Few New Chewns #2

Howdy do Percherino’s. I really enjoyed doing my piece Few New Chewns a week back and it was pretty well received so I’m gonna try and keep it up hopefully. If you haven’t already, please do check out my Spotify playlist of the same name and give it a follow, link below, where I’m continually adding the new music coming out from the artists I love as and when I come across them. It’s majority Irish but you’ll find a sprinkling of my international favourites also included! There’s a lot of amazing music coming out right now and especially today features quite an eclectic mix of awesome new releases, so I want to get into just a few of them now.

7Levels

This week’s main featured band is Waterford’s 7Levels. I’ve been eagerly anticipating their debut release ‘Did You Ever Really Listen To Yourself?’ for a while and now it’s finally here! In what has been til now a very Dublin-centric Post-Punk revival movement in Ireland, 7Levels emerge as Waterford’s defiant answer to add their region’s voice into the mix. This 6 piece brings together an eclectic mix of influences, including the band’s own Ger Reid and Mike Fox of the recently discontinued band Chimpanbee. If the scene in Dublin is born from a response to Ireland’s social difficulties, so too are 7Levels inspired to passionately express their collective frustrations in a cocktail of pure and honest musical fury. Mark my words, it’s only gonna be up from here and I’m feeling very good about the limitless potential this band is going to have in the music scene. I look forward to keeping up with their progress, check out the music video below. Also I’m going to take this moment to petition to the band that when they’re big enough to have a hardcore loyal fanbase that if each member of the band is one of the ‘Levels’ then it’s only right that the fans are the 7th level and to call the inevitable fandom the Level Sevens. Think about it.

Moncrieff

In the darkest places there is always light to be found, and in the midst of this Pandemic there is more truth to that than ever and it is especially prevalent in the form of the beautiful music that is being born of this moment. Enter Neo-Noir artist Moncrieff, if you don’t already know him you definitely will in times to come. He’s just released a demo song ‘In My Room’ created as a reaction to and commentary on this moment in time we are facing with unflinching honesty and relatability. In an incredibly kind and important gesture, 100 percent of the earnings for this single are being donated to ISPCC Childline who continue to be such an important service in this time. This release follows his EP from late last year called ‘The Early Hurts’. I had the pleasure of being introduced to his music and live performance as he supported Walking on Cars at the INEC in December, and I even stumbled upon the man himself the next morning on a train platform on the way home. There’s no doubt in my mind that Moncrieff is well on his way to establishing himself as one of the Irish music scenes most exciting acts around right now. As it were, he would’ve been underway in a tour of Ireland playing a bunch of amazing shows right now were it not for the current situation, so I eagerly await the moment when this missed opportunity can finally be lived. Follow this link to set a reminder for his new music video coming out on Monday, in the meantime listen to In My Room down below.

Fintan McKahey

Fintan McKahey is one of West Cork’s finest rising stars at the moment and continues to bound from strength to strength as he navigates his path in the music scene. Forever innovating with his sound, Fintan explores the addition of more electronic experimentation alongside his Psychedelic roots in new single ‘Platinum’. The song is an ode to magic and witchcraft in Ages gone by, though one can’t help but feel parallels running through the track to these very current times. This release follows the success of last years beautiful EP ‘God Games’ and again like most people releasing music right now, was intended to accompany a tour of live shows that sadly we will need to wait further to experience again. Thankfully, perhaps for his own sanity as much as to our collective benefit too, Fintan had spent much time engaged in the building of a personal studio in his own garden space in recent months and thus finds himself rather well equipped to tackle these times with much creativity. I’m always eagerly looking forward to what may come next! Check out the accompanying music video to the new song below.

Lisa Gorry

I’ve spent 99% of my time for over a month now within the walls of my bedroom and my days vary from good to bad as one would expect. Time has lost most of its sense of meaning and structure. The other day as I lay in bed deep into the afternoon, lacking in motivation and energy, I received in my inbox a link to the song ‘Down’ by Lisa Gorry. I hit play and just lay there absorbing the song into my being, with this the first I’d experienced the Kildare artists music. I was immediately struck by just how uncompromisingly raw and honest her sound was. Down is a beautiful and emotionally empowering song that honestly could not have come to me at a better time. It’s one of those songs that I think we all really needed a little bit right now. I’m certainly invested now in looking forward to an eventual EP release from Lisa and will be striving to witness the music unfold first hand at a live show down the line too. Give yourself a real moment to just sit and appreciate this song for a few minutes and hit play down below.

0Stella

“Alt-Rock with Fiddle”. A simple tag line that does exactly what it says on the tin, and I daresay you’d struggle to find a line more catered to my specific attention if you tried. I am an absolute sucker for a modern band that incorporates the violin, it’s like a golden combo for me – Just ask Cork violinist Ryan Parsons about when The Band Anna was a thing (Yay obscure references!). So tick all my boxes and call me a new fan of 0stella (That’s with a zero folks for your searching purposes) cause when the new music video for Pandora crossed my attention this week, I was immediately hooked. 0Stella is Irish expat Liz Pomeroy who currently resides in Canada, and she intends to bring a tour back home to Ireland at some point when the world resumes spinning at its normal pace. Check out the music video below and if like me you’re as instantly intrigued then hop on over to Spotify here and listen to the full 4 track EP it originated from ‘Little Yes Little Know’ because they’re all certified bangers.

Flynn

Look, I know I throw around the phrase ‘super excited about this act’ an awful lot but it’s only because there is just so damn many super talented artists around in this scene at every level and ya can’t help but appreciate the beauty of it all everywhere you look. So when I say Flynn is an artist I have been super duper excited about for a while now, please know I mean it with every fibre of my being because my god this man really is something else. Whether it’s at his incredible live shows last year where I witnessed him at Music Cork and Indiependence, or listening to his music online, he’s one of those artists that pulls you into their own exceptional orbit completely when you’ve found him. Flynn is wholly and unapologetically himself in every aspect of his music and his performances, with his lyrics and subject matters being open books into his very soul as he lets us into everything that he is. His new offering ‘One Of Us’ is a perfect example of this, delving deeply into what were darker times for the artist and the man. Check out the music video down below.

Emmo

Emmo is another of the incredible offerings to the Irish music scene coming out of Cork in recent years, and his new single ‘Still’ is testament to this. Having first witnessed him supporting Stephanie Rainey at her home show in Glanmire nearly 2 years ago, I was immediately impressed. More recently I was able to take the trip up to Dublin in December to see him headlining Whelan’s upstairs in a show that really blew me away, he’s really come along so far. I was not able to make it to his gig in Winthrop Avenue in February as I was in fact back in Whelan’s again, but it was a resounding success with him selling out and having quite the epic show from what I’ve gathered. His shows will only be getting bigger from here (When, you know, shows are even possible again), and he has a wealth of incredible tunes at his disposal that shall hopefully be seeing the light of day in the not too distant future, so Still is but the tip of the ice berg of what we can expect.

Ehco

Next up we have an electronic music entry from Wicklow producer Eoin Whitfield, who goes by the handle ‘EHCO‘. Releasing a new remix of the 2016 track ‘Bodies’ by Liza Flume, this is very much a revisitation to a remix that goes as far back as four years in Eoin’s electronic repertoire. In that time as EHCO he has built upon and developed his particular sound over the years, notable on such projects as his EP ‘Opia’ released last year which you can listen to here. With this well honed musical vision Eoin harks back to his beginnings by taking the first ever song he remixed and breathing new life into it, and you can listen to the results of that below now.

The Flavours

The Flavours have exploded onto the Cork music scene in the last couple of years, with their riveting live sets captivating many an audience in that time. Their success rate at getting a crowd up and moving is second to none, with their groovy and soulful tunes guaranteed to elicit bodily reactions. Their debut EP ‘Send It’ released last year and was very well received. They now follow it up with the new single ‘Cookie Crumbles’, which pays homage to reggae greats like Bob Marley while maintaining that very much unique ‘The Flavours’ flavour as it were. This comes ahead of their anticipated sophomore EP ‘(The) Love Life’ which I’m super looking forward to.

Jordan Run

Finally, we come back to Jordan Run, the Cork workhorse who is currently entering hyperdrive in providing us entertainment. Jordan Run was recently featured on a previous post of mine for his involvement with the Unemployable Promotions Live at Home gigs, which he smashed his part in. Since then he has released a single ‘Outcast’ a few weeks ago, and has already followed it up with another single released yesterday ‘Count My Blessings’, which has been one of my favourite songs from his gigs and I’m glad it is now out in the world. It’s the ultimate summer anthem to get you pumped and feeling good about the world. The hard work doesn’t stop there for Jordan Run, with a special live stream announced for May 1st to gather proceeds to go to Pieta House, you can find the event page for that here.

Facebook and Buy Me A Coffee?

That’s it for this blog post folks, sorry it took a little longer to put together than I intended. I don’t often remember to say this but if you enjoy my content please consider coming over to my page on Facebook and chuck it a like where you can keep up to date on posts like these and more, I enjoy making these blogs when I can and it’s even cooler when I know people are tuning in and engaging! Please also, if you’re a band/artist/musician of some kind, whether I’ve ever included you here or otherwise, I am always reachable and forever grateful whenever someone takes a moment to hit me up about a release that I might include it in my sporadic writings and would very much encourage and request you to do so. Facebook is bad enough at times for keeping even my favourite bands from having their posts appear on my feed and so it helps to stay on top of releases if ye reach out! I am and always will be a fan first when it comes to the music scene, hence why my writings are that of a fans perspective and nothing more.

If for some reason after reading my blogs you’re feeling especially supportive, I was recently recommended to set up a ‘Buy Me A Coffee’ page where you would be enabled to donate the price of a cup of coffee to me, so now that is something you can do if you really wish. It’s not something I’m really asking or insisting anyone to do but I suppose it’s nice to have the option open. Generally speaking every cent I ever earn goes back into supporting the music scene in some way, from gigs to merch and what have you. You can find that at the following link, and again, don’t feel obliged to do so. buymeacoff.ee/TMPBLOG

Few New Chewns #1

What’s good folks. I just put together a Spotify playlist featuring a bunch of recent releases that have been catching my eyes and ears in my feed, hopefully there’s a few in there that you find of interest! I want to take a moment to give further mention to a few of the tunes in particular and also draw your attention to a couple of upcoming releases. Please do check out the playlist below and feel free to hit my page on Facebook here with comments on who you’re enjoying from the list and maybe give the playlist an aul’ share!

Just before I crack into that I also want to draw your attention to this cool interview that Viking Promotions did with me for their series Creative Cabin Fever. We had a fantastic chat and a bunch of stories came up that have never been told elsewhere, give it a watch sure! Now without further ado, let’s get into the music

The Elation

I am super buzzing to see one of my favourite Cork bands The Elation have dropped a new single this week completely out of the blue! They’re some of the best lads going and I’ve been eagerly awaiting news from them for quite some time now. They sure have fired back in emphatic system with the absolute bop ‘Live a Life’ which especially right now serves as a reminder that tough as times may be, we still have to live our best possible lives and get through this all. The single comes with a vibrant music video featuring awesome colourscapes and talented dancers.

Dreaming Of Jupiter

Dublin outfit Dreaming of Jupiter are another band I’ve been really looking forward to more music from, and their new single Beyond a Vibe sure delivers on that. What can one say about this song that isn’t already perfectly captured within its very own title, DOJ once more deliver an absolute bop that you can pop on and jam away to effortlessly. It’s the perfect follow on from their Fading EP (The vinyl for which still gets plenty of spins in my room) and hopefully also the perfect precursor to much more awesomeness that they are waiting to deliver to us.

Tiz McNamara

I’ve already spoken quite a bit about Tiz McNamara and the powerful punch he packs in my recent coverage of his part in the Live at Home gig with Unemployable Promotions, particularly in my anticipation for this tune released on April 1st. April 1st has long been a poignant day marked by tragedy for Tiz that breaks my heart to even think about, as such I wont really get into the story of it as you can easily find that elsewhere. Every year Tiz marks the occasion with the release of a new song, none more so raw and powerful as his latest offering ‘April Fool’, a song he has long held onto to release at a time that felt right. Prepare your heart for all the feels and dive in.

Nimf

In keeping with the theme of artists I have long anticipated new music from, there’s few more befitting than NIMF. NIMF was selected as one of my own Top 5 artists to watch going into 2018, and I continue to retain that she is an artist that is going to bring us some very wonderful things in the future. It’s been a long period of quiet behind the scenes between a focus on studies and developing her sound, but we’re now getting a peek into what’s more to come with recent release ‘Hey, There’s a Rainbow’. NIMF has been pushing more towards the Electronic and Production side of her music since we last saw her making her Electro-Fantasy tunes. NIMF seems to have this uncanny ability to strike you with her music on a deeper almost subconscious level, with this latest offering really feeling like it’s speaking to my soul. The tune feels very pertinent to the world right now and I can’t wait to see what else is coming down the line.

Rowan

Ah my much beloved Rowan, I’ll always be grateful to Tiz McNamara for bringing them to my attention in 2017, they’ve been a cornerstone of my gig attendance ever since then, truly a wonderful bunch. Their latest offering ‘Big Wave’ is a super important message gift wrapped colourfully in an upbeat romper of a tune that grips you from the start and makes ya want to move like nothing else. It’s not all sunshine and rainbows though, as it touches heavily on the state of the world, the negative media and navigating life with that ever-present burden. Nonetheless it remains an empowering song of putting one foot in front of the other and getting through it all to a better end. Jeez, it really is the song we all need really badly right now.

JJ Lee

Ya can’t go anywhere in the Cork music scene without happening across the man of many talents, JJ Lee. From performing in just about every band you could think of, to his more recent developments as a Producer in the last year, he’s an integral piece of the bustling scene. Vocals on this ethereal tune come from the ever amazing Matthew Corrigan of Ghostking is Dead paired alongside Waterford poet Caoimhe Coleman, whose poem ‘Body Ship’ provides the core of the song. The collaborative effort with JJ’s musical vision at the helm results in a tune you really can just sit back and Sink into (I’ll see myself out now). With an EP in the works to come in better times, be sure to keep an eye out for JJ Lee in the months to come.

In The Willows

In The Willows have hit us with another of the more pertinent songs of our current time with new single ‘Talking To Myself’ (Same tho). It’s been a little while since the 6 piece band from Waterford and Kilkenny have graced us with any new music, but it sure has been worth the wait. Working under the Unemployable Promotions label, the band explosively emerge with a sound that is quite removed from their Folk origins towards a more pop production. The single comes with a music video that has been born in the light of the current period of isolation using video submissions from peoples day to day lives dealing with these strange times. It’s a powerful video and… I’m not crying, you are. I sure am excited to see where they go from here with further releases!

1000 Beasts

For those still unfamiliar, 1000 Beasts is the absolutely incredible Cork producer Cian, who is a man on a mission to collaborate with as many of the incredibly talented artists surrounding him as possible, or indeed the Beasts. His most recent offering ‘5 Points’, featuring Alex Tierney, is the 2nd single in a series of 6 leading towards a full EP release from 1000 Beasts. It’s a class dreamy tune that you can stick on and forget about things for a while, top marks to Cian and Alex on this one. That said I can’t leave this without saying… Cian or whoever is responsible, please revise your knowledge of tally marks. The artwork for this single is fantastic, courtesy of ‘Mr Coulstock’, but the use of too many lines on the tally to give a result of 6 for the artwork of 5 Points is giving me a headache. Other than that, keep on killing it!

David Keenan

Though his latest offering is not on Spotify and thus not in the playlist, I definitely need to give shouts to David Keenan right now on his beautiful ‘Isolation Tapes’. Released on Bandcamp, this 4 piece bedroom recorded EP is the perfect offering for our times to tide us over from David. David is one of my favourite musicians in the country, with his live shows being nothing short of pure magical gatherings. He carries an essence about him that is not of this era, and I’ll never tire of seeing him perform live. Most recently I embarked on a trip to Glasgow to see for myself how he is received outside the country after so many times seeing him in Ireland, and it was very much worth it. I had no idea at the time it’d be among the last of my gigs for a long time!  Go check out the Isolation Tapes down below, and also his debut album ‘A Beginners Guide to Bravery’ if you have not yet already done so.

https://davidkeenan.bandcamp.com/album/isolation-tapes

Upcoming Releases

BBBlonde

Now I want to focus on just a couple of the releases around the corner that I am looking forward to right now. First up is BBBlonde who will hit us this Wednesday with single ‘Honey’. BBBlonde is an upcoming new band in Cork fronted by Rachel Nolan. It’s the first release under the new moniker and the follow up to ‘Back Home’ originally released by Rachel last year. Hit the pre-save link for ‘Honey’ here and check out their previous track below.

Oscar Blue

Clare artist Oscar Blue will be releasing new single ‘Sober From You’ this Friday. Oscar had a landmark year in 2019 with hugely successful headline shows in Dublin and New York and a mainstage appearance at Indiependence Festival among his various activities for the year. Capping the year off with 2 million streams across his music on Spotify, Oscar has lately found himself working with Producer Philip Magee (The Script, Kodaline etc.) for a new chapter of his music. While Oscar’s manner of songwriting is deeply rooted in Folk music, he incorporates a wider range of genres as he drives towards a Pop-Rock sound, though maintaining his individuality and origins. I’ve had a sneaky listen to the new track ahead of time and I’m buzzing for its full release, it’s a surefire banger and if it’s any indication for what’s to come from Oscar down the line, he’s going to only be getting much bigger from here. Check out some of his previous tuneage down below and pre-save the new single at the link here.

 

[New Release] Bleeding Heart Pigeons

Bleeding Heart Pigeons

Bleeding Heart Pigeons are an exciting 3-piece band hailing from Limerick. They’ve been active for several years, though they first entered my radar when I witnessed them supporting iconic band Little Green Cars at their Live at St Luke’s show in 2018. I was immediately hooked and followed this by attending their own intimate headline show in Coughlan’s in 2019. I came away from that show happily clutching their 2016 double-LP debut album ‘Is’. Equipped with the knowledge and experience of over a decade slugging it out in the music scene, Bleeding Heart Pigeons are moving forwards into exciting new territory as an independent band in Limerick’s thriving independent scene, having parted ways from major label Virgin Records.

Stir + Real Connection

Entering this new independent chapter in their career, Bleeding Heart Pigeons announce the upcoming release of their sophomore album ‘Stir’, coming out May 22nd! DIY is the name of the game with this new record, which was recorded and self-produced in a converted farm shed in West Limerick. The album will release on the band’s own new imprint Hlym Records.

‘Stir’ distinctly sets itself apart from its predecessor ‘Is’ in the writing process; Whereas ‘Is’ was pieced together and written with the overall album in mind, ‘Stir’ has been more specifically crafted with a song-focused writing approach. “Each song is its own little world” the band reveal about the record.

Expanding upon what we can expect from the final product, they describe the album as follows “The LP sees the trio integrate their lush sonic sensibilities and existential lyrics with increasingly refined pop song-structures. Haunting vocal melodies, searing guitars, expansive synths and tight drum grooves are deftly woven into an enveloping tapestry of sound, while nuances reveal themselves with repeated listens.”

With this announcement also comes the immediate release of the lead single ‘Real Connection’ and accompanying music video. If this song is anything to judge by for what we can expect from ‘Stir’ then we are surely in for a right treat with this new album. This music video couldn’t have landed at a more fitting time with everything going on right now, as it delves into themes of isolation and ties in perfectly with the song’s desperate search for meaning and belonging. Pre-order ‘Stir’ now at the following link (Click me)

Live At Home 2 – Unemployable Promotions

Serious kudos are in order to the team at Unemployable Promotions. Last week’s Live at Home event was a massive success and set the benchmark for how these live-stream gigs could be organized and successfully executed, they were among the first handful of people I saw taking the initiative in this current climate to do something like this. In addition to that I’ve seen a lot of people do live streams before and they can often get derailed so quickly, be it technical issues or what have you getting in the way. Meanwhile UP coordinated not just 1, but 8 whole live streams to run like clockwork, with every single one running bang on time and in complete working order, that is absolutely no mean feat to pull off. So again, kudos.

Now, they’re back and shooting for the stars with another incredible installment coming to your screens TONIGHT (Cause I’m a lazy bastard and didn’t write this earlier). Once again they’ve managed to hand-pick a bunch of unreal acts, a few of whom are among my favourites and a few of whom I am well overdue a proper introduction to. The fundraiser that went with the first one was also a massive success and that too is taking place again but with a wonderful twist as they aim to support key charity ALONE with the proceeds they build up from this one, so if you’re in a position to I urge you to support and donate if you can, or at least watch along and enjoy yourself if you can’t. Find the link for that here gf.me/u/xsjniy. So without further ado, let’s get into the line-up.

Live at Home 2

Straight out the gate they’ve hit us with a Cry Monster Cry solo set (One Cry per brother? Perhaps this is just Cry Monster?), it’s going to be incredibly weird for me to see Ritchie performing without Jamie, but I already know it’s going to be wonderful nonetheless. This continues the tradition of Cry Monster Cry never appearing before me with the same arrangement (First time a 2 piece, second time a 4 piece, third time a 3 piece and now a 1 piece) which is pretty neat, nicely unpredictable as ever. I look forward to hearing the dreamy songwriting some more, even if without their signature harmonies. CMC’s most recent musical offering comes in the form of their beautiful sophomore album Tides which came out late last year, with myself picking up the vinyl at the Cork date of the launch tour in lieu of affording proper dinners that week – Money well spent as always.

Next we have Tiz McNamara performing all the way from Toronto, Canada. He’s Irish but he abandoned us all to live there the mad chap. Tiz is full of life and humour and if he’s not careful he may very well talk away his 20 minute set without even performing anything – And you wouldn’t even mind cause he’s gas. That said the man is a wonderful songsmith and will bring up all the deep set feely feels in your heart as he lays his inner self bare for all to see, no holds barred. He may or not perform what’s about to be his new single releasing on April 1st, the aptly titled April Fool, a heavily emotional and deeply personal song of his. You may perhaps recognize his song Steady As You Go, widely used in TV Drama’s whenever something sad happens.

Love, Heartbreak and Ultimate Frisbee. Next up is the incredible Dan Elliott. I’ve seen him perform a bunch of support slots now and usually it makes my day to find out he’s been added to the bill of a gig I’m attending, indeed same to find out he would be part of this very event now. The fella’s got some serious singing chops, and as you’re likely aware by now I’m a sucker for an emotional gut punch of a song and for that right there Dan’s yer man.

Next is an artist I’ve been less familiar with, Meghan Murray. Meghan has been making waves in the Irish music scene with her debut EP ‘Out Of Mind’ released last year and recorded at the one and only Monique Studios. Her amalgamation of R&B, Soul and Pop have given her a fresh style of her own that she commands beautifully. I got sidetracked from writing this for far too long as I got lost in the dreamscape that is her debut EP. My favourite so far? Feeling Blue.

Have you ever noticed how many unreal bands Ireland produces that spawn from uber talented siblings making music together? Basciville is a band containing Wexford brothers Cillian and Lorcan and they are no exception to the aforementioned statement. Beyond their own music as Basciville, the brothers also have their paws dipped into many musical projects across Ireland as producers and composers. You’ll find a large array of influences across the genre spectrum in their sound providing a fresh twist to set them apart in the modern pop landscape. Their EP ‘For All Lost Youth’ is an excellent looking glass to get a sneak peak into what you can expect from these guys while they work hard on putting together a full album for us to delight over.

Tadgh Williams is an artist I can very much see capturing a lot of my attention going forwards. He’s one of those musicians whose songwriting takes on a very much poetic quality, likened to powerhouses such as Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, and personal favourite of mine David Keenan to list but a few. Indeed his current offerings on Spotify consist of one song and one poem which showcase the craftiness and wit in Tadgh’s pen. I’m interested to see more of what he has to offer.

In The Willows, stripped all the way down to a solo set, is sure to be an interesting thing to witness. One of Unemployable Promotion’s own first signings, I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them in all their glory once before last year alongside personal favourite of mine Míde Houlihan. They bring so much light and brightness to the Alternative-Folk genre and I for one continue to be eager to see where they take us next. Their 2018 album ‘Before Everybody Disappears’ is a piece of beauty and wonder.

If you know me in the slightest, you probably know just about everything I have to say about this final act, Stephanie Rainey. One of my absolute favourite Cork musicians, I have very closely followed and admired Stephanie’s rise in the music scene since I first saw her in February 2017. Stephanie is a total powerhouse of a woman who writes absolute ANTHEMS on a large spectrum of relatable topics, never shying away from giving 100 percent of herself to the songs. Never mind the list of hits and bops she’s already released upon the world, I could write on forever about just the songs she HASN’T yet unleashed that she has tucked up her sleeves. I mean, just you wait until ‘Woman’ comes out because that might just be one of her greatest achievements yet. Ever developing and growing, I’ve been so proud to be there for so many steps of this wonderful journey she’s on.

 

Please do tune in to all of these acts tonight as they keep us nicely entertained and help us through another day of these tough times. You can find all the information as it becomes available such as streaming times and where to be over on the event page here https://www.facebook.com/events/293562614963401/. I’d also be delighted if you might consider giving my own blog’s facebook page a cheeky like here to keep up to date with my (sporadic and sparse) writings. https://www.facebook.com/themerchperchblog/

Live At Home – Unemployable Promotions

Gig… Withdrawals… Settling in… Must… Witness… Live Music…

Let’s face it folks, these are unprecedented times. Many of us are taking a hit in several different ways and it’s a bit bumpy to say the least. I like many others have just received the Go-Home and am looking at a minimum of 2 weeks of chilling at home and passing the time however I may. Hopefully a little bit more of this blog. Some more reading. Catch up on TV and Movies. Reconnect with my video games and whatnot. I’ll be fine. Probably. My biggest thoughts from the outset of this whole situation have been with the musicians and the creatives. Those with incredible artistic talents who rely on the beauty they can weave in verse and music, pencils and brushes and whatnot to get them by in life. It’s a tough enough industry to survive in when the going is good, so I can only imagine how many are feeling now that the going is rough.

It’s far from all doom and gloom though. The (socially-distancing) community spirit is for the most part higher. Many of us are trying to look out for one another in these trying times and uplift one another. The next thing I’m really looking forward to is this Wednesday, one of many such wonderful initiatives going on in the music community right now is Unemployable Promotions arranging a Facebook Live Home-To-Home concert, and the line-up is to diiiiieee (Of non-Covid related causes) for. So far on the ever growing bill they have Emma Langford, Sara Ryan, Jordan Run, Beyond The Wash, Paddy Dennehy, Eve Clague and Míde Houlihan. By jaysus would you just LOOK at that. The only person on that list I unfortunately haven’t had the pleasure to witness live before is Beyond The Wash, but I have heard so many wonderful things I am just as eagerly awaiting this opportunity!

Live At Home

Emma Langford has just released her newest single Sowing Acorns, from her upcoming album of same name, accompanied by a beautiful music video. I’ve been a firm fan of Emma since 2018 when her debut album Quiet Giant was released and have seen a number of stunning live performances since then. To say I am looking forward to the new album is very much an understatement, I cast my eyes forward to Autumn time with much anticipation.

Sara Ryan recently put out her exceptional debut album into the world ‘Breathe’. a pure stunning piece of work that captures every emotional essence that runs through the core of all the music Sara puts her heart and soul into. The latest offering from the album comes in the releasing of ‘Roots’ as a single, a song I feel is especially pertinent to our current situation as we all search for something to ground ourselves right now.

Jordan Run is one of Cork’s newest and finest offerings to the vibrant music scene and has been consistently growing and expanding the catalog of what they can offer us. Jordan Run has been plugging away behind the scenes molding and creating new music with the promise of much more on the way in the coming months ahead.

Beyond The Wash is making some of the most divine alt-pop music to come out of Cork and Ireland at the present moment. Currently he’s building towards the release of an EP titled ‘Murmurings’, the latest tease for which comes in the form of new single ‘Uruguay’ which has just been released. I for one am excited to see where he takes us and I look forward to seeing and hearing more from the Cork artist.

Paddy Dennehy. What does one even say to try and capture this being in words. I had a recommendation to go so him in 2018 and did so blindly, and my eyes have been wide open ever since then. Here is a man who will modestly sit before you on a stage like he’s just anybody about to deliver their words and sounds to your ears, he may even do so with the question of why one would so willingly choose to face him and task themselves with receiving this sound. Then he begins to play, and he reaches into himself, gripping the very emotional fibres from the deepest depths of his guts and he wrenches them from within himself, intertwining them with every gritty utterance and syllable of the words he has poetically crafted for us. Bit much? Not even, I doubt I could fill one hand counting people who have given me a live performance so emotionally enthralling as Paddy here has. He’s been steadily bringing some of this music that one can experience in the live shows to the wider world in his single releases, the most recent of which just came out is ‘Abednego’. You can check out the music video on his Facebook page linked above on his name. You’re best off letting him tell you what that one is about live, because Paddy’s music is only rivaled by Paddy’s storytelling between songs. (Are ya taking song requests for Wednesday there Paddy? Bitta ‘Someone Else’ wouldn’t go amiss).

Eve Clague is another artist I can’t get enough of, one of many that West Cork’s Clonakilty has churned out into the world. Eve’s EP Young Naive Me was one of the highlights of 2019 for me, and I’ve waited with bated breath to hear more beautiful music from her. Indeed, I shall soon be able to freely breathe again as no later than this Friday her new single ‘Down Down Down’ shall be with us in the world, no doubt we’ll be hearing that in the set on Wednesday I would imagine. Eve was set to have one of her most exciting shows yet scheduled for this coming Sunday in Coughlan’s Live, but alas the ongoing situation has deferred that possibility for the foreseeable, a shame as I was really looking forward to that one.

Lastly but far from Leastly, another Clonakilty bred (What’s in the water out there?) talent is the one and only Míde Houlihan. I had the fortune to stumble upon Míde at an International Women’s Day gig in Cyprus Avenue in 2018 and that first encounter had my soul signed for on the spot, with her music immediately embedding itself deep into my heart. Her deeply emotional story-telling style of singing combined with the sheer beauty of the songs she writes has had me hooked ever since. In the relatively short space of time since, Míde has officially broken into the high rankings of my Spotify all-time listened to artists and I have seen her perform live more times than I can count at this stage. Her album ‘Coloured In’ was the soundtrack to my year for the remainder of 2018 and her follow-up EP ‘Shifting Gears’ was another stunning piece of work that contains one of my absolute favourite songs ‘Without Me’ (I cri errytime)

Please everybody cosy up and tune in to the stream on Wednesday, for the good of your own souls that shall be washed with the warmth that all these artists have to offer you, and to support their very livelihoods in this trying time. You can find the event page on Facebook here to keep up to date with it https://www.facebook.com/events/3070205753205340/ and you can donate funds which will be spread evenly across these wonderful artists by going here https://www.gofundme.com/f/live-at-home. You can also find The Merch Perch on Facebook here where I will be posting about this article and I would appreciate a like and a share of this one to try and spread it wide, I will also be posting artist updates similar to above breakdown for any new additions to the line-up.

The Monthly Perch – Issue 01

Well hello there

Greetings from the void folks, what a tumultuous year long month this January has been the world over, I hope ye have found personal comforts in your day to day lives that has seen you through to now alive and well. I hereby declare February the true beginning of 2020, lay to rest the trial mode that January has put us all through and let’s look forwards with bright eyes to this short and sweet month ahead. While I search within myself to rid my mind of the black hole that is sucking up any attempts at writing more blog posts for ye, I didn’t want to leave this space totally derelict so I’m starting somewhat of a Webzine series to at least keep you updated on a monthly basis.

My January hasn’t been all bad and I’ve definitely had some things go my way and keep my days bright. I got my second tattoo, a Luna Moth inspired piece that I’ve dedicated to Aurora, and I also got a small piece for Antiguan artist Au/Ra of the ” :): ” symbol too, from her song Stay Happy. If you haven’t heard already, I had the immense honour of being featured on Golden Plec (!!!) for the madness that was my 2019 where I accomplished my goal of attending 200 gigs in the year. It was such an amazing opportunity and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. The process of that piece coming to exist included the rather terrifying but exhilarating experience of going around Cork City being shot by the incredibly talented lens of Shane J. Horan, my first photo-shoot of that nature and he certainly managed to make me look better than I ought to! Definitely go check that piece out here, it’s been heartwarming to see the reaction to the article so far from everyone it’s reached, including many of the musicians involved along the way, and I even got recognized by a stranger in public for it! Linky link clicky click!

So I’ve been thinking about that whole 200 gigs ordeal and how incredible a year of experiences it was, even if I failed miserably in translating any of that to blog posts for ye to read about. I’m fresh and energized going into this year and I’m totally ready to challenge that figure. I’ll let ye in on something. My count for 2019 could totally have been closer to something like 210 or more, but I let a couple things go unchecked in the year that I wont be letting fall through the cracks this time around. There’s two things I bizarrely didn’t even include in my count. 1: Stand-Up Comedy nights. and 2: Battle Rap Events. I don’t know about you but spending 2-3 hours in a room (upwards of 5-6-7 hours in a room for the battle rap events!) watching a bunch of performers do their thing sounds good enough for gig criteria to me. I didn’t start last year with a goal, that only came to exist after already going to gigs nonstop for 7 months anyway. This year I’m thinking I can challenge for 250. At the end of the day I’m just doing what I love and whatever I hit is a win, but that seems like a nice respectable figure.

January in Gigs

Dry January to everyone else: Abstaining from alcohol for a month for health benefits or otherwise.

Dry January to me, a gig-goer: The woefully quiet time at the beginning of a new year when the gig schedule of every musician you love is significantly barer than in any other month of the year.

I never go into a January with very high hopes for that reason, but I must say it’s been a rather good month nonetheless, even if still the tip of the ice berg for what the rest of the year should bring to my plate. I end the month on a very respectable note of 18 gigs attended, just shy of the average I’ll need to hit 250 but definitely in prime position to carry on strongly. January also sees a total of 3 trips to Dublin to sate the appetite for gigs.

The year started out in the best possible fashion it could, with a local performance from my favourite discovery of 2019, Julianne Quirke in Gallaghers pub. The following day I intended to see her again in Brú Bar, but due to illness I instead saw the equally commendable Gerald Ahern with a solo set. The first big gig came in the form of a trip up to Dublin after work on the 4th to Whelan’s where my friends had organized a wonderful charity gig for the Irish Cancer Society, arranging a surprise headline from Saarloos, and a tasty line-up including Emily 7, Saint Sapphire, Pádraig and Lewis Kelly. For me Saint Sapphire ended up being the dark horse pick that surprised me most, for sure earning a new fan in myself.

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Saint Sapphire at Whelan’s

I saw myself back from Dublin to bed sometime after 5 AM, only to prise myself out from the covers before noon on a Sunday of all days! With good reason though, for I had to see my favourite Sarah-Beth do a wonderful midday show at Crawford Art Gallery. I went home to bed immediately after, only to once again drag myself out in the evening to see Jen Ella at the Roundy… With support from Sarah-Beth. One could be forgiven for thinking after this I would go home to retire, but the night was not yet done and I popped along to the Old Oak to finally see Gerald Ahern’s cover band the Midnight Sons perform, finishing my trio of gigs for the day.

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Sarah-Beth & Caoimhe Browne at Crawford Art Gallery

The Brú saw my face a couple more times during the next week as I popped by to see Peadar O Callaghan and Leo Mullane both play lovely sets. On the 11th I went under the needle for 3 and a half hours and emerged with my latest tattoos, immediately hitting the Air Coach to Dublin to see the exciting hip hop duo Wax White in action at an event ran by Fluttertone who are putting on top class gigs regularly in Dublin. As expected they pure owned the stage in the Workman’s, but I was very highly impressed by the man of the evening Craig Cooney whose headline it was and would definitely eagerly check him out again for sure.

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Wax White at the Workman’s Club, Dublin
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My Luna Moth tattoo from Electric Soul Cork

Back to the Brú on the 16th I finally got to see Dan O Keeffe again after over half a year without the opportunity to see him in action. Following on from that I saw one of Cork’s most exciting bands around, The Flavours, completely dominate the Crane Lane. Closing out the weekend on the 19th was one of the gigs I was most looking forward to for the month, the incredible Luunah (Sarah-Beth’s band) making their magical Coughlan’s debut, support on the evening coming from Cat Reynolds who, despite being worse for wear health-wise, put in a stoic performance to open the night up.

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Luunah at Coughlan’s

On the 21st I spent yet another evening in the presence of Gerald Ahern at the Brú (He’s great ok), then on the 23rd I went to see one of the most exciting Wedding Bands on the scene – The Old Moderns in Rearden’s. The 24th was the Brú again, though for something different as I finally got to witness the near mythical Irish hip-hop legend Rob Kelly show us how it’s done. The 25th was the best day of January, possibly of 2020 as a whole, when I was joined by my best friend Kathryn and some of our favourite musicians in my living room for a special evening of music, drinks and Harry Potter. Could never praise or thank Darce, Blakkheart and Actor Actor enough for being such legends to take part in such an evening with us.

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Actor Actor performing in my Living Room

Closing out the month I attended my first comedy evening of 2020 for Comedy Cavern’s Comedian of the Year final in Coughlan’s. Going into it my favourite to win it was Roger O Sullivan based on previous experiences seeing him live. All the acts on the evening smashed it and I was most pleasantly surprised by Galway’s Ian Burke who I thought may potentially sneak a win on the evening. In the end Roger showed out and took a well earned and hard fought win, followed in second place by the amazing Matthew Talon. Finally, one more trip up to Dublin to The Wild Duck to see Fade To Light launch their new single ‘If This is Love” on January 31st. I was really keen for this one because it had been a staggering year and a half since I had managed to make it to see them live and they were sorely missed in my gig schedule. With work back in Cork early in the morning, gigs of this nature really need to be worth the trip and boy did the lads bountifully provide with a stellar performance. Support on the night came from FTL Frontman Jeremiah’s daughter Ava McKechnie who showed there’s surely some magic coursing through the bloodline, and also from Warped Minds who played a belter of a set and have me eagerly anticipating their upcoming EP release. I can already tell February is set to be a scorcher of a month with some exciting plans ahead, I’ve my first gig abroad of the year to look forward to in February, so keep posted for the next issue!

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Fade To Light at The Wild Duck, Dublin

 

 

Music Release Corner

On top of the above mentioned “If This Is Love”, January was a great month for music releases with much to digest and plug into your ear holes, so here’s some of my picks for you to check out!

Brand New Friend head-up their EP dropping in February with two glorious Singles this month, releasing both Nothing Remains The Same and Stop The Days

Cork band Rowan feature prominently in my recent listening cycle with another class tune, Finish Line

My personal favourites Luunah knock it out the park with latest offering These Roads

Stolen City enter the charts at number 1 with newest single The Tower

Inhaler continue their increasingly rapid rise to stardom with We Have To Move On

Cork artist Ghostking Is Dead offers up new release Palm Tree

Ryan McMullan kills it again with Ruthless Cupid

Cork’s John Blek comes in with a Folk entry ahead of his upcoming album with Revived

Kodaline wows us again with Wherever You Are

The Clockworks remind me of many a night spent in Stansted Airport before flying home in new release Stranded in Stansted

Picture This follow on from their second acclaimed album with latest single Winona Ryder

The Coronas begin a new era after the departure of Dave with Haunted

Hop over to my Facebook page (Find that here) where this will be promoted and feel free to like and share the article and comment your thoughts 🙂 – TMP out.

TMP Tour Fliary Day One: Au/Ra – Paris

Discovering Au/Ra – A path of many obstacles

It’s June 10th, I’ve left my house just after midnight with a backpack slung over my shoulders and the understanding that I won’t see this place again for 9 days. Me, the month of June, and concerts go hand in hand like the white chocolate and cookies on the new Magnum ice creams (They’re not sponsoring me but damnit they’re tasty). I’ve gone concert crazy the last few June’s running, but this year would be something well beyond the realms of previous achievement. I catch my late coach to Dublin airport full of excitement and contemplation of the events that are set to unfold. Fast forward a few hours and the sun hovers low in the sky as I take my first steps off the plane that has just transported me to Paris. I’ve never been to Paris before. Why am I in Paris…?

It’s November 27th, 2018. I’m sitting on the 5PM coach to Dublin, I’m tired after working a full shift in Cork, but above that I’m excited. I’m gonna see one of my favourite artists EDEN play in the Olympia Theatre again, that’s twice this year now. I’m curious about the new discovery I’m gonna make with his support act. I like her name, Au/Ra, and a quick glance to her profile has my curiosity piqued big time, she looks fucking cool. What’s she gonna sound like, I wonder to myself. Sure, I’ve got my earphones on me, it’s just a click away. But I’m not about to break my rule. I’m a sucker for live discovery of music, if I know I’m already going to see someone live then I explicitly do not listen to their music in advance, I love that moment of it all unveiling right there before me from the stage. I’m gonna be in Dublin for 8 O Clock, if I’m quick on my feet I’ll barely even miss her first song. That annoys me enough, but I have to settle for it.

It’s 8 O Clock. Why aren’t we rolling through Dublin City center right now? We don’t even seem to be remotely near there. We suddenly come up to Dublin Airport, every passenger on the coach aghast. The bus is NOT meant to be here. Only one person on this entire bus is even going to the airport, the driver has messed up big time here and there’s outrage. He’s gone the wrong way on a 2 stop bus route, putting us all out by a 30 minute delay. I’m stressed all the way to Dublin after we leave the airport again. The bus barely stops at the curb and I’m off, running to the Olympia. I race through the streets and enter the venue quick time. There’s Au/Ra on stage, the unmissable green hair… As she says goodbye to the crowd and thanks everyone, her set over. You have goooot to be kidding me.

The concert is over, I’m on a bus straight back to Cork for work again in the morning, exhausted, elated, EDEN just put on an incredible show. I gotta see what that Au/Ra one was like though, so it’s earphones in and Spotify up. I didn’t think I could hate that bus driver any more than I already did. It’s apparent after just one listen through of what Au/Ra has online that, yes, I absolutely could hate that driver more. He kept me from hearing this live, this music that I am actively falling in love with from the first moment I’m exposed to it. And so, mission improbable is now in effect: See Au/Ra live, ASAP. Should be a piece of cake right, I mean she only lives in Antigua in the Caribbean Islands, so touring in this part of the world is tooootally gonna be a regular thing, round the corner as it is (/sarcasm).

It’s early 2019, and I get the notification I’ve been dying to see. Au/Ra has a mini tour of Europe coming up! Yes! It… doesn’t include Ireland. Bugger. But it’s in June, that’s when my holiday time from work is due. I narrow down the options to 2 possibilities, Paris or Berlin. It comes down to the flip of a coin pretty much, and I settle on Paris, I’ve always wanted to get to France eventually. Flights booked, ticket bought, the world ain’t stopping me this time!

Being a tourist

Having flown so early into Paris, I’ve a bright day ahead of playing the part of a tourist. I may be purely here on the basis of chasing the music wherever it takes me, but I can allow a moment to take in some sights. With that in mind I get the bus in from the airport, catching my first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower from a distance as we approach the city. The weather is beautiful so I’ve no qualms about the several KM walking distances I’m about to be faced with going every which way. I load up google maps, Spotify has Au/Ra on cycle, and I naturally aim for the Eiffel tower. Along the way I detour slightly to marvel at the Arc de Triomphe. It’s only then I make the fun discovery that the entire giant road surrounding the monument operates as a shared space. So, a free-for-all which made for quite the interesting experience just crossing to and from the structure.

I also encounter the less pretty side of a tourist city like Paris. The constant aggressive selling, begging and manipulation bombarding from all sides as everyone has one objective, part the tourist and their money from each other. Travelling alone and meek willed as I am at times, I’m not entirely successful at avoiding all these traps and am rather unwillingly parted with 10 or so euros of my light travelling funds in my first hour there, though I am hardier for it after and avoid repeating occurrences. I witness the Eiffel tower first hand, go see another few bits then I decide it’s high time I venture in the direction of the venue. A quick detour to look at the aftermath of the Notre-Dame, and I finally find myself outside the venue for the evening – Le Pop-Up du Label. I chill outside, making a new friend with a fellow gig attendee, and wait a few hours for the doors to open. It’s at this very moment that I am dealt a massive blow to my plans for the week. I receive a snapchat from my best concert buddy Kathryn asking if I’d seen Snow Patrol’s post, and her saying she’s so sorry. Confused, I race to Facebook to witness the news. See, Paris was not the only destination in my international plan of mischief, 2 days later I was set to fly to Germany to go and see Snow Patrol perform in Stuttgart, something I was extremely excited for and had spent heavy funds in planning. Snow Patrol have just posted that Nathan Connolly has completely lost the use of his hand, and their show in Stuttgart is cancelled. Safe to say, I’m distraught, and now I’m looking towards the show later more than ever as a beacon to pick me up and repair my bad mood.

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We’re let into the venue and I excitedly make my way inside, getting a cozy spot right in front of the stage. Although I learned some French in school, I’ve typically lost it all when I actually find myself in France. For a while I wait in silence, before eventually piping up in English and starting conversation with some of the fellow fans, and I’m relieved that we pick up on steady chatter and make more acquaintances in the moment. Before too long the support act for the evening, Charlotte, takes to the stage. Another new discovery for me, hailing from Hull in the UK, it’s just herself and her Guitarist Joe with us on this evening. Early observations are that she’s chatty with good humour, and seems very nice and friendly.

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Charlotte and Joe on stage in Le Pop-Up Du Label

When she gets to singing though, that’s when the true magic happens. She absolutely blows me away with the beauty and depth behind every word she sings, channeling something special through every note hit. As it so happens, her debut EP ‘Nowhere To Hide’ has made its way out into the world only a couple days earlier. She has not acquired a Piano for this particular performance and thus has to refrain from playing a couple of her songs which rely heavier on the instrument, although she does opt to give us exclusive first ears on some new material she’s been writing which goes down a right treat. Elsewhere in the set she drops in a cover of ‘Redbone’ by Childish Gambino, which Joe has wonderfully adapted on Acoustic Guitar gaining particularly favourable response from the crowd. Standout songs to me from the performance are ‘Somebody To Hold’ from the EP, and her well known song ‘Nervous’. When she leaves the stage, it doesn’t feel like we got to see her for long enough and I’m already longing to hear more.

Au/Ra

F I N A L L Y. It’s perhaps been the most obstacle ridden path I’ve ever traversed to become a fan of an artist, but it takes a lot more than a little debris thrown by the universe to deter me. I’ve found myself right here, locked in the moment and the seconds counting down. The room is dark, there’s a palpable electricity in the air, I almost expect to see mini forks of lightning to flash through the smoke cloud shrouding the stage. The perfect storm brews nearly to the point of crescendo, then the music kicks in and Au/Ra flits through the crowd to the stage, masked up in very much the embodiment of her first song ‘Assassin’, and the wildness begins. This stage is very much Au/Ra’s domain as she dances the length of it performing her heart out to the crowd, emotions are running high all round in this intimate setting. She’s quick to crack out a new song when she goes into ‘Dance In The Dark’, the atmosphere dropping real low and thick for this heavy pulsing number. Beneath the veil of the heavy dancy vibes one can see this is really an intensely personal song and I’m in awe of Au/Ra’s power in delivering it.

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Au/Ra performing Assassin up close and personal

Moving through the set we’re treated to great songs from the catalog both released and unreleased, from Outlaws and Junk Food (Which is totally about Junk Food and only Junk Food, definitely no hidden meanings in this song whatsoever promises Au/Ra), to fan favourite X Games and then the cult gem that I was unaware of due to missing out on her sets before, Drake. Yes, about THAT Drake, a funny and somewhat adorable ode to the rapper where Au/Ra recalls a time she added Drake on Playstation Network and genuinely hoped he would actually accept. As you would expect, he didn’t, and to process that heartbreak she wrote this wonderful little song about it. I’m confident at this rate she’ll get to meet and/or collaborate with the man in the next couple of years and it’ll all come full circle. Following on from that Au/Ra smashes another fan favourite in the form of her song ‘Emoji’ before going into another new song, the exquisitely beautiful and hauntingly emotional piece that is ‘Medicine’. I’m not crying, you are, ok we both are, shut up. I was soooo not expecting the amount of oomph packed into this song and the room received it without so much as a sound, bar perhaps some sniffles, such was the respect it commanded. Coupled with the earlier track Dance in the Dark, Au/Ra delivers a harrowing look into Depression and Anxiety here and for capturing it like she has I just want to reach out and hug her soul.

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Au/Ra drops to her knees performing Medicine
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Au/Ra bringing the energy in her performance

At this point I’m really trying not to realize the fact that there isn’t too much longer left in this set as I totally just want to exist in this moment now and let it go on forever. Alas, we approach the end of the evening with ‘White Knuckles’ and a special acoustic performance of the song ‘Darkside’ which is a collaboration with the incredible Alan Walker. With that there’s only one thing for it, and all the Green Beans (Au/Ra fans nickname) in the room are in on a secret that we’ve been waiting all show to reveal to Au/Ra. Heading into the song ‘Outsiders’, this is our cue to pull out our phones collectively. Organized by a fan who goes by the name ‘Yungbludhearts’ on Instagram (Go follow!), everyone had been passed around green heart shaped pieces of paper before the show, which shining our flashlights through would produce a green filter of light. I’ve only experienced something like that once before, at a Twenty One Pilots concert, and it truly is a spectacle to behold with all our green lights waving to Au/Ra. Safe to say, she was so totally moved by this incredible display and had not expected it at all, and we all shared a special emotional moment. We finished up with an encore featuring the song ‘Panic Room’ which evolved into the remix version, and last but not least ‘Concrete Jungle’, and thus it was all over.

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A heartfelt and emotional moment with Au/Ra during Outsiders
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Au/Ra is thankful to everyone who came out to support her

Outsiders

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It’s probably worth noting at this point that I may have been a biiiit of an idiot. See, many months prior I purchased Au/Ra’s t-shirt and mini green vinyl from her online store and had been very much enjoying them. Somehow, just before departing my house the evening before flying to Paris, my Au/Ra shirt that had been top of the pile of things to pack had remained just there on my bed where I packed my bag. Epic fail. I was not impressed with myself for that one. Alas we started the process of leaving the venue, a Merch table on the way had the vinyl and shirt I already have, plus a poster I didn’t have so I added that to my collection. Charlotte didn’t have merch at the time but in July I got to see her perform in Dublin and picked up a very cool hoodie and her new CD at that show, so I’ma show ’em off here.

The queue leaving was slow moving as Au/Ra was waiting at the other end meeting all the fans and to her credit she really gave every single person the time of day and attention, properly meeting everyone and I respect that so much. I hung back towards the end of the queue and let everyone have their moment until it got to my turn. Au/Ra really was so wonderful to meet and was just so friendly and appreciative of the support. I got to tell her all about the tale of how I came to be in this moment and we had a lovely lil conversation. Eventually the time came to part ways and I made my way back across Paris, ready to fly away again early in the morning. Which, actually, is a bit of a tale in itself. If you haven’t figured by now, I’m just a biiiit of  a lunatic, and when I throw myself into adventure mode it really is full on. With that in mind, here’s something to understand about most of my flight based travel for concerts: I don’t really do accommodation. What’s worked out for me so far has been early morning flights, and overnight sitting the hours away in the airport itself until the flight, catching a few sparing z’s here and there. Fun fact: The smaller airport in Paris, from which I was flying, does something I had not yet had to deal with elsewhere, it closes at night. Completely. It also opens very late in comparison to a lot of airports, with doors at 6 AM. Yay me, rounded out the first day of my journey with a night of homelessness in Paris, what a magical way to end a magical evening.

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Meeting Au/Ra after an exceptionally awesome show

 

Next stop in the Tour Fliary: Bristol. Coming… At some point? I’ll try not to take too long!