Daithí’s new EP Holiday Home features 5 tracks of electronic pop constructed with elements drawn from the real world. Recorded sounds of the west of Ireland, the songs of motion and colour were made in the far flung parts of the country. Hooking up with Sinead White on two tracks and Elaine Mai on another, Holiday Home makes a case for a rural Irish dance pop that stands tall on the world stage. Uundeniably Irish, but modern at the same time,” as Daithí puts it, via the track-by-track below.

Daithi:

At the start of 2016 I bought a field recorder and started recording the sounds of the west of Ireland in an attempt to build a library of samples completely unique to me. I started renting out houses along the coast for weeks at a time, bringing a make-shift studio with me to islands like Achill and Valentia. Once I had some music together, I brought some of my favourite vocalists out to the west, away from the pressure of the normal recording studio environment. The result is Holiday Home, a 5 track EP built completely in the west, using sounds from the west. Every sample has a backstory, every sound has meaning.

Falling For You

Falling For You was one of the first tracks I wrote using my own natural samples. The sea sound is from Inch beach in Cork, the bell sounds are cut up samples from a wind chime I found in an Airbnb in Achill. Sinead recorded these vocals on Valentia with me, and I think it’s my favourite vocal I’ve ever worked on. It’s so undeniably Irish, but feels modern at the same time, which is kind of my buzz.

Aeroplane

Sinead and I wrote this song inspired by old Irish TV dramas from the 80s and 90s. True to the people of Ireland at the time, the characters in these shows all seem to have a hard time expressing their feelings, and we wanted to write a song that imagined what was going on in their heads, while they stumbled through talking to their love interest.

Holiday Home

I do a lot of driving late at night after playing shows, and driving home to Co. Clare feels very solitary. There’s something interesting about playing to a room full of people, and then suddenly being completely alone in the middle of nowhere, with only your thoughts and some tunes to keep you company. This track is inspired by that feeling. The main rhythm is a recording of an 11 year old bodhran player who won the all Ireland feadh in the 90s.

Coral

I have been playing versions of the Coral Sean Nos vocal sample in my live show for years now, but was never happy with how it sounded with normal modern dance samples. All of the bell sounds in this track come from a steel lamp that has been in my studios since I started writing music, so it seemed fitting to use it in this track.

Wrap Up Tight

Elaine and I have written music together for years now, she’s one of my all time favourite people. We wrote the song about the Irish way of dealing with something upsetting; Joking about it, hiding our feelings, and avoiding the confrontation. A friend of ours had a brother who was leaving for a tour abroad in the army, and that featured heavily as part of the inspiration. The song was written in Valentia, and at the start you can hear an old recording of whale song I found, recorded off the coast of the island.

Posted on April 28th, 2017

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Galway electronic pop producer Daithí teamed up twice last year with Sinead White on ‘Love’s On Top’ and ‘April’.

It proved a fruitful partnership so the pair are at it again on the lead song from Daithí’s forthcoming EP Holiday Home, due in March.

Holiday Home came about when Daithí bought a field recorded and began recording the sounds of the west of Ireland in an attempt to build a unique library of sounds.

I started renting out houses along the coast for weeks at a time, bringing a make-shift studio with me to islands like Achill and Valentia. Once I had some music together, I brought some of my favourite vocalists out to the west, away from the pressure of the normal recording studio environment. The result is Holiday Home, a five- track EP built completely in the west, using sounds from the west.”

‘Falling For You’, his collaboration with White, uses sea sounds from Inch beach in Cork and bell sounds from a wind chime I found in an Air Bnb in Achill. White recorded the vocals on Valentia Island.

“I think it’s my favourite vocal I’ve ever worked on. It’s so undeniably Irish, but feels modern at the same time, which is kind of my buzz.”

Watch the video, also suitably set in the West of Ireland by Feel Good Lost.

Holiday Home Tracklist

  1. Falling For You (feat. Sinead White)
  2. Aeroplane (feat. Sinead White)
  3. Holiday Home
  4. Coral
  5. Wrap Up Tight (feat. Elaine Mai)

Tour Dates

Thursday 8th December – Brubakers, Dundalk
Friday 23rd December – Opium Rooms, Dublin
Tuesday 27th December – Cyprus Avenue, Cork
Sat 31st December – Róisín Dubh, Galway

Posted on November 2nd, 2016

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After Absolut’s reveal of their DJ-lead stage on Friday, The lineup for Body&Soul’s Bulmers Lounge at the festival has been announced.

Playing within the walled gardens in the orchard of Ballinlough Castle are:

White Mice (Sinead White), Stomptown Brass, The Bonny Men, Tracy Bruen, My Fellow Sponges, Tongue Bundle, Laurie Shaw, Rue, Landless, The Shaker Hymn, Steven Sharpe, Steve Bennett, Vernon Jane, ZASKA and After the Ibis.

There will be theatre and performance too from:

Lords of Strut, Tracy Ryan’s critically acclaimed production of Trainspotting, Sandrine Dunlop and Edelle Nolan perform There Is No Problem, Only Solution, The Curse of the Button Accordion, Breda Larkin’s Breda’s Way, and Comedy Shenanigans.

Poetry wise there is also:

Poets of the Revolution, an idea conceived by Sean Dennehy, the one hour show examines the part played by poets and artists in the 1916 Rising.

Flash Poetry, relocating from their home in the Doghouse Blues Tearooms in Howth , is a monthly slam poetry night which will bring some of the best up and coming talent to The Bulmers Lounge .

Spoken word performances from The Tullamore Rhymers Club, Mac Piarais i bPictiúir – Pearse in Pictures and OutStraight.

Posted on May 16th, 2016

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Women of Notes/Mná na Notaí is a new photo and narrative series celebrating Irish female musicians launching on Saturday 5th March at Thirty Four Lennox Street in Dublin, to coincide with International Women’s Day 2016.

The year-long series, a collaboration between photographer Ruth Medjber and pop culture journalist Louise Bruton, will feature the likes of Mary Black, Lisa Hannigan, MayKay Fight Like Apes, SOAK, Heathers, sisters Loah and Feather, Sorcha Sleep Thieves, Saint Sister, Joni and Sinead White among others.

As explained by the pair, “each portrait is a creative expression of the artist’s personal style and individuality, meaning that every image featured in the exhibition has a different aesthetic. Their stories will be displayed alongside each portrait and detail their individual journeys, anecdotes and thoughts about the industry.”

Medjber says:

“We want people who come to Woman of Notes/ Mna ná Notaí to recognise that women working in the music industry are some of the most hard-working and creative people in Ireland. There is an ongoing dialogue about the absence of females in the creative arts: from female voices on air to festival line-up announcements and radio playlists. There is a noticeable absence of female musicians being celebrated at a professional level and we want to showcase the phenomenal women in the creative industries in Ireland.”

The series promises to feature radio presenters, DJs, promoters and women in behind the scenes roles, culminating in a large gallery exhibition in March 2017, which Ruth and Louise hope to tour Ireland and beyond.

Here are a few sneak peeks:

Posted on February 22nd, 2016

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I first heard ‘Love On Top’ at Daithí’s incendiary Body&Soul Electric Picnic set last year. At that time, Dublin singer-songwriter Sinead White was known for a pleasant debut album of bright songs.

Paired with Daithí’s electronic pop sensibilities though, White’s voice became a powerhouse on that day, in a dance music context. I’m delighted that the recorded version of that track is finally here.

“I came across Sinead White last year, and really loved how her voice had a unique ‘Irish’ quality to it, but at the same time felt very contemporary. It was a perfect match for Love’s on Top, which was a track inspired by Galway City at night, especially the west end and around the Spanish Arch. This track could be considered the lead single to the Tribes E.P, and it’s a good snapshot of what the rest of the record is like”.

“The first single, Mary Keanes Introduction, was a real game changer for me, because it was the first track I released inspired by a new direction. I want to write dance music that’s not just inspired by traditional music, but by the culture, the scenery and atmosphere of the west of Ireland. Tribes is the start of me going in that direction, it’s full of nature sounds and samples from this part of the country. Even for that simple reason, this EP means way more to me than anything I’ve released so far. ”

The song is taken from the Tribes EP which is out on February 26th and also features the Choice Music Prize Song of the Year nominee ‘Mary Keane’s Introduction’. The release is available digitally and on 12″ vinyl (pre-order that)

Daithí tour dates

Feb 19th: Generator Hostel, Dublin – Free
Feb 24th: HMV Sound Garden, Sligo
Feb 26th: Roisin Dubh, Galway (Tribes launch)
March 16th: Connolly’s of Leap, Cork
March 19th: Cyprus Avenue, Cork

Posted on February 11th, 2016

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A rising talent on the Irish music scene, Kildare singer-songwriter Sinéad White will release her debut Finally on May 30th.

Her melodic bright style is in full effect on the eminently pleasing ‘Better’, the first song from it, about giving yourself a chance in relationships. The simple guitar picked song is adorned with the lightest of keys and percussion, leave White’s lungs the big focus of the song.

For the album launch, Abner Brown’s presents Sinéad White at The Sugar Club on May 30th with support from Stomptown Brass.Tickets priced €13.50+ fees from thesugarclub.com

Posted on April 24th, 2015

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I’ve been out of Ireland for the last six years on Paddy’s Day at SXSW in Texas, but that hasn’t stopped me seeing the chaos and drink-fuelled behaviour that was captured on social media and beamed around the world.

This year, I’m home and I want to do something during Paddy’s Day that is the opposite and alternative of that experience but that also has music and Irish creativity and culture at its heart. That’s where Happenings come in.

They put on Paddy’s Day Unlocked in the Milk Market in Limerick last year which 6000 people passed through and this year, they’re putting a Paddy’s Day Unlocked on in both Limerick and Dublin. The idea is simple – an alcohol-free event on one of the booziest days of the year. Happenings will be setting up show in town in Meeting House Square on the afternoon of Paddy’s Day, March 17th, after the parade and will be hosting music, comedy, food, dance, crafts, spoken word, walk-about entertainment for the kids and more in a family-friendly environment that will celebrate all of the great things we do have to offer as a country to the world. It’s not an anti-booze event, booze is just not the focus.

Happenings asked me to curate the music lineup and I’m delighted to tell you that we’ll have:

Ensemble Ériu – The contemporary trad stylings of seven-piece band 

Jinx Lennon – Dundalk punk poet and noisemaker 

Sinéad White – Kildare kazoo-slinging singer-songwriter

Hare Squead – Tallaght three-piece making moves in hip-hop, pop and soul.

Tonnta – Contemporary vocal performers

Food by The Happy Pear.

Talks by Tony Bates, Founding Director of Headstrong – The National Centre for Youth Mental Health

+ more to be announced.

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Families with children are welcome. Under 12s go free, It’s a €5 for everyone else.

Paddy’s Day Unlocked is  an opportunity to redefine what it means to be Irish. It’s a direct challenge to our drinking culture in Ireland. It’s a chance to distance ourselves from the national vice and out of our stupor; to unlock Ireland’s potential by showcasing the best of our culture.

Posted on February 17th, 2015

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