The Smithwick’s Soundtrack Series is a series of live gigs across Ireland featuring two of Ireland’s best bands, Le Galaxie and BARQ, performing the songs and score of their respective favourite soundtracks.
Le Galaxie have reimagined songs and the score from Francis Ford Coppolla’s classic war movie Apocalypse Now including The Doors’ ‘The End’, ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ and new pieces for existing scenes like Saigon and Kurtz Compound.
BARQ have reinterpreted the classic soundtrack from Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction including Misirlou, ‘Son Of A Preacher Man’, ‘Jungle Boogie’ and ‘Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon’.
Each date is €15 entry via smithwicks.eventbrite.ie with a free pint of Smithwick’s at the bar and I’ll be DJing after BARQ’s gigs while Sally Cinnamon is DJing with Le Galaxie.
Le Galaxie performing Apocalypse Now supported by Sally Cinnamon
Friday 13th October – Whelan’s, Dublin Friday 10th November – Cyprus Avenue, Cork Friday 24th November – Black Box, Belfast
BARQ performing Pulp Fiction supported by Nialler9
Tuesday 17th October – Dolans, Limerick Thursday 2nd November – Opium Room, Dublin Friday 3rd November – Fiddlers Creek, Sligo
With a sound that has been established as a bed of alternative live band R&B or “agrosoul”, BARQ are one of the most unique offerings in terms of new bands to arrive in the last two years.
Newest song ‘Optimus Prime’ certainly picks up the chain of “agrosoul” to its logical frenetic sonic conclusion, coming across a little jazz-metal, a little rock, a little R&B and a little pop. Singer Jess Kav is such a strong singer that she can take such a cacophony of noise and dominate.
The video for the song by Crooked Gentleman takes the song’s futuristic feel and applies it to the visual.
We’ve got the Body & Soul Festival stage times, the playlist and how here are the recommendation for 12 acts to see in Ballinlough this year featuring 9 acts & 3 DJs you must see.
Friday, Main Stage, 10pm
I have zero idea what the live show from Scottish composer Anna Meredith will be like as she’s made music that had an epic brass quality and experimental post-rock-style music but if either of those show up as the sun sets on Ballinlough, particularly the bombastic ‘Nautilus’ then I’d be happy.
Friday, Woodlands, 3am
A late-night show from one of the best new bands in Ireland? Nice. Christy Leech & Aimie Mallon are a party band who make music that moves between house, pop and electro. They are one of the hottest tickets on Irish festivals this summer so stay up late for this one.
The Bug ft. Miss Red
Friday, Midnight Circus, 21:30
If it’s heavy bass and atmosphere with a gritty rhythmic shake informed by down and dirty Drum ‘n’ bass, ragga, grime, ambient and dub, then a live show from the Bug is a must.
Simon Greene’s most recent Bonobo album traded off his reputation as a creator of intricate electronica to add some toughness and dynamic dancefloor production to his music, making Migration his best work yet. Live, he’s already known for large band recreations of that music so this should be a treat.
Saturday, Reckless In Love, 1am
Corkwoman Ellen King’s electronic is fairly uncompromising sonically, eschewing clean lines and grids for grit and lo-fi noise. Beneath it all, is a throbbing techno style. As seen in the recent Women In electronica documentary, King is also founder of the Gash Collective, who are also playing throughout the weekend.
BARQ are seasoned musicians having played with Hozier, Kodaline, Monster Monster, Damien Dempsey, Loah, Lethal Dialect, Ryan Sheridan and Zaska in the past and are establishing their own rap-tinged soulful R&B jazz sound under a genre they’ve coined as “agrosoul.”
Saturday, Wonderlust, 11.15pm
Saturday is a great day for Irish DJs. While it would be remiss of me as one-third of Lumo CLub not to mention that we are playing twice on Saturday at Reckless in love from 4pm – 6pm and Absolut Bar late at 2am til close. So before you come over the latter, you can find my Loose Joints co-host Sally Cinnamon playing at the Wonderlust stage where I know there’s going to be be tunes I can recommend. Sally introduced me (and many others) to this track and it often gets a play in her sets.
Sunday, Main Stage, 9pm
One of my favourite live bands. The Florida band Hundred Waters‘ music features skittering electronic leaps, abstract folk textures and the undeniably beautiful voice of Nicole Miglis.
Sunday, Main Stage, 15:30 / Woodlands, 22:30
Kelsey Lu is a North Carolinian cellist and singer/songwriter who makes orchestrally-arranged ambient folk music and has an EP out on True Panther. She has earned comparisons to Alice Coltrane and Bat For Lashes, Lu’s music leans into the avant-garde spectrum yet she has collaborated with artists in the field of pop and R&B like Blood Orange, Kelela and Wet.
Sunday, Woodlands 1am
They are the creators of an album that is one of my favourites of the year, an ’80s-inspired collection of strutting synth disco with heart. Simon Cullen and Sorca MCGrath will work better than most at 1am at a festival. The place to be.
Mix & Fairbanks
Sunday, Absolut Bar, 3pm
DJ Arveene has curated a whole weekend of DJs with an emphasis on the Irish selectors and the lineup is strong across the weekend with the likes of Ciara Brady, Kelly-Anne Byrne, Billy Scurry, Jimmy Rouge, Eddie Kay, Stevie G, Cyril Briscoe, DJ Deece and Aoife Nic Canna among them. Kildare up and comers Gary O’Reilly and Rob Smyth aka Mix & Fairbanks have recently got into original tracks to whopping effect, but it’s the skills as DJs playing disco and house edits and classics that started them on their path. Just listen to the Linndrum (80s drum machine) inspired mix they made for me last year.
Ok so slightly cheating here, but my wife Aoife runs Sing Along Social and last year’s Body&Soul was the first time her zero commitment choir debuted at a festival and it went off as you can see below. Basically, Sing Along Social is a zero-commitment choir, a group karaoke session, a party with lyrics and backing tracks. This year’s theme is Pop Battle so think Drake vs. Rihanna, Justin vs Britney, Abba vs. Fleetwood Mac and more, including props and inflatable. It’ll be gas. There’s a kids version on the Saturday too.
Niamh Farrell (Ham Sandwich), Naoise Roo, Jess Kavanagh (Barq), Fierce Mild and Maija Sofia are among the artists who will be sharing their knowledge and technique at the upcoming Girls Rock Dublin camp which is taking place from June 27th – July 1st
Girls Rock aims to be a safe space for women aged 18-24 to pick an instrument (guitar, bass, synth, drums, vocals), form a band, write a song and play a gig over the course of five days.
Guest artists will include SOAK, Soulé and Hvmmingbyrd.
The cost is €250 and the fee covers music tuition, workshops in Sound Training College, lunch, instruments and band practices in Temple Lane Studios.
Now, two other gig showcases have been revealed and they look like this:
@ Triskel (curated by IMRO) – Cry Harridan, Jafaris, Little Hours, Super Silly @ Crane Lane (curated by Music Cork) – Alex & Echoes, BARQ, Rob Burch …plus final act to be announced very soon @ Cyprus Avenue (curated by Nialler9) – Ailbhe Reddy, Le Boom, Lyra …plus final act to be announced very soon
The final announcements for these shows and the full lineup for The Old Oak and Cork Opera House are also coming soon.
Music Cork has already confirmed a wealth of industry speakers for the event, including Key Note Speaker, Darcus Beese, President of Island Records. In addition to Darcus, Music Cork will also welcome Mike Smith MD of Warner/Chappell and Rob Stevenson Executive Vice President of Republic/Casablanca.
Early Bird Tickets priced €110 plus booking fee are almost sold out with full details available on MusicCork.com
Yesterday, I revealed the full lineup of acts for the church at Other Voices, now here’s the full music trail list of acts, which are the events that are free and open to the public throughout the day and after the main gigs.
The previously announced artists are below. New are:
Michele Stodart (The Magic Numbers)
Moon Looks On
Nialler9 DJ set
Search Party Animal
Stephen James Smith
We Were Giants
+ Special guests
Yes, that’s a lot and it adds to the existing acts below. All Free. I’ll be DJing on the Friday night after the main event.
New single ‘Bear’ was written by singer Jess Kav, after her mother passed and deals with loss and growing up. Musically, it’s got a jazz rhythm with Kavanagh’s moving vocals exploring the aftermath of loss singing “what do we do when the buildings fall?”. The song has a beautiful coda.
The single is launched in The Bowery in Rathmines next Thursday November 17th with support from Soulé. As it happens, I’m DJing after too.
After announcing their arrival with ‘Gentle Kind Of Lies’, an alternative R and B track, that self-described “agrosoul” tag is going to make much more sense after hearing BARQ’s ‘That Thing You Love’.
BARQ say the track is an “a very aggressive song about meditation,” that has more prominent and eclectic jazz, rock and soul influences than previously detected. The big vocals Jess Kav maintains control among the unusual time signature and discordant guitar style.
‘Gentle Kind Of Lies’ was picked up on Spotify new music playlists in the UK and Brazil (as well as Nialler9’s new Irish music playlist of course), and BARQ are playing lots of festivals this summer: Longitude, Indiependence, Groove, Body + Soul, Canalaphonic, Bray Jazz, Carlow Arts Festival, with more to be announced soon.
‘That Thing You Love’ was mixed by Scott Halliday and Mastered by Andrei Eremin (Hiatus Kaiyote, Chet Faker).
The Gloaming / Santigold / St Germain / Hudson Mohawke / Floating Points (live) / Mercury Rev / Neon Indian / Girl Band / BadBadNotGood / Wolf Parade / Sun Kil Moon / Junior Boys / David August / Cassy / Optimo / Gold Panda / Mbongwana Star / Ibibio Sound Machine / Tanya Tagaq / Slow Magic / Jambinai / Ho99o9 / Ninos Du Brasil / NAH / Brian Deady / Bleeding Heart Pigeons / Rusangano Family / FJAAK / EMBRZ / Bitch Falcon
ON THE WOODLANDS STAGE
Holly Macve / Talos / Saint Sister / Elm / TooFools / Forrests / Mario Batkovic / Daithí / Somadrone / Myles Manley / Plutonic Dust / Loah / Ocho / Aine Cahill / ÆMak / Elephant / We Eat Electric Light / Ailbhe Reddy / Ollie Bell / Niamh Regan / PRESENTED BY MUSIC NETWORK: Séamus Begley, Catriona McKay & Chris Stout / OKO / Christine Tobin / Bangers and Crash Percussion Trio / The Carducci Quartet / Donal Lunny, Máirtín O’Connor & Zoë Conway
ON THE PAGODA STAGE
Daniel McDermott / PolyGlove / BARQ / Auxiliary Phoenix / The Ocelots / Joni / Tracy Bruen / Katie Laffan / Shrubs Duo / Farah Elle / Feather / Apollonia Tribal Bellydance / Floating Ballroom / Publicity Machine / Johnny Rayge / El Grey / Roisin El Cherif / Candlelit Tales & Infinity Program: The Story of Eithlinn / Marangvla A&V / Arash
Second Nature area
Body&Soul announced a new area called Second Nature featuring the Woodlands stage described as:
“…an enchanted menagerie of lush music, contemporary performance, immersive, nature-based art and Zen-like pockets of peace, nestled among the centuries-old oaks, pines and ash trees of Ballinlough Castle’s forest. This otherworldly woodland cocoon takes Body&Soul back to its lo-fi roots, celebrating ideas, intimate moments and the beguiling indulgence of chilling out.”
The Woodlands stage will be housed in this area and the stage itself, custom-designed by Christy Collard. is built from repurposed timber from the previous main stage (which also gets a facelift).
Second Nature will be more intimate and feature as well as the music programme: The Sanctuary, Solas Bath House, the Pagoda Stage (lineup above), art installations, theatre and performance, interactive experiences and documentary-filmmaker Myles O’Reilly’s area Arbutus Yarns (which will feature spoken word poet, Stephen James Smith, musicians Anna Mieke Bishop, Rhob Cunningham and Mossy Nolan).
The Light House Cinema with a pop-up cinema taking over our Sanctuary Healing area by night. From 9pm till 1am, their programme is packed with music, gas craic and timely tributes, with a special screening of Prince’s Purple Rain, alongside Stop Making Sense, Labyrinth, The Life Aquatic, The Big Lebowski and a Sing Along screening of Grease.
Robbie O’Connor and Aisling O’Mara in association with Anu Productions will present their immersive production Anu Productions will present their production Rebel Rebel, directed by Louise Lowe. The specially commissioned immersive production Every Morning I Wake and Seem to Forget which will take participants on a mystery journey through the festival grounds, as they participate in an unfolding story. Created and conceived by theatre producer Matt Smyth and director Hugh Farrell, this immersive experience blends interactive theatre with the magic of a festival where anything can happen.
Every Morning I Wake and Seem to Forget which will take participants on a mystery journey through the festival grounds, as they participate in an unfolding story. Created and conceived by theatre producer Matt Smyth (Anu Productions, Dead Centre) and director Hugh Farrell, this immersive experience blends interactive theatre with the magic of a festival where anything can happen.
Canalaphonic will return to Rathmines later this year on on 23rd and 24th September this year.
The festival will take place in the venues and shops of Rathmines, along the canal in Dublin city and this year, it will include an outdoor venue at the 5,000 capacity Leinster Cricket Club. Whelan’s,The National Concert Hall Quarter’s “Vaults” and Opium Rooms will also be used as venues.
Music wise, the full lineup of 120 acts is yet to be revealed but the following will be featuring:
Rocstrong, The Eskies, Zaska, Mongrel State, Barq, Mongoose, White_Mice, The Word Up Collective, Mother Mooch, Late City Edition, Fox E and the Good Hands, Travis Oaks, Homebeat Events, T.A.S.T.E and many more to be announced.
The festival is the result of a collaboration between Dublin City Council’s South East Area Office and Abner Browns Barbershop, supported by Fáilte Ireland, Clancourt Group, WaterwaysIreland, Dublin City Council Arts Office, IMRO, Heineken, McGarrell Reilly Group and Rohan Holdings.
A launch happens in Copan Rathmines this Thursday with with live music from Barq and Word Up Collectives’ Damola.
Groove Festival takes place in Killruddery House, Co. Wicklow on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July (same weekend as Castlepalooza), and while the headliners aimed at an older audience than most with the likes of The Blades, The 4 of Us, Ocean Colour Scene and Neville Staple Band playing, Turning Pirate have put together a stage of newer acts worth checking out.
The Hop House 13stage will feature sets from David Kitt, TooFools, Sample Answer, Planet Parade, The Young Folk, Barq, Zaska, Swords and Anderson among them.
The Academic and Elm are also playing the main stage. Tickets from €49.50 for a day pass + fees.
BARQ are a new Dublin band making Alt R&B music or “Agrosoul” as they describe it and fronted by the familiar face of Jess Kav, who in the last few years has sung with Kodaline, Jape, Hozier and appeared on Lethal Dialect’s 1988. Not to mention fronted bands Tongue In Chic and Gin’n’Juice too.
Kav started BARQ with Stephen McHale (Weird Glitches, Loah, Lethal Dialect), Tommy Gray (Monster Monster, Zaska) and Neil Dorrington (Ryan Sheridan, Damien Dempsey) and ‘Gentle Kind Of Lies’ is a good opening gambit for the band.
The tightness of a thoroughly experienced live band is heard in the production, and the song has a sound reminiscent of Erykah Badu in a psychedelic R&B rock style. Jess Kav’s bellowing soul voice shines through.