i am niamh doesn’t always play cello, but it’s easier than lugging a piano to the edge of Howth Head, where we drove out for the day to try to get some good shots. On the way out, she told me all about Mattress Mick, the Poolbeg Generating Station, and her desire to live with a Brony.
She had just released her album “Wonderland” to much acclaim and finished up most of the summer tour dates, so we found a free day to head for the hills and make some noise on the Cliffs of Howth, just north of Dublin City. In true Irish fashion, the weather was alternating from beautiful to cold and rainy the whole way there. We managed to get enough clear sky to set up and get in at least a few takes before the rain started up again and we had to run for the car.
If you like what you hear, and you missed her at Electric Picnic, i am niamh plays all over ireland and is coming to New York next month to play a few select dates around the city.
find her at: iamniamh.com or https://www.facebook.com/iamniamh
Back in June, I spent a day with 5J Barrow. Check it out.
5J Barrow is the band that makes you stop what you’re doing and stare. That’s what i did the first time i saw them at an art-share party on St. Marks Pl. There were about 60 or 70 of us in a circle around Jason and Eryn, stomping, singing and banging strings. 60 or 70 people stopped and stared.
Their music is everything i want music to be. Energetic, evocative, unfiltered and beautiful. In an age of autotune and quantization, top 10 charts without any real instruments on them, 5J Barrow is the cure. I still haven’t seen them with their full band, only as a duo, but they get a bigger sound with two people than should be possible. With dynamics that range from a whisper to a tsunami, their songs tell stories of love, loss and longing. Their songs remind you of feelings that you lost track of. They take you to a place and leave you there without a ride.
The band was conceived in a living room on Barrow St. in Greenwich village. Jason had just moved here from California and he and Eryn would share ideas and create music to take down the street to Washington Square Park. It’s a routine that continues today. When i spoke with them to arrange a meeting, they told me, “Just drop by the park, we’ll be there playing there all day.”
I heard them from down the block. There they were under the arch. Perfect. Portrait of the artists in a New York City summer. Sink in.
More THEM at: http://5jbarrow.com/