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Lorcan O’Rourke Gets Country on his upcoming Covers collection: “Live at The Ivory Sessions” EP: A Fusion of Country Storytelling and Rock Energy

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Irish Country Rock Artist Lorcan O’Rourke Releases “Live at The Ivory Sessions” EP: A Fusion of Country Storytelling and Rock Energy

Lorcan O’Rourke, hailing from the lush landscapes of Co. Offaly, emerges as a formidable force in the realm of country music, seamlessly blending the heartfelt essence of Country with the invigorating spirit of Rock. Influenced by revered musical icons such as The Eagles, The Travelling Wilburys, and Bruce Springsteen, Lorcan’s musical journey is a testament to the enduring allure of classic Americana infused with his own unique Irish charm.

At the tender age of 7, Lorcan embraced his first guitar strings, igniting a lifelong passion that has only deepened over time. Drawing from the rich storytelling traditions of Country music and the raw energy of Rock, Lorcan crafts compositions that weave a tapestry of profundity and allure, capturing the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide.

“Live at The Ivory Sessions” EP: A Showcase of Live Performance Mastery

Lorcan’s latest EP, “Live at The Ivory Sessions,” showcases his prowess as a performer, featuring four captivating cover tracks recorded live in the renowned Ivory Studio in Slane, Co Meath, Ireland. With a 4-piece band accompanying him, Lorcan delivers raw and authentic performances that resonate with emotion and energy. The recordings, captured in a single take without layering, provide an intimate glimpse into Lorcan’s musical artistry. The EP’s tracks, mixed and mastered by the esteemed Mark Cahill, include:

– “When it Rains It Pours” (originally by Luke Combs): Lorcan infuses this upbeat Country/Rock anthem with grit and passion, captivating audiences with its infectious energy.

– “Broken Halos” (originally by Chris Stapleton): Lorcan’s heartfelt rendition of this poignant song resonates deeply with its themes of loss and redemption, showcasing his emotive vocal delivery.

– “1, 2 Many” (originally by Luke Combs): Lorcan’s electrifying performance of this high-energy track radiates with infectious drive and enthusiasm, leaving listeners eager for more.

– “Travellin Soldier” (originally by The Dixie Chicks): With Cathal Guinan on the fiddle adding depth and emotion, Lorcan’s rendition of this timeless classic captivates with its haunting beauty and poignant storytelling.

Future Endeavours: What comes after the covers EP?

Looking ahead, Lorcan eagerly anticipates unveiling a new EP featuring original compositions that promise to captivate hearts and minds with their authenticity and charm. With a magnetic stage presence and a resume that includes sharing platforms with esteemed acts like Ruaile Buaile, Johnny Brady, and The Whistlin Donkeys, Lorcan continues to solidify his standing within the music community, leaving an indelible mark on the ever-evolving musical landscape.

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Sami Jo Releases ‘I’m Tired Of Calling My Mom’

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Sami Jo has had a pen in her hand since day 1 and picked up a guitar to accompany her writing by the time she reached high school. She moved to Nashville, TN out of college and developed a name for herself around town, notoriously writing out all the personal, gut wrenching details of life and disguising them with pretty, catchy melodies. When you hear a Sami Jo song, artists like Noah Kahan, Colbie Caillat, and Kacey Musgrave may come to mind. Though her writing styles vary, her artistry stays true to her folk pop/americana roots.

Sami Jo’s move to Nashville began with a simple email on November 1, 2015 with a return sender: The Bluebird Cafe. Although famously known for their long audition process, the legendary music venue personally reached out to Sami Jo inviting her to play a Sunday Writer’s Night. Since that date, she has been recognized as NSAI’s “Ones to Watch,” has won the #1 song in SUSC International Songwriting competition, and a top 12 finalist in American Country Star worldwide competition.

Though new to releasing music, her last single, “Black & White Reality” hit 22k streams in the first 3 months with the top countries: United States and United Kingdom. She regularly plays to packed audiences in Nashville and in the past year she has led a successful International tour through England and Ireland where she performed on iconic stages including The Cavern Club, The Jacaranda, The Adelphi Hotel, and more. The brand new single ‘I’m Tired Of Calling My Mom’ is out from April 2024. 

When Sami Jo is not touring Internationally, she is Nashville’s beloved host of “Sams Jams” bi-weekly writers round at the prestigious Virgin Hotel on Music Row. She uses her networking and promotion skills to provide a platform for nearly 800 artists per year to share their original music with industry professionals.

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The Academy of Early Irish Harp launches its Spring Online classes + Online Group-Tuition Programmes

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The Academy of Early Irish Harp launches its Spring Online classes + Online Group-Tuition Programmes. 

Click here for more details: https://irishharp.org/acadamh

Invest in your skills and knowledge!

Affordable online harp classes tutored by international experts.

Post-beginner to professional level. All harps welcome!

What you get with each course:

  • six weekly 75-minute online group classes taught by experts
  • downloadable class materials to help you practice and learn
  • access to recordings of all your classes
  • a personalized web page with all your course materials and videos
  • access to your course videos until the start of the next term, or for as long as you are enrolled in ANY Acadamh na gCláirseach course

SPRING EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT: enroll now for €99 and save 24% off the full price of €130. Offer ends 20 April, 2024.

Spring online courses, starting 4 May, 2024

Of love and lamentation: ancient harp music from Ireland

https://irishharp.org/acadamh/programmes/of-love-and-lamentation-ancie

Course tutor: Alessia Bianchi

https://irishharp.org/acadamh/tutors/alessia-bianchi

Discover heartfelt laments and love airs from the first printed collection of Irish music.

Some of the most enchanting aspects of Irish music are its heartfelt laments and love airs. Many are centuries old but still have the power to speak to the deepest parts of our modern souls. In this course you will discover two such laments and an air. All three are taken from the very first printed collection of Irish music, published in the heart of Dublin in 1724.

We will explore Alessia’s reconstructions of these, including historical playing techniques used by the old Irish harpers, working also on finer points of phrasing and dynamics. Along the way we will discover the stories and anecdotes behind the music.

Airs and graces: music from Scotland

https://irishharp.org/acadamh/programmes/airs-and-graces-music-from-sc

Course tutors: James Ruff, Dr Tamzin Elliott

https://irishharp.org/acadamh/tutors/james-ruff

https://irishharp.org/acadamh/tutors/dr-tamzin-elliott

Explore Scotland’s evocative music from centuries past.

Come and explore Scotland’s evocative and beautiful music. Learn three pieces from seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth-century sources, guided by experts in performing Scottish repertory on the harp. Start the course with Suipair thighear Leoid [‘Lude’s super’], a fàilte [salute or welcome] piece attributed to Rorie Dall, ‘Blind Rorie’. Follow this up with the beautiful ‘Port Atholl’, a fitting contrast to the stately and regal Lude’s super. Round out the course with a sweet and unusual port collected by the Maclean Clephane sisters in the Hebrides, in the early nineteenth century.

In this course students will not only learn technical strategies for finding their way around new tunes, but also will gain insight into the arranging process and what goes into engaging with a manuscript.

Living heritage: learn from Irish and Scottish master musicians.

https://irishharp.org/acadamh/programmes/living-heritage-learn-from-ir

Course tutors: Allan Henderson, Breda Keville, Jimmy O’Brien Moran, Allan MacDonald, Ciarán Ó Gealbháin

https://irishharp.org/acadamh/tutors/allan-henderson

https://irishharp.org/acadamh/tutors/breda-keville

https://irishharp.org/acadamh/tutors/dr-jimmy-obrien-moran

https://irishharp.org/acadamh/tutors/allan-macdonald

https://irishharp.org/acadamh/tutors/dr-ciaran-o-gealbhain

Immerse yourself in the living traditions of Ireland and Scotland with master musicians

Learn about piping, vocal, and fiddling traditions from renowned master musicians in living Gaelic traditions, chosen for their rare and authentic style of music-making. Their deep, embedded knowledge, and ingrained style will help you to make your own music sound more authentically Gaelic. The aim of these six course sessions is to listen to, and learn from, master musicians who are steeped in their living traditions to see how they can give you a bit of style in your own playing, and help you turn dusty manuscript pages back into living music.

See: https://irishharp.org/acadamh for all details. 

 

Anne Gildea’s – “How to Get The Menopause and Enjoy It” Show Returns to Ireland

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Anne Gildea is a Dublin-based comedienne. Her current show How to get The Menopause and Enjoy It, launched in Dublin’s Viking Theatre on Valentine’s Day 2022. The show’s combination of comedy, information, warmth, and authenticity proved an instant sell-out hit: HTGTM&EI is currently on its third tour of Irish theatres, in addition to international dates in the UK and Europe. Gildea has just announced a host of shows in Ireland from March straight through to December 2024! (See dates below).

Anne will also be touring with preeminent menopause expert, Dr Louise Newson as a comedic contributor to her show ‘Hormones and Menopause – The Great Debate’ show. From Portsmouth to London’s West End to Inverness, this 35-date tour will be all over the UK Autumn/Winter 2024.

Previously Anne was a co-founder and long-time creative/performer with The Nualas, (1995-2018) Ireland’s top shiny-dressed, musical-comedy girl- trio. Their unique brand of intricately-arranged, self-penned song and provocative chat about current stuff proved a huge success.

They toured worldwide most notably playing The Royal Albert Hall, London; a sell-out seven-week run at The Irish Arts Centre, New York; multiple sell-out seasons at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival; a six-week sell-out at the Drill Hall, London, nine-weeks at The Tivoli, and five-weeks at The Academy, Dublin, as well as The Olympia Theatre and Vicar Street,  Dublin, The Opera Houses in Belfast and Cork, a 64-date tour of the UK in 2001,  and countless other major venues across Ireland, Australia and Asia.

Many international radio and TV appearances over the years included a double headliner on BBC One TV’s Stand-Up Show, with US comic Jon Stewart, BBC’s Edinburgh Nights, and The Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala, Seven Network, Australia as well as guesting on shows including BBC Radio’s The Ned Sherrin Show, The World Service’s The Arts Show, and writing and recording several radio series for BBC Radio 4.

Smidgen of Nuala Reviews:

‘Must see.’ NY Times |  ‘Dammit! The Nualas can sing and make your face ache from laughing’. Time Out, London | ‘They had a capacity crowd eating out of their hands.’  The Evening Standard, London |  ‘Sequin chic and bone-dry wit’ Independent, London | ‘The audience bayed, clamoured and stamped for more. I haven’t seen the like at a ‘Fringe show before!’ ‘ Edinburgh Evening News | ‘Genius.’ The Scotsman | ‘A world class act’ Sunday Times | ‘Feckin’ great.’  The Village Voice, NY

Solo, as a comedy writer/performer Anne was headline performer on 5 RTE TV series:  X-it File (2 series), X-it Pole, The Gerry Ryan To-Night Show and The Dog’s Dinner, & featured in comedy-doc The Green, Green Grass of Home, and serio-doc No Laughing Matter, which followed her treatment for breast cancer in 2011. She has appeared in other telly such as Fr. Ted (Channel Four) and Bridget and Eamon (RTE).

As a stand-up Anne head-lined an episode of RTE’s The Liffey Laughs, and guested on The Late, Late Show. Live she has performed all over Ireland, in the US and in the UK,  where she started out doing comedy  with the trio, Doris Karloff, London, ‘89.

She has published two books, a novel, Deadlines and Dickheads, (O’Brien Press 2006) and a memoir, I’ve got Cancer What’s Your Excuse (Hachette, 2013) The latter inspired the feature film, The Bright Side, which premiered in cinemas in August 2021 and streamed on Amazon Prime from May 2022.

‘Talented, confident and phenomenally quick-witted,’ Chortle |

‘Irresistibly hilarious’ Irish Times |

 ‘Laugh out loud funny.’ Hot Press|

Ireland’s answer to David Sedaris.’ GCN |

Anne was a featured columnist for seven and a half years with The Irish Mail on Sunday, by-line ‘A wickedly funny take on modern Ireland’, and has also written for other publications including   The Irish Times, Examiner, Independent &  The Irish Post, London.

Selection of How to Get The Menopause and Enjoy It reviews:

‘Never has the female body been put under such an hilarious microscope… this funny and taboo-busting work blasts the lid right off. Utterly punk.’ – Irish Independent

‘So canny, funny, smart, on-point and hilarious. Wonderful tonic and cultural link to our bonkers past.’ – June Caldwell (writer)

‘Anne Gildea’s show is one-woman genius. Hilarious and educational in equal parts.’ –Loretta Dignam, founder, Menopause Hub, Dublin

‘Amazingly funny and really accurate menopause show – loved it!’ – Dr. Deirdre Lundy, menopause specialist.

ANNE GILDEA  ‘How to Get the Menopause & Enjoy It’

Irish TOUR DATES March – Dec 2024

WATERGATE THEATRE – Kilkenny – Sat 23 March

ESKER ARTS CENTRE  – Tullamore, Co. Offaly  – Fri 29 March  SOLD OUT

NATIONAL OPERA HOUSE – Wexford –  Sat 13 April

CLAREMORRIS TOWN HALL – Claremorris, Co. Mayo –  Sat 20 April

SOLSTICE  ARTS CENTRE, Navan, Co. Meath  – Friday 10 May

THE EXCHANGE – Twickenham,  London – 17 & 18 May

RAMOR –  Virginia, Co. Cavan –  Sat 01 June

DUNAMAISE ARTS CENTRE – Portlaoise Co. Offaly  – Friday 14th June

THE CIVIC THEATRE –  Tallaght, Dublin – Sat 29th June

FRIARS GATE, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick – Fri 06 September

THE VENUE THEATRE,  Ratoath, Co. Meath –  Sat  07 September

HAWK’S WELL THEATRE – Sligo –  Friday 13 September

GlÓR, Ennis, Co. Clare – Saturday 14th September

ÍONTAS THEATRE –  Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan  –  Sat 21 September

TOWN HALL THEATRE – Westport, Co. Mayo – Friday 15 November

BACKSTAGE THEATRE – Longford –   Sat 16 November

TUAR ARD ARTS CENTRE – Moate, Co. Westmeath – Fri  22 November

ABBEY TAVERN – Howth, Co. Dublin – Sat  23 November

MERMAID ARTS CENTRE – BRAY, Co.  Wicklow –  Sat  30 November

AN GRIANÁN – Letterkenny, Co. Donegal – Sat 14 December

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Dr Louise Newson Live TOUR DATES 26 Sept – 12 Nov (+  Anne Gildea will be providing a comedic perspective in the show.

Fri 27 Sept Stafford

Sun 29 Sept The Haymarket Basingstoke

Mon 30 Sept Epsom Playhouse Epsom

Tue 1 Oct Nottingham Playhouse Nottingham

Wed 2 Oct Venue Cymru Llandudno

Thu 3 Oct The Atkinson Southport

Fri 4 Oct Kendal Leisure Centre Kendal

Sun 6 Oct Eden Court Inverness

Mon 7 Oct Festival Theatre Edinburgh

Tue 8 Oct Perth Concert Hall Perth

Thu 10 Oct Buxton Opera House Buxton

Fri 11 Oct CAST Doncaster

Sat 12 Oct Storyhouse Chester

Sun 13 Oct Lichfield Garrick Theatre Lichfield

Mon 14 Oct Chelmsford Theatre Chelmsford

Tue 15 Oct Theatre Severn Shrewsbury

Wed 16 Oct The Redgrave Theatre Bristol

Fri 18 Oct Darlington Hippodrome Darlington

Sun 20 Oct Theatre Royal Winchester Winchester

Mon 21 Oct The Duchess Theatre London

Tue 22 Oct The Hawth Crawley

Wed 23 Oct Pavilion Theatre Worthing

Thu 24 Oct Exeter Northcott Theatre Exeter

Fri 25 Oct Swan Theatre Worcester

Sun 3 Nov Kings Hall Ilkley

Mon 4 Nov The Apex Bury Saint Edmunds

Tue 5 Nov Royal & Derngate Northampton

Wed 6 Nov Lighthouse Poole

Thu 7 Nov Grove Theatre Dunstable

Fri 8 Nov Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells

Sat 9 Nov Warwick Art Centre Coventry

Sun 10 Nov Rose Theatre Kingston

Mon 11 Nov New Theatre Royal Portsmouth

Tue 12 Nov The Alban Arena St Albans

See Anne Gildea’s official website for all links to tickets and shows!

WEBSITE www.annegildea.com

 

 

Alfie Hudson Taylor Announces New Solo Music + Irish Tour Dates!

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Alfie Hudson Taylor Takes Center Stage as a Solo Artist, Unveiling Debut Single ‘Being In Love’

[March 5, 2024] – Nationally acclaimed as one-half of the chart-topping duo Hudson Taylor, Alfie Taylor is now embarking on an exhilarating solo chapter in his musical odyssey as Alfie Hudson Taylor. Renowned for his musical prowess and experiences touring with stellar acts like Jake Bugg, The Rolling Stones, and Hozier, Alfie has achieved chart-topping success in the UK and Ireland, amassing over 60 million streams globally and selling out tours.

Despite the duo’s global triumphs, Alfie faced the harsh reality of financial challenges, vividly illustrated by having -80 euros in his bank account on the day their sophomore album reached number one. Motivated by a deep-seated desire to shed light on the trials artists face in today’s music industry, Alfie made the audacious decision to step away from the brotherly partnership.



In October 2023, Alfie took the initiative to share his profound experiences and insights with the world through the release of the podcast ‘How To Break An Artist.’ This podcast not only served as a fountain of advice for emerging talents but also unveiled the untold reasons behind the conclusion of Hudson Taylor.

Now, Alfie Hudson Taylor stands on the brink of a solo career, unveiling his emotionally charged debut single, ‘Being In Love.’ The track serves as a poignant exploration of Alfie’s personal journey in a relationship with his partner. Reflecting on the song, Alfie articulates, “I wrote ‘Being in Love’ about my partner Gabrielle. It’s an attempt to describe the feeling of being in love.”

Recorded in Somerset, UK, ‘Being In Love’ is a testament to Alfie’s newfound confidence in pursuing his solo career. Collaborating with producer and confidant Luke Potashnick, the duo intentionally captured the raw, organic, and human essence of the music. Opting for live recordings with a band and adding layered strings afterward, they deliberately eschewed over-editing to preserve the authenticity of the sound.

Alfie Hudson Taylor is poised to captivate audiences with his distinctive sound and authentic storytelling. ‘Being In Love’ heralds the commencement of an enthralling solo journey for this remarkably talented artist. With unwavering dedication to addressing industry challenges, Alfie is poised to carve out his unique niche in the dynamic landscape of the music world.

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Al Lewis: A Journey of Heartfelt Melodies and Emotional Catharsis Spanning 15 Years

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Al Lewis: A Journey of Heartfelt Melodies and Emotional Catharsis Spanning 15 Years + Irish single release: NEVER BE FORGOTTEN – MARCH 1ST 

Al Lewis embarked on a musical odyssey that has now spanned 15 remarkable years. It was the untimely death of his father that served as the catalyst for this journey, leaving an indelible mark on Lewis and propelling him into the world of singer-songwriting.

Reflecting on that pivotal moment, Lewis shares, “I realised then that life was short, that you don’t know what’s coming around the corner, so you should grab for your dream.”

With unwavering determination, Lewis seized that dream and has since released seven solo albums, establishing himself as an artist of exceptional tenderness, insight, and melodic invention.

Lewis’s collaborations with Welsh singer-songwriter Sarah Howells, US artist Alva Leigh (as Lewis & Leigh), and Bristolian electronic soundscaper Kayla Painter (as GLASLYN) showcase his refusal to be confined by genre boundaries. Born and raised in Pwllheli, Lewis effortlessly navigates between English and Welsh in his songwriting, with his 2013 homage to Dylan Thomas, ‘A Child’s Christmas In Wales,’ making history as the first Welsh-language track to be play-listed on BBC Radio 2.

However, Lewis’s motivation extends beyond accolades and achievements. Music, for him, is an expression of joy and a cathartic exercise that allows him to better understand himself and the complexities of his own experiences. Turning personal stories into songs became a way for Lewis to navigate the intricacies of his emotions and make sense of life’s challenges.

It took Lewis a decade and a half to find the strength to address the profound loss of his father in song. Raised in an environment where discussions about feelings were not commonplace, Lewis struggled to process his grief. The breakthrough came during the filming of a television special for S4C, where Lewis was to perform for Multiple Sclerosis sufferers in North Wales. Confronted with the task of speaking about his father’s battle with MS, Lewis realized the deep-seated emotions that he had long buried.

The turning point came during the lockdown, when Lewis decided to explore his father’s long-forgotten possessions stored in the attic. Among dusty boxes, he uncovered relics from his father’s past – documents related to divorce, struggles with illness, and dreams pursued in the face of a diagnosis. This emotional journey allowed Lewis to paint a fuller picture of his father, providing closure and a deeper understanding of the man he had lost.

In sharing his personal and musical evolution, Al Lewis has emerged not only as a critically acclaimed artist but also as a testament to the transformative power of music and self-discovery. As he continues to captivate audiences with his tender melodies and insightful lyrics, Lewis stands as an inspiration for those seeking solace and understanding through the universal language of music.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Linda Coogan Byrne linda@goodseedpr.com

Editors Notes:

About Al Lewis:

Al Lewis is a singer-songwriter hailing from Pwllheli, Wales. With a career spanning 15 years, Lewis has released seven solo albums and collaborated with various artists across genres. His music, characterised by tenderness, insight, and melodic invention, reflects his personal journey of emotional catharsis and self-discovery. Born and raised in Pwllheli, Lewis writes and sings in both English and Welsh, making a mark as a versatile and compelling artist

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Rocstrong returns with ‘Moon’ ft. Tolü Makay

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Dublin’s Genre-Bending Sensation, ROCSTRONG, Announces Anticipated Album “Road Trip FM” with new song “MOON”

[Jan 24] – 

André Bangala, widely known as ROCSTRONG, has emerged as a captivating force in the Irish music scene, seamlessly blending pop, rock, and soul into an electrifying musical experience. The Congolese-Dubliner with his genre-defying sound has earned him acclaim as one of the most outstanding performers in Ireland.

ROCSTRONG kickstarted his musical journey with the Coen Brothers’ movie ‘Hail Caesar,’ where his single ‘Go Head’ took a strong hold in the soundtrack, and also served as the soundtrack for a high-profile Lidl campaign supporting women’s gaelic games. Other synchronisations include McDonald’s all-media campaign and a global campaign for Seat, solidifying his presence on the international stage.  He has showcased a charismatic star in the making. His unique style draws inspiration from musical legends such as James Brown, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Childish Gambino, Andre 3000 and Frank Ocean.

After a brief hiatus during the Covid era, the dynamic artist is back with a bang. Following the critical acclaim of his 2016 EP and memorable live performances, ROCSTRONG is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of his highly anticipated album, “Road Trip FM,” set to hit the airwaves in the Summer of 2024.

Having carved a niche with his distinctive sound and infectious energy, his return is poised to make a considerable impact on the music scene in 2024. The artist’s dynamic live performances and genre-blending artistry have garnered him a dedicated fan base, and “Road Trip FM” is set to solidify his position as a trailblazer in the industry.

With “MOON” featuring a mesmerising vocal collaboration with Tolü Makay, setting the stage and released on Feb 22nd, ROCSTRONG invites audiences to join him on a musical journey that promises to be a standout highlight of the year. Stay tuned for the Summer release of “Road Trip FM” as ROCSTRONG makes his triumphant return to the forefront of the music world. 

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Sano Hill to Release Captivating Valentine’s Day Single: “Not That Kind of Love Song”

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Galway City, January 15, 2024 – Irish singer-songwriter Sano Hill, renowned for his heartfelt compositions that delve into the intricacies of life, love, and loss, is set to enchant listeners once again with his upcoming single, “Not That Kind of Love Song.” Scheduled for release around Valentine’s Day 2024, the song promises to be a moving melodic account of a love affair, capturing intimate stolen moments that may well be the last for the featured couple.

Hill, based in the picturesque Galway City, has already established himself as a notable artist with performances across the United States and Ireland, supporting the likes of Paddy Casey and In Tua Nua among other fellow lumineers. His debut album, “If Not Now, When?” released in late 2023, received international critical acclaim, marking him as a distinctive voice in the singer-songwriter genre.

The track “Not That Kind of Love Song” presents a charming and soulful sound, featuring delightful acoustic guitar, warm string layers, and mellow drums, peppered by synth flutters and led by Sano’s alluring voice. Plastic Magazine acclaimed the song for providing an alternative sound and approach to the typical love songs that dominate the airwaves on Valentine’s Day.

“Not That Kind of Love Song” has already gained significant recognition, recently reaching the No. 1 spot on the prestigious North American New Artist Spotlight Top 20 chart. The track is also currently holding the top position on the PureMzine Irish Artist Top 20 Spotlight Video Chart.

Sano Hill’s debut album, “If Not Now, When?” charted a singer/songwriter’s journey through a relationship, from hopeful beginnings to doubt, denial, disillusionment, breakup, recovery, and finally finding his voice. The album has been celebrated for its timeless and inventive compositions, with tracks receiving praise such as “echoes of the greats from the past,” “timeless,” “remarkable,” “stunning,” and “a masterpiece.”

Recorded partly in Windmill Lane Studios, the upcoming album was produced by award-winning Irish producer Larry Hogan, with final mixing and mastering completed by celebrated engineer and producer Braddon Williams. Williams, known for his work with artists such as Beyoncé, Snoop Dogg, Mark Ronson, and The Script, has added a layer of brilliance to Sano Hill’s musical endeavors.

As Sano Hill continues to captivate audiences with his soulful and introspective sound, “Not That Kind of Love Song” promises to be a standout addition to his already impressive body of work. The single is set to release around Valentine’s Day 2024, providing a unique and heartfelt alternative to the typical love songs of the season.

Galway City, January 15, 2024 – Irish singer-songwriter Sano Hill, renowned for his heartfelt compositions that delve into the intricacies of life, love, and loss, is set to enchant listeners once again with his upcoming single, “Not That Kind of Love Song.” Scheduled for release around Valentine’s Day 2024, the song promises to be a moving melodic account of a love affair, capturing intimate stolen moments that may well be the last for the featured couple.

Hill, based in the picturesque Galway City, has already established himself as a notable artist with performances across the United States and Ireland, supporting the likes of Paddy Casey and In Tua Nua among other fellow lumineers. His debut album, “If Not Now, When?” released in late 2023, received international critical acclaim, marking him as a distinctive voice in the singer-songwriter genre.

The track “Not That Kind of Love Song” presents a charming and soulful sound, featuring delightful acoustic guitar, warm string layers, and mellow drums, peppered by synth flutters and led by Sano’s alluring voice. Plastic Magazine acclaimed the song for providing an alternative sound and approach to the typical love songs that dominate the airwaves on Valentine’s Day.

“Not That Kind of Love Song” has already gained significant recognition, recently reaching the No. 1 spot on the prestigious North American New Artist Spotlight Top 20 chart. The track is also currently holding the top position on the PureMzine Irish Artist Top 20 Spotlight Video Chart.

Sano Hill’s debut album, “If Not Now, When?” charts the development of a singer-songwriter, his emerging process and efforts to find his voice, while working through the ups and downs of a romantic relationship. The album has been celebrated for its timeless and inventive compositions, with tracks receiving praise as “echoes of the greats from the past,” “timeless,” “remarkable,” “stunning,” and “a masterpiece.”

Recorded partly in Windmill Lane Studios, the album was produced by award-winning Irish producer Larry Hogan, with final mixing and mastering completed by celebrated engineer and producer Braddon Williams. Williams, known for his work with artists such as Beyoncé, Snoop Dogg, Mark Ronson, and The Script, has added a layer of brilliance to Sano Hill’s musical endeavors.

As Sano Hill continues to captivate audiences with his soulful and introspective sound, “Not That Kind of Love Song” promises to be a standout addition to his already impressive body of work. The single is set to release around Valentine’s Day 2024, providing a unique and heartfelt alternative to the typical love songs of the season.

For more information on Sano Hill and his music, please visit https://linktr.ee/SanoHill and stay tuned for the release of “Not That Kind of Love Song.”

CONNOR McKEON AND HIS 12-PIECE BAND RETURN TO NATIONAL CONCERT HALL, MARCH 9TH, WITH THE SWEETEST FEELING: A CELEBRATION OF SOUL AND MOTOWN HITS

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Jan 15, 2024 – Following the tremendous success of the Legends Of Swing Show, Connor McKeon and his 12-piece band are set to take the stage once again at the National Concert Hall with their latest production, “The Sweetest Feeling.” After 10 sold-out shows that left audiences captivated, this new show promises to be an unforgettable celebration of the iconic hits from the Soul and Motown era.

“The Sweetest Feeling” pays homage to some of the world’s most beloved Soul and Motown artists, including Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Jackie Wilson, The Supremes, and many more. The show is a dynamic blend of musical excellence, infectious energy, and soulful renditions that transport audiences back to the golden era of timeless classics.

Connor McKeon, known for his cool and charismatic stage presence, has garnered praise from a diverse fan base, including Hollywood stars like Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas, sports legend Tiger Woods, and Ireland’s own Ryan Tubridy. Aptly dubbed “The New Kings of Cool,” the band’s performances have left an indelible mark on both national and international audiences.

The upcoming show at The National Concert Hall on Saturday, 9th of March, marks a return to familiar ground for Connor and his band. Hailing from Blessington and now residing in Kildare, Connor is back by popular demand, ready to enthrall audiences with big band hits celebrating all the hits of Motown.

With more nationwide dates soon to be confirmed, “The Sweetest Feeling” tour kicks off at The National Concert Hall Dublin a venue that have played a significant role in shaping Connor’s journey as a singer and performer. Music Director on the night will be Gavin Murphy.

Connor’s musical journey began at 17 when he joined his first band, ‘No Sweat,’ a rock band that quickly gained popularity in the UK. The band’s evolution over the years led to a broad repertoire, allowing them to tailor set lists for various events. The hand-picked musicians in Connor’s band are regular players with some of the biggest names in the industry, ensuring a top-tier musical experience.

“The Sweetest Feeling” promises to be a highlight in Ireland’s entertainment calendar, with previous sell-out shows at renowned venues such as The National Concert Hall Dublin, Vicar Street, The Cork Opera House, The National Opera House Wexford, and more. As Tiger Woods aptly put it, “These guys knock it outta the park!”

For ticket bookings see: https://www.nch.ie/all-events-listing/connor-mc-keon-the-sweetest-feeling/ TIME 8:00PM VENUE MAIN STAGE TICKETS €20, €32.50, €39.50

 

MADDIE MORRIS TO RELEASE DEBUT STUDIO ALBUM “SKIN” – A MUSICAL JOURNEY INTO IDENTITY, ACTIVISM, AND HOPE.

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Jan 2024– Maddie Morris, the acclaimed BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Musician and socially conscious songwriter, is set to release their highly anticipated debut studio album, “Skin,” on February 23rd 2024. Building on the success of their first studio EP, “Upstream,” Maddie continues to push the boundaries of traditional folk music, using their art as a powerful tool to address contemporary issues and foster inclusivity.

Described by Jim Moray as “leading the next generation of socially conscious songwriters,” Maddie’s work goes beyond storytelling, transforming narratives into action. Recently commissioned by Rural Arts to explore LGBTQIA+ experiences through traditional music, Maddie has collaborated with organizations such as Queer Folk, Esperance, and Trans Pride Brighton, showcasing a commitment to amplifying marginalized voices.



“Skin,” produced by Pete Ord and recorded at The Studio at Sunbeams in Cumbria, is a beautifully crafted collection of songs that delves into the intimate, hopeful, and political aspects of identity. Maddie’s distinctive vocal style, paired with insightful songwriting, creates an album that gracefully navigates the intersection of art and activism.

The album features collaborations with outstanding artists, including Archie Churchill-Moss, Belinda O’hooley, Bryony Griffith, George Sansome, Janice Burns, Kath Ord, and Matt Downer. Musical guests such as Belinda O’Hooley, Bryony Griffith, Archie Churchill-Moss, George Sansome, and Janice Burns contribute their exceptional talents to enhance the poignant songwriting.

Maddie’s writing emanates from hope rather than anger, taking listeners on a journey through queer joy, liberation, history, hope, and vulnerability. “Skin” promises to be a significant addition to the folk music landscape, capturing the essence of Maddie’s unique perspective and commitment to making a positive impact through their art.

Following the critical acclaim of “Upstream,” Maddie Morris is poised to make an even greater impact with “Skin.” The album invites audiences to explore the profound connection between personal stories and the broader political landscape, echoing the sentiment of second-wave Feminism’s ‘the personal is political.’

“Skin” will be released on NoMasters in February 2024, marking a milestone in Maddie Morris’s career as an artist dedicated to making a difference through music.

Full list of UK Dates below: (all tickets avail here: https://www.maddiemorrismusic.co.uk/gigs

1st Feb / @ludlow_distillery / Ludlow
2nd Feb / @thejamfac / Hereford
3rd Feb / @violetstearoombridgnorth / Bridgnorth
(Bookings through @shirefolkmusic )
4th Feb / @reddeerclub / Marsden
8th Feb / @polyfalmouth / Cornwall (with @angelcakepie)
9th Feb / @barbican_theatre / Plymouth
10th Feb / @springbankarts / Derbyshire
14th Feb / St Albans Folk Club/ St Albans
16th Feb / Cambridge Folk Club / Cambridge
19th Feb / @kitchen_garden_cafe / Birmingham (with @katyrosebennett)
20th Feb / The Hoy / Leigh on Sea
21st Feb / @cecilsharphouse / London
22nd Feb / @temperancecafe / Leamington Spa
23rd Feb / @stablesmk / Milton Keynes
25th Feb / @hydeparkfolkclub / Leeds
29th Feb / Topic Folk Club / Bradford (Joint headline with @abbeythomasmusician)
1st March /St Mary’s Church /Todmorden
7th March / @forestarts_nm / New Milton
8th March / @ashcroftarts / Fareham
9th March / @westendcentre / Aldershot
10th March / Live at Sams / Sheffield
10th March / @@livetoyourlr / Online
24th March / @operanorth / Leeds (Playing with @georgesansomefolk )
28th March / @cobaltstudios.ouseburn / Newcastle
30 March / @mattandphreds / Manchester