Kíla’s new album ‘Suas Síos’ out December 21st

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It takes kilacertain levels of skill and resilience for a band to exist for more than 25 years – not only that, but to maintain the nerve to change music from within – but Kila have the necessary reserves of energy and creativity to have done precisely that. Continuing to this year, this day, this moment, this new song, this new album and (another string to Kila’s bow) this new soundtrack – The Song of The Sea.

Their tenth album Suas Síos, once again engages in unpredictability wrapped up in tensile threads of world music, Irish traditional and much more. Due for release December 2014, it consists of all originally composed tunes and songs, which have been toured and honed with audiences over the past eight years to arrive at the, finished recorded pieces. “We are writing traditional tunes, which is an ancient craft. To write a tune, which is a sophisticated series of patterns it can sometimes take years of playing it or many different people playing it to reach a point where it can stand alone and you can feel confident in the tune not just your performance of it, but that the tune itself can carry the message you are trying to express. This can take years of witling it down, its not something that happens in a studio generally but in front of audiences”

Even now, over 25 years after they first found common ground, Kila continue to explore new musical territories through composing, performing and recording. Individually they have grown to master their instruments, a measure seen when they comfortably converse through music with masters from other traditions and cultures including Baaba Maal, Zakir Hussain, Sidiki Diabate, The Dubliners, Liam O Maonlaí and jazz cellist Ernst Reijseger and popular musicians including Glen Hansard, Damien Rice, Lisa Hannigan, U2 and Sinead O Connor, all whom they have jammed, recorded or performed live with.

The soundtrack to the feature animation ‘Song of the Sea’ which is earning critical acclaim and momentum as it screens to film festivals across the world before theatrical release next year, sees Kíla return to their musical pairing with film composer Bruno Coulais to create a sublime soundtrack to accompany this tale of celtic mythology set in a modern world.

Kíla also continue to be something of a touring machine, frequently playing shows in Ireland (Electric Picnic, Festival of World Cultures), UK (Glastonbury), throughout Europe, and further afield, including Australia (Womadelaide), Africa (Zimbabwe) Borneo (Rainforest Festival) and many festivals in the US.

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The Stoles release video for ‘Man In The Cave’

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The Stoles the stolesbring to their songs the energy of The Clash and a guitar sound flavored with essence of home-country legend, The Edge. What the band adds to that blend are pop/punk-infused vocal harmonies and a post-modern melodic slant. Formed in 2012, The Stoles released their eponymous EP in 2013, recorded at the renowned Westland Studios. The Dublin-based band is composed of bassist Antonio Derosas, guitarists Jacek Matysiak and Clement Tournay and Marcel Preib on drums; although none of the members hail from the city, have successfully adapted their bright, upbeat songwriting to the city’s storied melancholic history.

The band have recently released their video for ‘Man In The Cave’ and will be playing two shows this January

January 10th – Crane Lane, Cork

January 17th – Twisted Pepper, Dublin

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RTÉ Radio 1 | IMRO Interview & Live Performance with Delorentos

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Paddy McKenna hears from Delorentos about the art and craft of songwriting, investigating some of the themes and techniques they draw upon to create their music.

Date: Thursday 18th December
Time: 7pm – 9pm
Location: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2.

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Musicians by vocation and occupation, one of Delorentos’ best asset is the intuition with which they interact with one another. Those idiosyncrasies make this band what it is, firmly rooted in the unspoken ties that bind; collaboration, mutual respect, and the art of pushing things forward.

Delorentos released ‘Night Becomes Light’, the follow up album to the critically acclaimed ‘Little Sparks’, on October 10th this year on Delorecords/Universal Music Ireland. Night Becomes Light features the electrifying single ‘Show Me Love’.

Night Becomes Light is the fifth album from Delorentos, following their debut In Love With Detail, second album You Can Make Sound, the Meteor Choice Music Prize-winning Little Sparks, and limited edition acoustic record Unbroken, Untied.

They are currently being hailed as one of Ireland’s finest and most imaginative bands. As well as their recording success, Delorentos have always been a touring band, having played extensively in Ireland, as well as the UK, Europe and North America.

Success and ability come dropping slow, and Delorentos bottle it with increasing sophistication, safe in the knowledge that the long game, the slow burner, the incremental improvement, is how the greatest work is crafted. They have two goals: to be as good a band as they possibly can be, and to write the best songs they possibly can.


Ailbhe Reddy set to launch ‘Dwell’ EP

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ailbhe reddy 1Dublin based singer – songwriter Ailbhe Reddy’s unique blend of fervent, emotive song-writing, laced with compelling chord changes and entrancing melodies has quickly garnered her an exciting reputation on the Irish music scene, attracting the attention of media broadcasters such as TodayFM, who featured her original track ‘Cover Me’ as the accompaniment music to their ‘Shave or Dye’ advertising Campaign.


Larissa Tormey releases charity ‘Special Christmas’ single

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cover_christmasThe holiday-themed song comes out on December 1st, just under a month after the release of the singer-songwriter’s debut album sung in English, “Perfect As I Am.” All profits from the single’s sales will be donated to the charity.

Special Christmas is special in several ways. A story behind it is very special to Larissa Tormey, and the song is going to become special to many children in need this December. And of course, it’s a song for the most special of all holidays.


IMRO Other Room Shortlist

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Having received Other-Voices-Logoalmost 700 entries for the IMRO Other Room Open Call a panel of industry judges have shortlisted five artists to go through to public vote.

The top five have been compiled as follows (in no particular order):

Come On Live Long
Wyvern Lingo
Little xs for Eyes
Staring at lakes

Voting is open now on the RTÉ website and will close at 8pm on Wednesday 3rd of December.

The Other Room Viewers’ Choice will be announced at 12pm on Thursday 4th of December. The winner will travel to Dingle in December to record their winning track for Other Voices Series 13.

To vote for your favourite band – click the link below.


Meb Jon Sol releases debut album

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Meb Jon Sol meb jon solis the pseudonym of folk-troubadour Mick McCullagh. Having reared his head at the start of the year with his debut single, Captain of This Ship, the Omagh singer-songwriter has just released the touching trad/folk of Leave All Your Troubles With Me.

Both songs are featured on the acclaimed debut album Southpaw Niños, released November 2014. Songs from the album were written in Galway, Madrid and the road between, reminiscent of The Pogues, Josh Ritter and Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros. Southpaw Niños is available to purchase via iTunes,, and as well as being available stream to via Spotify.


02/12/ – Black Box – Belfast (Full band)
06/12/ – Whelan’s – Dublin (Full Band)
14/12 – Menagerie – Belfast (Acoustic)
26/12 – Bogans – Omagh (Full Band)

You can follow Meb Jon Sol on Facebook & Twitter.


Rough Trade Distribution Signs The Mighty Stef & Burning Sands Records

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The Mighty Stef tmshave recently announced that both the band and their new label Burning Sands Records have signed a European distribution deal with indie giants Rough Trade. In a quote from the band: ‘This is a deal we have been working on since the summer and having held meetings in the US and in Europe over the space of five months, both sides are very happy finally put the beast to bed.

Burning Sands Records is a new Irish label set up by members of The Mighty Stef and managed by their friend and business associate Mark Whelan. Rough Trade, as a label was set up in London in 1978. Their distribution arm operates to this day out of Cologne, Germany.

Burning Sands will be the first Irish label signed to the Rough Trade Distribution family. ‘This is a statistic that both sides are very proud of and we look forward immensely to the road ahead.’

A release date for ‘The Mighty Stef – Year Of The Horse’ will be set shortly as well as plans for other exciting releases with other exciting artists in 2015

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Jack O’Rourke releases debut track “Naivety”

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jackorourkeJack O’Rourke is one of Ireland’s most exciting new emerging talents. A classically trained musician, he is a gritty yet polished songwriter. His compositions are led by the piano and his music is rootsy and edgy, peppered with baroque pop, blues and jazz. He sings in a grizzled baritone, assured yet plaintive.

Naivety is a bittersweet ode to love lost with bite and drive – a song with a sound that sits somewhere between Bowie and The National. Available now, Naivety is a taster of what to expect from his debut album “Dreamcatcher”, set for a Summer 2015 release.