Tony Floyd Kenna’s latest EP, ‘2014 The Alien Has Landed’, will be officially launched, with a reception and live gig, on January 10th in Darkey Kelly’s, Dublin. This is the first part of several projects planned for 2014 which will also see an ‘Aliens Part 2’ and a couple of live albums.
‘2014 The Alien Has Landed’ comprises four tracks; ‘Suzanne Vega’s Eyes’, ‘Tears Of The Sky’, ‘Wrapped In You’ and an unexpected ‘collaboration’ with Krista Detor of the USA who recently presented a songwriters evening in IMRO – ‘A Single Tear’.
Feedback has been hugely positive already, with two promotional interviews on local radio already completed and all the tracks being aired.
Tony would particularly like to thank Darkey Kelly’s of Fishamble Street for their sponsorship not just of the CD production but also of the launch event.
Downloads are available now via Bandcamp with physical CDs, iTunes etc coming from January 10th.
Femmepop and Timecop 1983 have just released the brand new single, “Timescapes”. This is Femmepop’s third self-released single this year, following on from “Beautiful Boy” and “1983”, and involves a collaboration with artist Timecop 1983.
Femmepop is singer songwriter Margaret O’Sullivan from Cork. She is currently working on her debut album.
“Timescapes” is now available for purchase via the Femmepop Bandcamp page – http://femmepop.bandcamp.com/
Sligo based five piece, Moxie, have recently launched a Fund-It campaign to help bring their debut album to fruition. The band, who won the Spirit of Folk Awards earlier this year, are made up of Cillian Doheny (tenor banjo/guitar), Jos Kelly (button accordion/keyboard), Darren Roche (button accordion), Ted Kelly (tenor banjo) and Paddy Hazleton (percussion).
Their music has a solid traditional backbone with jazz, rock, bluegrass and world music rhythms and harmonies creatively structured around this base. Listeners are treated to layers of rich and intricate sounds as the band deliver a punchy programme of both their own compositions and old tunes with a new emerald vibe.
You can support Moxie’s debut album at their FundIt page here: http://www.fundit.ie/project/moxie-dbut-album
This was the result of an ongoing competition where the band found themselves up against popular Irish acts such as the Dirty Epics, Redwoods, and Mojo GoGo, participating in a live performance and social media competition.
To thank all of their fans for their incredible support throughout 2013 and their help in achieving the win, Jemson Green has announced they will be performing a headline show in their home venue Fibber Magees, Parnell St. Dublin on December 8th. Admission on the night will be FREE with support act Kickstart The Season.
The 5-piece promise to deliver a very special performance from their upcoming album on the night to show their appreciation as well as merch giveaways…Doors 9pm.
This year is has been a journey of incredible momentum for Jemson Green, having already performed at Comic Relief Does Dublin (alongside Bipolar Empire, Walking on Cars, The Enemies, Keywest and Paddy Casey), a support performance for KERBDOG in Galway’s Roisin Dubh as well as their first UK appearances in London this April and June, as well as supporting The Riptide Movement, The Minutes and Alabama 3.
They launched their first single and video since April 2012 ‘Who Am I’ in Whelan’s, Dublin on August 26th to a jam-packed crowd.
‘The only time I felt devastated during this song was when I realised I hadn’t got long hair and could not headbang properly to its exhilarating, guitar squealing, riff rocking, symbol crashing brilliance…5/6’
– Music Review Unsigned
‘Our influences have come together to form a style of music each member is proud of and proud to be a part of.’
– Jemson Green
“My Hero”, a single written and recorded by the students of Transition Year in Presentation Secondary School Clonmel as part of an IMRO workshop for RTÉ’s Big Music Week, has just been released in aid of St. Vincent de Paul.
Last September, the Transition Year students took part in an IMRO songwriting workshop with singer songwriter, Luan Parle, and songwriter and producer, Gavin Ralston, as part of the build-up to RTÉ’s Big Music Week. The aim of the workshop was to create and record a brand new song from scratch in one day, ready to be performed live on the RTÉ Big Music Week train when it pulled into Clonmel train station the following week.
With the students’ theme for Transition Year being “Heroes”, they decided to write the song about one of their own heroes, Alice Strain, a teacher of theirs who died tragically in a car accident earlier this year. The lyrics, tone, melody and harmonies were all carefully crafted throughout the day as the girls worked together on their song, “My Hero”.
Their live performance on board the RTÉ Big Music Week train the following week took everyone’s breath away, including close members of Alice’s family who were in attendance on the day alongside her fiancé. The story and video of their performance received over 25,000 hits on TheJournal.ie and led to the students performing their song live in Vicar Street to a standing ovation as part of the RTÉ Big Music Week gig in aid of Barnardos.
Now their single, “My Hero”, has been released via iTunes with proceeds being donated to St Vincent de Paul. Speaking of the release, Michael O’Loughlin, Principal of Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel said: “Alice had a great affection for the St. Vincent De Paul organisation. She was involved in a number of initiatives over the years in our school which helped to raise funds for SVP, especially at Christmas time. It is very poignant that the song is being released around the Christmas period. We hope people will download the song from itunes and help raise much needed funds for SVP”
You can download “My Hero” now from iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/my-hero-rte-big-music-week/id757654920
Dingle 6-8th December 2013
Derry – Londonderry 7-9th February 2014
4 Days To Go! // IMRO Other Room
With a huge response to the public vote via the RTE website, the winner of the IMRO Other Room Viewer’s Choice Sive has just been announced. She joins the five other Irish bands who will appear in the IMRO Other Room for the twelfth season:
Dublin-based indie folkers Slow Skies / Dublin alternative band Other Creatures / Electronic rock from Derry Grim / elctro pop Dubliners Vann Music / Ciara O’ Flynn and Mark Mc Loughlin who perform together as Pinhole / Sadhbh O’Sullivan aka Sive.
The final act to be added to the line-up in St James’ on Sunday 8th December is American newcomer Samantha Crain all the way from Oklahoma.
Other Voices will weave its magic spell in Dingle with a stellar line up for St James’ Church on December 6th, 7th & 8th. The music will then move northwards along the Wild Atlantic Way to The Glassworks, Derry on 7th, 8th and 9th February 2014. Aidan Gillen will return to present the series.
St James’s Church, Dingle line-up
Willis Earl Beal
For those who don’t make it into the church, the live action will be streamed locally in bars around Dingle (Benners Hotel, Foxy John’s, Geaneys, An Chonair, Dingle Bay Hotel, The Marina and John Bennys) as well as online via http://www.rte.ie <http://www.rte.ie> /othervoices, the RTÉ Player and http://www.theguardian.com/uk <http://www.theguardian.com/uk> . Streaming will also be live direct to a selection of venues in Derry city including Sandinos, The Gweedore, Masons, The Grand Central, Bound for Boston and Waterloo Street.
Dingle will host the hugely popular Other Voices Music Trail, with a brilliant line-up of shows in venues around the town and this year also sees a return of Banter, a salon style series of discussion and debate curated and hosted by Jim Carroll which takes place in Foxy John’s Friday (5-6pm), Saturday (2-6pm) and Sunday (2-6pm). All the music trail and Banter events are free and will take place before and after the Church happenings. This year the critically acclaimed The Swell Season will be shown in the Phoenix cinema, Dingle on 7th and 8th December at 5pm. Tickets are €8.00.
The Swell Season Trailer
Tickets to St James’, once again, will be free and can be won through various online and media competitions so keep an eye on the new website www.othervoices.ie. To stay up to date with announcements please log on to www.othervoices.ie and follow on Facebook (Other Voices) and Twitter (@othervoices).
Other Voices is supported by DCAL, Derry City Council, RTÉ, Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland, IMRO, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Foreign Affairs.
‘Your System’ is the debut album by Northern Irish artist Insects at Altitude. Featuring 14 songs written by Ryan Sands – after several visits to Tokyo, Japan – the album is influenced by a wide array of Western and Japanese electronic, rock and pop artists, and documents the time spent and the adventures had in the world’s most enthralling and awe-inspiring megalopolis. ‘Your System’ features the singles ‘Tortoiseshell, Tortoiseshell’, ‘Running Away From Roppongi’, and ‘Shibuya Is Miserable When It Rains’.
Insects at Altitude is the musical nom de plume of songwriter and producer Ryan Sands. Debut album ‘Your System’ is a collection of rock and electronic songs inspired by sojourns to Tokyo, Japan, and it was composed, performed and recorded at ‘Ice Station Earth’ studios in Newry, Northern Ireland.