LUCY SPRAGGAN announces Christmas Single ‘Drink ‘til We Go Home’ Out Dec 15th
For Lucy Spraggan, 2017 has been a year to remember. The singer-songwriter netted her fourth top 40 album and followed that success with more than 22,000 ticket sales across her UK and European tours.
I Hope You Don’t Mind Me Writing charted at number 12 in the Official Top 40 Album Chart on release in January. The album, the second under her own label – CTRL Records – was described as ‘a triumph’ by The Sun.
Now Lucy is back with the rousing Christmas single ‘Drink ‘til We Go Home’, sparking memories of great Christmas tracks from the Pogues and Slade complete with a catchy sing-along edge classic to Spraggan’s style. Lucy says, ‘I grew up on the music of Kirsty MacColl and wrote this song as an homage to her talent and vivacity.’
The single is out on December 15th, the same day Lucy performs to a sold out cave in the middle of rural Derbyshire. The one-off Christmas show at Peak Cavern in Castleton sold out in the first 24 hours.
The video for the single is out on December 1st. Lucy explained, ‘I basically got a bunch of friends into an empty pub, put a bit of cash behind the bar and left the cameras rolling.’
The results are perfect, with a video sure to get the country into the Christmas spirit on its release.
This Christmas, let’s drink ‘til we go home.
Key are a Groove Rock & Ambient Grunge outfit hailing from Brighton and Dublin. Comprising of brothers and a Brighton born frontman, KEY began when 2 guitarists crossed paths 5 years ago at Dublin’s School of Architecture. From a place of raw energy the evolution of the band now consist of 4 members.
At a time when fellow luminaries such as Fangclub and Otherkin are creating a soundwave for new age Grunge Rock, the band Key are carving out their own slice of the pie. Having been vigorously rriting and tracking original material in studio, the four piece are now ready to share their long anticipated upcoming EP titled ‘EP1’, which is available from Oct 27th 2017.
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GIG: The Underground Venue, Dublin Nov 9th Tickets €5.
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American singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell returns to Dublin with her band on Friday, November 10th to play an intimate show at The Sound House on Eden Quay.
After releasing five albums of critically acclaimed original songs, the reigning queen of the minor key is taking a moment to shake hands with the blues. Eilen Jewell’s new collection of twelve rare and bold blues and R&B covers adds to her potent mix of classic country, folk, and early rock ’n roll inspired original music. From the barrelhouse power of 1920’s Bessie Smith to the electrified sounds of 1960’s Betty James, blues music has always been a strong influence on the Boise, Idaho native.
On Down Hearted Blues (September, 2017 Signature Sounds Recordings) Eilen and her long-time road band (Jerry Miller, Shawn Supra, Jason Beek) rip through greasy versions of dark blues like Charles Sheffield’s “It’s Your Voodoo Working”, Willie Dixon’s “You Know My Love”, and Albert Washington’s “One of These Days”. The band also strips down the sound, trading in drums and electric instruments for washboards, mandolins, and banjos to cover songs like Memphis Minnie’s “Nothing in Rambling”, Bessie Smith’s “Down Hearted Blues”, and Moonshine Kate’s “Poor Girl’s Story”.
Check out Eilen’s new track “It’s Your Voodoo Working”.
Announces new Single:“Girls Like Us” Out Nov 10th 2017
Zali is an artist in a constant flux of creation and evolution through a combination of sounds, art and visual elements that leave a resounding and infectious effect on her audience and listeners. With influences such as fellow luminaries Mary J Blige, Amy Winehouse, Beyonce, Toni Braxton and Frank Ocean, ZALI possesses a powerful vocal range honed through years of vigorous vocal training to produce a sound reminiscent of old school R&B mixed with Pop-soul.
Striving to make listeners feel the story behind her music, and to share her world – ZALI is currently gearing up to release her brand new Single ‘Girls Like Us’, out November 10th 2017. For the past few months, she has immersed herself in her music in preparation to emerge as an artist to be reckoned with in the industry. With the release of her first single ‘Can’t stop’, the talented singer and songwriter was ready to begin a new journey to show and prove that she has exactly what it takes to be a star. The infectious tune has amassed over 100,000 streams worldwide on Spotify and is winning fans over at every chance. The production showcases ZALI’s distinct blend of soulful and upbeat sounds guaranteed to capture the hearts of it’s listeners. And with the anticipated release of her upcoming single ‘Girls Like Us’ ZALI is telling us SHE IS HERE!
After being dubbed as a rising star to watch following her intoxicating performance at the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) for Culture Night Ireland 2017, She was then invited to perform live at JOE.ie. Don’t miss a chance to see her live and in action pushing the limits to her performances and vocal abilities through her ever-changing art.
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Maria Doyle Kennedy announces the release date of self titled new album ‘Maria Doyle Kennedy’ out Nov 10th 2017.
Maria Doyle Kennedy has spent the past 5 years wandering the globe with her family preparing songs for the new album gigging constantly and filming cult TV show Orphan Black. The new album has just dropped over on spotify and gets it official release date across all digital platforms on Nov 10th 2017, on her own label Mermaid Records.
Maria has just collaborated with Feist & Jarvis Cocker on a video for the song *Century* from Feist’s new album. The project was a crazy mashup of Westside story and Thriller and featured Maria & Feist as dance-off gang leaders….
Maria writes and performs with husband Kieran Kennedy and along with the new album they have also completed their first short film *A Different Kind Of Day* written and directed by Maria, produced and scored by Kieran . They also raise 4 children together, although occasionally, when things are particularly frantic, they just throw packets of crisps at them.
The new album in Maria’s words:
Mostly the songs come from my efforts to explain the world to myself, a thing I sometimes find difficult or confusing . I don’t worry when I’m singing, more than that , I don’t think when I’m singing, I just sing. I trust the songs. They make things clearer for me.
Check out ‘Pride‘, released over the Summer from the album, which beckoned high acclaim from the likes of BBC radio and Rte:
SINGLE “Better Man” OUT 10th Nov
+ Irish Tour dates Announced:
18th Nov Whelans – BETTER MAN Single Launch
9th Dec Powerscourt Shopping Centre – Simon Community Charity Gig
29th Dec Vicar Street – Supporting Aslan
Penrose are a 5 piece band put together by Darragh Mc Grane. A solid Indie Pop band with catchy uplifting indie songs and anthems that have “attitude” and stick in your head, Penrose mix the pop sensibilities & harmonies of The Beatles / ELO, the snarling vocals of Richard Ashcroft (The Verve) and the rhythmic acoustic guitars of Oasis, Penrose are a truly powerful force…live and on record. The band mixes their 60’s and 90’s influences bringing them together and putting a modern feel and attitude to the music they create.
Their pedigree is quickly developing with the band supporting the likes of Aslan, Jack L, Damian Dempsey and Paddy Casey but to name a few on the vibrant Irish live scene. The line-up sees Caolan Fitzsimons (lead guitar), Mark Bolger (bass), Benji Hayes (Keys), Donal Bowens(Drums) and Darragh McGrane (lead vocals and rhythm guitar).
The band successfully unveiled their debut EP “Live for the Dream” which charted at NO.3 in the Irish charts to a sell-out house of fans & media at The Grand Social July 2015. The band then released there critically acclaimed single MELODY which charted at No. 10 in the Irish charts and was picked up by all Irish national radio stations such as Today FM, FM 104 and RTE, with TV appearances to on RTE’s TwoTube.
Having released 3 more singles SIGN ON, HARMONY and LETS GO OUT with a string of summer dates and sell out shows in the UK and Ireland Penrose were invited back to the UK by Alan Mc Gee (Creation records) to play gigs as part of the Musicians against Homelessness campaign taking place across the UK. The lads were then asked to support one of their main influences and heroes Aslan as part of the Made in Dublin Revisited gigs that took place in Vicar Street last Dec and have been invited back to support them again this year. With festivals such as Sea Sessions, Indiependence and Electric Picnic all having the band on their bills this year the lads are now in preparation for what will be their lead single BETTER MAN from the debut LP “STILL CLIMBING” which will be released sometime next Spring.
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From Venice Beach, to Las Vegas back to Dublin.
Time to play the game.
Hard work about to start paying off.
Entrepreneurial spirit is the backbone of every great hip-hop story. The Hip-Hop hall of fame is filled with names who started from nothing, tuned out the haters, aimed high and stepped outside their comfort zone. Vision and self belief are essential to making it in the rap game and Dublin’s own Ni Russells certainly has those attributes in spades.
A musician from a young age – Ni honed his innate melodic understanding over the course of an adolescence playing guitar and piano. As Ni entered into his twenties he became enamoured with the electronic music scene, got himself a copy of Ableton and never looked back. Following stints producing house music and playing DJ sets all over the city, Ni rekindled his fascination with the genre that dominated his teenage years – hip-hop.
It didn’t take long making beats for Ni to realise he had landed on something special. His tracks fuse the unique audio landscapes of 90s hip-hop with the stylistic hallmarks of modern chart hits. Ni, knowing the limitations of the domestic rap scene, set his sights on the bigtime. He collected his best tracks, packed a boombox, and hopped a flight straight to LA in search of collaborators.
Ni posted up on Los Angeles’ Venice beach, pressed play and cranked up the volume. It didn’t take long for Russell to find himself surrounded by up and coming local MCs, each one blown away by the accomplished, radio-ready tracks emanating from the Dubliner’s soundsystem. Ever the entrepreneur, Ni knew he had to keep moving. Boasting an address book stuffed with new industry and underground contacts – Russell upped sticks again and headed for Las Vegas. Ni knew he needed a special talent to do his work justice and it was only when he set up shop on the Vegas strip, once again inviting passers by to freestyle over his beats, that he encountered a talent to match his own – Las Vegas based rapper ChicagoJonesTheGod.
Ni and Jones both knew they had lightning in a bottle. Following a few impromptu recording sessions in Ni’s hotel room, the pair moved into the famous Palms Hotel recording studio. The results of these sessions included the infectious Daddy I Got U – the duo’s first single.
Ni’s time in American not only yielded a brace of brilliant tracks, but also hours of video footage detailing his travels. A documentary exploring Ni’s time in America is currently being edited and nearing completion, samples of this remarkable footage is currently available via Superheroes and Gangsters’ (Ni’s record label) Youtube profile.
Ni’s sounds have approachability and universality. The future holds bright things for Ni Russell and his cavalcade of collaborators.
OWEN DENVIR : SINGLE: ‘Jackhammer’ + Bonus track ‘Green Light’ OUT 3rd Nov 2017
“A songwriter of subtle complexity that belies his tender years” – Daily Mirror
“Lyrically and vocally expressive… Denvir’s classical background provides an intricately delicate musical scaffold” – State.ie
“Honest and personal song-craft, paired with beautiful vocals… This Northern star is rising fast” – Hot Press magazine
Belfast singer-songwriter & video maker Owen Denvir is excited to announce the release of his new single: ‘Jackhammer’ on Friday 3rd of November 2017 with bonus track ‘Green Light’. The two tracks showcase this vibrant Singer Songwriter’s panache and style of writing blissful pop songs taken from the everyday, such as breaking up and picking up the pieces by getting yourself back out there. Denvir’s vocals take centre-stage, making for a masterfully meditative tale of pain, solace, redemption and hope.
Take ‘Jackhammer’, which marks a move to a new country resulting in a break up, and ‘Green Light’ – the resulting anxious venture back into the world of dating via the popular app Tinder. “I was waiting for a reply from someone that I’d matched with: a ‘green light’ notification on my phone… and these two songs mark the yin and yang process of losing and finding love… I am a hopeful romantic”.
An avid video and mash-up maker, Owen caught the attention of Coldplay with his “Best Of” mash-up, performing a fusion of hits from their first 7 albums. His full series of split-screen multi-instrumental arrangements have surpassed 2,000,000 views across YouTube and Facebook
Owen’s Live Video EP “Motion Picture Soundtrack” – launched Feb ’17 to a sell-out show in The Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast – offered an original alternative to releasing new music, keeping with his signature “split-screen” style and one-man multi-instrumentalism. Coverage has come as widespread as Irish television spots on UTV Life and TV3’s 6 O’Clock Show, with features from ITV News, Independent.ie & Belfast Telegraph, and Irish radio stations Cool FM & BBC Radio Ulster.