Get In The Mood For Paddy’s Day With These Tracks

March is upon us already and we’re seeing an endless amount of great Irish tracks being released (especially in the past few weeks). With St. Patrick’s day creeping up around the corner & the fact that attention shifts to local culture and homegrown talent throughout the festival of Seachtain Na Gaeilge, what better time to update your playlists with some great new Irish tracks?

 

Here’s 17 to bring you up to Paddy’s Day:

Solas – Seo Linn featuring the Cork Youth Orchestra

Something Beautiful – Keywest

Gentle Kind of Lies – Barq

Gooie – The Klares

My Holy Ghost – Blaming Hannah

Mixtape 2003 – The Academic

Quicksand – Scoops

Let You Go – State Lights

Black Tears – Imelda May & Jeff Beck

Home – Luke Clerkin featuring Orlagh Kenny

Make That Do Noise – Booka Brass Band

You & I – Picture This

Clutch – Bitch Falcon

Water – Little Hours

Darkest Hour – All Tvvins

If I Ask – Hare Squead

Running – Wyvern Lingo

 


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A Food Piano & Collaboration Video

This week we’ve gone all out and decided to add food to the mixture of STEM and music. We collaborated with booktuber, Stephen Alff of AlffBooks, to create a food piano.

We guided Stephen along the way to create a food based piano using a MakeyMakey and block programming using Scratch. Check out how we got on.

Alongside making our piano, Vanessa spoke to Stephen about STEM over on his channel.


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One Year On

January 3rd, 2015, Echoing STEM’s first YouTube video was posted. A year on, we’ve done a lot, but we can’t wait to do more!

We will have a 2016 video mash up this Sunday but until then we’d like to reflect on everything on and off camera.

Firstly, however, a major thank you is in order. Thank you to all who have watched the YouTube videos, read a blog post, interacted with us on or offline, believed in us and are following us. A special thank you goes to everyone who has given their time to be interviewed by us and to the events that have supported us.

2016 started with a bang for Echoing STEM as the initial branding along with the promo video was finalised in the early hours of new years day, ready for the first Sunday of the month. Within days of publishing (a rather terrible promo video) the response to Echoing STEM’s launch was phenomenal, including an entire Silicon Republic article discussing our launch.

Since then we’ve started a blog with wonderful authors across Ireland and the UK, interviewed an abundance of bands, covered events from BT Young Scientist and Dublin Maker to Junk Kouture and The Rose of Tralee, attempted to start a podcast once, tried our hand at vlogging, spoke about Echoing STEM at events and even reached 1K plus views on some videos.

In our first year, we’ve done a lot! And we’ve no intention of stopping now. 2017 is going to be bigger and brighter. This year we hope to get ever so much closer to a video upload a week alongside some more additional content on the channel mid week. We plan on extending this blog to have more writers and a lot more content.

A few months back we asked our twitter followers to vote on what they’d like to see more of (video wise), STEM content and vlogs won the vote. This year we do plan on producing a lot more STEM content including a short series. We’ll see about the vlogs….

We might even bring that podcast back…

We’ve got many plans up our sleeves for 2017 and can not wait to share them. Until then we’d like to wish you all a belated happy new year.

Thank You (again),

Vanessa, Christine, Aoife & Suzie

Watch Out 2017! Here Are 5 Irish Acts To Listen To This New Year

There’s no hiding the fact that the Irish music scene is blooming with fresh acts in a whirlpool of genres. There’s also little hiding from the statistics showing how little airplay these acts have been getting on our radio waves in the past year.

With that in mind, we beg for more attention to be given to Irish acts in 2017 and maybe less to the Billboard charts. We also cross our fingers that the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA)’s 5 year deal with Official Charts Company UK will make a difference for our artists.

To kick the year off, we have decided to give you five acts that we think will be big this 2017.

Áine Cahill

 

Hailing from County Cavan and with an array of impressive gigs behind her at 21, Cahill combines vivid imagery with classic jazz influences and it is simply beautiful. Her imagery is soul gripping, transporting you into each story told whilst craving a slow set dance in a jazz club.

Whilst we eagerly await an album from Cahill, we are are truly enjoying her current tracks such as ‘The 27 Club’ and ‘Black Dahlia’.

You can now preorder Áine’s upcoming single ‘Plastic‘ (Expected Release 27th Jan).

 

Barq

 

Fresh out of 2016’s Other Voices, Barq are bringing us some powerful melty rock and argosoul. The four piece have been gaining plenty of well deserved attention since their debut release last March and are penned for great things this year.

If you need a soundtrack to dust off your Christmas blues to this new year, Barq have the kick ass mood and the right chords to get you going. With lead vocals from the phenomenal Jess Kav, we can’t wait to hear what they do next (more agrosoul please).

 

The Klares

 

Straight out of their Leaving Cert. The Klares have already been making waves in the indie rock scene, receiving Hot Press’s Big Break School’s award back in 2015. Age is no barrier to their music, with a sound that certainly seems to have matured for a long time already.

We’ve been enjoying the upbeat vibes and the guitar riffs of this Dublin four piece for the past few months and think 2017 will be their year. With a new track due out in the coming months we can’t wait to see some headline gigs from these lads.

 

Wyvern Lingo

 

We can’t get enough of these ladies! This three piece from County Wicklow seem to be producing hit after hit. Their alternative/indie sound is incredibly moving. From tracks like ‘Letter To Willow’ and ‘Running’ to their cover of ‘Left Hand Free/ Don’t Let Go ‘ we inevitably need to sing along. With tranquil harmonies and a sound on par with the likes of Katzenjammer, we think you’re going to love Wyvern Lingo this year.

Although it’s not an apparent goal, these women are empowering the ‘women are in music too’ statement without feeling any need to sell themselves in anything other than musical talent and we love it!

 

Newcomer: Podge Lane

All the way from County Cork, our newcomer choice is folk singer/songwriter Podge Lane. With an EP due out in the next few months we believe that Podge will be one to keep your eyes and ears on.

Influenced by country music and musically moved towards folk and blues under the influence of his audience, Podge describes his passion for experimenting with music as ‘being like a cat with a ball of yarn’.

 


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YouTube Musicians Deserve Better Recognition

Article by Vanessa Greene


December 2nd, clashing with the biggest media event in Ireland #LateLateToyShow, we see UK singer and cover artist Conor Maynard play a long awaited Dublin gig.

Now as someone who is very comfortable with paying as little as €6 for a multitude of talented bands play in Whelan’s and as comfortable with €30 for a headline act in the Olympia, I felt €13 was still a bargain. However ‘Caveat Emptor’ comes into play when the venue is considered, The Wright Venue, Swords.

There are many opinions surrounding the venue, it’s not great, not ideal for live music. I’d like to address the marketing culture of putting gigs on there. I get it, bring punters in early with a DJ and get them bringing in revenue with plenty of drink as excitement builds then introduce the headline act. Everyone does it, it makes sense! But to have a 3 hour 40 minute DJ set and your act on stage for barely 30 minutes, you are having a laugh!

In my case, this almost 4 hours was spent wanting to leave. I don’t really agree with the trend of live music at nightclubs, however, have had wanted to see Maynard perform live for a long time. I stuck it out as my disappointment grew.

Maynard performed very well. With a mixture of originals and covers, from early hits such as ‘Can’t Say No‘ to newer content like ‘Are you Crazy‘ alongside covers of Fetty Wap, Drake and other recent YouTube covers of his. Given the set that I witness, it was good, it was enjoyable. In saying that I’d prefer a set that included tracks such as ‘Royalty‘ and a live band vs a DJ. (This a person who is eager to hear Maynard do an Electro Swing album)

However, I can’t shift the feeling that this is not what YouTube culture deserves. Ever since a young Canadian singer broke into the industry so strongly from the platform, we’ve been obsessed with who’s going to come next. 2009 saw the interest in then 3-year-old channel skillzaisherebooya grow and lead to a record deal. 7 years on, that hype may have changed slightly but regardless of a record label’s backing, Maynard’s success is evidently brought by his own hard work and talent. Now with 3.6 million subscribers and averaging on 26 million+ views per video, Maynard is undoubtedly a YouTuber.

As YouTube and other online video content become more increasingly important in our lives and society why aren’t we supporting the musicians coming offline into decent gigs? I don’t believe it to be worth someone’s time to fly over for short gigs in nightclubs where nobody really gives a damn. If 46 million hits on a single video translated into record sales, it might be a different story.

So what can we do to ensure that everyone gets the chance to walk the same path, of offline support, as acts such as Picture This do following viral success?

Encouraging Generation Z To Code, A Zeminar Account

Article by Aoife Kearins.


Two weeks ago I was lucky enough to have the chance to speak at Zeminar.

Zeminar is a youth summit aiming to inspire and encourage generation Z which was held in the RDS, Dublin. The event was held over 3 days, with many high profile speakers such as Bressie and Lyn Ruane, with Maria Walsh as MC. I was speaking on Thursday morning, the last day of the event. I would have loved to have attended the other two days, but unfortunately, the Leaving Cert meant that I couldn’t miss three full days of school. I was following the event on social media on Tuesday & Wednesday and saw what great reception it was getting, and the buzz that had built up around it.

I was giving a talk entitled “Hello, world!” that was aiming to encourage young people to get involved with coding. In my presentation, I talked about the advantages of coding, the opportunities it presents and my own personal experience of all the doors coding can open. I tried to quash some stereotypes surrounding coding and what a coder should be, and also aimed to put across the point that you’re never too old to start learning how to code. I showed the impact of code in the world we live in today and pointed the audience towards some resources to help them learn how to program.

I was so nervous beforehand, as this was the first proper talk I’d given, and I was the very first speaker of the day. Despite the friendly organisers and copious amounts of tea backstage, I was still terrified. However, once I got out on stage and started talking it was absolutely fine, and I was so so happy with how it went.

The rest of the day was fantastic too. The whole concept and execution of the event was incredible, and I really enjoyed chatting to people at different stands all over the RDS, from universities to charities to youth groups. Listening to the other amazing speakers was phenomenal too, as well as getting to chat to them all backstage during the day too.

Zeminar was an amazing experience, and I expect to see it gain more and more momentum in the future. It was a privilege to both attend and speak at the event. I would really encourage any young person to attend Zeminar next year, if they get the chance, and to check out the videos of the speakers from this year’s event once they’re posted online in the next couple of weeks.