Nadia Reid – Preservation

February 27th, 2017 by

A lot belies the fresh water voice of Nadia Reid. Pristine enough to carry sweetness, warm and rich enough for comfort. And yet,“There were two little words that I used one was fuck, the other was you.” The final “you” is honeyed, it drips off the line. The “fuck” is calm, unhurried, shared between two […]

Chris Wood – So Much To Defend

January 3rd, 2017 by

Described by The Irish Times as “the renaissance man of English folk,” Chris Wood is an English singer and writer of folk who works true to its original intention – to talk, and to tell, to join-up, debunk and expose what is happening. A new year is upon us, and as a Brexited, Trumped, migrated, […]

Freddy Trujillo – Little Birds

December 9th, 2016 by

“When I think of Ireland I think of a ‘home’” said Portland musician Freddy Trujillo, bass player with The Delines and Richmond Fontaine. He was in Ireland as recently as October with alt-country-rock legends Richmond Fontaine. They were playing shows on the island as part of their European farewell tour before disbanding after 22 years […]

Passenger – Waterfront Hall, Belfast

December 7th, 2016 by

“It’s such an honour to be here, I’m going to play you a bunch of sad songs,” said Gregory Alan Isakov, the singer-songwriter opening for Passenger last Sunday evening in Belfast. When all is said and done though, it seems that both artists who held the stage that night have a penchant for the miserable. […]

Curse of Lono – Curse of Lono

October 5th, 2016 by

Curse of Lono is a group spawned from the British roots band Hey Negrita, pioneers of a particular alternative country, blues, folk, southern rock sound. After Hey Negrita’s demise, its founder Felix Bechtolsheimer started to spend time with people who were apparently obsessed with Krautrock and Radiohead, and this shift in scene bent a wire […]

Ciaran Lavery Talks Too Much

July 14th, 2016 by

Ciaran Lavery was chatting on the phone. “I’ve gone down the heartbreak road before, but that was when I was 23 or 24.” He was talking about the lack of odes to romance on his recent album Let Bad In.  (Back then) “I was lookin’ my heart broke because that’s what I thought I needed […]