The Blessington Lakes, Co WicklowKNOCKANSTOCKAN 27-28-29 July 2012 KnockanStockan 2012 First Line up Announced www.knockanstockan.ie
Performing at KnockanStockan 2012 This is a collection of the first Acts announced for KnockanStockan 2012. To date Knockanstockan has showcased over 500 acts. This year will see us add another 130 onto that.Wyvern Lingo Click ! Wyvern Lingo are a trio from Bray who have started to make waves on the Irish scene in the last year. Karen Cowley (keys,vocals) Saoirse Duane (guitar, vocals) and Caoimhe Barry (percussion, vocals) have been playing together for the last 5 years. However, it was only when they finished school in 2010 that they began to start seriously pursuing a career in music as ‘Wyvern Lingo’. In the last year and half, Caoimhe, Karen and Saoirse have released their debut EP, won the “Rising Stars” competition in the Dublin City soul festivial (2011) and played Irish Festivals such as Knockanstockan, Electric Picnic, Temple House, NPLD, Gateways and Ones to Watch 2012. They are quickly becoming known for their “soulful, powerful vocals and harmonies” and have supported well known acts such as Julliet Turner and Pugwash. Click Ross BreenRoss Breen released his self-produced debut album in 2011, leading quickly to a number of hugelypositive reviews. When I Met The Devil immediately received a 4.5 star write-up in Hot Press,Ireland’s foremost music magazine, while Drop-d magazine were moved to label Breen “the Irish music scene’s best kept secret” upon hearing the record. The album is complimentedby an accomplished video for the title track, directed by Simon O’ Neill. A graduate of the BallyfermotRock School, the Kildare-born songwriter has consistently impressed on the live stage, earningcountless invitations as a special guest with the likes of Glen Hansard, Bellx1, Sinead O’ Connor,Declan O’ Rourke, Damien Dempsey and Mundy. He has also built a following on the festival circuit,performing with his band at various large weekend events such as Vantastival, Knockanstockan(three years running) and the prestigious Hard Working Class Heroes. Click The Hot Sprockets In 2010 THE HOT SPROCKETS won the final of the King Kong Club which enabled them to de-camp to Sierra Vista studio in the Portuguese mountains where they record their debut album “HONEY SKIPPIN’” with BOZ BOORER (Morrisey, The Polecats) at the helm. “HONEY SKIPPIN’” is released on May 6th on independent label Cherrypopper Records. The album kicks off with the mighty ‘Cruizin’ and from beginning to the end, there is no let up in the charm or swagger of the Hot Sprockets. Their kind of rock’n’roll music is haunted by the ghost of country and blues – take the good-time revolutionary spirit of MC5, simmer it down to the sounds of Crosby Stills Nash and Young, add some rough-edged Eagles of Death Metal – wailing harmonicas, twangy vocals, jangly slide guitars and you are somewhere near the delta rock sonic nugget that is Hot Sprockets’ sound..The Hot Sprockets have lived up to their early promise and delivered a mighty debut album “to be listened to in the spirit in which it was made” Currently the band are working on a follow up album at windmill lane studios. Blind Yackety Click Blind Yackety are a ramshackle collection of nine musicians. Between them they play a myriad of different instruments from the fiddle to the flute, the clarinet to the glockenspiel, guitars, pianos and drums all guided by the inspired hand of Kevin McNamara, whose unique vision comes alive as he weaves disparate influences to create a sound which is refreshingly original. It is a sound that captures infinite amounts of fun and energy; but ultimately, it is a new sound, their own sound, indefinable by genres that have gone before. After a busy year of gigs and festivals including the Electric Picnic, Knockanstockan, No Place Like Dome and Whelans, their focus has lately turned to recording their debut album, due to be released early 2012.. After which they plan to go on tour in Ireland, the U.K and perhaps even further afield! Really, they’ll go wherever the wind and the music will take them.Trap Door Click Winners of South Dublins Noise BOTB Trap Door went on to record their debut EP Triple Drop which was chosen Pick of the Fortnight by Jackie Hayden in Hot Press and was played Nationwide on Irish Radio. In 2011 Trap Door then came 3rd out of 150 accepted bands in the Final of HMVs No Sleep Til Hammersmith BOTB held in London. Trap Door have just released their second EP Lata Town which has secured their place in Whelans Ones To Watch Festival 2012 .Also Trap Door have been chosen by producer Michael Richards to record in Windmill Lane (U2s Studio) over the upcoming months.
Performing at KnockanStockan 2012 Fox.E and the Good Hands Click Fox.E and the Good Hands hail from Kildare and bring to you a force like no other! With a look and sound that is funky, fresh, new and just bold, your wicked side will love this 6 piece! Fox.E and the Good Hands primarily sing! funk and soul, and throw lots of rap in there for good measure! They use elements of blues and perform with an almost cabaret feel to them. Their music is music you remember – you cant help but be drawn in by the stories of their songs, the cheeky ones, the rude ones, the ones that ooze with Elk messages of temptation – this is why your wicked side just loves it. ClickElk are a four piece dance / prog band formed in early 2011 looking to create a new innovative sound.The band consists of two girls and two guys hailing from Kildare, Dublin, Wexford and Meath. Broughttogether by their love of music, all four members met at Ballyfermot College of Further EducationsContemporary Music course. Instantly the band began writing original material and gigging on theDublin scene, working hard to create an upbeat, dance-able and explosive set...The band have received great reception in such venues as The Village, Whelans, Sweeneys Mongrel,etc, as well as playing gigs around the country. They have recorded their first single Warning Signs(which is up for free download), have been filmed by Highwind Films, played festivals such asKnockanstockan and are currently recording their debut EP. Click Swords Swords formed in Feb 2010 when singer and keyboardist, Diane Anglim, and drummer, Ian Frawley, met through musical interests. The duo, under the moniker of “Swords” (derived from the Morrissey B Sides Album & the Leftfield song of the same name) spent much of the year writing material. In early November, 2011, Swords together with noted musician and producer Karl Odlum, (previously of The Frames and The Mary Janes and producer of David Kitt, Gemma Hayes, Ham Sandwich) locked themselves away to record the “Black Balloon” EP which was to provide a snapshot of the spectrum of moods and crossover of genres that reflected Swords’ position as a electro-indie “hybrid” band. Click Sarah Red Sarah Red is an alternative singer, songwriter and musician. Once the lead singer of Dublin band Howl/ Elastic Affair, and briefly a vocalist in Jazz outfit Tongue Bundle, Sarah has returned to performing solo and is currently writing her debut album... The current recordings you will hear of her solo material are folky and raw, (Unplugged recordings, Guitar,double bass and cajon) but for her album Sarah hopes to experiment and build on this sound, adding unusual instrumentation, rhythms,vocal techniques and effects to create music that is hopefully provocative and fresh. Recently you can see her out gigging nearly every week at gig-nights such as Saucy Sundays at the Grand Social, Dimestore Recordings, Rubysessions, Rúa unplugged and supporting acts including ‘King Modo’ and ‘Jack and the Band’. Click Sal Vitro Sal Vitro are a no-nonsense rock outfit from Dublin "who capture the essence of rhythm and blues with a funk edge". Formerly known as Roadrunner their first album reached #5 in the Irish Album Charts. The band was selected from hundreds of applicants to compete in the final heats of the prestigious JD Set, run by Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers, in 2009. With the addition of John Cuddy on drums in 2010 Roadrunner became Sal Vitro and enjoyed instant success. In their very first gig, Sal Vitro impressed judges and fans alike and won the Live and Unsigned Battle of the Bands. The band are now set to appear both on a new music television show to be aired across 4 channels as well as on many radio shows in 2011. Sal Vitro are currently working on their debut album which is set for release in the summer of 2012.Mikey and the Scallywags Click Mikey and the Scallywags are an original story telling band of musicians mixing an eclectic blend of Folk-Rock-Gypsy-Hip hop and Bluegrass. The band formed in the summer of 2010 and has been steadily gaining ground ever since. Based in Galway, with their energetic and engaging live performances, Mikey and the Scallywags have been projecting positve tunes and collecting a loyal following all over Ireland. Their first release LIVING IN THE LIGHT will be available from March 2012.
Why bands Play at KnockanStockan? Audience Bands have the opportunity to play in front of a captive audience with a total festival attendance of 5,000 people shared over 4 stages.CD Industry Area The industry area is a space where industKnockanstockan is releasing volume 3 of the compilation CD ry meet acts playing at KnockanStockan, it doublefeaturing the best acts from this years line up. s up as the green room where media can interview bands before or after their performance.FilmKnockanStockan produces a festival documentary and the majority ofbands performances are filmed and will available for use as promotionalmaterial for each band after the festival.The Submission Process The submission process aims to attract the best emerging Click talent from around the country. Acts apply online by submitting a brief bio, contact details and good quality guitar audio tracks. to apply Each application is reviewed by a panel made up of both established musicians and promoters. We are open to all genres of music and pride ourselves on giving every submission the time it deserves. Where possible we try to see as many submissions play At the Primal Jelly Social Club on Wednesday nights in The Mezz. Apply online at www.knockanstockan.ie
Performing at KnockanStockan 2012 Click Mojo Gogo Mojo GoGo are based in Derry City Northern Ireland and are a fully Independent band who thrive on creating original exciting music. In February 2011, they recorded "The Rounce E.P". It was described as "Simple, clean, packed with fantastic, thick melodies and hooks" with "hair standing choruses". Having toured incessantly over the next few months, Mojo GoGo held themselves up in their native Donegal to write for their next release - "Cheats, Chicks and Powders E.P" which was recorded in July 2011. The 3-track digital download was seen as a risky venture into an edgier, heavier sound for the band. It garnered impressive reviews with critics describing it as contagious, bloody wonderful; full, rich and demanding. Since then, Mojo GoGo have made a remarkable name for themselves and are are already regarded as one of the most exciting live acts in the country, Mojo GoGo are surely the ones to watch for 2012. Medulla Click Medulla were brought from the New World to give a taste of what modern Brazilian rock has to offer. And that seems to be a lot. A divine mix of pure mainstream rock, pop, rap, funk and hip-hop, Medulla are unlike any band this country has ever witnessed. Their energy, their style, their presence and their songs are just brimming with unadulterated talent. Fronted by two hyperactive Brazilian gentlemen, the pair hopped and screamed around the stage backed by a tight-knit line-up of guitars, bass and drums. Click Louis Barabbas & The Bedlam SixSince forming in late 2006 their music has infiltrated almost every creative niche,being adaptedinto animated short films, burlesque routines, musical theatre, fringe festival revues, documentarysoundtracks, motion picture scores and even a comic strip. Over the years they have won praiseand support from the likes of Supergrass, The Mighty Boosh, Har Mar Superstar, UB40, Mark Steel,The Hell’s Angels, BBC Radio and even the Beat Poet biographer Barry Miles – both for their furiousonstage energy and Louis’ manic lyrical gymnastics.Their infamous live shows – incorporating rock,jazz, folk and theatre influences – have proved time and time again that the group is at home onany line-up, even sharing the bill with such disparate acts as Motorhead, Sun Ra’s Arkestra, I AmKloot, Eliza Carthy, The Blockheads, Emmanuel Jal and The Buzzcocks. In the last year alone theyhave toured Europe, the States and Mexico, inspiring stage invasions,dancing in the aisles and aconfused mixture of exhaustion and bonhomie wherever they go. Truly incredible, you have to see itto believe it, if you dont come out dancing at the end its because you have neither heart nor soul¨Chris Hawkins, BBC Radio 6The Indecent Cigar Emporium Click Bold, brash synths, angularly stabbed guitars, obnoxiously danceable beats, electronic wizardry and bass that gets spanked more than slapped... The I.C.E. are how the distant future of dance music would have been imagined in 1984 (the year, that is - not the book).A string of incredibly well received gigs and festival dates have already given The ICE a dedicated following across the country, playing a pied pipe for those who feel underserved when it comes to grooves and beats on the live scene. Debut album Straight to Video confirms the arrival of a band just as comfortable canoodling your ears in the privacy of your own home as they are providing massive public displays of aural affection.Currently holed up in the ICE Cave, The I.C.E. are meticulously crafting the groove-laden follow-up to Straight to Video - which they say will be leaner and meaner than its predecessor, with an emphasis on keeping the beats pumping and the dancefloor jumping. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for special preview shows in the coming months...King Modo Click King Modo represent a shift in musical and cultural consciousness, by refining a do it yourself ethos to express and develop their unique sounding original music. The band comprise of founding members Lenny Cahill and Paul ‘Rubber’ Keogh from Newbridge, Co. Kildare along with Jon Barett and Alan Heffernan from nearby Kildare Town. Their self titled debut album was independently recorded and released. With limited financial resources King Modo are practicing the self empowered philosophy. Hot Press (Celine Murphy) describes the music as “weaving a trippy line through alt. rock territory“, while Irish Unsigned hold that “Their Alt/Experimental/Jam style music is laid back, with funky undertones and complex jazz chords. This year wills see them embark extensive national tour, following the release of their second album set for release April 2012
Performing at KnockanStockan 2012The Bambir Click The Bambir have gathered their childhood appreciation for hard rock and smuggled vinyl, Armenian traditional music and poetry, pulsing beats and whirling trances, ancient tales and pagan wails and pumped it into their own unique sound. “An artist’s job is to search,” Narek says, basing his lyrics in metamorphosis and the imitation of reality or your imperfect idea of it.They can be desctobed as flavored by progressive rock, vibrations in stones,Daoism, James Joyce, Rumi, Japanese poetry, acrobatic tongue twisters and fingerpickings and harmonies at 3 am when the beer, the tea, and the cigarettes have all run out Click Veroa Veroa are a three piece, alternative, DIY band based in Dublin. Veroa released their self titled EP on July 16th 2011 with great support from friends, fans and press.Veroa are in the studio once again recording their Debut album which is due to be released in 2012. "Veroa led by the force of nature that is Clodagh Kerley, the Dublin trio are in the same ball-park as Bjork, Fiona Apple and Jeff Buckley. Imagine the sweeping musicianship of Jeff with the sensitivity of Fiona, with the odd Bjork style quirk. We cant wait for their debut album, out soon." Shilpa Ganatra Irish daily star "Clodagh Kerley has wowed the Dublin music scene with her outstanding songwriting and dynamic vocals for the past few years. Now she fronts Veroa, a tour de force of musical talent, accompanied on drums by Ruairi Conaty and on bass by Shane Byrne. As a trio Veroa are constantly developing their sound, they began performing beautifully crafted pop ballads, but are now branching out into more jazz influenced rock comparible to E.S.T or The Bad Plus coupled with outstanding vocals reminicent of the likes of Kate Bush, Florence and the machine and bjork." Twin Headed Wolf Click Twin Headed Wolf are twin sisters Julie and Branwen from County Clare. Inspired by the circus, scrapyards and performance art they bring folk music to a whole new level. They have collaborated to form a wildly wonderful, creepy, lyrical, twin-edged, harmony ridden, circus inspired, folk type music.Twin Headed wolf has gained momentum fast as the band, only established this year, has performed at Knockanstockan and Electric Picnic and gig regularly in Dublin. Using exciting instruments such as kettles and saws they juxtapose sinister lyrics and a raw sound with ethereal vocal harmonies.The Riptide Movement ClickThe second album ‘Keep On, Keepin’ On’, from The Riptide Movement will be released on Friday April 20th.Are you ready? In the year 2007, two local Dublin bands disbanded, joined forces and The Riptide Movementwas formed. They spent their first two years gigging together across Ireland and the UK and through plenty ofhard practice they created a finely tuned, rugged sound and a kick-ass live performance. Their hard work alsoset them on a path to meeting their producer, the legendary Tony Colton(The Doors, Rory Gallagher and Ray Charles).Their new album ‘Keep On, Keepin On’, recorded at GrouseLodge, is the follow up to their hugely successful debut album. While record stores are closing and artists arelamenting the death of CD sales, theyre selling thousands. The Riptide Movement are an inspirational storythat would rouse anybody to get up and do what they want to do. Click Wizards of Firetop Mountain With floods of fire raging from the rocky peaks, five wizards descended their sanctuary arriving many centuries later at the Foothills of the ancient Gaelic stronghold Dubh Linn to unleash a furious wrath of wizardry and riffs upon the scorched- sunken soil.
KnockanStockan VolunteeringVolunteer Policy Why we need volunteers? To expand our network and diversity Give a handCreate a community spiritBuild a skilled friendly teamTo meet new people who appreciate our ethosTo encourage the local community to come on board Educational OpportunitiesKnockanstockan prides itself on keeping a close relationship with colleges that offer relevant courses Give needed experience for students looking for work in the industry Knockanstockan provides actual hands on experience Volunteering Departments Build or Break / Production General Operative / Stewarding Art Crew / Drivers / Childcare
Volunteer For Knockanstockan Art Crew click The Art for Knockanstockan is created by a dedicated group of artists who volunteer there time to make to apply each year a unique experience for our audience. In the run up to the festival we will be looking for creative volunteers to help the Art team with festival decor. Work will mostly take place in our workshop in the month before the festival. Sought after skills include sewing, painting, carpentry and prop making. Please state the various skills you have when applying so we know what jobs would suit you best. You can apply through our website www.knockanstockan.ie and specify that you would like to volunteer for the Art team.How do you apply to volunteer at Knockanstockan? SAY YES NOW ! click to applySimply fill out the application form at:www.knockanstockan.ieor contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Performing at KnockanStockan 2012 Raglans Click After meeting at Knockanstockan in 2010 and forming later that year, Raglans played their sold out debut show in Whelans that December.Since then the lads have gigged non-stop all over the country and in early 2012 released their first, self-titled EP to a sold out Grand Social.Raglans boast a toe-tappingly infectious blend of indie, folk and punk brimming with a whirlwind of punchy vocals, guitar swaying twanginess and sing-a-long choruses. The Band have just finished recording their second E.P "Long Live" which is to be released in Whelans on May 25th and was recorded in Portugal with Boz Boorer and at home in Dublin. 2012 looks to be a busy year for Raglans packed full of festivals and shows both at home and abroad.Best Boy Grip ClickEoin OCallaghan is the man and the voice behind Best Boy Grip. He is a talented singer/songwriterwho hails from Derry / Lderry. Best Boy Grips debut EP Barbara was released to critical acclaim.Best Boy Grip recently supported Pete Doherty in Derrys Nerve Center as well as Bronagh Gallagherand her band in Whelans, Dublin and the OhYeah in Belfast. Best Boy Grip have recently had numerousplays on BBC Introducing - Radio 1, BBC Across The Line, BBC Electric Mainline, BBC Gerry Anderson,BBC Mark Patterson and Belfasts Blast 106. Cat Dowling Click As the front woman and main songwriter with Alphastates, Cat Dowling gained many adminers for her energy on the live stage and for her hushed and raw deliveries. Comparisons to Liz Frazer from Cocteau Twins and Beth Gibbons from Portishead have followed Cat throughout her career, which has seen her develop into an exceptional songwriter and passionate performer. Her songs have featured in everything from major Irish and American dramas to independent European movies to computer games, all the while displaying a rare versatility and gift for melody. She is currently putting the finishing touches to her first solo album. It’s a bare, stripped down affair of funeral pop revealing the depth of Cat’s songwriting ability whilst showcasing the textures and beautiful crackles in her voice.Sive ClickSive is the moniker of songwriter and musician Sadhbh OSullivan. She and her band are currently gearing up for therelease of their debut album, We Are Moving, which will be launched in The Grand Social in Dublin on the 19th of April.Having spent a number of years gigging extensively in Ireland and beyond with a variety of musicians, Sadhbh formedthe band in its current lineup which consists of bassist Eoin Hartwieg, drummer Patrick Hopkins and guitarist MarkDudley. They have been performing together since the beginning of 2010 and their music fuses alternative rock witha variety of genres, drawing influence from jazz, folk and progressivemusic. One single from the album has already beenreleased and can be downloaded for free from www.sivemusic.com. The second single, Sunkissed, will be released inthe coming weeks. The Eskies Click The Eskies went their separate ways in 2010 but after months of wandering aimlessly through streets of notorious Dublin suburb Tallaght, Ian and Steven began jamming again in August 2011 with the intention of creating something completely different from what they had done before.Over the next few months, bass player, harmony tycoon and house wives favorite Tim George, mustachioed mandolin Mandarin and hardcore champion of the world Rob Murphy and resolute guitar cavalier/ bit of rough with a heart of gold Sean OReilly joined to make the band whole again. Since then, The Eskies have brought their unique brand of contemporary country-folk (often segwaying into Poe-esque Gothic lament or sea shanty) and swaggering stage spectacle to several venues around Dublin and beyond. The Eskies plan to release an EP in early Summer, and with festival season fast approaching hope to fill the Summer months with an unrelenting gigging schedule.
Performing at KnockanStockan 2012 Hassle Merchants Click 2010 was another busy year for gigs,festivals and a couple of live videos.Later that year was spent in the studio for the recording of their first E.P Immaculate Consumption released on Merchantsville Records in Febuary 2011 which led to a tour up and down the country and quick stint in the uk followed again by festival season before getting back into the studio before the end of the year to record thier second E.P A Hard Pill To Swallow which was released in March 2012 which brings us up to the most recent release,a video for the song The Wolf the leading song from A Hard Pill To Swallow was released earlier this month ............ Lots more to come! Click Enda ReillyDublin singer-songwriter Enda Reilly writes in both English and Irish, and his Irish songs can be heard regularlyon RTÉ Radio na Gaeltachta.In August 2007 Enda and fellow singer/songwriter Shane Regan filled Bewley’sCafé Theatre, and Enda’s first solo gig was a rounding success. Since then, Enda’s focus has been on recording,producing and mastering his solo album,Oxygen 21 while entertaining audiences at The Mezz, Thomas Reade’s,and even in-store, performing in the Oxfam shop on Georges Street Lower as part of Oxjam October 2007.Enda can often be found at gigs, open mikes and sessions around Dublin. He also plays regularly with thefun-loving collective known as The Lazy Band. 2010 saw Enda facilitating workshops with The Monaghan Songand Poetry Writers Group, culminating in production of their album "Hands Together". Enda also reaches out toyounger generations through his Climate Change Songs Workshops initiative, introducing the art of songwritingand -environmental issues into schools and other groups.Earthship Click Earthship’s musical journeys have no set destination – a voyage onboard the Earthship is an experiment in spontaneous creativity as the crew members improvise and interact onstage, both with each other and with the audience’s reactions. In their music, you will hear echoes of the classic seventies fusion bands, such as Weather Report and Return To Forever, the funk of Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, and the restless experimentation and exploration of Miles Davis. But above all, you will feel the need to dance, for the Earthship sets out each time to rediscover the primal urge of music – to create a communion between audience and musicians that allows all to express themselves in sound and movement. Click Little xs for EyesA harmony laden band - made w/ equal parts boy & girl - whose music tells stories of tragic heroes & funnyvalentines, taking place on empty dancefloors, long walks home & the unchanging seasons.The songwritingcore of little xs for eyes, the couple Bennie Reilly & Davey Moor, began writing together in 2006 after the demiseof their previous projects and assembled a group of musician friends from the Dublin music scene. Little xs area six-piece who blend pop with elements of folk, country, doo-wop and rock. Their eponymous 2007 EP, recorded& co-produced by Eoin Bailey - features heavily layered harmonies, and instruments such as ukulele, electricmandolin and glockenspiel to augment the regular drums, bass, guitar and keys set-up.After spending a year inLondon, Reilly and Moor returned to Ireland in August 2008. Continuing where they left off, playing live showsand radio sessions. Their début 2010 album, S.A.D. (w/ Eoin Bailey once again) was released in 2011.The songs on S.A.D. speak of tragic heroes, failing lovers, obsessive compulsions, three times tables and emptydancefloors, against a backdrop of the seemingly unchanging seasons. S.A.D. is receiving enthusiastic reviews inThe Irish Times, Hot Press, AU Magazine, State Magazine & numerous blogs.Arrow In The Sky Click Arrow in the Sky consists of a deuce of multi-instrumentalists, Conor McCauley and Brian Murphy. They hail from Irelands belly button where they have been honing their craft for a number of years in one ensemble or another. Driven together by a mixture of circumstances, of which there is no need to go into here, they have created two fine and upstanding mini-albums; Do What Thou Wilt (2009) and Winters Requiem (2011)They are currently hard at work on their debut full length recording, which is sure to be epic!The sound live can be likened to other harmony laden, song driven artists such as CSN and Simon & Garfunkel or more contemporary artists such as My Morning Jacket, Fleet Foxes and Bowerbirds. With an arsenal of traditional instruments doing very untraditional things, strange and boundless vocals, Arrow in the Sky have created a world and sonic imagery all of their own. Weaving an aural tapestry of folk, blues, alt-rock into their own unique blend of Irish-Americana.
Performing at KnockanStockan 2012 Louisiana 6 Click The band consists of Brian Brereton - Lead Vocals, John Brereton - Guitar, Tony Brereton - Drums, Morgan Baker - Lead Guitar, Tim Fernley - Double Bass and Doey Mooney - Harmonica; and yes three of them are related! With a lively set that had the floor bouncing from the second song, Louisiana 6 laid down the marker for a night of fantastic live music. With such classics as Rock Island Line, Louisiana 6 are a band that entertain their crowd with both vigour and personality. Regardless of the age of their lead singer (apparently he is 73 this April!) kudos is deservedly placed on a band that provided its audience with a lively and entertaining set. If I have half as much energy and charisma when Im approaching 73, as John Slim Brereton does, I will certainly be a happy man!Crow Black Chicken ClickCrow Black Chicken have built up a loyal following along the way since their formation in 2009playing as a Blues band. The Band has since developed their own original style. They are currentlyrecording their debut album which will see them develop even more on their stlye from the first EP.Their style is a fusion of their musical pasts. With a rhythm section with unlikely roots in Jazz Bluesand Punk and Vocals/Guitar from the Blues Folk Rock tradition, this fusion creates the sound ofCrow Black Chicken. Follwing their highly sucessful Glastonbury Debut on the BBC IntroducingStage they have been tipped as a band to watch out for in 2012. "Crow Black Chicken began lifeas a blues band, and have since evolved into some kind of musical Frankenstein, fusing jazz, blues, punk, folk and rock tocreate something rather special." BBC Introducing. Playing nearly 100 gigs in 2011 the band are touring to promote their upcoming album. Cry Monster CryThey have been tipped as a band to watch out for in 2012 Click There is no harmony like brotherly harmony, something completely unforgettable in the weave of voices and play of emotions, stamped into the fraternal DNA that stems from a lifetime of shared experiences.You can clearly hear that fraternal magic at work in the songs of brothers Richie and Jamie Martin, better known as Cry Monster Cry, whose lives have revolved around music for as long as they can remember.The last two years have seen them writing their own songs, based on stories they have made up or heard on their travels. Warm folk melodies meet rich,descriptive lyrics, bringing the listener to a far away place.The band has been honing its live shows over the past few months, playing shows like Dublin’s Communion club night, Vantastival Festival and the Guth Gafa film festival. This year has already seen them shortlisted by Hotpress for their “Lift Off” Competition, taking to the stage at The Music Show in Dublin’s RDS and opening for hotly tipped Belfast singer songwriter Gareth Dunlop.They release their debut EP “The Fallen” on May 25th after two months of writing and recording in a studio in the seaside town of Malahide. Working with producer and musician Keith Lawless (Fiach, Juliet Turner) to achieve the right sound, the two brothers tried to keep the songs as organic as possible,Christof Click playing the majority of the instruments on the EP themselves. Christof, hailing from the lowlands of Holland, was in his early life inspired by his classical singing mother and guitar picking/singing father. Soon he was humming along to Mozart in the back of the car at the age of 5. In October 2007, Christof was lured by the bohemian bright lights and the smoky winding cobble-stoned late nights of Galway, in the west of Ireland. He remained in Galway for 4 years, learning all the tricks and trades as a troubadour, starting off busking and working his way up the ladder. The lyricality of his songs and his voice, abundant in strength and sensitivity, charmed the hearts of all who heard him busking, and he quickly became a popular performer in venues around the city. December 2009 saw him recording an EP with the legendary bass player Trevor Hutchinson (The Waterboys and Eric Bibb) who also produced the EP. The ultra dynamic and tight drummer Dave Hingerty (Josh Ritter, Frames and the Swell Season) joined Christof during the recording of his debut EP “Springtime”. He launched the EP with the Staves from London. In 2010 he was touring with an Irish band called “Grada”, taking him to England, Germany and Denmark. Some flying visits were made to London to support Matthew and the Atlas, Fred and Joel Plaskett.In 2011 he supported the great Tim O’Brien on his New Zealand and Australian tour. Once he got back on Dutch soil, after the inspiring trip, Christof found out more about his roots while working in a nursing home helping his granddad. Christof sees him as a legend and a big inspiration.Christof just released his second EP called "Honey Tears". The FitzaFrenic The FitzaFrenic are a four piece quirky ska-rock band from Dublin.They are Conor McGrath(Sax, Keys, guitar Click and lead vocals) Cian Lernihan (guitar), Jamie McCarthy (bass) and new drummer Ken Walsh.Since releasing their debut E.P. in Spring 2011 the band have been busy recording their debut album in Sun Studios, Temple Bar. With a single set for a Summer release and the album coming Autumn the band are set for their busiest year to date. With distinctive raspy vocals, driving saxophone melodies and an extremely energetic and funkadelic feel to their music, The FitzaFrenics live performances are where they can really show what they are all about. They stepped into the festival circuit in 2011 and are delighted to be taking their festival performances to the next level in 2012."
Performing at KnockanStockan 2012 The Envelope Click Hailing from The Big Sugarloaf, Wicklow. The Envelope are a heavy rock band. With a 4 track EP released in 2010, followed by a full length album to be release this summer! The Envelope are Ryan Higgs on vocals, Rian Trench on guitar, Ivan Jackman on bass and Oisin Trench on drums. With pounding drums, eat your face guitar riffs and tidal bass grooves, Ryans diverse and enchanting vocals will arrest your attention and leave you gratified!Rocket Surgery ClickWicklow based band, Rocketsurgery, are a 4-piece instrumental group playing their own special brewof progressive rock. Their eponymous debut EP was released in January 2012 and has met withmany warm reviews. Their use of changing time signatures, and shifting textures is sure to excite thesenses. Definitely a band to check out live, they promise an energy packed show demonstrating theirpedal ninja status with some stunt guitar thrown in for good measure!!! click here By Knockan Art illustrations by Daisy Gaffeny / Program Design & Layout by Joanne Kiely
The Blessington Lakes, Co WicklowKNOCKANSTOCKAN 27-28-29 July 2012Full Line up of 130 Acts AnnouncedFor the Festival Join us for A BIG PARTY To celebrate With Bands / Films Performance ArtAnd more throughout the evening and late into the night! Keep an eye on our website and facebook for more details Friday May 18 2012 Meeting House Square www.knockanstockan.ie facebook.com/KnockanStockan