Festival: Cork Sound Fair

Cork Sound Fair

 

Cork city is teaming with entertainment and festivals alike. Just announced is Cork Sound Fair, music and arts festival has been confirmed for early 2018. Cork is set to host a busy year ahead with other annual festivals soon to be announced.

For more on Cork, Sound Fair check out their video here.

 

 

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JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW

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JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW

‘ONE THOUSAND TIMES’ MUSIC VIDEO

TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN SHOW ON FRIDAY JULY 7TH

Check out his new video here

James Vincent McMorrow has released the third music video from his latest album ‘We Move’ for the song “One Thousand Times.” The video was directed by Bob Gallagher [www.bobfilmsthings.com] and McMorrow said in a statement, “I hate being in my own videos. I said to Bob that if we were going to make a performance video then something had to happen in it to elevate it into more interesting territory, that it had to have a point that was more than just ‘guy on stage plays music’. So we gave it a point…. Bob can articulate it better than I can.” Gallagher is an award-winning director based in Dublin and has directed videos for Girl Band and Floor Staff among others. He describes the concept for this video in a statement below:

“When the dictator enters James and the band become prisoners within their own performance, and the complacent audience who try to ignore the malicious presence in the theatre gradually come under attack. No one stands up for anyone else so eventually everybody becomes a victim of the regime. At the end you have a reversal where James’ and the dictator become locked in an exchange where James uses the stage to acknowledge him directly. He sort of pleads with the dictator and you get the sense that he might have made some small impact on him. The video is obviously an exaggerated surreal scenario, with no intention to trivialize complex political issues, but we’ve reached a point where fact and reason aren’t the powerful mind changing tools they should be. We don’t have the middle ground of debate so much as we have streams of diametrically opposed opinions flying back and forth. I think that art can be the middle ground or abstract space where these subjects can be humanized and discussed, and where perceptions can potentially be changed. That may be optimistic but you’d hope that at some point the dictator realizes why he’s the only one clapping.”  – Bob Gallagher

Additionally, McMorrow has announced a Dublin show at Trinity College on Friday July 7th, and is one of the ten shortlisted acts for the RTE Choice Album of the Year, for We Move, and the Song of the Year shortlist for Rising Water. The winners will be announced at the event in Vicar Street on Thursday March 9th.

Praise for ‘We Move’: “On the aptly-titled ‘We Move’, a focused and excitable McMorrow ditches the acoustic and breaks a few shackles, turning over a brand new bag of genre-defying treats.” Eamon Carr – Evening Herald

“Musically brilliant, and lyrically permeated with anxiety, regret, and social unease, ‘We Move’ is a fascinating third chapter.” Olaf Tyaransen – Hot Press

“The songs are probably McMorrow’s finest to date, a clutch of tracks dealing with the doubts and fuzzy-headed approach with which everyone deals with love, life, health and the future.” Jim Carroll – Irish Times

LIVE IN THE LIVING ROOM

Clonakilty is home to a well-known bar and music venue that has had a wide array of famous acts through its doors one notably, Noel Redding. The venue is De Barras which has been a live music venue for over Thirty years! That is saying something.

Every Wednesday De Barras holds a night called The Living Room Sessions. Corks own Aine Duffy, Gavin Moore and Kerryman  Ian O’Doherty played a fantastic set last night. With the wind and persistent mist outside, The Living Room Sessions offered a welcome musical sanctuary. Aine Dufy displays and proves her talent by multi-looping her guitar riffs and drum beat right in front of a busy yet silent setting. A soft emotionally intense performance by Ian who is set to release more material in the coming year. He has already released an EP in 2013. You can check out his music on soundcloud.

Gavin Moore kicked off the night with a song in Gaeilge followed on by a self-written song about love in his innocence before “the big bad world bit me”.

The Living Rooms Sessions in De Barras brings the best singer/songwriters to their venue every Wednesday night. It is well worth going along to. I am looking forward to much more during the summer. Check out their videos below.

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