Tag Archives: Nick Kelly

Cat Dowling – Trouble

Once upon a time in the Wicklow mountains…

Alt.rock doyenne Cat Dowling (top) – once of Babelfish and Alphastates – returns with a kick-ass Pixies-esque rock stomp that comes with a darkly comic video courtesy of Fergal Costello, shot in the Wicklow mountains.

Great work all round.

Nick says: Trouble with a capital T.

Cat Dowling

Adrian Crowley – Bread And Wine

“So how’s life in the city of lost poets?”

Dublin-based alt.crooner Adrian Crowley (top) ambles down the mellow brick road with guest vocalist Katell Keineg in tow on the second single from his new album The Watchful Eye Of The Stars.

He describes the video as “a cross between The Wickerman and Bosco”.

Nick says: Wine, animation and song.

Adrian Crowley

Kojaque – Town’s Dead

“I just had my head kicked in.”

So begins the new single and title track from the new album by Dublin rapper Kevin Smith (top) aka Kojaque.

The 26-year-old MC has also made a film to accompany the record: Town’s Dead – The Movie.

If the innovative vid here is anything to go by, strap yourselves in, it’s gonna be a helluva ride.

Nick says: A head of the game.


Rushes – Wide Eyed

Cork alt.pop crooner Rushes (top) takes a stroll near his native Skibbereen, county Cork and goes for a swim in his suit (a swim-suit?) in the video for the new single from his Glowchild album.

Rushes writes:

“I think the video depicts the narrative of the track: you’ve cut a connection but now you’re on your own. It’s like wearing the suit and yet having nowhere to go. I’m wearing my dad’s old suit, I found in the attic, but it felt right”.

The promo was filmed by Eddie O’Flaherty and Stephanie Naughter and edited by Rushes.

Nick says: Green grow the Rushes.


Pure Grand – Pictures

Pop in the name of love.

Calling all Retro ’90s synth pop fans: Budding Irish star Pure Grand aka Luke Faulkner (top) channels Erasure and The Lightning Seeds in his new single which bounces along joyously as it tells the tale of a tentative romance.

Pure Grand has also created visuals for fellow Irish LGBTQ acts Jack Rua and Babylamb and last December directed, shot and edited CMAT’s Christmas special livestream.

His forthcoming EP is This Can’t Happen Again.

Nick says: This is pop, baby.

Pure Grand

Cathal Coughlan – Falling Out North Street

An artistic marriage made in heaven.

The former Microdisney and Fatima Mansions frontman (top) has teamed up with virtuoso visual artist and singer Marry Waterson – daughter of Lal Waterson and niece of Norma; the First Family of English folk music, so musical royalty.

Marry’s atmospheric video is the perfect accompaniment to Cathal’s slinky jazz ballad that is the best single so far released from the new album Song Of Co-Aklan.

Nick says: True North.

Cathal Coughlan

Brendan Tallon – American Strings

Into the Great Wide Open.

Former Revelino singer Brendan Tallon (top) flies like a Byrd over the expansive American landscape on his new single, which is a taster for his forthcoming solo album Love In These Times.

The Dubliner is joined by Fintan Jones on flutes, Ray Martin on trumpets and Mark Colbert on drums.

The video is by Rory McDonald and Brendan, with Keith Leonard creating the lyric animation.

Nick says: Ireland’s got Tallon.

Brendan Tallon

Rhiannon Giddens & Francesco Turrisi – O Death

The Great Beyond.

A bona fide star of the flourishing Americana scene, Rhiannon Giddens (top) has teamed up with Italian jazz virtuoso Francesco Turrisi on the album They’re Calling Me Home, which is already being hailed as a masterpiece.

The new single is their take on the folk standard O Death, with an incredible video produced and directed by Irish crankie roll artist Maeve Clancy, whose unfurled watercolour tapestry complements the music perfectly.

The Director of Photography is Seán Molloy.


Nick says: See you on the other side.

Rhiannon Giddens

Van Morrison – Where Have All The Rebels Gone?

Where have all the rebels gone?
Hiding behind computer screens
Where’s the spirit? Where’s the soul?

Why don’t they come out of the woodwork now?
One for the money, two for the show
It’s not very rock’n’roll
Where have all the rebels gone?

Were they really all that tough?
Or was it just a PR stunt?
They’re not saying very much, are they?
Where have all the rebels gone?

Van The Man comes out fighting with a j’accuse of his fellow rock stars who have stayed conspicuously silent on the tragic effects of the lockdown.

No doubt those hiding behind computer screens will snipe back at his stance. Starting in 3, 2, 1

Fans of Van will be delighted to know that they can buy tickets at nugs.net for his virtual gig from the Real World Studios in the UK which takes place tomorrow at 8pm.

His new album Latest Record Project Volume 1 is out today.

Nick says: This is a rebel song.

Van Morrison




G’wan the Van.

Keeley – The Glitter And The Glue

“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.”

This quote from Cicero is found at the start of the video for the recent single by Keeley Moss (top)

The Dublin-based psychedelic dreampop artist is set to release a concept album about Inga Maria Hauser on the UK indie label Dimple Discs, with whom she has just signed a deal.

Inga was a German teenager who was murdered on holiday in Northern Ireland in 1988 and whose killers have never been brought to justice.

Keeley is also the author of a popular blog whose mission statement is to keep the memory of Inga alive. She deserves great credit for her Trojan work in shining a light on this heartbreaking human tragedy.

Keeley’s band includes Marty Canavan, Martin Fagan and Pete Duff. The Glitter And The Glue is the follow-up to last year’s single Last Words.

Nick says: Magic and loss.