Billy Bragg & Joe Henry – St. Patricks Cathedral, Dublin

January 30th, 2017 by

No better way to end a week mired in the political actions of the greatest misogynist known to modern times than to experience the message of equality, compassion and solidarity delivered by Billy Bragg and Joe Henry in Dublin on Saturday night. The duo remind us that – whatever may come –  there is a […]

DAVIIS – Whelan’s, Dublin

January 24th, 2017 by

Whelan’s upper deck is nicely wedged for the launch of Davis’ debut EP Simple Words, Complex World tonight. Intent on giving punters serious bang for their buck, three acts are deployed to warm up the slowly multiplying crowd. Oh Joy’s melodic garage pop – akin to some of The Cribs more lo-fi material – a particular highlight. […]

Fight Like Apes – Whelan’s, Dublin

December 15th, 2016 by

2006 was a different country when it came to Irish music. Noteworthy albums came from Cathy Davey, The Frames, Adrian Crowley, Dry County, Director, Snow Patrol, Humanzi and Royseven. Turn and JJ72 split up. And Fight Like Apes were born. Ten years later and it’s become the norm for homegrown bands who step outside of […]

Other Voices 2016 – Dingle, Co. Kerry

December 14th, 2016 by

It’s a dreamland event at Christmas, and almost a Santa’s grotto for grown-ups who like music. On arrival, Dingle is festooned in lights. The weather is kind for December and the glow from the cafes, restaurants and, of course, pubs is as inviting as it gets. Visionary actions by a few locals and a few […]

Wyvern Lingo – Button Factory, Dublin

December 8th, 2016 by

From Fomo-ing radio presenters to plodding pals scouring southern skies for the heart of Saturday night, they all get in touch cajoling for a lift down to romp with King Philip in the mythical land of Othervoiceinia. “You can see Wyvern Lingo any time,” one beseeches as I mull over a last-minute expedition down the […]

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. […]

Super Furry Animals — The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

December 6th, 2016 by

If you are a Super Furry Animals fan and were present in the Olympia tonight what you just saw was two albums’ worth of weird, visceral, beautiful SFA madness, standard enough. What struck that elusive, most resonant psychedelic chord was that the majority of tonight’s highlights come in the form of songs rarely ever played […]

Primal Scream – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

December 5th, 2016 by

If a nuclear bomb was dropped tomorrow there’d only be cockroaches and Primal Scream left standing. Since Bobby Gillespie vacated the Jesus and Mary Chain drum stool to front his own disparate gang of soul survivors, Primal Scream have gone through many members, shape shifting in and out of countless genres. Some hits, some misses […]

Teenage Fanclub – The Academy, Dublin

December 5th, 2016 by

There’s a certain kind of gig that can mobilise a specific cross section of music fans. With a cohort of devotees that have grown with the group from the early days, to late adopters (and later still). Dinosaur Jr at Vicar Street was one recent example, and so too is Teenage Fanclub, on a crisp […]

Hinds – Academy 2, Dublin

December 2nd, 2016 by

Before they had even released their debut album at the beginning of this year, Hinds put out an LP entitled Very Best of Hinds so Far, in 2015. I believe there is a phrase for this kind of behaviour; putting the cart before the horse, or this instance, female deer. (See translation of Hinds to […]

Glen Hansard – Vicar Street, Dublin

December 2nd, 2016 by

Back in September, Glen Hansard sold out Vicar Street with two solo gigs, both of which ended up in a joyous musical mess of old friends, former flames and even one elderly Spanish busker. The Dubliner can’t comprehend being in front of an audience unless he’s sharing the experience with at least a few of […]

Brian Fallon – Olympia Theatre, Dublin

December 1st, 2016 by

Dublin’s Olympia Theatre is already heaving as support act Chris Farren takes to the stage armed only with a guitar, a sample box full of tricks and an infectious level of exuberance. Enchanting the crowd with his stage presence, genre straddling cannon of songs and charismatic patter he certainly left the stage with a lot […]

Lynched – Vicar Street, Dublin

November 29th, 2016 by

Local heroes and self-styled folk miscreants, Lynched are back in their dirty auld town tonight to finish off a year which has seen their star continuing to ascend, with a sold out performance in Vicar Street. And as we face in to the soggy fag-end of music’s annus most horribilis, its makes for a pleasant change […]

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 […]