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Joshua Burnside is an experimental folk singer songwriter from Belfast. Joshua released his debut album Ephrata back in 2017 which earned him the Best Album award at the Northern Irish Music Prize. Following the UK and Irish tour of that album, Joshua went back into the recording studio and released an EP Wear Bluebells In Your Hat If You're Goin' That Way and a live album Live At The Elmwood Hall. Now after a a lengthy absence, Joshua returns with his new single Whiskey, Whiskey.
Whiskey, Whiskey is a mellow acoustic guitar driven track which finds Joshua in a vulnerable anxious mood. The song is about this fear of flying and trying to overcome that by drinking whiskey. The guitar is beautiful whilst Joshua's vocals are melancholic and delicate. Of the track Joshua says "I wrote the lyrics whilst on a flight to London. I hate flying and would often suffer from mild panic attacks during flights. I occasionally self medicate by drinking whiskey which isn't really a long term solution. So writing this song was a way of distracting myself from my environment whilst dealing with these emotions in a more productive way. The song is about coming to terms with our mortality and striving to find meaning."
On Sunday 2nd August, RTÉ will be broadcasting a brand new documentary about Richie Malone who is a guitarist from Dublin. Richie joined the legendary English band Status Quo back in 2016 after the death of his idol Rick Parfitt. Richie is the former frontman for Dublin rock band RAID and was a huge Status Quo fan thanks to his dad. In the documentary he will discuss going from listening to them in his house to performing across the world with them on huge stages such as Hyde Park and the 3Arena. The documentary will also feature interviews with Richie's friends and former band members, his Status Quo mega fan Dad and Quo's bassist Rhino.
The documentary is called Rockin' All Over The World and will air at 8pm on Sunday 2nd August on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra and then on podcast. The documentary was produced by award winning Scottish radio producer Heather MacLeod who has produced many radio documentaries and interviewed some of the biggest names in the music business.
Seminal 80's-90's rock pop band Something Happens made their way to Dundalk Gaol for a gig on Saturday night. Frontman Tom Dunne's first words were "this is not a regular show, it's the story of Something happens". From then they brought the Dundalk audience on a journey spanning their whole career with many stories and anecdotes along the way.
They began with their first ever song "Burn Clear" followed by Billy Bragg's "A New England".
"Give It Away" then onto "Forget Georgia" which Larry Gogan championed. The show element of the gig kicks in as founding member and drummer Eamonn Ryan left the band which was recreated by walking up the stairs only to be beckoned back by a pleading Tom Dunne and the audience.
A cover of Abba's "Take A Chance" led into Madonna's "Borderline" followed by "Beach" and a story of how they sold out by playing the Trinity Ball and were signed by Virgi…
Stephen Rainey is a singer songwriter from Antrim. Having been the frontman for local rock band The Hangfires, Stephen has decided to finally put out his own more mellow tracks. Armed only with a second hand Mac and a cheap mic, Stephen has forgone the usual route of a musician and has recorded all of the songs himself at home with admittedly varied results. He recently released his Collaboration Experimentation EP which is five songs each featuring a different artist or artists. Three of the songs feature vocalist Ellen Louise whilst other songs feature Richard Murray, Daryl Ball and John McCullough.
The EP begins with These Tears which is the only song on the EP actually recorded in a studio. The track is a solid pop song with a nice melody and flow. The gentle piano adds a nice touch. These Tears: Tonight is the first of three duets with Ellen Louise and also features Richard Murray on guitar. The vocal harmonies between Stephen and Ellen are very enjoyable as they clearly have an …