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Mark Chester and friends' fourth album under Ginnels in under four years

Since releasing his first album under the name Ginnels, Mark Chester, who is also in Grand Pocket Orchestra and No Monster Club lest we forget, hasn’t really let up too. Ginnels have become more than a solo endeavour with Paddy Hanna and Bobby Aherne joining permanently and Squarehead’s Roy Duffy and Ruan Van Vliet playing… Read more »

Posted on March 31st, 2014

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The Grand Pocket Orchestra singer tones down the cacophony on his solo album.

As noted previously, Paddy Hanna is the lead singer of Grand Pocket Orchestra, perhaps the defining “bockety-pop” band in the Popical Island label roster. Hanna’s vocal for GPO have tended to sound akin to a hyperactive child dispensing words excitedly and rapidly. That bright outcome has its charms but for his solo material on the… Read more »

Posted on January 9th, 2014

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The Grand Pocket Orchestra singer is going solo.

Paddy Hanna has been the lead singer in Grand Pocket Orchestra since their inception (dun dun DUN) in 2008. While that lineup’s indie pop charm has wizened somewhat as the band progressed into the more assured sound of last album Ronald & Sylma, Hanna’s eccentric yelp has basically remained steadfast throughout. As he says himself:… Read more »

Posted on August 14th, 2013

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Popical Island’s The Community Games compilation, which you may have heard a sampler of already and features 4 EPs from 4 bands associated with the label is now streaming in full ahead of Saturday’s gig in Whelan’s. Cave Ghosts, Ginnels, Grand Pocket Orchestra and No Monster Club share member, space and gear (of the musical… Read more »

Posted on April 9th, 2013

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Earlier this year, A supergroup of Dublin-based Popical-related musicians  calling themselves Skelocrats impressed many with their debut Whip Crack Away EP. Today, Land Lovers’ Padraig Cooney, Grand Pocket Orchestra’s Bronwyn Murphy-White and Paddy Hanna, Groom’s Michael Stevens are adding the Hot Yoga EP to their 2012 discography. The two EPs make up the physical release The… Read more »

Posted on December 5th, 2012

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Having seen the Swords-based musician Big Monster Love live a couple of times, I could understand why you would want to make a tribute album to him. His songs are brittle, beautiful things charmingly played on acoustic guitar and relayed with what could be called a trademark Irish humour: cheek, slang terms, honesty, tenderness and… Read more »

Posted on November 14th, 2012

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I’ve been saying recently that Mumblin’ Deaf Ro is one of the few songwriters whose lyrics I pay attention to. Ronan Hession’s third album is the perfect example of why. Dictionary Crimes is largely concerned with the idea of the family, a word with a meaning which morphs from a social unit you obliviously and… Read more »

Posted on September 6th, 2012

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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… Read more »

Posted on August 7th, 2012

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