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Colin Deady to release brand new album ‘Out of the Blue’ in March

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Colin Deady Press Shot 1COLIN DEADY


Album: ‘Out of the Blue’ OUT March 20th 


Singer Songwriter & multi instrumentalist Colin Deady is due to release his Debut Album “Out of the Blue” in March 2015. The album is a collection of 13 songs, an emotional & nostalgic album that defies an easy pigeonhole. Showcasing his ability as a songwriter with beautifully crafted ballads like “Chapel Street” to soulful & bluesy single “Things I love The Most” all blending skillfully into a seamless flow ‘The songs are all about the vocals & lyrics’ says Colin and this is where he hopes the record shines, featuring four part harmonies in many of the songs. ‘I love the human warmth that vocal harmonies can bring to a song, that sense of togetherness, there’s nothing like it’

Lyrically the songs address themes relevant to the human condition…love, hope, mortality, time & human resilience. Colin says ‘there comes a time when we’ve all got to make our way across that wild river. Whether you’re lucky enough to saddle a horse or just wade in the deep doesn’t matter. All that counts in the end is that you get across relatively unscathed’.

Growing up in a 3 bedroom council house with seven siblings, one record player and two records meant only one thing. If you wanted to listen to that record you had to fight for it! Leaving school at the age of 15 Colin began to teach himself how to play guitar. ‘We had very little money and I remember a dark morning in a wet & cold December in 1995 being given a few quid to get the bus from my home town Skibbereen to Cork to buy some desperately needed clothes! Anyway, long story shortened, I came home that evening dressed in the same rags and a brand new guitar! It cost £40 back then and was horrendous to play but I didn’t know any better at the time nor did I care, and anyway it looked nice. I spent that golden age in my bedroom listening to records & figuring out everything by ear’.

It wasn’t until 2004 that Colin began to write his own songs. ‘In the summer of 2004, I had a creative explosion out of nowhere hence the album title Out Of The Blue (that & the fact that I was born blue) I began writing my own songs many of which feature on this album. The fermenting process of an unconventional childhood & a host of life’s challenges somehow transformed into something meaningful & poured out on to the page’ Colin went on to release an EP in 2006 entitled ‘Making Tracks’ and began gigging regularly to master his craft, playing support to twice winner of the Meteor award in the Best Folk/Trad category, Cork’s own John Spillane, who said that Colin had a “lovely touch on the guitar”.

In 2010 he came second in one of the most recognised song-writing competitions in the country, the Sean McCarthy Ballad Competition. In 2012 Colin released his debut single ‘Season’s Tide’, which was shortlisted for the Christie Hennessy Songwriting Competition sponsored by IMRO in Tralee. Since then he has been working on recording his debut album, which is out March 2015.

Website:  www.colindeady.com

RED EMPIRE: Single & EP “The Truth of You” Released Aug 22nd on iTunes + IRISH TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED

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RED EMPIRE: Single & EP “The Truth of You” Released Aug 22nd on iTunes


Gigs: Sept

12th Guinness amplify- The Purty Loft- Dunlaoighre

13th The Cannonball Run, cahir Castle, Co Tipperary

18th Voodoo, Belfast

19th Munroes, Galway

20th The Olympia Theatre, Dublin

25th The Harbour Bar, Bray, Co Wicklow

Following the release of their well-received second EP, ‘Small Mercies’, Red Empire have just finished their debut album, “Inhale”. Previously chosen as the nationwide UTV Radio Group’s ‘Select Irish Artist of the Month’, which garnered much national attention back in March 2014, the follow-up EP will not disappoint. In addition to this the band were chosen as 98FM’s ‘Home Grown Heroes’ and DCFM’s ‘Tune of the week’ and were earmarked for success on RTÉ Radio 1’s ‘John Murray Show’ and Today FM’s ‘The Mix-Up’. But perhaps most significantly the band performed live in front of a nationwide audience on RTÉ Television’s ‘The Saturday Night Show’.

The forthcoming album, which is set for a late 2014 release date, has captured the band’s trademark well-crafted melodic sound and will be preceded by a third E.P, ‘The Truth of You’. It has also received the endorsement of numerous music industry heavyweights such as John Hartmann (ex-manager of The Eagles and Sonny and Cher). ‘The Truth of You’ contains the song of the same name and two additional tracks. The two additional tracks: “Fragile”, a song recorded during the album sessions and “Life On Mars”, a Bowie cover.

Throughout the year the band, who hail from all over Dublin, have continued to play their increasingly well-known high-intensity live gigs all around Ireland and have gone down a treat at festivals such as The Westport Festival of Music and Arts, Fortstock and The Coors Light Weekender in Cork. Indieweek.com described seeing the lads play live as a “kick-ass, very energetic live show.” With an ever-growing fan base and a bourgeoning roster of gigs throughout Ireland Red Empire look set for bigger and better things. Having already played in venues like the Olympia Theatre, Vicar St and the INEC in Kerry amongst many others right throughout the country the band have proven their worth on the big stage. And with the band touted by Musicscene.ie as “serious contenders for some well-deserved attention” and “destined for a bigger and brighter future”, many commentators have noted that the Red Empire journey is only beginning.


Free christmas goodies! as Sarah Packiam announces free single download and reveals video: Before I Fall

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Sarah Packiam press shot 1Singer songwriter Sarah Packiam has the perfect Christmas gift – her new song for free! Free song download https://soundcloud.com/walker-entertainment/before-i-fall

Born in Co. Wicklow, to an Irish Mother and Indian Musician Father, by the age of 14 Sarah entered and won the 2fm national song contest and signed with EMI records. A few years later at the age of 18 she left Ireland Greystones to live in Spain, The Netherlands and is now based in Miami where she gigs regularly and is immersed in the music scene there. 

Grammy Winning Singer Songwriter Jon Secada happened to come across Sarah’s music and invited her over to Miami to write. She immediately fell in love with the location and never left. Sarah and her band have opened for such acts as Smashmouth, Jason Mraz and the little River band. She also enjoyed the experience of singing backing vocals with Shakira.

Having Independently released an album (One for two) and an EP (Dream) this is the latest single “Before I fall”, which is available as a free download. Co written with Miami Songwriter Marthin Chan. The entire music video was filmed underwater in a friends pool in Miami. Directed by Spanish director Ivan Garcia. 

Video link http://vimeo.com/79421219

Making of Video http://vimeo.com/79597516 

SARAH PACKIAM before i fall from iván Garcia on Vimeo.

Electronic duo Analogue Wave announce details of their Debut album

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…announce details of NEW ALBUM:

n.l.g. W.v.

Analogue Wave are an electronic duo who will release their debut album ‘N.L.G. W.V’ on September 27th. In a time when the general adoption of neoliberal economic policies streamlined throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Analogue Wave forged their sound out of a 1980s grimey recession-laden Dublin.

Del Chaney’s (Vocalist and songwriter) origins began in the school choir room to a Beatles cover band before digressing to serious bouts of poetry. It was this temporary transition that lead him to delve further into his musicality. Deciding that he wanted to find an outlet to diffuse his words amassed with music, he discovered Cubase and began developing Dance Music whilst studying Music Theory. Embarking on the club and dance scene in Dublin and donning various outfits and bands along the way.

The other half of Analogue Wave, Andrew Sneyd otherwise known as Gint, kicked off his venture into music at the tender age of 13 heavily influenced by the likes of Sonic Youth and the Pixies. At 17 he began making electro music starting off on an Amiga 500 computer with a program he had gotten free in a magazine. He would then immerse himself in a DJ career, which saw him play several dates with Belgium’s CJ Bolland who flew him to Belgium for a week in studio. In 2012 Gint and Del had departed from their previous bands and began working on what would become Analogue Wave.

The Dublin duo emerged onto the scene earlier this year with their first single ‘Fingers’ in March followed closely by ‘Mezkal’ in May receiving extensive airplay on various radio stations from the BBC to RTE’s 2fm. Heavily influenced by everything from rock to electro the band takes their unique sound from blending a plethora of genres from reggae to techno all the way back to rock and roll.  Being hailed as Ireland’s answer to Unkle and Massive Attack this pair of musical maestros are the ones to watch in 2013.

This summer will see the band bring their jaw dropping live show to the masses with a full Irish tour on the cards. The band have twisted and re-worked their music into an energetic mix of rock concert and rave with a beautiful visual show. The album art for N.L.G.W.V comes from a controversial 1963 bicycle safety interlude film called ‘One Got Fat’. (see footnotes)



The artwork for n.l.g. W.v. comes from the 1963 bicycle safety interlude film ‘one got fat’, In the film, ten friends, who are children with monkey faces and tails, plan on going to the park for a picnic. They all ride there on their bikes, but each one meets a different fate on their way to the park as a result of their failure to follow specific bike safety rules (like not making hand signals, not reading traffic signs, not riding with traffic, riding double, or riding on the sidewalk). One by one, each of the friends makes a mistake and suffers a horrible fate. In the end, only one of the friends (who not only followed all the bike safety rules, but is also a normal human, whose face is not shown until the very end) makes it to the park and eats all the food by himself. At the start of the PSA, Slim gave the human his picnic because it was large and the human had a rear basket. Seeing this, the others persuaded him to take their food, meaning he has it at the end. Thus, as the title says, “One got fat!” Three of the Monkeys are seen in hospital beds.

The film has been described as a concentrated dose of lab-purified nightmare fuel that makes monkeys more terrifying than they already are. The title ‘n.l.g. W.v.’ came from the tradition used by a lot of artists on their debut album, which is naming it after the actual name of the band, but Analogue Wave wanted to add a twist to this so they removed all the vowels from their name which left ‘n.l.g. W.v.’ which gets its Nationwide release on Sept 27th.

The track list for the album is

1: Devils

2: Mezkal

3: Shine

4: Blame

5: Even still

6: Crawl

7:Someone must fall

8: I hold dear

9: Fingers

10: Narko dub.




Good Seed PR announce they will be the new imprint for PURE SYNC in the territory of Ireland.

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Tuesday 25th June 2013, Good Seed PR are pleased to announce they will be the new imprint for PURE SYNC in the territory of Ireland.

PURE SYNC is a forward-thinking music synchronisation agency & music publishing company. With over a decade of experience, the Pure Sync team delivers a time efficient and cost effective turn key creative music solution for Advertising Agencies (Brey Leino, BIG, M&C Saatchi, Mother, McCaan etc…) TV, Film & Gaming production companies (Endemol, Thumbs Up, Fulwell73, Metrodome, Monkey etc…), around the world. Previous clients include IKEA, ITV, AXA, ESPN, Volkswagen, BBC, Dominos Pizza, O2, Land Rover, Lexus and many more leading brands and companies.

Blending the two companies ethos “You make the music, we spread the word” and ‘Bringing Sound & Vision Together’, this union will be a most welcome deal to artists from both Ireland & Internationally. Bringing the best music to the forefront in all creative industries.

Good Seed PR & Pure Sync will provide Creatives, Directors, Producers & Editors with a ‘One Stop Shop’ for creative music searches, rights negotiation & licensing, bespoke composition, re-records & sound design, pre-cleared music & sonic branding in Ireland. Along with also providing Artists, Composers & Producers with a global platform and opportunity for their music to be placed in Films, TV, Advertising, Games & all other forms of media.

MD of Good Seed PR Linda Coogan Byrne commented “We are very much looking forward to making a real mark with Pure Sync in Ireland’s Sync market and hope to be able to continue to get Independent, well known & unknown music or bespoke composition & re records onto more and more platforms within the realm of Advertising, TV, Film and Gaming. This kind of merge has not been done before and if there was ever a right time for this to happen it is now, when our industry is ever changing and expanding. It is an exciting time”.





Linda Coogan Byrne

E: linda@goodseedpr.com

☎: 01 6813496

Mobile: +353 851659065


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John Sheahan(Colour)The documentary film John Sheahan: A Dubliner is a revealing and beautifully made portrait of a man who was an integral part of the national institution that is The Dubliners. As Barney McKenna once said, John is the ‘memory chip’, the part of the band who never forgets, ‘the mortar between the bricks’ that kept the band together.

John Sheahan was perhaps the most unlikely member of The Dubliners. His quiet nature and classical music training set him apart from his fellow group members. Now at the age of 73 he has reached a major turning point in his life. All of his friends that he once shared the band with in the early days, Luke, Ronnie, Ciarán and Barney are now sadly dead and he has finally decided to close the book on the life of The Dubliners after fifty years of recording and touring.

Sheahan is a deep thinker, a quality musician, composer and a poet with a passion for words.  At the age of 25 he was set up for life with a pensionable job as an ESB draftsman. He worked by day and played music by night. In 1964, to the dismay of his father who was a member of An Garda Síochána, he packed in the day job to go full time with The Dubliners.Image Ref. No. 2062/025

Now fifty years later it’s a new dawn for John.  He has all of the memories neatly packed away into different compartments and is ready to tell his side of The Dubliners story. John Sheahan is an eyewitness to a colourful chapter in Irish history that has formed a large part of our national identity. He has taken a road less travelled and thankfully has survived to tell the tale.

Produced by the award winning Scratch Films and directed by five time IFTA winning director Maurice Sweeney, John Sheahan: A Dubliner is a treasure trove of rare Dubliners archive some of which has never been broadcast in Ireland before and contemporary performances with Damien Dempsey, Declan O’Rourke, Charlie McGettigan, Máire Breatnach, Seán Keane and Neil Martin.

NEUA announce: ARCHIVE with guest performance by SAMPLE ANSWER Sat 20th April in The Village Dublin

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A NEUA Event Spring Concert Series 2013:
AB DEF Colour
ARCHIVE With Guest Performance by SAMPLE ANSWER & neua DJ’s

The Village Wexford Street Dublin 2 Saturday 20th April 2013

Doors from 8.00pm

Tickets €15 On-Sale Now From www.tickets.iewww.wavtickets.ie and www.ticketmaster.com

NEUA are Proud to Announce The Debut Irish Performance by London/Paris/Brighton-based collective ARCHIVE in April 2013.

The London/Paris/Brighton-based collective ARCHIVE released the epic and beautiful album ‘With Us Until You’re Dead’ in Aug last year. Produced by longtime collaborator Jerome Devoise; part-orchestral, part-electronic, part-soulful, part-progressive and wholly emotion-soaked and cinematic, the album touches tangents with Massive Attack, Radiohead, UNKLE, Secret Machines and PinkFloyd. With four dynamic singers fronting a restlessly inventive landscape constructed by Archive’s long-standing core of Darius Keeler and Danny Griffiths – their live show is one not to be missed.
Archive’s dark and dramatic 1996 debut Londinium was a recognisedtrip-hop classic. Since then the band has grown steadily to the pointwhere they now sell out arenas and headline festivals throughoutEurope (including last year’s Rock En Seine festival in Paris). Talking about the new album Keeler said “As a collective we’ve always written songs that focused on social and political issues butfor this album I really wanted the songs to be more personal – lovesongs basically. But coming at the subject matter in that non-formatted Archive way.” “I grew up a massive Otis Redding fan and I wanted to bring some ofthat soulfulness to the songs, but at the same time to make themtwisted and experimental.”
See the band perform at The Village Wexford Street Dublin on Saturday 20th April 2013




Reekus Records 30 year compilation CD Perfect Gift spotlight for Christmas!

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“Too Late To Stop Now” The 30 year compilation album from ‘Reekus Records’ 1981- 2011

Ft. a rare version of Aslan’s ‘This Is’ 

“Reekus Records has been the outstanding independent label in Ireland over the past 30 years” – Hotpress

“It has proved to be not only the longest serving but also the best Irish indie label championing new artists since the early 1980s”- The Irish Times ****

Reekus Records recently celebrated their 30 years in business with this stunning flavoursome compilation that they have been threatening to piece together for some time now. With 40 tracks spanning its origins to the present and future. From the humble beginnings in the Kampus Arcadia Cork with live recordings of Nun Attax, Micro Disney, Mean Features and Urban Blitz, through to the early years with The Blades, Aslan, Big Self and others right up to the noughties; The Radio, Saville, Paul Cleary, David Hopkins, Perry Blake, Sweet Jane, and more. It has been a long and winding road with the ever-changing landscape of the music business but Reekus have stood the test of time. Consistent with their staggering level of quality acts; the label will go on and continue, but for now, let us look back retrospectively at one of the finest Irish Indie Labels of the past 3 decades.

The double album includes 20 tracks from the early years available now on cd including some unreleased Blades and Micro Disney tracks and 20 tracks from the more recent years.

The double album is available for purchase at €15.99 from the website www.reekusrecords.com and from record shops!

The Saw Doctors announce 25:25 album which spans the bands entire career.

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The Saw Doctors: 25:25 Out Nov 16th digital bundle on iTunes + Single “Music I love” 

‘25 songs over 25 years + exclusive bonus commentary from the band’

+ Dublin, Belfast and Killarney shows

Having played their biggest homecoming show this Summer to over 40,000 fans at the Galway Volvo Ocean Race, and after performing over 2,000 shows in the UK, USA and Australia, The Saw Doctors celebrate 25 years together with a new “Best Of” album of 25 very special songs. Running in a rough chronological order through the bands 25 year history, the new “Best Of” traces the band’s career from their ground-breaking debut single  N17 (recently featured in Chris O’Dowd’s TV series Moone Boy) through to last year’s chart topping smash DOWNTOWN with Petula Clark.

Along the way we revisit the infamous I USETA LOVER – Recently voted Ireland’s Favourite Number 1 in 50 years of chart history.  We drop in on the PRESENTATION BOARDERS in Tuam and we hear the story of the legendary DJ Tommy K who was forced out of the Cathedral town after defying the Bishop’s order and running a disco during Lent.

Also included is MICHAEL D. ROCKIN’ IN THE DAIL – President Higgins recently invited Davy, Leo and The Saw Doctors to Aras an Uachtarain for tea and cakes, HOWYA JULIA – a sideways glance at the antics of the Bishop of Galway who disappeared overnight after news of his twenty years affair and teenage son broke out across Ireland.  And the acapella version of RED CORTINA  –  a huge Christmas hit 20 years after it was originally written (and  40 years after the demise of the of the legendary Mark II).

As with all their albums, 25:25 is a celebration of The Saw Doctors West of Ireland heritage.  In their own words:  ‘Born into a repressed, catholic, conservative, small-town, agrarian, angst-ridden and showband infested society we’re trying to preserve the positive elements of our background and marry them to the sounds which have culturally invaded our milieu through TV, radio, 45’s, fast-food restaurants, 24 hour petrol stations and electric blankets’

The Saw Doctors 25:25 Track Listing

1.         Downtown ft. Petula Clark

2.         Red Cortina (Acapella 2010)

3.         I Hope You Meet Again (2012)

4.         N17

5.         Tommy K

6.         Friday Town

7.         Me Heart is Livin’ in the Sixties Still

8.         Takin’ The Train

9.         Galway and Mayo

10.       Presentation Boarder

11.       I’ll Be On My Way (Live)

12.       Goodbye Again

13.       Wake Up Sleeping

14.       Music I Love (2012 Remix)

15.       Villains

16.       Chips

17.       Bless Me Father

18.       Out For A Smoke

19.       Share The Darkness

20.       Mercy Gates

21.       You Got Me On The Run

22.       Michael D. Rocking in the Dail

23.       Howya Julia

24.       Hazard

25.       I Useta Lover (Live)

Irish Dates November/December

The Saw Doctors will play Belfast Mandela Hall on November 23 and Dublin’s Olympia on November 24.  Over Christmas The Saw Doctors will play Portlaoise on December 27 and a New Year’s Eve show in Killarney’s INEC on December 31.

For the Belfast and Dublin shows, The Saw Doctors will feature new backing vocalist, Lindsey Cleary.  The band first met Lindsey in the studio while working with Petula Clark and her vocals just clicked with Davy’s.  Says Leo Moran: ‘Having Lindsey on board will add a completely new dynamic to the shows, allow us to do a bunch of different songs that we haven’t played live before and really showcase the harmonies between Davy and  Lindsey’. 

Links: www.sawdoctors.com / www.facebook.com/sawdoctors

Nationwide to feature GiftedLive.com on tomorrows (Oct 17th) show at 7pm on Rte 1

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If you are at the TV tomorrow evening Oct 17th The TV Show ‘Nationwide’ on Rte 1 television will be doing a special preview feature on Gifted Live. It will air from 7pm. And trust us, you will like!! http://www.rte.ie/tv/programmes/nationwide.html

Please see some recent videos from Gifted Lives Performances earlier this month:

The Original Rudeboys:

Adela and & the Meanits:

Mojo Fury:

Silhouette and Paul Walsh:

The Red Velvetines: