Not Over Yet: Sam Amidon at Galway Arts Festival

It is hard to believe after all the energy and triumphs of the past few weeks that Sunday, July 29th is finally here but while the end maybe near GAF 2012 is a long way from winding down. Tonight, folk star Sam Amidon plays the Róisín Dubh at 9.30pm. Sam’s live shows are very special events, mixing video, stories and reworkings of old and not so old music to create a unique audio visual experience. The Guardian has described Sam’s performances as ‘startling, moving stuff’, so don’t waste your Sunday night, get down to the Róisín Dubh. Sam’s support acts come in the shape of Dublin’s Spook of the Thirteenth Lock whose critically acclaimed album The Brutal Here and Now was released last April, plus RM Hubbert. For more info, check out:

Sam’s brand of folk is the perfect accompaniment to your Sunday morning coffee, so why not take a moment to savour his track, Saro:



A Moveable Feast: James Vincent McMorrow

The star of Dublin’s James Vincent McMorrow continues to climb and we’re delighted to be welcoming him to this year’s festival Big Top on July 26th. After the critical and commercial success of his debut album Early in the Morning, James has toured the world and played support to the likes of Al Green, Bon Iver and Iron and Wine. Not too shabby for a young fella who used to make his living pushing trolleys around Dublin airport.

James recently featured in the Guardian due to his participation in Bands in Transit, a web series looking at the role of humble transit van in the life of musicians, who use them to traverse the globe. Sure how else could you cart around all that gear? Like other artists featured in the series, including the chart topping Rizzle Kicks and the hotly tipped Ben Howard and Kyla La Grange, James performed in the back of a transit van, which you can watch below for a beautiful rendition of his hit, Follow You Down to the Red Oak Tree.

Thanks to GAF and the Róisín Dubh, James plays the festival Big Top along with Lisa Hannigan and Elaine Mai on July 26th. Tickets are flying out the door for what will be an incredible evening so to secure yours, check out

Musical Explosions: Crash Ensemble

In a world where everyone claims to be different there exists precious few true individuals but Ireland’s Crash Ensemble are an exception. A group of world class musicians who create landscapes and sounds that envelop the listener,  Crash Ensemble collaborate with composers and performers at home and abroad to create works that defy neat description. In the process, they have toured all over the world to huge acclaim, including a five star review in the Guardian for their 2011 work Grá agus Bás.

At Galway Arts Festival 2012, Crash Ensemble will be playing the title track from Grá agus Bás, premiering the specially commissioned dimmerswitch by the renowned Daniel Figgis, plus new work by the ‘hottest composer on the planet’, the American Nico Muhly. For fans of music that breaks the mold, reinvents the listening experience and creates a space and time far removed from the typical, Crash Ensemble are simply unmissable.

It is hard to imagine how a group that has been in place since 1997 can remain so vital, so dedicated to creating new musical horizons and yet, Crash Ensemble do just that. Expect an unforgettable evening of musical adventure on Thursday July 19th at Saint Nicholas’s Church complete with Misterman composer and Crash Ensemble artistic director Donnacha Dennehy plus sean–nós singer Iarla Ó’Lionáird. For a sneak peek, take a look at the clip below and don’t forget to book your tickets via

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