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Cronin “The First Kiss of Love” Debut album released for download, stream, CD and Vinyl 29th July

Irish band Cronin have had a few eventful months while finishing off their debut album from Pete Doherty giving them shout outs in arena’s to Noel Gallagher hiding behind their CD cover to escape the London paparazzi to Niall Horan turning up to their gigs.

The album has been a labour of love over 3 years for the band based around Leeds/Irish brother Johnny and Mick Cronin along with Brian Murphy and Fiachra Milner. Recorded in their own Transmission Rooms studio with long term collaborators Ger McDonnell(U2, Manics, Dexys), Karl Odlum(The Frames, Fionn Regan) and string arranger Terry Edwards(PJ Harvey,Tindersticks).

Never a band to pass up an opportunity there are quite a few names from the Irish industry on the album from fiddling Waterboy Steve Wickham, JJ72’s Mark Greaney, vibmaster BP Fallon reading John Donne, Mod Godfater Irish Jack Lyons reflecting on past love and Pogue Shane MacGowan giving one of his trademark screams amongst others.

“It is quite a retro album and we hold our hands up to that. The influence of our hero’s is all over it for everyone to hear. we sort of had to get these fantasies out of our system before we can move on as songwriters.’ Mick Cronin reflects.

Cronin are launching the album with a special Midlands show in The Stables, Mullingar on Sun 31st July.

Special guest on the night is legendary Mod guitarist Steve Cradock (Paul Weller, OCS, The Specials) who will be DJing till the early hours.
A Dublin launch is scheduled for mid September with date TBC.

Some nice things people have said about Cronin.

“Like The Shadow Puppet’s older brothers” Yorkshire Evening Post

“Touches of A House, Neil Diamond, Nick Cave, Richard Ashcroft.” Steve Lamacq BBC Radio 6

Epic stuff, great singing, spine tingling magic from Cronin” Steve Wickham, The Waterboys

Cronin manage to consistently produce quality songs produced to the highest standard that reflects their love of not just music but the history of music. Top class band!”
Pete Holidai, The Radiators from Outer Space

“Pure Celtic Soul.” Shane MacGowan, The Pogues

“Cooler than a refrigerated polar bear.”Hot Press Magazine

Cronin have a few dates coming up in promotion of the album. More to be added as confirmed.
Fri 29th July – Independence Festival, Cork
Sat 30th July – Newport Festival Co Mayo
Sun 31st July – The Stables, Mullingar
Mon 1st Aug – Le Cheile Fest, Oldcastle.
Fri 19th Aug – Boyles, Slane
Sat 20th Aug – Viking Fest, Kells
Sun 21st Aug – The Marquee in Drumlish, Longford
Fri 2nd Sept – The Electric Picnic, Stradbally

Leslie Dowdall & Mike Hanrahan release their version of Antony and The Johnsons ‘You Are My Sister’

Leslie Dowdall is the voice and songwriter behind the sound that was In Tua Nua. Mike Hanrahan is the voice and songwriter that was Stocktons Wing.

Leslie and Mike have toured intermittently in recent years and this is their first recording since Learning to Let Go released a few years back.

Leslie has released two solo studio recordings No Guilt No Guile and Out There. Her song Wonderful Thing was one of the hit songs of the nineties and featured on many national ad campaigns including The National Lottery. She has toured with Paul Brady and provided guest vocal on numerous recordings.

Mike Hanrahan has released two solo albums, Someone like you and What you know and spent many years touring and recording with Ronnie Drew and Eleanor Shanley. As a producer he worked with Ronnie and Eleanor on various projects. Beautiful Affair, a hit song written by Mike for Stocktons Wing was voted into National Irish Radio’s top 75 songs over its 75 year history. It was also voted no.7 in a 25 year National Radio poll.

Leslie and Mike occasionally perform at intimate venues and are currently working on dates for an autumn tour. The live show features Leslie on vocal, keyboard and guitar and Mike on guitars and vocal.

“The show is like a wonderful rollercoaster ride through a sea of emotions that stays with you long after the night has faded…. “

You are my sister features Leslie on vocals and piano, Mike on guitars and vocals and special guest appearance from Ciaran Brennan on Double Bass. The song was recorded in Glenmalure among the Wicklow hills.

Further info

Vincent Kenndy to conduct opening concert of 2016/17 season of the Albanian Radio Television Symphony Orchestra

IMRO member Vincent Kennedy has a number of important performances of his music in the coming weeks. On Tuesday 2nd August the RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by Elaine Kelly will open its lunchtime concert at the National Concert Hall with Dublin – Overture to My City. This work was originally commissioned for the Orchestra in 2009 and this will be its fourth performance. The concert is also being broadcast live on Lyric FM and the program includes Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with soloist Billy O’Brien and music from “Appalachian Spring” by Aaron Copeland and Sean O’Riada’s “Misé Eire”.

Vincent has been invited to conduct the opening concert of 2016/2017 season of the Albanian Radio Television Symphony Orchestra in Tirana on Friday September 9th. For the concert he will conduct Dublin – Overture to My City and the European premiere of Dreams (2008) for Solo Violin and Orchestra with the brilliant Albania Violinist Lirza Zaloshnja. The program will also include Beethoven’s 7th Symphony and Manuel De Falla’s “Danse espagnole” with Lirza Zaloshnja as soloist. The concert is being broadcast on Albanian National TV and during the week of rehearsals Vincent will also take part in radio and TV interviews and other talks.

Currently the Italian Harpist Alexandra Selleri is doing a series of concerts in Northern Italy featuring Vincent’s music. On 22nd July she performed Meditation on the Book of Kells from The Chronicles of Meath at Chiostro Francescano di Campo Lomaso with Violinist Sergio La Vaccaro. On 2nd August Alexandra performs Lament at the Hook from The Hook – A Place and A People in a new arrangement for Harp and Trumpet at Museo delle Palafitte di Fiavè with Davide Riccioni Trumpet.

All this comes after Vincent’s collaboration with acclaimed traditional composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist and IMRO member Manus Lunny on Home to Ballybeg the brilliant new composition by Manus which was premiered to great acclaim on 17th July in An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny as part of the Errigal Arts Festival. Manus worked closely with Vincent who created and conducted the string score. Manus was joined by two of his band mates from top Scottish outfit Capercaillie, Donald Shaw and Ewan Vernal (former Deacon Blue bass player). Also on stage was Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh of Altan; Michael McGoldrick, who has toured the world with Mark Knopfler; and leading Donegal fiddler Teresa Kavanagh. Edinburgh multi-instrumentalist Fraser Fifield completed the line-up. Home to Ballybeg is a musical journey that draws on the landscape and characters, the inspiration and the issues that so passionately influenced Brian Friel’s writings. Each of the performed works is deeply rooted in Irish Traditional music, born in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht and transports the audience into the world of one of the greatest Irish playwrights.

Hvmmingbyrd Release Their New Single & Video For ‘If Love Was Enough’ Starring NBC’s ‘The Nightshift’ Irish Actor Eoin Macken

Kildare band Hvmmingbyrd re-formed from its folky quintet beginnings of 2013, to an alt-pop duo in 2016 with original member Deborah Byrne joined by Suzette Das. With their atmospheric use of complex vocal arrangements and loops, and electronic sounds using synths and drum machine, they have drawn comparisons to artists such as Enya and Massive Attack.

Named Hot Press Super Six in 2015, their first single ‘Out of My Head’ released in 2016 was featured by Nialler9 and selected as Song of the Week on The Irish Times.

They look forward to playing Indiependence Music Trail, Live at Heart festival in Sweden and Electric Picnic this summer, and launching their new EP ‘Know My Name’ produced by Hvmmingbyrd and Aisling Jarvis on September 29th in the Grand Social.

You can follow Hvmmingbyrd on FacebookTwitter and Breaking Tunes

MathMan & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble ‘Hyp Hop’

Dublin city meets Chicago in this collaborative project two years in the making as producer MathMan teams up with the legendary brothers Hypnotic for ‘Hyp Hop’ – a golden era inspired collection of raw boom bap.

Having first collaborated on the Animators 2013 hit ‘Those Were the Days’ – a creative energy was sparked between MathMan and the HBE which inspired this unique collaborative project.

‘Hyp Hop’ allows us to see an exciting new side to the HBE – one unheard on previous solo projects. Leaving the musical landscape in the very capable hands of MathMan, the HBE put the brass to one side momentarily to exhibit their love of hip hop and their natural flare and talent for lyricism with raw, authentic flows and wordplay.

On ‘Hyp Hop’, MathMan’s vivid production style inspires the canvas on which the HBE paint. Thematically HBE’s social consciousness is clear on tracks such as ‘M.O.M’ and ‘True to Life’. Elsewhere, MathMan’s laid back production on ‘Gain It All’ and ‘Baji’s Interlude’ evokes tones of positivity and self affirmation. Darker themes are explored on ‘Milwaukee’ and ‘Streets’ whilst the true essence of hip hop is brought to life on lead single ‘Where I’m From’ (featuring DMC champion Dj Tuki) with raw lyricism and authentic boom bap production.

To complete the package, MathMan flips the collaborative process and re-works one of HBE’s own productions in ‘Navigator’. Here he turns their 2014 hit from the album ‘Fly’ into a colossal end of night orchestration.

Sonically and thematically ‘Hyp Hop’ is a well rounded project that’s conscious and introspective with a quintessential hip hop sound.

Produced by MathMan Mixed by MathMan Mastered by Damian Chennells Artwork & Sleeve design by Dan Leo © Weapon of Choice 2016 ‘Hyp Hop’ is available as a digital download from all online retailers and as a limited edition cassette tape from August 1st 2016.

You can follow MathMan on Facebook and Twitter

Swords Release New Track ‘Betty Machete’ From Their Forthcoming Album Tidal Waves

Betty Machete is the first single from Swords forthcoming second album Tidal Waves.

Swords are a three piece band from Dublin, with members Diane Anglim (vocals & piano), Jarlath Canning (bass, guitars & synth) and Ian Frawley (drums).

The album Tidal Waves, due for release this winter, was produced by platinum selling producer Karl Odlum (The Frames, Gemma Hayes, Mic Christopher, Ham Sandwich), and Mastered by
Grammy winning engineer Mandy Parnell (Feist, Bjork, The xx, Sigur Ros, Tame Impala). It marks a departure in sound from Swords previous releases, the band noting a more considered approach to writing, live recording methods, sparse arrangements and a fuller, more
organic sound.

A live version of Betty Machete was previously released on the EP ‘Live at Smalltown America Studios’.
Betty Machete is available digitally on iTunesSpotify and Google Play.

Swords previous work has been published by Smalltown America Music, playlisted by TXFM, aired on RTE 2FM, Today FM and BBC Radio. Shows have included headliners at Whelans, The Button Factory, slots at Electric Picnic and support at The Olympia Theatre. With TV appearances on Other Voices, The Works and Ceol ar an Imeall.

More singles and live date announcements soon…

You can follow Swords on FacebookTwitter SoundCloud

Ash to receive a Legend Award in Belfast

Ash will receive a special Legend award presentation followed by a live performance at the Mandela Hall, Belfast, November 11.

Ash will be the latest recipients of the Oh Yeah Legend Award. This recognises the exceptional contribution of a musician or a music industry figure from Northern Ireland.
After receiving the Legend Award, Ash will perform their debut album ‘1977’, which was released 20 years ago.

The Ash story is a remarkable one. Formed at Downpatrick High School in 1992, they have secured two Number One albums in the UK plus 18 Top 40 singles. Front man Tim Wheeler won the Ivor Novello Award for Best Contemporary Pop Song in 2001 for ‘Shining Light’. Their music has featured on numerous film soundtracks and video games. They have sold over eight million records worldwide.

Charlotte Dryden, CEO the Oh Yeah Music Centre says: “Ash have played a major part in the story of Northern Irish music and in the story of Oh Yeah too. Our centre is named after the very song which features on their debut album, ‘1977’. How brilliant to finally honor and celebrate the band with an Oh Yeah Legend Award. We can’t wait to hear this classic album performed live and in full on the twentieth anniversary of its release. It is going to be a momentous evening.”

Talking about the 1977 tour, Ash say, “We’re as excited as we are in disbelief to announce the 20th anniversary tour of 1977. Some of these songs have grown with us throughout those years; others have the ability to transport us mentally and emotionally back to that crazy formative year of 1995 to 1996. These gigs are going to be a trip, trip, trip!”
The band are currently working in New York at their Atomic Heart Studios, writing new songs for a follow up to their 2015 album ‘Kablammo!’.

Previous recipients of the Oh Yeah Legend Award are:

The Divine Comedy (2015)
Therapy? (2014)
Gary Moore (posthumous) (2012)
Stiff Little Fingers (2011)
The Undertones (2010)
Henry McCullough (2009)
Terri Hooley (2008)

The Oh Yeah Legend presentation will be preceded by another award, the NI Music Prize, which will celebrate the very best of Northern Irish albums. This will be decided by an academy of local media and industry professionals following live performances by several shortlisted acts at the Mandela Hall.
Previous NI Music Prize winners are:

SOAK – ‘Before We Forgot How to Dream’ (2015)
Robyn G Shiels – ‘The Blood of the Innocents’ (2014)
Foy Vance – ‘Joy Of Nothing’ (2013)
The NI Music Prize is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
This event is part of a wider programme, Sound of Belfast that will take place November 4-12.

Tickets, £15 are available online:
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Whelan’s Summer Watch 2016

Over 35 of the Best & Brightest Acts Across 3 Stages
Fri 22nd – Sun 24th Jul
Tickets €5 day / €10 festival plus a FREE PINT OF HOP HOUSE 13

Advanced tickets available from Lo-Call 1890 200 078 1-8pm M-F, 4-8pm Sat] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or credit card bookings)

Whelan’s Ones to Watch festival has expanded to include a summer festival, because lets face it, great new music can’t wait until January.

We are continuing the crusade to champion brilliant new Irish music. For 3 days in Whelan’s Main Venue, Whelan’s Upstairs & Live from the Window in Whelan’s Bar, July 22nd – 24th, we will play host to around 35 of the best and brightest emerging acts that we think you’ll be hearing a lot more about in the coming months.



FRI 22nd 

Young Earth
Brass Phantoms
Mannix Flynn
Third Smoke
Sonnets & Sisters
Almost Ghosts
Accidents In The Workplace
Tribal Dance

SAT 23rd

Dreaming Of Jupiter
Oh Joy
Three Underneath
The Clockworks

SUN 24th

Gemma Bradley
James OR
Harbouring Oceans
Nile St James
New Pope
Field Trip

€5 per day or €10 for all 3 days – plus a free pint of HOP HOUSE 13!

Tickets available online from WAV Tickets or Lo-Call 1890 200 078 (1-8pm M-F, 4-8pm Sat)

Brendan Graham repertoire broadcast as part of Euroradio project

As part of a cross-cultural, Euroradio project, with which Brendan Graham has been involved through the EBU, seven national European radio stations in Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, Israel, Moldova and Portugal – have taken to broadcasting, two CDs of Basque artiste, Olatz Zugasti, with a number of Brendan Graham’s repertoire included.

Nora Ote Zara Joan (Crucan na bPaiste)
Mutil Horaila (The Fairhaired Boy)
Lo Kanta (Sleepsong)
Bizirik Gaudelako (Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears)

Agur Eta Ohore (The Fair, Fair Land)

Brendan Graham is one of Ireland’s most successful songwriters, having written two winning Eurovison entries for Ireland (Rock N Roll Kids and The Voice) as well as one of the most successful songs in the history of popular music, You Raise Me Up, which to date has been recorded over hundreds of times in numerous languages.

This Is Nowhere | Brand New Album from Malogian

Malogian announce the release of their new album “This Is Nowhere” on Rollercoaster Records! The album was recorded with Steve Albini earlier this year at Electrical Audio, Chicago. You can now pre-order limited edition vinyl & CD versions of the album via the link below (if you’re in the Republic of Ireland you should get in touch with Rollercoaster and save on the postage!!). The album is presented as a beautifully packaged CD in a 6-panel 300gsm card “digifile” case with cover art by Conor Langton and photography by Colm Laverty, who documented the recording sessions at Electrical Audio, Chicago.

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