The Hassle

So I think I finally figured it out. And by ‘IT’ I mean the reason for my absence from this self built web-presence (not the Stephen King novel about scary clowns). This blog is over 4 years old. I created it, set it up with its imaginative title (ahem), wrote some blog posts and here we are. This blog, my blog, started out merely as a place for me to share and catalog my taste in music. (Well it actually started its life as a film review blog, but it didn’t take long for music to take over).

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Corner Boy – Morning Morning E.P.

Corner Boy

Bluegrass, folk, a big double bass and an ole banjo thrown in for good measure. Sound familiar? Of course it does! Corner Boy are relatively new kids on the tweed covered block, can a block be covered in tweed? We’ll it was only a metaphor, but disprove me if you must. The ‘Irish Folk Rockers’ formed under the guidance of singer and guitarist, Michael D’Arcy, and have recently released their debut EP Morning Morning.  The 5 track EP, recorded in the secluded railway town of Lennoxville, Quebec, contains many points of reference within the modern folk scene. And before we go any further with this review it’s only fair to get these over-obvious comparisons out of the way so I can keep the focus on musicians at hand.

In 2011 Corner Boy packed a bag full of all things musically related to Irish and English folk and headed for the bright lights of Montreal. There the band garnered as much Americana Bluegrass and Gospel as their baggage allowance would permit and returned home with their debut E.P. Morning Morning and  a hefty fine for excess baggage. The overriding sound produced from this intercultural pick n mix is nothing short of an impromptu jam session between Mumford and Son’s and The Lumineers  in an Irish pub. Sure it’s not highly original but everyone is tapping their feet, clapping their hands and having a great time. Session on!

And that is what this E.P. is all about. From the explosive opening title track to the subtly crafted ‘Move to Paris’  you are bombarded with ‘catchy melodies and instant sing along lyrics that radiate energy; bringing the marriage of the new folk revival and Irish trad into the 21st century.’ For a debut record, Morning Morning is a very positive sign of things to come. They have already graced the stages of Other Voices Derry and have picked up nominations in the MRU Awards. Big things are most definitely around the corner….boys.

Check out their official website for updates.

Top 10 Tracks of the Year – Digging Holes

In this stellar year for Irish music its only right that the number seven slot be filled by the up and coming Dublin indie-poppers, Raglans.

Raglans – Digging Holes

Digging Holes is taken from the band’s debut EP, Long Live. The track itself is fun, energetic and a true sign of things to come. With a new album in the works it will be interesting to see what 2013 holds for the Raglads.

Exciting News

You’d never guess from the title but I have some exciting news to share with you this week. You may or may not remember but last month I was nominated for four categories in the  Irish Blog Awards. Well anyway, to cut a long story short, the shortlist came out the last day and I found out that I am nominated in one category, Best Newcomer.

To be nominated in the first place and included in the Long List was great. And now I have gone a step further and made it on to the shortlist, something I never expected to happen. So I just want ti say thanks to all of you for subscribing, reading, liking, commenting and above all making this blog worth while. Well because it would be pretty disheartening to blogging without readers.

So I’ll leave it there. Thanks again guys, I’ll keep you posted on the blog awards, I think the finalists are announced at the end of the month.  I’m not exactly expecting to go any further but we’ll keep the fingers crossed all the same.

Now how about some music?

  • Mick Flannery- Tomorrow’s Papers