It’s a case of incremental creeping excitement when December and Other Voices approaches Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd December.

Today, OV have announced 3 new artists to play the church itself:

Mount Kimbie
Wyvern Lingo
Dermot Kennedy

and there are 3 more to be revealed for the church, that is the main stage for the TV broadcast (while it is livestreamed to the pubs). Here’s who’s already playing it.

As for ancillary entertainment, available for all  – The IMRO Other Room was announced:

  • Joshua Burnside
  • Le Boom
  • Maria Kelly
  • Katie Laffan
  • Katie Kim
  • Rosborough
  • Pillow Queens
  • Slow Riot

there’s also new reveals on the Music Trail, including myself, as I’m playing in An Droichead Beag on Friday night, a repeat of last year’s fun.

Added to the trail are:

  • Caitlin Nic Gabhann & Ciaran O Maonaigh
  • Cinema
  • Emmet Condon (DJ)
  • Frankenstein Bolts
  • Joshua Burnside
  • Nava
  • Our Krypton Son
  • Pursued By Dogs
  • ROE
  • Tanjier
  • Touts
  • Alex Seel
  • Bitch Falcon
  • David Keenan
  • Hiva Oa
  • Josienne & Ben
  • Laoise
  • Molly Sterling’
  • Malojian/Mark McCausland
  • Nialler9
  • Sorcha Richardson
  • Remedy Club

Here’s who’s previously announced.

This Greedy Pig and Heineken are also presenting After Dark featuring Eclair Fifi, Cáit and Move Slow in The Hillgrove Hotel.

Posted on November 21st, 2017

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Dermot Kennedy’s rise at home has been once of 2017’s bubbling success stories.

With songs like ‘Glory’, ‘All My Friends’ and the recent ‘Moments Passed’, he’s displayed a gift for writing anthemic folk-electronic pop songs.

Tonight and tomorrow he plays a sold out Button Factory after a run of national dates, but the momentum has stepped up since those shows were announced and Kennedy will keep it going by playing The Olympia Theatre on 22nd February 2018. Tickets €22 + fees on sale Friday at 9am from Ticketmaster.

Posted on October 9th, 2017

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Dubliner Dermot Kennedy made a big big impression with his single from earlier this year ‘Glory’, a song which matched singer-songwriter sensibilities with glossy production.

On new single ‘Moments Passed’, which debuted on Zane Lowe’s Beats1 show last night, Kennedy works a similar trick, pouring his heart over an acoustic guitar, burning embers of ambient production and a quietly grand chorus with a vocal sample.

This boy is going places. Literally. It’s a tour.

Dermot Kennedy Autumn 2017 Tour

21/9 – Maze, Berlin
24/9 – Tivoli, Utrecht
25/9 – La Boule Noire, Paris
28/9 – Omeara, London
1/10 – The Louisiana, Bristol
2/10 – The Deaf Institute, Manchester
3/10 – Chapel, Leeds
5/10 – Stereo, Glasgow
7/10 – Roisin Dubh, Galway
8/10 – Limelight 2, Belfast
9/10 – Button Factory, Dublin

Posted on September 20th, 2017

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Dermot Kennedy is to play his biggest Irish headliner yet as part of a European tour in October.

The musician, who recently played Longitude, and who released one of the best Irish songs of the year in ‘Glory’ plays Button Factory on October 9th. Tickets €17 + fees on Friday through Ticketmaster.

Kennedy has already shows in London, NYC and Bonnaroo Festival under his belt.

Dermot Kennedy Autumn 2017 Tour

21/9 – Maze, Berlin
24/9 – Tivoli, Utrecht
25/9 – La Boule Noire, Paris
28/9 – Omeara, London
1/10 – The Louisiana, Bristol
2/10 – The Deaf Institute, Manchester
3/10 – Chapel, Leeds
5/10 – Stereo, Glasgow
7/10 – Roisin Dubh, Galway
8/10 – Limelight 2, Belfast
9/10 – Button Factory, Dublin

More info on Dermot Kennedy
http://shorefire.com/client/dermot-kennedy

Posted on July 18th, 2017

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Here’s a more in-depth look at 20 of my 75 already-revealed songs of 2017 so far. Get them in a playlist here.


20.

Maggie Rogers – ‘On + Off’


It’s a testament to Maggie Rogers’ songwriting that I considered three of the four songs from her debut EP for this. ‘On + Off’ is the one I keep coming back to though. At her debut gig in London earlier this year, the crowd sang the chorus to this track prompting a flabbergasted Rogers to lose her momentum and train of thought. It was a cute moment but it was rooted in recognition of the song being a cracker that resonated more than she expected.


19.

Stormzy – ‘Cold’


Grime 2017 belongs to Stormzy. ‘Cold’ is a standout on Gang Signs & Prayers and it’s the stabbing sinogrime beat and Stormzy’s energy that keeps this on repeat. It has grime’s first wave sound exemplified by Roll Deep in its DNA.


18.

Aldous Harding – ‘Horizon’

The most intense song of 2017 so far? The New Zealand artist’s debut was heralded by this sustained note torch song and its live performances only heightened its inherent drama.


17.

Overcoats – ‘Leave The Light On’

It’s an absolute pleasure to hear the progress of Hana Elion and JJ Mitchell’s music as Overcoats. Two years ago, the New Yorkers spent the summer in Ireland and made a dent on the scene with their minimal harmonic-lead songs. Now with an Autre Ne Veut-produced album due on Arts & Crafts out, the duo have bolstered that folk harmony synergy with some technicolour magic. ‘Leave A Light On’ is indicative of the urgency they have brought to their craft.


16.

SZA -‘Drew Barrymore’


A surprise, long overdue release from SZA, who spent years shining through guest features and once-off releases, and comes up trumps with CTRL, an album of conflicted lust, intimacy, self-worth and self-esteem issues. ‘Drew Barrymore’ is an easy in to the album as a whole, with SZA confronted with her ex-partner’s new girl and sees her insecurities and flaws back at her – ‘I’m sorry I’m not more attractive / I’m sorry I’m not more ladylike / I’m sorry I don’t shave my legs at night.” The chorus is both empowering and insecure at the same time.


15.

Dermot Kennedy – ‘Glory’


One of those songs which stops you in your tracks. Irishman Kennedy’s ‘Glory’ grows from a dark folk tone, from a hush to a howl as the track grows in stature and sound, subtly bringing in electronic-tinged touches and vocal effects as the song builds to the chorus and crescendo with production alchemy. A headturner.


14.

The xx – ‘Dangerous’

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A highlight from the xx’s third album, that also works well while DJing. ‘Dangerous’ is I See You‘s opening track and embraces the textured sampled approach that Jamie xx utilised on solo album In Colour. ‘Dangerous’ arrives with sampled horns, percussive beats and an immediacy that ushers the xx mk III.


13.

Vince Staples – ‘Yeah Right’


‘Yeah Right’, from Staples second album Big Fish Theory encapsulates how different this album is and how much of a sonic weapon Staples has deployed throughout. Producer Sophie’s clattering fizzling metallic production is like a vehicular juggernaut with some distorted bass tones, Kilo Kish provides otherworldy vocals and Kendrick Lamar kills the whole thing in a verse.


12.

Run The Jewels – ‘Call Ticketron’

The sickest beat on RTJ3. ‘Call Ticketron’ is a 21st century take on ‘It Takes Two,’ a thrill ride with El-P and Killer Mike.


11.

Daphni – ‘Tin’

‘Tin’ is a euphoric reminder from Daphni’s upcoming Fabriclive mix of how good Dan Snaith aka Caribou is at creating warm and resonating dance music.


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Posted on July 5th, 2017

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Dermot Kennedy is a young folk singer-songwriter who has been making some industry noise in the last year. Live, he has supported the likes of Glen Hansard and James Vincent McMorrow and Spotify streams of last year’s ‘After Rain’, a woodsy romantic folk pop number is now well over 19 million streams.

Thus far, his songs have remained in that Ben Howard-folk mould but ‘Glory’, a new song released today, is something else entirely.

Kennedy has been co-writing with Charlie Hugall (Swim Deep, Låpsley, Florence + the Machine) and working with Stephen Kozmeniuk (who worked on records from Kendrick Lamar, Dua Lipa and DVSN) and Carey Willetts (Kwabs) and there’s some production alchemy at play in ‘Glory’, from his upcoming Doves & Ravens EP (April 14th).

The song grows from a dark folk tone, from a hush to a howl as the track grows in stature and sound, subtly bringing in electronic-tinged touches and vocal effects as the song builds to the chorus and crescendo.

‘Glory’ will surely be a breakout song for Kennedy. Give it a spin and then give it another:

Kennedy plays Cypress Avenue Cork tonight and has two London shows this weekend. You just missed his Dublin show.

Here are some recent new songs from Dermot but ‘Glory’ is the one you should press play on first.

Posted on March 31st, 2017

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Last year, I featured a fundraising gig for Denise Ryan who has been suffering with “Lyme disease, pneumonia, Epstein-Barr virus, gastroparesis, chronic gastritis, candida, strep and clostridia infections, among other things” and is seeking funds to pay for urgent medical treatment in the US.

Ryan has raised €70,000 but needs €100,000 to get the treatment (her own video is below).

To help her get to that goal, Róisín O, Enemies, Ailbhe Reddy, Dermot Kennedy & Dublin Gospel Choir are playing a Denise Ryan fundraiser in the Button Factory next Thursday, June 30th.

Tickets are €14.50 from EventBrite.ie and if you can’t make it you can donate directly.

Facebook event.

Posted on June 21st, 2016

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