August Wells ::: A little too real

August Wells new single ‘A Little Too Real’ is out now and is available from all digital platforms, itunes, Amazon etc. Physical copies of the new single along with previous releases are available at their shows.


Wed 10th Feb – Brewery Corner, Kilkenny
Thurs 11th Feb – Boyles, Slane
Fri 12th Feb – Coughlan’s, Cork
Sat 13th Feb – Pine Lodge, Myrtleville
Sun 14th Feb – Workman’s Club, Dublin


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 

Duke Special ::: Coughlans



This intrepid reviewer had never had the pleasure  of seeing the duke live before.

He delivered a rousing set full of incident and fancy. The night began rather inauspiciously in Coughlans. I found myself in the unenviable position of having two tickets and no means of offloading them. Thankfully the lovely Gillian and co. were obliging enough to take them off my hands. The lovely people at Coughlans were then kind enough to allow me to interview and watch the gig gratis ( Thanks Edel).


A brief interview followed where I learnt that Peter ( Duke Special) discovered his love of music by howling along to his granny’s version of Danny Boy. Thankfully he has come a long way since then and his one man show zipped along all too fast. There was an incident of a lost umbrella and a borrowed hat but we shant dwell on the detail.


Duke Special remains one of Ireland’s foremost virtuosos and his talent is allowed to shine in a venue as intimate as Coughlans. I was mightily impressed and I certainly will be catching him the next time he comes to town. If you have or have not I recommend you do the same.




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

Cormac O Caoimhe::: The Moon Loses Its Memory

Cormac OCaoimh   The Moon Loses Its Memory | Review cover 200x200

Has the singer-songwriter market reached saturation point? Can you longer stomach David Gray or Damian Rice warbling about lost love and regret. If you’re feeling this jaundiced then you could do an awful lot worse than check out the new LP from Cormac O Caoimhe.

It’s a wonderfully lush album that in no way strays toward the more tired aspects of the genre. O’Caoimhe is a classically trained guitarist from Cork who showcases here on his third solo album a wonderful ear for melody and a lovely turn of phrase.

You can hear hints of Steve Wall sneaking in on tracks like ‘Solid’ whilst opener ‘Maze of your Heart’ brings to mind some of the finer moments of the 4 of us. Make no mistake though, whilst other artists influence may be there O’Caoimhe is his own beast. The pacing of the album is for my money, perfect.  It zips along with a verve and confidence without overstaying its welcome. The wonderfully jaunty  ‘Similes and metaphors’ brings the 14 tracks to a close.

Its a immensly likable and pleasant album from an artist hitting his creative stride and one of the finest I’ve heard this year.