Who are you!

August 12, 2010

Donal is doing a handful of gigs in advance of his Electric Picnic slots in September.  The first of these will form part of a new series of music and visuals called Who Are You! and has a staggeringly good line up with Hulk, Adrian Crowley and Lisa O’Neill

It happens on August 21st at Space 54 in Smithfield. Here are some rather nice videos of the folks involved



LISA O’NEIL (more)


Film: Natural History Museum in Limerick

June 10, 2010

In one of their first live gigs (maybe the very first?!) Natural History Museum played Fresh Air Limerick in Daghdha’s Dance Space at St. John’s


fresh air podcasts

June 4, 2010

Good news! If you missed the second series of Fresh Air (May 2010) Today FM have set up a podcast on itunes with edited versions of all of the shows. here>

Or you can go to the Fresh Air archive page on Donal’s Today FM site and listen back to the streams.  The November 2009 series is also available to stream or download as mp3 from Todayfm– it’s not podcasted as yet.


film: Kevin Blake in Cork

May 29, 2010

The first of our Fresh Air film clips from this series is avaible to view on YouTube.  The uber-talented Myles and Stephen from Arbutus Yarns have filmed all of the shows, and once the mammoth editing job is completed in June we’ll have a track from each artist to share with you in July.


flash of lightning

May 27, 2010

Mike Smalle was in studio to chat to Donal to close of Fresh Air.  Mike was behind Cane 141 and is now releasing new work as B-Movie Lightning. Triple Trouble was the first track that made it out under the B-Movie Moniker and made its way onto Donal’s first Soundcloud mix; First Fifteen. The new single mix of that track is available to buy now on itunes and he’s just back from London where he worked on the upcoming album with producer Ian Catt and it’s due out later this year, or early next year…

Mike previewed new tracks on the show including the upcoming single Take Yourself to the City:

Mike chatted to Donal about putting the Cane 141 project to bed, and how it was in the early years of that band, which he started initially with his best friend in Galway. He talked about the challenges of playing live too- particularly with the new B-Movie stuff, and how it works, or might not work, in a live setting.

Mike brought in some tracks to play on air too- including his current most played record Tusk by Fleetwood Mac.

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Listen to B-Movie Lightning on myspace>


Sure Fire

May 26, 2010

Dubliner Jennifer Evans was in to play some live Fresh Air for us this week. Having just released her first EP; Salient Point, she’s dying to get more music out there, and started off with a beautiful new track that doesn’t appear on the EP called Empire

Jennifer usually plays with a band (the Ripe Intent) but did a beautiful job with just her voice and guitar on the show. She talked a bit about working in Tower Records, and how that access to world music and jazz has subconsciously seeped into her music. She’s moved to Kilkenny recently, and set herself up in a new house with a studio and place to practice and play every day while she works towards a new full length album. She’s possessed of a beautiful voice, great depth and warmth to it, and the music is really fresh.

Jennifer had a great story about the first time she really thought about music and emotion and singing, when she was the ripe old age of six and singing itsy bitsy spider on the bus.

She played another new track; Sure Fire followed by an EP track Way to Go

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Listen to Jennifer on myspace, or pick up her EP Salient Point on itunes or in your local record store.


So much to say

May 26, 2010

Robyn Bromfield, aka CatScars dropped in on Wednesday to talk to Donal about making music, which she’s only been doing for about a year or so, and divulged where her name comes from along the way. As well as her solo project, Robyn also plays in Children Under Hoof, and in Patrick Kelleher’s band.  She talked about how she came at music via technology, rather than having studied musical instruments, and was inspired to start when she saw her friend Patrick (Kelleher) making music.  Despite coming at it from the tech perspective, she doesn’t really use sound programmes at all, she uses synths and a neat Nintendo DS game  called Korg DS-10

For the moment all of the pieces are instrumental, and probably categorised as electronica, but Robyn declares herself not a particular fan of electronic or  instrumental music, the tracks just seemed to come out that way. The tracks are all unfinished in her mind, and there is a plan to add lyrics but she’s finding it hard to know how much to say, and what exactly she wants to say, but has started setting down some lyrics nonetheless.

Robyn had injured her wrist so wasn’t able to play live, but Donal played a few of her recorded tracks. First came Droid, which she feels is almost complete, and then Marjorie – one of the first tracks she put together- and finally Trouble. Robyn played out the show with her pick of Hercules and the Love Affair Blind.

Children Under Hoof launched their EP on Friday after the show, at which Catscars was playing, and you can download Droid as part of State.ie ‘s Faces of 2010 mixtape here

Listen to Catscars on Myspace>

Listen back to the Show here>