The Wood Quay Summer Sessions return for a third year delivering free lunchtime concerts from 1 – 2pm at the Amphitheatre, Wood Quay every Thursday in July.

The lineup includes:

July 5th presented with Music Network

13.00 – Niall O’ Sullivan (trumpet) & Dermot Dunne (accordion)

13.30 – Mark Redmond (uilleann pipes), Eilís Lavelle (harp) & Paul O’Driscoll (double bass)

July 12th presented with Improvised Music Company (IMC)

13.00 – Parallel Society

13.30 – Aoife Doyle Band

July 19th presented with Contemporary Music Centre (CMC)

13.00 – Kirkos Ensemble: Sebastian Adams (viola), Jane Hackett (violin) & Siún Milne (violin)

July 26th presented with First Music Contact

13.00 – Super Silly

13.30 – Pillow Queens

Posted on June 14th, 2018

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Kopparberg are putting on three nights of a party called The Camden Backyard starting this Thursday at 11 Camden St. Lower in Dublin 2.

The special area will feature adult ball pool, Koppar-cocktails, Kopparberg slushies, comedians, live podcasts, food trucks, live hip hop and R&B performances in a hidden space off Camden Street.

TICKETS: €10 plus booking fee and includes two complimentary Kopparberg. Here’s a look at what’s happening each night.

Thursday June 14th:

Live podcast with comedian Alison Spittle


Join Alison and special guests James Kavanagh (presenter and social media star) and Bradley Brock (aka Neon Love – Ballina’s greatest drag queen) for a night of chats as they launch Kopparberg’s The Camden Backyard.
Doors Open 7pm | Show Starts 8pm | Doors Close 11pm
https://camdenbackyardalisonspittle.eventbrite.ie

Friday June 15th

Live Hip-Hop, Rap and DJs curated by The RnB Club

Expect hip hop and RnB music from local talent, artists, and DJs including Tara Stewart, Super Silly, Handsome Paddy, JYellowL, Mona Lxsa, Soft Boy DJs, UNQ and more.

UNQ
T.E.D.
Handsome Paddy
Tara Stewart & Mango
Papa Lou

Plus wood fired pizza by The Original Food Junkie, Hawaiian street food from Shaka Poké, Arctic Stone rolled ice cream served with a Kopparberg Raspberry infused syrup, Kopparberg slushies, and Koppar-cocktails.
https://camdenbackyardfriday.eventbrite.ie

Saturday June 16th:

Live Hip-Hop, Rap and DJs curated by The RnB Club


Expect hip hop and RnB music from local talent, artists, and DJs including Tara Stewart, Super Silly, Handsome Paddy, JYellowL, Mona Lxsa, Soft Boy DJs, UNQ and more.
Super Silly
JyellowL
Stevie G
Soft Boy DJs
Mona Lxsa

Plus wood fired pizza by The Original Food Junkie, Hawaiian street food from Shaka Poké, Arctic Stone rolled ice cream served with a Kopparberg Raspberry infused syrup, Kopparberg slushies, and Koppar-cocktails.
https://camdenbackyardsaturday.eventbrite.ie

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Posted on June 11th, 2018

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Bare In The Woods have added a host of Irish acts to the lineup for the festival taking place at Borris House in Carlow from July 6th – 7th.

Last year the festival did not go ahead due to license conditions, this year it’s back with a rather varied lineup including D12 star Obie Trice and fashion guru Gokwan alongside many others.

Those added to the lineup include:

  • Super Silly
  • JyellowL
  • Not Monsters
  • Heroes in Hiding
  • My Tribe Your Tribe
  • Cider Wasps
  • Sun.Set.Ships
  • Josh Gray
  • Peco
  • Kyle Meehan

They have also announced that there will be spoken word and Comedy at the festival.

Spoken word lineup:

  • Truckstop Honeymoon
  • Ri Ra
  • Anna Mullarkey
  • Shalalak
  • Scene of the Rhyme
  • David Jackson
  • Boundless and Bare
  • Ciaran Callan and Justin McCann
  • Davina and The Messengers

Comedy Lineup:

  • Karl Spain
  • Owen Colgan
  • Farmer Michael and Kathleen

For the full lineup list go to this previous post.

Weekend tickets starting at €100 are available now via barefestival.com. Saturday tickets are also available starting from €50.

Posted on May 30th, 2018

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

1.

Tooka – Bogotá

Tooka are a new three-piece electronic band from Dublin who formed this year made up by Ben Higgins (vocals/guitar), Jack Gamble (vocals/guitar) and Dónal Sharpson ( piano/vocals/production) – the same guy who dropped Bonobo-esque upbeat feel-good track ‘Sheikah’ earlier in the year. Elements of Dónal’s production style can be heard on ‘Bogotá, a vibrant energy that is emotionally laced with a harmonious flow and piano riffs. The track is from their three track self-titled EP.


2.

Pillow Queens – Puppets

On their way to dominating the current Irish indie-pop scene Pillow Queens release ‘Puppets’ their second release this year as follow on from ‘Favourite’. The title of their forthcoming EP out on March 16th State of State was inspired by ‘Puppets’. The track does not fail to deliver that infectious quality that Pillow Queens embody in their music, while at the same time dealing with the issues present in a post-recession Ireland and the effect that can have on your mental health.


3.

The Hot Sprockets – Cold Cold Sweat

Dublin soul-rock four-piece The Hot Sprockets are teasing the sound of their new album Dream Mover with an impactful tone on this first release ‘Cold Cold Sweat’. The added brass elements and afro-beat influence on the track sees a step up in soulful energy for the band. Excitement for the new sound on the album builds.

The album launch takes place at The Button Factory on April 14th.


4.

Slow Skies – Dancing

Slow Skies is the musical project of Dublin musician Karen Sheridan. ‘Dancing’ is an ambient folk-pop track that captivates attention with Karen’s angelic vocal delivery. Her debut album is set for release in May.


5.

Days_S – Elbows

This is Dublin-based singer-songwriter Dave Costello or Day_S, second release via Diffusion Lab as a follow-on from his debut release ‘Last Night’. ‘Elbows’ is another soulful electric pop track delivery from the 22-year-old musician. A stripped back acoustic version of the track is also out.


6.

Montauk Hotel – Hands

Dublin-based indie-pop four-piece band Montauk Hotel made their debut with ‘Sense of Place’ last year. ‘Hands’ is an 80s-inspired pop track with a beaming melody.

You can catch them live at The Paddy’s Weekender at The Workman’s Club this Saturday March 17th.


7.

Sequence – Stunna

Athlone-based hip-hip artist Sequence’s new track ‘Stunna’ is his first release from his EP Take Time which will be released this July. The track is an upbeat feel-good track with a UK afrobeat tone.


8.

Super Silly – Here

Hudis, Grvz, SolBas and Glory make up the Dublin-based group Super Silly. ‘Here’ is a modern R’n’B track with a soulful-pop melody, produced by Tunde Esho and recorded with Rian Trench of Solar Bears.

The video was directed by Sean Clancy.


9.

Sorcha Richardson – Can’t We Pretend

Dublin-native, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Sorcha Richardson’s latest release represents a slightly more stripped back and slower-tempo sound than her previous release ‘Waking Life’. In 2015 Sorcha released an acoustic demo recorded in her bedroom titled ‘I Can Be Your Friend’ via YouTube. It appears that this same track has been developed into the harmonious electro-pop track ‘Can’t We Pretend’.


Posted on March 14th, 2018

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Music Cork is a new conference and showcasing event for the music industry taking place in Cork from May 10th – 12th.

I interviewed the organisers for my Irish Times How Music Works series last week and they explained why they started it.

I am involved in one of the three live gigs taking place on Thursday May 11th and my lineup was announced last month and includes Le Boom, Ailbhe Reddy and Lyra.

Now, two other gig showcases have been revealed and they look like this:


@ Triskel (curated by IMRO) – Cry Harridan, Jafaris, Little Hours, Super Silly
@ Crane Lane (curated by Music Cork) – Alex & Echoes, BARQ, Rob Burch …plus final act to be announced very soon
@ Cyprus Avenue (curated by Nialler9) – Ailbhe Reddy, Le Boom, Lyra …plus final act to be announced very soon

The final announcements for these shows and the full lineup for The Old Oak and Cork Opera House are also coming soon.

Music Cork has already confirmed a wealth of industry speakers for the event, including Key Note Speaker, Darcus Beese, President of Island Records. In addition to Darcus, Music Cork will also welcome Mike Smith MD of Warner/Chappell and Rob Stevenson Executive Vice President of Republic/Casablanca.

Early Bird Tickets priced €110 plus booking fee are almost sold out with full details available on MusicCork.com

Posted on April 3rd, 2017

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Precious, Solbas, Grooves, and Shek are Super Silly, a band you may have seen playing with the likes of Hare Squead,  Soulé, Stay Gold and Farah Elle in the past.

They are striking out on their own of late with their debut single ‘No Pressure‘  leaving a distinguished mark of  modern R&B, soul and pop.

With their newest track ‘Not Ready to Leave,’ Super Silly mix R&B, jazz and soulful funk in a similarly impressive manner. Very into this.

Catch Super Silly live at Tengu next Thursday at the Souletiquette night. 

Posted on March 10th, 2017

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Now we’ve kicked 2016 to the curb, it’s time to look forward.

January is all about freshness, so here are 20 acts from around the globe who I reckon you’ll be hearing much more of this year. Some will be familiar to you but I expect to make an even bigger splash and some, I bet are likely to be appreciated by a lot more people by the year’s end. That was the criteria. I avoided any of the obvious ones you’ve seen elsewhere especially the BBC Sound of 2017 poll.

There are also extended playlists featuring the pick of those acts and more (JFDR, Jorja Smith, Declan McKenna, Louis Berry, ABRA, Jamilia Woods, Maggie Rogers, Pumarosa among them) on Soundcloud and Spotify.

Last year’s list.


1.

Hare Squead

Dublin R&B pop trio to hit it big this year.

A regular feature on Nialler9, Hare Squead spent the year building their fanbase in the UK by supporting Dua Lipa and dropping a series of singles and an EP on Columbia Records that suggested that Tony Konstone, E-Knock and singer Jessy Rose’s blend of soul, R&B, rap and pop could cross the Atlantic this year if all goes well.


2.

Skott

Scandinavian bright light of pop.


Four songs deep and Scandinavian artist Skott (who apparently “grew up in a remote small town forest commune run by ‘outcast’ folk musicians”) has already received some worthy plaudits – Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World, approval from Lorde, plays on Zane Lowe’s Beats show and topping the Hype Machine’s most blogged chart (and featured in their end of year list)

Her songs so far are bright pop nuggets from the sweet melody of ‘Porcelain’ to orchestral finger-clicking ballad ‘Wolf’ and the whistle-assisted electronic pop of ‘Lack Of Emotion’.

https://soundcloud.com/skottpeace/sets/skott


3.

Jens Kuross

Brittle piano balladry with emotive results.

Idaho-born musician Jens Kuross studied Jazz at Berklee college in Boston but last year begun releasing music under his own name on the London-based Aesop label. Now based in LA, Kuross’ six tracks last year were songs of emotion, depth, minimalism and confident songwriting, taking on a singing style that gets more affecting as it opens up, with touches of Radiohead and minimalist songwriters.


4.

Ardyn

UK siblings reaching out with new pop tones.

Cotswold brother and sister Rob and Katy Pearson AKA Ardyn appeared with the smart indie pop song ‘Over The River’, a song close to London Grammar in mood. An EP followed, The Valley, which featured production by James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco, Arctic Monkeys). More of the EP’s arched celestial pop overtones would be welcome in 2017. If you’re in London next week, they play The Line Of Best Fit’s Five Day Forecast.


5.

Ailbhe Reddy

Dublin singer-songwriter has reached far in a short time.


For a new artist, having your second EP racking up over 1 million streams in your first year is quite an achievement. But Ailbhe Reddy has found fans wherever she has gone – whether its at festivals like Electric Picnic, Other Voices and Body & Soul among them. As she has grown in consciousness, so too has her craft and her live set finds her flanked by a full-band adding depth to already substantial songs. You may have heard her song ‘Seasonal’ in the RTÉ show Striking Out – courtesy of myself and Avant Music Port too.

2017 sees Ailbhe step it up into the wider world, starting with a new single ‘Relent’ and two gigs – The Servant Jazz Quarters in London on 15th February and The Sugar Club in Dublin on 22nd February.

Hear her new song below which Ailbhe says:

‘Relent’ is about looking back on a soured relationship & realising how it could have been, seeing the lessons and my own shortcomings as part of the story. It’s about the guilt that forms part of the natural retrospection on a once loving relationship. Too often these songs can be purely accusatory, whereas I’ve tried to explore the reality that there are two sides to every story and each party has their own narrative as they see it. The inspiration was these feelings and the song was written as an attempt to express this and move forward from it. To sweeten what has soured and move on without guilt”


6.

Her

French R&B duo.

Two French men make up the duo Her, making sensually suggestive R&B pop songs with electronic undertones – reminscent of Rhye with more body (ahem). They’ve had a few memorable songs already in the form of ‘Quite Like’, ‘Five Minutes’ and their most recent single ‘Queens’ featuring Zefire. They’re now signed to Island Records and kick off their year at Eurosonic next week. A debut album is forthcoming.


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Posted on January 5th, 2017

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