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Pursued By Dogs Announce Second Release

Pursued By Dogs are a four piece from Dublin who make music with guitars, keys, bass, synths and computers.

‘Iceland’ is the second release from the band’s upcoming debut album, which was recorded by producer James Darkin at Temple Lane and Herbert Place Studios in the winter of 2016/2017. A band favourite and the newest of ten tracks demoed for the album, ‘Iceland’ began life as being rejected by James for being underdeveloped in comparison to the rest of the record. Two weeks of wound-licking and frantic re-writing by the band ensued, leading to a track that became slated for release as a single.

The band’s sound has been described as ‘indietronica’, but they prefer this description “…at the line between sad and blissful, a fuzzy end-of-the-night type of music that’s simultaneously affecting and rousing.”

Pursued By Dogs are Andrew Brennan – vocals, guitar; Ronan Marr – production; Suzanne Purcell – vocals, keys; Dave Sheehan – bass. The band previously played under the name DOGS, making a name for themselves on Ireland’s live circuit featuring at the likes of Castlepalooza, Indiependence and earning themselves a nomination for Best New Act at the Irish Festival Awards.

Iceland is released digitally on 17th July, with a video to follow from Vincent Snel.

Pursued By Dogs are gearing up to the release of their debut album with a series of EPs and gigs across summer / autumn 2017.

Buffalo Sunn Release New Single “The Long Road”

Following on from the worldwide airplay of ‘Idle Man’, ‘The Long Road’ is the second single taken from Buffalo Sunn’s recording session with multi Grammy award winning producer Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, My Morning Jacket, Jack White, and currently recording again with Morrissey ) last year in the renowned Sunset Sound studios, Los Angeles.

It’s a beautiful slice of Americana served up in just over 3 minutes with lush strings, gorgeous backing vocals and pedal steel guitar, and wouldn’t be out of place in David Lynch’s classic ‘Paris, Texas’.

Buffalo Sunn consists of two Paxton brothers, songwriter Daniel on vocals and guitar and younger brother Conor on bass, with Patrick McHugh on guitar and B/Vs, and Nathan Maher on guitar/keys and BVs, while guesting with the band on the LA recordings are Doug Pettibone on pedal steel, (John Mayer, Sting, Lucinda Williams etc), and drummer Victor Indrizzo, who has plays with the likes of Beck and Depeche Mode, Sheyrl Crow and Willie Nelson. The recordings are mixed by Maxime Leguil (Morrissey, Hans Zimmer).

Buffalo Sunn’s album, ‘By The Ocean By The Sea’ (produced by Grammy award winner Pat McCarthy – 5 R.E.M albums, Lou Reed and Madonna among many others) debuted in the Irish charts at No 14, and tracks from the album enjoyed significant airplay abroad too, being heavily rotated on stations such as Sacramento RADIO 94.7 in California and Portland, and the band played a very successful West Coast tour from Phoenix, Los Angeles through Portland to Seattle taking in radio stations along the way where they were invited to play live shows to invited audiences.

Grab a beer, kick your shoes off and settle down to the to the sounds of these Dublin boys with a taste for the Mid West.

Praise for Idle Man

Hot Press (IE)

Stitching together a ‘Boys of Summer’-ish back-beat together with countrified pedal steel guitars, the sun-kissed number sees Buffalo Sunn in vintage form. It’s the perfect sonic tonic if you’ve got a dose of the winter blues.

50Thirdand3rd (US)

A fetching and sparkling Americana symphony obviously inspired, musically, by the sunlit place where it was recorded. So lively, so upbeat, and so richly colored with crystal-clear Byrds harmonies that you almost forget Idle Man isn’t a happy dude at all.

Source Music (AUS)

Lush production and intricate songwriting are hallmarks of Buffalo Sunn’s music and ‘Idle Man’ is no different.

The Long Road will be released on August 26th.

Eleanor McEvoy Announces ‘The Thomas Moore Project’

“One of the few artists who can do no wrong whatsoever.”– BBC Radio 2

Ireland’s internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy announces her new album ‘The Thomas Moore Project’, released July 28th 2017. The album marks a significant first step in Eleanor’s lifelong journey discovering the wonderful songs and extraordinary life of Thomas Moore. Produced and arranged by Eleanor, who is best known for her songs ‘Sophie’ and the Irish standard ‘Only A Woman’s Heart’, which this year celebrates its 25thanniversary, the album more than pays homage to one of the Georgian era’s most beloved writers and entertainers. The Thomas Moore Project celebrates and revitalises some of the lesser and indeed well known material by the said luminary such as Oft In The Stilly Night, The Minstrel Boy and The Harp That Once Through Tara’s Halls.

Says Eleanor of the album: “I hope you will enjoy this and join me. My approach is intentionally different. I needed to go further than just pay homage so my arrangements for this choice of 11 songs are of this century. I’m not sure when I began my intriguing quest but I do remember singing Thomas Moore songs in a choir when I was around nine years of age. My fascination is not just with his music but also with his own place in history in a fantastic artistic period with contrasting social and political upheaval in Europe and Ireland. My journey continues.

Eleanor performs vocals, guitars, strings and keyboards on the album and recruited Damon Butcher from The Beautiful South on keyboards, Eamonn Nolan from The RTE Concert Orchestra on flugelhorn, Eoghan O ‘Neill from Moving Hearts, Chris Rea and Riverdance on bass and Guy Rickerby from Riverdance, Duke Special and The RTE Concert Orchestra on drums and percussion. The musicianship on the album echoes throughout every verse and chorus along with McEvoy’s rich, lilting voice and beautiful playing.

Now based in Wexford, Dublin-born McEvoy’s career originally started as a session musician, which included a long stint with The Irish National Symphony Orchestra and with The Mary Black Band. McEvoy decided to develop her own career, and quickly had the title track on The Woman’s Heart compilation and a US record deal with Geffen Records. McEvoy was soon touring the world to promote her eponymous debut album for Geffen, which went on to sell 250,000 copies. At the same time, ‘A Woman’s Heart’ entered the Irish charts, selling over 750,000 copies – and remains one of Ireland’s biggest selling albums of all-time. These successes established McEvoy as one of Ireland’s biggest stars, launching a career that has since seen her release twelve studio albums and tour the world.

She has been on the road for 2 years with her show Naked…Live and this year has gone from being a long time Board member of IMRO to being its Chairman.

Upcoming Irish show listed below:

July 29th in The Theatre Royal, Waterford. (Performing songs from Naked Music Tour & album) /

Editors notes on Album cover artwork:

Portrait of Thomas Moore by Sir Martin Archer Shee  (1769-1850)
National Gallery of Ireland Collection Photo © National Gallery of Ireland
Portrait of Eleanor McEvoy by Robert Ballagh. This portrait hangs in the John Field Room of the NCH


Candice Gordon releases single “Nobody”

Having previously recorded an EP with punk legend and hellraiser Shane MacGowan , Candice Gordon is set to release her debut full length album ‘Garden of Beasts’ on the 8th of September 2017 via Proper Octopus Records . Today, 14th July sees the release of the flagship single ‘Nobody’.

Produced by labelmate A.S. Fanning , and mixed by Ingo Krauss ( Swans, Iggy and the Stooges ), the album was recorded in a country house in Ireland and at the legendary Funkhaus in Berlin. It presents a rich and brooding sonic landscape constructed using a variety of synthetic and natural instruments from Moogs to flutes, and Gordon even plays a one-string Kazakh instrument at times.

In her own words, Gordon describes the single ‘Nobody’: “Nobody is about bodily autonomy, dispossession, and dehumanisation. It’s an image of hedonistic youth culture that is preoccupied with consumption even to the extent of consuming other people and presenting oneself to be consumed. To have the sense that you are nobody, you have been totally dehumanised.

Candice Gordon grew up in Dublin, Ireland and after some years pursuing a nomadic lifestyle, is now settled in Berlin. She has previously performed at Bestival , Body and Soul , Electric Picnic and Truck Festival , and supported and shared stages with the likes of Shane MacGowan, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds , The Horrors, and Kurt Vile and the Violators . She has toured extensively in Europe and the UK over the last few years and since the release of her debut singles “Smoking Like the Barrel of a Gun” and “Cannibal Love”.

Dark Brilliance” DIY Magazine

Agreeably bonkers slice of horror themed garage rock raucousness.” The Guardian

Brooding atmospheric songwriting packed with ominous poetics and powerful vocals.” Clash

The greatest song never to feature on the Twin Peaks soundtrack.” Hot Press

Sweetly dark folk-tinged music, like ‘Murder Ballads’ era Bad Seeds.” Time Out London

Candice Gordon’s new album is scintillating, sensual, smooth, mysterious and captivating, just like she is” – Shane MacGowan


Shane Hennessy to Play the National Concert Hall

‘Marrakech’ is the sophomore release of Irish virtuoso guitarist and composer Shane Hennessy. Among the wide variety of styles featured on the album, listeners can look forward to a mix of energetic tunes like the Nile Rodgers-inspired ‘Dance Tonight’ and the Chet Atkins-esque ‘Effervescent’. The concluding track ‘I’m Off Today’ shows off Hennessy’s efforts of capturing the modern Snarky Puppy-fusion sound in his style, and elements of global ethnic music traditions are heavily peppered throughout tracks such as ‘Marrakech’ (Arabian), ‘Quentão’ (Brazilian), ‘Cortadito’ (Cuban), and ‘Higher Love’ (reggae). More reflective and introspective tracks on the album include the melodic Knopfler-esque ballad ‘Sailing To Shore’, the gentle meditative ‘Koramantra’ and the Irish-infused ‘Through The Woods’. A feature in common to almost every track on the album, apart from Koramantra and Effervescent, is that they were written and arranged as songs prior to being arranged for solo guitar, hence the strong melodic and harmonic presence in the tunes.

Shane Hennessy is a guitarist and composer from Ireland, whose unique guitar playing style has amazed audiences all over the world. His guitar playing style and compositions have caught the attention of big names like guitar legend Tommy Emmanuel, who invited Hennessy to join him in July 2016 in the National Concert Hall, and super-producer Nile Rodgers (CHIC) who invited Shane to meet him privately in Dublin during CHIC’s European Tour in 2014 after discovering his music on Twitter. He also works as a songwriter, and is an in-demand session musician.​

At the young age of twenty-three, Shane has already been a featured performer in some of Ireland’s biggest music and arts festivals, including The Guitar Festival of Ireland (Headline Act, 2016), Electric Picnic (2012, 2013, and 2014), and Longitude (2014).

Having started out at age four as a concertina player, solely playing Irish traditional music, Shane discovered the guitar at age thirteen. Inspired to play by hearing the music of James Taylor, he developed an interest in solo acoustic guitar after being pointed in the direction of Tommy Emmanuel, and rapidly became an avid fan and player of the solo acoustic guitar style.

The core musical concept of his newest work ‘Marrakech’ revolves around ‘visual music‘ – music that transports its listener to a specific time or place. This album retains the melodic nature of Zephyrus (his 2015 début) while building on more complex harmonic structures and forms, as well as incorporating world and ethnic influences, cleverly playing against the natural strengths of the acoustic guitar at times. ‘Marrakech’ will be launched at the National Concert Hall on Thursday July 20th 2017, where Shane will perform the new album in its entirety, as well a selection of tunes from his 2015 release Zephyrus. Tickets are on sale now at

Billy Treacy & The Scope Release ‘Moving This Way’

Billy Treacy & The Scope have just released the single ‘Moving This Way’.

Billy is originally from Dublin’s inner city and is well-known around the city centre gig circuit. He has several residencies including Saturdays at The Stag’s Head, Dame Lane and weekly performances at O’Shea’s Hotel, Talbot St. Billy is back in the studio recording new songs, including the single Moving This Way in which the lyrics are an expression of what it’s like living in the Ireland of today.

It’s the first release since his 2015 Debut Album ‘Head Above Water’ which features the songs ‘Woe!’ and ‘Temple Bar’, both of which gained traction through live performances and viral videos and follow on from a tour of Scandinavia and The Netherlands in 2016 which you can see here:

Billy Treacy & The Scope have a contemporary approach using traditional instruments to create an overall folk and roots vibe with influences stemming from The Pogues and The Dubliners as well as legends like Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. The style is mixture of both folk and traditional and remains respectful to the past while belting them into the present with a down and dirty punk edge rather than an over-produced polished approach.

The Scope are a group of musicians, some of whom regularly play with Billy while others are more transient and join in depending on the scale of the performance.

They consist of
Billy Treacy: Guitar & Vocals
Anna Mary Donaghy: Fiddle
Conor Brady: Bass
Gavin Whelan: Uilleann Pipes & Whistle
Jonathan Foley: Percussion & Backing Vocals
Paddy Kiernan: 5 String Banjo


Tales from the Big Apple by a rising Irish music exec

After graduating from Dublin City University (DCU), I found myself at the same crossroads most graduates reach when they come to the end of their study: the “so what’s next?” conundrum. A lot of my friends knew what they wanted to do; they had graduate programs lined up, new jobs or were going on to do masters degrees. I had reached a point in my life where I didn’t know what the future had in store for me, and although a scary thought, it was also exciting.

I always knew I wanted to pursue a career in the music industry. I grew up obsessed with music, and it was inevitable I would at least try to go down that route. I always dreamed of living in New York, and when I learned of the J-1 graduate visa, I knew I had to go for it. I spent the months following graduation working two jobs, and saving up and planning. After almost a year to the day I left DCU, I was at Dublin Airport boarding a plane bound for the city of dreams.

Upon arrival, my main focus was looking for a job. I treated my local Starbucks as an office and began the search. I’d spend my days editing CVs, scouring the internet for jobs, calling companies, and sending emails. I remember thinking about those famous Frank Sinatra lyrics: ‘if I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere’ and suddenly I was taking those words as my mantra. Within a couple of weeks, my hard work paid off, and I was offered a position at a boutique artist management/booking agency; I felt like I had made it. Within weeks I was working on album releases, attending industry parties, working at photoshoots, and going to concerts all over the city.

Three years have passed and I’m still in the industry. I’ve learned a few things along the way that I had to adopt.

1. In the music world, the normal 9-5 lifestyle does not exist.The entire industry moves incredibly fast, and I learned pretty quickly that I needed to keep up. A lot of events also happen at evenings and weekends, and in order to meet people and discover new acts, I needed to get out there. I remember the CMJ Music Marathon my first year and attending three events in one night, jumping from a showcase hosted by Australian artists to another party thrown by the French consulate. There is a constant shifting tide with new waves of trends that I had to be on top of; everyone wants to discover the “next big thing” and music is always changing.

2. There is no such thing as “an overnight success.” I don’t know which media outlet first started using this term, but the fact is it’s simply not true. There’s a saying in the industry that “it takes 10 years to become an overnight success,” and it couldn’t be more true. I’ve worked with bands who have been playing together for a long time, and even they haven’t found that sort of “overnight success” status because it doesn’t exist. This doesn’t just apply to recording artists, it applies to all aspects of the business. Every Manager, Publicist, Agent, Producer or even Stylist has spent years building their own careers, trying to establish their names.

3. Relationships are everything. I’ve been lucky enough to work in various aspects of the industry over a short period of time and have made connections with people from all areas. A lot of the experiences I’ve had and people I’ve met are because of someone else. I never would have imagined I’d be a Producer, but upon meeting a musical theatre Composer/Writer, I was asked to be producer for a musical. I also never pictured myself Tour Managing a band, but one Manager asked me to do it and before I knew it, I was driving all over the U.S. tour managing for two weeks. Relationships are what supply opportunities. The music world in New York is quite small and everyone knows everybody. I see all of the same people at the same networking events, and that’s how I was able to build connections.

4. The music business is rarely glamorous. I found that this business is tough and that I needed to be in it for the love and passion, and luckily, I am. A music industry veteran once said to me that “the music business is 23 hours of stress, pain and hard work, and one hour of magic; you live for that one hour.” Artists are working constantly for that 90 minute show. Behind the scenes, everyone is thinking of social media, marketing campaigns, writing, recording, touring, budgets and so on. From the outside, it looks so easy. Artists just show up, perform, and then go home. Nobody knows that that 90 minute performance took months of preparation and hundreds of people working non-stop for countless hours.

5. Teamwork is essential. Looking back over all those countless groupwork assignments I had to do in DCU, they really did prepare me for the real world. Nothing is different in the music business. I am constantly in contact with artists, venue personnel, journalists, publicists, managers, and together we all have to work together, for the same desired outcome. Everyone wants their act to make it, but the team around that act is just as important as talent is. Even the largest stars in the music industry didn’t get there on their own – the teams of people they surround themselves with are who help them achieve that status.

Today, I’m still working with some of NYC’s rising stars; I’m constantly moving forward and looking towards the next project. I arrived in New York having worked in retail and banking – that was my CV. Now I can say that I manage, book and publicize artists along with having worked as a Producer, Creative Director, and Writer too. In a few short years I have gone from not knowing what I was gonna do, to working on things I never thought I would be able to. But the dreams keep growing; they keep evolving, and even though I’ve come a long way, I have so much more yet to achieve.

Keep up with my adventures on Twitter/Instagram – @garrethbrowne

CISAC Welcomes European Parliament Votes on Transfer of Value and Audiovisual Rights

Key votes on copyright in two committees of the European Parliament were welcomed by CISAC – the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers – on behalf of millions of creators worldwide today. Voting on the EU draft Copyright Directive proposed by the European Commission last September, the Parliament’s Culture and ITRE committees backed amendments that will help bring fair remuneration to authors by addressing the “transfer of value” and levelling the playing field for digital services in Europe.

The Parliament’s Culture Committee also supported proposals to grant audiovisual creators fair remuneration for the making available of their work. Screenwriters and directors play a pivotal role in the film industry yet do not have the right to receive payment for the re-use of their work in the digital environment.

Gadi Oron, Director General of CISAC, representing authors societies in 121 countries, said: “It is good news to see policy makers in Europe standing up for creativity and culture and voting to close vital loopholes that are harming millions of creators. These two committees have understood the opportunity for Europe to take the lead in making sure creators in the digital market are properly respected and fairly remunerated. We now look for this positive signal to be confirmed in the plenary vote of the European Parliament later this year.”

Clare Sands Set for ‘Stella Fiesta’ Release

Cork based musician Clare Sands found a love for music very early in life having discovered an affinity for the fiddle at a young age. Since then, she has expanded her skillset to make herself a formidable classically trained multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer and songwriter.

With deep roots in Irish Traditional and folk music, Clare’s music has emanated from these family traditions. Combined with her love of jazz and blues,Clare shows a heavy appreciation for everything from The Rolling Stones and Nina Simone, to Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan.

Having released her debut album ‘Join​ Me at the Table’ in late 2016 followed by months of touring with various renowned Irish artists and a sell out album launch, Clare’s first single ‘Satisfy Me’ was met with critical acclaim, followed by title track ‘Join Me At The Table’,

She is now set to relea​se ‘Stella​​ Fiesta’​-​ an upbeat, energetic, multilingual summer single inspired by global travelling and world music. (Available to download on Itunes, CD Baby, Artist’s Website and to stream on Spotify, Youtube)

Having taken her music on the road, Clare has been writing and performing from the metropolitan paradise of Manhattan, to Guatemala’s green hills, to Parisian gypsy jazz clubs. ‘Stella​ Fiesta’​ demonstrates Clare’s love for language, culture, and musical diversity, and shows her audience that she is not afraid to take chances musically.  

Clare will be hitting Irish venues this summer with dates below :

–Nelliefreds, Dingle ,Co.Kerry 04-8-17

–The Harbour Bar,Co. Wicklow 10-8-17

–7 Hill Blues Festival, Co. Armagh 11-8-17//12-8-17//13-8-17

–Levis, Ballydehob, Co.Cork  18-8-17

–The Greyhound, Kilkee, Co.Clare  20-8-17

–Doolin Roots Festival, Co.Clare  26-8-17

–Kennys, Lahinch, Co.Clare 27-8-17

She​ has a unique ability to blend folk, jazz and blues, while her alluring voice ebbs and flows throughout her music’– Peter McGoran, HOTPRESS

‘Sofresh, so exciting’-BBC Radio Ulster.

‘Talented young lady; An exceptional talent. Much more of her to come in the future’- RTÉ Lyric FM.



Peco Releases New Video

Kildare native ‘Peco’ has just released a new music video for ‘Self Help – A Beginners Guide’. The second single from the folk/rock musician has been described as having elements of ‘Bob Dylan’ meets ‘Talking Heads’. His debut EP is set for release this September and this is the lead track. Keep an eye on for more info coming soon.

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