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Pop Songstress Kehli Announces Dublin Headline Gig May 11th Workmans Club, Tix now on sale!

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“One of the country’s leading pop prospects” – THE LINE OF BEST FIT

Irish pop star on the rise, KEHLI” – EUPHORIA

“‘Kehli wouldn’t feel hugely out of place on Mabel’s Ivy to Roses mixtape, Dua Lipa’s self-titled album or Mahalia’s Seasons EP ” – OFFICIAL UK CHARTS

Headline Show: No Sleep presents: Kehli – May 11th, Workmans Club, Dublin 
 

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Originally from Dublin, Ireland, KEHLI is a vocalist and performer with a soulful, passionate, and unique interpretation of contemporary pop music. She spent her early years at stage school, where from age 5, she studied music and dance including contemporary, hip hop, and ballet.

Her evolving passion for music and performance encouraged 14-year-old KEHLI to try her hand on a couple of TV music shows (usual suspects The Voice/X Factor etc.) which, at such a tender age, provided invaluable experience and gained her a small cult online following.

It was this experience that led to an introduction with New York / London-based songwriter/producer, MSRD, who worked closely with KEHLI along with a few other key collaborators to create her sound.

KEHLI has been hotly tipped as ‘one to watch’ by the Official Charts UK, charted top #5 in 3 commercial charts as listed by Music Week, and has received support from national radio stations including BBC Radio 1, Kiss FM, & RTE 2FM.

Her previous releases received editorial playlist support from Spotify including New Music Friday UK and was featured on ‘New Pop UK’ for several weeks.

In total, previous releases have received 14 editorial playlist adds including Pop Remix (3Million listeners) on Spotify. The tracks have been added to Apple Music’s New Music Daily, YouTube Music’s Pop Fresh, & Filtr UK’s New Music Weekly playlist, amassing over 1.5 million streams across all platforms and over 13 Million national radio impressions in Ireland alone. KEHLI has been featured in multiple mainstream press platforms including Wonderland, Clash, Earmilk, Record of the Day, Irish Times & Hot Press Spotlight.

She made her national TV debut on The Late Late Show with Ryan Turbidy, where she sang with the IWIH (Irish Women in Harmony) group. Playing to crowds of over 4000 people at the likes Independence festival and Sea Sessions festival this year, KEHLI is putting finishing touches to her forthcoming music which is an urban-infused pop EP with edgy ear-catching tunes.

The future is on track to be an exciting one for KEHLI.

Lorcan O’Rourke Gets Country on his upcoming Covers collection: “Live at The Ivory Sessions” EP: A Fusion of Country Storytelling and Rock Energy

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Irish Country Rock Artist Lorcan O’Rourke Releases “Live at The Ivory Sessions” EP: A Fusion of Country Storytelling and Rock Energy (Out May 31st)

Lorcan O’Rourke, hailing from the lush landscapes of Co. Offaly, emerges as a formidable force in the realm of country music, seamlessly blending the heartfelt essence of Country with the invigorating spirit of Rock. Influenced by revered musical icons such as The Eagles, The Travelling Wilburys, and Bruce Springsteen, Lorcan’s musical journey is a testament to the enduring allure of classic Americana infused with his own unique Irish charm.

At the tender age of 7, Lorcan embraced his first guitar strings, igniting a lifelong passion that has only deepened over time. Drawing from the rich storytelling traditions of Country music and the raw energy of Rock, Lorcan crafts compositions that weave a tapestry of profundity and allure, capturing the hearts and minds of audiences worldwide.

“Live at The Ivory Sessions” EP: A Showcase of Live Performance Mastery

Lorcan’s latest EP, “Live at The Ivory Sessions,” showcases his prowess as a performer, featuring four captivating cover tracks recorded live in the renowned Ivory Studio in Slane, Co Meath, Ireland. With a 4-piece band accompanying him, Lorcan delivers raw and authentic performances that resonate with emotion and energy. The recordings, captured in a single take without layering, provide an intimate glimpse into Lorcan’s musical artistry. The EP’s tracks, mixed and mastered by the esteemed Mark Cahill, include:

– “When it Rains It Pours” (originally by Luke Combs): Lorcan infuses this upbeat Country/Rock anthem with grit and passion, captivating audiences with its infectious energy.

– “Broken Halos” (originally by Chris Stapleton): Lorcan’s heartfelt rendition of this poignant song resonates deeply with its themes of loss and redemption, showcasing his emotive vocal delivery.

– “1, 2 Many” (originally by Luke Combs): Lorcan’s electrifying performance of this high-energy track radiates with infectious drive and enthusiasm, leaving listeners eager for more.

– “Travellin Soldier” (originally by The Dixie Chicks): With Cathal Guinan on the fiddle adding depth and emotion, Lorcan’s rendition of this timeless classic captivates with its haunting beauty and poignant storytelling.

Future Endeavours: What comes after the covers EP?

Looking ahead, Lorcan eagerly anticipates unveiling a new EP featuring original compositions that promise to captivate hearts and minds with their authenticity and charm. With a magnetic stage presence and a resume that includes sharing platforms with esteemed acts like Ruaile Buaile, Johnny Brady, and The Whistlin Donkeys, Lorcan continues to solidify his standing within the music community, leaving an indelible mark on the ever-evolving musical landscape.

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The Academy of Early Irish Harp launches its Spring Online classes + Online Group-Tuition Programmes

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The Academy of Early Irish Harp launches its Spring Online classes + Online Group-Tuition Programmes. 

Click here for more details: https://irishharp.org/acadamh

Invest in your skills and knowledge!

Affordable online harp classes tutored by international experts.

Post-beginner to professional level. All harps welcome!

What you get with each course:

  • six weekly 75-minute online group classes taught by experts
  • downloadable class materials to help you practice and learn
  • access to recordings of all your classes
  • a personalized web page with all your course materials and videos
  • access to your course videos until the start of the next term, or for as long as you are enrolled in ANY Acadamh na gCláirseach course

SPRING EARLY-BIRD DISCOUNT: enroll now for €99 and save 24% off the full price of €130. Offer ends 20 April, 2024.

Spring online courses, starting 4 May, 2024

Of love and lamentation: ancient harp music from Ireland

https://irishharp.org/acadamh/programmes/of-love-and-lamentation-ancie

Course tutor: Alessia Bianchi

https://irishharp.org/acadamh/tutors/alessia-bianchi

Discover heartfelt laments and love airs from the first printed collection of Irish music.

Some of the most enchanting aspects of Irish music are its heartfelt laments and love airs. Many are centuries old but still have the power to speak to the deepest parts of our modern souls. In this course you will discover two such laments and an air. All three are taken from the very first printed collection of Irish music, published in the heart of Dublin in 1724.

We will explore Alessia’s reconstructions of these, including historical playing techniques used by the old Irish harpers, working also on finer points of phrasing and dynamics. Along the way we will discover the stories and anecdotes behind the music.

Airs and graces: music from Scotland

https://irishharp.org/acadamh/programmes/airs-and-graces-music-from-sc

Course tutors: James Ruff, Dr Tamzin Elliott

https://irishharp.org/acadamh/tutors/james-ruff

https://irishharp.org/acadamh/tutors/dr-tamzin-elliott

Explore Scotland’s evocative music from centuries past.

Come and explore Scotland’s evocative and beautiful music. Learn three pieces from seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth-century sources, guided by experts in performing Scottish repertory on the harp. Start the course with Suipair thighear Leoid [‘Lude’s super’], a fàilte [salute or welcome] piece attributed to Rorie Dall, ‘Blind Rorie’. Follow this up with the beautiful ‘Port Atholl’, a fitting contrast to the stately and regal Lude’s super. Round out the course with a sweet and unusual port collected by the Maclean Clephane sisters in the Hebrides, in the early nineteenth century.

In this course students will not only learn technical strategies for finding their way around new tunes, but also will gain insight into the arranging process and what goes into engaging with a manuscript.

Living heritage: learn from Irish and Scottish master musicians.

https://irishharp.org/acadamh/programmes/living-heritage-learn-from-ir

Course tutors: Allan Henderson, Breda Keville, Jimmy O’Brien Moran, Allan MacDonald, Ciarán Ó Gealbháin

https://irishharp.org/acadamh/tutors/allan-henderson

https://irishharp.org/acadamh/tutors/breda-keville

https://irishharp.org/acadamh/tutors/dr-jimmy-obrien-moran

https://irishharp.org/acadamh/tutors/allan-macdonald

https://irishharp.org/acadamh/tutors/dr-ciaran-o-gealbhain

Immerse yourself in the living traditions of Ireland and Scotland with master musicians

Learn about piping, vocal, and fiddling traditions from renowned master musicians in living Gaelic traditions, chosen for their rare and authentic style of music-making. Their deep, embedded knowledge, and ingrained style will help you to make your own music sound more authentically Gaelic. The aim of these six course sessions is to listen to, and learn from, master musicians who are steeped in their living traditions to see how they can give you a bit of style in your own playing, and help you turn dusty manuscript pages back into living music.

See: https://irishharp.org/acadamh for all details. 

 

Sano Hill to Release Captivating Valentine’s Day Single: “Not That Kind of Love Song”

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Galway City, January 15, 2024 – Irish singer-songwriter Sano Hill, renowned for his heartfelt compositions that delve into the intricacies of life, love, and loss, is set to enchant listeners once again with his upcoming single, “Not That Kind of Love Song.” Scheduled for release around Valentine’s Day 2024, the song promises to be a moving melodic account of a love affair, capturing intimate stolen moments that may well be the last for the featured couple.

Hill, based in the picturesque Galway City, has already established himself as a notable artist with performances across the United States and Ireland, supporting the likes of Paddy Casey and In Tua Nua among other fellow lumineers. His debut album, “If Not Now, When?” released in late 2023, received international critical acclaim, marking him as a distinctive voice in the singer-songwriter genre.

The track “Not That Kind of Love Song” presents a charming and soulful sound, featuring delightful acoustic guitar, warm string layers, and mellow drums, peppered by synth flutters and led by Sano’s alluring voice. Plastic Magazine acclaimed the song for providing an alternative sound and approach to the typical love songs that dominate the airwaves on Valentine’s Day.

“Not That Kind of Love Song” has already gained significant recognition, recently reaching the No. 1 spot on the prestigious North American New Artist Spotlight Top 20 chart. The track is also currently holding the top position on the PureMzine Irish Artist Top 20 Spotlight Video Chart.

Sano Hill’s debut album, “If Not Now, When?” charted a singer/songwriter’s journey through a relationship, from hopeful beginnings to doubt, denial, disillusionment, breakup, recovery, and finally finding his voice. The album has been celebrated for its timeless and inventive compositions, with tracks receiving praise such as “echoes of the greats from the past,” “timeless,” “remarkable,” “stunning,” and “a masterpiece.”

Recorded partly in Windmill Lane Studios, the upcoming album was produced by award-winning Irish producer Larry Hogan, with final mixing and mastering completed by celebrated engineer and producer Braddon Williams. Williams, known for his work with artists such as Beyoncé, Snoop Dogg, Mark Ronson, and The Script, has added a layer of brilliance to Sano Hill’s musical endeavors.

As Sano Hill continues to captivate audiences with his soulful and introspective sound, “Not That Kind of Love Song” promises to be a standout addition to his already impressive body of work. The single is set to release around Valentine’s Day 2024, providing a unique and heartfelt alternative to the typical love songs of the season.

Galway City, January 15, 2024 – Irish singer-songwriter Sano Hill, renowned for his heartfelt compositions that delve into the intricacies of life, love, and loss, is set to enchant listeners once again with his upcoming single, “Not That Kind of Love Song.” Scheduled for release around Valentine’s Day 2024, the song promises to be a moving melodic account of a love affair, capturing intimate stolen moments that may well be the last for the featured couple.

Hill, based in the picturesque Galway City, has already established himself as a notable artist with performances across the United States and Ireland, supporting the likes of Paddy Casey and In Tua Nua among other fellow lumineers. His debut album, “If Not Now, When?” released in late 2023, received international critical acclaim, marking him as a distinctive voice in the singer-songwriter genre.

The track “Not That Kind of Love Song” presents a charming and soulful sound, featuring delightful acoustic guitar, warm string layers, and mellow drums, peppered by synth flutters and led by Sano’s alluring voice. Plastic Magazine acclaimed the song for providing an alternative sound and approach to the typical love songs that dominate the airwaves on Valentine’s Day.

“Not That Kind of Love Song” has already gained significant recognition, recently reaching the No. 1 spot on the prestigious North American New Artist Spotlight Top 20 chart. The track is also currently holding the top position on the PureMzine Irish Artist Top 20 Spotlight Video Chart.

Sano Hill’s debut album, “If Not Now, When?” charts the development of a singer-songwriter, his emerging process and efforts to find his voice, while working through the ups and downs of a romantic relationship. The album has been celebrated for its timeless and inventive compositions, with tracks receiving praise as “echoes of the greats from the past,” “timeless,” “remarkable,” “stunning,” and “a masterpiece.”

Recorded partly in Windmill Lane Studios, the album was produced by award-winning Irish producer Larry Hogan, with final mixing and mastering completed by celebrated engineer and producer Braddon Williams. Williams, known for his work with artists such as Beyoncé, Snoop Dogg, Mark Ronson, and The Script, has added a layer of brilliance to Sano Hill’s musical endeavors.

As Sano Hill continues to captivate audiences with his soulful and introspective sound, “Not That Kind of Love Song” promises to be a standout addition to his already impressive body of work. The single is set to release around Valentine’s Day 2024, providing a unique and heartfelt alternative to the typical love songs of the season.

For more information on Sano Hill and his music, please visit https://linktr.ee/SanoHill and stay tuned for the release of “Not That Kind of Love Song.”

Marty Rafo To Release New Single ‘Our Last Goodbye’

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Northern Irish artist Marty Rafo has been stirring up quite a bit of interest in the music industry since the release of his first two EP’s “Last Brigade” and “Atlantic Crossing.” From licensing music to 20+ major television networks, indie films, and sports arenas (including FOX, ESPN, E!, Discovery, National Geographic, NFL, and NASCAR), to celebrating rotation on 200+ college, independent, and commercial radio stations and performing alongside some of the US and UK’s most sought-after headliners (including: “Icon for Hire”, “All That Remains”, “Feeder”, “Reef”, “Pigeon Detectives” and “The Sherlocks”) – Rafo has just announced his collaboration with Irish Italian DJ and Producer Coke Beats on New Single ‘Our Last Goodbye’.

From busking in the streets of New York City in the late ‘90s to touring on three continents and leaving his mark on the underground electronic music scenes, Coke Beats has featured in more than 1 billion views on TikTok, and 44 number 1’s on the iTunes Charts in Europe, Asia, and South America. He is back in Ireland after a stint of EU residencies and has just worked on this remix collab with Marty Rafo, who was in search of the same quality of track as the late Avicii‘s ‘Hey Brother’ on his new single. Calling on the finesse of the Producer.

In addition to being featured in 50+ media publications for his past college, club, and festival tours (including: “Rock the Fort Music Festival, USA”, “Camden Rocks Festival”, “TVW Stock Festival, UK” and “Lee Stock Music Festival, UK”), some of the highlights thus far, according to Marty, have been hanging out with Bono and The Edge, meeting Jimmy Page and meeting the man who inspired him to pick up a guitar, Mr. Noel Gallagher.

Commenting on the inspiration behind his latest single, Rafo commented:

“Our Last Goodbye” is about two people who are in love with one another, then eventually break up and move their separate ways. It’s about reminiscing about the good times and wondering where it all went wrong. In the song, the main character in this narrative is still interested in what she is doing. However, he discovered that she was with another guy in a different country. He realises he needs to move on and stop living in the past. Ultimately, he finds himself and finds self-love.

His last single “You’ll Never Be Alone” soared straight to No.1 in both the UK and Irish I-Tunes charts. The new single ‘Our Last Goodbye’ – (Coke Beats Remix) is set to do the same and will be released on Sept 29th.  With a full band remix and an acoustic remix to follow in Oct.

 

KEHLI Announces Electric Picnic Performance + New Remix for All Outta Love

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With her eagerly-awaited debut EP ‘Pity Party’ set to arrive in the coming months, which includes the tracks “Lose U Now”, “Dead Body” and “All Outta Love” – the latter single receiving more than 5 million radio impressions across Irish radio including being selected by Ireland’s Select Irish network as their Irish ‘Track of the Month’ in July – giving it heavy rotation across all of their network, the last track they did this for was chart-topper Jazzy’s “Giving Me”, not to mention ‘Future Pop’ support on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio Ulster adding the track to their Atl Introducing Playlist selected by Gemma Bradley & team, Irish pop starlet KEHLI has now returned to release the FlashTheDeliveryGuy remix of her EP’s lead offering “All Outta Love”.

Inviting a fresh and bouncing dance-pop-infused energy to her latest effort, the FlashTheDeliverGuy remix of “All Outta Love” sees it transformed into a vibrant club-ready anthem. With her fresh and dynamic vocals playfully layered across a shimmering production throughout, the new rework adds a bright and distinctive aesthetic to her glittering catalogue to date.

Showing an affinity for music from a very young age, Chris ‘FlashTheDeliveryGuy’ Edwards has been fine-tuning his skills as a record producer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. Irish-born and raised, Chris has recently added a number of the rising Irish talents to his resume of production credits including the likes of breakout pops Ojo The Kidd, Jamie Freed, and RikShaw amongst others. Current projects include various indie and major label-related projects as well as collaborations with the likes of UK chart-topping producer/EDM artist, Kid Eternal on upcoming releases.

He is currently the producer and recently appointed MD of one of Ireland’s #1 Radio presenter/DJ’s Declan Pierce and his ‘Block Rockin’ Beats’ project where Flash also plays Bass to crowds of over 10,000 people and sold-out arenas across Ireland.

Hailing from Dublin, 22-year old KEHLI is a vocalist and performer with a soulful, passionate, and unique interpretation of contemporary pop music. She’s drawn comparisons to the likes of Mabel, Raye, Dua Lipa, and Anne-Marie.

Her music journey began at the tender age of five when she started stage school. There she studied music and dance including contemporary dance, hip-hop, and ballet eventually competing at a world championship level. Her evolving passion for music encouraged a 14-year-old KEHLI to try her hands at a couple of TV music shows (X-Factor, The Voice etc) which gave her invaluable experience and gained her a small cult online following. 

Soon after, a rehearsal clip of KEHLI singing Jorja Smith’s ‘Let Me Down’ made its way onto Instagram, gaining her a small viral moment. This led to the introduction of London-based producer/songwriter MSRD who helped KEHLI hone her sound along with key collaborators such as Cameron Gower Poole (Glowie, Raye) Raheem Bale, Kali Clare, and others. 

Since her debut release, KEHLI has gone on to achieve many early career milestones.  Her TV debut last year was on the Late Late show with Ryan Turbidy following a year where she amassed over 13 million national radio impressions in Ireland with support from the likes of RTE 2 FM, 98 FM, Spin1038, iRadio, BBC R1 and Kiss FM.  She was also noted to be the only female singer in the Irish Top 20 charts at the time.  Other career highlights include reaching top #5 position in three key UK club charts including Commercial Pop Charts(#4), Upfront Club Charts(#3) and Urban Charts (#3) on her debut release (One Last Kiss) as reported by Music Week.  

The Official Charts UK named her ‘One To Watch’ and she has also received support from industry tastemakers like Record of the Day, The Line of Best Fit, EARMILK, CLASH, Wonderland, Nialler 9, Irish Times and many others as well as DSP support from Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music and Filtr with editorial playlisting.  New Music Friday, New Pop UK, Pop remix are some of her Spotify playlist achievements with over 1.1Million cumulative streams across Spotify alone.

Her release ‘Summer Lovin’ was a hit on the Irish airwaves and a DSP favourite landing New Music Friday and 14 other Spotify editorial playlists on release day as well as charting #15 on the TikTok Music Charts on release week. The project has since gone on to garner significant major-label interest in the UK and US.

 

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Luke Cosgrave Announces New Single ‘I Feel Your Time Is Comin’ Set To Be Released July 7th

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Luke Cosgrave is an Irish contemporary violinist and songwriter from Wexford, Ireland. He has been playing violin since the age of five and was a member of the Dublin Youth Orchestra, and The Wexford Sinfonia as well as playing as a session musician with a long career supporting numerous Irish artists throughout Ireland. 

He has performed solos for former Irish President Mary Robinson and Taoiseach Micháel Martin. A consummate professional musician. In addition to performing for dignitaries, he has played alongside Sinead O’Connor and Mundy as a session musician and he has also supported and shared stages with Don Baker, John Spillane, and The 4 of Us to name but a few. 

After lending his violin skills to so many of his fellow luminaries, it was time to launch his own music to the Irish and International Music Scene. His previous releases ‘Heart of Hearts’ and ‘Love and War’ were soft-launched during the pandemic to glowing fans, and he is now ready to follow that up with his new song, ‘I Feel Your Time Is Comin’, a sing-a-long folk song, which he releases in July 2023. 

With his well-formed, thought-provoking lyrics, Luke sings with a Wexford accent akin to Corkonian John Spillane’s unique and charming Irish rhetoric. His latest musical offering, ‘I Feel Your Time Is Comin’, will surely appeal to the repeat button. 

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THE REMEDY CLUB ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM – ‘BACK TO YOU’ SET TO BE RELEASED MAY 26TH

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THE REMEDY CLUB Back To You / released 26th May + Album Launch party Sunday 28th May in The Workman’s Club, Dublin (*full band show)

Back To You is the third album from Irish roots/Americana duo The Remedy Club. The album sees them broaden their sonic palette with strings and brass and features some notable Irish musicians including Aongus Ralston on bass (The Waterboys), Binzer Brennan on drums (The Frames), and Michael Buckley and Ronan Dooney on brass (Van Morrison). The album was co-produced by Gavin Glass in Orphan Studios, Wexford. While their second album was recorded in Nashville, musically this new chapter sees them heading towards Memphis and New Orleans with nods to Fleetwood Mac along the way, carving out their own authentic path in Irish music.

BIO:

Husband and wife duo The Remedy Club, comprising Kj McEvoy and Aileen Mythen have been described as ‘Ireland’s best kept musical secret’’ by Hotpress Magazine. Their first two albums Lovers, Legends and Lost Causes and True Hand True Heart were independently released by the duo to great critical acclaim in Ireland, the UK, Europe, and the US – ‘’My new favourite duo of all time (ROCKING MAGPIE, UK), ‘Outstanding’ (NO DEPRESSION, US).

Their sophomore album True Hand True Heart was recorded in Room and Board studios, Nashville, and produced by 5 –time Grammy award winner Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Sheryl Crowand was chosen as album of the week on RTE Radio One.  Hotpress magazine included the album in their top 10 folk albums of 2020.

Their latest offering Remedy Club ‘Back To You’ is due to be released 26th May 2023.

QUOTES

‘Ireland’s best kept musical secret’ (HOTPRESS, IRE)

‘Spectacular’ (MAVERICK)

‘Outstanding album’ (NO DEPRESSION, USA)

‘Destined for big things’ (GET READY TO ROCK, UK)

Simply Divine’ (LONESOME HIGHWAY)

‘It’s a stunner!’ ‘My new favourite duo of all time’ (ROCKING MAGPIE, UK)

‘Among today’s top roots artists‘ (YOUR LIFE IN A SONG, UK)

INTERESTING FACTS FOR MEDIA

Aileen has is an established actor and voice artist. She has voiced hundreds of characters in well-known cartoons and movies including Disney’s Space Chickens’, Rainbow Rangers (Nick Jnr, Genius), and ‘Luis and the Aliens’ (Warner Brothers). She also voiced the character of Raquel in the groundbreaking video game ‘Beyond a steel sky’. Aileen has worked alongside some of the world’s most recognised actors including Harvey Keitel and Pierce Brosnan

Kieran is the brother of acclaimed singer and songwriter, Eleanor McEvoy who wrote the third best-selling Irish single of all time ‘A Woman’s Heart’.

Kieran lived in New York City for 8 years where he played with several hard rock bands including Electra Records ‘Smashed Gladys’.

Aileen and Kj have released 5 albums in total – the first two being under the name B & The Honeyboys.

Their 7-year-old daughter Layla Kay made her TV debut at 5 playing Minnie Driver’s daughter in the Amazon Prime series ‘Modern Love’, directed by John Carney.

Blánid Announces New Single ‘Bad Decisions’ With Ciaran Lavery – Set To Be Released On Nov 18th

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“Completely captivating”
— Sian Eleri Evans, BBC radio 1
“Phenomenal… sometimes you
have a moment where you hear greatness”
— Dominic King, BBC radio kent
“There is an unmistakable buzz about Blánid”
— fresh on the net
“Well on her way to stardom”
— earmilk

BLÁNID’s hauntingly powerful voice and confessional, folk-infused songwriting style have been causing a stir in her native Ireland and beyond. 

Her first two singles were met with critical acclaim, with combined plays on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Kent and RTÉ 2XM. BLÁNID was also the featured vocalist on Netflix’s anime Witcher film soundtrack (The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf). 

Her new offering ‘Bad Decisions’, co-written with fellow Northern Irish songwriter Ciaran Lavery, is an arresting indie-folk/indie-pop track, full of drama and darkness. Beginning with soft, delicate vocals from both Ciaran and BLÁNID, the song’s introspective and poetic lyricism rings with the quiet shame and regret associated with the titular ‘Bad Decisions’. With an increasingly intense build throughout the song to a dizzying climax, it culminates in a cathartic almost religious finish, with a beautifully-crafted choral, melodic pay-off. 

I wanted to write about the exhausting and seemingly deterministic experience of self-destruction, the inescapable feeling that you are destined to fail and the overwhelming shadow that a depressive state can cast. But there is a beauty and broken joy in it, even if this can’t be seen when you’re in the throes of it” said BLÁNID of the track.

Ciaran agreed, saying that the song 

“deals with the very self-aware and shameful feelings of self-sabotage, like watching yourself speed headfirst into the burning building because you feel you deserve it, have to, need to – even though you know you are choosing this path.”

Building on the success of her first two singles, BLÁNID releases ‘Bad Decisions’ on November 18th – the same date her UK tour with American folk icon Judy Collins begins. For BLÁNID, this is only just the beginning.

Links: https://blanid.co.uk/ / https://twitter.com/iamblanid / https://www.instagram.com/iamblanid https://www.facebook.com/iamblanid / https://www.tiktok.com/@iamblanid

 

Irish-Ghanian singer-songwriter AIS has just announced her new Radio Single titled ‘Freedom’.

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Irish-Ghanian singer-songwriter AIS has just announced her new Radio Single titled ‘Freedom’. Using elements of Pop, Soul, and R&B, the single begs for the repeat button.

Written and recorded during covid, the it follows the artist’s journey of adjusting to a changing world.  The new music follows on from the singles ‘Glitter Gold’, ‘Move My Feet Again’ and  ‘Labels’ that  received airplay support from Regional radio aswell as the top UK and Irish radio stations such as Radio on RTE Radio 1, Rte 2fm (Song of the week) and BBC Radio 1.

For the past two years, there have been so many changes that we almost feel like we have to do better and be better. The song examines the introspection so many of us are experiencing as well as highlighting the freedoms we take for granted.

AIS draws many of her songwriting inspirations from her experiences growing up bi-racial in a predominantly white society, where self-love and self-worth along with being true to yourself set the precipice of the lyrical narrative within her music. Musical influences come from Rhianna, Billie Eilish and Lauren Hill. ‘Freedom’ is available across all digital platforms now and the official music video will be out the end of January. 

Editors notes: AIS studied Music and English at Maynooth University until she graduated in 2018. Since her teens, she has been performing in the Dublin music scene, as well as at many venues across Ireland including Electric Picnic, three times. The new single was Produced by Greg Malocca in EgoBoo Studios, Dublin, Ireland. The single if from her EP Freedom, a series of recordings which were supported through funding from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media as administered via the Music Industry Stimulus Package 2020.

Social Media Links:

Instagram: officialaismusic

Facebook: officialAISmusic

Twitter: MusicAIS2020

Website: www.aisofficial.com

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