Saturday, 28 February 2009

Irish Bands on YouTube - Ruby Sessions in March

There have been three Tuesday's of Ruby Sessions gigs announced so far for the month of March.....every night looks amazing!

3 Mar 2009 21:00

House of Cosy Cushions, Sophie Coyle, Elder, Roy Shiels

10 Mar 2009 21:00

Caruso, Sixteen Layers, Star Crossed Enemies, Craig McConnel

31 Mar 2009 21:00
Heathers, The Resistance, Michael John, Doug Sheridan

Friday, 27 February 2009

Something For The Weekend - Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club

An Emotional Fish frontman Jerry Fish is releasing a new album this Spring! Best to let his website tell ya about it.....

"Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club
‘The Beautiful Untrue’

The New studio album from ‘Jerry Fish & The Mudbug Club’ entitled:
‘The Beautiful Untrue’ is scheduled to be released in Ireland on April the 24th.
And will also be available to download shortly thereafter all over the planet earth.

Produced by Jerry Fish, Recorded by Dick Meaney (The Jesus & Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine) and Mixed by Phil Hayes ( The Cake Sale, Bell X1)

‘The Beautiful Untrue’ will be released on Jerry’s record label The Mudbug Club and distributed in Ireland by RMG Chart Entertainment. The album features some extraordinary guest vocal performances from two of Irelands up and coming singers Imelda May and Carol Keogh.

… and of course The Wonderful and Ever Expanding Mudbug Club Troupe. Buzz Wilde, Spicy Mudbug, Dr.Nebulus, Q, Conor (Jesus) Brady, Grum, Dave Frew, Mark Healy, Stefano Muscovi, Princess Mischa, Pat (Mr.T) Corless, Serge Stavila, Josie Doherty, Justin Carroll, Joe Ryan, The Mighty Stef and Oleg Ponomarev.

The first Single to be taken from ‘The Beautiful Untrue’ entitled ‘Back to Before’ will be released to radio in March and available on itunes as a download only single.

‘Back to Before’ is one of two duets on the album featuring singer Carol Keogh. The song has a Parisien Circus feel and sounds like it came from the soundtrack of ‘Amelie’ or ‘City of The Lost Children’.

Subscribers to the mailing list can look forward to a preview of the new record on the website as soon as it is mastered.

I know that it has taken forever to complete, if it’s any comfort to you all, I’ve been making lots of babies in the interim, and I’m very happy for it.

LoVe, Jerry The Fish"

Also arriving straight from the Mudbug Club site are the following:

True Friends

It Rains On Me [featuring Mundy]

Monday, 23 February 2009

Monday Under The Covers - Inspirations

This amazing gig in The Acadamy could quite possibly be the most advertised gig in Ireland ever! The line-up is wonderful and to be honest almost all acts appearing could easily fill the venue by themselves. However this is a covers night for charity where we can expect songs by David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan sung by our best Irish artists and Fun Loving Criminals. In celebration of this gig I have a cover by the headliner Sinéad O'Connor. Sinéad has sung songs by Kurt Cobain, Cole Porter, Lee Perry and of course Prince who penned the breakthrough hit Nothing Compares 2 U. Below I have her version of the Damien Dempsey song It's All Good.

Sinéad O'Connor - It's All Good

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Sunday's Seven Degrees of Lost Bands

In Ireland now like a lot of the world is experiencing a massive re-adjustment. Life seems to be spiralling back to the 1980's at a fierce rate where unemployment was high, emigration dominated family life and money was scarce. However culturally Ireland was alive and kicking. The child of the 1980's produced many fine bands who are no more. Below are Delorentos and six more samples from recent bands who should not be forgotten.

Leya - In Our Hands [More info]

Label [Terry Sutton, Binzer, Simon Good, Shane Fitzsimons] - No One To Blame [More info]

The Chalets - Love Punch [MySpace]

Wallmark [Padraig Digan] - Dryland [More info]

Delorentos - All This Time [More info]

The Prayer Boat [Emmett Tinley] - Paralysed [More info]

...... due to the nature of this post if any artist does not want their music represented here please contact me asap on mixtape4melfi[at]gmail{dot}com

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Irish Bands on YouTube - Mark Geary

As can be seen in the image Mark Geary is on an Irish tour at the moment in support of the third album called Opium which was released nearly a year ago. Mark is from Ireland but has settled in NYC since his Sin É days with the likes of Jeff Buckley and Katell Keineg. His three albums are amazng lovely albums full of great stories and beautiful melodies. You need to check Mark Geary live this month!

From the first season of Other Voices Mark is special guest of the adopted Irishman Josh Ritter.

Mark Geary singing with Liam O'Maonlai, Brendan O'Shea and Glen Hansard on a recent tour in Europe.

Friday, 20 February 2009

Something For The Weekend - Dave Couse & The Impossible

A House was one of Ireland's greatest bands of the 1990's and their cd's are still an aurel pleasure in this household. The frontman Dave Couse released an excellent album in 2005 with 'The Impossible' called The World Should Know. The band's website over at

.... has a fair few free tracks including what looks like a free EP called Lokomotiv which can be found below:

Beautiful Music


Faith Avenue


Visions of Karla

I absoluely love this version of A House's biggest hit Endless Art performed last year in Vicar Street by Dave Couse, Thomas Walsh of Pugwash, Duke Special and Neil Hannon on The Divine Comedy.

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Terry Sutton on YouTube

Terry was special guest of Damien Rice at his birthday gig on 7th December 2002 in the Olympia in Dublin. The bootleg is online somewhere with this description:

"Damien's infamous birthday gig, the first of a 3 night slot with the full band in the Olympia. Guest appearances by Terry Sutton & Declan O'Rourke. For those who weren't present, Damien consumes an entire bottle of wine during Cheers Darlin' - The collective gasp of the audience results from Damien throwing his birthday cake in Lisa's face at the climax of the song. There then follows a pretty drunken unplugged ensemble rendition of Heaven Belongs To You, featuring Lisa on lead vocal, Damien on ukelele, Vyvienne on Cello and the backing singers of Tomo, Shane, Terry, Declan and Kathryn Williams and her band (the support act)."

In Motion Re-issued

When I write this blog I always get a sense of nationalistic pride especially when I write about great bands. I feel that now because I'm encouraging you go and get a lost album by one of the best Irish bands in the early 90s. The Indiecater gang bring us In Motion's 1994 The Language of Everything as a digital release for just €4. All proceeds from the sales are going to the charity Aware. So two excellent reasons to go get the album, for your aurel pleasure and to help a charity.

In Motion - Hollow Blow

In the early 90's In Motion were in the middle of a great indie scene in Ireland. Bands like Mexican Pets, Pet Lamb, Sunbear and Rollarskate Skinny to name a few!

Mexican Pets - Stigmata Errata

Sunbear - Sleepy Feeling

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Delorentos do a Juniper!

I hate being the 20th Irish music blogger to pass on the news that Delorentos are calling it a day when they release their second album! Delorentos have been one of Ireland's most successful bands in recent years and released a great debut "In Love With Detail" in 2007. The following was press info released by the band:

"It's with a very heavy heart that we have to let you know that Ronan has decided to leave the band. He feels its best for him to move on and do other things. The three of us will still be making music and will let you know about what happens next.
As our songs always came from the four of us playing together we've also decided that it wouldn't feel right to continue "delorentos" without him.

We're all very proud of the songs we've written over the last year, we feel they're some of the best we've ever done, and as a result we're determined not to discard them or let them go.

Next month, the four of us are going to record this album together and plan on making it something we'll all be proud of. It'll be our last collection of songs as delorentos, and we hope you'll like them.

We want to thank everyone that's supported us since we started, we'd never have gotten this far without you. We hope to play a gig or two to say goodbye.
We'll be in touch soon with more details.

Ross, Niall and Kieran and Ro."

Maybe Delorentos will do a Juniper and become the new Damien Rice and Bell X1! Got to see a positive in the basis of everything!

Here is the apt lyrics for the Delorentos song 'Do You Realise'

I came to you the other day, to try and find out
You wouldn't listen but you always have something to say
A winning smile with airs and grace can help you ride out the stormy seas
You tease you always have something to say

Do you realise all you've done is cause a rift between us,
A rift between your heart and mine

You tread a line most wouldn't dare, and then you leave
But it's not over, no you've always got a game to play
And I can't stop you because I don't want to
It's much easier to turn and look the other way

Do you realise all you've done is cause a rift between us,
A rift between your heart and mine

Go here to their excellent Hangover Mixtape on the Egocentric blog!

Ruby Tuesday - Kiernan McMullan

I'm really excited about this week's Ruby Tuesday artist Kiernan McMullan. Hong Kong born Kiernan who grew up in Limerick is now making friends all over America plugging the debut album Perfect People Are Boring. In 2007 he released his first official single in Ireland called “Borderline” which went to number 3 on the Irish download charts and earned him spots on major radio stations all over the country as well as supports with the likes of Cathy Davey, The Blizzards, David Geraghty, The Coronas, and Delorentos.

In late 2007 Kiernan stepped into the studio with his band to work on a new full length record. They went to Grouse Lodge Studios which has seen the likes of REM, Muse, Snow Patrol, Bloc Party, and Paolo Nutini, record there. Keirnan's in not a typical singer songwriter. It sounds like Kiernan has been heavily influenced by the likes of Dave Matthews, Ben Harper and John Mayer which produces a John Butler trio sound. Kiernan is one of many irish artists at this year's SXSW in Austin, Texas.

Kiernan’s debut on One Eleven Records is available now on iTunes.

Little White Lie [recorded for PW Radio]

There is nothing better than listening to live music. While I was writing this I listened to the following full solo concert of Keirnan here:

Free TV Show from Ustream

Monday, 16 February 2009

SXSW invasion by the Irish!

The Irish arrive in force to the SXSW festival during St Patrick's week in March. At present the following Irish bands are scheduled to appear:

Wallis Bird
The Urges
The Brothers Movement
Kiernan McMullan
Lisa Hannigan
The Mighty Stef
The Guggenheim Grotto
Fight Like Apes
Republic of Loose
Dirty Epics
One Day International
Beat Poets
Fighting With Wire
General Fiasco
In Case of Fire

Sunday, 15 February 2009

Sunday's Seven Degrees of Gratitude

I had a text conversation with a close friend yesterday where he stated he was busy with the whole Valentine's thing and his quest to show his girlfriend how special she is to him. It got me thinking about the value of the Hallmark sponcered holiday of Love. All I hope for is that this day encourages folks out there to become people of love and make the principles of Valentine's their objective for life.

The Fat Lady Sings - World Exploding Touch MySpace

Armoured Bear - Dance With Me MySpace

Steafan Hanvey - Love's A Decision MySpace

Sinead Lohan - You're In My Love MySpace

Thomas Kitt - Run Away With Me MySpace

Autumn Owls - Love Is Just A Place MySpace

Alphastates - Kiss Me MySpace

If you like what you hear make sure you support the artists in whatever loving way you can!

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Irish Bands on YouTube - Ruby Sessions

I do love the Ruby Sessions night on a Tuesday evening in the cosy venue of Doyles in the middle of Dublin. The problem is being a father, the chances of getting out on a Tuesday night is slim but when I go, I absolutely love it! I have seen Duke Special, Katell Keineg, Terry Sutton, Ann Scott, Bill Coleman, Jenny Lindfors, Aortal and The Bottom Floor Band. The €6 cover charge goes straight to The Simon Community. Here are some performances from The Ruby Sessions!

Una Healy - Sorry

Ray Heffernan - Stardust

Royseven - ATM

Friday, 13 February 2009

Something For The Weekend - Butterfly Explosion

Friday's feature has me looking around the internet trying to find the best of free music on the net. This week I want to bring to your attention Butterfly Explosion. The indie band were making seismic waves both here and abroad around 2006/07 for their shoegazing style of melodic tunes. Their influences included Slowdive, dEUS and My Bloody Valentine. They have been recently ressurected and ready for Whelans on St Patrick's Eve in the main venue. Should be an amazing night! Sophie comes from their 2006 EP Turn The Sky.


From 2005's Vision EP

Comfort of the Dark

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Mark Dignam Whelans 8th Feb Review

Mark Dignam & Very Special Guests Whelans 8th Feb 2009

Mark Dignam's friends Glen Hansard of The Swell Season and Liam O'Maonlai from The Hothouse Flowers were the special guests for Mark's first headline gig at home in about 6 years. Glen arrived on stage, checked the guitar amp which wasn't working, then sat at the front on the stage about 4 feet from me and sang completely acoustically. It was amazing to be so near to such a talent and Oscar winner! The short set included Leave, Plateau, Finally, Revelate and Raglan Road. The atmosphere was so pleasant especially after Glen asked for the music level in the bar to be lowered. Liam O'Maonlai gave a special guest four song set showcasing his amazing range of musical talent. He sang in the old Irish Séan Nós style, played a traditional Mali hand instrument as well as playing a contemporary song. Liam took his seat next to Glen at the front of the stage and after a few minutes got the sizable crowd to call for Mark to appear.

When Mark Dignam arrived on stage he introduced Cellist Kim Porcelli who accompanied him on many songs during the night. Mark's set was mainly taken from his last album Box Heart Man and the new album which he is in the process of completing. The second song was introduced by Mark as being about great sex but got a bit embarrassed when it dawned on him that his mother and sister where in the audience. When the song finished Glen asked if he could play that song about 'riding' again? Mark's main set consisted of the songs Divine, Build, Hope, Jane and Deceiver.

The special guests joined Mark and Kim for the encore of Mark's song Stormy Summer, Bob Dylan's Forever Young and The Waterboys Fisherman's Blues. The second encore was John Martyn's Over The Hill which then morphed into New England.

I have often complained about the renovation of Whelan's which I believed ruined the snug atmosphere of the place. Mark's gig totally disproved that theory with a heartfelt performance of humble folk music. I can best describe a Mark Dignam gig as food for the soul that gives weeks and months of nourishment.

Sunday, 8 February 2009

Sunday's Seven Degrees of Spring

The challenge for Ireland and many millions around the world is to sharpen our senses and focus in on the wonder of this world. Spring arrives amid massive emotions of depression, embarassment, shame, sadness, pain, darkness etc ....

Favourite Sons - The Tall Grass MySpace

Wallis Bird - Blossoms in the Street MySpace

Jeff Martin - The Promise MySpace

Shaz Oye - The River Wild MySpace

Barry McCormick - After This Low MySpace

Foy Vance - Shed A Little Light MySpace

The Very Most - April Is The Kindest Month MySpace

..... maybe this recession will makes us see beauty and inspiration in our world.

Monday, 2 February 2009

Monday Under The Covers - John Martyn R.I.P.

I was a massive John Martyn fan and I regret that I never got to see the man live. He wrote some of the best folk music ever produced and should be remembered as a legend. Here he is with Ireland's Paul Brady singing a song my another of my favourite artists Ben Harper in 1998.

Excuse Me Mister

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Sunday's Seven Degrees of Girls

This post is partly inspired by a mixture of good news for the Irish Music scene. Angel Pier's gig was great fun last night. There's the news that the reformed Butterfly Explosion is back and as good as ever. It also looks like Codes had a ball supporting Keane in the O2.

Butterfly Explosion - Sophia MySpace

Kerbdog - Sally MySpace

Q [Colm Quearney] - Carol MySpace

Angel Pier - Emily MySpace

Codes - Edith ySpace

Gary Dunne - Jennifer MySpace

Eleanor McEvoy - Sophie MySpace

Remember to support the artists by checking out their MySpace, attending gigs and buying their music!