Follow the Nialler9 new album Spotify playlist featuring two songs each from each recommended recent album.


David Byrne – American Utopia

Ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne’s first solo album release in 14 years sees him collaborating with artists such as Brian Eno, Sampha, Blood Orange, Oneohtrix Point Never, Jack Penate and a bunch of other male contributors, a factor that resulted in some backlash for the Scottish-American musician that he addressed directly and apologetically.

American Utopia shouldn’t be overshadowed by those fact. The album is excellent, filled with has certain sound elements that project his musical roots with Talking Heads yet it also proves that David Byrne is a long-standing solo artist with distinction who is still able to make relevant and engaging art-pop in 2018. Further proof is in his stand out performance of ‘Everybody’s Coming To My House’ on Colbert.


David Kitt – Yous

David Kitt has been releasing music under his electronic project name New Jackson of late, this is his first release as David Kitt in over eight years. Yous is an understated record, a singer-songwriter record in the vein of his early work. He is accompanied mostly by guitar and the violin and voice of Margie Lewis with some underpinnings of synths and drum machines. It was recorded at his Dublin home with a blend of electronics, samples and live instrumentation (with some additional production by Karl Odlum). Other contributors include Dunk ‘Sunken Foal’ Murphy, Michelle Stoddart (The Magic Numbers) and Robbie Kitt.

A cover of Fever Ray’s ‘Keep The Streets Empty For Me’ is included as are acoustic versions of his ‘Make It Mine’ and ‘There Will Always Be This Love’ which are both from his electronic project New Jackson. First listen standouts include ‘Cling Film’, ‘Like Lightning’ and ‘Still Don’t Know’.


Young Fathers – Cocoa Sugar

Scottish trio Young Fathers’ Cocoa Sugar via Ninja Tune is the alt-rap group’s third studio album. The previewed sound on the album from the first single releases of ‘In My View’ and ‘Lord’ suggested an increased softness and directness that wasn’t present on their first two records. That slight change in direction is present throughout the new album gives it a fresh soulful sound with feel-good gospel constructions to relish in.


Caroline Rose – Loner

Caroline Rose made her debut with I Will Not Be Afraid in 2014. Now four years later the self-described “queer feminist” presents the release of new album Loner, a dark-edged album of manic and millennial modern pop, drawing on indie-rock, surf music, synth hooks and bright production, which Rose herself was responsible for.


George Fitzgerald – All That Must Be

This is the second full-length LP from English electronic producer George Fitzgerald. All That Must Be which is out on Domino Record features collaborations with Bonobo, Hudson Scott, Tracey Thorn and Lil Silva. Tracks like ‘Nobody But You’ delves deep into a nostalgic territory of summer nights spent in South London, embodies a transcendent sound. The album documents the 10-year period Fitzgerald spent living in Berlin right through to his departure back to London to become a father. Each track has its own unique layered ambiance but hey are constructed with a common thread of building synthesizer electronica.


Paddy Hanna – Frankly, I Mutate

Paddy Hanna presents album number two with Frankly, I Mutate which was produced by Girl Band’s Daniel Fox. It represents a polished, reformed and mastered sound from the Dublin singer-songwriter. The album brings its own unique element of quirk that is harmoniously backed up with string arrangements by Éna Brennan aka Dowry. Paddy establishes himself as an artist with distinction and reverence with this one.

Posted on March 12th, 2018

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Castlepalooza have announced their second round of acts for this year’s festival which takes place from August 3rd to 5th in Charleville Castle, Tullamore.

The 25 new artists added to the line up include:

  • A.Smyth
  • Akora
  • Baba
  • Beauty Sleep
  • Bon Voyage & Arveene
  • Colin O’Shea
  • Deborah
  • Dublin Ukelele Collective
  • Heroes In Hiding
  • King Bones
  • Melts
  • Molly Sterling
  • Paddy Hanna
  • Pins
  • Proper Micro NV
  • Pursued by Dogs
  • Roe
  • Slow Riot
  • Slow Place Like Home
  • Showfur
  • Silverbacks
  • Tanjier
  • The Ocelots
  • Third Smoke
  • True Tides

For the first lineup announcement see the previous post here.

Weekend tickets are available from €109 with no camping or €139 with camping.

Posted on March 12th, 2018


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Once Upon a Time Back West returns to Galway this February 8th-11th. The festival will feature music, comedy and club culture across four venues in Galway’s West End.

Line up includes:

Thursday 8th February

Le Boom @ Róisín Dubh (Free)
Oisa D’Preto Massino @ Massimo (Free)

Friday 9th February

Daithí, Slow Place Like Home, Elaine Mai, Paddy Hanna @ Róisin Dubh (Free)

Glenn Wool, Karl Spain @ Róisin Dublin – Upstairs
Rowdy Brothers @ Massino (Free)
Mix and Fairbanks @ The Blue Note (Free)

Saturday 10th February

Franz Ferdinand@ Leisureland
Andy Zaltzman @ Róisin Dubh
110th Street @ The Blue Note (Free)
DJ Mac @ Massimo (Free)

Sunday 11th February

Sing Along Social @ Róisín Dubh (Free)
John Conneely Inc. @ Róisin Dubh
The Blue Notes @ The Blue Note (Free)
Jade and The Goodies @ Massimo (Free)

Posted on January 24th, 2018


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Paddy Hanna has shared new track ‘Toulouse The Kisser’ from his album Frankly, I Mutate which will be released on March 2nd.

The track stays true to the unique Paddy Hanna sound on previous releases such as ‘Bad Boys’ and ‘Mario Lanza’, upbeat and joyous packed with strings and playful lyrics.

“It’s a travelogue of drunken misadventure, watching your future waste away and accepting you will become the person to whom people say, “at least I’m not that poor fool”. – Says Paddy

The album, recorded in Bow Lane studios will feature collaborations with members of Girl Band, Saint Sister, Tandem Felix, Cian Nugent and the Cosmos, Trinity Orchestra and string arrangements by Ena Brennan aka Dowry

Posted on January 18th, 2018



A new night called Sweet Nothings is coming to Drop Dead Twice in the heart of the Liberties, Dublin next month. The night is based on the idea of collaboration, from collaborating with other independent music business in the area, to artists collaborating with each other and the audience on the night.

Brought to you by Carlos O’Connell and in collaboration with Blackwax Records (more about the new record shop on Meath Street), who will hold a pop-up store each night and perform a DJ set of 7″s and 12″s which will also be on sale.

The night is inspired by the scene momentum in New York in the 00s, which birthed the Strokes among others, aiming to create a space where music lovers and the artists themselves will want to come back to.

“A few months ago I got given Lizzy Goodman’s book Meet Me In The Bathroom, and the similarities I found in it with my life in Dublin for the last few years made me think ‘why don’t I just push it a bit more? and try to get some of the amazing artists that Ireland is packed with in the same room, attract music lovers to this room, and make something happen?'” says Carlos.

The first night takes place in Drop Dead Twice, Dublin on Thursday, February 1st. Admission is free.

Artists on the night include:

Paddy Hanna

Gabriel Paschal Black ( For Foresters )

Spongebob Eyelashes

Posted on January 18th, 2018


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This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists.

Bitch Falcon give us their new track ‘Of Heart’, a Nialler9 favourite. Fans will recognise this one as a stand out from live shows giving a slow dirge of rock that creeps across its running time menacingly.

Paddy Hanna’s father’s illness lead him to write a song inspired by American singer Mario Lanza. A very upbeat and joyful track with an underlining sorrowful tone as it reflects his emotions relating to a illness that left his father in a coma for two weeks.

Sligo producers Brame & Hamo are back two years on from their last release with a new 3 track EP. ‘Hurt You’ off the new EP is a hard-hitting track with trance flavours and vocal samples that deliver a deeper tone in comparison to their earlier work.


Laoise- Rich

Galway electronic pop artist Laoise’s new track is deeply atmospheric and shows off her powerfully haunting vocals. Laoise continues to develop her visual aesthetic too via the new video by Christian Tierney.


Nefera- I Dare You

Egyptian/Irish R&B artist Nefera third single ‘I Dare You’ has a catchy beat with soulful vocals. You may find yourself singing along to this one after a few listens.


Sonja Sleator- Mia

Belfast-based singer-songwriter Sonja Sleator reminds me of a Irish version of Courtney Barnett. This song has a very catchy upbeat melody with narrative lyrics about the titular character.


Darce – Valhalla ft Eve Clague

Alt-hip-hop rapper Darce has teamed up with fellow Cork native Eve Clague on a track that captures the essence of youthful antics in rural Ireland with backing vocals that enhance the song’s emotion.


New Portals – Chasing Shade

The prolific Belfast couple Ruth and Michael Aicken are back with new track ‘Chasing Shade’. They say: “it’s a song we wrote about that one person we all know who is just happy with their lives no matter what happens. We’re off busying ourselves, trying to make the world a better place or build a better or more fulfilling future for ourselves and some people are just happy to sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. This song is about how envious we are of those people and how we wish we could just get away from the compulsions that drive us.”

Posted on November 15th, 2017


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Dublin-based singer-songwriter Paddy Hanna has released a new track ‘Mario Lanza’ off his forthcoming album set to be released next year.

The song is very upbeat and joyful with an underlining sorrowful tone as it reflects his emotions relating to a illness that left his father in a coma for two weeks.

My Father, not too long ago, went through a terrible illness which left him in a coma for two weeks. The emotional strain of this event really beat me down, I repressed it in some ways, particularly in my writing. While struggling to deal with the strain I began listening through some rough demos I had, one of which was a minute-long ditty about Mario Lanza, an American Tenor from the early 20th century. I decided to finish it off and realized very quickly I was channelling my pain through this particular track. Mario Lanza, in essence, became my Dad, and through him I could express all of the emotions I had repressed, which is why the song is tinged with a sorrowful joy.

Paddy plays a number of Irish dates this November and December accompanied by a live band featuring Adam Faulkner and Daniel Fox (Girl Band) and guitarist Paddy Ormond.

He has also been playing with Autre Monde who released a new EP a few weeks ago. Previous Paddy Hanna singles include ‘Bad Boys’ and ‘Austria’.

Other dates include:

November 17 @ Levis’ Bar, Ballydehob, Cork
Nov 24 @ Connolly’s of Leap, Cork
Dec 2 @ Kasbah Social Club, Limerick

Posted on November 14th, 2017


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With a run of singles that established the band’s primary influences as those from ’80s rock and post-punk, Autre Monde’s debut EP, which is released Friday on Popical Island, digs deeper on those sounds and brings in new tricks and treats.

The four all-new songs on the EP have a “murkier” way about them, suitably darker in tone for the eve that’s in it. Bands such as Can, Total Control and John Foxx are the references. ‘Moonlight’ judders with a nervous cavernous energy and is apparently ” a revenge fantasy for Ireland’s submerged classes”. ‘Leuctra’ doesn’t give up the ghost with synth ambience, ‘Your Name’ piles on the dirge-like guitars and low-end and spooked synths while ‘Interpretive Centre’ softens the mood somewhat with a metallic guitar-lead denoument.

The EP is launched in Dublin launch with support from Postcard Versions and Invaderband on Saturday 4th November at the Bello Bar. The EP will be available on Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services, as well as on Bandcamp. A limited-edition CD with artwork by drummer Eoghan O’Brien, encompassing the EP and the band’s first 4 singles will be available at the Dublin launch gig.

Autre Monde consists of Paddy Hanna, Padraig Cooney, Mark Chester and Eoghan O’Brien.

Posted on October 31st, 2017

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Autre Monde are a new band formed from a lot of Dublin-based indie pop bands associated with Popical Island, which is currently in hibernation mode.

Featuring Paddy Hanna on vocals, Mark Chester on guitar (Ginnels), Padraig Cooney on bass (Skelocrats, Tieranniesaur) and Eoghan O’Brien on drums (No Monster Club), their new band is inspired by “an early Brian Eno, John Cale plus post-punk kind of seam,” with references to ESG, Television, Suicide, The Slits and Pere Ubu.

The band’s first song, recorded with Daniel Fox of Girl Band, ‘Customs’ is a delight of loose rock proportions. In other words, it’s a lovely jam.

Posted on April 11th, 2017

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For a musician who started out in the toy-bashing indie pop band Grand Pocket Orchestra, Paddy Hanna is a songwriter whose music has taken on a more serious grandiose tone in recent years and it’s a sound which really suits him.

Coming after ‘Camaradie’, ‘Underprotected’ and ‘Austria’, ‘Bad Boys’ continues this classic pop songwriting vibe with stirring strings, piano tinkles, horns and Hanna’s idiosyncratic vocal delivery.

“We all have one of those in our life” Paddy said of the title before getting a bit more serious about his art:

“I allude to mental illness in my work. It’s considered by many to be a neurosis that spurs on creative work, however it is nothing but a crutch on my own creativity. My time in a depressive haze is spent in complete emptiness, weeks will go by, my beard will have grown out, my pen dried up. So when indeed I allude to mental illness it would usually be during a happy period where I can function. One of the most important days in my life came when I finally opened up about depression and was not met with jeers but rather acceptance and understanding – it’s the first and most significant step you can take.“

Paddy Hanna plays Dublin’s Whelans on Friday 5th May.

The song is released accompanied by ‘Sunday Milkshake’, “a tale of realisation, of sleeping on a dirty couch knowing some mistakes cannot be undone”.

Posted on March 6th, 2017


Kelly-Anne Byrne is a regular DJ at festivals throughout Ireland. She’s known for her love of disco and soul, which manifests itself in a monthly club night called Burnin’ Up in The Grand Social and a nationwide show on Saturday and Sunday night on Today FM called The Beat Goes On.

The Beat Goes On Christmas Party happens this Friday night in The Sugar Club.

See all the top 10 tracks of 2016 guest selections.


Lapsley – Operator (DJ Koze Mix)

This record blew my mind the first time I heard it, it sounds exactly like something from the 70’s, something I’d expect DJ Harvey to play- Koze’s production is unreal. I think I played it about 20 times in a row when I was first sent it. Lapsley has a beautiful voice, even though it’s about rejection, it has such an upbeat tone & the lyrics are so quirky.


Faze Action feat. Zeke Manyika – Mangwana

I picked this up back in the summer & played it at a number of festivals, it’s different to the other stuff that Faze Action have done (although I like almost everything they do), more of an afro-beat feel, in many ways it reminds me of a William Onyeabor track and I love William Onyeabor.


Anderson Paak – Am I Wrong?

Malibu is one of the best albums of 2016 for me, Anderson Paak is like Q Tip meets Marvin Gaye, there are so many layers to the album & this is my favourite track on it, you can’t help but groove to it.


Feather (Fehdah) – Like No Other

This is a stunning, soulful record by Dublin-based singer Emma Garnett, aka Feather. I love this track because it takes you on a journey, ending in a completely different place to where it started. I happened to be djing at a wedding during the summer for two people who listen to my show, Feather sang their first dance song, ‘At Last’ by Etta James, she has an amazing voice & I hope to hear a lot more from her.


Whitney – No Woman

Taken from the brilliant album Light Upon The Lake, this track by Whitney really warms my heart. I remember reading an article with Damon Albarn in which he spoke about the power of the perfect pop song, mainly those written in the 60’s by The Beatles, The Kinks, The Beach Boys etc, the magic of those songs was their simplicity, sincerity & subtlety, that’s what this track is like for me.


Pantha Du Prince – The Winter Hymn

There’s something about this song that really moves me, it’s like it has a heartbeat. The album The Triad is one of my favourite albums of 2016, when I put it on I drift away. I saw Pantha Du Prince at Primavera & Electric Picnic this year, both shows were excellent.


Paddy Hanna – Underprotected

This is my favourite Irish song of 2016, the guitar just grabs you from the start and what a voice, some of the lyrics are quite melancholic but I still find it hopeful, maybe it’s the ‘sha la la’ throughout.


Solange – Don’t Touch My Hair

I don’t know if there’s a finer record this year than Solange’s A Seat At The Table, in many ways it reminds me of Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill or Marvin Gaye’s What Going On in its subject matter. I get a lump in my throat every time I listen to this. I love the words and her voice is so soft but really what’s a magical about this record is how gentle it is, even though its subject matter is anger, that’s what makes it powerful.


Lauer – Antinat

Lauer is one of my favourite producers of now, I love almost everything he does. I’ve been playing this out a lot lately, always get a great reaction, it’s like Depeche Mode meets Inner City.


Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker

This track is so haunting, as ever with Leonard Cohen, I was hooked on the words when I first listened to it. What a way to leave the world, by giving us this incredible album and this song, which ironically throughout, says ‘I’m ready my Lord’.

Posted on December 14th, 2016


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Output is a Belfast conference and gig showcase taking place in Belfast on Thursday February 18th.

The conference part, which is free to attend with registration, will take place at The Mac during the day and will feature  a keynote address from Steve Albini, Paul Hartnoll of Orbital on music composition and placement, singer-songwriter Bry,  a co-writing panel with a direct-to-fan Q&A with artist Nadine Shah and I’ll be participating in a talk too.

At night, the focus shifts to nine live music showcases curated by different organisations including IMRO, Chord Blossom, Electric Mainline and a copresent between Nialler9 and The Thin Air that looks like this:

.Nialler9 & The Thin Air @ The Duke of YorkPaddy Hanna, Katie Laffan, Exmagician and A Bad Cavalier;

Here’s what the other showcases look like (curators information forthcoming)

Posted on February 2nd, 2016


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Email for free entry:

How to enter free entry comps – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number (for late contact) in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig or Friday 1pm latest for weekend gigs.

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Tuesday January 26

  • BOB DYLAN, NYC @ Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square (6:30pm launch)
    [Photography] 1961-64 photographs by Ted Russell
  • Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s (€6, 9pm)
    [Acoustic showcase] Read my interview with Conor Ruby Sessions.

Wednesday January 27

  • IMRO – The Business of Music Panel @ IMRO (5:30pm)
    [Panel]  taking your music overseas from the line-up with Patrick Boyle (Milwaukee Irish Fest), Anita Daly (Daly Communications), Cathy Jordan (Dervish), Martin Nolan (MPI Bands & Essential Artists) and Paddy McPoland (Tour Manager for The High Kings).
  • Low Sea @ Whelan’s (€10)
    [Alternative] narcotic pop.
  • Ciaran Lavery @ St Werbergh’s Church (€10/€16)
    [Tradfest] Antrim Singer-songwriter.
  • I Heart Bowie @ Whelan’s (€15)
    [Tribute] Friends of Whelan’s gather to pay tribute. All money to Irish Cancer Society.

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Thursday January 28

  • Villagers @ Vicar Street (€28)
    [Indie/singer-songwriter] Where Have You Been All My Life?’ / Darling Arithmetic on tour
  • Paddy Hanna, Rosa Nutty @ Whelan’s Upstairs (€12)
    [Indie/rock]  Great Irish songwriter. Austria.
  • Oisin Mac Diarmada & Seamus Begley @ Dublin City Hall (€20)
    [Tradfest]  West Kerry accordionist and singer Séamus Begley with Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada.
  •  Hayden Chisholm @ The Workman’s Club Vintage Room (€10)
    [Contemporary] “considered one Europe’s most distinctive and innovative voices on the saxophone.”
  • @ St. Michan’s Church (€20)
    [Tradfest] Liam Ó Maonlaí and his band
  • Moot: Odú @ The Bernard Shaw (Free)
    [new music] Nice new track – Different.
  • Teddy Thompson @ Button Factory (€22)
    [Tradfest] son of British folk-rock legends Richard and Linda Thompson
  • The Family Tree 1st Birthday: Ritzi Lee @ The Wiley Fox (€8, 1opm)
    [Dance ] Techno headliner. Oli Drakeford, Stephen Dylanson, Tommy Holohan, Luke Xander

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Posted on January 26th, 2016


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Always worth a visit during the Christmas season, Young Hearts Run Free’s Yule! event has featured the likes of Villagers, The Strypes and Twin Shadow among its performers in recent years.

Taking place at the Co-Op in Newmarket Square in Dublin 8, this year’s edition happens on Saturday December 5th with:

Land Lovers, Switzerland, The Mess Around, DJ Dandelion, Paddy Hanna, White Collar Boy, Women’s Christmas, Dónal Lunny, Mossy Nolan & Colm McGowan, Stephen James Smith, Young Hearts DJs, Super Surprise Guests!

The gig is BYOB and cake is promised. It’s €22 on the door with all proceeds going to the Simon Community.

Watch Villagers’ Conor O’Brien perform ‘My Lighthouse’ at Young Hearts Run Free

Posted on November 23rd, 2015


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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. Here’s what I played last night:

Listen: Hour One | Hour Two (not available yet – will be shortly)

 Part one

  1. Hot Chip – Dancing in the Dark
  2. Chairlift – Ch-Ching
  3. Kisses – A Groove
  4. Pleasure Beach –  Dreamer To The Dawn
  5. Beach House – Majorette
  6. Paddy Hanna – Underprotected
  7. Savages – The Answer
  8. Bitch Falcon – TMJ
  9. Album of the week:  !!! – Sick Ass Moon
  10. Neon Indian – Annie
  11. TPM – All The Boys on The Dole
  12. Anderson – Cecilia’s Sister

Part two

  1. Peter Gabriel  – Kontrol (FRTRM edit)
  2. Daithí –  Mary Keanes Introduction
  3. Sophie – Eeehhh
  4. Album of the week: !!! – I Feel So Free (Citation Needed)
  5. EMBRZ – Silent
  6. Erykah Badu  – Hotline Bling
  7. SZA  – Childs Play (feat. Chance the Rapper)
  8. Real Lies – North Circular
  9. Keep Shelly In Athens  – Silent Rain
  10. Squarepusher – Tommib
  11. Air  – Alone In Kyoto
    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 October 23rd, 2015


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