Tag: Music


#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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#FiveOnFriday with singer Laoise Blog

“It’s crucial that I have a creative space where I can be impulsive and audacious and I don’t have to answer to anyone” Our FiveOnFriday chat is with Laoise – the young Galway singer has just released You, a beguiling slice of atmospheric electro (to stream/purchase on all platforms, Spotify, iTunes etc). Although it has a dark edge, of her current overall aesthetic, she says...

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Blues to Borderland: An interview with director Paul Webster Blog

NOW in its 28th year, ‘Cannes on the Corrib’ aka the Galway Film Fleadh is happening this week. One of the many films screening is Borderland, an investigation into the EU policies that contribute to the refugee crisis by a pair of Irish filmakers.   Co-director Paul Webster spoke to me about the documentary and his previous film, Let Those Blues In, the extraordinary story of Navan harmonica...

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TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER: #FiveOnFriday with Damola of the Word Up Collective Blog

DAMOLA is a rising star of the Irish urban scene and part of Word Up Collective – an exciting Dublin-based collaboration of diverse talents working in hiphop, spoken word, R&B, rap, pop and related genres, who got together earlier this year to exchange skills and elevate their profiles. As part of the group Backshed inc with Ange MC, Sam Ojo and video director Steven Beatsmith, Damola runs...

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#FiveOnFriday with Mongoose Blog

FOLK foursome Mongoose have been tucked away writing and recording new material aiming to “emerge as beautiful moths” in time for the summer festivals – but First Fortnight managed to infiltrate their efforts for a brief #FiveOnFriday chat. Last year the self-proclaimed Dublin ‘jolk’  band (jazz-folk) released their self-titled debut album brimming with beautiful harmonies and taking much joy in their musical quirks with influences as various...

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#FiveOnFriday…with performance poet Lewis Kenny Blog

NEXT up for our #FiveOnFriday questionnaire is the rapid-tongued poet Lewis Kenny following his typically brilliant performance at the Therapy Sessions in FF16. Lewis is one of the rising stars of the ever-growing Irish performance poetry scene; his uncompromising rhymes confront the issues facing our communities, drug culture, the unforgiving highs and lows of being a dedicated football nut… and everything else in between. Such...

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