Sunday, 16 November 2014

Pete Cummins

I was shocked to check in here and learn that I have not posted on here since the third week of October. That is almost a month ago. That is probably the longest Eirecana has gone without posting. It is a sad state of affairs. I could say that the radio show is keeping me distracted but it shouldn't be to this extend. So I'm back with a pledge for more frequent posts. My return to blogging features some fine music from one of Ireland's foremost americana artists; Pete Cummins.

Pete has been on the musical road for a good few years. During that time he has recorded with many artists including Towns Van Zandt, Nancy Griffith (whom incidentally he won a Grammy Award with) and more. Pete started recording music in 1968 with the band Granny's Intentions. During the 1980's he formed and led the Fleadh Cowboys, recording two albums and touring quite extensively with the group.


Despite all this work playing in bands, as a session musician, Pete only released his first solo record in 2008.


Titled "The Brilliant Architect", the album features Pete's varied musical styles. The album moves from brass-led serenades like "Delivery Man", anti-war anthems "Flowers in Baghdad" to straight out country-rock "Damaged Man".
My favourite though from the album is the radio friendly Crazy Horses-esque "When It Comes to Tears". Full of guitar licks, some great riffs, its a track that ddemonstrates Pete's skills in crossing the many boundaries of americana, rock and country.



Pete continued this style for his sophomore release "Crooked Highway". The album title and cover art does suggest a strong country influence for this album. Again Pete along with band members Tommy Moore (Bass), Brian Harris (Guitar) and Kevin Malone (Drums) hone some lovely lap-steel waltz numbers like "Same Old Rounds".

One of the most affecting tracks on the album is a tribute to journalist Eugene Maloney. "Sacred Ground" melody captures the mournful mood with steel guitar adding that air of melancholy to the lyrics. The faster paced solo offering a contrast against the lap steel.


One of the sharpest tracks on the record is "Mrs Bloom Girls", a commentary on the recession and illegal money lending. Built up against a angry but composed melody, the words are filled with quite anger.


Check out a selection of Pete's music on Soundcloud. You can listen to "Crooked Highway" in full on Bandcamp. As well as that, you can purchase hard copies of his two solo releases on CD Baby. For more on Pete, gigs and the like, I'll refer you to his website here.

Image: Petecummins.com

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Eirecana Radio - 1st October 2014

So catching up on myself. The most recent show of Eirecana radio. The show will be moving to a forthnightly slot so I have more time to concentrate on the blog from now on. Don't forget to listen back to previous shows on Mixcloud if you want some quality americana radio!

Eirecana radio is on flirtfm.ie every second Wednesday 2pm. That is a brand new time. From this week I will be sharing the weekly slot with The Lonesome Highway show. The best thing to do is tune in every Wednesday for the best americana, folk roots music shows around.

Eirecana Radio - 1st October 2014 by Eirecana on Mixcloud


You can stream the show through Mixcloud. The playlist is below.

Artist

Song

Album

Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis

Departing Louisana

Our Year

Nathan Conway & The River Valley Band

Lord, I Got It Bad

Sonny Boy

Justin Townes Earle

Memphis in The Rain

Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now 

Jethro Pickett

Dream and Be Safe

By The Time I Get to Wilmot

The Hard Ground

Belles And Beaux

Tripytch 1

Hans Chew

Queen Of The Damned Blues

Tennessee & Other Stories.

The Handsome Family

Far From Any Road 

Singing Bones

Yngve & The Innocent

 

Draw A Line

The Sadness Of Remembering

Gene Clark

No Other

No Other

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Ohio

Ohio

Hiss Golden Messenger

Sufferer (Love My Conqueror)

Haw

The Boxcar Guitars

My Love is Blue

 

Bettye La Vette

Before the Money Came (Battle of Bettye LaVette)

 

The Scene of the Crime

CW McCall

Outlaws and Lone Star Beer

Best Of

 





Submit Music
If you want to submit music for the show (even your own), you never know I might play it! Please feel free to contact me at the email address: ron [at] eirecana.com So have a listen. If you like the show, check the back catalogue on Mixcloud. If you really like the show, tell someone!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Mongoose

Well I realise that it has been a long while since I did a proper blog post on Eirecana. I apologise to you the reader, about that. I have been concentrating on the radio show lately to the detriment of what this blog is all about; simple posts on music for your reading and aural pleasure. So I am back to bread and butter with a promise of a bit more effort on this side of things. And I'm glad to be kicking this off with some perfect music for a Sunday afternoon - the music of Mongoose.

Mongoose describe themselves as an outfit that specialise in the genre of "jolk", that would be the genre of folk and jazz combined to you and me> Normally the "jolk" of Mongoose would not be the bread and butter of this blog but it's always nice to have some couscous every now and again instead of the staples.
The is little on the background of Mongoose or even where the name was born, The group consists of members Molly O' Mahony, Ailbhe Dunne, Muireann Ní Cheannabháin and Cara Dunne, the group make use of the cajón, cello and guitars to bring their jolk sound alive. The band have been round for the past few years and have developed a strong niche in their musical output. One thing that strikes you when listening to the group is the vocals. The harmonies are really quite beautiful actually, a song like 'Knocked Singing' encapsulates that blend of voices with a gentle melody that softly takes you in. It's like sitting beside a warm fire on a Autumn evening, its easy to get quite lost in it.







The j side of the "jolk" of Mongoose is evident in a song like 'I Can't Say' with those jazzy notes, percussion that gives the melody space and some fine vocals. The bands stated influences of the likes of John Martyn can be felt in a tune like this. It's a wonderful jazzy number that sweeps you up.





The group released their first EP 'Songs from an Umbrella​-​Booth' which was released in October 2012. There is evidence of more od their songs about especially on Youtube here and here. Hopefully the band will be recording some new material soon as going by their output so far, their songs are not lacking in quality and it would be lovely to hear some of those new harmonies in a studio recording. 

The band are definitely on the rise and along with the likes of Wyvern Lingo are shaping a new style of folk music to come out of this country, one that has more than domestic influences. It's all very exciting.

You can find more of Mongoose tracks on their Soundcloud page or alternatively check out the Bandcamp page to purchase the music. As usual check out the Facebook to keep updated with the bands goings-on and the official site too.

images: facebook

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Eirecana Radio - 24th September 2014

I found my USB stick...yay! That means a return to some great music (though the standard never dropped in its absence I would argue). Also don't forget to listen back to previous shows on Mixcloud if you want some quality americana radio!

Eirecana radio is on flirtfm.ie every second Wednesday at 4pm.

You can stream the show through Mixcloud. The playlist is below. I now have the shows on Soundcloud too and this one should be up this week.

Eirecana - 24th September 2014 by Eirecana on Mixcloud

Artist

Song

Album

Hiss Golden Messenger

Saturday’s Song

Lateness of Dancers

The Delines

He Told me the City was Killing Him

Colfax

The Hot Sprockets

Honey Skippin’

HoneySkippin’

Otis Taylor

Nasty Letter

 

RL Burnside

Goin Down South

A Ass Pocket of Whiskey

The Quicksand Band

Learning

 

Lost Parade

Heart & Soul

 

Gravy Flavoured Kisses

When I Make it to Jackson

 

Rival Sons

Electric Man

Great Western

Crow Black Chicken

Rumble Shake

Rumble Shake

Lauderdale

Dressed Like The Devil

 

 





Submit Music
If you want to submit music for the show (even your own), you never know I might play it! Please feel free to contact me at the email address: ron [at] eirecana.com So have a listen. If you like the show, check the back catalogue on Mixcloud. If you really like the show, tell someone!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Eirecana Radio - 17th September 2014

Right after losing my usb where this show was (cleverly) stored, I managed to recover it. Otherwise this show would have been lost to eternity. There is a mix of everything on this show this week. Enjoy it. And don't forget to listen back to previous shows on Mixcloud if you get lonely for some quality americana radio!

Eirecana radio is on flirtfm.ie every second Wednesday at 4pm.

You can stream the show through Mixcloud. The playlist is below. I now have the shows on Soundcloud too and this one should be up this week.

Eirecana Radio 17th September 2014 by Eirecana on Mixcloud


Artist

Song

Album

The Midnight Union Band

I’m Your Leader

Of Life & Lesser Evils

The Takers                        

All My Friends Live In Bottles

Taker easy

Waylon Jennings

Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out of Hand

I've Always Been Crazy

Kasey Anderson & The Honkies

Some Depression

Some Depresion

John Moreland

Nobody Gives A Damn About Songs Anymore

In The Throes

Jason Eady

AM Country Heaven

AM Country Heaven

John Blek and The Rats

Leave Your Love at the Door

Leave Your Love at the Door

Anna Mitchell

Fall Like That

Fall Like That

Hank Wedel

So Close

 

Wyvern Lingo

Fountains

 

First Aid Kit

Stay Gold

Stay Gold

David Hope

Someone Else’s Mind

 

Bob Seger

Fire Lake

Against the Wind

 





Submit Music
If you want to submit music for the show (even your own), you never know I might play it! Please feel free to contact me at the email address: ron [at] eirecana.com So have a listen. If you like the show, check the back catalogue on Mixcloud. If you really like the show, tell someone!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Eirecana Radio - 10th September 2014

I was just about getting back into the habit of radio broadcasting again and now its the summer break. Flirt FM will be taking a break from FM transmission for the month of August. Fingers crossed I will be back on the radio come September. This weeks show, the fifteenth episode of Eirecana radio features a host of music, old and new, domestic and foreign. So enjoy it. And don't forget to listen back to previous shows on Mixcloud over the rest of the summer if you get lonely for some quality americana radio!

Eirecana radio is on flirtfm.ie every second Wednesday at 4pm.

You can stream the show through Mixcloud. The playlist is below. I now have the shows on Soundcloud too and this one should be up this week.

Eirecana Radio - 10th September 2014 by Eirecana on Mixcloud


Artist

Song

Album

Gavin Glass

Sunday Song

 

Israel Nash

Rexanimarum

Israel Nash  Rain Pains

The Ronan Gallagher Band

Long Gone

 

Justin Payne

Your Kind

No Place Lower than High

Jumbo Brown

Ain’t Nothin Worng

American Primitive

Stephen Young & The Union

Dutyfree 200

Eagle Fort Rumble

Ryan Adams

Gimme Something Good

Ryan Adams

James Canty

Strangers

 

The Porter Draw

Davey

California Widow

Markas Carcas

Mississippi Wine

 

Gary Clark jr

When My Train Pulls In

 

Stef Campbell

Bad Girl Boots

Bad Girl Boots EP

 





Submit Music
If you want to submit music for the show (even your own), you never know I might play it! Please feel free to contact me at the email address: ron [at] eirecana.com So have a listen. If you like the show, check the back catalogue on Mixcloud. If you really like the show, tell someone!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

The Ronan Gallagher Band

Apologies for the delay in posts. I have been having two very busy weeks at work that have eaten into my extra-circular time. Thus the less time I have for blogging. But the good news is I am back and the even better news is I am back with some great music.

Ronan has been in contact with me through Facebook and I apologise for not getting on to his music sooner. As you may notice from the bands rugged profile photo, they are setting up a certain image for the band and the music. The band was (obviously) formed by Ronan Gallagher in 2013. Before that Ronan has a solo career (of which more later). The current line-up consists of Henry Egan on Violin, Finn O Connor on Guitar, Julian Stroud on Bass, David Gaffey on drums and Ronan Gallagher on lead vocals/guitar. As their band's own motto states 'Love Live Music', the band have a heavy focus on gigging. Such that there isnt too many recorded songs about from the band.

Since their formation, the group have being gigging a lot. I'm not too sure if they have released any tracks but there are a few songs floating the old internet ascribed to the band. The main track the band have been plugging is "Long Gone". It's a high energy americana folk tune. With the fiddle playing of Henry Egan leading the players, the song is one in which the melody leads and the words follow. Not being a wordsmith, it's the sort of tune that is right up my alley.


Ronan has a number of tracks on Soundcloud. I imagine these will feed into the setlists of the Ronan Gallagher Bands live performances. Browsing through them, there is definite stronger country feel to those songs. Something like "I Miss You" has a lovely Hank Williams style to it.

Another track I found on Youtube,  "Won't Do That" is again, a very lively little number. Similar in style to "Long Gone", the melody bounces along and as is evident by the video, it's a song that is very easy to get swept up in.

The Ronan Gallagher Band is on Facebook here. The band also have a Breaking Tunes Page. Stay with the Facebook page though for the latest on gigs and the like.