Posts Tagged ‘Paraphrase Accolade’

Universalgrassroots is delighted and honoured to have the exclusive on this very exciting bit of news. It is now official that the west of Ireand duo, Niall Conway from Easkey Co. Sligo and Conor Gaffney from Boyle Co. Roscommon, will be playing the Body and Soul stage at the annual music and arts festival in Stradbally Co. Laois.

After gaining much momentum playing successful gigs around the country such as at The Knockanstockan festival, The Liquid Lounge in Cork, and their album launch at Academy 2 (Photos here:, aswel as receiving radio play on 2fm, 2xfm, and phantom radio amongst others the duo have only being going forward and the announcement of a slot at The Electric Picnic rounds up a year of hard work and great gigs.

Their debut album Paraphrase Accolade (released at the start of summer) was really the catalyst for their sudden burst to life after becoming somewhat dormant a couple of years ago. The album has received rave reviews from many corners of the media world and has helped them gave many new fans near and far. Here’s a review from State Magazine:–-paraphrase-accolade/

A digital copy of their album can be got here:

A hard copy of the album in a sliky vinyl style case can also be bought from Tower Records for something under €10!


After much talk and anticipation amongst music blogs, a lot of hard work and a lot of organising the day finally came for the west of Ireland duo Nial Conway and Connor Gaffney of Nouveaunoise to offically launch their first album Paraphrase Accolade at the Academy 2 on Friday 2nd July.

The night was a huge success and the lads themselves said afterwards they couldn’t of have been happier with how it went. I’m not gonna try and write an objective account of the gig here as being the brother of one half of the duo leaves me in a pretty biased position but I will give you an audio and visual account with these videos and photos which will hopefully give some idea of why this promising band is so highly regarded already in Ireland.

Keep an ear on Dan Hegarty’s alternative music show Mondays to Thursdays 9pm-11pm on 2FM to catch some Nouveaunoise tunes or if around the Dublin area tune into Phantom FM. Or you could catch them at one of the following gigs;

9 Jul 2010 0:00
Trans Festival Belfast Belfast, .  
16 Jul 2010 22:00
Nouveaunoise Tour Kelly’s, Galway, ., IRELAND  
22 Jul 2010 18:00
Tower Records Tower Records Dublin, .  
23 Jul 2010 11:30
Knockanstockan Blessington Lakes, Wicklow, .!/nouveaunoise?ref=ts