Wayne Shorter – National Concert Hall, Dublin

November 26th, 2016 by

Without needing an introduction, Wayne Shorter and his quartet casually stroll onto the stage and approach their instruments.  The 83 year old settles himself on what has become a trademark high-stool that lies within easy reach of either his tenor or soprano sax stand.  No words are addressed to the crowd at the packed out […]

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival – Highlights

November 24th, 2016 by

For a number of years now, the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival has struggled to find the right balance between a traditional jazz programme and one that appeals to the wider public.  With it’s many venues ranging from the 800 seater Opera House, to the more intimate surrounds of the Triskel Christchurch, and the ornate Everyman […]

Radiohead Announce Dublin Show

October 31st, 2016 by

Following their recent announcement of a Glastonbury headline performance in 2017, MCD have now secured a Dublin performance with one of the biggest acts in the world, Radiohead.  They will be hitting the 3Arena on the 20th June 2017 and tickets go on sale from Ticketmaster this Friday, 4th November at 9am.

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 2016

October 26th, 2016 by

Justin Kauflin (The Everyman Theatre, 8pm, Friday 28th) Having lost his sight at the age of eleven to a retinal disease, music took on new depths and meaning for this gifted young pianist. His compositions infuse the traditional trio set up with a modern twist, with heartfelt and melodic passages woven subtly into the fabric […]

Justin Kauflin..”there’s this sort of neat lineage going on”

October 18th, 2016 by

A couple of years ago you may have caught a documentary about the late great trumpeter, Clark Terry entitled Keep On Keepin’ On.  The film was shot over the course of Terry’s final years as he mentored a gifted young pianist named Justin Kauflin. Kauflin had studied classical music as a child but switched to […]

Stars of the Lid..”You need to hire a nuclear physicist basically”

October 1st, 2016 by

Together now for for almost quarter of a century, Brian McBride and Adam Wiltzie of Stars of the Lid have developed a cult reputation as two of the world’s foremost minimal drone composers. Since their 1995 debut LP Music for Nitrous Oxide, they have released a string of critically lauded albums as well working on […]

The Headhunters – The Sugar Club, Dublin

September 22nd, 2016 by

In 1973 Herbie Hancock assembled a team of musicians for his jazz-funk crossover album Head Hunters. That band adopted the album’s title as their own stage name, and since then the band have performed together with a litany of collaborators and guest musicians. Hancock left the band in the 70s but original members Bill Summers […]

Cork Jazz Festival Announces Full Line-Up

September 17th, 2016 by

The full line up for the 2016 edition of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival was announced this week, including the pub trail featuring live music in over 60 pubs in the city, as well as bigger acts performing in the paid venues over the weekend. A festival that has come under criticism in the past […]

Listen: The Breathing Effect – ‘Ocean Cycle’

September 14th, 2016 by

If you haven’t yet heard of LA electronic-jazz fusion group The Breathing Effect, then it’s high time you check out their 2015 album Mars is a Very Bad Place for Love. It’s the kind of space-jazz concept album that you’d expect to have come straight from the mid 70s, reminiscent of Dexter Wansel or George […]

The Headhunters live at the Sugar Club

September 9th, 2016 by

This Thursday sees the return of The Headhunters, a pioneering jazz-funk band that was formed in 1973 by legendary jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock for the recording of his twelfth studio album Head Hunters.  That album went on to sell over a million copies and was a defining moment in the evolution of jazz-fusion.  In 1975 […]

Vulfpeck play Vicar Street

September 9th, 2016 by

Since 2011 Michigan’s largely instrumental group Vulfpeck have been putting the F in funk with their own brand of unashamedly playful compositions. With their early EPs receiving widespread acclaim, they made headlines in 2014 when they gave the finger to internet streaming site, Spotify, by releasing an album of silence entitled “Sleepify”. Much to Spotify’s […]

Grandaddy – Vicar Street

August 25th, 2016 by

Excited fans funnel into the Vicar Street auditorium over the course of an excellent support set by Limerick alt-rockers Windings.  It’s a mature crowd, comprised mainly of thirty somethings, some of whom, like me, missed Grandaddy the first time round before their untimely disbanding in 2006, or even during their reunion tour in 2012.  Since […]

Hotter Than July – Smithfield Square

July 25th, 2016 by

This August bank holiday weekend sees Improvised Music Company move their Hotter Than July event to Smithfield Square.  After two successful years at Meeting House Square, Hotter Than July will now be celebrating Ireland’s rich cultural diversity on the north side of the Liffey, with a wealth of music on offer, from Congolese jazz fusion […]

Obamabo..”It’s always good to start on a clean slate”

June 28th, 2016 by

Oisin Daly is an Irish musician and electronic producer hailing from the town of Eyries in West Cork.  He’s been quietly publishing his own music, spanning multiple genres and under a variety of monikers since 2009, and since moving to Savannah Georgia in 2013 he has been continually upping his game and pushing his own […]