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Imelda Kehoe Announces New Single ‘Ohio’ Set To Be Released Feb 10th 2023

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Imelda Kehoe is an Irish Contemporary Folk singer-songwriter who has created her own style, which is influenced by Folk, Blues, and with elements of Soul. Her songs are melody-rich, weaving a tapestry of stories, and life experiences written with the listener at heart and with a definite World music feel.

‘Ohio’ is the first release from Imelda’s forthcoming Album and brings the listener through America’s troubled past from the Indian War to the American Civil War, with lyrics that are relevant today.

Imelda comments on the song:

“Ohio was inspired by Sebastian Barry’s ‘Days Without End’ which I read in the summer of 2021. I fell in love with the story and his brilliant writing and I read it a few days whilst on holiday. Once I had finished it, I read it again. I love to write Songs that are inspired by human stories and have elements in them that everyone can relate to. 

I think it is the greatest compliment when someone says that a Song you wrote really connects with their own life story because that means that you’ve done something right in revealing enough of yourself to make it genuine but have focused on the listener’s experience, which is always my starting point. If someone is going to invest a few minutes of their precious time listening to my Song, I want it to be worth it.

The pre-chorus to Ohio is inspired by Barry’s reasoning for why they were good at Soldiering: “How we were able to see slaughter without flinching. Because we were nothing ourselves, to begin with,” This line inspired the Pre-Chorus of Ohio:

“By the Holy River wide, Do we live, or do we die?

We are nothing anyway.”

Other themes from the book that inspired Ohio were the savagery of the American Indian War, Starvation, Boredom, and the Economic devastation of the Civil war. Another significant theme is Identity. The main character, Thomas McNulty is more comfortable when he is dressed as a female and ultimately wants to be John Cole’s female wife, not his male lover. This inspired the lyric:

“If we could rebuild a life, Find a star too great for the sky. For a life not approved, what have we got to lose?”

Musically, Ohio is structured in the traditional folk style but with a contemporary edge, thanks to Larry Hogan’s production and the Lead Guitar played by Horacio Valdivieso, an Ecuadorian Guitar player, who I have worked with on a number of projects”.

The song is also reminiscent of Emmylou Harris Pancho and Lefty with a hint of The Eagles Tequila Sunrise and was produced by Irish producer, Larry Hogan.

It was written and inspired following several visits to Redbooks Independent Book shop in Wexford where Imelda spent many hours among the labyrinth of Second hand-books.

Ohio was recorded at Windmill Lane Studios and produced by Larry Hogan and Mastered by Michael Egan.

Editors Notes

From a big Irish/English family, spending most of her childhood moving around and living in beautiful locations, while her parents renovated old properties. There would always be gatherings, campfires, and music and she describes these early influences as shaping her love of good melody, nature, and travel, which is a recurring theme in her music.

Imelda trained as a Nurse and worked in inner City A&E and Intensive Care Departments and cites these experiences as being influential in her Song Writing.

Video: Recorded at Red Books, Independent Book shop, Wexford, with the kind permission of Wally O’Neill and was filmed by Roberto Forte.

Links: https://www.imeldakehoe.com/


Emer Dunne Announces New Single ‘Daisy’ + Stunning Cover Songs, Ahead of New Album.

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Emer Dunne announces brand new music taken from her upcoming long-player album, Hourglass. Original song ‘Daisy’ will be available for download on MARCH 26th (with all Profits to Irish Cancer Society) + Cover songs: ‘The Parting Glass’ and ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’

Laois based singer, Emer Dunne, who is due to release the first single, Daisy, on March 26th from her astounding new album entitled, Hourglass has decided to donate all the profits from her single to a charity close to many of our own hearts, The Irish Cancer Society.  

March 2020 saw a change across many parts of the world. We have all been affected and many of our great charities have suffered as a result of not being able to run the fundraising events of the past.   

“ I didn’t set out to record a song for charity. I was just working on this album and the way things went this past year the release was delayed. The date was then set for March 26th and when I discovered this was also Daffodil Day, I decided that during these difficult times perhaps I can give something back. Everyone knows someone who has had to suffer at the evil hands of cancer. On a personal note, I have three aunties and an uncle who all suffered from Cancer and my mother is currently battling this illness.  I have watched her bravery over the past few months and observed first hand the fantastic work and support given by The Irish Cancer Society”.   


 ‘Daisy’ is a positive uplifting song where the singer is reminding ‘Daisy’ that all people don’t view the world in the same way and as the lyrics state, “people don’t think like you do and some don’t think at all.”  The track is written by Scottish songwriter, Karine Polwart, and the song struck a chord with Emer. She immediately took it to her producer, Bill Shanley (who works with Mary Black & Gilbert O Sullivan etc). Emer knew it would be one of the ten tracks to make its way onto her new album.  A talented songwriter in her own right, Emer could relate to the lyrics of this song, and with Bill Shanley at the helm she could see the opportunity for bringing a unique and vibrant arrangement to it.

Daisy’ was recorded between Dublin and London with Bill Shanley, Andrew Holdsworth, Colin Farrell and Jonathan Owens. The song is available to purchase on digital platforms including iTunes & Amazon music, for only €1.29. Please tell your friends and help raise money for much needed cause. 

Daisy is part of a radio sampler pack which also includes cover songs of Irish favourites ‘The Parting Glass’ and ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’, performed beautifully by Emer

Find out more on Emer please visit www.emerdunne.com

Ann Scott Announces New Single ‘Another Valentine’ Ahead of LP

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Single release –  ‘Another Valentine’ – Friday February 6th

A desperado acoustic love song cloaked in kitsch organs, vintage wurlitzer, punchy percussion and murky guitars, Another Valentine is the new single and first slice from Ann Scott’s forthcoming album, Lily. Mixed and mastered by Karl Odlum who also lends his signature bass, Scott takes command of most of the instrumentation, programming and guitars, while drums are performed by David Hingerty. Another Valentine is released on Raghouse Records with support from FMC Stimulus for album release, funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, and will be available from Spotify,  iTunes, Bandcamp etc on February 5th.

Over the course of four stunning and original albums, Ann Scott has been steadily establishing herself as one of the most courageous songwriters on the Irish scene. Twice nominated in the best female category for the Irish Meteor Awards, Ann Scott has carved her own niche as an independent and firebrand songwriter. Her debut album Poor Horse was voted into the Hotpress musicians’ poll of Ireland’s top 100 albums, while follow ups, We’re SmilingFlo and Venus to the Sky have received hearty critical acclaim and a growing number of converts, with Tony Clayton Lea including We’re Smiling in his 2011 novel of ‘101 Irish Albums You Must Hear Before You Die’

With distinctive voice, quirky left field guitars, and weird tunings, Scott guests regularly as multi-instrumentalist alongside contemporaries such as Gemma Hayes, Mark Geary, Katell Keineg and Adrian Crowley, and has provided guest vocals on albums for many more including, Glen Hansard, David Kitt, Kila & Oki and Jape.  

Her forthcoming studio offering, Lily, comprises eleven songs recorded over a mixed period of solitude and transformation, with recent history including re-location to the Irish countryside, giving birth for the first time, and now a year marked by lockdowns and social isolation.  Not by co-incidence then, Lily is a largely solo and sparse affair, featuring just a handful of usual collaborators and includes themes ranging from motherhood and family, to dementia, loneliness, burnout and hope.

What some of the critics have to say

“An inventive, literate and poetic voice” —Tony Clayton Lea- Irish Times

Not one of the highly hyped songwriters but definitely one of the most talented” – Dan Hegarty – 2FM

“A sublime, special collection. Rooted in dreamy melodies, Scott’s voice part Harriet Wheeler part Beth Orton is a rare beauty soaring on hot day and she jubilee and should deservedly gain her a lot of critical attention”. – Sinead Gleeson – U Magazine

Follow and connect with Ann on her socials below:

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Irish Pop Singer/Songwriter Sarah McTernan Announces Collaboration ‘Loving You’ with EDM duo HalfTraxx.

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Irish Pop Singer/Songwriter Sarah McTernan announces collaboration ‘Loving You’ with EDM duo HalfTraxx set for release on Feb 5th 2021 across all digital platforms.

‘Loving You’ is a fun, light-hearted pop/dance song about that instant connection between young lovers, captivating instantly with its hooks, lines and sonic sinkers drawing influences from Daughter, Pink! and Becky Hill. The Track was Recorded in Wild Way Recording Studios, Mixed & Produced by HalfTraxx and Mastered at WAV Mastering.

Sarah’s career started out with an audition for The Voice of Ireland in 2015 with judges: Bressie, Una Healy, Kian Egan and Rachel Stevens, with an exceptional audition of ‘Who you are’ by Jessie J, all four judges turned their chairs and fought it out to be picked as Sarah’s mentor. After an indecisive wait, it was Rachel Stevens who would lead Sarah to the final and finish in third place of the competition. 

With success and recognition from The Voice, Sarah went on to perform in venues all over Europe before returning to Ireland where she has been writing and recording new material. With the announcement of her latest single, a collaboration with duo HalfTraxx, (a new Irish electronic music producion duo, consisting of Greg Lynch and Paul Finnin who crossed paths on the DJ/Vlub scene in Ireland), ‘Loving You’ is the first release of the new music coming in 2021 from Sarah. 

‘Loving You’ is out Feb 5th across all digital platforms. 

Links to Sarah’s socials:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sar_ious/

Website: http://www.sarahmcternan.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sarah_mcternan

Links to HalfTraxx socials:

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/halftraxxofficial

Twitter: https://twitter.com/WeAreHalfTraxx




Sofia Zaros Releases New Single ‘My Tomorrow’ During Lockdown

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From performing in New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall to being a special guest of the Italian Ambassador to sing the National Anthem at a Gala in Singapore, Irish Italian Sofia Zaros is no stranger to the spot light. However she is an artist and singer who has missed the steady flow of live performances over Covid, which has inspired her latest song ‘My Tomorrow’.

Fellow lumineer’s who inspire her, include Lewis Capaldi, Sam Smith, Imagine Dragons, Ariana Grande, Aurora, Lin Manuel Miranda, Ed Sheeran. Such influences can be heard on her music. She started writing songs at the age of 12 and has written eight songs in English and two in Italian. Through her songs Sofia reflects on the world around her, on her personal experiences as well as universal themes. Her songs express a strong sense of independence and optimism.

In 2020, during the lockdown, she was chosen to sing the “International Dance Teachers Association” (IDTA) anthem along with other select artists. With her unique timbre and a natural vibrato, Sofia enjoys singing both pop songs and musicals.

When she was just 18 months old she walked on a stage, grabbed a microphone and vocalised My Heart Will Go On. She started singing in public when she was 8 and she currently studies singing, piano, songwriting and ballet. She attended lessons with the Japanese soprano Satsuki Nagatome and the vocal coach Cheryl Porter; most recently she has studied with Loretta Martinez.

‘My Tomorrow’ is out now on all digital platforms and was recorded at the AP Recording Studios in Dublin.

For more info please see: www.sofiazaros.com


Victoria Johnston Announces New Single ‘Land Of Hope’ & News of her GRAMMY Nomination Consideration!

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“She is already being hailed as the next Enya” – HotPress Magazine

“A stunning Irish talent spreading a powerful message that is needed now more than ever” – 98FM’s Rebecca Shekleton 

“It’s a rare gem of a song, like a full moon on a clear night it holds your attention and the memory stays with you.” – Martin Bridgeman KCLR

‘Land of Hope’ is the new single by #1 Chart-Topping Irish singer and award-winning composer Victoria Johnston, and will be released on Friday 9th October 2020 across all digital platforms.

The single follows on from Victoria’s Debut Double ‘A’ Single release (March 2020) ‘Tar Liom’ and ‘You Are The Peace’. The songs reached National acclaim and were played across Irish Radio on BBC Radio Ulster, Rte Radio 1, Rte RnaG, Spirit Radio and many more stations. Both debut singles also went straight to #1 in the overall iTunes Charts in Ireland, and are now being considered for 4 GRAMMY nominations in the upcoming 63rd GRAMMY Awards.

Victoria Johnston’s upcoming single ‘Land of Hope’ is co-produced by GRAMMY nominated Producer Denis Woods (Clannad, Enya, AC/DC), Ferdia Walsh-Peelo (Sing Street, Vikings), and multi-instrumentalist Oisín Walsh-Peelo/ O Deer (Hudson Taylor, and also support act for Hozier on his US tour).

Speaking about her new single ‘Land of Hope’, Victoria Johnston states that

“Even in our darkest hour, when we find ourselves journeying through times of immense uncertainty, loss and grief, there is always hope, peace and a brighter future to be found.”

On launching her solo career at the start of 2020, Hotpress Magazine double-featured Victoria Johnston as ‘New Artist’ and ‘New Music’ to watch for in 2020.

Victoria Johnston’s new single ‘Land of Hope’ is released on Friday 9th October 2020. 

Additional information:

Victoria, a classically trained singer, pianist and composer from Dublin, Ireland, began her classical music training at the Royal Irish Academy of Music at the age of 9 where she received annual scholarships. She continued her music training in college and holds a BMus Degree in Composition from DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama and also an MPhil in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship from Trinity College Dublin.

Online social media links below:


Instagram: @victoriajohnstonofficial

Facebook: @victoriajohnstonofficial

Twitter: @victoria_jmusic



Áine Tyrrell Delivers Truth About Irish/Australian Connection With Spoken Word and Prose ‘We Call You Now’ 

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In a year where identity and the questioning of cultural history has never been more important, Irish singer-songwriter, Áine Tyrrell, now based in Australia, adds to the rich tapestry of the International debate with her new single ‘We Call You Now’, looking at our responsibility as a nation to our Native and Indigenous peoples through the lens of her own ancestry and lived experience in Ireland and Australia. 
A seven-and-a-half minute spoken word tome which brings passion and nuance, anger and love, ‘We Call You Now’ features the vocals of Groote Eylandt singer Emily Wurramara, with the two artists coming together virtually to create this powerful statement in music and prose. 
“I am an Irish woman who has been shaped by my own colonised history,” said Tyrrell. “There are things that jarred me from my first day living in ‘so-called Australia’ in trying to understand the Australian identity and as I dug deeper I found a cesspool of disturbing colonised narratives around Indigenous culture. In emigrating here, I experienced racism implicit and explicit about my Irishness that is so ingrained in the Australian psyche that it goes unnoticed by many, but I recognise it. It is colonisation.” 
Invited to be part of the conversation more publicly in the Black Lives Matter protest on Bundjalung Country, Tyrrell received a backlash from many Australians who also claim Irish heritage. A narrative amongst them uses Ireland’s own colonial past to derail the important conversation being had around the rights and treatment of Australia’s First Nations people. 
“I refuse to be quiet about people using my Irish identity in this way,” said Tyrrell. “I felt it was my duty as an Irish woman living in Australia to demand that no one uses their Irish identity as a way of perpetuating racism.” 
The experience pushed Tyrrell to a creative place she had not visited before, turning to spoken word and prose for the first time. Writing with fury and truth, she was urged by First Nations collaborators to release it immediately as a call to Irish Australians to gather around the fire and listen to their lived experience. 
Over her ten years in Australia, Áine Tyrrell has added much to Australia’s music scene, becoming a regular at the likes of the Woodford Folk Festival, a finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, undertaking a national tour ‘Exile: The Irish Australian Story’ in 2017 and most recently a sold-out tour of ‘Country Witches Association’, a feminist reimagining of a CWA meeting which was set to launch internationally at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year until the onset of COVID-19. 
The power and energy of Tyrrell’s live performances are matched with her recorded output, with ‘We Call You Now’ adding a powerful chapter in a career book being written on her own terms, with a legacy that will live on in Australia’s national conversation. 

Poet and Troubadour Christian Wethered Announces New Single ‘Way Back’ Set For Aug 21st Release

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Christian Wethered [pron. Wether-Red] is an Irish based poet and songwriter based in Dublin. His new single ‘Way Back’ is a nostalgic ode to summer love.

It’s his second single from his French-inspired E.P, ‘Mon Petit Jardin’, which was recorded at Asta Kalapa, Wexford, by Darragh Nolan. The Single is set for an Aug 21st digital release.


The E.P, which charts a breakup, was recorded with drummer Dyl Lynch (Little Green Cars /Soda Blonde / Zaska), and pianist/bassist/guitarist Cil Byrne (Basciville). The eerie melodies draw on the likes of Leonard Cohen, as well as Fionn Regan, London Grammar and The XX.

Since his student days, Wethered has collaborated with a number of prestigious Irish acts such as Loah, I Have A Tribe, Little Green Cars, Danny Forde, Trinity Orchestra and Zaska. He’s also in the Discovery Gospel Choir, who play a number of festivals around the country. His debut poetry book, ‘I Don’t Love You’, was shortlisted for the Melita Hume Prize in 2018. He has performed at Electric Picnic three times, and recently played at The Ruby Sessions.

For more information on Christian, check out his website and is socials below 

Twitter // Spotify // Website // Instagram 



Priorland Set To Release New Single ‘Moving to the Beat’ On April 24th

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Making their permanent mark on the Irish music scene, Priorland are set to release the first single “Moving to the Beat” of the debut “E.P. One” on Friday April 24th.

The band, formed in 2017, consisting of Tommy Hughes (Lead Vocal), Davie Boyle (Lead Guitar), Calvin McManus (Rhythm guitar) and Conor Kavanagh (Drums) are driven by their diverse writing abilities laid at the foot of the listener.

‘Moving to the Beat’ has been a crowd-pleaser since its first performance at the 2019 Sligo Live Festival. Having written the song, Conor Kavanagh collaborated with his fellow bandmates to create and refine a song reminiscent of funk/disco/dance track. Heavily inspired by Irish group Wild Youth and a careful analysis of the music scene around Ireland they created this 3 minute energy filled track.

The song was recorded by the well renowned producer and artist Gavin Glass in his Orphan Recording Studios. His broadened knowledge of musical genres meant he could pick and choose parts from Priorland’s songs and make them sound like top class records.

Be sure to check out the band on their social media networks and follow them on Spotify. 

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ZALI Announces Brand New Single ‘That Girl’ Out Nov 22nd

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Meet ZALI, the award winning Irish Singer-songwriter that is hypnotising Ireland and the UK with her powerful vocals and her distinct cross-genre sound of Pop-Soul. Music has been her passion since childhood, and her involvement as a lead vocalist in the church choir helped ZALI develop her powerful voice, dynamic vocal range, and signature sound of old- school R&B mixed with Pop-Soul.

Inspired by artists like Amy Winehouse, Toni Braxton, and Frank Ocean, ZALI uses her music to capture true emotions. The embodiment of a storyteller, weaving through life experiences and expertly transforming them through captivating lyrics and a combination of lively and soul filled beats.

Her debut single ‘Can’t Stop’ gathered over 120,000 streams worldwide. Her latest release ‘Girls Like Us’ described as ‘heartbreak with a twist’ boasts of the strength, solidarity, and freedom in womanhood.

Since it’s release Girls Like Us has been among the latest additions to official Spotify playlist such as ‘The New Éire’ and Universal Music’s ‘This is Ireland’, showcasing the country’s top acts. And thanks to the support and positive reception from girls and women all around, ‘Girl’s Like Us’ secured the award of ‘Best Irish Single’ at the 2018 Irish Post Music Awards, and has been termed a national anthem for ladies.

ZALI has been featured on a number of notable publications from the UK and Ireland to North America, and as she gears up to release her next few Singles, ZALI will be making appearances performing across radio and music festivals throughout 2019, letting us know this is just the beginning and she is here to stay! Single ‘That Girl’ is out Nov 22nd across all streaming platforms. 

Zali says about the new song:

I wrote ‘That Girl’ as a relatable, audacious self-affirmative Soul-Pop anthem. I wanted to create a soothing daydream vibe, that gives you a feeling of good karma coming your way that you don’t want to wake up from.

It’s a reminder to girls everywhere to be unapologetic in their confidence because each and everyone one of us are ‘That Girl’ in our own rights, even when we don’t see it, there’s people out there being inspired by us everyday.

Artist Profile

Genre: Pop-Soul, Pop, R&B

Statistics: 170k+ plays on Spotify, 7k+ monthly listeners

Recommended for fans of Rihanna, Dua Lipa, Solange, Anne-Marie, SZA

Quotes from PRESS:

“Promoting a positive message of self-acceptance and self-empowerment, this smooth, soulful slice of sophisticated pop is well worth seeking out. A sophisticated star whose best years are still very much ahead of her, ZALI is one songstress you’ll be hearing plenty more from in the future.” –The Irish Post

“ZALI’s vocals are smooth and assured throughout as she blends old school and new school soul and pop to create an intoxicating brew” – Hot Press Magazine

“A songstress with a fresh voice and a fresh perspective” – Jamsphere

Social Media Links

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/33ZrGu7

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thisiszali

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisiszali/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thisiszali

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGLjm1ZEhQ48lh0arQDpT8g


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