Recorded live in Ireland at my studio in Donegal.
“I am the hurricane” was written by Brendan & Declan Murphy( The 4 Of Us), songwriter/ Engineer Enda Walsh & Keith.
Weird timing with the this songs name/ release date and the storm hitting the east coast of the states, it wasn’t intentional!
The Riptide Movement come through with the new hard-hitting video for their environmentally focused “Plastic Oceans”. Recorded in London with producer Chris Coady (Future Islands, Slowdive) there’s a firm backbone of the kind of slow-burning, melodic indie rock that has seen the act build a substantial following in their native Ireland.
This summer sees the band continue with a heavy touring schedule with a series of gigs and festival appearances in coastal areas, using the track to spread the serious environmental message that our beaches, coastlines, rivers, cities and towns need to be kept litter and plastic free if society is to help prevent our oceans from becoming even more polluted by plastic waste.
The concept for the new video is the brainchild of The Riptide Movement’s frontman Malachy Tuohy. Featuring beautifully powerful choreography from London-based dance company Edifice Dance Theatre, and dancers Carmine De Amicis and Harriet Waghorn, the new video for ‘Plastic Oceans’ is a visually compelling expression of the need for change in the way we produce, consume, and dispose of the inexplicable amounts of plastic globally on a daily basis.
Speaking on the track, lead singer Mal Tuohy states: “We’re honoured that our music will help raise awareness of one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time. Our reliance on single use plastics is destroying our oceans, so well highlighted by David Attenborough in Blue Planet 2. As the saying goes, ‘there are plenty more fish in the sea’ but if we can’t stem the tide of plastic, by 2050 there’ll be more plastic than fish in our oceans. The future is in our hands.”
Special thanks to:
Director and Videographer: Ciaran O’Donnell at NothinToFancy Productions
Dancers: Danceworld AnotherLevel
Locations: Ballina Arts Centre and Leisureland Casino, Enniscrone Beach
Music Producer: Martin Quinn at JAM Studios
Kevin and James released their new album The Heart’s Bloodline on the Crashed Records Label earlier this spring, to some wonderful comments and acclaim both here at home and abroad. Indeed, The Shriven Dust recently featured on the Canadian CBC network TV series, Hello Goodbye.
The most recent single Joyous, has received some splendid feedback. We are now thrilled to share its video. The live video was filmed at Dublin’s Grand Social venue on Lower Liffey Street, one beautiful, sunny Saturday morning earlier this spring and features the simply stunning Line Up Choir.
“We were thrilled to have The Line Up Choir join us,” said James “and also delighted and honoured they choose Joyous to feature in their own live concert at the RDS following our working together.” This writer loves the song regardless, but the addition of The Line Up Choir takes it somewhere very special indeed!
Currently in the USA for Chicago Irish Festival and other live commitments, on their return James and Kevin head to Norway for Tynesfest.
The band’s rescheduled Dublin headline show takes place on Saturday September 8th at The Grand Social, on Dublin’s Liffey Street. Tickets priced €12 and €15 are now on sale from tickets.ie
**Tickets purchased for the original concert (at Tramline), which had to be postponed in March due to the snow storm, are valid for this new date at The Grand Social.
SÍOMHA releases one of her most popular songs, July Red Sky, in Irish in a beautiful stripped down version, accompanied by just keys and bodhrán. The video was recorded live on the edge of the unmistakable limestone slabs of The Burren in Síomha’s native Co. Clare, with the wildatlantic way as a stunning backdrop. The warmth of the summer sky is echoed in the jazz and soul infused song, which was inspired by thesight that greeted Síomha as she drove home in the early hours after late night gigs; catching the brilliant reds of the sun rise in her rear view mirror and pausing to watch the colours of day and night bleed together until it was finally bright.
SÍOMHA’s love for her native land and language pour out of her and she is continually inspired by the beautiful and rugged landscape of her native west of Ireland. A fierce proponent and lover of the Irish language, Síomha performs Irish versions of most of her songs. The poetry in her lyrics is not lost due to the beautiful translations by her friend Billy Mag Fhlionn.
Tá leagan Gaeilge álainn de cheann de na hamhráin is clúití atá ag Síomha, July Red Sky, eisithe aici gan ach tionlacan pianó agus bodhráin leis. Rinneadh taifead ar an fhíseán beo ar imeall na leac aolchloiche so-aitheanta sa Bhoirinn i gContae an Chláir, ceantar dúchais Shíomha. Sa chúlra, tá Slí an Atlantaigh Fhiáin. Teas na spéire samhraidh atá le cloisteáil i snag-cheol agus ceol soul an amhráin. Is í an íomhá sin a bhí mar spreagadh
leis an amhrán agus Síomha ag tiomáint na bhaile go luath ar maidin i ndiaidh ceolchoirmeacha na hoíche; ag feiceáil dearg éirí na gréine ina scáthán cúil agus ag stopadh le dathanna na hoíche agus na maidine a fheiceáil ag rith isteach ina chéile.
Tá grá mór ag Síomha dá ceantar dúchais agus don Ghaeilge agus bíonn sí spreagtha go minic ag tírdhreach garbh, álainn iarthar na hÉireann. Tá a croí istigh sa Ghaeilge agus canann Síomha leaganacha Gaeilge den chuid is mó dá hamhráin. Tá filíocht a cuid liricí slán mar gheall ar aistriúcháin ghalánta a carad, Billy Mag Fhlionn.
The Art of Saving Lives
Josh Johnston (Shandon Records) May 2018
Some artists make a debut that blitzes and fades, their best work coming with the passion of inexperience. Others do this: work steadily in their craft, gain the respect of peers; release recordings that build up a musical vocabulary; broaden their experience by diverse collaboration with like-minded artists. Then, when they’re ready, they deliver a gem.
Having already made three albums, ( Three Friends , 2001, Asylum Harbour , 2008 and The Shape of Things , 2010), on his fourth time out, Josh Johnston takes the helm with the proverbial flying colours. Josh’s own musical composition is complemented by partnerships with several song and lyric co-writers. The result is a rich, contemporary sound with reflective, well-crafted content that satisfies the listener with its intelligence and musical sophistication.
It’s not surprising that Josh is classically trained with a degree in music and has worked in musical direction, creating scores for performance in musicals and for choral works. His broad interest in music is complemented his extensive experience performing jazz, folk and rock with a variety of artists. The musicians on board for “The Art Of Saving Lives” are one and all superb artists with whom Josh has performed down the years.
The Art of Saving Lives is an album that grows quickly on the listener until its songs are on regular replay in one’s head, whether the gorgeous chords of “Midsummer With Anja”, with its wistful lyrics and aching soprano sax solo, or the smart, modern-angst reflections of “Scattered” about a dude who’s “crazy, and not in a good way”.
The lyrical unwinding of “Winged Revolution” is smooth, with a well-strung narrative and little sadness. The album has mystery, as with the splendid “Moon Landing”; love-infused idylls, like “Completely” and hope, found in the lush closing track of “The Allnighter”, which expresses the anticipation of love. Whether recounting the challenges or joys of relationships, or providing a haunting instrumental – “A Light In The Dark Of The Night”, the album delivers. Each listen will reveal another layer, another lyric, another musical touch (ears open for the flugelhorn, dobro, cello, violin, bozouki and pipe organ) that makes it one to remember.
The Art of Saving Lives is on release as of early May, and will be launched on 29t h June next in the Unitarian Church, Dublin. This is followed by a number of national gigs, details of which will be announced. You’ll find it on all major online music outlets, such as Spotify, iTunes, Googleplay and Apple Music, but to make it a little bit special, it’s also available in a limited edition vinyl format.
Words & Music by Josh Johnston & Stephen Joseph McArdle
Produced by Josh Johnston
Engineered by Eoin O’Brien, Michael Manning & Anthony Gibney
Mixed by Michael Manning
Mastered by David Montuy
Josh Johnston – Vocal, Piano & Synth
Eoin O’Brien – Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Baking Vocal, Synth
Adam Fleming & Paddy Groenland – Electric Guitar
Martin Gruet – Bass
Cormac Dunne – Drums & Percussion
Carol Keogh – Backing vocal
Aisling Bridgeman – Violin
Rory Pierce – Cello
Marco Francescangeli – Tenor and Soprano Saxophone
Bill Blacvkmore – Trumpet & Flugelhorn
(c) 2018 Shandon Records
KnockanStockan Music & Arts Festival 2018
27th, 28th & 29th of July
Blessington Lakes, Co.Wicklow
Festival launches this week with 85 acts announced!
“This has to be one of the most idyllic settings for a gig in the country”
Mark Graham, The Irish Times
KnockanStockan is set for a moon landing with 85 acts rocketing onto their bill making this year’s festival a glorious supernova of 140 beaming artists. This will be a festival to remember offering up an unforgettable musical feast for festival fans hungry to find the best in Irish and international music. A wonderful weekend to stimulate all the senses, KnockanStockan have also shared an outstanding Performance Art lineup as well as beautiful new stages and areas to complement the festivals already beautiful surroundings. Prepare to be dazzled!
Cathy Davey | Leila Jane & The Healers | Bitch Falcon | FCKWLVZ | Kojaque | Haiku | Megacone | Galway Street Club | This Fresh Hell | Brona Keogh | The Hot Sprockets | Sing Along Social | Mules & Men | Shrug Life | THUMPER | The Olllam | For Foresters | Eclectic Ballroom | Third Smoke | Yankari | The Scratch | St Bishop | Æ MAK | Moxie | Ger Fox Sailing | Elephant | Orchid Collective | Auxiliary Phoenix Trio | Toby Kaar | The Nilz | Pointbreak | Electric Octopus | Ross Breen | Rubber Keo | Broken Brass Ensemble | Just Mustard | Haokah | Markas Carcas & The Trail Gang | Brian Dillon | LemonCello | Culture Vultures | STUFF. | Joshua Burnside | KIN | Waldorf & Cannon | Guilty Boy Association | CB Disco Ball | Mike Patterson | IRELAND | Jimmy Penguin | Krayb David | SHITHäTT | Daniel John Paxton | Alright You Restless | Joey Gavin | The Eskies | Planet Parade | Woweembeem Presents | Papa Lou | DJ Kixx | Vulpynes | This Place Hell | Stoat | Junior Brother |Shunya | Good Name DJ’s | Schindler’s Fist | Mutefish | Stuck On Repeat | Dunny | Alfi | Oscar Mild | The Jobseekerz | S E N U | Chewing on Tinfoil | Why-Axis | Shakalak | Topso | Lonesome George | The Ocelots| Search Party Animal | SSMMÜTT | Tongue Bundle | The Murder Capital | Deciduous DJs | Eve DJ’s | SILLK | Robert John Ardiff | Sister Ghost | Bantum | Humans of the Sesh | ROE | JyellowL | Navá | Sim Simma Sound System | Bicurious | Chancer | Moon Looks On | Spudgun | Munky | Farah Elle | Deborah | The Bonk | Vernon Jane | Slouch | Sadmageddon | Trad Abuse | Grand | Simon Bird | Ailie Blunnie | Super Silly | The Wood Burning Savages | Paddy Hanna | Elaine Mai | Cúla Búla | Wastefellow | Niwel Tsumbu | Deep Funk Project | T.P.M | Donal Dineen | Ailbhe Reddy | Pillow Queens | Rob Walsh & The Panik Attacks | Badhands | Ben Bix | Anna Mieke | NEOMADiC | BAILER | Jinx Lennon | Post Punk Podge & The Technohippies | Birds Of Olympus | Naive Ted | Tribal Dance | Dowry | Christmas Is Ruined | Doctor Band | KnifeAxe
Beast of Craggy Island | Candle Lit Tales | Playback Theatre | Transplaining | Wine Made of Swans | High Church of Enya | Mockie Ah | Rocky Horror Burlesque Show | Suadela Belly Dance | The Fairy and the Fiddler | StevenevetS | Paddy the Farmer and Molly the Sheep | Fort Sessions Spectacle of Colour | LOQ Spoken Word | Abi Aerialist
Knock Knock Comedy
Immam Idma | Andrea Farrell | Joe Dowlin | Stephen Ryan
Dabbledoo | Forrest School | Shake Rattle & Roll | Mask Making with Dermot Finn | Art Explorer | Bucky’s Circus Workshops | Bubble Trouble | Espaço Libellula String Art Workshop
Areas to explore…
KnockanStockan have commissioned a collective of artists called Espaço Libellula who will use sacred geometry techniques and String Art to create a NEW main stage at the festival for which the like of has never been seen in Ireland! Stay tuned for the unveiling of the name of this stage!
The oldest of our hand built wooden stages, the Faerie Field is nestled in its own natural amphitheatre surrounded by hawthorn trees, chilled during the day and up for anything after dark, a magical world for musical exploration.
If you’re looking for things to get dark and heavy you’ll more than likely find them at the Dimestore Tent, a staple of the festival for over half a decade, lending itself perfectly to big bands and big sounds.
Woodtown is the creation of Mitch Dunne and her team of wood sculptors. You’ll find freshly made wooden furniture to lounge on, original wooden sculptures and games as well as the Holistic Haven and the wonderful Wishbone stage.
KnockanStockan are excited to have Carlsberg join them in the field this year to collaborate on a new venue space with a Danish twist. The Unfiltered stage will be set with beautiful lake vistas where guests can sit and watch performance art, intimate collaborations, interviews, comedy by day and dance to some of Ireland’s finest DJ collectives play on a stage in the round in the centre of this exciting new venue!
Lovingly put together with carved dowel joints and rods and using some of the surrounding trees as part of the structure the Wishbone Stage gives the impression it was grown rather than built. Expect surprise and delight with everything from poetry and theatre to beatboxing and belly dancing.
The Rasher Factory
Animal Buzz brought a barn last year to KnockanStockan, this year they bring you THE RASHER FACTORY. In a season of festive heresy, this safe space will offer a relentless selection of multi disciplinary artists within a geodesic dome. Savage beasts, untamed by savage tunes.
We’ve got a wonderful program of events to keep the Knockan’sprogs entertained! From Storytelling, Open mic stage for the budding future performers at KnockanStockan.
The Art Trail is one of the visual treats at KnockanStockan, with have an ingenious bunch of creatives bringing imaginative installations to the festival, making exploring this already naturally beautiful festival site transform into the thing of dreams.
“A small festival with a massive soul” – Hot Press Magazine
Campervan tickets are sold out but for those looking to camp in style there is the option of Boutique Lakeview Camping with a selection of luxurious yurts, bell tents and tipis available via knockanstockan.ie/boutique-camping
Tier 1 & 2 tickets to KS2018 have already SOLD OUT, with only a few more Tier 3 tickets left to go!
Tier 1 tickets – SOLD OUT Tier 2 SOLD OUT Campervan Tickets SOLD OUT
Limited Friday Early Entry, Saturday & Sunday Camping Tier 3 available at €150 via knockanstockan.ie
NEW ALBUM ‘OPUS POCUS’
RELEASED JULY 13TH 2018
LIVE LAUNCH AT WHELAN’S JULY 13TH
Opus Pocus. What the hell does that mean? Let’s break it down. Opus is Latin for work. Pocus speaks of conjuring, and magic. We’re talking about a work of magic, which is what the new long player from Gavin Glass surely is. A deliberate step away from his folk-rock roots into more experimental, and interesting, territory, while retaining his old school song writing nous.
We’re a long way from Gavin’s last eﬀort, 2015’s universally acclaimed Sunday Songs. The new record is twain in two: Side A is entitled ‘Opus Pocus, Side B is ‘Algorhythm & Blues’. Gavin used the term Opus Pocus in the studio (his oﬃce for the last ten years as one of Ireland’s most in-demand record producers) to describe the relentless, oft-times impossible, artistic striving towards perfection, towards creating that magic work.
“It’s something I’ve come to realise only recently, we put too much emphasis on crafting the perfect record, the perfect piece of art, second guessing ourselves and wallowing in self-doubt. In reality, the beauty is always in the cracks, the perfection is in the imperfection, music is this great healer and Opus Pocus is about learning to embrace that idea.”
The album is mixed in a way that bleeds each song into the next, using widescreen interludes designed to tempt the listener oﬀ the beaten track and in to the long grass.
“I wanted these interludes, the music in between the music, to represent the idea of technology, and how, despite its power to connect, it can leave us feeling alone and alienated. Judged, ranked and graded by our own volition.”
The lyrical content, the equal of Glass’s compositional and production skills, ranges from the enforced maturity brought on by parenthood to the realities of city life for Dublin’s Generation Xers as middle age encroaches, and the devastation wrought by a parent disappearing in to Alzheimer’s. If you’re after some ‘moon in June’ action, seek it elsewhere, although there are a few love songs thrown in, just in case.
The two singles – ‘Break Your Daddy’s Heart’ and ‘Thirty Somethings’ – have already picked up a deservedly hefty amount of airplay from the national broadcaster, both topping the Irish radio airplay charts.
Opus Pocus. Magic Work. Allow yourself to fall under its spell.
The album is being launched in Whelan’s Friday 13th July