Wednesday, 31 December 2014

First Fortnight Co-Motion Playlist by Una Begley

First Fortnight Co-Motion Playlist 

by Una Begley

First Fortnight’s Co-Motion event ( is on Sunday January 4th and I’ve been amazed at how much I’ve struggled to whittle down my own four song playlist of the “songs that get me through”. I’ve perused others’ lists and been fascinated at the stories behind their selections. In particular, First Fortnight Director JP Swaine’s piece about his selection ( highlighted to me just how central music is in the lives of so many of us.

The thing that kept striking me while choosing my four songs was my complex relationship with music, and how I interact with it during periods of difficulty. While most of the playlists I’ve seen have been filled with songs that helped people through hard times or that strongly remind them of periods of their lives, I have come to realise that I tend to turn to silence when things are tough; I switch off the music. Similarly, I find the songs that remind me strongly of certain periods of my life aren’t the songs I turn to - maybe they mean a bit too much if that even makes sense.

Instead, my songs that get me through are those songs that start to pull me back out of the dark, that manage to get me to raise a smile, or which just manage to get me out of bed on those days where that is the last thing I want to do! To be honest, I could have selected twenty songs that I can use in this way, but I’ve managed to get it down to the chosen four - my songs that get me through.

“Keep Your Head Up” by Ben Howard - never fails to make me feel better.

“One Day Like This” by Elbow - can raise a smile any day of the week.

“Heroes” by David Bowie - my go-to song.

“Ratchet” by Bloc Party - will get me up no matter how much I want to stay in the bed.

First Fortnight Co-Motion Playlist by Hazey Lake

First Fortnight Co-Motion Playlist 
by Hazey Lake

This Sunday, 2pm St. Stephen's Green
Free event but register here:

Hazey Lake, presenter of The Noisy Plug on Dublin City FM has chosen her four song playlist that get you through the tough times.

AU4 - So Just Hang On, Beautiful One

Neighbors - Wild Enough

Neighbors - "Wild Enough" from neighborsmusic on Vimeo.

Wallis Bird - Hardly Hardly

Kirsty MacColl - In These Shoes

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

First Fortnight Co-Motion Playlist by LucyTakesPhotos

First Fortnight Co-Motion Playlist 
by LucyTakesPhotos

Co-motion is this Sunday in St. Stephen's Green at 2pm. You've to bring headphones and 4 songs that help you get through those times ....

Ok Here's my list, I can only add songs, I can't make it smaller!! Sooo difficult. These are songs that remind me of old friends and my teenage years and I still love then even when I've heard them thousands of times.

1. Hunger Strike - Temple of the Dog

2. Porch - Pearl Jam-(pinkpop version '92)

3. Given To Fly - Pearl Jam 

4. Last goodbye - Jeff Buckley

5. Change -Blind Melon

Monday, 29 December 2014

Gig Preview: 29th Vibe For Philo

Angst driven Noise merchants, The Dark Lanes, (graduates of the 2014 Young Rockers Matinee), kick off proceedings with their unique multi-era take on things Lizzy.

Conor Scott makes a welcome return to the Vibe, appearing in the difficult second slot at 2015. It’s “nottabother” to the Belfast boy whose promising a Dylanesque twist to his 2015 performance.

The Low Riders are back  with an eclectic mix which will see them introduce keyboards for the first time. While not entirely anchoring their set in the Snowy White era you can expect several songs which have never graced the Vibe Stage before.

The last of a line of Great Irish Guitarist from the 1970s Pat McManus fairly tore the roof off Vicar Street at the 24th Vibe in a short but poignant set. This time round he has the time and talent to really let rip!

Celtic Reggae merchants The Barley Mob will be turning their considerable crowd pleasing talents to the Lynott songbook in a set which spans the ages. Are you Ready?

Bad Reputation - featuring Lizzy Tribute veteran Flash Murphy, will be sending them home sweating with a full on “Live and Dangerous” set. Greatest hits with some personal favourites, and a brace of guitar-gods to please the most hardcore supporters.

Vicar Street , 29th Vibe for Philo “ Get Out Of Here”

Saturday, 27 December 2014

First Fortnight Co-Motion Playlist by Peter Nagle

First Fortnight Co-Motion Playlist by Peter Nagle


A musical walking experience

St. Stephen’s Green | Jan 4 @ 2.00pm | Free

This new First Fortnight event is about you sharing a four song playlist of life changing positive songs while walking around the grounds of St. Stephen's Green. If you are paired up with me these are the songs you'll hear:

Whipping Boy - We Don't Need Nobody Else

From the awesome 'Heartworm' album, this song got me through the mid to late identity finding teenage years. 

Ani DiFranco - Untouchable Face

I adore around 50% of everything Ani DiFranco releases and could easily have chosen 20 or 30 songs for this playlist. I chose this particular 'break-up' tune because of the gritty determination of Ani to keep going despite all the heartbreak.

Dr. Millar - Feel Everything & Love Yourself

Written after his last therapy session, this song should be considered a manual for positive well being. 

Ben Harper - I Will Not Be Broken

The song to get me through a recent hard time in my professional career. Oh and if you've never heard of Ben Harper do check out the album 'Fight For Your Mind' first. 

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Class of 2014 - Peter N's Top 14 International Albums of 2014

Class of 2014
Peter N's Top 14 International Albums of 2014

2014 was an odd year for me musically. I stepped back from blogging until it dragged me back kicking and screaming in the Summer. I was still an avid fan of Irish music but I spread my tastes far and wide such that I fell in love with some awesome albums from International artists. Here are my top 14 International albums of 2014.

1. Bear's Den - Islands

You know that album you find that you can't turn off for weeks? Island's is that for me. They do Mumford & Sons so much better than ... well .... Mumford & Sons. 

2. Angus & Julia Stone - Self-titled

 Australian siblings Angus & Julia's vocal harmonies are a perfect match. Anyone mourning the demise of The Civil Wars should look no further than this album for comfort. 

3. Stu Larsen - Vagabond

Another Australian, Stu Larsen is a nomadic musician who is in Ireland for a show in Whelans in February. His 'Vagabond' album is simply gorgeous. 

4. Drive-by Truckers - English Oceans

Released at the beginning of 2014 the country rock of Drive-by Truckers filled the blog void with tales of deep south debauchery. 

5. Nick Mulvey - First Mind

Moody atmospheric sounds from an English singer-songwriter? Not Ben Howard ..... better than Ben Howard!

6. Dry The River - Alarms of the Heart

My most anticipated album was 80% awesome and 20% meh. Some great tunes but it wasn't as good as their debut. 

7. First Aid Kit - Stay Gold

You know when you give in and check out a band everyone loves and wait to be blown away? While this rarely happens for me with 'Stay Gold' from Sweden's First Aid Kit I was suitably blown away.

8. Ryan Adams - Self-titled

Merging Americana with an 80's vibe, Ryan Adams returned with a great album.

9. Royal Wood - The Burning Light

Canadian Royal Wood wrote and recorded some of this superb album in Slane of Co. Meath. Every song has ambition for greatness. 

10. John Butler Trio - Flesh & Blood

A return to form for another Australian band in this list. Disappointment of the year goes to the fact that i couldn't attend their Vicar Street gig in April. 

11. Ben Howard - I Forgot Where We Were

Unique sounds from an awesome talent. 

12. Cold War Kids - Hold My Home

Piano driven indie anthems with one of pop's best vocalist's 'Cold War Kids' returned with one great album in 2014. 

13. Shovels & Rope - Swimmin' Time

Folk music rarely sounded better in 2014 than this album from duo 'Shovels & Rope'.

14. Joan as Police Woman - The Classic

This album is a stylish pop album from the majestic 'Joan as Police Woman'

Monday, 22 December 2014

Class of 2014: Top 10 Videos of the Year

Top 10 Videos of 2014
from Irish Artists
Voted by the Ceol Collective

In Alphabetical Order

Elder Roche - Kerry Black Mountain

Official music video for Kerry Black Mountain by Elder Roche.
Written and Directed by Robert Grant
Featuring Denis Lyons and Liliana Velasquez
DOP - Christof Wilhelm
Ad - Kati Thiemer

The Eskies - Jesus Don't Save Me

Recorded at Orphan Studios with Captain Gavin Glass.
Mastered by Richard Dowling at MasterLabs.

Directed & Edited by David Keeling

Floor Staff - The Guest

Directed by Bob Gallagher, Produced by Aoife Kelly
Director of photography - Deirdre O' Toole
Production Design - Marie Denham
Make-up - Susan Kenny
Camera Assistant - Megan Woods
Lighting Assistant - Oisín Lowry
1st Assistant Director - Aoife Kelly
2nd Assistant Director - Aoibhin Ryan
Carpenter - Patrick Cunningham

Prosthetics supplied by Bowsie Workshop
Special Effects supervised by Aoife Noonan and Ben O'Connor

Edited by - Peter Madden
Colourist - Oisín O'Driscoll

Funzo - Just A Thought

Co-starring Emma Elisabeth
Directed, Shot and Edited by Jonathan Lambert
Video produced by Alan Newman
Make-up by Shauna Fowley

I Draw Slow - Valentine

With Aidan Gillen & I Draw Slow

Directed by Hugh O'Conor / DP - Cathal Watters / Focus Puller - Josh Bourke / Camera Assistant - Cathal O'hUallacháin / Edited by Áine Furlong / Graded by Ian de Brí

Participant - Shelter

Directed, shot and edited by Bob Gallagher

Ryan Sheridan - 2 Back To 1

Directed and Produced by Ryan Sheridan
Director of Photography: Stephen C. Walsh
Edited by: Bryan Larkin 
Actors: Patrick O'Brien, Florence Ordesh
Makeup: Marty J Byrne Gascon
Concept: Ryan Sheridan

Sinéad O'Connor - 8 Good Reasons 

Directed by Hugh O'Conor

Squarehead - 2025

Video by Domhnall and Brian Gleeson, Hugh O'Conor, Michael Moloney and Rowan Averill

Travis Oaks - Last Love Song

Video by Little Beast.
Directed by Luke Sweetman Pell

Here's to another great year for Irish Music in 2015!

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Look Out & Under by Hazey Lake

Look Out & Under

by Hazey Lake

So making the statement that music is everywhere is sort of an understatement of sorts. In Ireland it seems to be bred into us and if we are lucky ones, we can get spectacular at an instrument or we might have vocal chords that stun an audience into silence. 

Unfortunately as a young person, (someone who is under the age of 18) it can be very difficult to find places to play and to promote your music or even to just be taken seriously. Most musicians have to play the pub scene and when you are not of age that kind of ruins it.

Over the last few months to a year, I have seen and met some wonderful young performers, who have had music through their life and want music to stay in their life. As it is coming to a new year, I decided to make a "Look Out & Under" list. Acts that you should all keep a "Look Out" for who are mostly or all under the age of 18, maybe one or 2 of the members might be just turning 18 but they are still in school. 

Here is the list:

The Klares

 The Klares are 4 teenagers from Dublin who got together to form the the band in 2011.2014 has seen them play some top venues in Dublin - The Convention Center, The Workman's Club and the Aviva Stadium to name a few. Last year they recorded their first EP 'Dirty Birds which got a great review from Golden Plec.They toured LA where the played for You Bloom festival.

Cramptown Spaces

Cramptown Spaces are a young southern-soaked garage rock quartet delivering bone-crunching, authentic rock music that finds its roots in a back catalogue of blues, progressive, punk and psychedelic music. With a showcase on RTE Two’s Music Inc, Two EP’s under their belt, a performance to a full tent at Electric Picnic 2014 as well as being named TodayFM's band of the week in October 2014, Cramptown Spaces are certainly one to watch in 2015.

The Dynamics

The Dynamics are a fantastic alternative rock n’ roll sound/band who hail out of County Kildare, Ireland!
These rocking talents bring swarms of intense, roaring, 50′s/60′s style rock n’ roll blues ‘in now music times’ with a gnarling mighty riff feel. There is also an exceptional alternative, soulful, melodic, vocal & music air going on around their extraordinary rock n’ roll platform!
"I really feel that rock music appreciators around the globe are really going to take for the ‘bringing & swinging’ electric vibe these rocking cats carry out impressively, big time rock n’ roll prospects here!"

Niamh Crowther

Niamh is a 17 year old singer-songwriter who resides in Meath. She was part of the winning Irish Youth Music Awards (Irish Youth Music Awards) Meath team in 2011 and took part in the album and even got a nice little review of her tracks in Hot Press. In 2013 she was chosen to front the Meath team in the Liberty Hall at this years IYMAs and ended up winning. The IYMAs album 'Kids A' is available now along with Niamh's single 'Bullets'. Niamh is a Leaving Cert student at present and will hopefully have great plans in place for a brilliant summer music wise.

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The Left Backs

The Left Backs are an Indie Rock band formed out of 4 guys from Belfast, Northern Ireland in Summer 2013. In the last year they've come an extremely long way, winning Best Act at the Irish Youth Music Awards and gaining endless recognition for their work from professionals across the industry. Their catchy and entertaining originals have made sure of that.
They've recently shared the stage with the likes of Union J, Plan B and Chase and Status.
They are currently gearing up for the release of their debut EP - Fake ID, which promises to be something special. The Left Backs are definitely a band to watch and are almost guaranteed to go far.

The Whereabouts

The Whereabouts are a young, energetic four piece rhythm & blues rock'n'roll band from Kingscourt, Co. Cavan, Ireland.
Formed officially in early 2013 after many years of jamming together when Wayne Watters Reilly (lead singer/rhythm guitarist), Evan Murphy (lead guitarist), Joseph Adcock (bassist/backing vocalist) and Dara Curtis (drummer) all came together and shared their love for playing music by forming as a band.
All four lads in The Whereabouts have been playing music from a very young age under the influence of their parents and bands such as the early Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Dr. Feelgood, The Doors and Chuck Berry.
The Whereabouts have been gigging since they formed playing around the pubs, clubs and festivals of Ireland. The band is known for their liveliness and passion for the music whilst playing on stage.

The Shades

The Shades are a five piece rhythm 'n' blues / rock 'n' roll group from Dublin. Made up of five hardworking, accomplished musicians and taking inspiration from artists such as The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Chuck Berry and The Yardbirds, The Shades are on their way to bringing this raw rock'n'roll sound to the mainstream.

The Shades performed @ Body and Soul Festival in June of 2014 to an energetic crowd. In July, the group began releasing a series of YouTube videos showcasing the raw, back to basics ethos of their live performances entitled the 'Live Sessions”.

In September 2014, the group set out on a successful tour of the UK and Ireland. The Shades were superbly received in cities such as Manchester, Liverpool, Cork and Limerick.

With non-stop energetic live shows and plans for a debut release in 2015, The Shades are definitely a group on the rise.

"The Shades are a full live energetic act...thoroughly enjoyable, thrilling and entertaining" - Pure M

"Several of their own numbers...could be hidden songs from The Beatles debut album ‘Please, Please Me" -

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Class of 2014: Lofty's Fav 45 2014

Lofty’s Fav 45 2014
by John Loftus

There have been so many fantastic singles, EPs and albums released during the year that it was a near impossible task to whittle those hundreds of tracks down to a mere 45 but hey thats what this time year is all about, end of yearlists are a seasonal tradition up there with mince pies, turkey and mulled wine.

Thankfully I had the listeners of to help me out with their nominations for Loftys Fav 45 along with pointers subtle and not so subtle from my fellow presenters so thats how we got to the final 45 tracks which can be listened to in full here.

1.    Angel Of Small Death And The Codeine Scene - Hozier

2.    B a nobody - SOAK

3.    Beautiful Freaks Like Us - DFF

4.    Beautiful Mistake - The Carnival Brothers

5.    Belles and Beaux - The Hard Ground

6.    Blud (CHVRCHES Remix) - SOAK

7.    Brick To The Face - Death In The Sickroom

8.    By Your Side (Radio Edit) - Buffalo Sunn

9.    Carmen (ft. May Kay) - Le Galaxie

10.  Cavalier - James Vincent McMorrow

11.  The Descent - Able Archer

12.  Falling Debris - Fox Jaw

13.  Fear - dREA

14.  Feel for Me - Foy Vance

15.  Gold - James Vincent McMorrow

16.  Habbakuk - God Knows + mynameisjOhn

17.  Haze of the Sun - Carswell & Hope

18.  Hide and Creep - Ronan Mitchell & Aoife McLoughlin (The Pigtown Fling)

19.  Humanise - Le Galaxie

20.  Hush Hush - Sisters

21.  In My House  - Brendan Markham (The Pigtown Fling)

22.  In The Mad - Ultan Conlan

23.  Kerosene - Fox Jaw

24.  Leave You - Elastic Sleep

25.  The Love We Need - Jon Dots

26.  Moosehead - SPIES

27.  My Favourite Faded Fantasy  - Damien Rice

28.  Never Gonna Look At You The Same - Colombia Mills
29.  Neverwood - Windings

30.  New Sensation (Hopes & Aspirations) - The Casanova Wave

31.  Nothing Left To Do But To Dance - Alien Envoy

32.  Occupy Your Mind - Villagers

33.  Old Enough To Know Better  - Youth Mass

34.  The Preacher - Big September

35.  Raise The Dead Man - Brendan Murphy

36.  Rumble Shake - Crow Black Chicken

37.  See This Man - Cronin

38.  Take Me To Church - Hozier

39.  Tell Tale Heart - The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra

40.  Tonight       - Death In The Sickroom

41.  Wake Me If I'm Asleep - In The Willows

42.  Watching The World - Friends of Emmet

43.  The Wayward Shepard    - Marc O’Reilly

44.  You Want The Night - Sleep Thieves

45.  2025 - Squarehead

Massive thanks to John Loftus & 8Radio for allowing us to share this fine list of great Irish Music for 2014.