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Dublin Grooves To Jake Clemons

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Rarely I go to a gig entirely oblivious to the music of whichever artist I go to see. I’ll usually at least know their biggest hit. But when said artist is the sax player in my all time favourite band, good faith alone sees me buying a ticket, and I’m glad I did.

As I myself was, anyone who buys a ticket to see Jake Clemons based on his E Street involvement will be quite surprised. The sax is there, but he’s a singer and artist in his own right and from his legendary front man  and mythological uncle he’s picked up quite a few tricks of the trade. Special mention has got to go firstly to Clemons’ support act (and indeed joint vocalist for some of the main act) Nicole Maguire. Hailing from Cork she told us how Clemons has taken a shine to her work and she is now on her second tour with him, well deserved for the quality of work she is producing. Walking into Whelans admittedly a little late and catching her mid song was a near TV moment for me, my attention fixed on nothing but the hugely impressive talent emitting from the stage. Watch her closely. Continue reading

Irish Artist Aims For New Beginning In Germany

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Many feel that their prospects are best enhanced by sticking to everyday norms. Be that the space they occupy, the daily tasks they fulfill or simply the people they associate themselves with. There’s nothing to say that operating within one’s comfort zone is a flawed system but stepping outside the box can open up a whole new world of opportunities. Irish singer and songwriter Greg Clifford has opted to make a break for Europe in the hopes of establishing himself further as an artist and to explore what one can achieve from stepping away from familiar territory.

We caught up with Greg to get an insight into his personality and music career and to see exactly what Germany has to offer the blossoming music career of a rising Irish artist.

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GANGS + The Clameens Live @ The Twisted Pepper

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You may have seen many a mention of these GANGS fellas round Irish News Review, and quite simply we can’t get enough of them so we’re delighted to report that Ireland’s hottest new band are returning home to rock The Twisted Pepper having gone down a storm in London last month. Their compatriots this time around are Northern Ireland rockers The Clameens, hot on the coat tails of GANGS to become one of the hottest new bands on this island at present.

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Them Old Recession Blues – Ireland’s Pulsing Music Scene

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It’s a sad statistic, but the recession has produced some great music out of this country. The heady days of U2, Something Happens, The Hothouse Flowers and even the great Christy Moore can all be traced back to one constant – the country was on its knees, being an unemployed musician was acceptable and nearly expected, and above all else the people needed a lift.

We are of course right back in the thick of those dark days of the eighties, even worse some would argue. But thankfully our troubadours and balladeers have come out of the woodwork once more, and we’re now truly spoiled for choice in Irish music. Continue reading

Five Must See Irish Acts in 2013

The-Strypes-300x192The Irish music scene has become a diversified space in recent years. We’re famous for our traditional and country music, with the odd U2, Thin Lizzy or Westlife thrown in the mix. But recently a wave of new young talent has burst onto the music scene.

We look at the top five Irish acts you must catch this year. Move aside Bono… Continue reading

Damien Dempsey Rocks Vicar Street

damoIt’s two days before Christmas and chants of ‘Damo, Damo’ from the expectant crowd begin to gently soar through the stuffy Vicar Street air.

Prior to the late September release of his new album, Almighty Love, it had been five years since Damien Dempsey had released any new material. In April of last year, he posted an open letter on his Facebook page explaining that this delay had partially been caused by the fact that he had been going through a period of depression and questioning his own work.

This particular bout of melancholy seems to be well and truly behind him as he strides confidently on to the stage with the ‘Damo’ chants reaching a crescendo and launches into the opening song of the night, Sing All Our Cares Away.

The rousing outro, ‘We grow strong, or we fall’ seems apt for the times that we are living through and prompts the first mass sing-a-long of the night, setting the tone for the rest of the gig.

The reggae tinged Negative Vibes is up next, with Dempsey thrusting the microphone towards the crowd to encourage them to join in at the end of the song.

His heavily accented, booming vocals are flawless throughout and the backing band, aided through most of the gig by Sinead O’Connor on backing vocals, are solid and tight. The pounding, tribal drums on Almighty Love are a particular early highlight.

Of the new songs that receive an airing, Bustin Out of Here seems to go down especially well with the crowd but the night really kicks up a notch when an extended traditional jam segues into the achingly beautiful Apple of My Eye, sending the audience wild.

As always, Colony is another highlight. The extended spoken word outro, warning any would be imperialist forces, past or present that ‘You will never kill our will to be free’, always succeeds in whipping the crowd into a delirious frenzy.

That frenzy doesn’t let up as Damo implores the crowd to ‘blow the roof off’ during It’s All Good and they duly oblige. The chant of ‘Love Yourself, Todaaay’ ring out as Dempsey and his band leave the stage in triumph.

The only complaint about the show would be that maybe one or two of these songs should have been saved for the encore which is a slightly more sombre affair.

Factories and Hold Me are lovely songs but may have been better placed in the middle of show rather than at the point where everyone is expecting one final musical orgasmic rush after all of the foreplay.

This is just a minor quibble though, and after the inevitable Fairytale of New York duet with Sinead O’Connor, Spraypaint Backalley draws the evening to a close. At a Christmas time when many are struggling to get by, its closing refrain, borrowed from Oscar Wilde, ‘We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars’ seems like an apt message to end on.

Damien Dempsey is a unique voice in contemporary Irish music who rarely fails to produce the goods when playing live. A perfect way to start the marathon eating and drinking session that is the festive season.