Conor O’Brien’s first Villagers remix is not what you’d expect from the man known for his folk and singer-songwriter style.

Marked as a “club edit”, his remix of Stephen Tiernan’s Participant song ‘You Better’ guts the original and takes it on a trip to the minimal room at a Berlin club.

Watch the excellent video for the original by Bob Gallagher (Girl Band, SOAK, Saint Sister).

Posted on February 7th, 2017

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Having recently revealed some of the smaller goings on at the festival on the grounds of Ballinlough Castle including Wonderlust, Myles O’Reilly’s Arbutus Yarns Theatre, Body Holidays 1970’s style holiday camp, Pagoda Stage, Port Royal Jamaican village and more, today Body & Soul revealed Tree Haus, a new stage curated by Homebeat for the festival on the summer solstice weekend of June 19th to 21st.

Focusing on the best of contemporary Irish music and culture, you can expect performances from My Tribe Your Tribe, Buffalo Woman, Carriages, Planet Parade, Liza Flume, Ghosts, Slowplacelikehome, Hilary Woods, Skelocrats, Little Xs For Eyes, Elephant, Hare Squead, Bantum, Nubus, Justin Grounds & Pearse McGloughlin (Idiot Songs), Sea Legs (Ciaran Lavery x Ryan Vail), Hare Squead, Nova Collective, Feather and Ben Bix, Participant, I Have A Tribe, Nubus, Margie Lewis, SignA, Idiot Songs, Skelocrats, Tomorrows, Taste DJs, Somadrone, Lyttet, Leo Drezden and Lasertom.

Also featuring on that stage, kicking off the Saturday and Sunday will be Vinyl Love, where DJs and musicians alike will be playing selections from their 7″ collection.

Posted on May 28th, 2015

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Participant is a new project from the bassist from Dublin band Heritage Centre which has moved from a solo bedroom concern to a production/songwriter duo to a four-piece live band. Stephen Tiernan is the driver of the project and the band’s debut EP Bit Slow has been released now, showing off an atmospheric indie style that is anchored by Tiernan’s delicate voice and produced by Paul O’Hare (of the band WOB!).

The band play Hard Working Class Heroes tonight at 8pm in the Workman’s Club. Director Bob Gallagher  has put together a stunning video featuring two snails (conversing in subtitles) who are struggling to get along for the EP track ‘Shelter’.

Posted on October 3rd, 2014

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