Ronan Casey has a great story about Meatloaf playing a tour of rural Ireland when he was down on his luck in the late ’80s. All the gigs were stuffed and over-capacity such was the local excitement of having a major star in the town to perform. One gig in Moate in Westmeath was particularly… Read more »

Posted on January 19th, 2017

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After December’s Dingle festival and Austin Texas visit in October, Other Voices’ new series on RTÉ will feature a lot of music. They also shot the band performances at Electric Picnic so that looks set to be the most music they’ve ever had. Included will be performances from Willie Nelson, Gregory Porter, Rusangano Family, Imelda… Read more »

Posted on January 18th, 2017

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William Onyeabor, the inspirational Nigerian musician has passed away at the age of 70. The musician whose music had been popularised by releases on David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label, passed away on Monday according to his son. Onyeabor leaves a unique legacy of a musician who in the ’70s and ’80s made synthesizer-lead psychedelic pop… Read more »

Posted on January 18th, 2017

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Stereolab vocalist Laetitia Sadier returns for a show with her Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble band to the Grand Social on Thursday April 6th. A Belfast date is also on the cards on 7th of April at the Black Box. The four-piece band trade in synths, kraut-pop and guitars anchored by that trademark French indie voice. An album Find… Read more »

Posted on January 18th, 2017

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Reports based on on-air remark by Michael Eavis suggested that Glastonbury was to change its name to the The Variety Bazaar in 2019. That’s not true (I think). Glastonbury will remain Glastonbury and remain at Worthy Farm after a fallow year break in 2018 but the organisers are thinking about having another event called The… Read more »

Posted on January 17th, 2017

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  Win Free entry to: Friday Jan 20: Paula Temple, Rebekah, Cailin @ District 8 (€15, 11pm) Saturday Jan 21: Lumo Club #16 @ Tengu (€5, 10pm) To enter: Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number (for late contact) in the body of the… Read more »

Posted on January 17th, 2017

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The city and county’s gig scene begin to swing back to life following the post-holiday lull. Quarter Block Party, the first festival of the year, is just ahead and things are warming up nicely. TUESDAY 17TH JANUARY: Jack O’Rourke @ Wallis’ Bar, Midleton (8pm, €12) Night one of a two-night residency in Midleton for the… Read more »

Posted on January 16th, 2017

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The Song Exploder podcast is one of the best music podcasts out there. The simple idea asks musicians to break down how they made, created and constructed one of their most well-known songs. Recent episodes include DJ Shadow’s ‘Mutual Slump’, Angel Olsen’s ‘Shut Up Kiss Me’, Jóhann Jóhannson’s ‘Arrival score’ and James Vincent McMorrow’s ‘Get… Read more »

Posted on January 16th, 2017

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