Category : Features

A Northern Light

Interview: A Northern Light

A Northern Light, the 3-piece band that combines punk energy and a progressive rock sensibility have lifted some of the gloom around the Coronavirus Pandemic lockdown with the release of their debut album Kingdoms. It’s been a long time in…

May 27, 2020

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No Fixed Abode #1

While we love to focus our attention on musicians and bands from Northern Ireland, we receive submissions from all over the world. Our new No Fixed Abode feature will shine a light on some of these other artists. Sinful City…

May 26, 2020

Revisited The Undertones

Revisited: The Undertones – The Undertones

Part 1 of our new series exploring classic Irish albums begins with The Undertones, one of ‘the greatest pop groups in the English speaking world’ (according to a 1980’s  Sounds magazine cover story). Over 4 distinct records, the band released…

May 25, 2020

Arvo Party

Interview: Arvo Party

A quick Zoom invite sent, followed by hellos and can you hear mes, and we’re live for a chat and a catch up with Herb Magee, better known as Arvo Party. The electronic producer has kept himself busy, putting out…

May 21, 2020

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Interview: Beoga

For nearly 2 decades, Beoga have dominated the Irish folk scene both on the stage and in the writing room. Forming in 2002, at the All-Ireland Fleadh in County Kerry, four of the five members hail from good old Counties…

May 13, 2020

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Interview: Rory Friers

Rory Friers is laughing. We are in week 6 of a national lockdown and like all of us, he’s at home, self-isolating. The long serving, guitar slinging talisman of the North Coast’s most successful band is working from home and…

May 7, 2020

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Interview: Ryan McMullan

One of the most important conversations in Ryan McMullan’s life took place via text, at a petrol station somewhere on the outskirts of Somerset. “I was driving to Glastonbury to play the festival for the first time.” he remembers. “Half…

May 1, 2020

Arvo Party

Influences Mixtape: Arvo Party

Producer, electronic composer and remix extraordinaire, Arvo Party has made his name through engaging instrumentals, remixes and collaborations. Following on from the eponymous debut and the briefly named II, he released the beautiful titled Love Above All earlier in March…

March 29, 2020

New Pagans – Tour Diary

In early March, a time before the current lockdown, one of New Pagans headed out on their first UK tour. Taking in dates from Glasgow to London, the band brought their darkened alt rock to new crowds as they released debut…

March 27, 2020

On The Rise 2020

2020: On The Rise

Ones to watch lists can sometimes be a flawed endeavour as there are undoubtedly artists and bands who will breakout but for most their road to genuine success will have taken years and years. Our One The Rise list for…

January 28, 2020

Northern Irish Albums of the Year 2019

Another year and another bounty of incredible albums. This was the year of widely anticipated debut albums, a momentous collaboration and a few familiar faces; albums with catchy hooks, others experimented, some self reflected and others looked to bigger concepts….

January 9, 2020

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Northern Irish Songs of the Year 2019: 25 – 1

With the passing of another year, the two major events of Spotify Wrapped and Christmas both fading in memory, it’s time for another end of year list and a look back at the best music 2019 had to offer us….

January 8, 2020

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Northern Irish Songs of the Year 2019: 50 – 26

With the passing of another year, the two major events of Spotify Wrapped and Christmas both fading in memory, it’s time for another end of year list and a look back at the best music 2019 had to offer us….

January 6, 2020

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Interview: Stop Stop Start Again

Stop Stop Start Again were one of the highlights of the local scene over the past decade. Taking the glam rock of Marc Bolan/T Rex as their starting point, they had a sound that embraced punk, post punk and hard…

November 25, 2019

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MOMENTUM: David Gilmore – Elixir

Here at Chordblossom, we are committed to covering the latest and best in Northern Irish music. This week, we are dedicating our coverage to the growing grass-roots Hip Hop and Rap movement occurring in NI. From groups such as Mabfield…

October 10, 2019