Mix 14, Showcase Live at The Odessa.

15 May

Last night saw the live showcase of this years Hotpress MIX14 graduates. A show organised and performed at by the students of this years course.

Aoife Cullinane


Kicking off a little after 8pm was the first act of the night Aoife Cullinane. A singer songwriter hailing from Cork at the beginning of her career in music started us off in fine fashion delivering her set in chronological order of when the songs were written, giving a perfect flow to her honest an emotional lyrics. Expressing herself through her music is her main focus, helping to identify herself with the audience in no time. Delivered in some beautifully soft vocals and subtle acoustic guitar, it’s a great start to the night.

BeRn


Next up is the vigorous BeRn who delivers her own brand of ‘Frock’ (Folk Rock). BeRn steps up to the stage with bags of confidence backed up by plenty of experience delivering her brand of campfire punk rock. BeRn has shared stages with many greats of the music world from Shane McGowan to Patti Smith and John Spillane. Her style is that of a poet delivering verse about everything from the hardships of life and love to political motivations and human rights. All backed up by high energy guitar to remind you of Christy Moore at his most energetic. Confidence sells her set to the crowd so easily getting people to join in and harmonise with her throughout.

Scoops


Scoops aka Stephen Cooper is a frenetic ball of energy. The solo singer songwriter well-known around the Dublin pub scene steps up to the mike an instantly begins to banter with the crowd. Displaying an ease on stage from cutting his teeth playing in the loud and lively pubs round the city well used to contending with a large crowd. His first two songs are summer songs delivered with all the ease and happiness you’d expect from such a starting point. A prolific songwriter with a large catalogue to draw from he delivers simple happy pop songs about days in the sun and nights on the town, even his songs on darker subjects like the passing of a friend in tragic circumstances have a hopeful air that infects the crowd. Finishing off his set with a very unique piece of music he blasts out a techno song with nothing but an effects pedal and an acoustic guitar.
Check out his acoustic Techno here.

Raphaels


Raphaels a Dublin based rock/indie/pop band consisting of four unique sounds brought together to create something fresh fronted by lead singer Ray Mullan the boys are the last act of the night, the crowd is full of energy at this point being readily warmed up by the first three acts. The perfect moment for the noise level to be lifted by a full band. Raphaels bounce from hints of Funk (akin to Red Hot Chili Peppers) to shoe gaze swagger of an Oasis sort before throwing in hints of alt folk with the acoustic guitar changing the sound again. Lifting the energy in the room with a simple assurance of their craft the lads deliver a fantastic close to the night.

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