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Fresh From Her Tour Support With Sir Tom Jones, Megan O’Neill announces Christmas Song ‘Winter Sun’ set for Dec 13th Release

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“The Irish Carrie Underwood.” 
— The Irish Times

“Complex… with an old school country voice.”
— The Irish Independent
“Seriously fresh mix of modern country and pop, with a fusion of distinctly Irish elements.”
— Timeout Magazine London
 

Irish born singer – songwriter Megan O’Neill has just finished working on her fourth studio record, set for public release in 2020. This much anticipated album follows her last release, ‘Ghost of You’ (June 2018) which hit #1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts in the UK and Ireland.

To date Megan has toured the UK, Ireland, US and Germany. She has performed at private Oscars’ parties in LA alongside Gavin James (on personal invite from JJ Abrams) and has had her song ‘Don’t You’ featured on ABC’s hit TV Show Nashville’ (Season 3). In 2019 Megan opened three stadium shows for the legendary Sir Tom Jones (Bristol, Taunton and Colchester) – performing in front of 15,000 people per night.

Prior to her albumGhost of You; Megan released two EP’s:Coming Home’ (2015) – produced by Philip Magee (The Script, Kodaline) and Stories to Tell (2017) – produced by Guy Fletcher (Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler). She also released a single under Decca Records in collaboration with Ben Earle (The Shires) – ‘Can’t Put a Price on That’ (2016).

Megan is an integral artist in the currently booming UK Country Music Scene, being termed “one of the rising stars” by uDiscover (2018). In 2018, she performed at every UK Country Music Festival including Country-2-Country (at the 02, London), Black Deer Festival, The Long Road Festival and Nashville Meets London’s series of events. She has been twice chosen as one of Timeout Magazine’s ‘Rising Stars in Country Music’.

2019 sees Megan taking the main stage at the British Country Music Festival, touring with Sir Tom Jones across the UK, releasing 2 brand new singles of her own (October / December) and performing as the lead female in a very exciting new project with Universal Music – yet to be announced.

Live radio appearances and performances include BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio London with Gaby Roslin, 2fm, BBC Essex, Today FM with Ian Dempsey, BBC Radio Wales, Marie Crichton’s Country Show on BBC, Nevis Radio, Amazing Radio, Chris Country and many, many more. 

Prior to her upcoming album release, Megan has penned a track ‘Winter Sun’ which is set for release Dec 13th. A festive feel-good nostalgic song.

Says Megan: ‘Winter Sun’ is a song I wrote while living in London – away from Ireland. It’s about Ireland being a real sanctuary for me when I was living abroad – every time I came home I felt grounded and like I could get back to myself. Ireland was my winter sun – somewhere I could feel secure and grounded.

Find out more about Megan on her website: http://megan-oneill.com/

Kevin Nolan Releases New Single ”Human Story (stet)’ feat. Mik Pyro

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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 first single from this forthcoming album is titled ‘Human Story (stet)’ and features Mik Pyro (former front man for Republic Of Loose ) is out now 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. 

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 his previous albums, however with this new album coming out in 2020, he collaborated with a myriad of fellow luminaries such as Vyvienne Long, Mik Pyro, AlabasterDePlume, Susanne Wawra and Cursed (Peter) Murphy to great effect. 

If you imagine the love child of Lou Reed, Nick Cave and Tom Waits with a Irish poetic twist, you will come close to the sound of Kevin Nolan. 

Check out the new track ‘Human Story (stet)’ below,  It’s an upbeat funk-blues song with a Cubist-Americana feel infused with a dark humour for chaser. It follows a fragmented story of two lovers, fugitives from themselves, running through the history of literature, philosophy and art and the human story.

Link to ‘Human Story (stet)’  : 

 
 

Links: 

Instagram: @mrkevinnolan

Twitter: @mrkevinnolan

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kevin-Nolan-323260404903064/?modal=admin_todo_tour

Website: www.kevinnolan.info

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4MSwXgerH5A5WFOgOSSqM2?si=5kELa14vQ8u-3inLaCwswg

Eden Isle Announce New Single ‘Winter In July’

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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 ‘Winter In July’.

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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Irish Troubadour Davie Furey All Set For Irish Tour Nationwide.

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Following Davie’s recent number 1, Fire and Gold, he hits the road with Dermot Cullen and Davy Ryan for a series on intimate dates around Ireland,(Full dates listed below). The finishing touches are currently being done to Davie’s new album, which is due for release in March 2020, preceding that a new track just went out to Irish radio titled ‘Just Like The Wind’.

Fureys’ debut album ‘Easy Come Easy Go’ was very well received in audiences across the country having been showcased by RTE, BBC Radio both home and abroad, resulting in a worldwide publishing deal with Universal Music.  Nominated three years in a row by The Pure M Awards, for Best Newcomer, Best Male Artist and Best Irish Solo Act. Davie’s knack for telling a story through song and his ability to engage a crowd have resulted in many sold out shows on his previous tours.

Be sure to check out Davie while he is on the road! 

Response from peers for Furey’s debut album: Easy Come Easy Go

“I LOVE this album from Davie” – Jeremy Irons

“Congratulations Davie on a lovely album …….a fine, fine record” – Christy Moore 

“An excellent piece of work from Davie” – Donovan 

“An excellently produced album with very dramatic songs. Definitely one to watch out for!!” –   Phil Coulter

“Loved this album.  Davie has a very unique voice and will gather a large following very quickly” – Jimmy McCarthy

“Davie sings from the heart and has the voice of a poet” – Luka Bloom

TOUR DATES:

Friday               Aug 2nd             Scarecrow Festival, Durrow, Laois

Saturday           Aug 3rd             Bob’s Hideout (Ella Dempsey Fundraiser), Durrow, Laois

Thursday          Aug 8th             Clonmel Busking Festival, The Coachman, Clonmel

Friday               Aug 9th             The Stormy Teacup, Limerick City

Saturday           Aug 10th            JJ Harlows, Roscommon

Sunday             Aug 11th            Hacketts, Kilkenny City

Thursday          Aug 15th            Summer in the City, Central Arts, Waterford City

Friday               Aug 16th            Mother Reilly’s, Rathmines, Dublin

Saturday           Aug 17th            P Clarke’s, Navan, Meath

Friday               Aug 23rd            Clock Tavern, Westport, Mayo

Saturday           Aug 24th            Balor Arts Theatre, Ballybofey, Donegal

Saturday           Sept 7th             VISUAL Arts Centre, Carlow

Website address:  www.daviefurey.com

Facebook link:     https://www.facebook.com/daviefureymusic1/

Twitter link:    https://twitter.com/daviefurey?lang=en 

Soundcloud link:   https://soundcloud.com/davie-furey-music     

Spotify link :    https://open.spotify.com/artist/0pJVfAuuVnqtwbSbwGPFwe?si=SHLtpXxfTd-XYVje1BdryA

Rising Singer Songwriter JAMES OR announces New Single

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It’s been an exciting eighteen months for James. Inclusions on the Hotpress ‘Ones to Watch’ listings and Live at the Marquee line-up showcased a songwriter and performer who is always striving to go one better.

A tireless live performance married with thoughtful and relatable songwriting also brought performing opportunities with the likes of The Coronas, Damien Dempsey and Ham Sandwich.

  • A unique and exciting Irish indie voice – Shane Dunne (INDIEPENDENCE, Music Cork)
  • James OR is the refreshing new artist the industry is craving. Clever lyrics and catchy tunes, youll be singing along in no time – Barbara Nic Dhonnacha (freelance journalist, broadcaster)
  • James stands on a pedestal all his own instantly memorable, sing-alongable anthems and delicately woven stories, somehow all at the same time – Emma Langford (Best Emerging Artist – RTE Radio 1 Folk Awards)

‘An Attempt at Momentum’ is out Friday, April 26th. 

Upcoming gigs

Friday, May 3rd: Coughlans Live, Cork

August Bank Holiday weekend: INDIEPENDENCE Music & Arts Festival

See links below for more info on James and to be kept up to date on his music:

http://www.jamesormusic.com/

https://www.facebook.com/jamesormusic

https://www.instagram.com/jamesormusic/

The Light announce new single ‘Wild Atlantic Way’

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The light have just announced the release date of their New single ‘Wild Atlantic Way’, out March 21st 2019

The Light features the powerful and passionate vocals of Irish singer Alec Noonan, while writer Clive Williams paints real life pictures of love, hope, compassion and truth that reveal the plight of everyday folk in the modern world through his songwriting.

In new Radio Single ‘Wild Atlantic Way’, not only does Clive capture the emotion of falling in love but one of the beautiful natural trails of the Wild Atlantic Way in Irelands West coast woven like a tapestry into the lyrics of the song.     

..anyone who has been to the stunning West of Ireland, will vouch for its beauty and splendour, its charm and capacity to make you fall in love with its scenic advances. 
 

This debut single from Clive and Alec, is Clive’s journey of an enticing story of how love drew him across the sea from England to Ireland to be with his beautiful partner on the romantic wild west coast of Ireland. An instant folk/pop classic it will soon be part of many a wedding and celebration.        

     

The Light have a bright future for sure.

Online Links:  https://www.facebook.com/TheLightIreland

Lavengro announce release of new single ‘Live For The Weekend’ a hook laden pop gem

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‘Live For The Weekend’ Release Date: March 22nd

5-Piece Pop band Lavengro hailing from Derry City, Northern Ireland, announce the release of their -hotly tipped ‘best songs of 2019’- brand new single ‘Live For The Weekend’. With instant hooks that call for the repeat button, their new single is the follow up to commercially successful track ‘Think’ which was one of the most played Irish songs on Radio in 2018. 2FM hailed it as one of their most played Irish songs of 2018, iRadio & Today FM also made the boys their Homegrown Heroes & PlayIrish Artist of the week. It also stayed in the top 100 Irish Airplay Charts for 11 weeks, peaking at #25 and also made it onto the Irish iTunes Top 100 Charts, Spotify Viral 50 Ireland, Ireland Shazam Charts top 50 – to name a few! Their new single is punchier, catchier and will have the same effect: Press Repeat>>>> PLAY.

 

The childhood friends formed the group in 2015 all at the age of 18 with one ultimate goal in mind; to be one of the top bands to ever come out of Ireland. The boys make songs that are punchy, catchy and powerful. Songs that really hit you in the feels but also make you want to dance. After just 2 years, the band were slowly making their dream a reality with the success of their single, “Think”. 2019 marks an enterprising next step with the release of ‘Live For The Weekend’ penned for March 22nd.

Lavengro had a busy summer in 2018, selling out their own headline shows at Whelan’s, Dublin, Ireland and The Nerve Centre, Derry while being invited to Irish radio stations across the country for interviews and to perform live at RTE2FMs famous Studio 8 Sessions. The lads are no strangers to big festival stages, performing on Main Stage at SunflowerFest, Electric Picnic & Sea Sessions as well as playing support to Hudson Taylor in their hometown in yet another sold out event.

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Joe.ie Song of the Day #554 |

Dermott & Dave’s Homegrown Heroes (Today FM) |

PlayIrish Artist of the Week (Today FM) |

BBC ATL Track of the Day #430 |

Dundalk FM ‘Ones to Watch’

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Links:

https://www.facebook.com/Lavengro/

https://twitter.com/lavengrofficial

https://www.instagram.com/lavengro.official/

https://lavengroband.com/

Sonja Sleator announces new EP and Single

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Critically acclaimed singer songwriter from Northern Ireland, Sonja Sleator, announces brand new Single : ‘GOODBYE’ March 1st and EP: ‘VIOLENT STRAWBERRY’ April 5th

+ Upcoming gigs:

6 Feb – McHugh’s Belfast – supporting Another Sky – info

15 March – Sin É Dublin – supporting Daniel John Paxton

Sonja Sleator has established herself as one of Northern Ireland’s most recognisable singer/songwriters. Her story driven songs are making her one to watch in the Irish music scene and have led to appearances on local radio, television and at festivals including Hard Working Class Heroes. Sonja has performed across the UK and Ireland, most notably in London’s On’t Sofa Sessions. Outside the UK, she has performed in Nashville, New Orleans and San Francisco, including an appearance on the famous Norm’s Rare Guitars YouTube channel.

Her EP, ADAMS, released in 2017, was described as “one of the best releases of the year” by Dublin 98FM’s John Barker. Lead single, Calla, received radio play on Dublin 98FM, Near FM Sessions, Downtown Radio and Q Radio.

In 2018, Sonja released Ghost, the first single off a new EP titled Violent Strawberry. It achieved airplay across three continents, and was used by festival organisers to promote her performance at Hard Working Class Heroes.

In 2019, Sonja will release her third EP, ‘Violent Strawberry’. The four track EP was recorded with multi-instrumentalist and producer Michael Mormecha at Milbank Studios in Lisburn.

Social Media:

https://www.facebook.com/sonjasleatormusic/

https://twitter.com/sonjasleator?lang=en/

https://www.instagram.com/sonjasleator/?hl=en

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaEFeA0aRRll9AgG8hezJWw

J I M M Y S  C O U S I N announces ‘Astor & 8th’ Single release: Feb 22nd

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Taken from album ‘Waxwings’: March 8th 2019

If Van Morrison and Paul Buchanan had a love child, it would be Jimmy’s Cousin. Irish born and schooled in New York with a detour into multiple careers across Europe, Jimmy’s Cousin has been 30 years in the making. His first demo was recorded in 1991 and yet his first album, ‘Waxwings’, sees the light of day next Spring! Why the long delay? He wanted to wait till he had something to say…

The album is produced by Dave Keary whose guitar playing and musical direction appears on records by acts such as Van Morrison, Gregory Porter, Taj Mahal, Roger Daltrey and Bobby Womack. Adding a deep vein of musical pedigree to the arrangement and realisation of the songs. ‘Waxwings’ is an ambitious, melodic, close to the bone and very personal, blend of Vocal Jazz which tells the genesis of a mans journey to find his personal identity and creative spirit spanning 30 years and numerous countries, loves lost and gained, careers and experiences all compacted into this stunning debut. Also playing on the album is Paul Moore (Bass) James Delaney (Piano), Des Lacey (Drums) Micheal Buckley (Brass) plus a host of others.

‘Waxwings’ is an album about acceptance of the risks associated with truly loving someone. It’s an album about the inevitability of loss, about flying into the darkness and touching the face of grief yet finding a new part of yourself on the other side. The second single to be released from the record is titled ‘Astor & 8th’ which is released Feb 22nd 2019.

About the song Astor & 8th: “Like a lot of Irish people in the 80s and 90s I ended up jumping on my first plane and landing in JFK to be met by my cousin who lived in Astoria in Queens. The following day he threw me a subway token and said hey where are you going to go your first day? I got on the N train to Manhattan, got off at Astor and 8th Street and walked up along Broadway. I was 22, full of ambition and arrogance with my long hair and literally thought I was God’s gift to humanity. So this is a song about a 22-year-old full of vim and vigour arriving in the big city for the first time and the excitement and optimism that went with that”.

Notes to editors: How did Jimmys Cousin come to fruition? He was raised in a small provincial town in Limerick, Ireland and had an older brother named Paul. Everywhere he went he was Paul’s brother. He was always following in his footsteps and had no identity of his own. Striking out for New York in the early 90’s, following the thousands within the Irish diaspora that came before him, he relished the thought of being his own person, with his own identity and moved initially, in with his American cousin Jimmy. He introduced him to all of his friends and of course everywhere he went in New York for the following few years he was known as…. Jimmy’s Cousin!

Online links:

Website: http://www.JimmysCousin.com F

acebook: https://www.facebook.com/jimmyscousin

Instagram: http://instagram.com/jimmyscousin/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jimmys_cousin

Aoife Scott releases The December Letter, feat. Grammy-winning banjo player Ron Block of Alison Krauss & Union Station. 

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Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Aoife Scott releases a very special seasonal single, The December Letter Out Dec 14th, featuring Grammy-winning banjo player Ron Block of Alison Krauss & Union Station. 

It is Scott’s first release since she collaborated with her cousins Danny O’ Reilly (The Coronas) and Róisín O on the famous Irish ballad ‘Grace’, which went straight to #1 on the iTunes charts in March 2017. 

A member of the legendary Irish folk music family, The Black Family, Aoife Scott is an award-winning folk singer and songwriter who has steadily made a name for herself in traditional and folk music scenes around the world. Last year, her single “All Along the Wild Atlantic Way” hit the #1 spot on iTunes, knocking Ed Sheeran off the top. It was also named “Song of the Year” at the Irish Folk Music Awards in 2017.  

The recording features the superb banjo playing of fourteen-time Grammy award-winning American bluegrass star, Ron Block.He is a member of the bluegrass band Alison Krauss & Union Station, and he was featured on the multi-platinum soundtrack of the Coen Brothers’ ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou’, and can be seen playing the banjo in the 2000 film. A trailblazer in the American folk scene – His extraordinary career has seen him record with artists such as Dolly Parton and Brad Paisley while winning numerous Grammy and International Bluegrass awards.

Aoife Scott’s music has a broad creative scope that is mostly influenced by her roots in folk and traditional Irish music. Fragile and ethereal one minute and strong and vibrant the next, her dynamic and profound vocals explore the emotional depths of her lyrics, leaving the audience entranced. Scott’s most recent accolades in 2018 have seen her named Best Folk Act at the Irish Post Music Awards (IRE), as well as Emerging Artist of the Year at the Live Ireland Awards (US). 

Following the success of her debut album, “Carry the Day”, wherein the Irish Times quoted it as “richly layered impressive debut album” she has toured nearly non stop overseas over the span of 3 years, wherein she headlined folk and Irish festivals all over the world including; Milwaukee Irish Festival (US), Port Fairy Folk Festival (AU), and The National Folk Festival (AU).

The December Letter is a beautiful song written for a loved one who cannot be home for Christmas. It was penned by Scott’s partner and band member Andrew Meaney, who was inspired by his own experience of his sister being away for the Christmas period. The song is a heart-lifting sentiment sent out to all who have emigrated from Ireland, delivering memories with the binding warmth of a real Irish Christmas. 

Links to artist:

https://www.facebook.com/aoifescottmusic/

https://aoifescott.com/