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Rarely a month goes by in which I don’t receive some Northern Irish music gem from BBC NI Across The Line’s keen team. I contribute to the show once a month and last night, new co-presenter Stuart Bailie really pulled something out of nowhere with this track. ‘Goji Berry Sunset’ is a track from a young Portadown singer-songwriter… Read more »

Posted on April 14th, 2015

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The Armagh band Silences were a recent pick at last year’s Hard Working Class Heroes festival. Their lilting folk song ‘Sister Snow’ was my way in. Conchúr White, Christopher Harbinson, Breándan White, Jonathan Downing and Michael Keyes are back with a new song and they are gearing up for two shows at The Great Escape… Read more »

Posted on April 8th, 2015

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Ciaran Lavery & Ryan Vail’s joint EP as Sea Legs on new NI label Quiet Arch takes field recordings from the Donegal coast and weaves them into a tapestry of meditative folk and electronic tracks. The pair have given us a listen to the lovely ‘The Colour Blue’. Here’s ‘Nick Cave’s Band’ from the short… Read more »

Posted on April 2nd, 2015

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The Sufjan Stevens that affected me the most was the one that revelled in the quiet, who kept things simple. Illinoise and The Age Of Adz are great records, sonically rich and ambitious. His stature grew, literally onstage with wings on a recent tour, where layers of sound were built up in impressive displays of… Read more »

Posted on March 27th, 2015

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Last night, a select Dublin audience got a full headphones listen to Sufjan’s new album Carrie & Lowell (March 27th), an album that addresses his mother’s death and which pats down his sonics to the folk-style of his earlier work. ‘Should Have Known Better’ stays true to that contemplative style as heard on ‘No Shade… Read more »

Posted on March 11th, 2015

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Last year, Villagers released ‘Occupy Your Mind’, a song which addressed the Russian laws against anyone who just happened to be homosexual. ‘Hot Scary Summer’, the second song from Darling Arithmetic, after ‘Courage’, features homophobes but it’s framed in the personal rather than the global. The song detailing a breakup between two people, juxtaposes sweet… Read more »

Posted on March 10th, 2015

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Stefano Schiavocampo and Massimiliano Galli are two Italian lads who are based in Dublin who, like Buffalo Woman, are part of the creative types that work in The Fumbally Café. Their band SignA, decribed as a “minimal-folk” project has previously released an EP, a debut album, toured European cities and played some shows at Electric… Read more »

Posted on March 9th, 2015

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Quet Arch is a new label from the people behind Champion Sound Recordings for non-electronic releases and the first propler release on the label is an intriguing one as it pairs two of Northern Ireland’s brightest talents together for a seven track release under the name Sea Legs. The Derry producer and singer Ryan Vail… Read more »

Posted on March 2nd, 2015

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If the title gives us a clue about anything about the music of Inni-K beyond specifics, it’s that Eithne Ní Chatháin’s debut album is rooted in the traditional and the mythic. The name, which informs the lyrics of the title track on the record, comes from an Irish legend and it feels fitting because the… Read more »

Posted on February 27th, 2015

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