Review | “Subtle but beautiful” Ye Vagabonds – Ye Vagabonds

The Last Mixed Tape reviews the self-titled debut studio album from Irish alternative-folk duo Ye Vagabonds. About halfway through my first listen on Ye Vagabonds I became so immersed in it that I lost my place, unable to determine which song I was on and where on the album I was. This could be a bad thing in…

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Review | “The embodiment of ethereal” Seamus Fogarty – The Curious Hand

The Last Mixed Tape reviews The Curious Hand, the brand new studio album from Seamus Fogarty.  The embodiment of ethereal, Seamus Fogarty’s The Curious Hand has a softness to it undercut by Fogarty’s abstract take on Irish traditional music. An album built around lyricism and phrasing, both the music and the meaning play an equal role in bringing…

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Review | Jiggy – Translate

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Translate, the debut studio album from trad inspired band Jiggy. Communication characterizes Translate. The overarching theme of language through sound and rhythm defines Jiggy’s debut and is felt through every movement the music makes. Using traditional roots flourishes to convey this, the group widen their own sonic scope with a fusion of influences.…

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Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Cormac Begley Irish tour dates announced

Traditional duo Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Cormac Begley are set to embark on a tour across Ireland this winter. Following the pair’s sold-out show at the National Concert Hall in Dublin recently, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Cormac Begley will take their distinctive take on the trad/folk genre to venues across the country. See full tour dates below.…

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The Annulments – Everything I Lost

The Last Mixed Tape reviews Everything I Lost, the debut studio album from Dublin-based alternative-folk group the Annulments.  The musicality of storytelling is everything in a record like Everything I Lost. The album needs to create a world out of the interactions and people who populated its lyrics. For this the Annulments must be commended, the sound…

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I Draw Slow to play Whelan’s show in aid M.I.R.T this December

Folk outfit I Draw Slow will play a special headline show in aid of MIRT Ireland in Whelan’s on December 10th. The group will return to Whelan’s this December to support and raise funds for MIRT (The Mater Institute for Research and Therapy in Blood Health Innovation) and their work with for Irish blood cancer patients.…

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Spirit of Folk 2014 line-up announced

The line-up for this year’s Spirit of Folk 2014 line-up has been announced. Taking place from Friday, September 19th to Sunday, September 21st in Dunderry Park, Co Meath. The Spirit of Folk festival looks to highlight the bustling alternative-folk and traditional folk scene happening in Ireland at the moment. Included in this year’s exciting and diverse…

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Fia Rua – The Sky Went Low And The Sea Went High

Alternative-folk artist Fia Rua’s third album The Sky Went Low And The Sea Went High provides a thematically dense interpretation of the genre. From the outset it becomes clear that The Sky Went Low And The Sea Went High is an album of tone and mood. Resonating with an organic ominous sound, the record gradually establishes the interwoven themes…

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