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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.


Jig Jam release new single “Tullamore to Boston”

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JigJam are a multi-award winning quartet from the heart of the midlands in Ireland. Blending the best of traditional Irish music with bluegrass and Americana in a new genre, which has been branded as ‘CeltGrass’, their onstage energy along with their virtuosic musical ability has captivated audiences throughout the world. “Here’s an Irish band that’s going to impact the world as hard as Clancy Brothers or U2 if they get only half a chance.”

Jamie McKeogh, Cathal Guinan and Daithi Melia all hail from Tullamore, Co.Offaly with Co. Tipperary born Gavin Strappe completing the quartet. All four members grew up immersed in Irish traditional music and culture, which is reflected by the band collectively achieving over twenty All-Ireland titles at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann competitions. They have now developed their own unique style of music influenced by American Folk music whilst staying true to their Irish roots. Described as ‘The best Irish group so far in bluegrass’ this sharply dressed outfit deliver an energy-fuelled, foot-stomping live performance. All multi-instrumentalists, JigJam interchange between banjos, guitars, fiddles, mandolins and double bass onstage which creates an experience which is pleasing to both the eye and the ear. JigJam have recorded two studio albums to critical acclaim and have been compared to the Punch Brothers by the European Bluegrass Music Association.

JigJam have made a huge impact on the Irish American circuit performing at all major festivals including the world-renowned Milwaukee Irish Fest as well as touring various parts of the UK and Europe. ‘The words sparkling, innovative and infectious come first to mind’ when you witness your first JigJam show.

‘Tullamore to Boston’ is out now on iTunes: https://tinyurl.com/y9pdn3r3

JigJam Social Media Links

Website: www.jigjam.ie

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jigjamlive

Twitter: www.twitter.com/jigjamlive

Instagram: www.instagram.com/jigjamlive

Music Video for Tullamore to Boston:

HEROES IN HIDING to perform on The Late Late Show on Rte 1 Sept 30th

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: HEROES IN HIDING to perform on The Late Late Show on Rte 1, Sept 30th, 2016.

14500646_10154557786518518_3018977654998123507_o‘Hospital” – The brand new track from ‘Heroes In Hiding’ will be performed by the band on Fri. Sept 30th on Ireland’s longest running TV Talk and Entertainment show ‘The Late Late Show’. In a star studded line up that includes Hollywood actors Alexander Skarsgård, Michael Peña and former Ireland international Jason McAteer. Be sure to tune in from 9.35pm on RTE 1 or the RTE Player.

In the last month the bands single ‘Hospital’, detailing an incident where one of the lead vocalist’s from the band, Joe Carroll, fell out of a moving bus on the dual carriage way and woke up in a hospital bed, has been critically acclaimed by Irish media such as Hotpress, The Star, The Irish Times and well known Irish and International Music Blogs and Webzines who lauded the band as one of the most promising acts to come out of Ireland this year.

There’s some thump off it! The Breakfast Show ‘Song of the Week'” – Ian Dempsey Today FM

“Ireland’s next indie hit makers” – RTE Radio 1

“Band of the week for this sprightly indie-pop song” – The Irish Times

“Excellent! Another great track from HIH, did you expect anything less!”- RTE 2FM – ‘Song of the week’

 “Fantastic Four-Piece” – Joe.ie ‘Song of the day’

“Heroes in Hiding have a momentum that is in full swing” The Star ‘Single of the day’

“Fantastic track!” BBC INTRODUCING 

“Hospital is engrossing whilst also keeping the hooks and melodic lushness in tact.”- TheLastMixTape

Since the release of debut EP “Hush” in 2014, Heroes In Hiding have gathered a momentum that is now in full pendulum swing. The burgeoning band are center stage in Ireland as one of the most promising talked about acts on the scene. Having performed at festivals such as Electric Picnic, Forbidden Fruit, Castlepalooza, BD Festival, Life Festival, even securing a slot at Iceland’s Secret Solstice festival – the band are now ready to release their first LP titled ‘CURTAINS’ which is due for an autumn release date of Oct 7th 2016.

‘Hospital’, documents a recent close encounter with death by a member of the band Joe Carroll: “I was on my way home from a friend’s birthday party on a hired coach. There weren’t enough seats so I was standing up at the back. I leaned back and fell out of the door and onto the motorway. I don’t remember much of the incident itself and the next thing I remember was lying on a trolley in the hospital in a neck brace. Luckily I didn’t sustain any lasting injuries but I was fully aware of how close I came to being much worse off. On my second day in hospital I heard a nurse using some sort of machine behind the curtain on the patient next to me. It was bleeping with two harmonious tones. Something told me I had to make a song out of it so I recorded it on my phone (which had miraculously survived the fall). A few days later when I was at home and feeling a little better I put the recording onto my laptop and recorded a rough draft of the song “Hospital”. The song is a document of my experience that night, and my realisation that life is very fragile and something to be cherished.”

HEROES IN HIDING ARE: Joe Carroll – Vox and Acoustic Guitar, Liam McCabe – Vox, Bass, Violin, Sax, electronics, Oisin Jacob – Vox, Electric Guitar and Kalimba and Cian Donohoe – Drums & Percussion.

Band Links: www.facebook.com/heroesinhiding / www.twitter.com/heroesinhiding www.heroesinhiding.ie

Listen to the track here:


Heroes In Hiding announce FundIt Campaign for new visual & auditory gig experience.

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HEROES IN HIDING launch a FundIt campaign to bring you a unique visual and auditory experience at their next gig, but they need YOU to make it happen. Read the below information from the band to find out more!

press-4The Idea

This year our aim is to create a show that is entirely unique to the Irish music scene from which to launch our upcoming record.

Entitled Curtains, the project is a live physical and visual representation of a collection of songs. We invite you to experience a space where the boundary between the eye and the ear becomes blurred, and the barrier between the band and the audience becomes skewed.

Four walls line the edge of a square: you are invited to enter. Images are projected on all four sides. Your eyes turn to follow, your ears always alert.

We will toy with your senses and pick at your emotions so that you leave with something more than just a ticket stub. For as long as we have been together on stage it has always been us telling you the story. This time around we want you to be a part of the story.

The Band

Heroes in Hiding are made up of Joe Carroll, Oisín Jacob & Liam McCabe.

To You and The Crew

We have been together as a group since 2005. Since then, we genuinely couldn’t have made it to where we are without your support. Our success thus far is a direct result of your commitment.

We have had the opportunity to play on some of the biggest stages in both Ireland and abroad, we’ve worked with an endless amount of amazingly talented musicians, producers, sound engineers, light engineers, stage crew, promoters etc. and have never taken a single moment for granted.

This project will give us yet another chance to work with a great bunch of people. We have a dedicated crew and have joined with Second Frame Films, who will be curating the visuals for the show.

Why a Fund it?

Curtains is an experience. An experience that we would like to share with you at a specific time in a specific place. On this occassion however, we require some financial assistance to create a project of this scale.


TOOTAWL “HOUSE ON THE MOON” The brand new EP Out November 27th

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TOOTAWL “HOUSE ON THE MOON” The brand new EP Out November 27th

First, let us rewind a little back to last summer 2014… When a young Irish troubadour named Richard O’ Gorman, with guitar in hand, found himself in the epicenter of Nashville, Tennessee playing gigs alongside fellow luminaries in the pubs, pavements and clubs, honing in on his crafty songwriting and performing his bustling brand of nu-folk in such famous venues as The Bluebird.

Standing at six foot four, he was christened ‘too tawl’ in typical Tennessee twang and fashion by a passing hobo on the street. The namesake stuck like glue and upon his arrival home triumphantly with this new adapted title he began working on material for his debut EP. Mainly taking inspiration from artists like Bob Dylan, The Beatles and also older blues musicians such as Blind Willie McTell, Tootawl mixes this strong sense of musical tradition with his own unique style.

tootawlEPcover Since his time in Tennessee, Tootawl has been paying his dues around the gigging circuit in Ireland including special guest support slot performances to Aslan in their sold out gig in Cork Opera House and Ham Sandwich at the Bandon Music Festival, to name but a few.

TooTawl recorded, engineered and mixed his debut EP with producer Christian Best (Mick Flannery, O Emperor) at Monique Studios. It has a release date of Friday 27th of November with tour dates to follow nationally.

For more information visit TOOTAWL online:




Announcing “Don’t Be Afraid” album in Aid of Samaritans ft. Hozier, The Coronas, Roisin O, Paddy Casey + More.

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Announcing “Don’t Be Afraid” (Of the Light that shines within you) A compilation album in aid of Samaritans  Release Date: Oct 9th

People who are going through difficult times will often want to share their problems with family or friends, but sometimes, for a number of reasons, it can be hard to talk to those who are closest. It can be easier to talk to a stranger, and this is where Samaritans comes in. They provide a safe place for people to talk when things are getting to them.

This CD, features 16 songs from some of Irelands most beloved artists and bands: Hozier, Hothouse Flowers, Imelda May, The Coronas,  Mary Black, Luka Bloom, Maura O’Connell, Eleanor Shanley, Paddy Casey, Kieran Quinn, Roisin O, Brian Kennedy, Ailie Blunnie, Dawn Kenny, Tommy Flemming & Brian Leyden. The songs deliver a powerful message of hope. The CD is dedicated to any of us who may find support in calling Samaritans and imparts the message that within the 21 branches on the island of Ireland, with 2,000 volunteers, Samaritans are there to listen.

Like the artists and bands that have dedicated their songs to this CD, Samaritans volunteers are ordinary people who do extraordinary things, and their service is available around the clock every single day of the year. Calls are confidential and those who contact them can be themselves – Samaritans do not judge.

The CD will be readily available to purchase on iTunes and all good digital sites from Oct 9th as well as in select stores Nationwide. All proceeds from the sale of the cd will go towards Samaritans. For all updates and info, please check out the websitehttp://dontbeafraidcd.com

Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year, providing a safe place for anyone struggling to cope. You can call them at 116 123 (ROI), 08457 90 90 90 (NI) or email jo@samaritans.org. You can also get in touch by calling into a branch. For opening hours of each branch www.samaritans.ie .


Track listing and featured acts:

  1. Hozier Someone New (3.42)
  2. Hothouse Flowers Your Love Goes On (3.50)
  3. Imelda May Kentish Town Waltz (4.50)
  4. The Coronas My God (4.11)
  5. Mary Black (Brand New Star (2,34)
  6. Luka Bloom Don’t Be Afraid of the Light That Shines Within You (4.43)
  7. Maura O’ Connell Feet Of A Dancer (4.08)
  8. Eleanor Shanley & Patrick Bergin My Angel (3.00)
  9. Paddy Casey You’ll Get By (4.53)
  10. Kieran Quinn Smile (Instrumental) (3.05)
  11. Roisin O Hold On (3.45)
  12. Brian Kennedy Life, Love & Happiness (3.57)
  13. Ailie Blunnie I Will Count My Blessings (4.32)
  14. Dawn Kenny January (4.35)
  15. Tommy Flemming Bright Blue Rose (4.35)
  16. Brian Leyden Where Peace Come Dropping Slow (3.15)


Editors note:

Samaritans was established in Ireland in 1962 and there are now 21 branches on the island of Ireland with over 2,000 volunteers. Samaritans does a great deal to help people struggling to cope, both in terms of answering calls, face to face support, emails and texts as well as outreach work in prisons, schools, music festivals and many other places.  The work they do can best be summed up in one phrase – “We help people to see all the options available to them”. In some cases this can quite literally be a lifesaver.

Last year, Samaritans answered over 470,000 calls for help for people who contacted them by telephone, email, text or by visiting their local branch.

People called to talk about many issues: money worries, family and relationship problems; depression and mental health issues; loneliness and stress and anxiety. With many of these issues, having the opportunity to talk them through with a trained listener can offer huge relief. Where Samaritans feels a person could benefit from a different kind of support, they may sometimes sign-post them to alternative services.

Quote from An Taoiseach Enda Kenny – “For many of us, music can be our refuge: it takes us to a place of hope and comfort. There’s therefore a rightness and resonance to this CD which showcases some of Ireland’s best-loved musicians in aid of one of its best-loved charities, Samaritans”


RED EMPIRE Announce Single “The Chosen Few” Out on iTunes August 14th

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Single “The Chosen Few” Out on iTunes August 14th

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 for the band in 2014. 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 two live nationwide TV performances on RTÉ Television’s ‘The Saturday Night Show’ and Tg4’s “Roisin Show” in 2014. The band also received the endorsement of numerous music industry heavyweights such as John Hartmann (ex-manager of The Eagles and Sonny and Cher).

red empireThe forthcoming album, which is set for a late 2015 release date, has captured the band’s trademark well-crafted melodic sound, ‘The Chosen Few’ is the current single and is a testament to the bands trademark sound of melodic pop rock.

Throughout 2014 the band, who hail from all over Dublin, 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 band play live as a “kick-ass, very energetic live show.”

With an ever-growing fan base and a bourgeoning roster of gigs throughout Ireland in 2015, 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 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.


The Plan announce new EP ‘Dyad’ due for release Sept 11th

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The Plan consist of musical duo Brendan Scott – Bass/Vocals & Paul McCann – Guitar/Vocals. Hailing from County Cavan in Ireland’s Midlands, they play terrific melodic pop music akin to the Beach Boys, The Beatles and The Monkeys.

They have performed with Pugwash, The Strypes, Duncan Maitland (Picturehouse/Pugwash) and Nelson Bragg (Brian Wilson Band/Beach Boys). They have recently recorded a three track ep, entitled ‘Dyad’ (which means duo), which was produced by Duncan Maitland and features both Duncan and the aforementioned Nelson Bragg on various tracks.

They release their new EP “Dyad” on Sept 11th which features three tracks including the single “Joke’s on Me”, “Twisted Fate: and “Your old friend”.

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Finn Mc Ginn & The Mudguards – new music video!

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Check out the brand new video which will surely put a smile on your face from Northern Ireland’s Finn Mc Ginn & The Mudguards off of the upcoming album ‘Barnyard’s Barndance’, filmed by the brilliant DrawnInPen Productions. Be warned it has Vikings and a whole lot of fun.

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Finn McGinn 2015

Finn McGinn is a song-writer / guitarist based in Belfast.  Finn played a variety of bands in the 90s and 00s, including Tiberius Minnows, Lazy and the Fireflys.  More recently he has been concentrating on solo projects.

Indeed, Finn has recently hooked up with legendary producer Mudd Wallace and his session band the Mudd Guards to create a sound that is innovative and exciting. Finn describes the sound as pop rock with a celtic twist. Album coming soon – watch this space! 

more info on this act here: www.finnmcginn.com

Columbia Mills announce Dublin Show and reveal new Music Video on Muzu

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Columbia MillsIndietronica act Columbia Mills are set to headline a show in Whelan’s upstairs venue on Saturday, November 29th.

Columbia Mills will play the Dublin venue this winter following the release of their debut E.P. Factory Settings on Friday, November 28th.

The group’s debut single ‘Never Gonna Look At You The Same’ (taken from Factory Settings) is a deeply textured affirmation of their highly stylised sound.

Centered around great washes of alternative-rock pounding rhythms that work with the recording in a way the evokes the Jesus and Mary Chains’ similar ability to create depth from impact, Columbia Mills surround their music with indietronica textures that gives the single a unique and crafted edge.

Tickets to see Columbia Mills live in Whelan’s upstairs on November 29th are priced at €8. Doors are at 8pm, for more information visit whelanslive.com.

Click below to listen to Columbia Mills current single ‘Never Gonna Look At You The Same’. exclusively on Muzu.tv

Columbia Mills – Never Gonna Look at You the Same on MUZU.TV