Sun Collective :: Nooses

The second of three live videos filmed in the Pepper Canister Church Dublin, this is Sun Collective, an ensemble of freelance musicians based between Dublin and London. Their arrangements explore popular acoustic music and ‘traditional’ instrumentation. An interest in the dynamic and ethereal possibilities available to an ensemble comprising two keyboards, several voices and a string trio is at the heart of their writing.

Please take time to visit their site http://breakingtunes.com/suncollective

The Sound of a Country

In December of 2014 the Irish traditional fiddle and guitar duo Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, joined Sarod player Matthew Noone on a tour of India, to play several shows as well as meet and collaborate with a host of famous Indian traditional musicians. Myles O’Reilly joined the to tour to film and edit this short film encapsulating the spirit of the journey.

Myles, Martin, Matthew and Dennis

Myles, Martin, Matthew and Dennis

With L. Subramaniam in his home. Bangalore.

Myles with L. Subramaniam in his home. Bangalore.

With Tony MacMahon at is home. Bangalore.

Myles with Tony MacMahon at is home. Bangalore.

The experience of the people here, the openness and the friendliness, the non cynical human interaction and connection that happens so easily in this country, we found that most inspiring”

– Martin Hayes, speaking about his time in India

The Frames Live At Whelans :: Chapter III

Jennifer Evans :: Unfinished Sympathy

This is a new video of mine for a most unique and beautiful Irish songstress. Her new album is sublime. We should give talent like hers all the support we can. I’ll leave her introduction to these few minutes of video and the words of Brian Keane from The Irish Times. Her new album is available at lbum available http://www.delphilabel.com/the-artist/jennifer-evans

After honing her skills for four years on the Irish music scene, Jennifer Evans’ Works From the Dip and Foul is a stunning blend of jazz, blues and rock

Good things come to those who wait. And what’s the hurry anyway? Explaining her slow songwriting process to The Ticket recently, Jennifer Evans put it succinctly: “If it takes that long, it takes that long.” Fair enough.
Having honed her skills through a steady schedule of gigging and practice as well as an array of theatre and performance art projects, Evans is very much in control of her chosen art form, and it shows.

A stunning blend of jazz, blues and rock, her debut album boasts a singularity of vision that places Evans in the same category as St Vincent and Anna Calvi, her serene demeanour belying a restless spirit and questioning mind.

Opener Uncomfortable Word sets the tone, condensing several wide-ranging ideas into one mutated shape.

These are songs that duck and jab, never failing to hit their target and leave a mark, underpinned with a deliciously dark atmosphere (kudos to co-producer Stephen Shannon).

Lyrically, Evans keeps her cards close to her chest; her deliberate, intimately delivered words frequently laced with a cryptic edge. She embraces the painful side of love on Colour of Bruises with a breezy nonchalance while the languid multi-tracked vocals on My Own Assassin prove deceptively soothing.

Jennifer Evans: “I operate at an extremely slow pace because I’m trying to understand what I am writing about”Jennifer Evans: in search of the essence

The joys hinted at on After Berlin and Your Cause unravel to reveal layers of disquiet. The latter – written by fellow Dublin musician Rhob Cunningham – finds Evans’s electric guitar sparking and flickering out of control before subsiding to a gently strummed close.

Similarly, Empire glides from tranquillity to ferocity and back again with the minimum of fuss.

Captivating and never predictable, this is as strong and memorable a debut you’ll hear from an Irish artist this year.


Written by Brian Keane for The Irish Times
First published: Thu, Nov 20, 2014, 12:00

http://www.jenniferevans.ie

http://www.breakingtunes.com/jenniferevans

The Frames Live At Whelans :: Chapter II

The second of three video installments..

I edited this one while in the remote mountains of Flores in Indonesia. This is a little post I wrote about what turned out to be quite a surreal experience!

This morning it was not all rosy in Flores, the land of flowers. I found myself editing The Frames Live In Whelans Chapter II, a brilliant way to pass the time waiting in a non-English speaking clinic, 18000 miles away from Whelans, to treat a pounding ear infection that I’ve had for the past three days. The locals sitting opposite me, also sick as dogs, glared at me as I took this panoramic photo, with a kind of “who the fu*k is this westerner showing off with his pricey technology” look on their faces.

A kid in his teens, dressed in rags and clearly suffering with a bad flu, sat down beside me. Like most people living in remote Indonesia, I presume he had only ever heard of artists such as Shania Twain, Bryan Adams, Phill Collins, Bob Marley and the extremely progressive, ahem, Coldplay. I had no headphones so the volume was very low on my laptop but he leaned in closer to me and became enthralled with the video. How could I stop and go back to tweak that camera shake, he was tapping his feet and hands. I had to let the video run through, rough as it was.

As the waiting room filled, more people sat around me, watching and listening intently. I raised the volume a touch. More feet and hands got tapping. Then I was asked to play the video again, as they handed me their phones to write down the name of the band.

It suddenly dawned on me. Like the Portuguese who made the whole Island of Flores catholic, hundreds of years ago, that if I went from town to town, showing these people new music, I could totally fu*k up the infrastructure that big western labels have laid down here, to sell poor second hand and out of date 80’s and 90’s music to South East Asia. It’s all you hear on the radio. ALL YOU HEAR. Streaming video on the internet, or downloading music here is not possible. Good internet is saved exclusively for the rich and tourists in big hotels.. even then, you can hardly get a Giff to play, the download speeds here are so dark ages.

That kid, and the people with him are now hard core Frames fans! I caught them before they eventually hear Rihanna or Gaga (some ten years from now). The feeling of satisfaction was tremendous, ten times that of posting a great unknown folk artist online for people at home. I’m beginning to think I should dawn the cloth of a music missionary and sacrifice everything to come here and spread the truth. That The Back Street Boys are dead, history. I’m alright with a bit of nostalgia, but these people’s hearts are so open, honest and sincere that it seems they connect immediately with anything different and guitar based that I play for them. They love it.

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Press article about the show http://www.orderinthesound.com/frames-gigs/the-frames-whelans-30-june-2014

Ye Vagabonds :: Willie O Winsbury

    Brothers Diarmuid and Brían Mac Gloinn are Ye Vagabonds. They currently play Walshe’s in Stoneybatter, Dublin, every Monday night.

Ye Vagabonds :: Way Up On The Mountain

Brothers Diarmuid and Brían Mac Gloinn are Ye Vagabonds. They currently play Walshe’s in Stoneybatter, Dublin, every Monday night.

Sun Collective :: Rest

The first of three live videos filmed in the Pepper Canister Church Dublin, this is Sun Collective, an ensemble of freelance musicians based between Dublin and London. Their arrangements explore popular acoustic music and ‘traditional’ instrumentation. An interest in the dynamic and ethereal possibilities available to an ensemble comprising two keyboards, several voices and a string trio is at the heart of their writing.

Please take time to visit their site http://breakingtunes.com/suncollective

A Day Well Spent With Peter Doran

A glorious day spent in the Irish countryside with songwriter Peter Doran. First Peter plays his song Little Room while we stopped by his Granny’s house, then Peter performs the new song Tug, taken from his latest album release online now, due for hard copy release in September.

Please take time to visit Peter Doran’s website http://www.peterdoran.com

The Frames Live At Whelan’s :: Chapter I

The first of three video installments..

Press article about the show at http://www.orderinthesound.com

Mick Flannery :: The Small Fire

Music video by Mick Flannery performing The Small Fire. Starring Ross Hamilton. (C) 2014 Universal Music Ireland Ltd.

We Need To Talk About Ireland

A film by Myles O’Reilly documenting the Trailblazery event We Need To Talk About Ireland, a 90-minute creative celebration of Ireland past, present and future which took place in front of a live audience from The Round Room at Dublin’s Mansion House on St Patrick’s Night, Monday 17 March, 2014.

The brainchild of Irish creative collective, The Trailblazery, this innovative cultural event challenges some of Ireland’s brightest innovators, thinkers, artists and creative entrepreneurs to explore what it means to be Irish in 2014. Featuring inspiring TED-style talks, interspersed with music, comedy, poetry, film and a large-scale choral spectacle, We Need To Talk About Ireland was produced by The Trailblazery and was broadcast on RTÉ Player and The Washington Post.

Over 90 minutes, the speakers and performers told the story of Ireland, from our ancient past to our potential future. The vision of the project is to evoke a new cultural storyline about our social, political, cultural and spiritual evolution on this island and beyond, and aims to re-imagine the kind of Ireland we want to live in.

Partners & Sponsors: The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Fáilte Ireland, Dublin City Council, RTÉ and The Washington Post

http://www.youtube.com/user/Trailbalzery

More event and music films by Myles O’Reilly at http://www.arbutusyarns.com

List of participants:

Martin Hayes
Patrick McCormack
Manchan Magan
Iarla O’Lionaird
Justine McCarthy
Ruairi McKiernan
Grace Dyas
Dylan Haskins
Daithi
Noeline Kavanagh
Abbot Mark Partick Hederman
Bryan Delaney
Colm O Gorman
Nina Hynes and St. Brigid’s Choir
Crash Ensemble
Discovery Gospel Choir
Jimmy Cavanagh ~ conductor

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