Imagining Ireland is an initiative of the National Concert Hall which aims to ‘Present living portraits of a modern, creative, conflicted and diverse Ireland.’

On Saturday, February 3rd at The National Concert Hall Various artist will present their own interpretations of Ireland in song word and visuals.


Tickets priced at €27-34 are on sale now from

The night will also take place at the Barbican Centre, London on March 5th with J. Colleran (formerly MMoths) playing.

Posted on January 18th, 2018


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Update: Young Hearts Run Free’s Christmas annual Yule show has been moved from Dublin Food Co-op in Newmarket Square in Dublin 8 to The Gloucester Street Recreational and Sports Centre at 21 Gloucester St South (off Townsend street). A suporting wall in the Co-Op has fallen and all events there have been cancelled until it’s fixed.

Young Hearts Run Free’s annual Yule gig is back for it’s ninth Christmas event in Dublin Food Co-op in Newmarket Square in Dublin 8 and like previous years, the lineup will feature live music, performers, chat, poetry, comedy and more.

Yule takes place on Saturday December 9th :Featuring:

And a very special guest to be announced.

Tickets for the BYOB gig are priced at €15+ and available from Eventbrite. All proceeds go to the Simon Community.

Posted on December 7th, 2017


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Cork singer Brian Deady has released his first song since 2015’s album Non-Fiction.

‘Say When’ is a moving song of soul and gospel-leaning proportions about losing someone.

Of the artwork, Deady says his mother is the inspiration:

The artwork is an image of my mother Lucy’s baking tray which she’s worked hard on for most of her life and still uses to this day. Each line in it has history attached to it which I find fascinating. Baking and cooking has always been her way of sharing – her art form and I thought having it as the cover to my art was a nice way to honour that.

Buy the song on iTunes / Add it on Spotify.

Posted on October 16th, 2017


Latitude Festival has grown to become one of the biggest in the UK with 15 stages and 750 acts on the schedule for the festival from 13th – 16th July in Henham Park, Suffolk.

The final acts were just added to the list including the BBC Music Introducing Stage and notable acts include Pumarosa, Skott and Beth Orton.

The Solas stage will host some familar Irish names to visitors of this site including Talos, TooFools, Rosie Carney, Ships, Le Boom, Ailbhe Reddy, Seamus Fogarty, David Keenan and Brian Deady.

Also playing that area are Dutch indie-pop Klangstof, the intense 4AD performer Aldous Harding, Swedish rising duo Geowulf, Danish band Lowly and singer-osngwriter John Smith.

Posted on June 19th, 2017


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Big congrats today to Cork singer of soul Brian Deady who this morning signed a major label record deal with Universal / Decca Records in the UK.

It just shows that it can take a long time to break through to a different tier if you’re a musician. Brian Deady has been playing soul and R&B for a number of years and last December, I had the pleasure of debuting his latest album Non-Fiction.

Posted on July 19th, 2016


For the last couple of years, I’ve been compiling an up to date playlist of modern Irish music to celebrate and coincide with St. Patrick’s Day.

This year, I wanted to do something more to date and to roll it out across the year to coincide also with my weekly Irish Times column of new Irish music and as a companion to the general New Music playlist.

So today, I’m launching my New Irish Music weekly playlist which will be regularly updated. Because Irish music isn’t just for Paddy’s Day.

Join over 500 other listeners for fresh listens to new Irish music. There are songs from artists who have received support from Nialler9 in the last year or so from Brian Deady, Shit Robot, Roisin Murphy, Burnt Out, Saint Sister, I Have A Tribe, Le Galaxie, Rusangano Family, Come On Live Long, Daithi, Jape, Bitch Falcon, Pleasure Beach and many more.

The focus is on Irish music happening now, emerging and trending. I want this to be the definitive collection of new Irish music throughout the year in one place which I’ll be featuring as it comes on the site. Subscribe below.

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Posted on March 14th, 2016


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Cork indie festival Indiependence has revealed its first lineup today (is it announcement day?)

The festival returns for its 11th year to Deer Farm, Mitchelstown from Friday July 29 – Sunday July 31 and playing will be:

  • Editors
  • Bell X1
  • Ash
  • The Strypes
  • The Kooks
  • Pleasure Beach
  • Idlewild
  • Hudson Taylor
  • The Blizzards
  • Little Hours
  • King Kong Company
  • Brian Deady
  • CC Brez
  • Saint Sister
  • Coasts
  • Stephanie Rainey
  • & more to be announced



Three tiers of early bird tickets for the fest have already sold out, with weekend camping tickets for the festival now on sale at €119.

The Beer Hall Stage, Comedy & Spoken Word, the Silent Disco, Festi-Huts will return and more announcements are imminent as are customary.

Posted on February 24th, 2016


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Cork man Brian Deady has returned to long format album for the first time in six years. Recently, Deady has been showing off his vocal chops with fun doo-wop covers that were followed by a couple of singles, both equally impressive but disparate in style.

‘A Darkness’ opens the album on a melancholic note ruing a failed lover (“take a look at me, I’m drifting out to sea / I’m grieving for the land / I’m drowning for this man / who am I supposed to be?”). “Everyone’s a little fucked up,” Deady concludes, and those downbeat moments rear their head among the shades of soul happiness, energy on Non-Fiction as the seasons pass on the running time.

The high Cee Lo soul of ‘Clap Both My Hands’ stands out in the exuberant stakes, while the stomping blues of ‘Tapes’ isn’t a million miles away from the kind of song that brought Andrew Hozier-Byrne such worldwide success.

‘All Star Cast’ takes on a pitched-down piano-boogie, ‘Silver Moon’ is electronic atmosphere and ‘Dad’ is a baring reflection on a father/son relationship with references to Roy Orbison songs and an indication of how much deeper below the surface Deady is exploring here.

Non-Fiction is released on Friday.

Brian Deady – Tour dates

Fri Dec 11 – DeBarra’s Folk Club , Clonakilty
Sat Dec 19 – The Sugar Club, Dublin
Mon Dec 21 – Live At St. Luke’s, Cork City

Written & Produced by Brian Deady
Mixed & Co- Produced by Ross Dowling
Engineered by Brian Deady, Graham White & John Fitz.

Posted on December 2nd, 2015


One of the finest soul singers, maybe the finest, in Ireland is Brian Deady who recently returned with the slow and moving ‘A Darkness’ song. On December 4th, Deady will release Non-Fiction, his first album in six years.

‘Clap Both My Hands’ is the superb stomping soul bluesy single which heralds the album to come.

Video Directed by Steve Glashier at NTSH London.

A launch gig is happening in St Luke’s Church in Cork on December 21st.

Posted on November 16th, 2015


My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. I’ll be doing two shows next week, Monday evening 7pm – 10pm before Donal Dineen takes over and my regular new music show on Thursday.

Listen: Hour One | Hour Two

Hour one

  1. Shura – White Light
  2. Chet Faker – 1998 (feat. Banks)
  3. !!!  – Freedom! ’15
  4. Alessia Cara –  Here
  5. Brian Deady  – Seasons ( Future Islands Cover ) Doo Wop Version
  6. Madlib x Samuel T. Herring –  Trouble Knows Me
  7. Gwenno – Chwyldro
  8. Lianne La Havas – Green & Gold
  9. Ibeyi – Exhibit Diaz
  10. Meltybrains?  –  The Vine
  11. The Chemical Brothers – Reflexion
  12. Disclosure – Omen (feat. Sam Smith)

Hour two

  1. Tame Impala – Past Life
  2. Lindstrom And Grace Hall –  Home Tonight
  3. Percussions  – ASCII BOT
  4. Koreless – Love
  5. Four Tet – For These Times
  6. Gwilym Gold – Flex (Zomby Rework)
  7. Kojaque – Out for Donutz
  8. Transviolet – Girls Your Age
  9. IYES –  Toys
  10. Chinah  – Away from Me
  11. New Portals – Do It Right
  12. Brian Deady –  A Darkness
  13. I Have A Tribe – Scandinavia

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on July 31st, 2015


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Cork’s Brian Deady has proved himself to be a fine vocalist, and one with variety as recently demonstrated by his a capella doo-wop covers and his original soulful music. For his newest track ‘A Darkness’, there’s a change afoot. Deady is delving deeper, and coming up with the heartfelt goods.

Check out the track which was mixed and co-produced with Ross Dowling (James Vincent Mcmorrow ) with its high-quality video directed by Steve Glashier NTSH London. The song features on an album coming this year called Non-Fiction.

The song is on iTunes.

Posted on July 27th, 2015



All added to Electric Picnic line-up today.

Robyn – Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do

Posted on July 21st, 2010


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A list of recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin.

On Wednesday night, the first State Social takes place downstairs in the Shebeen Chic. It’s the first of State Magazine’s monthly nights where we’ll have State DJs from 9pm.It’s somewhere for State writers, photographers and readers to go on a Wednesday night for some good music and it’s FREE. I’ll be DJing on the night as will Loreana Rushe.

Tuesday 26th January
Adam Green @ The Academy 2 (€17.50)
Trashed (Indie/Electro club) @ Andrew’s Lane Theatre (10.30pm, €5)
C U Next Tuesday (indie/electro/pop/dance) @ Crawdaddy (11pm, €3/5)

Wednesday 27th January
The State Social #1: DJs Nialler9, Loreana Rushe @ Shebeen Chic, Dublin (FREE, 9pm)
SALT (Dubstep/IDM/Techno) @Twisted Pepper (11pm, €5)
Antics (indie club @ Crawdaddy (€5, 11pm)

Thursday 28th January
Sidetracked (Indie, Dancey Disco) @ Chocolate Bar, The Pod (8pm – 11pm, Free)
Tubelord @ The Academy 2 (€12.50)
– Yours Truly presents: Le Galaxie, So Cow, Betamax Format @ Crawdaddy (€10)
Choice Cuts: The Beatdown – Handsome Paddy, DJ Scope @ The Pygmalion (Free)
Jinx Lennon, Paula Flynn @ The Sugar Club (€10)
Soundcheck @ Spy (7pm / Free before 11pm, €5 after – Screening of The Room from 9:30pm)

Posted on January 26th, 2010


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