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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 thelogues.com

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.

For more information on Chris, follow his Social’s:

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

Twitter        https://twitter.com/chriskabs

Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/chriskabs/

Follow Chris on Spotify here:

 

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.

You can visit Aine’s website here: https://www.aineogorman.com

https://www.instagram.com/aineogmusic/

https://www.facebook.com/pg/aineogmusic/posts/

You can listen to it here:

 

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”.

Online links:

https://www.facebook.com/KevinNearyMusic/

https://www.instagram.com/kevinnearymusic/

https://www.youtube.com/user/KevinNearyMusic

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

Kevin Nolan Announces Release Of New Single ‘The Dead-Beat’ with B-side ‘The Continuing Story Of Wildcattin’ Dan’ Feb 14th

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Kevin Nolan is an innovative musician and artist from Dublin, Ireland. His upcoming full length studio album ‘LET’S ALL GET NERVOUS’ is due for release in early 2020. The second single from this forthcoming album is titled ‘The Dead-Beat’ will be out Feb 14th to stream on all online digital music sites. 

Nolan’s debut release Fredrick & The Golden Dawn achieved critical acclaim across Irish and International press and media. From John Kelly’s show on Lyric FM, Sean Rocks on RTE Radio 1 and BBC 6 music, RTE TV also aired a documentary for which Nolan was the subject. Such is the interest in his craft. 

KEVIN NOLAN

 

His debut album Fredrick & The Golden Dawn enabled Nolan to play in the UK , Glasgow, Montreal and Salt Lake City.

Nolan spent a lengthy five years working on this new album however he kept in touch with his fan base by releasing two other albums, ‘Absent At The Moment When He Took Up The Most Space’, a selection of home recordings he made between the years 1997 -2005 and ‘How Is It How It Is- The Songs of Kevin Nolan’, a selection of covers, remixes and reinterpretations of his songs made by other artists (such as fellow luminaries Vyvienne Long, Jan Frisch, Chiarastella Calconi + more) from across Europe. Nolan composed, performed, recorded, mixed and produced himself.

Imagine the offspring of Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Tom Waits and – “Donald Barthelme” – thoughts? – with a Irish poetic twist, you will come close to the sound of Kevin Nolan. 

Check out the new track ‘The Dead-Beat’ on Feb 14th, this song is a feast of innovative sonic techniques and indeed puts the concept of ‘song’ itself somewhat in to question. It is about the end of language, about searching for a song to save our souls, about gazing at a bloodstain exhibition, about trying to be free, all the while the ghost of Wilfred Owen looks on from the outskirts of each melody. There are visions of a future: petals blowing in the rubble of Temple Bar and the great triple double-u like the Tower of Babel climbing up towards the heavens.  With boots and bullets in the Liffey and tears too, a voice whispers, “if freedom is the last cage, then from freedom we will flee.” This is without doubt Nolan’s most epic sonic achievement yet. 

 
 

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KING KARTEL Announce The Release of Their Brand New Single ‘Be Mine’ Feb 7th

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‘Big foot stomping indie’ – Graham Smart ‘Radio X Track of the Week’

‘A foot stomping, fist pumping riot of a band smashing up venues all over the North West’ – This Feeling

‘Next step the arena’ – XFM Manchester

‘It’s Elvis, it’s Iggy Pop, It’s Primal Scream. It’s just what you F**king want’ – The Big Slice

‘Cheeky guitar pop in the vein of The Fratellis and The Courteeners’ – Philip Taggart, BBC Radio 1

‘Anthemic indie rock, it’s something you don’t want to miss out on, trust me!’ – Bitter Sweet Symphonies

‘This Feeling Big in 2019’

‘Xfm MPA Refreshing Sounds Winners’

KING KARTEL have announced the release of their brand new single ‘Be Mine’, out 7th February. In celebration of the track, the band will also play a single launch party at Manchester’s Club Academy on 6th March.

‘Be Mine’ sees King Kartel swap their riotous indie rock for 50s & 60s inspired “doo wop indie”, while maintaining the addictive hooks and anthemic choruses which the band have become notorious for.

Formed of three Irish lads, one Mancunion and a lad from St Helens, King Kartel have already amassed an impressive back catalogue of top class records simply made for turbulent singalongs. Named as Radio X’s ‘Refreshing Sound’ winners in 2015, and on This Feeling’s ‘Big in 2019’ list; the band have sold out shows across Manchester and Northern Ireland, as well as securing slots at the likes of Isle of Wight, Truck and Y Not Festivals. 

With support  from Radio X, BBC Introducing and This Feeling to name but a few, and tracks featured across TV shows including Hollyoaks, Come Dine With Me and World’s Strongest Man, the industry are well and truly locked in to King Kartel; with previous tracks seeing them compared to Kasabian, Catfish & The Bottlemen and The Fratellis.

SOCIAL Links to follow the band:

https://www.instagram.com/wearekingkartel/

https://www.facebook.com/kingkartelofficial/

https://twitter.com/KingKartelUK

https://open.spotify.com/artist/54XG6Rnawq3ezxIEnUexGM

Billow Wood Announce National and International Tour Dates + New Music for 2020!

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Irish Acoustic Folk Band BILLOW WOOD announce Release of Double A:

‘Old Friend’ & ‘Running With Wolf’

taken from Album ‘Walls of Caves’ Out Fri March 6th 2020 + National & International Tour dates Announced! (see below)

Brand new Irish band Billow Wood, are a male/female four-piece who fuse their unique brand of instrumentation with multi-vocals and harmonies. They are influenced by Irish traditional and folk music often accompanied by bass and drums. They have just announced the release of their debut LP ‘Walls of Caves’ set to be released on Fri March 6th 2020. The LP was Mixed and Mastered by Martin Quinn, JAM Studios, Kells, Co Meath.

Winners of Ballyshannon’s Folk Festival showcase for their original music in July 2017, they went on to release their debut EP ‘Can you see me’. In October 2017 the band sold out the launch of the EP in Whelan’s Live Music Venue, Dublin. Since then, they have digitally released their new single ‘Two Doves’ which was chosen by Joe.ie as their song of the day. Check out the beautiful video to accompany it, directed by the very talented Ciarán O’Donnell

These four members are often outnumbered with instruments on stage with Mark O’Donnell on fiddle and guitar, Harry Lawlor on Harp and guitar, Ciara O’Donnell on Bodhrán, flute and whistles and Bríd O’Donnell on accordion. Nevertheless their blend of Irish instrumentation and vocal harmonies is a sound not to miss!

Upcoming Single ‘Running With Wolf’ uses the metaphor of a ‘Wolf’ depicting time,  chasing, gnawing at their back and how living in modern society has us always chasing time or searching to extend the amount of time we have. If we don’t ‘keep up the pace and pick up the slack’ we will not be able to survive efficiently. The second track on the Double A is ‘Old Friend’, a song inspired by a love and friendship lost, a reflection on past regrets, and the desire to reach out in friendship although the romance has failed.

The high energy, rhythmical chorus, punches and melodic tones to Billow Woods music is sure to set the band on the precipice of many a new fans in 2020, so be sure to keep up to date by checking out their website www.billowwood.com  as well as all the usual social media sites listed below!

International & National Tour dates 2020:

11.1.20 Royal Theater Castlebar, Mayo (Hermitage Green Support)

29.1.20 Ballina Arts Centre, Mayo (Album Prelaunch show) – Other Voices Music Trail

7.3.20 Dudelange, Luxembourg (Zeltik Festival)

12.3.20 Billy-Montigny, France

13.3.20 Billy-Montigny, France 

20.3.20 Ossingen, Switzerland 

21.3.20 Herimenkeller, Switzerland 

4.4.20 Cuppa Tea TV, Shannon, Clare

8.4.20  Roisin Dubh venue, Galway

11.4.20 Arnold’s Hotle, Dunfanaghy, Donegal

16.4.20 Whelans Venue, Dublin

28.4.20 Dolan’s Venue, Limerick 

6.5.20 Ghost Light Sessions, Donegal

22-31.5.20 Chicago – mini two week tour

11.6.20 Schleswig-Holstein Music Fest, Germany 

18.7.20 Claremorris Folk Fest, Mayo

20.7.20 Hanau Folk Festival, Germany

21.7.20 Bad Homburg, Open Air garden concert, Germany 

2.8.20 Independence Festival, Cork

3.8.20 BallyShannon Folk Fest, Main Stage, Donegal 

8.8.20 Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann, Mullingar (All Ireland Feladh)

12/13.9.20 Bustofolk Celtic Festival, Italy

9.10 – 22.11.20 Irish Folk Festival Tour, 34 show theatre tour around Germany. 

Links to Social Media Sites:

https://www.facebook.com/billowwood

https://twitter.com/billowwoodmusic

https://www.instagram.com/billowwoodmusic/

https://open.spotify.com/artist/5jonCzFhMyr6jpWpG4I7js

Eden Isle Announce New Single ‘Glass Wall’ Jan 31st

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Eden Isle, a 5 piece band based out of Cork, Southern Ireland who cite influences such as Queen, The Cure, Kings of Leon, Muse and Foo Fighters announce new Single ‘Glass Wall’.
 
 
Glass Wall is about reaching goals or bypassing challenges life sets you. Glass Wall is the barrier between you and achieving those goals even though you may be afraid to see the outcome… It is represented in the video by evolution of music and dance and how much it has changed throughout the years yet life sets the same challenges to each generation.
 
Formed in 2016 initially by Kevin and Ame and soon followed by Carl, the band have been honing their sound week by week and once they found the right setup with Ed and Shane joining they knew they had found the extra sounds needed to complete the line up.
 
Recognisable and almost familiar licks powered on by distinctive vocals and play style sets this band apart from most out there at the moment. When they play you know it’s Eden Isle immediately, wherever you’re listening. 
 
“Eden Isle is what you get if Kings of Leon and Muse had a super charged baby who listens to Audio Slave and Foo Fighters!!!” – Garagelands
 
 
Genre: Alternative Rock/Pop/Grunge – Melodic.
 
Band Members :
 
Kevin Murphy – Lead Vocals(Ireland)
 
Amedeo Petricca – Guitar/Piano(Italy)
 
Shane Burke – Guitar(Ireland)
 
Carl Barrett – Bass(Mongrel)
 
Ed Blunden – Drums(Outer Space)
 
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Billow Wood Release Single ‘Old Friend’

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Brand new Irish band Billow Wood (formerly known as Flat Out) are a male/female four-piece who fuse their unique brand of instrumentation with multi-vocals and harmonies. Billow Wood are influenced by Irish traditional music and folk music and are now moving in a new direction often accompanied by a bass and drums. They are creating their own unique sound! A blend of irish music and folk music.

The four band members are often outnumbered with instruments on stage with Mark O’Donnell on fiddle and guitar, Harry Lawlor on Harp and guitar, Ciara O’Donnell on Bodhrán, flute and whistles and Bríd O’Donnell on accordion. Nevertheless their blend of irish instrumentation and vocal harmonies is a sound not to miss!

New Single ‘Old Friend’ was inspired by a love and friendship lost, a reflection on past regrets, and the desire to reach out in friendship although the romance has failed.“Old Friend, old Flame, old pain retained, old love mistakes, but some love can never change”

Old Friend is a stripped back track that pays homage to the bands traditional roots, with a powerful acoustic feel and a rousing instrumental that creates a true Irish trad-folk feel.

Billow Wood have many exciting tours and projects lined up for 2020, including the release
of their debut studio album, so be sure to keep up to date by checking out their website www.billowwood.com.

Old Friend is out now on all streaming sites. Make sure to add it to your playlists!

 

Bedlam Suitcase Announce Headline Dublin Show + new Album for 2020

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BEDLAM SUITCASE

New Album ‘The Fourth Wall’  + Radio Single ‘Mountain Shadow’ Rel. Date Feb 7th 2020

Launch event: The Sugar Club, Dublin Feb 6th 2020 BUY Tickets HERE for 10 Euro

 A Flag, a Cry, a Chuckle: BEDLAM SUITCASE

2016 was a year of losses. Early in the year David Bowie departed, and the Sligo/Leitrim arts club community (The Steampunk Club) wanted to pay tribute.
The tribute night was a great success. Tara Baoth Mooney, a Clare woman, opened the show playing autoharp and singing Memory of a Free Festival. Tara lived in NY for several years and had been the voice and songwriter for ‘Shadow’ in the Jim Henson show, Bear in the Big Blue House. She made an instant impression. With an arresting stage presence, and a truly original voice, Tara brought complete immersion to the part. Tara was studying in Wolverhampton for her PhD in fashion design and was focussed on imagery and visual content as well as melodies and lyrics. Part of her work was looking at design to help people suffering with memory loss.

After a coffee the next day Tara and Padraig Meehan, the Steampunk Club curator, made a plan…

Each enjoyed the songs of the other; now they would write new ones. Percussionist and arranger Tom Jamieson was drafted as the third core band member. After sketching out demos, they contacted potential instrumentalists, many ex-Steampunk Club contributors. Izumi Kimura, pianist; Steve Wickham of the Waterboys. Nichola MacEvilly, Sligo-born singer and actor. The team worked steadily for months, recording their jams on the phone. The songs reflected the unease and anxiety of the age and echoed concerns about environmental Armageddon, memory loss and loss of faith. Yet it was oddly upbeat; funny and childlike in places. It was a flag, a cry, a chuckle. A nervous laugh in the face of calamity… A Bedlam Suitcase.

At an IMRO event in Dublin early in 2017 Padraig gave Gerry Leonard a CD.  Gerry, now famous as Bowie’s long-time guitarist and MD, used to play with Hinterland in the era when Padraig played and wrote songs with Those Nervous Animals. Gerry liked the work. He agreed to produce and play on the record, too. Gerry would introduce LA based producer and bass player Paul Bryan. Paul works with Gerry in Spooky Ghost and with Aimee Mann. Then the entire melange, initially edited by Tom Jamieson and Padraig in Sligo, would be finally assembled and mixed by Gerry at his home studio in Upstate NYC.

The Bedlam Suitcase debut gig (in Sligo Live Festival on October 20 2019) was a great success, full house, encores, etc. It was an emotional night. The Dublin album launch is in the Sugar Club, Dublin on Feb 6 2020.

The album has been self-funded, with some donations, and is still ongoing, you can donate via the link below. It will be released on Bedlam Suitcase’s The Knock label. There is a Fundit campaign to finance the final stages of production. The Fourth Wall will be released on vinyl and CD, with art design by Tara and Padraig and designer Niall McCormac.  The band say “we are very proud of the final product. It is unflinching, unapologetic, full throttle. We hope you love it as we do”.

Links to band online:

https://www.instagram.com/bedlamsuitcase

https://twitter.com/bedlamsuitcase

https://www.facebook.com/BedlamSuitcase

FundIt Campaign link: https://fundit.ie/project/bedlam-suitcase—the-fourth-wall-2?fbclid=IwAR16Hh9EUf5hyJuHUUTJGd-3gQiHgS-44zDyoSz5ZONE-tTCXPe3FAxQzx4

For more information on the band please contact: Publicist Linda Coogan Byrne @ GoodseedPR linda@goodseedpr.com // +353867915371