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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After possibly straying off course (depending on your view), the next three posts will feature three bands producing classic americana. All the stereotypes; fiddle, singing about lost love and mandolin licks (and there’s nothing wrong with that.) Also I want to return to less writing and more music unless you enjoy the writing? I haven’t […]

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Another artist on the edge of americana. I realise that some of the artists that I blog about may not be classed as pure americana or alt-country but that’s to be expected (I think anyway) in a place like Ireland. Wouldn’t you expect artists, singers, songwriters from this island to be influenced by a multitude […]

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Following on from my last post, I went looking for songs that shout out desert noir to me. Not as easy to find as you might think but I have come fairly close with Lights Camera Sundown. I would describe them as playing bluesy-folk. If you’re looking for a reference point, the tunes actually remind […]

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It’s a Tuesday evening in Galway, the sky is clear and the sun is shining. What could be wrong in the world? Well it’s the first day back at work after three days off and like most people I am still recovering from the weekend….slowly. Time then to wake myself up. Lucky that I came […]

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