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Fundraising gigs’campaign for abortion rights (IE)

For those who do not live in Ireland, you may not know that still up to today abortion isn’t allowed under most circumstances. Women are discouraged to abort regardless of circumstances and must travel to UK or other EU countries if they want to abort.

The gigs took place last Friday 10th March 2017 at Sin é pub, Dublin 1 and were organised by Bitches Brew & F-Festival celebrating women in the arts:

http://www.ffestival.net/about-us/

The purpose of this night was to fund raise for the Repeal movement and bring awareness of the Irish law in terms of women’s abortion rights 🔥👍. To get a better understanding of what this law entails and follow the campaign on social media, check these leaflets 👇

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reasons to fight for women's abortion rights and repeal the eight amendment

If you are living in Ireland or are Irish living abroad, sign up for this petition requesting the law to be reviewed and giving women the rights to abort if they choose to 👊:

https://www.artistsrepealthe8th.com/sign

The event gathered four bands, mostly girls’ bands playing various music styles such as pop, blues, roots folk, rock, hard rock. I arrived a little late for the event and also left early, so I only recorded two bands but I will share with you some videos of the other two bands I missed. Bear in mind that the venue is very narrow in width, so I wasn’t always able to film from the best angle. Apologies for this ! For the YouTube videos I made, I have indicated underneath the respective bands’ Facebook fan pages if you’d like to follow them.

Which one you like most and why? Are you going to like any of their Facebook fan page(s)?

I will start to share with you a snippet I shared on my Instagram account:

And now full songs recorded or found on YouTube:

These are two Youtube videos I found of the other bands I have missed:

 

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Various music styles benefit concerts to end homelessness

I attended the ‘Home Sweet Home’ Benefit concerts on Friday 20th January 2017 at Sin é pub, Dublin 1 (Ireland) to raise funds for homeless people in Ireland.

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Apart from contributing to a wonderful cause, I enjoyed discovering new bands and singers-songwriters 🤓!

The event is organised over 2 nights: Friday 20th and Saturday 21st January 2017 and has a different line-up constituting of 4 bands and/or singers-songwriters for each night. So, if you haven’t been to the first session, it’s still time to catch up the second one ✌️😉!

You will find the eventbrite online ticket link directly in the event’s description or you may pay at the door!

https://www.facebook.com/events/162589350888333/

Now, here is the moment you’ve all been waiting for 🎊, the live videos I took at the event 👏💝🎉! Apologises for the format, I should have filmed in landscape mode! Also, I haven’t filmed the last folk band ‘The Eskies’ as I ran out of battery. I’m sorry for this inconvenience. You will find the Facebook fan page link for each band/singer in the description under each YouTube video. To view the description, click on the YouTube title to open the video in a new tab. Enjoy! Tell us what’s your favourite act amongst them and why! If you have filmed them, too, feel free to share the link in the ‘comment’ box!

 

 

 

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Prince: Sign o’the Times live concert and DJ set

I hope you have celebrated well new year’s eve 🍾🎉! I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year 2017 😘🍀🌟🎊!

new-year-2017For my part, I decided to celebrate new year’s eve a little bit in advance 😂! I went to this tribute to Prince with DJ Al Murphy playing lots of Prince’s tunes and then watched the live recording of his 1987 Sign o’ the Times tour on Friday 30th December 2016 at The Sugar Club, Dublin (Ireland).

You can find more information about it in this  event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/228456610900746/

Here are recordings in picture and audio of the DJ’s act.

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Now, I’d like to share with you some videos taken at the event. I would like to apologise if the last video’s soundtrack isn’t from Prince! I experienced few technical issues trying to publish a live YouTube video and it ended up recording the visuals without the sound 🤔😤!  So I picked a nice song in a similar style to add to the video 🙂😉. Anyway, I hope you will enjoy them!

 

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Sankofa Soul Contest Paris 2016 – Semi-final 2

Here is an event I had booked in advanced that I found advertised on Facebook. There were offering two options: dinner + live performances (25  Euros) or live performances alone (pre-sale for 10 Euros and at the door for 12 Euros). I took the first option and didn’t regret it as the ‘Petite Halle’ concert room was full and I would have otherwise kept standing for 4 hours!

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For those who would like to watch the soul singers’ final (10 singers selected from the two previous semi-finals), it will take place on Saturday 18th June at 8.30pm in the ‘New Morning’ concert place, 7 rue des petites écuries, 75010 Paris, France. There is no dinner option for the final but there are seats, so come early and pre-buy your ticket if  you want to sit! Tickets on pre-sale are for 14 Euro.

Now, here are pictures of the candidates singing at the contest’s semi-finals 2:

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Curious to hear how they sound? Here are few samples recorded of their performances (not necessarily the winners). Which one(s) do you like most? Comment!

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Now, want to know who were the semi-final’s winners? They are: Antonia, Sarah, Romina, Natan and Mel. For more information about them, check the ‘Les Candidats’ tab from the official website: http://sankofasoulcontest.com/

 

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‘Early House’ cover band live concert playing funk and soul

Thanks to the Dublin Event Guide, I heard about this amazing Irish live concert taking place at the Whelan’s, Dublin 2 (Ireland) on Saturday 16th April 2016. I didn’t regret attending it! Great musicians and singers. They played hits from famous singers such as James Brown, Amy Whinehouse, Doobie Brothers, Etta James, Sly and Family Stone, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner and so much more.

Here are two pictures from the band:

I hope you’ll enjoy as much as I did their performances. If you want to be updated on their next gig, check their Facebook  fan page here:

https://www.facebook.com/earlyhouseband/?fref=ts

There are 5 videos in total for this band, so don’t forget to view them all in my channel! Subscribe to have all newly uploaded videos appearing in your Youtube newsfeeds for FREE! The direct link to my channel is the following:

https://www.youtube.com/user/emelinej1/videos

 

 

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Saun and Starr (Daptone Records) live concert with Jesse John Heffernan

This is a concert to be remembered, such a honour to listen to these amazing voices and what a great accompaniment band! I actually didn’t initially know these female singers but was greatly impressed by their performance at Sugar Club, Dublin (Ireland) on Saturday 24th October 2015!

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If you would like to know more about them, please have a look at the event page dedicated to them:

https://www.facebook.com/events/661340914001508/

If you have missed this concert and want to catch them up at their next European tour date, check out their website:

http://www.saunandstarr.com/

Now, here are the videos you have been waiting for, which will give you a glimpse of what you can expect from their live concert! Do you have other information or tracks to share with us? If so, drop a message in the comment box!

 

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Duckstein Festival Hamburg Hafen City 2015

The summer has been filled so far with lots of open air festivals in Hamburg (Germany), even if the weather hasn’t always been perfect! I attended the duckstein festival at Madgeburg Harbour (in front of and next to the International Maritime Museum). As you may have already guessed, Duckstein, the main festival sponsor, is a brewery selling beers such as the Bavarian classic Hefeweiss, a Pilsner, Dunkel and Altbier.

The festival, due to its sponsor, was more adult-oriented (shows during the week took place only in the evenings) as you would probably be figuring out when visiting the festival website requesting if you are over 16 years of age (minimum age to drink beers in Germany) but some of the shows were also open to families, in particular the circus shows. Please find below few pictures of the festival (slideshow).

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I watched the wonderful and witty Big Daddy Wilson acoustic blues band with soul and gospel influences from Southern United States, which discovers his love for blues coming to Germany, where he has been awarded ‘Best Acoustic Artist’ in the Blues category in Germany. Later on, I had a good laugh watching the funny and interactive acrobatic Santos Circus street show coming all the way from Venezuela.

Enjoy the videos and for more information about the festival itself running in different cities of Germany this summer, check their website here: www.duckstein-festival.de

 

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‘Profound’ and ‘Hare Square’ bands’ live concerts (February 2015)

I recently won a pair of tickets to go and listen to new Irish-based bands at Sugar Club, Dublin 2 (Ireland) on Wednesday 11th February 2015. I had absolutely no expectations whatsoever as I didn’t know these bands. I only thought their music styles would probably be either hip hop or soul. But I truly enjoyed their live performances and wanted to share them with you! They also play/sing a good variety of music styles!

'Profound' band'Hare Squead' band

If you are interested in knowing more about them, please visit their Facebook fan page and/or website:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Profound/569027616473432?sk=info&tab=page_info

https://www.facebook.com/HareSquead/info?tab=page_info

http://www.haresquead.com/

Now, I let you enjoy their performances (1 video and 1 soundtrack) and let you leave your comments!

 

 

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‘Get on up’ biographical film about James Brown’s life

I have watched recently a brilliant film at the IMC Screen Cinema on Townsend street in Dublin about a chronicle of James Brown’s rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

The film lasts 2h30 but time flew! I consider it a must-see for all funk and soul fans! If you want to know more about the film, check out the following article written on wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Get_on_Up_%28film%29

james brown 'get on up' film

If you would like to watch a clip or the trailer, check this link: http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/universal/getonup/

Finally, you may enjoy listening to this track recorded during the credits at the end of the film:

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2014 in celebrity, entertainment, Film, funk, hip-hop, jazz, Music, soul

 

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Souljazz Orchestra 2014 live performance in Dublin, Ireland

Canada’s hardest-working combo, Souljazz Orchestra, have been perfecting their signature sound for over a dozen years now: a percussive explosion of Soul, Jazz, Afro, Latin and Caribbean rhythms, driven by majestic horn-drenched melodies, all backed by an arsenal of overheated primitive keyboards.

Souljazz Orchestra based in Canada

I have had the pleasure to attend  their live performance at the Sugar Club, Dublin 2, Ireland on Saturday 12th July 2014. Enjoy watching videos and mixed tape below!

 

 
 

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