Popular music is the cultural generator of the 20th century. At its heart has always been the vinyl record, that object of near fetishistic desire and a stimulus for wild debate. We pursued our records insatiably, hunting them down to obscure cramped shops teeming with like-minded souls, rushing them home to our quiet little rooms. We carefully slipped them out of their thin, white sleeves and played them from start to finish, side after side, flipping them over lovingly, longingly, again and again. We loaned them out reluctantly, borrowed them greedily, pored over the sleeve-notes and artwork in moments of peace. We cherished them without shame, coveted them without guilt, adored them with a passion. We viewed them in equal measure as whispers in a confession box, screams in a field, and letters to a lover.
VINYL (Dublin) is our salute to all such things, an immersive theatre of the mind comprising musicians, producers, designers and filmmakers specially convened to celebrate the rich history and enduring legacy of vinyl, its landmark recordings and key personnel, the groundbreaking labels and studios that fostered such talent, with contributions and insights from some of its most perceptive champions.
This three-day event, to be held on the May Bank Holiday weekend (5-7 May 2018) at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, will feature specially programmed talks, panel discussions, curated collections, music performances, album playbacks, art exhibits, pop-up stores, signings, and equipment showcases. The various events will each make special use of the RHK’s expansive grounds and infrastructure, from the magnificent Great Hall and Baroque Chapel to its cloistered, cobblestone courtyard.
In this its inaugural year, VINYL will play host to Snow Patrol who will present an exclusive playback of select tracks from their forthcoming album Wildness in the company of broadcaster and writer Edith Bowman. Shane MacGowan, in conversation with Stiff Records supremo Dave Robinson, will consider his favourite records and how they have shaped him as one of the great chroniclers of our age. Chrissie Hynde will chat with Pete Paphides about The Pretenders some forty years on, whilst Bob Geldof will discuss the early days of the Boomtown Rats, punk/pop success, international fame, and why he will always be a musician. Geoff Barrow, in conversation with acclaimed Irish actor Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders), will discuss his career in music, from assisting Massive Attack during the making of Blue Lines to forming Portishead, and subsequently soundtracking films for Ben Wheatley (Free Fire) and Alex Garland (Ex Machina). Tracey Thorn will discuss her music and writing career in the wake of her latest critically acclaimed album, Record. Tim Burgess of The Charlatans will wax lyrical about the nature of vinyl and music with his good friend and all-round comedic Renaissance woman, Sharon Horgan. Noel Hogan (co-songwriter with Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries) will reunite with producer Stephen Street to reminisce about the making of the band’s debut Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? Aslan will reflect on their own debut album, Feel No Shame, released some thirty years ago, whilst legendary guitarist Scott Gorham will discuss Thin Lizzy’s meteoric rise to prominence, the band’s abiding legacy, and their charismatic lead singer Phil Lynott. James Lavelle, one of the most esteemed electronic music practitioners of the past twenty-five years, will discuss Mo’Wax Records and his time in the UNKLE collective. DJ, producer, and remixer, Andrew Weatherall will discuss his groundbreaking work with Happy Mondays, Primal Scream, New Order and My Bloody Valentine. Ed Piller (of Acid Jazz Records) and the actor Martin Freeman (Fargo, The Hobbit) will discuss their mutual love of mod subculture, its range of influences, its music, and how it informs their lives, not to mention their recent collaboration, Jazz On The Corner. Simon Raymonde, bass guitarist and keyboard player with the sadly defunct Cocteau Twins, will discuss the history and development of his Bella Union record label, as well as the musicians associated with it. Singer-songwriter and political activist, Billy Bragg, will outline his primary influences in both fields in a career that has spanned over four decades. A staunchly feminist spirit, and a true survivor, Peggy Seeger will draw from her 2017 memoir First Time Ever to speak of a childhood immersed in music and politics and featuring some of the most influential names in popular culture, from Woody Guthrie and Jackson Pollock, to Pete Seeger and Ewan MacColl. Welsh musician, author, filmmaker, producer and composer, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals will chat to fellow countryman Huw Stephens (co-host of our own Other Voices) about his search for cultural roots. Irmin Schmidt, one of the great pioneers of ambient and experimental music, will discuss the history and legacy of Can with the writer Rob Young (Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music). Musician, performance artist and writer, Cosey Fanni Tutti will recount tales from her critically acclaimed memoir Art Sex Music, whilst Vaughan Oliver, arguably the most iconic graphic designer of our times (working with the likes of The Breeders, Pixies and Cocteau Twins), will present ‘Walking Backwards’, a selective exhibition taken from his extensive design archive.
Exclusive exhibitions at VINYL will include James Lavelle’s ‘Daydreaming With UNKLE’, Vaughan Oliver’s ‘Walking Backwards’, Peter Boettcher’s ‘Photographing Kraftwerk’, and Rory Gallagher’s vinyl collection as assembled by the guitarist’s brother, Donal.
Across the three days of VINYL there will also be a Tower Records pop-up store stocked with the back catalogues of our various attendees along with hard-to-source special editions and books, whilst long established Irish hi-fi store,Cloney Audio, will be onsite showcasing their specialist audiophile systems.
The first festival of its kind anywhere in the world, VINYL will present the people who made the records that would define not just a number of eras but also their respective cultures. It runs from Saturday, 5 May to Monday, 7 May and will take place in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin.
Additions to VINYL will be unveiled over the coming weeks.
Tickets for this unique music culture event go on sale this Thursday (29 March) at 9am via ticketmaster.ie.
Enjoy the WORLWIDE LAUNCH of the FULL LENGTH Video of ‘Song For Gary’ from ‘Exile’. Eric’s moving tribute to his dear friend Gary Moore. Enjoy film clips of Eric LIVE, Lyric Videos from the ‘EXILE’ album, EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS where Eric provides the inside story on his own life and the truth behind some of the most amazing THIN LIZZY moments
“Empty Vessels”. Produced by Joe Cross (Hurts, Chloe Howl, The Courteeners), “Empty Vessels” was recorded in Dublin’s Cauldron Studios (Hozier, The Coronas, Ryan Sheridan).
“Empty Vessels” is a thrilling three minutes of bouncing beats, dreamy guitars, and tropical synths. This video comes just two weeks after the band’s last release, “Be American”, and is the latest in a run of previously unreleased material that Neon Wolf will be sharing over the coming weeks. “Over the last few years we have built up a catalogue of great recordings that until this point have never been heard by the public”, says Neon Wolf frontman Rob Grace, “so we decided that we’d put them out there, so everybody can hear and enjoy the songs”.
Neon Wolf’s debut EP, Love Lost In Design topped iTunes charts in Ireland and was also released in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, receiving both national and regional airplay. In 2012, the band were also awarded the RTÉ RAAP Breakthrough Bursary, having been chosen out of a list of thousands of entrants.
Since then Neon Wolf have built a staunch fan-base in both Ireland and around the world. They have entertained crowds at festivals throughout the country, such as Electric Picnic, Longitude, Sea Sessions, Other Voices, and Indiependence. They have also been invited to play support to many internationally famous bands, such as Stereophonics (Kilmainham Hospital), Feeder (The Academy), The 1975 (The Academy), Alabama Shakes (The Academy), and Hudson Taylor (Olympia Theatre).
Belfast singer-songwriter Brian Kennedy has announced the release of his Double album “The Essential Collection” on Friday, September 30th, 2016. The album is filled with all of Brian’s most beloved songs, re-recorded for a new era of Brian’s career by Irish producer Billy Farrell. 2016 is a challenging year full of positivity for Brian. Not only will he celebrate his 50th birthday but also the 20th anniversary of the original release of “A Better Man” album and regaining full health following his recent battle with Cancer. The album will be available on CD, iTunes plus available on Spotify and streaming services. “Life, Love and Happiness 2016”, the lead single, will be at radio to support the release and get the celebrations started.
Having regained ownership of his back catalogue, Brian set about re-recording many of his most popular songs. Quite a number of songs on “The Essential Collection” are taken from his album “A Better Man”. It’s hard to believe, listening to the songs, that they originally were released in 1996, they sound so fresh with their new 2016 sound. “A Better Man” was certified 3 X Platinum in Ireland, held the #1 slot in the Irish charts for weeks and led to numerous sell out tours of Ireland including a run of 6 nights at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, then 2 sold out shows at the then Point Theatre now called the 3Arena.
Brian also celebrates his 50th birthday in October and he will celebrate in style with a show at Dublin’s Vicar Street (October 13th) where he will perform the entire “A Better Man” album from start to finish, marking the 20th anniversary of its release. This will be some party; Brian has lots to celebrate!
Brian brings his legions of fans, 32 brand new versions of his songs they love so much:
“The Essential Collection” tracklisting
Captured // A Better Man // Hollow // Crazy Love // Now That I Know What I Want // Best Friend // Christopher Street (feat. Boy George) // A Case of You // The Ballad of You & Me // Put The Message in the Box // Every Song Is A Cry For Love // Best Days // Get On With Your Short Life // Sunday Morning // New York // You Raise Me Up
Please Say Yes // Different God // So What If It Rains // Mountain Road // Cloudsong/At The Edge Of The World // Town // Silver Hearts On Chains // Life, Love and Happiness // You’re The Only One I Want // You Turn Me On I’m a Radio // Carrickfergus // The Reason We Are Here // The Ballad of Killaloe // Crying // Turn To Me // Christmas Morning.
RODRIGO Y GABRIELA
Sligo Live 2016
Ireland’s Folk, Roots & Indie Festival enters a second decade of quality music on the Wild Atlantic Way
26th– 31st October 2016
SLIGO LIVE is delighted to announce RODRIGO Y GABRIELA will perform live on Friday, October 28th 2016 at 8pm in the Knocknarea Arena, IT Sligo. Tickets are €36.50 plus service charge. A limited number of Tiered Seated Tickets are available at €39.50. Tickets for this exciting show are on sale now from http://www.sligolive.ie , Ticketmaster.ie and from Hawk’s Well Theatre (071 916 1518) There is a limit of 8 tickets per order.
RODRIGO Y GABRIELA join the line-up at SLIGO LIVE which includes PAUL BRADY, THE SAW DOCTORS, LITTLE GREEN CARS, LYNCHED and SARA WATKINS, MAIRTIN O’CONNOR, CATHAL HAYDEN & SEAMIE O’DOWD TRIO with Special guests RANT (4 gorgeous ladies), ORCHID COLLECTIVE, KING KONG COMPANY, CHRIS MEEHAN AND HIS REDNECK FRIENDS, FESTIVAL CLUB, ARRIVALS which is a free SLIGO LIVE programme strand that introduces emerging artists to a wider audience and this year’s featured artists include Enda Reilly, Saramai, Aural Air, Nocturnes, Stephen A Murphy, Comrade Hat, Ann Scott, Pine ¶he Pilcrow, Moon Looks On, The Wranglers, Tomorrows, and Etain.
A limited number of Weekend tickets, which include all SLIGO LIVE 2016 performances remain on sale from http://www.sligolive.ie and http://www.Ticketmaster.ie, all Ticketmaster outlets and Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo (071 916 1518), priced at €119.00.
Since they left Mexico for Ireland in 1999, Rodrigo y Gabriela have established themselves as one of the most popular acoustic instrumental bands in the world. They have sold in excess of 1.5 million albums worldwide, and have sold out venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Radio City New York, Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Le Zenith in Paris on numerous occasions.
Their film work includes the soundtracks to ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ and ‘Puss In Boots’, and they have collaborated onstage and on record with artists as diverse as Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Al Di Meola, Zack De La Rocha (Rage Against The Machine) and Anoushka Shankar. In 2010 Rodrigo y Gabriela played at The White House in Washington for President Obama.
From humble beginnings as buskers on Dublin’s Grafton Street, endless touring and a great word of mouth buzz carried the band forward until their international break out with the release of their self-titled 2006 album, which spawned the hits ‘Tamacun’, ‘Diablo Rojo’ and their cover of ‘Stairway To Heaven’. The duo appeared on Jools Holland, BBC TV’s Glastonbury coverage, plus Letterman and Jay Leno in America.
“11:11” followed in 2009, and the band went to Cuba in 2012 to record with local musicians for “Area 52”. The band’s last studio album release was 2014’s “9 Dead Alive”.
Rodrigo y Gabriela performance at Sligo Live comes at the end of their biggest ever world tour which took in twenty five countries all over the globe.
For more information on Sligo Live – Ireland’s premier folk, roots and indie music festival, see http://www.sligolive.ie
Róisín O has just unveiled the video for her latest single “Better This Way”, Set for release on Friday 21 October.
Recorded in Iceland, the video was directed by John Broe and filmed by Dara Munnis. It sees Róisín journeying through the awe-inspiring, yet harsh, Icelandic landscapes, mirroring the tone of the song.
Recorded in Eastcote Studios, London, the track was composed by Róisín O, John Broe (Miracle Bell) and CC Brez (Republic of Loose) and produced by John Broe and Eliot James (Two Door Cinema Club, Kaiser Chiefs, Noah and the Whale) with mixing by Ciaran Bradshaw (Cathy Davey, Fionn Regan, Miracle Bell).
The single is part of the studio sessions for Róisín’s much anticipated second record, which will be released in early 2017. With its foreboding lyrics, ominous melodies and haunting blues guitar riffs ‘Better This Way’ seems to be a culmination of the talents of this writing trio.
Speaking about the track O explains; “‘’Better This Way’ is a bit of a departure for me, it’s a step away from the pop vibes of my last single ‘Give It Up’. In a way it’s a throwback to my folk roots but with a lot more darkness and grit than anything I’ve released before.”
This October Róisín O is stepping away from the studio to embark on her limited run ‘Studio Sessions Tour‘ which will see her present songs in more intimate environments across Ireland; “We have been working hard over the past few months developing the new record and I think it’s important to road test the new songs in venues where we can really feel the audiences reaction”. Róisín is taking the studio on the road and the shows will be recorded live in front of a small audience. The tour will showcase never before heard songs from her eagerly anticipated second album as well as reimagined versions of favourites from ‘The Secret Life of Blue.’
‘The Studio Sessions Tour’ will be Róisín’s final performances of 2016 and will cap off a year that has seen her tour Australia, Europe and America, including stand out performances on RTE’s Centenary Programme and JJ Abrams Oscars Party in LA where she shared the stage with Snow Patrol to perform for Steven Spielberg, James Cordon and more, as well as releasing chart hits ‘Give It Up‘ and ‘If You Got Love‘.
We Cut Corners
New Double A-Side Single, ‘Oh’ & ‘Mandinka’
To Accompany The Release of the Album
‘The Cadences of Others’
on Friday 4th November
Following on from the recent announcement of their new album, ‘The Cadences of Others’, We Cut Corners release a new double a-sided single, ‘Oh’/’Mandinka’, on Friday 4th November, as a 7” red vinyl, and digital release on The Delphi Label.
The single is the follow up to their summer radio hit, ‘On Avoiding People’, and the double a-side features a cover of Sinead O’Connor’s track ‘Mandinka’, featuring Booka Brass.
The self-produced album, ‘The Cadences of Others’, was recorded in a church in the Dublin suburbs and was mastered by Josh Bonati (Sufjan Stevens, Mac DeMarco, Tallest Man On Earth). The album features contributions from Villagers’ Conor O’Brien on bass, members of Booka Brass and the Fratres String Quintet.
Both We Cut Corners’ debut and sophomore albums were nominated for the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year.
John Duignan and Conall O’Breachain have carved out a unique place in the Irish music scene with their eclectic mix of songs, from angular pop and garage rock to wistful indie-folk, always coupled with their unique lyrical deftness.
Spirit Store, Dundalk, Saturday 5th November
Cyprus Avenue, Cork, Friday 11th November
Roisin Dubh, Galway, Friday 18th November
Button Factory, Dublin, Saturday 19th November
The full tracklisting of the new album is as follows:
The Cadences of Others:
On Avoiding People
The End Has Already Happened
The album will be available to pre-order from www.delphilabel.com and if you pre-order the CD or 12” vinyl (which includes CD version) before the release date you will also receive a copy of a limited edition red vinyl 7” of ‘Oh’ and ‘Mandinka’, featuring Booka Brass.
In studio: No Guest
Featured album/EP: ‘At Swim’ – Lisa Hannigan
Sunday 21st August 2016
8pm – 9pm
|2||Autopilot (Redlights EP)||Exiles (Carlow/Kilkenny)|
|3||Black Huarache||The Klares|
|4||The Most Beautiful Woman||David Blaize|
|5||Crazy Crazy Crazy||August Wells|
|6||Electric||Strength In Numbers|
|8||Hospital||Heroes in Hiding|
|9||Outremer||Little Lion (Garrett Wall)|
|10||We Met At a Party||Apella|
9pm – 10pm
|4||Control (‘Home’ album)||Wallis Bird|
|6||Are Your Stars Out||Mark Stoermer|
|7||Take My Hand||Picture This|
|8||Its Just a Skull||Restive Nation|
|9||Birds Fly||The Flag Listeners|
|11||A Song For While I’m Away||Thin Lizzy|
|12||Too Late||Van Morrison|
|13||Invitation||Louis Stewart (RIP)|
In studio: Pearse Halpin
Featured album/EP: The First Kiss of Love – Cronin
Sunday 14th August 2016
8pm – 9pm
|1||Nowhere to Run Too||Screefy|
|2||Waiting On a Train||The Mistakes|
|3||Key To You Dream||
|4||Any Questions? – LIVE|
|5||Flip The Hour Glass – LIVE|
|11||I Got This Feeling (I’m Dead)||Strange Atractor|
|12||You Are My Sister||Leslie Dowdall/Mike Hanrahan|
|13||Scratch The Surface||Little Lion (Garrett Wall)|
9pm – 10pm
|1||The First Kiss of Love||Featured Album
‘The First Kiss of Love’
|2||Somethings Gotta Hold of My Heart|
|6||Stuck On You||Scoops|
|7||King of the Universe||Ape Rising|
|8||Last First Love||The Rising|
|9||Hit it Off||Fox Jaw|
|11||Here Comes the Rain Again||Little Lion (Garrett Wall)|
|12||Are You Ready||The Crayon Set|
|13||Nobody Care||Hugo O’Donovan|
Lisa Hannigan has premiered stunning new track ‘Ora’, taken from her forthcoming third album ‘At Swim’ (released on August 19th via Play It Again Sam). Produced by Aaron Dessner, ‘At Swim’ follows the double-platinum, Mercury-nominated debut ‘Sea Sew’, and 2011’s ‘Passenger’ (which charted at number 1 in Ireland, and earned Lisa another Choice Music Prize nomination).
‘I was adrift and caught in the ropes/ Under a pinhole sky, blowing off course…’ begins ‘Ora’, a gorgeous aquatic ballad first airing today. ‘Aaron sent me the music, just the piano,’ Lisa says, recalling how the track came about. ‘And the way he played it immediately conjured up in my mind the heave and the haul of oars on water. Next thing the words and the melody had just arrived in my head.’ From that sense of lostness and uncertainty comes a new hope, and a fragile, ravishing dream of love. ‘You’ll be the boat and/I’ll be the sea,’ it closes. ‘Won’t you come with me?’ Who could resist?
Directed by her brother Jamie Hannigan, the starting point for the ‘Ora’ video was a silhouette portrait of the siblings’ mother, Frances, from when she was a little girl. Inspired further by finding Youtube videos of “crankies” – backlit moving panoramas that are turned by hand – the team took turns operating the puppets over one July afternoon, all based out of the Hannigans’ (extremely patient) parents’ living room.
‘Ora’ is another glimpse into Lisa’s third – and arguably most bewitching – album, ‘At Swim’, which is already on the receiving end of significant critical acclaim. After playing in support of ‘Passenger’ for nearly two years, she struggled at first to write new material for the record: a new relationship meant that she was dividing her time between Dublin and London, and so adrift and lost, she threw herself into distraction instead. There was an acting debut as a mermaid in the Oscar-nominated animation ‘Song of the Sea’, soundtrack work on ‘Fargo’ and the Oscar-winning score for ‘Gravity’, all the while founding and co-hosting the acclaimed ‘Soundings’ podcast (which saw Lisa turn interviewer, and speak to guests such as Harry Shearer, Sharon Horgan and David Arnold). The breakthrough came when Hannigan got an email out of the blue from Aaron Dessner, guitarist with The National and producer for the likes of Sharon Van Etten and Local Natives. Taking up Dessner’s suggestion to work together and rediscovering the collaborative spirit she’d missed in Dublin enabled Lisa to see her time in London in a different light. So while ‘At Swim’ is in part about homesickness and isolation, ‘Ora’ suggests that it’s also – profoundly and very movingly – about love.
‘AT SWIM’ – TRACK LIST
- Fall 7. We The Drowned
- Prayer For The Dying 8. Anahorish
- Snow 9. Tender
- Lo 10. Funeral Suit
- Undertow 11. Barton