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Dave Clancy Announces ‘Out Of The Shadow’ Single Fri April 8th.

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Sometimes songs come along that sound both familiar and new, and Dave Clancy is a songwriter with that elusive gift. The Galway songwriter’s latest single ‘Out Of The Shadow’ is a song inspired by the past two years and celebrates the quiet triumph of an unsung hero.

The song follows on from Clancy’s debut album The Path, which was released last year. A collection of songs that subtly announce the arrival of a genuine talent. This is a record to be savoured, to be enjoyed from beginning to end. The album was produced by Liam Caffrey and Eamon Brady, and features the vocal talents of The Whileaways and Pauline Scanlon. It also features the virtuoso talents of jazz musician Matthew Berrill, Fergal Scahill on fiddle and Will Merrigan on Double Bass. Dave Clancy has created an album of depth and substance, a debut that evokes songwriting stalwarts like Guy Clark and John Prine.

Dave is also a member of The Bird On The Wire project, a 10 piece band whose Leonard Cohen show has sold out The Olympia and London’s Union Chapel. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist his years as a session player allow him to add a range of tones to his own work. Currently, at work on his second record, Dave’s music is a perfect companion on long evenings and laid-back drives.

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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. 

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Acoustic Duo KC VIK announce new single ‘The Gamblers Partner’

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Alt-folk/singer-songwriter Dublin based Acoustic Duo KC VIK announce new single ‘The Gamblers Partner‘ which is now available across all streaming sites. The duo consists of Ian Kinsella, a Kildare born musician of an Irish traditional back ground who was a  member of Gavin James’ Only Ticket Home Tour and Kaitlin Cullen-Verhauz from Manhattan, a classically trained cellist, graduating from music conservatory at age 18. She has performed both as a soloist and in various chamber ensembles in venues such as Merkin Concert Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Alice Tully Hall, Symphony Space, Weill Recital Hall, and Carnegie Hall.

KC VIK’s songwriting is powerful, and with their current goal to keep their sound as raw, edgy and real as possible, the pair create an incredibly full sound with just their instruments and no others and no extra layers. The end result of their debut release is a beautiful blend of very different learning curves leading to a very unique experience for the listener.

The pair have a cited a wide range of influences between them, absorbing as many genres as possible to broaden their spectrum of understanding and musical endeavours – Bob Dylan, Mstislav Rostropovich, Nickel Creek, Townes van Zandt, Solas, Lunasa, Yo-Yo Ma, James Taylor, Neil Young, The Grateful Dead, Fairport Convention and Moxie, to name but a few.

What you get here is stunning folk acoustic music at its best.




You can check out the track which is streaming on spotify here: