The Bonk & Fixity Tour Dates Announced

The Bonk & Fixity Tour Dates Announced

Improv psych-pop outfit The Bonk joined on the road by experimental improvisers Fixity.

THE BONK are marking the October release of their debut album The Bonk Seems To Be A Verb with a string of live dates, inviting Cork’s Fixity to co-headline on the last leg of the tour.


The Bonk perform compositions by Philip Christie (O Emperor) that mix ’60s garage, jazz and experimental pop influences with recursive rhythms and improvised melodies, all rendered in loose, minimalist song forms.  The group launched their debut single Ancestor at Quarter Block Party 2016 in Cork; two further online releases followed. Cipher, their third single to date, was released in April 2017, when the band undertook their first comprehensive tour.



The Bonk Seems To Be A Verb will be available as a limited edition cassette release on thirtythree-45 from October 6th 2017.

“Unkempt feral rock music at its best, The Bonk’s debut makes a lasting impression and alludes to a new act on the scene making music on their own terms, uninterested in convention or the mainstream, and that is something to get excited about.” - The Last Mixed Tape



The music of FIXITY is composed by Dan Walsh and explored in collective improvisation with others, the music is driven by their involvement in time and the beautiful impossibility of stillness or repetition within it. The collective’s self-produced releases include Live In What Used To Be A Church, recorded in St Luke’s Church in Cork City. Their recent album The Things In The Room was recorded in Tambourine Studios, Malmö, and was released on the Cork-based label Penske Recordings as a double LP and CD in late 2016. An Irish tour followed in June 2017. The band personnel included Walsh, regular collaborator Emil Nerstrand, Carolyn Goodwin (Clang Sayne), Philip Christie (The Bonk/O Emperor), Kevin Terry (Sky, Horse & Death/Altered Hours) and Neil O'Loclainn (Ensemble Eiru/Cuar).

“We often think of the encounter of the mythical rhythm of Can or closer to us of Aluk Todolo with an inspired Archie Shepp. Their mix of Jazz and Kraut Rock is a total success. The musicians never pour into exuberance, tempering their interventions at the service of incandescent passages” –

These autumn dates will feature new music which will be released later in the year.




Sept 29th    Thomas House, Dublin (Supporting CAT PALACE and STRENGTH NIA)

Oct 7th    The Living Room, Drogheda (Cassette Launch)  10pm 10e

Oct 12th    Bennigan’s, Derry (w/ COMRADE HAT) £8

Oct 14th    Top of The Town, Omagh £8

Oct 26th     The Sky and The Ground, Wexford (w/FIXITY)    8pm, 10e

Oct 27th    Bello Bar, Dublin (w/FIXITY)    8pm, 10e

Oct 28th    Rogue Gallery, Waterford (w/FIXITY)    8pm, 10e

Oct 29th    The Roundy, Cork (w/FIXITY)        10pm, 12e





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Merakindie Presents: Clang Sayne Autumn Tour

Merakindie is very proud to present an 8-date Clang Sayne tour around the country later this month, during which they will hijack the ears of all and sundry with renditions from their March album release, 'The Round Soul of the World'.

Clang Sayne was formed by Laura Hyland in London in 2008 to fuse myriad influences spanning folk song, sound art and literature into a soundworld she describes as 'songscape'. Reviewers have dubbed it an "an uncategorizable approach to songcraft" and "exhilarating in its refusal to conform".

Currently based in Ireland, the group features Laura on voice and guitar, Judith Ring on voice and cello, Matthew Jacobson on drums and voice, and Carolyn Goodwin on bass clarinet and voice. 

They independently released their new album, 'The Round Soul of the World' in March 2017. A live version of the song 'Blackbird' from the album can be found here.


Wednesday 27th: Opening of Ergodos' new season of Santa Rita Concerts at The Little Museum of Dublin
Thursday 28th: The Sofa Sessions at Billy Byrnes in Kilkenny on Thurs 28th, followed by HWCH in Dublin again on Friday 29th.
Saturday 30th: Alice's Restaurant (Laura Hyland solo set).

Thursday 5th: Moving On Music's Jam Jar series at The Black Box, Belfast
Friday 6th: The Happy Pear Cafe, Greystones Tickets -
Saturday 7th: The Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms, Waterford
Sunday 8th: Wexford Arts Centre featuring recent collaboration with the incredibly talented David Begley Artist. David has made a series of seven prints in response to the seven pieces on CS album. You can check out his work at . The prints will be exhibited alongside the lyrics from each of the songs, and will be projected lifesize behind as they play.

"[Winterlands] revealed the spellbinding poetic lyricism of Hyland’s songwriting, together with the group’s innate ability to channel their diverse influences (jazz, folk, sound art, traditional) into their own distinct sound. Their captivating sound and thrilling lyricism continue to expand and flourish on the band’s follow-up, “The Round Soul Of The World”. Released in March of this year, the group’s second album is a stunning achievement in distilling myriad themes (chiefly those of mortality, death and love) in such a quietly breathtaking and poignantly moving way. "

Fractured Air interview.
Read full interview here:

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3 Will Tour In The News

Golden Plec:


Emma caught up with Paul Byrne of Greystone's Guide to discuss bringing music to The Happy Pear in Wicklow, full interview here

Merakindie presents: 3 Will Tour


Merakindie is delighted to present 3 Will Tour - Three singles, Three aritsts, an innovative Irish tour

Merakindie is very proud to present: 3 Will Tour, a collaborative Irish tour

Paula Cox MusicPaul Creane and The Man Whom will be sharing a stage and playing on each other's tracks, promoting their three singles 'Let's Play A Game', 'I Need You Here To Love Me' and "Four Hurdles' respectively.

We are touring in very special venues across Ireland, some well known for hosting music events, others being a first time ever hosting live music. All sharing the same attitude as the artists - inspiring collaboration and community.

We're very excited for this one and hope you will come enjoy the magic with us.

Paula Cox is a highly-rated vocalist and songwriter. An early starter, she was lead singer in The Bush, The Tree & Me when only 14. Signed to Epic in 2000, they recorded their first album with producer Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur). Following her move to Ireland she has performed and recorded with Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Cathey Davey and The Frames. Her solo album, to be released in 2017, will be mixed by Cenzo Townsend (Florence And The Machine, Snow Patrol). Its stunning lead track ‘Let's Play A Game’ is out now.

Paul Creane is a songwriter from Wexford. He has released two albums to critical acclaim with The Changing Band, Tommy Black & the Twelve Days of Lucy and The Clock, and has toured worldwide for the last decade. His new single ‘I Need You Here To Love Me’ features in the movie Staid, upon which he had a leading role. His first solo album 'One Trick Blue' will be released later this year.

The Man Whom, aka Ian Doyle, is a singer-songwriter, producer/composer and multi-instrumentalist from Wexford. In 2011 Doyle released his debut album The Greatest Event, described by Sunday Times as “a slick production with accomplished musicians, elaborate scores and scrupulous string arrangements”. His single ‘Four Hurdles’ is from his forthcoming album 'The Dancer From The Dance' which was recorded in New York, which will be released in May this year.