Humble Serpent is a new record label launched at possibly the worst time you could pick to launch a record label. Sean Finnan caught up with one of the founders, vinny dermody, a 17 year veteran of Ireland’s independent scene with The Jimmy Cake to find out what kind of a contrary bastard starts a label at a time like this.
The reality music of Jinx Lennon shows us that we can engage with everyday life and not go under. Influenced as much by post punk and hip hop the Dundalk man is a different breed of singer songwriter altogether. He released two albums in 2016 after a six year break. We packed Martin Leen off up to Dundalk for a chat with the lad. So there has been a long … Read More
Lynched will be off singing for their dinner in the Albert Hall on Wednesday night as part of the BBC Folk Music awards. They’re not just doing the wandering musical minstrel lark either, seeing as the lot of them are actually up for some fairly prestigious awards. With a new video for Cold Old Fire due out soon, they stuck up this original demo featuring Cian Lawless. Give it a … Read More
Belfast born Harry Bradley’s flute playing has garnered huge praise, not to mention the 2014 Gradam Ceoil musician of the year award. He’s also probably one of the only Irish musicians you’re likely to find sporting a Subhumans t-shirt while teaching kids. Mícheál Platano caught up with the man for a quick chat about tunes, punk rock and how Gaelier-than-thou theocrats fucked up trad. Apparently, Martin Carthy, the English folk … Read More
We all know that De Valera’s vision of a Gaelic utopia manifested itself as a bit of a psychologically terrifying clusterfuck. Here, Síofra Gallagher looks at the cultural wing of his endeavours, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (Society of the Musicians of Ireland), the organisation entrusted with promoting traditional dance and music since 1951, and asks the question: has Dev’s cultural wet dream become a crusty old wankstain? Before we look … Read More
Dublin folk stalwarts and friends of rabble, Lynched, have had their slot pulled from the RTÉ stage in Temple Bar on Culture Night, because they wished to play one of their own songs. The song, ‘Cold Old Fire’ was penned by the group and their good friend Cian Lawless a few years ago, and is a reflection on trying to retain a sense of pride and resilience while enduring life … Read More
Hair tingling trad from The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock, shot with a little bit of help from some close friends of rabble. Lock Out sees the band bring in support from an electric guitar orchestra. The video was filmed down in The Factory on Barrow St. Like many of the brilliant art and social spaces that popped up during the recession, The Factory has now fallen to commercial interests. … Read More
Dublin Community Television’s (DCTV) and John Breslin’s Broadcasting Authority Of Ireland (BAI) -funded traditional music series “Coppers and Brass” returns for a second season tonight. Presented and researched by Tommy Fegan – a trad scholar and musician himself – the series showcases the music, the players and the issues that often don’t get discussed in the world of Irish traditional music. Featuring interviews in studio, as well as from the … Read More
Mumble mumble… cultural hybridity. Here’s a final year performance by Mikey Fingers, Danny Deepo and Deviant. Summoning up a tune by Róisín Ní Gallóglaigh through the methodology of scratch. Via Deviant and Naive Ted.
FAO all discerning music nerds, acoustic instrument enthusiasts, folkies, traditional culture buffs, or just anyone who’s sick of the forty shades of shite that come spewing in torrents out the doors of every second rate tourist-trap in Temple Bar. 1. The Cobblestone, Smithfield Square. As obvious as it might be, this list would be a big pile of balls without mentioning it. The pub will probably be known … Read More
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