Author Archives: Nick Kelly

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The Lost BrothersSeven Days Before Christmas

A week is a long time in Christmas songs.

This is another tune from the new festive EP by Irish roots duo Mark McCausland (top right) and Oisin Leech (top left) aka The Lost Brothers.

We’re digging the Johnny Cash vibes here as the lads keep it country.

Look out for their new album in February.

Nick says: Brothers are doing it for themselves.

The Lost Brothers

Last week, with a Golden Discs voucher worth a festive 25 on offer, I asked YOU to name your favourite Xmas choon and why.

You answered in your tens.

But there could be only one winner.

Third Place:

Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis by Tom Waits

Brother Barnabas writes:

Few others can find the beauty in the sordid like he can – and isn’t that what christmas is all about?

Runner up:

River by Joni Mitchell

Milly Vanilly Strikes Again writes:

There’s something melancholic and nostalgic and lovely about this song which sums up Christmas to me in a way few other Christmas songs do. It also happens to be my Xmas party piece after a few drinks, but we’ll say no more on that.


When The Thames Froze by Smith & Burrows.

Spud writes:

I love all the old classics I grew up with and the sense of nostalgia they give me, but no other ‘new’ song has that effect on me as this one. Genuinely get the shivers and Christmas feels listening to it.

Thanks all.

Last week: Win ‘Saint’ Nick’s Voucher

Golden Discs

Kiruu – Nyumbani

Anyone for fire spinning?

Then feast your eyes on Fergus Murtagh‘s video for Dublin-based East African singer Kiruu’s new single.

The title means ‘home’ in Swahili and the video was shot in Deer Park and various other locations in Dublin.

Kiruu’s new album Super Feo Express has been compared to other “world music” artists such as Manu Chao and Paul Simon.

Joining Kiruu in his band are Cote Calmet on drums and Barry Donohue on bass.

Nick says: Fire walk with me.


before and after: Kildare Street Hotel, 47-49 Kildare Street, Dublin 2


Previously: Developer plans to demolish Georgian terrace on Kildare Street

EMRIt’s Getting Close To Christmas (Old Rouge Fire)

They don’t make Christmas songs like they used to? Think again.

EMR is singer/songwriter Eimear O’Sullivan (top) from Skerries, County Dublin, and Conor King‘s video sees her skipping joyfully around the capital brimful of festive cheer.

From hanging a Santa hat on Oscar Wilde’s statue to leaving gifts on St Stephen’s Green, this is a quirky, warm-hearted promo that sets the Christmas mood perfectly.

Nick says: Alive, alive, ho ho ho.


Bobbi Arlo – Berries

Do you like juicy fruits?

Then you’re going to love Dubliner Bobbi Arlo’s new single, which delights in listing all the succulent berries nature has provided.

This is feelgood playful pop with a mischievous smile on its face.

Bobbi (top) says of the video:

“I shot it with director Bobby Zithelo and producer Louis Maxwell. It was such a fun shoot. I invited a bunch of my friends to Lou’s studio and we just messed around for a few hours and the result was the ‘Berries’ video. A lot of the shots were improvised, and it came out great! The video was edited by my golden girl Niamh Bryson, who did an amazing job.”

Nick says: Raspberry fields forever.

Bobbi Arlo

Electric Picnic in Stradbally, Co Laois

This afternoon.

Avril Stanley, founder of the Body & Soul Festival, announced on Twitter:

After 10 years as an independent festival, we have decided to step back from our presence and 16-year partnership with Electric Picnic so that we can refocus all of our attention to what the central idea behind Body & Soul.

Creating an intimate and collaborative festival of the future; one that can embrace social change in a hugely positive way while celebrating an important and ancient Irish feast in our own unique, stand-alone style.

We want to work towards bringing back a fresh energy and perspective to Body & Soul at the Summer Solstice Festival in Ballinlough and for our new winter festival ÉRIU (December 2020).

We are adding a new sense of purpose to our festival pillars of sustainability, well-being, creativity, culture and family and we hope to focus all of our efforts in bringing something different to the landscape of Irish festivals into the next ten years.

The Body & Soul family celebrates all the incredible and unforgettable moments in our first festival home and wishes the Electric Picnic every success in the future.

Body & Soul will no longer feature at Electric Picnic (Nialler 9)

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Ho. Ho.  Hello!

Greetings of the season to all Broadsheet readers. Who fancies winning a delightfully festive €25 Golden Discs voucher?

Simply tell me below what your favourite Christmas song is?

The winner will be chosen by my elf.

Lines MUST close at 6am Saturday.

Please include video links if possible.

Nick says: Good luck!

Golden Discs

Earlier: Last week’s winning entry