Sunday, 28 November 2010

Album Review: Bill Coleman - You Can't Buy Back Your Life

Bill Coleman has made a great second album in which every song hits home with melodies and messages. The 'story' of the album should be an inspiration to every aspiring new artist.

Way back in the 'Heyday' of Irish singer-songwriters of '02 - '03, Bill Coleman releases a debut EP which includes one of my favourite songs ever in 'Don't Suffer in Silence' followed in 2007 with a fine debut album. Bill was gathering a fan base and a name for himself with some prime time TV appearances. Then the story unfolds as Bill tells it himself at gigs that he is to become a full time musician because of redundancy. The redundancy money went into 'You Can't Buy Back Your Life'.

Bill's model of selling music has been to make the album available for free through his website for download in exchange for an email address here. However if you get a chance to see Bill perform live, like what I did a few weeks back, you can pick out your own unique copy with it's own artwork and number. It's all explained below in a video.

I've read reviews of this album in which the first few tracks of the album are held in high regard but the second half is considered weak. I disagree with this completely. I've been familiar with the early tracks on the album for some considerable time and it seems ridiculous for me to review them here. The track 'Crossfire' makes a great ringtone!

The album kicks off with 'I Want You To Know' and 'Welcome to the Breakdown' where Bill sings with such great conviction and passion. 'She Knows/I Know' is an intriguing love story. 'Crossfire' has a great sing a long chorus and foot tapping rifts. All of the early tracks consist of a full band sound with many hooks and loops to fill in the sound. This works and the tracks benefit to a point. However for me there's no comparison to the strength and depth of some of the tracks towards the end of the album.

While reviewing the album I found myself beginning the album on track six which is the sublime 'Your Hands Were Made For Working'. The delicate vocals and beautiful lyrics of the track is of such high standard. Nobody in Ireland has written better songs than 'Your Hands ...' or the compassionate 'False North' or inspirational 'Church of Second Chances'.

This leads me to the most important aspect of Bill Coleman. He writes great songs. Songs of meaning which have a point. These lyrics get delivered with vocals which can be delicate on some tracks and full of passion on others. The best example of this is 'False North' where he conjures up a variety of emotions;

"Hold on to nothing,
So nothing can harm you,
So nothing can hurt you.
So nothing can break you,

So desperate to say yes, So desperate to impress,
So desperate to be loved, But too scared to say so.

| will change your mind, I will kiss your tears,
I will break your heart, Then I'll disappear."

Bill Coleman - You Can't Buy Back Your Love [11 out of 12]

False North by bcoleman

Your Hands Were Made For Working by bcoleman

The Church of Second Chances by bcoleman

Here's the wonderful video for 'Welcome To The Breakdown'

Here's Bill explaining the CD Art design:

Friday, 26 November 2010

Christmas Gigs Galour!

There's a whole host of special Christmas gigs on the horizon. Here's a list of the best of the bunch!

On December 10th it's the Clockwork Apple Christmas Party in Whelans with a great line-up.

Check out the recently released Captain Kennedy debut album here:

Sweet Jane play The Grand Social on December 17th.

Support from: Talulah does the Hula + Robotnik Admission €6

Sweet Jane 'Save A Little Place' by SweetJaneMusic

Heritage Centre have announced a free Christmas gig in The Grand Social for Wednesday 22nd December. I love 'Heritage Centre' and I'm sure you'll get a taster of the debut album arriving in the early part of next year.

Mark Greaney plays The Workmans Club on Monday the 20th December, 2010.

Tickets €10.00 available from

Mark Greaney was the lead singer and songwriter of the band JJ72.

Check out Mark's brand new website here:

Here's Mark back in 2000 with JJ72:

Also just announced is this:

With very special guests JOGGING & HUNTER-GATHERER

New Year’s Eve, Fri 31st December, 7:30pm
Whelan’s, 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2

Tickets are €20 plus booking fee available now from WAV Tickets (1890 200 078),, City Discs & Ticketmaster Outlets nationwide.

ASIWYFA, 04 K Is For Killing Spree by TOOLBOX PR

Wednesday, 24 November 2010


There's never been a better time in recent history to need motivational music and messages which will help us to just keep going.

I need positive inspirational messages. These ten songs contain some wonderful messages and I'm going to share them with you!

Please hit the artists link if you like the tunes.

Dr. Millar - Feel Everything and Love Yourself

Eric Eckhart - Better Way

Better Way by Eric Eckhart

Alphastates - Sometimes

Alphastates - Sometimes by 2uibestow

Burning Codes - You're Worth So Much More

Sean Needham - I'm Not Afraid

Wallis Bird - Just Keep Going

Seán Kangataran - Wake Up

Wallmark - Melodies & Lines

Bill Coleman - Offer Up The Hope

Brownbread Mixtape - Offer Up the Hope by bcoleman

Michael Brunnock ft Moe Holmes - Sensation [Live in NYC]

Monday, 22 November 2010

Album Review: Fia Rua - Falling Time

'Falling Time' is a great album. I often have 'Dancing About Architecture' moments when I write reviews where I find it difficult to explain my fondness for an album but I'll do my best here to explain why 'Falling Time' is a great album.

Fia Rua is Eoghan Burke from Galway and has just released a wonderful collection of songs called 'Falling Time'. It comes out at a time where there's no real appetite for singer-songwriters in Ireland which is a massive shame as I fear Fia Rua's excellent album will go unnoticed by the mainstream media. It's an album of delicate tunes and songs sung with conviction on the themes we are now in the midst of in Ireland.

In many ways 'Falling Time' could well be the first recession album I've really enjoyed. Songs like the title track, 'Leave Me on the Floor' and the Jinx Lennon assisted 'Shakier' deal with despair, reality and loss. In between these themes we have some beautiful love songs like 'Into My Soul' where he sings 'I need your spirit inside me, Into My Soul'.

There are two real quality attributes within 'Falling Time'. The first of these is that Eoghan sings with such great conviction. When he encourages us to 'Walk Away' in the song of the same name I'm there with him. When he sings 'I crave more magic in my life' it brings to mind The Frames 'Pavement Tune' when Glen belts out 'I want my life to make more sense'.

The other attribute which shines is the accompanying fiddle and piano performed by Christophe Capewell. The fiddle in particular adds great depth to all the tracks and in particular to 'Hop on the Road' as well as adding the atmospheric sounds of 'Winter Sun'.

I highly recommend 'Falling Time'. At present this album means a massive amount to me. It suits my delicate mood yet has many positive messages for me which have the power to inspire. 'Falling Time' will be in my top 10 albums of the year for sure.

Fia Rua - Falling Time [11 out of 12]

Fia Rua - More Magic by 2uibestow

See Fia Rua Live:

Boyles, Slane with Preachers Son and The Making.

NYE - Turning Pirates Mixtape @ Vicar Street

Wow what a line-up!

02 I Was A Man by Jape

Tucan - Around the World by A.M.A. Music Agency


Lisa Hannigan ~ Playground Love by mossheartbreaker

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Gary Dunne - Are We Gonna Take It?

I'm a tad sad, a little depressed and I'm also stuck for words. This song helped a bit! Gary Dunne wrote and recorded this song this evening!

What Kind of Country? by garydunne

Live @ Boyles - Nov 25th

I'm really excited about this gig on Thursday. We have one of Ireland's finest bands headlining with support from Matthew Devereax from The Pale and Vitruvius. Bring on Thursday!

Links: Vitruvius:

The Pale:

The Dirty 9s:

Check out some tunes you're likely to hear on Thursday:

The Dirty 9s- Something Better by 2uibestow

The Pale - We Were First On by 2uibestow

Friday, 19 November 2010

Introducing: Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras are an Italian based band with an Irish link. They are regular visitors to Ireland with an Irish singer in Claudia MacDowell. The band have shared a stage with the likes of The Frames, TKO and Noah and the Whale and are worth a listen if you're into radio friendly pop rock music.

The Frames: Finally on Jimmy Fallon

Go on yer good thing!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Bill Coleman, Joel Plaskett - Boyles, Thursay 18th November

I can't wait for this gig. Bill's second album has been out a few weeks now but I've held out on reviewing it until I buy the album from him at Boyles tomorrow night.

Also playing tomorrow night is Canadian sensation Joel Plaskett. This will be some special gig!

JOEL PLASKETT - Through & Through & Through by Triad Publicity

Monday, 15 November 2010

Jerry Fish, Cathy Davey & Glen Hansard - Sugar Club

Jerry Fish has announced that his special guests for the big Christmas gig in The Sugar Club on December 18th are Cathy Davey and Glen Hansard! This should mean an almost immediate sell-out!

Get your tickets here:

You Ain't Goin' Nowhere-Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova by djblakemall

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Neev Kennedy in Final of International Song Contest

Galway's Neev Kennedy is in with a fantastic chance of winning the 'You Bloom' International Song Contest. There are four songs left in the competition with Neev's song '10 Times' in the running for a whopping €12,000. Bob Geldof is one of the judges too!

Listen to a preview of the track '10 Times' here 10 Times (Preview) by Neev Kennedy


Listen to the four songs in the final here:

Neev has also contributed guest vocals for Canadian dance artist Max Graham.

Sun In The Winter Feat Neev Kennedy - Radio Mix by maxgraham

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Album Review: Preachers Son - Love, Life & Limb

Highly personal debut album from a band consisting of Kila's bassist and Engine Alley's drummer. Preachers Son's debut is a varied collection of mini rock anthems which makes for an absorbing listen.

Preachers Son are Dubliners Brian Hogan (Kíla) and Emmaline Duffy-Fallon (previously of Engine Alley). The debut album 'Love Life & Limb' was released on Oct 15th on Reekus Records. Guest artists on the album include: Gavin Friday, Liam Ó Maonlaí, Kieran Kennedy, Jose Carlos Anselmo Flores and Rori Coleman.

'Love, Life & Limb' has taken up much of my time and my thoughts in the last few weeks. I was instantly engaged with the album from the beginning with the track '26 Years'. It's an anthem of sound with a killer chorus, great lyrics and a real heavy edge. The best songs on the album have all of these attributes such as 'X For Sandra''Lost My Faith' and an album highlight 'This Time of Life'. In particular I love the attitude filled version of 'Son of a Preacher Man'.

I mentioned above that the album is varied and it certainly is. I am a fan of albums having 'Peaks & Troughs' but I found the 'Troughs' to be in general a real let down. The songs like 'Rain' and 'Heaven For The Moment' veer into some weird Nick Cave-like world which is void of charm and direction.

There is an exception to this particular criticism which is the Gavin Friday assisted 'Lipstick' and is another clear highlight in the album. 'Lipstick' is a wonderfully charming song with beautifully arranged strings and delicate vocals. For me it one of the best songs released by an Irish band this year.

Lipstick (duet with Gavin Friday) by Preachers Son

Preachers Son - Love, Life & Limb [10 out of 12]

Buy The Album:
More info:

Here's some footage from the Preachers Son album launch which includes performances from The Aftermath and My Evil Ex.

Friday, 12 November 2010

SJ McArdle - Why?

I went to see SJ McArdle perform live in Boyles, Slane on Thursday. SJ's songs are meaningful, thoughtful and wonderfully performed. His magical performance of the Annie Lennox song 'Why' was a really special moment. Check out the video below:

SJ McArdle - Turn The World by 2uibestow

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Charity night: The Hard Rock Cafe - Saturday 13th

Charity night in aid of Oxfam Pakistan appeal @ The hard rock cafe:

Line up -

Anthony Furey and the young folk
The lonely schizophrenic
Al Marshall
Andy Delamere
The secret gospel choir

Entry is €5 with raffles and the like going on during the night!

I wonder will someone bring Biscuits?

Anthony Furey - Biscuits by 2uibestow

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Introducing Terence Rowlands

'Beta' is the home produced debut album from Terence Rowlands and I'm massively impressed with it so far. I'm going to look forward to getting stuck into this album for a review. Terence has a quality voice and some good tunes. I love the song below 'Red Sunrise'.

More info:

Red Sunrise by Terence Rowlands

Clockwork Apple Weekender Reminder

A reminder that this is happening in The Village this weekend. I'll be there on Saturday and I'm really looking forward to seeing Sweet Jane, The Gandhies and Jennifer Evans for the first time.

Stage Times:

Friday 12th November:

The Dead Flags - 9.50pm
The Holy Roman Army - 9.10pm
Verona Riots - 8.30pm
Youth Mass - 7.45pm

False Starts - Youth Mass by Clockwork Apple

Saturday 13th November:

Sweet Jane - 9.50pm
The Gandhis - 9.10pm
little xs for eyes - 8.30pm
Jennifer Evans - 7.45pm

Tomaselli Has A Friend - Jennifer Evans by Clockwork Apple

Black Eyes - Sweet Jane by Clockwork Apple

The Christmas Clockwork Apple gig returns to Upstairs in Whelans and features the following bands on December 10th:

Take The Money and Run:

Captain Kennedy:

Hazy Jane:

Stretch That Penny - Captain Kennedy by Clockwork Apple

Monday, 8 November 2010

Numbers Mixtape

Here is a little post consisting of wonderful Irish songs and a few facts and numbers to help us celebrate a wee occasion.

1. Berkeley - One Way Out

Berkeley - One Way Out by 2uibestow

On Twitter, the 2UIBestow account currently has 347 Followers!

2. Favourite Sons - No One Ever Dies Young

Favourite Sons - no one ever dies young by 2uibestow

So far there have been a very modest 1,541 tweets!

3. Emmett Tinley - Two Years On

Emmett Tinley - Two Years On by 2uibestow

273 people 'Like' the 'Live At Boyles' Facebook page.

4. Resurrection Fern - Two Days Driving

Resurrection Fern - Two Days Driving by 2uibestow

According to Google there are 8290 results from a simple '2uibestow' search.

5. A Band Called Wanda - Two by Two

A Band Called Wanda - Two by Two by 2uibestow

This is post number 1,117.

6. Declan DeBarra - Three Days From Now

Declan DeBarra - Three Days from Now by 2uibestow

666 different Irish bands and artists have been tagged on the blog. A STAGGERING number for our population and it's still just a fraction of those out there.

7. Brian Canavan - Four Foolscap Pages [Main inspiration for this post today!]

Brian Canavan - Four Foolscap Pages by 2uibestow

We have a modest but nice figure of 64 followers of the blog ... Thank You!

8. Doctor Leaves - Seven Year Itch

Doctor Leaves - Seven Year Itch by 2uibestow

At the moment of writing this there have been 148,448 views of this blog. Thanks!

9. The Mighty Stef - 100 Midnights

The Mighty Stef - 100 Midnights by 2uibestow

We have 49 followers through The Hype Machine:

10. Ann Scott - 100 Dances, 1000 Stars

Ann Scott - 100 Dances, 1,000 Stars by 2uibestow

We are also blog number 7396 on that other great blog aggregator

11. Odi - One in a Million

Odi - One In A Million by 2uibestow

Oh and ..... 2 U I Bestow is 2 Today! Yay!

Friday, 5 November 2010

List: Best Bands in Boyles [This Year]

I've been very fortunate to be part of something special in Slane village for the last 18 months. I've discovered some new great talent there and brought up some wonderfully talented people. Here's a few tunes from the bands who blew me away with their talent.

There have been some brilliant acts to play Boyles including bands like Arrow in the Sky, Saramai and the Swords, Shaz Oye, Wayne Brennan, Garry O'Brien and Resurrection Fern. Here's a few more bands who made a lasting impression on me:

The most naturally talented musician I've witnessed live ever is Kiernan McMullan. He is that good. I love his songs, he is a true performer and an amazing guitarist.

Comfort In Hope by kiernanmcmullan

Last Friday Fling from Galway were one of the most entertaining bands I've caught live this year. I love the trad rock thing they have going but on some tracks they have a singer of real folk tradition. Fling come highly recommended.

Jack the Buck by Fling

Friend of Mine by Fling

Another band to make a massive impression on me and the crowd in Boyles were Jezzebelle. This band can perform and entertain.

Jezzebelle - Down & Out by RisingStars

Fiach performed in Boyles in April and he was amazing. His debut is still on rotation in my house.

Fiach Every Single Day by RisingStars

A few weeks ago The Blue Choir headlined and they left a great impression in Boyles. A talented band with a great sings and killer tunes. Catch them wherever you can.

The Blue Choir - What if I Could Be the One by 2uibestow

If you're interested in knowing what the sound is like in the venue I'd suggest you check out this video of The Blue Choir complete with Mic Malfunction!

The Ha'Penny Flea Market - The Grand Social Saturdays

This market is such a great idea and might actually bring me back into the city on a Saturday afternoon. As a kid growing up whenever my uncle called out I always got a piece of crap as a gift from The Ha'Penny market. I'm getting retro nostalgic feelings about even going to the market!

The Hapenny Flea Market at The Grand Social Brand new weekly indoor market in the Grand Social (aka Pravda) on Liffey st.. Starting Saturday 6th November from 12 - 5 every Saturday - with Vintage/Retro/ Crafts/ Book stalls, Full Bar, Food, Vinyl DJ's, Live Performances, and lots more.. please email me emma.brereton[at]thegrandsocial[dot]ie

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Introducing 'The Near Future'

Fresh funky pop from new Cork band 'The Near Future'. The lead track from their debut album 'A Little Understanding' is a brilliant piece of pure pop music with super vocals and an infectious beat. There's a lovely 80s vibe from the production and the sound! Well worth checking out!

More info:

A Little Understanding by nearfuturemusic

Cut You Down by nearfuturemusic

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

EP Review: Pearse McGloughlin - Twine

Pearse McGloughlin will be releasing the follow up to his well acclaimed 2009 album 'Busy Whisper' in January 2011. It's a delightful EP and a real breath of fresh air.

It's been over a year now since I first heard and fell in love with Pearse's melodic indie sounds of 'Busy Whisper'. Even now I regularly go back to that album to listen to songs like 'Monkey's Paw' 'Partings' and the masterpiece 'Passion Song'. Pearse has released the follow up through Bandcamp for a 'Name Your Price' transaction. It's available from now even though it will take some time for the EP to hit radio stations and media outlets.

'Twine' is a short EP of three songs consisting of the title track, 'Morning Mist (The Birds)' and 'Mercedes and the Kingfisher'. The song 'Twine' continues the haunting melodic sounds through the strings and them wondrous backing vocals. 'Morning Mist' is probably Pearse's most uptempo track with that infectious refraining line 'For The Birds'. The EP finishes with the stripped back sound of Pearse with guitar and them delicate vocals.

Pearse McGloughlin - Twine [11 out of 12]

Album Review: Tiger Cooke - Fingertips of the Silversmith

Fingertips of the Silversmith is a polished, professional and personal album of real quality. However for some reason it fails to ignite passion in me and at times falls flat.

Tiger Cooke is a really good songwriter with a pleasant pure voice that I could listen to for days. The best songs on the album are the single 'Out of Reach' which wouldn't be out of place on Ray Lamontagne's Trouble and the uptempo opener 'Rid of Her'. I also really like the Americana sounding album closer 'Your True North'. In terms of song composition and musicianship 'Fingertips ...' is a highly recommendable album with very polished pop/rock songs.

I suppose the negative for me is that many of the songs come and go without leaving an impression on me either lyrically or musically. Some of tracks are a bit over-indulgent and difficult to connect with. Another small point is that the album very much reminds me of David Geraghty's second album released last year. David Geraghty produced 'Fingertips ...' and it's difficult to distinguish where one ends and the other begins.

Tiger Cooke - Fingertips of the Silversmith: [8 out of 12]

Your True North - Tiger Cooke - Fingertips of the Silversmith by tigercooke

Andrea's Fault - Tiger Cooke - Fingertips of the Silversmith by tigercooke

See Tiger Live:

The full list of tour dates are as follows ...

02 Nov - The Ruby Sessions, Doyle's, Dublin 2
09 Nov - The Spirit Store, Dundalk - Tuesday 9th - (Downstairs)
17 Nov - The Workman's Club, Wellington Quay, Dublin 2 - w/ The Gorgeous Colours
19 Nov - The Hub, Ennis, Co Clare - w/ Pearse McGloughlin
24 Nov - The Sitting Room Sessions, DeBarra's, Clonakilty, Co Cork
14 Dec - The Cellar Sessions, Matt the Millers, Kilkenny
You can get all the latest details from :

Monday, 1 November 2010

Introducing 'The Danger Is'

'The Danger Is' is the musical incarnation of Niamh Farrell [No not the Ham Sandwich one] who has released her debut EP and it's really good. The four tracks are catchy pop gems which showcases Niamh's likable voice.

Go check out 'The Danger Is'!

Rub Who You Love - The Danger Is by Lefthand Productions

All For Gold - The Danger Is by Lefthand Productions