Girl Band::: Crane Lane Sat 1st Feb

Girl Band

Great booking in the Crane this Saturday by Alliance Promotions. Girl Band are a four piece from Dublin. They started in the summer of 2011. Since then they’ve amassed quite the following and are definitely worth checking out if you’re you’re looking for some guitar based action this saturday. Support on the night comes from Cork’s Sound of Impact.


The Henry Girls :::Half moon Sat 18th

The Half Moon Theatre
Saturday January 18, 2014

‘Maybe’ is the first track to be taken from Louder than Words, the forthcoming album from Donegal’s The Henry Girls. Following a busy 2013 of touring Ireland, the UK and Europe, the folk and roots trio are set to release the new album in early 2014 to a growing international audience.

‘Maybe’ brings together some of the intricate components that The Henry Girls’ music is best known for. Three part harmonies sit warmly alongside Joleen’s harp, whilst capturing elements of Irish folk and Americana that evoke shades of Gillian Welch and The Indigo Girls.

Since the 2011 release of the much-acclaimed December Moon, produced by Calum Malcom (Blue Nile, Heidi Talbot), Karen, Lorna and Joleen have brought their music to myriad new places, taking a little from here and there, and are ready to deliver their finest work to date in Louder than Words.

A musical fusion of the Donegal coastline and the Appalachian mountains – The Henry Girls combine something of our Irish heritage with a more contemporary backdrop; imbuing it with compassion, insight and warmth.*It’s an album that invites you inside the world of three sisters from Donegal, who impart their strong folk roots, preserving tradition and at the same time delivering a fresh and finely crafted body of work.*

The Henry Girls have rapidly gained a new audience at home and abroad along with the respect of peers such as Altan and Dervish; while their tour schedule in 2013 has seen them play across Europe and set the stage for the release of the new album. ‘Maybe’ sets the tone for what is in store for The Henry Girls in 2014.

Tour dates:

Jan 16th De Barras Folk Club,*Clonakilty

Jan 18th Half Moon Theatre, Cork

Jan 25th Roscommon Arts Centre, Roscommon

Jan 30th Set Theatre, Kilkenny
Feb 1st Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda
Feb 8th An Grianan, Letterkenny
Feb 14th Draoicht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown
Feb 15th Riverside Theatre, Coleraine


Gretchen Lohse::: Primal Rumble

Gretchen Lohse is a native Philadelphia singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She comes from a family with deep music roots and was classically trained on violin, which is evident on her recordings. As the front woman of Philadelphia psychedelic folk rock band Yellow Humphrey, she dreamt up rich, strange musical tapestries; Part memoir and part tall tale, heavily influenced by folklore and silent films. 

Her debut solo album continues to draw from these influences while delivering them in sparse arrangements with understated layers. The songs are stories, built around Lohse’s vocals and guitar and then infused with flutes (Naeemah Maddox; Donn T, Paper Masques), strings, and more surprisingly, warm analog synthesizers provided by Thomas Hughes (The Spinto Band, The Music Tapes). At times you’ll feel the intimacy of being alone in the room with her and at others you’ll feel transported into other dimensions.

Lohse further extends this dichotomy by integrating sounds mined from her collection of old, warped VHS home movies. The ghostly sounds of voices, birds, and other noises are distorted and woven within the mixes, creating a blend that is both eerie and familiar. This technique is a perfect accompanied to Lohse’s songs, which are personal and otherworldly.