Galway International Arts Festival have announced its lineup for mid-July and it includes a new opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh. Music-wise Brian Wilson was already announced for the Absolut Big Top while Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Passenger, Gavin James, The Coronas, and Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra’s Dance Anthems are on the bill.

A lot of the music events take place at Roisin Dubh and there’s some sweet gigs lined up including a rare James Lavelle presents UNKLE Sounds event.

Monday 17th July – West Cork Ukulele Orchestra
Tuesday 18th July – Lisa Hannigan
Wednesday 19th July – Loah & Shookrah
Thursday 20th July – Overhead, The Albatross
Friday 21st July – Deirdre O’Kane & Páraic Breathnach
Saturday 22nd July – The Soul Rebels
Sunday 23rd July – Dublin Gospel Choir
Monday 24th July – Wallis BIRD
Tuesday 25th July – Beoga & Eve Belle
Wednesday 26th July – New Orleans Swamp Donkeys Traditional Jass Band
Thursday 27th July – James Lavelle presents UNKLE Sounds, with Slow Place Like Home
Friday 28th July – Jarlath Regan & Tom Rhodes (USA)
Saturday 29th July – Saint Sister & Jealous of the Birds
Sunday 30th July – JFDR

Tickets on sale now from roisindubh.net and giaf.ie.

Posted on May 2nd, 2017

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Another Love Story, the boutique little festival of music, art, fun, talks and installations by Homebeat & Happenings in Killyon Manor, Meath has announced its first list of acts for this year’s festival from Friday 18th – Sunday 20th August.

  • Katie Kim
  • Overhead The Albatross
  • JFDR
  • This Is How We Fly
  • I Am The Cosmos
  • Bantum
  • ELLLL
  • Replete
  • Wry Myrrh
  • Margie Jean Lewis
  • Ailbhe Reddy
  • Tomorrows
  • Buffalo Woman
  • Hilary Woods
  • Carriages
  • Wastefellow
  • Oose
  • Beach
  • Let’s Set Sail
  • Saint Caoilin
  • My Fellow Sponges
  • Doubtlands
  • Attention Bebe’s Big Top Sundown Rave Up
  • NCH Gamelan Orchestra

DJS:

  • The Another Love Story Soundsystem Massive
  • Cian O’Ciobhain
  • Tim O’Donovan
  • Bodytonic Djs
  • DJ Hula Hoops
  • Sing Along Social
  • My House Djs
  • The Thin Air Djs

OTHER OCCURRENCES

  • The Shift Shack
  • The Front Room
  • The Library by YHRF
  • The Big Stretchy
  • For Conor This Must Be The Place
  • My House presents : The Great Western Ballroom

More lineup additions, antics, food and more to be released.

Tickets

Tickets​ (Includes regular weekend camping):
ALS ’17 Tier 1 €100 [SOLD OUT]
ALS ’17 Tier 2 €135 [SOLD OUT]
ALS ’17 Tier 3 €155 [SOLD OUT]
ALS ’17 Tier 4 €185

Boutique Camping​ (does not include weekend ticket):
4M Tent (sleeps 4) €265
5M Tent (sleeps 6) €380
6M Tent (sleeps 8) €550
Bed & bedding extra if required. Please see website for full details

Other Details
No Sunday camping – event runs 19.00 Fri Aug 18th – 19.00 Sun Aug 20th.
Under 12’s go free accompanied by adult
12-18 year olds are not permitted
Dogs Free! (it’s a dog’s life)

Out of the trembling darkness, a glimpse, a sharp intake of breath,
the impatient softness of the sudden clasp of joined hands.
All that has happened falls away,
all that is yet to come stretches infinitely into the
inescapable certainty of fate.
Faster, faster. Spinning, spiraling, Over and under,
Straight on till the break of dawn.
Together is the most important thing..
#ALS2017

Posted on April 12th, 2017

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With so many releases flying at you, here are recommended vetted listens from Nialler9 for you this week, as collated in the Nialler9 New Albums Spotify playlist, updated weekly.



1.

Drake – More Life


Drake’s new “playlist” dropped on Sunday and while those semantics suggest streaming services are going to have a bigger impact on big names over the strategy large artists, More Life is also freeing for Drake the artist. I wasn’t a big fan of Views as the quality just wasn’t there for me, but here in the “playlist” format Drake it at his best bringing in guests like Giggs, Skepta, Jorja Smith, Kanye, Quavo, Sampha and Young Thug across a release that has some of his best production work with Nineteen85’s production a standout (full credits). The run from ‘Passionfruit’ to ‘4422’ is as solid as Drake has got, and while his lyrics are often plagued by his woes, he’s left enough of them off for More Life to shine. Also ‘Blem’ features Lionel Richie.

Favourite tracks: ‘Madliba Riddim’, ‘Get It Together’, ‘Blem’.


Listen on Spotify


2.

Sir Was – Digging A Tunnel

This debut album from the Swedish musician Joel Wästberg reminds me of Caribou, Bibio and Paul White. Digging A Tunnel weaves hip-hop rhythms, soul, jazz, pastoral folk, bagpipe and harmonica samples, handclaps, clarinets and sax. It’s all in the mix, resulting in an textured album of polychromatic exploration. If Beck was from Gothenburg and still making music in a lofi way perhaps.

Favourite tracks: ‘Digging A Tunnel’, ‘In The Midst’, ‘Falcon’

Listen on Spotify


3.

Kelly-Lee Owens – Kelly-Lee Owens

Taking her cues from her label boss Daniel Avery in one hand, the UK producer Kelly-Lee Owens’ album’s sound is dominant with pulsing synths and techno percussion on songs like ‘Evolution’, ‘CBM’ (colour, beauty and motion as a schematic feels apt) and ‘Arthur’. On the other hand, there’s a deep ethereality in her songs a her repeating vocal lines work like mantras across the tracks including ‘Arthur’ and the slow synth-pop of ‘Keep Walking’. Elsewhere it’s the methodical chug of John Talabot that is conjured on ‘Lucid’ and ‘Bird’ and Jenny Hval guests on ‘Anxi’.

Favourite tracks: ‘CBM’, ‘Bird’, ‘Evolution’.

Listen on NPR

The album is released Friday.


4.

JFDR – Brazil

One of Iceland’s brightest talents, Jofridur Ákadóttir has made music with Samaris and Pascal Pinon, Gangly among others. A prolific musician and maker at only 22, Brazil is her debut solo record that is characterised by JFDR’s brittle electronic ambiance, folk roots and intimate vocals. She also plays The Sugar Club on Saturday in Dublin, which you can win tickets for in the guide. Go to that, then come to Lumo after.

Favourite tracks: ‘White Sun’, ‘Instant Patience’, ‘Wires’

Listen on Spotify


5.

Laura Marling – Semper Femina

Laura’s sixth studio album in nine years finds her embracing an increasingly folk and singer-songwriter maturity. Semper Femina is a celebration of women.

‘I started out writing Semper Femina as if a man was writing about a woman, and then I thought; “it’s not a man, it’s me,” says Marling. “I don’t need to pretend it’s a man to justify the intimacy, or the way I’m looking and feeling about women. It’s me looking specifically at women and feeling great empathy towards them, and by proxy, towards myself’.

Favourite tracks: ‘Wild Fire’, ‘Don’t Pass Me By’, ‘Soothing’.

Listen on Spotify


Posted on March 22nd, 2017

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This week, Kilkenny’s St. John’s Priory is hosting a summer series of concerts from Thursday to Saturday and the lineup is a good one.

It looks like this:

Thursday – JFDR, Talos, Ásta Fanney & Indridi
Friday – Mick Flannery
Saturday – Heathers

Fancy a weekend pass for you and a friend to each show? Email [email protected] with ST JOHN’s PRIORY  in the Subject line along with your full name and phone number (for late contact) in the body of the message. The draw closes tomorrow at noon.

Check out JDFR’s Nialler9 mix of Icelandic mix.

Posted on July 19th, 2016

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After Iceland’s thumping victory of England last night in the Euros, all eyes are on the minnow of the country (300,000 people) heading into the unchartered waters of a quarter final place.

Iceland’s music has had a strong reputation over the last twenty years with Bjork, Sigur Ros, Of Monsters & Men, Gus Gu and Iceland Airwaves capturing the hearts of music lovers.

This month, musicians of the capital of Iceland Reykjavik are coming to Iceland for a tour including JFDR ( Jófríður of Samaris & Pascal Pinon) courtesy of Feel Good Lost and MDR Recordings (Colm O’Herlihy recently took up a position in Reykjavik as studio manager for the Bedroom Community label). Other artists include Wesen, Kreld and Indridi while Talos will represent the Irish on tour. Below is a mixtape of the artists playing and the dates include:

Tour dates

July 19th: JFDR, Talos, Indridi @ D-Light Studios, Dublin with Homebeat
July 20th: JFDR, Talos, Indridi @ DeBarra’s, Clonakilty, Cork
July 21st: Wesen, Kreld @ DeBarra’s, Clonakilty, Cork
July 21st: JFDR, Talos, Indridi, Asta Fanney @ St. John’s Priory, Kilkenny with KPB
July 22nd: Reykjavik Party @ Connolly’s of Leap, West Cork

Talos and Jófríður are also playing a Feel Good Lost night in Mitchelstown Cave on July 10th. Look out for a JFDR mix on Nialler9 tomorrow.

Posted on June 28th, 2016

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