​Harry​ ​Bookless​ ​and​ ​Aaron​ ​Page​’s Carriages project takes field recordings and weaves them into songs that sound organic, quaint and transformative at the same time.

The Carriages project is the perfect start for independent promoter Homebeat’s new label arm as they are at the cross section of HB boss Emmet Condon’s musical interests and they have been regular features at Homebeat gigs.

The Movement EP is out on Friday from the duo and follows recent singles ‘Like A Child’ and ‘Moving Parts’ with five new-songs.

Plucked instruments and rhythmic sounds create a charming bed for these songs to exist and for Page’s deep voice to soar amidst the space and playful energy of Bookless’ productions. These songs are little beauts – the sound of pottering and pleasure in one electronic folk package. Listen here:

The Movement EP is out Friday on vinyl and digitally via Bandcamp and a launch show takes place in the suitably intimate Fumbally Stables on Saturday.

HB001​ ​-​ ​Carriages​ ​‘MOVEMENT’​ ​EP​

1.​ ​Darts
2.​ ​Searchlight
3.​ ​Hardest​ ​Mile
4.​ ​Interlude
5.​ ​Tired​ ​Love

Says the band and Emmet of the release:

As much as creating any artistic statement, I try to approach putting on shows as a genuine
reflection of my own tastes – so in essence curating each show with the hope that it works
artistically primarily. Carriages are really the perfect amalgamation of my own musical tastes
which jump from softly picked folk all the way to electronica and techno, and hence the
absolutely perfect note on which to start our output as a label.
The complex simplicity of Harry’s found-sound based, organic production style is the perfect foil
for the beautiful timbre of Aaron’s voice – the richness of which carries the truth of his heart as it
weaves its way through his heartfelt songwriting. There is a warmth, a genuineness, and an
ingenuity in Carriage’s music that embodies everything that I hope Homebeat stands for.
The ‘Movement’ EP bursts into life with the glorious strains of ‘Darts’ and then swells though the
curious Searchlight, the thoughtful lines of Hardest Mile, a shimmering Interlude, before softly
whispering out with Tired Love.

Having worked together on numerous shows, festivals, a small Irish tour, and having talked
about it for a long time – it has always seemed to make sense that Homebeat and Carriages are
the perfect vehicle for each other’s endeavours – we are so delighted to share the wonderful
work that is Carriages’ new ‘Movement’ EP with you.
The dream continues, let’s see what comes next.
Emmet, Harry & Aaron.

Posted on September 27th, 2017



The Irish independent promoter Homebeat has added a record label to their suite of festival and gig offerings.

True to form, the new record label Homebeat Presents will showcase new Irish and International acts and the first release comes from folk electronic found-sound duo Carriages, with the Movement EP to be released on vinyl on September 30th in The Fumbally Stables, followed by a release by Let’s Set Sail in late November.

Says Homebeat’s Emmet Condon of the label:

I would love to say there is a very thought out plan for all of this, but in truth the drive behind the idea has very much emerged through a few hazy late night conversations with some acts and artists who have become close friends though our musical adventures together.

It seems to me that so many amazing Irish artists pour their hearts and souls into creating singular pieces of musical work, only for it to dissolve into the air with a single click or the odd download, so it’s my hope that Homebeat Presents… will add a little extra colour to the story of their creation, and in reaching some of the many people we have had through our various doors in our 6 years of doing this, that we might just spread the gospel of their music a little further.

Beyond that there is no great ambition here, I just believe in the music and the artistry that is abounding on this island right now and I want to try to help to shine a further light on it in any small way we can. Some things are not about ambition and success, sometimes it’s just about working with your friends to try to do something worthwhile, and if it goes somewhere beyond that, well then that’s a bonus.

Posted on August 16th, 2017



Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. This week’s additions include new songs from all the below along with Cassius, Indian Wells, Jagwar Ma, Sundai, Bon Iver and more.

Check out the Songs of the week Soundcloud playlist.


Frank Ocean – ‘Pink & White’

Blonde will sustain many more listens this year.

I wrote about Blonde being “the year’s most hyped record that reveals itself in subtle ways” on Friday. While there’s sill much to unpack, ‘Pink + White’ is the album’s most immediate cut, beautiful sunshine soul, a showcase for Ocean’s honey-toned voice.

Album of the week.


Vince Staples – ‘War Ready’

Outkast x James Blake x Vince Staples.

Grabbing you by the scruff of the neck with a classic Andre 3000 Atliens sample, ‘War Ready’ is a James Blake-produced track from Stapes’ new Prima Donna EP that is rough and ready.


Hazel English – I’m Fine

Swooning indie synth pop anxiety.
Californian-based Australian singer-songwriter and indie musician Hazel English makes hypnagogic indie pop music that comes from a place of guitar band roots. The 25 year-old has a debut EP coming on Marathon Artists/Canvasback in October and following on from the impressive title track, I’m Fine’ is a song about anxiety (“For most of my life I’ve felt a sharp uncertainty/ Now it’s just become a part of me.’) that is shimmering and summery in delivery.

See also: ‘Never Going Home’


Carriages – Moving Parts

The Irish folktronica duo create magic from found objects.

Harry Bookless and Aaron Page’s brand of field-recorded folktronica makes for a unique rhythm. ‘Moving Parts/ was made from some interesting sources: drain pipes, gravel, puddles, branches and a starter melody that features Harry’s three year-old nephew Alex singing. it’s wrapped up in a lush tune that nods to Bronksi Beat while sounding like Four Tet.


Thundercat – ‘Bus In These Streets’

A breezy 70s-style song about modern technology.

Thundercat has grown in stature recently, for his work with Kendrick Lamar and his own tunes like ‘Them Changes’.

‘Bus In These Streets’ is a song that sounds like a breezy 70s TV theme but is actually about technological dependence in the 21st century. It’s also a bit yacht-rock in tone.

The song is a once-off single out now that also features Louis Cole (keyboards, drums, programming); and Steve Ellison aka Flying Lotus (programming, editing).


Phillipi & Rodrigo – ‘Mantra’

Soulwax’s label DeeWee is essential listening these days.

As proven by this recent Beats 1 show, Soulwax are well and truly back to the top of their game. Their label DeeWee has knocked out killer tunes by Emmanuelle, Bolis Popul, Asa Moto and Phillipi and Rodrigo, a Sao Paolo duo. Their first release ‘Gueto De Gent’ featured a Twin Peaks reference and here, the pair build up a mantric percussive electronic groove.

Posted on August 29th, 2016

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Another Love Story proved itself to be one of the best little festivals going last year courtesy of Homebeat/Happenings with its manor setting, ballroom, living room gigs, cinema, woodlands and lawn hangouts among the appeal.

It returns to Killyon Manor, Kinnegad, Co. Meath from Friday 19th August to Sunday 21st August and it’s just let loose some of its plans.

Music wise, we’re talking:

  • Meltybrains?
  • Saint Sister
  • Talos
  • Stomptown Brass
  • SlowPlaceLikeHome
  • Carriages
  • Badlands
  • Æ Mak
  • Attention Bebe
  • Beach
  • Slow Moving Clouds
  • Old Hannah
  • J.Cowhie
  • Variant Sea
  • Participant
  • Kobina
  • Robert John Ardiff
  • Marlene Enright
  • & more tba

Another Love Story organisers Homebeat and Happenings will announce their first international act later in the summer.

DJs, more names, The Shift Shack, Talks, Walks, Yoga, Qui Gong, Theatre, Roland’s Cinema D’amour, Glitteration Station, The Cosmic Canopy, The Love Summit, The Deepest Darkest, Woods Stage, The Teenage Crush, The Library, The Parlour Room & more are also lined up and to be revealed.


with standard camping are:

Early Bird: €95 [SOLD OUT]
Regular: €125
Last Throes: €140
(Late bookers & price on door for weekend, if available): €160

Boutique Camping is available too.

Poster by Steve McCarthy


Posted on April 13th, 2016


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Harry Bookless and Aaron Page, known as Carriages, were a regular fixture on Dublin music lineup in 2014 and early 2015, since they debuted with their wonderful single ‘Roots’, a folk and electronic mix using field recordings in its process.

Today, I’m pleased to introduce you to ‘Like A Child’, the newest song released by the pair, after a year spent primarily writing and recording songs.

True to form, the percussion on the song comes from a recording of flower pots and a garden sweeping brush, and the track itself was Bookless and Page attempting to keeping things bare – a falsetto repeating the title and synth notes keep things rolling into a hypnotic space, filled with longing and lost love.

‘Like A Child’ will be released on the 23rd of March on Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp and all other online shops. It will be followed on the 30th of March with a remix by Bantum.

Posted on March 8th, 2016


Independent promoter Homebeat took over an office on Lennox Street and over the last few months, they’ve been offering coffee (Full Circle Roasters by Brian Birdy ☕️ 👏) out of the space downstairs called Thirty Four.

As part of that space, Emmett has just announced a series of Saturday afternoon gigs starting this week, that returns to their house/small show roots.

Each performance happens from 2pm to 3pm on each Saturday, starting this week with Come On Live Long. Here’s the Facebook event.
SAT FEB 6TH : Come On Live Long
SAT FEB 13TH : Wounded Healer
SAT FEB 20th : Anderson
SAT FEB 27th : Tiz Mcnamara

SAT MARCH 5th : Music Portrait Exhibition by Ruth Medjber
SAT MARCH 12th : NOCTURNES feat Pearse McGloughlin
SAT MARCH 19th : Carriages

Posted on February 2nd, 2016


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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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On Friday February 20th, Nialler9, Le Cool, Goldenplec (who are going into print), The Last Mixed Tape are teaming up with The Sugar Club are putting on a selection of our favourite bands of the last year followed by a selection of DJ crews chosen by Choice Cuts.

The night will be hosted by Abner Brown’s and we’ll have:

Dear Desert
September Girls
Bitch Falcon

With DJs after:
DIP, WellKnown and Discotekken.

Tickets are €12 on the door and €10 on the pre-sale available shortly.

Facebook event.

Posted on January 21st, 2015

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Homebeat’s Fading Light festival returns for this year from Friday October 24th to Monday October 27th in Caherdaniel, Co. Kerry “between the mountains and the sea, on the weekend that bridges the shortening light and the impending darkness”.

Split into light and dark, Fading Light by day features Owen Dwyer’s Running Technique Workshop, Beach Yoga, Surf Lessons, Emso & Dave’s Adventure Cycle, Righteous Verse, YARN Storytelling and Fred Talks. Most of those events are free.

By night, the music in The Blind Piper will feature sets from Chequerboard, BANTUM, Carriages, Lyttet, SignA, Martha Rose (Berlin) & more. The gig space is very small so tickets are limited. Tickets from €24.

Facebook event.

Posted on September 29th, 2014


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A new site with an emphasis on photography portraits of upcoming musicians, Unmade in Ireland is the work of photographer Gregory Nolan, writer Katie Dwyer and music blogger Amelia Conophy.

Unmade in Ireland, in their own words: “tells the story of the bands who haven’t made it yet,” focusing on artists who have been largely self-released. Included so far are the likes of Carriages, Liza Flume, Bantum, Sive, Rocstrong, Biggles Flys Again and more. More of this please. Here’s a preview but hit the site to see all the photos and interviews:

Posted on August 21st, 2014


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Hard Working Class Heroes today unveiled 100+ artists who will play the festival’s 12th year in Dublin from Thursday October 2nd – Sunday October 4th. This year the festival is sponsored by HMV Ireland and as is now established will feature a conference taking in mentoring, panels, advice and involvement from the tech space.

500 bands applied for the festival this year and they were judged by music people at home and abroad (including me).

Here is the list of bands that will play this year. Deeper delving into the lineup will commence here in September.

The bands

A Lazarus Soul
Benny smiles
Brian Casey
Buffalo Sunn
Buffalo Woman
Carried By Waves
Ciaran Lavery
Cloud Castle Lake
Color Sound
Columbia Mills
Conor Walsh
Deaf Joe
Dear Desert
Death In The Sickroom
DVO Marvell
Eamon bode
Elaine Mai
Elastic Sleep
Eoin Dolan
Fallen Rule
Floor Staff
Florence Olivier
Frankenstein Bolts
Ghost Estates
God Knows + mynameisjOhn
Hare Squead
His New Atlas
Hugh Hick
I have a tribe
I’m Your Vinyl
Imploded View
Jet Setter
little xs for eyes
Liza Flume
Low Sea
Maija Sofia
Maud in Cahoots
Me & My Dog
Me Auld Flower
Mere Moths
Myles Manley
Neon Atlas
Old Hannah
Paddy Hanna
Planet Parade
Red Queen Contest
Satori Je
Sleep Mc Evox
Tell No Foxx
The Academic
The Bedroom
The Black Sea Fleet
The Boxing Plot
The Clameens
The Debutantes
The Hard Ground
The Late David Turpin
The Loafing Heroes
The Magpies
The Pale
The Run Ons
The Shaker Hymn
The Statics
The Vincent(s)
Tino Ras
Val Normal
Vann Music
Walpurgis Family
Wild Promises
Yes Cadets


The Button Factory, The Workmans Club, The Mercantile, The Twisted Pepper, Bad Bobs, The Grand Social, Meeting House Square.


Weekend Tickets €45 + fees, Nightly Tickets €20

HWCH is also supported by The Arts Council, Failte Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the NDRC.

Posted on August 13th, 2014


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The Nialler9 TXFM show` airs every Thursday night at 10pm for two hours. You can listen on FM, online, the TXFM app or if you missed it, on the listen back function on the site. Last night’s show featuring 22 brand new tracks in indie, electronic, rap, R&B and dance.

Listen: Hour One

Listen: Hour Two

Hour One

  1. alt-J – ‘Hunger of the Pine’
  2. Lone – ‘Airglow Fires’
  3. EMBRZ – ‘Slow Down’
  4. Carriages – ‘Roots’
  5. Zola Jesus – ‘Dangerous Days’
  6. God Knows + mynameisjOhn – ‘Throw The Spear’
  7. Kali – ‘Neon’
  8. Lethal Dialect and Jacknife J – ‘Headstrong’ feat. Jess Kav
  9. FKA Twigs – ‘Two Weeks’
  10. Jessie Ware – ‘Tough Love’
  11. Orlando Volcano – ‘Chimi’
  12. Ménage à Trois – ‘Bobby’s Prism’

Hour Two

  1. Rustie – ‘Raptor’
  2. Modeselektor – ‘I’m not into Twerk, I’m into KrafTwerk’
  3. Jamie xx – ‘All Under One Roof Raving’
  4. Ambassadeurs – ‘Hide and Seek’
  5. Busdriver – ‘Ego Death’ (feat. Aesop Rock & Danny Brown)
  6. Bishop Nehru – ‘You Stressin’
  7. Sega Bodega – ‘Jansen’
  8. Catching Flies – ‘Stay Forever’ (Live Version)
  9. Floating Points – ‘King Bromeliad’
  10. Woman’s Hour – ‘Conversations’ (Fort Romeau Remix)

Posted on June 27th, 2014


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Having impressed at Hard Working Class Heroes last year with their experimental off-filter folk and electronic songs, Carriages, the duo of Harry Bookless and Aaron Page have built up a reputation locally in Dublin as a fine live act.

Their music often takes in field recordings captured around the city (parks, museums, concert halls and coastlines) rather than some remote wild location.

Their new double A-side single, takes it first step forward with ‘Roots’ (‘Significant Landscapes’ is the other track). It’s their most direct track yet, a suitably clip clopping rhythm and synth stabs swell towards the chorus of Page singing “roots run deeper when we play / roots grow high when we lay,” which despite the recordings of the metropolis, firmly place the song in a more pastoral setting.

Carriages will launch their single in The Fumbally Café in Dublin with support from Maria Somerville and John Cummins Poetician (July 4th / €8), before embarking on an unusual Wild Atlantic Irish tour with the help of Homebeat. The single is released on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp on July 2nd.

Artwork by James Kirwan.

Tour Dates

04/07/14 – The Fumbally – Dublin – with Maria Somerville
11/07/14 – Rossknowlagh, Donegal – with Slow Place Like Home
12/07/14 – Shells Café – Strandhill, Sligo – with Conor Walsh
13/07/14 – Citóg – Galway – with Rivers & Crows
14/07/14 – Happenings – Limerick
15/07/14 – Kenny’s – Lahinch, Clare – with Twin Headed Wolf
16/07/14 – Gulp’d Café – Cork
01/08/14 – Forfey Festival – Fermanagh
03/08/14 – Castlepalooza Homebeat Stage

Posted on June 26th, 2014

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The Outhouse is an LGBT resource centre on Capel Street in Dublin there to support those in the LGBT community, and for the third year in a row, a team of musicians and artists have co-oped Record Store Day, another day of community to bring both the communities of music and Outhouse together under the name Record Store Gay.

From noon on Saturday, Outhouse will host a series of bands who have provided tracks for the third Record Store Gay compilation including Kate’s Party, I Heart The Monster Hero, Patrick Kelleher, French Bird, The Late David Turpin, Gar Cox, Sleep Thieves, Lo Fires and many more. The mini music festival will continue later at PantiBar from 6pm – 10:30 on Capel St.

Donations will be accepted towards Outhouse where there will be a popup record stall and the compilation will also be for sale in local record shops for the day that’s in it.

But first, you can have an exclusive listen to the compilation which features Le Galaxie covering Visage’s ‘Fade To Grey’, Kate’s Party cover No Doubt’s ‘Just A Girl, Swimmers’ covering Aaliyah’s ‘More Than A Woman’, Cave Ghosts’ covering Kylie’s ‘Come Into My World’, Stephen Quinn’s ukelele cover of Tracy Chapman’s ‘Talking Bout A Revolution’, Crayonsmith tackling Lykke Li’s ‘I Follow Rivers’, Carriages reworking Madonna, I Heart The Monster Hero honouring Queen and more. Listen here:

There’s also a video for White Sage’s John Maus cover of ‘Rights For Gays’:

Posted on April 16th, 2014


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