drive behind guys their age putting out new music. They have now also become a 4 piece to include Noel Larkin on drums and Paddy Glackin on bass. They are be playing 3 dates in August and the set for the gigs will include two sections – firstly David Meagher (Guitar) and Justin Kelly (Vox) doing a six song intro with just the pair of them and a beatbox, and then after a short break the 4 piece kick in for a more rockier set. The mini-tour will include three dates: (1) World Academy of Music at UL – Lunchtime Thursday 3rd August, (2) Bailieboro Arts and Culture Centre on Friday 4th August at 9PM, and (3) Washerwoman Bar in Ballina/Killaloe Co. Tipperary on Saturday 5th (followed by a late nite Punk and Indie Vinyl disco….) They are also currently working on EP “Paddy K’s Mescaline Diaries” to bridge the first and second album that should see the light of day soon (I Hope) but good things come to those who wait....

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The Joshua Tree brings Bobby Green back to the heart of the matter
Aug01

The Joshua Tree brings Bobby Green back to the heart of the matter

Review by Bobby Green I remember the first time I went to see U2 back in 1987 at Wembley Stadium. I was a teenage boy, son of an Irish immigrant parent who had left Ireland in the 6o’s and moved to London where she met my father whilst selling the catholic herald. They fell in love and are still very much in love to this day. Growing up in London there was always music playing in the house and my first experiences of being brought out to see music being played live were Foster and Allen, Johnny Cash and The Dubliners. A fine grounding I’m sure you’ll agree, and by the age of 16 (as I was in 1987) I had already started going to gigs. Stump being the first gig of an endless flow of live experiences I would indulge myself with over the years. Like any normal 16 year old, music was the most important thing in my life, well.. music and football, the musical landscape was so very different back in 1987 and it was just about to go into technicolour. Riding that wave were bands from America that always seemed to be bigger than bands from Europe and it always seemed like there was something magical about them, but cutting through all of this were a band closer to home, a band from Ireland, and they were on the cusp of taking over the world. For all of us children of Irish heritage going to Cardinal Wiseman Catholic High School in East London, U2 were such an important band. Some of us were cool enough to own copies of The Unforgettable Fire / War / October and Boy or have big brothers or cousins who had copies, and they’d let us put them on our TDK C90’s. But when The Joshua Tree came out…. Christ on a bike things changed. No longer were we thinking that U2 could make it big, with The Joshua Tree we now knew that we were part of something special, and for the people who weren’t necessarily U2 fans and were listening to them for the first time, they too were also experiencing something special. The Joshua Tree is undoubtedly a special album, and U2 were bringing the tour to Wembley Stadium, the home of football. Thirty years have now passed, I’m back home living in Ireland, and U2 have decided to tour The Joshua Tree in all its glory so the hundreds of thousands of people worldwide who have bought tickets can listen to these four lads from Dublin play those songs live again. We could re live our memories of this album,...

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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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