The Long Good­bye

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Two stal­warts of the Ir­ish in­die scene, Fight Like Apes and En­e­mies, are set to sign o in style. By Roisin Dwyer

The Last Post has sounded, the fat lady has sung. It’s a sad time for the do­mes­tic mu­sic com­mu­nity as we pre­pare to say farewell to two of its lead­ing lights; Fight Like Apes and En­e­mies have de­cided to call it a day.

The Apes posted a very poignant let­ter on­line to ex­plain their de­par­ture (see news) but will take to the stage one last time to bid fans a fond adieu. Han­kies at the ready in The Roisin Dubh, Galway on Novem­ber 24, Con­nolly’s of Leap, Cork on Novem­ber 25 and back to the site of their first show on De­cem­ber 9 in Whe­lan’s, Dublin.

En­e­mies have a longer-last­ing part­ing gift in the form of third al­bum Valu­ables, which lands on De­cem­ber 9. The ex­per­i­men­tal in­die rock­ers at­tribute a lack of shared vi­sion to the rea­sons be­hind their de­ci­sion. They will give the new nuggets and lots more an air­ing in Vicar Street on De­cem­ber 18.

Thanks for the mu­sic folks!

On a hap­pier note Lim­er­ick’s

Out On A Limb have an­nounced a la­bel show to cel­e­brate their tenth birth­day. The event will take place in Kas­bah So­cial Club, Lim­er­ick on De­cem­ber 10 and in­trigu­ingly the line-up – which will fea­ture seven acts from the la­bel’s ros­ter – will not be re­vealed in ad­vance. Given its com­mit­ment to qual­ity we can guar­an­tee a top night re­gard­less…

An­other qual­ity even­ing will take place in Whe­lan’s, Dublin on De­cem­ber 1 when The Spook of the Thir­teenth Lock launch the 12” of their 1916 piece ‘The Bul­let in the Brick’. This will be a per­for­mance with an elec­tric gui­tar orches­tra, fea­tur­ing 18 mu­si­cians, tak­ing the band’s alt-rock, trad and folk in­flu­ences in a new and un­ex­pected di­rec­tion.

The re­lease’s A-side in­cludes the full ‘Bul­let in the Brick’ suite (which ex­plores var­i­ous as­pects of the Easter Ris­ing), while the B-side fea­tures a live record­ing of the first move­ment from ‘Lock­out’ (the full ver­sion will be un­veiled next year)…..

An­other De­cem­ber date for your diary is Sun­day 18, when Derry’s Ports will hit the stage in the Lime­light 2, Belfast. 2016 was a busy year for the act who un­leashed their de­but al­bum, played a slew of head­line dates and wowed the crowds at fes­ti­vals such as Stend­hal, Moira Call­ing and Open House.

Expect plenty of gems from this year’s in­fec­tious The Devil Is A Song­bird plus much more.…

On an­other North­ern note, Belfast­based Han­nah McPhillimy will re­lease her new single ‘Ru­ins’ on Novem­ber 15. The track fol­lows on from well-re­ceived EP Wind Ma­chine which landed earlier this year.

Since the re­lease she has gigged ex­ten­sively, in­clud­ing a batch of dates in the US which fea­tured pit stops in Rock­wood Mu­sic Hall in NYC, as well as Nashville’s Blue­bird Café. Will keep you posted on any up­com­ing do­mes­tic shows!

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