After this past weekend, where Ballymaloe hosted the food and drinks-focused Litfest (which takes a break next year), another festival weekend is set to take place there from Friday 30 June to Sunday 2 July.

The Ballymaloe Malt & Music Weekend takes place in the Big Shed in Shanagarry, East Cork and the music lineup features will be headlined by Little Green Cars on Saturday 1 July at 9pm and Jerry Fish on Friday 30 June at 8pm.

Also playing on the weekend are R&B electronic band Shookrah, country band Hurricane Highway ,‘transatlantic soul’ act The Niall McCabe Band, Hank Wedel with his five-piece band, alt-roots/blues band One Horse Pony; burlesque performer Foxy P. Cox; and a Soul Funktion set by DJ Dr. Quigley.

Expect decent food and drink stands including craft beer and cider from Lough Gill; 12 Acres; Blacks of Kinsale; Stonewell Cider; 8 Degrees; Rascals; Arthurstown; 9 White Deer. A selection of boutique Irish gins and whiskies will also be on site.

Tickets range from €10 for a Sunday ticket to €56 for an all-weekend pass. See Ballymaloefestivals.ie for a complete schedule and to book.

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Culture Vultures, Tony Clayton-Lea and Andrea Keogh’s salon-themed pop culture event will celebrate its 3rd birthday at The Sound House (upstairs at The Wiley Fox) on Monday March 6th.

Lined up for the event are Little Green Cars, author John Boyne (The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas)

Typically, Culture Vultures features music performances, chats and spoken word.

Tickets priced at €14 go on sale this Wednesday February 15th from Ticketmaster.

Posted on February 13th, 2017

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The video for ‘Easier Day’ (track review) was made by Adam O’Regan of the band with the help of Hugh O’Conor and stars Faye O’Rourke, the main singer of the song.

“[It] was inspired by the Faye’s opening lyric “I’ve been away for a long time” and it was shot over the course of three days in Tokyo, in the quiet neighbourhood of Hatsudai, the bustling ward of Shinjuku and the dark underbelly of Golden Gai. We wanted to show a very real side of the city, in order to create a believable sense of life. It was important to us that the story is never fully disclosed, just hinted at.”

Little Green Cars’ new album, Ephemera, which is released on 11th March on Glassnote.

Related: ‘The Song They Play Every Night’.

Little Green Cars are playing Whelan’s on March 18th.

Posted on March 3rd, 2016

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One of the supreme attractions to the music of Little Green Cars is the powerhouse voice of Faye O’Rourke.

On the band’s debut album on songs ‘My Love Took Me Down to the River to Silence Me’, ‘The Kitchen Floor’ and ‘Please’ O’Rourke brought a strong feminine vocal and a dramatic urgency to those songs that lifted the subject matter.

On the band’s new track ‘Easier Day’, the followup to ‘The Song They Play Every Night’, she’s repeating that skill with a vocal performance that dominates the song. O’Rourke kicks the song off a capella and is ably supported by the harmonies of the boys in the band.

The track is taken from the upcoming album Ephemera due March 11th on Glassnote.

Posted on February 9th, 2016

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It’s been a couple of years since we heard some new music from Little Green Cars. The Dublin band blew up with the release of their debut Absolute Zero came out in 2013 and remained on the road for most of the time since.

They were a young band then, and they’re still young, in their early 20s. New album Ephemera documents that time of growth into young men and women addressing two close deaths, relationship breakups and that time spent touring in between. The album, co-produced with Rob Kirwan gets a release on March 11th.

Promising a dozen songs of harmony-soak rock, principal co-songwriter Stevie Appleby says “it’s a transitional album. Lyrically, it’s all about change – the end of some eras, new beginnings, learning from the past and looking to the future. Ephemera means things that are important to you, but only for a short time. That could apply to music or relationships or even a particular day.”

‘The Song They Play Every Night’ certainly suggests an introspection with gently-formed acoustic instrumentation forming most of the sonics with lyrics culminating in “if you don’t love me now / you didn’t love me before.”

Little Green Cars play the following dates:

March 11th: Hoxton Bar and Kitchen
May 14th Cork Opera House – on sale today.
Sat July 23th – Iveagh Gardens Dublin

Little Green Cars Ephemera tracklisting

  1. The Song They Play Every Night
  2. You vs Me
  3. Easier Day
  4. The Garden of Death
  5. Brother
  6. Clare De Lune
  7. Ok Ok Ok
  8. The Party
  9. I Don’t Even Know Who
  10. Good Women Do
  11. Winds Of Peace
  12. The Factory

Posted on January 7th, 2016

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Some gig announcements from the last few days:

The Pixies started announcing some European shows yesterday and today, the news reaches that Irish gigs are included, specifically

13 July 2016 – Live at the Marquee, Cork
14 July 2016 – Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

Tickets on sale Monday 21 December at 9am, priced at €53+ fees from Ticketmaster.


Mike Patton, Tunde Adebimpe & Adam “Doseone” Drucker aka Nevermen have announced a gig at the Olympia Theatre on 15th February. Tickets are €35.50 + fees on sale now.


Shearwater will play Button Factory on Saturday 23rd February 2016.
Tickets €15+fees from Ticketmaster.


More Iveagh Gardens gigs?

Richard Hawley is playing Friday July 22nd (€40 + fees) – on sale today.
Little Green Cars are playing Sat July 23rr (€33 + fees) – on sale now.


The Max Richter Ensemble are playing National Concert Hall on Sunday May 29th. Tickets €35-€40 + fees on sale now.

He will be performing From Sleep, a new piece drawn from his eight-hour piece of music designed to send people to sleep (pillows not included). The other half of the concert will feature a performance of The Blue Notebooks, which Pitchfork described as ‘a gigantic beacon for composers searching for ways to introduce dance music’s visceral qualities into the classical sphere.’



Neil Young + Promise Of The Real
(featuring Willie Nelson’s sons Lukas and Micah) will play will play The SSE Arena, Belfast on 7 June and 3Arena, Dublin on 8 June as part of the Rebel Content Tour. Tickets go on sale from €65-€80+fees Friday 18 December at 9am from all usual outlets.


And finally, if you’re looking for a Christmas present for yourself or someone else, some festivals are offering deals on early bird tickets including BARE in the Woods 2016, Knockanstockan, Body & Soul, Electric Picnic.

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The 2FM Xmas Ball takes place in the 3Arena on Wednesday December 23rd and Hozier will headline the show which will also feature sets from Little Green Cars, Gavin James, The Riptide Movement, Ryan Sheridan and Hudson Taylor. It’s all in aid of The ISPCC – the national child protection and welfare charity in Ireland.

It will be hosted by 2fm presenters including Nicky Byrne & Jenny Greene, Eoghan McDermott, Bernard O’Shea, Jen Maguire and Keith Walsh, Tracy Clifford and more.

Tickets are €45+ on sale this Friday at 9am from Ticketmaster in shops and online but you can win tickets right here by entering below:

Tickets to the 2fm XMAS BALL IN AID OF ISPCC

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Posted on October 22nd, 2015

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As broadcast last night, as it is every Thursday from 10pm to midnight TXFM.

https://soundcloud.com/nialler9/the-nialler9-txfm-show-march-5

Part One

  1. Broadway Sounds – ‘Sing It Again’
  2. Little Green Cars – ‘Please’
  3. Alabama Shakes – ‘Don’t Wanna Fight’
  4. Jack Garratt – ‘Chemical’
  5. Ghostpoet – ‘Off Peak Dreams’
  6. Action Bronson – ‘Baby Blue feat Chance the Rapper’
  7. Kanye West – ‘All Day’
  8. Battles – ‘Atlas’
  9. Courtney Barnett – ‘Pedestrian at Best’
  10. Girlpool – ‘Chinatown’
  11. The Gloaming – ‘Sailor’s Bonnet’
  12. Caribou – ‘Julia Brightly’

Part Two 

  1. Broken Social Scene – ‘Stars And Sons’
  2. Natalie Prass – ‘Bird Of Prey’
  3. The Hard Ground – ‘Pucker’
  4. The Middle East – ‘Blood’
  5. Grizzly Bear – ‘While You Wait for the Others’
  6. Tanlines – ‘Brothers’
  7. James Blake – ‘CMYK’
  8. Jai Paul – ‘Jasmine (Demo)’
  9. Kendal Johansson – ‘Blue Moon’
  10. Grimes – ‘Genesis’
  11. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe’
  12. Run The Jewels – ‘Oh My Darling Don’t Cry’

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

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  • Sun Kil Moon @ Button Factory (€15)
    [Rock] Mark Kozelek something something The War On Drugs
  • Nick Mulvey @ Whelan’s (€15)
    [Folk] Bright English singer-songwriter and former Portico Quartet member.
  • The Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s (9pm, €6)
    [Acoustic club] Promising very special guests.

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  • Glen Hansard @ Vicar Street (€30)
    [Singer-songwriter] All in aid of Peter McVerry Trust.
  • Ré @  Unitarian Church (€20)
    [Trad] Hothous Flowers’ Liam Ó Maonlaí and Peter O’Toole along with Cormac Begley (concertina), Eithne Ní Chatháin (aka Inni-K on fiddle and voice) and Maitiú Ó Caiside (whistles and uilleann pipes)

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Oxfam on Francis Street will host a takeover by three of the curators reprising their Oxjam at Electric Picnic roles this weekend. Friday.Homebeat, Abner Brown and State.ie will host Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively with the lineup featuring Elephant, Floor Staff, Let’s Set Sail & Ye Vagabonds (Friday); Soldiers Can’t Dance, Jemson Green, We went Down (Saturday); Booka Brass Band, Rocstrong, Come On Live Long and Amidships (Sunday).

Tickets are €6 a night or €12 for a weekend. BYOB too. Oxjam started in 2006 and has raised over £2 million. You can donate here.

Facebook event.


Beardyman plays Opium Rooms on Saturday November 8th. Tickets Earlybird €15 and general prices are €20 from www.tickets.ie & Wav tickets. He also plays Cypress Avenue, Cork the night before.


Hidden Agenda are bringing Erol Alkan over along with Ghost Culture to Opium Rooms on Saturday October 25th for a late show. Tickets €10 plus fees on sale from RA.


U:mack are bringing the idiosyncratic rock band Liars to Dublin for a Button Factory show on Bank Holiday Sunday October 26th. Tickets are €18 from www.tickets.ie/umack.


More for Halloween?

Abstract presents a Groove Armada DJ set at Opium Rooms, Dublin on Friday October 31st, 2014. Tickets from €20 via Resident Advisor + Fatsoma.


Dub legend Mad Professor has an Irish tour coming up in late November. The dates are Wednesday 26th November in Cyprus Avenue, Cork (Tickets €17/20); Thursday 27th November in Monroes Live, Galway (Tickets €17/20); Friday 28th November in Button Factory, Dublin (€17/€20). Support from Mama Kasbah on all dates.


Harmonic have booked the lead singer of The Walkmen, Hamilton Leithauser on Monday November 10th at The Sugar Club, Dublin. Tickets €22 plus fee from Ticketmaster.ie.


Is there any chance Mark Kozelek’s stupid beef with War On Drugs won’t define his year? Maybe by Tuesday December 9th, when Sun Kil Moon play Button Factory with emphasis on the acclaimed album Benji. Tickets are €24.50 plus fees on sale tomorrow from Ticketmaster.


Christmas gigs are starting to roll in…

Lisa O’Neill plays two Christmas gigs: at Triskel Christchurch, Cork, December 13th and Dublin Unitarian Church, December 19th. Tickets are €15 on sale from Thursday 9am from Ticketmaster.


Little Green Cars have a Christmas tour to close out their two-year touring schedule around their successful debut. The dates announced are are a big standing Dublin show followed by piano / acoustic tour of theatres.

December 14 – Vicar Street, Dublin (€22 on sale Thursday at 9am from Ticketmaster)
Dec 15th Town Hall Theatre, Galway (seated show)
Dec 17th Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge (seated show)
Dec 19th Glór, Ennis (seated show)
Dec 20th The Set Theatre, Kilkenny (seated show)
Dec 22nd The Everyman Theatre, Cork (seated show)
Dec 23rd Theatre Royal, Waterford (seated show)
Dec 28th The Pavilion Theatre, DLR (seated show)

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A handpicked selection of some of the best festivals, gigs and events coming up in the next three months this summer…

Body & Soul Festival @ Ballinlough Castle Co. Westmeath (€139 / €55 for Sunday)

Friday June 20 – Sunday June 22
A growing reputation as the best boutique festival in Ireland that draws in a serious lineup into its eclectic programme. Caribou, Darkside, Goldfrapp, John Grant, Shabazz Palaces and Mount Kimbie are the big name draws but there’s plenty of Irish talent with the likes of Young Wonder, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Come On Live Long and DJ night lineups curated by Mother, Nightflight and Hidden Agenda.


Arcade Fire, Pixies @ Marlay Park (€61.50)

Sunday June 29
Reflektor, the latest album from Arcade Fire, is a double release, that at 75 minutes took weeks to unlock its best moments. But now that its been digested some highlights are obvious: We Exist, Reflektor, Here Comes The Night Time, Afterlife to name several. The band’s live show has been trucking around playing songs tied to the city they’re playing in. My guess for June 29th? U2? Too obvious? The support band Pixies are on a second or third reunion at this point (sans Kim Deal of course) but their discography is loaded with classics enough to make you forget about those new unrequited songs. You can also catch the Pixies Live At The Marquee in Cork on June 30th.


Kanye West And Pharrell @ Marlay Park, Dublin (€59.50)

Wednesday July 2
An odd pairing at first glance but for the price of €59.50, one that’s pretty economical. On the one hand, Pharrell’s latest album Girl is a bit lightweight but he has the prescience of his audience to include a smattering of hits like Frontin’, Hollaback Girl, Drop It Like It’s Hot and Beautiful. As for Kanye? Well a lot has happened for him since Yeezus (baby, marriage, going to the cinema in Portlaoise) dropped but it’s unlikely that there’ll be any letting up in the spectacle department as the Yeezus tour is his most ambitiously staged yet.


The Prodigy @ The Marquee, Cork (€60)

Wednesday July 2
If you’re of a certain age, enough time has passed without you losing your shit to the sound of Liam, Keith and Maxim that it’s probably time to worship at the firestartin’ altar once more. You’ll be rewarded with a heavy dose of raved-up punk classics: Voodoo People, Breathe, Smack My Bitch Up, Their Law and Out Of Space. That’s hard to say no to.


Seven Quarters: Patrick Kelleher and Magic Pockets @ Whelan’s, Dublin (€10)

Friday July 4th
Seven Quarters is a new club night which happens four times a year in Whelan’s with a limited seven inch vinyl from each band given to the first 150 members of the audience. The second edition sees the alternative pop of Patrick Kelleher line up alongside the synth electronics of Magic Pockets.


A Fest Called Tribe @ The Bernard Shaw, Dublin (Free)

Saturday July 5
I always associate the summer with the sound of A Tribe Called Quest so this is an appropriate use of the season. Kicking off at 6pm with a screening of the Beats, Rhymes & Life documentary, the night continues with Joints&Jams DJs playing some Tribe music and related-material. The Big Blue Bus will also be putting on a special themed pizza , The Ham N Eggs (roast organic ham, free range egg & spinach) named after their 1990 track.


Little Green Cars @ Iveagh Gardens, Dublin (€28)

Saturday July 12
Watching the rise of LGC has been fascinating, not least because I first saw the band win a battle of the bands competition as a group of raggle-taggle 15 year-olds. They’re now in the world-class league thanks to heavy gigging and a collection of harmonic indie-folk songs that have found a rightful sizeable audience. This is their biggest headline show in Dublin but it won’t be their last.


Hall and Oates @ Olympia Theatre (€33)

Tuesday July 15
Daryl and John are still some of the biggest hitmakers in the business, and remain the top selling duo in U.S. chart history. That’s because of the HITS: I Can’t Go For That, Maneater, You Make My Dreams, Rich Girl, She’s Gone and others. Classic pop music and a rare chance to see the creators in the flesh.


The National @ Iveagh Gardens / Live At The Marquee @ Cork City / Big Top, Galway

July
Mid-July is all about the maudlin indie-rockers from New York who play four different outdoor gigs in Ireland. Kicking off at The Marquee in Cork on July 14th, the Big Top in Galway on July 16th and two nights in Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens on June 18th and June 19th. Phosphorescent support on all dates except the 19th where Owen Pallett steps up. I recommend an advance watch of The National film Mistaken For Strangers, a fascinating and funny documentary about lead singer Matt Berninger’s brother Tom, who comes on tour with the band.


Longitude @ Marlay Park, Dublin (€149 for weekend / €59.50 per day)

Friday July 19 – Sunday July 22
Last year’s Longitude established the festival as an essential part of the summer calendar and while this year relies more on the new names than the big names there’s plenty to recommend spending time in an suburban park with: Haim, Disclosure, Massive Attack, John Talabot, James Vincent McMorrow, Chvrches, Hozier, Le Galaxie, Talos, Banks and Roosevelt.


Mountain Dew Festival 2014 @ Cork

Saturday July 26
Maybe it’s a bit silly putting an invite-only event on a guide but Mountain Dew is doing something different and deserves some kudos. Events like this should be encouraged. Run by Colm O’Herlihy from the garden of his family home, the musical lineup includes Talos, Slow Skies, Stevie G, Samaris, Meltybrains? Daniel Martin Moore, Conor Walsh and there’ll also be some Jim Carroll-hosted Banter and good food by The Rocket Man. Besides, maybe if you ask nicely, he’ll invite you along. Or maybe you should start your own small festival?


BadbadnotGood @ The Sugar Club, Dublin (€10)

Wednesday July 30
This Toronto Jazz trio who play hip-hop instrumentals for the head-nodders have worked with Tyler, The Creator and most recently, Ghostface Killah on the superb Six Degrees. They’ve already played here in May but they, and we, liked it so much they’re coming back.


Castlepalooza Music & Arts Festival @ Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Co. Offaly (€89 / €50 for Sunday ticket)

Friday August 1 – Sunday August 3
If you’re the kind of person that gets lost at a festival then the walled garden of Charleville Castle where Castlepalooza is set is for you. Pitch your tent around the back of the (haunted) castle and make the short jaunt to see the likes of Gruff Rhys, Giles Peterson, Andrew Weatherall, Daithí, Meltybrains?, Norman J and Ships.


Electric Picnic @ Stradbally, Co. Laois (€229 / €90)

Friday August 29 – Sunday August 31
Now in its eleventh year, EP continues to set the bar for a combination of eclectic programme, some big big names and a plethora of stages featuring food, discussions, trailer parks and stranded boats. The marquee names include Outkast, Beck, Portishead, Pet Shop Boys, Foals, St. Vincent, Lily Allen, Chic and Blondie. I’m also looking forward to seeing Jungle, Omar Souleyman, Twin Shadow, FKA Twigs and Kaytranada. Electric Picnic remains the biggest and best festival in Ireland.

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The Meteor Choice Music Prize takes place on February 27th and the night will see one of the following performing acts: Girls Names, Little Green Cars, Mano Le Tough, O Emperor, Lisa O’Neill and Villagers (along with those not performing My Bloody Valentine, And So I Watch You From Afar, Kodaline and Bell X1) will be given the Irish album of the year prize and a €10,000 prize fund, while one of the 10 shortlisted acts will win the Meteor Choice Song Of The Year ( You can get involved by voting online for your favourite shortlisted song at Meteor’s Facebook page or by texting ‘SONG’ to 085 7114444 for a list of nominees).

I’ve two pairs of tickets to give away to the event, courtesy of Meteor. You have til February 20th to enter via the widget below, so tell your friends and your granny to enter too.
Tickets to the Meteor Choice Music Prize

If you don’t get tickets, the event is also going to be broadcast on RTE2 on Sunday night March 2nd at 10:30pm and streamed live on the night at rte.ie and .meteor.ie.

This year, for the first time, RTE 2 Television will broadcast a one-hour highlights programme of the Meteor Choice Music Prize on Sunday March 2nd at 10.30pm.

Posted on February 13th, 2014

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Concluding the Best of 2013 lists with your favourite Irish albums as voted in the Readers’ Poll. Thanks for another year.

See also: Readers Poll: Songs / Videos, gigs and more.
My lists: Albums, Songs, Remixes, Videos and Irish.

All Artwork by Fatti Burke.


25. Nanu NanuUnit 1

Nanu NanuAlien-pop from Laura Sheeran and Marc Aubele.

“The ten tracks conjure up music made in the future, or at least, the hopeful sound of what music will sound like some time away from the present. It’s an album with experimental flavours, featuring songs that are electronic in vein, which touch on coldwave synthesizer sounds, industrial tones, synthetically-altered vocals, electro flourishes and dark-edged rhythms.”

Listen: Bandcamp | Spotify | Soundcloud | Deezer


24. Tieranniesaur – DIYSCO

TieranniesaurTieranniesaur’s second album of disco indie jams.

“As you would expect, DIYSCO is a collection of 12 upbeat tracks lead by the voice of Annie Tierney which add more of a forceful edge to the band’s sound.

“The outcome is a fine gathering of disco indie, as affecting and enjoyable as album one but with distinct indentity of its own. Come dance at the DIYSCO.”

Listen: Bandcamp | Soundcloud


23. Kodaline In A Perfect World

KodalineThe Irish band that were everywhere in 2013.

“Kodaline are still growing and will likely be criticised for maturing too soon; they remain students and while In A Perfect World doesn’t redefine anything, it does give them a direction. There’s an airy optimism that’s charming given the state of the world today, and even if you’re bitter about love the tracks still give you something to take home. Best of all, it’s surely a precursor to something much bigger.” Mark Roche, State.ie review.

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22. Biggles Flys Again – Remember Saturday

BigglesA multi-faceted old-fashioned nostalgic pop album.

“You can hear a lot of influential touchstones on Remember Saturday, the debut album from Conor Deasy’s pop band Biggles Flys Again. Beach Boys, Super Furry Animals and Neil Hannon, that sort of thing. Classic pop kind of music. Deasy himself has said he wanted to make “multi-layered pop albums” in the vein of Badly Drawn Boy, Aimee Mann and Sean Lennon amongst others and that’s the pleasing result.”

Listen: Bandcamp | Spotify | Soundcloud


21.Bouts – Nothing Good Gets Away

BoutsSolid debut album from the Dublin indie-rock quartet.

” Whether it’s the la-la-la melody of opening track ‘Novelty’, the sinewy rock of ’6.0′, the perky power pop of ‘Atomisation’, the college rock dynamics of ‘Jittery’ or the atmospheric ‘I Want’, the band are never far away from tunefulness being their primary concern which leads to a no-nonsense feel to proceedings. Main vocalist Barry Bracken’s timbre also adds a nostalgic tone as it harks back to an early ’90s jangle indie-pop awareness.”

Listen: Bandcamp | Soundcloud


20. Bell X1 – Chop Chop

Bellx1Sixth studio album from the Dublin band finds them in stripped-back but suitable form.

“No matter what stage of their career they’ve found themselves in, Bell X1 have been no strangers to quality songwriting and their latest foray has produced a collection of tracks and themes that ponder a-plenty, producing a record that steps away from their recent creations and delves into a more introspective and self-conscious range of music.”

Listen: Deezer | Spotify | Soundcloud


19. Come On Live Long – Everything Fall

COLLExtra impressive debut album from Irish alt-indie band.

“They have that assured dynamic, that confidence that comes only from a band who know who they are and what they’re at. Their debut album Everything Fall confirms that.

“Over ten songs, there’s not a big let up in the quality which means Come On Live Long’s debut is an admirable one. Opener ‘Wasteland’ is a microcosm of the band’s defining characteristics; crashing snapping drums by Steven Battle (which sound wonderfully post-treated by Conor Gaffney), bright guitar tones underpinned by electronic, keyboard and percussive sounds match singers Robert Ardiff and Gaffney’s dual vocal counterpoints and are heightened by cavernous crescendos.”

Listen: Bandcamp | Spotify | Soundcloud


18. Hidden Highways – Old Hearts Reborn

HHSecond album from Americana-folk-influenced duo on Out On A Limb.

“With Old Hearts Reborn, Hidden Highways have delivered one of the most strikingly lovely Irish debut albums in recent times, a haunting collection of songs of quiet power and tear-stained beauty.”

– Paul Page, Entertainment.ie

Listen: Bandcamp | Spotify | Soundcloud| Deezer


17. Chequerboard – The Unfolding

ChequerboardJohn Lambert’s first album in five years is a return to beautiful instrumental guitar ambience.

“Calling it minimalistic might turn off those who prefer grit in their music. Throughout the album (which is underpinned by varying if muted tones of loss, resignation, reconciliation and discovery) there is a broader sonic sensibility via empathetic musicians, cellists Kate Ellis and Kevin Murphy, and vocal murmurs from Eileen Carpio. The pitch? If you’re looking for truly beautiful music that is the perfect soundtrack to a slo-mo sunrise, you’ll find it here.” – Tony Clayton-Lea, Irish Times.

Listen: Bandcamp | Spotify | Soundcloud

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Best of 2013 continues. The results of your favourite Irish songs are in. Check the list below for direct links or hit the Spotify and Soundcloud playlists below.

Artwork by Fatti Burke.

Top 30 Irish songs of 2013

  1. Hozier – ‘Take Me To Church’
  2. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Cavalier’
  3. Villagers – ‘Nothing Arrived’
  4. Le Galaxie – ‘Lucy Is Here’
  5. Little Green Cars – ‘My Love Took Me Down To The River To Silence Me’
  6. Ghost Maps – ‘Vanilla’
  7. Daithí – ‘Chameleon Life’
  8. Villagers – ‘Earthly Pleasure’
  9. Idiot Songs – ‘Natasya’s Tears’
  10. MMOTHS – ‘All These Things’ (feat. Holly Miranda)
  11. We Cut Corners – ‘YKK’
  12. Liza Flume – ‘What We Called Love’
  13. Villagers – ‘The Waves’ (Last year’s Number #1)
  14. I Am The Cosmos – ‘Leaving/The Shift’
  15. Tieranniesaur – ‘DIYSCO’
  16. Little Green Cars – ‘Harper Lee’
  17. Biggles Flys Again – ‘Chambers’
  18. New Jackson – ‘Of A Thousand Leaves’
  19. Young Wonder feat. Sacred Animals – ‘Time’
  20. Little Green Cars – ‘The John Wayne’
  21. Daithi feat Senita – ‘Case Closed’
  22. Somadrone – ‘Reckoning’
  23. Solar Bears – ‘A Sky Darkly’
  24. Kodaline – ‘All I Want’
  25. James Vincent McMorrow – ‘Red Dust’
  26. Little Green Cars – ‘The Kitchen Floor’
  27. Harrison & The Devil – ‘Bones’
  28. Solar Bears – ‘Happiness Is A Warm Spacestation’
  29. Crayonsmith – ‘Chrysalis’
  30. Kodaline – ‘High Hopes’

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Posted on December 24th, 2013

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