The Frames – A gig for the ages

The Frames are arguably my favourite live band of all time. Their performances are uplifting and magical in a truly unique way. Glen Hansard has a gift for dissolving the division between performer and audience, which he believes comes from his time as a busker on Grafton Street. The show in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham was a long time coming. Originally billed as a 30th anniversary show back in 2020, the pandemic put paid to that moment, and now, two years later, the gig was finally staged in the glorious sunshine. It was well worth the wait, as I was transported back to the many shows from yesteryear, as they went through their back catalogue of anthemic rock tunes and lilting ballads. Having seen the band over 30 times(!) this was one to truly savour. A band of artists at their creative peak, sharing in a moment with those that adore them most. A special gig and a special night.

A playlist of great music videos by great Irish artists

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The art of music video making is alive and well in Ireland. Here, for your viewing pleasure, is a selection of some exceptional videos to accompany some remarkable songs by Irish artists. Hit play and be spirited away by their brilliance.

10 incredible songs you need to listen to right now

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Every one of these songs is a masterclass in songwriting and performance. Every one of these songs strike me deep in the heart. Every time.  Some you may have heard, some you may not have heard. Every one of these songs deserves to be heard more often. Enjoy! – Kalle

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1. May You Never – John Martyn

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2. Jesus etc. – Wilco

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3. No Children – The Mountain Goats

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4. Dance All Night – Ryan Adams

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5. Nothing But The Same Old Story – Paul Brady

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6. Pink Moon – Nick Drake

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7. Living Room – David Gray

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8. Things Have Changed – Bob Dylan

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9. Lay Me Down – The Frames

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10. Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show