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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Clonmel Junction Festival announced its lineup for July 3rd to 9th including

Included on the music lineup is:

This is the Kit, Martin Hayes and David Power, Lankum (formerly Lynched), Crash Ensemble and Sam Amidon, Kate Ellis and Yuki Numata Resnick, Talos, Aine Cahill, AE MAK, R.S.A.G., Daithi and more.

Mitchelstown Cave hosts 3 literally underground gigs featuring Peter Broderick, Loah, Jesca Hoop, Rosie Carney, Marc O’Reilly and Brigid Mae Power.

Tickets on sale Friday May 12 at 9.00am

Tickets go on sale Friday May 12 and are available through

Posted on May 12th, 2017

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Anna Calvi, Sam Amidon, Thomas Bartlett, Robert Forster of The Go-Betweens, NYC cabaret performer Justin Vivian Bond, Cathal Coughlan of The Fatima Mansions and Microdisney,Adrian Crowley, writer Pat McCabe, and more are to take part in Blood & The Moon at the National Concert Hall where artists will interpret the work of W.B. Yeats.

The show is being curated by The Gloaming’s Thomas Bartlett and Pulitzer-winning poet Paul Muldoon and takes place on on September 13th and 14th. There will also be new commissions from composers from Nico Muhly and Benedict Schlepper-Connolly and live imaging by Tom Kalin.

– New versions of Wild Swans At Coole, Down By Salley Gardens and Lake Isle of Innisfree by Sam Amidon

– Robert Forster new songs based Crazy Jane poems

– Cathal Coughlan’s new arrangement of The Cold Heaven

– Cathal Coughlan and Thomas Bartlett’s new version of Easter 1916

– Nico Muhly’s new piece Byzantium for solo piano and soprano Daire Halpin

Blood & the Moon: A Provocation on Yeats is for sale from €32.50+fees from National Concert Hall or Tel: 01 417 00 00.

Posted on August 21st, 2015


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Sounds from a Safe Harbour is a new festival put together by Cork Opera House’s Mary Hickson with curated lineup by Bryce Dessner of The National taking place around the city of Cork from September 17th to 20th.

Billed as a festival of music, art and conversation, music will come from The Gloaming, Julianna Barwick, My Brightest Diamond, Sam Amidon, a collaboration between Lisa Hannigan and Aaron Dessner, New York So Percussion and Nadia Sirota, a bunch of Icelandic artist including composer Valgeir Sigurðsson, Amiina, Ragnar Kjartansson, Kjartan Sveinsson, Skúli Sverrisson and the record label Bedroom Community; This Is How We Fly; English organist James McVinnie, Donal Dineen, Crash Ensemble, Eat My Noise and more.

Wave Movements – a new composition by Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire will be the focal point of Sounds from a Safe Harbour. It will be performed at Cork Opera House by the RTE National Symphony Orchestra and accompanied with film by the celebrated Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto.

Many of the events are inspired by the “harbour environs, themes of waves, water and movement.”

There will be screenings of Sigur Ros’ ‘Heima’ and The National’s ‘Mistaken for Strangers’ with conversations and a music trail to be announced. Cork Opera House, The Everyman Palace Theatre, UCC, Port of Cork, Triskel Christchurch, Firkin Crane, Crawford Art Gallery, Wandesford Quay Gallery and Sternview Gallery are some of the venues involved.

Tickets on sale from May 21 with more announcements in June.

“Sounds from a Safe Harbour has grown exponentially from my initial conversation with Mary Hickson into a huge, imaginative celebration and contextualisation of the initial idea alongside the port aspects of Cork,” says curator Bryce Dessner. “Rolling with the water, wave and sea themes, we decided to look to the river, the harbour and the port in making Sounds from a Safe Harbour. I’m especially looking forward to bringing ‘Wave Movements’ to Cork and performing it along with another composition of mine entitled ‘St. Carolyn by the Sea’, which myself and my brother Aaron will perform live the RTE National Symphony Orchestra.

“Collaboration is a huge part of my own practice and I enjoy very much exploring cross genre engagement. We have injected this energy into our festival and will be presenting music, art, film, conversation, dance and food across the weekend. The unifying factor being the music, this is the special glue that brings Sounds from a Safe Harbour home.”

Posted on May 7th, 2015


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Sharon Van Etten’s latest album Are We There has seen many plaudits sent her way. She was already announced to play Whelan’s on April 23rd next year.

However, due to demand, the gig has been moved to Vicar Street, and the Vermont singer-songwriter Sam Amidon has been added on support.

Tickets are €24 plus fees available now from

Posted on December 5th, 2014

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Sunday November 16

  • Lykke Li @ Vicar Street (€40)
    [Pick] Swedish mauldin anthemic pop merchant.
  • Marketa Irglova @ Unitarian Church (€20)
    [Songier-songwriter] Oscar-winning Czech songwriter and member of The Swell Season
  • Laura Cannell, Laura Sheeran @ The Odessa Club (€8, WIN TICKETS)
    [Experimental] Music of the ancients on fiddle, overbowed fiddle, double recorders and wind instruments.
  • A Night for Pieta House @ Olympia Theatre (€22.90)
    [Fundraiser] Friends of Emmet, In Tua Nua, Blink, Picturehouse.
  • Lady Leshurr @ Twisted Pepper (€TBC)
    [Rapper] Uk  rapper. 

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Monday November 17

  • Ought, Jogging @ The Workman’s Club (€12)
    [Rock] (Constellation Records  Montreal post-punk band

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Posted on November 11th, 2014

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Good evening Ireland, and that’s an order. Jameson have teamed up with Nialler9 in the pursuit of a great night out. So if you have no plans, read on…

Here is a selection of some of the best music events happening before the end of the year, as picked by Nialler9.

All Tvvins @ Whelan’s (€12)

Thursday November 13

With Adebisi Shank now gone the way of the dodo and The Cast Of Cheers siding with an uncertain future, two of the prolific musicians of each band have found the time to get together and made tvvins, now called All Tvvins, a project which sees the pair bring their love of synthetic and treated vocals, 80s electro-pop and the sinewy rock they’re learned in. Now signed to a UK label, this Dublin date, as part of a small run of Irish dates, might be your last chance to see them in such small surroundings.

Sam Amidon @ Whelan’s (€18)

Friday November 14

Vermont’s Sam Amidon is one of the few American folk singers who equally at home delving into rich archive of folk music whether the song is of Appalachian origin or first sung in Ireland (he covered Streets Of Derry at Other Voices). His recently released Lily-O album, like his last album Bright Sunny South, will feature some reimagined folk songs but live, his sets are truly the work of an original and can feature a strong dose of weird humour, occasional screeching and stage antics among the beautiful noise.

FMC Tour @ The Workman’s Club (€10)

Saturday November 15

The FMC tour is an opportunity to see some of the best Irish bands on the up in local venues. This year’s main bands are Sleep Thieves, Fight Like Apes and Kid Karate and after gigs together in Limerick, Galway, Cork, Dundalk and finally, Dublin with support from Plutonic Dust.

Chet Faker @ The Academy (€16.50)

Tuesday November 18

The popularity of Aussie Faker has come as a surprise to many but listening to those smooth R&B-style vocals and his crisp electronic soul productions, not to mention his collaborations with wonderkid Flume, his appeal is plain to hear. This gig is somewhat of a post Built on Glass album release victory lap as he sold out the Button Factory earlier this year.

Mos Def @ Vicar Street (€33.50)

Monday November 24

Mos Def, the New York rapper who goes under the name Yasiin Bey, released his seminal debut Black On Both Sides 15 years ago this year. It’s still a classic and contemporary so a good time to hear some of those songs along with others from the rapper’s illustrious career.

Little Dragon @ Vicar Street (€25)

Tuesday November 25

These electro-popping Swedes are only getting better as their latest album Nabuma Rubberband and its singles Klapp Klapp, Pretty Girls and Paris proves. Live though, is where they shine so buy tickets for this if you’ve not yet as it’s due to be a sell out.

Kygo @ Twisted Pepper (€19.90)

Thursday November 27

This one could go either way in terms of live performance but there’s no denying what a big impact the 23 year-old Norwegian producer Kygo has had with a handful of remixes and a Soundcloud account. His rework of The Weeknd is my favourite if you’re asking. Live he’ll be supported by DJ Amtrac.

Eglo Records night @ The Sugar Club (€22.90)

Friday November 28

One of the best labels in the UK takes over the Leeson Street venue. Co-founders Alex Nut and recent Samhain special guest Floating Points will be Djing on the night but the presence of Fatima, Eglo’s in-house soulful singer who released one of the best albums of the year in Yellow Memories, is most anticipated, particularly with a live band around her.

Woman’s Hour @ The Workman’s Club (€10)

Saturday November 29

The name might come from a BBC Radio 4 radio show about female news and culture show but the four-piece band’s music is much less academic: silky R&B pop music that’s sensual and emotional as heard on their Conversations debut album. They’ve only played here thus far as surprise guests at Other Voices’ Electric Picnic stage this year.

Sinkane @ Opium Rooms (€14.35)

Wednesday December 3

New York/Sudanese musician Ahmed Gallab’s third album under the Sinkane name is his best yet, a balmy release of stretchy basslines, guitar grooves, deep percussion and Gallab’s sweet vocals. It also has sounds from old soul music, Afro-funk, calypso, reggae and country.

Yule Hearts Run Free @ The Co-Op, Dublin 8

Saturday December 6

Their recent weekend-long festival No Idle Day typified Young Hearts Run Free’s ethos of interesting and unique cultural events, from The KLF’s Bill Drummond talking about selling his soul to the devil in Marsh’s Library to John Osborne performing his sweet spoken word show about his life in records John Peel’s Shed. There’s no lineup announced for this yet but you can be sure, as with previous years where guests like The Strypes and Villagers turned up among some fine lesser-celebrated local talent, that Newmarket Square, home of the Dublin Flea Market, will turn into a right old festive party once again.

Sleaford Mods @ Whelan’s (€16)

Saturday December 13

These dudes look like a cross between Liam Gallagher and fellahs you wouldn’t want to meet down a dark alley. Their music has a similar confrontational gait: working class Nottingham punk poetry, both scathing and sardonic. Live, it should be a heady sweaty affair with some serious substance.

Little Green Cars @ Vicar Street (€22)

Sunday December 14

The young Double harmonic indie-folk band have been on a two-year tour since before they released their hugely-successful debut album. In that time, they’ve gone on tour in North America and Europe and this December, they return for a last series of largely acoustic gigs on their current tour taking in Galway, Newbridge, Ennis, Kilkenny, Cork, Waterford and this big one in Dublin.

Brassland @ National Concert Hall, Dublin

Saturday December 13 – Sunday December 14

The collaborative group Brassland return with a host of international and local musicians this December from folk to rock to indie and more. This is The Kit, Matthew E. White, Megafaun and more will perform music collected by American folklorist Alan Lomax, Buke & Gase and Crash Ensemble wil play the music of The National’s Bryce Dessner and The Gloaming’s Thomas Barlett will be accompanied by Glen Hansard, Paul Noonan and Lisa O’Neill for his Doveman’s Burgundy Stain Sessions.

Lisa O’Neill @ Unitarian Church (€15)

Friday December 19

Over a year since the release of her latest album, Same Cloth Or Not, the Cavan folk singer’s personality and colloquial songs continue to find new ears. She’s been all quiet on the Irish front this year so this gig is your only chance to see her charming self in the flesh.

Run The Jewels @ Opium Rooms (€17.35)

Sunday December 21

Two near-forty year old rappers, with a near-lifetime of respectable success, got together last year and made one of the rap mixtapes of the year. This year, El-P and Killer Mike graduated to album format for RTJ2 and the result has been a rap album that bangs harder than any other. You’d be a fool to miss this. A Christmas fool.

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Posted on November 7th, 2014


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Vermont’s Sam Amidon is one of the few American folk singers who equally at home delving into rich archive of folk music whether the song is of Appalachian origin or first sung in Derry.

Lily-O, like his last album Bright Sunny South, will feature some reimagined folk songs including ‘Walkin’ Boss’, one of the first songs Amidon learnt to play on the banjo after playing along to a recording of Jeff Davis playing the song as a teenager.

The album is out on NoneSuch records on September 30th in the US, and was recorded in in Reykjavik with Valgeir Sigurðsson. Sam Amidon plays the Kilkenny Arts Festival on Thursday with stargaze alongside Bill Frisell ( who plays on Lily-O), The Dodos and My Brightest Diamond.

Sam Amidon – Lily-O tracklisting

  1. Walkin’ Boss
  2. Down the Line
  3. Blue Mountains
  4. Pat Do This, Pat Do That
  5. Lily-O
  6. Groundhog Variations
  7. Won’t Turn Back
  8. Maid Lamenting
  9. Your Lone Journey
  10. Devotion

Posted on August 11th, 2014


A lovely paean to a friend no longer with us is the touching subject matter of ‘My Old Friend’, sung by Sam Amidon and written by Steve McEwen and Craig Wiseman. It was originally a hit for country star Tim McGraw. Sam takes the song into a more gentle plaintive territory, illuminating the song’s sentiment with evocative instrumentation.

My old friend, this song’s for you
Cause a few simple verses
Was the least that I could do
To tell the world that you were here
Cause the love and the laughter
Will live on long after
All of the sadness and the tears

The song is taken from his new album Bright Sunny South out on Nonesuch Records on May 14th. The album features reinterpretations of songs like Mariah Carey’s ‘Shake It Off’, Planxty’s ‘I Roved Out’ and Andy Irvine/Paul Brady’s cover of ‘Streets Of Derry’.

Tracklisting →

Posted on February 27th, 2013




When Other Voices started, it was very much in the mould of a regular TV show. Go somewhere and make the thing, record it and broadcast it at a later date. In the last few years though, the music show has made the leap into online too with live streams via RTE and The Guardian, an active social media presence and a Youtube channel which hosts performances shot just days prior.

The show started in the intimate environs of St. James Church but it too has made the leap further afield in recent years. A show in New York a couple of years ago galvanised the series to spread its wings, and this year, in its eleventh season, it travelled to the UK City of Culture, Derry, last weekend and it will go to London to complete the triangle in April.

Tonight, RTE will broadcast a 2 hour special featuring the highlights from the weekend’s sets from 11pm to 1am. I was there the entire weekend reporting for the Other Voices blog and here are some of my personal highlights, in a numbered but no particular order, from the last few days.

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Posted on February 13th, 2013


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A list of recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin. All times are 7.30/8pm unless stated. Feel free to recommend gigs in the comments as this post gets a lot of eyes every week.

Highlights: Sam Amidon, The Handsome Furs, Squarehead album launch, Eleven Eleven label showcase Chris Thile, Twisted Pepper Saturday night.

Ticket giveaways:

Email [email protected] with your full name, your choice and phone number before noon of the day of your chosen gig to be in with a chance to win.

Tuesday September 13th

  • Ruby Sessions: Rams Pocket Radio, The Brilliant Things, The Gandhis, The River Fane @ Doyle’s (9pm)

Wednesday September 14th

Chris Thile – Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground by Sugar Hill Records

Thursday September 15th

Handsome Furs “Memories of the Future” Live at KDHX 8/24/11

Mora Minn by thedyingseconds

Friday September 16th

the only way through is the music by Spilly Walker

Colour by SOSB

Saturday September 17th

Sam Amidon – The Needle And The Damage Done by sam-amidon

Bloom – Blawan RMX by Radiohead

Sunday September 18th

Monday September 19th

Daniel Martin Moore – Dark Road

Posted on September 13th, 2011


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A list of personally recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin. All times are 7.30pm/8pm unless stated. Feel free to leave your picks in the comments.

Top 3 gigs this week:

  1. Thurs 4th Nov: Chromeo, Midnight Juggernauts @ Tripod ( €20)
  2. Thurs 4th Nov: Sam Amidon + guest Beth Orthon, Charlie Parr @ Whelan’s (€15)
  3. Sat 6th Nov: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings @ Tripod (€25)

See the week’s full listings ..»

Posted on November 2nd, 2010

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