Tonight sees the start of this year’s IMRO Showcase Tour, the 20th annual celebration of Irish musical talent. This year saw a record breaking response to the call for entries, with more than 600 submissions made from young Irish acts hoping to take part in the tour. After much serious deliberation, 50 acts were chosen and we will be previewing the tour week by week.
But hey, enough of our yacking. Here’s who you can see at the first three shows….
Wednesday September 7th – Limelight & Katy Daly’s, Belfast (with Smalltown America Records)
Specialising in an infectious blend of atmospheric folk-tinged rock and carrying equal measures of musical punch and an intimate delicacy, Amidships tiptoe along pop’s borders, maintaining an edge that excites. Their debut record Friendly Fire has garnered rave reviews across the board, gaining comparisons to Band of Horses, Grandaddy, and The National.
Bomb City 7 have been making waves since they exploded onto the scene in July 2010. Their adrenaline fueled and energetic live shows have managed to secure them a loyal following all around Ireland. Their line up consists of members of Axis Of and ex Lobotomies.
Forming in January 2011, Bright Falls began as a trio of Aaron Jones, Justin Lee Jamison and Reece Wilson. Matt Dowie later joined the group to create a solid four piece with dual harmonies and intrecate guitar progressions. Bursting onto the local music scene, they provide their listeners the opportunity to recognise the bands diverse influences that range from Fightstar, King Crimson, The Police, and This Town Needs Guns.
Morning Claws released their debut single ‘Slack Magic’ in April, launched with an intimate show at Belfast’s oldest tavern, White’s. They have since supported Gold Panda, played the launch of HWCH ’11, recorded a session for BBC Introducing and filmed a video with Bandwidth Sessions. The band is currently working on a new release scheduled for the autumn.
runaway GO is a 5 piece Belfast based Indie band. Fronted by joint vocalists Dave Jackson and Fiona O’Kane, with Javed Love on drums, Chris Jackson on bass and James Lappin on guitar. They contrast acoustic with electric guitars seamlessly fused with harmonies and driving rhythm to create a unique, definitive sound.
Seven Summits use a range of guitar & synth sounds to create melody-driven, alternative music. In 2010, they played the BBC Introducing Stage at the Glastonbury festival and released their first single, ‘Burning Heart’. This year saw the release of their second single, ‘Sooner Or Later’. The third single from their forthcoming album is due for release in November.
Southern are a musical trio made up of brother/sister Thom and Lucy Southern and percussionist Jonny Lee. After a recent tour of Paris they are beginning to make an impact on the Irish and French music scene, having released their debut EP “World Don’t Shine” at sold out semi-seated show in the Mandela Hall Belfast at the end of May. The songs which are co-written by Thom and Lucy are a sound based on a mixture of Alternative, Acoustic/Electric Indie which drifts into a modern style of folk and bluegrass.