Popical Island may have drawn the compilation series to a close after it helped define their bockety indie-pop collective as a vital part of the Irish music landscape but they are continuing on in the best fashion, by releasing great albums from the bands that helped create the propulsion that drives the Popical name. Ginnels are one such band. Formed from the spare time and creative urges of Mark Chester, guitarist of Grand Pocket Orchestra, it is primarily a solo project.
Recent months have seen the project solidify in a live setting with other GPO members Paddy Hanna, Bobby Aherne (both also of also No Monster Club with Chester), Squarehead’s Roy Duffy and Irish drumming slut stool-sitter Ruan Van Vliet. (more…)
Mark Chester’s Ginnels project has a DOUBLE album called Crowns lined up for release on Popical Island in August. Get a blast of VHS summer vibes via the video for ‘It’s Not a Summer (Without You)’ by Chester and Bobby Aherne and sample four songs from the record below.
Here we are. The end of the sixth year of the Nialler9 poll. Thank you all once again for voting. We had about 100 or so votes that made up the results in songs, new artists, EPs and now, the big one – albums. Our ultimate winner has topped the poll before that doesn’t negate the indisputable fact that there’s plenty of superb Irish music contained within this list…
Two years ago, I ran a series of guest posts from people involved in Irish music featuring their top 5 Irish acts at that moment. This time around, I thought I’d shift the focus to international and ask a similar question – “Who are your top 5 new artists of 2011?”. Musicians, bloggers, record shop owners, journalists, bookers and radio presenters will all be answering that question.
Last year Squarehead triumphed in the Nialler9 Irish song of the year reader poll, this year they released their excellent Yeah Nothing debut album. Then, they released two of the best Irish songs of the year in collaboration with Patrick Kelleher. They play Richer Collective’s Xmas bash on December 16th. Here are the Roy, Ruan and Ian’s five essential new artists of 2011: