One could wonder how the Rats feel about telling people that their current occupation is as one of the Rats. I’m sure though they are happy to be members of a solid americana band emerging from Cork. John Blek and the Rats are a straight-up americana band who are starting to get some deserved recognition. […]

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Time to go a bit leftfield with the next band I’m going to feature. So far I have featured music from genres of americana, americana rock, folk, indie americana and alt-country. Now for a cousin of the genre, some southern delta blues rock. The Hot Sprockets are as their website states from that “delta blues […]

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This is I think the fourth Dublin band I have featured on the blog and the second who’s recent work has been produced by Gavin Glass. The Quicksand Band are a collective from Dublin. The band formed in 2008 originally from a recording session that was intended for singer Justin Corr. But as so often […]

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Now back to the bread and butter of this blog. The Holy Innocents are the first northern band I have featured (this is an all-Ireland blog after all) but you couldn’t tell that from the lovely vocals! The band consists of two lads; “Eamonn McNamee (vocals, guitar, chest out, impatient) and Mark McCambridge (guitar, vocals, […]

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In an attempt to change about this blog from being just another blog about recorded music, I’ve decided to make it a just another blog about recorded music with the occasional post about live music. Yey! The approach here is to highlight as many festivals as I can where you will catch Irish americana bands […]

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It’s been almost a month since my last post on what’s good in America these days. I have managed to gather a few albums since then so I might as well tell you how great they are. The Lumineers The Lumineers are an upcoming band with a strong roots feel. Their story is quite interesting […]

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Time now for music from the (softer) edge of americana that I generally tend to ignore. This genre or sub-genre is exemplified by acoustic instruments, there is usually a fiddle in there if not a mandolin, or even a Dobro if you’re lucky. The songs are typically harmony based with the backing vocals almost as […]

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Formally known as the T-Town Bottlestoppers, and now it looks like formally known as the Bottlestoppers, Nathan Conway is a man producing rounded alt-country tunes for the last three years. Let me see if I can get the history right. The T-Town Bottlestoppers were formed circa 2009. They released an album “Run on Diesel” in […]

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My third straight-up americana band in a row. I never stayed on topic for this long since junior cert Irish and that time it was only matching the boxes. Back to the music. Yngve & the Innocent are a London based band with Sligo roots. The lead singer and songwriter Yngve (pronounced Ing-Vuh) was born […]

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I was strangely reminded of the TV series Justified when reading about The Lucky Bones. The show is about a U.S. Marshall returning to police his home county in Kentucky. They filmed the pilot of that TV show on location where the drama was set and you can feel it, you know it. They filmed […]

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