The Riptide Movement’s new music video ‘All Works Out’


We do like great Irish music around Culch towers and The Riptide Movement‘s latest album, ‘Getting Through’, is just that. You can buy it on iTunes here or stream it on Spotify below. The first single to be released is ‘All Works Out’ and the new video featuring Amy Huberman has hit the internets this week and can be viewed above. They’ll be hitting the gig circuit over the summer and we’re really looking forward to catching them. Great stuff lads.

New Irish Music: Martin Byrne, A Long Long Way From Ireland

Martin Byrne, a long long way from ireland, promo

It’s no big secret that I love my Irish music and more that I’ve a wee soft spot for the trad Irish. And when a promo copy of the new Martin Byrne single, A Long Long Way From Ireland came in my post this morning I was literally over the moon. This isn’t my first time to review Martin’s music. But, then again, I’ve also done that for great new Irish acts like Wicker Bones and The Hot Sprockets. On a mild side note ? I still hold dear cracking memories of The Galtymore dance hall in Cricklewwod. Sad to say however the place were Declan Nearney and so many of the greats once played has since moved on. What is genuinely amazing is when that era is given a reprieve or a rebirth of sorts. And Martin Byrne’s music just does that. By the truck load. Seriously ? Try … There’s more

Gig: Songs in the Key of D at the NCH

Photo credit: Tommy Walker heads singing in a choir? Yep and not just any choir, it’s Songs in the Key of D. Following on from sell out shows at the Dublin Fringe Festival, the SitKoD choir bring you their expanded look at the songs of Dublin City. A musical journey from Handel to Hansard, Lynott to Drew. Performed by a choir of real Dubliners, rehearsals have been under way for the past fortnight with the gig taking place on the evening of February 3rd at 8pm in the John Field room at the National Concert Hall. Tickets are €18 (€16 concession) and can be purchased directly from the NCH box office or online at this link (use promo code ‘KeyofD10′ to get 10% off if booking this week). The idea of the choir came from producer, Mr Eoin Kilkenny and our musical directors are Chris O’Sullivan and Killian Grumley Traynor. There’s a lot … There’s more

Luke Kelly 30th Anniversary Tribute Night

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This in from musician Ronnie Delaney who sez: The Fingal Folk makes a special return for 2014 with the first concert on Fri 31st Jan being dedicated to the memory of Luke Kelly of the Dubliners on his 30th Anniversary. The night will feature songs from the Dubliners repertoire to include Luke Kelly classics. Now starting its fourth season the Fingal Folk Club encourages musicians singers to perform in an all-acoustic setting incorporating participation form the audiences. The folk club takes place on the first and last Friday of each month throughout the year full schedule below and incorporates many theme nights through the year.  Next Folk Club Dates: Friday 31st Jan: Luke Kelly Tribute Night Friday 7th Feb: Love Songs Night Friday 28th Feb: Around the house session. Details: Where: St Patrick’s Hall, Ballyboughal, Fingal, Nth. Co. Dublin Time: 8pm – 10pm Sub: Adults €5, Musicians donation, Children Free … There’s more

Morning Dew. Sundays at The Carnegie Court Hotel

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At the Carnegie Court Hotel, Swords every Sunday from around 8pm play a band called Morning Dew. And last Sunday I had the honour to watch and listen to them play. If you have never heard of them before, they are a highly entertaining mix of trad Irish, country, folk and upbeat songs that could only make you wan’t to tap your feet and sing along and be merry and God knows when it comes to January and floods and new years resolutioned mice pie-less diets that life needs happy people like the father and son team that are Ronnie and V Delaney. listen to ‘The Auld Triangle – Morning Dew’ on Audioboo Higher than highly recommended. And pure genius good old fashioned Irish Sunday evening guitar and a bodhrán entertainment. Every Sunday. listen to ‘Morning Dew – Ring of Fire’ on Audioboo

Christmas FM is back for 2013

The Christmas FM crew

First off… before you say it (you were going to, weren’t you?)… yes, I do realise that my last (and only one of TWO so far!) post here on Culch was about Christmas FM 2012 almost a year ago, but I hereby solemnly swear and promise – in a sort of “early New Year’s resolution” type way – to post far more often in the future. Anyway – with that said… once again, the time of year has rolled around where many of us think of stuffing the turkey (careful now!), roasting their spuds (ah here!), heating up the sausage meat (quiet you, down the back!), pulling a cracker (just stop!), covering the pudding in cream (er…), gifts, trees, snow and jolly fat men dressed in red… Yes!.. it’s the month before Christmas and all through the house… in fact, all through the LAND, the charity radio station Christmas FM … There’s more

New Music Review: Tod Doyle and The Troubled – These Days

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It was in my review of the Spirit of Folk Festival that I noted: my find [?] of the gig, if not the year was, the now very highly recommended Tod Doyle and The Troubled. I fell so in love with their song Kirbman, that I forgot to record it. I’ll make sure to rectify that Tod, I promise. I was walking through the woods, not towards the stage, when not for the first time I was drawn towards a sound. And as I sat down to see what they were like, as one does at a festival and a new sound, this song started playing….  First formed in Budapest in 2012, in the same year released their debut album “These days” and since have been hard at work touring and promoting the album across the water in Ireland and the UK. How good do others think they are ? … There’s more

New Music EP – Carriages


I first heard Harry Bookless and Aaron Page of Carriages play The Spirit of Folk Festival 2013. They were on the main stage and this was a folk festival. And in my head that conjures up images of bearded men with pipes and a sheep under one arm and a woman doing crochet quietly in the corner. And though the festival was very far from that, a little further afield was the music that emminated from the PA system.   And in my head there’s a wee little man with a telephone directory and a rolodex flicking through at a pace of knots searching for category to file them under, or in between some sound that I’ve heard before. And all he and I could come up with was a quasied version of the intro to U2′s Numb meets The Who’s Teenage Wasteland, played backwards at a slower beat. In context … There’s more

Review: Spirit of Folk Festival 2013

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Above image: Myself with organiser Martin Duffy, courtesy Brian Greene. Year 3, my third year at The Spirit of Folk Festival kicked off Saturday 22nd September and though it was only for 1 day and night, it was as always so very beautiful. It seems funny to want a passage of time to never end… and this year was no different. A bit like the happiest game of snakes and Ladders played within a Jamesless giant peach, it is a very beautiful thing to see a feeling turn into an event and watch it grow only then to ram it into a calculator and press the square root button. And then you realise that the #soF13 family could have asked me to come to the field with nothing but a tree under my left oxter and it would have been as beautiful, solely because of the people there. Now add … There’s more

The Hot Sprockets set to play The Late Late Show

And about fohoking time. Yup absolute legends and total frickin’ gentlemen The Hot Sprockets have just announced that they will indeed be playing The Late Late show. Tomorrow. Friday. Sept 20th 2013. Last time we met was at Indiependence 2013. listen to ‘The Hot Sprockets chat @ Indiependence 2013’ on Audioboo The choon of choice for Fridays show, Soul Brother is from their soon to be released second album. You can find their first album Honey Skippin in iTunes and all good record stores. More info: The Hot Sprockets website   Hot Sprockets on facebook @thehotsprockets

Welcome: The Spirit of Folk, Festival 2013

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This weekend sees the very much anticipated return of The Spirit of folk Festival 2013. has been and gone there since it began way back in 2011 and this it’s 3rd year is one I simply cannot wait for. I’ll grant you #SOF13 is probably not the type of gig where you’d spot that many fake tan pushers, complete with Gucci aftersahve flavoured Beckham Wellies, because I’m worth it ? More this gig really is about The Spirit of Folk. For me, for us, it is the place where myself and Brian Greene were made to feel part of The Family in 2011 as they aired on The Sodshow. And we had tea there. It is were Anthony McGuinness  and I first met The Hot Sprockets. It is were Darren and Ellie went shamanic drumming and Brian interviewed a viking. It is bring your own Germania beer, a hug … There’s more

Live Music: Spirit of Folk Festival Awards Semi-Final @ Whelans

It’s plain how much love we have for the Spirit of Folk eh…folks, and we’ll be in Whelans of Wexford St on Saturday for the SOF Festival Awards Semi-Finals. Doors open at 3.30pm for a day of great bands, storytellers from all over Ireland and a craft market. An impressive 100 bands applied and nine have made it through to the semi-finals. They are: Moxie, Miriam Donohue, Mossy Nolan & Colm McGowan, My Fellow Sponges, Garr Cleary, Laura Ann Brady, The Cujo Family, Vickers Vimy and A Band Called Wanda. Carl Corcoran of RTE Lyric FM’s Blue of the Night said of judging the awards: ‘Participating in the Spirit of Folk Talent search has been a real pleasure and has provided further proof to me that there is a very healthy and thriving community of music makers and creative artists out there. This SOFF initiative provides a great platform for … There’s more

Free Music Tracks by Canadian Bands July Talk and Wildlife


Get yizzer free music tracks. This one copy and pasted straight from the press release. You’re welcome Molson Canadian Rocks Out with 10,000 MP3 Giveaway Earlier this year Canada’s most iconic lager Molson Canadian arrived on Irish shores to great acclaim, and now we’re being introduced to two of the countries freshest musical exports in the form of a free 10,000 MP3 Facebook giveaway from July Talk and Wildfire. From today, anyone who ‘likes’ the Molson Coors Facebook page can redeem a free track from either band directly on the page, on a first come, first served basis. Commenting on the promotion, Denise Catney, brand manager for Molson Canadian in Ireland said, “We’re delighted to be offering free Canadian music to Irish fans of Molson Canadian. The Irish share a lot of similarities with Canadians. Aside from having a mutual love of beer, we love taking to the great outdoors … There’s more

Meet Orla Gartland

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I met Orla on the Sunday of #indie13.We had a chat. An interview. I recorded it. Press play. And Enjoy. listen to ‘Peter talks to Orla Gartland’ on Audioboo And whilst some music heads may ask for the yellow M&M’s  to seperated from the reds, Orla very graciously sat with me as the rain droplets trickled lightly and didn’t bat one eyelid. Thanks Orla. Ye legend. A hat tip to Ciaran Warren for the intro. Top Man. Smiley face. Orla Gartland in iTunes @OrlaGartland on twitter Orla Gartland on facebook