Talos’ Wild Alee album is among the best Irish albums released this year thanks to Eoin French’s falsetto-leading slow-moving anthemic songs.

‘Voices’ is to be the final single from the album, and it’s also the release’s final celebratory song.

Derry electronic artist Ryan Vail (who himself has a new track below) has remixed the song and added a quieter more intimate AFX-esque shade to things.

Both the original and remix videos were made by Kevin McGloughlin and Brendan Canty.

Here’s the video in its original state with the song.

Also Ryan Vail released a new track this week and video for ‘Shadows’

Talos UK tour dates

01.10 communion, notting hill arts club, london
02.10 golden slippers, blacks, london
03.10 brudenell social club, leeds
04.10 waiting room, london (support: ryan vail – sold out)
05.10 rockwood music hall, new york (stage 2)

Posted on September 28th, 2017

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The Northern Irish singer-songwriter Joshua Burnside will release Ephrata his album conceived and inspired by Columbia and its music tomorrow (Friday). ‘Blood Drive’ has an undeniable José Gonzalez feel to it and Derry producer Ryan Vail augments that the track with texture and ambience with his take.

Now in this video for the remix, shot in Berlin by Joe Wright, the song serves as a backdrop to a clip that “deals with the theme of anxiety focused on social breakdown and fear of impending doom for society.”

Ephrata is out tomorrow on Quiet Arch Records.
He plays Dublin on June 15th at Bellobar, as part of Nialler9 and Homebeat’s Future Proof gig series.

Posted on May 4th, 2017

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Northern Ireland’s only three-day music and arts festival Sunflowerfest has announced its first acts headed for Tubby’s Farm, Hillsborough from 28th – 30th July 2017.

Under the theme of A Parallel Universe, the following acts are playing:

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Rubber Bandits
  • King Kong Company
  • Beans on Toast
  • Electric Swing Circus
  • Le Galaxie
  • Malojian
  • Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer
  • OR:LA
  • Ryan Vail
  • Too Many T’s
  • Ben Cutler
  • Brién
  • Chinooq & Stayin Low
  • Chris Hanna
  • Chris Keys
  • Citizen Nobody
  • Clockwork
  • CM88
  • Collate
  • Cursed Sun
  • Damola
  • Daz
  • Decomposing in Paris
  • Dream Awake
  • Electric Octopus
  • Emma Lou & The Agenda
  • Farah Elle
  • GRAND
  • Henry Cluney Band
  • Jason Young
  • JC Williams
  • Jika Jika!
  • Lavengro
  • Le Boom
  • Lock Horns
  • Montauk Hotel
  • Mr Mur
  • Oh Boland
  • Paper Dogs
  • Petty Youth
  • Ponyhawke
  • R51
  • Roisin El Cherif
  • School of Rock
  • Single by Sunday
  • Stormzone
  • The Crawling
  • Themm
  • Twisted Sisters
  • Ubblahkan
  • Warriors of the Dystoteque
  • Zlatanera

Sunflowerfest has gained a reputation as a fine independent music festival and features 6 stages of music, interactive arts and some of the finest food NI has to offer (Boojum and more) – all while keeping a close check on environmental impact – via eco-friendly camping options including 100% recyclable, pre-pitched cardboard tents (weighing a sturdy sixteen kilograms sothey won’t blow away).

Tickets

Tickets for Sunflowerfest start at just £74.95 (includes 2 children, aged 15 and under) and £64.95 for students. Additional bands, artists, and activities will be announced via Sunflowerfest’s website, Facebook, and Twitter.

Notes to Editors:
Online Ticket Portal – Paylogic
https://sunflowerfest.co.uk/tickets/

The theme of A Parallel Universe means a focus on futurism with festival organiser Micgael Magowan saying:

“Since 2002, over 7000 native trees including beech, birch, ash, alder, willow, hazel, and oak have been planted on-site. “The festival’s electronic music venue ‘The Moot’ and the festivals picturesque Pond Stage were crafted 5-years ago from renewable pine logs.

 We strive to foster a sense of community and connection both during the festival and at Tubby’s Farm generally. While visiting the festival, people from all walks of life can enjoy yoga, meditation, interactive and educational workshops as well as inspirational talks from individuals who share creative and eco-friendly interests. We’re proud to share our home in the countryside – a collective, beautiful, piece of heaven on earth. We are just the caretakers for the generations to come. 
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Posted on March 20th, 2017

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A few weeks ago, Jealous Of The Birds singer-songwriter Naomi Hamilton teamed up with Derry electronic composer Ryan Vail on the square-waved ‘Love Is A Crow’.

As part of the EP package out Friday, The Cyclist alongside Die Hexen has remixed the track. Here’s the first listen of The Cyclist textured beat and bass-focused remix of Ryan Vail & Jealous Of The Bird’s ‘Love Is A Crow’:

Ryan Vail plays an A/V BYOB show with Homebeat in DLight Studios on Thursday evening in Dublin alongside Hvmmingbyrd and Wastefellow.

Posted on February 22nd, 2017

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Derry electronic composer Ryan Vail released a fine debut album inspired by a home piano last year. Naomi Hamilton AKA Jealous Of The Birds released an underappreciated album of alt, indie pop and folk.

On ‘Love Is A Crow’, a square-waved rhythm forms the foundation for a collaboration that takes in beat poetry and Hamilton’s sweet melody lines.

Both artists are playing Output this February 16th in Belfast, while both artists are playing SXSW. Ryan has a Dublin show with Homebeat.

Love is a Crow” Tracklisting

1 Love is a Crow – Jealous of The Birds and Ryan Vail
2 Love is a Crow (Instr) – Jealous of The Birds and Ryan Vail
3 Love is a Crow – The Cyclist Remix – Jealous of The Birds and Ryan Vail
4 Love is a Crow – DIE HEXEN Remix – Jealous of The Birds and Ryan Vail

Posted on January 25th, 2017

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Following on from the brittle brooding ‘Wounds’, Derry’s Ryan Vail has dropped a new track from next week’s release of his debut For Every Silence album for preview.

Taking the two songs so far and Vail’s previous solo discography (3 EPs), we’re operating in whispered minimal electronic mode here. ‘Mirrors’ rides on an almost subliminal beat, and utilises a very old piano explained below. Vail’s hushed tones anchor these disparate minimal sounds.

For Every Silence is, in ways,  89 years in the making, because of a piano utilised in the recording, which was originally made in England in 1927 before being shipped to Derry and used by Ryan’s wife Katie’s family. The piano was restored and plays a central part in the album.

Also on the album are guests violinist Rachael Boyd, Seattle poet Hexxr, singer Eoin O’Callaghan (aka Best Boy Grip), Ryan’s partner Katie who plays flute and sings (and plays live with Ryan) and a “recording of a rousing speech by her uncle, the late Joe Cosgrove, a prominent doctor and peace campaigner in Derry, and the original owner of the piano”.

Posted on March 24th, 2016

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Derry-based musician Ryan Vail’s output last year was largely taken up with his collaborative project with Ciaran Lavery as Sea Legs.

For 2016, Vail is returning to the electronic world that he inhabits as a solo musician.

His debut solo album For Every Silence coming in March 25th (to Pledgemusic funders) and April 1st (Quiet Arch/Believe Recordings), the presser goes, is 89 years in the making, because of a piano utilised in the recording, which was originally made in England in 1927 before being shipped to Derry and used by Ryan’s wife Katie’s family. The piano was restored and plays a central part in the album.

Also on the album are guests violinist Rachael Boyd, Seattle poet Hexxr, singer Eoin O’Callaghan (aka Best Boy Grip), Ryan’s partner Katie who plays flute and sings (and plays live with Ryan) and a “recording of a rousing speech by her uncle, the late Joe Cosgrove, a prominent doctor and peace campaigner in Derry, and the original owner of the piano”.

The album’s first shared track ‘Wounds’ is a prickly synthesizer song of ambience and hushed vocals that doesn’t reveal too much of the piano to come.

Vail says the song is “about a piano who wants to be played but is ignored in his own room, the previous owner was a radio enthusiast so this explains the radio sample. It’s one of the most electronic tracks on the album.”

Posted on February 3rd, 2016

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As they did with Leo Drezden, Smalltown America hosted a performance from Sea Legs, Ciaran Lavery and Ryan Vail’s project that produced a short EP which evokes and is inspired by the Donegal coast.

As the EP is quite short, the pair performed a cover of SOAK’s ‘Sea Creatures’ as part of the set. Check out it below along with two video performances from the set.

The live set is available in HQ lossless formats via Independentmusic.com until 15th June.

Posted on June 11th, 2015

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Sea Legs, the short collaborative album between Derry producer and Belfast singer-songwriter Ciaran Lavery takes its serene atmosphere inspiration from the Donegal coast, which also leave an indelible ambient mark on the Sea Legs EP through captured fisherman chatter, the birds, winds and sea of the place throughout the release.

For such a small formed thing, that theme is accomplished enough for the musicians to weave impressions and songs throughout. ‘The Colour Blue’ and ‘Nick Cave’s Band’ are easy highlights as is ‘The Sea At Night’, which has Lavery’s folk song shrouded in tumultuous electronic textures with the man singing “i’ll become you when you rest.”

The album and CD are out now on Quiet Arch and can be pre ordered via www.pledgemusic.com/projects/sealegs.

It’s also on Spotify.

Here’s an interview I did with Quiet Arch’s Lyndon Stephens.

Posted on April 20th, 2015

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Ciaran Lavery & Ryan Vail’s joint EP as Sea Legs on new NI label Quiet Arch takes field recordings from the Donegal coast and weaves them into a tapestry of meditative folk and electronic tracks.

The pair have given us a listen to the lovely ‘The Colour Blue’. Here’s ‘Nick Cave’s Band’ from the short 18-minute 7-track EP.

The album will be released on April 17th/April 20th (Ireland/UK) on Quiet Arch on limited CD and a 10″ sea-green marbled vinyl record. Cover art by Theo Weedon.

Tour dates

10th April – Derry/Londonderry – Small Town America Studios (in association with STA).
16th April – Dublin – Smock Alley (in association with Home Beat).
18th April – Belfast – SS Nomadic.

Posted on April 2nd, 2015

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Quet Arch is a new label from the people behind Champion Sound Recordings for non-electronic releases and the first propler release on the label is an intriguing one as it pairs two of Northern Ireland’s brightest talents together for a seven track release under the name Sea Legs.

The Derry producer and singer Ryan Vail is known for his gentle electronic tones and Ciaran Lavery is a bright Belfast singer-songwriter who sounds a lot like Damien Rice and who has racked up 11 million plays on Spotify already for his clutch of releases.

‘The Colour Blue’ from the release, inspired by the coast of Donegal, has a quiet epic wistfulness to it. The project recalls the Scottish collaboration between Jon Hopkins and King Creosote, as it’ll feature a combination of ambient music and Lavery’s vocals, as well as “spoken word, a Boston and Donegal fisherman, sea gulls, the howling wind and sound of the sea.”

The album will be released on April 17th/April 20th (Ireland/UK) on Quiet Arch on limited CD and a 10″ sea-green marbled vinyl record. Cover art by Theo Weedon.

Tour dates

10th April – Derry/Londonderry – Small Town America Studios (in association with STA).
16th April – Dublin – Smock Alley (in association with Home Beat).
18th April – Belfast – SS Nomadic.

Posted on March 2nd, 2015

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A few weeks ago Generator NI announced Output’s daytime  series of talks with names like Andrew WK and Tom Robinson taking part. Today, they’ve announced the series of free night gigs for which Nialler9 is teaming up with Belfast magazine The Thin Air in the Black Box with Dublin electronic disco tune of the year contenders Ships,  Derry noisy pop man Autumns, Dublin electronic duo Contour, and Cork’s gazey-rock band The Altered Hours. Our amazing poster is by Stephen Maurice Graham.

But that’s not all that’s on, there are also names like Best Boy Grip, Slowplacelikehome, Ryan Vail, Rosie Carney, Team RKT, Silences,  Katharine Philippa and two go bands – Go Swim and Go Wolf among others playing on 10 stages that night. You can register for daytime events at www.creativebelfast.info

Night Lineup

Venue / time8pm8.30pm9pm9.30pm10pm10.30pm11pm11.30pmHosts
Black Box CaféSlow Place Like HomeCiaran LaveryRyan VailPortsElectric Mainline / Smalltown America Music
Black BoxAutumnsShipsContourAltered HoursThe Thin Air / Nialler 9
White’s TavernLipstik LizardsWhite Male ActorsTeam RKTFurther Education Colleges / Broken Melody Records
Duke of YorkIn An InstantCallum StewartHurdlesMore Than ConquerorsOld Fang / Sentric
The Harp BarAmanda St JohnBernadette MorrisOwen McGarryTriona CarvilleIMRO / Real Music Club
Oh Yeah CentreGo SwimGoldie FawnTravis is a TouristOh VolcanoFriday Night Mashup / PRS
The SpaniardJessica DohertyBest Boy GripRosie CarneyJanet DevlinNerve Centre / Honeycomb – Creative Works
McHugh’sJess EdlinKatharine PhilippaRobocobraSilencesBig Space Studio / SARC
Aether & EchoViola DustThe ClameensGo WolfDavid C ClementsGenerator NI / Third Bar
VoodooExit Pursued by BearJoshua BurnsideMichael MormechaEmerald ArmadaFourAcre Music / Forfey
The SunflowerFarriersMeb Jon SolRobyn G ShielsArboristFolk and Tumble / Start Together Studios

 

Posted on September 30th, 2014

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Red Bull Music Academy is hosting an RBMA weekender in Belfast from 25th to the 28th of September with four days of gigs, club nights, workshops and more in the Cathedral Quarter.

Nils Frahm, SKREAM, Terri Hooley, Greg Wilson, Ashley Beedle, Chez Damier, Special Request, Ryan Vail, Terri Hooley, The Juan MacLean, Timmy Stewart, Chez Damier, Bicep and Twitch are involved.

A series of free workshops featuring Greg Wilson Noel Watson, Bicep and Terri Hooley are also happening. Details for how to get into those is via Redbull.ie

RBMA weekender schedule

Thursday 25 September 2014 // 10pm

The Juan MacLean, Timmy Stewart and Twitch

The Bunatee, Queen’s University (Student Union)

Tickets priced £6


Friday 26 September 2014 // Time TBC

Workshop featuring BICEP

Oh Yeah Music Centre

Free Admission but ticketed


Friday 26 September 2014 // 9.00pm

SKREAM, Chez Damier (Balance) & Special Request

The Limelight

Tickets priced £6


Saturday 27 September 2014 // 10.00pm

Greg Wilson, Ashley Beedle, Terri Hooley & Noel Watson

Aether & Echo (A&E)

Tickets priced £8


Saturday 27 September 2014 // Time TBC

Lecture featuring Greg Wilson, Noel Watson & Terri Hooley

Oh Yeah Music Centre

Free Admission but ticketed


Sunday 28 September 2014 // 5.00pm

Nils Frahm, Ryan Vail

City Hall

Tickets priced £5


Tickets are  available at ticketmaster.ie and usual outlets nationwide. 

Posted on August 19th, 2014

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Details of the Wonderlust Stage at Body & Soul festival have been revealed. Curated by Kathy Scott, Aoife Flynn and Ciara Kavanagh, the stage, dedicated to the exchange of wonder and idea in the walled garden will feature talks and performances throughout the weekend.

The music night lineup includes:

Colm Mac Con Iomaire & Friends, Come on Live Long, Sacred Animals, Deaf Joe, Ryan Vail, Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Hidden Highways, Selk
Valerie Francis, SORNE, Conor Walsh, Old Hannah, DJ Sally Cinnamon, Idiot Songs, Bairbre Anne, BQ Trio, Mike Smalle (DJ set), Kuv′ən, Laura Sheeran, Kate Ellis & Linda Buckley.

By day, there are talks planned including:

The Unbearable Lightness of Being and other stories:
Author Michael Harding in conversation with filmmaker Ruth Meehan on life, loss, love and Leitrim. Michael will also read from his bestselling memoir

Digital Age Activism – win or lose?
‘Merely sitting, connecting or sharing something may provide a momentary burst of satisfaction but it may not be enough to actually change something on Irish online activism won’t win the 2015 marriage equality referendum unless we take discussion and peaceful protest from Facebook & Twitter to the home and the hearth. Andrew Hyland Equality & Social Justice Campaigner hosts this conversation offline with Ailbhe Smyth (Feminist and Activist), Una Mullally (Journalist & Activist) and Max Krzyzanowski (Activist and former the ground.’ Laeeq Khan. Mister Gay World)

State of the Music Nation:
A conversation exploring the business of music making in Ireland right now & the global models of an emerging future. Hosted by Angela Dorgan (First Music Contact) & featuring Jim Carroll (On the Record), Nialler9 , Brendan Canty (Feel Good Lost) & Aoife Flynn ( asquared)

TheatreCLUB present The Holy Show – LOVE IS THE ANSWER
This is a live chat show hosted by performance dynamo, modern day spiritual guru and recovering sex addict Neil Watkins (Year of Magical Wanking) with Rachael Keogh (Dying to Survive), Veronica Dyas plus a live set from Buffalo Woman

Food – The ties that bind.
A conversation exploring relationships and food by talking to two brothers, a husband and wife and close friends who work in three of Ireland’s most innovative food businesses. Hosted by Aoife Mc (Forkful), Kevin and Seamus Sheridan (Sheridan’s Cheese mongers), John and Sandy Wyer (Forrest Avenue) and Aisling Rogerson and Luca D’Alfonso (Fumbally)

Journey to the Labyrinth
“The Feminine journey is about going down deep into the soul, healing and reclaiming, while the masculine journey is up and out to spirit”
Maureen Murdock The Heroines JourneyThree women, one labyrinth. Ellen O’Malley Dunlop ( The Bard Summer School) and Noeline Kavanagh ( Macnas)  in conversation with Mari Kennedy (Wisdom seeker). Expect myth making, spirals, symbols, shapeshifting and ancient ritual.

BINGO with Victor Romanos and Stevie G.
The Love God and friend of the stars is back at Wonderlust due to popular demand and a gap in his world domination tour. Expect bad gags, big hair and tight pants.

Posted on June 4th, 2014

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Derry producer Ryan Vail hasn’t had a new track in over a year and he’s back with his musical partner Katie Cosgrove for the lead track from a new EP on Champion Sound Recordings in the first week in May. ‘Grow’, the title track is a Morr Music-esque sombre electronic song which addresses the sudden passing away of friend.

“You don’t know what I’ve been told / I’ll die young / But you’ll grow old.”

The song is told from the perspective of the friend who passed away. Vail explained the EP to The Fader – “The project covers the various stages of his journey to death, from telling people he was dying, dealing with it himself, questioning God and finally understanding what was happening.”

Posted on April 7th, 2014

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