Little Green Cars 2016

One of the supreme attractions to the music of Little Green Cars is the powerhouse voice of Faye O’Rourke. On the band’s debut album on songs ‘My Love Took Me Down to the River to Silence Me’, ‘The Kitchen Floor’ and ‘Please’ O’Rourke brought a strong feminine vocal and a dramatic urgency to those songs… Read more »

Posted on February 9th, 2016

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Last year, in April, ‘Goji Berry Sunset’, a song from a seven-track EP called Capricorn, from Armagh singer-songwriter Naomi Hamilton aka Jealous Of The Birds turned heads. Less than a year later, Hamilton’s lo-fi acoustic whistling Moldy Peaches-style tune has been given a polish for her debut album Parma Violets in April, the only track… Read more »

Posted on February 3rd, 2016

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For a young artist in his twenties, Dubliner Cian Nugent is inspired by music of another age. His debut album Doubles was a favourite around here, featuring elongated John Fahey (revered American guitar bluesman) style songs. Since then, Nugent as released on on small but respected independent American labels like Matador and No Quarter. Musically… Read more »

Posted on January 27th, 2016

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Rosa Nutty’s ‘Fine Print’ and her accompanying EP established the Dublin singer-songwriter as one to watch. Now, the track has a video made by Sean Clarke. Nutty is currently working out with a new live band and has a gig lined up on February 5th in the Bello Bar. Bunny by Rosa Nutty

Posted on December 17th, 2015

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Myles Manley released a mini-album this year featuring a firm favourite ‘Pay Me What I’m Worth’ (a good creed for any musician). The mini LP, More Songs, ends with ‘Slip into the Sea’, a slow-moving cosy song. For the video, experimental filmmaker Michael Higgins took to Sligo and filmed it on a friend’s farm with… Read more »

Posted on November 26th, 2015

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Eoin Dolan is a Galway city singer-songwriter who aptly quietly released his debut EP Placid Ocean in September last year. The 12-minute EP came to my attention after the it appeareed in a single Youtube video by David Boland of the band New Pope. Inspired by surf pop and the seaside, the free EP has… Read more »

Posted on November 19th, 2015

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Dundalk man Shane Clarke has been making a reputation for himself with his gentle falsetto-laden singer-songwriter music under the name Elephant, particularly live where he’s accompanied by a friend on keys. His debut album though, largely chucks out that stripped-back tag. From the Bon Iver-esque ’80s light-synth-channeling opener of 14 Crows to the the triumphant folk… Read more »

Posted on October 29th, 2015

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Watch: Dublin trad band Lynched on Jools Holland last night

TV still has the capacity to surprise musically as it showed famously last year with Future Islands on Letterman. Dublin trad band Lynched aren’t in that category but in their own small way a live appearance for the Planxty-style band was a monumental leap. Little known at home, the “folk miscreants” featured on Later With… Read more »

Posted on October 14th, 2015

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One of the hits of last weekend’s Hard Working Class Heroes festival, Gemma Doherty and Morgan MacIntyre, have an EP coming on November 13th on Trout Records. They’ve impressed live and with the EP’s first track ‘Madrid’. Today we have ‘Blood Moon’, a song which closed their HWCH set impressively with its hook-filled harmonics and… Read more »

Posted on October 12th, 2015

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