Inga Copeland ::: Triskel TDC 23/10/15

The TDC space in the Triskel has (yet) another great act coming to you this Friday night.

Inga Copeland of Hype Williams fame is in town and if you miss an act who has been known to sell music buried in apples, stolen raccoons , joined the Nation of Islam all whilst putting together cracking tunage as one half of uber hip Hype Williams. This has the feel of one of those gigs you’d wished you’d known about two or three years down the line.

So you heard it here, get in on the ground floor. If you’d rather hear something genuinely interesting than stand shoulder to shoulder listening to swing passed off as jazz (curmudgeon hat on), then this may be the very ticket for you.

18 notes, doors @ 11pm


Silence::: Jack O’Rourke

Hard to believe now that the momentous referendum in April was ever in doubt. But in doubt it was and thanks to wonderful musicians like Jack O’Rourke getting behind the Yes camapaign that a defining blow was struck for Irelands civil rights, for all.

Its oft easy to dismiss a song that chides along with a chorus of a cause but thats very much NOT the case here. In a heated referendum that was very close to middle Irelands values O’Rourke has crafted a thoughtful and affecting tune that (Robbie Fowler namedrop aside :))  that epitomises a talent that many would acknowledge as a serious contender for Cork’s hardest working musician. Musicans work? I know perish the thought.

It evokes early Peter Gabriel, minus the ridiculous haircuts and takes a smidgin of Louden Wainwright with the linger of Cohen lurking in the background.

if you havnt caught Silence yet, then do so at once. Just as a pre Church Hozier was waiting to be ordained by the masses, this fella is threatening to explode.

The Hard Ground ::: Triptych

The Hard Ground Release Second Album – ‘Triptych’

The Hard Ground have announced the release details of their second album Triptych. Due for release on Friday April 10th 2015,Triptych is the culmination of a year long project that has seen the Cork based band release the album digitally as 3 separate EP’s. The final EP in the series is set to be released in conjunction with the full physical album on the same day.

Seeking to approach the recording and release of an album in a new way, the band set about the project in early 2014 working with producer Christian Best in Monique Studios in Cork city. The method of release, inspired by the ‘triptych’ art concept, is a response to the challenges faced by recording artists in today’s music industry. The ‘album’ – the backbone of the record industry – has been rapidly replaced by an increasingly fragmented means of consumption. The album is dead – long live the playlist.

Independently released, the constant writing, recording, and touring schedule has had a huge influence on the album. Undertaken as a real time recording project, the album documents the development of the bands sound and songwriting over the last twelve months giving the listener an intimate insight in the creative process.

Triptych Tour Dates:
May 7th: The Odessa, Dublin. 
May 15th: Kelly’s Bar, Galway. 
May 23rd: Levis’ Cornerhouse, Ballydehob.
May 28th: The Oliver Plunkett Bar, Cork. 
June 26th: The Harbour Bar, Bray.
June 27th: McCarthy’s Bar, Dingle.
July 2nd: Kennys, Lahinch.
July 3rd: The Greyhound Bar, Kilkee 

Anna Mitchell ‘Down to the Bone’ Album Launch

Coughlans Live Promotions proudly presents,
Anna Mitchell & Band. ‘Down to the Bone’ album launch
with guests Dan Whitehouse and Patrick Freeman.
Thurs Feb 12th :: upstairs at The Oliver Plunkett :: 8:30pm Adm €8 (+b.f).

With a voice that evokes images of a bygone era of American Roots music, Anna speaks directly to the listener with a memorable and honest lyrical approach. Anna Mitchell releases her debut album ‘Down to the Bone’ with a launch show upstairs at The Oliver Plunkett Feb 12th.
Having already received national airplay and plenty of plaudits from press & blogs alike for her debut single ‘Let’s Run Away’, Anna released her ‘Fall Like That’ E.P to critical acclaim in 2014 and is now proud to announce the release of her debut album.

‘Down to the Bone’ captures the songwriter confidently moving between soulful Americana , brooding late night ballads and country tinged folk, paying homage to the traditions of the influences that went before while carving out a unique and contemporary space for her voice to be heard.

Recorded at Monique studios and produced by Christian Best ( Mick Flannery / O Emperor). The sessions saw Anna sat behind an old Yamaha upright piano, with a 6 piece band sensitively recording assured performances that highlight the mood of Mitchell’s songs resulting in a cohesive collection that reveals an appreciation of the craft of storytelling, songwriting and expression.

“The album was recorded and mixed in my friend Christian’s studio over a couple of sessions, We set the band set up throughout his house and recorded the tracks onto an old studer tape machine. It’s a home studio so there’s a lovely calm atmosphere there , the kettle’s always on and there are lots of cats, so many in fact they probably deserve a credit on it album”.

Garnering a reputation as a live performer able to capture an audience, Anna has already shared the stage with many celebrated singers & songwriters including Sarah Jarosz , Aoife O’ Donovan, Mick Flannery, John Smith, Duke Special, Lisa Hannigan, Simone Felice and many more. In fact so impressed was the celebrated American poet and songwriter Simone Felice upon hearing Anna he subsequently invited her to join him and his band on the road for a European tour in winter 2014.

“I opened up for Simone on his Irish tour at the beginning of the year and was delighted to be invited to join him on a 5 week European tour in Nov and Dec.I got to play in a lot of new places and the audiences were lovely and receptive , I had even sold out of all the copies of my E.p before we were half way through the dates.
It was a great finish to a really great year but now I’m looking forward to what’s already shaping up to be a busy 2015”.

‘Down To The Bone’ is set for release in Febuary and with extensive Irish and European dates planned, 2015 is shaping up to be a breakthrough year for Cork based songstress Anna Mitchell

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New Sufjan Stevens Album in March

Sufjan Stevens has announced the release of his new album ‘Carrie & Lowell’ in March.

According to the press release, the album was named after Stevens’ mother and stepfather, and its songs are about “life and death, love and loss, and the artist’s struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love.” It’s being billed as a return to Stevens’ “folk roots,” which will be welcome news to his legion of fans.

Collaborators on the album include Casey Foubert, Laura Veirs, Nedelle Torrisi, Sean Carey, Ben Lester, and Thomas Bartlett.

Carrie & Lowell:

01 Death With Dignity
02 Should Have Known Better
03 All of Me Wants All of You
04 Drawn to the Blood
05 Fourth of July
06 The Only Thing
07 Carrie & Lowell
08 Eugene
09 John My Beloved
10 No Shade in the Shadow of the Cross
11 Blue Bucket of Gold

Coughlans::: Live Music Festival

The Picnic has finished, the Pav has shut it’s doors and and the summer is over, boo.

If that hasnt left you seriously depressed and in need of a musical pick me up then look no further than Coughlans Live Music Festival 14. Picking up from last years wonderful effort the Douglas street venue is putting a six-day music spree which runs from the 24th to the 29th of September.

Amongst those featuring are Cork’s own Anna Mitchell who will be launching her debut E.P ‘Fall like that’. Local leeside legend Hank Wedel is in attendance and is launching a new single. 

The Main draw of the festival line up include the irrepressible Jerry Fish and Cork’s nattive son, Mick Flannery, whose show on Saturday the 27th is a sell out. Waterford’s Katie Kim also joins the bill in a double headline show with Adrian Crowley.
There are a number of free performances throughout the festival including The Hot Sprockets, R.S.A.G, Booka Brass Band and the always wonderful John Blek & the Rats.
Tickets go on sale this Friday the 5th of September from 9am. Tickets available online from or at the venue.
Full Line Up:
Wednesday 24th
Hank Wedel Single Launch w/Special Guest Clare Sands
Tickets €10 (includes physical copy of single)
Doors 9pm
Thursday 25th
I Draw Slow
Tickets €10
Doors 8pm
John Blek & The Rats
Adm free
Doors 10pm
Friday 26th
Anna Mitchell E.P. Launch w/Special Guest Malojian
Tickets €10
Doors 8pm
Booka Brass Band
Adm free
Jerry Fish
Adm free
DJ in Penny Lane from 10.30pm
Adm free
Saturday 27th
Mick Flannery w/Special Guests The Edisons (SOLD OUT!)
Tickets €20
Doors 4pm
Adm Free
Doors 8pm
The Hot Sprockets
Adm Free
Silent Disco in Penny Lane from 10pm
Adm free
Sunday 28th
Adrian Crowley and Kate Kim – Double Headline Show
Doors 4pm
Tickets €15
Trad Session
Adm free
Wallis Bird w/Special guest Joe O Leary
Doors 9pm
Tickets €20
Monday 29th
Festival Closing Party w/Special Guests

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