LIMERICK band Bleeding Heart Pigeons will appear on the new series of groundbreaking music series Other Voices on June 26. The band are still in their teens but have caused something of a stir on the blogosphere with their early demos on Soundcloud.com. Having only played a small number of live gigs so far, getting the coveted slot on Other Voices has been a coup for the band who received warm reviews for their performance.
Other Voices, Season 11 airs on RTÉ Two television on Wednesdays. This year show was recorded at three locations. The journey begins in its spiritual home The Church of St James in Dingle Co Kerry and travels north to The Glassworks in Derry/Londonderry and east to Wilton’s music hall in the heart of London. Over the next seven weeks, presenter Aidan Gillen will introduce one off performances, acoustic sessions and interviews including Laura Marling, Villagers, John Grant, The Unthanks, Paul Buchanan, Dexys, Neil Hannon, Beth Orton, Imelda May, platform rising stars The Strypes, Bleeding Heart Pigeons, Kodaline, Soak, Local Natives and introduce new artists, Katherine Philippa, Little Bear, Our Krypton Son, Walking on Cars, This is The Kit and Luluc.
Programme 2 this Wednesday May 15 will feature Beth Orton, Matthew E. White, Kodaline, Savages and Ghosts Estates. RTÉ TWO at 11.20pm.
Other Voices Season 11 airs on RTÉ Two television on Wednesdays. This year Other Voices was recorded at three locations. The journey begins in its spiritual home The Church of St James in Dingle Co Kerry and travels North to The Glassworks in Derry/Londonderry and on East to Wilton’s the oldest music hall in the heart of London. Over the next eight weeks, presenter Aidan Gillen introduce one off performances, acoustic sessions and interviews including Laura Mvula, Laura Marling, Villagers, John Grant and The Unthanks.
Programme 1 on May 8 will feature music and conversation with Laura Mvula, Palma Violets, indie trio Daughter, sisters The Staves and singer-songwriter George Ezra. RTÉ TWO at 11.20pm.
Programme 2 on Wednesday May 15 will feature Beth Orton, Matthew E. White, Kodaline, Savages and Ghosts Estates. RTÉ TWO at 11.20pm.
The recently broadcast London recordings are still available on RTÉ Player http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/10144942/
FESTIVAL season is starting to look a little more familiar with announcements of Electric Picnic and Oxegen going ahead in 2013 despite rumours that both festivals would become a thing of the past due to financial difficulties. Just in time for payday (for those lucky enough to be on a salary) there are some enticing early bird offers as the two big rival festivals set about getting the punches in early.
For Electric Picnic early bird tickets are a reasonable €149.50 from this Saturday April 27 if you are a Picnic regular. all the usual stages will be there including Body & Soul, Casa Bacardi and Mindfield. Oxegen will happen over the August Bank Holiday at Punchestown Racecourse. Tickets go on sale at €149.50 for only 24 hours on Friday April 26.
Oxegen has completely abandoned all rock/indie music, running with a charts/dance lineup featuring Calvin Harris, David Guetta, Example, Chase & Status, Snoop Dogg, Labrinth and Rita Ora.
Electric Picnic has announced Bjork, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand, David Byrne, My Bloody Valentine Wu-Tang Clan, Johnny Marr and Fatboy Slim (could he be considered the heritage act this year!).
JUST announced, US Indie rockers, We Are Scientists join the line-up for this year’s Indiependence Festival in Mitchelstown over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Already confirmed are Bastille, De La Soul and Kodaline among many others. Also added today are UK indie disco act, Cymbals, Ryan Sheridan, Foy Vance, New Sunset Hotel, Trucker Diablo and Walking on Cars.
Stone Roses New Trailer
LIMERICK cinemas will screen Shane Meadows’ documentary THE STONE ROSES: MADE OF STONE, about the legendary Manchester band from Wednesday June 5.
LIMERICK singer Aoife McLoughlin is going to be on the Voice of Ireland live show this Sunday April 7 performing Alicia Key’s ‘This Girl is on Fire’.
KILLALOE singer-songwriter Kiernan McMullan will be releasing his new EP ‘Company’ on April 1 on American Cadence Records.
Company precedes his third full-length record to be released later this year.
As a touring veteran averaging about 250 dates per year, the majority of McMullan’s songs were written about the road. This next release offers a fresh take on an old subject. “I don’t write love songs. But looking at it from a different perspective, Company is a collection of anti-love songs expressing themes that aren’t really present in popular music,” says McMullan.
See the live video for ‘Company’ filmed by Dylan White on www.musiclimerick.com.
LIMERICK DJ John Kelly is in the last 15 finalists for this years Ibiza Rocks DJ Competition. The winner receives a residency at the Ibiza Rocks club for the 2013 season on the balearic island.
On the Ibiza Rocks website organisers explained, “It’s been tough but after hundreds of entries and thousands of plays the Rocks team have deliberated and narrowed down the entries to a shortlist of just 15 mixes.”
You can check out the 15 DJs at http://www.ibizarocks.com/djcompetition/
LIMERICK’S Hermitage Green play Dolan’s tonight Saturday March 23. There is an after party in the bar with lots of bourbon soaked stompin’ grooves till bedtime.
Hermitage Green along with folk stalwarts Luka Bloom, Martin Hayes, Donal Lunny and Steve Cooney are amongst the acts lined up for the inaugural Doolin Folk Festival on the weekend of June 14 to June 16.
JUDGING by the new tracks now streaming from Belfast’s And So I Watch You From Afar’s third album the bands upcoming gig in Limerick will be a vigorous and positive post rock celebration. After two albums and five years of euphoric live shows, ‘All Hail Bright Futures’ is ASIWYFA’s first recording done as a three-piece following the departure of Tony Wright. The band now go on the road as a four piece with their new full time member Niall Kennedy.
‘All Hail Bright Futures’ by And So I Watch You From Afar is out now on Sargent House. ASIWYFA play Dolan’s Warehouse Thursday March 28.