Ireland has, quite simply, never seen a band like Fight Like Apes. They’re now at the start of an extensive European tour that will see them going east, north and south for the rest of 2009, bringing an explosive live performance with them. Despite a once proclaimed frivolous approach to her art, she remains the dark horse that many hope will win the race. An evolving line-up of musicians has given them the time and space to experiment with composition and tone, creating something both experimental and accessible.
www.chequerboard.net SG, They’d be in the “Top 50 Irish Acts Right Now” of any year of the past 30, such is their commercial profile and critical cachet. This special list of the top 10 Irish artists tallies the biggest Billboard stars who were born, raised and/or formed in Ireland.
None of them has seen the full list before this morning. One album does not a legacy make, however; there are times when this young artist’s affectations threaten to undermine his intentions, but there’s no doubt that Sweet Used to Bis a superb calling card that bodes well for future moves.
www.damienrice.com TCL. www.oppenheimermusic.co.uk JC, There are many one-man-and-his- guitar outfits in Irish music, but none quite like Dubliner John Lambert. After U2, Snow Patrol are probably Ireland’s next-best-selling rock act - and rightly so, despite forays into areas that press the audience appreciation buttons a tad too much. It gets a release via Gonzo Records on April 10th. From late 1989 onwards, the pair would rock the city's art college once a month with such guests as Orbital, Sabres Of Paradise, Chemical Brothers, Slam and the other figureheads of that era. His nickname… Michael English Who really understands Wittgenstein’s ‘bible’ of modern philosophy? But Michael Knight, aka Richie Murphy, is a songwriter of the highest calibre. Her second album is set for release in Ireland on May 29th. Following a stint as one of Cathy Davey’s backing musicians, O’Brien quickly regrouped his thoughts and created Villagers, a band that to date has officially released just one four-track EP, Hollow Kind.An album will follow later this year, and from what we’ve heard and seen live so far, Villagers generate the type of music (sparse, eerie, casually dishevelled, tangibly cool) that will spread beyond the confines of niche appreciation into a great blue yonder. His first big hit being "Spread my wings and fly". Bono is a fan, but the slick, stylish and eclectic sextet don’t need the patronage: the musical evolution displayed on their three diverse albums is enough to substantiate their value. In the case of bands, half or more of the members had to have been born on the island of Ireland or to hold an Irish passport. Connect your Spotify account to your Last.fm account and scrobble everything you listen to, from any Spotify app on any device or platform.
Simon Kenny isn’t short on musical influences, and even when he left behind the guitar fuzz of his former project (Schroeder’s Cat), he brought something of its epic noise to his solo work. In short? She is currently based in Canada.
Despite the “avant-art” tag, Coughlan adheres to a traditional work ethic. Last year saw Holmes coming home in a creative sense. While it offered proof that Horslips’ warped Celtic acid-rock still had plenty of traction, Allen Bligh and friends updated and upholstered all the traditional trimmings.
Their Electric Picnic performance in 2008 should have been a let-down, considering the high expectations, but their set was incendiary. This is due to the success of 2007’s Long Distance Swimmer,an album which saw the Galway-born, Dublin-based singer-songwriter win over a new audience with his majestic songs, rich voice and subtle blend of atmospherics and master-level wordplay. Foster & Allen began back in the seventies when Mick and…, Hugo Duncan (Hugh Anthony Duncan) is a singer and BBC broadcaster born in Strabane, Co Tyrone, Northern Ireland on 26 March, 1950. Steered by producer Liam Howe’s (Sneaker Pimps) creative hand, Davey’s talent as a writer of intelligent, deliciously addictive pop songs of depth and composure - as well as her apparently innate understanding of melody and rhythm - resulted in an album that stood head, shoulders and torso above anything else released that year, Irish or otherwise. www.myspace.com/michael knight.ie LM, “Whimsical”, “endearing”, “strikingly original”, “dark and dreamy” ... You will read and hear many positive things about Dubliner David Turpin’s 2008 debut album Sweet Used to Be.
Nathan was born in Liverpool to parents from Northern Ireland. A talented innovator and unique musician possessed of a sublime voice. When hotly-tipped Dublin hopefuls The Immediate suddenly imploded over a year ago, it seemed as if the band’s lead singer Conor O’Brien would retreat into early retirement and be remembered solely for the “coulda-been-a-contender” status afforded to so many bands residing in the elephant’s graveyard. LM. ': Kazakhstan adopts Borat's catchphrase in new tourism campaign, Borat returns in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Putting Irish women writers back in the picture, Olivia de Havilland 1916-2020: A life in pictures, From crosswords to great wines and the best bits from The Irish Times - Buy an Irish Times Book today, Frequently asked questions about your digital subscription, Specially selected and available only to our subscribers, Exclusive offers, discounts and invitations, Explore the features of your subscription, Carefully curated selections of Irish Times writing, Sign up to get the stories you want delivered to your inbox, An exact digital replica of the printed paper. Brendan Shine (born 1947) is an Irish folk and country singer, television presenter and accordion player from Athlone, with 5 Irish number 1 singles…. Bring it on. Back home, O’Reilly has also gained a rep for his production skills. Evil Harrisons’ debut album, due this year, should fortify their standing as the best unsigned band in Ireland. Now in her 30s, Scott seems to have developed a more focused methodology. www.mybloodyvalentine.co.uk LM, Messiah J and The Expert are regularly cited as one of the best musical acts in Ireland, but it’s often imparted in a patronising, tokenistic manner. Later this month, Adrian Crowley will release his fifth album, Season of the Sparks. www.jinxlennon.com TCL, In one short and very sweet 2006 debut collection, Fionn Regan managed to shatter the po-faced stereotype of the singer- songwriter. Yet the success of the album in this country and beyond (coupled with a nationwide tour of virtually sell-out shows, plus appearances on US chat shows hosted by Conan O’Brien and David Letterman) shows how these fears were misplaced. Now third-level students, they return to the US in June for a tour with Ghost Mice. Mary Duff is an Irish singer. Each judge's number 1 was awarded 50 points, number 2 was awarded 49 points and so on. Pushing through disco house to the darker ends of electronica, she wears her influences (and some pretty crazy haute couture costumes) on her sleeve. Electronic, folky drones form the backdrop to Kenny’s whispered take on the world around him. The next album had better be very much in the zone, otherwise we’re outta here. He began playing the…, Let us know what you think of the Last.fm website.
There was both eating and drinking in last year’s hugely engaging debut album from these Dublin freak-folk rockers. www.iarla.com SG. [, Johns first album, Something Old, Something New…. The best thing to come out of Kilkenny since Henry Sheflin. There have been many critically lauded (and hyped) music acts over the years that have quickly turned from snow to slush overnight, but Hannigan’s songs have, virtually uniquely, managed to stay fresh - despite having received far more airplay than would be usual for a singer of her lowly stature.
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