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Unique Irish Record Stores That Are Making a Difference

By Alannah Kenny April 12, 2018 (2 Comments)
One of the most disheartening announcements that we hear more and more frequently these days are the closures of once popular record stores as a result of the digital age taking over. When you can stream everything online, the desire for buying a physical copy of music just isn’t as strong as it used to be. However, there are some Irish record stores that are defying all odds and are succeeding. So what’s their secret? Well to mark the upcoming Record Store Day on April 21st, we have compiled a list of some of our favourite independent record stores in the country. These are places that you must visit if […]

6 Gigs You Need To See In Dublin This April

By Zuzanna Piasek April 4, 2018 (No)
Looking to head out this April and listen to some amazing tunes in Dublin? Well, don’t you worry we’ve got six gigs that you definitely don’t want to miss out on this month. As always, there’s a boatload of top draw Irish artists that will have you bopping to some serious beats. Not just one for finding great gigs at The Sharpe, we’ve also found artists that are releasing some of the best new music in Ireland, so that’s your next Spotify playlist sorted. Let’s get straight into it and see where the best spots are for gigs in Dublin this April. 1. The Hot Sprockets The Hot Sprockets are […]

6 Unmissable Irish Gigs Over St. Patrick’s Weekend

By Zuzanna Piasek March 13, 2018 (No)
It’s that time of the year again where you can show everyone exactly why it’s so great to be Irish. What better way to start off the St. Patrick’s Weekend celebrations than with a nice dose of homegrown music! There are gigs taking place in every corner of the country so get your dancing shoes on, grab a friend and get going! 1. Zion Train If you are in Cork on St. Patrick’s day, you sure are lucky because Zion Train are playing in the Crane Lane Theatre. In 2014, they’re Land of the Blind album was a big hit and they are looking to release another new album soon. […]

The Unsigned Irish Music Scene – How Are Small Bands Surviving?

By Alannah Kenny March 1, 2018 (No)
Have you ever wondered how unsigned Irish artists can prosper in our current music industry against some big national and international labels? Well having encountered many a signed and unsigned Irish artist, we at The Sharpe have wondered the same. Therefore we decided to do some digging to find out the secret recipe… if one exists! Maybe you are an unsigned artist or know someone who is enduring these struggles. For those who want to break into the music scene independently, this is certainly do-able and it is actually becoming more of an occurrence thanks to a few helpful tools. Last October we checked out the thriving local music scene […]

Irish Instagram Accounts: Who You Need To Follow

By Olivia Virlan February 25, 2018 (No)
Since its launch in 2010, Instagram has become the most sought after mobile app, reaching 500 million daily users. It’s known as one of the best platforms for celebrities and social influencers to engage with their fans and for ordinary people to share their favourite pics. We’ve all become too familiar with the insta-food pics, the “OOTD” (outfit of the day) pics and the dog pics which seem to flood our Instagram feeds, or maybe just mine. But given the sheer number of accounts, it’s hard to get away from the tedious posts, which is why I’ve done my research to find some of the best Irish Instagram accounts to follow. From […]

5 Gigs You Need to See in Dublin This February

By Alannah Kenny February 3, 2018 (No)
The January blues are well and truly behind us and with spring finally here, it brings us to yet another fresh line up of local acts gigging in the capital this February. One very special act that will be performing soon is singer-songwriter Kevin Casey, who The Sharpe had the privilege of interviewing last November. You can check out that that interview in full right here. We have a variety of genres and musicians picked out to suit all interests this month. So if you’re heading for a night on the town – keep an eye out for one of these great gigs! 5) O Emperor Kicking things off with a bang, we have five Indie-Rockers from Waterford known […]

5 Gigs You Need to See in Dublin This January

By Alannah Kenny January 3, 2018 (No)
You guessed it, it’s that time of year once again – the unavoidable January blues have arrived. With Christmas now only a fading memory and the New Year in full swing, the celebrations have nearly come to an end. If spirits are low this month, a great cure can be found in the capital with some cracking shows on the way. There are fantastic gigs in Dublin this January, including a huge tribute show in Whelan’s and some great local names ready to entertain. So if you still can’t decide on that New Year’s resolution, supporting home-grown talent in 2018 is certainly a good place to start! 5) The Avant […]

5 Gigs You Need To See in Dublin This December

By Alannah Kenny December 3, 2017 (No)
The countdown to Christmas is officially underway and whilst many are fully embracing the festive cheer, a distraction from the chaos is no doubt welcome too. If you’re hitting the town in Dublin this month and you’re looking for some quality entertainment, then you won’t be disappointed with the local musical line-up in store. As always, we at The Sharpe are keen to help spread the word regarding emerging and talented names so don’t miss the opportunity to check out their tunes live! 5) Level Heads Tallaght natives and five-piece Indie-Rockers Level Heads are on our must-see list this month with their Autumn/Winter tour in motion. Chris Keeley, Mick Keeley, […]

Kevin Casey Interview – One Man’s Music & Magnolia Road

By Geoff Dorrity November 12, 2017 (No)
This week, we caught up with Dublin singer-songwriter, Kevin Casey. Having played 1,200 shows with former band Jaker, Kevin recently took on the challenge of creating his own sound in a new solo career. That sound has been described as somewhere between Whiskeytown, Elton John, Springsteen and Oasis. Performances to date have embodied a dynamic charisma and natural melodic ability, leaving audiences hungry for more. Kevin and the band are gearing up for their massive album launch next Saturday, November 18th at the Sound House pub on Eden Quay. It’s sure to be an amazing show and there will be top support on the night from Brew Mbirika (Bluesun), Jermiah Day, […]

8 Unsigned Irish Bands That Are Turning Heads Right Now

By Zuzanna Piasek October 30, 2017 (No)
If you’re bored listening to the same old mainstream music over and over again, then this is the perfect place for you. Why not dive into some unsigned Irish bands that are turning heads right now. The music range includes lots of genres and if you can’t stop listening, why not check out one of our gig guides? That way you can go support them too! So lets go ahead and dive right in. 1) Empathy Empathy are an alternative rock band, citing bands like Placebo and Interpol as their influences. They are known for their ability to blend delicate and distorted guitar tones and a vocal style similar to […]

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