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Limerick’s latest shining lights


There was a time only a few years ago when we would have been delighted with ten quality releases from Limerick musical acts over the course of a year, however nowadays our fair city and its surrounds represent one of the most fertile places in the land when it comes to musical output. The past number of weeks has seen that strong trend continue so we felt duty bound to bring some of the best new tracks to you just in case you might have missed any of them.

His Father’s Voice - In the Shade

Having already released a hugely impressive debut EP earlier in the year, relative new kids on the block His Father’s Voice are back with this excellent twin release. Its the result of a real collective effort of local talents which saw Richard Dowling on mastering duties, Mary Reidy providing the very tasteful artwork, while Mícheál Keating (Bleeding Heart Pigeons) was heavily involved in the recording, mixing and production.

Sinead O’Brien - A Thing You Call Joy

The break-through of the esoteric Sinead O’Brien has been joy to behold (no pun intended) and if you haven’t seen her live then make sure you get along to the Warehouse on November 9th good and early as she is the opening act for whenyoung’s return to Dolans.

whenyoung - A Labour of Love

And speaking of that triumphant return we of course had to feature something from the headliners themselves who have just finished up their biggest UK tour to date, even though they were very busy with that they still had time to release this pared-back version of one our favourite tracks from their brilliant debut album ‘Reasons to Dream’.

DJ Bleak Stack of Bleak Stack x Post Punk Podge - Generation Xanax

Limerick should be extremely proud of Post Punk Podge who has tackled injustice and inhumanity on every release, along with being an incendiary live act that just has to be experienced. His latest collaboration sees him team up with producer DJ Bleak Stack and deal with Xanax, mental illness and addiction.

Murli - Illegible

After their historic Choice Music Prize win for their outstanding album ‘Let the Dead Bury the Dead’ the members of Rusangano Family have been involved in all sorts of musical adventures and collaborations. Following on from recent tracks from God Knows and Denis Chaila, this month has seen the turn of Murli to step up to the mic and ‘Illegible’ has all the quality hallmarks you would expect.

Slow Riot - G.A.D.

The news last week that Slow Riot are to release their debut album G.A.D. was something we welcomed with a mixture of excitement and sadness as it will be their goodbye gift to us. Sadly the band parted ways last year but the album they will release next month is one hell of a way to say farewell.

Inner City Radio - Year of the Bull EP

Inner City Radio are back with a bit of a change of sound but the four delightful tracks on their new EP are well worth checking out.

Fox Jaw - Let It Run

In the past month we have been treated to a new single, a fantastic gig in the Kasbah Social Club and as always another stunning video from those mighty Limerick rockers Fox Jaw. Their latest Irish tour continues next month with dates in Cork, Dublin, Belfast, Waterford & Galway.

The Winter Passing - Patience, Please

OK this one might be a slight bit of a stretch but a decent stretch with Marty Ryan (he of Anna’s Anchor & DIY Limerick fame) now part of The Winter Passing line-up - he does like to keep busy that lad (he also has an excellent podcast). Their new single is 4 minutes and 39 seconds of indie-guitar goodness.

Rumi - Come Down

Our final track isn’t quite released yet but like all of the tracks above we have featured it on Sounds from a Green World on 8radio.com, kicking off this week’s show in fact along with His Father’s Voice and Inner City Radio. Rumi played a super support slot to Le Boom in the Warehouse last week and we’re sure you’ll enjoy her latest single ‘Come Down’ which is released on November 1st.

Sounds from a Green World #0510


We’ve another great batch of new Irish music for you this week including tracks from our Album of the Month for October which is ‘High Life’ by Squarehead. This is Squarehead’s first album in six years but it certainly has been worth the wait, and you can hear them in all their live glory this coming Friday in the Kasbah Social Club. Supporting them on the night will be Casavettes whose excellent debut album ‘Senselessness’ was also an album of the month earlier in the year.

Speaking of albums it’s been a rich month for LP releases and we feature tracks from some of the best of those including Boa Morte, Girl Band, Tebi Rex and Sans Chateaux. We also have crackin’ new music from His Father’s Voice, Sorcha Richardson , Just Mustard and Sinead O’Brien who will be supporting whenyoung for their gig in the Warehouse next month. Along with all that we also have the very first release from Fakenamé which is the new musical moniker of Dave McGloughlin previously of Le Galaxie fame.

That’s it for now, sit back or dance around but do enjoy the tunes and remember on 8radio.com we play the music we like, 24 hours a day, 8 days a week.

The return of the 8radio.com Music Blog


After a longer hiatus than planned the 8radio.com Music Blog returns!! I know you all really missed this treasure trove of musical gems but fear not normal service has resumed, and will be maintained on a regular basis.

For those of you not familiar with the 8radio.com Music Blog it is the place where we bring you some of the very best new Irish music, album reviews, career retrospectives, we will also look forward to some of the wonderful acts coming to Dolans and look back at some of the fantastic gigs that take place in our numerous venues.

In order to get us back on track we will simply start with the latest episode of Sounds from a Green World which is brought to you every week (Sat 8am/Wed 9pm) by John Loftus on 8radio.com and supported by Dolans.

On this week’s show we feature Let It Run the crackin’ new single from Fox Jaw who play the Kasbah Social Club on Saturday, October 5th. There is also a whole host of fresh new Irish tunes from Lilla Vargen, Moncrieff, The Late David Turpin, Elly D and Roisin Murphy. There is a selection of tracks from our Irish Album of the Month for September, which is ‘Primero’ from A Band Called Paul and we have a superb remix of Delorentos’ single from 10 years ago S.E.C.R.E.T. the anniversary of which is being celebrated by the band with an Irish tour later this year, including a date in the Warehouse on December 19th.

All that and a whole pile more, so sit back and enjoy 90 minutes of just great Irish music and we’ll be back with some more blogging and musical goodness very soon.

Lofty's Fave 45


It’s that time of year where John Loftus who presents Sounds from a Green World on 8radio.com every week brings you his favourite 45 Irish tracks of the past 12 months.

Safe to say it’s been a wonderful year for Irish musical releases so it was mammoth task to boil the year’s musical output to just 45 tunes but that is what he has done and you can listen to them all right now.

The other thing that will strike you about the selection is the range of musical genres represented, which is only a proper reflection of the rich choice of music available to Irish music lovers these days.

It’s also been a strong year for acts from Limerick so quite a number of them feature in the Fave 45 including PowPig, Bleeding Heart Pigeons, Laura Mulcahy, Slow Riot & Post Punk Podge & the Technohippies and whenyoung.

The selection is capped off with Lofty’s favourite Irish track of the year which is from frequent visitors to Dolans and a band Seoda Shows’ John Hennessy certainly loves - Fontaines DC.

We hope you enjoy the tunes!!

The Evolution of Le Galaxie


Le Galaxie make a return to Dolans for what is sure to be an energy sapping night in the Warehouse. Ahead of that we decided to chart their musical progression since they first hit us with their wonderful brand of dance music.

‘We Bleed The Blood Of Androids’ and ‘You Feel The Fire!’ were our first introduction to Le Galaxie and what an introduction it was especially with the latter track’s award winning video & anthemic climax.

Of course they delivered on that early promise with their debut album ‘Laserdisc Nights II’ which is the album Vangelis might have produced had he discovered dance music. It’s epic and pulsating all the way through, a brilliant debut.

At this point Le Galaxie had firmly established themselves as THE must-see live act on the Irish music scene and a firm festival favourite was ‘Love System’ their sublime collaboration with Elaine Mai which is taken from the ‘Fade 2 Forever’ EP.

2015 saw them on a major label and releasing ‘Le Club’ an album that had plenty of studio polish and entrancing beats with ‘Humanise’ the standout track.

And so to this year which saw the official addition of May Kay to the group after her splendid contribution on the track ‘Carmen’ on the previous album and many live appearances. We also got the third Le Galaxie album from which they’ve just released the double A-side ‘L.I.E./Women in Love’ but the highlight from ‘Pleasure’ is definitely ‘Day of the Child’.

Le Galaxie play a late show in the Warehouse this Friday night and there are limited tickets still available for what will be a night of non-stop pulsating dance-action.

whenyoung thrill a packed Dolans with an electric homecoming set


Last Saturday marked the triumphant return of local band in exile whenyoung who if you don’t know already are Aoife Power (vocals & bass), Niall Burn (guitar) & Andrew Flood (drums).

Playing to a jam-packed house upstairs they displayed live all the polished power pop we’ve come to expect from their studio output.

On the night we got all the singles of course, with ‘Actor’ and EP title track ‘Given Up’ being particular stand outs whilst new tracks ‘Crystal’ and ‘The Others’ clearly showed that this is a band that is ever developing, the latter song is one of the high points of their set with the three bandmates in perfect unison on a track that is their most complete and complex to date.

‘Pretty Pure’ is another indie pop gem which sounds even better live and it’s preceded by a mesmeric solo rendition of ‘She Moves Through the Fair’ by Power.

Another track from their debut EP ‘Sleeper’ kicks off the encore this time showcasing a more downbeat mellow side of the band before the trio finish the night off with their excellent rendition of The Cranberries’ classic ‘Dreams’.

So with a hugely successful return to their hometown under their belt, their debut EP released and a support slot on Blossoms’ UK arena tour we await with anticipation what whenyoung will do next, whatever it is, it promises to be exceptional.

‘Given Up’ is available from November 9th via Spotify and all digital platforms as well as on 10” blue vinyl.

Anna's Anchor - Everybody's Welcome

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Marty Ryan is back with his latest Anna’s Anchor opus which he launches in Dolan’s this Friday, find out what we think of it.

Ever since his early musical forays with his previous band Going 90 Marty Ryan has been ever present on the Limerick scene, delivering his own particular blend of ever maturing emo rock but also nurturing many emerging talents with his involvement in the Thomond Sessions & DIY LK.

‘Everyone’s Welcome’ is his third album release as Anna’s Anchor and is easily his most personal and accomplished collection of songs to date. The record was recorded and written in an isolated cottage in Castletown Bere, West Cork with Mike Gavin (from Windings) co-producing the album, additional percussion by rising DIY-superstar-producer Bob Cooper in Leeds, with mixing carried out by John Goodmanson from Seattle who’s worked with the likes of Death Cab for Cutie and Soundgarden amongst others.

It’s an approach that works brilliantly and has resulted in a top quality record which is massive leap forward on all levels for Anna’s Anchor, building on those fine previous releases.

Album opener Executive Summary is a subtle beginning to proceedings which sees the first appearance of Clare O’Brien (from Randolf and the Crokers) on backing vocals on a track that erupts with a crescendo of a finale promising that “you’ll be happy with moments of happiness”.

8 Hours in Stansted was literally written in the airport during a testing long layover with the result proving to be a fruitful use of Ryan’s time really kicking the album into high gear with oodles of energy which will have you yearning for a moshpit.

The ominous opening chords of White Washed Corridor hint at what’s to come, it’s a song that sees Ryan addressing a subject all too prevalent in Ireland society - alcoholism in the family, the impact of coming to terms with that and dealing with the resultant personal fallout. It’s a deeply effective track that will resonate with many.

Vibrant rocker Precautionary is a real standout, benefiting again from the accompanying vocals of O’Brien for the anthemic chorus. It’s got real crowd pleaser potential with a driven finale that satisfies completely.

Johnny Cash Was a Punk was written after a visit to the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, it’s a beautiful layered tracked reflecting on a heavy schedule of touring experience and all that entails.

Summer Camp is an excellent upbeat track that is hugely infectious and is another track that really desires to be experienced live.

The album concludes with a pair of more melancholic tracks - the luxurious slow build of For The Parish which leads to an epic anthem and the sparsely low-fi Appendix ABC bring the album to a hugely satisfying conclusion.

On his third album Ryan has recorded a classy album that perfectly marries his passions and musical talent whilst wrestling with his personal demons and frustrations. With ‘Everybody’s Welcome’ he has provided the listener with a varied collection of songs that rewards repeated listens and demand to be heard live.

Anna’s Anchor play the Kasbah Social Club this Friday, September 29th with Chewing Tin Foil and King Pallas, get your tickets now.

Do you want to be Cured ?


It's safe to say that The Cure are a hugely influential band and massively popular in this country since they first hit the charts back in the early 80's.

Earlier this year they celebrated the fact that it is 40 years since Robert Smith, Lol Tolhurst & Michael Dempsey first played together as Easy Cure in Crawley, a name thankfully they quickly changed to The Cure.

This landmark anniversary was celebrated in London with a number of concerts & events and Dolan's will pay it's own tribute to The Cure this Saturday when the acclaimed Fire in Cairo play in the Kasbah Social Club.

So in order to get you in the mood for that you can enjoy Cure8ted a special 8radio.com show which celebrates 40 years of great Cure music - so sit back and enjoy Robert Smith and The Cure !!



It's Electric Picnic time!


The summer is almost over but there is still time for one last party and it's going to be some weekend down in Stradbally for this year's Electric Picnic.

As ever there is a wide range of fun and entertainment on offer apart from the music, but it's music that we are all about here and we've put together 90 minutes of some of the very best Irish acts that are playing over the weekend.

Of course we make no apologies for being a little biased and including the fine acts that will be representing Shannonside at Electric Picnic this year. There is whenyoung who's reputation has been ever growing this year, up and coming electro maestro Proper Micro NV, the highly polished Warsaw Radio and the not be missed acerbic Post Punk Podge & The Technohippies who plays twice during the weekend.

There's plenty of past & future visitors to Dolans performing to including Paddy Hanna, Montauk Hotel, Fontaines DC, David Kitt & Le Galaxie who will be making a return to the warehouse this autumn.

So to all of you heading to Electric Picnic have a great time, mind each other and we'll see you all when you get back!

Sounds from a Green World Podcast #605


The latest edition of the Sounds from a Green World podcast is available for your listening pleasure right now.

This week's edition features recent visitors to Dolans Delerentos in our Evolution of an Artist slot, we've brand new music from Hilary Woods, Cathy Davey, Talos & God is an Astronaut along with tunes from local acts Zombie Picnic & Inner City Radio.

Our Album of the Month for May is the crackin' debut LP from Brand New Friend 'Seatbelt for Aeroplanes' and we've heaps more Irish music with a few classics from the vault thrown in for good measure.

And dont forget that 8radio.com has returned to the FM airwaves of Limerick and its surrounds, we will be broadcasting on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays on 105.5FM in Limerick during May and June 2018. And don't worry if you are travelling during the weekend we will also be broadcasting on 105.2FM in Dublin, 106.7FM in Cork and 87.7FM in Galway

Programming will continue on-line and on-demand as usual 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via 8Radio.com and on our bespoke mobile device applications. Download the 8Radio.com app from @AppStore or @GooglePlay and that way you’ll have deadly tunes on tap! You can also listen via Windows phones, games consoles & smart TVs via the @tunein app.

Sounds from a Green World sponsored by Dolans is broadcast live on 8radio.com every Saturday from 8am and on Wednesday night from 9pm. 



Bell X1 - Live at King John's Castle


Twenty years on the road is a hell of of a long time for any Irish band to stay going strong, therefore it's only right that Bell X1 celebrate that landmark achievement in style and where better to do that than in King John Castle as part of Limerick’s Riverfest festivities. 

What marks out tonight’s headliners is not only their longevity but the fact that they have continually evolved, producing high quality & varied albums throughout their career. And tracks from all of their seven studio albums feature on tonight’s setlist along with a couple of surprise renditions.

As you would expect the night is full of fan favourites with the band getting the crowd on-board from the off with ‘Velcro’ & one of their early classics ‘Man on Mir’ which is delivered with a fresh impetus that belies its age, while ‘Eve, the Apple of My Eye’ is as heart-brokenly romantic as ever.

Even though the set features plenty from all their long players, however as you might expect the band lean heaviest on ‘Music in Mouth’ and their big breakthrough album ‘Flock’ with no less than five tracks from the latter being played on the night. Whilst its crowd pleasers ‘Flame’ & the wonderfully uplifting ‘Rocky took a Lover’ that get everyone singing and dancing, it’s the unreal unerring performance of ‘My First Born for a Song’ that stands out with the band in sublime rhythmic ecstasy.


Even though we love their own material the stunning acoustic rendition of ‘She’s a Mystery To Me’ was surely one of the highlights of the night, the sumptuous harmonies of Paul, Dave & Dominic hushed even the most persistent of chatterers in the audience, with Dominic getting the loudest cheers for his vocal contributions - The Big O would have approved.

Another classy cover, this time Bowie’s ‘Let’s Dance’ energetically paves the way for another gig highlight with ‘The End is Nigh’ blasting out with an intensity not really suggested by the studio version, bringing the song to sublime heights with slight nods to LCD Soundsytem & New Order along the way, in what is a powerful performance.

The band may have been delivering fireworks of their own all night but they have to give pause for a few minutes for the breathtaking Riverfest illuminations before sneaking back on stage almost ninja-like for the final throws of their celebrations.

‘The Great Defector’ provides one last opportunity for the masses to revel in full-on party mode before the delicate ‘I’ll See Your Heart and I’ll Raise You Mine’ closes the night’s proceedings, leaving both band and audience fully satisfied with how the past twenty years have gone.


Thanks to Shane Serrano for the classy pics.

8Radio.com is back on FM !!


Alternative radio returns to the FM airwaves of Limerick and its surrounds this weekend as 8Radio.com is back on your FM dials. We will be broadcasting on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays on 105.5FM in Limerick during May and June 2018. And don't worry if you are travelling during the weekend we will also be broadcasting on 105.2FM in Dublin, 106.7FM in Cork and 87.7FM in Galway

People often ask what is our musical philosophy is on 8Radio.com, simply put "we play the music we like 24 hours a day.  No filler, no compromise, just quality new music and gems from the past to treat your ears". Why don't you try it for yourself, you won't regret it!

And of course Sounds from a Green World sponsored by Dolans is broadcast live on 8radio.com every Saturday from 8am and on Wednesday night from 9pm. 

Programming will continue on-line and on-demand as usual 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via 8Radio.com and on our bespoke mobile device applications. Download the 8Radio.com app from @AppStore or @GooglePlay and that way you’ll have deadly tunes on tap! You can also listen via Windows phones, games consoles & smart TVs via the @tunein app.



Bell X1 Through the Years


This time next week King John's Castle will be rocking to the sounds of Bell X1 as they celebrate twenty years on the road with what is sure to be a very special gig. For those of you lucky enough to get your hands on tickets for this sold out show we decided to whet your appetite for the night with a selection of tracks from each of their album releases along with my personal favourite. 

Enjoy and for those of you heading to Live at the Castle, have a great time !

Happy Days - The Dolans Story


We thought it timely given the honour that was bestowed upon Mick & Val on behalf of the people of Limerick this week that we give you another chance to hear the story of how the Dolans that you know and love came into being.

Hear from a whole cast of characters including the Dolans themselves on the history of the venue, why two Dubs ended up in Limerick and of course what Dolans means to the people who play there and those who frequent it regularly.

With contributions & music from Blindboy Boatclub, Jerry Fish, Cathy Davey, Siobhan O'Brien, Eoin Devereaux, Ann Blake and loads more, 'Happy Days' is a must listen for those who have ever stepped through the front door.

Sounds from a Green World


The latest episode of Sounds from a Green Word is just bursting with audio goodness as we preview what is sure to be one of the musical highlights of the year - the I Heart The Cranberries charity concert in aid of Adapt House and Limerick Mental Health which sold out the Warehouse in record time, we feature a couple of the acts from the night along with a tune from Dolores and the gang as well.

We also continue our 'Evolution of an Artist' feature which this week focuses on Jerry Fish and his various incarnations ahead of his gig upstairs this Friday.

We've more tracks from our Album of the Month for March - 'The Two Worlds' by Brigid Mae Power, we say well done to Ships for winning the Choice Music Prize with their album 'Precession' named Best Album of 2017 and we've loads of great Irish music from Train Room, Marc O'Reilly, Roisin El Cherif and many more.

So tune in and check out for the next 90 minutes.

Sounds from a Green World sponsored by Dolans is broadcast live on 8radio.com every Saturday from 8am and on Wednesday night from 9pm. Download the 8radio.com app from @AppStore or @GooglePlay and that way you’ll have deadly tunes on tap! You can also listen via Windows phones, games consoles & smart TVs via the @tunein app.

International Women's Day - Sounds from a Green World Special


Over the years we've had the privilege of welcoming a host of fantastic female musical talent to Dolans therefore we feel it's important to mark International Women's Day by celebrating just some of the talented ladies making music in Ireland today.

It was an almost impossible task to choose the 22 tracks featured but you can only fit so much music into 90 minutes. However we do feature Ailbhe Reddy, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Loah, Cathy Davey, SOAK and Maria Kelly just to mention a few. And of course there had to be a local focus with PowPig, whenyoung and Emma Langford getting things of to a rip-roaring Shannonside start.

And of course we'll be having our own celebration of female musical talent whilst remembering the sadly departed Dolores O'Riordan when we host the I Heart The Cranberries charity concert in aid of Adapt House and Limerick Mental Health on July 5th - tickets for which go on sale here in the morning.

For now though, grab a cuppa and sit back and enjoy the ladies and sounds from a green world.




Lofty's Fave 45


It's the first day of 2018 so the perfect time for a look back and listen to my favourite Irish tracks from the past 12 months.

The 45 tracks feature plenty of acts that have visited Dolans in the past year including Fontaines, Fangclub, Ham Sandwich, Columbia Mills, and Lankum. I'm sure we'll see many more visit in the coming year too.

Of course there is plenty of local representation on the list too, with tunes from Emma Langford, new sensations Pow Pig, Rusangano Family and Outsider who managed to get his track 'Miol Mor Mara' featured on the FIFA18 video game soundtrack.

So sit back and enjoy 3 hours of the finest music in the land.

Sounds from a Green World sponsored by Dolans is broadcast live on 8radio.com every Saturday from 8am and on Wednesday night from 9pm. Download the 8radio.com app from @AppStore or @GooglePlay and that way you’ll have deadly tunes on tap! You can also listen via Windows phones, games consoles & smart TVs via the @tunein app.

Lofty's Top 20 Irish Albums of the Year

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It's been another strong year for Irish music and there have been many fine albums released in the past twelve months. In fact nearly 200 of them, the entire list which can be viewed here.

So trying to whittle all of those releases down to a list of a mere 20 albums was a tough but hugely enjoyable challenge.

Some of the acts that feature in my Top 20 have been visitors to Dolans in the past year and hopefully many more will perform here in 2018, in fact Talos will be here next Wednesday (a gig moved to the Warehouse due to demand).

And of course we do have just a little local bias so it was great to have two Limerick talents feature in the Top 20. Emma Langford who launched her powerful debut 'Quiet Giant' a few weeks ago with a fantastic gig in the Warehouse. Also included is Laura Mulcahy whose album 'Funeral, Home, Lizard...' is one of the most delightfully eclectic Irish albums released this year.

You can see the full list is below but why not just press play and enjoy some wonderful Irish music.

  1. Jiggy - Translate
  2. Talos - Wild Alee
  3. Columbia Mills - A Safe Distance to Watch
  4. Come on Live Long - In The Still
  5. Frankenstein Bolts - Aglow & Spark
  6. Emma Langford - Quiet Giant
  7. Percolator - Sestra
  8. Ailie Blunnie - West to the Evening Sun
  9. Sea Pinks - Watercourse
  10. Fangclub - Fangclub
  11. Ships - Precession
  12. Laura Mulcahy - Funeral, Home, Lizard...
  13. Joe Chester - The Easter Vigil - Live at the Unitarian Church
  14. Marlene Enright - Placemats & Second Cuts
  15. Cormac O Caoimh - shiny silvery things
  16. Will de Burca - Embedded
  17. Maria Doyle Kennedy - Maria Doyle Kennedy
  18. Malojian - Let Your Weirdness Carry You Home
  19. Eoin Dolan - Ubique
  20. Winter Aid - The Murmer of the Land



Lofty Reviews - Emma Langford 'Quiet Giant' Album Launch


Watching Emma Langford grow and develop as a singer and songwriter has been a privilege for all associated with Dolans, so it was an honour for us to host her album launch with her debut performance in the Warehouse.

Always a lady who promotes fellow musical talent where ever she goes Emma has put together a wonderful bill of fare, with Galway trio The Bluebirds providing a tasty starter to the night’s proceedings. Singing a-cappella (bar a single tune with ukelele) their sublime harmonies & beautiful vocals are a real treat and serve to remind you how mesmerising the human voice can truly be.


Next up is Trevor Sexton from Newcastle West who’s powerful delivery is reminiscent of Declan O’Rourke but with his own unique Limerick twist. As with any man and guitar act what he does between songs is almost as important as the tunes themselves and he holds the crowd’s attention with ease. His musical material is equally strong and played with with a focused passion, particularly ‘Fairytale’ which is greeted with rapturous applause.


Then it is time for the lady of the hour, immediately you can tell this performance is going be a notch above her previous (fine) appearances in Dolans - the band enter first, with Emma following with the air of a veteran performer before launching into the heavenly ‘All You Want’.

For almost eighty minutes we are treated to an artist at the top of her game accompanied by a band who know the importance of the night and rise to the occasion. An early standout is ‘The Seduction of Eve’ with a stunning intro featuring a snapshot from ‘Funny Valentine’ which is dedicated to Emma’s parents.

As you would expect, the entirety of the album is played, along with a few older tracks and a selection from her self-titled EP, each brought to even greater heights in the live arena. Highlights include ‘Bear this Child’ and ‘6 Foot 4’ , whilst her mouth-trumpeting on ‘Goodbye Hawaii’ as ever draws impressed gasps from the audience.

Following the briefest of breaks our songstress returns with the band and The Bluebirds in tow to deliver a glorious version of ‘Tug O’ War’ (a landmark song in the her career), and it’s followed by a passionate & energetic performance of ‘Closed Book’, the latest single from the album. 


The night is brought to a close with a typically humorous song choice by Langford as all the singers from the night, band and audience join her for the fun-filled ‘I Wanna Be Like You’ which leaves everyone with a smile on their faces, on a night that is a wonderful showcase for Irish musical talent.

‘Quiet Giant’ is available via bandcamp and is on sale in all good record stores.

Thanks to Kennedy O'Brien for the use of his photos, check out more images from the gig on the I Love Limerick Facebook page.

Sound from a Green World - Episode 1708


With so much good new Irish music bouncing around our wonderful island it's hard to fit it all in to a 90 minutes show but we do try our best.

On this week's episode we feature more tracks from the Sounds from a Green World Album of the Month which is the wonderful 'A Safe Distance to Watch' by Columbia Mills. We also feature a number of hometown acts who will be playing Dolans in the coming weeks, those being whenyoung and Rusangano Family.

Able Archer pick a peach of track from Lowlight Gathering for their 'Music They Like' choice and we also have the new Able Archer single. All that along with new releases from Ham Sandwich & Paddy both of whom return to Dolans on the run up to Christmas.

So press play now, you won't be disappointed.

Sounds from a Green World sponsored by Dolans is broadcast live on 8radio.com every Saturday from 8am and on Wednesday night from 9pm. Download the 8radio.com app from @AppStore or @GooglePlay and that way you’ll have deadly tunes on tap! You can also listen via Windows phones, games consoles & smart TVs via the @tunein app.