BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page was last updated in December 2008We've left it here for reference.More information

1 August 2014
Accessibility help
Text only

BBC Homepage


Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!

Pic; Playlist

  on next : The Morning Programme

Oppenheimer, Trip Fontaine, The Jane Bradfords, Our Krypton Son.

By: Ros Blair


And so the revellers descend on Sandinos in Derry for Friday night’s live music extravaganza, courtesy of Stephen McCauley and the Electric Mainline team. What a party… This one is legendary.


Our Krypton Son, aka, Christopher McConaghyIt all begins inauspiciously enough. First to take to the stage is Our Krypton Son, aka, Christopher McConaghy, who proceeds to deliver a mesmerising set, rich in all the subtlety and beauty that only a genuine gift for song writing can provide. Both ‘Catalonian Love Song’ and ‘Sunlight In the Ashes’ take a rather unsuspecting audience by surprise, the former with its exquisitely constructed piano motif, both meditative and wistful, and the latter with its trumpet arrangement and vocal; the svelte tones of Mr McConaghy’s voice soaring across the room, winning over new fans by the second. Check out Our Krypton Son now, you won’t be disappointed.


The Jane BradfordsNext, The Jane Bradfords, and a little bit of sloganeering: ‘What Would Britney Do?’ inquires Deci’s T-shirt. Although not many could have predicted Britney’s recent head-shaving antics, one thing she is sure never to do is be in a band this good. Britney can’t claim a number 1 in the QBS alternative charts in the Qatar, y’know. The Jane Bradfords’ music has all the sincerity of New Order or The Cure, whilst still exploiting a genuinely infectious sense of unadulterated, indie-disco-going, Chuck-Taylor-wearing, snogging-in-the-corner, fun. These guys are performers, their onstage chemistry having reached that perfect balance of trust and spontaneity. They pull out all the stops for the anthemic ‘Fight Them All’ and it’s not long before they have the girls in the audience up and dancing. Naturally.


Kevin Nash  - Trip FontaineTrip Fontaine seriously rock. They are taking up a mantle of the Irish blues-rooted rock n’ roll of Them and are thus following in the footsteps of an illustrious lineage that thrives well on our little Isle. Besides Kevin Nash’s impressive voice, Trip Fontaine’s secret weapon is undoubtedly Rory McCarron’s (ex schtum) drumming. ‘Air Raid’ thunders forth like a rocket, leaving the floor of Sandinos littered with freshly dropped jaws. With their finely tuned melodic sensibilities and the sheer physical force of their playing, these guys prove their status as sonic heavyweights – catch them live as soon as you can, you’re in for a treat.


OppenheimerOppenheimer are surely the highlight of tonight’s show. Having cultivated an international reputation as Ireland’s most exciting and innovative pop band in years, this triumphant performance sees Rocky and Shaun doing what they do best, in front of an enthusiastic and frankly turbo-charged audience. The great Stephen McCauley is brought up onstage for a fabulous rendition of ‘Saturday Looks Bad To Me’, and when the band return for an encore of ‘Breakfast in NYC’, carnage ensues, pogoing leading to a hundred strong throng of sweaty, jubilant fans singing along to every word. Wish you were there? Don’t worry, we filmed the whole bloomin’ thing, and we’ll soon be bringing it to you, right here, on Electric Mainline.


Cream rises to the top – what a night.


Watch Oppenheimer do their thang...»


If you like Electric Mainline, you might also like:

Electric Mainline on Myspace

Across The Line

Rory McConnell on Radio 1

BBC Music


Listen Live Email the show
Listen Live

028 7126 6522

Listen Live

07786 200 931

Mark Patterson Facebook page - for anyone who wants to find out more about Mark's show.


Have your say on the BBC NI messageboard »



About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy