Electric Picnic 2017 – first lineup announcement

23 March 2017 by musiclimerick, No Comments

THERE is still 151 days to go until Electric Picnic 2017 and the 55,000 capacity festival sold out this morning before any lineup announcement.

The line-up announcement happened today and there is something for everyone on the bill .
Duran Duran and Madness for the 80s kids – The XX and Interpol for the indie heads – Run The Jewels and A Tribe Called Quest released strong hip hop albums in the last year – Pete Tong and his orchestral trawl thru the dance classics will build on the Jenny Greene showstopper from last year.

Just What is it That You Wanna Do? Primal Scream play Limerick in November.

4 October 2016 by musiclimerick, No Comments

A coup for Limerick venue Dolan’s! British indie rock legends Primal Scream will play Live at the Big Top, Limerick Milk Market on Tuesday November 29.
Special guests for the gig is Bo Ningen. Tickets €34.50 from www.dolans.ie

In an old black and white photograph, Bobby Gillespie is clutching an aerosol spray, grinning at the product of his handiwork now emblazoned on the jet plane behind him, which reads: “Primal Scream …. Know What I Mean”. No question mark, it’s something more like an invitation, meant for those who want to believe, written in the different colours of rock’n’roll, dub, electronica, the purest pop and more.

Spin that kaleidoscope, and the new Scream record Chaosmosis is everything anyone might wish for and then more. It’s quite possibly the freest-sounding album the band have ever made (and this 11th studio effort in the better part of three decades) – 10 songs by turns angry and euphoric, personal and political, sounding like the distillation of so much that has come before plus a shot into the future.

Recorded in London, New York and Stockholm and written and produced by Gillespie and Andrew Innes, the album soon shades into darker territory, but the process of making it was quicker and easier than it’s ever been for the Scream.

“I think we’re getting better at writing songs and more confident and less self-conscious,” says Gillespie. “We’re better at letting things flow. Whereas 20 years ago,” – around the time of that old b&w photo –  “it was fucking painful trying to make a Primal Scream record, it was like hell. I’m clearer-headed now, I’m better expressing my feelings and what I want to say. I’m trying to make sense of my life, of the the world, and I’m trying to put it into a pop song.”

#irishmusicparty Iron Mountain on “most anticipated” list at Loudwire.com

21 March 2016 by musiclimerick, No Comments

@irishmusicparty LIMERICK group Iron Mountain will release their debut album ‘Unum’ in the United States in April.

The respected rock/metal website Loudwire.com has listed‘Unum’ as one of the most anticipated record releases of April 2016. Also going on release in April are new records from Babymetal, Weezer and Deftones. The online magazine is running a poll to decide which is the most anticipated album. Limrock fans can voice their support for Iron Mountain by voting for ‘Unum’ at this link below http://loudwire.com/vote-for-the-most-anticipated-release-of-april-2016/

The Cranberries back on tour

8 February 2016 by musiclimerick, No Comments

LIMERICK band The Cranberries will tour in 2016. The first show announced is for Thursday June 9 at Festi’Neuch Openair Festival happening in Neuchatel, Switzerland from June 9 to June 12. See http://festineuch.ch/ for more details.
More shows are expected from the band during the summer, no Limerick gig has yet been announced.
Guitarist Noel Hogan posted on Twitter, “”This is one of a few shows planned for this summer. More Cranberries dates coming.”

Brass/funk debut for Stomptown Brass

27 January 2016 by musiclimerick, No Comments

FOR nine-piece urban street-funk outfit Stomptown Brass, a spate of energetic standout gigs at Whelan’s, Vicar Street, Electric Picnic, Longitude and Indiependence has secured their reputation as a band that consistently brings crowds to their feet with funky high-energy original compositions.
The brain-child of composer and arranger James O’Leary, Stomptown Brass draw on the rich tradition of funk and blues. They add layers of rhythmic and dynamic complexity that reveals itself on repeated listens.
James says, “Stomptown Brass hit you over the head with interesting arrangements that blend skillful composition with good-time party music.”
The group’s debut release is the ‘Locomotive’ EP: four tracks from the funky dancehall disco beat of ‘Locomotive’ to the New Orleans twist on an Irish classic ‘The Auld Triangle’. Stomptown Brass play on Friday February 5 at Dolan’s, Dock Road.

Limerick’s Iron Mountain sign German record deal

27 January 2016 by musiclimerick, No Comments

LIMERICK’s post-rock group Iron Mountain has signed a five album deal with German record label Prophecy Productions. They will release their debut album ‘Europe-wide’ in April 2016.
The label specialises in “wayside atmospheric music which defies categorisation” and has a healthy roster of bands in black/ dark metal and neo-folk genres, such as Finnish group Tenhi and French shoegaze band Alcest. Prophecy has a reputation for forging long-term collaborations with its acts and is considered to be a quality label by media and fans.
Iron Mountain can expect to gain valuable exposure to a willing audience in Europe and the US, lucrative territories for the label.
Iron Mountain formed in 2012 and features Damien Mullane (guitar), Matt Bashford (uilleann pipes/ low whistle), Ronan Ryan (transverse wooden flute), Stephen Hughes (bass) and Ray Murphy (drums).
The instrumental group played an impressive early afternoon set at Electric Picnic in September and will tour in Europe at the end of July.
No Limerick date has been arranged yet as piper Matt Bashford is engaged on a worldwide tour with Riverdance. In the meantime the other players are jamming and writing the second album and are “very excited” about the new material, drummer Ray Murphy told Limerick Post.

Prophecy Productions explained what drew them to the Limerick band, from the first listen to the band’s debut album ‘Unum’.
“It was as if Psychedelic, Kraut and Post Rock had dusted off the face of Irish Folk when Iron Mountain first erupted on Prophecy’s premises, immediately captivating us with an atmosphere at once archaic and modern.”
‘Unum’ is Iron Mountain’s debut album and was initially self-released by the band in small quantities in early 2015.
Prophecy will now re-issue the album with revised artwork on vinyl for the first time. Prophecy Productions will release Iron Mountain’s ‘Unum’ on Friday April 1.
The album can now be pre-ordered as Digipak CD and Gatefold LP from www.prophecy.de

Jeffo Nesta

6 January 2016 by musiclimerick, No Comments

THE Acoustic Club welcomes special guest singer/ songwriter Jeff O’Neill to The White House Bar on Thursday January 14. The open mic session is a non-profit gig welcoming aspiring songwriters, musicians and singers to play in front of a live audience.
Jeff O’Neill, aka Jeffo Nesta, is a singer/songwriter from Limerick City. His album ‘Circus Dances’ is a collection of ten very different, melody-driven songs in a mix of genres such as reggae, rock and folk. ‘Circus Dances’ has been a regular feature on radio shows across Europe and the U.S. and is currently available to download from iTunes.
Jeff was reared on a healthy diet of Bob Marley, Irish rock and folk music in the north-side of the city and to improve his own ability to sing, he travelled the world playing in various cover bands. He eventually decided to promote his own music and from his large repertoire of original songs, ten were chosen to record. With the help of some local musicians, a band was formed, an album was recorded and Jeffo Nesta was born.
Jeffo Nesta will play a number of songs from the album ‘Circus Dances’ at The Acoustic Club. Get a flavour of Jeffo Nesta from the wonderful animated lyric video for the song ‘Karl Canty’ from the album ‘Circus Dances’ on YouTube and musiclimerick.com


Legacy of Joy Division examined at University of Limerick #JoydivisionUL

26 November 2015 by musiclimerick, No Comments

WHILE Peter Hook’s Limerick show has had to be postponed until the new year because of illness, the hugely influential Joy Division is the focus of a two-day symposium at the University of Limerick happening today and tomorrow, November 25 and 26. People are more than welcome to attend the symposium for free on both days.

The symposium takes place in the Health Sciences Building on the North Campus in UL 9am-5pm
This free event is organised by the Popular Music and Popular Culture Research Cluster (Dr. Martin Power, Prof Eoin Devereux and Dr. Aileen Dillane). Presenters have travelled from Ireland, the UK, China, The US (including from Yale), Canada, Japan, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Spain and Portugal.

Co-organiser Dr. Martin Power said: “Following on from successful international events on The Smiths, Morrissey and David Bowie, the Popular Music and Popular Culture Research Cluster at UL will examine the legacy of the iconic Manchester band over the next two days.”

Joy Division’s ‘Unknown Pleasures’ is considered one of the most stunning debut albums ever released while on ‘Closer’ Martin Hannett’s incandescent production permeates the record alongside a band that had grown much in confidence approaching their second album.

Both albums have come to yield many landmark tracks, ‘Unknown Pleasures’ with “Disorder” “Insight”, “New Dawn Fades”, and “She’s Lost Control” while ‘Closer’ counts “Atrocity Exhibition”, “Heart And Soul” and “Twenty Four Hours” amongst its many highlights.

Peter Hook’s live show in Dolan’s is postponed until the new year but the two-day symposium which is free to the public happens on University of Limerick campus from 9am to 5pm on both days. #JoydivisionUL

New releases from Girl Band playing Limerick in October

20 August 2015 by musiclimerick, No Comments

THE new single from Girl Band is ‘Paul’, out on Rough Trade. ‘Paul’ is taken from Girl Band’s debut album ‘Holding Hands with Jamie’, out on September 25.
The video for ‘Paul’ was made by Bob Gallagher, the man behind the Dublin four piece’s recent grizzly video for their eight-minute cover of Blawan’s ‘Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage?’
Girl Band’s new video follows the unravelling of an actor in a pig costume on a kid’s TV show. Director Bob Gallagher explained.
“I’ve often watched kids’ TV with my goddaughters, and every time I do I can’t help but wonder, what it’s like for the actors behind the scenes? What the dynamics are like? There’s such a sheen on those shows of happiness that I thought it would be interesting to look at the flip side of that with a character who is full of self loathing but has to literally wear a big grin on his face.”
The highly anticipated album from Girl Band will be supported by a European and Ireland tour taking in Seoda Shows, Dolan’s in October.
This album was recorded in Bow Lane, Dublin. Guitarist Alan Duggan explained that the band laid down seven of the tracks in less than two days, giving the recordings an urgency that pulses with vitality and forward momentum.
“It was way more challenging to stay focused – tricky to find a balance between keeping a distance from the songs for perspective but also to fully concentrate on them.”
Girl Band make relentless, propulsive noise rock that is at its best unnerving, taking influences from techno and industrial noise. The are in a genre of their own making. Upcoming dates will make for a compelling experience.
Girl Band are Dara Kiely (vox), Adam Falkner (drums), Alan Duggan (guitar), Daniel Fox (bass). This quartet plays a highly anticipated show at Seoda Shows, Dolan’s on Friday October 2.


Sligo Jazz brings Chuck Rainey together with Delorean Suite

19 August 2015 by musiclimerick, No Comments

Limerick’s Delorean Suite got to share the stage and play live for the first time with US session musician Chuck Rainey who played on their debut album ‘Two Lives’
 Delorean Suite, Dave Hockedy, Graham Conway, Jenny McMahon, Tony Roche, Special Guest Chuck Rainey and Pat Byrne   Photo: Lieve Boussauw Delorean Suite, Dave Hockedy, Graham Conway, Jenny McMahon, Tony Roche, Special Guest Chuck Rainey and Pat Byrne Photo: Lieve Boussauw

by Eric FitzGerald

LIMERICK group/ music producers Delorean Suite were invited to play Sligo Jazz Festival recently with US bass player Chuck Rainey. Rainey is one of the best known session musicians in the business. He has recorded with Steely Dan, Quincy Jones, Donald Byrd and Aretha Franklin among many others, With The King Curtis All-Stars, he toured with the Beatles in the late 60s.
Chuck’s bass playing featured on DeLorean Suite’s classy house tune ‘Alone’ from 2013 album ‘Two Lives’. His parts were recorded in the US and the Sligo Jazz Festival was the first opportunity for Delorean Suite to share a stage with Rainey.
Limerick Post quizzed Tony Roche, percussionist from the band, on how the collaboration came about.
“Chuck is friends with Delorean Suite for a number of years and had expressed an interest in visiting and playing in Ireland. The Sligo Jazz Project invited him to be their guest of honour this year when project organiser Eddie Lee heard that Chuck had played on our album, he asked us to perform on the closing night of the festival. We were extremely honoured as the rest of the week’s line up was comprised exclusively of jazz musicians.”
It was Delorean Suite’s first time playing live with Chuck. I suggested to Tony that the live show must have been something special?
“He always said that the universe would bring us together in person. There was a special atmosphere on the night as the audience was mainly students and instructors from the jazz project itself. Playing to such a musically knowledgeable and responsive crowd was a remarkable moment for everyone. Even legendary jazz drummer Adam Nussbaum made an impromptu appearance on stage and began jamming with us! Chuck was eager to express his appreciation for the hospitality he received throughout his stay in Sligo and Limerick and is hoping to return soon.”
Delorean Suite return to live shows in October with a show in Dolan’s scheduled for Saturday October 3. The group is currently recording an EP and has confirmed that Chuck Rainey will be performing on the recording due for release with a UK label in the coming months.
Tony concludes, “The other collaborators on our album, Kat Rodriguez and Divinity Roxx of Beyoncé fame, have expressed a similar interest, so we’re aiming to organise a hometown gig next year where all three will be performing with the band. That should be a lot of fun.”
Stay in touch with these pages for any updates on a release date for the new music.