HomeBeat and Ensemble Music present a headline solo show for Canadian violinist, Arcade Fire member and composer Sarah Neufeld on Thursday February 2nd in Bello Bar. Tickets are €12/€15 from Eventbrite.


Aiken are bringing over the Scottish singer and multi-instrumentalist C Duncan for gigs in Cork, Limerick and Dublin in May. The dates are:

Cork Cyprus Avenue – Thursday 4 May
Dolans, Limerick – Friday 5 May
Whelans, Dublin – Saturday 6 May

Tickets priced €16 go on sale this Friday 13th January through Ticketmaster & usual outlets nationwide.

Duncan has just released a new album The Midnight Sun, from which this caught my ears:


Belfast band Pleasure Beach return with some live dates around the country and some new members of their live band.

February 23rd – Dublin, Whelans – Tickets €14.35 on sale this Friday at 10am
February 24th – Belfast, Limelight 2
February 25th – Galway, Roisin Dubh, March 2nd – Cork, Cyprus Avenue


Throbbing electro trio Paranoid London touch down in Dublin’s Pygmalion on February 25th. Tickets on Dice FM and RA.


Reggae producer and vocal legend Lee “Scratch” Perry plays The Bowery in Rathmines on Sunday March 19th. Tickets are €25+ from Eventbrite. He also plays Glaway and Belfast that week.


Aiken are also bringing singer-songwriter Joan Shelley, who has a new Jeff Tweedy-produced album on the way on May 4th in Whelan’s Upstairs. Tickets priced €13 go on sale this Wednesday 11 January at 10am through Whelan’s, TM & usual outlets nationwide.

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Lauren Laverne just announced the shortlist for the Mercury Music Prize over the course of her show on BBC 6 Music for 2015 and the list is:

Aphex Twin – Syro
Wolf Alice – Bros
Roisin Murphy – Hairless Toys
C Duncan – Architect
ESKA – Eska
Florence & The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Ghostpoet – Shedding Skin
Benjamin Clementine – At Least For Now
Jamie xx – In Colour
Soak – Before We Forgot To Dream
Gaz Coombes – Matador
Slaves – Are You Satisfied?

Not a bad list, leaning a bit too heavily on established names perhaps. Would have hoped for Jonnie Common, All We Are, Lianne La Havas and Gwenno but you have to pay to enter so who knows if any of them did. 

Here’s a Spotify playlist of all of the nominees:

Posted on October 16th, 2015

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