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Aaron Cunningham

Deputy editor. A latecomer to Northern Irish music, I've been making up for it for most of my twenties.

Gender disparity data report

Gender disparity in Irish radio

Last month the first stage of a report into gender disparity on Irish radio was published, a damning reflection on the state of play amongst Irish radio stations. The report, prepared by Linda Coogan Byrne sought to shine a light…

July 13, 2020

Bangers n mash ups

Charity covers collection leads today’s Bandcamp day releases

The now monthly Bandcamp Day, where the music site waives their own fees to the benefit of artists has led to all sorts of interesting releases throughout the lockdown period, from charity compilations, off-kilter merch, home demos and new albums,…

July 3, 2020

Kelan Galligan

Premiere: Kelan Galligan – Just Like Me

Softly voiced songwriter Kelan Galligan may just be a fan of that gold-tinted classic folk, drawn to the finger-picked sounds of Dylan and Young. Attending to his gently growing collection of singles, it’s easy to make the connection. Now the…

June 25, 2020

Sugarwolf Band Photo by Y Control Photography

Influences Mixtape: Sugarwolf

Formed out of the ashes of Making Monsters, Sugarwolf have become one of the hottest bands out of Derry. The change happened in 2018 and they quickly showed their capabilities, with dynamic and full throttle live shows. Three singles have…

June 16, 2020

owen denvir bad for you by liz wade

Watch: Owen Denvir – This Could Be Love

Owen Denvir‘s name has been around for a few years, progressing from quiet singer-songwriter to an artist embracing new concepts without laying waste to a love of pop and melody. His latest single ‘This Could Be Love‘ is a distinct…

May 21, 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

NI Unplugged

NI Unplugged compilation raising money for Help Musicians NI

Last week a compilation album was released on Bandcamp to raise funds for music charity Help Musicians Northern Ireland. Titled NI Unplugged, the collaborative project led by Caitlin Palmer of No Matter features over 50 acoustic tracks from Northern Irish…

May 20, 2020

fiona harte

Stream: Fiona Harte – Sugar Coating

Like many artists, Fiona Harte‘s touring plans for the year have been greatly affected by the current situation. With shows as far afield as Nashville hanging in the balance, Harte decided to meld her isolation into creativity, writing and recording…

May 14, 2020

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Video premiere: Gas Hands – I’m Not In Love (With You)

Heavy hitting trio Gas Hands released their latest single ‘I’m Not In Love (With You)‘ back in March, before everything changed. Now with a much different landscape for the music world, we’re bringing you the premiere of the track’s new…

May 7, 2020

problem patterns

Premiere: Problem Patterns – Big Shouty

Problem Patterns: an astonishing cocktail of fierce performers matched to punk with a cause, angry but never losing a sense of fun. Their latest single, their first new music since last year’s Good For You, Aren’t You Great EP could…

April 23, 2020

Alumna - Photo by Laura Craig

Premiere: Alumna – Peach

Rock quartet Alumna may be new but they’ve been growing in confidence since their inception, born from that growing incubator of talent Girls Rock School NI, last spring. After a number of live dates, the band headed into Start Together…

April 8, 2020

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Premiere: Bairie – Not Love

Smooth songwriter Bairie hails from Derry, and is one of the city’s under the radar talents, deserving of a bigger audience. With only a handful of single releases in the past couple of years, a new one has landed at…

April 3, 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

Help Musicians launch Coronavirus Financial Hardship fund

This week Help Musicians announced details of an incredible £5 million fund for musicians going through financial hardship due to the Coronavirus. The effect of the virus and the restrictions on everyday life has had a staggering effect on the…

March 28, 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