Their roots are showing.
Greenshine are a Cork-based, modern folk ensemble comprised of
Mary Greene (top right), her husband Noel Shine (top left )and their daughter Ellie (top centre).
Tonight they will be joined by percussionist
Martin Leahy for their show in the Dublin Conservative Club (DC Club) at 20 Camden Row, Dublin 2 at 9pm.
Above is a single taken from their highly recommended album
Family which also contains faithful covers of classics by John Prine and Townes Van Zandt.
The video, with its lovingly shot vistas of sun-kissed cacti, was directed by
Nick says: Do you want yer oul’ lobby washed down, Greenshine?
Sorcha Richardson – Honey
Short and very sweet.
That’s Sorcha Richardson’s new single, which clocks in at just over two minutes. But space and time dissolve when experiencing the emotions described here.
“It’s my attempt to articulate how it feels when somebody new comes into your life, very unecpectedly, flips your world on its head. And you’re trying to make sense of it all.”
The Dublin-born New York-based singer releases her debut album First Prize Bravery on November 8 on Faction Records.
She headlines Dublin Whelan’s on November 20; Cork Winthrop Avenue, 21; and Galway Roisin Dubh, 22.
Nick says: Some nectar.
The Southern Fold – Save Your Soul
Something gothic this way comes.
Hailing from the Deep South East, The Southern Fold duo of Kilkenny-based
Emlyn Holden (top right) and Dubliner Laura Hand (top left) serve up a brooding take on Americana that would fit right in on a True Detective soundtrack.
The highly atmospheric black-and-white video by
Frieda Freytag adds an ethereal, mysterious layer on top.
The album Bible Fear is released on October 31.
Nick says: Spread the gospel.
The Southern Fold
John Blek – Empty Pockets
We may be an island of sensitive singer/songwriters but John Blek (top) is a cut above the rest as the Cork-based musician shows on his new single, the first from his album
The Embers due next year.
A hugely empathetic tale of struggle in hard times is complemented by
Doniirawan‘s heartbreaking video of a homeless busker’s trials and tribulations.
“This is my fortune; what is the cost?” Blek ponders stoically.
You can catch John live at The Cobblestone, Dublin, on October 18; Cleere’s, Kilkenny, October 19; and De Barras, Clonakilty, Cork, October 20.
Nick says: Any colour you like as long as it’s Blek.
J ohn Blek
Blackbird & Crow –
Harlot On Holy Hill / The Witch That Could Not Be Burned
Must be the season of the witch.
If electric pagan blues is your thing, then you’re going to love the new video from Donegal duo
Maighread Grace (top left) and Stephen Doohan (top right) aka Blackbird & Crow.
In her innately musical Donegal accent, Maighread delivers a declamatory spoken word tale of a free-spirited jezebel hunted by pitchfork-wielding yokels, while Stephen rips it up with a meaty slide guitar riff that would have the ghost of Rory Gallagher doing the duckwalk.
Nick says: Live at the witch trials.
Blackbird & Crow
Basciville – Unreturned
that‘s what I call a voice.
Wexford noir-soul duo Basciville have just ‘dropped’ this new live video shot seamlessly in one take by
Wolff at the County Wexford School of Music of them performing their new song Unreturned.
Having wowed the audience at the recent
Jeff Buckley tribute gig in Whelan’s, Wexford Street, Dublin with his pin-drop powerful performance, singer Cillian Byrne (top left) nails it again here while sibling Lorcan (top right) does his percussion wizard thing.
Basciville play the Grand Social, Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1, tomorrow at 10.30pm as part of the
Irish Music Week showcases.
Nick says: Bask in Basciville.
David Keenan – Altar Wine
Ready for a religious experience?
As he snakes his way around Europe as special guest of
Hozier, Dundalk firebrand David Keenan pours out his heart on his new single.
Mark William Logan‘s visceral video matches the manic intensity of the music.
“Art heals and that’s why I pursue it. It gives joys, insights and relief from the many madnesses that come and go.”
His debut album
will be released by A Beginner’s Guide To Bravery Rubyworks Records on January 20.
Nick says: A glass of red is yer only man.
Eamonn Dowd & The Racketeers – Songs From The Fever Ship
Don’t you love it when a plan comes together?
A veteran of the Irish music scene,
Eamonn Dowd cut his teeth in bands like The Swinging Swine and Captain Hex.
Now based in Gothenburg, Sweden, Dowd has collaborated with
Horslips drummer and all-round renaissance man Eamon Carr for his next album due on Claddagh Records in November.
Songs From The Fever Ship features lyrics by Carr telling the story of “the wine geese” emigres – the wild geese who fled Ireland and set up vineyards and chateaux in Bordeaux, France.
This video shot by journalist and author
John Fleming gives a taste of things to come.
Nick says: I’ll drink to that.
Moncrieff – Like I Do
Fancy a haircut?
Chris Moncrieff certainly does. And not just a short back and sides either – but a proper shearing.
The head shave can be seen as a metaphor for how exposed the Dublin-born, London-based crooner leaves himself in this
cri de coeur to an ex-lover who has taken up with someone new.
Normann Seidel directs the video with aplomb.
Like I Do will feature on the forthcoming EP The Early Hurts.
Nick says: It will grow back!
Dashoda – 38 Long
Clothes maketh the man.
And there’s no escaping the central role
Gavin MacDermott‘s snazzy white suit jacket plays in his new video.
Conor Donoghue has fun splashing the Wexford native’s threads with all sorts and promo perfectly complements the catchy electro-pop tune.
Nick says: Sure, it will all come off in the wash!