How Elder Got his name: Elder went on a weekend retreat a number of years back. While there, he was shown how to meditate, astral travel, and how to connect with his spirit animal by a powerful Shaman guide. (By the way his spirit animals are a bear, and a salmon. But he couldn’t get either name to work on stage). “Part of the workshop was designed to get us to connect with our natural surrounds, to appreciate and find our own comfort zone in nature. We were in a beautiful wooded area; I found a gnarly old tree, twisted and bare, except for its upper branches that were flowering, with small black berries. I loved its shape, and I sat there for hours underneath it in the shade”. It was at that time that the shaman approached Carl and instinctively bent down and put his hand on his head and he said “ELDER”. Carl, so affected by this experience, then went home and looked up everything he could about the tree, and fell in love with stories of Celtic Spirituality and Lore that surrounds it. Now, we now know him as Elder and in his performances we can really get a grasp of the old story telling styles of ancient folk lore characters. It is said that those born under the Elder sign are able to live and prosper under any conditions. The year ahead for ELDER ROCHEwill see this talented songwriter receive the acclaim this album simply demands.
ELDERS single DIAMOND is currently out NOW! on iTunes. And it’s brilliant.
This is one festival that guarantees to deliver. Dublin City Soul Festival in association with IMRO is proud to present the world’s brightest ‘Rising Stars’ for you to enjoy!
Following an exhaustive global search for the world’s very best up and coming original artists ‘Dublin City Soul Festival’ have posted the Top 100 ‘Rising Stars’ entries to its website, www.dublincitysoulfestival.ie.
The event, designed to showcase the wide range of talented unsigned artists on the Island of Ireland and beyond has attracted hundreds of entries from around the globe and has even received entries from many Countries including; Belize, Canada, Egypt, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Togo and the United States. Festival Founder & CEO, Chris Maher says: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the high standard of entries, in particular from the island of Ireland. There are a huge amount of talented unsigned artists across Ireland and beyond and we feel privileged to be able to present them for the world to listen to and enjoy as part of the 3rd annual Dublin City Soul Festival”.
The festival, which takes place from Thursday May 21st to Sunday May 24th will see the streets, bars & café’s of Dublin come alive with hundreds of real musicians over the course of the festival and promises to provide much needed reasons to be cheerful. Members of the public can now listen to the fantastic and varied selection of top quality entries from around the world and vote for their favourites. The top acts will then perform for free in the festival club (further details to be announced) and at a special showcase event in a secret location in the heart of Dublin City.
Wayne Brennan released his fabulous debut album “In My Hands” this week only to get onto the RTE Radio 1 playlist as well, so well done to MR. Brennan, we see bright lights ahead, lots of them. He will also be in this weeks TICKET in the Irish Times, where his album will be reviewed. You can catch Wayne on Tour in the coming weeks here:
May 9th- The Stables Mullingar
May 17th The Cheeky Social Sunday Club- Co Cork
May 25th Auntie Annies- Belfast
May 29th The Back room Navan Co Meath
May 30th Birr Theatre with Mick Flannery, Offaly.
May 31st Doyles-Dublin
June 1st Whelans- Dublin
June 3rd The New Music Club Thurles Tipperary
June 26th The Cobblestone, Dublin
Wayne is one of them hard working hard grafting and truly gifted musicians, whom we have the utmost pleasure of representing. His thorough and strong understanding of working music “as a career with realistic goals and sights”, is leading him on a very successful path. This is only the beginning of great things to come for who we would consider to be one of Ireland’s more promising musicians. More info can be found here: