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October Fires Share Debut EP for Halloween

October Fires entered into the new found home of Orphan Recording Studio this summer, in the beautiful surroundings of Hell Fire Studios, overlooking the flickering Dublin City skyline, to record the band’s debut EP entitled ‘Everybody Knows’. This record is a snapshot of the different tones and moods of the band, from the ominous opening track ‘Screaming Red’ to the mellower, intimate ‘Creeping In’, from the tongue-in-cheek grooves of  ‘Digging Holes’ to the more tribal, ritualistic Pray II. Recorded, mixed and produced by Gavin Glass, this debut EP is ripe for release this Halloween.

October Fires are a four-piece group consisting of Carol Somers on piano, vocals and percussion, Lisa Baker on piano, vocals and percussion, Eoghan O’Neill on bass and Eric Somers on guitar.

The band’s name was inspired by the smoky scent in the air walking home from practice one autumn night. October has a unique vibe, with its perfect blend of beauty and eerieness, a trademark of the band’s sound and their music is continually inspired by this balance.

Carol and Lisa met in 2002 studying music in Maynooth University. They’ve been inseparable ever since after finding an innate ability to harmonise together, even being able to predict what the other is about to do! This bond has become the central feature of the band.

Their style is difficult to pin down but the band describe their music as haunting, harmonic, dark pop. They take influences from choral music, classical, pop, soul, funk, folk, rock and fuse them together to create ‘their’ sound.

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Greenshine Unveil Latest Single ‘The Good Is Gone’

The dust settles on a summer that was wonderful in every way for Greenshine and as long nights draw in they can dream by the fire of concerts and festivals they played, friends they made and roadtrips far and wide beneath the glorious Irish sun of 2018. The band hopes to emulate the success of previous singles ‘The Girl In The Lavender Dress’ (most played track on RTÉ Radio 1 for over a month and third most played Irish track for the year of its release 2016. ) and ‘Dandelion Seed’ (over a month at the No.1 spot on RTÉ Radio 1’s Airplay Chart and over a month on the RTÉ Radio 1 Recommends List) with their brand new single ‘The Good Is Gone’.

This song, co-written by Mary and Ellie, wraps the slow seeping away of love in a retro pop tune with an almost country flavour reminiscent of the sound of The Byrds and other sixties heroes. Like ‘Dandelion Seed’  before it, ‘The Good Is Gone’ is taken from Greenshine’s upcoming new collection due for release in early Spring 2019. As Greenshine’s singles and album tracks continue to feature on playlists both national and international, the band would be delighted to receive that same support for ‘The Good Is Gone’- a song of heartbreak with a beat. As we leap forward musically into the coming seasons, Greenshine look forward to breaking new concert and festival ground with The Ballyshannon Folk Festival and The Doolin Folk Festival already on offer in 2019 as well as old favourites like Waterford Spraoi Fest and The Cork Folk Fest. In the meantime here are some dates for your diary with more to be confirmed!


THURS. 13 DEC. COUGHLANS LIVE, CORK with Cormac O Caoimh

Leo Dynamic1 and Micah Release ‘Run & Hide’

‘Run & Hide’ is the latest release by Leo Dynamic1 and Micah.

Their previous release ‘Baby Baby’ has currently reached over 200,000 views on YouTube so far. The track also received radioplay in the U.S.A, Europe, Australia and back home in Ireland. It reached Top 20 in the U.S Starfleet DJ Chart.

‘Run & Hide’ is an up-tempo catchy track made for the dancefloor. Leo Dynamic1’s tracks as well as co-writes have received over 5 Million streams to date. He is also a Two Times All Ireland Boxing Champion ‘The Punching Producer’.

In July of this year, Leo signed a global deal with Kobalt\AWAL Music group. Two of his latest releases ‘Fly Again’ Remix and ‘Jigsaw Pieces’ were in the Dutch Dance Top 40 Chart at the same time. He’s also produced two Top Ten Hits with DJ Shog for Sony Music Germany.

Leo also enjoys writing music for T.V and has had placements on MTV USA.

Micah is a professional singer-songwriter, who is a seasoned live performer and recording artist. Previously part of girl group “Rouges”, who achieved no.4 in the iTunes Ireland chart. Releases such as ‘White Lies’ which was produced by Leo Dynamic1 gained airplay on Irish radio stations. Similarly to Leo she enjoys writing in multiple genres writing for short films and TV programs such as ‘All Saints 1989’ and ‘Room for Rent’.

Micah writes and records for various producers and DJ’s such as Sholan who is signed to Ministry of Sound label. Her next solo single which will be produced by Leo, will drop in early 2019 and its sure to be a knockout. Throughout this time, Micah has continued to cultivate her stage craft with performances singing with Big Bands such as Route 66 at various theatres and festivals throughout Ireland. She was also one of the standout performances at the Rose of Tralee Festival (2017), making Micah a much sought-after vocalist\lyricist.

Leo and Micah are particularly excited about ‘Run & Hides’ release as its sure to be a track to get you moving and grooving on the dance floor.

With pulsating production provided by Leo and catchy lyrics supplied by Micah, it’s sure to be a song that pops up on your playlist!

Bluesun Announce November Single Release

Bluesun return with a brand new single, ‘Happily Never After’ on 1st November, heralding a fresh new sound from the quartet consisting of founder member/singer/rhythm guitarist Brew, bassist Alex Kent, drummer Ally Pender and lead guitarist Phil Conway. Recorded this past summer at the famed Westland Studios in Dublin and produced/engineered by Alwyn Walker, this new single is set to be a trailblazing hit across the world.

Available now on Pre-Order on all worldwide digital outlets. Mid November will also see the long-awaited music documentary ‘Brew’d In Dublin’ to be screened and eventually available on YouTube. The documentary produced by The OdBox will document singer/writer/guitarist Brew from his formative years in both New York City and Buffalo to his move to London, where he met The Clash’s late Joe Strummer who convinced Brew to relocate to Dublin to form Bluesun. This is a jam-packed November not to be missed!

Pillow Queens Release ‘Gay Girls’

‘Gay Girls’ is the latest single from Dublin indie quartet Pillow Queens. It was recorded over two days in Attica Studios in Co. Donegal by Mercury Prize nominated and Choice Music prize winning producer Tommy McLaughlin (Villagers, Soak). Thematically the song touches on feelings of intoxicating lust coupled with relentless repression. These themes are realised through the lyrics and the music which convey an upbeat appreciation of both the negative and positive attributes of both. The theme of religion within ‘Gay Girls’ is also accented nicely by a rapturous choral outro of the song.

Pillow Queens will play dates around the country over the coming weeks, including Galway, Belfast and Limerick along with their biggest headline show to date in Whelans on November 24th.

This is the follow up to their debut EP ‘State of the State’ which came out in March.

Tour dates:

Nov 8th – Roisin Dubh, Galway
Nov 10th – Black Box, Belfast
Nov 24th – Whelans, Dublin
Dec 8th – Dolans, Limerick

Dylan Walshe Releases ‘All Manner Of Ways’

‘All Manner Of Ways’ is the new album from Irish singer-songwriter Dylan Walshe. ‘All Manner Of Ways’ was recorded in East Nashville, Tennessee, where Dylan currently resides. This self-released debut studio record of ten original songs features guests such as James Fearnley of The Pogues & Andy Gibson of Hank Williams III. It is the sound of Dylan’s journey, from Dublin to Tennessee, a record & artist steeped in tradition, but never bound by it.

To date, Dylan has releases on Squoodge Records of Berlin, Voodoo Rhythm Records of Switzerland & a full length live album on Muddy Roots Records of Nashville.

Dylan Walshe is a growing name on the international touring circuit, regularly performing throughout the UK, Ireland, Europe, Canada & the United States.

In 2017, Dylan was invited to perform on the Flogging Molly cruise alongside such artists as The Skatalites, DeVotchKa, NOFX, The English Beat & The Bouncing Souls. Later that year, Dylan went on a U.S. & Canadian tour with Flogging Molly & The White Buffalo.

Dylan also opened for Billy Bob Thornton & The Boxmasters on their Maine dates in August of this year.

Over the last few years, Dylan has appeared on bills alongside such artists as Del McCoury, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, Peter Rowan, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, The Blasters, Scott H Biram, Margo Price, Possessed By Paul James, Donovan, The Legendary Shack Shakers, Bobby Bare, The Sonics, Tír na nÓg, The Melvins, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Scullion & L.C. Ulmer.

Dylan’s a wordsmith & a fair chanter, it does my heart good to hear him sing, love his voice and the way he’s using it“. Christy Moore

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Warriors of the Dystotheque Release ‘I Know You’ll Never Die’

Reckless Records is delighted to release this pack from Warriors of the Dystotheque are a truly modern band, existing individually across the globe but only meeting digitally to create music with a distinctly old school feel.

A deep down and grooving monster in the best possible way, Warriors of the Dystotheque’s ‘I Know You’ll Never Die’ has been picking up support as diverse as Nemone on BBC Radio 6 to Jamie Jones.

The original is an eerie but persistent call to arms managing to give both give you tingles and move your feet. Vocalist Adam Leonard says “A Victorian séance brings forth vision of dangerous waters in this meditation on Purgatory. Some souls can never die.

The Sascha Dive mix takes it darker and psychedelic via a 6am dancefloor.

Le Galaxie’s William Fakenamé gives the whole track as rework and reshines the oldschool feel which B-side International Earth Station is worthy flip side with a roll call of astronauts both familiar and not who commute to 250 miles above the earth!

Van Morrison Shares New Track

Van Morrison releases a new track – ‘Got To Go Where The Love Is’ – on all digital platforms today (25th October 2018).

Recorded with incredible multi-instrumentalist Joey DeFrancesco and a band including Dan Wilson on guitar, Michael Ode on drums and Troy Roberts on tenor saxophone, ‘Got To Go Where The Love Is’ is a gloriously upbeat new Van Morrison composition that’s further evidence of the singer’s seemingly limitless supply of creativity. Van’s soulful words are accompanied by a fantastically evocative lyric video (created by Beautiful Digital) – click here to watch.

‘Got To Go Where The Love Is’ is taken from ‘The Prophet Speaks’, Van Morrison’s 40th studio album (released 7th December on Caroline International). The fourteen track album follows a recent run of hugely acclaimed albums (‘Roll With The Punches’, ‘Versatile’ and ‘You’re Driving Me Crazy’), each of which has delved deep into the musical styles that have continued to inspire Van throughout his life – blues, vocal jazz and R&B. Across the record, Van takes on a series of unarguable classics by the likes of John Lee Hooker, Sam Cooke and Solomon Burke (among others) and makes them unmistakably his own. Alongside these reinterpretations, ‘The Prophet Speaks’ features six phenomenal new Van Morrison compositions (including ‘Got To Go Where The Love Is’ and the album’s previously released title track).

Van Morrison plays Dublin’s 3 arena this weekend as part of the Bluesfest (with Robert Plant and the Sensational Shape Shifters).

Gavin James Album Launched Into Space

To coincide with the album launch of Gavin James new album ‘Only Ticket Home’ and inspired by Elon Musk, Gavin actually launched his album into space (really).

The album which is released tomorrow 26th Oct took a 4-hour journey through the clouds and beyond commercial flight and onto the stratosphere, the journey was filmed in HD and features stunning video footage of the album with a backdrop of the earth and space.

This is a first true album launch and Gavin will be doing an instore album & album launch events around Ireland full list below to celebrate the albums launch. He is also playing the INEC on 28th Dec, The Royal Theatre Castlebar on 29th Dec and his three Dublin shows in April next year are already sold out.

Please find video below  which shows the horizon an astounding 1,000km away.


For full details on how to attend go to

Thursday 25th Oct 9pm – Tower Records Dublin
Saturday 27th Oct 1pm – Golden Discs Dundrum
Saturday 27th Oct 7pm – Electric Avenue (Shortts Bar) Waterford “ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY” with Beat FM
Sunday 28th Oct 2pm – Golden Discs Newbridge
Monday 30th Oct 7pm – Cyprus Ave Cork “ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY” with Red FM
Tuesday 30th Oct 7pm – Dolans Limerick “ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY” with Spin South West
Wednesday 31st Oct 7pm – The Liquor Lounge Galway
Thursday Nov.1 – 2pm – Cleere’s Kilkenny Album Signing with Rollercoaster Records at Cleere’s Kilkenny

U.M.A.N. Releases ‘So High’

Irish soul act U.M.A.N (an acronym for U. Must. Act. Now) released his debut soul single ‘Flamin’ Day’ back in late 2017 and after receiving it’s first ever play on Today FM’s Ian Dempsey show, the single shot to No.4 on the iTunes singles chart and when onto break the Top 30 radio chart and also on Shazam. His follow up single ‘Lord’ also received critical acclaim and significant national radio play from Today FM and Radio 1, a sold out Irish tour followed in early 2018, and his Spotify numbers are now heading to half a million stream.

U.M.A.N’s new single ‘So High’ is a return to his feel good soulful sounds, which he first performed this summer on Electric Picnic’s main stage with the Dublin Gospel Choir!


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