- Mar 21, 2012
Frankie Gavin is one of the genuine legends of Irish music. From his first TV appearance playing the tin-whistle when he was six, to seven solo albums, his adventures in the realms of Jazz, Gospel, and Klezmer, through to appearances and recordings with such luminaries as Earl Scruggs, Stephane Grapelli, Sir Yehudi Menuhin, and the ‘Rolling Stones’, ‘the prince of Irish fiddlers’ is one of the outstanding performers of the past thirty years. Frankie is also the original founding member and band leader of internationally acclaimed traditional super group ‘De Dannan’.
‘Frankie Gavin & De Dannan’ have played support to the ‘Rolling Stones’ at Slane Castle, performed with the ‘U.A.E. Philharmonic Orchestra’ in Dubai, performed with the ‘Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra’ during a tour of the USA and performed at ‘The White House’ and at the ‘US Capitol Building’ on three separate occasions for US President’s Clinton, Bush & Obama.
Electrifying’ is an adjective that’s too often used to describe certain performances but this is one instance where it’s absolutely unavoidable. If you’ve never been lucky enough to see ‘Frankie Gavin & De Dannan’ perform live, prepare to be… shocked.
“Frankie Gavin and De Dannan are the jewel in the crown, and as the musicians hit top gear some of the fast reels in particular are mesmerizing”– Carl Dixon, The Irish Examiner, August 2009
- Mar 21, 2012
Ham Sandwich are an Irish indie band from Kells, Co. Meath. They have been around and about in one very interesting shape or another since 2003, but it wasn’t until the autumn of 2005 – with the release of their debut single, ‘Sad Songs’ – that they began to be known outside their home county.
In October of 2010 Ham Sandwich released their second LP entitled ‘White Fox’. Jam packed with potential radio hits, the first single lifted from the album entitled The Naturist signalled a different direction and intent by the band. It was not until February 2011 that Ham Sandwich finally reached their biggest audience yet with the release of their track ANTS combining their knack of creating a memorable pop melody with a dark twist. Aided greatly by an ingenious animated video, the track became a viral hit on the Internet accumulating over 120,000 hits on youtube to date. It went on to win best animated video at the 3rd Silversound festival in New York in January of this year. Due to the breakout success of ‘White Fox’ in 2011 the band have appeared at SXSW in Texas, Popkomm in Berlin and the twin festivals in Leeds & Reading in the UK.
- Mar 21, 2012
Le Galaxie’s joyous, ceiling-melting live shows paved the blazing neon trail to the critically acclaimed debut album, 2011’s Laserdisc Nights 2, voted Entertainment.ie’s # 1 Irish album of the year.
Meshing pounding techno rhythms, shimmering cyber-synths and cascading dream-streams of sonic guitar-wizardry, the 4-piece have stamped their ‘grid vs. guitars’ live dance frenzy on Ireland, UK, France, Sweden and Germany. The Irish Times on their now legendary afternoon show at 2011’s Electric Picnic: ‘They own the stage and their loud beat and chunky-synth laden electronic music is pumped with guts…Seriously fun and fun in its seriousness…’
May sees Le Galaxie’s follow-up EP ‘Fade 2 Forever’ and a summer festival tour of UK and Ireland.
‘By far the best band I saw all weekend were Le Galaxie. Holy Jesus!…It slowly turned into a properly banging festival set…The tunes were big, all-encompassing live electro with guitars that pumped some vitality into proceedings…Brilliant.’
NIALLER9 BLOG, CASTLEPALOOZA REVIEW
The entire set was a mind-blowing, sample-tastic,synth-shimmering, teasingly-torrential guitar fuelled frenzy, which the crowd adored them for….’
NIAMH DOLAN, HEINEKENMUSIC.IE
- Mar 21, 2012
Rarely Seen Above Ground, aka Jeremy Hickey, is a multi-instrumentalist hailing from Kilkenny City. Jeremy records, performs and produces all the material in his home studio. Live he has being experimenting with the idea of a virtual band collaborating with visual artist Paul Mahon (Geppetto) creating silhouettes of himself projected on screen backing his live drums, percussion and vocals. Influences and comparisons have included ESG, Talking Heads & Joy Division (post punk) and Chemical Brothers and Aphex Twin with a new flavour of Dub Step rhythms (electronica).
As described by Niall Byrne -State.ie, This Winding Sheet, “harks back to the sound of his first album, yet pushes the envelope into interesting electronic sound additions. Drums propel the song while all manner of interesting bleeps, synths, guitar, bass and eventually vocals, work around it”