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Subscribe to TPOE’s New Irish Music playlist on Spotify This week on the new music roundup, we have noise-pop (emphasis on the noise) from Dublin’s Thumper, Saint Caoilian‘s debut EP of love songs, Liza Flume‘s EP charting a breakup, another taster of Come On Live Long‘s second album (with a brilliant video), vintage rock from […]

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Cork band Great Balloon Race released debut album Cardboard almost three years ago and in the interim have set about becoming one of the most intense and exciting live bands around – their set supporting Jennifer Evans in Sirius Arts Centre in Cobh earlier this summer was stunning. The four piece – Marcus Gordon (guitar/vocals), […]


There were a plethora of good bands and acts playing around the Triskel Arts Centre in Cork City over the weekend, APril 19 and 20, in a joint celebration of Record Store Day and our launch of We Play Here issue 2. On Saturday night, Twin Lights, Nativism and the Keep on Jumpin’ DJs kept […]


Cork band the Great Balloon Race played their first headline slot in a good few months in the Pavilion on Saturday night. If you’ve been following them since debut album Cardboard, you’ll already know what a good, tight band they are. They’ve got a new single in the pipelines so hopefully we will be hearing […]

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Three Cork bands took to the Mr Bradley’s stage on Saturday night to help launch We Play Here, a 72-page fanzine about some of the music being made in the city. Sideproject, Great Balloon Race and Lamp were all featured in the zine, and it was great to get them all together for the one […]


More and more down-sized boutique music festivals have been popping up all over Ireland over the past year or two. But Colm O’Herlihy, who started the MDR label earlier this year, has been holding probably the smallest boutique festival for a few years now. Mountain Dew takes place in his own back yard in Macroom […]