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Neil O’Brien Entertainment Presents St. Patrick’s Day on Mandolin with The High Kings, Brian Kennedy, Mundy + more special guests!

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Neil O’Brien Entertainment is delighted to Present St. Patrick’s Day on Mandolin… Celebrate St Patricks Day with a variety of Music from Brian Kennedy, Mundy, Niall Macnamee, The Remedy Club and The High Kings!!!

TICKETS On Sale –  9am GMT Tomorrow March 3rd 2021!

The stream will be available for 72 hours from the time the events goes live. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Neil O’Brien Entertainment Presents: MUNDY @ 7PM GMT | 8PM CET | 3PM EST
 
 
Irish Songwriter and Performer Mundy and his Band are streaming from ‘Lost Lane’ Music Venue in Dublin this St.Patricks Day 2021 in Conjunction with Neil O’Brien Entertainment London and Mandolin.com.
 
Mundy will be Joined by Stephen Kiernan (Drums) Keith Farrell (Bass and Backing Vocals) Sarah Lynch (Keyboards and Violin) and Colm Quearney (Electric Guitar and Backing Vocals) They will play a set of 60 minutes, picking songs from his ever expanding set from the last 25 years. Favourites like ‘To You i Bestow’ (Romeo and Juliet Soundtrack) ‘Galway Girl’ (Most Downloaded song fun Ireland two years running) ‘July’ (Irish Summer Anthem) ‘Gin and Tonic Sky’ (Fan Fave) and new single ‘Dark Long Enough’ will be on the setlist including one or two of Mundy’s favourite Irish Ballads for the Day that’s in it… Get your tickets now!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Neil O’Brien Entertainment Presents: THE HIGH KINGS @ 9PM GMT | 10PM CET | 5PM EST
 

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Home from Home on St. Patricks day
Join the High Kings as their special guest to an intimate live performance this St. Patricks Day! 
 
“This show is a labour of love from our hearts to yours. “ Says member Darren Holden. “We never thought we wouldn’t see our beloved fans for so long, so this is a glorious opportunity to reconnect with everybody virtually until we can be together again.” Join Finbarr, Brian, Paul and Darren for a show which consists of songs new and old, along with some great surprises.  We have your reserved seat ready so let’s dust off the cobwebs and rise up to face the new dawn. Le grá, The High Kings
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Neil O’Brien Entertainment Presents: BRIAN KENNEDY @ 9PM GMT | 10PM CET | 5PM EST
 
 
Brian Kennedy, the multi-platinum international recording artist hosts a unique event to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. The show features Brian up close and personal in Dublin with a set of his most treasured traditional songs plus a selection of his fans favourites. Brian: “I’m so excited that people are able to join us from all over the world for this special broadcast”
 
Brian says. “It was exactly a year ago this month that I was playing a St Patrick’s Festival in a church here in Ireland and little did we know what destruction Covid had planned for us and then would still be amongst us today. However, I’m the eternal optimist and although this year has brought so many challenges I just love that the internet has come to the rescue and is such a powerful lifeline and a virtual venue that people can access safely no matter where they are. Even more so especially given that the doors to all of our beloved regular venues are shut and live shows aren’t possible right now. So I hope you can join me for this very special event and I look forward to singing for you all.” Love Brian Kennedy – Dublin
 

 

 

 

 

Neil O’Brien Entertainment Presents: THE REMEDY CLUB @ 8PM GMT | 9PM CET | 4PM EST

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Live from Camelot Studios, Dublin with added acoustic set for St. Patrick’s day special Neil O’Brien Entertainment Presents: The Remedy Club – ‘Ireland’s best kept musical secret’ (HOTPRESS) will be re-broadcasting their full band gig from Camelot Studios, Dublin 17th March along with an additional St. Patrick’s day acoustic set with special guests, Colm Mac Con Iomaire on fiddle and Michelle Mason on cello.

The online gig will be celebrating the songs from their brand new album ‘True Hand True Heart’, which was recorded and produced by 5 time Grammy winner, Ray Kennedy (Lucinda Williams, Steve Earle) as the duo look forward to a re-release of the album on 26th March. In addition to this, for a St. Patrick’s day special they are adding a short acoustic set of Irish songs including an atmospheric, melancholy version of the Thin Lizzy classic, ‘Wild One’, which will be recorded at Orphan Studios, Wexford by renowned Irish musician/producer, Gavin Glass. They will be joined by Irish composer and fiddle player, Colm Mac Con Iomaire and Cellist, Michelle Mason.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Neil O’Brien Entertainment Presents: NIALL MACNAMEE @ 6PM GMT | 7PM CET | 2PM EST
 
 

Join us to help celebrate St Patrick’s night where I will be playing some St Patrick’s day classics and new music, looking forward to seeing you all there!

 

Eleanor McEvoy Announces New Single ‘Almost Beautiful’ Out Friday, March 12th

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Irish Chanteuse Eleanor McEvoy, who is best known for her songs ‘Sophie’ and the Irish standard ‘Only A Woman’s Heart’, has just announced a brand new single titled ‘Almost Beautiful’ set to be released Friday, March 12th, 2021. 

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”, Eleanor wrote “Almost Beautiful” with Dave Rotheray the acclaimed guitarist and songwriter from the massively successful UK band ‘The Beautiful South’. 

It documents a loved-one slipping into mental illness to heartbreaking effect. Rotheray has previously spoken about the difficulty of writing about such a challenging issue…..“we went for a drink after this one”

For more information see:

http://twitter.com/eleanormcevoy

www.eleanormcevoy.com

http://www.facebook.com/eleanormcevoy

http://instagram.com/eleanormcevoy

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Lewis Barfoot Announces Glenaphuca Album Release: 5th March 2021

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“What a beautiful, beautiful voice she has, just gorgeous” – Eve Blair, BBC Radio Ulster

‘Lewis Barfoot’s voice is a balm for the soul’ – Lilian Smith Rte Radio 1

“Beautiful ethereal poise in her crystal singing voice” Folk and Honey

Glenaphuca is the debut album by Irish/English singer and multi-instrumentalist Lewis Barfoot, due for release on 5th March 2021. Glenaphuca features the recent singles Fisherman and Sweet Dreams as aired on RTÉ and BBC Radio. Fisherman is accompanied by a stunning animated music video made by acclaimed Korean visual artist Narae Kim which premiered at Cork International Film Festival in November 2020 and is now screening at both London and Chicago Irish Film Festivals.

Glenaphuca is an album full of evocative, autobiographical songs that speak of Lewis’ wish to unearth the legacy of her family roots in Ireland and is a mix of original compositions and reinventions of traditional songs from Ireland and England. Recent single Fisherman perfectly represents Lewis’s effortless interweaving of the traditional and the original; an original composition by Lewis that infuses a melody from the traditional Irish song Dúlamán.

Elsewhere she beautifully performs traditional English folk song The Fox and gives a stunning rendition of the traditional Irish tune from Connemara, Amhrán Fosuíochta. Other original compositions include the captivating Sister Lover and the elegiac lament for Lewis’s mother White Dress. A timeless  gifted storyteller who transports the listener to strange, magical, otherworldly places. Frequently compared to the likes of Ane Brun and Joni Mitchell, her first EP Catch Me was described by Irish Radio International as “Delicious music: A massage of the heart, a whisper to the soul”.

Glenaphuca was produced by Lewis at Soup Studios, London and mastered by Pete Maher. Glenaphuca features guest musicians Elisabeth Flett (Fiddle, Backing Vocals) Matt Dibble (Clarinet, Piano), Hannah Thomas (Cello, Backing Vocals), Maria Rodriguez Reina (Cello), Ansuman Biswas (Percussion) and Jonny Huddersfield Helm (Drums). Having previously performed alongside Bróna McVittie in Irish folk ensemble Rún, Lewis has since cut her teeth as a solo artist on the London folk circuit, appearing regularly for institutions such as Nest Collective. Lewis has recently moved back to her maternal home of Ireland and is happily settled in Cork.

Online Social Media Links Etc can be found on www.lewisbarfoot.com

Irish Troubadour Robert John Hope Announces New Music

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‘None Other’, the first single from Robert John Hope’s debut album ‘Plasticine Heart’ is an electro pop/rock song about trying to move on from regretful experiences, and having to deal with the eventual consequences in one form or another set to be released Jan 29th 2021. 

Recalling close friendships gone bad, relationships destroyed for whatever reason, and other shameful things done in the past, all of which can come back to haunt you in some way, the song explores the idea that you can’t escape your past.

Robert John Hope is an Irish, Berlin based singer-songwriter whose music is rooted in ambient folk and alternative pop/rock. In Ireland, he will be known mostly as the man with the distinctive voice and poetic lyrics who fronted the band Senakah, with whom he toured Ireland, the UK and US extensively in the past. He is now back with his debut solo album ‘Plasticine Heart’. 

In his musical career to date he can look back on an range of international press commentary – the British Mail On Sunday described him as having a vocal range veering from “Matt Bellamy style dramatics, to Eddie Vedder and Thom Yorke”, while Hotpress Magazine described his vocals as “ethereal”.

From 2007 to 2014, Hope performed mainly as the frontman of Senakah, with the second of their two albums ‘Human Relations’ being produced in 2011 by Noel Hogan of The Cranberries. On extensive tours of the US, they performed over 300 concerts across 40 States with acts such as Arrested Development and the late Bernie Worrell, also performing at the legendary Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood, and at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. 

Hope’s debut solo album ‘Plasticine Heart’, to be released on April 23rd, 2021, developed over a couple of years during which he released his first solo EP ‘The Unravelling’ in 2018. The album’s title for him reflects the changes one invariably goes through as time passes, and for better or worse the malleable nature of perspective, and the human heart. ‘None Other’ is released on Jan 29th 2021 across all digital platforms.

Concerts for summer and autumn 2021 are currently being planned, Covid permitting.

Follow Robert John Hope Online

 

Links:

Website: www.robertjohnhope.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/robertjohnhope

Instagram: www.instagram.com/robertjohnhope

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu4WVB2v45Q9VrTjdlbCClA

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0Qds1KR3fGsCSSTSetX7Rc 

 

None Other Video:

YouTube: https://youtu.be/FQ0rT4zgiDo

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/444468231/0cd5b6bcef

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Fionnán Announces New Single ‘Fools’ Set To Be Released Feb 12th 2021

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Fionnán (Fionn-on), is an Irish singer/songwriter and musician hailing from Dublin. His debut single, ‘Ghost in the Glass’, released in December 2019, reached #1 on the Irish ITunes Charts. Following on from the success of his debut, he will be releasing his second single, ‘Fools’, on February 12th 2021.

Fionnán studies songwriting in the infamous BIMM College Dublin, who boasts many a success story from their aspiring student who have gone on to create great music. That flow continues on with Fionnán. Drawing influences from fellow luminaries such as Damien Rice, Jake Bugg and the Arctic Monkeys, his story telling style is at the forefront of his music.  

‘Fools’ is a beautiful, yet heartbreaking song which tells a story of unrequited love in a relatable and melancholic manner. It will be released on February 12th on all major streaming platforms. It was recorded in Hellfire studios with Joe McGrath as the sound engineer. It was mixed by James Darkin and mastered by Pete Maher. 

You can follow Fionnán on his Social Media Links below:

Instagram: instagram.com/fionnanofarrell

Twitter: twitter.com/fionnanmusic

 

Ann Scott Announces New Single ‘Another Valentine’ Ahead of LP

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Single release –  ‘Another Valentine’ – Friday February 6th

A desperado acoustic love song cloaked in kitsch organs, vintage wurlitzer, punchy percussion and murky guitars, Another Valentine is the new single and first slice from Ann Scott’s forthcoming album, Lily. Mixed and mastered by Karl Odlum who also lends his signature bass, Scott takes command of most of the instrumentation, programming and guitars, while drums are performed by David Hingerty. Another Valentine is released on Raghouse Records with support from FMC Stimulus for album release, funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, and will be available from Spotify,  iTunes, Bandcamp etc on February 5th.

Over the course of four stunning and original albums, Ann Scott has been steadily establishing herself as one of the most courageous songwriters on the Irish scene. Twice nominated in the best female category for the Irish Meteor Awards, Ann Scott has carved her own niche as an independent and firebrand songwriter. Her debut album Poor Horse was voted into the Hotpress musicians’ poll of Ireland’s top 100 albums, while follow ups, We’re SmilingFlo and Venus to the Sky have received hearty critical acclaim and a growing number of converts, with Tony Clayton Lea including We’re Smiling in his 2011 novel of ‘101 Irish Albums You Must Hear Before You Die’

With distinctive voice, quirky left field guitars, and weird tunings, Scott guests regularly as multi-instrumentalist alongside contemporaries such as Gemma Hayes, Mark Geary, Katell Keineg and Adrian Crowley, and has provided guest vocals on albums for many more including, Glen Hansard, David Kitt, Kila & Oki and Jape.  

Her forthcoming studio offering, Lily, comprises eleven songs recorded over a mixed period of solitude and transformation, with recent history including re-location to the Irish countryside, giving birth for the first time, and now a year marked by lockdowns and social isolation.  Not by co-incidence then, Lily is a largely solo and sparse affair, featuring just a handful of usual collaborators and includes themes ranging from motherhood and family, to dementia, loneliness, burnout and hope.

What some of the critics have to say

“An inventive, literate and poetic voice” —Tony Clayton Lea- Irish Times

Not one of the highly hyped songwriters but definitely one of the most talented” – Dan Hegarty – 2FM

“A sublime, special collection. Rooted in dreamy melodies, Scott’s voice part Harriet Wheeler part Beth Orton is a rare beauty soaring on hot day and she jubilee and should deservedly gain her a lot of critical attention”. – Sinead Gleeson – U Magazine

Follow and connect with Ann on her socials below:

www.annscott.net
Bandcamp
Patreon Page
Spotify

Facebook Page

Twitter

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Irish Chanteuse Lewis Barfoot Announces New Double A Single ‘Sweet Dreams  & The Fox’

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Double A Single: Sweet Dreams  & The Fox

Release Date 29th January 2021 

Best known for the ethereal poise of her crystal singing voice, Lewis Barfoot announces her first new releases of 2021 from her upcoming long player. Sweet Dreams / The Fox is the new single by Irish/English singer and multi-instrumentalist Lewis Barfoot, due on 29th January 2021. Sweet Dreams / The Fox follows recent single Fisherman (November 2020), and are also taken from the debut Lewis Barfoot album Glenaphuca due in March 2021.

When asked about the single Lewis explains “this pairing of songs is a duet of love songs to my parents. Sweet Dreams is an original composition, inspired by and dedicated to my dearly departed mother, presented alongside my arrangement of traditional English folk track The Fox, which my father used to play to me as a child”. Lewis’s stunning, crystalline vocal and deft, chamber folk arrangements call to mind modern stars such as Ane Brun and Lisa Hannigan as well as classic artists such as Joni Mitchell.

Sweet Dreams and The Fox were both produced by Lewis, recorded at Soup Studios, London and mastered by Pete Maher. Featuring guest musicians Matt Dibble (Clarinet), Hannah Thomas (Cello) and Jonny Huddersfield Helm (Drums).

Having cut her teeth on the London folk circuit, appearing regularly for institutions such as Nest Collective, Lewis has recently moved back to her maternal home of Ireland, and is happily settled in Cork.

The Double A single will be available across all digital platforms on Jan 29th. 

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Irish Pop Singer/Songwriter Sarah McTernan Announces Collaboration ‘Loving You’ with EDM duo HalfTraxx.

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Irish Pop Singer/Songwriter Sarah McTernan announces collaboration ‘Loving You’ with EDM duo HalfTraxx set for release on Feb 5th 2021 across all digital platforms.

‘Loving You’ is a fun, light-hearted pop/dance song about that instant connection between young lovers, captivating instantly with its hooks, lines and sonic sinkers drawing influences from Daughter, Pink! and Becky Hill. The Track was Recorded in Wild Way Recording Studios, Mixed & Produced by HalfTraxx and Mastered at WAV Mastering.

Sarah’s career started out with an audition for The Voice of Ireland in 2015 with judges: Bressie, Una Healy, Kian Egan and Rachel Stevens, with an exceptional audition of ‘Who you are’ by Jessie J, all four judges turned their chairs and fought it out to be picked as Sarah’s mentor. After an indecisive wait, it was Rachel Stevens who would lead Sarah to the final and finish in third place of the competition. 


With success and recognition from The Voice, Sarah went on to perform in venues all over Europe before returning to Ireland where she has been writing and recording new material. With the announcement of her latest single, a collaboration with duo HalfTraxx, (a new Irish electronic music producion duo, consisting of Greg Lynch and Paul Finnin who crossed paths on the DJ/Vlub scene in Ireland), ‘Loving You’ is the first release of the new music coming in 2021 from Sarah. 

‘Loving You’ is out Feb 5th across all digital platforms. 

Links to Sarah’s socials:

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

Website: http://www.sarahmcternan.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sarah_mcternan

Links to HalfTraxx socials:

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WeAreHalfTraxx

 

 

 

Ruth Brosnan Celebrates The Covid-19 Frontliners With Song of Hope that Provides an Escape in Uncertain Times with new Song ‘Electric Gold’

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Cork singer-songwriter Ruth Brosnan returns with a new single ‘ELECTRIC GOLD‘ set for release Friday the 20th of November. The song is a high energy, up-tempo, pop dance track, heavily influenced by 80s style music combined with modern electronic elements.

Says Ruth:
 
I was inspired to write the song during the global COVID-19 pandemic. It is a song of hope and provides an escape in uncertain times. It is a song of survival through social isolation.
 
An animated music video will accompany the song and it will take you on a journey of discovery. It’s about realizing that we are all our own heroes and will overcome these tough times and emerge together stronger.
 
It is a shot of adrenaline to all of those obeying the rules so far to keep on going and a thank you/acknowledgement to frontline staff.
 

After completing her BA in Popular Music at CIT Cork School of Music, where she graduated with First Class Honors in May 2018, she set off to LA on a graduate visa to learn more about the music business. While in LA, she entered an online competition called The Great American Song Contest and was chosen as a finalist with her debut single, Good Enough, which she says was a great honour. It was also something for which she has had a lifetime of training.

“I always wanted to be a performer. I did a lot of acting and singing with The Performers in the Firkin Crane with Irene Warren, I had been in The Monforts and I was in the Cork School of Dance with Sinead Murphy. I was in pantos with Bryan Flynn and I’m so delighted I got to work with him. These people were all very influential when I was growing up.”

Ruth writes anecdotal songs of the pop/rock genre and has a unique quirky style & personality which shines through in her own songs and performances. Her influences include Kesha, Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani and Sigrid.

Ruth has experienced more than her fair share of heartache already. Having tragically lost her mother and a number of her close friends to suicide, Ruth wrote her previous song ‘Good Enough’ which was released to critical acclaim last year as a message for those going through a tough time and to remind them that they are good enough.

‘ELECTRIC GOLD’ will be available on various different platforms such as Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Tidal, Deezer and Apple Music from Nov 20th 2020.

Michelle Grimes Wows Across Irish Radio With Single ‘Going Going Gone’

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Hailing from Limerick, the Irish city that is producing some of the top talents in the country at the minute, multi-instrumentalist (piano, accordion and guitar!) Michelle Grimes arrived on the scene with a voice, panache and Pop / R’n’B sensibility that instantly appeals to the repeat button.

So much so that she went straight onto playlists across the country from Fm104, Live95, LMFM, Corks 96 and C103 as their Select Irish Artist of the Month aswell as gracing the airwaves across BBC (Track of the week), 2FM, Spin and many more.

No stranger to the stage, Michelle has performed in Trafalgar Square to over 20,000 spectators as part of ‘Pride in London’, has sung for the King and Queen of Belgium as well as singing for The Taoiseach and the U.S Presidential party in June last year when they visited Ireland.

Michelle just smashed it at the overall International International Radio Charts in Ireland landing at #17 on the Top 20 most played Artist on Irish radio right now sitting up there with Ariana, Joel Corry, Dermot Kennedy, Dua Lipa and other stars. She is also #8 in the Top 20 Fm104 Irish Charts across the Dublin Radio station. And in the at #3 in the breakers charts on Irish radio!!!

Michelle also counts well known celebrities as fans, the likes of Denise Van Outen described her vocal tone as simply ‘gorgeous’. Louis Walsh described her as a pure popstar who ticks all the boxes and Simon Cowell gave her the thumbs up himself!

Sounding like a hybrid of her musical influences Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa and Beyoncé, Grimes delivers a pop gem on her new single ‘Going Going Gone’.

This song is about being deeply in love. It speaks about finding a love so strong it is almost transcendent. ‘Going Going Gone’ refers to going past the point of no return in a relationship, where you realise you are completely head over heels for this person.

Grimes says: “I absolutely love ‘love’! and writing this song was such a fun and creative experience. To me, this song is essentially a modern-day love song with a strong beat and good vibe”.

‘Going Going Gone’ was Mixed by Ben Wanders and mastered by Richard at Wav Mastering and is out now, across all digital platforms.

Link to Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/michellegrimesofficial/

Link to YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdoV2fOmW-XTlYIwPyY33rA