• AAA: The Mighty Stef Album Launch

    Redemption is a story told intimately well by the tattered glory of rock ‘n’ roll.  At the peak of an atypically hot week in Dublin, hometown hero Stefan Murphy embodied that redemption through a genuine baptism by fire in the sweat-box that is Whelan’s music hall.  Heralding the launch of his new album Year of the Horse, The Mighty Stef, as he’s known to fans, led his band mates through a raucous set, featuring friends old and new, and making a remarkable fresh start in the local legend’s career.  For an hour and a half of warm-up acts, as cult followers…

  • AAA Tour Edition: Jenn Grant

    In this special tour edition of AAA, we set off around Ireland with Jenn Grant. Our first port of call is the Roisin Dubh in Galway with a review from Eoin Murray. Photos in Galway, Cork/Ballydehob and Dublin by Sean McCormack, Jason Lee and Isabel Thomas respectively. The upstairs of the Roisín has been converted into what could be mistaken for a cosy cottage living room – well, one with a bar – and the slowly gathering crowd sit at candlelit tables, chatting and laughing quietly, only feet from the microphone where the first act of the night, Nicholas Timothy is…

  • AAA: Foil, Arms and Hog @ Vicar Street, Dublin

    In this installment of AAA, we go behind the scenes with comedy trio Foil, Arms and Hog live at their sell out show at Vicar Street in Dublin. Fresh off their slot on Jason Byrne‘s Snaptastic telly show, the lads had the entire venue on its feet by the end of their set which marked their 7th year together. The show included a wide variety of sketches, from old favourites to new material, culminating in crafted and well earned punchlines, sometimes with unexpected results thrown in thanks to a snorting or cackaling member of the crowd. Their comfort and experience in the…

  • AAA: Booka Brass Band @ Vicar Street, Dublin

    In this installment of AAA we go behind the scenes with Booka Brass Band for their incredible show in Vicar street. From soundcheck, to back stage tuning of instruments and nacho consuming to the live show with guests such as Richie Egan from Jape, Mark Austin from The Minutes and Zaska. A special thanks to Una Molloy of Turning Pirate and the band for being most accommodating. Check out the gallery below for a comprehensive overview of the night with photos by Mark Earley.

  • AAA: Inni-K @ The Grand Social, Dublin

    In this installment of AAA we go behind the scenes with Inni-K as she prepares for the launch of her debut album ‘The King Has Two Horse’s Ears’ at the Grand Social on Friday night. From Ukelele tuning to an impromptu photoshoot, our photographer Derek Kennedy captured some beautiful moments ahead of the gig. Click the gallery below for an overview of the night.

  • AAA Tour Edition: Bear’s Den

    In this special installment of AAA (Access All Areas) we hop on tour with London alt-folk trio Bear’s Den as they took in the Workman’s Club in Dublin and Voodoo in Belfast with support from Rukhsana Merrise last weekend. View both full galleries of their tour below,  filled to the brim with photos by Shaun Neary and Sara Marsden. The Workman’s Club in Dublin by Shaun Neary Voodoo in Belfast by Sara Marsden