It’s been a while since we heard from the Dublin electro duo Buffalo Woman, aka Neil Watkins and Tim O’Donovan. They have come back to us with a 7-minute track that’s much more melancholic and reaching than what we’re used to from them.

The track goes from yearning, twinkling atmospheric synth pop to incorporate guitar and harmonica from Christian Volkmann (Sick and Indigent Song Club, Minnie and the Illywhackers) .

The video was directed by Jack Phelan, who’s a great Dublin-based video artist, designer and director.

Posted on April 3rd, 2018


Homebeat & Nialler9 in association with O’Hara’s Irish Craft Beer proudly present Future Proof – a new series of events showcasing essential emerging and established acts who are weaving themselves into the present and future fabric of the Irish music scene.

Future Proof #1 takes place in the warm surroundings of Bello Bar on Wednesday March 22nd and features three of the most vibrant acts performing on these shores at this moment.

Cheapest tickets from €8 at Eventbrite –


In 2013, Come On Live Long released their acclaimed debut Everything Fall amassing over 5 million Spotify plays along the way. They have toured Canada, Ireland and The UK. The band are based in Dublin and have just released Bones To Break , the first single from their second album “In The Still” which will be released in May 2017.


Neil Watkins and Tim O’Donovan are the pop/synth/funk power duo behind Buffalo Woman. They combine the vocal drama of David Bowie and Scott Walker, the dark synths of Depeche Mode, the funk of Daft Punk, the stacked harmonies of Flaming Lips.


A debut live band show for Limerick’s Rory Hall who has been making some really interesting music in the vein of James Blake over the last few years: electronic neo-soul with minimal productions and bright vocals. Future Proof will be his debut gig with a full live band.

TICKETS : €8 Early Bird / €10 Regular Online / €13 On Door.

DOORS: 8 pm

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About O Hara’s:

Founded by the O’Hara brothers, the brewery has revived a tradition that was once synonymous with the Barrow valley, the traditional heartland of the brewing industry in Ireland. Malted barley and hops were farmed extensively here, supported by the many old malting and grain mills that are still prevalent in the landscape. Records show that by the early part of the 19th Century there were five breweries in operation in Carlow. The last of these closed at the end of the 19th Century. With a dedication to quality reminiscent of the by gone brewers, the Carlow Brewing Co. has gone from strength to strength and now exports beers to a number of countries including the United Kingdom, the United States, Scandinavia and Continental Europe.

Posted on March 11th, 2017


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No Boundaries is an event taking place in The Academy on Friday night with all proceeds going to the Irish Red Cross Migration Crisis appeal.

Playing on the night will be:

Le Galaxie DJ Set
Mother DJ g_h_o_s_t_b_o_y
Kelly-Anne Byrne
Claire Beck DJ Set
The Last Mixed Tape DJ set
And more TBA

Kormac Live
Buffalo Woman
The North Sea
Chanele McGuinness
And more TBA

Tickets are €15 and all bands are playing for free. Curated by The Last Mixed Tape and The Melted Lady

If you can’t make it, here’s a list of places to donate.

Posted on September 14th, 2015


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Having recently revealed some of the smaller goings on at the festival on the grounds of Ballinlough Castle including Wonderlust, Myles O’Reilly’s Arbutus Yarns Theatre, Body Holidays 1970’s style holiday camp, Pagoda Stage, Port Royal Jamaican village and more, today Body & Soul revealed Tree Haus, a new stage curated by Homebeat for the festival on the summer solstice weekend of June 19th to 21st.

Focusing on the best of contemporary Irish music and culture, you can expect performances from My Tribe Your Tribe, Buffalo Woman, Carriages, Planet Parade, Liza Flume, Ghosts, Slowplacelikehome, Hilary Woods, Skelocrats, Little Xs For Eyes, Elephant, Hare Squead, Bantum, Nubus, Justin Grounds & Pearse McGloughlin (Idiot Songs), Sea Legs (Ciaran Lavery x Ryan Vail), Hare Squead, Nova Collective, Feather and Ben Bix, Participant, I Have A Tribe, Nubus, Margie Lewis, SignA, Idiot Songs, Skelocrats, Tomorrows, Taste DJs, Somadrone, Lyttet, Leo Drezden and Lasertom.

Also featuring on that stage, kicking off the Saturday and Sunday will be Vinyl Love, where DJs and musicians alike will be playing selections from their 7″ collection.

Posted on May 28th, 2015


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Homebeat and Happenings’ Another Love Story was a small festival success story last year so it’s back this year from August 21st to 23rd in  the indoor spaces, ballroom, woods and parlour rooms of Killyon Manor, Kinnegad Co. Meath.

Announced so far are:

VERY SPECIAL GUEST, Loah, Leo Drezden, Come On Live Long, I Have A Tribe, Valerie Francis, Attention Bébé, Buffalo Woman, Margie Lewis, Ye Vagabonds, Tandem Felix, Paddy Hanna, Elephant, Tomorrows, SignA, Sun Collective, Anna Mieke, Kiruu & More tba.

DJs :

David Kitt (Permanant Vacation), Neil Flynn (Lossless), Sally Cinnamon, Andrew Kearny, Tim O’ Donovan, Nialler9 , T/A/S/T/E , Dj Hula Hoops , Glammo, Chuck & Will, ALS Djs , Vinyl Love

Occurrences and Corners :

Talks , Walks , Yoga , Qui Gong , Theatre , Roland’s Cinema D’amour , Glitteration Station by The Cat’s Meow , Guerilla Aerial , The Love Summit , The State & Of The Nation , The Deepest Darkest Woods Stage , The Teenage Crush Bar , The Library , The Parlour Room & MORE!

Weekend tickets start at €85+fee and there are limited day tickets. Dogs go free too. More info.

Artwork by Steve McCarthy.



Posted on May 25th, 2015


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Buffalo Woman, the electro duo of Tim O’Donovan and Neil Watkins’ new song ‘More Than God’ addresses something which is pertinent in the run up to the upcoming Marriage referendum. Rather than talk in abstracts about marriage, there are fundamental truths we as people must face in voting for on May 22nd. One of those truths is whether you believe in equality for all people no matter what their sexual orientation as it is real people we’re talking about who are affected.

Right now, gay people can’t get married, only civil partnered, which isn’t the same. Riyadh K is right when he says that that a gay or lesbian person is a second class citizen in this country for now, but hopefully not for long.

The stories from Riyadh, Andrew Hyland, and many others we’ve heard strike a chord because they are personal and human ones. ‘More Than God’ is Neil Watkins (with help from Sean Millar and music partner Donovan) addressing his own experience with his religious mother, who upon hearing her son was gay, responded with love.

We at Buffalo Woman believe that intimacy with another is a beautiful thing. Our song ‘More Than God’ uses the words of an Irish Mother to her son at a time when it was illegal to be gay in Ireland. We’ve come a long way. We can go just a bit further.

The duo play Le Galaxie’s Le Club launch on Friday night in The Academy.

Photo: Olga Kuzmenko

Posted on April 22nd, 2015



You may have see Buffalo Woman, or the name at least, on the odd event bill from Body and Soul to Drop Everything to Hard Working Class Heroes.

My Buffalo Woman baptism was at Drop Everything, the biannual event on the Aran Islands where the pair of Tim O’Donovan and Neil Watkins, lifted tired limbs to the air and benches to dance in a beer garden overlooking the Atlantic on the Sunday afternoon.

The exuberance they imparted carried well into the night after the set with O’Donovan continuing to DJ until the sun went down for at least, a couple of hours after their set.

O’Donovan is the controller, formerly of Neosupervital, and a fine partystarting and partykeeping DJ while Watkins, is perhaps best known for his drama, in self-confessional personal play The Year Of Magical Wanking, as Heidi Konnt, a former winner of Alternative Miss Ireland, or that guy who works in the Fumbally café.

As Buffalo Woman, the former’s production prowess combines with Watkins’ theatricality to create an electro/pop/synth/funk power duo. On their first public track, ‘U Make Me High’, they now have a song with enough sonic heft and earworm quality to match those exciting live shows.

They play State’s Faces of February next week.

Photo: Olga Kuzmenko

Posted on January 28th, 2015


As broadcast last night, as it is every Thursday from 10pm to midnight TXFM.

This week’s album of the week is Jape’s This Chemical Sea and there’s debut plays from Buffalo Woman, Fort Romeau with New Jackson, Johnnie Common and Natalie Prass.

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Part One

Part Two


  1. Bitch Falcon – ‘Wolfstooth’
  2. Marika Hackman – ‘Animal Fear’
  3. Toro y Moi – ‘Empty Nesters’
  4. Jape – ‘Breath Of Life’
  5. Buffalo Woman – ‘U Make Me High’
  6. All We Are – ‘Feel Safe’
  7. SOAK – ‘Sea Creatures’
  8. Flying Lotus – ‘Coronus, The Terminator’
  9. Björk – ‘History of Touches’
  10. Cannibal Ox – ‘Vein’
  11. MuRli – Both Sides ‘(feat. God Knows)’
  12. Kate Tempest – ‘Lonely Daze’
  13. Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD – ‘Ray Gun’ (feat. DOOM)
  14. AlunaGeorge – ‘Supernatural’
  15. No Monster Club – ‘I’ve Retired’
  16. Jonnie Common – ‘Crumbs’
  17. Natalie Prass – ‘Bird of Prey’
  18. Tei Shi – ‘Bassically’
  19. Vallis Alps – ‘Young’
  20. Caribou – ‘Julia Brightly’
  21. EMBRZ- ‘Slow Down’
  22. Jape – ‘Ribbon Ribbon Ribbon’
  23. Fort Romeau – ‘Not A Word’ with New Jackson
  24. Seven Davis Jr – ‘Wild Hearts’

Posted on January 23rd, 2015


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The annual Faces magazine from State which features 20 of Ireland’s best new bands as picked by the site’s writers is here and it might be their best yet.

20 acts including Bitch Falcon, Profound, Dear Desert, Booka Brass Band, Wyvern Lingo, Loah, Pockets, Rocstrong, Buffalo Woman and more are featured. Check out the mag edited by Phil Udell, designed by Simon Roche with great photography by Olga Kuzmenko, Ste Murray, Debbie Hickey, Sean Clarke and Mark McGuinness.

There’s also a mixtape featuring a track from each. Check both out below or on their site. 4 of the bands featured: Bitch Falcon, Loah, Dah Jevu and Robocobra Quartet are playing a free gig in The Mercantile Friday night to launch it.

Posted on January 15th, 2015


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From Thursday to Saturday this week, seven venues will be occupied by 104 Irish bands playing the Hard Working Class Heroes festival playing to music fans, interested parties, industry delegates, bands, friends and all sorts. There are free daytime gigs, a convention in the Liberties speed sessions, panels, tech companies, talks and much much more. Tickets are €20 per day or €45 for the three days. It’s one of my favourite weekends in Dublin of the year. There’s a great buzz about.

Here are 18 new bands to see this weekend, I kept it strictly to bands that have not released a debut album yet. Enjoy.

Thursday | Friday | Saturday

1. Rusangano Family


Energetic talented Limerick rap trio.

Thursday October 2 – 10pm @ The Button Factory

Anyone who witnessed these two Limerick MCs (Murly goes untitled for now) live and producer John Lillis, like last Friday night’s Minimum Maximum Block-T show has felt the relentless energy of their music: an all-moving, all-interacting proper show. Plus, they have released one of the best Irish albums this year too.

2. Planet Parade


Kildare band return with a rich new sound

Thursday October 2 – 8.45pm @ Meeting House Square

Michael Hopkins and Andrew Lloyd played their first gig in four years with four band members last Friday with us and  showcased a new sound that traced a line between electronics and indie with rich songcraft and confident style. They used to sound more like The Police, now they sound more like they’re own thing.

3. Dear Desert


Dublin emotive pop purveyors.

Thursday Oct 2 – 10pm @ The Workman’s Club / 14:00 @ NDRC, In The City

A new band formed from Futures Apart and Hush War Cry, the two songs so far featuring production from Darragh Nolan have suggested an elegance and a quality in the arrangement and songwriting of these Wild Beasts-style ’80s throwback synth pop tracks. ‘Give It Up’ is a particularly exciting track.

4. Voids


Ambient bass-toned duo from Galway

Thursday Oct 2 – 8pm @ The Workman’s Club / 1:30pm @ HMV Henry Street

This Galway duo make ambient electronic music with cold tones from a warm instrument, a bass guitar and the singer Alison’s icy voice. Their new EP Begin came out last week on High Society.

5. The Academic


Mullingar indie-pop band on the up

Thursday Oct 2 10.40 @ Bad Bob’s

Four Mullingar school-friends with a penchant for pop hooks and charming indie-rock music. They’re on the way up, this weekend is a good time to catch them.

6. Atriums


Baldoyle singer-songwriter

Thursday Oct 2 10.40 @ Bad Bob’s / 1pm @ Jo Burger

Dublin singer Gavin Farrell is still in early days but citing Perfume Genius and Youth Lagoon as two influences on his bedroom folk pop has me intrigued. He’s just released his debut EP tell me we both matter, don’t we?

Thursday | Friday | Saturday

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Posted on October 3rd, 2014


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It’s Electric Picnic week so the news and stage times are starting to drip in. We have Casa Bacardi, Body & Soul stage times and the main times are promised in the next day or so. In other news, Other Voices will have the voices of Mirel Wagner, Little Green Cars, Silences and Tiny Ruins there.

Above is the site map but one of the lesser known areas Global Green has some fine musical happenings on the Cultivate Soundstage including a staging of Deep, a theatre performance about the deep house scene in Sir Henry’s, Cork in the ’90s, Tim O’Donovan and Neil Watkin’s Buffalo Woman, Nanobot, Imploded View, Decks and Drums feat. The Kilo 1977 & R.S.A.G., Dear Desert and Somerville.


02.30 – Close Mo Kelly (DJ)
01.00 – 02.15 Decks and Drums feat. The Kilo 1977 & R.S.A.G.
23.15 – 00.30 Elektrobank
21.00 – 22.15 DEEP (Theatre)


01.45 – Close Pressure Drop (DJ)
00.15 – 01.10 Arman Giorgio (DJ)
23.00 – 00.10 Kevin Clarke (DJ)
22.15 – 23.00 The Objectives
21.15 – 22.10 Nanobot
19.30 – 21.00 Tim O’Donovan (DJ)
19.00 – 19.30 Buffalo Woman
17.45 – 18.45 Imploded View
16.45 – 17.30 Fiona Maria Fitzpatrick
15.30 – 16.40 ReThink Tank – Surfing the Waves of Change
14.45 – 15.25 Fergus Costello
13.15 – 14.45 ReThink Tank – The Global Green Local Food Story
12.00 – 13.00 Yoga


01.30 – Close Rosko (DJ)
00.15 – 01.20 Boss Level Series MC’s
23.15 – 00.10 Charon (DJ)
22.10 – 23.10 Special Guest TBC
21.00 – 22.00 Will Softly (DJ)
20.00 – 20.55 Dear Desert
19.00 – 19.55 Laura Ann Brady & Sarah Gleeson
18.00 – 18.50 Conor Linnie
17.00 – 17.50 Somerville
15.45 – 16.30 ReThink Tank – The Gift Economy with Mark Boyle
15.00 – 15.40 Grace O’Malley
14.30 – 14.55 Black Bank Folk
13.00 – 14.00 ReThink Tank – Dark Mountain with Paul Kingsnorth
12.00 – 13.00 Yoga

Posted on August 25th, 2014



Darklight Festival takes place in and around Smithfield from 24th – 27th April and amongst the many events taking place at the digital arts festival there is a GIF exhibition, film and documentary screenings including The Act of Killing and Goodfellas, an emphasis on digital storytelling, print workshops, a make your own VR headset workshop with Eoghan Kidney, Happenings and Le Cool present Future Shorts and a Storytelling Hack Jam.

Of course, there’s also a load of music-themed events to look out for:


A Good Friday event Hosted by Block T and Curated by Darklight and Beatyard
Featuring Buffalo Woman (Neil Watkins and Tim Donovan) and Tara McCormack. | Ticket €10, BYOB 8PM


Forsyth & Pollard – Discussion with screening excerpts – 4PM @ Lighthouse Cinema
Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard have been matchmaking contemporary visual art with film-making since way back in ’98. With their long time collaboration with Nick Cave culminating in the documentary 20,000 days On Earth, the pair visit darklight to discuss and showcase their finest work.
Ticket: €10

A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness Screening followed by Q&A with Ben Russell 6.30pm @ Cinemobile
Directors: Ben Russell and Ben Rivers
An uncompromising, visually-stunning triptych examining attempted utopias from directors Ben Rivers and Ben Russell. We follow our wordless protagonist [Robert AA Lowe of Lichens] through the commune of a 15-person collective on a small Estonian island; alone as he travels through the beautiful and austere wilderness of Northern Finland; and during a concert as the singer and guitarist of a black metal band in Norway.
Ticket: €10 / Also Sunday, April 27th, 6pm.

Darklight Party 2014 @ The Generator
AV/DJ sets from disco doyens Forza Italo and post-punk pros Gib & Peter (Elastic Witch/Skinny Wolves) plus a special live soundtrack of horror classic Haxan from Earthslayer & The Abyss (Simon Bird, Turning Down Sex).
10pm | Ticket: €15 (free for Season Ticket holders)


Elecktro Moskva – Screening @ Lighthouse

‘Synths you been gone’. Elektro Moskva is an essayistic documentary about the Soviet electronic age and its legacy. The story begins with the inventor of the world’s first electronic instrument, Leon Theremin, unveiling the KGB’s huge pile of fascinating devices, some of which were musical. An electronic fairy tale about the inventive spirit of the free mind inside the iron curtain – and beyond.
2pm | Ticket: €10

Posted on April 14th, 2014