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PictureHouse set to release ‘Papers In The Park’ single

PictureHouse-Papers-in-the-Park-EVOLUTION-bundle-300x300Papers in the Park, the next single from the acclaimed “evolution” album will be available to download on iTunes and other online stores from November 22nd in Ireland and from November 25th in the UK.

In traditional PictureHouse style, the release will be celebrated with two shows (Dublin on November 22nd and Limerick 23rd).

Written almost 20 years ago with legendary songwriter Graham Lyle (Graham was headhunted by Sir Paul McCartney to write songs for Apple Corp in the Late 60′s, he’s also a founder member of “Gallagher and Lyle” and his credits include “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”) “Papers in the Park” is something of a sleeper having been shelved just before PictureHouse parted company with London Records before signing with East/West on Warner Music in the mid 90′s. The single will be backed with 3 live songs from a recent radio session including the smash hit “Sunburst”.

Best known for the hit singles “Heavenly Day”, “Everybody Loves My Girl”, “Somebody Somewhere” and the most recent radio hit “Some Night She Will Be Mine” the band toured extensively with the likes of The Corrs, The Saw Doctors, Bon Jovi, Meatloaf, Marillion, Mel C and many more earning them legions of fans including Elton John who bought 50 copies of the band’s Karmarama album for his friends and family after seeing them at a festival in London.

Evolution, the brand new album is out now.

See for more details.

November 22nd, The Village Dublin November 23rd, Dolans, Limerick


Dott set to release debut ‘Swoon’ album

DOTTDott’s eagerly-awaited debut album ‘Swoon’ is to be released on December 3rd in the US. The band will tour in November with advance copies of records and CDs. The album marks Dott’s second release on US label Graveface Records after their re-issue of the critically acclaimed EP “Button” on 7” vinyl in April of this year. Small Pony, the opening track of the album was premiered on Impose Magazine earlier this month and has been receiving glowing reviews since then.

Gloriously vibrant in its pounding alternative-pop sound (The, a pocket rocket set to steal hearts (The Sunday Experience), Crunchy guitarpop that has a strong face and a soft heart. (Impose Magazine)

Live dates:

November 8th, The Triskel, Cork (w French for Rabbits)

November 9th, The Róisín Dubh, Galway (w Oh Boland & Voids)

November 14th, Bourkes, Limerick (w Elastic Sleep)

November 16th, Whelans, Dublin (w Run Ons & Little Xs for Eyes)

The album will be available on download from iTunes, Bandcamp, etc., and on CD from selected record stores including Tower, RAGE, Elastic Witch in Dublin, Plugd in Cork and the Bell Book & Candle in Galway

Dott are from Galway, Ireland and play shiney, harmony-driven guitar pop. Their eagerly awaited debut album “Swoon” will be released on December 3rd 2013 on Graveface Records US.  Their EP “Button” was released in 2012 on the Popical Island Collective and on 7″ vinyl with Graveface Records USA in April 2013.

Formed only in January 2012, Dott had a busy first year with appearances live on national television on the Late Late Show, at Electric Picnic, HWCH,, Camden Crawl, Indiependence, Club Popicalia, 2FM Dan Hegarty Sessions, Arena RTE Radio 1, Ceol ar an Imeall TG4 and Community of Independents, DCTV. Dott recently made their US debut at New York’s favourite independent music venue the Cake Shop, New York. Dott can be heard on BBC Radio, Today FM, 2FM, RTE RADIO 1, RnaG, 98FM and Phantom Radio.

“Sunny garage rock with dash, shizzle and superfly choruses from Galway-based underground supergroup” Jim Carrol, On the Record, The Irish Times.

“Glowing garage pop, catchy and super fun” Niall Byrne,

“Dott have some infectious tunes on their Button EP… “Leave Tonight” and “Let’s Do It” are especially good.” Bill Pearis, Brooklyn Vegan

Dott is a band that astutely turns that inherent sweetness into a melee of crunchy guitars, masterful breakdowns, and deliberate “oo”s and “ahh”s that don’t put the song too far into pop territory. Dayna Evans, Impose Magazine





AMA Music Agency Seeking Emerging Talent


AMA Music Agency are on the lookout for bright new Irish talent to add to their growing roster. Having seen many of their acts progress in the past 12 months – including The Strypes, Le Galaxie, Walking on Cars, VANN Music and Keywest among others – AMA now want to find the next big sound in Irish music.

They are asking artists to submit two songs, a short biography, contact details and upcoming live dates and if impressed by what they hear, will get in touch directly or check out the artist live. Selected artists will receive a support slot for one of AMA’s profile artists, PR assistance for six months and free advertising on all AMA websites. There will also be a bi-weekly spotlight article on the top five emerging artists from the pool of entries.

Further information can be found on the AMA Music Agency website here:

Keith Cullen ‘With Eyes Open’

KeithCullen“Keith Cullen has an unerring instinct for quality pop. He sings songs as if he’s lived in them, always injecting just the right level of passion and never overdoing it. It’s a skill others in the pop field could learn from.” Jackie Hayden, Hotpress

“With Eyes Open” marks Dublin born Keith Cullen’s first step into the musical world as a solo performer and writer. Keith’s five track EP “With Eyes Open” is available on ITunes from October 4th.

As a child Keith travelled around Ireland with various musical theatre companies and at the age of 18 Keith was accepted to the London School of Performing Arts. In 2010, Keith teamed up with singer-songwriter and producer JJ Daly with whom he spent eight months in the studio creating his debut album due for release next year.

The video was directed by Thomas Heffernon (The Heist, Switch) and Johnny Han (special visual effects Star Trek Into Darkness, Superman Returns, Spiderman 3) it focuses on the theme of the song – finding light in some of the darkest situations and facing your fears “With Eyes Wide Open”.

Keith will shortly be announcing UK and Irish tour dates.

More info: |


Idiot Songs release ‘Devils’ video

Idiot-Autumn-tour-PosterIdiot Songs is a collaboration between composer Justin Grounds and songwriter Pearse McGloughlin. The album of electronic chamber songs draws upon the themes and characters presented in Dostoevsky’s The Idiot and was recorded using traditional and non traditional approaches; the collection was largely recorded via Dropbox.

Devils is the second video from Idiot Songs’ self titled album directed by Kevin and Pearse McGloughlin. A video released earlier this year for Villages of Ether received a Staff Pick from Vimeo.

Idiot Songs are currently on tour and will play DeBarra’s in Clonakilty tomorrow Thursday 31st October.

‘a beautiful homage to the empathy and creativity of Dostoyevsky and without a doubt one of the best concept albums I’ve heard in my time’………. Harmless Noise

‘a series of sonic gems (gifted with beats and beautifully spectral spoken-word inserts) that breathe life and art into electronic music’…..Tony Clayton-Lea, The Irish Times 4****

‘the pair…create what the best albums manage to do, an atmosphere exclusive to itself with its own identity’….. Album of the Week, Nialler9

‘impresses on just about every level’ ….Album of the Week, Dan Hegarty, The Alternative, 2FM

For further info:


Noel Shine and Mary Greene set to release ‘GreenShine’ album

Greene & Shines & a Pyro“This is a gorgeous album ~ the Sound of a Family immersed in music, tight in harmony, in love with song. Shine on Greenshine.” Christy Moore.

Noel Shine and Mary Greene are no strangers to recording having already released three critically acclaimed folk albums to date and they have appeared on many other artists’ cds including The Republic of Loose, Christy Moore, John Spillane and Frances Black. GREENSHINE not only sees the launch of a new cd but also a new band name to incorporate their daughter, Ellie Shine. Just recently turned 17, Ellie is a seasoned professional, performing with Noel and Mary since the age of 14. Her cv includes appearing with GREENSHINE at a concert for President Michael D. at the Abbey Theatre and the the group has shared a stage on a number of occasions with Christy Moore.

The trio have put together a collection of original and cover tracks that is both thoughtful and fun. They have included original songs as well as songs by other writers that they love and can be described as heart and soul folk with a touch of Americana. The cd, which includes guest musicians Sadie Shine on vocals and Martin Leahy on percussion, was recently launched to a capacity crowd at The Corner House in Cork by folk rock legend, Tim Goulding of Dr. Strangely Strange. A stomper of a live set saw the trio joined by many guest performers including Mik Pyro of The Republic of Loose. Over the next while, GREENSHINE will be touring the album in venues throughout the country.

The album is available from the website

Upcoming dates include:

Wallis’ of Midleton, Thurs 31 Oct.

Crowley’s of Kenmare, Co. Kerry, Thurs 7 Nov.

Ashley Tubridy “From The Outside In” Debut EP

Ashley Tubridy DIGIPACK 4PP V5It started on the Late Late Show! Like The Strypes before her, it was a Late Late Toy Show appearance that launched musician Ashley Tubridy onto the national stage. And now, two years after her first appearance on the iconic show, the talented 11-year-old has just released her first EP “From the Outside In” independantly on her own label.

“From the Outside In” features four songs, all written by the Mullingar girl, who at the age of eight became the youngest ever member of IMRO. Recorded in Big Space Studios, Newry by Declan Legge, (who produced Soak’s wonderful Sea Creatures Ep last year), he really let Ashley get involved in the sessions, so much so that by the time the guitars on the last track were recorded, she was counting him in and hitting the record buttons on the multitrack…, and we think he’s done a brilliant job. The EP follows hundreds of high-profile gigs and appearances, including three further Late Late Show appearances, an Electric Picnic slot and much more besides.

The self-taught singer/songwriter has recently been invited to perform at the prestigious Cheerios Childline Concert on November 20th at the O2 in Dublin alongside The Coronas,  The Wanted, Shane Filan, Little Mix and Union J amongst others.

For Ashley, music is an important part of her life, she has thoroughly enjoyed the journey so far and looks forward to what the future brings…and hopefully she can help to inspire a new generation of musicians.

Song-writing and playing the guitar came naturally to Ashley, as she explains:

 I started picking up the guitar at around 4 and a half years old and at about five I would sit in my room and create music despite having no-one else in the house-hold being able to sing a note between them!” she recalls. “At about 5 years old I would go down stairs and play little songs that I had written and composed myself.”

Despite her young age, she says her songs are inspired by her experiences and interaction with the world around her. “My interpretation of relationships with others and how this affects my life in many different ways emotionally is the trigger. These emotions and thoughts and feelings are expressed through my music and lyrics. I think that at one time or another we have all felt emotions or experienced similar pain attached to certain situations in our lives and for this reason I believe that people of all ages can relate in some way to my songs.”

Ashley developed her playing at home, at school, in concert and also whilst busking. She can be sometimes found on Grafton Street in Dublin, Shop Street in Galway and in her native Mullingar, where every Christmas she plays with Niall Horan, Bressie and a host of local musicians to raise money for LARRC cancer retreat.

Ashley dedicates a lot of her time and energies to charity. When she was just 8, she donated four of her own songs to a CD in aid of ISPCC’s Childline, which raised thousands for the charity. She has also contributed to an album for TEAM, the homeless charity, and played at Niall Horan’s Birthday Golf Classic, which raised tens of thousands for Autism Ireland and other charities.

Her calling card was “Friends Forever”, the song she performed on The Late Late Toy Show in December 2011. By January 2012, the song went to Number 2 on the iTunes Ireland download charts and without any physical CDs available, went Top 30 in the Irish Charts. This lead to a further Late Late appearance, with host Ryan Tubridy (no relation) predicting a big future for the singer/songwriter. Then in the summer of 2012 she played for the president Michael D Higgins, who was so enthused that he wrote her a personal letter thanking her.

Ashley’s third appearance on the show came in December 2012 when she was one of many musicians involved in recording “Tiny Dancer – A Song For Lily Mae”, which reached number 1 on the official Irish charts for two weeks. She was back on the flagship RTE show this September in support of her new EP.

A regular on radio too, the confident youngster has played and talked on practically every radio station in Ireland. She has performed live alongside a who’s who of Irish music – Aslan, Declan O’Rourke, Mary Black, Paddy Casey, Kíla, Bressie, Cronin, Mundy, John Spillane, Keith Duffy and hundreds more. A regular at festivals from The Electric Picnic to the Volvo Ocean Race, the in-demand youngster looks set to be a bigger star following the EP’s release, and a national tour is currently being plotted.

“From The Outside In” is available in record stores throughout Ireland and is also available to download from itunes.

For more info, press and tour-dates contact: Samantha 087-2775116 or Willie 087-7653173

Email: moc.liamg@ydirbuts

New Music from Liz Madden

Liz MaddenBased in New Mexico, Irish singer/songwriter Liz Madden has had a busy time since the dissolution of Irish duo RUA. Liz has just completed her new Christmas album Clouds of Christmas which is due out this coming November. This ambient album was produced and arranged by Liz and Chicago based Roland Labana of Bloombox Studios.

Never one to sit idle, Liz has an impressive discography of ten albums to her credit. Five solo albums, three albums with Rua, one album with World Music group Shishonnah and most recently she recorded a jazz album Sunset Songs with world renowned jazz guitarist Nigel Clark (Hue & Cry, Koshko) due for release shortly.

Liz has a long standing relationship and publishing deal with Gulliver Music Publishing. Her voice and compositions have been used for commercials by global giants FUJI, OKSUSU TEA and used in Film & TV and on compilations worldwide. Her songwriting collaborations are worldwide including new songs for German recording artist Sabine Oh, along with French composer JMZ (Bjork), USA based Fionán de Barra (Clannad, Moya Brennan), UK Composers Richard Cottle (Seal, Opera Babes, Eric Clapton) and James Garydon (Emma Bunton, Westlife). Plans are underway for the release of her albums in Australia and New Zealand and she will be a featured artist again on the world famous The Absolute Sound compilation album series in Asia. This is the 3rd time as a solo artist that Liz has been chosen for this compilation.

Liz is currently working on three new recording projects. Along with writing songs for other artists and preparing for US performances, 2014 looks like it’s going to be another busy year for Liz.


Belfast Music Week Showcase Announced

musicweekWith performances from no less than 12 of Belfast’s most exciting new acts, the Belfast Music Week Showcase will be an unmissable highlight of Belfast Music Week. The line-up has been hand-picked by a panel of media and music industry figures from Northern Ireland and beyond, and it will be attended by a host of influential industry visitors.

The event will take place in the three-room Limelight Complex on Thursday, November 14 – an incredible opportunity to experience the best talent that Belfast has to offer in one night, and
under one roof.

Doors 7pm, first act 7:30pm. Admission free for this event by registering for tickets at moc.tsaflebthgilemil@keewcisum . A maximum of 2 per person. Belfast Music Week is a celebration of our local bands and venues, as well as the wider music industry and community. It features live
music performances, workshops, seminars and networking events and includes over 250 events in 70 venues across the city. It’s a chance to see legends and breaking talent, and to appreciate the ongoing success stories and a musical city that continues to make us proud.

To keep up to date with all announcements about Belfast Music Week, log on to

Belfast City Council’s Belfast Music Week, which runs from November 11 – 17, is co-ordinated by the Oh Yeah Music Centre, and supported by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

Debut Album from Irish-based Ohio Songwriter Karson

KarsonSinger/songwriter Ken Karson from Cincinnati Ohio USA is set to release his debut album, “Just in Time”, on 15th November.

Karson’s lyrics are crafted to expose the divisions that usually exist between light and dark, truth and falsehood, and pain and pleasure that we all wrestle with, but with a spiritual sensibility that his listeners will embrace.

In a modern world where sometimes the pace can be exhausting, listening to Karson’s music helps to slow life down as time well spent even if it’s only for a few fleeting minutes.

All of his tracks have been skilfully and professionally arranged and performed, and can be categorized as a collection of rock roots tracks, with both classical and modern persuasions. Whether the subject is serious or light-hearted, the quality of his music quickly becomes apparent as it is driven home by his straightforward and accessible style. He never uses flash or gimmicks, but presents each track with lyrical and musical clarity and soulful elegance.

Recorded and produced by Rob Mancini at GMG Studio One in Ireland, “Just in time” is Karson’s debut and first release on GMG Records. The album will be available from all major online retailers from 15th November.



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