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New Music – Columbia Mills, Somerville, Moxie

The weekly new music round-up profiles acts from Bray, Connemara and Sligo/Limerick


Thu, Oct 9, 2014, 10:37


Here are the latest New Music selections from On The Record. Please feel free to share tips below or check out all past New Music selections here.

Columbia Mills

One of the new acts who made a big impression at last weekend’s Hard Working Class Heroes, the Bray band are already clipping along at a confident rate. You can spot the influences in the joins – time has been spent listening to Doves, Durutti Column, New Order and The Verve – but what’s interesting is how the songs are quickly slipping their moorings and readying themselves for take off. A lot of people are going to dig the act named after the old club which used to be on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin (nee the Waterfront, but that would have been a crap name).


Another hit at last week’s HWCH and a name mentioned by many over the weekend, Connemara’s Maria Somerville has been building up a head of steam over the last year or so with her beautifully bespoke and finessed folky, jazzy, ethereal sound. The songs and playing are intriguing – you can hear someone trying to work old world influences into new world situations – and the beginnings for some fine records to come are clear to see.


From Sligo and Limerick, Moxie are a five piece band discovering some fascinating threads in the middle of traditional music’s euphoria. You’ll hear jazz turns, bluegrass twists and some bits borrowed from straighahead rock. The line is full of superb players namely Ted Kelly (banjo, tenor guitar, vocals), Jos Kelly (button accordion, keyboard, vocals), Paddy Hazleton (percussion, vocals), Darren Roche (accordion and melodeon) and Cillian Doheny (banjo and guitar).