3pm Afternoon Show – October 24th 2021 In a first for multi-platinum artist Mick Flannery, he and Irish newcomer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Susan O’Neill have come together on a collaboration album ‘In The Game’. In The Game is a themed collection of songs about a couple coming together and falling apart, a journey familiar to most. The highs and lows of the game of love, that raw space that the human condition can leave one most vulnerable. This record is as nostalgic as it is a fresh wound, it’s so familiar yet a stranger. 14 songs in a timeless capsule, the songs on In The Game will resonate for a long time after. The album was written and recorded over the summer of 2020 during lockdown, between Cork and Los Angeles. Produced ‘virtually’ by LA based, Australian producer Tony Buchen (Courtney Barnett, Smashing Pumpkins, Tim Finn), and featuring musicians from both Ireland and America
In a first for multi-platinum artist Mick Flannery, he and Irish newcomer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Susan O’Neill have come together on a collaboration album ‘In The Game’. In The Game is a themed collection of songs about a couple coming together and falling apart, a journey familiar to most. The highs and lows of the game of love, that raw space that the human condition can leave one most vulnerable. This record is as nostalgic as it is a fresh wound, it’s so familiar yet a stranger. 14 songs in a timeless capsule, the songs on In The Game will resonate for a long time after. The album was written and recorded over the summer of 2020 during lockdown, between Cork and Los Angeles. Produced ‘virtually’ by LA based, Australian producer Tony Buchen (Courtney Barnett, Smashing Pumpkins, Tim Finn), and featuring musicians from both Ireland and America.
HousePlants is the exciting full-fledged creative vision of two of Ireland’s most respected artists – Bell X1 frontman Paul Noonan and innovative atmospheric producer Daithí. “Having made ‘Take The Wheel’ together for Daithí’s most recent record, I sent him a song last summer by way of a ‘Howaya?’, really, but also for his banger sensibilities!” says Noonan. “We began trading ideas with the loose manifesto that whatever we were doing was not ‘Take The Wheel’, that we go the other way and make music to blow the cobwebs off, something that we could imagine playing at a 2am festival slot.” Daithí picks up the thread. “It doesn’t feel like one of us featuring on the other’s music – it’s greater than the sum of its parts,” he says. “I’ve always worked as a solo producer so forming a band has been a lovely experience. There’s magic in seeing one of your ideas being worked on from a different point of view, sending music to someone you trust and having it return as a brand new piece of art. The more you work together on an idea, the further it goes until eventually you can’t see the seams. It’s something completely unique.” Debut single ‘What’s With All The Pine?’ is peppered with playful observations courtesy of Noonan’s wandering mind, forever etching little mental notes during his many virtual appointments across the past year. Noonan considers the track “an attempt to speak to one of the phenomena of this time; the sometimes soul-crushing Zoom calls, the efforts to convey a certain taste or togetherness with our backgrounds – while all around us is going to shit! – having a snoop, an interest in others’ private spaces and a certain judgy-ness around it all.” For both artists, the project represents reclamation amidst a…
Anna Mieke is an Irish musician and songwriter, based in county Wicklow. Her debut album ‘Idle Mind’, described as “a strikingly confident collection of songs, full of blue sky thinking and wide open horizons” by the Irish Times, was released independently in April 2019. Inspiration for her writing stems from a colourful background of experience: learning Maori songs at school in New Zealand, cycling through Europe, living in Granada, learning folk songs in Bulgaria and performing cello in the Cork-based experimental improv group, HEX. Anna Mieke performs with percussionist Matthew Jacobson, Ryan Hargadon on saxophone, synth and Brían Mac Gloinn on fiddle and harmonium. She has shared stages with many other artists, including playing support shows for the likes of Lisa Hannigan, Martin Hayes, This Is The Kit, Lankum, Gyda Valtysdottir (muÌm) and Rozi Plain. She was nominated for the RTÉ Folk Award ‘Best Emerging Act’ 2019 following her album release. Anna Mieke is also one-third of the singing trio Rufous Nightjar, whose debut album is set for release next year. “A deliciously bearable lightness of being defines Anna Mieke’s debut album. It’s a strikingly confident collection of 10 songs, full of blue sky thinking and wide open horizons… Idle Mind is a slow burner (in the very best sense) that promises many fresh revelations with each return visit. A deliriously renewable energy source” – Siobhan Long, The Irish Times “Indeed, Idle Mind is not just a stunning debut record, nor is it just an amazing Irish record: it’s a record that proves Mieke to be one of the most promising artists on the Irish independent sphere and mature musician and songwriter whose work deserves to be heard far and wide” – The Thin Air
Wyvern Lingo are a trio from Ireland. Their Choice Prize-nominated debut album, ‘Wyvern Lingo‘ (2018), established them as one of the most distinctive Irish acts of their time. Known for their soulful vocals and harmonies, they blend the pop, RnB and classic rock influences that have inspired them since they formed as young teenagers. They quickly developed a reputation in Ireland for their musicianship and dynamic live shows. After two years of touring Europe- playing slots at major festivals and opening for the likes of Grace Jones, Hozier, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra– Wyvern Lingo relocated to Berlin to record their second album. ‘Awake You Lie’ was released in February 2021 to critical acclaim in both Ireland and Germany, and was chosen as record of the week by Germany’s SWR2 and BR2, among others. Described by the Irish Times as “a beacon for all of us feeling lost at sea” in its 4* review, Awake You Lie is the band’s most ambitious work to date. This year’s recipients of the Sounding the Feminists/National Concert Hall Music Project Award, the band just released a unique livestream show in collaboration with visual artist 1iing heaney, and are spending the rest of the summer in Germany for their first taste of live shows since before the pandemic.
We’re excited to announce that Dani Larkin will be performing at Connolly’s on December 4th 2021. We’re honestly filled with excitement with the promise of live gigs again and we cant wait to have the venue filled again with music. Dani Larkin is a singer-songwriter and folk musician who is already being heralded as one of Ireland’s finest songwriters. Larkin has been creating music for several years, and is a well known face on the live circuit in Ireland. In 2019 she was artist-in-residence at Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and has performed at Ireland Music Week, Other Voices (Ballina and Belfast), Output and Sound of Belfast. On the live circuit she has supported Rufus Wainwright, Joshua Burnside and Lisa O’Neill whose “honest, truthful storytelling style” she greatly admires. Following in the footsteps of these artists, she is a must-listen for those interested in contemporary folk music.