Spirit of Folk Festival 2014 took place a couple of weeks ago and I’ve just got around to uploading my photos. It’s a small trad, indie and craft festival that takes place each year in Dunderry, Co. Meath. I’ve been at 3 of the 4 they’ve put on and can honestly say that I’ve had some of the best days of my life there. The crew are fantastic, the music is brilliant and the craic is unreal. Peter has done a full review over on culch so check that out for music and links to the artists etc. A definite for 2015.
I’m coming to this one quite late in that Guinness Amplify is about to kick off the live events. Irish musicians submitted their applications earlier this year and an expert panel has chosen acts to both perform live around the country and receive studio time, mentoring, workshops etc. The chosen acts will get the opportunity to perform in hundreds of pubs all over Ireland (along with a few surprises!) from Thursday through to Sunday across 5 weekends, kicking off on the 11th September in Leinster and will rotating around the country, focusing on a different region each week over the course of the five weekends.
Those surprise acts include: Hozier, London Grammar, Rudimental, Duke Dumont, Kodaline, Ellie Goulding, George Ezra, Dan Croll, Daithi, Bastille, Disclosure, Walking On Cars and Jess Glynne. Of course the pubs in which they’ll be playing will be kept secret but that’s an amazing lineup in my opinion. I’ve been listening to the artists chosen by the panel this evening on the Amplify web site and the standard is really high. You can log on to the web site to see when and where gigs are taking place. I’ll definitely be attempting to catch a couple of these gigs when they roll into Dublin from the 9th to the 11th of October.
A brilliant behind the scenes feature on Ceiliúradh, the event held to celebrate President Michael D. Higgins’ state visit to the UK back in April. Filmed by Myles O’Reilly, it captures how magic the event itself was and indeed the entirety of the visit. Well worth your time.
BUSK is a short, social issues and subcultural music documentary, following five musicians as they busk in the arteries of the NYC subway system. It’s a brilliant insight into why they perform there and the challenges they face in doing so. Well worth a watch.
I’ve mentioned The Hot Sprockets before as we’ve met and interviewed them at Spirit of Folk plus been to a few other rockin’ gigs. Their new single, Soul Brother, has a brilliantly funny video which is embedded above. Volume up and full screen it. Like the sound? I’d highly recommend catching them live in Whelans on the 20th. €10 tickets available here.