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The Coronas Share ‘Find The Water’ Video

The Coronas release their new video for ‘Find The Water’, the first single to be taken from their upcoming album which they are currently recording. The album, the sixth from the band, is being produced by industry legend Rob Kirwan (Hozier, PJ Harvey, U2, Depeche Mode) and is due to be released in spring 2020.

The Coronas have teamed up with long-time collaborator John Broe who directed videos for ‘Give Me A Minute’, ‘Real Feel’ and We Couldn’t Fake It’ from their last release. “John sent us the treatment on a Wednesday afternoon last month, we booked the flights that evening and flew to LA that Saturday,” explains Danny.

I think the rest of the band especially loved the idea because they weren’t in it! They got the week off! Although they were a little jealous when they heard the location was LA!

We kept the shoot very organic – rented the truck, drove out to the desert and just shot for 3 days. The light was incredible out there and some of locations we stumbled across were just perfect for the feel that John wanted.

Musically, ‘Find the Water’ is unlike anything we’ve done before,” says lead singer Danny O’Reilly. “Melodically, the vocal delivery, even the arrangement is unusual for us – but yet it was one of those songs where we were all on the same page right from the start and it came together very quickly, which is always a good sign. The song is about self-improvement, both personally and on the band’s journey. A reminder to myself to appreciate what I’ve got and to convince myself that I can write a decent song or be a good friend or be a better person or whatever it may be.”

The last two summers have seen The Coronas play some of their biggest shows in their hometown, Dublin, including a sold out 3Arena and playing to 15,000 fans at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The band were amazed with how many fans travelled to these gigs from all over the country, so this year they decided it’s their turn to do the travelling and they’re taking the show on the road in the form of ‘The Long Way Home Festival’. 

Each festival show will have support from some of The Coronas’ favourite up-and-coming acts followed by a full Coronas show in which they’ll showcase some songs from the new album as well as their beloved back catalogue. “As much we love touring abroad, there’s a special place in our hearts for Irish audiences and the we’re so excited to bring The Long Way Home festival around the country this summer.

See The Coronas live this Summer;

22 June                   Independent Park, Cork with Sigrid and All Tvvins
28 July                    Galway Arts Festival with Le Boom, Ryan McMullan, True Tides, and The Clockworks
23 August                Custom House Square, Belfast, with Tom Odell and Roe

Track Dogs to Release ‘Man Of Constant Sorrow’

At the challenge of Spanish National Radio’s (RTVE) Americana Music program, ‘Toma Uno’, Track Dogs took the Bluegrass classic, ‘Man Of Constant Sorrow’, into their own realm of Americana mixed with the Latin tinge that comes from being immersed in the Hispanic diaspora found in the Spanish capital where they live. In an appropriate twist, the song references band member Robbie K. Jones’s native Vermilion, Ohio “the place where [he] was born and raised.” The combination of uke, trumpet, cajon and Track-Doggian groove makes this cut a worthy and legitimate revisit of this standard that has already seen more than its fair share of covers.

Track Dogs were delighted to return to Trafalgar Square on March 17th as part of the City of London’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. 2019 has also seen return performances at Costa del Folk in Ibiza and Rochester Sweeps Festival in Kent, for the fourth year running. The band look forward to breaking new ground with concerts at the prestigious Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Crawley Irish Fest & Towersey Festival and will be returning to Ireland to play Electric Picnic in 2019 as well as shows in Waterford, Westport, Sligo and closer to home in Dun Laoghaire.

With concerts booked as far ahead as 2021 the band will be releasing their 5th studio album towards the end of 2019.

Irish dates:

Aug 30th – Laois, Electric Picnic, Spike Island Stage
Sept 1st – Dublin, The Purty Loft, Dun Laoghaire
Sept 3rd – Waterford, The Fat Angel
Sept 4th – Mayo, Matt Molloy’s, Westport

Clive Barnes’ Haunted Head Announce EP

Guitars. Remember them? Not like the ones you hear now as a soundtrack for beer commercials, or in bars as a backdrop for football games and dull conversations. The kinds of guitars that filled you with an equal amount of uneasiness and joy. The kind of guitar sound that could indeed make you forget your troubles because it ripped your head off. With a melodic sweep, (cue The Replacements) that felt oddly familiar and yet had a (drunken limp) foot firmly in the future. Do you remember THOSE kind of guitars? Because Clive Barnes does. 

How about Rock ‘n Roll? Remember that? Not the kind of rock that is put on the front of a brand spanking new $50 t-shirt at the arena show of a $700 a ticket aging grey haired rock band with, yes, ONE original member…!

No, the kind of rock that you and your friends, (and that really cute Goth girl that you see on the train) are witnessing in a dark sweaty underground club that holds 200 people. And there’s 300 of you. (Cue Nirvana’s ‘Bleach’) Do you remember THAT kind of rock ‘n roll? Because Clive Barnes does.

Clive Barnes has done a lot of stuff musically, Google him, I haven’t got time to write it all down here but the coolest thing he ever did was run away from home when he was 12 to go see Metallica. 

He didn’t record his new E.P ‘Haunted Head’, loaded with the aforementioned guitars and rock ‘n roll because he was bored, he did it out of a white hot passion and a testicle wrenching feeling that it was necessary. If you’ve missed these kind of things….you know, art that is a life or death gamble, we suggest you check out Clive’s ‘Haunted Head’ E.P. released 21 June.

Constant Supply Share ‘Treehouse’

On Friday 14th June, Donegal band Constant Supply will release new single ‘Treehouse’.

‘Treehouse’ is the third release from Constant Supply’s upcoming new album ‘Isn’t Life Great’, which has already caught the attention of revered BBC 6 Music DJ Steve Lamacq, who played the band’s music after being sent a good old-fashioned white label.

As a song, ‘Treehouse’ has slightly unnerving vibes as singer James Gillen repeats the lyrics “We’re all just lonely people, lonely people,” yet there’s a hopefulness to the melody.

“The song’s a bit disjointed lyrically, but a recurring theme is mental health and some of the means by which we mask our problems – be it through humour, drinking, or never leaving the house. There’s definitely a sense of loss from friends being irrevocably changed. But it’s  also about perseverance and hope in the face of adversity… and building a treehouse!”

Constant Supply are an alternative rock-pop band from Donegal consisting of James Gillen (Vocals, Guitar), Conal Sweeney (Bass, Piano), Eoin Gildea (Guitar, Synths) and Justin McDaid (Drums). They create melodic compositions, driven along through light and dark alleyways by pulsing drums.

Constant Supply released their debut album ‘The Coast Ain’t Clear’ in 2013 and their second album ‘Ex Nihilo’ in 2015. RTÉ 2fm DJ Dan Hegarty made both his ‘Album of the Week’. In 2016, the band secured a slot on the Oxjam stage at Electric Picnic after being one of ten finalists in 2fm’s Play the Picnic competition.

Constant Supply will release their third album, ‘Isn’t Life Great’ on July 5th, 2019. The album was co-produced and recorded by Tommy McLaughlin (Villagers, Soak, In Their Thousands) at Attica Audio, Donegal.

Upcoming tour dates

July 5th – Whelan’s, Upstairs, Dublin (Album Launch)
July 19th – Pharmacia, Limerick
July 20th – No.58, Disturbance Fest, Letterkenny, Donegal
Aug 1st – The Balor, Ballybofey, Donegal
Aug 22nd – The Menagerie, Belfast


Jenní debuts new single ‘Roses’

Jenní is a singer/songwriter from Limerick city. Better known as vocalist and writer with electronica outfit DeLorean Suite, Jenní has attracted critical acclaim for her authentic, unadulterated and soulful voice.

So it is perhaps unexpected that her new single ‘Roses’ sees Jenní make a return to her folk roots with a distinctly pared back sound. The single was recorded in one day at Open Door Studios, Limerick with well-known drummer Tony Roche (DeLorean Suite), guitarist Kealan Kenny (Toucan) and bass player Brian O’ Grady (Kilfenora Céilí Band). The song has a rich, warm, mesmerising tone and the accompanying video was shot in the iconic Cleeves factory by the team at Crude Media and is visually stunning.

Jenní notes that ‘Roses marks a turning point for me musically. I wanted to write songs from a very authentic place that would connect with people on a visceral level. I spent time reflecting and really drilling down into events, people and places from throughout my life. As a result I’ve written songs that expose a very different side to me that people won’t have seen before.’

Upcoming Dates

Patricks Public House, Ennis, Co. Clare  – June 6th presented by Cuppa  Tea TV.
Kennys Pub, Lahinch, Co. Clare – Whitehorse Sessions



Twitter: @jenniemusic_ie

BIMM Live Returns – Friday 7th June

BIMM Live returns for a FREE mini-festival comprising of over 48 bands and DJ’s, spread across 6 stages in 5 Dublin 8 venues.

Drop Dead Twice, 19 Francis St. D8
The Liberty Belle, 33 Francis St. D8
The Jug, 40 Francis St. D8
Oxfam Home, 86 Francis St. D8
Tailor’s Hall, 8 Back Lane, D8

BIMM Live is a celebration of the final year students graduating in 2019.

Doors open at 5.30pm with acts playing from 6pm-Midnight.

Booklet with line-up, band info, map and wristbands can be picked up at the entrance to each venue from 5.30pm on 7th June. Wristbands will allow access to allvenues. (subject to capacity)

Food will be available all evening:

Lovin Catering, 49 Francis St D8 (open til 10pm)
Ginger Café, 95 Francis St D8 (open til 9pm)
The Taco Truck at Drop Dead Twice, 19 Francis St D8 (open til 10pm)

Details of the line-up and info can be found by searching for #BIMMLive2019

On Raglan Road Is Ireland’s Favourite Folk Song

The song that you have chosen as Ireland’s Favourite Folk Song has been announced and was performed live to the nation on The Late Late Show on RTÉ One by Luka Bloom.

Written by Patrick Kavanagh and made famous by singer Luke Kelly, On Raglan Road is one of the great iconic Irish folk songs, and last night its place in the nation’s hearts was confirmed.

The Ireland’s Favourite Folk Song series was presented by folk legend Mary Black, who said: “I’m delighted to hear that the public voted for the wonderful On Raglan Road as Ireland’s favorite folk song. It’s always been a favourite of mine and deserves this great accolade!”

Impressionist and Monaghan native Oliver Callan, who had championed On Raglan Road as part of the television series, spoke movingly about the announcement on the Late Late Show.

On Raglan Road, began life in the 1940s as a lyric poem written by Patrick Kavanagh following his doomed infatuation with Hilda Moriarty, a young medical student from Dingle. Kavanagh befriended Hilda in 1944 when they both lived on Raglan Road. She enjoyed the famous poet’s company but at twenty-two she was not interested in having a romantic relationship with this forty-year-old man. Kavanagh, struck by Cupid’s arrow, saw things differently and his ensuing disappointment found expression in the poem that would eventually become On Raglan Road. It was first published in The Irish Press in 1946 as Dark-haired Miriam Ran Away.

Writer Benedict Kiely recalls Kavanagh asking him at that time if his verses could be sung to the tune of The Dawning of the Day. It was in Dublin’s Bailey pub in 1964 that the poet told balladeer Luke Kelly that he had a song for him. It soon became a standard in Luke’s repertoire. 

Tragically, Kavanagh died before he could hear his lyric recorded. Kelly eventually recorded the song with The Dubliners in 1971; it was included on their live album Hometown in 1972 and has remained a firm favourite with Irish people since.

Of the project, poet Gerry Hanberry, who wrote the background stories to each of the shortlisted songs for RTÉ Culture, said “The search for Ireland’s Favorite Folk Song has been the focus of some enjoyable heated debates and counter-thumping since it arrived on our screens a few months ago. It has stirred some wonderful spittle-spraying discussions around the definition of folk music, the intensity of which has not been heard since Dylan took out his electric guitar at Newport Festival decades ago.”   

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