Thursday, 31 October 2013

EP Review: Deco Greene - Breathe

'Breathe' is a really solid four track EP from flourishing Dublin troubadour Deco Greene. 
Worth checking out.

There's a lovely almost nostalgic feeling I get while listening to Deco Greene's delicate debut EP entitled 'Breathe'. It could well be that the EP would fit in very well in the Irish music scene ten years ago that was built from the success of Damien Rice, Mundy, Glen Hansard and the like. However, as we all know singer-songwriters are less ridiculed these days and more importantly the good ones are very difficult to find. 'Breathe' pushes Deco Greene into the spotlight with four well written mature tunes that deserve to be heard by the masses.

The title track is simply gorgeous. Backed by the right amount of strings it's a very positive, re-affirming track that I'd listen to time and time again ..........

The other three songs are solid enough tunes which supports the title track fairly well to complete the EP. 'Release' has a more full band pop feel which ups the tempo of the EP. Ballad 'Love Crime' trickles along nicely and showcases Deco's fine vocals. The album closer fails to come close to the quality of Release or Breathe but is a relatively solid enough end to a good EP.

Deco Greene - Breath [9 out of 12]

2Day's Tune: Saint John The Gambler - Deadman

Spooktacular tunage from Dublin's Saint John The Gambler here with a free download of a song from the debut album available here .............

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Leading Armies - Run Wrong

New & potentially free Irish music here from Limerick's much talked about band 'Leading Armies'.

Run Wrong is taken from their current EP 'Let's Get Serious' which is freely available on their bandcamp page here:

Halloween Mix [5th & Last]

So every year I've posted a mix of songs that could in some loose way be described as spooktacular Halloween tunes. Here's the best 12 songs from those posts:

From 2009:

ASIWYFA - Set Guitars To Kill

David Hope - See The Ghost

Jape - Haunt Me


From 2010:

Zombie Cops - Taking Lives

Miss Paula Flynn - Ghost in my Car

Brad Pitt Light Orchestra - Devil & Me


From 2011:

Arrow in the Sky - Ghost Town

Fionn Regan - Violent Demeanour

The Ambience Affair - Devil in the Detail


From 2012:

James Guilmartin - Come by the Fire

Little Green Cars - Witching Hour

Halves - Haunt Me When I'm Drowsy

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Reverend JM's Panic Worship - Cast Iron Dentures

Halloween inspired music here from Dublin's Alt-Goth rockers 'Reverend JM's Panic Worship':

Loving this poster for the band's gig in December!

Sunday, 27 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Gary Clarke Jr. - Numb

Gary Clarke Jr. blew me away on Jools Holland the other night. He gained at least 1 new fan from his appearance on Jools!

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Day's Tune: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Better Days

 Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros are playing The Olympia in Dublin next February and is a good enough excuse to share this quality single from the band ....

Ticket Details:


Friday, 25 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Mark Mulcahy - Pendulum

Indie music fans should go to The Grand Social tonight for the legendary Mark Mulcahy performing songs like this .....

Thursday, 24 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Preachers Son - Jericho

New tunes of biblical proportion from Preachers Son as they release a new EP entitled Jericho which sounds like ......

See the band live:

THURS OCT 24TH - LETTERKENNY: Greenroom Live, Vodoo - 9:30pm
FRI OCT 25TH - DUBLIN: Whelan's - 7pm
SAT OCT 26TH - GALWAY: Townhouse Bar and Music Venue - 9:30pm
FRI NOV 1ST - LONDON: The 100 Club - 7pm, Onstage 9:20pm
TUES NOV 5TH - DUBLIN: The Ruby Sessions, Doyles - 9 pm

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Ana Gog - A Study of her Painted Face

Here's a tune from one of my favourite albums in the lifetime of the blog from Dublin band 'Ana Gog':

See Ana Gog in Kerry this weekend at this fine mini festival called Fading Light ...

Monday, 21 October 2013

2Day's Tune: The Hard Ground - Bad Faith

The Hard Ground are hitting the road in the UK again this November and to celebrate releasing their second single Bad Faith in the UK they are going to be playing some tunes at the following venues:

The Prince Albert, Stroud, UK 06/11/13

The Bicycle Shop, Norwich, UK 07/11/13

The Islington, London, UK 08/11/13

The Full Moon, Cardiff, UK 09/11/13

Listen and download 'Bad Faith' from here:

Sunday, 20 October 2013

2Day's tune: Hudson Taylor - Beautiful Mistake

This is beautiful music for a Sunday morning. Go forth Hudson Taylor and enjoy your success with the release of their EP OSEA!

Listen to Hudson Taylor's latest EP here:

Saturday, 19 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Seo Linn - Wake Me Up [As Gaeilge]

Serious praise goes to the six young people making the Irish Language sound really great with their cover of songs such as this by Avicii which has had over 2 million views worldwide.

Catch Seo Linn in The Academy, Dublin on November 17th. Details here:

Seo Linn Sample Set List - September 2013 

Mr. Brightside – The Killers (Gaeilge)

The Man Who Can’t Be Moved – The Script (Gaeilge)
Glad You Came – The Wanted (Gaeilge)
Kids – MGMT (Gaeilge)
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO (Gaeilge)
Somebody That I used to Know – Gotye (Gaeilge)
When Six Songs Collide – Norwegian Recycling(Gaeilge)
Some Nights – Fun (Gaeilge)
Waka Waka – Shakira (Gaeilge)
Accidentally In Love – Counting Crows (Gaeilge)
The Sweetest Girl – Wy Clef and Akon (Gaeilge)
Save Tonight – Eagle Eye Cherry (Gaeilge)
Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons (Gaeilge)
Wave Your Flag – World Cup 2010 (Gaeilge)
Escape – Enrique Iglesias (Gaeilge)
Galway Girl – Mundy (Gaeilge)
Lonely Boy – The Black Keys (Gaeilge)
Mexico – Mundy (Gaeilge)
Heroes or Ghosts – The Coronas (Gaeilge)
Wake Me Up – Avicci (Gaeilge)
Pompeii – Bastille (Gaeilge)
Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
When I’m Gone (The Cup Song) – Anna Kendrick (Gaeilge)
Little Talks – Of Monster and Men
Stubborn Love – The Lumineers
Hoy Hay – The Lumineers
Forget Me Knots – The Heathers 
I will Wait – Mumford and Sons
Fairytale of New York – The Pogues

Friday, 18 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Willard Grant Conspiracy - 26 Turns

You should go to this on Monday  ..........

To whet your appetite for this gig, here's an acoustic tune from their Tour only EP entitled 26 Turns ....

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Live Review: Johnny Flynn - Whelans, Dublin October 16th

Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit were such a revelation last night in a heaving, hot Whelans that this could well be my favourite gig on 2013.

Photo Credit: Anto Kane Photography

Supporting the release of his most recent album 'Country Mile', this trip to Dublin proved very successful for Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit with Whelans crammed full of real 'Flynner' fans. The set list was taken mainly from the new album with I think every one of them wonderful tracks getting an airing. Standout tracks from the set included the beautiful 'Einstein's Idea' that I shared last week on the blog and the album's title track.

The 'Sussex Wit' were a tight band but the real star is Johnny with them distinct old school deep rich vocals, the story telling in the songs and that shy persona that many new folk stars have. [See Ben Howard!]

What I adore about Johnny Flynn is the extra 'Beirut' sounding layer that many of the new songs on 'Country Mile' has. Songs like 'The Lady Has Risen' sounded like a real breath of fresh air that if there was any justice in the music world would see Mr Flynn hit the heights of Mr Howard or Mumford & Sons.

Do yourself a huge favour by buying 'Country Mile' and going to see Johnnny Flynn the next time he's in your town. Buy the album:

Euro Dates

Fri 15th November – Paris, France La Fleche D'or
Sat 16th November – Brussels, Belgium Botanique/Rotonde
Mon 18th November – Amsterdam, Holland Bitterzoet SOLD OUT
Tue 19th November – Cologne, Germany Blue Shell SOLD OUT
Wed 20th November – Munich, Germany Atomic Café
Fri 22nd November – Zurich, Switzerland Kaufleuten Zurich, Festsaal
Sat 23th November – Milan, Italy Tunnel

2Day's Tune - Rhodes - Run

Awesome new Buckley-esque/Scandinavian style music here from UK act Rhodes. This is a quality tune that requires repeated listens!

Catch Rhodes and a bunch of other 2UIBestow endorsed acts in Oxford on Saturday ....

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Mara Simpson - Fine Lines

I adore Mara Simpson's music. The Berlin based New Zealander and frequent Ireland visiter is a great songwriter and performer who has a bunch a new tunes on Soundcloud for you to listen to. Check out 'Fine Lines' here ........

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

2Day's Tune: The Mighty Stef - Vampire, Hold Me Tight

Is now the time for The Mighty Stef to finally make the breakthrough? Yes I believe so after listening to their new single 'Vampire, Hold Me Tight' numerous times in the last couple of days .....

Vampire, Hold Me Tight is taken from their new EP entitled 'Iveagh Flats' released on the 7th November.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Album Review: Red Queen Contest - Self-titled

Navan Alternative Rock band 'Red Queen Contest' release their amazing debut album this week with this reviewer proud that it lives up to the band's obvious raw potential. 

'Red Queen Contest' are a band with firm foundations. They've played together for years with hundreds of gigs and a few different band names under their belt. Always a band to show real potential when I seen them live back in 2010, I was intrigued to find out if or when an album was going to appear and if it did the band any justice?

This self-titled debut showcases the band's ability to write great songs, their fine musicianship and their dual lead vocals from the two guitarists which elevates the band way above the ordinary. It's a great album that completely live's up to the band's early promise a number of years ago.

The most enjoyable aspect of the album for me is that it's varied in sound and texture. Some tracks are straight up edgy indie rock songs, while others include a fair amount of electronica as well as the mid album acoustic track entitled 'Back To Your Door'. The acoustic track divides up the album nicely and splits up two of the best tracks on the album 'Rosalee' and 'Eiderdown'.

My favourite track off the album is 'Rabbit's Feet' for it's quirky lyrics and great vocals. Overall there's not a bad track on the album. It's one of the most complete, satisfying rock albums I'm likely to hear in a long time.

Red Queen Contest - Self-titled [11 out of 12]

Sunday, 13 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Elliot Smith - Somebody That I Used To Know

I recently had a listen to 'Figure 8' by Elliot Smith and fell in love with Elliot's music and words. Such a wonderful talent that made great music!

Elliot Smith is honoured at this event in Whelans on Monday October 21st:

Saturday, 12 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Fling - Don't Think Twice

One of my favourite Irish folk bands Fling are planning to release a 'Live' album in the near future where there's a good chance this version of Dylan's 'Don't Think Twice' will make it onto the album:

This is such a great version of 'Don't Think Twice'

More info on Fling:

Friday, 11 October 2013

2Day's Tune - Red Sail - Wheel Your Wings Home

Here's another gorgeous track from Red Sail who've made the song available for free download here:

Thursday, 10 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Maud in Cahoots - Dance With Me

The excellent 'Maud in Cahoots' are in Whelans next week and it comes highly recommended for excellent tunage like this:

Support from Leanne Harte!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Johnny Flynn - Einstein's Idea

Next Wednesday in Whelans, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit will be gracing the stage in support of their most recent album 'Country Mile'. It's a beautiful album and a gig well worth going to.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Neon Wolf - I Can't Speak For You

Here's a great line-up for an amazing cause:

Three great bands for a tenner for charity:

Check out this fine song from headline band Neon Wolf here:

Monday, 7 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Ryan Sheridan - Endless Road

I'm not a big fan of Ryan's but well done on his recent success in Germany where tonight is the start of a decent tour over there ....

More details:

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Album Review: Baum - Self-titled

'Baum' the self-titled second solo album from Switzerland's Baum is such an intense ride that's about new beginnings, reflective feelings and difficult separations. It's simply brilliant from start to finish.

From a blogger's perspective I am privileged to hear a lot of new music before the general public gets to hear them. In the case of this album I've been listening to this on and off for a good six months in anticipation of it's worldwide or European release. However, so far this album is only available at Baum's concerts with a release date planned for the near future.

I was fortunate enough to see Baum in concert about three years ago and his intensity, musicianship and songwriting blew me away. The debut album "Music for my Landloard" is one of my all time favourite album for it's sensitivity and sentiments. It was charming and appealing with feel good tales of joy. In contrast, this album is about personal pain and despair. It's harder, harsh at times and so intense in the middle tracks on the album. It talks of missed opportunities and reminisces of near perfect pasts. It's an album of reflective moods that work together to form a masterpiece of an album.

As an art-form this album works. From the pop radio friendly opener 'Damn', through songs like 'Crow', 'Sad' and 'I Cannot Sleep' we see Baum on a journey through some difficult times which culminates in a wonderful version of Dylans 'I Shall be Released' before we get to a delicate ending of epic proportions in 'Center of Town'.

While the songs are all from Baum himself, this album has the feel of a 'band collaboration' and therefore is not a conventional 'Singer-songwriter' album. In fact like many greats, it's hard to label a genre to what Baum does so effectively.

Song that have embedded themselves in me through the months of listening to this album include 'Sleep Now' and the wonderfully written song 'Paris' where we find Baum in reflective mode after the end of a marriage.
..."and I am riding backwards to Paris for a day.". My favourite track is the 'Center of Town' track that brings the album to an epic close. Dare I say it but it's almost 'Buckley-esque' in so many ways.

Keep an eye on or for details of where you can buy this incredible album.

Baum - self-titled [12 out of 12]

Saturday, 5 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Bell X1 - Starlings Over Brighton Pier

Bell X1's most recent album 'Chop Chop' is a great album. I'm sorry now I didn't review it on release. One of the highlights is this epic tune 'Starlings Over Brighton Pier':

US Tour Details:

Uk & Europe Tour Details:

Friday, 4 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Track Dogs - Rainbox

The excellent Madrid based band Track Dogs fronted by Garrett Wall have released their second album today called 'All Roads'.

There's a fine version of an old Garrett Wall solo track 'Rainbox' on there .....

Thursday, 3 October 2013

2Day's Tune: James Vincent McMorrow - Breaking Hearts

Look at James Vincent McMorrow's schedule in in the new year ....

Feb 4th in the National Concert Hall will be a sweet gig. The new album is entitled 'Post Tropical' and is out on January 14th. Here's the album artwork:

Remind yourself of JVMcM's brilliance:

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Monsenior - Simple Miss

Here's a nice listen Beatles-esque pop tune from Dublin band Monseniour .....

It's taken from their debut self - titled EP which can be listened to in full here:

Monday, 30 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Biggles Flys Again - Chambers

Exciting times ahead for Biggles Flys Again with a tour taking the band to London and Paris as well as releasing a new EP entitled 'Chambers'. This track was one of my favourite from the album ... listen here:

Biggles Flies Again tour:

OCT 3RD HWCH 13 The Mercantile 10:30
OCT 4TH The Panti Bar, Capel st, Dublin
OCT 19TH Roisin Dubh, Galway
OCT 24TH Whelans, Dublin
OCT 27TH Fading Light Festival, Caherdaniel, Kerry
NOV 13TH The Windmill, Brixton, London
NOV 27TH Le Pop In, Paris

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Album Review: Kate O'Callaghan - The Still Beyond

'The Still Beyond', the debut album from Donegal songstress is an album of folk tunes that's warm, inviting, charming and delicate. A stunning debut album. 

'The Still Beyond' is Kate O'Callaghan accompanied by various musicians proving a blissful soundtrack to her delicate tales of love, desire and relationships that read like poems in the liner notes. When sung by Kate the lyrics come to life and envelop your mind. These are well written songs open to interpretation over delicate music in the form of acoustic guitar, violin, double bass, organ and ukulele.

Songs that impress include 'Reverie of a Radiant Knight' where Kate sings about ... "how beautiful life will be" or 'My Dear' about the pain of being away from a loved one. I love the delicacy of 'Coldness at Dawn' with it's empowering positive lyrics. My favourite song off the album is the jazzy track entitled 'Feel' which suits Kate's vocals with some great lyrics ....

'The Still Beyond' is a great collection of songs, perfect to unwind to and listen as background music and even better to actively listen to.

Kate O'Callaghan - The Still Beyond [10 out of 12]

Buy the album:

October 24th Dublin Album Launch
Odessa Live presents Kate O'Callaghan performing w/Seamus Devenny
Dublin launch of Kate's debut album The Still Beyond
+ Special guest Brendan McGlynn & DJ set afterwards.
Tickets: €5
Doors: 8.30pm

2Day's Tune: The Mick Heslin Trio - Pray Not Complain

Pyrite's opening night in Fibbers of Dublin is tonight, brought to you by Dem Fools with an awesome line-up of blues, rock and indie music from The Mick Heslin Trio, The Cold Draw and Dem Fools.

Check out the blues tunes of Mick Heslin here:

Saturday, 28 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Storyman - Afloat [Formally The Guggenheim Grotto]

One of Ireland's most well traveled touring bands The Guggenheim Grotto is having a fresh start and a new name. Storyman release 'This Time Round' next month through Ingrid Michaelson's Cabin 24 Record label.

I've always loved The Guggenheim Grotto's harmonies and pop melodies and am delighted with their push and fresh start. Afloat from the new album is a lovely tune that deserves to be listened to ....

Friday, 27 September 2013

2Day's Tune: The Cabin Collective - Marrakech

Galway's super group have just released this fine radio friendly catchy tune which makes you want to emigrate down the N17 to Marrakech!

The Cabin Collective, a new nine-piece Galway rock band, featuring members of The Saw Doctors will play their debut headline Dublin show in Whelans on the 27 of June.

The band’s first live gig was on The Late Late Show last week, swiftly followed by 2 sell out shows in The Taibhearc in Galway. Now it’s time for Dublin to see the Cabin Collective.

Featuring some of Irelands best songwriters and musicians such as Keith Mullins, Noelie McDonnell, Larry Kelly, Dave Clancy, Éimhín Cradock, Spud Coen, Rickie O'Neill, Leo Moran and Anthony Thistlethwaite the band are a formidable live force.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

2Day's Tune: We Should Be Dead - Forget Romance, Let's Dance

'Forget Romance, Let's Dance' has to be one of the best indie tracks from an Irish band ever. Love this song and it's available below for free .....

The Limerick three piece released a new album this year entitled 'Dreamstate' and you can get it here:

This version of 'Forget Romance, Let's Dance' is from a collection of rare We Should Be Dead material spanning 10 years. Beginning with some home demos and ending with We Should Be Dead 'Live from San Francisco'. The entire 30 track collection is now FREE to download. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Otherkin - '89

Here's a great video for Dublin based indie rock band 'Otherkin' for their song entitled '89. It's apparently about De La Soul.

Directed by Musicians With Cameras.
Editing by Luke Byrne.
Filming by Otherkin and Musicians With Cameras.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Vienna Teng - Goodnight New York

I discovered 'Vienna Teng' many years ago on other blogs and have kept an eye out for her since. She's back with a new album entitled 'Aims' with a really great album cover ....

'Goodnight New York' is the closing track off the new album and it's beautiful ending to a fine new album.

Listen to the album here:

Monday, 23 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Gavin Glass - Good Fortune

Mr. Gavin Glass shared a new song a few days back and it's so good that I'm encouraging you to check it out today. It's called 'Good Fortune' and it's a gorgeous slice of country folk with slide guitar, double bass and encouraging, positive lyrics.

'Good Fortune' is taken from Gavin's forthcoming new album .....

Sunday, 22 September 2013

2Day's Tune: The Midnight Union Band - if You'd Stay

'If You'd Stay' is the title track, first single and free download from the debut EP of The Midnight Union Band released at the end of August. It's a good-time country folk/american track that's pretty decent indeed. Definitely worth a download at the least:

More info:

Saturday, 21 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Marc O'Reilly - Lighthouse

Here's a gorgeous new track from Waterford's excellent singer-songwriter Marc O'Reilly ...

Marc O’Reilly – New Single – ‘Lighthouse’
Release date - 18th Oct’13 - Salt & Shake Records

Irish folk/blues troubadour Marc O’Reilly releases his new single ‘Lighthouse’ through Salt & Shake Records on 18th October. The song is taken from Marc’s forthcoming second album which is scheduled for release in early 2014.

Friday, 20 September 2013

Thursday, 19 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Little Bear - Night Dries Like Ink

I love Derry band 'Little Bear'. They are a seriously good band who are due for Whelans on Thursday, October 3rd.

Here's the new single, Night Dries Like Ink!

More details on the Whelans gig:

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Christy Moore - Arthur's Day

I've a feeling this might not get much radio play in Ireland but Christy Moore's insight in Arthur's Day deserves your attention ....

Song available on i Tunes 26/9/13.
Taken from the album 'Where I Come From' - out 1/11/13

Diageo Diageo have mounted a Crusade
creating Arthur's Day they've suckered us into their charade
start 'em off on Alco-Pops tastes just like lemonade
get 'em into the hit while they're young and none the wiser

Diageo pump the volume up on Arthur's Day
with The Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream, Tom Jones and David Gray
to flog their alcohol they're revvin the youngsters up for a mighty spree
Twitter and Facebook tellin them where The Mumfords 'r gonna be

Happy Happy Happy Happy Arthur's Day
Its such.... a Happy Clappy Advertisin Scheme
Drink sensibly they implore us, as their Hosannas sound a never-ending chorus
'n kids get hooked on the fantasies that flash before us

Arthurs Alcoholiday is comin round again
he's the patron saint of porter canonized by the Advertisin' Men
the medics in the ambulance 'll be workin overtime,
the A&E 'll be like a drunk tank in the firing line
while Diageo goes AWOL at closing time
(christy moore. / wally page. IMRO)

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Album Review: Ultan Conlon - Songs of Love So Cruel

Rarely has an album title adequately summed up the mood and concept of an album. 'Songs of Love So Cruel' is a wonderful album full of warm, charming tales of heartbreak.

Galway's finest singer-songwriter Ultan Conlon has made an album to comfort those out there heartbroken. It's a concept album of anti-love songs packaged in a warm, charming soundtrack of folk music that is both contemporary and also has it's roots firmly in the 50s and 60s.

Every song is beautifully written with some really great tunes on 'Songs of Love So Cruel'. Sabrina Dineen co sings 'The River Flows & The Woods Creep' which is as good a song you'll hear anywhere this year. Other stand-out tracks include 'In The Mad', the first single 'Lonely Avenue' and my personal favourite 'Bristlecone Pines' for the line ...
    "If You Go I'll Love You For All Time, If You Stay Here We Will Only Fight"

To make an album of heartbreaking love songs that sounds this good is a wonderful achievement for Ultan Conlon. It would probably mean more to me if I was in that heartbreaking position myself. As it is, for the musicianship, lyrics, vocals and charm I'd highly recommend you check out this album.

Ultan Conlon - Songs of Love So Cruel [10 out of 12]

2Day's Tune: The Henry Girls - Home

Apart from the huge international success of Irish bands like Kodaline, Little Green Cars, The Strypes, Ryan Sheridan, Villagers [Mercury Nod Again!] .... a huge amount of Irish bands are heading for Europe to tour to audiences that love our artists. For example, David Hope is currently selling out venues in Switzerland, A Band Called Wanda are just back from Sweden and Donegal's 'The Henry Girls' are heading to Germany next week for this tour:

More info:

I love this song 'Home', downloadable from the widget below.

Monday, 16 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Roisin & The Beards - The Good Times

German folk-pop band with an Irish singer 'Róisín & The Beards' have a 'Pledge Music' campaign to get their debut album mastered & pressed which can be found here:

Here's The Pledge

Here's a nice 'Videosong' for the band's single 'The Good Times' where

"1. what you see is what you hear (no lip-syncing for instruments or voice). 
2. if you hear it, at some point you see it (no hidden sounds)."


Sunday, 15 September 2013

2Day's Tune: James Canty - Sharks in the Shallows

I seen James Canty support The Staves in the Pepper Canister Church on Friday night and he was really impressive. Something a bit different, a bit cheeky chappie mixed with the darkness of a Jacques Brel. This song is about moving to London, which apparently James never got round to doing ....


Saturday, 14 September 2013

Live Review: The Staves - Pepper Canister Church, Friday 13th Sept

A love affair blossomed between myself and The Staves's harmonious folk music in the beautiful, atmospheric Pepper Canister Church in Dublin last night that'll last a very long time. 

Special guest James Canty performed a very solid set of tunes is a Frank Turner meets Leonard Cohen kind of way. The Billericky artist has a number of very good tune that deserve your attention.

The Staves gave a masterclass performance of their debut album "Dead & Born & Grown" where you felt this was a special night for Watford sisters. Their harmonies are stunning live, sending shivers down my spine on many occasions. The album sounded wonderful live in a space perfect for the charming folk music from the band. Everything was perfect and enabled me to relax, get into a somber mood and tune into each and every song.

Standout tracks for me last night were 'Mexico' that was written in Liverpool, 'Facing West' which got a big cheer from the crowd and 'Eagle Song'. However I adored 'Icarus' in the set which was dedicated to Myles O'Reilly who made a video of The Staves performing Icarus in St. Stephen's Green in Dublin and can be seen below.

The Staves have the right mix of contemporary songs which nod back to the British folk traditions as well as them stunning vocals. I genuinely can't wait to see The Staves again in concert and I'm eagerly awaiting album number two.


2Day's Tune: Ruarri Joseph - Severed Dreams

Ruarri Joseph has an 11 date Irish tour beginning on Wednesday after a very successful Gigstarter campaign. Ruarri's album 'Brother' released last year is such a great album and he was the first act we saw live in Glastonbury this year. Tour details are below:
Listen to Brother for free here:

Surf & Song - Irish tour Sept 2013

Wed 18th - Mc Carthy’s, Dingle
Thurs 19th - Shells Sea Side Cafe, Strandhill 
Fri 20th - Whelan’s, Dublin
Sat 21st - Unitarian’s, Dublin*
Sun 22nd - Coughlan’s Cork*
Mon 23rd - Tuamgraney Church, Clare
Tues 24th - Ruby Sessions, Dublin
Wed 25th - Dolan’s, Limerick*
Thurs 26th - De Barra’s, Clonakilty*
Fri 27th - The White Horse, Ballincollig*

* support for John Smith


2 U I Bestow is 5 Years old in November

Friday, 13 September 2013

Live Review: Ailie Blunnie - The Grand Social Thurs 12th Sept

Ailie Blunnie, from Carrick On Shannon in the Midlands of Ireland launched her debut EP entitled 'On Love ... and other Murder Mysteries' in fine style in The Grand Social last night. It's been ages since I was at such a relaxed, funny, entertaining and stylish gig as Ailie Blunnie's in Dublin's The Grand Social. 

Photos by Anto Kane:

Ailie Blunnie is a superb performer, singer and songwriter who'll be forever compared to Regina Spektor or a Julie Feeney but with a funny quirky personality that oozes charm and demands your attention. I've found a new favourite Irish artist in Ailie.

With the risk of being accused of championing, I'm going to come out with a bold statement that last night's gig was the perfect EP launch. Without a support act, Ailie and her band played a varied set of 'Murder Ballads', lullabies, well placed covers and those lyrically perfect quirky tracks that were brought to life last night. Backed by a fantastic rhythm section of drums and double bass as well as Ailie's sister Róisín on keys and two backing vocalists, the band were on top form all evening. A mid set collection of ballads were enhanced by the arrival on stage of Vyvienne Long on cello. The best song in the set was the anti-love song 'Whiskey & Ice' which I adored. Other standout songs in the set were the closing song 'Monsters', the very funny older song of Ailie's entitle 'We Women' and this fine track 'Coming To get Ya' which is the opening track of the EP:

Apart from the music, the most enjoyable aspect of the gig was the fun between song banter between the sisters on stage that was very organic and funny. This along with the lyrics of Ailie's songs made me chuckle and laugh the whole night through. There's a no holds barred attitude to Ailie's lyrics that I love. The lyrics draw you in and the music envelopes you to great effect. This is a superb band that I hope is able to build a good fan-base off the back of this wonderful EP.

Do yourself a favour and listen to the EP here:
Buy The EP here:
Like Ailie Blunnie here:


2Day's Tune: Ricotto Rojo - Indian Chief

New Country Rock Mullingar band 'Ricotto Rojo' uploaded a few tunes onto Soundcloud recently with this tune being the standout track....

There's some fine potential in this band. Give them a Facebook like to keep up to date:


Thursday, 12 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Anna Calvi - Eliza

One of my favourite artists, Anna Calvi is releasing her new album 'One Breath' on the 7th October.

Listen to 'Eliza' here from the album:

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Jack Johnson - Radiate

The new 'Jack Johnson' album 'From Here To Now To You' is very welcome in my house .....

Good to see Jack back to top form!

..... From Here 2 Now 2 U I Bestow!

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

2Day's Tune: Gavin James - Remember Me

Lovely stuff from Gavin James here with 'Remember Me' the lead and title track off his debut UK EP release.

'Remember Me' EP tracklisting
1. Remember Me
2. For You
3. Slow
4. Lucky

Gavin is special guest of Ryan Keen on his UK tour.


5th October Plymouth University
6th October Brighton, The Concorde 2
8th October Preston, 53 Degrees Club
9th October Manchester, Academy 3
10th October Leeds, Cockpit
12th October Birmingham, Institute Temple
13th October Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
15th October Bristol, Fleece
16th October Swansea, Sin City
17th October Norwich, Waterfront
18th October Southampton, Joiners
21st October London, Scala
22nd October Guildford, Boileroom
24th October Stoke on Trent, Sugarmill
25th October Newcastle, Academy 2
26th October Glasgow, The Garage 2
28th October York, The Duchess
29th October Hull, Adelphi

Monday, 9 September 2013

Mix: Coughlan's Live Music Festival 2013

In case you think music festivals for 2013 are finished this wonderful line-up in the intimate 60 seater venue in Cork called Coughlan's appears. Many of the gigs are already sold out but I'm posting music from some of the bands you can see for free at the end of September.

More info:


Thurs 26th Sept.

6pm Festival Open
8pm THE HARD GROUND – Free Adm.

10pm JOHN BLEK & THE RATS- Free Adm.

Friday 27th  Sept.


11pm O Emperor – Free Adm.

Saturday 28th Sept.



11pm FRED – Free Adm.

Sunday 29th Sept.

4pm IARLA O LIONAIRD & STEVE COONEY with Special Guests LISA CANNY & CONOR O SULLIVAN (Tickets €17.50)

8pm MICK FLANNERY with special guest Cat Dowling

11pm The Lynch Mob

Monday 30t Sept

Monday Club Festival Special