David Geraghty is most well-known to Irish audiences as a founding member of Bell X1 but in recent years he has been exploring a new solo direction under the moniker Join Me In The Pines. The new single ‘Two to Fall in Love’ will be released on 16 April 2018 and represents a move away from the dark folk of previous albums, embracing instead joyous music with hints of Prince, Bowie, Gary Numan, Nile Rodgers. ‘Two to Fall in Love’ has an electropop sensibility underpinned by a brooding bassline, with Geraghty’s atmospheric vocals gliding over the top.
Following on from the Join Me in the Pines’ solo tour in February, Geraghty has just announced a May/June full band tour which will preview the bold new musical direction. Geraghty says, “I really enjoyed getting back out there on the recent solo tour, but I’m so excited to perform the new album with the Join Me in the Pines band in May and June. The reaction to the new songs in February was great but now it’s time to get the groove on with the band.” David will be joined on the road by Marc Aubele (keyboards and vocals), Mick Major (bass and vocals) and Daragh Mayon (drums and vocals).
A new album will be forthcoming later this year with mixing duties undertaken by the very talented Ross Dowling (James Vincent McMorrow, Talos, Brian Deady). This will be David’s fourth solo release and the second under Join Me in the Pines.
May / June TOUR 2018:
Fri. 11 May – Cleeres Kilkenny
Thurs. 17 May – de Barras, Clonakilty
Fri. 18 May – Roundys, Cork City
Fri. June 1 – Roisin Dubh, Galway
Fri. June 8 – Dolans, Limerick
Ticket links at: http://joinmeinthepines.com/gigs
Sara Ryan has had an exciting start to her career. Last year she released her debut single Belle, which won “Best New Comer” and “Best New Single” on Dublin CityFM. And to top the year off, she was crowned New Folk Artist of the Year at the Irish Folk Music Awards, alongside Damien Dempsey, Johnny McEvoy, The Druids and Aoife Scott. The Kildare-born songwriter, now based in Cork City, built a strong and loyal following touring with Mick Flannery, Martin Harley, John Spillane, Wally Page, Luka Bloom and Cry Monster Cry.
2018 sees the release of her second single Euphoric Recall on February 23rd and Sara embarks on a double headlining tour with Emma Langford, dates of the tour are listed below. http://emmalangfordmusic.com/
Sara’s much anticipated Debut EP Glitter Skies is now available.
Sara Ryan brings a unique voice to the Irish music scene with memorable lyrics conveying stories as real as they are raw.
2018 is the year the world will discover this wonderful voice.
Cork band The Elation have announced they will release their debut EP “Clickbait” this Spring on Top 6 Records.
Written by the band and recorded and produced in London, by Andy Whitmore, (who’s previous credits include Elton John, Terence Trent Darby, Eternal, Pet Shop Boys and more,) XO is a song about becoming a little older and wiser and moving on from past regrets, relationships and bad experiences by choosing to let go of that chapter and start anew. Funky fast guitars, pulsating dancefloor synths to a drum and bass beat with vocal hooks that will anchor in your head for days.
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.