Archive: December 2013

I think it’s been a really good year for Cork music, from new releases to new bands, venues and more. On Saturday night at the Pavilion, Fred called it a day with a stunning show, drawing the curtain on 15 years of music. But the show must go on, and the following night, Sunday, December […]

slow skies

Slow Skies released their second EP Close in May and have been playing sparingly around the country since, including shows at Other Voices in Dingle at the start of December. Here, Karen Sheridan talks about how the past 12 months have been for the three piece and what 2014 might hold in store.

Fred, pictured at their last show in the Pavilion by BrĂ­d O'Donovan

After 15 years, Cork band Fred called it a day on Saturday night, filling the Pavilion stage to overflowing with friends and musicians. A heaving crowd, there were more than a few tear-stained cheeks after Joe O’Leary, Jamie Hanrahan, Jamin O’Donovan and Justin O’Mahony and Jamin’s dad crowdsurfed on a wave of happiness. Two million […]

SleepThieves camden crawl dublin

Sleep Thieves released their debut album Islands in 2012 and for the past few months have been working on its follow-up, You Want The Night, which is out on US label Minty Fresh next year. The first taster, ‘Sparks’, was revealed a few months ago. Below the three piece discuss how their year has gone […]

bleeding heart pigeon cover

Limerick trio Bleeding Heart Pigeons launched their debut EP, In A Room In Littleton, Colorado, released on Virgin Records, in Whelan’s last night. Three songs long, it references the Columbine school shooting in 1999 and is never anything less than engaging, worrying, but fascinating. I can’t imagine how it was for singer Michael Keating to […]


Ambiguous Fiddle is Sean Phair and Chris Murphy and they’ve slowly been building their reputation throughout the year, shooting videos for the likes of Fred, Mide Houlihan and Sam Clague, the latter of which I’ve been returning to a lot in recent weeks. After the jump, the pair reveal what they’ve been watching and rewatching […]

elk ooal

Out on a Limb 10th birthday party @ Dolan’s, August 10 Crayonsmith, Elk, Jogging, Windings and Giveamanakick came together to celebrate Out on a Limb, the best record label in the country. The celebrations reached new heights for the reforming Gamak, but it was Elk who blew me away. They haven’t done many gigs since, […]

rory o brien eve cover

Ten Past Seven frontman Rory Francis O’Brien is releasing an eight-track live recording on Cork-based label Art for Blind this Saturday. Entitled The Eve of the Ides of March, it was recorded at Fred Zeppelin’s in March and offers a different look at the singer (unless you’ve already seen him play solo), who is joined […]


Villagers returned to the Savoy in Cork on Monday night, as they draw the curtain on a stellar year, beginning with the release of second album {Awayland}. It’s no mean feat filling any Cork venue on a Monday night, but such is the draw of Conor et al that they not only do that, but […]

JVM red dust 1

‘Red Dust’ is the second in a trilogy of videos by Aoife McArdle for James Vincent McMorrow. After the self-destruction of ‘Cavalier‘ we are offered a rebirth revolving around the refrain: “Sometimes my hands they don’t feel like my own, I need someone to love I need someone to hold.” It’s still as grim as […]