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
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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.
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
Listen to Jennifer on myspace, or pick up her EP Salient Point on itunes or in your local record store.
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
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Natural History Museum, aka Dunk Murphy (Sunken Foal) and Carol Keogh, were in studio last night to play live in advance of their Fresh Air date in Limerick at the weekend. Both performances were their first live shows as a two piece as they’ve been only been making music as Natural History Museum for the last year or so. They’ve both been making their own music for years though, so talked a lot about the difference in making music together; that they have a shared musical language of sorts when they write together and how much they’ve enjoyed the writing process on the album, which is pretty much recorded at this stage (and may or may not be called Being Attenborough…)
Communication through music was a big theme on the show, what you might be trying to achieve with music, how it can move people and why they make it.
They played a few tracks live on air; Dipping Out, then Beware of Darkness, a George Harrison cover (from All Things Must Pass) and then closed with Winter Bee.
Donal also played a new Sunken Foal song; My Friends Have Lost Their Way with George Harrison sample from the Magical Mystery Tour which gave way to to a great chat about The Beatles and Mr. Harrison in particular…
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John Haggis dropped into the studio with some friends- namely Katie Kim , David Kitt, Martin Burns and Deaf Joe – on Monday night. He played three really beautiful live songs back to back to open up the show, all tracks he said were sketches, but sounded like fully formed pieces from this side of the speakers. Beautiful songs all three, they were (provisionally titled) Ice Age, Curse of the Empty Glass and Googly Eyes.
In addition to making music John’s heavily involved with musicians in Waterford with his own studio; Granny It’s Ok to Experiment , helping them record and make music of their own. He and Donal had a great chat about making and playing music, and the importance of supporting and encouraging people to set their music down – in one way or another. It seems the City Council in Waterford, thanks to the guidance of Arts Officer Conor Nolan, are using empty houses for artists of all disciplines (largely visual artists and musicians) to create a new artists quarter in a sense. There was a lot of talk about music taking place in unusual spaces, as with Young Hearts Run Free in Dublin, and encouraging musicians to take control of their own gigs, own work and own recordings. John mentioned a great project from Waterford band anti who gathered 25 tracks from 25 Waterford acts and covered them for an upcoming series of releases.
John makes music with Joe and Katie too, who are both working on new music at the minute. The show closed with a beautiful track from Joe called Joanna which is up on his myspace.
See John Haggis play (drums) with Katie Kim in Sligo and Limerick, and Deaf Joe play in Limerick all as part of Fresh Air on our Video page>
Halves dropped in to studio the same night as Sean Carpio to share the very first radio play from their new album, recently recorded in Montreal in Canada. They chatted about why they went to Canada; 1 part excellent exchange rate, 2 parts studio that can handle analog recording to tape, and 1 part “Tape King” Efrim Menuck, and the recording process which was fully live, and being analog didn’t have the luxury of multiple takes.
They shared 3 stunning tracks with us for Fresh Air, Blood Branches (album version), Darling, you’ll meet your Maker (with guest vocals from Phil from Subplots and Katie Kim- Amy Milan drops in on another album track) and their favourite song on the album; Haunt Me When I’m Drowsy (featuring the 22 ladies of Kilkenny Choir).
The album, produced by Efrim Menuck (God Speed! You Black Emperor), is due out later this year and a tour will accompany it in the autumn.