Today Femmepop releases her debut album ‘From A Girl Who Never Sleeps’. The album was written, recorded, produced and mixed by Margaret O’ Sullivan but was mixed and mastered by the legendary Gavin Monaghan, whose previous work includes Babes In Toyland, The Editors, Broadcast and many more.
Fronted by vocalist Rebecca Geary along with founding members Conor McLoughlin, Alex Mulkerrins, Sean O’Connor and Cormac O’Neill, Sub Motion have existed since 2006 but have spent their time honing their writing and live shows. Having released their debut EP ‘Silhuoettes of Souls’ in April 2013 the band have since gone on to release their second EP “Happy Little Bruises” recorded in Sun Studio, Temple Lane with master engineer and producer James Darkin (Rihanna, Wounds, Kanye West).
They have also released a video for their single from the EP which can be viewed below.
Heralding the release of his solo album ‘The Window & Day’, Rhob Cunningham returns to perform at The Button Factory in Dublin for a special Autumnal show.
Recorded in Iceland under the watchful eye of Bedroom Community producer Valgeir Sigurðsson (Bjork/Bonnie Prince Billy/Feist) & Greenhouse Studio’s Paul Evans, Cunningham travelled to Reykjavik with the songs chosen, spending a month recruiting sympathetic and skillful local musicians to share the Reykjavík studio setting.
Debut single ‘Quiet Song’ is the first introduction to the sparse soundscape that is ‘The Window & Day’, quite in contrast to his July release ‘The Head Collector’, produced by Villager’s Conor O’Brien and featuring Cathy Davey on guest vocals.
The gig is Cunningham’s first in Ireland since taking on 20 shows in Berlin since May and promises to be a memorable night.
The Young Folk have recently released their debut album ‘The Little Battle’. Having formed in 2012 the band have spent the last two years writing, performing at music festivals, having their music used for advertising, showcasing at international industry conferences and performing on TV slots.
The band have also shot a video for their single ‘Way Down South’ which can be viewed below.
The Young Folk have just begun a live tour that will see them perform all over Ireland for the next month and a half. All tour dates can be found below.
September 19th – Louth – Spirit Store, Dundalk
September 26th – Westmeath – Danny Byrne’s, Mullingar
September 27th – Dublin – Skerries Soundwaves Festival
September 28th – Cork – DeBarra’s Folk Club, Clonakilty
September 30th – Cork – Cypress Avenue
October 3rd – Galway – Roisin Dubh
October 4th – Limerick – Dolan’s Pub
October 11th – Sligo – McGarrigles Pub
October 16th – Antrim – Radar, Belfast
October 17th – Fermanagh – Ardhowen Theatre
October 18th – Kilkenny – Set Theatre
October 24th – Dublin – Button Factory
October 25th – Mayo – The Royal Theatre, Castlebar
Tune-Up Your Business Award is a new award designed to encourage Irish businesses to tap into the commercial benefits of providing music for their customers and employees.
Have you ever thought about offering music for your customers or staff members but were unsure of where to start? Or perhaps you are looking to upgrade the music equipment that you are currently using? The IMRO Tune-Up Your Business Award could be for you.
The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), the organisation that represents over 10,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers is giving Irish businesses the opportunity to improve the music facilities in their premises.
There is a prize fund of €4,000 up for grabs, to spend exclusively on music equipment in your premises.
The Awards programme is open to those currently using music and also for businesses planning to introduce music into their premises in the near future.
“No matter what industry you´re in, everyone agrees that putting your customer at the heart of your business and providing good customer service is a top priority. Whether you operate a hotel, restaurant, bar, hairdressing salon or supermarket, part of this service is about providing customers with music to enhance their experience” – stated Victor Finn, Chief Executive, IMRO at the launch of the Awards today.
Businesses can enter simply by telling us how they would enhance and develop the music in their business if they won the prize fund by completing an online application form at:
The closing date for entries is 7th November 2014.
There is a growing level of research to demonstrate the positive impact that music plays in commercial settings. A recent survey found that 66% of employees surveyed believed that background music made them feel better and more motivated at work. With improved motivation often comes greater productivity. A similar study found that 84% of shoppers like shops that play in-store music and of that percentage 23% claim they would be prepared to pay 5% more for goods if music was being played.
As well as writing and singing “sublime voice” (In Dublin) Scott is a talented multi instrumentalist (piano, guitar, drums). This is Scott’s second offering from his forthcoming album “Little Victories” due for release early next year.
Scott has a varied musical background, as a writer he spent time in Nashville and co-wrote with among others Ruby Amanfu (Jack White Band), he was a member of Dublin band The Beach and is a founder member of The Shoos.
As a solo artist he has released two albums: “Cartoon Moon” (2005) “You’ll adore Cartoon Moon for Maher’s achingly attractive voice” (Hot Press) “21 Bends” (2009) “Classic sounding hooks” (Irish Times).
White Chalk, has been selected as one of six music acts to share the story of their music career to date in the form of an artist video journey. Shot in Mullingar and Ballintra, the video diary documents how the seven piece came together as a band.
Fronted by former ‘The Voice of Ireland’ contestant, Conor Quinn, White Chalk are Kevin Farrell, Aishling McCarthy, David Doyle, Liam O’ Reilly, Niamh Kirby and Brian Masterson.
They use an array of instruments including cello, keyboards, guitar, mandolin, drums and bass to create a unique sound to complement their five-part harmonies. Since forming in April 2013, the band has supported Kodaline, The Strypes and have been chosen to performed this year on 2 stages at Electric Picnic. Their debut E.P. ‘Golden Kids’ went to number 1 on the album chart downloads on iTunes. Speaking about the campaign video, Conor Quinn said: ‘We’re so excited to share this video – it was so much fun to film and it will give people an insight into our music.’
Guinness Amplify is a new exciting music programme that was launched earlier this summer to turn up the volume for emerging musicians in Ireland by supporting them as they unlock their full potential. Guinness Amplify Live will see 500 free gigs take place across 5 weeks in September and October. Guinness Amplify Live – Leinster will kick off on the 11th Sept – 14th Sept.
The Casanova Wave is Waterford-based musician and producer Brian McCartan and Sundown Yellow Moon is his new 4-track EP featuring collaborations between The Casanova Wave and a number of artists – including Biggles Flys Again, In The Willows, Damo Tubritt, Eoin Dalton and Sarah Grimes. The album cover illustration is by Jacob Stack.
With his debut album launching in Ireland on September 22nd Hozier has performed one of his works ‘Jackie And Wilson’ recorded live at Windmill Lane studios for NPR Music.
The next couple of months are a rollercoaster for the Wicklow native with separate territory album launches, an upcoming UK & European tour as well as just being announced as a performer as part of Guinness Amplify’s music programme.