• Irish Tracks of The Week – 2nd February

    Dig into the very best Irish releases of the week, from Lemoncello, pôt-pot and Boyfrens, to Thee U.F.O, Danny Carroll and Dark Tropics Lemoncello – Harsh Truths Boyfrens – I’m On My Time pôt-pot – going insane Thee U.F.O – Surveyor Danny Carroll – Golden Hour Roslyn Steer – Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Roslyn Steer Deli Kuvveti – DK SY by Deli Kuvveti The Scratch – Sally MacLennane Dark Tropics – I Bet You Can (Mr. Myth’s Dub) Jazzy – Shooting Star

  • The Thin Air’s Top 50 Irish Releases of 2020

    In years to come, when someone asks me what The Thin Air was and represented, I’ll likely direct them to features like the one you have just opened. Much like other publications of our ilk – Nialler9, The Last Mixed Tape, Goldenplec and others – we spend 52 weeks of the year relentlessly championing what truly makes Irish music special and, very occasionally, genuinely world-beating. We all do it in different ways, and to slightly different audiences, but the impetus and desire to shine a light on what we have is one and the very same. Although they’re almost never…

  • Roslyn Steer – Still Moving

    Roslyn Steer is a member of Morning Veils, who specialise in “forgotten folk”. She is also a PhD student at NUI Maynooth, writing a thesis on screaming at the department of music. These two interests come together on her solo release Still Moving, a tape for her own label KantCope (a delightful play on words). Side One is taken up fully by the title track, a half-hour meandering body of work that shifts between chilling spoken word, drawn-out, lilting harmonica and twisted church bells that meet rugged guitar distortion. A huge entity, its breadth and ambition is matched by its…

  • International Women’s Day @ Gulpd Cafe, Cork

    Held as part of International Women’s Day 2015, Brid O’Donovan popped along to Celebrate The Ladies, The Ladies! at Cork’s Gulpd Cafe at the weekend to capture performances by Roslyn Steer, Aisling O Riordan, Elaine Howley and Sadhbh O Flynn. Lisa O Grady hosted the evening.

  • Quarter Block Party 2015

    FRIDAY The excitement is palpable throughout the city’s creative communities in the run-up to the Block Party, and even before your writer gets to his relatively late start on proceedings, word filters through that the Structures and Strategies meeting will lead to more events in its vein, a forum for local creatives to air ideas and exchange thoughts. People’s gears are grinding already, it seems. We’re waiting outside the Gate Cinema for a few minutes and the small group outside is already conjecturing about what they’ll see out of charismatic American performer Kate McGrew (below), as well as plotting and…