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To celebrate this year's Glasgowbury festival, Hot Press presents this exclusive online compilation, bringing together some of the most exciting artists set to grace the County Derry festival.
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 16 Jul 2010
13. The Last Tycoons – Speed
It’s street gang chic, trebly guitars and sweet slide a-go-go for Dublin’s Last Tycoons, who remain one of the most impressive songwriting bands of the current generation of Irish hopefuls. And yes, ‘Speed’ does what it says on the tin in a superbly Doors meets the Rolling Stones kinda way. This fucking rocks!
14. The Lowly Knights – Miracle
Now shorn of their once newsworthy choir, you’ll be relieved to know that the Slimfast version of TLN is still more than capable of conjuring up moments of sky-high elation. Calling a song ‘Miracle’ leaves a band a hostage to fortune. Thankfully, this almost is one. Brilliantly melodic and urgent, with staccato riffs and layered vocals powering it along, it’s a fine thing indeed.
15. John, Shelly & The Creatures Long May You Reign
You’ll know this one already. From the excellent album Dinosaur, the brilliant ‘Long May You Reign’ has been used all year as the bedding on ads for the NI Tourist Board. So no excuses now for not singing along.
16. Paddy Nash & The Happy Enchiladas – Barefoot In Verona
Formerly with one-time gonnabees The Screaming Bin Lids and The Whole Tribe Sings, ace songwriter Paddy Nash is now carving a reputation for himself in a new guise, leading the countrified Paddy Nash & The Happy Enchiladas. Featuring Diane Greer on vocals, the warm and lovely ‘Barefoot In Verona’ comes on like a novella you can whistle along to.
17. Captain Kennedy
Stretch That Penny
If The Big Pink had been situated in Belfast’s Holy Lands, Lurgan outfit Captain Kennedy (who take their name from a Neil Young song) would be the (mad)house band. Think this otherwise brilliant compilation is missing a Credit Crunch anthem? Hey Presto – here it is. And quite extraordinary it is too, a lovely slice of Americana that reeks of authenticity.
18. Henrietta Game – The Last Thing
Southern folkies and JD Set finalists, the two boys and two girls of Henrietta Game bring proceedings to a lovely, evocative, moody close with the string-drenched ‘The Last Thing’. It’s a fine way to end, capturing the potential of a wonderfully adventurous outfit in fine style.