After their debut tribute band to American punk-leaning ’80s rock band The Replacements sold out last year, Seen Your Video a band featuring Peter Toomey (The Immediate), James Vincent McMorrow, Conor O’Brien (Villagers), Danny Snow (Villagers), Thomas McLaughlin (SOAK) and James Byrne (SOAK) will do it all again for Womens Aid.
A Co-Present Christmas is a compilation of Christmas songs put together by Dwayne Woods who hosts the Irish music radio show The Co-Present on Dublin Digital Radio.
The 15-track compilation will donate all proceeds to Pieta House , and features songs from Villagers (White Christmas), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Have Yourself A Merry Christmas), Ailbhe Reddy (Stay Another Day), Jack O’Rourke & Graham White (The Power Of Love), Columbia Mills (Blue Christmas), Marlene Enright (Auld LAng Synge) and I Have A Tribe doing his own Christmas song.
The compilation is available on Bandcamp for purchase and CDs will be available from December 8th at Tower Dublin (Dublin), Classified Records (Dundalk), Steamboat Records (Limerick), Plugd (Cork), OMG at Zhivago (Galway) and Record Room (Sligo).
A live launch is happening on Saturday December 9th at Drop Dead Twice, Francis Street, Dublin 8 where we will sell physical copies of the album and see performances from contributing artists, Session Motts, Junior Brother, Columbia Mills, I Have A Tribe, Tanjier and more. Tickets for the live event cost €10.00 and are available from Dice Ireland via the event page.
A Co-Present Christmas Tracklisting:
Hvmmingbyrd – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Villagers – White Christmas
Montauk Hotel – 2000 Miles
Elephant – River
Session Motts – Oh No It’s Xmas!
Jack O’Rourke ft: Graham White – The Power Of Love
Maria Doyle Kennedy – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Cloud Castle Lake – Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire
Lemoncello – Walking In The Air
I Have A Tribe – I Have A Tribe Christmas Song
Ailbhe Reddy – Stay Another Day
Tanjier – Merry Christmas Everybody
Columbia Mills – Blue Christmas
Junior Brother – Oh Holy Night Marlene Enright – Auld Lang Syne
“Christmas is a time of year when friends and family come together and enjoy each others company. Unfortunately, for some, it is a time of remembrance for those we have lost and for others a time of loneliness and sadness. We at Pieta House are trying every day to break the cycle of suicide and self-harm and to comfort those who have lost a loved one.
This album, from the first note to the last chorus, signifies a great hope. Pieta House strives for an Ireland where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance. Finally to everyone involved with the album we extend our gratitude, that you have given your time and energy to help those who need our services and to know that you are changing lives.” Pieta House.
This project is sponsored by Herbert Place Studios and Yangaroo Music Ireland and Atlas Language School. All media inquiries to Dwayne Woods : [email protected]
Loose Joints is a podcast where we talk to a guest and play music they like new and old. True to the name, the podcast features a loose collection of tunes, tied together by very little logic, just like our chats. Nialler9 and Sally Cinnamon are your hosts.
Another Love Story is the perfect gathering. A festival in a manor house in Meath where the audience was as integral to the vibe as the music and happenings. Lovingly organised with thoughtful programming (it finishes at 6.30 on a Sunday so it feels different to others) with attention to details down to the aesthetic of the bins.
Part of its intimacy extends to the library and front room where talks and performances happen and a sprinkle of spontaneity hangs in the air. Donal Lunny might show up and lead a folk club, your mate might start being a literal windowlicker when you’re recording a podcast as what happened when Loose Joints did a live recording of the pod with guests Conor O’Brien (Villagers) and Richie Egan (Jape).
Giddy tunes, Skin flutes, cowboy trousers, artists who are doses or not, dubstep remixes, being overshadowed by your duet collaborator, how to have a casual conversation with Bjork and outlier electronica are just some of the things we covered in our hour. Special thanks to Siobhan Kane for having us down in the Library and to the Another Love Story audience in the room and beyond.
A song that makes you feel giddy Ponyo Theme Song (Richie) Paul Simon – Wristband (Conor) New music picks Aldous Harding – Imagining My Man? (Sally) Alex Cameron & Angel Olsen – Stranger’s Kiss (Niall) Burnt Out – Dear James (Conor) Lanark Arterfax – Touch Absence (Richie) A song from your favourite festival experience Dungen – Festival (Richie) A post festival comedown song or album Águas de Março by Antonio Carlos Jobim sung by Elis Regina (Conor) A song from your favourite festival experience Solange – Cranes In The Sky (Conor) A song you wish you’d written Bjork – History of Touches (Richie) New music picks Moon King – In & Out (Sally) Wah Wah Wino – Paco’s Ode (Niall) Johanna Warren – Figure 8 (Conor) Lutto Lento – Gyal A Devil (Richie) A post festival comedown song or album William Basinski – Disintegration Loops 1 (Richie) A song you wish you’d written Big Star – Thirteen (Conor) Kendal Johannson – Blue Moon (Niall)
Longitude just added 22 acts to its bill along with the lineup for the Red Bull Woodlands stage.
Added for Marlay Park from July 14-16 are:
The Head and the Heart
RED BULL WOODLANDS STAGE
Brame & Hamo
Boots & Kats
Mix & Fairbanks
Fulton & Gold
Already announced for this years festival are:
The Weeknd, Mumford & Sons and Stormzy alongside Skepta, Picture This, Young Thug, Gucci Mane, Jack Garratt,Catfish & The Bottlemen, G-Eazy, Leon Bridges, Kaytranada, Glass Animals, The Martinez Brothers, Earl Sweatshirt, Mac Miller, Wiley, Kaleo, Dua Lipa, JP Cooper, Mick Jenkins, Milky Chance, Tom Misch (Live), Loyle Carner, Dave, Ray BLK, Raye, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit, The Very Best, Dermot Kennedy, Jorja Smith, Baaba Maal, Lucy Rose, Sunflower Bean,Rex Orange County, Palace, Youngr, Sigrid, Aine Cahill, HVOB & Winston Marshall, Gill Landry, Karen Elson, Bitch Falcon and Wild Youth.
TICKET INFORMATION Weekend tickets €189.50 / Two Day Tickets: €129.50 / Day tickets €69.50 All ticket prices are inclusive of booking fee. Subject to licence
Donal Dineen and Myles O’Reilly’s This Ain’t No Disco online TV show recently travelled to New York with Villagers’ Conor O’Brien with the help of St. Patrick’s Festival.
There, they met up with composer Nico Muhly and recorded a collaboration between then. The result is the beautiful new song ‘Fortunate Child’, which was released today. The accompanying video was shot by Dineen while in New York.
Today, the volunteers and homeless who were occupying Apollo House vacated the premises to honour the court order to get them to vacate but not without strong words for the state.
In a statement, Home Sweet Home said:
“It is regrettable that in recent days the state has failed to take this opportunity to publicly support this effort to address a national emergency, instead seeking to deny clear commitments made and to use law to effectively force some people back into unsuitable accommodation for their needs.”
“Accordingly Home Sweet Home as a public campaign will house those currently in Apollo House elsewhere until Minister Coveney and the support services deliver what they committed to last Friday 6 January 2017 – the short and long term needs of residents being met according to their needs.”
Conor O’Brien, the singer-songwriter who eloquently operates under Villagersis the latest artist who has written a new song in tribute to the Home Sweet Home Campaign, which will continue to be “a permanent intervention in the nation’s housing policy and discussion.”
As Conor sings “you can’t quench the flame of Apollo House.”
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.”
The programme for the Kilkenny Arts Festival to take place from 5th to 14th of August this year has been announced.
The 43rd edition will include a celebration of Mozart across 15 concerts, The Marble City Sessions (St. Canice’s Cathedral, Sunday 14 August) – hosted and co-curated by Martin Hayes, writer Paul Muldoon and actor Stephen Rea but of interest to Nialler9 readers are shows from Villagers (Sunday August 7th @ Set Theatre ), Icelandic electro-pop band FM Belfast (Saturday 6 August @ Set Theatre), folk band The Unthanks (Saturday August 13 @ Set Theatre) and Sam Lee (Friday 5 August @ Set Theatre) among them.
Congrats are due to Villagers‘ Conor O’Brien who was given an Ivor Novello songwriting award today for the pretiguous Album Award for his Darling Arithmetic release last year.
Conor previously won a Novello for Best Song Musically and Lyrically’ in 2011 for ‘Becoming A Jackal’.
Other winners include Snakehips for ‘All My Friends’ for Best Contemporary Song, David Holmes for Best Television Soundtrack for his work on London Spy soundtrack, Lifetime Achievement went to Damon Albarn and Portishead were awarded the PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music.
Conor is working on the followup, to be his fourth album but there are plenty of live dates ahead this year.
Villagers live dates
Thurs 26-Sat 28th May – Freak Valley Festival, Siegen, Germany Fri 1st July – Vida Festival, Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain Fri 1st-Sun 3rd July – Castlepalooza, Laois, Ireland Thurs 14th July – Super Bock Super Rock, Lisbon Sat 16th July – Colours of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic Tues 19th July – Festival Big Top, Galway Sat 23rd July – Le Poisson Rouge, New York Sun 24th July – Newport Folk Festival, Newport, RI Fri 26th August – Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, Swanage
Other Voices have confirmed their first lineup for their stage at Electric Picnic at Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois from 2nd – 4th September. They include Le Galaxie, Karl Blau, Saint Sister, Julia Jacklin, Margaret Glaspy, Jalen N’Gonda and Dr. Dog.
Music Network have confirmed a lineup of acts for Body & Soul Festival’s Woodlands Stage. The lineup will focus on contemporary, improv and classical and feature Séamus Begley with Catriona McKay and Chris Stout, OKO, Christine Tobin, Bangers and Crash percussion trio, The Carducci Quartet; Máirtín O’Connor, fiddle player Zoë Conway and guitar and bouzouki player Donal Lunny.
Norwegian indie-pop band HighAsAKite play Whelan’s in Dublin on May 22nd.