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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.

Wynona Bleach

Watch: Wynona Bleach – Eyes Burning

Belfast rock band R51 have begun 2018 with a fresh start. The five piece followed some cryptic messages with the news that R51 is no more and taking its place is Wynona Bleach. We have always had problems with R51, it was…

January 24, 2018

Watch: Malojian – Beard Song

Released back in October, and the follow-up to the intriguing Steve Albini recording ‘This is Nowhere’, Malojian‘s fourth album saw Stevie Scullion move forward with a different approach. ‘Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home’ recruited a different host of musicians…

January 23, 2018

Watch: Benjamin Hamilton – First Light

Belfast songwriter Benjamin Hamilton only embarked on the career of a solo songwriter a relatively short time ago, with the first music of this new endeavour released a mere few months ago. Perhaps better known for his time with Northern Irish…

January 15, 2018

Who We Are: Girls Rock School NI 2017

Words by Shannon Delores O’Neill Established in March 2016, Girls Rock School Northern Ireland was the very first collective of its kind in the whole of Ireland, north and south. Since then, there is now a Girls Rock! Dublin; with…

December 6, 2017

Influences Mixtape: The Tragedy of Dr. Hannigan

The musical love child of two fine Northern Irish musicians, The Tragedy of Dr. Hannigan introduced themselves with a bang and a wallop earlier this year before dropping a debut album ‘Fawkes Ache’ in October and by all accounts, a ripping…

November 23, 2017

Interview: Whale Talk

Born out of a dream, long time friends Freyja Bourke and Betsy Bailie conspired to form Whale Talk. Performing heartfelt songs spawned at a younger age, the duo are gearing up for the release of only their second single ‘Fingertips’….

November 23, 2017

Stream: Scratch My Progress, Vol. 6

The Oh Yeah Music Centre, recently celebrating its tenth year, has been a hotbed for talent development throughout its history. A huge part of that has been its Scratch My Progress programme, offering extensive advice and tools to artists lucky enough…

November 15, 2017

Interview: ROE

Few stars in the Northern Irish music scene are burning as brightly as ROE right now.  One of the most exciting emerging talents of the last year, 18 year old Roisin Donald has already made a big name for herself. Every…

November 15, 2017

Preview: Northern Ireland Music Prize 2017

There is no shortage of great music being released by musicians and bands from across Northern Ireland and that is evident in the list of shortlisted albums for the Northern Ireland Music Prize. Amongst the twelve albums shortlisted there’s well…

November 8, 2017

Atlantic Sessions hits the North Coast again

Returning for its ninth year, few events in the Northern Irish calendar are as well established as the Atlantic Sessions. The accolades and regular sell outs have ensured prolonged success and it’s no surprise to see another packed schedule again this…

October 29, 2017

Influences Mixtape: MMODE

While brother and sister pairing Lucy and Thomas Gaffney are no strangers to the music world, their latest musical adventure MMODE has only been around for the blink of an eye. Launching themselves with first single ‘Waiting in the Desert’, the…

October 26, 2017

Watch: Thunder on the Left – National Insecurity

The new single from London based three-piece Thunder on the Left can best be described as heavy hitting. The band are gearing up for the release of their debut album with the release of lead single ‘National Insecurity’. At barely over…

October 5, 2017

Stream: Lilla Vargen – Hold On

Way back in 2015, Lilla Vargen appeared out of thin air and blew us away with her debut release ‘This is Love’. Featuring just her stunning vocals and piano, it was stripped back and emotional. Now a couple of years on, she…

October 3, 2017

Ryan Vail

Watch: Ryan Vail – Shadows

Derry electronic composer and songwriter Ryan Vail has hit plenty of highs in the last few years. His collaborative album alongside Ciaran Lavery brought his first of two NI Music Prize nominations before he returning the following year with his debut album ‘For…

October 3, 2017

Watch: Joel Harkin – Charlie & Deirdre

Donegal born and bred, and now residing in Belfast, Joel Harkin has come out with his first new music in a long while. While he’s been busy behind the scenes and gigging away, his new live video for ‘Charlie & Deirdre’ is…

October 2, 2017