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Islander Presents: Slow Moving Clouds (Coughlan's Live)


Slow Moving Clouds.

Coughlan’s Live, Douglas Street, Cork
Thursday March 28th. Tickets €15 on sale now.

SLOW MOVING CLOUDS are a band based in Dublin, Ireland. They bring together roots in the Irish and Nordic folk traditions with post-punk drones, baroque strings, and soaring falsetto vocals – creating an immersive, atmospheric sound unlike anything you’ve heard before.

The band are touring the UK and Ireland in autumn 2018 in support of their second album, Starfall, on which their folk roots merge with indie and experimental influences, expanding the sonic palette and power of their earlier work. The album will be released in October 2018, with digital distribution in association with the new PEOPLE music platform, led by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and the Dessner brothers (The National).

Recent highlights for Slow Moving Clouds include participation in the 2018 PEOPLE residency/festival at Funkhaus, Berlin; performing at Sounds From a Safe Harbour, Cork (with The National); the 3Arena, Dublin (with Ludovico Einaudi); Sydney Opera House (with Teac Damsa’s Swan Loch / Loch na hEala); and at legendary Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes’ ‘Masters of Tradition’ festival.

In 2016 Slow Moving Clouds created the score for Teac Damsa’s Swan Lake / Loch na hEala, a contemporary adaptation of the classical ballet, set in the Irish midlands. The work premiered to critical and popular acclaim at the 2016 Dublin Theatre Festival, and was awarded Best Production at the 2017 Irish Theatre Awards. It is currently touring internationally with Slow Moving Clouds performing the score live.

This work built on their critically acclaimed 2015 debut album, Os, which drew comparisons to Icelandic post-rock legends Sigur Ros and Irish traditional supergroup The Gloaming.
Os was hailed as ‘rich, intriguing and accomplished’ Jim Carroll (The Irish Times); and ‘emotive, euphoric and unique music’ Steve Hunt (fRoots).

AKI (nyckelharpa, vocals): Through various projects Aki has played a significant part in introducing and utilising the nyckelharpa in Irish music. He also plays experimental string instruments of his own design, the viola da petto and the violyra, in order to create an innovative and unique approach to traditional Irish tunes as well as other styles of music.
He has also conducted Arts Council funded action research on the commonalities and links between Finnish and Irish music.

ULTAN O’BRIEN (fiddle): Ultan O’Brien is a fiddle player and violist active in the worlds of performance, composition, and education. Ultan began learning the fiddle at a young age from a variety of musicians in county Clare. He has since studied contemporary and classical music for violin in Dublin’s Conservatory of Music and with Tamás Ittzés in the Kodály Institute in Kecskemét, Hungary.

Alongside Slow Moving Clouds, Ultan performs, tours and records traditional and contemporary Irish music as a soloist & with a number of groups/bands including traditional Irish music ensemble Skipper’s Alley and the Scottish/Irish/Manx collaboration Aon Teanga:Un Çhengey.

KEVIN MURPHY (cello, vocals): Kevin Murphy is an experimental cellist and composer whose dynamic and innovative approach continues to challenge the accepted scope of music for cello. He has been involved in numerous collaborations over the past 25 years spanning several genres. He has played with notable rock/avant garde artists such as The Band, Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode) and Gavin Friday. Kevin has also collaborated with notable Irish folk artists such as John Spillane and Pauline Scanlon. He is a founding member of renowned experimental Irish bands Seti The First and Slow Moving Clouds. Seti The First’s debut album Melting Cavalry received critical acclaim both at home and abroad and two tracks were featured on The Waterboys’ latest album Out of All this Blue, with vocal overdubs from Mike Scott.

Kevin has co-composed the soundtrack to Academy Awards long-listed Juanita Wilson’s film Tomato Red. He also co-composed the score for The Lodgers which was selected for the Toronto Film Festival 2018

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Islander Presents: JFDR


A busy week at HQ...

JFDR (Iceland) Irish Tour

22 Aug: The Grand Social (Presented by Homebeat & Islander)
23 Aug: Róisín Dubh, Galway
24 Aug: Connolly's of Leap, West Cork

Iceland's Jófríður Ákadóttir (Samaris, Pascal Pinon, Gangly) is no stranger to Ireland, having performed on these shores many times before. She returns this August for three select shows in Dublin, Galway & Cork.

JFDR is a blend of cyclical guitar parts, soft minimal soundscapes, and poetic wonderings of a journey that ends where it began.

Drawing from classical, folk, and electronic backgrounds, JFDR amalgamates the sounds of changing seasons, her voice a current that moves from rough seas to smooth waters. But perhaps JFDR shines the most in her capacity as a wordsmith, employing rich imagery to evoke the subtle emotions embedded in each song. Her first full length album, co-produced with legendary multi-instrumentalist Shahzad Ismaily, was released March 17th 2017.

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Homebeat and Islander Present: Mammal Hands (UK) & Loah

Homebeat & Islander are delighted to present the Irish debut of dynamic and expressive contemporary Jazz trio Mammal Hands(UK) with support on the night from very special guest Loah.

Mammal Hands

Captivating, ethereal and majestic, Mammal Hands (saxophonist Jordan Smart, pianist Nick Smartand drummer and percussionist Jesse Barrett) have carved out a refreshingly original sound from a disparatearray of influences.

Their unique sound grew out of long improvised rehearsals to sit as a mesmerising live and recorded presence and has seen them travel the world to perform to great acclaim.

SOUNDS LIKE :: Portico Quartet | GoGo Penguin


Described as “a conduit between two cultures” by Village Voice, the singer has combined her West African and Irish roots to create a wholly unique sound which she calls “Art Soul”, bringing in elements of afro-soul singing, classical and jazz arrangements, and straight-up indie rock and funk songwriting.

TICKETS : €12.50 +

DOORS : 8pm

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DB & Islander Present: Katie Kim & Radie Peat



DB and Islander Presents

A night of musical stories with Katie Kim and Radie Peat (Lankum, Rue) 

Presented in association with MusicTown

Saturday April 14th
Pepper Canister Church
Doors 8pm

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Katie Kim and Radie Peat (Lankum, Rue) will collaborate and perform together for a special performance of musical stories as part of Musictown 2018. 

It will see these two unique artists from different musical conditions arrange a concert of songs including murder ballads, folklore, traditional and contemporary musical arrangements. 

Written by themselves and written by others that came before. To bind together themes of the human condition. Darkness through light, misadventure and grief. Revenge and swollen hearts. A night of laments. 


Brilliant Artwork by Tiny Little Horse

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Islander Presents... Landless at The Roundy, Cork city

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The Roundy, 1 Castle Street, Cork City

26th January 2018

Doors 8:30pm


The first Islander show is a small intimate show in Cork city featuring one of the country's most exciting trad/folk groups Landless, with support from local singer-songwriter Leah Sohotra.

Landless are Ruth Clinton, Meabh Meir, Sinead Lynch and Lily Power. They sing unaccompanied traditional songs from Irish, Scottish, English and American traditions in close four part harmony. Their repertoire features songs of love, death and lamentation, as well as work songs, shape-note hymns and more recently penned folk songs. Landless have performed in a variety of settings, both in Ireland and abroad, and are closely involved with traditional singing sessions in Dublin and Belfast.

They perform their first Cork headline show in The Roundy, the new home of the iconic Plugd Records, and support from the night will be the old-time Americana stylings of Leah Sohotra, who has started to make her name off the back of a few support slots with Cork favourite Mick Flannery.

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