Glen Hansard: Tiny Desk Concert

11 09 2012

I think I have alluded to the fact that I love the raw energy of live performances before, the Tiny Desk Concert recordings though are on a whole other more intimate and passionate level where you feel you are really there. This performance by Glen Hansard of Once fame is one such performance that ranks alongside his performance with Marketa Irglova as one of my favourites.

He has in my opinion got an amazing energy and raw intensity to his voice that doesn’t seem to come across as clearly in recorded works which is why I find myself listening to this recording more often. You get the feeling he really believes the words he is singing.

He now has a new solo album out and these tracks are from the album called ‘Rhythm and Repose’.

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Lisa Hannigan Performing at NPR

15 11 2011

Great video I found this evening of Lisa Hannigan performing a ‘Tiny Desk Concert‘ at the NPR offices.

Set List:

‘Knots’

‘Little Bird’

‘Passenger’

Watch it below:

Also available as an MP3 download from NPR.





I am Addicted to Tea

16 09 2010

I am Addicted to Tea! Which is quite handy when I was introduced to Tea Drinking Collective by a cameraman I used for a job in Rhyl recently called Tom Sharman.

Tom is one part of the Tea Drinking Collective which is a music blog (or vlog as they use a lot of video) that specialises in intimate, quirky, acoustic performances by up and coming bands.

The first two posts (videos) are now available and I for one can’t wait for more.

The first two bands to be given the ‘Collective’ treatment are Spring Offensive and Cajole Cajole, if these two performances are anything to go by then I think the blog will have many followers very soon.

Make sure you check it out and feel free to comment below. Will keep you posted and I may even embed some of the videos here later on.





Live from the Union Chapel – Damien Rice

14 12 2009

I was very proud with my initial purchase of Damien Rice. The week his first album came out back in 2002 I happened to be in HMV of a weekend and looking for something new to listen to. I picked up this cloth bound album (the aesthetics of an album appeal to me a lot) and had a look at the back, my quick browse revealed Chello listed as one of the instruments and I thought awesome I’ll buy it. I bought it without having listened to a single note, nor hearing of Damien Rice prior to the event.

I am glad I did. ‘O’¬† is a superb debut album of relaxing, folky acoustic songs and it went on to receive massive acclaim, oh and a few million sales! Shame there have only been two studio albums to date. ‘O’ was followed up by ‘9’ in 2006.

What he lacks in quantity he certainly makes up for in quality and right now I am listening to one of the live albums released in 2007. Live at the Union Chapel. This album is a revelation sung with pure power and the standout track for me is by far ‘Then Go’ (sung with Lisa Hannigan) but all of them as live renditions of album tracks are superb, not forgetting the beautiful version of ‘Silent Night’ which is perfect for this time of year.

Certainly an artist to get into if you like Tom McRae, Glen Hansard and perhaps even I Am Kloot as they have that acoustic and folk feel.

If you think I should be listening to something similar to Damien Rice then please let me know by commenting.








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