Sean & Conor Price announce Irish Tour and new Single

Sean & Conor Price announce brand new Single: “Be Like You” Out April 27th + Irish Tour dates just announced!

 

Hailing from Co Wicklow, Ireland, Sean (18) & Conor (16) Price began their music career at the early ages of 13 and 11 and soon after with guitar and mic in hand, they started honing in their live performances by busking regularly in Dublin’s infamous Grafton Street. 

Quickly garnering widespread acclaim from their public performances and online music videos and ever growing fanbase, it was in June 2017 when they decided to audition for the X Factor in Edinburgh, Scotland. The busking brothers blew away the judges with their modern rendition of Jimi Hendricks version of “All Along The Watchtower”, complete with a funky rap installation truly making the song their own. After a huge applause, Simon Cowell told the duo: “This is probably one of the best auditions we’ve had. I’m going to say something to you guys – I don’t want to change a single thing from what I saw and heard today.” At Judges Houses in the South of Fance they sang Pink’s “What About Us” and were selected by their mentor Simon Cowell in the Groups category.

They made it to the quarter – final stage before being eliminated, thus finishing in 7th place. They were also part of the 14 Arena X Factor UK & Ireland tour this year. They embark on their own Headline tour called “Be Like You” on June 23rd (Gig listings below).

Citing their early influences as a mixed array of contemporary music, from pop to rap to alternative rock and some folk, they have been inspired by artists such as Eminem, Ed Sheeran, The Script along with Shawn Mendes and Dermot Kennedy. Fellow luminaries, Hudson Taylor also played a big role in influencing and sparking the bands interest in songwriting.

The single, “Be Like You” is out and available for download on April 27th. The single will be available for pre-release on April 18th on all digital platforms. It was recorded and produced in the legendary Windmill Lane Studios with producer Larry Hogan from Dublin Studio Hub.

Tour dates:

23rd     June   Limerick                    University Concert Hall

24th     June   Dublin                       Vicar Street

25TH      June   Dublin                       Vicar Street

28TH    June   Drogheda               TLT Theatre

30th     June   Castlebar                Royal Theatre

1st        July     Wexford                   National Opera House

6th       July     Killarney                   I.N.E.C.Killarney

10th     Aug    Derry                         Millennium Forum

11th     Aug    Belfast                        Ulster Hall

Online links:

Instagram:  @sean_and_conor_price_music

Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/SeanandConorPrice/

Twitter: @sean_conorprice

YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCuR9dpCWielxBkXMk-GQNpw

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Roisin El Cherif announces new Single ‘Half A Life’


Part Irish, part Palestinian, the Galway girl Roisin El Cherif has turned in stunning live performances across the country, solidifying claims that she is one of the most promising singer-songwriters to watch in the live circuit among her fellow luminaries. She has played the likes of Body&Soul and was selected out of 400 submissions to represent and play on the Unsigned Act stage at Sea Sessions. Other performances included Electric Picnic, Canalaphonic, Battle for the Lake – Achill and support for Ham Sandwich in the Roisin Dubh. She will be supporting The Stunning and Bedouine on their upcoming dates. (Listed below) 

Her warm voice and carefully calibrated songwriting captures the imagination and captivates the listener.  

During the making of her new EP, to be released in the Summer of 2018, Roisin was approached by a very impressed Ken Callait, producer of one of the most significant albums ever released, Fleetwood Mac: Rumours to attend ArtistMax – an LA based three day mentoring and songwriting workshop where she upgraded her songwriting style.  Citing influences such as Florence and the Machine, Stevie Nicks, Fever Ray and Tracy Chapman, her new single ‘Half A Life’ is a clear indication of her pop sensibilities.

Says Roisin of the new single ‘Half a life’:  “Half a life came from feeling very low about loving but not living. Sometimes you can give so much into a place, a person, a job, a feeling or whatever floats your boat; to realise you are only living half of what you could be. Then doubts of who you are and what you want take over. It’s something I’m learning. What you want and what is meant for you, don’t always align”.
 
‘Half A Life’ is out now on all digital platforms.

Upcoming dates: 
Supporting The Stunning in Dolan’s Limerick March 23rd 
Supporting BEDOUINE in Dublin’s Whelan’s May 9th.

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Eleanor McEvoy to release “The Harp That Once Through Tara’s Halls” March 23rd

Eleanor McEvoy is set to release a new single ‘The Harp That Once Through Tara’s Halls’ (Remix edit with Eleanor McEvoy & Ruadhri Cushnan) on March 23rd 2018.  The track is taken from the critically acclaimed album The Thomas Moore Project which was ‘Album of the week’ on Rte Radio 1, one of the most highly coveted accolades on Irish Radio.

Fresh back from her Australian tour, Eleanor McEvoy hits the boards running with an outrageous take of one of Thomas Moore’s most known songs her new single “The Harp That Once Through Tara’s Halls” which with it’s rattling infectious melody manages to tip a nod to The Pogues and Thin Lizzy. This is a new Radio Mix by remix guru Ruadhri Cushnan Eleanor McEvoy, embarks on the next phase of Naked Live (her new solo show) with dates in Ireland Holland and GB 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the first “A Woman’s Heart” Tour after Eleanor’s composition brought a title, a focus and a hit song to the first Irish album compilation of female contemporary artists.

 

The album not only went on to be the biggest selling Irish album in Irish history, it also provided massive empathy and hope to Irish women emerging from the dark repression of post war catholic Ireland.

 

Naked Music has been a strange journey. It started with a desire by Eleanor to record some of her most popular performance catalogue under the harsh light of ‘ a solo performance’ in a recording studio. The idea snowballed when British artist Chris Gollon heard the unreleased tapes and painted 22 paintings inspired by the songs on the album. When Eleanor responded to these paintings with a new song called “Gimme Some Wine”, Chris came back with a whole new exhibition of the same name, which ran in Monmouth, Wales for 12 weeks in March-May 2017. This creative relationship was most unusual in that it was about a male painter finding inspiration from inside a woman’s head. Sadly, Chris Gollon passed away suddenly in April 2017.

The continuation of the Naked Live tour also sees McEvoy performing some of the most requested songs from her catalogue, in particular, her song "Sophie" (which continues to be a positive reaching out point for a vast population troubled by anorexia) as well as songs from her recent venture The Thomas Moore Project.

When not touring, Eleanor plays an active role in cultural life in Ireland. In 2016 she was elevated to the board of Ireland’s National Concert Hall. This is in itself completes the unique circle in Eleanor’s musical life through classical music, traditional Irish music competitions, youth orchestras, choirs, music in Trinity College Dublin, violinist in Ireland’s National Symphony Orchestra before submitting to her prime desire to be a contemporary singer songwriter. Now a portrait of Eleanor by Ireland’s leading painter Robert Ballagh, is displayed in the National Concert Hall. In May 2017 she was elected as Chairman of IMRO the Irish Music Rights Organisation and is passionate about the rights of songwriters in this new digital age.

 

Eleanor, unlike most musicians, typically takes to the stage alone. She walks in a single pool of light, the stage is set with her instruments, she entrances the audience with her singing, talking anecdotes and playing, using her own songs and insightful interpretations of other writers. A brave journey, but a journey that has helped to bring her music to more and more distant audiences.

Eleanor’s upcoming gigs:
SAT 17 MAR – Uilenburger Sjoel, Nieuwe Uilenburgerstraat 91
Amsterdam, Holland
 
Dungannon, Co. Tyrone, UK
 
Conde Duque 9-11. 28015 MADRID
 
FRI 27 MAY- Coughlan’s Live 7 Douglas Street Cork, Ireland
 
see www.eleanormcevoy.com for more information. 

Scally set to release new Single “Get Ready For War”

Scally set to release new Single “Get Ready For War” out March 23rd

+ Gigs:

  • March 24th: Fibber Magees, Dublin
  • April 1st : The Stables @ Smiddy’s, Mullingar

Described by Hot Press as “Energy, balls and pure rock n’ roll” Scally writes and co produces all his own songs. Scally’s songs have been credited for being rooted in working class ideologies – unemployment, teenage pregnancies, drink and substance abuse and crime, whilst also critiquing wider social issues such as homelessness, sex & gender liberation, privatisation of the media and the refugee crisis.

Scally’s band – The Dirty Rats – decorate these messages with intricate licks and flicks, groove filled grandeur for a true rock n’ roll experience likened to Arctic Monkeys and Red Hot Chilli Peppers. Scally has also been gaining notoriety for his on stage antics with his penchant for balaclavas, megaphones, nakedness, whisky drinking and crowd surfing with many likening him to Anthony Kiedis and Iggy Pop.

After building a up kamikaze catalogue of hard and fast rock n’ roll tunes with his band for over two years Scally released his first single in April 2017 titled ‘The 7th Commandment’ which saw labelled as a “definite one to watch” having “both balls and brains” and a swagger deemed “inspiring”(Stuart Clark, HOT PRESS). Bringing ‘The 7th Commandment’ on tour has resulted in the Mullingar man supporting The Strypes, The Minutes, Wolff, New Valley Wolves, Sub Motion and CrowBlackChicken and Mik Pyro. Scally’s second single ‘Get Ready For War’ is released in March 23rd, with a second single to be released before the summer of 2018 with an Irish tour to follow.

QUOTES:

“More energy than a Duracell Bunny on speed…..everything you can imagine when you think of rock n’ roll” (Indie Buddie).

“Sure to blow the cobwebs from your mind” – John Loftus (8Radio).

“1970’s punk-rock throwback performance, anarchy on the stage, searing guitar riffs…a filthy animal. (Remy Music Blog).

“Best act of Friday night” [2016] at Electric Picnic (Hot Press)

“With his challenging themes and vibrant energy, Scally brings a welcome dash of colour” Will Faulkner (Midlands 103).

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ethanscallymusic/ 

Alan Bonner set to release new EP

 

Alan Bonner is set to release his brand new EP of piano ballads “Songs In The Key Of Sea” on April 6th with lead single Augustine.  

Recent years have seen Alan Bonner playing the bars of Berlin, tread the boards at Ronnie Scotts in London, top bills at music festivals in Italy, busk on street corners in Dublin and tour the USA.

In summer 2017 Bonner found himself in Galway on the west coast of Ireland making his fourth record Songs in the key of Sea – The Galway Bay EP.

Recorded in a house on the remote island of Connemara, the record explores themes of love, loss, hope and healing. It is a love letter to absent friends and lost lovers, Understated and heartfelt, resilient and hopeful.

Recorded without bells and whistles, with Piano and Bonner’s distinctive vocals taking centre stage. The EP also features collaborations with Galway based artists Pa Reidy and Tracy Bruen lending their talents to the record with Willow Sea as Producer. 

Bonner has also founded legendary music nights in Berlin at Laksmi & Alaska Bar, attracting musicians and performers from all corners of the globe. Prior to this, he has toured extensively across the UK, Ireland, Europe, Australia and the USA. He has received airplay on BBC6 Music and MTV Italy and appeared in Grazia, Gay Times, Attitude, Time Out London and RTE Ireland. Prior to Songs in the Key of Sea, he has released the albums Songs for the Heartshaped (2008) Balladeer (2012) and Night Music (2016) to favourable reviews.

2018 sees the release of the EP (April 6th) with an extensive European tour in support of the record to follow. 

TOUR dates:

6/4 – Dublin Workmans club (supporting dREA) 7/4  Limerick The Commercial ( (supporting dREA)

10/4 Limerick Charlie Malones

12/ 4 Galway Club De Burgos (supporting dREA)

13/4  Dingle Nellie Freds (supporting dREA)

More dates added soon. 

Social links:

Facebook  www.facebook.com/ALANBONNERMUSIC 

Instagram tag  @alanbonner 

Twitter  www.twitter.com/ALANBONNERMUSIC  @ALANBONNERMUSIC

www.alanbonnermusic.com

Pine The Pilcrow announce new EP + Single “Only Ghosts” out March 30th

PINE THE PILCROW
“ONLY GHOSTS” SINGLE OUT NOW
+ “ONLY GHOSTS” EP OUT MARCH 30TH

 
Since their formation a little over two years ago, Pine the Pilcrow have enjoyed a busy and warm reception to the Irish music scene. The Dublin based quartet of Kevin Murray, Hannah Ryan, Shay Sweeney and Robert Campbell create original and imaginative music by combining folk, classical and traditional influences with gruff and angelic vocal harmonies.
 
The release of their self-titled debut E.P. in March 2016 saw them nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2016 Pure M awards, winning The Last Mixed Tape’s ‘Readers EP of the Year’ award and nominated for Best Song at the IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition for their ambient and emotive ballad ‘Don’t Need Me’.
 
The rest of an exciting year for the band featured performances at the Ruby Sessions, Connolly’s of Leap, Whelan’s and slots at Irish summer festivals including the main stage in the Body & Soul area at Electric Picnic, Body and Soul Festival, Arcadian Fields and Vantastival. The band sold out their first headline performance at the Civic Theatre in Tallaght and added support slots with Joe Chester at the Unitarian Church and John Spillane, to the growing list of impressive live shows.
 
With 2018, Pine the Pilcrow are releasing their second E.P. ( Only Ghosts) and continue to build upon their incredible debut year.
Working with acclaimed photographer and film maker Donal Moloney to create a beautiful and haunting video for the single ‘Only Ghosts’ and having a work with legendary songwriter Brendan Graham in the works 2018 looks like it will be one to remember for Pine ¶he Pilcrow! Allow this band, born with a sound all of their own, to sweep you away with delicate harmonies and heartfelt songs.
 
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THE 4 OF US announce new single and Irish tour dates

The 4 Of Us

Single: “Birds Eye View” Out March 30th 2018

From the critically acclaimed album “Sugar Island”

The 4 Of Us have been a steadfast part of Irish music history for over a quarter of a century. Formed and fronted by Newry-born brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy, they have developed a unique musical identity, which has produced original and award- winning recordings, as well as a large and loyal fan base. To date, they have notched up an enviable catalogue of timeless songs, including six top 20 Irish charting albums. Their music has also been featured extensively on American, UK, and Irish TV soundtracks.

The 4 Of Us shot to early fame towards the end of 1989 with their debut Songs for the Tempted, which featured the massive hits Mary and Drag My Bad Name Down. The follow up Man Alive made Q magazine’s prestigious Top 50 Albums of 1992 and included the UK Top 30 song She Hits Me.

‘Sugar Island’, is their most recent album which was released to critical acclaim in November 2016. Lyrically, the album explores the brothers’ early years growing up in Northern Ireland; musically, it focuses on the trademark interplay of their acoustic guitars. As singer Brendan recalls: ’It was a dark time for sure, but as kids we still managed to have a lot of fun. Everyone who lived through that time has their own stories to tell; we thought we’d share some of ours.’

Sugar Island features 12 songs. It is arguably their most biographical album, including tracks reflecting on the brothers’ childhood, growing up in a border town during the height of the troubles in Northern Ireland. The latest single ‘Birds Eye View’ is out March 30th 2018 and is celebrated with a full Nationwide tour starting in late Feb. Tour dates below.

For more info + social media links go to: http://the4ofus.com/

TOUR DATES:
Sat 24 February ISLAND ARTS CENTRE, Lisburn
Sat 3 March ROE VALLEY ARTS CENTRE, Limavady, Co. Derry

Fri 9 March DUNAMAISE ARTS CENTRE, Portlaoise

Sat 10 March WEXFORD ARTS CENTRE, Wexford
Thurs 15 March KENNY’S BAR, Lahinch, Co. Clare
Sat 24 March CROC AN ÓIR, Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary
Sat 31 March PURTY KITCHEN, Monkstown, Co. Dublin
Fri 6 April THE AMERICAN BAR, Belfast
Sat 7 April THE MILFORD ROOM, Carlow
Sat 14 April ÍONTAS THEATRE, Castleblayney,  Co. Monaghan
Sat 12 May DOWN ARTS CENTRE, Downpatrick, Co. Down
Fri 18 May THE PILLAR HOUSE, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
Sat 19 May ARDHOWEN THEATRE, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh
Fri 25 May COURTYARD THEATRE, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim

Simon James to release new single Single “Simple Terms” March 2nd 2018

Simon James

Single “Simple Terms” OUT March 2nd 2018

Simon James is an Irish musician, actor and dancer. He was introduced to the world of acting at the young age of six when he played ‘Cathal’ Veronica Guerin’s son in the film of the same name. His introduction to the acting world was undoubtedly thrilling as he acted alongside Oscar winners Cate Blanchett and Brenda Fricker. Colin Farrell also starred in the film. The film which was released in 2002 received rave reviews. 2002 proved a successful year as he also landed a part in Ireland’s now famous soap ‘Fair City’, where he played the character Oisín Brennan for five years. Simon also landed the part of Christian Kelly in a short film written by Irish writer Roddy Doyle. The film highlights the vulgarness of bullying and racism in contemporary Ireland. The film went on to be a critical success and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Film in 2009. In June 2010, Simon worked on another short film called ‘Penticost’ which went on to win Best Short Film at the Cork Film Festival in October 2010 and was also nominated for an Oscar.

From a tender age, it was apparent that Simon had a huge interest in music and at five years of age he enrolled in the Billie Barry Stage School. Learned not only tap dancing, jazz dancing but singing also. Through joining the Billy Barry School, Simon participated in a variety of stage performances which have included 3 gaiety pantomimes and the schools own productions of ‘Rhythm in our shoes’ (2005) and ‘Moving Right Along’ (2008). He has also taken part in performances of the ‘Hallelujah Concerts’ in the RDS and Concert Hall during 2009/2010. At age eleven he decided to join a Hip Hop and Break dancing school ‘Fit Kids Fit Teens’. In 2008, he went on to join a Hip Hop crew called the ‘Hood Rats’ and represented Ireland in the World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas.

While he had been involved in dancing and acting, a musical career was also beckoning. Simon began practicing music at aged eight when he started not only keyboard lessons but the piano also. After years of watching his Dad sing and play guitar, he thought it was about time he also taught himself how to play. Soon he began to pick up more instruments, learning to play them by ear which now include guitar,piano,drums,ukulele,the cajon and the bodhran.

In 2010, Simon entered a competition called the ‘Coca Cola School Stars’ in the TLT in Drogheda with nothing to lose, but little did he know that this very competition would be the beginning of his musical career. After going through a series of auditions and stages in the competition, he eventually made it to the grand finale. Here, he performed his first original song. As a result of taking part in this competition, many doors and opportunities were opened for Simon, and so he has gone on to support such acts as Rocstrong, District 3(X Factor finalists 2012),The High Kings, Keywest , Stewart Agnew, Sinead McNally and Ryan Sheridan. He also supported Jedward in an outdoor concert in Dundalk to a crowd of nearly 4,000 people. His debut EP ‘Back To When’ was released in May 2017 which was produced by Philip Magee. Philip has worked with a number of established acts but most notably Kodaline, The Blizzards and The Script. The EP is available to stream and download on all platforms. His new single “Simple Terms” is out March 2nd 2018 and showcases Simon’s versatility and talent as a songwriter and performer.

You can view a short documentary on Simon’s story up until now titled “The harder you work the luckier you get” This is Just the Beginning:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieRQ5dD15UE

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/SimonJamesOfficial

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IAMX to release album ‘Alive in New Light’ on February 02, 2018

IAMX to release Intense New Electronic Rock Album,

‘Alive in New Light’ out on February 02, 2018

‘Stardust’ Single out Feb 23rd

Cinematic LP Features Kat Von D, Plus Erotic Merchandising and How to Get Away with Murder soundtrack syncing

Emerging from an intense depression that fuelled his last two albums, Chris Corner AKA IAMX releases his newest LP Alive In New Light (AINL) on February 02, 2018. A cinematic celebration of breaking free from demons that have long plagued him, AINL captures the giddy phase of metamorphosis, when you are no longer what you were but not yet fully what you are becoming. The album is both a ‘thank you’ to fans and an invitation to the next phase in IAMX’s intoxicating journey of self-discovery. Appearing on four tracks and along for the experience is postmodern tattoo and makeup powerhouse, kindred spirit, and superfan, Kat Von D. The AINL celebration also features a line of erotic merchandise inspired by the album artwork designed by Ryan Clark for Invisible Creature. Among its searing track list, AINL features “Mile Deep Hollow,” which was previewed on How To Get Away With Murder, the fifteenth IAMX track to be synced on ABC TV’s blockbuster.

Recorded, performed, and mixed by Corner in the California desert, in a trailer facing a mountain, “far from the Joshua Tree hippies,” AINL features nine walloping songs that put a majestic spin on alternative electronica thanks to Corner’s powerful vocals and larger than life production. “The desert is white noise,” Chris explains. “You can lose yourself in the details of producing, mixing; it’s just silence.” “Stardust” opens the album with a galloping groove reminiscent of Depeche Mode’s “Personal Jesus”. The title track follows with an almost operatic meditation on rising from the ashes. The staccato rhythm on “Break the Chain” heightens the urgency in Corner’s soaring, plaintive lyrics and vocals. “Body Politics” works a sleazy electro funk groove with a Nine Inch Nails-like fervour. “It’s about trying to consume the club, losing yourself in rhythm and pagan, primordial elements, release without a deep message,” Chris explains. “Exit” echoes Bjork’s cubist balladry with a pulsating beat. “Stalker” transports the listener to an exotic, seductive, and mysterious parallel plane where love and obsession blur. “Big Man” contemplates our current dismal politics with a creepy circus-like soundscape that would be at home in a Tim Burton movie. “Mile Deep Hollow,” despite its dark and ominous tones, is an expression of gratitude. “The Power and the Glory,” a reference to the Lord’s Prayer, closes the album, burying the past and seeding hope for the future.

Reflecting on working with Chris, Kat says, “We could easily swap closets and makeup drawers and no one would be able to tell the difference. We both create, not because we want to, but because we HAVE to.” Chris agrees, referring to the creative process as both torturous and liberating. “This album is about connecting, and it’s a pain in the ass to do it through an album. Each time I do this, I feel exhausted but it’s an impulse I can’t stop. If you write your pain out, there’s a venting. Happiness is a skill. I’m happiest activating skills that keep you balanced.”

Transformation at its core is chaos, but it can also be cathartic, theatrical, and transcendent. On Alive in New Light (AINL), IAMX explores the complexities of mutation through sound, visual art, makeup, and intimate merchandise with the unflinching ferocity fans have come to expect and newcomers are certain to be seduced by. Both can experience IAMX in his theatrical glory when he embarks on his European tour in February and March, and US & Canadian dates for April and May which will be announced soon.

Track listing:

  1. Stardust
  2. Alive In New Light
  3. Break The Chain
  4. Body Politics
  5. Exit
  6. Stalker
  7. Big Man
  8. Mile Deep Hollow
  9. The Power And The Glory

Online:

www.IAMXmusic.com

www.facebook.com/IAMXofficial

https://twitter.com/IAMX

www.youtube.com/user/IAMX

www.instagram.com/IAMX

https://vk.com/IAMX