CLARE O’RIORDAN set to RELEASE CHARITY SINGLE ‘ON THE STREETS’ FOR CORK SIMON COMMUNITY

On Friday 9th of November, Cork singer-songwriter Clare O’Riordan will digitally release her charity single ‘On The Streets’ across all digital platforms for Cork Simon Community. There will also be a launch gig to follow, on Saturday the 24th November at 9.30pm in An Spailpín Fánach, Cork City.  All proceeds from the sale of the digital downloads and from the fundraiser gig will go directly to Cork Simon Community.

The song ‘On the Streets’ forms part of a collection of Clare’s dramatic new music she recorded in the States with producer Jon Evans of Brick Hill Studios, Orleans, Massachusetts, USA. Described by Clare as a meditation on homelessness, the song is conversely uplifting as it reflects on the value of human dignity and advocates empathy for those who suffer amongst us on our streets. With a soaring vocal, reminiscent at times of Janis Joplin, Clare gives a powerful voice to the unspoken thoughts and feelings a homeless person may have. “My world is breaking is the love you are making not going to save a soul like me / I lying here shaking in the time you’re not taking and so our world will be, hiding empathy” (Lyrics, ‘On the Streets’).

Speaking about her new single Clare said: I’m delighted to be able to help Cork Simon Community raise funds for homelessness in Cork and hope that my song ‘On the Streets’ will further enhance more awareness of this pressing issue. I was inspired to write this song after I saw an elderly homeless man on the streets of Cork city. His image and vulnerability stayed with me and as I wondered about his life story and what he might say this song came to me.”

Following Clare’s 2014 “exquisite debut Shelter” (Colm O’Hare, Hot Press) Clare is set to release her new album Outside early next year which will include the single ‘On the Streets’. Speaking about her new music, Clare said: “Capturing the energy and passion of a live performance and broadening my musical sound was central to my approach. Like ‘On the Streets’ the songs can be haunting yet joyous, intense yet playful, passionate yet sensuous. They are songs that examine the polar opposites of life with cinematic clarity and beauty.”

‘On The Streets’ the new charity single release is available in digital format from iTunes, CD Baby, and Amazon and from her website store clareoriordan.com from Friday the 9th of November 2018.

Web: www.clareoriordan.com          

Fb: clareoriordanmusic                       

T: @clareoriordan1

 

Eleanor McEvoy announces her new single “Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms”

Eleanor McEvoy announces her new single “Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms” from her album ‘The Thomas Moore Project’,   to be released Oct 26th 2018.

Gigs: 

*Saturday. 20 October Nenagh Arts Centre, Banba Square, Nenagh,  Tipperary

*Saturday 27 October Tradition Now ‘Freedom doesn’t Fall from the Sky. In association with Fair Plé. National Concert Hall,  Dublin

THE THOMAS MOORE PROJECT

Produced and arranged by McEvoy, who is best known for her songs ‘Sophie’ and the Irish standard ‘Only A Woman’s Heart’, The Thomas Moore Project pays more than homage to this most celebrated 18/19th century Irish poet, singer, songwriter and entertainer (a most colourful Georgian character infamous for being a party to the burning of Lord Byron’s memoirs after his death).

Eleanor said, “The Thomas Moore Project is the first significant step in my long journey to discover the wonderful songs and extraordinary life of Thomas Moore. I’m not sure when I began my intriguing quest but I do remember singing Thomas Moore songs in a choir when I was around nine years of age.

“My fascination is not just with his music but also with his own place in history in a fantastic artistic period with contrasting a social and political upheaval in Europe and Ireland. My journey continues. I hope you will enjoy this and join me. My approach is maybe different; I needed to go further than just pay homage, so my arrangements for this choice of eleven songs are, I think, contemporary.” 

Eleanor performs vocals, guitars, strings and keyboards on the album and recruited Damon Butcher from The Beautiful South on keyboards, Eamonn Nolan from The RTE Concert Orchestra on flugelhorn, Eoghan O ‘Neill from Moving Hearts, Chris Rea and Riverdance on bass and Guy Rickerby from Riverdance, Duke Special and The RTE Concert Orchestra on drums and percussion. The musicianship on the album echoes throughout every verse and chorus along with McEvoy’s rich, lilting voice and beautiful playing. 

Now based in Wexford, Dublin-born McEvoy’s career originally started as a session musician, which included a long stint with The Irish National Symphony Orchestra and with The Mary Black Band McEvoy decided to develop her own career, and quickly had the title track on The Woman’s Heart compilation and a U.S. record deal with Geffen Records.

McEvoy was soon touring the world to promote her eponymous debut album for Geffen, which went on to sell 250,000 copies. At the same time, ‘A Woman’s Heart’ entered the Irish charts, selling over 750,000 copies – and remains one of Ireland’s biggest selling albums of all-time. These successes established McEvoy as one of Ireland’s biggest stars, launching a career that has since seen her release twelve studio albums and tour the world. 

Described by BBC Radio 2 as “one of the few artists who can do no wrong whatsoever”, McEvoy has been on the road for two years with her show ‘Naked…Live’ and this year has gone from being a long-time board member of IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation) to being its Chairman.

www.eleanormecvoy.com 

Lasairfhíona de Brún to release magical music video and song ‘Fan Liom’ on Nov 30th

Lasairfhíona de Brún (pronounced loss-or-ee-ona, the fh is silent) announces the release of ‘Fan Liom’ (Meaning ‘Stay with me’) which is an Irish song about finding love and staying together. Release date Nov 30th 2018 . The piece was written as an Irish entry to the Eurovision and came 2nd place to represent Ireland. The piece of music was then commissioned and produced by Sean de Brún to be adapted into a short film/music video. The song was recorded with Cork Youth Orchestra. A short film / music video featuring Lasairfhíona singing this song, was produced by Dog Day Media.

14 year old Lasairfhíona is a multifaceted actress, performer and musician. She plays violin and guitar. She performed in The Cork Opera House, playing the lead role of Annie in the professional production of Annie in 2017. She sang solo with Cork Youth Orchestra in their Christmas Concert, in City Hall Cork where she sang “The Snowman” and “Fan Liom” in 3 sold out concerts. She also performed in The Royal Albert Hall. 

‘Fan Liom’ , is Lasairfhíona’s first official music release. The music was written by Malcolm Urquhart,  who is a popular musician in Cork and who appeared on The Voice of Ireland. Lasairfhíona wanted it to be about lost love but also resilience. She writes her own songs in both English and Irish as she is fluent in Gaeilge.

‘Fan Liom’ Can be viewed HERE.

Ivan Nicolas announces new single ‘My Heart Lives’

IVAN NICOLAS

‘My Heart Lives” OUT Oct 26th

Irish Singer-songwriter Ivan Nicolas started out as a drummer in a blues band and then progressed to guitar and piano, cutting his teeth with his mentor Philip Donnelly. Philip was a session musician for Johnny Cash and was a frequent luminary with Johnny Cash, The Everly Brothers, John Prine, Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, Townes Van Zandt, Donovan, and many others on the Nashville circuit and also wrote songs for John Prine. During Ivan’s time touring with Philip and being mentored by him, he learned the craft of performance and what it was to write something real and something special.

After honing his craft, Ivan decided to move to Kerry to live on the side of a mountain for a year in solitude working on writing his debut album. Living with such open space around him helped sculpt his personal process of loss and love on many levels, drawing from personal experiences such as the loss of a friend and intimate trials and tribulations of human relationships.

The album was recorded with acclaimed producer Dani Castelar (Paolo Nutini, Michael Jackson, Liam Clancy). Ivan’s self-titled debut album will be released on the 1/3/2019.

Ivan released his first single ‘For The Weekend’ in April 2017, to much acclaim and reaction from stations such as 98fm to Radio Kerry and the highly sought after BBC Introducing awarded him Artist of the week. Ivan has played many a stage and venue including The Electric Picnic. Ivan’s next single “My Heart Lives” is a straight up break-up song. Recorded in Grouse Lodge & Mixed in Studio Barxeta, Valencia, Spain by Dani Castelar. It will be released on Oct 26th.

Social Media Links:

         https://www.facebook.com/ivannicolasmusic/

         https://twitter.com/TheIvanNicolas

Claire Roche, a musician to harp on about

Claire Roche

A musician to harp on about…

“From Then To The Here And Now” album Out Oct 12th 2018

Gigs: Listed below.

We think of a harp and what it sounds like and usually relate to the harp as a solo instrument for playing tunes. Then we think of singers and what they sound like. Let us now merge the two, which is a musical path of uniqueness, passion and intimacy that is present during a performance by Claire.

In a world of shattered dreams the artist must celebrate the comely and the beautiful, whether it is valid at least it’s honest, as Claire writes in a stream of consciousness from the silver trickles of her past and indeed the vast landscape of Irelands mythological tales and historical events and happenings.

Rather than just play tunes, Claire has chosen the harp to be her accompaniment, her choir, her veil to the “otherworld”. Her words, music and passion gently warms the hearts of those present and fires their spirits into passion, courage, tears, love and laughter.


 After earning a degree in English and Literature at University College, Dublin and a diploma in Anglo Irish Literature from Trinity College, Dublin Claire advanced her intimate studies into literature through to a Master of Arts Degree. Already a piano player and writer of passionate, intimate and poetic songs, Claire experienced a calling to study playing the harp that she soon used as her accompaniment for sharing her songs.

Claire studied Irish harp with Mairin Ferritear at Sion Hill Convent, Dublin,Concert harp with Catriona Yeats at the College of Music, Dublin, and Denise Kelly of the Royal Academy of Music in Dublin who continues to be her mentor.

Not only is Claire’s music unique, but it is emotionally moving especially when we are present in her live performance. This new Radio EP encompasses 4 key tracks from her upcoming album “From Then To The Here And Now” which will be released in Oct 2018.

Gigs and events:

Grand Hotel Wicklow Friday 28th September.

Email claire@claireroche.com 01 283 5135 or 087 289 5525

Carrowcrory Cottage, Co Sligo Monday October 1st.

This is a private tour to visit the Labyrinths, guided by John Willmott and to hear Claire’s music. Visitors are welcome in the evening by appointment.

Email claire@claireroche.com or 087 289 5525

Mount Stewart House near Belfast, Northern Ireland. 8 pm Saturday October 6th

‘Yeat’s Women ‘ by Glynis Casson who is joined in performance by Daniel Costello and Claire Roche who sings some of her settings of poems by W. B .Yeats.

Woodford House, Booterstown Dublin, Thursday Oct 18th

Album launch & FREE GIG from 7pm – 10pm first come first served! https://www.clairerochemusic.com/p/live-events.html

Carrowcrory Cottage, Co Sligo Sunday Nov 4th

This is a private tour to visit the Labyrinths, guided by John Willmott and to hear Claire’s music. Visitors are welcome in the evening by appointment.

Email claire@claireroche.com or 087 289 5525

For more information on Claire please visit:

http://www.clairerochemusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/clairerochemusic/

https://soundcloud.com/celticways

PAULY FAGAN announces new single ‘It’s What You Got’ a message to those suffering from Depression

PAULY FAGAN

“It’s What You Got” Oct 26th

Taken from upcoming album ROADS

Meath man Pauly Fagan grew up in Navan, with a family of music lovers and musicians. Greatly influenced by his parent’s passion for the arts and music, he and all of his brothers were trained to play instruments and also how to read music from the tender age of 4. His unique voice and harmonies win people over wherever he goes. Word of mouth endorsement from those who have seen Pauly perform live has come from Ireland to as far as Canada where he wrote his latest release ‘It’s What You Got’ which is penned for an Oct release date.

Citing his influences Paulo Nutini, Tracy Chapman, the Beatles and Joe Cocker on this new release. His panache in songwriting surprises many as he writes song after song as he is often inspired by the world around him and love; won, lost and observed. 

A talented diverse musician and singer, Pauly plays guitar, piano, tin whistle, trumpet, the Flugelhorn and the French horn. At the age of 12 he enrolled in one of the most musical secondary schools in the country and became a full-time student and border at St. Finnian’s College, Mullingar Co. West Meath. This was where he started to really develop as a musician. Under the supervision of Mr Shane Brennan he was trained how to use his vocal gift to its full potential and sang as a tenor in the school choir for 5 years.

Post school, Pauly paid his dues playing in various venues around Ireland before moving to Canada to give being a full time musician a go. Within a few short months of being there he began recording his own music in EMAC Studios, one of the leading recording studios in Ontario.

He returned to Ireland and his beloved family in April 2012. Finding Ireland still having tough economic times, he returned to Canada for a while performing and traveling but his heart belonged to Ireland. He made the move home for good, and focused on his music at home.

He is a keen supporter of charities and loves to roll up his sleeves for a good cause. He released his first album in 2016 – DEEPER. It featured the song “Hold Me Down” which was used to bring awareness to Women’s Aid Ireland and the issue of domestic violence. Most recently, he has become a strong voice for other young musicians highlighting the risks around depression.

‘It’s What You Got’ is his message to those who may feel down and out… it is his message that they have what its got to get up and make a difference and be a positive light in the world.

The single was recorded and mixed in Abbey Lane studios in Drogheda, Co Louth with Fran McDermot and Eric Sharpe on production. It was Mastered by Fergal Davis. 

Links: https://www.facebook.com/paulyfaganofficial/

& https://twitter.com/PaulyFagan

https://www.paulyfagan.com/

Sean & Conor Price announce new mini Album ‘Dreamer’ to be released at midnight on Oct 26th

 

Sean (18) and his brother Conor (16) are from Blessington in County Wicklow and appeared on X Factor 2017. They started busking on Grafton Street in Dublin, famous for it’s busking, from the ages of 11 and 13 and shared their songs with the crowds. In 2016 the brothers released their debut EP called Change. There are four original songs on the EP, which went to number 9 in the Irish album charts.

Their first audition on X Factor 2017 was in Edinburgh and they chose to sing Jimi Hendrix / Bob Dylan classic All Along the Watchtower. But it was not a straight cover – with the brothers bursting into a rap in between the famous chorus. The busking brothers blew away the judges with their modern rendition of All Along the Watchtower, complete with a funky rap. 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.”

This audition has proved to be the 3rd most watch video on YouTube in Ireland during 2017. Their journey on the Live shows brought them through three rounds and then into the quarterfinals where they journey finished, earning them a spot in the top 10.

Since X Factor, Sean and Conor have released 3 singles: “Be Like You”, “Get Lost” and “Quit”, each reaching number 1 in the Irish iTunes Charts.

Over the summer, Sean and Conor performed a SOLD OUT headline tour of Ireland in 10 of the most infamous venues including Dublin’s Vicar Street, The INEC Killarney, Millennium Forum in Derry and Ulster Hall in Belfast. In Oct and November they bring their Tour to the UK with shows in London and Manchester.

They are planning their upcoming mini album Titled ‘Dreamer’ which will be released on 26th October 2018. They plan on 2 Christmas shows for their Fans which will be announced soon and a list of In-store sessions in Golden Discs around the country to launch the album in oct and November.

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

SOFT PILL >> SINGLE “MOND” OUT Sept 21st 2018

SOFT PILL

SINGLE “MOND”

OUT Sept 21st 2018

Vimeo full-length video: 

SOFT PILL – MOND 2018 from Jason Figgis on Vimeo.

 SOFT PILL is a Concept Project with the objective of creating Evocative Music for Media in collaboration with Dublin based international director and producer Jason Figgis.

Jason Figgis is an award-winning IFTA nominated film and TV director who has had feature work commissioned by major broadcasters that include Sky One, Sky Arts and Discovery Channel. Other distributors of his work include MVD Entertainment Group (USA), Video Services Corp (Canada), Guerrilla Films (UK), Lionsgate Studios (USA), SRS Distribution (UK), Spentzos Films (Greece), KSM (Germany), Double 4 Studios (Slovenia), SVT (Sweden), Von Lederer (Hungary), Google Play (USA), Amazon Instant (USA), Vimeo On Demand (USA), Hulu (USA) and RTE – Network Two (Ireland). His work has been placed in territories that include over 150 countries worldwide

The music of SOFT PILL is a hybrid of digital production and studio performance. With various forms of atmospheric post rock, ambient, down tempo and beat driven tracks acting as the sound for videos produced by Jason.

On Single “Mond”, Alessandra Page appears on bass and vocals and Marc Pierson is on beats and guitars.

In essence SOFT PILL is a unique Visual – Sound Project created to explore new forms of media and visual representation.

Notes:

Jason Figgis is a an international film producer and director producing

Award Winning Films at Festivals in Ireland/ UK and US.

For information on the films of Jason Figgis see: 

Links  : www.sdgi.ie/jason-figgis 

https://vimeo.com/user8887613 

Bastian Baker announces new self titled album + 3Arena shows supporting Shania Twain

BASTIAN BAKER” album

RELEASED: 26.10.2018

A first album for the second time.

The new album by Bastian Baker is released on the 26.10.2018. Eponymously-titled, it is his fourth to date. But it’s also something of a new beginning, the artist says with a radiant smile. It befits a young man for whom writing non-stop hits seems as simple as saying hello. Happiness is written all over his face. And rightly so. Because with Bastian Baker, the artist has just embarked on perhaps the greatest adventure of his life.

In the beginning, there was ice hockey. When Bastian Baker lived in Lausanne and aspired to become a professional hockey player, he struck up a friendship with the national team star, Roman Josi. He had just joined the Nashville Predators when he said to Bastian Baker:

‘You’re a musician and have never set foot in Nashville? That can’t be possible!’ Bastian Baker responded: ‘OK, I’ll come, but you have to find me a gig.’ Josi was true to his word and organised a concert at the legendary Douglas Corner Café. The first person that he got talking to was Caleb Followill, the Kings of Leon vocalist.

This place is great, I’m going to stay!’, Baker said to himself. And so it was. God moves in mysterious ways, and Nashville became his second home.

Bastian Baker has written some sixty songs in one year. It was also an opportunity for the artist to make a discovery; having preferred to write all the songs on his previous albums alone, he took great pleasure in allowing himself to be inspired by other songwriters. ‘Previously, if a song wasn’t finished in ten minutes, that would annoy me’, he says. ‘But when you’re working on a song with someone else, it becomes a challenge. You want to prove that you are also a good songwriter. And when the flow stops, it’s just a matter of inspiration. When one begins a line, the other finishes it.’

With its back-and-forth between thoughtful lyrics and catchy refrain, the captivating Stage Fright is the first track, a collaboration with the Swiss exiles to Nashville Caroline Marquard and Zoe Mirkovich. Bastian Baker takes off to New York to work with the indie/dream pop producer Vlad Holiday with whom he wrote the two earworms Stay and All Around Us. The piano ballad You Should Call Home has its origins in a conversation with Josh Bruce Williams. The two men confessed to each other to not calling home very often – and thus the song’s refrain was born. Other songs were composed in Los Angeles, Toronto and at Bastian Baker’s home.

And then there’s Jacquire King, a producer whose list of collaborations runs from Kings of Leon to Shania Twain, by way of Norah Jones and Tom Waits. Shania Twain, a long-term close friend of Bastian Baker, put them in touch. Bastian Baker sent him sixty songs, of which three would be recorded: Love on Fire, Time and Down.

‘I find Down great just from a sound point of view’, says Baker. ‘Sometimes, when I’m in the car, I just turn up the volume and go crazy’. I’ve learned a lot from all my recording sessions. It’s like I’ve been a member of 35 different groups. It’s really inspired me and shown me the possibilities within myself’. As the diversity of credited co-authors suggests, Bastian Baker reveals new facets of his artistic personality on his new album. What hasn’t changed from his first three successful albums is his sense of melody, and of course, his outstanding voice that radiates with joie de vivre even when he sings a sad song. ‘The year I spent with these songwriters was a marvellous experience for me’, Baker says. ‘I’ve met so many good people. Bastian Baker is like a second first album’.

To hark back to the title of his second hit from 2011, Lucky, luck is certainly smiling on Bastian Baker. Having hardly finished recording his new album, lady luck extended her hand once again. Shania Twain personally invited him to open for her on her world tour. This began on the 3rd of May 2018 in Tacoma in Canada and will finish 77 concerts later on the 22nd of December 2018 in Dunedin in New Zealand. From Canada to New Zealand, with stops in the United States, Brazil, Europe and Australia along the way, Bastian Baker is bringing his music live to over a million spectators. Bastian Baker stands alone on the stage night after night to sing old and new songs ‘to see how the crowd reacts’. Then Shania Twain brings him back on to duet on Party for Two. ‘I’ve got used to the pressure’, says Baker. ‘But after the first concert with her, it was an entirely new level. Everyone was asking themselves: “Who is this guy opening?” Everyone thought I was going to fall on my face. But thankfully everything went great and everyone is happy’. 

Check out STAY the lead single from the album:

 

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Bastian_Baker

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bastianbaker/

Website: https://www.bastianbaker.com/

Hendrick Lane chosen as part of Rte 2fm’s Magnificent TOP 7 Irish acts they are loving right now + 98FM Steven Cooper gives it the REMIX treatment

Hendrick Lane were chosen, as Rte 2FM’s Magnificent TOP 7 Irish acts they are loving right now. Quite the achievement for the young Unsigned duo. 

>> https://2fm.rte.ie/2018/09/14/magnificent-7-7-irish-tunes-loving-right-now/ 

98 FM’s creme of the crop dj Steven Cooper liked the track so much he put together a remix version of ROLLERBLADE which you can check out here:

 

Hendrick Lane are a Dublin Duo who sing, rap and love putting on explosive shows. Having met in school and gained popularity through schoolyard sing-offs, Hovay and Sevn have decided to follow their passion and have continued making music post-graduation. Hendrick Lane deliver a unique style of confessional storytelling to the music scene combining Hip Hop, Pop and RnB. Citing influences such as Drake, Frank Ocean, PartyNextDoor, Kanye West, Michael Jackson and Andre 3000.

About the song: “Rollerblade” expresses the feeling of emotional nostalgia and transports you into the minds of Hendrick Lane. Like all great pop music of today, the song starts off with the infectious hook performed by Hovay then leading into Sevn’s stand out verse. In this verse, he briefly captures a conversation between him and his childhood crush with his warm vocals and melodic feel. At this point, the feel-good vibe has seamlessly been delivered by a catchy and captivating hard-hitting chorus, which is reminiscent and almost dreamy in a sense.

Though everyone cannot relate to rollerblading when they were young, the track brings the sense of happiness that everyone can relate to, which is the emotion evoked by the Dublin raised boys. Hovay jumps in with his verse, bringing versatility and adding a whole new dimension to the track. He builds on the main mood of the record, looking back at the past and what could have been.