Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Eirecana Radio - 22nd October 2014

Along with the new promise to be more active here, I'm going to get through the backlog og 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 at 2pm. Catch up with previous shows on Mixcloud. Any requests, send them my way too.
 
You can stream the show through Mixcloud. The playlist is below.

Artist (with Link)

Song

Album

Jenny Lewis

The Next Messiah (Part I & II)

Acid Tongue

Stephen Young & The Union

DutyFree 200

Eagle Fort Rumble

Marc Carroll

Muskingum River

Stones, Beads and Sliver

Pony Boy

Saints & Liars

 

Richard Buckner

Beautiful Question

Surrounded

Hidden Highways

The World Began With a Waltz

Old Hearts Reborn

Jason Isabell

Elephant

SouthEastern

Ultan Conlon

When I Fell in Love with You

Songs of Love so Cruel

Urban Legends

The Babysitter and The Man Upstairs

The Horror, the Horror

Dax Riggs

Forgot I Was Alive

Say Goodnight to The World

Blood Red Mountain Band

Lost My Way

 

DeadMans Bones

Pa-Pa Power

 

Jenny Lewis

The Next Messiah (Part III & IV)

Acid Tongue

 





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, 1 March 2015

Lisa Lambe

After a long hiatus, I'm back. Apologies one and all. I cant really explain the long absence. I have changed jobs recently and when these sort of things happen, it's sad that it is something like the blog takes the biggest hit. Anyway from today a promise, my commitment to regular updates and features. There is too much quality Irish and international americana around that is till going unnoticed without me adding to the detriment of awareness.

Returning to old ways, this post introduces Lisa Lambe. Lisa came into my radar from a few songs of hers I heard performed on the radio. I wasn't aware of her at all before that. She has just released her début album "Hiding Away" though by no means is she new to performing. Lisa is a long time member of the Celtic Woman group. The group is sort of a traditional/vocal group with a rolling membership that presents a certain aspect of Irish music. I had little awareness of the group until I started to research Lisa's career but it is evident that they are very popular across the world especially in the U.S. Anyway while not performing with Celtic Woman, Lisa is also a talented actress having performed in a few different stage productions....and then there is her music.


"Hiding Away" was released at the start of February. It was recorded over a period of 10 days in Nashville. The album is clearly full of talented instrumentalists. Slide Guitar, Dobro, mandolin, and soft acoustics all make an appearance throughout the record with the style faultless. Lisa's vocals too seem perfectly at home in the soft americana style of the album. Her voice is warm and dwells perfectly in the surroundings of the accompanying laid back americana tones. One of the first tracks I heard from the record was this song "Turn To Me". It encapsulates everything the record is about.

How Lisa came to want to record an americana album seems to stem from both her visits to Nashville and being influenced by a number of albums and artists including Shelby Lynne,  Lucinda Williams and The Civil Wars. The album had a long gestation period; she wrote many of the tracks over the previous few years while she was touring with Celtic Woman and got to record the album last year while at a extensive break at home.

It truly is a lovely, calming americana album. All fourteen tracks fit that mould and if there was to be a criticism of the album is that it is almost too twee, too nice. Sometimes you need a harder edge to contrast the softer tones. She has been compared to Norah Jones already. You can't dispute that comparison, though sometimes one would like those guitar strings to be tested. The first single from the album "Heaven" is released in conjunction with charity Alone (a charity for older adults). All proceeds from the song are going direct top the charity. Again it's a lovely warm tune. A song, like the album that seems perfect accompaniment to cold day sitting beside a flicking fire.



You can download the album on iTunes and through her site. You can find out more about Lisa on hew official site. She is about to start touring Ireland on the back of the album so check out the site for the dates. Lisa is amazingly not (sarcasm intended) on Facebook but she does have a Twitter account if you want to follow her there.

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!