As featured here last year, Melbourne former busking singer-songwriter Tash Sultana is planning to play a big show at Vicar Street on 29 June 2017. Tickets go on sale priced at €20 + fees this Friday 27th January at 9am through Ticketmaster & usual outlets.

Repeal ‘A Night in Key of 8’ is a fundraiser for the Repeal the 8th campaign to take place in Olympia Theatre on April 23rd. It’ll feature performances from, among others, David Gray, Mary Black, Neil Hannon, Camille O’Sullivan, Loah, Lisa O’Neill, Printer Clips featuring Paul Noonan & Guests, Roisin O, Wyvern Lingo

Along with Panti, Activist Ailbhe Smyth, Writer Roisin Ingle, Comedian Tara Flynn, Writer Una Mullally and more.

Tickets from €28.50+ fees.

After announcing the closure of their café space ThirtyFour, Homebeat have some gigs and things coming up:

February 9th @ Fumbally Stables: Goodnight Brooklyn – The Story of Death By Audio
The story of the closure of a DIY space in Brooklyn as they battle with gentrification and get screwed by Vice magazine who first championed them, and then stole their space from them.

February 24th @ D Light Studios: Ryan Vail (A/V show), Wastefellow, Hvmmingbyrd

April 21st @ D Light Studios: Zehr Guht: Christian Loffler & Margie LewisThe final installment of the Zehr Gut collaboration with The Goethe Instut Irland.

Aine Cahill is to play The Sugar Club on April 20th with other dates nationwide

Australian artist Carla dal Forno (pictured) makes her Irish debut playing at The Grand Social on Valentine’s Day, February 14th. Support is from Somerville. Tickets are €12.50 + fees.

Italian film composer Ennio Morricone announced that he will perform a farewell concert at Dublin’s 3Arena on Saturday 23 September. Tickets from €87 + fees.

Little Hours play a matinée and evening show in Smock Alley Theatre on April 2nd.

Spike, The Alternative Cello Festival was just announced and features cellists performing in various capacities from February 10th to 12th in the Workman’s Club. See the schedule.

Also announced:

Future Islands
Belle & Sebastian

Posted on January 23rd, 2017

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Patrick O’Laoghaire is currently recording some new music in Berlin for upcoming I Have A Tribe releases but we don’t have to wait any longer to hear some of it.

‘After We Meet’ is a song from his debut album Beneath A Yellow Moon last year in re-recorded form and it feels like a fresh start, a song which takes I Have A Tribe’s balladeering piano approach and imbues it with some light and bright sonic textures, a smooth bassline and vocals from May Kay. It’s an improvement and you can hear it in a new video by Myles O’Reilly.

I Have A Tribe plays Whelan’s on Friday March 3rd.

Posted on January 23rd, 2017

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Patrick O’Laoghaire, I Have A Tribe released his debut album Beneath A Yellow Moon this year and it confirmed him as one of Ireland’s most interesting singer-songwriters. His piano-set compositions are emotionally drawn and imbued with classic songwriting touches.

‘Cuckoo’ is the closing track from the album and here Myles O’Reilly films it live in Berlin.

Patrick is on tour in Europe over the next month.


29.10 Let’s Get Lost Festival, Zwolle, NDL
24.11 Blue Bird Festival, Wien, AT

Sophia Support:
30.10 Jubezz, Karlsruhe, DE
31.10 Zoom, Frankfurt, DE
01.11 BiNuu , Berlin, DE
02.11 UT Connewitz, Leipzig, DE
04.11 Manufaktur, Schondorf, DE

The Slow Show Support:

16.11 Kulturkirche, Köln, DE
17.11 Knust, Hamburg, DE
18.11 Gretchen, Berlin, DE

Posted on October 20th, 2016

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I Have A Tribe’s Patrick O’Laoghaire is approaching the release of his debut album Beneath A Yellow Moon next month on May 27th through Groenland Records, and with each passing song and performance, his stature is growing, as he showed us in the Co-Op earleir this month.

‘Buddy Holly’, from the record is an emotive song that was born 8 years ago and finished in time for the album. The title comes from the song intro’s similarity to this Buddy Holly tune.

The video was made by Myles O’Reilly and features Donal Dineen, Mick Minogue and Steve O’Connor sending Patrick on his way with a nice wee homemade vehicle.

I Have A Tribe Tour Date

27.04 Bush Hall, London, UK
29.04 Connelys Of Leap, Cork, IE
23.05 Blacks Members Club, London, UK
26.05 Immergut Festival, Neustrelitz, DE
02.06 Roisin Dubh, Galway, IE
03.06 Whelans, Dublin, IE
12.06 Rossli Bar, Bern, CH
15.06 Privatklub, Berlin, DE
17.06 Prinzenbar, Hamburg, DE
18.06 Traumzeit – Festival am Hochofen, Duisberg, DE
02.07 Caslepalooza, Tullamore, IE
29.07 Sacred Ground Festival, Brüssow, DE
13.08 La Truite Magique, Ardennes, BE
14.08 Mezz – Summer Terrace, Breda, NL
17.09 Pop Up Show, Rotterdam, NL
18.09 7 Layers Festival, Amsterdam, NL
27.09 Les Bains Douches, Montbeliard, FR
29.10 Let`s Get Lost festival, Zwolle, NL !!

Posted on April 26th, 2016


On Saturday April 16th, I am putting on a gig as part of Musictown, the festival celebrating music talent and culture in the capital of all genres by Dublin City Council.

It’ll be a part of the Minimum Maximum series of special events in unique spaces and it will take place in the Dublin Food Co-Op in Newmarket Square, Dublin 8 (previous places have included Monster Truck Gallery, Block T and Wood Quay Amphitheatre).

On the night, there will be a lineup Irish emerging talent and established artists featuring:

David Kitt, I Have A Tribe, AE Mak and more.

Following his nationwide solo tour that included a sold out Whelan’s date, David Kitt will be playing songs from his revered albums past along with new ones from his forthcoming seventh album due this year. Patrick O’Laoghaire’s piano-based missives under the I Have A Tribe name brim with emotion, honesty and storytelling. New duo AE Mak, Aoife McCann and Ellie McMahon are influenced by tUnE-yArDs and Anita O’Day and perform with an emphasis on rhythmic vocal lines and harmonies. More artists to be confirmed.

The event is BYOB. Early bird tickets are sold out but late birds are on sale now priced at €20+.

Posted on March 16th, 2016


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For the last couple of years, I’ve been compiling an up to date playlist of modern Irish music to celebrate and coincide with St. Patrick’s Day.

This year, I wanted to do something more to date and to roll it out across the year to coincide also with my weekly Irish Times column of new Irish music and as a companion to the general New Music playlist.

So today, I’m launching my New Irish Music weekly playlist which will be regularly updated. Because Irish music isn’t just for Paddy’s Day.

Join over 500 other listeners for fresh listens to new Irish music. There are songs from artists who have received support from Nialler9 in the last year or so from Brian Deady, Shit Robot, Roisin Murphy, Burnt Out, Saint Sister, I Have A Tribe, Le Galaxie, Rusangano Family, Come On Live Long, Daithi, Jape, Bitch Falcon, Pleasure Beach and many more.

The focus is on Irish music happening now, emerging and trending. I want this to be the definitive collection of new Irish music throughout the year in one place which I’ll be featuring as it comes on the site. Subscribe below.

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Posted on March 14th, 2016


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Looking for more new music? Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. Updated weekly. Hit the last page for the Soundcloud playlist.


Kanye West

Ultralight Beam

He’s possibly unravelling but he’s capable of suspending disbelief in more than on way.

Let’s call it. The release of The Life Of Pablo (Swish, Waves, whatever) was one of the most infuriating things to have experienced in a long time for any release. The impression of an album with no restrictions or deadlines felt amateur; at best, a sympathetic look into an artist’s process which they are never finished tinkering with.

Then that Bill Cosby tweet. It was the last straw for many, including me. I wasn’t going to listen to this irritating egomaniac anymore.

But of course, once TLOP dropped, I did. Curiosity got the better of me. The album is largely a mess, with Kanye’s words finding less meaning and substance than ever before (why rap about your wife’s ex when you’ve just had two kids?) but what redeems a listen to any Kanye album is his executive production, which is always interesting to hear how he weaves the ideas of multiple producers into one song. It’s conflicting to enjoy any of it still.

I watched SNL as I do every week. The performance of ‘Ultralight Beam’ shone regardless. The gospel choir add some magic but it’s Chance The Rapper (one of the greatest new artists of the last five years) who lifts the performance and brings a new raptured energy to Kanye’s music, as his own state seems to crumble around him.

Hear the song on Tidal.


J Dilla

The Introduction

Dilla’s lost album gets a release date

Three years on from the news, and a week on from the 10th year since he passed, it was announced that Nas’ Mass Appeal label will finally release the album in conjunction with Dilla’s Estate as PayJay. To be released on April 15th, 14 years after it was originally scheduled to come out ( the album was literally shelved and Dilla moved to LA where he made his name), The Diary features ‘Diamonds’, ‘Ice’, ‘Fuck The Police’ and ‘Trucks’.

‘The Introduction’ is the first song from it, produced by House Shoes with Dilla, is a wavy synth stomper.

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Posted on February 22nd, 2016

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Thursday December 31 – New Year’s Eve


Friday January 1 – New Year’s Day


Posted on December 22nd, 2015


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Tuesday December 15

  • Ash @ Olympia Theatre (€23)
    [Rock] NI boys
  • The Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s (9pm, €6)
    [Acoustic club] Special guests – if you like the Ruby Sessions you’ll love tonight.

Wednesday December 16

  • Rae Sremmurd @ Vicar Street (€32.50)
    [Rap] Hare Squead support.
  • The Riptide Movement @ Whelan’s (€23)
    [Rock] Fourth and final date.
  • Perspectives 2015: Brad Mehldau @ NCH (€30-40)
    [Solo Piano]  Jazz pianist
  • Drillmas @ District 8 (€6/€10, 10:30pm)
    [Dance] Glacial Sound Tjugo Lax [Welcome] Bobofunk B2B Ed Fay [Flush Dublin] Rosbeg B2B DJ TALENTS [Palisade]
  • Paul McLoone’s Christmas Party @ The Workman’ Club (SOLD OUT)
    [Live Radio party] ASH, Jape and HamsandwicH
  • DJ Yella of NWA @ Hangar (€11-€16 , 10:30pm)
    [DJ set ]  NWA’s DJ. This is either a great idea or a crap one. Probably the former.

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Posted on December 15th, 2015


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Tuesday December 8

  • Kojaque, Dah Jevu @ Whelan’s (€5)
    [Hip-hop] A new breed of Dublin rap.
  • The Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s (9pm, €6)
    [Acoustic club] Special guests promised.
  • Lennon Live @ The Grand Social (€10)
    [Cover night] 35th Anniversary Special as performed by The Johnny Rayge Band. 

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Monday December 14

  • The Vaccines @ Olympia Theatre (€23)
    [Indie/pop] Date changed from the 8th to the 14th
  • The Wailers @ The Academy (€32)
    [Reggae]  Bob’s backing band continue to play.
  • Gavin James @ Whelan’s (SOLD OUT)
    [Pop] Singer-songwriter

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Posted on December 8th, 2015


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Over three days and nights in Cork the Sounds From A Safe Harbour’s programme took hold in the venues of the city that saw the likes of Lisa Hannigan, Wild Beasts, The National’s Bryce and Aaron Dessner, Richard Reed Parry, Crash Ensemble and many more contemporary artists play shows in a new festival put together by Mary Hickson of the Cork Opera House and curated by Bryce Dessner.

It was a superb first year, with bonded warehouse food, cocktail bars, gigs and talks; exhibitions and screenings and an attendance that further suggested Cork was more than ready for this unique style of contemporary/classical yet alternative-leaning festival to dock in the city.

As part of the whole experience, I curated a free music trail around 5 pubs/venues in the city including Crane Lane, Bodega, The Oval, Poor Relation and BDSM which featured shows from My Brightest Diamond, I Am The Cosmos, Rusangano Family, Bantum, Shookrah, This Is The Kit, I Have A Tribe, Katharine Phillippa, Somerville, Quiet River Of Dust, Slow Skies, Loah, Conor Walsh, Deady, Adultrock, Talos and more.

If you missed out, here’s flavour of the weekend through the lens of Bríd O’Donovan. Here’s to the hope of the return of the festival next year. Thanks Mary, Bryce and Cork for having me too.

Posted on September 22nd, 2015


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Happenings and Nialler9 are teaming up once again for a series of Friday afterwork gigs under the Minimum Maximum banner happening at the outdoor amphitheatre at the Civic Offices at Wood Quay in the city over three Fridays in August and September. Each gig is €5 on the door and runs from 6:30pm to 9pm. The first one is next Friday!


I Have A Tribe
Stomptown Brass
Saint Sister


Katharine Philippa


+ Guests to be announced.

Facebook event

Full info and links on

These are non-alcoholic events – please do not bring alcohol onto the premises as it jeopardises the opportunity to put a gig on in public spaces in future. Thank you. With thanks to Dublin City Council.

Posted on August 19th, 2015


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The Irish often think of themselves as underdogs but time and time again, we prove ourselves on a world stage. Right now, the Irish are making a splash. Nialler9 talked to Jape, Fight Like Apes, Florence Olivier, I Have A Tribe, Overhead The Albatross and more down at Castlepalooza Music Festival for Vodafone Centre Stage about how and why Irish music is having a moment.

Music: EDC by Elaine Mai. 

Posted on August 12th, 2015


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Patrick O’Laoghaire, I Have A Tribe, has returned with a new track to follow up his debut EP from last year.

‘Scandinavia’ feels like a song that’s been revealed as written in a letter, a confessional late-night whisper with O’Laoghaire resolving his own mortality and existence.

The song was recorded in Villagers’ Conor O’Brien’s house and it also features the vocals and additional instrumentation of O’Brien along with Ber Quinn, who also recorded the session.

“We found a day where all three of us could sit together in Conor’s place. At some stage we began to play, and Ber hit record. When he stopped the tape we had a song.” – O’Laoghaire

Upcoming I Have A Tribe shows:

28 Jul 2015 – GERMANY Darmstadt Merck-Sommerperlen, Support to William Fitzsimmons
29 Jul 2015 – GERMANY Marburg, Support to William Fitzsimmons
01 Aug 2015 – IRELAND Tullamore Castlepalooza
06 Aug 2015 – GERMANY Luhmühlen A Summers Tale
08 Aug 2015 – GERMANY Lingen – Schlachthof, Support to William Fitzsimmons
09 Aug 2015 – GERMANY Dusseldorf – Zakk Support to William Fitzsimmons
11 Aug 2015 – UK London – Scala Support to William Fitzsimmons
23 Aug 2015 – IRELAND Another Love Story Fest

Posted on July 22nd, 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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