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Darragh O’Dea announces new song feat Katherine Priddy: ‘Guerrilla Warfare in Your Back Garden’ set to be released on July 30th, with album to follow October 29th
Irish songwriter Darragh O’Dea is known for his wistful storytelling. By using historical imagery to tell present-day stories, he creates nostalgic nuggets of joy and despair. His music conveys the moods and elements of his surroundings, delivered in an honest and alluring manner. Darragh hails from Tuam Co Galway and weaves a tapestry of the everyday in sonic threads on his new music.
His new material, heavily influenced by peers such as Kevin Morby, Bright Eyes, Christy Moore and Willy Mason, shows that he is a master storyteller.
Darragh discusses the idea and theme of the song below:
It is a song about the ancient and much-loved past-time of fighting over land and inheritance, a situation that has torn many families apart. The constant seeking of land for land’s sake. And the wills and the contesting of wills – and who was left what? I think many Irish people will have some sort of experience with this in one way or another.. the Guerrilla Warfare in Your Back Garden…
It’s a song that I wrote 5 years ago and have recorded numerous different versions of, but I was never happy with the outcome until I decided to try it as a duet with Birmingham based folk singer Katherine Priddy who added another perspective to the song.
Recorded between Sun Street Studios and Turf Shed Studio, in Tuam Co. Galway. It was co-produced by Kenny Ralph and Dylan Connolly. The single is out on July 30th across all digital channels. The long player album ‘Tilly & The Postmaster’ will follow the single in Oct 2021.
Musicians who performed on the new music include:
- Guitar & vocals – Darragh O’Dea
- Vocals – Katherine Priddy
- Electric guitar & bass – Dylan Connolly
- Keys & banjo – Rory Donnellan
- Drums – Evan Barrows
Smart Link to pre-save single: https://ffm.to/guerrilla_warfare-presave
- 3rd September 2021 – Moseley Folk & Art Festival, Birmingham, UK
- 28th November 2021 – Whelan’s (Upstairs), Dublin
- 18th December 2021 – The Mall Theatre, Tuam Co. Galway
- 12th March 2022 – Campbell’s Tavern, Cloughanover Co. Galway
- Website: https://www.darraghodeamusic.com/
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Oxford (England) born Henry Dennis creates lyrical worlds fused into pared-down guitar loops that capture the raw emotion and energy of blues and psychedelic prog-rock. A troubadour with a compelling voice, poignant lyrics and a gritty determination to his art, he draws influences from legends such as David Bowie, Elton John, Bruno Mars, and Neil Diamond. He embodies both a commercial and a familial sonic signature, which is what defines Henry Dennis’ music.
Henry’s forthcoming solo album “Remember” will be released on the U.S. record label AMI Music Group in March, 2022. The album is packed with powerful emotion and an underlying Celtic authenticity and authority. This international project showcases a broad collection of diverse and infectious tracks including the upcoming singles “Superman”, “Vanessa” and title song “Remember”. The first release, Superman, will drop on August 20, 2021.
Henry comments on the creative process of the upcommning single and the record:
The Superman chorus was the first to arrive. I have a love of fantasy, science-fiction, comics etcs. And clearly the rest of the world does too given the success of the Avengers and their ilk on the cinema screens and streaming platforms. When the superheroes win we vicariously win too. But it is escapism. And there is a lot of escapism about creating and indeed playing music.
“Making this record during the pandemic taught me that I am most concerned with the passing of time and how that affects our character, worldview, and relationships with others. Despite the pervasive darkness which so many face today, I remain an optimist at heart, and I hope my faith in the future comes across in this music.” – Henry Dennis
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Musicians who played on the Single Superman:
Andrew Synowiec played electric guitar. With his collection of over 90 stringed instruments, he has recorded for artists ranging from M83 to Barbra Streisand and producers from Bob Rock to David Foster. Andrew has contributed to albums selling over 10 million copies worldwide and more than 25 Grammy-nominated recordings, including his own 2015 Grammy Award as a member of the acclaimed LA Big Band “Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band.”
Rami Jaffee from the Foo Fighters plays B3 on this song.
Jim McMillen arranged the horns – he did the Bridgerton soundtrack. You know that Netflix series everyone is talking about? yeap that’s the one.
Norman Arnold – producer – used to play in Tom Jones’ band as the percussionist. He also plays percussion on this track.
Sharon Hendrix and her daughter Jade on backing vocals. Sharon toured with Tom Jones for years among other famous names such as Bob Dylan, George Duke, Harry Chapin, Dusty Springfield, Billy Cobham, Freddie Hubbard, Mac Davis, Susan Anton, Suzanne Somers and many others.
Brendan Buckley is on drums – he is also Shakira’s drummer and Erik Kertes played bass and is also Michael Buble’s bassist.
Raised in Ireland from the age of 16, D Lewis has drawn on all aspects of his fused Cultural background to create his distinct sound from a fusion of African/American & Irish/UK Pop Mainstream sensibilities.
Irish chanteuse Eleanor McEvoy is set to release new single and after fifteen months in lockdown – “Gimme Some Wine” seems like as good a title as any!
Can’t think of a more apt title for a song to accompany the re- opening of life as we know it here in Ireland, where our lockdown was both the most intensive lockdown and the longest in duration. This song was actually the result of an experiment in “boundary crossing” between myself and the wonderful British artist Chris Gollon, but also pretty much nails my mood over the last year, from when I stepped off the stage in Melbourne Australia on 12 th March 2020 and returned home as we gradually retreated indoors.
Eleanor McEvoy is best known for her songs ‘Sophie’ and the Irish standard ‘Only A Woman’s Heart’. 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”, the new single “Gimme Some Wine” drops on July 9th.
A note on Chris Gollon from Eleanor McEvoy:
Some years ago, I wrote a song with Lloyd Cole entitled “Dreaming of Leaving”, I recorded it
for my album “Naked Music” and the song inspired the painting “Dreaming of Leaving” by
Chris Gollon. I loved the painting so much I wrote a song about it called “Gimme Some Wine”. I felt for the character in the painting “…drawn into this world, a fragment of a girl, with nothing but a sad song to my name”. This song in turn inspired a whole series of paintings by Chris which formed the “Gimme Some Wine” exhibition at IAP Fine Art, in Monmouth, March 2017. A month later, I was shocked when Chris Gollon passed away. It was a terrible loss, but he lives on in his work, in our hearts and in this song.
Upon learning of U2’s material as a young musician, Padjo became inspired and determined to make a difference in the world by performing rock songs. Exclaiming that ‘a catchy guitar riff from a lyrical masterpiece makes you feel you’re alive when you hear it’. It was that feeling Padjo wanted to capture in his own music and share with everyone.
Having grown up in the idyllic surroundings of County Clare, in the west of Ireland, he has written songs tirelessly since he was a teenager and has formed numerous bands throughout school and college where he studied in Galway. A city known for its nurturing of musical talent. Having honed his skillset, he decided he was going to give it everything in 2019 and began writing and recording, readying himself to share his tapestry of carefully crafted music by the means of a debut album.
The timing was not great, but he believes the end result is testament to perseverance and the
essence of this shines through on the album. Citing major influences such as legendary guitar riff bands and artists like U2, Oasis, Bon Jovi, Chris Cornell, Bruce Springsteen and any artist who unapologetically sets out to impact the world by telling their story.
‘Blunder’ is Padjos debut offering:
The idea for the song had been in my head for probably 5 / 6 years. It took a while for me to muster up the conviction to record it and get it out into the world. The song pretty much sums a period of time for me as a teenager / young adult where I had no clue what I was doing with my life. Every day was a mystery and every day had the potential for chaos (and a few Blunders of which there were no shortage!). I was living one day at a time and having a ball.
I didn’t have a bob to my name and every move I made was closely followed by my auld lad shaking his head in disbelief. I feel like everybody will be able to relate to that in some capacity! It is a feel good track that brings me back to those care free summer days which everybody is longing for after a tough year in hibernation.
It is Padjo’s hope that the track that can lift the nation as we progress out of the pandemic.
The track is a sign of things to come – High Energy , Rocking tunes – as the balance of Padjo’s debut album is nearing completion. Set for release on July 23rd 2021.
Written by Patrick Dolan
Performed by Patrick Dolan
Produced by Cian Boylan and Conor Brady
Mixed by Cian Boylan and Conor Brady
Mastered by Ruadhrí Cushnan
Recorded, Mixed, Mastered in Camden Recording Studios, Dublin
Patrick Dolan (Acoustic Guitar and Vocals)
Cian Boylan (Piano, Vox Organ, Keyboards, Programming)
Conor Brady (Guitars)
Dave Hingerty (Drums)
Robbie Malone (Electric Bass)
Pre Save Link https://distrokid.com/
Monsieur Pompier’s Travelling Freakshow is a troupe like no other. A nightmarish cabaret steeped in the surreal, Monsieur Pompier makes music about inside-out cats, hedgehog swallowers and devious doctors. Inspired equally by Stephen King, folk horror and 80s B-movie soundtracks as it was by eccentric music acts like The Residents, Sparks and Devo, Teatime Terrors falls into a strange musical crevice between bizarro pop opera, a demented audiobook and downright bonkers synth punk chaos.
Having existed primarily as a live entity since 2017, the Travelling Freakshow toured Europe extensively with their extremely unique live show which incorporates immersive performance art, audience participation and a litany of bizarre and beguiling costumes and masks depicting the characters in the songs.
The group’s visual chaos is underpinned by Monsieur Pompier’s manic music and storytelling approach to songwriting. Idiosyncratic lyrics flank earworm melodies and whirling organ riffs creating an overall effect which baffles and beguiles in equal measure. In addition to his Freakshow endeavours, Monsieur Pompier also curates theatrical events in Ireland, made a cameo in the popular Nintendo game Darkside Detective and in his spare time grows and pickles Pompier branded gherkins.
Monsieur Pompier’s Travelling Freakshow signed to legendary US label Cleopatra Records in early 2021 and their debut album Teatime Terrors is available to purchase both digitally and on limited edition 12 inch vinyl from July 16th.
Across the ten tracks of Teatime Terrors we are introduced to a different character on each song. The album opens with Banana Boy, a song about an unruly scamp who grows a banana in place of his fingers every time that he does something naughty.
This is followed by The Crabbit, whose titular character, a half crab, half rabbit hybrid appears when a person succumbs to alcoholism. Subjects such as superstition and mythology are tackled on The Ear Fairy, a whirling waltz about a fantastical fairy who cleans our ears every night, taking the wax home to build lifelike sculptures of his victims. The high tempo organ driven mania of The Hedgehog Swallower questions the perils of stardom and celebrity culture.
Doctor Moogle debates the dangers of googling potential ailments and trusting what one reads on the Internet whilst the synthesized chaos of Micky Mould is concerned with conspiracy theories and what happens when misinformation about a virus can spiral out of control. The album closes with Sally Shortcake, a woman crafted in cake, created by a lonely man who finds a mysterious recipe for his dream partner who he then bakes, touching on subjects such as Internet algorithms and online dating.
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London based Cherry Dragon is continuing to make her mark with the raw and pensive new track ‘Starlight’. Following on from her previous track ‘Altar’, Cherry Dragon deftly blends understated melodies over an emotional vocal delivery.
She says: “I noticed so many people were struggling because they didn’t have the job or the relationship or the house they feel that they are ‘supposed to have’. It’s easy to fall for the pressure that society can project on to us but really its our lives and we only have the one. I decided I’m gonna live it how I want to.”
Cherry Dragon’s first single ‘Altar’ was a subtle blend of Nina Simone’s ‘Sinnerman’ with a hint of Afrobeat. It swarms with a contagious energy right from the minute you hear those background vocals come in.” Released in January ‘Altar’ was used on the second season of the Apple TV show Dickinson. The journey continues for Cherry Dragon with the release of her second single ‘Starlight’. Produced by Utters (Chronixx, Maverick Sabre) in London it’s a song ‘written about carving out your own path to walk’.
Cherry Dragon is Irish – Nigerian and infuses her heritage colourfully throughout her music. With an absent father and a mother who brought her through four different religions by the time she was 7, it’s clear why there is such emotion in Cherry Dragon’s music.
“My experiences have always influenced me as a person and as an artist, they are sewn into who I am. Growing up in Ireland no one looked like me at the time, I felt being different was a bad thing. It took a bit of time but I’ve learned to be grateful for my differences and I look for that in music too. My playlists range from Dorothy Ashby an amazing jazz artist right through to Khruangbin, Sylvan Esso, Kendrick Lamar to classical composer Max Richter”.
“In a way, Cherry Dragon for me is a celebration of being different, being human. Life is messy and emotions paint the pictures we make. I would like people to feel a sense of relief and empowerment at the same time when they listen to my music “
After strong online support for ‘Altar’ from Atwood, Fame, Girls Are Awesome, Neon Music and Songwriting Magazine and radio support from both BBC Local and BBC National Radio and Amazing Radio, ‘Starlight’ is poised to take things to the next level for Cherry Dragon when its released on June 11th.
Multi-international Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter Barry Tierney Announces New Single ‘Rosie Ale of England’.
Multi-international award winning singer-songwriter Barry Tierney is set to release a new single ‘Rosie Ale of England’. The Kinsale, Co Cork troubadour hails from a prestigious musical family on his mother’s side which includes several professors of music and Vincent Dowling, the late artistic director of The Abbey Theatre as well as a paternal connection to Finbar Wright the internationally renowned tenor. Barry’s unique singing voice and writing style are distinctly Irish and have gained him fans at home and abroad.
Described by Christy Moore as “A singer that should be heard”, Barry has been presented songwriting awards by such names as Robin Gibbs of The Bee Gees and Bob Geldof of the Boomtown Rats as well as Jimmy Deenihan, the Irish Minister of Arts at the time after winning the IMRO sponsored Sean McCarthy writing festival award.
Barry topped the Irish iTunes Charts in 2014 with his critically acclaimed album ‘Hotel Alamar’ which led to him signing a lifetime publishing deal with Universal Music Berlin. Barry has toured Russia, UK, Germany and the US and has toured 6 months a year Internationally since 2014. In 2021 Barry will be releasing his second studio album. ‘Rosie Ale of England’ will be the first single from the new album and will be out on Fri June 25th 2021.
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