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I HAVE A TRIBE announces Dublin show and new single After We Meet

I HAVE A TRIBE -Whelans, Dublin – Friday 3rd March

“After We Meet” is taken from the debut album Beneath A Yellow Moon, which came out last year on Gronland Records. Lyrics and music by Dubliner Patrick O’ Laoghaire.

With the forthcoming single, “After We Meet”, Patrick has teamed up once again with Myles O’ Reilly for the video. Patrick worked on the newly recorded single this month in Berlin with additional vocals from Mary-Kate Geraghty.

I Have A Tribe will play Whelans, Dublin on Friday 3rd March

You can follow I Have A Tribe on Facebook, Twitter and their Website

Irish Trad and Folk Sensation Beoga confirmed for Kilkenny Tradfest

Beoga, who recently collaborated with Ed Sheeran will play in Paris Texas, Kilkenny City on Thursday 16th March as part of Kilkenny Tradfest

Wednesday 18th January 2017: Kilkenny Tradfest is delighted to reveal that Irish trad and folk band, ‘Beoga’, are coming back to Kilkenny to join the line-up for this year’s festival. The acclaimed Antrim based five-piece band, will make their debut performance at the festival with a special concert in Paris Texas in Kilkenny city centre on Thursday 16th March at 10pm. The event is free, but early arrival is advised.

Kilkenny Tradfest, takes place over the St Patrick’s Day weekend (16th – 19th March) and this year the festival will celebrate its 5th anniversary. Once again Kilkenny Tradfest will showcase and celebrate the best of Irish traditional and folk music in a variety of unique venues across Kilkenny city, and over the coming weeks the packed schedule, with something for all the family, will be revealed.

Beoga (gaelic for ‘lively’) are based in County Antrim, and have been together since 2002, when they were drawn together after ‘jamming’ in a ferocious session at the All-Ireland Fleadh. The bedrock of their sound lies firmly within the Irish tradition. However, they are not afraid to incorporate other genres’ into their music. From bluesy riffs to Astor Piazzola-style jazz, to a raunchy New Orleans jamboree vibe, their music always returns to a wonderfully bouncy Irish sound. The result is traditional, with a huge sense of fun and adventure and it all works wonderfully well.

Commenting, Malcolm Noonan, Kilkenny Tradfest Chairperson said, “We are thrilled to welcome Beoga to Kilkenny Tradfest 2017. Fans of traditional and folk music are in for a special treat with this five-piece sensation set to enthral those lucky enough to attend, with their glorious sound on Thursday 16th March. The event is free, and we expect there to be huge demand so we’re encouraging everyone to get there early. We at the festival have been followers of Beoga’s music for years, and they continue to blaze a pioneering trail, rewarding world music fans with fresh creative energy. Their recent collaboration with Ed Sheeran will no doubt send the band’s profile into orbit, and rightly so.”

The band, who have released six albums and played shows all over the world have received much critical acclaim globally, most recently however they made the headlines as a result of their collaboration with singer Ed Sheeran. The band joined Sheeran at Decoy studios in Suffolk last June to record two tracks, one about Galway and one about Wexford, where Ed has strong family roots.

Beoga have been inundated with questions about the collaboration with Ed Sheeran but the band insist they have been sworn to secrecy on his upcoming third album ‘Divide’. Fiddle player and vocalist Niamh Dunne, who hails from Limerick said, “We did two songs with Ed but I can’t tell you anymore! I’m sworn to secrecy! We did one song when we got there that he hadn’t written so the whole thing was very natural really. I’d say the songs are folky.” she added. According to Bodhrán player Eamon Murray the opportunity to record came about quite organically “Our pal and fellow Northerner, Foy Vance is on Ed Sheeran’s record label and they’d been listening to a couple of our tracks on tour. When it came to making a new album, Ed himself reached out and asked if we’d like to be involved, and we said aye!”

Beoga will play Kilkenny Tradfest on Thursday 16th March at 10pm, and fans will be treated to a range of their music, including songs from their most recent album, Before We Change Our Mind. Released in 2016, Before We Change Our Mind is the band’s 5th studio album and has positioned them at the arc of Irish traditional music’s new wave. Under the stewardship of producer Michael Keeney (Foy Vance & Ed Sheeran, Lisa Hannigan & Bonnie Rait), recording was undertaken with live takes where possible, resulting in a refreshing and ebullient feel, whilst losing none of the polish or veracity of previous efforts.

Over the coming weeks more acts and performers will be announced as part of the Kilkenny Tradfest’s eagerly anticipated line-up, information on tickets etc. can be found at www.kilkennytradfest.com. Announced last week, Singer, Songwriter and Instrumentalist, Paul Brady will headline this year’s festival.

Irish Trad and Folk Band Beoga to feature on new Ed Sheeran Album

Irish trad and folk band Beoga insist they have been sworn to secrecy over their collaboration with Ed Sheeran on his upcoming third album. Speaking to RTE, fiddle player and vocalist Niamh Dunne, who hails from Limerick says “We did two songs with Ed but I can’t tell you anymore! I’m sworn to secrecy! We did one song when we got there that he hadn’t written so the whole thing was very natural really. I’d say the songs are folky.” she added. According to Bodhrán player Eamon Murray the opportunity to record came about quite organically “Our pal and fellow Northerner, Foy Vance is on Ed Sheeran’s record label and they’d been listening to a couple of our tracks on tour. When it came to making a new album, Ed himself reached out and asked if we’d like to be involved, and we said aye!”

The acclaimed Antrim-based five piece, who have released six albums and played shows all over the world, joined Sheeran at Decoy studios in Suffolk last June to record two tracks, one about Galway and one about Wexford, where Ed has strong family roots. “So we went over and the weather was gorgeous and we just had a great time,” continues Dunne. “We had a few beers and just hung out and it was just very relaxed. When we first met Ed, it was `oh my god!’ because he’s so recognisable but after that, it was just like getting to know a fellow musician really. He was great craic.”

Sheeran is already well-known for his love of Irish trad and folk. He has said that one of his earliest musical memories is listening to the Irish Heartbeat album by Van Morrison and The Chieftains and he is also a fan of The Bothy Band and Planxty. Murray is also keeping schtum about the release date of Sheeran’s new record and downplayed the fact that Beoga are about to be a big part of what is sure to be a Number One album across the world. “We just feel massively privileged to have a break like this. We’ve always made a living from music so who knows where this will take us.” he said.

Co-hosting the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show on Friday last, Sheeran described the album as “schizophrenic” with “lots of different sounds” and confirmed to host Scott Mills that an Irish folk group feature on the record. “They’re called Beoga,” said Sheeran. “They’re from Northern Ireland; they are really, really talented. They came to my house to stay and we made some songs. Two of them have made the record. It’s jammy, it’s folky.” Whilst on Monday, Sheeran revealed that he had written two “full-on Irish trad songs” for his new album and that he’s on the lookout for ceilí dancers to appear in a video which he will be shooting in Ireland very soon. Speaking on 2fm, he said, “I’ve actually got a song on the new album which I think is really gonna explode in Ireland. It would be something to do with the county of Galway. “I’ve got a trad band called Beoga, they’re actually from Belfast. It’s a fiddle, a pipe, a bodhran and piano and we really jam.” Sheeran, who made music streaming history last Friday with his two comeback singles, also promised to release “a couple of more” new songs before the official release of the record later this year. “I should be over in Ireland soon so I’ll probably put something out then,” he said. “I’m definitely shooting a video for one of the songs in Ireland and I will be doing a casting because I need proper ceili dancers.”

The bedrock of the Beoga sound lies firmly within the Irish tradition. However, they are not afraid to incorporate other genres’ nuances into their music. From bluesy riffs to Astor Piazzola style jazz, to a raunchy New Orleans jamboree vibe, their music always returns to a wonderfully bouncy Irish sound. Before We Change Our Mind their 5th studio album is a record that has surely positioned them at the arc of Irish traditional music’s new wave. Under the stewardship of producer Michael Keeney (Foy Vance & Ed Sheeran, Lisa Hannigan & Bonnie Rait), recording was undertaken with live takes where possible, resulting in a refreshing and ebullient feel, whilst losing none of the polish or veracity of previous efforts.

“After playing together for 13 years, we tried a new creative process this time and it worked great… we’re delighted with the whole album” – Niamh Dunne

Confirming their reputation for innovation, all seven instrumentals on the album are original compositions from the band.  In a departure from previous recordings the songs draw more on the folk song tradition with The Bonny Ship, The Diamond drawn from the vast repository of the godfather of folk Ewan McColl, alongside the Tommy Makem classic Farewell to Carlingford and Wexford Town, a song long associated with the travelling singer Pecker Dunne, incidentally a relative of Niamh’s. “It’s five years since our last studio album and the material feels strong with a new sense of balance” – Eamon Murray

With guest appearances from such luminaries as Stephen McCartney & Rachel Coulter (Farriers) and The Arco String Quartet (Villagers, Duke Special) it’s no surprise that the sound that has been achieved is euphonic, tuneful, cinematic, even symphonic at times, yet it never loses that unique Beoga voice which was forged all those years ago at the Fleadhs and sessions in County Antrim and further afield.

The best new traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century” – Wall Street Journal
“Top-drawer… some of the best music in the world today” – Irish Music Magazine

Before We Change Our Mind is their 5th studio album coming on the back of critically acclaimed and chart topping previous releases; Live at 10 (2013), How to tune a Fish (2011), The Incident (2009), Mischief (2007), A lovely Madness (2004).

IMRO Job Vacancy | International Executive

Application: Please send a CV and covering letter outlining how you meet the criteria for the role to 
Salary: On request
Fixed Term Contract
Deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 20th January 2017.

1. Purpose of Job

An exciting opportunity has become available for an International Executive within IMRO. This is a newly created role which will see the successful candidate providing strong administrative support to the International team alongside a first class customer service experience to IMRO affiliates and affiliate society members, handling a high volume of inbound and outbound queries. This will be a crucial role in enabling the International team exceed challenging revenue targets, therefore candidates should have 1-3 years’ experience in a sales administrator/customer service/account executive role within a commercial context.

2. Organisation Chart

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Job Context and Content

The job holder is a member of the International Team, supervised by the Senior International Executive and reporting to the International Manager.

4. Principal Accountabilities

• Preparation and entering of data associated with International tasks (e.g. Live notifications, AV cue sheets, general performance notifications and repertoire notifications to sister societies)
• Investigating and resolving queries in relation to royalty matters which result from either domestic distributions to affiliated societies or overseas royalty distributions to IMRO members
• Ensuring that relevant overseas societies are provided with full details of planned performances and broadcasts of IMRO members’ music in their territory
• Regular contact with Distribution team personnel and Membership/Marketing department personnel around IMRO Member queries to affiliated societies/affiliated society queries to IMRO and performance/repertoire notifications
• Regular contact with society personnel in relation to outgoing and incoming queries and International team projects.
• Providing administrative support to both the Senior International Executive and International Manager where required in the International Team’s tasks
• Undertaking such other duties as may be assigned by management from time to time

5. Principal Working Contacts

• Senior International Executive
On a daily basis regarding ongoing status of daily tasks

• International Manager
On a regular basis regarding personal and team targets

• Director of Broadcast and Online
On an ad-hoc basis regarding International matters

• Distribution Personnel
On a regular basis around incoming/outgoing affiliate queries, notifications to affiliates and post-distribution issues

• Membership and Marketing Personnel
On a regular basis regarding IMRO Member International queries and performance notifications

• Affiliate Societies
On a regular basis in responding to inbound and outbound queries and relevant team project work

• IMRO Members
On an occasional basis, if required, to aid the resolution of IMRO Member International queries

6. Challenges Faced

The job holder is required to be flexible in carrying out a variety of tasks, always achieving a high degree of accuracy and often against tight deadlines. The International Executive should have good communication skills, work well as part of a team, and be comfortable in performing routine tasks involving data. It is imperative that the successful candidate can manage their personal workload to ensure all key administrative tasks are completed accurately on time.

7. Planning and Organising

The job holder will be supervised by the Senior International Executive in relation to his/her work tasks but will be expected to manage their schedule based on the priorities set. They will also liaise with the International Manager in terms of overall team objectives and their personal objectives. Day to day managing of workload requires flexibility.

8. Direction Received

The job holder will receive regular direction and support around their work and the team’s priorities from both the Senior International Executive and the International Manager.

9. Knowledge and Experience

It is an essential requirement that the successful candidate has experience working within a target driven environment, preferably in a sales administrator/customer service/account executive role within a commercial context. The candidate will need the ability to manage varied and complex operational tasks, resolving conflicting priorities and resource constraints. The candidate will need an advanced knowledge of the suite of Microsoft Office packages. Experience with a CRM system is desirable. A good general knowledge of music, including Irish music, would be of benefit alongside a relevant third level qualification.

10. Review of Job Description

This job description relates to the position as it exists in January 2017. It will be reviewed each year at the annual appraisal and a special review will be carried out during the year if it is deemed necessary as a result of changing circumstances.

Singer Songwriter And Instrumentalist Paul Brady To Headline Kilkenny Tradfest

12th January 2017: Kilkenny Tradfest has announced that singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, Paul Brady will headline this year’s festival. Kilkenny Tradfest, takes place over the St Patrick’s Day weekend (16th – 19th March) and this year the festival will celebrate its 5th anniversary. Once again Kilkenny Tradfest will showcase and celebrate the best of Irish traditional and folk music in a variety of unique venues across Kilkenny city, and over the coming weeks the packed schedule, with something for all the family, will be revealed.

Making his debut appearance at Kilkenny Tradfest, Paul Brady’s performance will be a highlight of the festival, with Paul taking centre stage within the stunning setting of St.Canice’s Cathedral on Thursday 16th March.

Commenting, Malcolm Noonan, Kilkenny Tradfest Chairperson said, “It is with great excitement that we announce internationally renowned Paul Brady, as our headline act for this years’ festival. Paul will be performing a very special concert at St.Canice’s Cathedral in the heart of Kilkenny City. Paul is one of Ireland’s most highly regarded and successful artists. He continually crosses musical boundaries, incorporating folk, rock, blues, traditional Irish and classic pop styles into his song writing. It is a really special treat for Kilkenny Tradfest and we’ve no doubt tickets will be in high demand.”

Paul’s live performances, whether solo or with full band, include songs from his extensive catalogue of 40 years. He began to write songs in the early 80s and has since forged a reputation as one of Ireland’s finest singer-songwriters, releasing many popular and critically acclaimed records. An evening with Paul Brady on stage is a captivating experience, as he invites you into his world of songs and music in a way that will surprise in its intimacy, sense of fun and raw power.

 Tickets on sale from Friday 13th January – in person from Rollercoaster Records, Kilkenny or online from ticketmaster.ie €35 plus Booking Fee

IMRO | RTÉ Scoring For Film Program 2017 | Seeks Film Submissions

Following on from the success of previous collaborative film-scoring workshops, the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, in association with Filmbase, The Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) and Screen Training Ireland will bring together the very best emerging Irish filmmakers and composers to work on an exciting collaborative project.

The focus of the project is a one-day recording session in RTÉ studios in June 2017. This will involve the RTÉ Concert Orchestra performing and recording original scores for up to four short film submissions received from emerging Irish filmmakers.

Submitted film projects for the scheme should require original scored music totaling between three and five minutes. Ideally the film should have a maximum duration of 10 – 12 minutes and should be close to or have completed picture lock. Once selected, the filmmakers will work with a composer, who has been selected through the process, who will create a score for the film to be performed and recorded by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

This initiative will provide emerging filmmakers and composers with a valuable opportunity to enhance their skills with hands-on experience in a vital aspect of film post-production. It is also a rare opportunity to have a score composed for full orchestra.

Filmmakers are invited to submit a short film or film excerpt from a longer project (eg pilot) for which the selected composers will create up to 3 – 5 minutes max. of original score. All categories of film will be accepted e.g. live-action drama, animation, documentary, experimental, etc). Ideally, the film projects submitted should be close to completion on editing, but un-sound edited/mixed. The use of temp tracks or “mood music” where score is required is allowed but not required.

Closing date for submissions: Friday 17 March 2017

Our preference is to receive your submission electronically. Please send a link to your film submission to or alternatively by post to:

IMRO / RTÉ Scoring For Film Program 2017
Keith Johnson
Director of Marketing & Membership
Irish Music Rights Organisation
Copyright House
Pembroke Row
Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2

IMRO | RTÉ Scoring for Film Program 2017 | Seeks Composer Submissions

Following on from the success of previous collaborative film scoring workshops, the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, in association with Filmbase, The Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) and Screen Training Ireland will bring together the very best emerging Irish filmmakers and composers to work on an exciting collaborative project.

The focus of the project is a one day recording session in RTÉ studios in June 2017. This will involve the RTÉ Concert Orchestra performing and recording original scores for short film submissions received from emerging Irish filmmakers.

We are now seeking applications from interested composers who would like to participate in this project. Because of the limited number of places available we have set down a number of qualifying criteria for those wishing to take part.

1. Previous experience in scoring to picture (short film/advertisements etc.) desirable.

2. The ability to score for full orchestra is essential.

3. The ability to work to a tight deadline is also essential.

This initiative will provide emerging filmmakers and composers with a valuable opportunity to enhance their skills with hands-on experience in a vital aspect of film post-production. It is also a rare opportunity to have a score composed for full orchestra.

If you meet the above criteria and would like to participate in this program please email an up-to-date CV and samples of your work, outlining your film and TV scoring experience to date to . A total of 4 composers will be selected for inclusion in the project.

CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSIONS: Friday 10th March 2017

Alternatively send your submission to:

IMRO | RTÉ Scoring For Film Program 2017
C/o Keith Johnson
Director of Marketing & Membership
Irish Music Rights Organisation
Copyright House
Pembroke Row
Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2

RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Album of the Year 2016

The shortlist for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2016, in association with IMRO & IRMA, was announced today on RTE 2FM and is as follows:

All Tvvins – IIVV (Warner Music)
Bantum – Move (Self Released)
Wallis Bird – Home (Mount Silver / Caroline International)
The Divine Comedy – Foreverland (Divine Comedy Records)
Lisa Hannigan – At Swim (Hoop Recordings)
Katie Kim – Salt (Art For Blind Records)
James Vincent McMorrow – We Move (Faction Records)
Overhead, The Albatross – Learning to Growl (Self Released)
Rusangano Family – Let The Dead Bury The Dead (Self Released)
We Cut Corners – The Cadences Of Others (Delphi)

The winning album will be announced at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event, held in Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday 9th March 2017. As part of the new partnership, the event will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM in a special four hour extended programme from 7-11pm and on RTÉ2 as part of a special RTÉ Choice Music Prize programme, approximately one week later.

The 12th annual RTÉ Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate and acknowledge the best in Irish recorded music. The prize has become one of the highlights of the Irish musical calendar since its inception in 2005 and is awarded to the Irish Album of the Year, as chosen from a shortlist of ten releases by a panel of twelve Irish music media professionals and industry experts.

The winning act will receive €10,000, a prize fund which has been provided by The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). All of the shortlisted acts will receive a specially commissioned award.

RAAP, Culture Ireland & Golden Discs are also official project partners.

Culture Ireland will fund the attendance of influential overseas Industry executives to attend the Choice Music Prize Live Event on March 9th while next month Golden Discs will feature special stands showcasing the RTE Choice Music Prize nominees across their stores nationwide.

Commenting on the announcement, Victor Finn, Chief Executive IMRO said, “We are delighted to continue our longstanding association with this important music prize. Irish music continues to push new boundaries and this prize shines a light on the music creators and songs that resonate so strongly with audiences at home and abroad”.

And Willie Kavanagh, IRMA Chairman adds “We at IRMA are happy to continue our support of the Choice Music Prize. The ongoing search for new artists and new music, which is the focus of the Choice Music Prize, represents the life blood of the music industry in Ireland”.

RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of The Year 2016
The shortlist for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of The Year 2016 will be announced on Wednesday 1st February, 2017. A Special event featuring exclusive performances from both Album of the Year and Song of the Year nominees will be held in Dublin that evening.

Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event are on sale from all Ticketmaster outlets and from http://www.ticketmaster.ie priced €26.50 including booking fee.

For Foresters | Debut Single ‘Towels’ Out March 3

‘Towels’ is the debut single release by Donegal/Dublin indie/folk/electronic trio For Foresters. A song about the morning that Gabriel’s father came into his room, with the news of his mother from the hospital. Lyrics resting in a bath of reverb, bass tones and throbbing percussion. The track was recorded in Attica Studios, Termon, Co. Donegal, and mixed + Co-Produced by Orri Mc Brearty.

For Foresters are a three-piece theatrical, poetic and expressive act from Co. Donegal. Formed in June 2015; they are comprised of Gabriel Paschal Blake (guitar/vocals), Conal Doherty (bass) and Gary Hamilton (drums + percussion). The trio have been playing together for the better part of six years. Each member of For Foresters having their own rich musical progression. Having toured with SOAK, played Electric Picnic and being said to be one of the highlights of the Other Voices Music Trail 2017. Their music is presented with a deep focus on lyrical narratives accompanied by ethereal tones and compelling melodies. Now playing in ensembles of up to 7, their shows have never been more dynamic or energetic. For Foresters are not just musicians but storytellers who recite their pro’s through raw, captivating tunes.

“Super promising.”Nialler9
“A sonically sophisticated slice of indie- folk.. Never skips a beat in terms of songwriting.. A new and exciting sound bathed in reverb and given life by great melody, harmony and rhythm.. The trio’s wild-hearted folk sound will not stay a secret for very long.”The Last Mixed Tape.
“For Foresters’ success seems to be of constant growth. Proven when they had their own lyrics sung back to them by an awed crowd.”The Manuscript SOCIAL

Double A-Side Single “Sweet as Freedon/Deeper Down The Rabbit Hole” from Jack Lukeman this January

Jack Lukeman has announced the release of double A side single “Sweet As Freedom”/“Deeper Down The Rabbit Hole” set for release on Friday 27 January 2017, the same date as the release of 12 track original album ”Magic Days”.

“Sweet as Freedom” is a modern topical soul song, giving snapshots of news reports from around the world in the verse and celebrating the joy of freedom in a post truth world in the chorus. Musically it is greatly inspired by Motown, especially Marvin Gayes’ “What’s Going On” album. Epic strings come courtesy of L.A based Irish Grammy Award nominee Brian Byrne.

Musically the track is like the sugar plum fairy on speed, with beautiful brass and strings arranged by Jack’s long time piano man Derek Cronin, with producing wizard Vasileios Gourgourinis. It’s very much a psychedelic fairytale chase across the morning fields, down whatever Rabbit Hole the listener chooses to apply, taking something from C.S Lewis’s Alice in Wonderland and The Wachowskis’ Matrix movie.

Fresh from a successful run at the Hollywood Fringe festival where Jack picked up 2 awards in 2016 and a successful U.K tour with Jools Holland’s Big Band culminating in memorable night in the Royal Albert Hall, “Magic Days” is his first new studio recording of original material since 2013’s “Great Wall of China”. This pivotal work refines the music that has come before and signals many exciting new directions. Lukeman, in possibly the finest voice of his career, worked with a veteran team of gifted musicians and friends with string arrangements from Grammy Nominee Brian Byrne and long-time collaborator Derek Cronin, guitar by Conor Brady (The Blades/Commitments), with drums by Conor Donovan of Damien Rice/Ed Sheeran fame all wrapped up in the production magic of Greek Sound Wizard Vasileios Gourgourinis and Jack.

From the opening horn-fueled swagger of “King of Soho” to the closing beauty of “Till I Saw You”, ‘The King of Soho’ displays the full career range of Lukemans’ imaginative songwriting, from beautiful ballads like “You are the Sea” to the avant cinematic soundscape of “Sky News Blues”.

On tracks like “Sunset Is Blue On Mars” Lukeman shows off a beautiful falsetto, while on “Diamond Days” we hear the old oak depths of his seasoned voice. With strong hooks and indelible melodies, this proves to be a Jack L classic.

There is an underlying political theme to songs like “Sweet as Freedom”, “Sky News Blues” and “Superman 2”, with “Left Hand Man” and “The Show” exploring alienation and parallel universes. “Diamond Days” is a homage to the joys of creativity and the imagination, while “Till I Saw You” is the tale of a time traveller who finally settles down.

The title “Magic Days” comes from the search for this magic days in life and while recording the album. According to Jack, “Of the 30 songs we recorded these were the ones that had the sparks of magic black or white. The songs stand out individually but basic theme of the album is that every song has a bit of magic in it. ‘Magic Days’ is about finding the magic in the mundane, the idea that every day is a miracle. It’s a step forward musically and song wise but also harnessing a lot of the different styles I’ve touched upon with the 10 or so albums I’ve released. It has varying musical influences, Blues, Rock, Pop, and Swing with themes varying from the wonders and woes of the world to the mystery and nature of consciousness. On a whole it’s a very positive album as the title ‘Magic Days’ suggests.”

MAGIC DAYS IRISH TOUR 2017
19 JANUARY – BELLTABLE THEATRE, LIMERICK21 JANUARY – THEATRE ROYAL, WATERFORD
27 JANUARY – SOLSTICE THEATRE, NAVAN
3 FEBRUARY – RIVERBANK ARTS CENTRE, NEWBRIDGE
11 FEBRUARY – TOWN HALL THEATRE, GALWAY
1 APRIL – CORK OPERA HOUSE
8 APRIL – NATIONAL CONCERT HALL, DUBLIN
22 APRIL – HAWKSWELL, SLIGO

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