Archive: December 2015

It proved much easier than expected to put together this mix of Irish acts getting in the Christmas spirit, through covers or indeed original tracks – an original Christmas song in the mid-20=teens!?! I know! It’s 14 tracks long and could’ve been at least four tracks longer, but it was a little impromptu and kind […]


While it’s quite daunting just thinking about reading a 600-plus-page book, David Cavanagh must have thought it impossible trying to sum up the legacy of John Peel and chronicle 35 years of his shows in only 600 pages – he must have expected it to top a thousand. But that’s what he’s done with Good […]


After last week’s hour-long show about our favourite albums and shows of 2015, I’m again joined by Chris (Elastic Sleep), Darren (Hags) and Niamh (Across The Line) to talk more generally about the albums making waves on lots of end-of-year lists. There’s talk on: Eagles of Death Metal, Meltybrains, DJ Paypal (yup), Sufjan Stevens, Foals […]

the lie ins

Lie Ins, comprising Mike Stevens, Mark Chester and Ruan van Vliet, released their debut album, Death To Lie Ins, almost three years ago. Today the two-piece have released a new single that you can download for free from their Bandcamp page. With a chorus built around cries of “1-2-3-4” on a song that lasts less […]

quarter block party

After a successful inaugural year, Quarter Block Party, presented by Makeshift Ensemble and Southern Hospitality Board, returns to North and South Main Street, Cork City, on February 5-7, 2016. The likes of Elastic Sleep and Altered Hours starred on last year’s music programme and this second installment looks like being just as exciting. Here’s the […]

bad machine

It’s been ages since we’ve heard from Cork band Elastic Sleep. Last November they gave us live favourite ‘Slip‘, but ‘Bad Machine’ is our first taster of new music since then (though we did get an awesome cover of Jon Hopkins’ ‘Open Eye Signal’). Over nearly four minutes, it’s a reminder of just how powerful […]

altered hours album

We got our first taster a couple months ago of Altered Hours‘ debut album, In Heat Not Sorry, with the thrilling ‘Way Of Sorrow‘. The Cork five piece had latest track ‘Silver Leather’, a pulsating, intense five-minute listen, premiered on the Fader earlier this week. Lead singer Cathal Mac Gabhainn described how the title came […]


I was joined by Niamh Hegarty (Across The Line), Darren Keane (Hags) and Chris Somers (Elastic Sleep) to chat about the year in music, our favourite albums, gigs, Irish acts, etc. Niamh and Chris were at Other Voices down in Dingle so we chatted about that at the start for a while. Unsurprisingly Rusangano Family, […]