(Video) By The Sea – Eveline

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Some bands just have a knack for stealing your heart and By The Sea have definitely done that. Over the past year or so the Merseyside outfit have treated us to a series stellar singles, and they have returned with a new double a-side, Dream Waters/Eveline

Dream Waters’ has been with us for a while now, slowly it builds through the haze, transporting you on a melodious journey of breezy washed-out sounds. ‘Eveline’ follows a similarly delightful path through a haze of disorientating sounds, continuing the mystical wondrous feeling.

By The Sea’s debut LP, Dream Waters, is apparently ready for release  too, preferably sooner rather than later.

Introducing: Paul Davies

The term ‘singer-songwriter’ often conjures up all kinds of negative connotations, unfairly it must be said, because when it’s done right it is as rewarding as any musical style.

A case is point is London-based songwriter Paul Davies who’s wry storytelling and a gentle woozy strum is imbued genuine feeling and emotion. Fractured, vulnerable, gentle and hurt, his best qualities shine brightly as he plucks away at the heartstrings. Davies has brewed something subtle, graceful and charming, which will draw unequivocal comparisons with the slower more vulnerable moments from both Pete Doherty or Graham Coxon’s solo work. Certainly not bad company to be in.

Davies’ new EP If You Only Knew is out on October 1st via his own JAG label. 

BarryGruff Presents #9: The Statics, Keith Moss & Wayfarer :: Flanagan’s :: Newbridge :: Thursday Sept 27th

I’m very excited about this one, especially after the absolute blast at the last gig in Flanagan’s, I’m not sure the place has recovered yet.

Ready or not BarryGruff Presents #9 is here & returns to Flanagan’s Bar, Newbridge for a special Arthur’s Day show on Thursday, September 27th. There’s a great night of live music ahead with headline performances from The Statics & Keith Moss and support from Wayfarer. There’s more info below & the ‘Facebook Event’ is right here.

Fresh from a storming show at this year’s Castlepalooza, Dublin 4-piece The Statics, bring their jangly infectious indie-pop sound to Newbridge for the very first time. Echoing the likes of The La’s, John Power & The Coral, there’s is heart warming indie-goodness with twangy rhythmic guitars, rich distinctive vocals and sing-a-long choruses, played with energy, refreshing honesty and assured sense of style.

Similarly it’s a first Newbridge outing for Dublin-based Keith Moss, who has been garnering plaudits for his music since winning IMRO’s ‘Young Songwriter of the Year’. Something of a punk poet, Moss’s music is a curious work of rare beauty which positively drips with passion and emotion. A great time to catch him live before his debut album is released in October through Reekus Records. Meanwhile support comes from Newbridge’s very own Wayfarer, whose soft and gentle folk sound is something of beauty.

It’s FREE in as usual and the show kicks off at 8.30pm & as it is Arthurs’ Day expect some Guinness related drinks promotions too.

Welsh Wizards | Mixtape

This is a quite odd post even by my standards. This day ten years ago I upped sticks and moved to Wales, Wrexham to be precise, which explains all the Wrexham related tweets for anyone who follows me on Twitter.

Although I’m back in Ireland a few years now, it was one of my smarter moves & I retain a fondness for Wales as a country and the music it produces (although I don’t get over half as much as I’d like these days). Welsh music features quite prominently on the blog, something regular visitors are probably aware of. Apart from anything else it got me thinking and I decided to knock together a mixtape/compilation of some Welsh favourites from the past few years, with one or two older tracks thrown in for good measure.

So, without further waffling, here it is, some mighty fine weekend listening. Diolch. Mwynhewch.

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Damien Dempsey – ‘Almighty Love’

Damien Dempsey makes a welcome return after far too long an absence, it’s hard to believe it’s been five years since To Hell Or Barbados

Dempsey is one of those artist who the promise of new material will excite me, regardless of the fact I feel he has never matched the form shown on Seize The Day, which remains a masterpiece to this day and shines as a beacon of what he, and his talent, can achieve. Don’t get me wrong there have been plenty of good songs since then, just not an album of pristine perfection. 

‘Almighty Love’ is the lead track from the album of the same name, it’s a passionate, powerful and positive acoustic number which among others, name checks John Lennon, Rosa Parks and Tony Benn. It may be more of an album track but it certainly whets the appetite for the new record.

If there was ever a time for Damien Dempsey’s poetic and hard-hitting social commentary to come to the fore, it is now. Even though Ireland is falling apart at the seams very few artists have anything worthwhile to say on the matter. Let’s hope Damo has the bit between his teeth again and does what he does best, speaking honestly and profoundly from a street level. 

The new album Almighty Love will be released on 28th September and he’s announced a pile of live dates too.

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