The Turning Pirate crew’s annual New Year’s eve gig is a bacchanalia of celebration and collaboration has been running in Vicar Street since 2006. It brings together some of Ireland’s most talented artists and special guests which in the past has meant appearances from the likes of Conor O’Brien (Villagers), Richie Egan, Camille O’Sullivan, Bell X1, Jerry Fish, Declan O’Rourke, The Young Folk, Bronagh Gallagher, Wallis Bird and more.
For Bram Stoker Festival next Sunday night, the gang will turn their attention to things of a spooky variety and a large cast of musicians of an established calibre will perform scary songs and horror movie favourites at the Turning Vampire event including Lisa Hannigan, Paddy Casey, Saint Sister, Adam Matthews, Niamh Farrell (Ham Sandwich), Kier (Delorentos) and Wyvern Lingo. The house band, the Flux Capacitators, work with the artists to create the arrangements and includes Joe Furlong on base and Graham Hopkins who plays drums. A special international guest star will be added to the bill for the festival special edition.
Tickets are €31 from Ticketmaster but I have two tickets to giveaway which you can enter for by emailing [email protected] with your name and ‘Bram Stoker Festival Turning Vampire’ as the subject line before next Thursday 26th at noon.
Saint Sister, the atmosfolk duo of Morgan Macintyre and Gemma Doherty today release a new single in advance of gigs this summer which include a big headline show in the National Concert Hall on June 7th and the dates listed below.
‘Causing Trouble’ expands the duo’s core sound with more instrumentation than before, while keeping their melodious intent intact.
“The song is about transitioning, from Belfast to Dublin, from an old love to a new, and the gaps that can be found between you and another person or place when people transition at different paces and in different directions,” says Morgan.
More on the song: Morgan: There are a lot of references to Belfast – where I grew up – that I wasn’t quite aware of at the time. The references to Van Morrison’s ‘And it Stoned Me’ came about after hearing a cover version of the song. We were playing a gig in the Ulster Hall, Belfast and Conor O’Brien (Villagers) sang the song. His performance opened up the lyrics for me and strangely helped me access Van Morrison in a way I’d been softly rebelling against for a while (having been spoon fed Van Morrison from a young age). I suddenly wanted to gobble up Van again and embrace the music and stories and poetry from Belfast that I used to spend a lot of time with. I think I had shrugged a lot of that off over the last few years as I tried to make my home in Dublin. In doing so maybe I ignored – or forgot – a lot of the raw elements and influences that I used to draw from.
The Basin referenced in the song is the Blessington Basin, in Dublin. It’s a little park, known as the Secret Garden, which used to be a drinking reservoir. I live right beside it now. It kind of comes out of nowhere. All this water just appears out of a quiet, grotty, forgotten Dublin street, like a mirage. The song is about transitioning, from Belfast to Dublin, from an old love to a new, and the gaps that can be found between you and another person or place when people transition at different paces and in different directions.
Gemma: Morgan first brought some lyrics and melodic ideas and I started working on the arrangement, that’s generally how we work together. From the start it felt quite laid back and spacious. I’d been listening to loads of 90s tunes, Moby and Massive Attack, and wanted to keep the verses sparse and give the chorus plenty of space to soar. The first attempt had no harp on it, but it worked its way in when we began playing it live, as it’s such a big part of our live show. We had loads of craic in the studio with this one with Alex [Ryan] who co-produced it with us. At the last minute, we found a beautiful old Wurlitzer in the attic which had some electrical problems; one of us would have to sit on it while the other played to stop it from humming, so it just about made it in!
27 May – Mountshannon Arts Festival – Clare 30 May – The Louisiana – Bristol, UK 31 May – Ort Cafe – Birmingham, UK June – St Pancras Old Church – London, UK June – Gullivers – Manchester, UK June – The Old Hairdressers – Glasgow, UK 7 June – National Concert Hall – Dublin June – Innenhof Rathaus – Binzen, Germany June – Guggenheim Kulturhotel – Liestal, Switzerland July – Cafe Verkehrt – Murg-Oberhof, Germany July – Werkraum Schöpflin – Brombach, Germany July – Kesselhaus – Freiburg, Germany July – Fernet Branca – St Louis, France July – Earagail Arts Festival – Donegal July – The Band Room – Yorkshire, UK July – Latitude Festival – Suffolk, UK 29 July – Galway Arts Festival 1-3 Sep – Other Voices @ Electric Picnic 1 Oct – 7 Layers Festival – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Galway International Arts Festival have announced its lineup for mid-July and it includes a new opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh. Music-wise Brian Wilson was already announced for the Absolut Big Top while Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Passenger, Gavin James, The Coronas, and Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra’s Dance Anthems are on the bill.
A lot of the music events take place at Roisin Dubh and there’s some sweet gigs lined up including a rare James Lavelle presents UNKLE Sounds event.
‘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)
Saint Sister have announced their biggest show yet to take place at The National Concert Hall on June 7th.
Tickets €17.50 includes booking fee – on sale this Friday at 10am from Nch.ie or calling (01) 417 0000.
Gemma Doherty and Morgan Macintyre are the makers of the most beautiful new music in Ireland right now. So far, they’ve an EP an a double A-side single released and 2017 has seen them supporting Lisa Hannigan and impressing industry at Eurosonic.
Ding Ding Dingle. The 15th edition of Other Voices in the Kerry town is only a week and a bit away and that means the announcement of more acts and activities to the festival/TV show/ December getaway for music fans.
That’s not all of course, the organisers have announced a Music Trail West – a music event featuring live music around the Dingle Peninsula on the Saturday, a vinyl artwork exhibition and Ireland’s Edge, a related conference.
The St. James’ Church recordings will be hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, Dublin born/London made DJ and broadcaster Annie Mac and Fight Like Apes’ May Kay. eir will stream the St James’ Church performances live to ten venues across Dingle town.
Eurosonic Noorderslag is Europe’s best new music industry festival and it takes placefrom January 11 – 14th in Groningen, Netherlands, a quiet time perfect for catching the bands ahead for the year.
2017’s first 84 bands have been announced and among them are:
Anna Meredith, Chinah, Klangstof, Weval, Albert af Ekenstam, Ekkah, Mahalia, The Amazons and Irish acts Áine Cahill, Lisa O’Neill, Picture This, Bry and Saint Sister.
Full list with country.
AdHd (is), Áine Cahill (ie), Albert af Ekenstam (se), Albin Lee Meldau (se), Anna Meredith (gb), Baloji (be), Basheskia & Edward EQ (ba), Baywaves (es), Bazart (be), Beissoul & Einius (lt), Bernays Propaganda (mk), Best Youth (pt), Birthh (it), Black Dylan (dk), Black Foxxes (gb), Blaudzun (nl), Brass Rave Unit (nl), Bry (ie), Buslav (pl), Camp Claude (fr), Carpenter Brut (fr), CHINAH (dk), Christian Löffler (de), Chui (hr), Cocaine Piss (be), Death Alley (nl), Delv!s (be), Donnerwetter (nl), EKKAH (gb), Elle Exxe (gb), Eskei83 (de), Faber (ch), Fil Bo Riva (it), First Breath After Coma (pt), First Hate (dk), Fran Palermo (hu), Jonna Fraser (nl), Gallowstreet (nl), Good Harvest (se), Gurr (de), HAUS (gb), Holy Nothing (pt), IDLES (gb), Jadu Heart (gb), JOHN GRVY (es), JP Cooper (gb), Kel Assouf (be), Klangstof (nl), Kuenta i Tambu (nl), Lisa O’Neill (ie), Lookapony (nl), Mahalia (gb), Matt Maltese (gb), Nils Bech (no), Noiserv (pt), Novo Amor (gb), Octa Push (pt), Onuka (ua), Paceshifters (nl), Palace Winter (dk), Paul Sinha (nl), Picture This (ie), Pink Oculus (nl), Rodrigo Leão (pt), Ronnie Flex (+band) (nl), Sailor & I (se), Saint Sister (ie), Seramic (gb), St. Grandson (be), Sturla Atlas (is), Swedish Death Candy (gb), The Amazons (gb), The Dubbeez (nl), The Ills (sk), The Kik (nl), The Mysterons (nl), The Wacky Blues Professors (si), Throes + The Shine (pt), Txarango (es), Vera Jonas Experiment (hu), View (fi), Weval live (nl) and WILDES (gb).
Festival tickets are on sale now from €70 for the weekend passes up to €137.50 for all dates.
Other bands already announced include Hare Squead, Palace Winter, Roosevelt, Wyvern Lingo, Ward Thomas, Bonzai and Anna Of The North.
The atmosfolk duo Saint Sister, Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty have established themselves as one of the best new Irish bands of the last year and a bit.
The pair have now released two new songs to keep us sated. ‘Tin Man’ and ‘Corpses’ are two songs recorded with Alex Ryan which are released through Communion Music’s Singles Club.
Communion have a habit of illuminating breaking folk artists and these two songs by the band, while they very much fit their harmony-folk aesthetic, there’s more atmosphere at play in the arrangements than before.
The band play Dublin’s Christchurch Cathedral on Saturday night.
BBC Radio Ulster’s Across The Line is the best radio show showcasing new Irish music from across the island. It’s a fine example of the exact thing that RTÉ is missing from its schedule – foundational support for emerging music in the Republic (shameful really). It’s currently presented by Rigsy and Stuart Bailie and I contribute to it every 4-6 weeks, as I did last Monday.
Across The Line started as The Bottom Line in September 1986 and 30 years later as Across The Line, it’s still championing Irish music and to mark the occasion, there will be a special gig on Monday September 5th at Ulster Hall, doubling as a broadcast that will feature live performances and interviews with SOAK, Therapy?, Villagers (acoustic), R51 and Saint Sister with more TBA.
The event will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Ulster from 8pm-10pm and streamed live on bbc.co.uk/radioulster
Rigsy says: “I was practically reared on ATL, with Mike Edgar introducing me to so much amazing Irish music throughout the 90s. So, it’s a real privilege to be presenting the show these days alongside Stu Bailie – and to be involved in this 30th anniversary celebration gig. As is always the case with ATL – we’ve a mix of huge success stories and exciting, box-fresh bands we’ve only recently discovered. It should make for another truly special and memorable night – which it would need to be in order to mark such a momentous milestone!”
Stuart Bailie says: “ATL and The Bottom Line have been a great source of my musical education. I remember the days of Davy Sims and Mike Edgar with fondness and it’s been an honour to have become part of that fearless story. So many excellent artists have been nurtured, supported and promoted to the wider world and the Ulster Hall gig will see some of that love being returned by the acts. I’m sure that will be reflected in the audience response also, while I’m looking forward to an ATL team reunion – a top collection of professionals, music devotees and mavericks.”
Another Love Story proved itself to be one of the best little festivals going last year courtesy of Homebeat/Happenings with its manor setting, ballroom, living room gigs, cinema, woodlands and lawn hangouts among the appeal.
It returns to Killyon Manor, Kinnegad, Co. Meath from Friday 19th August to Sunday 21st August and it’s just let loose some of its plans.
Music wise, we’re talking:
Slow Moving Clouds
Robert John Ardiff
& more tba
Another Love Story organisers Homebeat and Happenings will announce their first international act later in the summer.
DJs, more names, The Shift Shack, Talks, Walks, Yoga, Qui Gong, Theatre, Roland’s Cinema D’amour, Glitteration Station, The Cosmic Canopy, The Love Summit, The Deepest Darkest, Woods Stage, The Teenage Crush, The Library, The Parlour Room & more are also lined up and to be revealed.
with standard camping are:
Early Bird: €95 [SOLD OUT] Regular: €125 Last Throes: €140 (Late bookers & price on door for weekend, if available): €160
Atmosfolk duo Saint Sister, Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre are one of the best new Irish bands of the last year.
Through their self-titled debut EP and a series of fine performances, most recently at SXSW in Texas and The Ray D’Arcy Show on TV last weekend, they have captivated people with their harmonic harp folk music.
‘Blood Moon’ is my favourite of the Saint Sister songs so far. While the pair are in Kerry right now to record EP number two with producer and Hozier bassist Alex Ryan, they have shone extra light on the song with a new video directed and produced by Myrid Carten & Aphra Lee Hill and starring Meabh Parr & Emma White.