His parents are neuroscientists who read him Huxley at bedtime. No wonder Josh Ritter has a way with words – now adopted as one of our own – his latest album called ‘The Beast in it’s Tracks’ has just been released and I’m delighted to say he’s with us this morning. It’s a very personal album about the breakup of his marriage but it’s not a dark album. He came into talk to us and play us a tune this morning.
Ed Romanoff’s 2012 self-titled debut is a gritty masterwork of melancholic and atmospheric Americana. The album evokes the solo work of Mark Knopfler, the swampy mysticism of New Orleans, and the kind of redemption you find at the end of an introspective night with a good bottle of whiskey. He has been touring around and were delighted to welcome him with Mia Sunshine Bloomfield on cello.
Following their sold out comeback show, the newly reformed and new look PictureHouse have released their new single Hello this week.
Hundreds of fans crammed into The Village last Friday to welcome Dave Browne and his band back as they played some songs from their new album amongst all the hits from the bands back catalogue. They were over in Studio 8 this morning to give us the full band sound.
By the age of seven, Rachel Austin had already recorded three full-length cassette tapes of her own music. She’d also handwritten a book of short stories and created portraits of townsfolk of characters that she and her siblings played with instead of dolls.
Rachel’s music was born in Virginia but now calls Belfast home. Rachel has just returned to Ireland following a December / January tour of her native America. She spent 6 weeks touring around promoting her EP Age of Reason and she came into studio this morning.
Galway band We Banjo 3 are simply the hottest Irish roots act on the scene today. Featuring 2 sets of brothers the band have racked up a host of awards in 2012 including : Irish Times Album of the Year for ‘Roots of the Banjo Tree’. "Best New Group" by the Irish American News.
Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley are among the most celebrated and distinguished young musicians in Ireland today. Playing banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals and percussion, We Banjo 3 combine Irish Music with Old-Time American and Bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo’s rich legacy and roots.
The Old Crow Medicine Show, based out of Nashville, Tenn., has been rocking the old-time, folk, stringed band genre for over 14 years, but really caught their break nationally when they released their hit-single, “Wagon Wheel,” in 2004.
Old Crow Medicine Show got its' start busking on street corners in New York state and up through Canada, winning audiences along the way with their boundless energy and spirit. Well they play Vicar Street tonight and it promises to be a great night and to give you a taste we had the boys over in Studio 8.
The connections between Ireland and Newfoundland has been well documented over the years – from speech patterns to music and I’m delighted to say we have one of those connections with me in studio this morning. The Dictionary of Newfoundland English defines "the once" as: "as soon as possible, right away." Used in a sentence, one might say "Let's go see The Once the once." Well I’m delighted to sat The Once got here as soon as possible from Carrick-On-Bannow to be with us this morning. Based out of St. John's, Newfoundland - the trio is comprised of Geraldine Hollett from Burin, Phil Churchill from Corner Brook and Andrew Dale from Coley's Point.
Throughout the 1990s, the West African country of Sierra Leone was wracked with a bloody, horrifying civil war that forced millions to flee their homes. There are hundreds (if not thousands) of popular bands who have written songs about war over the past 50 years, but few who have seen its tragedy first-hand like Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars. As their name implies, the group originally came together in refugee camps in the Republic of Guinea after a bloody, brutal war broke out in their West African home.
Founded by Reuben Koroma and his wife, Grace, the group gradually attracted new members as they moved from one refugee camp to the next. They also built up a increasingly fervent following, as word spread of the amazing musicians who brought joy and elation to people drowning in misery.I’m delighted to say that they are over in Studio 8 this morning ahead of their concert tonight in the National Concert Hall. Newsweek wrote that it’s as easy to fall in love with these guys as it was with the Bueno Vista Social Club. They came into us this morning.