Review: The Eskies at The Borderline, London

“They don’t dance in London they said. Londoners don’t dance,” screams The Eskies’ frontman Ian Bermingham as a rambunctious ‘Chin Up Jack’ comes to an end, allowing a gang of Charleston-dancing (or what some deemed to be the Charleston) locals catch their breath.

Song of the Week: Sorcha Richardson – Walk Away

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When I (after much more organisation than is probably needed for arranging postage of a package in Ireland) received a package from Sorcha Richardson in early July, I knew immediately that something special was on the way. Having followed Sorcha’s career since the beginning, I’d always known how talented she is but always felt her music needed that extra pinch of salt, some personalisation, something to make her stand out. Reading the accompanying letter, I knew that this was it.

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Song Of The Week: Pretty Beast – Afraid To Remember

Irish band ‘Pretty Beast’ have released a video for their new single Afraid To Remember which tackles the controversial topic of drone warfare.

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Electric Picnic Announces 2016 Line-Up

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After a long wait since the announcement that LCD Soundsystem were making a surprise comeback, the news that everyone expected has finally been confirmed – James Murphy and co are off to Stradbally in September. The purveyors of meaty synth anthems are the biggest act announced thus far alongside the likes of Chemical Brothers, New Order and Lana Del Rey.

The other 23 acts announced so far are as follows:

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Song of the Week: Otherkin – I Was Born

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Dublin grunge-pop outfit and Choice Music Song of the Year nominees Otherkin are back their new track ‘I Was Born’ ahead of their biggest Irish headline show so far on April 8th at Whelan’s in Dublin with the single due to be released on that same day.

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Review: Cian Nugent – Night Fiction

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Dublin guitarist Cian Nugent, whilst well-known for the dexterity of his fretwork, has up until now let the strings do the talking. All change then, with latest release ‘Night Fiction’. Here, Nugent’s scratched, edge-of-cigarette vocals feature on all but one track, combining with sprawling blues licks and rolling cross rhythms to create a soundscape steeped in Americana. Over the course of the album, the listener is transported from open plains road trip (Neil Young with hints of Jefferson Airplane) to the rocking chair of a humid front porch – ‘Night Fiction’ is an album begging you to close your eyes and imagine.

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HJCA’s Top 10 Gigs Of 2015

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Before I start, I don’t usually enjoy writing in the first person, but for a list as personal as top 10 gigs, there’s not much choice. Anyway, the other day, there was a hashtag floating around Twitter calling for people to sum up their year in just five words. Not as easy as you would think. Alas, a few minutes of soul searching later and I realised there was only one answer.

In a year that saw me see 121 different bands(and over 150 gigs in total) in 98 days as part of a mini-project I gave myself called #100BandsIn100Days(Check out all 121 here) on top of all the gigs the other 267 days allowed me to see, narrowing it down to a top ten is a near impossibility. But sure feck it, be grand.

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Kolumbus – You Know It’s Christmas


Christmas is one of the toughest and trying times of the year for the homeless and underprivileged families.

Mark Caplice, a singer songwriter from Wicklow, performing as Kolumbus, has just released this Christmas single entitled You Know It’s Christmas with all proceeds going to charity.

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Coronas And Fatboy Slim To Headline Three Countdown Concert

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The Coronas, Fatboy Slim and Ryan Sheridan are just some of the acts that will take the stage at the Three Countdown Concert, set to be the centre-point to the New Years Festival Dublin (NYF Dublin) this New Year’s Eve December 31st. They will be joined by a selection of Irish talent including Little Hours and Kila at the 3 Arena, Dublin.

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SSE Airtricity League Goes Down To The Wire

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Photo by Billy Galligan

Following last weekend’s results the SSE Premier Division’s weekend finale is set for the most dramatic of showdowns when Dundalk welcome Cork City to Oriel Park in a title-deciding clash. Having secured a crucial 1-0 win over Bohemians at home, Cork City extended a fantastic run of ten games unbeaten that has seen them claim 26 points out of the last 30. With Dundalk faltering away to Bray by only claiming a draw in treacherously windy conditions, Cork now find themselves at the table’s summit.

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