Next weekend sees the kickoff of Clonmel Junction, a multidisciplinary arts festival that draws music, comedy, dance, visual art and installation from all over the country to Clonmel and the wider South Tipperary area. A whole host of attractions are lined out for the festival, running from July 3rd to July 10th, and picking a handful of sights to see is tough, but here’s our personal selection of some must-see gigs happening throughout.


Saint Caoilian

Thursday July 6th, 6pm @ Baker’s Bar, free

Everyone loves Caoilian Sherlock. Absolutely everybody. No exceptions. The handsomest boy in Cork music has worn many a hat in his time among the city’s musical rabble: as a DJ, one of the curators of Quarter Block Party, one of Southern Hospitality Board, and as one of the lads from Leeside psych-pop combo The Shaker Hymn. Criss-crossing the roads of Ireland on his lonesome for new project Saint Caoilian, Sherlock taps into his inner troubadour to sweet, injured, almost heartbroken effect.



Friday July 7th, 8pm @ Mulcahy’s, €20

The artists formerly known as Lynched have been on the ascendant in recent years, combining respect for a vast array of musical traditions with a distinctly relevant socially-conscious edge. They combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Having appeared on Later with Jools Holland following the release of their first album Cold Old Fire, the band were also nominated for three gongs at the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and have signed with Rough Trade for their second long-player.



Friday July 7th, 8pm @ Mitchelstown Cave, €30, with Peter Broderick

Meanwhile, over at Mitchelstown Cave on the same evening, one of the vanguard of the new wave of Irish artists takes to stage. Sallay Matu Garnett, aka Loah, is a now well-established presence in Irish music. The Sierra Leonean/Irish singer has been a lifelong musician, classically trained in piano, violin and voice. Her time at Trinity College yielded collaborations with future members of the likes of Little Green Cars, Slow Skies and I Have A Tribe, while subsequent ventures have seen her co-write music on Hozier’s platinum self-titled record, and finish her debut E.P., showcasing her folkish brand of self-named “art-soul”.


Wry Myrrh

Saturday July 8th, 6pm @ Phil Carroll’s, free

The improvisational project of musician/artist Irene Buckley and producer/GASH Collective head Ellen King (aka ELLL), Wry Myrrh weave together off-the-cuff electronica with brooding, foreboding drones and textures. Debuting in January of 2016 at Cork’s Community Print Shop, the duo have since shared a stage with Sophie Cooper, MMOTHS, and the Tor Invocation Band.


Crash Ensemble & Sam Amidon

Saturday July 8th, 8pm @ Old St. Mary’s Church, €30

At the bleeding edge of contemporary Irish music for twenty years this year, Crash Ensemble have been pursuing a number of special events and collaborations. For this event Crash Ensemble will be joined by American folk artist Sam Amidon, who reworks traditional folk melodies into new, indie-friendly forms.

Tickets for all events above are available now at, along with info on the full programme.

Posted on June 28th, 2017


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Girl Band announced a special gig in aid of Pieta House for Vicar Street on February 17th 2017 earlier this month.

Today, they’ve announced their guests and they are:

Lynched, Rusangano Family & DJ sets by James Vincent McMorrow, Geoff Travis (Rough Trade) & Aisling O’Riordan.


Tickets priced €30 are on sale now & usual outlets nationwide.

Posted on November 30th, 2016

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Dublin trad/folk band Lynched have had a great few years where they’ve seen their music take them out of Ireland for touring and a big Dublin show in Vicar Street next month.

Perhaps it’s the growing sphere in which the band operate, perhaps it’s a personal decision informed by wider-world issues, or perhaps it’s criticism levelled at them of the name but the band released a statement saying they will change their name from Lynched to Lankum in February saying they can’t continue to use the name “while the systemic persecution and murder of Black people in the USA continues.”

The band are named after member Daragh Lynch.

“We will not continue to work under our current name while the systemic persecution and murder of Black people in the USA continues.
We will complete all gigs booked under our current name until Februaury 2017, after which we will be working under the name Lankum, which comes from the ballad ‘False Lankum’, as sung by Irish Traveller John Reilly Jr.
As always, we will continue to stand in firm solidarity with oppressed, marginalised and displaced people, both here in Ireland and internationally.
Warm regards,
Cormac, Daragh, Ian and Radie.”

Posted on October 19th, 2016


Radie Peat and Cormac Mac Diarmada of folk band Lynched has a side project with Brian Flanagan called Rue.

Myles O’Reilly (Arbutus Yarns) and Donal Dineen had them set up shop in the Fumbally Stables recently to capture their harmonium-lead performance of ‘Katie Cruel’.

Aideen Macken adds modelling touches to the video.

Rue present an eclectic mix of traditional songs and tunes from both sides of the Atlantic played with immutable conviction on fiddle, five-string banjo, harmonium and concertina. Expect whaling songs and murder ballads underpinned by a wash of harmonic swells and drones and a barn-dance or two thrown in for good measure.

Lynched to play biggest hometown show yet in Vicar Street on Saturday November 26th

Posted on October 7th, 2016


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I’ve made an Electric Picnic DJ Mix every year since 2008. It’s always been a blast to make and a highlight of the site for me personally. 2016’s mix features 22 artists on the Electric Picnic lineup over 20 songs in just under 55 minutes.

It’s for bumping for your festival prep for the next week or in the car on the way down to Stradbally. Last year’s mix.

I’m DJing at the Red Bull Tropical Garden at EP on Saturday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Download links:

More? Here’s an Electric Picnic Spotify playlist with a song from every artist playing

Nialler9 Electric Picnic Mix 2016

  1. Lynched – Father Had A Knife
  2. Toby Kaar – Snapdragon
  3. Nao – Inhale / Exhale
  4. Muro Masa – What If I Go?
  5. Glass Animals – Youth (Instrumental)
  6. John Talabot & Pional – Destiny (Dubtool)
  7. Jessy Lanza – Keep On Moving
  8. Todd Terje – Alfonso Meskedunder (Deetron remix)
  9. Prince Rama – Bahia
  10. Roisin Murphy – Evil Eyes (Hercules & Love Affair remix)
  11. New Order – Tutti Frutti (Tom Rowlands Chemical Brothers remix)
  12. Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence (Prins Thomas remix)
  13. Shit Robot – End Of The Trail
  14. New Jackson – Shoot Out The Lights
  15. Daniel Avery – Knowing We’ll Be Here (KiNK remix)
  16. LCD Soundsystem – Home (Loving Good mix)
  17. Gene Dudley Group – Inspector Norse
  18. Super Furry Animals – Wherever I Lay My Phone (That’s My Home)
  19. Animal Collective – Brother Sport
  20. Broken Social Scene – Pacific Theme

Posted on August 26th, 2016


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Dublin trad/folk band Lynched have risen to popularity due to their spiked take on traditional ballads, engaging live shows and music which draws from the past but speaks in the present.

As a nod to that rise, Lynched will play their biggest show yet at Vicar Street on Saturday November 26th. Tickets are on sale this morning priced €20 + fees from & outlets nationwide.

Posted on August 25th, 2016



The Nialler9 radio show airs live every Thursday night from 10pm to Midnight on 105.2FM TXFM. Like this site, it’s a new music show featuring myself presenting my favourite new tunes.

Listen: Part One | Part Two.

Part One

  1. The Gene Dudley Group –  Inspector Norse
  2. Christine and the Queens – Tilted (her performance. on Later)
  3. LYRA – Rabbit In The Headlights
  4. Arthur Beatrice  – Every Cell
  5. Kygo – I’m in Love (feat. James Vincent McMorrow)
  6. Unknown Mortal Orchestra  – Shakedown Street
  7. Bibio –  Light Up the Sky (new LP)
  8. Kate Bush –  Why Should I Love You?
  9. DJ Shadow  – Nobody Speak feat. Run The Jewels
  10. Skepta  – Man
  11. Kaytranada  – Glowed Up (feat. Anderson .Paak)
  12. Badbadnotgood  – Speaking Gently
  13. Lisa O’Neill  – Red Geansaí (new LP)
  14. Lynched – Cold Old Fire (new video)

Part Two

  1. Feather – Like No Other (full track)
  2. Katy B, Four Tet & Floating Points – Calm Down
  3. Ryan Vail – Never
  4. Mura Masa – What If I Go?
  5. Flume  – Say It feat Tove Lo
  6. Brassica – Tears I Can Afford (Bicep Remix)
  7. Space – Magic Fly
  8. Krobo – Jolx
  9. Taylor McFerrin  – Postpartum (Dorian Concept Remix)
  10. Doomsquad – Who Owns Noon in Sandusky?
  11. Rusangano Family  – Lights On (new video)
  12. Novelist & Mumdance –  1 Sec
  13. J Dilla  – Trucks

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

Posted on April 29th, 2016


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We look for signs that Dublin’s heart’s still beating,
That concrete and glass and peelers and mass, they haven’t stopped the people from screaming,
Being trapped by all the cameras you’re inclined to stay at home,
And forget some songs were written to remind you you weren’t born

Lynched sing about realities, often harsh and often, not repeated enough. ‘Cold Old Fire’ feels particularly pertinent in a time where our politicians delay the dealings of a post-crash state in the name of keeping one hand desperately gripped on the slippery chalice of power.

Lynched’s traditional ballads also draw us back to our cultural past, also prominent in this centenary year. They are one of the few acts immersed in our past and communicating in the present.

For this new ‘Cold Old Fire’ video by Luke McManus, we are introduced to a raw Radie Peat singing sean-nós at a funeral, with a song, ‘Caoineadh na dTrí Mhuire’, she learned from her own grandmother, recently deceased. That director’s cut intro gives way to the band in monochrome in the winter snow in the Wicklow mountains. The song feels like a catharsis from pain and a new purpose to those listening.

More on the video from Luke.

Lynched play the BBC Folk Awards tonight where they are nominated for Best Album, Best Band and Horizon Award. You can watch the ceremony on BBC or hear it on the radio.

Get their album on Bandcamp.

See upcoming tour dates including Castlepalooza, Earagail arts festival Letterkenny and the UK for much of the rest of the year or on Facebook.

Posted on April 27th, 2016


After last year’s inaugural Musictown event, the celebration of music talent and culture in the capital of all genres by Dublin City Council is back for ten days from April 6th to 17th this year.

Highlights include:


Purchase Tickets for the Nialler9 BYOB event on April 16th on EventBrite.

Posted on March 7th, 2016


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TV still has the capacity to surprise musically as it showed famously last year with Future Islands on Letterman. Dublin trad band Lynched aren’t in that category but in their own small way a live appearance for the Planxty-style band was a monumental leap. Little known at home, the “folk miscreants” featured on Later With Jools Holland last night.

Previously, the band were featured on the online TV series The Parlour along with last night’s fellow guests Sleaford Mods as it happens. Was that where the Jools booker saw them? Either way, it’s an indication of the lack of outlets fo the showcasing of live Irish music terrestially (which has improved immensely on air in recent years in a live context, in fairness) that an Irish folk band ended up on UK national TV first. The Parlour’s Barry Lennon argued as much recently in conversation with myself.

Lynched’s debut album was released earlier this year:

And their entire Parlour TV performance:

Posted on October 14th, 2015



The Parlour TV is an independent production filmed in Whelan’s which features live interviews and performances from Irish bands and people in the industry as well as pieces with visiting bands.

With the production’s 12 episodes nearing completion and showing on their website and DCTV (UPC channel 802) on Sundays at 8pm, the team behind it has called for Irish terrestrial television to support Irish music on the box. For the record, current dedicated Irish music slots on TV includes Other Voices, Ceol Ar An Imeall and live slots on The Late Late Show and the Saturday Night Show. Is it enough?

The Parlour TV’s Barry Lennon says “Irish music is nearly non-existent and this is costing jobs and huge cultural opportunities.”

“We had Ian Wilson from RTE radio on our show complaining about the poor support music gets from Irish radio. But television is even worse and the lack of any outlet is hurting the creative and talented musicians based in Ireland.

“One of Irelands best known exports is its music and many Irish musicians’ help promote Ireland by acting as cultural entrepreneurs touring across the world, releasing new music on a host of mediums. Irish music businesses trade across the world on a regular basis, exporting a wide range of products and services. Yet Irish music is virtually silent on terrestrial television with no outlet for up and coming artists.

“More Irish music than ever before is being recorded but there is a lack of television reflecting this, said Danny Carroll, presenter of The Parlour. “License fee payers should know that some of their money is going to support Irish culture and helping showcase some of the unbelievable talent we have in this country.”

The Parlour TV (which is funded by the BAI Sound and Vision fund) is encouraging people to share their favourite Irish music video with the hashtag #televisemusic to highlight the problem. Some tweets so far:

This topic was also explored for Radio by Sinead Troy in my How Music Works column for the Irish Times.

Posted on May 11th, 2015


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