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Lisa Hannigan at Arts Club, Liverpool, 21.10.16

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Lisa Hannigan plays the Arts Club, Liverpool, tonight (October 21st, 2016), showcasing some of the tracks from her third studio album, ‘At Swim’ (released August 19th, 2016).

Produced by Aaron Dessner, guitarist with The National, the 11-track offering features some of Hannigan’s best and most sentimental work. Tracks such as ‘Fall’, ‘Prayer for the Dying’, ‘Funeral Suit’ and ‘Anahorish’ touch upon feelings of love, loss and isolation, whilst others such as ‘Ora’ and ‘Snow’ offer a lighter shade to the almost stark, seasonal colours of autumnal and wintry darkness, weaving hope and sadness as a narrative throughout. This album puts Hannigan’s delicate and haunting vocals right at the forefront of the action and her lyrical imagery will resonate long after the last track has played.

I think this is Hannigan’s most mature and settled work to date; perhaps ironic given the fact that she has since stated that it was written during a particularly difficult time of insecurity and instability. I find that it is during such times, when you question yourself and your achievements and motivations with the most intensity, that you are the closest you’ll ever be to exhibiting your true self. How does the saying go; to make yourself vulnerable is to show your strength, and Hannigan certainly does that with this collection of tender brilliance.




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October 21, 2016 at 3:45 pm

REVIEW: Kilvine at St Patrick’s Day Ceilidh, St George’s Hall Liverpool 16th March 2013

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REVIEW: KILVINE at St Patrick’s Day Ceilidh, St George’s Hall, Liverpool

16th March 2013

If popular and widely accessible genealogical references are to be believed, the Hanvey name originates from one of the chief clans of Ulidia, or County Down as it is now known. O’Hanvey was chief of Hy-Eachach Coba, a territory to the west of the county, from the 12th to the 17th century, with countless descendants having remained residents of this particular corner of the northern Irish coast over the subsequent years. As a fellow O’Hanvey descendant and after developing a particular fondness for the romantic morality tale that is Cruise and Kidman’s finest; Far and Away, I took it upon myself several years ago to uncover (some may argue, invent) a Hanvey family history befitting a chief of his time. This history included vast acres of land which were divvied out amongst the farming locals, such was our protagonist’s level of morality and sense of justice. Weekly ceili dances would be held in the chief’s honour, where local bands would play traditional music on traditional Irish instruments; bands just like Kilvine, the Irish traditional ensemble who took centre stage at a St Patrick’s Day Ceilidh at St George’s Hall, Liverpool this week.

Amongst the grand and opulent surroundings of the Great Hall, my mind was at once transported to similar social gatherings that O’Hanvey might have hosted, though surely none being held in quite as auspicious splendour as this. A ceilidh (pronounced kay-lee) or ceili to use the Irish spelling of the word, is a traditional Gaelic folk gathering, which involves playing Gaelic folk music and performing traditional dances. A caller calls out the movements to each dance and ensures that everyone is able to participate. Kilvine are a six-piece band, hailing from Liverpool, who play a variety of traditional Irish instruments including the flute, accordion, banjo and box. The lead female singer also acted as caller and all-round dance teacher for the evening, whilst her bandmates performed a rousing set of a mixture of traditional Irish folk songs and instrumental numbers. Songs included a particular Hanvey favourite, ‘The Fields of Athenry’, as well as the old classics such as ‘Wild Rover’. The youngest member of the ensemble, a girl named Bridget, had perfect vocals for the genre; haunting, delicate and full of innocence. The traditional dances we performed included the Walls of Limerick, the Siege of Ennis and the Snowball, as well as a number of traditional waltzes.

We met a couple at our table who had travelled from Wrexham, North Wales, but actually had family connections to our home town of Widnes. The Irish have a renowned quality of welcoming strangers and of making them feel like family and friends; a nice touch then that we should make such a connection under St Patrick’s spiritual guidance. An impressive and stirring performance from the Bolger Cunningham Irish Dancing School followed; a troupe of dancers who train at the St Michael’s Irish Centre in Liverpool. The girls were polished and on point, a real tribute to their vocation.

At the evening’s end, I could so easily have spent a night in a pub in Killarney, my own particular favourite corner of the world (County Kerry, to be precise). As long as there is music and family, you could call anywhere home and tonight St George and St Patrick came together to make us feel just that.

Photos by Lynsey Hanvey
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March 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Gigs not to be missed: DIIV at The Deaf Institute, Manchester and Echo Lake at Leaf, Liverpool

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I have two gig recommendations for you this week: Echo Lake at Leaf, Liverpool (October 11th, 2012) and DIIV at The Deaf Institute, Manchester (November 20th, 2012).

I first featured Brooklyn’s finest atmospheric indie-rockers DIIV (pronounced dive) on here back in June 2012, just prior to the release of their debut album, ‘Oshin’ (June 26th, 2012). The four-piece have since been hailed for their pounding psychedelic dream-pop approach, with ‘Oshin’ being awarded a 9/10 from NME (“blissed-out bringers of woozy rock’n’roll who aren’t into the everyday, the mundane, the normal“) and an 8/10 from Drowned In Sound (“Pitched somewhere between physical pleasure and mental torture, is Oshin, dream-weaving, benevolent, sadistic puppet masters Diiv playing havoc with your sense of contentedness”).


DIIV were handpicked to support The Vaccines on their upcoming UK tour and the tour takes in a couple of North West venues: Manchester Apollo (November 21st, 2012) and Liverpool University (November 22nd, 2012). If you fancy catching a gig with DIIV as top billing, they play The Deaf Institute, Manchester on November 20th, 2012 and tickets are still available at the link below:

I am a big fan of ethereal shoegaze outfit Echo Lake‘s debut album, ‘Wild Peace’. The album was released back in June 2012 but promotion was halted due to a devastating loss for the band; their drummer Pete Hayes passed away at the age of 25. The album was warmly received by critics, with The Line of Best Fit awarding it a 9/10 (“Beach House, the Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine wander in and out and we’re sat propped up against walls in silence with totally blissed grins on our faces“) and The Fly opting for a 4/5 (“…something intricate and layered enough to far outscale the hipsters-name-checking-My-Bloody-Valentine trap“).


Echo Lake play Leaf, Liverpool on October 11th, 2012 in support of local shoegazers By The Sea. Tickets are still available at the link below:

To find out more about either band, please see the website links below. /

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October 8, 2012 at 2:19 pm

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Songlines magazine’s Top 10 UK Summer Festivals; Africa Oye and Cambridge Folk Festival

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Songlines magazine will announce the Top 10 UK Summer Festivals in its June edition, on sale April 27th, 2012.

The list includes the following: Africa Oyé, Big Session Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, HebCelt Festival, Larmer Tree Festival, Latitude Festival, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Rhythms of the World, Shrewsbury Folk Festival and WOMAD Charlton Park.

I had my best ever festival experience at Cambridge Folk Festival in 2010 and I think it will always hold a special place in my heart; the people, the atmosphere, the artists, the fact you could park right next to your tent.

Cambridge Folk Festival takes place at Cherry Hinton Hall from July 26th to 29th, 2012. Full festival tickets cost £125 (including booking fee) and day passes range from £21.50 to 54.50 (including booking fee). Artists this year include: Seth Lakeman, Joan Armatrading, Karine Polwart, The Proclaimers, Dry The River and Benjamin Francis Leftwich.

I also visited Sefton Park, Liverpool’s Africa Oye festival in 2010 and very much enjoyed the bright and colourful experience. Africa Oye is a celebration of African music and culture and features African artists and bands, arts and crafts, African cuisine, traditional instruments and a funfair. This year, the festival celebrates its 20th anniversary. The festival is free and open to all and takes place over the weekend of June 23rd and 24th, 2012. The festival site is open from 12:30 pm till 9:30 pm.

I highly recommend both festivals. You won’t be disappointed! / /

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March 22, 2012 at 5:13 pm

International indie-rock favourites @thetempertrap confirmed for Liverpool Sound City festival

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International indie-rock favourites, The Temper Trap, have been confirmed for 2012’s Liverpool Sound City festival.

The three-day festival takes place on Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th May 2012 and wristbands cost £30 per person. This admits you to every gig, across all three days. This represents amazing value for money considering the artists on the billing and the likely cost of a ticket to see those alone. A full festival pass costs £120, which gives you access to the gigs, panels, masterclasses, seminars and workshops.

To purchase tickets or to find out more about the festival, please visit

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March 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Liverpool Sound City 2012 returns, with headlining performance by BBC Sound of 2012 winner Michael Kiwanuka

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Liverpool Sound City returns for three days and nights from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th May, 2012 and will be held across multiple venues in Liverpool’s cultural quarter.

The annual event has helped to launch the careers of the likes of Delphic, Black Lips, Crystal Castles, Everything Everything and Metronomy and includes an unsigned festival, featuring performances from more than 400 new artists and bands from all over the world. The festival also gives smaller, independent labels the opportunity to showcase some of their biggest names and rising stars.

Confirmed acts to date include: Professor Green, White Denim, Death In Vegas, Michael Kiwanuka, Mystery Jets, Alkaline Trio, Slow Club, Ghostpoet, ∆ (ALT-J), Niki & The Dove, Willy Mason, The Jezabels, TOY, Forest Swords, Charlie XCX, Yukon Blonde, The History of Apple Pie, Bear In Heaven, Folks, The Computers, Still Flyin’, Bleached, Jonquil, Shields, Towns and PINS.

This year, the city’s Echo Arena plays host to two new festival additions: the Sound City Expo and the UK Music Student Awards. The Expo features a mixture of live demos, master classes and discussions with performers and speakers and is an event for consumers and music/digital professionals alike.  The Awards, which are in collaboration with Access To Music and will be held on Thursday 17th, is a celebration of new talent within music education and is now in its eighth successive year. Launched by George Martin, the Awards will this year be hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Edith Bowman. For more information please visit:

Festival wristbands are priced at £25, which allows entry to all Liverpool Sound City branded gigs on a first come, first served basis, subject to the venue’s capacity.

For more information on the festival and to buy tickets please visit:

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Laura Marling’s new single ‘Sophia’; a track worthy to be premiered amongst divine surroundings

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Brit award-winning folk wonder Laura Marling has premiered the first single to be released from her third solo album. The track, ‘Sophia‘  will be available to download instantly (in the UK), to those who pre-order the album on iTunes from July 26th, 2011, as well as an individual download. The 4:54-second track begins gently with Marling’s unmistakably reflective and hushed vocals, before she is complemented and accompanied on her journey by acoustic strings and ethereal background vocals. When the bell tolls 3:00, the track takes a marked shift towards a perhaps more  traditional folk sound, with definite country elements creeping through. ‘Sophia‘  could be described as a musical antonym to the terms, ‘repetitive’ and ‘predictable’. It would be fair to say that I am somewhat in love with this track at the moment.

The track is taken from upcoming album, ‘A Creature I Don’t Know which is released on September 12th, 2011 in the UK and September 13th, 2011 in the US.

Marling has also announced a new Autumn 2011 tour to support the album. The ‘When The Bell Tolls Tour’ kicks off in the US and Canada, as follows:

  • September 17 – San Francisco, Bimbo’s 365 Club
  • September 18 – Los Angeles, Masonic Temple
  • September 20 – Los Angeles, Troubadour
  • September 22 – Chicago, Lincoln Hall
  • September 23 – Toronto, The Great Hall
  • September 24 – Montreal, Corona
  • September 25 – Boston Brighton Music Hall
  • September 27 – Washington DC, Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
  • September 28 – New York, Webster Hall

The UK tour is as follows:

  • October 14 – Exeter, Exeter Cathedral
  • October 15 – Winchester, Winchester Cathedral
  • October 17 – Guildford, Guildford Cathedral
  • October 18 – Gloucester, Gloucester Cathedral
  • October 21 – York, York Minster
  • October 22 – Sheffield, Sheffield Cathedral
  • October 24 – Manchester, Manchester Cathedral
  • October 25 – Bristol, Bristol Cathedral
  • October 26 – London, Westminster Central Hall
  • October 28 – Liverpool, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
  • October 29 – Birmingham, Birmingham Cathedral

I reviewed Noah and the Whale at Manchester Cathedral last year and it will probably go down as one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to; the venue was sublime as was to be expected, but the atmosphere and reaction to the band were just as heavenly. I can’t wait to see Marling perform tracks from what I’m sure will be her equally as successful third album, in such peaceful and serene surroundings.

Tickets for the tour go on general sale at 10am local time on Friday, July 29th, 2011 at / @lauramarlinghq

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July 26, 2011 at 11:31 am

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