Tag: Music


The #FiveOnFriday Spotify Playlist Blog

OVER the last while our #FiveonFriday questionnaire has asked a series of artists and mental health advocates, including the band Mongoose, filmmaker Nick Kelly and comic Alison Spittle, to select songs they tend to turn to if they aren’t feeling on top form, their top three or so ‘comfort tracks’ – the ones they find soothing or uplifting in some way or the ones that never...

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Blog / Gallery

  A selection of great pictures by Tom Flynn at the launch of the 2018 First Fortnight Festival programme at St Patrick’s Cathedral as part of the Dublin Swift Festival event. The night featured a stellar line-up with poets Paula Meehan, Geoff Finan and Stephen James Smith and musicians including Mongoose, Mary Coughlan and Dermot Kennedy. Thanks to all who came out to launch the...

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FiveOnFriday with Shookrah Blog

IT’S been a great 2017 for Cork band Shookrah. The release of the Clichés EP, and its brilliant lead single Gerascophobia, saw the six-piece refine their bright and slinky R&B/Neo-soul sound after 2015’s well-received Implicit Content EP. Slots at festivals like Body & Soul and a supporting role with Billy Ocean on his Irish tour further bolstered their profile here. And to cap it all,...

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Watch: This Little Light of Mine, a short film by Arbutus Yarns Blog

    LONG-time First Fortnight collaborator Stephen James Smith was one of the artists involved in a song and poetry project with the Women’s Traveller Group, the subject of this wonderful film by Myles O’Reilly’s Arbutus Yarns. Watch the just-released film above, ahead of performance poet Stephen’s event for FFfest18 this New Year, hosting Cork’s Therapy Sessions on January 13. The short is hosted here with...

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Sober Minds: an interview with filmmaker Charlo Johnson Blog

Illustration by Toshi Nakamura SOBER MINDS is a short film by Charlo Johnson about the work of Dublin wildlife photographer Paul Hughes, taking visual queues from the snapper’s striking shots of urban wildlife, from fluffy ducklings, swooping gulls to dens full of baby foxes. A contemplative voiceover explains the photographer’s thought processes as he tracks creatures around the waterways and green spaces of the capital,...

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FiveOnFriday with Keeley Moss of SESSION MOTTS Blog

DUBLIN trio SESSION MOTTS are creating quite a stir with a perfect succession of evocative Eighties-inflected indie-pop gems – Chip Shop Fights, Plundered Past, and the latest single, Back In The Day. Singer Keeley Moss is also author of a fascinating blog on the unsolved murder of a German student in the North in the late 80s, mixing investigative insights and personal musings to great effect,...

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#FiveOnFriday with Kevin Nolan Blog

Singer-songwriter Kevin Nolan, a long-time advocate for First Fortnight and most memorable Master of Ceremonies at the 2015 First Fortnight Festival Hootenanny at St Patrick’s Hospital, has released a live video of his song The Last Days of Harry Carey. Hot Press calls it spell-binding – “a bombastic four minutes of blood and thunder that’s worth the price of admission alone”. The story behind it encompasses...

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Tara Thomas Photography Blog / Featured

Libyan-born Irish-raised singer songwriter Farah Elle has a unique style and sound, drawing on Arabic rhythms and dynamic piano arrangements to stunning effect. Writing and performing since her teenage years, the now 22-year-old is a recent graduate of the British and Irish Institute of Modern Music (BIMM) and collaborated with Bantum on his Choice Music Prize nominated album, Move. With a slew of shows coming up and hard...

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Mollie Molumby, director of award winning Half Light Blog

“A tale which is as true as it is untrue; simultaneously fact and fiction. Chaotic yet controlled. Childish yet adult. Half dark and half light…” So runs the descriptive blurb for Half Light, a theatre piece which runs at First Fortnight for four nights (and one matinee) from January 10-14 at Dublin’s Smock Alley – the piece follows a 10-year-old boy, Robin, who enters the...

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PHOTO: GracePhotography Blog

PHOTO: GRACEPHOTOGRAPHY BARQ join the music trail at Other Voices in Dingle this weekend and have gotten a great reaction to Bear, their latest single which they kindly issued on Bandcamp for a pay-what-you-want price. I caught up with singer Jess Kavanagh to hear about their music – soaring vocals with edgy guitar sounds or agrosoul, as they’ve dubbed it – and putting herself out there...

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