• Irish Tracks of the Week – January 14th

    As anticipated, 2022 has gotten off to an incredibly strong start on the new Irish music front. Here’s the best of the lot, featuring, Silverbacks, CMAT, Whozyerman?, Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra, NewDad and more. Silverbacks – A Job Worth Something CMAT – Lonely Pixie Cut Rhythm Orchestra – Empty Envelope Whozyerman? – The Year (….) NewDad – Say It And So I Watch You From Afar – Ill Lung Robyn G Shiels – Constant Reminder constant reminder : demo by robyn g shiels No Monster Club – Save The Circus banríon – end times end times by banríon Fontaines D.C.…

  • ‘It’s a Shame About Kilrea’ with Robyn G Shiels at Flax Art Studios, Belfast

    Earlier this month, Kilrea-raised, Belfast-based doom folk master Robyn G Shiels made his return to the stage with a show alongside Hatchet Field and An Auld Lad at the Sunflower. Taking place as part of this year’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, it delivered exactly what we have come to expect from a RG show: carefully-crafted and perfectly understated tales of darkness and deliverance. With a head full of steam, Shiels has been quietly pushing forward into some new territory. Taking place at Flax Art Studios – located in the former UTV studios building in Belfast, Havelock House – he will play a…

  • Watch: Robyn G Shiels – Black Moon (Arvo Party Remix)

    Taken from one of the Irish releases of last year, the five-track Death of the Shadows, ‘Black Moon’ found Kilrea singer-songwriter Robyn G Shiels‘ funereal folk craft stripped back to a plaintive, five-minute ode. It was a fitting curtain call for an EP that doubly confirmed the Belfast-based musician as one of the most incisive songwriting voices around. Three months on, Herb Magee aka Arvo Party has given the song the remix treatment. And how it comes off: leaning into the innate spaciousness and yearnful quality of the original, Magee’s inspired washes of ambience and decay reveal a whole new character to Shiels’…

  • Watch: Robyn G Shiels – An Offering as Such

    Tonight, Robyn G Shiels launches his exceptional new five-track EP, Death of the Shadows, at Belfast’s Strand Arts Centre. Originally from Kilrea, the Belfast-based singer-songwriter has, with the help of some friends including Ben McAuley, who recorded it at Belfast’s Start Together Studios, crafted a release of exquisite doom-folk depth and lyrical incision. A perfect case in point is lead single, ‘An Offering as Such’, which comes accompanied with a wonderfully minimalist, yet visually potent video courtesy of Tristan Crowe. Death of the Shadows is self-released on 10″ vinyl via Black Tragick records tomorrow.

  • Win Tickets to Robyn G Shiels EP Launch

    On Thursday (November 29), Belfast-based singer-songwriter Robyn G Shiels will release one of the Irish releases of the year, Death of the Shadows, at Belfast’s Strand Arts Centre. Self-released via Black Tragick Records on 10″ vinyl on Friday, it’s a masterfully funereal five-track EP that finds Shiels’ unmistakable brand of darkly alt-folk at its most emphatic. To win a pair of tickets to the launch show, featuring Shiels and full band, with support Oisín ó Scolaí & The Virginia Slims, simply send your answer to the following question to info@thethinair.net: What is the title of Robyn G Shiels’ debut album?

  • Robyn G Shiels Announces Death of the Shadows EP

    Belfast-based doom-folk master Robyn G Shiels has announced details of a new EP, Death of the Shadows. The highly-anticipated follow-up to Shiels’ NI Music Prize-winning album, The Blood of the Innocents, the release features five tracks produced by long-time R.G. collaborator Ben McAuley. Released via his own Black Tragick imprint on November 30, each track on the EP has also received an exclusive remix courtesy of some of the North’s finest acts: Therapy?, Robocobra Quartet, Documenta, Arvo Party and exmagician. Pre-order the album below here (those that do so get a free copy of Shiels’ debut album, A Lifetime of Midnights, and a…

  • Stream: Robyn G Shiels – If I Were Thy Demon (Documenta Remix)

    Currently on tour in Germany with Dave Hause, Kilrea doom-folk master Robyn G Shiels released arguably his strongest single to date, ‘If I Were Thy Demon’, back in November last year. Four months on, the track has been totally – and rather brilliantly – reworked by Belfast drone-pop band Documenta. Alternatively titled ‘DocuDemonta’, the remix – which is released as an exclusive pre-order of upcoming Robyn G Shiels EP, I Have Loved The Stars Too Fondly To Be Fearful Of The Night – makes for a blistering four and a half minutes. …Fearful Of The Night by Robyn G Shiels

  • Watch: Robyn G Shiels – If I Were Thy Demon

    Unveiled with the launch of a brand new website, Kilrea doom folk master Robyn G Shiels has teamed up once again with Belfast illustrator (and musician) Richard Davis for the funeral video for the former’s exceptional new single, ‘If I Were Thy Demon’. Having worked together on singles ‘Underneath The Night of Stars’ and ‘Hello Death’, it marks the third in a long-running series of collaborations between the two artists. Great as they all are, this might well be our favourite of the three to date. Get lost in the pair’s darkly netherworld.

  • Premiere: Robyn G Shiels – If I Were Thy Demon

    The first track to be taken from a new – as yet untitled – EP set for release this March, ‘If I Were Thy Demon’ has been something of a live staple from Kilrea singer-songwriter Robyn G Shiels for a few years now. Released in association with the ever informed Solid Choice Industries, the single – a doom folk lullaby very worthy of a repeated listen – is deathly dirge-like in its brooding Americana lilt and ill-fated sway. Set for release both digitally and in limited physical format this Wednesday (November 9) at Belfast’s Empire Music Hall, have an exclusive first listen to the track…

  • Independent Venue Week: PORTS, Robyn G Shiels, Strength and DANI @ Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast

    Along with Belfast’s Oh Yeah Music Centre and Independent Venue Week, we’ll co-host a genre-spanning showcase as part of this year’s Out To Lunch Festival at the Oh Yeah Centre on Saturday, January 30. Derry act PORTS are preparing for the release of their debut album, Devil Is A Songbird. Expect harmonies that are full of glory and songs that drill into the chambers of the heart. Robyn G Shiels is ready to unwrap the follow-up to his award-winning album Blood Of The Innocents. His line is intensity, terse yarns plus banjo. Strength have a lineage back to Derry’s Red Organ Serpent Sound…