Myself and three Ticket colleagues (Jim Carroll, Tony Clayton Lea and Lauren Murphy) were each recently asked to compile a list of the ’50 Best Irish music acts right now’. As expected there’s lots of debate about it over on Jim Carroll’s blog. There were lots of bands I voted for that aren’t on the list, and some I didn’t vote for that made the final 50. Either way, it’s great to see a light shined on so many bands and the list proves that Irish music is in a fairly robust health. Well done to David Holmes for bagging the No. 1 slot.
Here’s a list of those included in the Top 50 who have contributed to Musical Rooms so far. Watch out for upcoming contributions from Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Ann Scott and Dark Room Notes.
(49) David Turpin
(46) Mick Flannery
(38) The Jimmy Cake
(29) Julie Feeney
(23) Messiah J &The Expert
(8) Adrian Crowley
(5) Lisa Hannigan
(4) Fight Like Apes
Second to last (will put up Halfset later this week) of the Choice Music Prize Musical Rooms is from Jape, who was one of the first interviewees we had (back in November 2007). Richie has provided an updated image of his room filled with requisite geekery and equipment. He is nominated for the Choice Prize for his third album, Ritual and plays at the Vicar Street ceremony tonight.
Thanks to all the nominees who participated and best of luck to them all tonight. Who do you think will win? You can vote in the Musical Rooms poll here:
“For me the only place I can create music is in my house, because that is where all my equipment is set up. I usually write electronic stuff downstairs at my desk, and guitar songs upstairs, staring out of my window. I live in a small house, with a bedroom upstairs and a kitchen/sitting room/studio/angry girlfriend downstairs. The most important things for me to have in this space are no distractions. I need to be able to pace around the place listening to mixes over and over again (like a twitching madman).
It seems like I spend all my time here and I have had cabin fever for about two years now. In terms of a schedule, I try to discipline myself and find that I work better in the daytime, so I normally will start around nine and work til three-ish… That’s my optimal plan anyway, but the coffee shop and internet have made big dints in that shit over the years, ah yeah. When I’m working on Jape stuff, I write alone. I find it can be quite lonely and emotionally draining sometimes because you are trying to hit upon something hones,t and that can be hard. But then fleshing out the songs for playing live when we jam together as a band is fun. What do I like most about my space? The emotional proximity of my kettle.”
Jape aka Richie Egan released one of the best Irish albums ever in 2004, The Monkeys in the Zoo Have More Fun Than Me. Its long-awaited follow-up is due in early 2008 on V2 records and the ‘Jape is Grape’ ep, featuring various mixes of ‘Floating’, (D.A.D.D.Y. video for the single is here) is out now. Jape plays Crawdaddy on Friday November 23rd and Saturday November 24th. Other Irish dates are as follows: November 22nd (UCD College Bar), December 5th (Cork – Cyprus Avenue), December 6th (Limerick – Dolans), December 7th (Galway – Roisin Dubh), December 8th (Derry – Nerve Centre) and December 9th (Belfast . Speakeasy).
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