‘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)
Patrick O’Laoghaire is currently recording some new music in Berlin for upcoming I Have A Tribe releases but we don’t have to wait any longer to hear some of it.
‘After We Meet’ is a song from his debut album Beneath A Yellow Moon last year in re-recorded form and it feels like a fresh start, a song which takes I Have A Tribe’s balladeering piano approach and imbues it with some light and bright sonic textures, a smooth bassline and vocals from May Kay. It’s an improvement and you can hear it in a new video by Myles O’Reilly.
I Have A Tribe plays Whelan’s on Friday March 3rd.
From Pearse McGloughlin and Nocturnes‘ recent album The Soft Animal LP (premiered here) , ‘Serpents’ is a highlight.
Myles O’Reilly (Arbutus Yarns) has directed a video for the song shot in Sligo in in Strandhill, Edenbaun and Knocknarea.
‘We had a very simple idea…Pearse was to pick up a stone and climb the height of Knocknarea mountain and place the stone on the ancient cairn of queen Maeve. It wasn’t until we began rolling that the epic terra firma that is Sligo began to make the video for us. We did little and Sligo did it all. I’m proud that such an atmospheric piece found a perfect home in the sea, wind and hills of Pearse’s hometown.”….. Myles O’Reilly
Donal Dineen is known as a radio presenter, DJ and the TV presenter of No Disco.
No Disco, in case you are unaware, was a TV show that ran on RTE from 1993 and 2003 and was the only TV outlet for alternative music. Dineen was its first presenter and he was followed by Uaneen Fitzsimons and Leagues O’Toole.
Lately, there are rumblings from camp Dineen along with Myles O’Reilly of Arbutus Yarns have joined together in a nod to the past under the title This Ain’t No Disco (Facebook) and there’s a new video with Dineen talking about No Disco and what could and is, coming next.
“It’s a golden generation for Irish music”, “There are so many disenfranchised people of our age who know nothing of what’s out there”.
We are beginning a new music show, not like any other show. We want to bring musicians and visual art together in to a space where we can nurture and document each collaboration to create improvised, visceral and organic live performance films. We’ll walk and talk with some of our personal music hero’s, to journey and meet their own music heroes. I think its time that all our passions combined opens a discussion, and we make the best possible effort to help showcase the true and sincere, deep and unearthed network of raw talent in this country, and paint them in the most beautiful light.
Patrick O’Laoghaire, I Have A Tribe released his debut album Beneath A Yellow Moon this year and it confirmed him as one of Ireland’s most interesting singer-songwriters. His piano-set compositions are emotionally drawn and imbued with classic songwriting touches.
‘Cuckoo’ is the closing track from the album and here Myles O’Reilly films it live in Berlin.
Patrick is on tour in Europe over the next month.
29.10 Let’s Get Lost Festival, Zwolle, NDL
24.11 Blue Bird Festival, Wien, AT
30.10 Jubezz, Karlsruhe, DE
31.10 Zoom, Frankfurt, DE
01.11 BiNuu , Berlin, DE
02.11 UT Connewitz, Leipzig, DE
04.11 Manufaktur, Schondorf, DE
The Slow Show Support:
16.11 Kulturkirche, Köln, DE
17.11 Knust, Hamburg, DE
18.11 Gretchen, Berlin, DE
Radie Peat and Cormac Mac Diarmada of folk band Lynched has a side project with Brian Flanagan called Rue.
Myles O’Reilly (Arbutus Yarns) and Donal Dineen had them set up shop in the Fumbally Stables recently to capture their harmonium-lead performance of ‘Katie Cruel’.
Aideen Macken adds modelling touches to the video.
Rue present an eclectic mix of traditional songs and tunes from both sides of the Atlantic played with immutable conviction on fiddle, five-string banjo, harmonium and concertina. Expect whaling songs and murder ballads underpinned by a wash of harmonic swells and drones and a barn-dance or two thrown in for good measure.
Myles O’Reilly was in Dingle for the Dingle Arts Féile Na Bealtaine festival and like many visitors to the Kerry town, he happened upon The Dingle Record Shop, owned by Mazz O’Flaherty who charms probably everyone she meets. She invited myself and my partner in to the shop when Bouts were performing for her Sessions from the Shop series back in December and was very welcoming and quite a character.
Myles’ film features similar intimate performances with the likes of Lumiere, Walking On Cars, Avril Bowler, Laurence Courtney, John O’Brien and Mazz & her grandchild Íde (Keogh) O’Flaherty playing in the shop.
Drummer and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Hickey aka Rarely Seen Above Ground, more commonly abbreviated to R.S.A.G. has a new single and video coming out. ‘Broken State’ is a hypnotic layered track which Hickey says is “a mood driven piece in which I’ve tried to interpret a number of different feelings involved in human endeavor, to the soundtrack of dub, electronic and orchestral percussive sounds.”
It suggests the third R.S.A.G. album will be a more nuanced listen than previous albums. The album is forthcoming and an EP is before that too. Previously, R.S.A.G. released the single ‘Falter’, has been playing with French band Bot’Ox and collaborating with Jerry Fish. You can catch him live next at Body & Soul.
Check out ‘Broken State’ via the Myles O’Reilly video:
Donal Dineen and Myles O’Reilly filmed this documentary featuring Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh looking at Willie Clancy week in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare where Ireland’s largest traditional music summer school has been held since 1973 in memory of the piper Willie Clancy.