Fish go Deep’s West Cork date of 2018 marks a celebration – we’ll be officially licensed to get our Good Friday groove on for the first time since the 1920s. Of course, the lack of license never stopped people making a big night of it in the past so, in honour of the many fine Good Friday house parties that went before us, Fish go Deep are throwing A Very Good Friday House Party in Connolly’s on March 30th. As ever, the Connolly’s family will be hosting, while Greg, Shane and Colm will be selecting the music. Get down early!
Merakindie X Connolly’s of Leap presents Merakindie 1st Birthday Party feat, O EMPEROR, ARTHURITIS & ELAINE MALONE If you want a place on the bus from Cork city returning that night, post your name on the event wall. O EMPEROR Emerging from a sustained period of blurblobitude, O Emperor return in 2018 with new music. Make it Rain is the first song to be released from a batch of new material which marks a significant break from the song-centred approach of the band’s previous work. The track is a delicious slice of fuzzy Afro-Disco, emerging from spontaneous instrumental experiments captured and pieced together at the band’s Cork studio. The release of Make it Rain on January 29th preempts the band’s appearance at Quarter Block Party on February 2nd, and a Dublin date at the Bello Bar on February 17th, Connolly’s of Leap March 31st -the band’s first live performances in over two years. www.breakingtunes/oemperor ARTHURITIS ARTHURITIS is a Pan-Dimensional being from the fifth moon of the desolate bubblewrap planet, Lukon 5. ARTHURITIS has feelings. ARTHURITIS makes shapes. You like ARTHURITIS. ARTHURITIS likes you. ELAINE MALONE Elaine Malone is a Cork based, Limerick born psych-folker. Influenced by Elliott Smith, Nirvana and Connan Mockasin, her dynamic three piece brings folk to grungey and psychedelic places. Her debut EP ‘Land’ is due out in the coming weeks.
Graham Hopkinss (Glen Hansard) and Adam Marcello (Katy Perry) have announced a joint ‘Drum Hang’ in association with Musicmaker,Dublin. Friday April 6th : Connolly’s of Leap Co. Cork. Sunday April 8th : Musicmaker Exchequer St. Dublin 2. Speaking about the drum hangs Graham Hopkins said…. “Adam and I are looking forward to these first initial dates together, where we will talk about our approach to the drums, our experiences playing live and in the studio, and of course the gear we use. We prefer to call these ‘drum hangs’ rather than clinics or masterclasses, because we want them to be as laid back and informal as possible. We encourage everyone to get involved and enjoy drummer camaraderie, and to exchange their experiences with one another.”
The high kings of Irish techno Sunil Sharpe and DeFekt bring their Tinfoil live show to Connolly’s of Leap ahead of the release of their debut album “On a Roll” on April 23rd. This will be a once off chance to catch their incredible live show in such an intimate venue as Connolly’s. Combining the dual know how of Sunil Sharpe and DeFekt to draw from all corners of electro to industrial techno, with haunting and immersive sounds, big basslines and creepy vocals, Tinfoil’s sound is an incredibly visceral experience. Line-Up * TINFOIL-Live (Sunil Sharpe + DeFekt) * Jamie Behan * Order | Chaos (Donovan O’Brien & Ciaran Cronin) * Rory O’Sullivan (Fleece)
Irish Reggae artist Cian Finn is set to release one of the most eagerly anticipated albums of the year. Blending the vintage with the contemporary, the Irish with the Jamaican, ‘This Applies’ is guaranteed to be one of the most exciting and unique Reggae albums to drop this year. Hailing from the west of Ireland, Cian initially broke onto the Reggae scene as the front man of the band Intinn, playing a unique Celtic-Dancehall style of Reggae and gaining a reputation as one of the most formidable live-acts on the Irish circuit. In 2010 he started working with producer Radikal Guru releasing many singles and remixes on Moonshine Records. This led to a world tour of clubs and festivals encompassing Poland, Scotland, Germany, France, England, Finland, Spain, Russia, Romania, Switzerland, Slovakia and South Africa. As a solo artist, Cian has performed in the Philippines, Prague, China, Colombia, Jamaica, Japan, New Zealand, Thailand, India and Kenya. Throughout Europe, he worked and performed live with dub legends and many of his musical inspirations such as Alpha and Omega, Iration Steppas, Alpha Steppa, Mungos Hi-Fi, Dougie Conscious, Mad Professor, and Zion Train.
Catharsis Vol.1 is the third solo album from Ireland-based songwriter John Blek. Best known for his work with his band John Blek & the Rats, John has begun a new journey influenced by the folk music of Ireland, Britain and the US. With his solo work, he delves into the world of fingerstyle guitar and reveals the deeply personal and poignant lyrical aspects of his character.
Singer and guitarist SÍOMHA (pronounced Shee-va) dances the line between folk, jazz and neo-soul effortlessly, taking audiences on an unexpected, and unforgettable journey with her soulful melodies. Coming from a family steeped in music, SÍOMHA grew up on a diet of musical greats, with the sounds of jazz, trad, folk and soul creeping in and leaving an indelible mark on her musical tastes and influences. She started playing guitar at age 10, but it was later in her teens while attending high school in the south of France that she first took up jazz guitar, after a chance encounter lead to her learning from an Italian gypsy who taught her the manouche gypsy jazz style. The chords and sounds of jazz fascinated and inspired SÍOMHA, and she began to craft her own songs. The next few years saw her travelling, with music as her compass, soaking up the sounds of each of the places she travelled and further honing her craft. In late 2016, having traversed America, Canada and Mexico, she felt an innate draw to return to home shores and a phenomenal year followed; performing at some of Ireland’s leading music festivals including Electric Picnic, opening shows for the likes of Joey Dosik (Vulfpeck) and Moxie, and had the number 1 most played song on RTE Radio 1 in July 2017. A stellar year which was topped off when she was invited to tour as a special guest with the inimitable Paul Brady, who she now counts as one of her fans. SÍOMHA’s music truly does defy any conventional genres. The influences of her musical background, her travels and musical explorations are audible in the music she creates. Always proud of her Irish heritage, she performs her songs in both the English and Irish languages. The beautiful landscape and rugged nature…