As part of the Smalltown America Music Cafe Nero tour, Alana Henderson features in the Irish News Gig Guide.
Chris McConaghy takes on the Weezer classic 'Buddy Holly' and converts it into a piece of pastoral pop. Shot in The Glassworks in Derry on an extremely cold March morning.
Smalltown bands never stop. This month we see Sullivan & Gold, Little Bear, Our Krypton Son and Axis Of take to the stage.
Sullivan & Gold set up temporary shop in the beautiful surroundings of Lost & Found for this version of album closer and latest single "Glory".
"Sullivan & Gold single is a great finale to a fine album...It's about hope, optimism and the thrill of being with someone special for the first time."
This beautiful session video was filmed and directed by PIGMINTFILM at an idyllic florists in Ben's hometown.
This May MTC take to the road again hitting all their favourite spots.
The beautiful clip that accompanies “Glory” was shot by Michael Barwise and Lisa Byrne and echoes the delicate, sensuous detail within the music and lyric.
Smalltown bands are busy writing new material but that won't stop them doing shows!
"No awkwardness, none of the unsureness of sound or the self-conscious explorations of identity, but all the raw energy and unpolished integrity of a band that have yet to be swept up by ‘the industry’."
"...nothing compares to watching them live. The energy emitted from this band is pretty unreal."
Belfast alt. punk-rockers who play every show like it's their last.
Delighted to announce that Sullivan & Gold are doing some very special shows in Derry and Belfast this February.
"‘Everything I’ve Learnt’ has swathes of the alternative-punk rock sound akin to the likes of Biffy Clyro and Paramore whilst also “provoking the growth of new ideas”, as Platt laid out, in its lacing together of relentless energy with more reflective and emotive moments."
If you are a fan of 'Bombay Bicycle Club', you should love this acoustic Derry duo Ben Robinson and Adam Montgomery's debut. It's a concept album revolving around a character's loves and losses.
NI Albums 2013 - #1 More Than Conquerors 'Everything I've Learnt'
NI Albums 2013 - #2 Jetplane Landing 'For Foes'
NI Albums 2013 - #5 Sullivan And Gold 'For Foes'
NI Albums 2013 - #8 Axis Of 'Finding St Kilda'
Shane Filan, lead singer from one of the world’s biggest boy bands Westlife turned soloist, is set to join local stars Little Bear and The Clameens at the city’s first Music Legacy event.
The Oh Yeah event will feature three of the most promising acts from Northern Ireland including our very own Little Bear.
"..it was clear we had all been captivated by what I had seen from all bands."
"More Than Conquerors might be Northern Ireland’s answer to Biffy Clyro."
Doubling up as a Smalltown America showcase, Belfast’s 101 Central will host three exceptional songwriting acts on Friday, December 20.
"Changing" is another example of 'Sullivan & Gold’s' ability to strip back songs and perform them in a charming manner.
Surely a contender for NI album of the year (actually scrap that it’s my favourite album of the year from anywhere), a raw sounding and energetic collection, these songs will sound huge in a live environment.
The latest track is called "I See A Sadness", a delicate one for the Winter that’s in it.
'Sullivan & Gold' have released a festive session video for track "Glory" which is the last track of the duo’s album ‘For Foes’.
'Our Krypton Son' perform "Fool For Love" from the soon released ‘A Graveyard of Stars’ mini album.
Derry collective 'Little Bear' have released the video for their "Night Dries Like Ink" single. The band have enjoyed plenty of success in 2013 with numerous festival, TV and radio appearances
"Beat Generation... Ha!" is the second single from 'Jetplane Landing's' fourth studio album 'Don't Try'
'Our Krypton Son' will release their latest single "Can’t Make You Come Back" on 16 December. The single is the first to be taken from the band’s forthcoming mini album ‘A Graveyard Of Stars’.
2013 was a brilliant year at Smalltown America with quality releases. Follow us on Spotify and checkout our Singles playlist.
Featuring Little Bear at #42 with 'Night Dries Like Ink', More Than Conquerors at #32 with 'Pits of Old', Axis Of at #28 with 'Lifehammer' and Jetplane Landing reaching #1 spot with 'My Radio Heart'.
Sullivan & Gold serve up a shimmering version of album track 'Changing' aided by their new drummer Dan Kerr.
"Night Dries Like Ink" is from Little Bear's double A-Side and was shot and edited by Missing Piece Film.
Sullivan & Gold joins Our Krypton Son for a lovely studio rendition of "Fool For Love" from upcoming mini album.
Sullivan & Gold deliver a more stripped back version of their album closer and forthcoming single “Glory” on this live session clip.
"Can't Make You Come Back" is the first single to be taken from Our Krypton Son's forthcoming mini album 'A Graveyard Of Stars'.
Another beautiful video from Our Krypton Son filmed in Smalltown America Studio, Derry. Edited by Paul Brown and his team from In Your Steps.
Meet Derry~Londonderry Duo Sullivan & Gold. Ben Robinson of the talented two-piece on vocal harmonies and comparisons with Simon & Garfunkel.
'Can't Make You Come Back' is the first single to be taken from Our Krypton Son's forthcoming mini album 'A Graveyard Of Stars'.
“For Foes” has many incredible individual tracks (Run Faster, Changing, Jigsaws, People Talk, Don’t stand in Line among others) and brilliant lyricism which match or exceed that standard of previous songs by this pair."
"Attempting those tricky falsettos live on the radio was a brave move but both of them knocked it out of the park."
To welcome the season Sullivan & Gold have recorded their version of the Christmas Hymn "O Holy Night".
A festive treat from the pen of Willie Nelson.
On Saturday 7th December Little Bear will be performing not once but twice at Dingle's Other Voices Festival.
On Wednesday 27th November S&G joined Seán Rocks in the RTE Radio 1 Arena studio to talk about their new album 'For Foes' and perform "Run Faster" live.
Thanks to Tristan Crowe for another beautiful video for Our Kryptons Son's upcoming single "Can't Make You Come Back" out 16th December.
STA bands never stop, even at Christmas. Bands on tour this month include Sullivan & Gold, Little Bear, Our Krypton Son & Axis Of.