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‘Limit of Our Sight’ by Ealadha is now available

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ealadhaThe EP represents the first official release by Ealadha and it’s an rich, immersive experience that both captures their development up to this point and signals promising future directions for the band.

‘Hurricanes’ and ‘Dive’ have already gained extensive airplay on alternative stations in Ireland and showcase the band’s appreciation for post-metal quiet-loud dynamics. But it is ‘Heart of Mercury’ and ‘Souls’ where Ealadha really show what they are capable of. The former starts with a pulsing beat and edgy riff before sinister vocoded voices enter and an unexpected synth break relieves the tension, seguing seamlessly into a cathartic rock-out.

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‘Hanging Around’ New Single By Saramai Out Today

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saramaiHanging Around was recorded live in one take in Attica Studios with Tommy McLaughlin at the helm (S.O.A.K, Villagers, Bell X1), featuring Aimie Mallon is on drums, Cormac O’Keeffe on guitar and Saramai on keys and vocals. .

Saramai plays Vantastival on June 4th and BARE festival on June 11th.

More live gigs to be announced on soon on saramaimusic.com

Her IMRO Other Room Other Voices performance is scheduled to be be aired on RTE 2 later this summer.

The single is available on Bandcamp,  iTunes, Spotify etc.

Artwork Image by Joe Beggy, Design Anthony Mackey

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BARQ get set for ‘That Thing You Love’ single launch

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BARQ

THAT THING YOU LOVE – May 29th
Upstairs @ Whelans
Tickets €5 On Door
Doors @ 7.30pm

BARQ are a high energy 4-piece mixing rock with agro-soul.

In March 2016 BARQ released their debut single “Gentle Kind of Lies” to critical acclaim and a surge of media attention. The track was picked up Spotify’s new music playlist in both the UK and Brazil, as well as being included on IASCA’s playirish USA, and two of Goldenplec’s Goldenstereo playlists.

BARQ have now been confirmed for a number of the leading festivals around the country including; Longitude, Indiependence, Groove, Body + Soul, Canalaphonic, Bray Jazz, Carlow Arts Festival, with more to be announced soon.

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Stephen Dunwoody Releases New Single ‘Miami’ With Original Footage Of The Miami Showband

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This week Stephen Dunwoody releases his single ‘Miami’, a tribute to his uncle Brian McCoy who tragically lost his life in the 1975 Miami Showband Massacre.

While on his way to the band’s fateful gig in Banbridge, Brian posted a birthday card to his nephew Stephen. He received it with the dreadful news the following day.

Written almost 40 years later, the song is dedicated to Brian and the other members of the Miami Showband who lost their lives; Fran O’Toole and Tony Geraghty .

An accompanying video which includes never before seen footage of the band is also included in his music video for Miami.

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Villagers’ Conor O’Brien wins Ivor Novello songwriting award

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villagersCongratulations to Conor O’Brien who has won best album at the 2016 Ivor Novello Awards for Villagers’ Darling Arithmetic. The album was chosen over In Colour by Jamie XX and Matador by Gaz Coombes. Darling Arithmetic was released in early 2015 to wide critical and public acclaim.

Conor O’Brien previously won the ‘Best Song Musically and Lyrically’ Ivor Novello Award in 2011, for his track ‘Becoming A Jackal’ taken from the debut album of the same name.

Previously nominated twice for the Mercury Music Prize and winner of Ireland’s Choice Music Prize, O’Brien is currently working on his fourth album.

Snow Patrol members Gary Lightbody and Jonny McDaid were also nominated for their songwriting work on Ed Sheeran’s song Bloodstream.

The Ivor Novellos are the most prestigious Awards for songwriting in the UK and Ireland.

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Stephen Dunwoody set for ‘Trouble in Mind’ album release

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stephendunwoodyThis week Stephen Dunwoody releases his new album ‘Trouble In Mind’.

The title is taken from the song of the same name, an eight-bar blues number written by jazz pianist Richard M. Jones and made famous by musicians as diverse as Nina Simone, Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis.

The album also includes the single ‘Miami’, a tribute to his uncle Brian McCoy who tragically lost his life in the 1975 atrocity. While on his way to the band’s fateful gig in Banbridge, Brian posted a birthday card to his nephew Stephen. He received it with the dreadful news the following day. Written almost 40 years later, the song is dedicated to Brian and the other members of the Miami Showband who lost their lives; Fran O’Toole and Tony Geraghty .

An accompanying video which includes never before seen footage of the band is also released. Stephen explains: “The idea of the music video started with an old 16mm film.

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Grouse announce ‘Oslo’ album launch gig details

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grouseGrouse returns to the album format for a third time with brand new offering, ‘Oslo’. The 6-piece Grouse live band will mark the occasion with a show Upstairs in Whelan’s on Friday May 27th, 2016 at 8pm.

Although it contains the atmospheric and dubby elements for which Grouse is known, new album, ‘Oslo’, represents new influences and a more concise sound.

Consisting of nine new tracks ranging from the jazzy ‘Cornucopia’, ‘JVH’ and ‘Interlude J’ to the more instrumental-hip-hop influenced beats of ‘Crosstown’ and ‘Silence’, the album will be the follow-up to 2012’s ‘Heads’, described by Dan Hegarty of 2FM as ‘one of the albums of the year’.

‘Oslo’ has already been getting DJ support from the likes of Ben Mono and trip-hop legend, Kid Loco.

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‘Mercury’, the debut album from Planet Parade set for September 2016 release

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Mercury coverPlanet Parade will release their debut album Mercury in September 2016. Ahead of that they share the new single “Face To Face”, which will be digitally available on 10th June.

Planet Parade is the brainchild of Kildare duo Michael Hopkins & Andrew Lloyd. After releasing two EP’s and more recently new tracks “You’ll Be Sorry“, Cardiac” and then “Blue Sky” in August 2015, they revealed a new 6 piece live line-up. The time has now come for the twosome to come fully out of hiding and release their debut album. The new album contains 11 tracks and is entitled Mercury.

Planet Parade are now back with “Face To Face” another in the series of singles with a video to follow.

The album was recorded and produced by Michael and Andrew at home in Co Kildare.

MERCURY – Track List
1. Face to Face 2. Top of the Heap 3. Blue Sky 4. Mute Swan 5. Jump Ship  6. Begin Again 7. Zodiac 8. Cold Blood 9. History Lesson 10. Sweet Claire  11. In The Dark

www.planetparade.com

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Emma Lou & The Agenda Debut EP Release Today Friday 13th Of May

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Emma Lou & The Agenda’s new EP is out for release today and they will be performing tracks from the EP in The Grand Social, Dublin on Sunday 15th of May.

Like many girls born the 90’s, growing up with and aspiring to become one of the Spice Girls was the norm. This was no different from newcomer Emma Lou, who has no qualms in admitting that the Wannabe singers inspired her to write her first song at age 7.

Singing along to CDs and partaking in the stereotypical karaoke while away on holidays, Emma was constantly asked to sing in public, for both her incredibly soulful voice, performance and the spine-tingling sensation you get while watching her enjoy what she does best.

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Not Monsters set for ‘On Tilt’ debut single release

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NotMonstersNot Monsters is what happens when you smash the melodic experimental-ism of CFIT  together with the powerhouse rif fing of Punch Face Champions. Despite only joining  forces a year ago, this Dublin based supergroup have already played a number of shows around Ireland, beginning with Vantastival, and including Canalphonic, State’s Faces 2016, Knockanstockan and Electric Picnic.

Not Monsters are about to launch their debut single, ‘On Tilt’ on May 28th in The Grand Social.

“A formidable meeting of sheer power, melody and smart songwriting.”
State.ie

“Merging melody with crunching grungey riffs… this act have been garnering a lot of positive reviews of late and the hype is completely justified.”
Goldenplec

Check out werenotmonsters.com for further info

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