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Wayne Brereton Announces Album The Robin’s Call Set To Be Released May 26th 2023 + Tour Dates.

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Wayne Brereton is a Folk/Ballad singer-songwriter from Co. Offaly in Ireland. He has been playing guitar in gigging bands since the age of 14 and was the featured guitarist for an Irish pop/rock band once very popular in the country called HOGAN. Wayne then returned to the genre he first fell in love with Ballad / Folk & Traditional Music, and he was a central member of his father’s band Turas. He also features as bass player and additional vocals for Derek Warfield and the young Wolfe Tones as well as fronting his own increasingly popular band, The Cardinal Sins.

Wayne cites Luke Kelly, Shane McGowan, Sean Keane & Christy Moore and of course his multi-talented father as his biggest influences for the crafting of his own style. Wayne is a Gaelic speaker and also worked as a tour guide in Kilmainham Jail, which puts him very much in tune with the love & culture of Irish songs & ballads.

It is due to the fact that Wayne’s Grandmother Minnie was born in Scotland and raised by Irish parents and returned to Ireland at the age of 16 in 1932 that he feels a strong connection with Scottish ballads, folk music, and Australian folk music – a place where some of his relatives emigrated in the early 1900’s.

Wayne has been on a journey with this collection of songs… Gathered over the last number of years from traveling far and wide. He gained inspiration from his influences and his love for the Irish language as well as overcoming health issues. As the project began in 2019, Wayne suffered a setback due to a congenital heart condition. A valve he received in 1995 suddenly stopped working and halted his active life. Although he was not bedridden, he did have limited energy to carry on with life and this is when he decided the time was now to start working on this project. The pandemic restrictions resulted in Wayne being confined to the hospital for 6 weeks without visitors, which at times was stressful and upsetting. February 2021 saw Wayne be released back to society & once he was back on his feet, he triumphantly returned to the studio to complete his mission of releasing ‘The Robin’s Call’.

The chosen title was in connection to both of Wayne’s Grandmothers as they always spoke of the Robin as a strong resilient bird that protects itself and will always return to where it should be and in local folklore, the belief that the Robin arriving at your back door or garden was always someone who had passed on and that they were coming back to say hello and see if you are alright.

Wayne comments that “It was a victory for me to finish this record, with so many trials and obstacles in the way. It is my hope that you enjoy the Songs and feel a connection with them the same way I have”. 

Track listing

  1. Keg Of Brandy

  2. ‘S Cuma Grian No Sion

  3. The Mountains Of Pomeroy (Feat Eva Coyle)

  4. Shepherd Lad

  5. The Diamantina Drover

  6. When First Unto this Country

  7. Come Rain or Come Shine

Tour dates: (More TBA)

  • Friday, May 26th – The Acoustic Room In The Anvil Inn Main St Portarlington Co. Laois (Launch night)
  • Thursday, 15 June – Whelans Mini Venue, Dublin
  • Friday, 23rd June – The Blackbird, Ballycotton Co. Cork


Lewis Barfoot Announces New Single ‘Fisherman’ To Be Released Nov 6th

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Fisherman is the new single by Irish/English singer and multi-instrumentalist Lewis Barfoot, set to be released on 6th November 2020. The lead single is taken from upcoming album Glenaphuca due in March 2021.

The ethereal song weaves a splendid tapestry of storytelling at its very finest and is accompanied by a stunning animated music video made by acclaimed Korean visual artist Narae Kim, which will premiere at the prestigious Cork International Film Festival in November 2020.

Fisherman is an autobiographical song that speaks of Lewis’ call to Ireland and her wish to unearth the legacy of her family. Setting her luminous voice against a backdrop of gently interweaving cello and clarinet, the song is intended to represent a siren-like call to Ireland with an ethereal phrase from the traditional Irish song Dúlamán.

The use of the traditional tune hypnotically captures the mystery of the ocean’s ancient call before building into a joyous finale, with multilayered evocative vocals and a playful reprise of the air Dúlamán as performed on fiddle by Scottish musician Elisabeth Flett.

Fisherman was produced by Lewis, recorded at Soup Studios, London and mastered by Pete Maher and features guest musicians Elisabeth Flett (Fiddle) Matt Dibble (Clarinet) Hannah Thomas (Cello) and Ansuman Biswas (Percussion).

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. Fisherman perfectly echoes the reconnection with Ireland.

To find out more about Lewsi Barfoot please see: http://www.lewisbarfoot.com/

You can follow her on social media here: Instagram / Twitter / Facebook


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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ZERVAS & PEPPER: Brand new Single: “These Blurred Lines” Out Fri. July 25th

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Zervas and Pepper‘These Blurred Lines’ is the first studio cut taken from the forthcoming Zervas & Pepper album (single release date 25th July). Following on from the duo’s 2013 album ‘Lifebringer’, Single’s from which found their way to RTE 1 (album of the week), BBC Radio 2, BBC 6 Music, BBC Scotland and Wales play listings.

‘These Blurred Lines’ sees the band delve further into their ‘Cosmic Yacht Folk’ sound against a sparkling backdrop of reverb laden percussion, crisp rhodes keys, vast open guitar tunings and the bands now trademark vocal harmony arrangements.

‘These Blurred Lines’ looks at the dividing lines that keep us all apart. The lines that separate the rich from the poor, powerful and the powerless and the lengths that we ourselves go to in order to conform, as if it were part of our DNA.

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