Introducing: Noel O’ Brien

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The one thing certainly not lacking from the current music scene is solo male vocalists. And whilst Noel O'Brien, the 21-year-old singer/songwriter from Tipperary, may be just that, he does little to blend into the crowd. Having just released a self-titled EP (his debut offering) O'Brien seems to be set on proving that deep (somewhat … Continue reading Introducing: Noel O’ Brien

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A hipo-critic no more

Writing

I'm not a musician and I've never claimed to be. And so naturally, I'm often asked why I write a MUSIC blog. I can't sing (although try telling me that after a few drinks) nor can I play an instrument, yet. I have recently acquired an electric guitar but that's a story for another day/blog. … Continue reading A hipo-critic no more

Live Review: Girls Names – Hangar (June 6th)

In the late 70's and early 80's Belfast found it's sound. At a time of great struggle and difficultly, residents of the besieged Northern Irish capital took solace in a new form of music spilling-over from across the Irish Sea. And whilst the troubles may have dissipated, the resonating edgy  tones of punk remained an indicative cornerstone of the … Continue reading Live Review: Girls Names – Hangar (June 6th)

Upcoming Gig: Girls Names

Girls Names - Live in Hangar Dublin

Girls Names @ Hangar Andrew's Lane, Dublin - June 6 Belfast band Girls Names are set to play their biggest Dublin show to date this coming Saturday in Hangar. Whilst the Northern Irish four-piece have been gracing far away fields (Primavera, London Roundhouse) with their brand of psychedelic punk, Dublin appearances have become somewhat of a … Continue reading Upcoming Gig: Girls Names

Event: Jameson St. Patrick’s Live

St Patricks Live 2015 Vicar Street

It's finally March, the Spring is here and those dark winter days are long becoming distant memories (if not for all the snow and sub-zero temperatures). But whilst the weather might be broken, there is one constant that cannot be taken away. And that of course being St Patrick's Day! We're not too big on … Continue reading Event: Jameson St. Patrick’s Live

2014 Albums: Asgeir – In The Slience

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Keeping in the same vein as last weeks post where I looked back at Wild Beasts fantastic 2014 album Present Tense, I've decided to keep the proverbial ball rolling with yet another ear-pleasing offering from the year just gone. It's hard to mention the emergence of a new and exciting Icelandic band without availing of the … Continue reading 2014 Albums: Asgeir – In The Slience

Merry Christmas Everyone (okay even I think that was a bit too early)

Happy Christmas

It's chhriiissstttmmaaaaasssss!! Well not quite, but it is the first of December so I guess my rather enthusiastic Slade impersonation (imagination required) isn't too out-of-place. But still, where has the time gone! Seems like only yesterday I was making new years resolution's and yet here we are preparing to bid adieu to another year. But … Continue reading Merry Christmas Everyone (okay even I think that was a bit too early)

Words

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Words are great. You can use a thousand of them in one sentence and end up saying absolutely nothing. And in the same breath, you can paint pictures, conjure grand tales and captivate an imagination with just a handful. I was racking my brain earlier, trying to find something to write about, something to say. And … Continue reading Words

Best Irish Music Blogs – Shortlist

Blog Awards Ireland - Music Blog

Well boys and girls, it's that time of the year again and I'm delighted to announce that for the third year running, my humble music blog has been included amongst the country's best and brightest. (I am of course talking about the Irish Blog Awards.) And whilst 2014 may not have been the most fruitful where … Continue reading Best Irish Music Blogs – Shortlist

8 ‘not-to-be-missed’ acts at Indiependence 2014

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The Indiependence Music and Arts festival has gone from strength to strength since its original formation back in 2006. At the time it was a free festival which took place in the square in Mitchelstown. But as the popularity and subsequent crowd numbers grew, Indiependence was moved to the 5000 capacity Deer Farm. As the … Continue reading 8 ‘not-to-be-missed’ acts at Indiependence 2014