Ye Vagabonds :: Barbara Ellen

Going backwards to go forwards, brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn, hailing from the depths of Co.Carlow, look not to modern day influence to inspire their sound but prefer to absorb and reflect the most genuine leanings of deep tradition, playing folk music that resonates as pure and honest as it has since time immemorial. In an age where styles have a limited shelf life, and musicians so often live by definition of their sell-by date, Ye Vagabonds make music that honours timeless sincerity with acoustic fireside storytelling that will sound as current a hundred years from now as it has a hundred generations past.

Glen Hansard :: McCormack’s Wall

Glen Hansard performs McCormack’s Wall from the album Didn’t He Ramble, live in Whelans, Dublin. With original Dubliner John Sheehan guesting on fiddle along with Sarah Lynch.

Glen Hansard :: Her Mercy (The Loft Chicago)

A video for Glen Hansard’s Her Mercy from the album Didn’t He Ramble, edited with behind the scenes footage from a recording visit to Wilco’s The Loft studio, Chicago in 2013. Filmed by Myles O’Reilly. More footage behind the scenes of the Glen Hansard band in The Loft can be seen as part of the 25 minute documentary by Myles O’Reilly Didn’t He Ramble In The Making

Following Article Taken From Redeye Chicago

Though Glen Hansard hails from Dublin, Ireland, Chicago always has seemed like a second or third home for the 45-year-old singer-songwriter and “Once” star. After all, Rob Bochnik, the guitarist for Hansard’s band The Frames, lives in the city; the Frames recorded a chunk of its 2001 album “For The Birds” at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio; and his most recent solo offering “Didn’t He Ramble,” out today via Anti Records, was partly fleshed out in town at Wilco’s loft.

Because of this, whenever Hansard visits, his concerts always are filled with this special energy, as his local fans seem especially zealous. His latest video for “Her Mercy,” a recent single, reaffirms his love for Chicago. Directed by Irish filmmaker Myles O’Reilly, the clip follows Hansard around recording his new album, interspersed with shots from around the city. True to Hansard’s attitude and music, it’s a pretty life-affirming visual. Watch it below.

Glen Hansard :: Didn’t He Ramble :: In The Making

In this film Myles O’Reilly follows Glen Hansard around the world during the making of his sophomore solo album Didn’t He Ramble and interviews Glen in his home about the creative process and what makes this record different from any that have came before.

Note from Director:

Graham Hopkins is filmed making a coffee in Chicago, seconds before I was told over the phone my mother would not live longer than three days. I floated around that city in a parallel Universe. Her heart beat another six and I made it home to say goodbye. The clouds below us magnified the rejoice of departing on our honeymoon, more high on each other and with life than I ever thought was possible. I recorded them on my phone. The French countryside was empty of people on an emotional frosty morning in April. It was the first day I had spent outside in months, after surviving life threatening surgery, despite doctors orders not to travel. Three undulating years in the making, this 25 minute feature is released on the anniversary of beIng married to my beautiful Aideen, and if there is anything that this film represents, it is that no matter what life kicks up, my camera rolls regardless and my woman loves me most.


Article taken From NPR

Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard has proven incredibly versatile throughout a career spanning more than 25 years. In The Frames, he’s mixed vein-bulging intensity, string-laden elegance and a rock star’s flair for rafter-shaking anthems. In The Swell Season, he’s indulged his romantic side, pairing with Czech singer Marketa Irglova for songs that swooned and ached with an undercurrent of hard-won optimism. (The pair even won an Oscar for “Falling Slowly” from Once, the 2007 movie in which they starred together.) Finally, as a solo artist, Hansard has recorded two albums of stately, alternately hopeful and heartsick ballads.

Hansard’s second solo record, Didn’t He Ramble, gives his pensive side a workout, as the tone-setting opener “Grace Beneath The Pines” makes clear from the outset. But a spirit of keep-your-chin-up perseverance sets in quickly, giving the album the lived-in, heartfelt quality that’s become Hansard’s calling card in recent years. “Winning Streak” best embodies this side of the singer, who fills the song with enough infectious goodwill to fill a graduation party. Many music-industry veterans get more craggy and bitter with age, but he’s only become more generous and forgiving in his career’s third decade.

As always, Hansard surrounds himself with a crack team of like-minded collaborators, from Iron And Wine’s Sam Beam to Sam Amidon to album co-producer Thomas Bartlett (a.k.a. Doveman), for a sound that retains its subtle, graceful elegance no matter how many horns and strings work their way into the mix. But the central ingredient remains Hansard’s worn but wonderfully flexible voice, which sounds as kind and expressive as ever, with warmth to match the songs he sings.


Square Pegs :: The Meadow Sessions :: Part I

Regular good-time blues in Dublin from Square Pegs

Footnote by Graham Hopkins:

Square Pegs were formed five years ago, by Colm Quearney, Keith Duffy, Justin Carroll and myself in response to our collective love of playing the blues. We pay homage to the sound of Chicago blues, 1950s’ R&B and New Orleans blues.

Square Pegs Playing Whelans Window

Square Pegs Playing Whelans Window

We play gigs when we’re all at home and not away touring. It’s a good-time vibe and we play in the front bar in Whelan’s, Dublin regularly (pictured above). Square Pegs have been recording an album over the last while and will be releasing it soon.

Graham Hopkins

Graham Hopkins

Photos by Dara Munnis

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for all news regarding the album and upcoming gigs.

Ports :: Gameplay

It feels like a lifetime ago that Derry band PORTS went under the moniker Little Bear. Having very much underlined that interim period in the sublime evolution of their rousing indie rock sound, the quartet’s latest single ‘Gameplay’ is a wistful and cunningly layered mini masterstroke, with a perfectly balanced ratio of sleep and release.

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Check out the band’s forthcoming tour dates and video for the aforementioned single below.

September 25: Whelan’s, Dublin
September 26: EchoEcho, Derry
September 27: Monroe’s, Galway
October 2: Black Box, Belfast
October 3: HWCH, Dublin
October 4: Cyprus Avenue, Cork

A Day Well Spent With Bernie And Jefferson

New York meets Dingle in a beautiful exchange of Irish American song. Bernie and Jefferson’s close-harmony duet singing and deft instrumental accompaniment honour the timeless traditions of Appalachian Old Time and and Country Americana. There’s an easy resonance to this duo, with voices settling into inviting harmonies that never obscure the lyric or emotive power of narrative folk music.

Glen Hansard :: Lowly Deserter

Video for the song Lowly Deserter from Glen Hansard, featured on his 2015 solo album Didn’t He Ramble.

Aug 25, 2015)

Glen Hansard didn’t allow much lead time to make the video for “Lowly Deserter,” so the clip for the song from the Irish singer’s upcoming solo album came together in a hurry. The video premieres today on Speakeasy.

The action follows a group of Irish children as they leave aside their playthings outside and troop into a house that doubles as a “hedge school,” where they receive instruction in the history, culture and language of Ireland, while Hansard and his band perform in the living room. The whole thing came together in just a few days, director Myles O’Reilly says: first he got an email asking if he was interested in the project, and then Hansard called him the next day to ask if he could be ready by the following day.
More In On the Record

“It was a relief I could give him the answer he wanted, and that I had the bones of an idea,” O’Reilly says.

The song comes from “Didn’t He Ramble,” the upcoming second solo album from Hansard. (He also fronts the Frames and was half of the Swell Season, releasing two albums and co-starring in the 2007 film “Once” with bandmate Markéta Irglová.) O’Reilly says the singer’s new collection “strikes me as a record of much reminiscence and reflection” that reminds him of a younger Hansard. The director wanted to capture that essence in the video, which he shot in a house that resembled the one in which Hansard was raised.

“It was Glen who then suggested we film children, interacting with the house and the neighborhood, from which the sub-narrative of a hedge school evolved,” O’Reilly says. Hedge schools were a means of educating children in rural Ireland through oral tradition, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries.

“I wanted to show that within a home there’s a universe of thought,” Hansard says by email. “I grew up in a family and around families that put a lot of meaning into the Irish story, the working Irish, the stories of land struggles, of uprisings, of oppression and rebellion, the language of Ireland. And in homes all over the country the hedge school continues. Schools weren’t teaching us a true history. It was an ‘approved’ version, watered down.”

Despite the context of self-determination, the subject of “Lowly Deserter” isn’t exactly a hero. “The song refers to the one who claims he was there fighting alongside his brothers and sisters,” Hansard says. “Whereas he spent the whole time drunk or in hiding, with a head full of ghosts to haunt him through the years.”

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Talk Of Sounds From A Safe Harbour

Actor Cillian Murphy interviews Bryce Dessner from The National about a festival coming to Cork city in September. 

There’s a new festival heading to Cork in September. Curated by The National’s Bryce Dessner, the website for Sounds From A Safe Harbour bills itself as “a festival of music, art and conversation” and it will take place from September 17 to 20 in Cork’s Opera House and other venues around the city.

Acts listed on the event’s website at present include The Gloaming, This Is How We Fly, Lisa Hannigan, Amiina, Julianna Barwick, Aaron Dessner, Valgeir Sigurðsson, Richard Reed Parry, My Brightest Diamond, So Percussion, Liam Byrne, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Donal Dineen and others.

The website lists a performance of Wave Movements, a piece written by Bryce Dessner and Richard Reed Parry and a co-commission by Cork Opera House, The Barbican, Sydney and Edinburgh festivals, as the centre-piece of the festival. There will also be a performance of Music for Heart and Breath and this will be the subject of a lecture at UCC during the festival.

Sounds from A Safe Harbour was one of a number of Cork events which received funding from Fáilte Ireland last month.

– Jim Carroll

Full information on exact dates, venues, ticket prices and line-up to come in The Irish Times on May 7, with tickets going on sale on May 21

The Little Big Tour Of Ireland

In October 2013, if you and your partner happened to be driving through the tiny village of Ballycotton in Co.Cork, population of 425, and if you noticed the sign outside the only pub read ‘Tonight, Glen Hansard’ you would be forgiven for thinking it was a Glen Hansard tribute band which was due to perform inside. One very such couple on holidays in Ireland, brought together three months previous by the music of Glen, made the jaw dropping discovery that it was not the case. In this film Myles O’Reilly follows Ireland’s foremost traveling bard as he tours intimate venues throughout the country and introduces Irish songwriter Lisa O’Neill to new audiences.


Note from Myles

My dear mother died two weeks before this tour began. She only received the news during the summer of 2013 that her cancer had returned. A few months later she was laid to rest. It did me a lot of good to traverse this beautiful country with such good people and such great music. Staying at home would have only magnified what felt like an emotional prison sentence. Driving to meet each horizon somewhat served to set my mind free. It has been a long road since October 2013 but I have been able to grieve fully and ease the fear and pain of her passing.

I share a story of loss through this film with Sam McNicholl. Towards the end we hear the voice of Sam’s father, the late Paddy McNicholl who owned the legendary Connolly’s of Leap, defeated also by cancer. Sam plays Paddy’s voice back to Glen, through the very speakers in Connolly’s by which he was recorded. Paddy taped every artist that played the venue. He was a great lover of live music. Sam is currently fighting to keep his fathers legacy alive. The venue he built and the massive catalog of artists he recorded, needs our help to stay preserved. Please take time to visit Sam’s dedicated FB site and show your support.

…and so the day I finished this edit I heard of the death of radio DJ Tony Fenton, another victim of cancer. Tony’s family are only just learning to live with their grief. I hope they soon remember him without sadness and that in time they learn to feel the beauty within them that he left behind.

I see it fit that this film be credited in honour of Tony. Music’s most recent loss. Maybe like Sam and I, music will play a role in the metamorphosis his family must make, from a life without him to a life where his love can still be felt everywhere.

This film is as much for Paddy and my mother as it is for Tony but most of all it symbolizes the joy of life through the most divine distraction of music. The meditative and healing draw we have to enjoy listening to the moment. Through song the moment lives eternal.

My mother and I. 1978

My mother and I. 1978

Football Cup Winners :: Ballycotton

Football Cup Winners :: Ballycotton

Backstage :: Galway

Backstage :: Galway

Belfast sings Gold

Belfast sings Gold

Mic Geraghty drives us to Sligo

Mic Geraghty drives us to Sligo

The Hedge Schools :: Sleeping Song

Myles O’Reilly reworks old footage featuring legendary silhouette animator Lotte Reiniger at home working, and a selection of her most famous animations, set to The Hedge Schools musical composition ‘Sleeping Song’ from the sophomore album ‘At The End Of The Winding Day’.

Album : At The End OF The Winding Day

Album : At The End OF A Winding Day

In early 2008 The Hedge Schools became the musical vehicle for the songs of former Ten Speed Racer bass player Patrick M Barrett. The debut record, NEVER LEAVE ANYWHERE was recorded and produced by his former Bandmate Joe Chester. At The End Of A Winding Day is the follow to the 2008 debut and is due for release 23rd of January 2015. Comprising 9 songs, it was recorded and produced again by Joe Chester, in instalments, in his Blessington Street Studios. It features contributions on trumpet from Donagh Molloy from Lisa Hannigan’s band and the cello work of Kevin Murphy from Seti the First and Adrian Crowley’s band.

Joe Chester and Patrick M Barret

Joe Chester and Patrick M Barret

Colm Mac Con Iomaire :: The Finnish Line :: RTÉ Radio 1

Colm Mac Con Iomaire performs The Finnish Line from his new album ‘And Now The Weather’ on RTÉ Radio 1 during the Sunday morning radio show ‘In Session’, an hour long show hosted by Colm and aired on the 26th of April 2015.


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