ACT 1: ELEPHANT
BIO: Elephant is the musical vehicle of Dundalk based multi-instrumentalist Shane Clarke. Songs wander from an instantaneous summery folk pop reminiscent of Badly Drawn Boy and Elliot Smith, to more mature meandering pieces with a deliberate deconstructed nature, akin to say… Broken Social Scene, Justin Vernon or Joanna Newsom. Elephant has rightly garnered much praise on the live front with his earnest vocal delivery and unique lyrical style capturing audiences and securing him 2014 performances with Martha Wainwright, on the Other Voices trail in Dingle and 2015 performances at most of the country’s top festivals including Electric Picnic and Body & Soul. Shane, accompanied by his newly formed band, will be busy in 2016 performing a dynamic retelling of the debut album “HyperGiant” that can get a little louder than what Elephant listeners might be used to yet retaining the delicate nuances and intimacy of the solo set. Keep and eye out for dates in your area.
ACT 2: SHOOKRAH
BIO: Shookrah are a 7-piece prog-soul outfit hailing from Cork, Ireland. This female fronted ensemble could be presumed as conforming to more traditional archetypes of neo-soul, but inflections of rock and dark, funky hip-hop give their sound a compelling new edge. Their EP ‘Implicit Content’ released last year stands as a prime example of this charged yet soulful sound.
ACT 3: I HAVE A TRIBE
BIO: After recording his debut EP with Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey/Anna Calvi) and Conor O’Brien of Villagers, Patrick O’Laoghaire aka I Have A Tribe, was then hand-picked to tour Europe with Anna Calvi, opened for Villagers’ Irish homecoming show and performed at Electric Picnic and CMJ in New York, gaining praise from the likes of NME, Pigeons & Planes and The Line Of Best Fit. Other gig highlights included The Great Escape festival, Reeperbahn Festival, and headlining The Button Factory in Dublin to stunning reviews. The title track of his debut EP ‘Yellow Raincoats’ was also recently remixed by the legendary remixer Frank Wiedemann (Ame, Howling). I Have A Tribe has just signed to Groenland Records and will be releasing his new EP ‘No Countries’ on December 4th 2015, followed by his debut album in Spring 2016.
ACT 4: SARAMAI
BIO: Saramai is a singer-songwriter from Navan, Co. Meath. She has cut her teeth performing across the country opening for the likes of Duke Special, Fionn Regan, Jack L, The Lost Brothers and Declan O’Rourke. Chosen as one of Guinness Amplify’s emerging artists this year she played a showcase gig in Galway’s famous Roisin Dubh venue. Guinness Amplify also gifted her studio time in Attica Studios (SOAK, Villagers) where she recorded her debut EP which is set for release November 20th. She will be back in the studio soon to record her second EP for release in the Spring.
ACT 5: BRIAN DEADY
BIO: His first single A Darkness was featured by Nialler9, The Irish Times and Record of The Day UK on their prestigious blog. His next single Clap Both My Hands was previewed by Skream at Radio 1 and comes from his new album Non Fiction (due December 4th) which follows up his acclaimed Interview album. It was with that collection he found huge support at KCRW in Los Angeles, and has shared the stage live with De La Soul, Janelle Monae, Candi Staton and Chic, picking up a glowing testimonial from Nile Rodgers. Here’s an artist you can believe in and connect with. In a world where authenticity counts for so much, you’ll hear that Brian means and feels every word.