Having recently released their first new studio album in seven years ‘The Sweet Pretty Things (Are In Bed Now, Of Course…) The Pretty Things return with as much gusto as they had when they started performing fifty-two years ago. The Pretty Things are Phil May (vocals) Dick Taylor (lead guitar, vocals), Frank Holland (lead guitar, mellotron, vocals), George Woosey (bass guitar, vocals, rhythm guitar), and Jack Greenwood (drums, percussion, vocals).
With rave reviews following the release of their most recent album it’s important to shine a spotlight on the history of the band and its achievements to date. Having started out in a previous life as Little Boy Blue and The Blue Boys featuring Dick Taylor and then little known rockers Keith Richards and Mick Jagger the band met with Brian Jones and formed The Rolling Stones. After playing bass for a couple of months with the band, Dick was accepted into London Central School of Art, left the band and met Phil May, Brian Pendleton, John Stax and Pete Kitley forming the initial line up of The Pretty Things.
Having large success in Germany, New Zealand, The Netherlands and the UK the band have released thirteen studio albums to date, five live albums and a large number of soundtrack albums as well as featuring in compilation albums. This is a band that has survived through decades of turbulence, line-up changes and personal loss but has still come out fighting. The band have had some fantastic experiences also, having two of their works featuring on David Bowie‘s album ‘Pin Ups’ and recording their album ‘SF Sorrow’ at Abbey Road at the same time that The Beatles were recording ‘The White Album’ and Pink Floyd were recording ‘A Saucerful of Secrets’ there also.
The band are a testament to longevity, a group that have gone the distance through various incarnations. To quote Phil Taylor’s description of himself after a near-fatal health scare in 2014 he is ‘too tough to die‘ and this is the characteristic of The Pretty Things. With a successful recent album, the fact that their music is relevant, energetic and exciting only goes to showcase the talent that lies within the beating heart of this act.
The Pretty Things
Seminal 60’s band to perform exclusive live set
Tower Records Dawson Street Dublin
“It’s raw, red-blooded sound nods back to The Pretty Things’ 60’s & 70’s heyday”- Mojo 4*
“As exhilarating rock’n’roll experiences go, it’ll rub you down admirably” – Classic Rock 7/10
“Contemporary recordings by Phil May & Dick Taylor’s band wipe the floor with those of their famous peers” – Daily Mail 4*
Tower Records host influential 60’s innovators The Pretty Things, with a special intimate live performance on
Wednesday, September 16th at 6pm.
OTHER PRETTY THINGS ON REPERTOIRE RECORDS
‘Live At Rockpalast’ (REPUK 1204) 2DVD+CD set
‘Live At The BBC (REPUK 1205) 4CD set
‘Balboa Island’ (REPUK 1229) new version – 3 bonus tracks
‘Silk Torpedo’ (REPUK 1271) new version – 6 bonus tracks
‘Savage Eye’ (REPUK 1272) new version – 6 bonus tracks
As Eoin O’Meachair, who plays mandolin and whistle on the album, explains, “We’ve opted for ‘Dead Man’s Trail’ as the lead track for The Birds Never Cease because it has an upbeat radio-friendly feel and reflects the stimulating blend of Irish folk and American roots we achieved on the album. Recording it in Nashville gave ‘Dead Man’s Trail’ the cross-cultural musical blend we were looking for”.
Irish alternative quartet Codes, will release their second studio album – AALTARS -on September 18th – their latest body of work since 2009’s Choice Music Prize nominated debut ‘Trees Dream In Algebra’.
To celebrate the release of AALTARS, the band will be performing live at their official launch party at Whelans, Dublin, on the 19th of September. Tickets are €10 (incl. booking fee) via Wavtickets.ie.
Singer-songwriter Jimi Cullen is to donate the proceeds of his next single ‘Keep Your Head Up Now My Friend’ to Headstrong, the non-profit organisation supporting young peoples mental health in Ireland. The track ‘Keep Your Head Up Now My Friend’ is taken from Cullen’s third album Life, and its release on September 2, 2015 will be proceeded on August 26 with a specially made video created by Rachel Gregan.
According to the Irish singer-songwriter, who deals with numerous social and political subjects in his songs ‘Mental health has become an urgent issue, especially among our young people. I am delighted that an organisation as active as headstrong have agreed to use my song ‘Keep Your Head Up Now My Friend’ to raise awareness of their efforts and also to generate funds’. Welcoming Jimi Cullen’s active support, Dr. Tony Bates, CEO and Founding Director of Headstrong said “We are deeply indebted to Jimi and grateful that he said the fit between his song and youth mental health”. Dr. Bates went on to say that Jimi’s lyrics are “Raw and the real deal. It’s obvious that Jimi is gifted and in his music I can hear the influences of Bob Dylan and John Prine. Jimi sings in his own Wexford accent and there is such a ring of truth off the lyrics. It’s lived experience and will reach so many young people”. “Jimi’s lyrics on his album Life echo much of Headstrongs ‘My World Survey’ www.headstrong.ie/research/my-world-survey/ as it speaks to many key themes such as the power of music as a help for young people age 12-25. Of course Jimi is already on the front line through his Youth Work in County Wexford, that experience ripples through the whole album and ensures that each note and lyric is both real and relevant to young people in Ireland today. We also need to thank Jackie Hayden, formerly of Hot Press for bringing this lovely project to us and thinking of young people and of Headstrong. Thanks again to Jimi and all involved in the performing and recording of this song”. ‘Keep Your Head Up Now My Friend’ will be released worldwide through Itunes, Google Play and Amazon on September 2nd 2015 and Cullen will also embark on a series of live dates in support of the single.
Catch him live at the following venues: Sep 01st – Gallagher’s, Cork Sep 08th – Darkey Kelly’s, Dublin Sep 11th – Harvest Festival, Waterford Sep 12th – Katie Daly’s, Gorey Sep 13th – Harvest Festival, Waterford Sep 14th – The International Bar, Dublin Sep 17th – The Lansdowne Hotel, Belfast Sep 19th – The Leitrim Lounge, Wicklow Sep 23rd – McPhails, Drogheda Sep 25th – Carranstown Lodge, Duleek Sep 30th – The Globe, Dublin Oct 01st – The White House, Limerick Oct 06th – Gallagher’s, Cork Oct 08th – Mc Kenna’s, Monaghan Oct 26th – The Harbour Bar, Bray Oct 28th – The Sky and the Ground, Wexford Oct 30th – Bolg Bui, New Ross
i am niamh has just announced the release of her second single, Hang On from her debut album Wonderland. Hang on is a glimpse of i am niamh’s more electronic side to her style of music. Turn it up loud and enjoy.
“I Am Niamh’s latest single ‘Hang On’ is an electronically-driven composition that features piano and vocal echoes that build as the track progresses.” Nialler9
Singer/songwriters Helena Byrne & Enda Reilly will join forces, performing a very special concert in Whelan’s Upstairs, Wexford Street, Dublin 2 at 9pm on Sunday 23rd August 2015.
From Kilkenny, now based in Dublin, HELENA has been performing since she was knee high to a guitar. As a singer/songwriter Helena has performed extensively throughout Europe and the USA. She has been a support act for James Taylor, Katie Melua and Bob Geldof at the Source Festival, Kilkenny and was also a third place winner in the 2fm Young Songwriter’s Contest with her song ‘Happenin’. She has performed as a session vocalist for both Rónán and Colm Ó Snodaigh, founding members of Irish group, Kila and most recently collaborated with Rónán, who features on her debut album ‘CEOL’. Following the release of ‘Ceol’, Helena is currently writing new material for her next album, which she is set to begin recording in 2016.
Enda Reilly is a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Dublin whose projects include New Songs In Irish, his Climate Change Songs Workshops, Arise and Go! a collaboration with poet Stephen James Smith. He has also composed music for and performed in a poetic play Everlasting Voices with Guthanna Binne Síoraí, which has taken them to India and Japan. Enda is a former winner of the Christie Hennessy Song Competition, Comórtas Amhráin Rónán Beo @3 and has represented Ireland with songs in minority language song competitions. He has played concerts with John Spillane, Kila, Liam O Maonlai and Rónán O Snodaigh amongst others.
Tickets: €12/€10 concession available at http://helenabyrne.com/tickets
Singer/songwriter George Hutton who has graced the stage with the likes of Hozier and Glen Hansard has officially set out on creating a solo career of his own. When George performed his first original song “Waiting” for BBC Music Day people were wondering why they couldn’t download it!
Well that’s because he hadn’t even recorded it yet, but the wait is over and his song is now available to download on iTunes.
World première of James Joyce settings
Thursday 10 September 2015, 8pm
National Concert Hall
Featuring Kurt Elling, Jack Lukeman, Cara O’Sullivan,
Kristina Train, Andrew Strong & Keith Harkin
Brian Byrne conductor
One of our top musical ambassadors and most internationally successful film composers is coming home to Ireland and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for a very special evening inspired by James Joyce. Golden Globe nominee and RTÉ CO Artist in Residence Brian Byrne has set poems from Joyce’s Chamber Music collection which will be brought to life on Thursday 10 September at the National Concert Hall. A testament to the excitement around this project is the calibre of the artists getting involved: Grammy winner Kurt Elling, Jack Lukeman, Cara O’Sullivan, Andrew Strong, Kristina Train and Keith Harkin of Celtic Thunder.
The Chamber Music Project is very close to Byrne’s heart and one he has been working on for many years. International jazz legend Kurt Elling included one of the songs on his latest album, Passion World, a collection of songs from around the world that Elling calls his ‘charmers’. According to the Irish Times review: ‘It all ends quietly with Irish composer Brian Byrne’s tender setting of a James Joyce lyric, Where Love Is. Hard not to be charmed.’ Elling along with other artists in the September concert will record an album of the Chamber Music songs with the RTÉ CO while in Dublin.
Navan-born Byrne, based in Los Angeles since 2003, is one of Ireland’s most successful musical ambassadors, as a composer, conductor, songwriter, arranger and pianist. His currency in Hollywood can be gauged by the fact that he is fresh from working on the Dustin Hoffman movie Boychoir, where he wrote and produced a song for Josh Groban and wrote the score, and Katherine Heigl’s new lesbian romcom Jenny’s Wedding, for which he wrote a soundtrack full of new songs for Kristina Train. He has also just scored an HBO movie for Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s Greenlight project and is about to score Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture.
Recognition includes a Golden Globe nomination and two World Soundtrack Awards for Albert Nobbs, recorded by the RTÉ CO, and IFTAs for Zonad and Albert Nobbs. His score to The Good Doctor with Orlando Bloom was praised by The Hollywood Reporter and Variety for its subtlety and romanticism. Byrne conducted Barbra Streisand when she recorded If It’s Meant to Be, a song he co-wrote with songwriting legends Alan and Marilyn Bergman. In another significant breakthrough, Byrne’s first classical album Tales from the Walled City, recorded with the RTÉ CO and guests including soprano Danielle de Niese and violinist Nicola Benedetti, was released on Decca, the world’s most prestigious classical label.
Byrne has also collaborated with Bono, Katy Perry, Lisa Stansfield, Van Morrison, The Corrs, Vince Gill and Gladys Knight, to name a few. He has toured with Diane Warren, produced and arranged strings for Pink in The X Factor, arranged a song for Sex and the City 2 and played piano on Liza Minnelli’s cover of Beyoncé’s Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It). Byrne composed the music to Heartbeat of Home, the new show by the producers of Riverdance, which like Riverdance was recorded by the RTÉ CO.
Tickets: €15‒€39.50 (conc. €13.50‒€35.55)
For their contribution to the soundtrack of the production ‘Ireland’s Wild River’ Kíla and Rónán Ó’Snodaigh have received a nomination for the for the 36th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards under the category ‘Outstanding Music and Sound’.
The production, known better as ‘The Secret Life of The Shannon‘ here in Ireland and ‘Ireland’s Wild River: The Mighty Shannon‘ in the UK shows the Shannon as it wends its way across the country through all four seasons, documenting the wildlife that describe the river as home. To date the production has been broadcast through RTÉ, BBC in the UK and PBS in the US.
The Emmys will take place in New York in September.
Should you wish to watch Kíla live they’re playing a kids show at The Model Sligo on August 15th and are also playing Whelans on August 21st.
If you are interested in listening to some of the soundtrack, Kila have made it available to stream on their Bandcamp page