2FM Hard Working Class Heroes:::Special Showcase

Dan will be live from Temple Bar ( Film Base) on Thursday 4th from 9pm to midnight will loads of live talk and sessions from the bands playing HWCH – expect live acoustic/stripped down sessions with Futures Apart, Twin Terrace, Ginnels, Low Sea, Inni-k, Heritage Centre as well as a selection of other rogues!



More info (please note, not for the faint-hearted – it was written by Producer Ian Wilson!) here:http://2fm.rte.ie/blogs/dan_hegarty/2012/10/dan-is-hard-working-class-heroes-on-thursday.html




Full schedule now available….


Thursday 4th -Saturday 6th October 

HWCH returns for it’s 10th year with a stellar line up of the best and brightest in Irish music.
The festival takes place across the Button Factory, the Mercantile, the Grand Social, Twisted Pepper, Meeting House Square and the Workman’s Club from October 4 to 6.


Here’s the full lineup:
A Dark Horse / A Lazarous Soul / Aisling Quinn / Autumn Owls / Benny Smiles / Biggles Flys Again / Bouts / Carried By Waves / CFIT / CLU / Cocophone / Come On Live Long / Conor Mason / Croupier / Daithi / Deaf Joe / DOGS / Dott / Dylan Tighe / Eatenbybears / Elaine Mai / Electric Penguins / Eleventy Four / Familiar Creatures / Faws / Forrests/ Frank B / Frankenstien Bolts / Futures Apart / Gavin James / Ghost Estates / Ghosts / Ginnels / Girl Band / Grand Pocket Orchestra / Groom / Hello Moon / Heritage Centre / Hudson Taylor / Hush War Cry / I ♡ The Monster Hero/ Inni –k / Jogging / Junah / KaraKara / Kid Karate / Kool Thing / La Faro / Lamont/Bailey/Wall / Land Lovers / Last Days Of 1984 / Le Galaxie / Leanne Harte / Lemonada / Lisa O Neill / Little Bear / Low Sea / Moo! / More Than Conquerors / Nanu Nanu / Niamh Regan / Nouveaunoise / Owensie / Pearse McGloughlin and Nocturnes / PolyDROID / Red Sail / Reid / REPLETE / Sans Chateux / September Girls / Sertone / Ships / Si Schroeder / Simon Bird / Skelocrats / Sleep Thieves / SPIES / Steve McEvoy / Tandem Felix / Temper-Mental Misselayneous / The Alice Kona Band / The Animators / The Casanova Wave / The Depravations / The Dirty 9s / The Gorgeous Colours / The Mighty Stef / The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock / Twin Terrace / Water Cycle / White Collar Boy / Wiltz / Windings / Young Wonder.


The 3 day event has gone from strength to strength over the last decade championing the sounds of the likes of Heathers, Le Galaxie, The Gorgeous Colours, We Cut Corners to name a very small few.

Tickets are priced at €45 for a full weekend pass or €20 per day.




Efterklang ::: Cork Opera House 15/9/12.

What a night. What a band. You knew as soon as the Orchestra took to the stage that you were in for a special night. Copenhagen’s finest exports were in town and they gave a performance to remember. From the opening strains of Hollow Mountain they gave a thrilling show that not once left the audience in anything other than a state of delight.

Kildare’s Inni-K gave fine support on the night and delivered her set with aplomb. Then around 9 bells the main event took to the stage. Never ones to shy away from innovation Efterklang were performing their new album with a 24 piece orchestra onstage. They delivered Piramida in its entirety and displayed a modesty and graciousness that instantly endeared them to their audience. The swirling of the strings and the brass allied to Casper Clausen’s vocals was all backed up with subtle bits of electronic aspects that worked in perfect harmony to deliver as striking and yet charming a performance as you’re likely to see.

From bass player Rasmus belatedly giving the album cover a quick flash to the audience to Caspers half joking reluctance to (briefly) go into the albums recording there was as a real sense that here were an act that were enjoying themselves. Backed up by an incredible orchestra and with a frontman who seemed almost humbled by the crowd’s appreciation they stormed through their set and departed the stage to rapturous applause. They came back on and played ‘Monopolist’ from their album Tripper and ‘Modern Drift’ from Magic Chairs, they left with a more than well-deserved standing ovation but the applause and cheering continued so an unscheduled second airing of ‘Ghosts’ had to be delivered. Nobody seemed to mind too much. In short this was a fantastic night’s entertainment from an act at the height of their creative powers.

Inni-K Interview


Inni-K is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. Originally hailing from Co. Kildare, Inni-K now lives in An Daingean, Co. Kerry. She was kind enough to have a few words with me ahead of her turn supporting Efterklang in the Cork Opera House saturday night.


How would you best describe your sound to the uninitiated?
‘A strangely evocative voice over delicate and quirky melodies’ – I had to ask a friend to help me out with this one cause I could spend all day at it and not get anywhere! The voice and the song is always the core of it for me, the instruments I use are fairly traditional – piano, fiddle but I like to add in something a little different with other unusual instruments and sounds – kalimba, ukelele, percussion, vocables. I use a loop pedal too so that allows me to create soundscapes to sing over.

You featured in 2012’s Other Voices. How did you find the whole experience of performing on the show?
Great! I didn’t know I’d be performing on Other Voices till about 2 weeks before so you can imagine the excitement! It all came about really from this little video I did with filmmaker Ben Dowden on a rainy day in the woods in Gort, Galway and it ended up on the homepage of youtube and exploded to 80,000 views!! I was living literally 50m away from McCarthy’s Bar in Dingle when the show was filmed last December, so I only had to stroll down the road – kinda surreal! I saw Aidan Gillen outside the pub doing some links and introductions for the show and I went in to do my bit. There’s a fantastic crew involved inOther Voices so it was a treat really. People really know about the show so it was a great honour to be part of it, and it helped me gain some more gigs and festival opportunities.

I really enjoyed your Gentle Star EP. It’s a lovely stripped back sound. ‘Find your beat’ is a great track. ‘Precipitate’ as well I really enjoyed. How did you find the recording process and what inspired the tracks?
Thanks very much! I absolutely loved the recording process. Jason Boshoff, the producer was just the right man for the job, and having someone there looking after everything was a new experience for me, something that really gave me the freedom to focus on my performance each day when I went into record. I went to London where Jason lives, so it was also quite nice to be away for my usual environment.

I remember the day we finished; I ran to catch the train to Stansted (we were working right up to 10 mins before train departure!!), I got on the train and burst into tears, cause the whole project meant so much to me and I felt so satisfied with it.

The EP Gentle Star is dedicated to my Dad who died in June of last year. ‘Gentle Star’ and ‘Precipitate’ were both inspired by Dad himself or by the experience of his illness and us all learning that the cancer was incurable. It was an extremely special time, sad and so hard but extremely special. Writing songs was a soothing balm for me during that time. Other inspirations for the songs on the EP would be books I’ve read and ‘Find your Beat’ was inspired by a river in Ventry, Dingle that flows into the sea, and changes its course every day depending on the weather. And dancing, dancing and moving. I’ve been recently working with contemporary dancers so that’s become part of my music too.

Who would you describe as your influences?
So many, and so many I’m not even aware of I’m sure! I listen to all sorts of music. I like singers who have something different, something special in their voices – Feist, Emiliana Torrini, Regina Spektor, Laura Marling. Of course, the greats – Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen…they’d always be there in the background. I also listen to traditional music from around the world; Irish, Malian, African, Indian. At the moment I like Sufjan Stevens, Sigur Ros, Elbow….and the list goes on…

What’s been the highlight of the year so far for you?
This year, I’d have to say recording my EP with Jason Boshoff in London and the excitement of releasing it at Vantastival Festival and Camden Crawl Dublin.

You’re supporting Efterklang on Saturday and playing the Hard Working Class Heroes Festival in October. What else is in store for Inni-K in 2012?
Yes, I can’t wait till Saturday! It’ll be an honour to support Efterklang! I love Cork Opera House as a venue, and I love Cork for eating! It seems I’m drawn to Cork a lot these days. I’ll be supporting Wallis Bird in The Triskel Arts Centre on 18 Oct, so that’ll be another one to look forward to too. I was delighted to be selected for the Hard Working Class Heroes Festival in Dublin in October, I’ll be playing on Friday the 5th in The Mercantile. It’s a great opportunity. And the rest of 2012?…as many gigs as I can shake a mic at!! And also I’ll be gearing up for recording the album as soon as I feel the songs are ready, and the bobs are gathered, but a Spring 2013 release is on the cards.

Inni-K plays support to Efterklang, Cork Opera House, Sat Sept 15th & Hard Working Class Heroes Festival in Dublin in October. Her EP ‘Gentle Star’ is now available.