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VJ Jackson Announces New Single and Gig

VJ Jackson has announced that his long-awaited new single and video for ‘FAMOUS’ will be released on October 5th. To celebrate the launch VJ has also just confirmed his first headline show in The Workman’s Club on October 19th with support from Rueben James, Sean X and Yomi.

Recorded in ‘Diffusion Labs’ with Marcin Ciszczon (Jafaris, Soulé, Hare Squaed), ‘FAMOUS’ follows on from VJ’s previous releases ‘Slow Down’, ‘I’ll Come Down’, and his feature on Reuben James’ song ‘Everything You Need’.

Following high energy performances in Wigwam, in Tengu for ‘Soul Etiquette’s 3rd Birthday‘ show with RTE Pulse, at The National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, and most recently in The Sugar Club – fans can expect a high production show with full live band on the night.

VJ Jackson is an Irish artist specialising in Souful / R’n’B / Pop songs. Waving the flag for Tallght in Dublin, VJ is ready to make his mark on the scene and become a household name in the process.

Singing lead in choir from a young age and playing guitar, keys and drums, VJ began busking in Dublin city centre while attending BIMM College, developing his song and stage presence – something that needs to be experienced in person to be fully appreciated.

VJ Jackson will perform at The Workman’s Club, Dublin on Thursday the 19th of October 2017.
Tickets are available online from: priced at just €6 inc. booking fee or €8 on the door.

Doors at 8pm. With support from Rueben James, Sean X and Yomi.

The Eskies Release ‘All Good Men’

On the 29th September acclaimed Dublin quintet The Eskies return with ‘All Good Men’– the first single from their upcoming second album, ‘And Don’t Spare The Horses’ out 1st December via Absolute.

Returning to the foot stomping gypsy folk that has already won them an army of fans, ‘All Good Men’ is a full on, big band, swing sounding romp, snarling and growling its way through three and a half minutes of roaring brass and crowd harmonies.

This is the first single from the band’s anticipated new album, ‘And Don’t Spare The Horses.’ Recorded at Orphan Studios in Dublin earlier this year, the new album leaps from genres as vast and varied as folk, klezmar and yiddish to rock, swing and blues. And it’s content? As eclectic as their sound according to the band – “Melodramatic tales of woe, betrayal, conflict, upheaval, rebellion, love, loss, fear and anger,” says the band. “All wrapped in tongue-in-cheek irreverence and self-deprecation, occasionally giving way to a flurry of triumphalism or whisper of introspection.”

Renowned for their raucous live shows and fiercely passionate support, the band have been busy touring the far and wide since their 2015 debut ‘After The Sherry Went Round.’ They’ve played mainstage slots at both Glastonbury (Field Of Avalon) and Cambridge Folk Festival, as well as an outing at Dutch centrepiece Eurosonic Noordeslaag and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections. They’ve also appeared on RTE’s Saturday Night Show, BBC Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’ with Clive Anderson and BBC Radio 3’s ‘Essential Classics’.

The Eskies UK & Ireland tour kicks off on 4th October in Manchester. For full dates please visit

Twitter – @theeskies

Eurovision 2018 Calling

The Eurovision Song Contest is the world’s biggest music show and consistently one of the most popular annual television events both in Ireland and across the globe. 2018 marks the 63rd edition of the contest and it will take place in Lisbon, Portugal in May. This year’s Eurovision, hosted by Ukraine in Kyiv was watched by more than 180 Million viewers worldwide. The ESC is highly competitive and as such the competition attracts top music professionals from around the world, 42 countries competed in the competition in 2017.

RTÉ continually reviews its selection process in an effort to succeed in this increasingly competitive event. RTÉ is inviting accomplished songwriters and performers, preferably with a proven track record of success in the music industry to submit a song to be considered to represent Ireland in the competition.

All songs received will be considered by a number of expert music industry panels to be appointed by RTÉ.

Songs submitted must strictly comply with the rules of Eurovision and RTÉ reserves the right to arrange, produce or otherwise alter any song selected for entry to the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

Songwriters/composers may only submit one song (including co-writes) for consideration. If more than one song per composer is submitted only the first song received will be considered. Songs must be no longer than 3 minutes in duration.

Compositions submitted for consideration (lyrics and music) must not have been commercially released and/or publicly performed including online video platforms or social networks, in full or in part, before the 1st September 2017.

It is important to note that any entries submitted through this process will be considered alongside other compositions and performers which RTÉ may commission or secure independently of this process and RTÉ reserves the absolute right to approach established acts and songwriters and to select a song and/or a performer(s) at its sole discretion from outside this process. RTÉ also reserves the right to match any song selected with a different artist to the one submitted with the entry.

If you would like to submit an entry, it must adhere to the EBU 2018 competition rules, a full list of rules is published on the official Eurovision website at:

Entries will ONLY be accepted by email as an MP3 (192kbps) file or Soundcloud link.

No entries will be accepted on CD, cassette or any other format.

Email entries to ei.etr@8102noisivoruE

The closing date for submissions is 5pm on Monday 6th of November 2017.

Garageland announces giant nationwide Autumn line-up

Garageland have announced The Garage Gigs Autumn line-up which will feature more than 60 artists across 7 venues in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny, and London making it the biggest season yet of the the now legendary shows. New to the Autumn 2017 Series are Limerick’s Pharmacia, Kilkenny’s Pump-House, and The Sallynoggin Inn as hosts, while The Crane Lane in Cork welcomes The Garage Gigs back after a brilliant summer show.

Following the bumper show early this year, Dublin’s Button Factory, in association with MusicMaker & Sound Training College – hosts 4 shows which will be documented and recorded for broadcast in Spring 2018.

RTE have extended their support, with Garageland On 2XM returning for a weekly live show on Monday evenings, a magazine style show featuring music industry giants such as Will Ryan (Hozier management), Ailish Toohey (Collective Management – Gavin James), Jackie Hayden (Hot Press), while playing tracks from artists from the Garage Gigs (rumour has it that Dustin wants to appear on the show). Garageland has also added The Arts Council to it’s growing lists of supporters which already include RTE, IMRO, RAAP, IRMA and Hot Press Magazine.

“Since returning in 2016, the response to Garageland and the Garage Gigs has been incredible. There’s a whole new generation of artists emerging and we relish our role in helping them shape their career whichever road that might be on. We encourage new artists who wish to take part to get in touch via our website Dermot Lambert, Garageland Director


Thursday 12th October – Dublin – Button Factory – filmed for Garageland T.V.
Swordfist / Weather Underground / Witches Rave / Townsend
Doors – 7.15pm / Admission €10 online / €13.50 on door

Friday 13th October – Limerick – Pharmacia
Van Panther / Beautiful Apes / The Kennels / Mizdrea / Fluffy Coke
Doors – 7.45pm / Admission €10 online – €12.50 at door

Thursday 19th October – Dublin – Button Factory – filmed for Garageland T.V.
Cooks, But We’re Chefs / Patricia / Killer Instincts / Pleasure Dome
Doors – 7.15pm / Admission €10 online / €13.50 on door

Thursday 19th October – Dublin – Grand Social
Cools Humbug / TBA / No Tie Friday / Johnny Climax
Doors – 7.45pm /Admission €10 online – €12.50 at door

Saturday 28th October – Dublin – The Noggin Inn
Inhaler / Screefy /Academy Lane / Grandad’s Infected Fudge
Doors – 7.45pm /Admission €10 online – €12.50 at door
Thursday 2nd November – Dublin – Grand Social
The Elective / Sean O’Connor
Doors – 7.45pm /Admission €10 online – €12.50 at door

Saturday 4th November – Cork – Crane Lane
The Elation / Rich City Vultures / The Alkove / Wemarch
Doors – 8pm / Admission €10 online – €12.50 at door

Thursday 16th November – Dublin – Button Factory – filmed for Garageland T.V.
Fuzz Gigolo / Truce / MYTH / The Brief / Death In The Sickroom
Doors – 7.15pm / Admission €10 online / €13.50 on door

Thursday 23rd November – Dublin – Grand Social
NCX / Paul Harrington
Doors – 7.45pm / Admission €10 online – €12.50 at door

Friday 24th November – Kilkenny – The Pump House
Artists TBA
Doors – 7.45pm / Admission €10 online – €12.50 at door

Thursday 7th December – Dublin – Grand Social
Witches Rave / Classic Yellow / Deborah McKeown / The Valves
Doors – 7.45pm /Admission €10 online – €12.50 at door

Wednesday 13th December – Dublin – Button Factory – filmed for Garageland T.V.
Inhaler / The Felonies / Freemen / TBL8
Doors – 7.15pm / Admission €10 online / €13.50 on door

Thursday 14th December – London – The Islington
Artists TBA
Doors 7.00pm / Adm £6.00


Eden Releases New Track ‘start//end’

Dublin-based vocalist/producer/multi-instrumentalist EDEN releases a new track — “start//end” — today via all digital partners.

Created through a collage-like method that found EDEN, aka 21-year-old Jonathon Ng, assembling song fragments he’d begun collecting on tour, “start//end” fuses its seemingly disparate elements — cinematic strings, hard-hitting beats, falsetto vocals, spacey synth tones — into a sprawling meditation on desperation and hope.

Ng directed, filmed and edited the video for “start//end,” which also premieres today. The video was shot in London, Tokyo, Seoul, Los Angeles, New York, Belgium and around his home in Dublin.

“I had this idea of a really densely packed visual for this song almost instantly, says Ng. “I really love cinema and visual art so I wanted to try my hand at creating something that was expressive but also had a similar latent energy to the music. After collating a ton of footage that I’ve accumulated over the past months, with the help of some friends, I set out to shoot the remaining set-pieces I had in mind.”

“start//end” is the first new music from EDEN since the release of his breakthrough 2016 EP ‘i think you think too much of me’, which found him channeling his passion for innovation into a guitar-heavy take on electronic pop. The lead single “sex” won praise from the likes of Lorde and was hailed by Consequence of Sound as a “vulnerable synth-tinted pop track that’s about so much more than what’s happening between the sheets,” while Pigeons & Planes called “drugs” “another strong showing from this emerging talent.” The four main tracks on ‘i think you think too much of me’ have racked up over 50 million streams on Spotify while the EP hit #1 on iTunes Alternative Charts, and #2 on Billboard’s Heatseeker chart. From the bedroom of his childhood home, Ng initially began to cultivate a large online following and in August 2015, made his EP debut with ‘End Credits’. Despite making zero effort to promote it, he soon found the EP gaining major attention — ultimately amassing more than 120 million streams as well as selling out his first U.S. headline tour. EDEN spent the summer performing at major U.S. music festivals including Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, and Firefly as well as the Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK and Fuji Rock in Japan.

…there’s a secret depth to his sound that’s belied by the simplistic titles.” Billboard

With massive pop electronic production and emotive vocals, “drugs” is another strong showing from this emerging talent, and the cinematic video does it justice.” Pigeons and Planes

[sex] is a vulnerable synth-tinted pop track that’s about so much more than what’s happening between the sheets.” Consequence of Sound

EDEN’s big, triumphant, Lorde-approved “sex” is a song you need in your life.” Buzzfeed


Peco announces debut EP ‘And So I Arrived At The Start’

Peco has announce the release of his debut EP ‘And So I Arrived At The Start’ for release on Friday 20th October 2017

Having previously toured all over Ireland, the UK, the US and Canada as the front man of Valentine Black and as a solo artist in his own right, indie folk musician Peco has become quite the veteran on the Irish music scene.

His current single release from the EP ‘Self Help – A Beginner’s Guide’, has been described as an art/folk rock fusion, tipping its hat to 80’s Talking Heads new wave era and folk stalwart Bob Dylan, to whom Peco has been likened to by many industry insiders.

The EP title is derived from a line in a poem by T.S. Eliot (called Little Gidding)

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

Says Peco of the EP:

It refers to every end being a new beginning and vice versa. This solo EP came about after my previous outfit Valentine Black came to an end.  And it refers to all my previous bands and how they ended and new ones began.  This is echoed in the EP artwork which contains references to a number of previous releases. That theme of ends and beginnings runs throughout the EP.  It’s about new stages in life; getting older; moving on; letting things go; having children – the joy and the self-doubt and then finding your feet in these new stages’.

The Kildare man released his debut single ‘Safe Haven’ in 2016 under Offaly based label Live Loud Music.

He was a finalist in both the ‘USA Songwriting’ competition and ‘The International Acoustic Music Awards’ that same year.

He has twice reached the semi-finals of the ‘UK Songwriting’ contest with his songs ‘Retrospect’ and ‘Love Oceans’.

‘Retrospect’ also featured on the US TV show Roadtrip Nation.

Following on from two successful Irish and UK tours in 2016, including a performance at the reputable Edinburgh Folk Club, Peco is also announcing solo and label tour dates this Autumn:

Friday 27th Oct – Club 38, Edenderry, Offaly
Sunday 29th Oct – The Village Pump, Rathangan, Kildare (with special guests Bunoscionn)
Thursday 2nd Nov – Upstairs at Whelans, Wexford St. Dublin
Friday 3rd Nov – Upstairs at Cunninghams, Main St. Kildare
Saturday 4th Nov – Acoustic Set, Kavanaghs, Naas, Kildare
Sunday 5th Nov – Spirit Store, Dundalk

Track listing:   

1Self Help – A Beginner’s Guide
2Grace Isn’t Easy
3After The Wake
4Harbour Master
5Safe Haven

The Songwriting Collective October Event Details Announced

IMRO continues its monthly collaborative initiative with The Songwriting Collective with details of the upcoming October event announced today.

The next workshop will take place on Thursday 5th September from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm at IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2. followed by a presentation of newly written co-writes and other self-penned songs in the Wellington Pub on Lower Baggot Street.

Each workshop provides an opportunity for songwriters to showcase songs that you have written, to discuss/explore the craft of songwriting, to co-write and to receive detailed feedback about your compositions from your peers. In addition, from time-to-time presentations by relevant music specialists on topics of interest are included as part of these sessions.

The workshops are facilitated by Tony Bardon ( and Danai Kelleher, both of whom have extensive experience in running workshops in Ireland and Europe, as a result of their involvement with EU-funded music projects.

The Songwriting Collective uses for communication purposes so if you are interested please sign up at

This event is open to all levels of musical experience and genres.

Irish Youth Music Awards Vol 10 Released 6th October

Youth Work Ireland’s Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMAs) is very excited to celebrate the release of IYMAs volume 10 an album featuring ten young up and coming musicians from Galway and Meath. The album will be released on Friday October 6th available digitally and on CD with I-Tunes pre-orders now live here. This album was produced in Herbert Place Studios giving the young musicians the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Muse, Kodaline and Gavin James. The album was mastered in Wav mastering who have worked with David Bowie, The Foo Fighters and Damien Rice.

Last year’s album stormed the charts entering at number five! To mark the album launch, IYMAs are hosting an all ages concert in Monroe’s in Galway with over ten acts performing on Saturday October 7th with doors at 2pm with more info here.

It’s been a brilliant year for the Irish Youth Music Awards as we marked our ten-year anniversary and our biggest programme and National Day yet. We are very excited to release IYMAs Volume 10 to mark this milestone as this album is a brilliant testament to the brilliant work of each young person that participated in the programme this year. We are encouraging everyone to pick up a copy of the album by pre-ordering it now on I-Tunes or by buying it during the week of October 6th and 12th so we can get it into the Irish charts and help shine a light on the future of our Irish music industry.” said Irish Youth Music Awards Director Barry Lennon

The album release marks the launch of the IYMAs programme in youth clubs and projects across Ireland with regional events being planned now. The Irish Youth Music Awards is a youth music educational programme helping young bands, musicians and young people aged 12-19 to learn new skills within the creative and music industries and acts as a stepping stone between further education or employment opportunities. Aimed at creating teamwork and friendship at local level, the Irish Youth Music Awards also provides first hand work experience for participants in all areas associated with the music business such as PR, stage management, graphic design, photography and creates spaces for acts to perform on a local level through the IYMAs hubs.

IYMAs partners and supporters include The Department of Children and Youth Affairs, RTÉ 2FM, BIMM Institute Dublin, LinkedIn Learning, IMRO, Music Maker, Gaisce – The President’s Award and Youth Action Northern Ireland.

Release date: October 6th, 2017 (Digitally Worldwide), CD available in Tower Records (Dublin) and OMG Zhivago (Galway)

Track listing:

  1. Liquid Space – Someone
  2. Liquid Space – Methodology
  3. Blank – Green Hue
  4. Megan Miskell – Morse Code
  5. Conor Killian – Mr. White
  6. Sonny Casey – The Other Side of the Moon
  7. Twelve String – Too Far Gone
  8. H Minor – If I Dare
  9. Hipster Trash – Someone (Original)
  10. FRO – Desert
  11. Tipsy Disposition – Daylight Dreams

Soul Jazz Songstress NC Grey Unveils ‘Magic’ EP

Introducing Dublin-based British Nigerian singer and songwriter NC Grey, with her debut EP titled Magic the EP. Written by NC Grey and her guitarist Darren Bell, and crafted by veteran Irish producers Arad Studios, who have worked with some of Ireland’s finest indie musicians including The Wilde Oscars, Eamonn Dowd and Patrick Freyne, the Magic EP is the perfect blend of Soul, Jazz and R&B music, masterfully underpinned by NC Grey’s enchanting vocals and songwriting.

From the EP’s exciting Jazz-influenced opening track ‘Holiday’, and its lead single ‘Adonis’, which is already garnering critical acclaim across Irish radio, to the soulful piano ballad ‘Toxic Love’ about a seemingly ‘picture-perfect’ relationship gone wrong, and the EP’s love-affirming title track, with its glorious string and guitar arrangements, the Magic EP is a short but sweet and eclectic 4-track offering, which makes for an excellent listening experience, from start to finish.

Drawing influences from Amy Winehouse, Nina Simone and Sade Adu, and with a unique blend of Soul, Jazz and R&B music, NC Grey is revered across Ireland’s live music and festival circuits, with critically acclaimed performances at Cork Jazz Festival, Body & Soul Festival and the Africa Day Festival among others, already under her belt, and strong support from Ireland’s biggest radio tastemakers including RTE2FM, RTE Pulse, City Radio and Dublin’s 98FM, to mention a few.

Speaking about the inspiration behind her Magic EP, NC Grey says, “My goal with ‘Magic’ the EP was to be vulnerable. To let myself show the different stages I’ve been at personally: the love, excitement, pain and uncertainty, and to create something that lyrically, everyone can relate to. A mentor once said to me, ‘I want to feel what your feeling through your music’, and I’ve taken that on board for this project. I want my listeners to get lost in the sound and FEEL the feeling”.


Darkey Kelly’s Wins Dublin Region ‘Best Music Pub’ at Irish Pub Awards

On Wednesday September 20th. Nathy Towey, proprietor of Darkey Kelly’s, arrived back from a Vintners Association gathering smiling and clutching the 2017 Irish Pub Awards Dublin region ‘Best Music Pub’ award.

So, how does a medium sized drinking, eating and music hosting establishment located on historic Fishamble Street in the heart of old Viking Dublin achieve this ? What’s special about Darkey’s ?

Well, the very week of the award presentation Darkey’s is hosting a three day live music festival, probably the only way to extend the already seven days a week music offering to eight days. Over the last five years music at Darkey’s has expanded to cover seven evenings and often several afternoons. Alongside the Ballads, Traditional, Folk and Pop a strong offering from the Performing Songwriter comunity has emerged with Rock, Blues, Country, Americana and more to be heard each and every week.

During the Festival the audience and musicians are drawn not just from the local and wider Irish community but also from Netherlands, Germany, France, Venezuela, Romania, Spain, Italy, U.S.A., Philippines and more.

Some have come specially for the festival, some curious when they hear music, some for refreshment and food, they all stay. Acts who played across the weekend included Alan with Trad Rocks, PJ Maher, Mick O’Brien, Philomena Keegan, Tommy Keyes, Tony Floyd Kenna, Micheal Finnegan O’Brien, Hector Castillo to name but a few.

And in the middle of it all Nathy Towey (Darkey’s proprietor) arrived back from the Vintners Assoc. gathering clutching the 2017 Best Dublin Music Pub award. Presented to Darkey’s barely an hour earlier.  The three festival days are just a snapshot of what’s special about Darkey’s, what’s happening each and every week, the local and international audiences, the community of both local and international musicians and singers, the friendly staff, the inquisitive Dublin welcome, the expansive choice of drinks, the restaurant prepared food, the unique experience that is Darkey’s.

The National Irish Pub Awards are open to all member of VFI and LVA to celebrate excellence and innovation in the pub sector with regional finalists and category winners receiving a generous prize package. This Best Music Pub category, proudly sponsored by IMRO acknowledges a pub that has introduced innovative and creative live/recorded music entertainment options that demonstrate an exciting atmosphere and are making a positive impact on the growth of the business.


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