The Nialler9 radio show airs live every Thursday night from 10pm to Midnight on 105.2FM TXFM. Like this site, it’s a new music show featuring myself presenting my favourite new tunes.

Listen: Part One | Part Two.

Part One

Metronomy – Old Skool
Skepta – Lyrics (feat. Novelist)
James Blake – Timeless
Radiohead – Daydreaming
Jens Kuross – Steadier
Anohni – Execution
Christine and the Queens – Tilted
Marcus Marr – Rocketship
Jungle – Julia (Soulwax Remix)
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – P.I.M.P.
Anderson Paak – Put Me Thru

Part Two

James Blake – I Need A Forest Fire
Mura Masa – What If I Go?
Radiohead – Glass Eyes
Bibio – Light Up the Sky
Skepta – Man
Skepta – Shutdown
De La Soul – Trainwreck
Junior Boys – M&P (Radio Edit)
Adultrock – Push And Pull
Jamie xx & Kosi Kos – Come We Go
Pleasure Model – Mounnroc
Charles Bradley – Ain’t It A Sin
A$AP Ferg – Beautiful People feat. Chuck D
Radiohead – Decks Dark
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 May 13th, 2016


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The Nialler9 radio show airs live every Thursday night from 10pm to Midnight on 105.2FM TXFM. Like this site, it’s a new music show featuring myself presenting my favourite new tunes.

Listen: Part One | Part Two.

Part One

  1. M83 – GO!
  2. The Julie Ruin – I Decide
  3. A. K. Paul – Landcruisin’
  4. Whitney – Golden Days
  5. Sjowgren – Seventeen
  6. Lone – Backtail was Heavy
  7. Isaac Tauer – Higher Level (Bicep remix)
  8. Kaytranada – Glowed Up (feat. Anderson .Paak)
  9. ZOMBY & WILEY – Step 2001
  10. Rusangano Family – Love In A Time Of War
  11. David Kitt – Say No More
  12. Caribou  – Melody Day (Fout Tet Remix Featuring Luke Lalonde, Adem & On)
  13. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Wake Up The Sun

Part Two

  1. Riton – Rinse & Repeat (feat. Kah-Lo)
  2. House Of Spirits – Holding On
  3. Leon Vynehall – Saxony
  4. Cassius – Action (feat. Cat Power & Mike D.)
  5. Bantum & Loah – Take it
  6. KAPPEKOFF – All Day Long
  7. Boyboy – Boy
  8. Niki & The Dove  – So Much It Hurts
  9. The Invisible feat. Jessie Ware – So Well
  10. MMOTHS – Verbena
  11. Rozi Plain – Marshes (Radio Edit)
  12. Feather – Like No Other
  13. dvsn – Too Deep

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 April 15th, 2016


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Other Voices will return to TV screens for its thirteenth season on RTÉ2 from Sunday April 12th at 10.50pm.

The thirteenth series as ever was filmed in Dingle and this year was co-presented by Aidan Gillen and Huw Stephens. You can read all about the filming and the performances from December in my dispatches.

Look out for favourites Young Fathers, All We Are, Jessie Ware, Rusangano Family and Ibeyi in there.


Episode 1 – April 12th
Damien Rice
All We Are
Cloud Castle Lake
From the archives Anna Calvi

Episode 2 – April 19th
Jessie Ware
Rusangano Family
From the archives John Grant & Conor O’ Brien

Episode 3 – April 26th
Walking On Cars
Join Me in the Pines
Booka Brass Band
From the archives James Vincent McMorrow

Episode 4 – May 3rd
The Lost Brothers
King Creosote
Kormac’s Big Band
From the archives The National

Episode 5 – May 10th
Wild Beasts
Melanie De Biasio
Wyvern Lingo
Staring at Lakes
From the archives East India Youth

Episode 6 – May 17th
Young Fathers
Buke & Gase
August Wells
Ye Vagabonds
From the archive: The XX

Posted on April 7th, 2015


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Day One | Day Two | Day Three

On Sunday at Other Voices, music is our church. But before we get to the actual church St. James, there’s plenty of music to be had on the music trail.

Family entertainment

The Clare/Limerick via Zimbabwe rap group God Knows and Mynameisjohn shake open our muscles and our minds in the afternoon before the chats at Jim Carroll’s Banter series in the back room of Foxy John’s. They forgo the use if mics and utilise high stools instead for a high energy performance that finds a more natural home later that evening in the marquee of An Chonair, as young children and their family dance around to the high kineticism of the Rusangano Family, as their album is titled.

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Somerville’s soothing sounds

Things are much more soothing down in John Benny’s by the bay in the afternoon where Somerville delivered an ethereal set of minimal music with electric guitar, laptop, keyboard and her quiet unassuming Galway voice. She offers solace through an acknowledgment of trying times and combined with hot ports and oysters, it reinvigorated the weary partygoers, Dingle style.

There’s more still over in Dingle district court, where Wyvern Lingo are delivering their own type of pleasing justice: big-voiced folk band pop. On the road to the stunning vistas of the Conor pass, In the Dingle brewing company building, Booka Brass Band offer a complementary prelude to Kormac’s big band later on with a Destiny’s Child ‘Survivor’ cover to a backdrop of giant beer vats. Afterwards, Cloud Castle Lake bring their high falsetto atmospherics to the same brewery floor.

A slinky sexy indie-pop triumph


In the church, the Cork/Brazil/Norwegian trio All We Are create a fine impression for themselves. Their music is slinky and funky: indie music that sounds like the xx with real grooves. We board their fan train immediately. So much so, that they might be our new favourite band.

There certainly feels like there’s some of that chemistry at play. The standing Cork drummer at the back runs the rhythm section, the singer Guro with her oversized bass sways with her instrument. The songs are sexy and breezy: tracks like I Wear You and Feel Safe occupy a delicate bright rhythm.

In thanking them, series producer Philip King says that Guro, upon watching the Other Voices Amy Winehouse film told her mother that she wanted to play that church and there’s a real sense of triumph after their performance.

Romance delivered with a cackle


While her soulful R&B songs are graceful and romantic, the real Jessie Ware is a warm-hearted cackler, a down-to-earth charming lover of Dingle whiskey and a genuine talent. She tells a story of the intimacy of OV producing a comical moment when walking through Benner’s Hotel, where her gig is about to be live streamed, only to hear a girl asking her friend “is she any good?” to whom Ware addresses on stage back through the live stream in the hotel.

But when she opens her mouth to sing, magic comes out, even just in this acoustic format with one guitar and a keyboard. She admits to having a penchant for the unrequited love song and many of hers have drama to them.

The set is chock with Sade-esque soulful ballads. There’s recent album title highlight ‘Tough Love’; ‘You And I Forever’ a song about her fellah “finally putting a ring on it”; her attempt at confident flirtatiousness ‘Kind Of, Sometimes, Maybe’ and her biggest ballad to date ‘Wildest Moments’. Ware is a genuine talent as well as a genuine lady.

Ireland represents


Delorentos meanwhile have ended up taking the long way to a sustainable success. Their fourth album Night Becomes Light was released on Universal this year and it feels like the band have been rejuvenated. We used the same word this week but their songwriting and has evolved, as has their performance on evidence of their St. James Church performance.

A late addition, Kormac’s Big Band, a live brass-laden band lead by DJ Kormac, take inspiration from old jazz recordings, Ninja Tune-style hip-hop electronica and turntablism.


Kormac’s second album Doorsteps moved those inspirations into his own space and the result is a live show that feels less novelty and more substantial more akin to Bonobo’s big live show. There is obviously not much chance that the album guests Irvine Welsh, Micah P Hinson and Speech Debelle are here, especially as Kormac were a late addition to the church, but there’s the soulful voice of Claire Young on stage to make up for it, as the band swirl around the stage, anchored by Kormac on laptop, sampler and turntable, ever the master of ceremonies.

Walking On Cars close out Other Voices 2014 and there’s none more fitting than the hometown heroes. One of the pleasures of working on a show like this is watching a band grow. Two years ago, the Dingle band played the IMRO Other Room. Now signed to a major, their set is an acknowledgement of their growing stature on the TV show they all grew up on where clearly means a lot to them. The songs are better, the band are tighter, they’ve considered their performance. The music harks back to the American voices across the sea from Dingle, who dominated airwaves in the 90s: the likes of Matchbox 20 with modern production techniques placing their songs in the now.

It’s another triumph of a set in a day full of them. Just like the TV show itself, it’s gone from an idea to an internationally-recognised recorded music retreat to a mini-festival; a beacon of respectful light in a fast-paced world.

Photos: Rich Gilligan.

Posted on December 16th, 2014


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Taking place in Dingle, Co. Kerry from 12th – 14th December, Other Voices just added more names to their lineup for the TV show and music trail.

They’ve already announced Damien Rice, Young Fathers, All We Are and Delorentos, Wild Beasts, King Creosote, Melanie De Biasio and Ibeyi.

Today it’s the turn of The Lost Brothers, Jessie Ware. Buke & Gase and hometown heroes Walking On Cars.


Music Trail

Some more names for the Other Voices Music Trail have also been added:

We Raise Bears, God Knows +MynameisjOhn, Crook, Somerville, Join Me in the Pines, jape, OtherkinElephant John Cummins Poetician, Seo Linn and The Hedge Schools are new names who will play the free gigs during the daytime over the weekend.

IMRO Other Room Open Call

Votes are now open to choose one of the five bands to play the OV Other Room from:

Come On Live Long
Wyvern Lingo
Little xs for Eyes
Staring at lakes

Voting closes at 8pm on Wednesday 3rd of December. Vote at RTE.


Tickets, are free but can only be won through various online and media competitions so keep an eye on Nialler9 tomorrow for one of those.


Posted on December 2nd, 2014


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The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen live on 105.2FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site, as per below. The show starts six minutes in, right after the news in each hour. Click the buttons to launch the TXFM site autoplaying links.


  1. Jape –  ‘The Heart’s Desire’
  2. TV on the Radio – ‘Careful You’
  3. Donora –  ‘Always Gonna Be’
  4. Kindness – ‘World Restart’ feat Kelela & Ade
  5. GL  – ‘Take Me Back’
  6. Yumi Zouma  – ‘Alena’
  7. Todd Terje –  ‘Preben Goes to Acapulco’
  8. Robyn  – ‘Tell You (Today)’
  9. The 2 Bears  – ‘Angel (Touch Me)’
  10. Tove Lo  – ‘Habits Stay High’ (Hippie Sabotage Remix)
  11. Banks  – ‘Beggin’ For Thread’ (Bag Raiders remix)
  12. LFO  – ‘Freeze’


  1. Simi Crowns –  ‘Pressure’
  2. Run The Jewels –  ‘Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)’ [feat. Zack De La Rocha]
  3. Guilty Simpson –  Rap Stampede’
  4. Deh Javu  – ‘Hawks Of Nepthys’
  5. Flying Lotus – ‘Dead Man’s Tetris’
  6. Tei Shi  – ‘Bassically’
  7. Jessie Ware  – ‘Want Your Feeling’
  8. Gaze is Ghost  – ‘Revolvere’
  9. Wildbirds & Peacedrums –  ‘Keep Some Hope’
  10. Wonder Wonder  – ‘Body Gold’
  11. School of Seven Bells –  ‘Iamundernodisguise’
  12. Valentina  – ‘Wolves’
  13. Staring At Lakes –  ‘Cope’
  14. Atriums – ‘The Butcher’s Apprentice’



Posted on October 17th, 2014


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Jessie Ware’s second album Tough Love is out in the world now and as a result, we’ve got some tour dates.

It was announced today that she’ll play The Academy, Dublin on January 21st and Mandela Hall, Belfast the night before on January 20th.

The singer last played The Sugar Club in Dublin in 2012. Tickets are €23.90 for the Academy show from Ticketmaster on sale Friday at 9am.

Hear also: one of her remixes is top of my list for the year so far.

Jessie Ware Tour dates

20/01 Mandela Hall –  Belfast, UK

21/01 Academy –  Dublin, Ireland

23/01 Queens Hall  – Edinburgh, UK

24/01 O2 Academy –  Leeds, UK

25/01 Academy –  Manchester, UK

27/01 Colston Hall –  Bristol, UK

29/01 O2 Academy Brixton –  London, UK

30/01 O2 Academy Brixton –  London, UK

02/02 Ampere –  Munich, Germany

03/02 Mojo – Hamburg, Germany

04/02 Vega – Copenhagen, Denmark

06/02 Astra Kulturhaus –  Berlin, Germany

07/02 Towar –  Warsaw, Poland

09/02 Lucerna – Music Bar Prague Czech Republic

10/02 Gloria – Cologne, Germany

12/02 Ancienne Belgique – Brussels, Belgium

13/02 Paradiso – Amsterdam, Holland

14/02 Trianon – Paris, France

16/02 Glav Club – Moscow, Russia

17/02 A2 – St. Petersburg, Russia

Posted on October 14th, 2014



1. Run The Jewels – ‘Oh My Darling Don’t Cry’


El-P and Killer Mike tease their hefty hip-hop followup album RTJ2 with ‘Oh My Darling Don’t Cry’, a bass-booming track which rather than utilising vinyl cutups and effects features the voice artist Michael Winslow doing it for them.

Even better? A Christmas Fucking Miracle. They are playing Playing Opium Rooms December 21st. Tickets on sale now.

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Posted on September 19th, 2014

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The Nialler9 TXFM show airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen live on 105.2FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site, as per below. The show starts six minutes in, right after the news in each hour.


  1. Hozier  – ‘Jackie And Wilson’
  2. Alt-J – ‘Every Other Freckle’
  3. Planet Parade –  ‘You’ll Be Sorry’
  4. Jessie Ware –  ‘Kind of…Sometimes…Maybe’
  5. Peaking Lights –  ‘Everyone and Us’
  6. Sinkane –  ‘Young Trouble’
  7. Shookrah –  ‘Woman’
  8. Le Galaxie – ‘Carmen’  ft. May Kay
  9. SBTRKT  – ‘Higher’ (feat. Raury)
  10. Caribou  – ‘Our Love’
  11. Aphex Twin –  ‘produk 29 [101]’
  12. Mr Twin Sister –  ‘In The House of Yes’

HOUR TWO (unfortunately not working right now)

  1. The 2 Bears  – ‘Not This Time’
  2. Prince –  ‘Clouds’
  3. Cyril Hahn –  ‘Open’ (feat. Ryan Ashley)
  4. Julio Bashmore –  ‘Simple Love’ feat. J Danna
  5. Future Brown –  ‘Wanna Party’ ft. Tink
  6. Run The Jewels –  ‘Oh My Darling Don’t Cry’
  7. Black Milk –  ‘Gold Piece’ (feat. Bun B)
  8. Octave Minds –  ‘Tap Dance’ (feat. Chance the Rapper & the Social Experiment)
  9. Chance The Rapper – ‘14,400 Minutes’
  10. Aphex Twin –  ‘CIRCLONT6A [141.98][syrobonkus mix]’
  11. Nick Hakim –  ‘I Don’t Know’
  12. Aphex Twin –  ‘aisatsana [102]’

Posted on September 19th, 2014


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