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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