Tune of the Week // Graham Mitchell – Maria Browne

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Tune of the Week // Graham Mitchell – Maria Browne

I first heard about this guy from my friend, Sarah. It was about four or five years ago and there was this young fella called Milky near where she lived and she thought I should check out his music. He was good but needed a little time to perfect everything.

Fast forward to 2017 and Milky has dropped this moniker in favour of his own name and has released a couple of cracking tracks. A few of months ago, Graham Mitchell released ‘Inside I’m Dancing’ and ‘You’ve Disappeared’, a piano/guitar led ballad that highlighted his vocal and musical abilities. But the release of this track ‘Maria Browne’ proves just how far the young Dubliner has come.

‘Maria Browne’ is an old school story about a love lost with a upbeat sixties soul vibe. Clocking in at just under two and a half minutes, the full band sound and production from Jon Dotts, are in perfect for the era. This is a huge jump for Graham Mitchell, showing a glimpse of what is to come.

You can find out more about Graham Mitchell on Facebook or Twitter

Get Maria Browne as a Free Download

You can get Maria Browne as a Name Your Price Download from Bandcamp, that includes for free but why don’t you support your local artist and give him a quid or two.

Spotify Tune of the Week Playlist

I’ve started putting Spotify playlists together, including a Tune of the Week playlist, which includes all the tracks I’ve chose as Tune of the Week here on nessymon.com. You can find the playlist here. Make sure you follow, it will be updated weekly.

Watch the Video for Maria Browne

The London Ear on RTÉ 2XM // Show 143 with Warsaw Radio and Emerald Sounds

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And…. we’re back! So far a couple of weeks out due to a broken thumb, it was great to get back into the groove. I’m not going to lie, after three weeks, I can only type with my right hand for about 15 minutes before it starts to get sore again. And that’s not even using my thumb.

What’s on the show this week? Great music and great chat!

Chat with Mary Grammer from Emerald Sounds

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Mary Grammer is the founder of Emerald Sounds, an Irish music festival happening in London over the first weekend in March. The line up includes Rubberbandits, The Blizzards, Ryan Sheridan, Scoops plus more. It’s all taking place in Electric Ballroom in Camden.

You can find out more on Emerald Sounds’ website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Chat with Brian McNamara of Warsaw Radio

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Brian McNamara, is a Brighton based Limerick man and the man behind Warsaw Radio. They’ve a new single out called ‘After Eve’ and I have to say I’m mightily impressed with them. I really like them.

You can find out more on the band’s website and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

The London Ear on RTÉ 2XM // Show 143 February 11th 2017 // Playlist

Here’s today’s menu:

1. Depeche Mode: Where’s the Revolution?
2. Jealous of the Birds and Ryan Vail: Love is a Crow
3. Chat with Mary Grammar of Emerald Sounds
4. Elm: Concentrate
5. Count Vaseline: Russia
6. Milky: Inside I’m Dancing
7. Ailbhe Reddy: Relent
8. Chat with Brian McNamara of Warsaw Radio
9. Warsaw Radio: After Eve
10. Jamiroquai: Automaton

Listen Again

Thanks for listening, The London Ear broadcast on DAB radio, Saorview and outside Ireland you can listen online.You can listen to the show again on the RTE player. The show is broadcast every Saturday at 1300.

On next week’s show, I’ll be chatting to Irish poet Simon Lewis.

Don’t forget to check out the RTE 2XM website. You can keep up with me here.

Check out The London Ear on Facebook and Twitter

Check out ‘After Eve’, the new video from Warsaw Radio

Photo of Warsaw Radio from here

The London Ear on RTE 2XM // Show 130 with Abe Tarrush and Martin McNamara

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The London Ear on RTE 2XM nessymon

On The London Ear this week I was delighted to be joined by with film maker and photographer Abe Tarrush and playwright Martin McNamara who chats about In The Shadow Or In The Shelter Festival.

Abe Tarrush speaks about his short film ‘The Proposal’

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I’ve known Abe Tarrush a few years now and I was delighted to be able to catch up with him while he was in London. Abe was passing through following the screening of ‘The Proposal’ at the inaugural Exit 6 Film Festival in Basingstoke.

We had a great chat and I enjoyed hearing Abe chat about the process of filmmaking and hearing about having his short screened at a festival.

You can keep up with Abe on Twitter

Martin McNamara speaks about ‘In The Shadow or In The Shelter Festival’

Martin McNamara nessymon.comMartin McNamara is a journalist and radio producer who has worked on ‘The Parting Glass’, a documentary presented by Fintan O’Toole on the Celtic Tiger. Martin also produced and presented ‘From Inside: The Guildford Four’ a documentary about the Guildford Four.

As a playwright, his first full length play, The Magic Hour, was produced at the Brockley Jack in 2013 and his first film script, The Shy Russian, is under option with Future Films USA.

Martin joined me to chat about ‘In The Shadow or In The Shelter Festival’. It’s a series of six one hour plays which tell the story of Irish immigrants to the UK from 1916 until today. Martin’s play ‘Traitors, Cads & Cowards’ runs as part of the festival.

In Shadow and In Shelter Festival - nessymonThe festival runs in the Lion and the Unicorn Theatre and then moves to River to Colour House Theatre from October 21st to 23rd.

You can get tickets for the Lion and Unicorn Theatre here and River to Colour House Theatre Here

You can keep up with the festival on Facebook and Twitter.

The London Ear on RTE 2XM // Show 130 // October 08 2016

1. Wallis Bird: Control
2. Divine Comedy: How Can You Leave Me on My Own
3. Chat with Abe Tarrush
4. Benjamin Francis Leftwich: Kicking Roses
5. The Twigs: These Words
6. The Four of Us: Sugar Island
7. Chat with Martin McNamara
8. Placebo: Jesus’ Son
9. Two Door Cinema Club: Gameshow
10. The Japanese House: Face Like Thunder
11. James Darkin: Chase

Listen Again

Thanks for listening, The London Ear broadcast on DAB radio, Saorview and outside Ireland you can listen online.You can listen to the show again on the RTE player. The show is broadcast every Saturday at 1300.

Don’t forget to check out the RTE 2XM website. You can keep up with me here.

Check out The London Ear on Facebook and Twitter

Photo of Martin from his website

The London Ear on RTE 2XM // Show 128 with Andrew from Romes

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The London Ear Show128 Romes

On this week’s show we headed to Toronto, to speak with Andrew Keyes from Canadian based Irish band, Romes.

Interview with Andrew Keyes from Romes

I first heard about an Irish band in Toronto way back in 2011. They were the band that would eventually be known as Romes. Back in 2011, they were known as Nightbox and I interviewed the band for Goldenplec and featured them on Culture Cafe on RTE 2XM.

Since then, the band have undergone a line up change and while the current members were part of Nightbox, they have a different edge.

You can find out more about Romes on their website, Facebook and Twitter

The London Ear on RTE 2XM // Show 128 // August 27 2016 Playlist

Here’s what happened on this week’s episode of The London Ear.

1. George The Poet: What do you reckon?
2. Michael Kinawuka feat Nasir : Black Man in a White World (Gettysburg Address)
3. The Swedish Railway Orchestra: VI
4. The Naked and Famous: Higher
5. Benjamin Francis Leftwich: Summer
6. Evering: CityFlyer
7. Dan Amor: Cnoc Cnoc Cnoc
8. Florence and The Machine: Too Much is Never Enough
9. The Lemon Twigs: These Words
10. Cfit: Salvo
11. Swords: Betty Machete
12. Wild Beasts: Big Cat
13. Chat with Andrew Keyes from Romes
14. Romes: Believe
15. Buffalo Springfield: For What It’s Worth

Listen Again

Thanks for listening, The London Ear broadcast on DAB radio, Saorview and outside Ireland you can listen online.You can listen to the show again on the RTE player. The show is broadcast every Saturday at 1300.

Don’t forget to check out the RTE 2XM website. You can keep up with me here.

Check out The London Ear on Facebook and Twitter

Check out the video for Romes’ current single ‘Believe’

The London Ear on RTE 2XM // Show 127 with Lauryn Gaffney and Sharon Sexton

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The London Ear Show 127 nessymon

On this week’s show I was delighted to be joined by two ladies involved in the Camden Fringe in London this week. Both productions are running at the London Irish Centre.

Lauryn Gaffney speaks about Big Shot The Musical

Big Shot The Musical nessymonFirst guest on the show today was Lauryn Gaffney from Dublin, who wrote and is now directing Big Shot The Musical. For someone who is just 23, Lauryn has achieved a fantastic amount.

You can find out about Big Shot The Musical here and follow on Twitter and Facebook.

Lauryn is also writing songs for other people. You can keep up to date with here on Twitter.

Sharon Sexton speaks about Somewhere Under The Rainbow – The Liza Minnelli Show

Somewhere Under The Rainbow nessymonSharon Sexton was a previous guest on The London Ear and this time was here to tell us about ‘Somewhere Under The Rainbow – The Liza Minnelli Story’.

Sharon is a founder of Biscuits for Breakfast, a London based Irish Theatre Company who are also seeking submissions to be a part of the first London Irish Short Play Festival. You can find out all the details on the Biscuits for Breakfast website.

You can find out more about Somewhere Under the Rainbow – The Liza Minnelli Story on Twitter and follow Biscuits for Breakfast on Facebook.

The London Ear Show 127 August 13 2016 // Playlist

Here’s what happened on Show 127:

1. Wild Beasts: Big Cat
2. M83 feat Mai Lan: Go!
3. Music from Big Shot The Musical: What’s a Man to do?
4. Chat with Lauryn Gaffney from Big Shot The Musical
5. Music from Big Shot The Musical: Coffee Shop Song
6. Benjamin Francis Leftwich: Summer
7. Daniel Woolhouse: Map of the Moon
8. Robyn: Dancing On My Own
9. Chat with Sharon Sexton from Somewhere Under the Rainbow – The Liza Minnelli Story
10. Liza Minnelli and Pet Shop Boys: Losing My Mind
11. Caan: Changes
12. George The Poet: What do you reckon?

Listen Again

Thanks for listening, The London Ear broadcast on DAB radio, Saorview and outside Ireland you can listen online.You can listen to the show again on the RTE player. The show is broadcast every Saturday at 1300.

Don’t forget to check out the RTE 2XM website. You can keep up with me here.

Check out The London Ear on Facebook and Twitter

Tune of the Week // Christine and The Queens: Tilted

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Christine and The Queens’ awesome track Tilted, is this week’s Tune of The Week

I remember the first time I heard this song, I absolutely loved how understated everything was. A simple drum and synth bass line drove the song and Christine’s vocals sound like how someone signs in their bedroom. Honest and letting everything out without screaming their head off.

I listen to a lot of French music and French music radio always provides the soundtrack to my Saturday mornings. One of my faves from a few years ago, Christophe Willem never reached the heights he did in France, when venturing outside his native land. This isn’t the case with Christine and The Queens. Now, the album ‘Chaleur Humaine’ is a slow burner, having been originally released and reviewed by Pitchfork in 2015.

At the time of writing, her album, ‘Chaleur Humaine’, is Number 1 in Ireland and Number 3 in the UK. This was obviously helped be her appearances at Longitude in Marlay Park, Dublin and Glastonbury amongst others in the UK.

So far, I’ve managed to miss her festival appearances, instead have to be satisfied with online TV catchups.

This is where I’m thinking ahead, to next summer. Myself and Tahlula want to go to Primavera. I was made too jealous looking at Facebook posts and videos of everyone having an awesome time. Plus we’ve been chatting about going to Barcelona for absolute ages. Take a week off and we can do both!

This year the festival was headlined by Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem and Sigur Ros. Next year, I can see Christine and The Queens edging their way towards the top of the bill on the main stage.

Tilted has a beautiful vibe for lazy summer days. Tune in, turn on, and I dare you not to try dancing like Christine.