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




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



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




Gavin Glass

Sunday Song


Israel Nash


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



The Porter Draw


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.

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Markas Carcas

Following on from my experience at Jack of Diamonds, as I said in the last post, I have a renewed vigour for the americana and alt-country genre now. Coming across some damn fine musicians helps too. So you have Marcus Carcas to thank for this post.

Markas Carcas is Mark Flynn (not to be confused with Mark Flynn of Blood Red Mountain Band), a Dublin native. Mark began his musical career early, having learnt the piano at a young age (seemingly not willingly). Mark kept at the classical piano for seven years but as many young teenagers do (myself included) stopped playing. Having left the piano behind, he took up the guitar in his late teens, as many late adolescents do (myself included), though Mark’s reasons may hold more virtue than my own! He had friends in bands so ended playing with them it seems including spending some time playing bass when his friend’s band removed their own bass player.

Obviously having a talent for music matched by his passion too, Mark attended the Ballyfermot Rock School and seems to have gone on from strength to strength. His style would suggest that he has not left all of his classical piano training behind him when taking up the guitar. Although his musical style is clearly blues, he plays the guitar like a pianist. It’s not just cords here. Every part of the guitar can be used. What you get is the rawest, hungriest form of delta blues you can imagine this side of the Mississippi.

Mark seems to have spent a few years in Ottawa in Canada. The proof: a great performance he made on a morning TV show over there. He really belts out “Mississippi Wine” in this video and it’s more enjoyable as you get to watch his virtuoso guitar skills in action too. “Mississippi Wine” is one of those angry blues tunes that easily saturates your soul. Full of anger, it’s an affecting piece.

He released an EP in 2012.‘What is to be Expected’ is a four track EP that brings his guitar playing to the fore. It’s not surprising to find out that Mark has supported Preston Reed in concert. There are the obvious parallels in style. I am more reminded of the likes of Otis Taylor though his singing style is something more unique. Both are demonstrated on the EP opener ‘We’ve Been Found’.

Mark has become known for his live performances. Going by the many reviews of his gigging lately, he is one to catch live soon. Check out his latest video “To Be Back Again” recorded in partnership with 2uibestow at a windy Phoenix Park.

Hopefully this is a talent I get to catch up live myself. He seems to be blessed with amazing skills and it’s hard not to see his music start to reach places.

I'm not too sure if he has other releases out but check out the Soundcloud page to check out more tracks. You can check up more on what Marcus Carcas is at through his Facebook page and if you want, purchase the EP on Bandcamp.

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Israel Nash Competition

So courtesy of MCD Ireland, I am very pleased to announce the very first competition on Eirecana.
It is very exciting to be offering Two tickets to see Israel Nash upstairs in Whelan's on Saturday September 6th. That is only ten days away.

The reason I am so late announcing. It took me forever to come up with a method of competing for the prize. I was thinking of funding a trip to a random offshore island for 10 finalists, and allow a bloody battle to the death. But then I came up with something much more inventive.

A clever naming competition.

Name Your Own Country & Irish Band

Yep, it’s that simple. Come up with a name for your imaginary Country & Irish band.
How do I do that you ask? Well look at the artists out there and follow their lead.
Think TR Dallas, Texas Tom etc

One suggestion: Pick some random initials/first name then pick a random U.S. city or state and viola:
CT Mississippi or SD Denver.
The more elaborate the name the better.

Don’t forget to include the backing band too:
CT Mississippi and the Bare faced Bears

How to Enter

Competition entry is one of three ways.


The principle method of entries accepted will be by Twitter. Use the hashtag #eirecana so I recognise those entering the competition.


There is a post on the Eirecana Facebook page for the competition. Just comment below it with your entry.


Alternatively email your entries to ron [at] eirecana.com
Use “Israel Nash” as the Subject Line.

Israel Nash

Israel Nash is a americana artist hailing from from Missouri. He has released three albums to date: “New York Town” (2009) , “Barn Doors and Concrete Floors” (2011) and “Israel Nash's Rain Plans” (2013). He has also released one live album: “Barn Doors Spring Tour, Live in Holland” (2011).

I will be featuring his music in a full blog post soon but for now, here’s a sample of what you might could catch live.

Best of luck, now start dreaming up some names.

Friday, 22 August 2014

The Magpies

After a very enjoyable weekend at the Jack of Diamonds, I am back home again reinvigorated with a love of americana and alt-country. The festival makes you realise how many bands are actually ploughing the field in this genre. So with my love of americana once again stirred, I am back to the (very enjoyable) bread-and-butter of spreading the word on some music you might not be aware of .

One band that pipped my interest at Jack of Diamonds and that I have come across a few times before is The Magpies. Describing themselves as a Dublin five-piece who make music for the birds, the band is a collective of musicians from across Europe with members hailing from Ireland, England and Italy. Populated by members Pierpaolo Vitale (vocals, rhythm guitar,piano), Christopher Barry (lead guitar), David Blaney (drums,vocals), Steven Brennan (bass,vocals) and Nick Boon (mysteriously involved in "radio waves") the band have been together for a number of years. There isn't too much background on the band itself. Lead singer and songwriter Pierpaolo has appeared seems to do a bit of acting and has appeared on Balcony TV previously.

Made up of mainly guitars and rhythm, the bands sound is jangly guitars. Their first release 'WoodY House' is a mix between rock, tex-mex and a bit of gothic folk thrown in. Indeed when listening to the album, it's hard to know what to expect next. Some of the stuff is great, the opening 'Black Sun' has a Calexico feel to it with the appegigo guitar. The rhythm is addictive which makes this song a very listenable tune.

There is some great gothic folk in the likes of the title track and the almost creepy 'The Ballad of the Crying Clown'. The band remind me of another Irish act, Fox Jaw, in some ways. They change between styles quickly and can move from saloon style piano ballads to tex-mex rock quite fast.

The stand-out on the album is "Burning Rain". It is reminiscent of those marching songs you might hear prisoners singing in a depression era chain gang. Always building in rhythm, the song demonstrates the great vocal harmonies present in the band.

You can download the band's first release 'The WoodY House' on Bandcamp. The band are on Facebook too where you can stay updated with all their gigs and the like. They are due to release a new E.P. soon according to the Facebook so keep your ears tuned for that.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Jack of Diamonds Preview

So the Jack of Diamonds Festival is back around. I have to say the line-up of this festival has got me a little excited. If I was curating a festival of Eirecana’s favourites, it would probably be not too different from what we have below i.e. amazing. If you are not aware what the Jack of Diamonds Rhythm and Roots Festival is. Well basically its the best roots festival around. Its on this weekend (15th-17th August) and feature music across eight stages including Button Factory, the Mercantile,Grand Social Dame Court (Shack of Diamonds outside stage) and The Sweeney Mongrel.

The festival will be happening over the weekend with loads of free gigs to attend. As well as the major events happening in the Button Factory, there will be gigs in each night in the other locations. Also on Dame lane, there is live music and to top it all off the Jack of Diamonds have gone into partnership with the Dublin Zine Festival and the Rock-n-Roll Conference in Dame District. The main event features headline acts Rackhouse Pilfer, The Eskies, Tupelo, Tucan, Gavin Glass and Prison Love. The Dame Lane events are free of charge to attend. Throughout the weekend, there is also Dublin’s first ‘Rock & Roll Conference' featuring a Vintage Car Rally, Citywide Motorbike Ride and a Barbershop convention.

There is also photography in the shape of ‘Backstage Pass' in The Button Factory. An event that will take a look at Irish photography over the last 40 year, with picture of Rory Gallagher, Thin Lizzy, U2, Chet Atkins, The Horslips, The Hot Sprockets, Tom Waits, Barney Mc Kenna, The Eskies, The Strypes and more.

Overall you have to give credit to the guys for organising what looks like a great 48 hours of music and events. If it is as good in reality as it is on paper then you will see the best folk, blues, trad, rockabilly, alt-country, americana and roots artists Ireland has to offer. With that in mind, I am featuring five artists (just five, it was very hard to regulate myself to five) that I am going to try catch at the festival, a mix between the familiar and the new for me. If you are going, do enjoy and try see everything.

Gavin Glass and the Shakers
Playing in the Button Factory on Saturday night, I felt I had to mention Gavin because he hasn't been performing live with a band much in the past year or two. Indeed I think that his recent appearance at the Dublin Goes Country event in Whelans was his first performance with band in a very long while. Thus I am excited then, to see the Godfather of the Eirecana genre live for the first time.

Ones I am looking forward to catching live. I haven’t heard much of Tucan before. From what I can make out though, I am intrigued. A ‘big band’ experience with variations on Irish, rock and other genres. Drawing on their influence which include Kila and the like, I am very curious as to what these guys will be like.

Cold Comfort
Back to the familiar for me. Cold Comfort are a group that I have constantly enjoyed listening to. From their early angry folk to the latest beautiful single “”. I am very excited about the new album and this gig as part of Saucy Sunday in the Grand Social should be very exciting.

Whitetrash And the Spearheaded Sparrowhawks
I have written about Whitetrash before. From the Youtube videos, you get a feeling that his performances seem to be lively affairs to say the least. So catching these high-energy performances feels like it will be a sweaty, raucous event. They seem like the perfect band to kick off the Saturday night events in the Button Factory.

Wyvern Lingo

I wonder are these the Irish answer to First Aid Kit. Well going by this video, it feels like it. They seem like a very exciting talent. They also remind me of the Mountain Man, similar in style and lyrical themes. I am very much looking forward to their melodies.

Also check out The Annulements, Stephen Young and the Union, Homebrew and the Bad Examples, Dylan Walshe, The Magpies.

                                        Just go see EVERYONE ELSE. Enjoy it folks.