Category : Features

Outsourced Northern Irish Songs of the Year 2017

Outsourced: Top Northern Irish Songs Of 2017

Whether you are a regular or a casual visitor to Chordblossom we hope our passion for local music comes across loud and clear. Thankfully it isn’t just us that are passionate about Northern Irish music, there are a wide variety…

January 3, 2018

Northern Irish Songs of the Year 2017

Northern Irish Songs Of The Year 2017: Part 1 (50 – 26)

End of year lists can prove to be divisive for a variety of reasons but we feel it is important to highlight and champion the best music released over the course of 2017. It has been another busy and productive…

January 1, 2018

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Bird & Bramble: Early Doors…

While scrolling through the never-ending negativity that is Facebook in 2017, I fell upon a post (see full post here) written by local DJ JORDAN in relation to The Menagerie in Belfast. The post was a call for people to…

December 17, 2017

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

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

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

Brash Isaac

Interview: Brash Isaac

Andrew Cameron had found musical acclaim as part of alt folk outfit the New Ancestors but following the relocation of Jonny Solari to Canada, Andrew decided he needed a new project. Under the title Brash Isaac, Cameron set about releasing…

October 25, 2017

PeterO

Introducing: #93 – PeterO

Name: PeterO Hometown: Belfast Genre: Alternative Rock /Singer-Songwriter ◀ Q & A ▶ ▶ Tell us about your artist name In my first job there were three different people called Peter, including me. Since my second name is ‘O’Callaghan’, I soon…

October 13, 2017

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Interview: Elder Druid

Elder Druid had a very busy schedule over the last year. The lads were gigging across the country and gathering material for the upcoming album Carmina Satanae. It is the first full record from the band (launch at Bar Sub…

October 11, 2017

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Introducing: #92 – The Fugues

Name: The Fugues Formed: 2015 – ish Hometown: Belfast Genre: Indie Rock Line-up: Peter Murphy | Kaelan Power | Paddy Cartwright | Kevin Doherty ◀ Q & A ▶ ▶ Tell us about your band name Originally it came about on…

September 28, 2017

Influences Mixtape: Reevah

Hailing from Derry, Reevah may have only released a small handful of tracks to the world in the past year, but what she has released in that time has been of the highest quality. The chilled atmosphere of first single ‘Daydreamer’ was…

September 26, 2017

James Bradley

Introducing: #91 – James Bradley

Name: James Bradley Formed: 2013 Hometown: Maghera Genre: Singer Songwriter ◀ Q & A ▶ ▶ Tell us about your band name Really it says it all! It’s me, one Guitar, a PA and my set list. Less people to…

September 21, 2017