‘My Ireland’ is a poem by Stephen James Smith (you will know him from ‘Dublin You Are’, at least) commissioned for St. Patrick’s Festival set to visuals by Myles O’Reilly and music by Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Inni-K, Saint Sister, Loah, Ye Vagabonds. It was all produced, recorded and mixed by Conor O’Brien.
It’s a poem about the good, the bad and the ugly of Ireland: Savita, Magdalene laundries, Zig & Zag, Apollo House, thanking bus drivers, notions, Skelligs and Star Wars, Jobsbridge, The Fear, executions at Kilmainham jail, getting the ride in Copper Face Jacks. My Ireland “knows Dunphy is a spoofer”…
Written & narrated by Stephen James Smith Filmed & edited by Myles O’Reilly Produced, recorded & mixed by Conor O’Brien Violin & bouzouki by Colm Mac Con Iomaire Backing vocals by Morgan MacIntyre & Gemma Doherty (Saint Sister), Loah & Ye Vagabonds. Harp by Gemma Doherty (Saint Sister) Bodhrán by Stephen James Smith Closing song Guí by Eithne Ní Chatháin (Inni-K)
The Wonderlust stage is where you may spend a lot of the time during the day at Body & Soul on the summer solstice weekend as it’s a nice place to chill out and it has a lot of varied things on during the day and night.
At night-time, it’s all about the music and the lineup will feature Interskalactic, Hare Squead, Talos, Inni-K, Landless, Katie Kim, Maria Somerville, Ambience Affair, Augustus & John, Twin Headed Wolf, Christof and I Am Niamh, Slow Skies and DJ sets from Daithí, Donal Dineen and Sally Cinnamon.
By day, it’s more talk-based with conversations with creative collectives Le Cool, The Trailblazery, Young Hearts Run Free, The Tweed Project, Forkful, Arran St East, Queens of Neon, Kickstart and Fraoch. Special Wonderlust guests include Sunny Jacobs, Ruairi McKiernan, Donal Lunny, Donal Dineen and Canadian electronic musician Mike Milosh ( who is playing as Rhye). Topics include Irish Design, Passion Projects, Slow Fashion to Food & Nourishment, Yoga Nidra and Kismet – The Art of Chance Encounters.
Here’s a handy playlist of music from the artists:
If the title gives us a clue about anything about the music of Inni-K beyond specifics, it’s that Eithne Ní Chatháin’s debut album is rooted in the traditional and the mythic. The name, which informs the lyrics of the title track on the record, comes from an Irish legend and it feels fitting because the album wears folk influences in its structures, as if also passed along through generations too.
Ní Chatháin takes those touchpoints and imbues them with a pure pop coating. On ‘Find Your Beat’, the lyrics as Gaeilge place the song firmly of this land but the song’s bright ukulele instrumentation could fit right in with a lot of the melodious folk/pop heard these days. It’s accessible but comes from its own place. The same could be said for a lot of the album, which pushes and pull between folk and big pop melodies, taking advantage of Seán Mac Erlaine on woodwind (listen to his wonderful recent album) and Kevin Murphy on cello.
Evident too on The King Has Two Horse’s Ears is the full colour that producer Stephen Shannon has instilled. The previous debut EP’s songs are here, now in a full-band form – ‘Gentle Star’ has gone from a uke-ditty into a piano-lead slow song approaching something more epic. That leap is also heard on ‘Love Song’ with Ní Chatháin’s vocals reaching further and hitting a stronger stride.
It all comes together on ‘Come With Me’ an uplifting track with African-style backing vocals, bright instrumentation and vocals corralling the listener towards a more luminous disposition.
Tour dates – Inni-K
Coughlan’s, Cork – 06 March An Lab, Dingle – 07 March Riverbank, Newbridge – 19 March Grand Social, Dublin – 27 March The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon – 28 March Solstice, Navan – 09 April The Model, Sligo – 25 April
The Fundit campaign for Inni-K’s debut album succeeded and the musician spent the last year working on her debut album, The King has Two Horse’s Ears and will be released on February 27th.
The first single ‘Come with Me’, is a step into poppier climes, an uplifting track with African-style backing vocals, bright instrumentation and vocals corralling the listener to more luminous places than the stormy grey place outside your window right now.
The album is available as a pre-order from Bandcamp and below are the tour dates:
Coughlan’s, Cork – 6 March An Lab, Dingle – 7 March Riverbank, Newbridge – 19 March The Grand Social, Dublin – 27 March The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon – 28 March Solstice, Navan – 9 April Cafe Kino, Bristol, UK – 18 April The Model, Sligo – 25 April
I shared details of Inni-K’s Fundit campaign a few weeks ago and now the Kildare singer has a new video for her EP track ‘Find Your Beat’ sung in Irish and shot in her living room.
Inni-K, real name Eithne, has been available to book for house parties in the past and this time around, she’s extending that offer of a full set at your Christmas party. She says – she just needs “2 square metres of floor space and a minimum of 20 people in the seasonal mood!”. Bookings at [email protected] up until December 13th when the Fundit campaign stops.
Melodic folk-pop multi-instrumentalist musician Eithne Ní Chatháin aka Inni-K w has one EP to her name: the Gentle Star EP.
The Kildare-based Ní Chatháin has just started a Fundit campaign to help raise €12,000 to record for her debut album which is to happen in January and will be released in April 2014. Those pledging support will give their money towards the engineering, mixing, mastering, designing and manufacturing of the album. Rewards range from the album itself to house shows or a song written by Eithne for someone you love. The Fundit runs til December 13th.
Inni-K plays her first Dublin headline with her band at The Unitarian Church on November 23rd. Rhob Cunningham will support. Facebook event page.
So I thought it’d be fun (yes, this counts as one of my definitions of fun) to write about 12 bands playing the festival I’ve never featured before. So I trawled through the entire list of bands, including the 70 first-timers and this is what I came up with. Also, I’ll be DJing the afterparty at Meeting House Square on Saturday about half past midnight FYI.
The music TV show, Other Voices had a whirlwind of activity in the last year: extending itself far beyond its Dingle enclave to take in jaunts to Derry and London. To three locations, a few dozen international artists travelled to participate in the series.
2013 for the series has been about growth and extending into other mediums not just places as Other Voices’ online content became much more visible and the team dipped into a tech angle for the next series. Before that happens though, the music remains number one and as such, Deezer have two volumes of live recordings from the series for you to listen to featuring songs from Series 10. Volume 1 features Cherry Ghost, Frank Turner, Band of Skulls, Iarla Ó Lionáird, We Cut Corners (I particularly like Triur’s ‘Feabhra’) while Volume 2 features The Frames, Lisa Hannigan, Mick Flannery, Edwyn Collins, Ham Sandwich, Ambience Affair, Fred and more. There’s also volumes from the previous series‘ up on the platform too.