You can download several new covers in Gaelic by TG Lurgan at Bandcamp. My favorites are Vance Joy’s “Riptide” and Kodaline’s “Love Like This”…
Irish rockabilly star Imelda May will release her third album, Tribal, on April 28th in the U.K. via Decca Records and on July 29th in the U.S. via Verve Records. The video for the album’s first single, “It’s Good to be Alive,” puts a comedic spin on The Bride of Frankenstein’s happily ever after…
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Another amazing bandcamp discovery is TG Lurgan, who have released many covers in the Irish language (a.k.a. Gaeilge). Ep an Earraigh features Irish Gaelic covers of Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven” and The Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy.” And the Glee Lurgan album includes covers of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” Florence + the Machine’s “Dog Days Are Over,” Bruno Mars’ “Grenade,” Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl,” Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” and the Footloose theme. You can download both albums for free below.
American Wake was a 2004 independent film about a small, mostly Irish-American community in Boston. The film featured a cast of unknowns (including folk musician Sam Amidon) and a beautiful soundtrack by Amidon’s band Assembly and Seamus Egan of Solas, who has a brief cameo.
Seamus Egan’s lovely music, which features vocals by Antje Duvekot, is what really carries film. The score and the pretty Boston scenery create a warm, comfortable atmosphere.
While the main focus of the film is the romantic relationship between an alcoholic ex-firefighter and a Thai shop girl, I found the plot involving a a middle aged Irish immigrant struggling to support his family and his musically gifted son (played Sam Amidon) far more compelling.
The stories are a little simplistic and most of the acting is amateurish, but the intimacy of the direction makes the more awkward moments seem realistic. As as the movie progresses, whatever flaws it initially possessed fade or at least appear to be a natural part of this heartfelt little story.
Live traditional Irish music, the poetry of Greg Delanty, the sound of seagulls flying over water, gorgeous views of harbors and city streets, and especially the subtle beauty of the score give the film an atmospheric but totally organic feel.
Judging from The Brothers McMullen and American Wake, I’d say Seamus Egan is a great assett to any film.