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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.

Listen Back to the Show>

Listen to B-Movie Lightning on myspace>


post electrocution

May 25, 2010

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.

Listen back to the show here>

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>

John Haggis myspace>


Baking a summer loaf

May 25, 2010

Some Fresh Air from Mister Dineen to keep you tapping those summer feet. Cracking remixes of Foals, Solar Bears, Patrick Kelleher, Fuck Buttons, Lemonade and great tracks from Redneck Manifesto, Gold Panda, Madlib, Caribou, Blunted Dummies, John and Beverly Martyn and more. Enjoy….


sonic gait

May 20, 2010

Richie Egan, aka Jape, was in studio last night to chat to Donal, spin some Redneck tunes, play some brand new Jape tracks live, and to break info about a new project called visionair…possibly the busiest man in music?

Richie kicked off the show with a new track called BTSU from a new artist; Jai Paul (which Richie heard from following Paul Epworth on twitter- so it is good for something) which you can download for free from Jai Paul’s myspace.

After Donal played Hex (from Redneck Manifesto) Richie played the first of two brilliant new Jape tracks live on the show; Ocean of Frequency and then Hands of Fire (with more Redneck tracks played from the album in between). The great news is that he’s booked studio time at the end of June, so a new album is in the offing sometime soonish…

There were more great chats to be had about writing music, setting standards, and setting songs loose…Richie chatted about the different ways he makes music across the three projects (Jape, Redneck Manifesto and visionair) and talked a lot about the great music being made in ireland and everywhere right now, and how technology makes people more inclined to set that new music out fully formed from the off.

Speaking of which, Riche broke some news about a new project he’s working on with fellow Redneck-er Niall Byrne called visionair. No links or myspaces or any of that craic yet, but he did share a cracking track called uh-oh (working title!) with us on air which bodes well for the future- can’t wait to hear more of that sound.

Richie closed out the show with another brilliant live Jape new one; What if I Never Saw You.

Donal also played two Solar Bears tracks on the show

Listen Back to the show here> (mp3)


Lady Limerick

May 20, 2010

We’ll be finishing Fresh Air in Limerick next Friday with a little help from 8ball.  Limerick was one of our favourite gigs last year, with a lovely audience and a stunning venue  in Daghdha’s dance space at St. John’s Church. We’re using Daghdha again, and this time we have Thread PullsNatural History Museum and Sunken Foal on board to provide the music.

Buy Tickets online for this gig or get them on the door, which opens at 8pm

Here’s a clip of the space in action from last year:

and one of Threadpulls in action in Dublin

and tracks from Sunken Foal

and Natural History Museum

Buy Tickets online for this gig or get on the door