We asked Tony Clay­ton-lea to pick his top-five must sees at next week­end’s Liss Ard fes­ti­val in Co Cork. In the end, he man­aged to nar­row the list down to 11 – and that’s just for starters . . .

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don’t mind – Circle (from his 1967 al­bum Come Out Fight­ing Ghengis Smith), and One of Those Days in Eng­land (from his 1977 al­bum, Bul­li­nam­ing­vase). Six years ago, Gal­way’s Julie Feeney wasn’t a name you’d hear be­ing bandied about in too many cir­cles out­side Ir­ish con­tem­po­rary clas­si­cal mu­sic. She burst fairly quickly into the rather grub­bier rock/pop mu­sic scene, how­ever, with her 2005 de­but al­bum, 13 Songs (the win­ner of the in­au­gu­ral Choice Mu­sic Prize), and her 2009 fol­low-up, pages (which re­ceived a Choice nom­i­na­tion). That she’s been a busy bee in the in­terim is a given – im­mi­nent works in­clude her de­but opera (of which we’ll get a sneak pre­view dur­ing the Dublin The­atre Fes­ti­val in Oc­to­ber), choral ar­range­ments of her songs (for a 10-day na­tional tour in Novem­ber), and a crowd-funded new al­bum that has re­cently been com­pleted and which is sched­uled for re­lease in Oc­to­ber. And we won’t even be­gin to list her other plen­ti­ful tal­ents – there re­ally isn’t room. What three words ap­pear on the front of her favourite T-shirt? Lit­tle Miss Clever.

Oh, any­thing . . . Doesn’t mat­ter. It’s all good. Re­ally.


Port­land, Ore­gon, you have a lot to an­swer for, and thank­fully, one such is­sue is Chro­mat­ics, a once self-pro­fessed noisy and chaotic quar­tet that has mor­phed into one of the most ac­com­plished elec­tronic acts of re­cent times. Al­though newer fans would know them from Tick of the Clock (their in­clu­sion to the sound­track to the movie Drive), they re­ally landed four years ear­lier with their third al­bum, Night Drive, which re­placed noisy/chaotic with synth-pop. Rad­i­cally re­hauled and reval­ued, the band have since gone on to big­ger and bet­ter things, no­tably with their lat­est al­bum, Kill for Love, which blends in­som­niac fug with gor­geous melodies, and killer hooks with lively words.

Chro­mat­ics do­ing their lonely, lovely ver­sion of Bruce Spring­steen’s I’m on Fire.


If there was a con­test for the na­tion’s favourite fe­male singer-song­writer, then surely Lisa H would walk away with the gong. Some peo­ple don’t like her, ap­par­ently. These peo­ple are daft – Han­ni­gan is ef­fort­lessly one of Ire­land’s most gifted singer-song­writ­ers. More peo­ple prob­a­bly know award-win­ning writer Howard as Ross O’Car­roll-Kelly, the fic­tional Dublin south­sider who just can’t get the hang of this re­ces­sion lark. Howard tweaks and fine-tunes his char­ac­ters for max­i­mum laughs, so pre­pare to gig­gle your way through his read­ings. Joan Wasser has a voice that could melt gran­ite, and if she per­forms her ver­sion of The Smiths’ This Night Has Opened My Eyes (from Se­tanta com­pi­la­tion al­bum, The Sep­a­rate, Or­ches­tral Vari­a­tions, Vol 1), then we pre­dict world

peace. We like Joe Dun­thorne too; not just be­cause he apol­o­gises for be­ing on Twit­ter, but be­cause he wrote Sub­ma­rine, which was made into one of our favourite movies of re­cent times. If we’re lucky, Dun­thorne will be read­ing from his ex­cel­lent most re­cent book, Wild Aban­don. Twins Louise and El­lie McNa­mara have grad­u­ated in the past five years from Leav­ing Cert in­génues to aren’t-they-quite-good? con­tenders. Ex­pect to hear a batch of new songs from their forth­com­ing al­bum, King­dom.

Julie Feeney

Joe Dun­thorne

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