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Cork Singer-Songwriter Ruth Brosnan Returns with a New Single ‘Toodle-oo’ Fri Aug 14th

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Cork singer songwriter Ruth Brosnan returns with a new single ‘Toodle-oo‘ set for release Aug 14th 2020. After completing her BA in Popular Music at CIT Cork School of Music, where she graduated with First Class Honors in May 2018, she set off to LA on a graduate visa to learn more about the music business. 

While in LA, she entered an online competition called The Great American Song Contest and was chosen as a finalist with her debut single, Good Enough, which she says was a great honour. It was also something for which she has had a lifetime of training.

“I always wanted to be a performer. I did a lot of acting and singing with The Performers in the Firkin Crane with Irene Warren, I had been in The Monforts and I was in the Cork School of Dance with Sinead Murphy. I was in pantos with Bryan Flynn and I’m so delighted I got to work with him. These people were all very influential when I was growing up.”

Ruth writes anecdotal songs of the pop/rock genre and has a unique quirky style & personality which shines through in her own songs and performances. Her influences include Kesha, Katy Perry, Gwen Stefani and Sigrid.

Ruth has experienced more than her fair share of heartache already. Having tragically lost her mother and a number of her close friends to suicide, Ruth wrote her previous song ‘Good Enough’ which was reelased to critical acclai last year as a message for those going through tough time and to remind them that they are good enough.

Ruth wrote the ‘Toodle-oo‘ song to help and inspire people.

‘The song is called “Toodle-oo” and focuses on the themes of strength, overcoming adversity and female empowerment, I hope that when people listen to it they can draw inspiration from it’

The song will be available on various different platforms such as Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Tidal, Deezer and Apple Music from Aug 14th 2020.

For more info please see:

https://www.facebook.com/ruthbrosnanmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/ruth_brosnan/
https://twitter.com/ruth_brosnan

D.Lewis Releases Pop Groove Track ‘Summer Song’

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D Lewis is a West African/Irish R’n’B Pop Artist and has just released his new single ‘Summer Song’. Raised in Ireland from the age of 16, D Lewis has drawn on all aspects of his fused Cultural background to create his distinct sound from a fusion of African/American & Irish/UK Pop Mainstream sensibilities.
 
With a degree in bioscience and chemistry in AIT and currently in his final year of a business degree, D Lewis wrote the song recalling a typical Summer romance, with all the positive feel good vibes that go with it. It was recorded and self-produced in Dublin, Ireland.
 
With fellow peers such as Chris Kabs, Tebi Rex and JyellowL garnering National and International acclaim on the music scene, D.Lewis delivers a pop energy fuelled offering to the table of talent currently out there.
 
Drawing influences from Tinie Tempah, G.R.L to Demi Lovato and Lil Nas X, he has amassed over 300,000 streams on his spotify channel already and the Summer has only begun.
 

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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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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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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