With floods of fire raging from the rocky peaks, five wizards descended their sanctuary arriving many centuries later at the Foothills of the ancient Gaelic stronghold Dubh Linn to unleash a furious wrath of wizardry and riffs upon the scorched- sunken soil.
Steve’s story began when he was delivered kicking and screaming into a family of musicians and music lovers. Despite a strong musical heritage and a family full of very talented people, Steve was involved in a plethora of rubbish school garage bands. By some wondrous act of God (or some would claim, the antichrist…) he managed to scrape himself off the streets of Limerick and form the hugely acclaimed and successful giveamanakick, a band who knew no limits when it came to noise pollution and general audio slaughter-fests. Steve however led a double life and involved himself in many side projects including scoring a hugely successful theatre show by award winning writer Mike Finn.
The windings story began in 2005, when Steve released the self titled debut album on Out On A Limb Records, to a multitude of positive reviews from music media and fans alike and invitations to perform at many festivals including Electric Picnic. Three years later, long time collaborator and friend Liam Marley became a fully fledged member of the band, bringing his dynamic multi-instrumentalism and song-writing skills to the table. Liam’s influence was instantaneous and the windings sound began to evolve, just as Steve had hoped it would. 2009 saw the arrival of a further three winders – Aaron Mulhall taking on drum duties and Patrick O’ Brien and Mike Gavin on guitars/bass/keyboards/glockenspiels/kitchen sinks.
So what’ve they been up to since then? Well, They’ve mostly been honing (yes, “honing) their live show, which depending on the night you catch them, could be stripped down acoustic melancholia, or beefed up distorted electric rock from hell (kind of). Over the past few years, windings have had the pleasure of playing with the likes of Daniel Johnston, Smog/Bill Callahan, Bob Mould, Okkervil River, Caribou, Iron And Wine, Villagers, Teenage Fanclub, and Modest Mouse, amongst others.
The new album is now in the bag (produced by Tommy McLaughlin – Villagers/Cathy Davey, and Noel Hogan – The Cranberries) and was released in October 2010. The lead single has however been dubbed Brain Fluid and was released on Out On A Limb in April of this year. The songs on the new album explode around your ears like a thousand packages of fizzy sherber’ dip back your throat, coaxing you with sweet lullabies, before thrashing you against the sound barrier, bringing you from pure cosy pop to dirty almost-metal in a delicious 10 track nosebag of sound.
Patrick O Brien
Wilbury, the solo project of Irish musician Patrick Kelly began in 2009. His genre is a mix of blues,folk,rockabilly and whatever suits the mood. Multi instrumentalist Wilbury has been gigging regularly in Dublin and is currently recording an album which is due in the Autumn 2012.
Since 2009, Wicker Bones have been bringing folk music to the people of Dublin.
They began life as a ballad band, securing residencies in several pubs and gradually writing their own material before leaving the world of pub playing to perform at nearly every major festival in Ireland in 2010 and 2011, garnering great response as they went
In 2010 they recorded their debut Ep ‘The Martry Sessions’ with Tony O’Brian of Empty Riff Productions, a recording that has been described as ‘raw and powerful’. They finally saw the release of this Ep at The Mercantile, Dublin in October 2011 to a packed house. In September 2011 Wicker Bones became the first Irish group to be invited to perform at the World Culture Festival in Louyang, China and have been secured for this festival and another in Beijing in 2012. They have impressed audiences throughout Ireland, the UK, Europe and China with their own unique brand of Irish music.
Wicker Bones are currently working on some exciting and innovative material for their debut album which is earmarked for release late 2012.
Well Enough Alone are a bluegrass band based in Dublin city. They play a mixture of traditional bluegrass songs, fast instrumentals and contemporary songs including a few originals written by lead vocalist and guitar player Hugh Taggart. The band also consists of Chicago native Martin McWhorter who plays clean and solid mandolin and sings tenor harmony. On five string banjo is Artane local Conor Daly who holds court with solid Scruggs-style picking and impeccable timing. He also sings some baritone and bass harmony. On upright bass is Ben Goodbody from Blackrock, who keeps it hard driving and sings baritone harmonies. The band released their debut album last year which received airplay on Rte. They have played alot of venues in Dublin and around the country including The Cobblestone, The Button factory, Athy bluegrass fest 2010 and 2011, Westport bluegrass fest 2010, Dunmore east bluegrass fest 2011, Bluegrass on the walls in Derry 2011 and many more. You can look forward to a high energy show with a tasty blend of the old and new.
Guitar :Hugh Dean Taggart
Mandolin: Martin Mc Whorter
Banjo: Connor Daly
Double Bass: Ben Goodbody
Catchy melodies and anthemic choruses, We Town Criers believe in sounding big!
This summer WeTown Criers will appear on ‘Life Support’ a compilation album of Ireland’s finest talents in aid of Pieta House, the suicide and self-harm crisis centre.
We Town Criers are currently in studio in a remote location in the west of Ireland, working on their debut album.
A Twin Headed Wolf is born! Julie and Branwen have collaberated to form a wildly wonderful, creepy, lyrical, twin-edged, harmony ridden, circus inspired, folk type music.
Twin Headed Wolf are Dublin based twin sisters Julie and Branwen from County Clare. They first encountered eachother in the womb, but only formed Twin Headed Wolf in April 2011. Their experimental sound has ventured from Electric Picnic to Norway’s airwaves. Using kalimbas, melodikas, jugs and saws alongside homemade instruments they have played a multitude of Festivals, both Irish and Norwegian. They were a featured act in the Festival Expo at the Music Show in the RDS and gig regularly around the country.
Drawing their inspiration from the each other’s imaginations, bonfire singsongs, circuses and scrapyards, their twin edged harmonies juxtaposed with sinister lyrics and a raw sound lend an ethereal flavour to folk music. With songs that have been described as timeless, and weapons for instuments, they are set to make a big splash in the Irish music scene. The two are currently working on their first EP and hope to release it in the not so distant future.
Trumpets of Jericho (also known as ?TRUM-O-CHO?, or simply ?TOJ?) are a a Kraut-folk-tinged post-punk band from Cork, Ireland, formed in 2010. Originally composed of a bassist/vocalist, drummer and keyboardist, they soon added another keyboardist and later a new bassist, before eventually losing the original keyboardist and becoming a four-piece band. The group then finally decided to record their debut Songs Like an Alum Ut Its Nor Really in early 2012.
From the album?s second track – and formal start – Nothing To Get Up For (“a swirling aural nightmare of self-loathing, and debasement” – We Are Noise); through Paddy?s Revolt (a delicate lament written as an alternative national anthem for Ireland); past the four-and-a-half minute Krautrock-fused instrumental freak-out that is Puslaang; and up until the closing folk-waltz Never Leave You Alone, Songs Like An Alum Ut Its Nor Really manages to excite and entrance in equal measure.
Rathangan singer-songwriter, Tristan Carroll started playing guitar at the age of 11 and has become inseperable from the instrument ever since! His early influences leaned towards the heavier side of the musical spectrum, eventually tending more towards the mainstream, infused with a love for harmonies and improvisation that continues to this day.
Tristan played, and continues to play, electric guitar in numerous cover and original bands in the Kildare area, until discovering artists like Newton Faulkner, Michael Hedges, Andy McKee etc, who used the body of the acoustic guitar to create a whole new set of musical sounds, and deciding “that’s what I want to do!” It is this modern fngerstyle approach to guitar that forms the basis for many of Tristan’s songs, coupled with a fondness for music that grooves and an ear for melodic hooks.
Tristan’s debut EP, My Right Hand, is now available on itunes!
Winners of South Dublin’s Noise BOTB Trap Door went on to record their debut EP ‘Triple Drop’ which was chosen Pick of the Fortnight by Jackie Hayden in Hot Press and was played Nationwide on Irish Radio. In 2011 Trap Door then came 3rd out of 150 accepted bands in the Final of HMV’s No Sleep ‘Til Hammersmith BOTB held in London.
Trap Door have just released their second EP ‘Lata Town’, secured their place in Whelans Ones To Watch Festival 2012 and also have been chosen by producer Michael Richards to record free of charge in Windmill Lane (U2’s Studio) over the upcoming months.
Trap Door have supported such acts as Aslan, The Frank and Walters, The Dirty Epic and Alphastates.