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Megacone set date for ‘Absolute Magnitude’ EP release

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MEGACONEInstrumental Prog band Megacone are releasing their new EP ‘Absolute Magnitude’ on June 18th in Whelan’s.

It is the follow up to their 2015 release ‘Fondle Fantasy’ and is the band’s first release since signing a record deal with Dimestore Records.

‘Absolute Magnitude’ will be available online and on special edition 12″ Vinyl.

Limited Early bird tickets available here : www.eventbrite.ie/e/megacone-vinyl-launch-tickets-24533136271

Check out www.facebook.com/megaconemusic for further details

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Overhead, The Albatross Paroxysm Premiere – Darc Space Gallery May 13

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TOTA Screengrabo mark the release of the new album from Overhead, The Albatross, there will be a special screening of a visual collaboration between the band and Algorithm for the song “Paroxysm”.

The event will be taking place at the Darc Space Gallery, North Great Georges Street on May 13 at 8 pm.

Speaking of the collaboration the guys from Algorithm said –

“The final concept for this video arrived fully formed in my head while cycling along the canal on a windy Tuesday night. Having spent the day with my fabulous colleagues thinking about and discussing the video, all we knew was that we wanted to make the video about a journey, as that’s how the song felt, but we had no idea who or what would be taking that journey. An albatross seemed like the obvious choice, but didn’t seem to fit exactly. Then, Bam! A glider! The mechanical equivalent of an albatross, flying through a landscape inspired by the music. That would do nicely. Very nicely indeed.”

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Bonnie’s ‘I’m Out’ set for May 20th release

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BonnieBonnie’s long-awaited new single ‘I’m Out’ co-written with iconic Irish singer-songwriter Don Mescall will be released on 20th May 2016 (pre-orders from 13th May)

Bonnie is no stranger to the Irish Showbiz world. Aged just nine, she joined her first girl-band Lady Nada. They would go on to support Westlife on their Face-To-Face and Love tours, and X-Factor winner Shayne Ward on his debut Irish tour. In 2007 Bonnie and Lady Nada performed centre-stage at the annual Childline Cheerios concert in Dublin.

“I grew up in a family full of people who are singers, dancers, acting, radio, all this stuff so I don’t think it’s too surprising that it rubbed off on me or I gravitated towards it.” Bonnie (Apr 2016)

After leaving the group, Bonnie decided to pursue a solo career in music, studying music, songwriting and dance at the Ballyfermot School of Music. She would also study further dance at the Broadway Dance Centre in New York.

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Jack O’Rourke wins prestigious International Songwriting Competition

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JackSinE2Cork songwriter Jack O’Rourke has joined the likes of Gotya, The Band Perry, Amanda Palmer and Mick Flannery by becoming a winner in the prestigious International Songwriting Competition. Jack’s song ‘Silence’ received first place in the Lyrics Category, judged by industry legends such as Tom Waits and Bill Withers.

Two of Jack’s other tracks ‘Shining for You’ and ‘I’ll Forget You in the Morning’ also placed well in the Performance Category and Folk/Singer Songwriter Category.

Speaking about Jack’s entries, Founder of the International Songwriting Competition, Candace Avery said, “The judges were really impressed with all of Jack’s entries. The melodies, the craft, and particularly the narrative of the songs really impressed our judging panel.”

Held annually in Nashville, the International Songwriting Competition is considered to be the most prestigious songwriting competition in the world. Speaking about the win, Jack said, “It’s a massive achievement to win this prize. There were over 80,000 entries from around the world for this competition so to think that I came first in any category makes me feel really proud.”

Jack’s new single ‘Dreamcatcher’ is due for release on April 29th.

Live Dates:

Dublin – Academy 2 Friday May 6th

Limerick – Dolans (upstairs) Sunday May 8th

Cork – Connolly’s of Leap Thursday May 12th  

 

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New album, single & Irish Tour in the offing for Joey Ryan

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JoeyRyanIrish multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Joey Ryan has been performing and writing music for the last decade. Currently based in Cork City, Ireland Ryan is hard at work finishing off his second record of original material with producer Christian Best. The new album ‘Fall Through the Night’ will be released in Ireland in May 1st 2016, with an Irish tour to follow in support before Ryan takes the record to Europe.

Originally hailing from Wexford, Ireland, Ryan has always found himself drawn to music. Picking up guitar at the age of seven, Ryan was brought up on a diet of Dylan, Springsteen, Billy Joel and Nina Simone to name a few from his parents collection which were always playing in the home.

At twenty years of age, Ryan self released his first album Morning Will Come Soon in 2012 to great acclaim. The following year was spent touring Ireland in support of this album which saw support slots to artists such as Jack L, Mick Flannery and Duke Special. Following on with the success of this campaign, The Redefine EP was released in 2014 under the guise of The Joey Ryan Trio. Lead single Stay Strong was released to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Ireland, and topped the iTunes Rock chart on the first day of its release. Not one to sit around, the Joey Ryan Trio did an extensive tour of Ireland in support of this single which included a support slot with internationally acclaimed band Bastille in Debarras Folkclub.

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Tiny Magnetic Pets release “The NATO Alphabet” EP on May 6th

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Tiny Magnetic Pets_The NATO Alphabet CoverThe NATO Alphabet is the second Tiny Magnetic Pets EP after the critically-acclaimed “Stalingrad” EP from last year which saw the band get some international exposure.

An eventful 2015 saw them play their first UK & German shows at Electro London in uber cool Hoxton & Düsseldorf – the home of Kraftwerk. Tiny Magnetic Pets received a warm welcome from German fans when they opened for NEU! legend Michael Rother at the Electri-City festival. They kicked off 2016 in their hometown with a support slot for none other than ex-Kraftwerk member, Wolfgang Flür.

Tiny Magnetic Pets are currently being championed by Rusty Egan, legendary founder/DJ of The Blitz Club & Visage member. The band features regularly on his radio show & he dropped his mash-up of TMP’s “Control Me” to thousands of Spandau Ballet fans on their recent European tour. OMD’s Andy McCluskey can also be counted among their fans, recently posting on OMD’s social media: “Andy recommends the album “Return of the Tiny Magnetic Pets” by Tiny Magnetic Pets for all lovers of distinctive electronic music”.

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Irish hit songwriter Brendan Graham writes special song for Queen’s Birthday

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Katherine Jenkins  w Brendan Graham -  Recording of This Mother's Heart - Air Studios - Feb 1st 2016Katherine Jenkins’ new album will be released internationally on Decca on April 22nd. Released to coincide with Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday, ‘Celebration’ includes 8 newly recorded tracks including a stunning new composition “This Mother’s Heart”, a special version of ‘God Save The Queen’, and ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’ (most popular song in the year of the Queen’s birth). “This Mother’s Heart”, the lead track on the album was composed by Brendan Graham, composer of smash hit ‘You Raise Me Up’. As well as being dedicated to Queen Elizabeth II, the song is also a celebration of Katherine’s own new role as a mother to her baby daughter Aaliyah.

Talking to IMRO today Brendan outlines the background to how the track came about. “Katherine and producer Jon Cohen for Decca called me in to write the lyrics. Huge honour to be asked…and I also had the opportunity to attend at the recording in Air Studios in February which incidentally happened to coincide – the week of the Ireland vs Wales rugby game. Katherine wore a Welsh colours red dress…and I brought her an Irish team rugby ball!” 

He continued, “I had the honour of YRMu being performed by Westlife for the special concert in the Convention Centre Dublin during the Queen’s historic State Visit to Ireland. So, when asked to write this lyric to celebrate her 90th Birthday, I couldn’t have been more happy to do so and in this very special commemorative year in Ireland, to musically reach back across the Irish Sea…and perhaps with this song, in a very small way to further the links between our two countries.”

Katherine presents this album in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday this spring and will be playing a prominent part in the UK’s celebration of the Queen including a headline performance at the ITV Concert for the Queen’s Birthday on 15th May, which will be attended by the royal family.

Her 11th studio album includes a stunning rendition of David Bowies’ ‘Heroes’ plus best loved songs from her catalogue including ‘I Vow to Thee My Country’, ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ to create the ultimate celebration soundtrack.

 

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Left Behind: Songs Of The 1916 Widows

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LLEFT BEHIND 1916eft Behind is a new collection of songs to mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland. Drawing on the experiences of the wives of prominent rebel leaders, O’Connor and O’Rourke have created a unique suite of compositions that offer an emotional, human perspective on a narrative that is too often told in baldly male heroic terms.

“So much of our engagement with history is purely political, and so rarely we allow ourselves to read between the lines to find human realities…” – Simon O’Connor

Left Behind: Songs of the 1916 Widows by Simon O’Connor and Michelle O’Rourke is now available to pre-order via the Ergodos webshop

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Daithi Announces New Single And Tour Dates

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DDaithi Tribes low resaithi released his EP Tribes in February and the next single from the EP is ‘April’ featuring Dublin singer-songwriter Sinead White.

This follows the 2015 big track, ‘Mary Keanes Introduction’, which was nominated for a Choice Music Prize and 2016’s ‘Love’s On Top.’

The EP is available on limited 12” vinyl and well as digitally from Daithi’s Bandcamp

Speaking about the EP Daithi says:

“The first single, Mary Keanes Introduction, was a real game changer for me, because it was the first track I released inspired by a new direction. I want to write dance music that’s not just inspired by traditional music, but by the culture, the scenery and atmosphere of the West of Ireland. Tribes is the start of me going in that direction, it’s full of nature sounds and samples from this part of the country. Even for that simple reason, this EP means way more to me than anything I’ve released so far. I hope people enjoy listening to it as much as I did creating it.”

Daithi will be touring around Ireland and abroad this summer, and you can catch him at –

Apr 28 – UCD Terminus – Dublin
Apr 29 – Dolans – Limerick
May 05 – Rivoli – Toronto, Canadian Music Week
May 05 – Drake Underground – Toronto, Canadian Music Week
May 12 – Whelans – Dublin (late show)
Jun 25 – Sea Sessions – Bundoran

You can also follow Daithi on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

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Artist Spotlight: Those Black Marks

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Those Black Marks are a newly established four-piece rock band based in Dublin, Ireland. Each of the members gained a wealth of experience playing in various bands in their local music scene.

In March 2015 Sean Watmore (vocals), Liam Redmond (Guitar), Eamon Mc Evoy (Bass) and Daymo Moran (Drums) first played together, establishing a musical chemistry that speaks for itself.

Following a period of intensive gigging Those Black Marks entered the studio with material written by chief collaborators Watmore and Redmond. The material recorded by the band has already received commendations from musical luminaries such as Jeff Beck, Black Francis and Tom Waits. The ethos within the group was to capture the energy of their live performances whilst creating music that stands out from the crowd. The result of which is their confident debut album Darwinian, which mixes contemporary rock with undertones of the 90’s grunge era.

Their debut album titled Darwinian will be available from June 3rd.

You can follow Those Black Marks on Facebook, Twitter & SoundCloud.

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