Let it be known that development that is worthwhile and sustainable doesn’t happen overnight. The 10,000-hour idea is one that holds true for creativity in many ways. Most artists work hard at their craft and get to where they are by putting an indeterminable amount of hours in, drawing from their life experiences and regrouping…. Read more »

Posted on April 20th, 2016

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The Japanese folk musician Shugo Tokumaru has been a long-time favourite around these parts. Tokumaru was one of the first independent artists from far away I discovered via music blogs 10 years ago and I’ve kept tabs on him since. Tokumaru’s style is bright and pleasing, quirky and almost cartoony, exuberant and despite the language… Read more »

Posted on April 18th, 2016

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With the forthcoming release of Let The Bad in and a productive and eventful SXSW Festival behind him, Ciaran Lavery has revealed the second single from the album due on May 27th. ‘Okkervil River’ adds a fresh perspective to Lavery’s craft, moving from ambient folk pop with digital beats to brass-lead crescendo swirling around his… Read more »

Posted on April 13th, 2016

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The talented Cavan singer-songwriter Lisa O’Neill has made a welcome return with news of her third album, and followup to the 2013 Same Cloth Or Not album. ‘Pothole In The Sky’, the title track is a pleasing reintroduction to her storytelling sound. “On my way to heaven, I hit a pothole in the sky,” she… Read more »

Posted on March 16th, 2016

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Pine The Pilcrow are a new band I was only vaguely aware of until Ruby Sessions’ Conor Donovan recommended them as one of his favourite acts at the weekly night in my Irish Times How Music Works column. Kevin Murray on piano, Robert Campbell on cello and Hannah Ryan on fiddle have been together less… Read more »

Posted on March 15th, 2016

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Armagh singer-songwriter Conchúr White and his band Silences have been writing songs of growing stature with each new release like last year’s ‘The Sea’ and ‘Sister Snow’. ‘There’s A Wolf’, from the band’s third EP Luna, marks a leap once again. Produced by Declan Legge and Tommy McLaughlin, ‘There’s A Wolf’, going from a hushed… Read more »

Posted on March 14th, 2016

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Harry Bookless and Aaron Page, known as Carriages, were a regular fixture on Dublin music lineup in 2014 and early 2015, since they debuted with their wonderful single ‘Roots’, a folk and electronic mix using field recordings in its process. Today, I’m pleased to introduce you to ‘Like A Child’, the newest song released by… Read more »

Posted on March 8th, 2016

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