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Bernadette Morris To Release New Single ‘Legion of Marys’ May 29th 2020

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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 titled ‘Legion of Mary’s’ (A co-write with Ríoghnach Connolly)’ on May 29th 2020 across all digital platforms.

This is taken from a new album set to be released later in the year. On the record, Morris attracted collaborations with a group of highly accomplished musicians and songwriters, including co-writes with Eleanor McEvoy, Ríoghnach Connolly and Arborist’s Mark McCambridge.   

Says Morris on the song:

‘Growing up I had a lot of strong women in my life, my 5 sisters, aunts and cousins and of course my mother Mary.  I wanted to pay tribute to these women but especially to my mother, and her story.  It was great to collaborate and cowrite with Ríoghnach Connolly on this song, who really helped me inject energy into this song.’

This artist 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.

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Áine Tyrrell announces new single ‘Hope Will See Me Through’

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An ode to the troubadours journey of creative expression and the trials and tribulations that follow.

‘Hope Will See Me Through’ – OUT March 8th 2019

She may be one of our most prolific artists, but Australian-based Irish singer Áine Tyrrell is showing no signs of letting up, on her special announcement of her new album ‘Return to the Sea’ (See here for album pr notes: http://wp.me/pfSbW-1vf) and single ‘Hope Will See Me Through’.

From the West Coast of Ireland hails one of Australia’s favourite adopted sisters, who readies herself to release her unwavering and purely honest second album, March 8th in Ireland, to accompany the release, a truly stunning, honest song…

Says Áine of her new single “What you see on social media or at gigs rarely reflects what independent artists are doing day in and day out. It is a massive battle to bring any piece of art into the noisy world we live in independently. What I have found helps, is those cups of tea with friends who are doing the same thing, the little messages here and there, or a little word of encouragement from a stranger along the way.

 Another song writing friend had told me in one of these exchanges to hang on for good news through the ups and downs of it all and this little piece of advice, I always come back to. A little thought of hope and holding on is never far from my mind so it is quite natural “Hope Will See Me Through” would find its way out of me. It is one of those rare songs that came through as a little mantra and is in tact in the same way as it was at that time I needed to say it to myself.  

Creative living is just a reflection of being human, so this little song has come in handy in more than just my career. This little light of hope in a song has helped me through the passing of a dear friend, motherhood, and homesickness. To be human is to need hope. I hope this song becomes a little hug to anyone going through something tough or for anyone trying to bring their creative thing out into the world too. We need you and your art”.




Kate Rusby – Announces new album + Irish Tour Dates

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Kate Rusby – Announes new album + Irish Tour Dates


“One of the most affecting voices in British folk” – Q Magazine

24 years on the road. One of the finest interpreters of traditional folk song and one of our most emotive original songwriters – melding old and new so you can barely see the join. Mercury Prize nominee. Folk Singer of the Year, Best Live Act, Best Album and Best Original Song winner at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Inveterate Yorkshire Tea drinker. Freeman of Barnsley. Darling of British folk.

On the brink of her quarter century of music making, the incomparable Kate Rusby will release her 14th studio album Life in a Paper Boat on October 7, 2016.

If you think by now you know pretty much everything there is to know about a Kate Rusby release be prepared to follow the diversion signs. Boasting six Kate originals and skilfully produced by husband Damien O’Kane, this 12-track album is full of his vibrant trademarks and unexpected twists and tangents ranging from subtle, sensitive treatments to unflinching flamboyance making for a brimming, full bodied soundscape.

Says Kate: “Damien had more time in the production seat for this album. We wanted to experiment much more with sounds and effects, especially those that can be recreated on stage. He is quite the master of it these days -we were both really excited about where it would lead and both love the end result”. Producing that soundscape are her talented band of Damien O’Kane (acoustic and electric guitars) Duncan Lyall on double bass, Nick Cooke (diatonic accordion), Steven Byrnes (bouzouki & tenor guitar), Steven Iveson (electric guitar) and Josh Clark (percussion).

The string section comprises Donald Grant and Magnus Johnston on fiddle, Triona Milne on viola and Laura Anstee on cello. They are joined by two members of The Alison Krauss Band – brilliant banjo player Ron Block and vocalist Dan Tyminski as well as Michael McGoldrick on flute and whistles and Anthony Davis on keyboards and synth.

“I wanted more percussion for this album but not drum kit, says Kate. “What I wanted was for the percussive sounds to be generated elsewhere, to really emphasise the union between old songs and modern musical technology. They fit so perfectly alongside each other but also at times have a gritty friendship that creates an uneasy darkness around a song. Josh Clark expertly deciphered what we were after and also mixed the album.

“The other fantastic sound ever-present on the album is the Moog, played by our amazing bass player Duncan Lyall. It provides a sumptuous electronic layer that moulds perfectly to the songs like tinfoil on a home-made space outfit!

“I used to think songs had more space with less going on around them, but actually by widening the sonic perimeter we made a larger space for the songs to thrive, just like moving the jumpers to make a wider goal posts. It’s certainly been a wonderful journey of discovery for myself as a music maker.”

Like many, Kate had been moved by watching endless TV reports of the migrant crisis and this triggered the touching title track.

Says Kate: “I wrote the title track after watching the many desperate souls prepared to risk the lives of themselves and their very young families to cross the sea in hope of a better, safer life. I wish I had some answers, but all I have is a song. The title seemed fitting for the whole album as it lends itself to so many different images and metaphors, giving me a canvas with scope for a multitude of musical and lyrical brushstrokes.”

“Everybody loves Kate Rusby, not just for her lovely voice, but for the way she has moved folk forward while remaining true to tradition” Sunday Times

life-in-a-paper-boat-coverInspired by her old ballad books Kate regularly trawls her collection to unearth fresh songs to sing and has long been acclaimed for her imaginative and powerful reinventions of traditional folk material.

The album opens with the bright, breezy Benjamin Bowmaneer, a quirky song said to have been inspired by the Hundred Years War, about a tailor moved to fight for England with a horse made from board and a bridle from scissor parts!

Hunter’s Moon is Kate’s soaringly beautiful, solar tale of the moon’s unrequited love for the sun as they move around the celestial world, destined never to meet. Kate’s distinctive and tender voice mixes seamlessly with strings and electric guitar to create a real song of longing.

The traditional words of The Ardent Shepherdess are set to Rusby’s own delightful tune with Ron Block providing a gorgeous banjo interlude, in one of the stand out tracks on the album, again of circumspect love. This time temptress and shepherdess Janie barters her kisses for sheep!

Michael McGoldrick’s whistle wizardry laces Kate’s gently reflective Only Desire What You Have while Hundred Hearts mixes traditional words with those of Kate set to her tune in the aural equivalent of an eternity ring.

Kate dips her toe in the sea for her ominous, mournful song The Mermaid with guest vocals from Dan Tyminski – an exquisitely sensitive number.

The mood changes for the traditional upbeat Pace Egging Song celebrating the West Yorkshire Easter tradition of performing Pace Egg village plays in which St George combats all challengers, with bouzouki, whistles and flute sending it on its merry way.

A cover of Scottish singer songwriter Archie Fisher’s The Witch of the Westmorland is haunting and delicate – O’Kane and Lyall’s musicianship providing a beautiful backcloth for the tale of the knight saved by the sorceress.

Kate’s I’ll Be Wise could come straight from the tradition – the tale of a girl beguiled and betrayed – before stately strings herald the sublime Night Lament with Kate’s voice at its most captivating.

But we’re not done yet. The fun bonus track introduces Kate’s superhero Big Brave Bill, a gent fuelled by her beloved Yorkshire Tea! Starting life as a bedtime story for her girls Daisy and Phoebe, her “brass boys” blast out this endearing, infectious anthem, premiered at this year’s Underneath the Stars Festival. Says Kate: “I wrote the song in celebration of Yorkshire, Barnsley and of course my love of Yorkshire Tea. With memories of super heroes from my childhood I thought ‘why shouldn’t there be a hero from Barnsley’”?!

See video www.youtube.com/watch?v=thoRROtX9Fc

Life in a Paper Boat is perhaps the finest ever melange of Kate’s music – the broad brushstrokes of O’Kane’s bold, warm and expansive production illuminating her many strengths – from that unmistakable voice to her increasingly skilful songwriting and the way she gets right inside a traditional song.

After two decades at the top of her game, Kate Rusby may no longer need any introduction, but make no mistake, hers is a constantly evolving story.

Life in a Paper Boat will be launched on a 14-date UK/Irish tour starting September 28 taking in venues including Leeds Town Hall, Glasgow City Halls, Wales Millennium Centre, and Dublin’s National Concert Hall.

Irish tour dates:


  • 30th Belfast Opera House  goh.co.uk
  • 31st Limerick, University Concert Hall uch.ie


  • 1st Dublin National Concert Hall  nch.ie

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