Archive: October 2014
sunday sessions

The Sunday School Sessions is a music collective from Dublin. It grew from an idea by engineer and producer Ian McNulty In Dublin’s Charthouse Recording to record some folk and country tunes in homage to the old records that had inspired him over the years. Gathering together friends and members of the bands Hidden Highways, […]

jack o rourke

“I want to live and die to a beat.” That’s a good way for a debut single to grab the listener’s attention. Cork artist Jack O’Rourke channels his inner David Bowie – you can almost imagine him wearing Bowie’s red shoes from ‘Let’s Dance’ – for ‘Naivety’, a four and a half minute pop song […]

kool thing

It’s been a while since we heard from Berlin-based Dublin band Kool Thing. The trio released their self-titled debut album in March 2013 but bar a few random gigs this year, it’s been quiet on the Kool Thing front. But now they’re back with new promo art (above, by Denis Laner) a new song, ‘I […]


There was loads on in pretty much every venue in Cork city over the weekend as the jazz festival took over. The likes of Ginger Baker in the Everyman and Lee Fields and Sharon Jones in the Opera House were always going to wow, while the Sextant is turning into the place to go for […]

east india youth

East India Youth was one of the opening acts at the 36th annual Cork Jazz Festival, taking to the Cyprus Avenue stage last night, Thursday, October 23. Nominated for the Mercury which is announced next Wednesday, debut album Total Strife Forever would be more than a worthy winner. I’ve seen William Doyle live twice this […]

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Cork-based two-piece MKAI are named after their family’s special word for music, and release their debut EP Waiting early next month. But to tide you over until then they’ve just unveiled the title track. Comprised of Cork brothers Conor and Cian MacSweeny, who are joined on stage by fellow siblings Eoghan and Colm, MKAI channel […]

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John Blek is leaving the Rats behind to release his debut solo album Cutting Room Floor on November 28. A collection of songs that Blek has been working on over the past 18 months, ‘Portland, Oregon’ is our first taster of the nine-track collection. As the name suggests, it’s a lovely acoustic number that’s bathed […]

The October bank holiday weekend is almost upon us which can mean only one thing – the Cork Jazz Festival. There’s always a great buzz on the streets and plenty of music – and possibly some alcohol – to go around. Below are some of my recommendations for Thursday to Sunday, though they are but […]


It’s been a while since we heard from London-based, Limerick/Clare trio Sisters. They were back in Dublin for a show at Hard Working Class Heroes but there hasn’t been any new music since ‘Hush Hush‘ aaaages ago. At just over three minutes long, ‘February’ thankfully ends the withdrawal symptoms. A free download via Soundcloud, it’s […]


Dublin trio Women’s Christmas have just released their excellent debut album, Too Rich For Our Blood, and played a free gig in the Crane Lane in Cork to showcase it. Released on Out On A Limb – the second album the label has put out this year, after the Windings/Land Lovers split – the 12 […]