June 19th: BRAND NEW Lazarus Soul, Coldplay and Van Morrison! Big thanks, and a day out at the Marquee!

Hi folks

Hope all is well with ye all.

Thanks to those of you who came out in support of us and the Hedge Schools album launch in the siopa last Saturday…another special day….we are only about 13 LPs short of our target , twould be nice to hit it and we will im sure over the next few weeks….there are 10 or so signed copies in the shop, if anyone is still interested…Go raibh mile maith agaibh aris.

Shane has a couple of days off so myself and the boy Adam on newsletter duty this week, so maybe a little different.

We have got news of a very exciting release for the shop in the last few days…yes one of our favorites has a new album coming out on July 5th…A LAZARUS SOUL is back with a new long player and CD “ no flowers grow in cement gardens” . i think a lot of ye know im an absolutely huge fan of this band so im so excited for this release. They are in Coughlans for a show on Friday the 23rd of August, and we will be there in force …there are only a few tickets left for this so get on it and we will see you there,  for a beverage and what will be a cracking gig.

Here’s more on the new record

After a long gestation period, the band (Brian Brannigan, Anton Hegarty, Julie Bienvenu & Joe Chester), half of

whom live in Ireland, half in France, convened in Miracle Studios, Rennes, for four days of intensive recording, live,

together in a single room, their first opportunity to do so since global events had kept them apart for two years. The

session, a fury of largely improvised and incendiary versions of ten brand new Brannigan-penned songs, forms the

basis of this new record which also features guest contributions from legendary violinist, Steve Wickham. The album

was recorded and mixed in France by Joe Chester.

A super band with in my opinion one of the greatest songwriters to ever graces these shores…Brians songs put you in the song, an incredible talent to have…and everything Joe touches has such quality, he is a master at what he does…more than ably backed up by Anto and Julie, just a super super band….heres is “ black Maria” from the new album.

Black Maria (Single Edit)


One other one to mention is there is a really limited KNEECAP picture disc version of the new album…announced Monday the 17th and stock landed today….there are just 200 copies of this one time press for the Irish Market and only available in 10 shops across the country…we have some now.

Right releases in the siopa for this Friday the 21st of June include…





Then for the 28th of June we will have releases by




So for the 5th of July ( main week this week) we will have:

A LAZARUS SOUL – no flowers grow in cement gardens new album

Alphaville – Forever Young (Dolby Atmos Mix) 

Bloc Party ‘A Weekend In The City’ Vinyl Reissue

Bloc Party ‘Four’ Vinyl Reissue

Bloc Party ‘Intimacy’ Vinyl Reissue

Cassandra Jenkins – My Light, My Destroyer new album

Cigarettes After Sex ‘X’s’ brand new album ( 12th July release)

Heres a new tune from them, a band i really like

Baby Blue Movie – Cigarettes After Sex


Donald Byrd – Byrd Blows on Beacon Hill (Tone Poet)

Eagles – greatest hits vol 2 vinyl

George Benson – Now Playing (Limited Blue LP)

Graham Gouldman –  I Have Notes brand new solo album

Grateful Dead – Dead set vinyl reissue

Grateful Dead –  Reckoning vinyl reissue

Hozier – wasteland baby expanded version Ultra Clear+ Transparent Green Vinyl 2LP- INDIES/D2C

Joe Goddard ‘Harmonics’ new album

Kasabian – Happenings brand new album

Lil Dicky – Professional Rapper (Reissue

Metallica – Hardwired….. To Self-Destruct LTD 2LP Flame Orange Coloured Vinyl

Nils Landgren Funk Unit ‘raw’  ( 12th July release)

Noah Kahan ft Post Malone – Dial Drunk ltd coloured 7” single

Sabaton – Heroes 10th Anniversary (Transparent Violet Vinyl)

Sia – 1000 Forms Of Fear: 10th Anniversary Deluxe Version double purple vinyl

Slayer – Repentless (Orange Yellow Black Splatter Vinyl)

Slayer – The Repentless Killogy (Amber Smoke Vinyl)

The Rifles – Love Your Neighbour / White Vinyl

Van Morrison – Now Playing (Limited Blue LP) compilation album

Various Artists / Soul Jazz Records present ‘Rastafari: The Dreads Enter Babylon 1955-83’

Wayne Shorter – Odyssey of Iska (Tone Poet)

Right folks going to hand ye over to Adam this week…if there is a few down the roads or any other ramblings….you have a blank canvas ( christ what did i just do)
Righty sooo… Hope yere all well, firstly I want to say a massive thanks to everyone who came out to my little acoustic gig with the band on Saturday. The reception we got melted my heart. Its the start of our journey really so we’ll see what happens with it! Meant alot to see ye there and hope ye enjoyed! Watch this space for more news;)

Nuff of tha! We’ll move to the down the roads now I suppose! First up we have Van Morrison with a really nice release me thinks. Its called “Live at Orangefield” and its out on vinyl and cd on the 2nd of August. Heres a bit about it: 

  “Midnight Special, a skiffle group, consisted of fellow pupils, John McCullough, tea-chest bass, Cyril Downey, guitar, Billy Ruth, guitar, and Walter Blakely on washboard with Van on guitar and vocals. In August 2014, Van Morrison returned to perform three shows as a fond farewell to his alma mater as it prepared to close its doors for the final time. Live at Orangefield is a specially curated album, of recordings from these very shows.

When it first opened in 1957 Orangefield was a boys’ school, then the girls’ school was added before both schools merged and remained so until Orangefield was finally closed due to falling numbers of pupils in 2014. Three years later it was demolished. For roughly sixty years both schools had provided an educational and social focus to many thousands of young students from east Belfast and further afield.”


Thats it, hope ye all have a great week!:)
Thanks Adam!

Looking forward to Friday folks, summer solstice , kids are out of school for the summer and Mick is in the Marquee….really looking forward to it.

Big gig for the boy, biggest hometown gig i would think ( done a co headline many years ago with John Spillane in the Marquee)  , will be  a really special one i think….for those of you who have not seen Mick with the whole band, you are in for a treat ( probably 7 or 8 of them on stage) ….they are special live and they will rock the gaff in parts….super musicians one and all…Susan O Neill involved also, more quality,  i think this will be a really special show to be honest….Mick in the Marquee has a ring to it a bit like Rory in the hall …folks still talking about them shows as they will this one i think…might see some of ye there!


Oh a btw i might go to the Cork match Saturday yet so if i’m missing i apologize in advance…Adam and Mia will have the reigns if so…50/50 if i go or not!

Right sin e this week folks

Thanks for listening as always

Ray, Shane, Young Adam and Mia