Newbridge based music blogger, BarryGruff, has been promoting emerging musical talent through his ‘Presents’ series for close to two years now. He’s is back with the second in a series of unplugged shows, a sideline for the regular presents series, and brings his taste-making stylings to the The Liffey Studios, Newbridge once more.
Speaking about the second show, BarryGruff said “It was an incredible experience last time out and hopefully we can replicate it this time too. We’ve got great musicians on board again in Oisin & Sive, and The Liffey Studio is a wonderful little venue, right in the heart of Newbridge. It’s a perfect setting for this kind of show.”
The second night in the series takes place on Wednesday, December 18th and will see superb performances from Oisin McCole & Sive, with a special guest announced at a later date. Doors 8pm/Tickets €5/€7. More details below or @ http://barrygruff.wordpress.com/
So I’ve not written anything in a while as it’s slightly hard to find time to sit down while traveling, but luckily I’m currently driving across the USA with friends so I’m sitting in the back of the car on a friends iPad. Speeding away from Dodge City Kansas across the plains I have time to write about some of the music I’ve heard on my travels so far, not to mention everything that’s happened in the music world at home.
Moonfruits Source: Moonfruits Facebook
First up is something from my very first day of travelling while waiting in JFK for something like 12 hours for a delayed flight I heard some lovely music live in the lounge from fellow delayed travellers Alex Millaire and Kaitlin Milroy collectively known as Moonfruits. A band from Ottawa, Canada who were on their way back from busking around Europe. They captivated a tired and contrary audience in JFK with upbeat, toe-tapping, folk harmonies driven by Alex’s acoustic guitar and Kaitlin’s shakers. They intertwine their vocals and jump between soft and slow to loud and fast creating wonderful dynamics in the songs.
They are set to release their first album sometime soon entitled Dèbut. Currently doing some touring of Cafe’s, venues and kitchen parties they are a live act to fit in anywhere. Check out more about them at their website moonfruitsmusic.ca
So I’m setting off for a few months of travel around the world. Hence the lack of regular posts in recent weeks. I’m going to do my best to keep finding new music and posting about it. So my little blog is gonna take a slightly more international view for awhile but I have plans for introducing people all over the place to some of my favourite Irish acts see if I can’t help make someone famous and share some of the fantastic music being produced in our lovely little island.
Watch this space…
Hozier. Credit Hozier Facebook.
Hozier (Andrew Hozier-Byrne) hails from the beautiful county of Wicklow in Ireland. His music on the other hand seems to come from the Blues born in Chicago, Kansas, Detroit and other wandering parts of America filtered through an Irish view of life with its folk music and traditional story telling.
Take Me To The Church is Hozier’s debut 4 track EP and its an instant favourite with a beautiful mix of loud, rousing, blues influenced anthem and a blend of Irish tinged folk throughout the songs. It shows a great potential for further exploration in a full album format. Hozier’s bluesy vocals carrying across the music linking everything together including his most folk influenced song on the EP ‘Like Real People Do’. In moments he sounds like James Vincent McMorrow or Justin Vernon(Bon Iver) but always mixed with the same Soulful Blues influenced music of the likes of Cold War Kids or Stevie Wonder.
A fine addition to Ireland’s current music scene filling a niche nobody else seemed to know was there.
Catch him live at the wonderful Unitarian Church, Dublin On September 10th.
Hozier: Cherry Wine Live
Volcano Choir. Credit Volcano Choir Facebook
Volcano Choir are set to release their follow-up to 2009′s Unmap. Repave is set for release on the 3rd of September. Volcano Choir are Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Jon Mueller (Death Blues) and Thomas Wincek (of All Tiny Creatures). They have also added Matthew Skemp on bass, who also plays in All Tiny Creatures. It’s hard to have Justin Vernon’s voice and for everybody not to just hear Bon Iver, but Volcano Choir while floating in similar veins of music seem to have more bite to the music offering something more than the melancholy brilliance of Bon Iver. So if it’s a bit more grit and dirt in the music you want but still Justin Vernon’s influence along with some other very talented musicians check out Volcano Choir’s latest offering.
Volcano Choir: Repave
Volcano Choir: Byegone