‘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”…

Let it wash over you.

Stephen James Smith is among the performers at Young Blood: The Beats and Voices of Our Generation which will also feature Rusangano Family, Emmet Kirwan, Hare Squead and more.


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)

Posted on February 15th, 2017


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Knockanstockan Festival happens this weekend in Blessington Lakes and here are four bands and one DJ to check out per day.



Friday, The Burrow, 9pm


Aoife McCann and Ellie McMahon met while studying music at BIMM. Their debut track ‘ I Can Feel It In My Bones’ takes influences from the energetic pop of tUnE-YarDs, African harmonies and jazz singer Anita O’Day. Live, they are a bright and bubbly melodic pop outfit.



Friday, The Burrow, 8pm

A newly formed band they may be, but BARQ are seasoned musicians having played with Hozier, Kodaline, Monster Monster, Damien Dempsey, Loah, Lethal Dialect, Ryan Sheridan and Zaska in the past. BARQ takes its cues from a love of soul, R&B and Radiohead. Debut track Gentle Kind Of Lies introduces their “Agrosoul” and rides a neo-soul groove with a fierce attitude and a touch of class.


Toby Kaar

Friday, Dimestore, 2am


Five years on from the first time I caught a Toby Kaar live set and he remains one of the most engaging electronic performers in the country. This year, he finally released a debut EP and the tracks on it give a flavour of what to expect from his live set: emotive cut-up Hud Mo-style electronic (‘SnapDragon’), Madlib-style beats (‘Fowl’) and hyperactive dayglo productions (‘Like Sapphire’).


Ye Vagabonds

Friday, Animal Barn, 11pm

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Carlow brothers Diarmuid and Brían make Traditionally-rooted folk music with harmonies, fiddle and guitar. They’ve recently toured Europe with Glen Hansard and supported Villagers. The pair are currently recording their debut album so this is will make for a nice restorative break for both audience and band alike.

DJ set

Sally Cinnamon & Donal Dineen

Friday, Caravan Club, Midnight

Two of the best in the business going back to back. Swell.

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Posted on July 21st, 2016



Body&Soul have announced the lineup for the Wonderlust Stage, in the walled garden in Ballinlough Castle, Co. Meath (There aren’t many tickets left for the festival by the way)

By day, there will be talks (with Goldie MBE), performances, stories and idea and by night, music takes hold.

Music expected?

Friday night, in association with Turning Pirate, presents Anderson, Ye Vagabonds, Old Hannah and Interskalactic. Other highlights including David Lyttle Jazz Trio, Altered Hours, Silences, The Great Balloon Race, Buffalo Woman, Anna B Savage, Evertides and Mongoose, along with DJ sets from Donal Dineen, Sally Cinnamon, Glammo and Cork’s Sunday Times crew.

By Day:

Experiences, stories, exchanges and performances that feature the people, ideas and current happenings that are animating culture and society right now.

Expect participation from people and collectives that are upgrading the system and changing the way change happens. We are delighted to host Legendary Drum ‘n’ Bass DJ & Street-Art Pioneer, Goldie MBE in a special conversation with Una Mullally titled How Creativity Saved my Life. We have also commissioned DJ MEK to mix a rebellion inspired set, which adds to the revolutionary themes that runs throughout the Wonderlust weekend.

Other Highlights include: Revolution 101 – a toolkit for change with Senator Lynn Ruane, Mairead Healy & Grace Dyas (THEATREClub) (This conversation will be hosted by Kathy Sheridan and recorded for The Irish Times Women’s Podcast), Extraordinary Everyday Feminism with Margaretta D’Arcy, Lian Bell and Róise Goan, Cumann Rhyme with Me with Vickey Curtis, Una Mullally & guests, Power As Medicine with Ruairí McKiernan, Ruth Meehan, Emmet Kirwan, & Noeline Kavanagh, Slow Series with Aoife McElwain, Lisa O’Neill and Mari Kennedy and Thrive School with Clare Mulvany and Emmet Condon. Saturday and Sunday will also start with live immersive experiences brought to you by House of Yoga and The Yoga Salon.

Posted on May 27th, 2016


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Turning Pirate’s annual New Year’s Eve shindig is back in Vicar Street on December 31st and this year’s edition features:

Lisa Hannigan, Booka Brass Band, Niamh Farrell (Ham Sandwich), Ye Vagabonds, TooFools, Adam Matthews (Late Fragments) , Joe Hearns, Michael Hopkins (Planet Parade), Old Hannah, The Young Folk AND MC Karl Spain among with special guests promised.

Tickets TBC on sale at 9am on Monday 30th of November from Ticketmaster.

Facebook event.


Posted on November 27th, 2015


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Turning Pirate’s Mix Tape Party happens every year in Vicar Street on New Year’s Eve in a all-in-one show featuring a large lineup of local talent playing together in celebratory style.

This year’s lineup has been revealed and includes:

Lisa Hannigan, Booka Brass Band, Richie Egan, Declan O’Rourke, The Young Folk, Camille O’sullivan, Ye Vagabonds, Interskalactic,Gavin Glass, The Lost Brothers, Stephen James and Adam Matthews.

Tickets are €35 plus fee go on sale Monday 24th November available from ticketmaster.ie & usual outlets nationwide.

Posted on November 21st, 2014

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