Villagers, John Grant and CMAT featured in a busy month ahead
At the risk of invoking the ‘nature heals’ meme, there is no surer sign of a slow return to normalcy than the return of singer-songwriter John Spillane to his monthly residence at DeBarra. . Having kept confidence in its regulars by broadcasting monthly from the hall, Debarra de Spillane’s first concert in front of an audience, and the hall’s first for over eighteen months, should be a barn burner.
After keeping himself and apparently half the industry busy during the lockdown with his Twitter listening evenings for various classic albums, the Charlatans frontman is back in business live and is catching up on a postponed Irish date before his musical day resumes. the road for a delayed “best-of” tour.
After catching the pop spotlight over the years, English singer Ellie Goulding waited half a decade to shoot the first part of a two-album cycle, Brightest Blue, in a selection of (comparatively) intimate locations, including the Dublin Olympia, worthy of the most personal direction and introversion of new material.
This is the only Irish gig this month for Conor O’Brien and co, as they tour the UK before returning to Ireland for other dates in November. Expect a set of old favorites and new tunes from recently released Fever Dreams.
Not content with marking twenty years in the music game with a collection of re-recorded compositions, David Kitt has been busy this year including releasing an album under the name Sansbut with free-jazz saxophonist Catherine Sikora, and producing and composing music for ‘Cornaleena’, a film starring writer Kevin Barry and composer Jennifer Walshe.
Folk-rock trio Scullion is part of the White Horse’s live comeback under the Songlines banner. Veterans of the ’70s folk revival, they recently visited Cork, returning after Coughlan’s intimate concerts at the start of the reopening, but any visit to Leeside from the trio is welcome, given their rich discography and place. in the Irish sound pantheon. .
The American singer-songwriter has long attracted a loyal following, in large part thanks to his distinguished and sometimes deeply personal solo work, as well as his stint with the American group The Czars. Grant returns to Cork for a sold-out double header on the back of the new album Boy from Michigan.
Bell X1 can tap into a deep songbook, encompassing over two decades of constantly evolving but distinctly accessible sounds. Heading to the Northside Sound Temple for a three-day residency, hand-in-hand with violinist Éna Brennan’s Dowry Strings ensemble, the Kildare lineup will kick off fan favorites and test new tracks.
Enigmatic London post-punks Snapped Ankles, ghillie suits and everything in between, return to formidable concert venues across the country as part of an Irish tour, including a stop at the Limerick Kasbah. The release of the new album ‘Forest of Your Problems’ sees the anonymous quartet deepening their mix of influences in a hypnotic concoction somewhere between Factory Records and Krautrock.
The new Country Queen of Ireland has captured many hearts with Lockdown with a combination of pop undertones, biting humor and a formidable eye for choreography, drawing on her own dance experience. With their “Diet Baby” compilation of early singles in the bag, CMAT is heading under the hammers for a double duty at Connolly’s for what should be a pair of live magical engagements.
From a promising voice on Ireland’s burgeoning hip-hop scene to the pages of Vice magazine and the soundtrack to the best-selling game FIFA 20, JYellowL has become one of the most accomplished MCs to emerge from the world. Isle. He is now moving to finally shoot his debut album 2020 Division, drawing on his life experience and his degree in politics from UCD to deal with ongoing social and economic issues.
Now officially coinciding with the recently launched Cork Jazz Festival, this collaboration of leading singer-songwriters has already spawned acclaimed feature-length player, “In the Game”, and their post-Covid leap forward under the projectors of the Opera. should focus on their success with the album. Promoted in association with Douglas Street Folk Outpost Coughlan’s Live.
Another Irish artist whose pre-lockdown momentum has not been halted by events, Gemma Dunleavy’s Dublin-accented version of garage and R&B has found a larger following via concerts in streaming and live performances, when / where permitted under the circumstances. Fresh out of an appearance at the It Takes a Village festival, the ‘Up de Flats!’ the singer takes the stage of Cyprus Avenue for the first time.
Glen of the Downs post-rockers God is an Astronaut have toured the world for nearly two decades and have retained a singular creative vision that has progressed over ten albums. Their first Irish excursion since Covid sees them cover the 2005 long-player “All is Violent, All is Bright” and play tunes from the new album “Ghost Tapes # 10”.
Evolving over the past decade in a way that encompasses folk, psychedelic rock, shoegaze and post-punk, The Altered Hours is a quintessentially Corkonian phenomenon. Forged into the cultural image of the city’s mid-recession and becoming a mainstay of the city scene, the band are ready for bigger things after touring with Fountains DC, the announcement of a booking deal. American and the upcoming release of the second album, ‘Convertible’.