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. 

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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

Jig Jam release new single “Tullamore to Boston”

JigJam are a multi-award winning quartet from the heart of the midlands in Ireland. Blending the best of traditional Irish music with bluegrass and Americana in a new genre, which has been branded as ‘CeltGrass’, their onstage energy along with their virtuosic musical ability has captivated audiences throughout the world. “Here’s an Irish band that’s going to impact the world as hard as Clancy Brothers or U2 if they get only half a chance.”

Jamie McKeogh, Cathal Guinan and Daithi Melia all hail from Tullamore, Co.Offaly with Co. Tipperary born Gavin Strappe completing the quartet. All four members grew up immersed in Irish traditional music and culture, which is reflected by the band collectively achieving over twenty All-Ireland titles at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann competitions. They have now developed their own unique style of music influenced by American Folk music whilst staying true to their Irish roots. Described as ‘The best Irish group so far in bluegrass’ this sharply dressed outfit deliver an energy-fuelled, foot-stomping live performance. All multi-instrumentalists, JigJam interchange between banjos, guitars, fiddles, mandolins and double bass onstage which creates an experience which is pleasing to both the eye and the ear. JigJam have recorded two studio albums to critical acclaim and have been compared to the Punch Brothers by the European Bluegrass Music Association.

JigJam have made a huge impact on the Irish American circuit performing at all major festivals including the world-renowned Milwaukee Irish Fest as well as touring various parts of the UK and Europe. ‘The words sparkling, innovative and infectious come first to mind’ when you witness your first JigJam show.

‘Tullamore to Boston’ is out now on iTunes: https://tinyurl.com/y9pdn3r3

JigJam Social Media Links

Website: www.jigjam.ie

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jigjamlive

Twitter: www.twitter.com/jigjamlive

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jigjamlive

Music Video for Tullamore to Boston:

Zali announces brand new track ‘Girls Like Us”

ZALI

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.

Social Media Links

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ZALImusic

Website: http://www.zalimusic.com/

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

Maria Doyle Kennedy announces new self titled album out Nov 10th 2017

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:

ELEPHANT reveals Music Video for brand new Single “Waiting Game”

ELEPHANT announces brand new single: “WAITING GAME” OUT MAY 12TH

Official Video :

Having made a folk album the first time round, ‘HyperGiant’, Elephant sheds his skin and moves on towards a new prowess of sound on his new album (Title TBC) set to be released in the Summer of 2017. Heavily influenced by two of his favourite artists who have recently passed, David Bowie and Prince, it is his personal dedication to them, synth bells and saxophones in toll. If HyperGiant was a coming of age folk album then this new album is his “breakup record”.  A departure from the quiet vistas of the acoustic and entering a busier, sweatier suburb full of wannabe actors and sweatband solos.

‘Waiting Game’ is a song about that very thing; moving on, and in its case, making a mountain out of it.  Have you ever been stuck?  You know exactly where you want to go and what you’re going to do when you get there but you just can’t figure out your first step…if you could only make that first step, momentum would get you the rest of the way. “I decided to step outside my comfort zone and make the album I really want to make. Waiting Game is my first step”. – Shane Clarke, aka Elephant.

Elephant, the musical vehicle of Dundalk based multi-instrumentalist Shane Clarke has three variations; playing the same set but with different musical and vocal arrangements, making for intriguing live shows. Elephant may be a soloist looping effected guitars and vocals to create lush, layered music. A duo, offering intimate acoustic guitar, piano and synthesizer, tied with colourful melody and harmonies. Or the newest venture, Elephant as a full band. The full band line-up includes Paul Finn, Paul Mallon and Paul Carolan of The Flaws and Shane O Hanrahan of Norabelle. Songs wander from an instantaneous summery folk pop reminiscent of Badly Drawn Boy and Elliot Smith, to more mature meandering pieces with a deliberate deconstructed nature, akin to say…Broken Social Scene, Justin Vernon or Joanna Newsom.

Elephant has rightly garnered much praise on the live front with his earnest vocal delivery and unique lyrical style capturing audiences and securing him performances with Martha Wainwright, Alexis Taylor, Lisa Hannigan, most of the country’s top festivals including Electric Picnic, Independence and Body & Soul and return trips to the Other Voices Music Trail in Dingle.

On the back of his critically lauded debut album “HyperGiant”, Shane is working on the follow-up, expected summer 2017. ‘Waiting Game’ is the first track from the new album and is released May 12th.

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https://soundcloud.com/shanelephant

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Introducing John Hynes & his Debut Single: ‘Caroline, I’m Yours’

Introducing….

JOHN HYNES & his Debut Single: ‘Caroline, I’m Yours’

Release Date: April 28th

Gig: May 20th The Vintage Room, Workmans club, Dublin

John Hynes began playing the guitar at aged twelve. As soon as he learned three chords he lost interest in learning the songs of other people and began to write his own. This musical journey would evolve over the years but not without junctions. John wanted his life to be about writing songs, however numbers within his day job would take up much of his recent years as he worked in accounts. Thus, to most people in John’s life his talent and dedication to music was totally hidden. Eventually starting a band to bring his music to an audience, it was only when things were gaining momentum that he realised he was still travelling down the wrong path in his career and in his music. Leaving the band behind, John become more honest and connected with himself as a performer and songwriter. Despite having written songs for years, John has only now become more authentic and true to himself in his art as a songwriter.

Inspired by the popular music of his parent’s generation, songs from the 50s and 60s, John writes songs that are beautiful in their passion and simplicity. On his debut single ‘Caroline, I’m Yours’ he touches on a song that is deceptively simple and raw. For three and half minutes you are transported to a place that’s all at once nostalgic and new.

‘Caroline, I’m Yours’ is about a desperate attempt to pursue another and become a certain way to be perfect for them. It is about a devotion and obsession with an idea of them, without acknowledging who they really are or if they are right for you. It is a song about love, but also about the art of songwriting and the pain of pursuing an impossible perfection; embodied by the many ‘Carolines’ named in well-known songs. It is out on iTunes and all digital platforms from April 28th.

Twitter: @johnhynesmusic
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Instagram: @johnhynesmusic

Mark Daly to release “The Hearts Reminder” + unveils new Music Video

MARK DALY Single Release: “The Hearts Reminder” Out Nov 25th 2016

Official Video

Rock vocalist, Mark Daly, hails from Cork, Ireland. An established singer/songwriter, Mark has worked with some of the best in the business; including American super group, Operation: Mindcrime. The group, which is led by vocalist Geoff Tate (formerly of Queensryche), who has sold over 25 million records and has secured a Grammy nomination as well as participating in an abundance of world tours. Other band members of Operation: Mindcrime include the likes of musicians from bands Disturbed, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake and ACDC.

In 2010, whilst living in Spain, Mark formed the critically acclaimed rock group, The Voodoos. The band went on to perform all over Europe (including the 2011 MTV EMAs) before venturing to the US to record their self-titled album in Seattle, Washington. Kelly Gray producer of Candlebox and Queensryche records produced the album. The album sold thousands of copies across Northern America, gaining a plethora of fans as they toured in 2012 and 2013. In 2014, the band’s progress went into hiatus due to an issue with the record label they signed with the previous year.

In 2015, the Cork man was approached to work on a trilogy concept album with Operation: Mindcrime after striking up a good working relationship with lead vocalist, Geoff Tate. Geoff also featured on The Voodoos track, ‘Facing my Demons’. In September 2015, the first instalment of the trilogy album entitled ‘The Key’ was released. The project was praised with most appreciable reviews and featured Mark’s stellar vocals on the track ‘Life or Death?’ Part two of the trilogy album, ‘Resurrection’ was released September 2016 and features three tracks from Daly; including ‘Healing My Wounds’, ‘The Fight’ and ‘Invincible’.

The future is bright for Mark with more exciting projects; including his debut solo EP entitled ‘The Hearts Reminder’ (released on Nov 25th 2016) along with a powerful music video for the debut track also titled ‘The Hearts Reminder’ it generated 50,000 views on Facebook in its first week along with flying up to Number 2 in the Irish Rock downloads chart. Channelling influences from the likes of Counting Crows, Pearl Jam & Blue October, Daly brings some fresh & current mainstream rock to the table here.

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Luke Wade announces new single ‘Three Days” + Dublin gig The Ruby Sessions

LUKE WADE

ANNOUNCES New Single: “Three Days” Out Nov 11th

+ Gig: Dublin Nov 22nd Ruby Sessions, Doyles, Dublin C.C

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Pop/Soul singer and songwriter, Luke Wade’s mournful rasp and earnestly heartfelt songwriting bid comparisons between Wade and singer/song-writers like Ray LaMontagne, Van Morrison and Glen Hansard. Growing up on Hurt Street might seem an auspicious beginning for a soul singer but for Luke Wade, of Dublin, Texas, it’s hard to imagine that it would be anything short of destiny.

Born of extraordinary artists and self-described ‘Hippies’, with a landscape painter for a Father and a Yoga instructor for a Mother, Luke is the product of a home that truly cultivated creativity. The youngest of four children, his music is the modern manifestation of the introspective and enlightened notions instilled by his parents.  Bob and Wanda spawned a self-awareness that makes Luke’s music inherently reflective, without need of gimmick or novelty.  He is no stranger to the sometimes heartache he writes about in his music. As a teenager, Wade suffered a severe injury after being shot in his right eye with a paintball in May 1997. The injury left him with partial blindness and no depth perception, so he had to quit most of the sports he played at school.

Luke was a Top 8 Finalist from Season 7 of NBC’s Emmy Award-winning music competition, “The Voice”. Since his run on the show, Luke has headlined over 200 dates and opened for Patti LaBelle, Andy Grammer, MKTO, Train, Daughtry, Blue October, Green River Ordinance, Ingrid Michelson, Casey Abrams, Kris Allen, Jerry Jeff Walker, OAR, and David Cook. Lukefinished his tour with performances for the halftime show of the Denver Broncos game at Mile High Stadium, AT&T Stadium during the Dallas Cowboy game and performed the National Anthem at Texas Motor Speedway which was nationally televised on NBC. He is on tour with Toad the Wet Sprocket, Rusted Root, and Edwin McCain throughout July and August of this year.   As the official 2015-16 Komen Artist, he recently released “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” with Mia Z to benefit Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer. His New Single: “Three Days” is Out Nov 11th. 

Social media links:

Website http://lukewademusic.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lukewademusic

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

You tube: https://www.youtube.com/c/lukewademusic

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

The 4 of US announce new album and National Tour

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Single & Album : “Sugar Island”

Out Oct 28th

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’, their latest album, is due for release on October 28th 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.’

Promising to be one of their best studio recordings yet, Sugar Island features 12 new 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 Band perform in Dublin’s Vicar St. Nov 11th where the Murphy brothers will be joined by their original band line-up to perform their debut album Songs For The Tempted, along with their latest, in show entitled Then and Now. The lead radio Single “Sugar Island” refers to the landmark heart of their hometown, which was also a popular meeting place for young lovers. ‘On the day I left you crying, on the bridge at Sugar Island’, as the lyric goes. This is also out Oct 28th along with the album. For more info and a full list of tour dates + social media links go to: http://the4ofus.com/

Links: www.facebook.com/The4OfUsOfficial / https://twitter.com/the4ofus

+ Tour dates announced :

Oct. 6th- Lahinch, Kennys Bar

Oct.7th- CASTLEBLANEY, IONTAS THEATRE

Oct 8th-Ballybofey, Balor Theatre

Oct 28th- TULLAMORE, LYNCHES

Oct 30th-, Kilaloe, Co Clare,Lakeside Hotel

Nov 4th- WATERFORD, THEARE ROYAL

Nov 9th- Westport, Matt Molloys

Nov 11th- DUBLIN, VICAR STREET

Nov 12th- Listowel, Mike The Pies

Nov 19th- WEXFORD ARTS CENTRE

Nov 24th-Clonakilty, Debarras

Dec 9th – Clonmel, Brewery Lane Theatre

Dec 10th – CORK, TRISKEL ARTS

Dec 27th- Dundalk- Spirit Store

Dec 29th Culdaff, Mc Crorys

Dec 30th, Dolans Warehouse