Elaine Mai – Release (Exclusive video)

April 10th, 2012 by

Last week saw the release of Elaine Mai’s debut EP Dots (hear it on Nialler9, buy it here) and to mark the event we bring you this lovely video from Simon O’Neill and regular State cohort Myles O’Reilly. It captures her mixture of acoustic music and technology perfectly, something you can see for yourselves when […]


Video: First Aid Kit live at Workman’s Club

March 13th, 2012 by

If their album The Lion’s Roar suggested that they were firmly on the path to Americana, First Aid Kit‘s recent show at the Workman’s Club in Dublin saw them take the full plunge. The track ‘Emmylou’ displays those influences more than most, a tribute to the great artists who have informed the Swedish duo’s sound. […]


Video: Grouplove live in Dublin

March 6th, 2012 by

Grouplove were in Dublin town recently for a live show at the Academy, part of their ever increasingly packed schedule on the back of their fine 2011 album Never Trust A Happy Song. Straight off a ferry from Glasgow and obviously dead on their feet, they were still good enough to run through the track […]


Video: Lykke Li live at Tower Records

April 19th, 2011 by

Amongst many guests performing live in Tower Records to celebrate International Record Store Day on Saturday, it was the prospect of a set from Lykke Li that perhaps got us here at State the most excited. So much so, in fact, that we couldn’t resist sending Stephen Mogerley and his crew to squeeze their way […]


Video: Anna Calvi live at The Workman’s Club, Dublin

March 18th, 2011 by

Met with a rave review from our own Dara Higgins the pale beauty, soulful voice and skilled guitar playing of rocketing star that is Anna Calvi cast a spell over The Workman’s Club late last month. Filmmaker and musician Stephen Mogerley was there to capture then night and the song ‘Love Won’t Be Leaving’ for […]


State Intervention #10 – Republic Of Loose

March 4th, 2011 by

Last week saw us host two State Intervention shows with KT Tunstall playing in Dublin and then Republic Of Loose performing a stunning unplugged set at the Viva Retro vintage store in Belfast. Bandwidth Films were on hand to capture it, teaming up with Redcap Productions for our first non-Dublin Intervention. Thanks to all involved, […]


State Intervention #9 – KT Tunstall

February 25th, 2011 by

For most of the diners in Tower Records’ Soundbites cafe, Monday lunchtime was just another opportunity to grab some food and a chat. For State readers however, it was a chance to catch KT Tunstall perform at the ninth State Intervention. Treating us (and Bandwidth Films) to three tracks from her latest Tiger Suit album […]


State Intervention #8 – Broken Records

February 7th, 2011 by

The first intervention of 2011 happened last Tuesday in Sam’s Barber on Dame Court. Broken Records were in Dublin for the second night of their UK and Ireland tour before they head to the States in two weeks time. Before the Edinburgh six-piece played Crawdaddy half the band took a guitar, violin and a borrowed […]


Video: James Vincent McMorrow live at the Button Factory

November 25th, 2010 by

Last night saw Myles O’Reilly pick up the hugely deserved award for best director at the 2010 IMTV Awards. To celebrate we present his latest project for State, this gorgeous video of James Vincent McMorrow at his recent live show in the Button Factory. As with his Villagers shoot, Myles has captured the mood of […]


State Intervention #7 – Heathers

October 14th, 2010 by

It was time for tea when our seventh State Intervention saw Heathers perform in the intimate surroundings of the Tea Garden in Dublin. Joined by their cello player Paddy, they treated us to a mixture of the old and the new – all captured, as ever, by Bandwidth Films. Photo: Yan Bourke


State Intervention #6 – Sons Of Noel & Adrian

October 7th, 2010 by

It was a typical wet and windy day when we took to the streets of Dublin with Brighton’s Sons Of Noel & Adrian. Fortunately a break in the weather enabled us to set up camp on Coppinger Row and for our friends at Bandwidth Films to capture this superb session. Stay tuned for the results […]


Video: Villagers live at the Workman’s Club, Dublin

September 28th, 2010 by

A week or so ago, Conor O’Brien and his Villagers cohorts took to the stage of Workman’s Club for a special invite only show, broadcast live on Today FM. Film maker Myles O’Reilly was on hand to capture the night for State. Myles’ video perfectly encapsulates a homecoming celebratory gig of sorts for Conor O’ […]


Interview with Glen E. Friedman in pictures & audio

July 27th, 2010 by

A few years ago, nine to be precise, I ended up wandering into my local DVD store on the hunt for something different to watch for the night. It was there, that I came across a documentary film called Dogtown and Z Boys. At the heart of the film was the tale of a group […]


State Intervention #5 – Mountain Man, Iveagh Gardens

July 22nd, 2010 by

Our plan to take the much heralded US trio Mountain Man into the sumptuous environs of the Iveagh Gardens seemed a splendid idea when we arrived to find the sun splitting the trees and the park full of sunbathers and happy, playing children. Fast forward an hour and we’re in the middle of a torrential downpour. […]