If you’re flying Aer Lingus in July look out for my profiles piece in the Cara in-flight magazine on six new Irish music acts doing the business and likely to continue doing so on planes all month.

Featured are profiles of Loah, Rusangano Family, David Keenan, Áine Cahill, Le Boom and Saint Sister.

The photos are by Tristan Hutchinson. Special thanks to Lucy White in Cara.

Read it on Issuu from page 46.



Posted on July 4th, 2017

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Tonight, Music From Ireland and the London Irish Centre in Camden Square present the first of a series of showcase gigs featuring music from Ireland.

Tonight’s gig features 3 of Ireland’s new music finest:

Talos, Rusangano Family and Jealous Of The Birds.

This series will be an opportunity for the London music industry and the wider UK music industry to meet and hear their Irish equivalents. It kicks off at 7pm with an industry networking event and the bands start at 8:30pm.

100 tickets are available to the public for this very special event and are priced at £10 each.


Posted on June 29th, 2017

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Rusangano Family have debuted the Bob Gallagher-directed video shot in Clare for new single ‘I Know You Know’ which addresses mental health and features Rusangano Family, Naoise Roo, Linda O’Connor, Sarah Joy McDermott, Eamonn Elliot, Elaine Mai, Sam Burton, Lisa O’Flynn, Kate O’Shea, David MacNamara, Aoife O’Donoghue and Eavan Brennan.

“The track is about how we all face various challenges in life, and our inability to speak about these issues. In one sense, it’s about opening up and engaging in conversation”.

The band launched the song with a screening at D-Light Studios which also featured spoken word performances from MuRli and God Knows, a DJ set from mynameisjOhn and a talk by Blindboy Boatclub on mental health in Ireland.

Rusangano won the Choice prize this year for Let The Dead Bury the Dead.

Posted on June 16th, 2017

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Rusangano Family will follow up their Choice Music Prize winning second album Let The Dead Bury The Dead with their first new song ‘I Know You Know’.

The Limerick and Clare trio release the new track on June 16th but are serving the song to the public ahead of their Forbidden Fruit appearance (stage times here ).

“The track is about how we all face various challenges in life, and our inability to speak about these issues. In one sense, it’s about opening up and engaging in conversation”.

Artwork for the track is by James Kirwan. A video from Bob Gallagher (Bob walked from Dublin to Limerick for the video) is forthcoming and there’s a Video Release Party in D-Light Studios, Dublin on 14th June with spoken word performances from MuRli and God Knows, a DJ set from mynameisjOhn and a talk by Blindboy Boatclub on mental health in Ireland.

There is no cover charge for this event, but donations on the night are greatly appreciated. To apply for tickets please email iknowyouknowevent@gmail.com (numbers are limited).

“We wanted to do something special around the release, and knew that a strong visual aspect was important. James Kirwan kindly got on board and supplied some artwork. We reached out to our friend Bob Gallagher and asked if he would work with us on a video. Bob had some exciting ideas and decided to walk from Dublin to Limerick to chat to us about them.

Fresh from a rigorous workshop with filmmaker Werner Herzog in Cuba director Bob Gallagher undertook a journey on foot from Dublin to Limerick, conducting interviews and seeking participants:

“I wanted to perform an open- heart surgery of the land. Werner kept re-iterating the phrase ‘the world somehow reveals itself to those who travel long distances on foot” so I wanted to test that for myself. The core of the project is about engaging in conversation, and addressing things that are uncomfortable to say, but shouldn’t be. Truth should be freeing, not bound by fear or stigma. What started out with the goal of being more open about mental health on a personal level has expanded to include a lot of people who were willing to join in that conversation, which has been very inspiring.
It made sense that we would create a video and put on event that brings people together to think, talk and open up. Our ambition with this is that the conversation has a life beyond the video and the event. It should be a starting point and not a conclusion”.

Rusangano Family Tour Dates

June 5 – Forbidden Fruit Festival, Dublin
June 9 – Carlow Arts Festival
July 29 – Labyrinth Presents Rusangano Family @ Project, Waterford
June 22 /23 – Luminato Festival, Toronto, CA
Aug 5 – Beatyard Festival, Dun Laoghaire

Posted on May 29th, 2017

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A new festival to take place by the seaside Enniscrone, Co. Sligo has been announced for 26th and 27th of May and the lineup features predominantly indie, rock, pop. folk and jazz.

The all-ages family-friendly festival will feature headliners like Hothouse Flowers, The Riptide Movement along with Rusangano Family, Wyvern Lingo, Meltybrains?, Interskalactic, The Side Up, Disco na mBo and more.

Weekend tickets start from €100 and Saturday tickets are €60 from Eventbrite.

Full poster below. Win tickets to the festival via the Gleam widget:

Live on Air

Posted on March 28th, 2017

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Whoop. Beatyard, the festival by the sea just announced its headliners for the August bank holiday weekend in Dun Laoghaire and they include a rare live set from Air and a Mark Ronson Dj set.

Here is how the lineup looks including previously announced artists.

  • AIR
  • Mark Ronson [ DJ Set ]
  • Bananarama
  • Toots and The Maytals
  • Candi Staton
  • Larry Heard aka Mr Fingers Live
  • Mood ii Swing
  • Romare [ Full Live Band ]
  • Rusangano Family
  • Katie Kim
  • Kíla
  • Horse Meat Disco
  • Fish Go Deep
  • EMBRZ
  • BARQ
  • Mama Kasbah
  • Famous Eno
  • Venus Dupree
  • Sing Along Social
  • Mike Black
  • Steve Egri
  • Conor L
  • Drawing with Don Conroy

Festival areas

Eatyard Dublin’s favourite street food market with 50+ food areas, demos, food competitions, workshops and the Bernard Shea Flea Market in there too.
Gamesyard Board games, computer games, & real life sports & games for adults & kids
Brewtonic Bars dedicated to craft beer, whiskey, rum, gin & fine wines.
Banteryard with Jim Carroll – Talks, Panels & Debates
Studioyard Art, Design, & Tech Installations.
Boatyard Get your Nautical boogie on, literally, on the water with  boat parties. Lineups TBA….
Kidsyard – Dedicated Arts, Design, Music & Games Area for Parents & Kids. And a Daddy nappy changing contest.

Tickets

Tickets are down to the last 1000 for 2 for 1 price which means €30 per day or €89 for the weekend.

Posted on March 16th, 2017

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Rusangano Family were crowned the deserved winners of the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the year last night, receiving a €10,000 cheque and an award from RAAP.

Godknows, MurLi and MynameisJohn, the creators of the Nialler9 Irish album of 2016, Let The Dead Bury The Dead, were chosen by the judges (below) over the 9 other albums in the shortlist. 9 of the nominated acts played live.

In their excellent speech, MynameisJohn said “we can’t bring ourselves to even say thank you because when you’re an independent group in Ireland, you have to say thank you to absolutely everyone,” while MuRli said “I guarantee you, if it’s up to me and my brothers here, Irish music will never be the same again.”

The winning act receives €10,000, a prize fund which has been provided by The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). All of the shortlisted acts received a specially commissioned award.

Also on the night, Picture This took home the Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year in a public vote.

The €10,000 prize was provided by Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA).

Shortlisted albums

All Tvvins – IIVV (Warner Music)
Bantum – Move (Self Released)
Wallis Bird – Home (Mount Silver / Caroline International)
The Divine Comedy – Foreverland (Divine Comedy Records)
Lisa Hannigan – At Swim (Hoop Recordings)
Katie Kim – Salt (Art For Blind Records)
James Vincent McMorrow – We Move (Faction Records)
Overhead, The Albatross – Learning to Growl (Self Released)
Rusangano Family – Let The Dead Bury The Dead (Self Released)
We Cut Corners – The Cadences Of Others (Delphi)

A Spotify playlist of all albums

Judges for this year

Louise Bruton – Freelance & Irish Times
Brian Coney – Editor, The Thin Air
Maire Dineen – Súgradh Productions (Imeall TG4/Body & Soul)
Suzanne Doyle – Music, Film & Television Consultant
Dan Hegarty – RTÉ 2FM
Paddy McKenna – Editor, Joe.ie
Cathal Murray – RTÉ Radio 1
Barbara Nic D – Classic Hits 4FM
Colm O’Regan – Hot Press
Niall Power – Head of Music Beat FM
Eva Short – Deputy Editor, Trinity News

Previous winners of the Choice Music Prize

2005: Julie Feeney – 13 Songs (Julie Feeney)
2006: The Divine Comedy – Victory for the Comic Muse (Parlophone)
2007: Super Extra Bonus Party – Super Extra Bonus Party (Alphabet Set)
2008: Jape – Ritual (Co-op Records)
2009: Adrian Crowley – Season of the Sparks (Chemikal Underground)
2010: Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History (Kitsune)
2011: Jape – Ocean of Frequency (Music Is For Losers)
2012: Delorentos – Little Sparks (Delo Records)
2013: Villagers – {Awayland} (Domino)
2014: The Gloaming – The Gloaming (Real World)
2015: Soak – Before We Forgot How To Dream (Rough Trade)

Posted on March 9th, 2017

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Rusangano Family, the creators of the Nialler9 Irish album of 2016 were broadcast on Other Voices last night (watch it here in full) and here are the Limerick-Clare trio performing the title track off that aforementioned Let The Dead Bury The Dead album. They’re class. Duh. They’ve also announced some Irish tour dates around the country.

Also on the show last night was Margaret Glaspy, Girl Band, Rusangano Family, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh And Cormac Begley and Fangclub.

Next week?

IMRO Other Room Special
Thurs 9th March // 23:30

Cry Monster Cry
Overhead The Albatross
Moon Looks On
Roisin O
Ailbhe Reddy

Posted on March 3rd, 2017

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Young Blood: The Beats and Voices of Our Generation is a special concert taking place at the National Concert Hall as part of the rejuvenated St. Patrick’s Festival on March 18th.

With a focus on hip-hop and spoken word and curated by Aoife Woodlock, Music Producer of Other Voices, the line up includes Nialler9 Irish album of 2016 Rusangano Family, Dublin’s soul pop trio Hare Squead, London alt-rap MC Kojey Radical, young pop-funk artist Katie Laffan along with spoken word from ‘My Ireland’ poet Stephen James Smith (which inspired this night), Abby Oliveria; the formidable Emmet Kirwan (Heartbreak, Dublin Oldschool, RIOT); Colm Keegan, John Cummins; 16 year old Natalya O’Flaherty; Felispeaks and Sarah Clancy.

Surprises are also to be expected on the night. Tickets are €18 but I have a pair of guestlist passes to giveaway on Nialler9. Enter below before March 10th.

Win tickets to see Young Blood at St. Patrick's Festival feat: Rusangano Family, Hare Squead & more


Posted on March 2nd, 2017

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The Beatyard has announced some more names for the festival taking place in Dun Laoghaire harbour on the August bank holiday weekend.

House legend Larry Heard plays his first ever live set in Ireland (Saturday), reggae legends Toots & The Maytals (Sunday) and Irish rap soon-to-be legends Rusangano Family (Saturday) are on the bill.

Candi Station, Bananarama and Horse Meat Disco were previously announced.

Tickets are currently 2 for 1 too.

Posted on February 23rd, 2017

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The Choice Music Prize is this year the RTÉ Choice Music Prize for the first time and the announcement of the 10 Irish albums were revealed a short time ago on 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show by Tony Clayton Lea, chairman of the judging panel.

The 10 albums shortlisted by the judges for Irish album of the year are:

Shortlisted albums

All Tvvins – IIVV (Warner Music)
Bantum – Move (Self Released)
Wallis Bird – Home (Mount Silver / Caroline International)
The Divine Comedy – Foreverland (Divine Comedy Records)
Lisa Hannigan – At Swim (Hoop Recordings)
Katie Kim – Salt (Art For Blind Records)
James Vincent McMorrow – We Move (Faction Records)
Overhead, The Albatross – Learning to Growl (Self Released)
Rusangano Family – Let The Dead Bury The Dead (Self Released)
We Cut Corners – The Cadences Of Others (Delphi)

A Spotify playlist of all albums

The winning act will receive €10,000, a prize fund which has been provided by The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). All of the shortlisted acts will receive a specially commissioned award. RAAP, Culture Ireland & Golden Discs are also official project partners.

2FM has promised to play Irish music all day from 6am to midnight today to mark the announcement along with live cessions from SOAK and Delorentos and a two-hour special on this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2016 shortlist, presented by Conor Behan from 8-10pm.

Live event

Shortlisted albums will also be featured throughout in the lead up to the live choice prize event on Thursday March 9th in Vicar Street.
Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event are available at all Ticketmaster outlets and at http://www.ticketmaster.ie priced €26.50 including booking fee.

Judging Panel

Louise Bruton – Freelance & Irish Times
Brian Coney – Editor, The Thin Air
Maire Dineen – Súgradh Productions (Imeall TG4/Body & Soul)
Suzanne Doyle – Music, Film & Television Consultant
Dan Hegarty – 2FM
Paddy McKenna – Editor, Joe.ie
Cathal Murray – RTE Radio 1
Barbara Nic D – Classic Hits 4FM
Colm O’Regan – Hot Press
Niall Power – Head of Music Beat FM
Eva Short – Deputy Editor, Trinity News

Irish Song of The Year 2016

The shortlist for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of The Year 2016 will be announced on Wednesday 1st February, 2017. A Special event featuring exclusive performances from both Album of the Year and Song of the Year nominees will be held in Dublin that evening in the Workman’s Club.

Previous winners of the Choice Music Prize

2015: Soak
2014: The Gloaming
2013: Villagers
2012: Jape
2011: Delorentos
2010: Two Door Cinema Club
2009: Adrian Crowley
2008: Jape
2007: Super Extra Bonus Party
2006: The Divine Comedy
2005: Julie Feeney

Posted on January 11th, 2017

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St. Patrick Festival have announced two gigs to take place around the holiday that will feature new and contemporary Irish talent from March 16th to 19th.

Both take place on Saturday 18th March at 8pm.

Young Blood

The Beat and Voices of our Generation @ National Concert Hall

Featuring musicians, poets, storytellers and rappers: Rusangano Family, Hare Squead, Kojey Radical and Stephen James Smith. (€18)
Tickets from NCH

Music For 18 Machines

@ St. Patrick’s Cathedral

One of the gig highlights of 2016 was Simon Cullen and Somadrone’s reimagining of Steve Reich’s minimal 1976 piece Music for 18 Musicians using 18 synthesisers instead of 18 musicians. (€18). Tickets from St. Patrick’s Festival

Posted on January 4th, 2017

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Girl Band announced a special gig in aid of Pieta House for Vicar Street on February 17th 2017 earlier this month.

Today, they’ve announced their guests and they are:

Lynched, Rusangano Family & DJ sets by James Vincent McMorrow, Geoff Travis (Rough Trade) & Aisling O’Riordan.

Solid.

Tickets priced €30 are on sale now Ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets nationwide.

Posted on November 30th, 2016

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From December 9th – 11th in The Kino in Cork, promoters Southern Hospitality Board present three nights of their favourite acts, both Irish and international including Rusangano Family, The Altered Hours, Rozi Plain, Bantum, The Bonk, Shaker Hymn and Anna Mieke Bishop.

A weekend ticket is €36 but you can win two weekend passes worth twice that in the widget below.

Kino Weekender

Individual shows

The Sudden Club : Rusangano Family + BantumFriday 9th December, 7.30pm
Price: €16
The Sudden Club: The Altered Hours + The Bonk
Saturday 10th December, 7.30pm
Price: €13
The Sudden Club: Rozi Plain + The Shaker Hymn + Anna Mieke BishopSunday 11th December, 7.30pm
Price: €12

Posted on November 25th, 2016

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Cork producer Ruairi Lynch aka Bantum is back with news of the followup to his 2013 debut album Legion.

Move, will be released this Friday digitally and features guest appearances from Rusangano Family, CC Brez, Senita and Farah Elle. Bantum’s recent collaboration with Loah, ‘Take It’ also features.

‘Feel Your Rhythm’ is an alchemic result of a three-way collaboration between Lynch, singer Senita Appiakorang (Shookrah, Lakerama) and Rusangano Family’s God Knows and MuRli.

The album is the result of two years work. Of the process, Ruairi says:

“I wrote the first line of the title track – “Move” – nearly 2 years ago. The arrangement came quickly but I had a sound in my head that I couldn’t quite get, so it was scrapped. I had to relearn a thing or two. After some exploration I found another sound in mind. This became “Take It” with Loah, which also sparked the idea for “Voodoo Sweat” with CC Brez and Louize Carroll. “Pacing” also came from those sessions, taking direct inspiration from the late Conor Walsh (who the song is dedicated to) and Jon Hopkins.

Farah Elle came on the recommendation of her brother, and within 2 days of sending her the track we had “Feel It Out”. A chance trip to London led me to Adam Townsend, otherwise known as Weisman. A shared appreciation of all things Moderat/Thom Yorke led me to send him the demo that would eventually become “Already There”. “Feel Your Rhythm” was a track I had initially worked on with Senita, but it needed more. God Knows from Rusangano Family insisted I send on any ideas, and this was the one.

Now, the first track I started became the last one to finish. On the insistence of a friend I dug out that first scrapped instrumental and reworked it. I didn’t really expect to have this bunch of songs, let alone one or two. I have my friends to thank for that. “

Bantum – Move Tracklisting

  1. Move
  2. Pacing
  3. Feel Your Rhythm [feat. Rusangano Family & Senita]
  4. Feel It Out [feat. Farah Elle]
  5. Take It [feat. Loah] [extended version]
  6. Voodoo Sweat [feat. CC Brez & Louize Carroll]
  7. Already There [feat. Weisman]

Bantum Live dates

Friday 9.12.2016 :: The Kino, Cork [w/ Rusangano Family]
Friday 16.12.2016 :: Dublin [details TBA]
Wednesday 21.12.2016 :: Dolans, Limerick [w/ Rusangano Family]

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Posted on October 17th, 2016

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