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The Meteor Choice Music Prize shortlist for Irish Album of the Year 2013 was released today.  On the list you will find

And So I Watch You from Afar – All Hail Bright Futures,

Bell X1 – Chop Chop,

Girls Names – The New Life,

Kodaline – In a Perfect World,

Little Green Cars – Absolute Zero,

Manlo Le Tough – Changing Days,

My Bloody Valentine – MBV,

O Emperor – Vitreous,

Lisa O’Neil – Same Cloth or Not,

Villagers – {Awayland}. 

The winning act will receive the €10,000 prize fund and will be announced on Thursday 27th February.  If you fancy going along to the live event, tickets go on sale on Friday Jan 10, from Ticketmaster.

Source: Meteor Choice Music Prize

Looking forward to helping on this again this year

(via civiestyle)

Day by Day lineup for Hard Working Class Heroes Festival, Dublin

HARD WORKING CLASS HEROES day-by-day breakdown is available below or athttp://hwch.net/schedule_2012.html.

For their 10th birthday, the festival has called on 5 acts who they regard as 
Returning Heroes, three to headline Meeting House Square on each night:

Solar Bears – Thurs 4 Oct
Le Galaxie – Fri 5 Oct
Delorentos – Sat 6 Oct

And two to headline the Button Factory on Friday 5th - We Cut Corners and The Ambience Affair. 

The bands epitomize a central tenet of the HWCH festival: offering Irish audiences an early snapshot of emerging artists who are destined to become some of Ireland’s most enduring talents.


Hype Machine vs Soundcloud – Thurs 4 Oct The Grand Social
A Dark Horse / Benny Smiles / Tandem Felix / Ginnels / Spies 

OTR vs Nialler9 – Fri 5 Oct The Workman’s Club
Kool Thing / Forrests / Elaine Mai / Simon Bird / Girl Band / Come On Live Long / Ships

Today FM (Paul Mcloone) vs 2FM (Jenny Huston – her 
last hurrah with the festival
Nanu Nanu / Carried By Waves / Land Lovers / Autumn Owls / Sleep Thieves / Last Days of 1984



  • 9.00-9.30 Dogs
  • 9.40-10.10 Bouts
  • 10.20-10.50 Hush War Cry
  • 11.00-11.30 Futures Apart
  • 11.40-12.10 Jogging
  • 12.30-2.30am Folie A Deux DJ set


  • 9.00–9.30 Sans Chateaux
  • 9.40-10.10 Twin Terrace
  • 10.20-10.50 EleventyFour
  • 11.00-11.30 Moo!
  • 11.40-12.10 Biggles Flys Again


  • 8.00-8:30 Temper-Mental MissElayneous
  • 8.40-9.10 The Animators
  • 9.20-9.50 Replete
  • 10.00-10.30 Ghosts
  • 10.40-11.10 CLU
  • 11.30-12.10 Lemonada
  • 12.30-2.30 Yours Truly DJ set


  • 8.00-8:30 KaraKara
  • 8.40-9.10 Low Sea
  • 9.20- 9.50 SertOne
  • 10.00-10.30 Daithi
  • 10.40-11.10 Si Schroeder
  • 11.30-12.30 Solar Bears

THE GRAND SOCIAL Hype Machine V Soundcloud

  • 7.50-8.20 A Dark Horse
  • 8.30-9.00 Benny Smiles
  • 9.10-9.40 Tandem Felix
  • 9.50-10.20 Ginnels
  • 10.30-11.00 Spies



  • 8.20-8.50 Kool Thing
  • 9.00-9.30 Forrests
  • 9.40-10.10 Elaine Mai
  • 10.20-10.50 Simon Bird
  • 11.00-11.30 Girl Band
  • 11.40-12.10 Come On Live Long
  • 12.20- 12.50 Ships
  • 1am-2.30am Gugai (Strange Brew DJ Set)


  • 8.20-8.50 Leanne Harte
  • 9.00-9.30 Junah
  • 9.40-10.10 Cocophone
  • 10.20-10.50 Inni-K
  • 11.00-11.30 Dylan Tighe
  • 11.40-12.10 Frankenstein Bolts
  • 12.20-12.50 Electric Penguins
  • 1.00-1.30 Gavin James


  • 8.00-8.30 Steve McEvoy
  • 8.40-9.10 Nouveaunoise
  • 9.20-9.50 Young Wonder
  • 10.00-10.30 Frank B


  • 8.00-8:30 LaFaro
  • 8.40-9.10 Kid Karate
  • 9.20-9.50 Sweet Jane
  • 10.00-10.30 Ghost Estates
  • 10.40-11.10 Croupier
  • 11.30-12.30 Le Galaxie


  • 7.50-8.20 Aisling Quinn
  • 8.30-9.00 The Depravations
  • 9.10-9.40 Cfit
  • 9.50-10.20 Lisa O’ Neill
  • 10.30-11.00 The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock


  • 8.00-8.30 Groom
  • 8.40-9.10 A Lazarus Soul
  • 9.20-9.50 The Ambience Affair
  • 10.00-10.30 We Cut Corners



  • 7.40-8.10 Red Sail
  • 8.20-8.50 Slow Skies
  • 9.00-9.30 Dott
  • 9.40-10.10 The Casanova Wave
  • 10.20-10.50 I ♥ The Monster Hero
  • 11.00-11.30 Skelocrats
  • 11.40-12.10 September Girls
  • 12.20-12.50 Grand Pocket Orchestra
  • 1am-2.30am Sacred Animals V Feel Good Lost DJ set


  • 8.20-8.50 Niamh Regan
  • 9.00-9.30 Water Cycle
  • 9.40-10.10 Familiar Creatures
  • 10.20-10.50 Wiltz
  • 11.00-11.30 Eatenbybears
  • 11.40-12.10 Hello Moon
  • 12.20-12.50 The Alice Kona Band


  • 7.20–7.50 Lamont/Bailey/Wall
  • 8.00-8.30 PolyDROID
  • 8.40-9.10 White Collar Boy
  • 9.20-9.50 Reid
  • 10.00-10.30 Faws


  • 8.00-8:30 The Strypes
  • 8.40-9.10 Hudson Taylor
  • 9.20-9.50 Heritage Centre
  • 10.00-10.30 The Dirty 9s
  • 10.40-11.10 The Mighty Stef
  • 11.30-12.30 Delorentos


  • 7.10-7.40 Little Bear
  • 7.50-8.20 Conor Mason
  • 8.30-9.00 Pearse McGloughlin and Nocturnes
  • 9.10-9.40 Deaf Joe
  • 9.50-10.20 Owensie
  • 10.30-11.00 The Gorgeous Colours


  • 7.00-7.30 Nanu Nanu
  • 7.40-8.10 Carried By Waves
  • 8.20-8.50 Land Lovers
  • 9.00-9.30 Autumn Owls
  • 9.40-10.10 Sleep Thieves
  • 10.10-10.40 Last Days of 198

Via press release from Friction PR

Heathers - Forget Me Knots (by heathersdublin)


New video from the lads.

DELORENTOS - CARE FOR (by delorentos)


Win tickets to the Digital Socket Awards 2011 at Dublin’s Grand Social on Thursday

Fancy attending the newest Music award ceremony in the country, hearing some great bands, meeting some lovely people and having a good time?

I’ve bought tickets - they’re €10 - to give away to the Digital Socket Awards in The Grand Social, Dublin, this Thursday 03 February from 7.30pm. (Buy tickets here!)

From the press release:

With over four hundred nominations entered, encompassing more than two hundred artists, the first round of the Digital Socket Awards was an exceptional success.

Twenty-six bloggers and a multitude of readers came together to launch a fresh and innovative music awards show, one with an aim to recognise not only 2010’s top Albums and Songs but also the finest work in specific genres, along with associated efforts of Record Labels, Designers, Photographers and Radio shows.

The shortlist was announced on Friday 14 January and displayed the remarkable wealth of talent at work in Irish music at this time.

A few weeks later, the all-Ireland panel of judges have come to their final conclusions and the results will be announced at a special live event in Dublin’s Grand Social venue this Thursday 3rd February.

Special guests include comedian Gareth Stack as host along with live music from soulful indie popsters Groom, the funky electronic stylings of Meljoann and a top-secret performance by one of Ireland’s most popular bands.

Following on the celebrations are DJ sets, including the daring sounds of new-wave rockers Logikparty and RTE 2XM’s Sweet Oblivion.

Special partners in the event are RTÉ Television who, as part of their new webcast show RED Radar, will present one lucky winner with an extra award in the category of Outstanding Performance in Irish music of 2010. All winners will also be invited to the RED Radar studio to record their songs for a special feature on the Digital Socket Awards. 

Doors open at 730pm and the show runs until late. Get there early for top nosh from the Boojum Mexican restaurant and there will be special drinks promotions on offer all night. The award announcements get underway with Best EP at 8:15.

Tickets to the event are on sale now from Tickets.ie at €12 (inc. booking fee). All profits go to the Irish charity Aware, who rely on donations to keep their support network and phonelines open.

Doors open at 730pm and the show runs until late. Get there early for top nosh from the Boojum Mexican restaurant and there will be special drinks promotions on offer all night. The award announcements get underway with Best EP at 8:15.

Tickets to the event are on sale now from Tickets.ie at €12 (inc. booking fee). All profits go to the Irish charity Aware, who rely on donations to keep their support network and phonelines open.

I have a huge amount of respect for the people behind this - including Aidan Cuffe from Goldenplec, Ronan Hunt-Murphy from Swear I’m Not Paul, Peter Nagle from 2UIbestow and especially Naomi McArdle from Harmless Noise. These events are not easy to organise and I’m wishing them the very best of luck with it.

To be in with a chance of winning, just stick a comment below. I’ll pick the winners tomorrow, Wednesday at noon.

You’ll also find the Digital Socket Awards on twitter here and Facebook here

A Celebration of Bill Whelan with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

The music composed by the man below almost got me kicked out of the seminary. Twice.

That’s Bill Whelan, composer of so much award winning music - Riverdance, Timedance, The Seville Suite and much, much more - and there was a concert in Dublin’s National Concert Hall celebrating his music last Friday. 

A Celebration of Bill Whelan with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra on Friday 27 August was presented by Ellen Cranitch and featured Bill both on piano and talking about his work with Zoë Conway on fiddle, Julie Feeney and Morgan Crowley as vocalists and David Brophy as conductor.

I was lucky enough to attend and to be able to give away tickets. I also went out to RTÉ last Wednesday to hear the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in rehearsal with Bill.

Here they are performing "Hymn to a Broken Marriage" by Paul Durcan.

The concert was wonderful. Attended by notable fans and contemporaties of Bill including John McColgan, Brian Kennedy, Eleanor McEvoy, his friends from Rough Magic Theatre and a raft of fans, we were treated to music that may not have been as well known as much of the Riverdance stuff, but was just as powerful, as musically intricate and as fun.

The full programme:

  • Inishlacken
  • Hymn to a Broken Marriage
  • Woman of the House
  • Dan do Lara
  • An Chistin (last movement of Carna)
  • Timedance                                              
  • The Seville Suite
  • Riverdance

Of particular note were Hymn to a Broken Marriage, as above, and the fantastic Julie Feeney performing the poem “Woman of the House" and Morgan Crowley with "Dan do Lara”, accompanied by the always brilliant Concert Orchestra. I know I do stuff for them, but I do love them too.

One thing I didn’t know was that an AMAZING piece of music - one of the ones I reference at the start of this piece - called Caracena - is the final part of The Seville Suite, a composition telling

the historical story of the legendary Red Hugh O’Donnell and his journey - after his defeat at the Battle of Kinsale - to La Coruna in Spain.

The piece follows that journey from that infamous battle to O’Donnell’s arrival and welcome by the Spanish Earl of Caracena. 

It’s a thrilling piece and was a suitable end to the concert - played as an encore after Riverdance, resulting in one of two standing ovations for Bill Whelan on the night.

Danced by Mick Donegan and Flamenco dancer Yolanda Gonzalez, with Declan Masterson on uilleann pipes, Mel Mercier on bodhrán, Rodrigo Romani  on Galician harp, Xaquín Xesteira Losada on Galician pipes and whistle and the wonderful Éilís Egan on accordion and Mia Cooper on violin, I was one of the first on my feet to applaud.

This version on You Tube - not the RTÉ Concert Orchestra or anyone involved - doesn’t do it justice but might give you a flavour:

The entire celebration on Friday night not only prompted me to update my collection of Bill’s music - he’s certainly more than Riverdance - but also to Zoë Conway on fiddle and it rekindled my love of Julie Feeney. A wonderful evening, one I’m glad I got to go to.

If you ever get the chance, go to see these pieces being played. You can find out everything the RTÉ Concert Orchestra is up to over on http://www.rte.ie/performinggroups/rteconcertorchestra and everything that Bill Whelan is up to over here.

My thanks to Angela Rohan with RTÉ Performing Groups for her tireless efforts in allowing me to do absolutely lovely stuff like this. Tis an honour!

(Oh, and Firedance was the other piece (as well as Caracena) that had my seniors in the seminary doubting I was right for it - apparently not reverend enough for mass or other liturgies!) Bill Whelan photo by Richard Noble.

Win weekend camping tickets at Castlepalooza

I’ve got a pair of weekend camping tickets for Castlepalooza to offer for you today.

On this weekend - July 31 and August 1, in Charleville Castle, Tullamore, this is the 5th year that the festival is on. I’ve never been, but it looks like a great line-up.

Here’s the press release:

Headed up by music mavericks Mercury Rev who are exclusive to Castlepalooza this Summer, the August Bank Holiday weekend will see well established acts, such as CODES, Fionn Regan, Wave Machines and DJ Norman Jay, teamed with quality up-and-coming bands taking to the stage amidst a cocktail of fun and cultural activities.  

Castlepalooza is a must for music and fun lovers, for Summer 2010. Tickets are limited to 3,000 so get yours before they’re gone on www.castlepalooza.com or from the usual outlets. 

Two-day tickets including camping are only €99 plus service charge.

‘Couples Treat Yourself Tickets’ will include two weekend passes with private camping area; pitched tent ready on arrival stocked with sleeping bags and pillows; chocolates and a bottle of premium champagne - all for only €299 per couple. For those who love the music but not the muck!

Although Castlepalooza is about much more than just the music, quality sounds are a good place to start and here’s a rundown on the bands headlining at this year’s birthday bash.


Castlepalooza is delighted to announce Mercury Rev’s exclusive Summer date in Ireland. The often chaotic Mercury Rev formed in Buffalo in the late 1980s and continue to impress. With the release of ‘The Secret Migration’ at the beginning of 2005, David Fricke wrote: “Mercury Rev has finally made their great life-cycle album, their own ‘Dark Side of the Moon’, except this one ends in promise and light.” Their brilliant ‘Snowflake Midnight’ followed in 2008. 


Fionn Regan has in the past drawn comparisons to Young, Woody Guthrie and John Lennon and has repeatedly proved that he can better his brilliant records when he plays live – so a treat is most definitely in store for this year’s Castlepalooza crowd. In February this year, Fionn swept all expectations with the release of his sophomore effort; the rock influenced ‘The Shadow of an Empire’. 


“Norman Jay is the one true Godfather of British Club Culture”. Norman Jay had unwittingly displayed latent deejaying talents even from the tender age of eight. By then, encouraged by his music loving parents, he had bought his first record and played at his first gig displaying for the first time, a precocious talent that was later to become the stuff of deejaying legend. 


A mercurial Merseyside four piece, Wave Machines create instinctive art-pop; rhythms built of melodic ticks and bleeps, polka dots of sound drawn together beneath Tim Bruzon’s falsetto vocal, part Beck Hansen part Barry Gibb. “Scattered tracks drop Hot Chip hints, Beta Band Bite and even Bee Gees falsetto. It’s fun. It sticks.” – PITCHFORK


The Swedish duo First Aid Kit comprises sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg (born 1990 and 1993, respectively), hailing from Stockholm. Yes, they are very young, but the pure music they create speaks of bygone times and old souls. Their music has much in common with artists like Devendra Banhart, Bright Eyes or Joanna Newsom.


Now regarded as one of the most exciting live acts in Ireland, Codes have received mass nationwide critical acclaim for their debut and have begun 2010 on an equally high note after being included alongside Marina & The Diamonds and Jesca Hoop in HMV’s annual “One’s to Watch” campaign in the UK. 


Danny Todd - guitarist, songwriter and producer - has finally found the perfect vehicle for his unique hybrid of pop, rock, indie, country and electronica – it is the insanely catchy, brash and swaggering Belfast band, Cashier No. 9.


Lonelady - AKA Julie Campbell - is a self-styled writer, vocalist and tight guitarist.  Her debut album ‘Nerve Up’ released in February this year was described as “striking” by Uncut magazine. 


Adebisi Shank are an electric, energetic, loud band from Wexford! DIY ethics coupled with a limitless barrier of ideas is how this band have achieved so much musical hat-tipping in such a short time.

Other acts on the bill are as follows:

O Emperor; Robotnik; Alessis Ark; Colm Lynch; Funeral Suits; The Cast of Cheers; The Lowly Knights; Readers Wives; Samantha Marais; Attention Bebe; Funzo; The Blue Choir; Sarsparilla; DJ Steve Reddy; DJ Tu-Ki, DJ Scope; Yes Cadets; James V McMorrow, Daithi O Dronaí; Noelle ScaggsBig Dish Go; Sounds of System Breakdown; The CandidatesScribble Sound SystemLe GalaxieAV.KidHeroes in HidingThe Dying SecondsBand on an IslandNeptune City and Mercy the Sexton.

In addition to the music, there will be lots of other events to keep festival fans entertained, including:

For The Love Of.

‘FTLO’ is a platform for both emerging and established Irish creative talents to showcase their work together in one accessible and contemporary environment. ‘FTLO’ works on an open submission basis, therefore everyone is welcome to submit work.  Chosen work will be exhibited over the weekend both inside the castle and in the grounds. 


We are running a short film showcase in the castle. The criteria for submissions are simple, your film must be less than 12mins long and the rest is up to you! If you are selected by our panel of judges your submission will be edited into a feature and screened in the castle on the festival weekend.  Festival goers will vote the winning film.


The Day Spa will be on site again this year for those who party hard and need some tender loving care. The Spa – open all day Sunday - will provide massage; manicures; pedicures and blow-dries - all in the comfort of the Castle’s Morning Room by an open fire.


Want to learn a new dance, perfect your drumming technique or take part in a Whiskey Masterclass? Yes, you can! These are just some of the fun workshops that will be on offer over the weekend. 


After the success of last year’s Ceilí, the festival would not be the quite same without it - so bring your dancing shoes! 

Castlepalooza supports the Charleville Castle restoration project. A portion of each ticket will go towards the ongoing work carried out on one of Ireland’s most historic landmarks.

Right, so the website is over here, they’re on Facebook here and you can win the pair of camping tickets from meself just by leaving a comment below. Be creative - I like creative.

I’ll pick the winners by Thursday at 12 noon.

Big thanks to Michelle in Corkscrew Music for offering this prize for you.

The new single from The Saw Doctors - Takin’ the train


Here’s the new single from The Saw Doctors called Takin’ the Train - it’s released August 20th and it’s from ther new studio album ‘The Further Adventures of The Saw Doctors’ out Sept 10th. 

The current lineup features:  Leo Moran (vocals, guitar), Davy Carton (vocals, guitar), Kevin Duffy (keyboards), Anthony Thistlethwaite (bass guitar, saxophone), and new drummer and co writer Eímhín Cradock (drums + vocals).

The Saw Doctors are on Facebook here and over on Twitter here.

Eleanor McEvoy goes blonde, releases new album in September

I’ll make no secret of the fact that I have a crush on Eleanor McEvoy. (I’ve stuck my recent interview with her below.)

So, with the email this morning from Good Seed PR that she’s releasing a new studio album on September 17 called "I’d Rather Go Blonde" and the photo below, I’m a happy man… Details from press release below:

RMG are delighted to announce that a new Eleanor McEvoy studio album, entitled “I’d Rather Go Blonde”, is to be released on 17 September 2010 [Cat. No. MOSCD408].  

The album features eleven new songs, nine of which were penned by McEvoy, one by former Beautiful South man Dave Rotheray and, finally, there’s a cover of “Good Times” by Sam Cooke.

“I’d Rather Go Blonde” is the eighth album in a twenty year career that has seen McEvoy establish herself as one of Ireland’s most accomplished singer / songwriters.  

Never one to shy away from the big issues, this album sees McEvoy tackling themes such as alienation, hypocrisy, recent Irish history and romance.  

The songs are typified by a lyrical élan and often leavened with a touch of humour – “For Avoidance Of Any Doubt” features a plaintive soul using her solicitor to berate an absent lover for not returning calls, and the title track is built around a phrase that just made McEvoy laugh! 

As she says herself, “I always try to express myself clearly and honestly. I was the odd one, the tubby girl with glasses who had to go to violin lessons after school. The ray of sunlight was the radio with its music. The escape was learning to sing and play instruments and play with others and write and just get out there. Anyway this album is all me, and I am very proud of it.”

 “I’d Rather Go Blond” has been mixed by Ruadhri Cushnan’ who did the breakthrough Mumford & Sons record of this year and has a willfully contemporary relevance.

Recorded at Westland Studios, the team, of Eleanor McEvoy, Mick O”Gorman, Peter Beckett (co producers of LOVE MUST BE TOUGH) and Ciaran Byrne Engineer, has expanded with the addition Gavin Fox (Ex Idlewild), Ross Turner (Cathy Davey, Jape) and the Mixing skills of Ruadhri Cushnan (Mumford and Son) 


  1. Look like me
  2. Just for the tourists
  3. I’d rather go blonde
  4. Away from you
  5. Deliver me (from what you do)
  6. Shiboleth
  7. Take you home
  8. The thought of you
  9. Harbour
  10. For avoidance of any doubt
  11. Good times

All Arrangements Eleanor McEvoy


  • Eleanor McEvoy – Vocals, Guitars, Violins, Violas, Piano, Hammond Organ, Keyboards
  • Peter Beckett – Piano, Keyboards, Harmony Vocals
  • Gavin Fox – Bass
  • Ross Turner – Drums, Percussion


  • Gerry O’ Connor – Banjo (Deliver me, Away From You)
  • Pat Burke – Gregorian Chant (Deliver Me)
  • Ciaran Byrne – Harmony Vocals (Deliver Me)

Produced by Mick O’Gorman, Eleanor McEvoy and Peter Beckett; recorded by Ciaran Byrne; mixed by Ruadhri Cushnan; mastered by Ian Cooper 

Eleanor will also undertake a headline tour of her own in October/November where she will be playing tracks from throughout her career but also of course from “I’d Rather Go Blonde”.  See http://www.eleanormcevoy.com for all updates.

I interviewed Eleanor in January just before her last tour…

You can follow Eleanor’s twitter here and become a fan on Facebook here.

Luán Parle's new music video for her upcoming single “Why Baby Why" available on digital download from August 20th. 

It’s the first release from her upcoming album “The Full Circle” out September 17th and released through her own LPR records.

"Why Baby Why" was cowritten and produced by Bill Bottrell. You’ll find Luán on Facebook here.