Mongoose is a musical melty-pot, combining the vocals, instrument-playing and songwriting of four women – Molly O’Mahony, Ailbhe Dunne, Muireann Ní Cheannabháin and Cara Dunne. Body & Soul (for Cara) is the first single from Mongoose’s upcoming second album, ‘Suck the Wound’ scheduled for an early Summer release. The album was recorded in Herbert Place studios, produced and mixed by Alex Borwick, and mastered by Fergal Davis.
Their music has been constantly evolving since the release of their debut album in 2015. Owing to diverse writing styles and a broad range of influences, which invokes rich and dynamic soundscapes, fluctuating from delicate folk to soulful blues and hard-edged indie pop. The band are celebrated in particular for their tight vocal harmonies and riveting live performances.
Body & Soul (for Cara), named after the summer solstice festival and dedicated to the band’s keyboard player, is a song about friendship. A dreamy soundscape gives a sense of the magic and fun of a festival environment, with undercurrents of sensory overload – how such a place can be overwhelming for the more anxious among us. The act of sharing a rain jacket is at the core of this song, hand in hand with friendship, support, and love. This first single is both beautiful and unsettled, indicating common threads that will run through the album in its entirety.
‘Suck the Wound’ is a darker piece of work than the band’s first album ‘Mongoose’ (2015), both sonically and thematically. Exploring different sounds and textures, this album is prickly and hard to define. The genres of the songs vary widely, from rock, to a South American bolero, to jazz, to folk, all tied together by Mongoose’s tight four part vocal harmonies. As the title suggests, the album is one of struggle and healing. It will be launched in Whelan’s on 16 May, followed by an Irish tour.
There will be music, acts and experiences that you won’t get anywhere else. Why? Because KnockanStockan is more than just a festival: It is the best place to go to find New Music The setting: a breath-taking site overlooking the Blessington Lakes.
After great anticipation, KnockanStockan returns for 2019. With heavy emphasis on their ethos which is to support and… “Love New Music”, an impressive first line-up announcement set the bar high in Feb, and now we bring you the second line-up announcement.
A true representation of the high calibre of music in Ireland, an exceptionally eclectic line-up, a great mix of homegrown talent and international artists of critical acclaim fitting for all musical tastes:
Happyalone. | Jealous Of The Birds | Mango X MathMan | Ye Vagabonds | JyellowL | Joshua Burnside | Bicurious | Robocobra Quartet | Just Mustard | Kitt Philippa | The Eskies | Tebi Rex | Dead Label | Bats | No Spill Blood | The Wood | Burning Savages | Junior Brother | PowPig | The Pale | BAILER | Silverbacks | THUMPER | Wastefellow | Luka Palm | Galway Street Club | Rachael Boyd | Vernon Jane | Cherym | BOUTS | Kean Kavanagh | TPM | KNEECAP | Shookrah | Farah Elle | The Scratch | Tribal Dance | Post Punk Podge & The Technohippies | Hot Cops | Brién | Five To Two | Leila Jane | Dowry | Slouch | Words That Burn | Paddy Dennehy | Lemoncello | Elizabeth Moen | Niamh Regan | Acid Granny | Craic Boi Mental | Soft Boy DJs | Myles Manley | Shakalak | Jailbirds | I Am The Main Character | Captain Hotknives | Chief Keegan | 0phelia | Stevie Darragh | Trainman Blues | Rowan | Hatchlings | GavinDaVinci | Hazey Haze | Synk | Bannered Mare | October Fires | Le Pizza Galaxie | Moley O Súilleabháin | Ailie. | Nealo | Mankyy & Clerk 5 | Cooks But We’re Chefs | GRAMOPHONE DISCMAN – TRAD RAVE
A diverse musical line-up will be accompanied by additional treats for festival fans this year, featuring new collaborations, several international artists, spectacular new stage designs, new areas to explore, an array of art installations and endless performance art in many glorious forms. Each new addition to the festival will be a tasteful continuation to the KnockanStockan we know and love with additional features both complementing and elevating the festival’s remarkable reputation.
Carlsberg Unfiltered, the headline sponsor of KnockanStockan 2019 is back again, bigger and better this year, with a Danish inspired takeover. Carlsberg Unfiltered is inspired by Danish values of simplicity and connection with nature, and its name reflects how the lager is made. The brewers have removed the filtration process, which leaves more natural flavours and body in the lager and produces a premium, great tasting, cloudy pilsner with subtle floral and hop notes.
Carlsberg Unfiltered Stage
KnockanStockan are excited to have Carlsberg return this year to collaborate on an exciting venue space with a Danish twist. The Unfiltered stage is making a comeback where guests can sit and watch performance art, intimate collaborations, interviews, comedy by day and dance to some of Ireland’s finest DJ collectives play on a stage in the centre of the festivities.
The Carlsberg Danish Quarter
Sit back, relax and soak up the atmosphere the Danish Way. The main bar, the Danish Quarter hosted by Carlsberg, will overlook the main stage so you can enjoy a few pints whilst soaking in the festival atmosphere. Skål!
A much loved family friendly event, KnockanStockan is Ireland’s Premiere Small Festival which has earned the festival many awards throughout the years such as Best Line Up, Best Small Festival, Best Family Festival and Best Social Responsibility Award. The official Launch night will take place at Dublin’s newest Music Venues, Lost lane at 6.30pm on April 18th.
Not long after going on sale, Early Bird tickets to KS2019 have already sold out, a sure sign of excitement for the festival’s return:
‘THE ANSWER’ – Brand new single Out now via Gingerbread Man Records/ADA – LISTEN HERE
Pre-order Jamie’s fifth studio album ‘The Years In Between’ – HERE
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson returns with his brand new single The Answer, OUT NOW via Gingerbread Man Records/ADA. The first track taken from forthcoming studio album The Years In Between (out 29th March), it’s a rhythmic, truthful love song co-written with Ollie Green (Freya Ridings, Gavin James), and offers a perfect taste of what’s to come from Jamie in 2019. The track had its exclusive worldwide play on Ken Bruce’s BBC Radio 2 show this morning. Listen to The Answerhere and pre-order the album The Years In Betweenhere.
On the creation of The Answer, Jamie said: “I was on a train from somewhere to London listening to a lot of instrumental music when suddenly the idea for this track came to me. The lyrics started flowing and by the time I reached the studio where Ollie Green was, I’d written most of the song. As it progressed, what I thought might be a tender love song transformed into a fun, indie bop!”
Jamie’s fifth studio album, The Years In Between, will be released 29th March via Gingerbread Man Records/ADA. Written and recorded whilst supporting Ed Sheeran on a mammoth 46-date UK and EU stint (including four sold out nights at London’s Wembley Stadium), the album is Jamie’s most collaborative to date. Alongside Ollie Green, writing partners include Jamie Scott (Jess Glynne, Rudimental, Niall Horan), Natalie Hemby (Kacey Musgraves), Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello) and Matty Benbrook (Paolo Nutini, Lewis Capaldi). The recordings were brought together by GRAMMY Award-winning producer Ruadhri Cushnan (Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes) at Dublin’s Camden Recording Studios.
In his armoury, Jamie holds an international hit single, a Number One album, an Ivor Novello Award, 238 million combined digital streams, 28 million YouTube views, and a huge social media following. As the first signing to Ed Sheeran’s Gingerbread Man Records, his single ‘Wasn’t Expecting That’became a hit around the world, selling over a million copies worldwide.
This year will see Jamie release his fifth studio album, The Years In Between, before playing twenty shows across the UK & EU, stopping off at London’s O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on May 2nd. Fans can secure tickets here and pre-order the album here.
2019 looks set to be yet another incredibly exciting year for the singer-songwriter.
Sean & Conor Price’s new single STORM went Straight in at No.1 on iTunes chart upon its release beating the likes of :
and Ava Max
Today FM just hailed the track at their HOME GROWN HERO OF THE WEEK on The infamous DERMOT AND DAVE SHOW
You can listen to the track here on spotify and check it out all week over on TodayFm.com>>>
…also check out the new video for STORM here
After a successful 2018 Sean and Conor Price have plenty of new music to bring to their fans in 2019. They have been working extremely hard in studio and recording. And are now ready to cause a storm through the music scene.
They released their mini album ‘Dreamer’ in late 2019, which hit the charts and went straight in at #8 in the TOP 10 Irish National Charts. Sandwiched between the likes of George Ezra, Ed Sheeran and Dua Lipa, they were the only Independent act to get in the Top charts that week!
ON Friday Feb 8th, ‘STORM’ landed straight in at #1 on the iTunes Singles charts in good company with Lewis Capaldi, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris and Ava Max.
They have been working with producers and writers in London, Stockholm and Dublin. On the Single ‘Storm’, Sean and Conor have teamed up with Wild Youth band member Conor O’Donohoe to co-write the track.
“Storm is a youthful pop song about a girl who is exciting but you know she is bad news, just like a Storm”
Sean and Conor will also be very busy with their 13 date 2019 Tour starting in Kilkenny on February 26th. They will play the Olympia Theatre Dublin on June 29th.
23rd May – Whelan’s, Dublin (supporting Sarah Buckley)
15th June – Fealty’s, Bangor (acoustic show)
Sonja also releases:
Single : ‘GOODBYE’ March 1st and EP: ‘VIOLENT STRAWBERRY’ April 5th
Sonja Sleator has established herself as one of Northern Ireland’s most recognisable singer/songwriters. Her story driven songs are making her one to watch in the Irish music scene and have led to appearances on local radio, television and at festivals including Hard Working Class Heroes. Sonja has performed across the UK and Ireland, most notably in London’s On’t Sofa Sessions. Outside the UK, she has performed in Nashville, New Orleans and San Francisco, including an appearance on the famous Norm’s Rare Guitars YouTube channel.
Her EP, ADAMS, released in 2017, was described as “one of the best releases of the year” by Dublin 98FM’s John Barker. Lead single, Calla, received radio play on Dublin 98FM, Near FM Sessions, Downtown Radio and Q Radio.
In 2018, Sonja released Ghost, the first single off a new EP titled Violent Strawberry. It achieved airplay across three continents, and was used by festival organisers to promote her performance at Hard Working Class Heroes.
In 2019, Sonja will release her third EP, ‘Violent Strawberry’. The four track EP was recorded with multi-instrumentalist and producer Michael Mormecha at Milbank Studios in Lisburn.
The light have just announced the release date of their New single ‘Wild Atlantic Way’, out March 21st 2019
The Light features the powerful and passionate vocals of Irish singer Alec Noonan, while writer Clive Williams paints real life pictures of love, hope, compassion and truth that reveal the plight of everyday folk in the modern world through his songwriting.
In new Radio Single ‘Wild Atlantic Way’, not only does Clive capture the emotion of falling in love but one of the beautiful natural trails of the Wild Atlantic Way in Irelands West coast woven like a tapestry into the lyrics of the song.
..anyone who has been to the stunning West of Ireland, will vouch for its beauty and splendour, its charm and capacity to make you fall in love with its scenic advances.
This debut single from Clive and Alec, is Clive’s journey of an enticing story of how love drew him across the sea from England to Ireland to be with his beautiful partner on the romantic wild west coast of Ireland. An instant folk/pop classic it will soon be part of many a wedding and celebration.
There will be music, acts and experiences that you won’t get anywhere else.
Why? Because KnockanStockan is more than just a festival:
It is the best place to go to find New Music
The setting: a breath-taking site overlooking the Blessington Lakes.
After great anticipation, KnockanStockan returns for 2019. With heavy emphasis on their ethos which is to support and… “Love New Music”, an impressive first line-up announcement sets the bar high. A true representation of the high calibre of music in Ireland, this first announcement presents the beginning of an exceptionally eclectic line-up, a great mix of homegrown talent and international artists of critical acclaim fitting for all musical tastes:
Just Mustard | Bicurious | Joshua Burnside | Cherym | The Pale | BOUTS | Kitt Philippa | PowPig | Shookrah | Luka Palm | THUMPER | Dead Label | Silverbacks | Junior Brother | Farah Elle | The Scratch | Hot Cops | Paddy Dennehy | Soft Boy DJs | LemonCello | Words That Burn | KNEECAP | Cooks But We’re Chefs | TPM | Kean Kavanagh | Nealo | Rowan | Hatchlings | Post Punk Podge & The Technohippies | Mankyy & Clerk 5 | Ailie | GavinDaVinci | Hazey Haze | Synk
A diverse musical line-up will be accompanied by additional treats for festival fans this year, featuring new collaborations, several international artists, spectacular new stage designs, new areas to explore, an array of art installations and endless performance art in many glorious forms.
Each new addition to the festival will be a tasteful continuation to the KnockanStockan we know and love with additional features both complementing and elevating the festival’s remarkable reputation.
Carlsberg Unfiltered, the headline sponsor of KnockanStockan 2019, is back again, bigger and better this year, with a Danish inspired venue. Inspired by Danish values of simplicity and connection with nature, which works in harmony with the beautiful backdrop of KnockanStockan at the lakes of Blessington. Guests can sit and watch performance art, intimate collaborations, interviews, comedy by day and dance to some of Ireland’s finest DJ collectives play on a stage in the centre of the festivities.
A much loved family friendly event, KnockanStockan is Ireland’s Premiere Small Festival which has earned the festival many awards throughout the years such as Best Line Up, Best Small Festival, Best Family Festival and Best Social Responsibility Award.
Not long after going on sale, Early Bird tickets to KS2019 have already sold out, a sure sign of excitement for the festival’s return:
5-Piece Pop band Lavengro hailing from Derry City, Northern Ireland, announce the release of their -hotly tipped ‘best songs of 2019’- brand new single ‘Live For The Weekend’. With instant hooks that call for the repeat button, their new single is the follow up to commercially successful track ‘Think’ which was one of the most played Irish songs on Radio in 2018. 2FM hailed it as one of their most played Irish songs of 2018, iRadio & Today FM also made the boys their Homegrown Heroes & PlayIrish Artist of the week. It also stayed in the top 100 Irish Airplay Charts for 11 weeks, peaking at #25 and also made it onto the Irish iTunes Top 100 Charts, Spotify Viral 50 Ireland, Ireland Shazam Charts top 50 – to name a few! Their new single is punchier, catchier and will have the same effect: Press Repeat>>>> PLAY.
The childhood friends formed the group in 2015 all at the age of 18 with one ultimate goal in mind; to be one of the top bands to ever come out of Ireland. The boys make songs that are punchy, catchy and powerful. Songs that really hit you in the feels but also make you want to dance. After just 2 years, the band were slowly making their dream a reality with the success of their single, “Think”. 2019 marks an enterprising next step with the release of ‘Live For The Weekend’ penned for March 22nd.
Lavengro had a busy summer in 2018, selling out their own headline shows at Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland and The Nerve Centre, Derry while being invited to Irish radio stations across the country for interviews and to perform live at RTE2FMs famous Studio 8 Sessions. The lads are no strangers to big festival stages, performing on Main Stage at SunflowerFest, Electric Picnic & Sea Sessions as well as playing support to Hudson Taylor in their hometown in yet another sold out event.
An ode to the troubadours journey of creative expression and the trials and tribulations that follow.
‘Hope Will See Me Through’ – OUT March 8th 2019
She may be one of our most prolific artists, but Australian-based Irish singer Áine Tyrrell is showing no signs of letting up, on her special announcement of her new album ‘Return to the Sea’ (See here for album pr notes: http://wp.me/pfSbW-1vf) and single ‘Hope Will See Me Through’.
From the West Coast of Ireland hails one of Australia’s favourite adopted sisters, who readies herself to release her unwavering and purely honest second album, March 8th in Ireland, to accompany the release, a truly stunning, honest song…
Says Áine of her new single“What you see on social media or at gigs rarely reflects what independent artists are doing day in and day out. It is a massive battle to bring any piece of art into the noisy world we live in independently. What I have found helps, is those cups of tea with friends who are doing the same thing, the little messages here and there, or a little word of encouragement from a stranger along the way.
Another song writing friend had told me in one of these exchanges to hang on for good news through the ups and downs of it all and this little piece of advice, I always come back to. A little thought of hope and holding on is never far from my mind so it is quite natural “Hope Will See Me Through” would find its way out of me. It is one of those rare songs that came through as a little mantra and is in tact in the same way as it was at that time I needed to say it to myself.
Creative living is just a reflection of being human, so this little song has come in handy in more than just my career. This little light of hope in a song has helped me through the passing of a dear friend, motherhood, and homesickness. To be human is to need hope. I hope this song becomes a little hug to anyone going through something tough or for anyone trying to bring their creative thing out into the world too. We need you and your art”.
She may be one of our most prolific artists, but Australian-based Irish singer Áine Tyrrell is showing no signs of letting up, on her special announcement of her new album. From the West Coast of Ireland hails one of Australia’s favourite adopted sisters, who readies herself to release her unwavering and purely honest second album, ‘Return to the Sea’ on March 8th in Ireland.
‘Return to the Sea’ is a treasure-trove of contemporary narratives and musical sojourns with a solid respect for tradition, collectively fused with a passion for adventure and travelling to new lands, both real, and musical. In true Tyrrell style, recording her second album was anything but usual. In 2017 Tyrrell returned to her homeland of Ireland, to the places and the people that made her the woman she is today.
Harnessing the energy and emotion of her travels, Tyrrell joined forces with long-time producer Mark Stanley once again and explored lounge rooms, front bars, old churches, and remote islands across her Irish homeland recording and mastering in all of the nooks and crannies’ that would adapt to her portable recording studio. While recorded in Ireland, this 10-track album still carries the sand of Tyrrell’s adopted home as it was mastered and crowdfunded with one boot in the Australian red dirt.
‘Return to the Sea’ is a passionate journey as it draws from a number of styles and influences. Certainly, the traditional Irish folk is in her blood, but so too are elements of soul and rock ‘n’ roll, entwined within her lyrical testaments. Her unwavering passion for justice and integrity has led to her supporting current Women’s Rights and Indigenous Rights issues through performances, social media campaigning, song writing and public speaking engagements.
“‘Return to The Sea’ is about standing in power, owning your own skin and making sense of the shared responsibility we have as humans. The album embraces stories that have inspired me to do more than just sit and hope for change.” Said Tyrrell of the album.
“It is my call to arms. Many observations between Australia and Ireland are scattered through the tracks, but the one common thread is that together we rise in strength when one human experience can mirror and then shape our collective understanding and action.”
While the new music retains a connection with her traditional folk roots, it also finds Áine branching out – finding new sounds and a new way to tell her stories. Never one to shy away from spilling blood onto paper, her long time creative partner in crime, producer, Mark Stanley is at the production helms here, both a united force of nature on the album.
“Hope will see me Through’ is the lead single from the new album.