Last week, we asked YOU, our distinguished commentariat to recommend us your favourite new Irish music.
On the line was a crisp, new €25 voucher for Golden Discs, redeemable at any of its fourteen locations nationwide. In fact, we asked you to complete this sentence:
‘My current favourite song by a new Irish artist is ___________________ by ______________________ because __________________________’
The competition was tight as usual, but as ever, there can only be one winner:
Dav clinches it, with his recommendation (streaming above).
My current favorite song by a new Irish artist is Falling for You by Daithí featuring Sinead White because, not only is it a powerful vocal on her end, but he spent the last year traveling Ireland, recording sounds from the landscape to incorporate into his tracks, so I mean this quite literally when I say this is the sound of Ireland!
Other highlights from the running:
Gorugeen: ‘My current favourite song by a new Irish artist is Charlene by Chewing on Tinfoil because the video is so simple, honest, which reflects the song. It’s a tune that’s emotional but not at all soppy. It’s a touch raucous and sung in a genuine accent. An all round great package.’
Odockatee: ‘My current favourite song by a new Irish artist is Tin Man by Saint Sister because it has great harmonies, a real velvet flow and it’s just cool.’
Penfold: ‘My current favourite song by a new Irish artist is Bullethead by Fangclub because its a great rough sounding riff laden track that showcases the bands grungey influences. Not sure if it qualifies as new as picked it up midway through last year.’
Our now-weekly check-in with Dublin Digital Radio brings with it another eclectic selection of on-demand auditory treats and a packed weekend schedule (see above), ahead of the station hitting the road this weekend.
Writes DDR member Brian:
Week 16 has been good and busy for us here at DDR, with plenty of new shows starting and preparations for our first festival appearance at Quarter Block Party well underway.
Some highlights of the past week (embedded above) include Underneath The Orange Tree with host James Rogers and Graham Dundon bringing soulful grooves and afrobeats to the DDR Studio. Check out their first record, dropping soon. ELLLL continues her fine form following the release of her Romance EP with an hour and a half of tough beats, atmospheric techno and bass while Brian Coney of The Thin Air delivered his weekly mixed bag of oddities for his show Death Culture Blues.
Looking ahead to the weekend we are broadcasting from Cork City on Saturday with interviews, live performances and a bit of messin’ in Plugd Records from 2-6pm (your writer included – Mike), before we take over Gulpd Café to play records from 9pm-12am. On Sunday, Shivers radio returns from 5-8pm and Aidan Hanratty brings the ambient and drone vibes from 8-10pm.
Australian math-rock blog Fecking Bahamas, a long-term supporter of all manner of awkwardly-timed, noisy, proggy rock ‘n’ roll, has produced the fifth installment in its ongoing series of country/region-specific compilations. Number five? Ireland.
Behold, twenty-one tracks of homegrown noisemaking past, present and future, accompanied by artwork from New York-resident Limrocker Shane Harrington, and includes YMLT featurees CHANCER, Yonen, and Ganglions, as well as veterans like And So I Watch You From Afar, Ten Past Seven, The Redneck Manifesto. Also bundled in are contributions from defunct outfits like the sadly-missed Adebisi Shank.
A wonderful story of love’s labours lost from Limerick, courtesy of musician Stephen Purcell.
True story! 20 years ago my first band recorded an album for an independent label. At the juvenile age of 16, we were in our element heading in and out of a 48 track studio over the course of three months fulfilling our “artistic vision.”
During the mixing process, the label informed us that they were shutting up shop and releasing the roster from their contracts. The album was shelved :( Not only was it shelved, the only master copy in existence went missing.
In a weird turn of events, 20 years to the year, the master has turned up. How? Well, yesterday I was moving some boxes about and ended up flicking through a box of labeled and unlabeled blank CDs. Among them was a disc labeled, ‘Figment – 4 Tracks.’ To say I was surprised would be an understatement. It gets better. When I put the ‘4 track’ CD into my system, it listed 10 tracks. I thought, “no fucking way.” I had found the bloody album!!
So, after a day of nostalgic whatsapp group messaging between all involved, I thought I’d share our little feel good story for those of you battling Trumpitis. If brattish, 90’s guitar-pop is your thing, check it out, it’s free!
Any similar stories of unearthed gems or rediscovered passions? Please, let us know in the comments, or get in touch.
Following on from last week, we’ve another new video from Broadsheet reader Richard Farrell, currently arranging some of his traditional blues and soul favourites while on retreat at French facility La Muse.
This week I present a rework of Bill Withers’ song ‘Grandma’s Hands’. This is recorded in a small chapel beside La Muse.
The acoustics in this chapel are something out of this world, so it has been a pleasure and joy to be able to record in this precious space.
This Ain’t No Disco returns in March with its second episode, following the online resurrection of the cult RTÉ classic in December.
Writes the team responsible on Facebook:
“This time our journey/collaboration stretches from Dublin to New York City. At home, there’ll be more acoustic performances from kitchens and firesides across the country, and we’ll visit a new space to turn up the volume and art-attack some visuals. This ain’t no foolin’ around.”
The return of No Disco, helmed by Dónal Dineen and Myles O’Reilly, has seen its first episode rack up 179,000 views on Facebook Video alone since its debut.
Last week, we asked YOU to complete this sentence:
“The best Irish female voice by some distance is ________________________ particularly when performing____________________________”
At stake was our weekly €25 voucher for any of fourteen Golden Discs stores around the country, and as usual, the competition was stiff.
But as ever, there can only be one winner.
Iwerzon takes it, with a personal story on his favourite female Irish voice.
“The best Irish female voice by some distance is Eithne Ní Uallacháin, particularly when she performed from her album ‘Bilingua’ and in particular the tracks Lughnasa Damhsa, Senex Puer and the title track Bilingua.
Eithne, from the Cooley Peninsula Co. Louth, sadly passed away in 1999 and her family and musical comrades made sure this work in progress saw the light of day.
She was years ahead of her time which is very evident in this important recording, her use of a distinct traditional voice, and influences from other cultures and electronica makes its sound very current and hugely relevant. Please give it a listen if you get a chance.”
Other highlights from the running:
Leopold Gloom: “The best Irish female voice by some distance is Roisín Murphy, particularly when performing live as she is bloody brilliant. She’s arguably the best musician to come out of Ireland in the last two decades. Chameleon-like, electronica, pop, disco. Guilty of forgetting her sometimes.”
Specific Gravity: “The best Irish female voice by some distance is Katell Keineg, particularly when performing Gulf of Araby. Still remember seeing her on Nighthawks performing a cover of Quapelle Valley and being transfixed, even considering Shay’s bizarre set. And while she may be Breton-Welsh technically, her formative music years were spent here.”
Pat Walsh: “One of the best Irish female voices is that of Leslie Dowdall particularly when performing All I Wanted when she was with In Tuath Nua.”
Nigellicus: “Lovely choices here. The best Irish female voice by some distance is Mary Coughlan particularly when performing Double Cross.”
Penfold: “The best Irish female voice by some distance is Carol Keogh particularly when performing Out of This while part of Automata. A brilliant band, and amazing singer (also Cathy Davey on the first album, another fantastic voice).”
HyperGlobalCompuMegaNet: “The best Irish female voice by some distance isLisa Hanniganparticularly when performing. Rather than put in a song at the end I think a full-stop sums it up better.”
Grim Pickinz – troublesome tunes from Dublin and the UK
01. Kynz-Illa from Dublin and DateOne from Peterborough are the constituent parts of Amsterdam-based project GRIM PICKINZ.
02. December of 2014 saw the duo release The Troublesome Sound E.P. independently, and they’ve since been regulars both around Amsterdam’s venues and on guest appearances for Irish rappers and producers.
03. The remastered edition of their extended-player is available for streaming in the widget above, and for download from their newly-setup Bandcamp. Kynz-Illa is also streaming his instrumentals (and licensing them to interested musical parties) from his own new Bandcamp.
04. Comes to Broadsheet offices Karl’s den via the recommendation of Limerick beat dons The Unscene.
Thoughts: Heavy-hitting boom-bap for those partial to same, topped off by deft Dub-accented wordplay.