Line Up 2017

THE RIPTIDE MOVEMENT

THE RIPTIDE MOVEMENT

The Riptide Movement are four friends from Lucan who began their musical journey in 2006. They self-released their first two albums ‘What About The Tip Jars?’ (2009) and ‘Keep On Keepin’ On’ (2012) – a snapshot of a band in evolution, full of character and brimming with songs whose passionate and raucous charm still makes for a great listen. Building their fanbase through relentless touring, they have an insatiable drive, dedication and work ethic, their first major show at Dublin’s Olympia in 2012 was a gamble. Their live shows are legendary and perhaps their most defining quality:

“Playing live is everything to us, no matter what the gig, venue or audience we’re playing to – we give it our all, we play like it’s the last time we’ll ever play. The buzz from playing live is better than any drug, it’s what keeps us going.” Mal, TRM

After recording their third album – the Number One, gold-selling ‘Getting Through’ – independently TRM booked two shows, one in LA and one in New York, to give the industry a chance to get on board. Off the back of those shows, they signed with a major label, but their mindset has never changed– work just as hard. Keep on keeping on, no matter what.
The Riptide Movement’s current single “Changeling” is receiving massive radio-play. The single is from their Top 5 charting album “Ghosts”, available now.

www.trm.ie www.facebook.com/TheRiptideMovement/

KILA

KILA

Formed at school in Dublin’s late 1980’s, Kíla are heralded as one of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting bands. Their unique sound has been ever evolving, rooted in tradition, yet inspired by a myriad of influences and ideas from all around the world. Often defined as contemporary Irish World music, Kíla fuse Irish (Gaeilge) lyrics, Irish folk instruments such as Fiddles, Uilleann pipes, Bodhrán, Bones and Woodwinds with Djembe, Congas, Drums, Mandolins, Brass, Acoustic and Electric Guitars. Kíla’s eight members come from the differing musical backrounds of traditional, classical and rock. The result is a fresh blend of freewheeling instrumentals, furious jigs, and primal rhythms that transcend the traditional boundaries of Irish music. Bristling with passion and energy their 19th album “Alive Beo” (3rd live album) is set for official release St Patrick’s Day, March 17th.

www.kila.ie

OVERHEAD, THE ALBATROSS

OVERHEAD, THE ALBATROSS

“With a closely calibrated sound that could be described as post-rock if you were especially lazy, the band interweaves progressive coils of electronics, liquid guitar work (courtesy of Luke Daly, Stevie Daragh and Vinny Casey) and a taut rhythm section (Ben Garrett, drums, and Joe Panama, bass) that fuse into widescreen, skyscraping melodies that define the word “bliss”.

  Indeed, it is the melody lines that glue one end of a piece of music to the other, and like the band they nabbed their name from, there is no end of quicksilver tuneage here.

  Factor in ambient vocals (Emilie Daly), strings (viola, violin, cello) and brass (trumpet, trombone, saxophone), and you have a complete layered package that delivers on dynamics, which in turn run parallel with responsive experimentation.

  The result is an intuitive blend of psych-influenced rock and numerous staggering sonic declarations.”  –  Tony Clayton-Lea, The Irish Times

  overheadthealbatross.bandcamp.com/

THE ESKIES

THE ESKIES

Having been cast out, blacklisted, rejected and ejected from gentlemen’s clubs far and wide, five dejected cast asides joined forces in what was to be their own celebration of commonality.

Purveyors of music that meanders from sea soaked waltz to Italian tarantella, from Brassy funeral march-esque lament to weep along Klezmar knees up, from chain gang holler to rag time finger snap. Skipping through the dark side of anything that makes you want to dance, steeped in melodrama and usually with not a small amount of tongue in cheek.

The Eskies have brought this unique brand of folk noir/gypsy jazz/sea shanty and swaggering stage spectacle to ballrooms and booze houses far and wide, sullying soirees and lowering inhibitions of get togethers and social occasions wherever they have ventured.

Their debut album ‘After The Sherry Went Round’ is in shops now and is also available for download from iTunes.

“Like a wagon storming the citadel, The Eskies’ brand of gothic-tinged gypsy-folk swaggers out of the speakers with intent.” – Hot Press Magazine

“From the sinister sway of ‘Eloise’ through to the jaunty ‘Jesus Don’t Save Me’ and the driving ‘Jailhouse Sun’, The Eskies have delivered a fascinating blend of fun-fuelled folk.” – The Independent

“The album is a raucous fanfare of folk, swamp blues and unquenchable merriment, paired with brain-burrowing melodies and witty lyrics, delivered at breakneck speed.” – Goldenplec

www.theeskies.com
www.facebook.com/TheEskies

ANDY SMITH (ex. Portishead)

ANDY SMITH (ex. Portishead)

Andy Smith was the first DJ to release a multi-genre mix album on a major label. When his mix-CD The Document hit the streets back in 1998, it became the soundtrack for a generation who had heard Coldcut’s Journeys By DJs but needed to hear more – The Document filled the void.
It segued tracks from artists such as Tom Jones, Peggy Lee (sample source for the Beastie Boys single Ch-Check It Out), The Jungle Brothers, and even The Spencer Davis Group.

This appreciation of different genres made Smith the ideal person to provide sample material for Portishead on their first two albums. He went on to make his name as the band’s international tour DJ – reflecting their respect for both the art of digging for breaks and hip-hop scratch DJ-ing. Hip-hop elements formed the basis of the unique Portishead sound.

Since the Portishead tours Andy has established himself as an underground producer of some of the most irresistible hip-hop breaks-based music around, working with Scott Hendy (Boca 45) under the name Dynamo Productions. His discography of mix CD’s since 1998 includes The Document 1, 2 & 3, The Trojan Document, The Greensleeves Document, Andy Smith’s Northern Soul, Diggin in The BGP Vaults, Freestyle Mix, Jam Up Twist, Jamaican Funk, New Orleans Funk and many more.

Andy regularly appears in clubs across the world and his strong cult following has secured him constant DJ bookings internationally.

www.djandysmith.com

http://www.facebook.com/therealdjandysmith

LANKUM (LYNCHED)

LANKUM (LYNCHED)

Lankum are a four-piece traditional folk group from Dublin, Ireland, who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. Their repertoire spans humorous Dublin music-hall ditties and street-songs, classic ballads from the Traveller tradition, traditional Irish and American dance tunes, and their own original material.

  Having spent the last number of years performing as ‘Lynched’, the band decided that they would no longer continue with the name due to the unavoidable implications that it has in regards to acts of racist violence. Their new name comes from the ballad ‘False Lankum’, as sung by the Irish Traveller John Reilly Jr.

lankumdublin.com/music

THE PALE

THE PALE

A band that refuse to be pigeonholed, tied down by genres, trends or musical movements, The Pale are one of the most compelling acts to emerge from Ireland’s indie music scene. 
The band started life in Dublin’s Northside in the early 90’s but drew their influences from far beyond.  Their  live reputation is hard earned, with sets jumping between indie-pop, reggae, Eastern European folk, all presented with a wry lyrical twist and frenetic energy. Mandolins and bouzoukis duel with guitar, synths and drums, all propelled by their inimitable stage presence and striking musical prowess.

www.thepale.ie
https://www.facebook.com/thepalemusic/
https://twitter.com/thepalemusic

BLOOD AND FIRE SOUND SYSTEM FEAT. MC BROTHER CULTURE

BLOOD AND FIRE SOUND SYSTEM FEAT. MC BROTHER CULTURE

Blood and Fire is a record label formed in Manchester in 1993 with the objective of reissuing roots reggae, dub and DJ albums with the integrity of jazz reissues. In the process, Blood and Fire influenced the overall aesthetic of other labels issuing archival Jamaican recordings in the 1990s and beyond.The label also had a sound system which has featured original Jamaican artists, including Dom Sotgiu, who will perform at Vantastival.

Brother Culture is an original Rasta MC who started his career in 1982 with Jah Revelation Muzik sound system. He has recorded with bands and producers including Mungos HiFi, Manasseh, The Prodigy, Zion Train, Ariwa and many more. Notable albums : Mungos HiFi meets Brother Culture (Dubhead 2001 ), Isis ( liquid sound design (2008), All A We ( Roots Garden 2015) … current release Heartical connection ( Paul Fox / brother culture). Brother Culture is currently signed to Evidence records ( Geneva ).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nau_5E9MNgY&list=PLm2SZ4INd6f3AaRXMgE2zvyx4sEq1PX_K

CORNER BOY
Corner Boy band 2017

CORNER BOY

Corner Boy’s music blends together traditional Irish instruments and folk progressions with contemporary musical themes. All of which gives Corner Boy its distinctly energetic sound juxtaposed with a haunting narrative.
– ‘Stirring, evocative, utterly intoxicating.. potential world beaters’ – Hotpress Magazine
– ‘‘Combining traditional instruments with catchy folk melodies, Corner Boy are one of the strongest new contenders in Irish music.’ – Irish Independent

www.cornerboy.org

www.facebook.com/cornerboymusic

NEW SECRET WEAPON

NEW SECRET WEAPON

newsecretweapon.bandcamp.com

MINDRIOT
MINDRIOT band 2017

MINDRIOT

After a packed year in 2016 that had every thing from the release of their critically claimed Album “Brothers”, to a string of tour dates and festival appearences which held a headline stage slot at Indiependence 2016 and being hailed as one of the acts of the weekend by the Irish Examiner “unapologetic, unrelenting, and unmistakably fun”. MINDRIOT rounded off 2016 with the release of a new single “Speak”, the charity single in support of Pieta house went straight to No.1 in the google play and iTunes rock charts.

2017 has not slowed in any way as Tony, Steve & Mike make their way around the Irish radio stations and kick of their Spring Irish Tour in March which will see dates in Kilkenny, Cork and Dublin to start with along with another string of Irish Festival appearances. Formed over two decades ago as childhood friends, the band openly admit that although there has been laughter, tears, hatred and love over the years, the members have drawn on those experiences and moulded their musical style to what it is now. Mike Hoye comments “Each track has it’s own story to tell. And we are telling a story of the life we have had. Out of all the material we have written in the past, this year we feel like we’ve found our feet and produced the 12 tracks that we are the most proud of! ‘Brothers’ is our story and you’re listening to the first chapter.

https://www.facebook.com/MINDRIOTmt/

HEROES IN HIDING
Heroes in Hiding band 2017

HEROES IN HIDING

Heroes in Hiding are an Alternative Indie Folk Rock quartet based out of Dublin, Ireland.

Since the release of their debut EP “Hush” in 2014, the band have been gathering momentum and are currently being talked about as ‘Ireland’s next big Hit makers’ (RTE Radio 1), ‘One of the countries most promising new acts’ (Ryan Tubridy – The Late Late Show, RTE). Having performed at festivals such as Electric Picnic, Forbidden Fruit, Castlepalooza, BD Festival, Life Festival, and Iceland’s Secret Solstice festival – the band have just released their first LP titled ‘CURTAINS’ in Ireland to critical acclaim and achieving Top 5 Album Charts (iTunes) on week of release. Hit song ‘Hospital’ has been received with critical acclaim from both national radio (Today FM, RTE1&2, BBC all awarding it with ‘Track of the week/day’) and national press (The Star, The Irish Times, Hotpress, Sunday Times).

2017 has started brightly for Heroes in Hiding. Single ‘Hospital’ (the only song to be independently released) has been nominated for RTE Choice Song Of The Year 2017 along side acts such as James Vincent McMorrow, Saint Sister and Raglans.

https://www.facebook.com/heroesinhiding/?fref=ts

http://www.breakingtunes.com/heroesinhiding

ORCHID COLLECTIVE
Orchid Collective band 2017 (photo credit Kathrin Baumbach)

ORCHID COLLECTIVE

Orchid Collective return with their latest release entitled ‘Courage’, a cosmic 4 track EP which is set to release on October 21st. Consisting of David O Shea (lead vocals, guitar), Shea Tohill (lead guitar, vocals), Hugh O’Neill (bass, vocals) and Darra Doyle (drums, vocals) the band have been gigging relentlessly across Ireland, developing their unique sound and quickly making a name for themselves as an unforgettable live act. 

Orchid Collective are responsible for creating rousing alternative folk-influenced rock that would resonate with those who are fans of Villagers, James Vincent McMorrow and Bon Iver. Through their own distinct use of vocal harmonies and searing layers of reverbed guitars; Orchid Collective make themselves known as a band that set themselves apart from their contemporaries, offering a bold new imagining of the indie genre.

http://www.breakingtunes.com/orchidcollective

CAT DOWLING
HVMMINGBYRD
Hvmmingbyrd band 2017

HVMMINGBYRD

Deborah Byrne and Suzette Das are Hvmmingbyrd: a shimmering pop/electronic duo based in Dublin, Ireland, formed in 2016. In July 2016, they released their single ‘If Love Was Enough’ – a modern, sensual, pop track – with music video starring NBC’s The Night Shift actor Eoin Macken. The single was picked up by all major Irish radio stations, added to a Spotify UK playlist and was subsequently licensed for play in H&M stores worldwide. Hvmmingbyrd exhibit their versatility as performers with a range of set ups: stripped back acoustic sets or a minimalist set up of two vocals, synth, loop machine with some backing vocals tracks and beats, and electric guitar. Following a busy year, they released their EP ‘Know My Name’ co-produced with Aisling Jarvis in September 2016 and look forward to releasing the music video for their second single ‘Legacy’ in March 2017.

https://open.spotify.com/artist/4nMmJOYrx2IQUhvDz15liB

MONGREL STATE
Mongrel State band photo 2017

MONGREL STATE

Mongrel State is a rock’n’roll band like no other: four musicians from four countries with a shared love for stomping tunes, harmonies and cinematic sounds. Their name belies the varied backgrounds of the individual members, each one bringing his own skills to their Americana-edged rock sound. Their debut album “Mestizo” made the Choice Awards 2016 long list, and received plaudits from the likes of The Irish Times and The Last Mixed Tape for its inventiveness and energy. Needless to say, their live show is a spectacle not to be missed!!

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5oyLnNlsurmtrYEirBeEnr

MARK GEARY
Mark Geary photo 2017

MARK GEARY

Singer/songwriter Mark Geary came to NYC in 1995 with a one-way ticket from Dublin, $100 in his pocket, and a green card. Recognized for a decade as one of the East Village’s favorite performers before moving back to Ireland, Mark is a top 40 artist in Ireland: “33 1/3 Grand Street” and “Ghosts” are both nearing Gold status there, and the Irish Voice named “Ghosts” the Best Album of 2005. Mark appeared as an actor in Michael Almeyreda’s “Trance” (with Christopher Walken), and Denis Leary has used him in several of his shows.

Geary started out playing with Jeff Buckley at the legendary Café Sin-e (started by Mark’s brother Karl) and has since shared stages with Elvis Costello, Joe Strummer, The Pretenders, Coldplay, Sinead O’Connor, the Frames and Swell Season.  Scouting music for a film, producer Gill Holland became so enamored with Mark’s music (not realizing until a live show at the Mercury Lounge that Mark Geary was NOT a famous Dublin resident, but in fact, Gill’s local bartender) that he started sonaBLAST! Records. In 2004, “Ghosts” opened at #12 in Ireland and features background vocals by Josh Ritter and Oscar winner Glen Hansard (Frames/Swell Season).  “Suzanne” was on the first Starbucks/Hear Music Compilation, and Mark was featured on NPR and World Café with David Dye. He has made multiple appearances at SXSW, NXNE, CMJ and the Sundance and Woodstock Film Festivals.  He was a featured guest on Atlanta’s FOX-5’s Morning Show (one million viewers).

Citysearch says Mark is “part unself-righteous Elliot Smith, part multi-faceted Van Morrison” and that he “touches the heart the way David Gray wishes he could.”

http://www.breakingtunes.com/markgeary

WOB!
Wob! the band photo 2017

WOB!

Dublin’s Drum’n’Bass duo WOB! craft their onomatopoeic finery through a hybrid approach to music production, experimentally combining the live performance of a band with the techniques of electronic music producers. Stephen (synths) and Djollie (drums) have been keeping Ireland at the forefront of this emerging scene since 2013 with their constantly evolving performances.
Debut EP ‘MOVE!’ was released in May 2016, followed by Irish tour. WOB! had notable performances at major Irish festivals, including Electric Picnic, where they won ‘The Best Band Name of Electric Picnic 2016’ award by The Irish Times.

wobdublin.com/

VULPYNES
Vulpynes band photo 2017

VULPYNES

Don’t let looks deceive you, for a 2 piece band Vulpynes make a lot of noise.

Expect low end riffs, snarling vocals and filthy, powerful drumming.

Inspired by punk rock, Vulpynes are brimming with thumping gritty noise. Together less than a year they have been tearing up venues across the UK & Ireland with their signature hooks and raw energy. Described by the press as ‘taking no prisoners’ and ‘what Mudhoney would sound like if there were only two of them, and they took even less shit’, a Vulpynes live show is not to be missed.

www.breakingtunes.com/vulpynes

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5TH ELEMENT & DOUBLESCREEN

5TH ELEMENT & DOUBLESCREEN

5th Element & DoubleScreen have recently released their debut collaboration album ‘State of Mind 2.0’ to high praise from critics. The Irish Times and Nialler9 gave the record ‘Album of the Week’. Hotpress Magazine gave the album a 7/10 and called it ‘A cracking debut’. The trio have been hugely active on the festival circuit over the past two years. The have played Electric Picnic in 2015 and 2016, Knockanstockan 2015 and LINGO Festival 2015 and 2016. Prepare for an energetic mix of Dublin HipHop and hypnotic Drum and Bass when catching a5thEL and DoubleScreen live performance.

  breakingtunes.com/5thelement  

WOLFF
WOLFF band photo 2017

WOLFF

A busy port town in Ireland’s South East is the last place you’d expect such a fearless, dark & raw sound to emerge from. With the respective birthplaces of blues & grunge situated thousands of miles away, location becomes a mere fact of conscious reality once you let yourself in. Creating in a dimly-lit basement during twilight hours under a shroud of solitude, the songs seem to come from somewhere else. This is his world, one of primal reactions, of pure instinct, a world which has been painted using the darkness in which it was created.
Thunderous drums, growling bass, ferocious guitars and howling vocals combine to bring a huge sound to life on stage. Blending the power & fire of traditional blues with trashy garage rock riffs & in-your-face vocals, WOLFF strikes a shadowy figure. Like the lyric says ‘You can sleep when you’re dead & done’ and it looks like this beast is just waking up.

facebook.com/thisiswolff

BLAMING HANNAH
Blaming Hannah band photo 2017

BLAMING HANNAH

Blaming Hannah are a young rock band based in Cork who started playing in mid-2015. The band consists of Fionn Tobin (Vocals, Guitar), Liam Griffin (Guitar), Cuán Tobin (Bass) and Hugh Whelan (drums).  In a Cork Independent article Blaming Hannah’s lyrics were described as “unapologetically honest”, with songs that are “heavily influenced by their experiences of youth culture”. The band started off writing their own original content, and playing gigs in their local town of Kinsale, followed by numerous gigs around Cork City in venues like Crane Lane. At the same, recording of the bands debut EP began in March of 2016. Over the summer the band played numerous gigs around Ireland ranging from Dolans Limerick, to the Rose of Tralee Festival, to Whelan’s in Dublin. On October 30th the band launched their debut single “I’m Alive” on Spotify, iTunes and all major music providers and have enjoyed a very positive response, with over 6.5k Spotify plays and a sold-out single launch gig in The Kino, Cork. Described by Remy’s Music & Film Blog as “well worth keeping close tabs on”, and with their debut EP due for release in early 2017 – the future is bright for BLAMING HANNAH.

breakingtunes.com/blaminghannah

Dioscó Na mBó
Dioscó Na mBó band photo 2017

Dioscó Na mBó

Dioscó Na mBó are two lads from Easkey Co. Sligo who make music using vintage analog synths. Their sound has been described by blogs as “warm, fluffy, magical psychedelic pop”, “undeniably danceable”, and “a catchy blend of disco, funk, and kaleidoscopic pop”. They have been likened to The Beta Band, Todd Terje and St. Germain.  Live the two mix their synth sounds with guitars, drums, samples and vocals which makes for an instrument-swapping live performance. They have been known to explore some house and acid sounds along the way and improvisation is always an important part of a show in order not to stray too far from the musicianship of a live band.

soundcloud.com/diosconambo

AMOON
AMOON band photo 2017

AMOON

AMOON are the musical musings of Andy Mooney, animated and brought to life by himself, Dave Mooney, Brian O Shea and Diarmuid MacDiarmada. The mostly instrumental compositions cover many feelings and moods and often yield a somewhat heavy intensity mixed with spacey psychedelics. The writings of Robert Anton Wilson and Philip K Dick play a major influence on the music.

www.paradoxicalrecordings.com/amoon

MORE THAN MACHINES
More Than Machines band photo 2017

MORE THAN MACHINES

We are an Alternative Pop-punk band from Dublin, Ireland. We are influenced by the likes of Four Year Strong, Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!, A Day To Remember, PVRIS. We have played countless shows and festivals around Dublin and Ireland over the last 2 years, including Ireland’s largest Open Air Festival, Electric Picnic. We have also been the support for other touring bands, like Against The Current & The Amity Affliction. We will be heading over to the UK for a headline tour during the second week of June, with plans to hit mainland Europe later in the year.

facebook.com/MoreThanMachines/

DAHLIA
Dahlia band photo 2017

DAHLIA

Dahlia were formed in Killough in 2016 by Downpatrick brothers Gareth Douglas and David Douglas and long time friend Jake Crane, they were soon joined by another long time friend Luke Papenfus and the Dahlia line up was complete. In the short months that followed they achieved a level of success seldom seen in bands so recently formed. Recording a critically acclaimed EP; performing for Balcony TV; reaching the final in the King Kong Club competition in Dublin; and playing all over Ireland with artists including the Platinum selling Relish who have been on tour with artists such as U2 and Sinead O’Connor.

facebook.com/dahliarockband

Lōwli
Lōwli band photo 2017



Lōwli

Lōwli is Cork-based composer and songwriter, Roisin Lowry. Roisin Lowry began writing music under the name Lōwli at the start of 2016. She has since been creating a distinctive and alternative sound of haunting vocal melodies and emotive lyrics surrounded by dark, orchestral-influenced instrumentation.

Lōwli released her debut single, ‘Fallow’ in November 2016. Following the release, Lōwli exhibited her first live shows, which included a headline show in The Kino, Cork and performances at Dublin’s Ruby Sessions and Cork’s Quarter Block Party.

Lōwli is currently working on her debut EP which is set for release in the summer of 2017.

breakingtunes.com/lowli

SUB MOTION
Sub Motion band photo 2017

SUB MOTION

SUB MOTION are a Dublin based explosive punk/rock band. After releasing several EP’s, the band took some time to revamp in early 2016. The result of this was their single “HEADCHECKED”, released in October 2016. This single marked a new beginning for the band and gained immediate praise, with Hot Press hailing them as the band “defiantly pushing against the grain of indie and folk bands in Ireland”  Now SUB MOTION have just released their new single “SOCCER MOM”. Recorded live and with James Darkin at the helm (Kanye, Funeral suits, Hozier, Will.i.am, Rihanna), this song has grabbed the attention of many big hitters in the industry along with radio stations in IRL, UK and the US playing the track. With more singles to follow in 2017, it won’t be long till you see these rockers making a very big impression on the music scene. 

facebook.com/submotion

VINCI
Vinci band photo 2017

VINCI

VINCI is five mates from Dublin. In the five months since they announced themselves as a band, they have released their debut single, ‘Lions’, to critical acclaim, been Homegrown Hero on Today FM in Ireland, filmed the first ever music video at Dublin’s historic City Hall, played their first headline show to a sold out Grand Social, followed that by selling out the main venue of Whelan’s for their second headline show and are now planning their first headline show in London at Notting Hill Arts Club on March 9th. 

facebook.com/vincilive/videos/

ELMORE

ELMORE

At age 18 Elmore began playing shows in local bars and venues. Uploading his covers and originals to online platforms such as YouTube and Facebook, he gained great confidence from the feedback he received.

At 21 Elmore headed towards Western Europe on a busking tour. Leaving with nothing but some musical equipment and a very limited amount of money he began playing music on the streets of Berlin and Amsterdam. Selling CD’s to fund his trip, Elmore spent 3 months moving from city to city before he soon decided to make a more permanent move to Manchester in the UK where he continued busking to pay his way. This experience helped him to develop an organic fan base throughout the UK and Europe who have proven to be a huge support to him when releasing his own music.

Elmore is now back living in Wexford, Ireland, and is currently busy working on his debut EP with his new management and production team at Savee Entertainment Group. Following on from the recent success of his debut single release “IM STILL HERE”, Elmore is excited to be releasing his next single titled “CLOSE TO YOU” which is out this April.

officialelmore.com

FRANKENSTEIN BOLTS
Frankenstein Bolts band photo 2017

FRANKENSTEIN BOLTS

Frankenstein Bolts are a Dream-Pop/Folktronica duo from Wexford, Ireland. Members, Justin Cullen and Dan Comerford take influence from a broad array of genres including the indie bands of the early 90s and 80s synth-pop acts. In early 2016 the pair released an EP ʻCinematic Viewsʼ. These four tracks were recorded and produced by the band in their home studio and received highly favourable reviews both from national and international publications. Since then they have toured the country extensively opening for higher profile acts including David Kitt, Tír na nÓg, Michele Stodart (The Magic Numbers) and Malojian.

Frankenstein Bolts have successfully completed a crowdfunding campaign to help bring to fruition their second album, due for release in 2017.

www.frankensteinbolts.com

GRAHAM SWEENEY
graham sweeney band photo 2017

GRAHAM SWEENEY

Graham Sweeney is a singer-songwriter from Achill Island, Co. Mayo. His distinctive sound arises from a blend of traditional guitar playing, percussive finger-tapping and rhythmic vocal melodies. He is influenced by many different styles of music and his inspiration comes from a wide range of sources, from English literature and poetry to the characters he comes across in daily life.

“A very talented, original young songwriter with all the trademarks of a great career ahead.” – Declan O’Rourke.

grahamsweeney.ie

EMMA LOU & THE AGENDA
Emma Lou band photo 2017

EMMA LOU & THE AGENDA

‘After forming in late 2015 Dublin based soul outfit Emma Lou & The Agenda released their debut EP in May 2016 to positive reviews. Their steady rise ever since (Electric Picnic, a headline show at Whelan’s as well as a ‘Ones to Watch’ performance at the same venue, the Late Late Show, Gigonometry Presents…) sees them ready to soar into the musical stratosphere.
Emma Lou’s unique voice is both powerful and fragile, soulful and strong, and draws the listener into her world, where humour mixes with heartbreak. Backed by the trio of Manny on drums, Adam on bass and Richie on guitar Emma Lou & the Agenda have found the perfect blend for our times. The band are currently putting the final touches to their new EP scheduled for release in April 2017.

breakingtunes.com/emmaloutheagenda

THE POX MEN
The Pox Men band photo 2017

THE POX MEN

We are the Pox Men, formed in the bogs of Donegal thousands of years ago, we recently ventured out into the cold modern air, with a bag of songs and a wheelbarrow full of instruments. Fueled by poitin, mushrooms and spuds, we roar and shout and sing and play, about the horses, the wee folk, the witches, the turf, the thunder and lightnin’, and the silver tractors of ancient times. We are Bill on vocal chords and guitar strings, Will on electrified guitar, Kev on acoustical bass, Mike on the beating barrels, and occasionally, if the moon is in the right place, we have a mysterious fiddler appear, who we’ve never dared to ask his name. We’re tryin’ to learn the tin whistle too.

wordpress.com/the-pox-men

CRANKY FACE
Cranky Face band photo



CRANKY FACE

If there is such a thing as a Galway ‘4 piece Supergroup’, Cranky Face just might be it, being made up of guitarist Stephan Curran, vocalist/guitarist Simon Noble, drummer Mosey Byrne and bassist Hob Junker. The four talents joined forces in the summer of 2015. Their debut EP ‘We Should Hate’ was released in November 2015 and gained rave reviews throughout Ireland, drawing comparisons to Nirvana, the Pixies, Supergrass and the Raconteurs. Cranky Face toured around Ireland throughout 2016 playing celebrated sets at the Roisin Dubh, Whelan’s and the Body & Soul Festival. Hob Junker departed the band in September 2016 and was replaced by My Fellow Sponges’ bass player, Sam Wright. The band went back into the studio in October and recorded the Bowdown EP. This EP was released in November 2016.

crankyface.bandcamp.com/album/bowdown-ep

crankyface.bandcamp.com/album/we-should-hate-ep

SONNETS & SISTERS
Sonnets & Sisters band photo 2017

SONNETS & SISTERS

Based in Dundalk, Ireland, the band’s name, ‘Sonnets and Sisters’, reflects the dreamy lyrics present in their original compositions while also attempting to encapsulate the family type bond which exists between the members. Their music is hallmarked by haunting harmonies intertwined with powerful and catchy chorus lines which sweep the audience along in a sea of airy optimism. The band are currently concentrating on releasing new music and extending their fan base with recent highlights being performances in Dolan’s in Limerick, Carrickmacross Arts Festival 2016 and the Oxjam Tent and Body & Soul stage at Irish festival Electric Picnic to name a few. They also recently participated in Whelan’s January Ones To Watch 2017.

facebook.com/sonnetsandsisters 

WE, THE OCEANOGRAPHERS
WE, THE OCEANOGRAPHERS

WE, THE OCEANOGRAPHERS

We, The Oceanographers are a three piece lo-fi indie band made up by Conal McIntyre, Joey Edwards and Seán Bradley. From releasing their debut album in March 2015 and achieving some critical success, the band have gone on to tour Ireland, UK, Scandinavia as well as playing some Irish Festivals. In December 2015 they released a limited edition 7″ Christmas single, played a UK tour in spring 2016 along with shows around Ireland testing new material. Performing at Hard Working Class Heroes 2016 and the writing of the follow up record has laid plans for 2017, which promises a new release and touring the new record.

“Shortlist for ‘Best Irish Act’ in Pure M awards 2015” – Pure M Magazine

“Hard Working Class Heroes 2015 + 2016”- HWCH, First Music Contact

“This is exactly what I need to be listening to right now, it’s like the audio antidote for a very stressful day.” – Phil Taggart, BBC Radio 1

“8/10, a confident and well-crafted introduction to group capable of more, and will most certainly deliver on that promise.” – Stephen White, The Last Mixed Tape

wetheoceanographers.bandcamp.com/album/ventures-002c 

NIX MOON
Nix Moon

NIX MOON

Nix Moon, a 5 piece band that dabble with multiple genres, combining complex rhythms, a range of harmonies and genuine lyrics, draw their influence from progressive rock, jazz, folk and indigenous songs. Originating from Dundalk, the band was formed by David Joyce and Jonathan Fahy who compiled the band with college friends Daire Stanley, Darragh Brannigan and Gavin Murphy. They choose the name Nix Moon after the name of one of Pluto’s moons. Their sound has been compared to ‘Grizzly Bear’ and ‘Jeff Buckley’. Over the last three years Nix Moon have featured at several ‘big name’ Irish festivals including Electric Picnic, Knockanstockan and B.A.R.E in the woods, while regularly selling out IMRO’s 2016 best venue in Leinster, the Spirit Store. Their debut ep, ‘Soul Traffic’, released in the summer, featured in Remy’s Music and Film Top 20 and Muso’s Guide Top 5 Irish EP’s of 2016.

soundcloud.com/nix_moon_music 

GRAND
GRAND

GRAND

Described as a melting pot of influence ranging from Blues to Ska, Reggae, Swing and on toward Punk, Gypsy Folk and Irish folk (or ‘skappalacian’ music as we like to call it). The group was conceived through a shared love of these types of music; however our original music is our way of taking these older styles and using them to create something new. Polyphonic melodies are our cup of tea and every member of the band can take the lead while also playing his or her part in creating the wall of sound. Philip (Phily) Kermode provides the main vocals, whilst every other member of the band sings (but mostly roars) backing vocals. Peter Barnett (Double Bass) Daniel McEvoy (Snare and Percussion) and John Hand (Cajon) AKA the steam-train drive the group forward with pounding groove and rhythm. Robin Matthews (Banjo) & Sile Ni Rian (Fiddle) add a twist of folk to the group, switching between chords and melody just as seamlessly as they switch from traditional to more modern styles. On the top of it all sits the screaming/rasping trumpet of Kiefer Wilton, providing the main riffage in place of the typical rock-band lead guitar. Having gigged extensively in the Ireland on the festival circuit of 2015/2016, which consisted of Vantastival, Body & Soul, Knockanstockan, Scrobarnach, Electric Picnic and recently returning from the UK, we pride ourselves in making audiences move their limbs, tighten their facial muscles and get loose!!! Tipped by Hotpress magazine as “one to watch”, GRAND have recently completed their second studio effort entitled “The Thrill of the Chase” , due to be released by late autumn.

soundcloud.com/grandbandlads 

MAKINGS
MAKINGS

MAKINGS

Makings are a four piece electro-rock band who mangle modern electronic sounds with traditional music instruments creating a wall of sound that that sound that is contemporary ,infectious and melodic. A staple on the irish music scene since 2011 they have slowly but surely been gathering a band of loyal followers. 2016 saw the boys take on a very busy year with shows in both Scotland and England as well as keeping busy at home with an Irish tour. In 2016 they also recorded their debut album ‘Cognition’ with producer Chris Potter (The Verve, U2 , The Rolling Stones, Blur) which received a four star review in ‘Mail on Sunday’ and praise from radio dj’s at home and abroad. Not a band that likes to stand still they have already entered the studio to start work on their second album which they hope to release in the summer of 2017.

soundcloud.com/makings 

ACCIDENTS IN THE WORKPLACE
ACCIDENTS

ACCIDENTS IN THE WORKPLACE

Formed in 2016, Accidents in the Workplace is a new project from a freshly collected group of musicians who, individually are no strangers to the Irish music scene. From the sumptuous suburbs of Dundalk and trendy potholes of Emyvale come Accidents in the Workplace, a band whose blend of funk, rock, blues and “other” creates the musical equivalent of sprinkling salt and pepper on a bowl of ice cream. Between them they have achieved rave reviews of past releases, high praise from live performances and many a hat tip for generating copious amounts of craic. Having spent the second half of 2016 playing festivals and some well renowned venues, Accidents in the Workplace have earned a reputation as an exciting and must see act. They were chosen by Whelan’s of Dublin as one of their “Ones to Watch” for 2016. The band recently entered the studio to begin work on their debut album. Their first single ”How?” was released in March 2017 to rave reviews from the likes of BBC’s Across The Line who praised their “Fresh, Bright and Adventurous” sound. The track was then featured on the BBC website as part of their “BBC Introducing” series.

soundcloud.com/accidentsintheworkplace 

LOWLIGHT GATHERING
LOWLIGHT GATHERING

LOWLIGHT GATHERING

Lowlight Gathering’s musical journey began just over 2 years ago in Monaghan. Singer – songwriter, Charlie Livingstone (Guitar and vocals) brought together a number of local musicians with a mutual love for acts like Bon Iver, City Colour and Jeff Buckley and set about with the simple goal in mind of creating some original music that would make audiences fall in love with their relaxed, harmony laden sound. Gregory O’ Neill (Bass) and Michael McKenna (Percussion and vocals) began working with Charlie to create the backbone of the Lowlight Gathering today. The style of music the band created was unique from the very start. The genre proved hard to pigeonhole which led them to simplify it as ‘folk –rock’. The band has played support to such acts as The Hothouse Flowers, The Riptide Movement, Red Empire and Ryan Sheridan to name but a few . Throughout Lowlight Gathering’s short lifetime, additional musicians have joined the 3 initial members. In January 2016, Danny Mahoney (Keyboard and vocals) and Shane Murphy (Electric guitar) joined the band and both new members brought their own individual style and ideas to the group and made a significant impact to the sound that is unmistakably the sound of the Lowlight Gathering. The addition of two electronic instruments brought the band away from their acoustic roots and helped develop a truly unique sound. Intense harmonies now compliment most songs as they further try to push the boundaries of their original music.

lowlightgathering.bandcamp.com/releases 

THE PERIODS
THE PERIODS

THE PERIODS

The Periods are an all female band inspired by the anything-goes ethos of their punk foremothers. In 2016 they were named as a Rising Act by Hotpress and described as fusing “psych-pop, sexual politics, spoken word and art rock” by The Ticket – Irish Times. They perform with a natural creative freedom bringing a playful and vampy sound into the ether. Their gigs have seen them play at Whelans ‘Ones to Watch’, Roisin Dubh, Dundalk Gaol, Leeson Lounge, An Tain Arts Centre and the Spirit Store. The line up includes Sophie Coyle (vocals, percussion), Orla Barry (vocals), Caroline Whately (guitar), Joanne Finnegan (bass), Nicola Moran (keyboard) and Lizzy Mohan (kaossilator).

soundcloud.com/theperiodsrock 

TWIN VILLAINS
TWIN VILLAINS

TWIN VILLAINS

Twin Villains are a Drogheda based original alternative rock trio who have an uncanny ability to take quiet intense moments and drag them above and beyond into unfathomable walls of sound Heavily driven by deep, winding bass, colourful guitar despite the absence of a second guitarist and intricate yet aggressive drum beats. From a combination of classically trained skill as well as a heart and soul this three piece executes interesting, jarring moments, meaningful, potent lyrics as well as some classic head banging riffs.

twinvillains.bandcamp.com/ 

PINE THE PILCROW
PINE THE PILCROW

PINE THE PILCROW

Pine ¶he Pilcrow write ‘stunning’, ‘spellbinding’ and ‘cinematic’ music. Do not miss this folk trio’s performance. You will regret it. The Irish Times described their music as “gentle and cinematic, bittersweet and moving”. Pine The Pilcrow released their debut EP in March 2016 and haven’t looked back. With glowing reviews from Irelands leading music journals, they quickly became a wanted name, playing a record 4 stages at Electric Picnic! They’ve been nominated for an IMRO award and been put on Nialler9’s, The Thin Air’s and The Last Mixed Tape’s best of 2016 lists winning a Readers Choice award for Best EP to boot! Do not miss this band.

soundcloud.com/pinethepilcrow/tracks 

SUN.SET.SHIPS
SUN.SET.SHIPS

SUN.SET.SHIPS

Sun.Set.Ships are a three-piece Electro-Indie group hailing from Monaghan – Ireland. Mixing the world of analog synthesizers and modern-day production techniques the Monaghan have created a sound that is very unique. Catchy guitar riffs, Crunchy analog synth basslines, Programmed digital drum beats they find themselves in an almost 1980’s twilight with a modern twist, Combine this with top-notch song writing and meaningful vocals you start to get a real feel that this band are doing something very special indeed. So far in 2017 the band have played at Whelans ‘Ones to Watch’ Festival as well as selling out Whelans the following week for their own headline show.

soundcloud.com/sun-set-ships 

FUZZ GIGOLO
FUZZ GIGOLO

FUZZ GIGOLO

Fuzz Gigolo are a 5-piece LO-FI “Rock n’ Roll” band from Drogheda that pen and perform original compositions while packing a quartet of salubrious covers for a conventional mix. Born June 2013, from a multitude of retrospective influences and ideas (too broad to dilute), they lineout as follows; Fran Thornton on Lead Vocals – Ciara Callaghan on Vocals – Geoff Fay on Guitar and Vocals – Colin “Duxy” Murray on Bass (will the real Fuzz Gigolo please stand up?) – Anthony Kierans on Drums

WHAT’S THE FUZZ: Likened to a cocktail of “Deacon Blue” and “The Beautiful South” with a twist of “Ian Dury” doing “a Joe Cocker”, shaken not stirred and subsequently labelled as refreshingly vibrant, melodically crafted, upbeat and contagiously energetic, oozing “Live Appeal”

soundcloud.com/fuzz-gigolo 

THE FUTURE WEST
THE FUTURE WEST

THE FUTURE WEST

With influences ranging from Daft Punk to At The Drive-In, Joy Division to Ennio Morricone. The Future West are a “Retro-Psych-Wave” 5 piece from Dundalk, Louth. Currently standing with a live show full of spontaneity and going the D.I.Y/Lo-Fi route, the band have just finished recording their debut album which was self-produced in their home studio. The record will be out March 25th 2017 and will be backed by a run of Irish and UK shows. All past releases are currently available on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube and all other good streaming services.

soundcloud.com/franciswattersthefuturewest 

JUST MUSTARD
JUST MUSTARD

JUST MUSTARD

Just Mustard are a 5 piece band based in Dundalk. Combining influences from noise, shoegaze, trip hop, ambient and lo fi electronic music. Quickly establishing themselves as a formidable live act who’s sound creates a juxtaposition between soft ethereal melodies and a wall of sound.

soundcloud.com/just-mustard 

THE LOST GECKO
The Lost Gecko band photo 2017

THE LOST GECKO

At the heart of ‘The Lost Gecko’ is singer and songwriter Malcolm Urquhart. Urquhart cites as main artistic influences Bon Iver, Sigur Ros, Jimi Hendrix, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Elvis Presley, Smashing Pumpkins, Ben Howard, and John Butler. Audiophiles will mostly detect in the music of the Lost Gecko vocal elements of Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, along with songwriting that blends Bon Iver’s neo-folk with the intensity of Sigur Ros and the powerful delivery of Smashing Pumpkins. This undercurrent of grunge-era passion runs throughout the Lost Gecko’s music, charging its mellow folk tones with an intensity not often found in the genre.

Malcolm penned the song ‘A penny for your thoughts’ for Cork Penny Dinners also which raised over 14,000 euro. This went towards feeding the 1500 people that walk through their doors every week.

The Lost Gecko are regulars on the Cork music scene. and have a New Ep called ‘Unphotographable’. Urquhart is joined by Elaine Mccarthy on Celllo that adds an other worldly element to the music as does Jamie Stanton with his beats and interjecting guitar melodies.

soundcloud.com/malcolmsean 

HATCHLINGS
HATCHLINGS

HATCHLINGS

Formed in autumn of 2015 in Maynooth, Co. Kildare, the members of Hatchlings quickly turned friendship into a prolific creative collaboration. Hatchlings draw from their jazz, folk, R’n’B, rock and classical influences to create a fresh alternative sound. With performances ranging from lively electric sets in venues such as Whelans in Dublin, to impromptu acoustic appearances in intimate spaces like Shakespeare and Company in Paris, Hatchlings strive to deliver honest and original music to new audiences large and small. The birth of Hatchlings coincided with their founding of The Common Grounds Collective, a group dedicated to promoting a creative lifestyle and giving artists of all mediums a platform to share their work. Their involvement in Common Grounds Collective has resulted in collaborations with creatives from around the world. They are currently in the process of recording their debut EP, set to be released in 2017.

soundcloud.com/hatchlings 

AL-FI
Al-Fi

AL-FI

Fiachra Meek is an uilleann piper, vocalist and bodhran player from Co. Louth. He comes from a background of amazing musicians and artists including Bill Meek (singer, folk music collector and author) and Diane Hamilton (collector of folk music). He can trace his lineage all the way back to Henry Joy Mc Cracken who took part in a vital role in organising the Belfast Harp Festival in 1792, which was a huge revival for Irish music.

Fiachra enjoys singing ballads and up tempo songs along with accompanying bodhran. He will perform at Vantastival as part of a pipe and harp duo called Al-Fi.

youtube.com/watch?v=M09q9rkV9Ns 

SUSO YOUTH CHOIR

SUSO YOUTH CHOIR

SUSO Youth Choir is made up of 24 young people between the ages of 14-18. Formed almost two years ago, this choir have gone from strength to strength and highlights so far have included working with the High Hopes Choir, making a music video, being selected to open Canalaphonic 2016 and been chosen as the opening choir for the annual Peter McVerry Christmas Concert in St Patricks Cathedral. The youth choir sing popular music and their repertoire includes everything from Radiohead & Massive Attack to Kodaline & Oh Wonder. SUSO Youth Choir have lots of exciting plans for 2017, including a new music video, an appearance on Newstalk, fundraising for a tour abroad and more work throughout Ireland.

  youtube.com/watch?v=c40tchGgVLs.

THE TWISTED SISTERS

THE TWISTED SISTERS

The Twisted Sisters are a banterful bunch of friends and fun lovin hallions who love crankin up the craic – an original band who marry music with comical lyrics – critically acclaimed and globally established with irreverent lyrics as subtle as a kick in the teeth!! Hailing from the fair County of Armagh, though spotted on many continents, the sisters front a zany, high energy, eclectic band whose aim is to have major fun elevating their vibe into another dimension. Having the craic is the cornerstone of their culture and music. Raising the vibration in entertaining the crowd and themselves, engaging and uplifting the audience with their infectious energy, is their buzz!

Craic: fun, laughter (more head thrown back than tee-hee-hee!!). Never mind the facts when the wildly exaggerated version gets more laughs! ‘Mighty craic’ is optimum, ‘no craic at all’ doesn’t bear thinking about! Their style, contemporary folk with a twist, falls across many genres, one of our favourite descriptions being Sunshine Punk Folk’n’Roll!

The Twisted Sisters aim to crank the craic up to 90 with their brazen songs, explicit lyrics and spirited performance! Caution – PG!!

facebook.com/thetwistedsisters.

THE SWINEHOUNDS

THE SWINEHOUNDS

Duke Ellington said there’s only two kinds of music: good music, and the other kind. And then there’s the Swinehounds. The other other kind. A little bit of rag, a little bit of stride. A little bit of slink and a little bit of stomp. A wailing horn and a weeping piano, a walking bass and a sliding trombone, it’s New Orleans by way of Tin Pan Alley and stopping off at every dive bar along the way. Make a joyful noise. And if you see it cheaper, buy it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c40tchGgVLs.

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