Archive: February 2019
king pallas

“I never meant to go, I thought I could come home… wake up, feel the sunlight on your face.” This is a really lovely track from King Pallas aka Patrick O’Brien from the Limerick band Windings. It’s a gentle number that sounds like it was created by a crackling fire and seems apt for the […]

Paul Noonan

Paul Noonan had a quietly strong 2018, ‘Take The Wheel’, a collaboration with Daithi, and ‘Moth To Your Flame’ introducing him as a solo act and Bell X1’s foray into an acoustic/strings outlet showcasing a different side. They’re in Cork this weekend for two sold out shows at Live at St Luke’s – they could […]

bairbre anne

I was back on the Irish Jam at the weekend (February 17), post wedding and stag (ahem), with three great new tracks. You can listen to the show, hosted by Mel and Kealan, below. They talked to writer/performer Matt Regan aka Little King​ about his stage show ‘Greater Belfast’ with the Cairn String Quartet that […]

shaker hymn promo

Cork band the Shaker Hymn follow up 2016’s Do You Think You’re Clever? with the five-track EP The Shape Of The Sea, due April 10. ‘Brother (Love In Flight)’ is the first taster and sees the group in sanguine territory. Singer Caoilian Sherlock opines that “no one’s losing faith in your mind”, that “it’s all […]


Sunday, February 17, 2019, marked a decade since Delorentos announced they were splitting up. One of the big buzz bands in Dublin in the mid-noughties, it seemed to mark a turning point in the scene, coming just a couple of months into the ecomonic recession. Golden Plec ran a nice piece on the day itself […]

halves old haunts

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Dublin band Halves – five and a half years since last album Boa Howl, to be precise – so it was a pleasant surprise to hear they’ve released a collection of rarities, remixes, outtakes, live songs and sessions as Old Haunts. The 11-track compilation begins with a […]

talos far out dust cover

I love that moment when you think you know a band and suddenly they confound you, making you drop your presumtions there and then. That’s how I felt watching Talos at De Barra’s in July 2016, when they did an ‘Icelandic’ tour with JFDR and Indridi. I’d seen Eoin French in various guises over the […]

alex gough

Waterford artist Alex Gough follows up September’s ‘Afraidofmoney’ with the absolutely killer ‘Breakfast’, a cool, confident melange of styles. A drummer/producer with Waterford’s Anomaly collective, Gough says he creates music of all genres. That’s evident on this cool 2.42-minute track. ‘Breakfast’ finds Gough dealing with the “corporate operators” amid the “corn flakes on the counter. […]

Just After Inni K 4

Dublin-based singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Eithne Ní Chatháin aka Inni-K returns with ‘Just After’, the first taster of her second album, The Hare and The Line, due for release on March 1 on Green Willow Records. Three years on from the release of debut album The King Has Two Horse’s Ears, Ní Chatháin begins: “I […]


Dundalk three piece Larry, comprising Joey Edwards, Aoife Ward and David Noonan, release their debut single today, ‘Cocker Spaniel’. Out on the same label as the unstoppable Just Mustard (just announced to support the Cure at their sold-out Malahide Castle gig on June 8), Pizza Pizza Records, the song features on their debut album, recorded […]