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Bernadette Morris Announces New Single ‘The Shores of my Home’ Rel Date March 13th

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Following the success of her widely acclaimed debut album, ‘All The Ways You Wander’, County Tyrone born singer and musician, Bernadette Morris is set to launch her brand new single ‘The Shores of my Home’ March 13th 2020.

This memorable original track is a reflection of growing up with sunny trips to Lough Neagh the place she now calls home at the foot of the Bann.  The largest freshwater lough in the British Isles, Lough Neagh is touched by 5 counties and the song is sure to awaken happy memories of care-free childhood outings for many of us.

‘The Shores of my Home’ be launched on the 12th March at the Belfast Nashville Songwriter’s Festival; tickets available here.

With a new album release set for 2020, Morris has attracted collaborations a group of highly accomplished musicians and songwriters, including co-writes with Eleanor McEvoy, Ríoghnach Connolly and Arborist’s Mark McCambridge.   

As part of a busy performance schedule, Bernadette will be performing in Clonard Monastery on International Women’s Day, Sunday 8th March alongside Anúna, as part of Féile an Earraigh.

Morris continues to wow audiences throughout Ireland and abroad with her fresh take on traditional Irish folk songs and enthralls audiences with her modern versions of lilting Gaelic laments. Her album, ‘All the Ways You Wander’, produced by Sean Óg Graham of Beoga, is a varied and unique album with a rich mix of old traditional songs brought back to life and contemporary songs from the writing of Barry Kerr and John Spillane.

‘Shores of my Home’ forms part of a beautiful EP, ‘Where The Heart Is’, which presents a collection new songs sitting easily within the folk genre.  Recorded in Amberville studios, it features an array of heartfelt tracks, drawing on her own life experience. 

Speaking of this recording, Bernadette claims ‘each song reflects a period of time or place in my life and although these are very personal to me, they are themes relatable to us all.  I’m delighted to have this collection of my own writings and co-written tracks with some of my favourite artists and I am very much looking forward to launching ‘The Shores of my Home’ in March.’

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Victoria Johnston Announces Debut Double A Single Set For 13th March Release ‘Tar Liom’ (‘Follow Me’) & ‘You Are The Peace’

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‘The tunes turn out to be as impeccable as her credentials. She hasn’t even released a single yet…but is already being hailed as the next Enya’Hotpress Magazine 

Victoria Johnston is set to release her debut original solo artist singles ‘Tar Liom’ (‘Follow Me’) and ‘You Are The Peace’ on Friday 13th March 2020, which were recorded and produced by Grammy nominated Producer Denis Woods (previously of Windmill Lane Studios and who has worked with artists including Clannad and Enya).

Victoria, a classically trained singer, pianist and composer from Dublin, Ireland, began her classical music training at the Royal Irish Academy of Music at the age of 9 where she received annual scholarships. She continued her music training in college and holds a BMus Degree in Composition from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and also an MPhil in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship from Trinity College Dublin.

While studying at Trinity College, Dublin she also received a scholarship to sing with the Trinity Chapel Choir. In recent years Victoria has performed with various groups and bands in some of Ireland’s prime music venues including The National Concert Hall, The Bord Gais Energy Theatre and the Helix Theatre. Festival performances also include Electric Picnic.

Victoria is now set to release her own original debut solo singles ‘Tar Liom’ and ‘You Are The Peace’ which were recorded and produced by Grammy nominated Producer Denis Woods who has previously worked with artists including Clannad and Enya.

Hotpress Magazine recently double-featured Victoria Johnston as ‘New Artist’ and ‘New Music’ to watch for in 2020.

Upcoming Live dates (with more 2020 dates to be announced…)

7th March – Hot Spot Music Club, Greystones, Co. Wicklow (International Women’s Day)

27th March – Victoria Johnston singing with ‘Celtic Calling’, The Well Church, Bray, Co. Wicklow

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Twitter: @victoria_jmusic

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Luke Hyland Announces New Single ‘Flames’ Out March 27th

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Luke Hyland is a pop singer/songwriter based in Dublin. Born in Tipperary, he began his music career while living in Sydney, Australia. Luke intertwines his unique tone and songwriting ability with catchy hooks and a modern pop laden production.

Luke’s music, driven by strong emotive vocals and lucrative pop melodies, is enough to make anyone stop and listen. Boasting over 80,000 streams on Spotify, Luke strives to keep improving and building on his sound. 

Coming from an acoustic background, his stripped back solo live performances are laced with a vulnerable rawness and mesmerising ability to capture the listeners attention, all with just an acoustic guitar. 

Luke Hyland

He collaborates and records his songs with his accomplished producer and dear friend ‘Szabo’, based in London. Szabo’s talent and experience are reflected throughout Luke’s records, and it seems the two have a clear vision of what they want to achieve. 

Flames, out on 27th March, is Luke’s 4th Studio single and is anticipated to be his biggest one yet. Starting of with a rich pop piano and a blaring trumpet, Flames is certain to mesmerise you straight from the very beginning. The song builds anticipation with deep pads and punchy synths right up to the chorus, where it delivers scintillating synth stabs teamed with a thumping kick. Hyland’s powerful vocals build from the ground up and soar throughout a powerful love song that will have you hooked from the first listen. 

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Hannah Kathleen Announces New Single ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ Out March 27th, 2020

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Hannah Kathleen is a trailblazing 22 year old singer/songwriter and entrepreneur. The Dublin beauty is an artist whose very essence is based on a dynamic spark of creativity that permeates every area of her life, but seldom does it shine brighter than when she’s on stage or in studio doing what she loves. In March 27th, ‘Little Miss Sunshine’, Hannah’s new Single will be released worldwide across all digital platforms.

Citing musical influences such as Whitney, Mariah, Ariana and Christina, Hannah’s voice is a fusion of vocal runs, that rise and soar with perfect, lush harmony-laden Pop sensibilities akin to the 90’s and indeed 00’s Pop divas.  


Hannah Kathleen
Photo: Mayk Azzato
Stylist: Hatice Nitzam


Whether in Ireland or around the world, music is a universal language and Hannah Kathleen speaks it fluently. Music has always been her first love. As a performer she’s playful yet fierce, and her confidence, coupled with her authenticity, is what truly connects her with her audiences.

She’s young but already making waves, having performed not once, but twice, on Sir Richard Branson’s private island, Necker Island, in December 2018 & 2019, to guests including tennis legends Rod Laver & Martina Navratilova, as well as Sir Richard Branson himself. She has over 100,000 followers on Instagram, her word of mouth endorsement’s within the entertainment industry echoing across her social media.

Following her placement as a Miss Universe Ireland finalist in 2017 & 2018, this past summer she was invited back as a featured performer at the Miss Universe Ireland Final 2019 Show, as well as the famous ‘Blondwiesn’ Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich. She has been requested at a number of high profile events in 2020, in locations including Las Vegas.

“Little Miss Sunshine’ is released on March 27th 2020 and the future indeed, is bright for Hannah Kathleen.

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LCMS Presents… “The Gathering” Midsummer Festival Dates: 19th-20th June 2020

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LCMS Presents…“The Gathering” Midsummer Festival

Dates: 19th-20th June 2020 Tix €20.00

Ft. World re-known artists: Arvo Paert, Leo Brouwer, Pascale Criton, Sabine Oehring, Yuriko Ozaki, Carolin Widmann, Kevin Volans, Esposito Quartet, Gloria Coates, Christos Hatzis + More

The Louth Contemporary Music Society’s annual midsummer festival has quickly established itself as an event of prime importance, not only in Ireland but internationally. Composers and performers from around the world are drawn to Dundalk by the qualities of enthusiasm and attention they meet from a growing local audience.

This year’s instalment of “The Gathering” runs from the evening of Friday 19th – 20th of June and goes further than ever before, welcoming Cuba’s foremost composer Leo Brouwer. Half a century ago, Brouwer was the favoured guitarist of the leading German composer Hans Werner Henze. He brings to “The Gathering” a selection of his own pieces, for solo guitar and quartet, music deeply steeped in Cuban traditions. The performance will also include the world premiere of a new work Irish Landscape with Rain. Pascale Criton, whose hovering music made a big impression at last year’s festival, returns with a piece for the French guitar duo Lallement Marques Concert in An Tain Arts Centre Dundalk at 8pm Friday 19 June 2020.

A sublime programme of music will be performed by Sabine Oehring and Yuriko Ozaki at the 1pm concert on Saturday in the beautiful surroundings of St.Vincent’s School Chapel. The programme titled Silence and Sound explores the music for voice and guitar by Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa.

The German violinist Carolin Widmann lends her top virtuosity and expressive drive to a programme of new and recent solo pieces including a new work by Gloria Coates, pursuing her own fascinating course through her eighties. Carolin’s concert takes place in the Chapel of St. Vincent’s School, Jocelyn St Dundalk at 3pm on Saturday 20 June 2020.

“The Gathering” takes its name from a string quartet by the exciting Greek-Canadian composer Christos Hatzis. This will be played by Ireland’s own Esposito Quartet, on a programme that also includes music by Kevin Volans. The Esposito performance will take place in St. Nicholas Church of Ireland Dundalk at 5pm on Saturday 20 June 2020.

The festival closes with voices: the Vox Clamantis choir of Estonia, singing music by Arvo Pärt including LCMS’ commission The Deer’s Cry, Helena Tulve, Kevin Volans’ ecstatic work Glosa a lo Divino and a new work Storm in Devon by Siobhán Cleary. Vox Clamantis concert takes place at 8pm on Saturday 20 June 2020 in St.Nicholas Church of Ireland Dundalk.

Funded by the Arts Council, Create Louth, with the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation and supported by RTE Supporting the Arts.

Programme for the Gathering.

Music of Leo Brouwer including the new work Irish Landscape with Rain.

(Andrey Lebedev, Alec O’Leary, Duo Lallement Marques and Cecilia Bignall, cello)

Friday 19 June 2020 at 8pm in An Tain. €12

Music of Toshio Hosokawa for guitar and voice

Sabine Oehring and Yuriko Ozaki

Saturday 20 June 2020 at 1pm St.Vincent’s €5

Carolin Widmann performing Bach, Hildegard, Benjamin and a new work from Gloria Coates

Saturday 20 June 2020 at 3pm St.Vincents, €5

Esposito Quartet performing Christos Hatzis The Gathering and Kevin Volans’ This is How it is.

Saturday 20 June 2020, 5pm St.Nicholas. Free.

Vox Clamantis (Estonia) singing Arvo Pärt, Kevin Volans, Helena Tulve and Siobhan Cleary

Saturday 20 June 2020 at 8pm St.Nicholas


A full festival ticket for all shows costs €20 (€22.20 including booking fees) available from

Cat Turner Announces New Single ‘Outside’ Out March 13th

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A solo angsty-electro-alt-pop artist based in Galway and originally from Laois, Cat Turner announces her first release of 2020, an electro-pop laden song titled ‘Outside’. The track is taken from her self produced upcoming Ep ‘House Plant’, released later in the year. If you can imagine the love child of Natasha Khan and Romy Madley Croft, you’ll come close to the sonic purity of Cat Turners music.

Cat’s debut EP ‘Contrast’ & single ‘Easier’ received praise from The Last Mixed Tape, Clash  Cat’s lyrics explore topics such as self-doubt, heartbreak and indecision ‘powerfully expressed through her bruising, raw vocals (like a female Kurt Cobain)’-GetInHerEars. 

About the process: The reason for starting to produce and do everything solo by myself, first came from a place of necessity to start finding my sound and fleshing out my music. It now comes from a place of total tapped passion. This time last year I independently released my first single and have had an interesting year to follow. 

Cat was recently selected as a Hot Press ‘Hot for 2019 artist and being 1 of 30 acts chosen for RTE 2FMs ‘Play the Picnic’ competition, playing Electric Picnic and critical acclaim also came in from CLASH Magazine, Hot Press, 2FM, Spin103 and 98FM lauding the artist as One To Watch..

‘Outside’ is set to win over even more tastemakers and will start off an exciting year of releases from Cat Turner.

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The Logues announce St Paddy’s Day track ‘Better Man’ + International and National Tour Dates for 2020!

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From inauspicious begginings playing a supposedly one-off show as a favour for their local bar, The Logues are now one of the most sought-after live acts in their native Ireland and beyond, due to their inimitable ‘psycho ceilidh’, ‘whiskey-soaked folk’ style and raucous performances.

Their first release of 2020 is a less raucus affair than the norm and displays the bands versatility. The track called ‘Better Man’, is a bluegrass tinged meditation on the difficulty of change, where songwriter Logan McCool’s gift for a turn of phrase is showcased. Over some beautifully subtle banjo and pedal steel guitar, Kiel Cathers sings McCool’s promises to a loved one, suggesting he will change for them but only after some conditions are met…like kissing every woman in Donegal. Better Man was produced by Duane Gallagher and recorded at Grouse Lodge Studios in Westmeath

The five piece band come from the tiny border of town of Castlederg in County Tyrone. After a few years playing jam sessions in dens of ill repute, the band decided to seek pastures new, armed with the irreverent songwriting chops of tin whistle/bassist Logan McCool. The self-recorded and released Tough at the Bottom (2011) reflected this. Comin’ of Age (2016) shared much of the former’s frenetic, folk punk elements but also marked a progression in sound to elements of singer-songwriter and Americana.

These LPs and the live shows soon gained the attention of promoters in Europe and the U.S; the band now appear regularly on the European circuit and will perform at North Texas Irish Fest and Iowa Irish Fest this year as part of European and North American dates in support of Better Man, the single released on March 13th 2020 with an EP to follow in the summer.

Further gig listings and information on upcoming releases can be found on

Full list of tour dates:

15/2 Castle venue Westport
27/2 Mc Hughs venue Carrick on Shannon
29/2 Pat’s Enniskillen
6/7/8 March Fair Park Dallas USA
16 March Townhouse BackRoom Venue Co.Tyrone
21/3 Veenlust , Bergentheim, Holland.
4/4 Imperial Cavan
18/4 Armagh City Hotel
9/5 Mc Caffertys Letterkenny
23/5 Main Street Omagh
30/5 Mc Caffertys Donegal Town
31/5 Irish Open Golf, Mount Juliet Kilkenny
12/6 F60 Music Festival Lichterfield Germany
13/6 Aller Mooiste Music Festival Holland
19/6 Mid Summer festival Nieuw Amsterdam Holland
12/7 Headline Moville Festival, Co.Donegal
24/7 Headline Rooskey Festival Co.Roscommon
26/7 DergFest Co.Tyrone
31 July 1/2 August Main Stage Iowa Irish Festival, Waterloo USA

You can follow the band on Twitter here, on Instagram here, and facebook here!

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CHRIS KABS Announces New Single “LOYALTY” + Tour Dates!

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CHRIS KABS announces new SINGLE “LOYALTY” Rel. Date: March 6th 2020 Across all digital platforms! + Gig Date Announcement :

Performing as Special guest with live band for Coolio, Galway Black Box 17.04.2020

Performing as Special guest with live band  for Coolio, Academy, Dublin 23.4.2020

Chris Kabs is a burgeoning, influential recording artist and music producer from Dublin, Ireland. He delves effortlessly into fusions of Hip-hop, Soul, Trap, Afro, Reggae, World and contemporary R&B vibes with the sensibilities of Pop. Chris’s exploration within the music he creates is not just beats and rhyme but a form of art that reels the listener in and begs for the repeat button.

“It comes down to producing natural rhythms and flow that move people’s emotions and body” – says Chris.

As one of the most prominent producers in today’s Irish music scene and internationally, he has worked with artists such as JYellowL , SIA BABEZ , Tebirex, Tolu Makay and GODKNOWS to name but a few.

Following the successful placement of his produced song “Ozone” performed by Jyellowl on Fifa 2020, the motivation and taste of things to come lead Chris to take his own career further and establish his sound and build on the success he has garnered for others.

His “Untold” EP gave him widespread recognition, as well as the opportunity to perform and share the stage at festivals and events such as Longitude, Red Bull FreeGaff, Music Week  (HWCH), RTE Live, Whelan’s and many more. Chris is a visionary, ambitious and gifted Recording Artist who is ready to share his new material with the world. Time, creativity and his fearless imagination for individual sound has now come to the forefront.

‘Loyalty’ is the first release, of many to come, in 2020 for Chris Kabs. It drops March 6th. In April Chris will support one of the most legendary HipHop stars Coolio on his Irish gig dates.

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Aine O’Gorman Releases Debut Single ‘Lydia’ on Atlantic Songs

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Aine O’Gorman is a singer-songwriter based in one of Ireland’s most stunning landscape locations, the West of Cork. No coincidence that her beautiful tone, musicality and vocals match the mesmerising beauty her environment boasts.

A multi-instrumentalist, she writes primarily for voice and piano and creates lush string arrangements. Her songs have a hypnotic folk sensibility; delivered with strength and tenderness.

Having played with various bands, including ‘From the Forest’ with Vickie Keating and renowned guitarist Declan Sinnott, Aine recently signed a deal with Atlantic Songs as a solo artist. Her debut single ‘Lydia’ is out now. The video of Lydia received 120,000 views on Facebook in just three weeks!

Aine’s songs have a folk sensibility and are suitable for noir pop or genre-blurring treatment. The songs are powerful with structure and swell. The lyrics are deep and intense.

Lydia was written about love and loss.

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Singer Songwriter & Multi-instrumentalist Kevin Neary Announces New Single ‘Take Me Anywhere’ on Feb 28th 2020

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The energetic troubadour from Galway, now based in Dublin, has just announced his New Single ‘Take Me Anywhere’ out on Feb 28th 2020. Writing from the heart with lyrics that often tell a story when you dare to read between the lines, Kevin Neary writes and performs an eclectic mix of acoustic based songs that will appeal to those with a taste for Soul, Folk and Acoustic Rock.

In his music, Kevin varies from using his strong, ferociously emotive voice all the way down to the softest lyrics, threading carefully into a beautiful tapestry of a fusion of genres that all lie within the elements of mainstream.

A multi-instrumentalist; playing guitar, piano, drums, saxophone and more, Kevin has honed his versatility to create a unique live show. Having played in venues in Dublin and Galway such as Whelan’s, Workman’s, The Button Factory, Sin É, The Roisín Dubh, Monroes, etc. as well as Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club Upstairs (London), The Bedford (London), etc. He is just hot off his sold-out Whelan’s show in November with his 8-Piece band, and is looking to further make his mark upon the Irish live music scene.

Coming from solo acoustic and humble busking roots, Kevin has grown from the streets of Galway and has found an explosive sound in a full band setting. He recently was spotted in Dublin by legendary Broadway actress and The Greatest Showman’s iconic singer Keala Settle (winner of Golden Globe for best original song), and a live performance of his song Man of Faith appeared on her instagram, where she commended his singing ability and performance.

Kevin recently recorded his most popular songs with established producer Michael Heffernan (who has worked with the likes of Gavin Friday, Gavin James, The Coronas, Dermot Kennedy, The Script, Il Divo, Swedish House Mafia etc.) and will be releasing his first single “Take Me Anywhere” on February 28th, and will follow up in May with his second single “Man of Faith”.

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You can check out a stripped back version of Take Me Anywhere up on Youtube here: