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Irish chanteuse Eleanor McEvoy is set to release new single and after fifteen months in lockdown – “Gimme Some Wine” seems like as good a title as any!
Can’t think of a more apt title for a song to accompany the re- opening of life as we know it here in Ireland, where our lockdown was both the most intensive lockdown and the longest in duration. This song was actually the result of an experiment in “boundary crossing” between myself and the wonderful British artist Chris Gollon, but also pretty much nails my mood over the last year, from when I stepped off the stage in Melbourne Australia on 12 th March 2020 and returned home as we gradually retreated indoors.
Eleanor McEvoy is best known for her songs ‘Sophie’ and the Irish standard ‘Only A Woman’s Heart’. Now based in Wexford, Dublin-born McEvoy’s career originally started as a session musician, which included a long stint with The Irish National Symphony Orchestra and with The Mary Black Band McEvoy decided to develop her own career, and quickly had the title track on The Woman’s Heart compilation and a U.S. record deal with Geffen Records.
McEvoy was soon touring the world to promote her eponymous debut album for Geffen, which went on to sell 250,000 copies. At the same time, ‘A Woman’s Heart’ entered the Irish charts, selling over 750,000 copies – and remains one of Ireland’s biggest selling albums of all-time. These successes established McEvoy as one of Ireland’s biggest stars, launching a career that has since seen her release twelve studio albums and tour the world. Described by BBC Radio 2 as “one of the few artists who can do no wrong whatsoever”, the new single “Gimme Some Wine” drops on July 9th.
A note on Chris Gollon from Eleanor McEvoy:
Some years ago, I wrote a song with Lloyd Cole entitled “Dreaming of Leaving”, I recorded it
for my album “Naked Music” and the song inspired the painting “Dreaming of Leaving” by
Chris Gollon. I loved the painting so much I wrote a song about it called “Gimme Some Wine”. I felt for the character in the painting “…drawn into this world, a fragment of a girl, with nothing but a sad song to my name”. This song in turn inspired a whole series of paintings by Chris which formed the “Gimme Some Wine” exhibition at IAP Fine Art, in Monmouth, March 2017. A month later, I was shocked when Chris Gollon passed away. It was a terrible loss, but he lives on in his work, in our hearts and in this song.
Christian Wethered [pron. Wether-Red] is an Irish based poet and songwriter based in Dublin. His forthcoming album ‘Mon Petit Jardin’ is due in 2021.
He has recently featured on RTE1, TodayFM and Midlands 103, and has also played at Ruby Sessions, Electric Picnic, First Fortnight and Hot Press Online (Y&E). In poetry he just won the Melita Hume Prize, and his first full collection is due next year.
His new single ‘La Madeleine’ is a loud, Nick Cave-esque song about loss. But it’s also about nothing at all: long absences and empty spaces. It is the album’s fourth and final single, and will also have a music video, both of which are due on 10th May.
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.
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‘None Other’, the first single from Robert John Hope’s debut album ‘Plasticine Heart’ is an electro pop/rock song about trying to move on from regretful experiences, and having to deal with the eventual consequences in one form or another set to be released Jan 29th 2021.
Recalling close friendships gone bad, relationships destroyed for whatever reason, and other shameful things done in the past, all of which can come back to haunt you in some way, the song explores the idea that you can’t escape your past.
Robert John Hope is an Irish, Berlin based singer-songwriter whose music is rooted in ambient folk and alternative pop/rock. In Ireland, he will be known mostly as the man with the distinctive voice and poetic lyrics who fronted the band Senakah, with whom he toured Ireland, the UK and US extensively in the past. He is now back with his debut solo album ‘Plasticine Heart’.
In his musical career to date he can look back on an range of international press commentary – the British Mail On Sunday described him as having a vocal range veering from “Matt Bellamy style dramatics, to Eddie Vedder and Thom Yorke”, while Hotpress Magazine described his vocals as “ethereal”.
From 2007 to 2014, Hope performed mainly as the frontman of Senakah, with the second of their two albums ‘Human Relations’ being produced in 2011 by Noel Hogan of The Cranberries. On extensive tours of the US, they performed over 300 concerts across 40 States with acts such as Arrested Development and the late Bernie Worrell, also performing at the legendary Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood, and at the South By Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas.
Hope’s debut solo album ‘Plasticine Heart’, to be released on April 23rd, 2021, developed over a couple of years during which he released his first solo EP ‘The Unravelling’ in 2018. The album’s title for him reflects the changes one invariably goes through as time passes, and for better or worse the malleable nature of perspective, and the human heart. ‘None Other’ is released on Jan 29th 2021 across all digital platforms.
Concerts for summer and autumn 2021 are currently being planned, Covid permitting.
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Limerick Pop R’n’B Songstress Michelle Grimes Set To Release New Single ‘Going, Going, Gone’ On Oct 22nd
Hailing from Limerick, the Irish city that is producing some of the top talents in the country at the minute, multi-instrumentalist (piano, accordion and guitar!) Michelle Grimes arrives on the scene with a voice, panache and Pop / R’n’B sensibility that instantly sets her apart from her musical peers.
No stranger to the stage, Michelle has performed in Trafalgar Square to over 20,000 spectators as part of ‘Pride in London’, has sung for the King and Queen of Belgium as well as singing for The Taoiseach and the U.S Presidential party in June last year when they visited Ireland.
Michelle also counts well known celebrities as fans, the likes of Denise Van Outen described her vocal tone as simply ‘gorgeous’. Louis Walsh described her as a pure popstar who ticks all the boxes and Simon Cowell gave her the thumbs up himself!
Sounding like a hybrid of her musical influences Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa and Beyoncé, Grimes delivers a pop gem on her new single ‘Going Going Gone’.
This song is about being deeply in love. It speaks about finding a love so strong it is almost transcendent. ‘Going Going Gone’ refers to going past the point of no return in a relationship, where you realise you are completely head over heels for this person.
Grimes says: “I absolutely love ‘love’! and writing this song was such a fun and creative experience. To me, this song is essentially a modern-day love song with a strong beat and good vibe”.
‘Going Going Gone’ was Mixed by Ben Wanders and mastered by Richard at Wav Mastering and is set for release on Oct 22nd, across all digital platforms.
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Following the success of their debut single “Come By Me” (June 12th) MOM returns with another undeniable banger, true to their refreshingly-unique Pop sound! “Follow” is an appeal-to-the-repeat-button sway-to-the-music anecdotal song for the very strange times we are living in. This gospel-inspired, foot-stomping, banjo-driven pop gem weaves a story of a troubled yet unconditional love between two people. Set for release on Aug 28th 2020, it has the same joyfulness and versatility as their debut single, but with a matured production style.
Independent, self-produced, and new-to-the-scene, MOM’s success in the last 8 weeks is nothing short of groundbreaking! Still in the Irish Homegrown Charts, 8 weeks on, having peaked at #9, they also hit #7 on the Spotify Irish Viral charts, were playlisted on RTÉ Radio 1, were awarded “Track of the week” on Spin SW and have hit 120k Spotify streams in just 2 months! They’ve garnered the attention of some major players in the industry here and abroad and have an extensive tour planned for 2021.
MOM are a Rebel Pop act comprising of the critically acclaimed musician and artist Lisa Canny (7-time All Ireland champion on harp and banjo, named top ten of “Irish acts you don’t want to miss” by BBC America, and has appeared on 2 PBS Specials) and Gospel musician Dejay Edmund. They mix traditional Irish music foundations with Gospel music to create infectious pop music. This is pop with a purpose and it’s going to make you sway and dance, the vibes are set high.
These guys are here to have their say… and you’re going to want to hear it!
Hailing from Dublin but residing in NYC, it was clear from a young age that Daytona Rose loved to sing. When she was 12 years old she did an audition to join the “National Children’s Choir”. Upon being chosen to join, they recorded a Christmas Album “A Christmas Gift” – by Monica Brown. With that choir, Daytona had a solo performance and appeared on Ireland’s longest-running Tv Show – The Late Late Show as well as The Late Late Toy Show, & on TV3 (Virgin Media) and also performed at various music venues around the country.
This set the precipice for a long-lasting love affair with the stage and music…
A trained classical pianist completing all of her grades through the Royal Irish Academy of music, Daytona went on to attend the infamous Rock College in Ballyfermot, Dublin. It was there that she learned to write songs and hone her performance craft. She was then chosen to do the exchange program in Pop Academy, Hammelburg, Germany. Which set the course for an International music journey which would see her travel all over the world developing her music including Dubai, LA, London and New York.
Citing influences such from Whitney Heuston to Kanye West, Daytona wants her music to bring the same joy and escapism that pop music has brought to her over the years and in times of hardship.
It was shortly after releasing a plethora of performances on her Youtube, that a huge online following began and she has racked up an incredible 2.3 million views. Daytona Rose was then invited to perform at in infamous Art Basel and also the legendary S.O.B’s in New York.
For many aspiring artists alike, New York is the place to be and it was where she started recording and collaborating with some big writers such as Kevin Mc Call (who is behind Chris Brown -Deuces / Stripped), Lil Eddie (who has worked with Kylie Monogue) and Autumn Rowe who is a vocal coach on the USA X Factor & Americas Got Talent (she has collaborated with Leona Lewis & Cher Lloyd to name but a few).
On her new track ‘Darkside’, the singer explores the dark side of intimate relationships lead by desire and passion. Good or bad, it’s up to the listener to gather their own opinion. The new single drops June 12th 2020. Expect to hear a whole lot more from Daytona Rose in the months ahead.
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‘The tunes turn out to be as impeccable as her credentials. She is already being hailed as the next Enya’ – Hotpress Magazine
Victoria Johnston’s now Number 1 singles were recorded and produced by Grammy nominated Producer Denis Woods (previously of Windmill Lane Studios and who has worked with artists including Clannad and Enya).
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.
While studying at Trinity College, Dublin she also received a scholarship to sing with the Trinity Chapel Choir. In recent years Victoria has performed with various groups and bands in some of Ireland’s prime music venues including The National Concert Hall, The Bord Gais Energy Theatre and the Helix Theatre. Festival performances also include Electric Picnic.
Hotpress Magazine recently double-featured Victoria Johnston as ‘New Artist’ and ‘New Music’ to watch for in 2020.
Upcoming Live dates with Voctoria have now be cancelled but will be rescheuled at a later date.
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A solo angsty-electro-alt-pop artist based in Galway and originally from Laois, Cat Turner announces her first release of 2020, an electro-pop laden song titled ‘Outside’. The track is taken from her self produced upcoming Ep ‘House Plant’, released later in the year. If you can imagine the love child of Natasha Khan and Romy Madley Croft, you’ll come close to the sonic purity of Cat Turners music.
Cat’s debut EP ‘Contrast’ & single ‘Easier’ received praise from The Last Mixed Tape, Clash Cat’s lyrics explore topics such as self-doubt, heartbreak and indecision ‘powerfully expressed through her bruising, raw vocals (like a female Kurt Cobain)’-GetInHerEars.
About the process: The reason for starting to produce and do everything solo by myself, first came from a place of necessity to start finding my sound and fleshing out my music. It now comes from a place of total tapped passion. This time last year I independently released my first single and have had an interesting year to follow.
Cat was recently selected as a Hot Press ‘Hot for 2019 artist and being 1 of 30 acts chosen for RTE 2FMs ‘Play the Picnic’ competition, playing Electric Picnic and critical acclaim also came in from CLASH Magazine, Hot Press, 2FM, Spin103 and 98FM lauding the artist as One To Watch..
‘Outside’ is set to win over even more tastemakers and will start off an exciting year of releases from Cat Turner.
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‘Anything For You’ – newest summer anthem from VAVO ft. Zhiko is Out Now!
Calvin Scully, aka ZHIKO, is a Dublin (Ireland) based self taught musician starting from the early age of 12 he had a natural ear for music. As a self taught pianist/keyboardist and Music Producer, Calvin started hitting the airwaves at the age of 15 with his release of ‘Torn apart’ a dance track that was picked up and playlisted on Dublin’s 98fm and Rte 2FM. Calvin has also had song placements on many tv shows in Ireland, Uk, Portugal and Australia.
Out of the spotlight, after many years of Studying and perfecting his Production skills, Calvin has written hundreds of tracks for artists on major and independent labels around the globe.
In 2018 Calvin combined talents with New York based French Producer Antoine Cara of Ultra Records and together created the duo ‘Dakotah’ they have released numerous pop dance tracks in 2019.
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Now known as ZHIKO, Calvin has many upcoming tracks set for release in 2019 including his comeback release ‘’Anything for you” which is a collaboration with New York based super duo VAVO. The release is set to be release on 26th April 2019, world premiering on Sirius XM on the 25th April.
VAVO, a Billboard charting Dance/Pop duo VAVO seamlessly blends the talents of Vancouver native Jesse Fischer and London born Alden Martin. They have over 50 charting positions on iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify, VAVO seeks to raise the bar. Their last single “Right Now” has already reached the top 10 in the BPM Top 20 Countdown and has been supported by key tastemakers in the dance music community.
At their current pace, expect to see VAVO rise up as one of the hottest dance acts in 2019.
For more info and updates on Zhiko: www.zhikomusic.com
For more info and updates on Vavo: https://www.facebook.com/vavomusic