Reference Tim O’Riordan and Natural Gas and you will most likely hear mention of their hit song ‘The Langer’, ‘Come Up To Gurrane Lizzy Windsor’, ‘Olenka Bozynski’ and other similar comic songs. Tim’s new album ‘Taibhse’ clearly proves there are many strings to his bow.
‘One Lonely Star’ is the first single from the album, a beautiful Christmas ballad of loneliness and homesickness that tugs at the hardest heart.
Tim’s songwriting has brought him lots of success over the years. In 1998 his song ‘Eleanor’ won the 1798 National Song Contest. He has twice reached the Final of the IMRO sponsored Sean McCarthy Ballad Competition. Two of his songs, ‘The Langer’ and ‘Olenka Bozynski’, are included on Sony’s Definitive Irish Comedy album, amongst such luminaries as Christy Moore, The Dubliners, Chris de Burgh and Pat Shortt.
Tim’s biggest success came in 2004 with ‘The Langer’ reaching No 1 spot for 4 weeks, going on to be the biggest selling Irish Single that year. ‘The Langer’ was accredited double platinum status by IRMA an incredible achievement considering over half of the actual sales were not recognised. A remix/dance version of the song also reached No 1 in the Dance/House Charts.
His topical songs ‘Ruaille Buaille’, ‘The Viagra Song’ and ‘Come Up To Gurrane Lizzy Windsor’ have been used on TV documentaries, while his poignant ‘Song for the Fallen’ has appeared on a Belgian docu/drama about the First World War and played at the Menin Gate Evening Ceremony in Ypres.
Tim lives in rural County Cork with his wife and three children. He gigs regularly all over Cork and Kerry. Last year his band Natural Gas celebrated 30 years on the road by touring Sakhalin Island Eastern Siberia, South Korea, Perth and Onslow Australia, Abu Dhabi and Atyrau, Kazachstan.
‘One Lonely Star’ and Tim’s album ‘Taibhse’ are available to download on iTunes.
Dublin singer-songwriter Siobhan Lynch is delighted to announce the release of her new single ‘Land of the Damned’. As the final song to be released from her recording sessions with producer Gavin Glass and following on from her last single, the fiery ‘I Defy’, ‘Land of the Damned’ looks inwards.
Although it’s not your typical love song, ‘Land of the Damned’ captures the essence of those disastrous relationships that you know are bad for you but you just can’t help yourself, as if you are under a spell. “It was my first love,” says Lynch, explaining the background of the song, “so I was full of hope and stupidity, completely naive and exhilarated all at the same time.”
“You both know it is a disaster,” she says, “that it is going to go nowhere and that there will be tears but somehow on a Friday night when you are just about to curl up with a good book, you make a phone call and ten minutes later you are in a taxi into town…”
Deeply personal but universally relatable, ‘Land of the Damned’ is what happens when sense goes out the window and something else takes over.
‘Land of the Damned’ marks the end of a busy summer of festivals and gigs for Baba and she will be spending the next few months working on new material for her next EP.
The video for ‘Land Of The Damned’ was shot and directed by Dara McDonagh and Keith Pendred.
‘Land of the Damned was written by Siobhan Lynch and produced by Gavin Glass in Orphan Studios, Dublin 8.
Available to Download/Stream now on iTunes and Spotify
Music Minds | A One – Day Festival Bringing Musical Minds Together in the West of Ireland This January
Music Minds 2019 is an IMRO sponsored one day multi-genre music festival made up of workshops, debates, films and live performances for those interested in the advancing music industry, its lineage and its rapidly changing vista through technology.
Perhaps, most exciting of all is that we are taking this celebration of all things contemporary Irish music with a focus on the emerging technologies and advances in the industry and bringing it back to where it all began, the mecca of traditional Irish music, Doolin Co.Clare.
Set in the heart of the village, Music Minds takes place on January 19th in Hotel Doolin. A dream setting to stave off the winter chill and surround yourself with like minded music fanatics with a thirst for knowledge on the ever evolving technology and platforms associated with the industry, with workshops, demos, panel discussion and live performances from the best of contemporary alternative artists and professionals.
Brought to you by Musician & Producer Simon O’Reilly and Happenings, the folks behind IMRO’s Best Small Festival Another Love Story, this is a unique festival for musical minds to gather, network, learn and be entertained in the wild and inspirational setting in the West of Ireland.
David Kitt | Donal Dineen | Katie Kim | RSAG | Solkatt | The Mud Bubble | Anna Mullarkey | Emmet Condon | Tiny Dancers For Kids
Music Documentary Making | Live Visuals | Electronic Percussion | Pedal Board
Music Minds Debate Panel:
Donal Dineen | Una Molloy | Eamonn Doyle | Emmet Condon | Sharon Phelan | More TBA
Man of Aran with Live Score
Arbutus Yarns Films
The Full Sh’bang (access to workshops, demonstrations and live performances) €35
The Evening Party (access to venue from 6:30pm) €20
Family Beat (2 adults + 2 kids all day access) €75
Kids Under 12 (entry until 9pm) €10
Sponsored by IMRO
The Street Lights collective have just released the video to their special cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s classic single ‘Homeward Bound’ and announced the track listing for the upcoming Street Lights album.
Ireland’s musicians joined forces as ‘Street Lights’ to release ‘Homeward Bound’ and the album ‘Street Lights’ to generate funds for the most vulnerable, our homeless. Peter McVerry Trust, Simon Community Ireland and Focus Ireland will be the recipients of all profits of the single and album sales, which they have agreed will go directly to rehoming and rehousing on a national level. To donate €4 to the Street Lights Project text street lights to 50300 (Focus Ireland, Simon Community and Peter McVerry Trust between them will receive a minimum of €3.60. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278)
15 songs have been carefully selected by artists and organisers to feature on the self titled album ‘Street Lights’ which will be released on Friday 7 December. The album features songs from Bell X1, Snow Patrol, Saint Sister, Richard Hawley with Lisa Hannigan, James Vincent McMorrow, Damien Dempsey, Luka Bloom, Villagers, Stephen James Smith, David Gray, The Frames, Lisa O’Neill, Glenn & Ronan and Celtic Woman.
Single ‘Homeward Bound’ was recorded in Camden Studios with producer/arranger Cian Boylan and features a host of prolific artists including The High Hopes Choir, Gary Lightbody, Cathy Davey, Villagers, Loah, Bono, Roisin O, Join Me In The Pines, Little Green Cars, Saint Sister and Colm Mac Con Iomaire.
STREET LIGHTS the album is is available to pre order NOW:
VARIOUS ARTISTS – STREET LIGHTS – CD
Homeward Bound – Street Lights
Soft Rain – Damien Dempsey
Set Fire To The Third Bar – Snow Patrol
Rocky Took A Lover – Bell X1
Dreams – Saint Sister
What Happens When The Heart Just Stops – The Frames
My Ireland (excerpt) – Stephen James Smith
I Lie Awake Every Night– James Vincent McMorrow
To Build A Home – Glenn&Ronan
Falling Down The Mountainside With You – David Gray
Hush A Bye Mountain (live) –Richard Hawley & Lisa Hannigan
Earthly Pleasures (live) – Villagers
No Train To Cavan – Lisa O’Neill
Mná Na hÉireann – Celtic Woman
All I Want Is A Room Somewhere – Luka Bloom
Speaking about the stunning single and upcoming album release, The High Hopes Choir said: “It’s been such a joy to work with so many amazing musicians, artists and people from across the music industry to release this single and album to the public. We hope they love it as much as we all do, and buy it to help our homeless citizens.”
‘Homeward Bound’ available across all digital platforms now and will be followed by the full album ‘Street Lights’ on Friday 7 December 2018 from all good record stores and across all digital platforms.
‘Dormant Boy’ is the debut album from 24 year old Limerick electronic musician, singer and songwriter Proper Micro NV.
A 12 track electronic adventure that delves in to the genres multiple subsets, elements of electronic, soul, ambient, dance and house are contained within what is Hall’s most complete collective to date.
“This is my most personal record to date. It’s a bit of everything really in terms of emotion. Happy, sad, dancey, calming and woozy all at once. It’s a little bit idiosyncratic in a sense that it’s a bit unusual and a little bit off kilter. I like to think that it digs in a little bit deeper and pushes a few electronic boundaries. I’ve thrown everything at it, I’m really proud of it and I hope people enjoy and support it.”
‘Shooting Star’ is the latest single from actress/singer/songwriter Klara McDonnell’s debut EP ‘Trapped Within’ and was released on 26th November. It was produced by Beardfire Music Production Studios. Lyrically it’s about mental health struggles and suicide awareness.
The music video was directed and edited by Klara. It features Dani Masterson and Kevin J Paul. The tone of the music video is dark yet has a hopeful edge to it. it was filmed on location at Howth cliff walk.
‘Shooting Star’ is available to stream and download on iTunes, Spotify, Googleplay and Deezer.
2018 has been a busy year for hard working Thurles band Jester which saw them sign a deal with Independent UK record label Velvet Moron Records, the brainchild of David White (Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, ELO, Biffy Clyro and Kasabian).
On the live front Jester performed at Electric Picnic 2018, Féile Classical 2018, headlined a number of shows themselves throughout Ireland and supported acts including The Stunning and Britpop legends Cast.
Velvet Moron Records will release Jester’s debut album ‘Shadows Need a Light’ on March 15th 2019. The album will feature tracks including ‘Sea Saw’ (Today FM Home-grown Hero track), ‘Little Run Down’ which also had its radio debut on Lost in Music with Ed Smith on Today FM and the hooky new release ‘In The Meantime’ which has all the right ingredients for it to eclipse anything the band have done to date.
Since joining forces with Velvet Moron Records the hard work has been bearing fruit with many UK Radio stations taking notice of the track ‘Little Run Down’.
The album launch will be supported by a tour in prestigious venues including;
Whelan’s Dublin 15th March
The Source Thurles 16th March
De Barra’s Clonakilty 22rd March
Crane Lane Theatre Cork 24th March
If its big choruses, a wall of sound combined with lyrics that actually mean something you’re after then Jester are the band for you….
Barry Grace was a songwriter. He was a well known jingle writer and much beloved in the Dublin advertising and music community. In recent years he played keyboards with Electric Penguins and became a board member of the Irish Film Board. He loved Gilbert O’Sullivan, Elton John, Emerson Lake & Palmer – and The Sound of Music. He loved song contests, wrote musicals, and won many awards for these in international competitions. Barry passed away in 2016 after a short illness, all too soon.
This record is his parting gift.
Violin virtuose Maria Ryan and Lucia MacPartlin will be joined by Limerick’s award-winning folk singer-songwriter Emma Langford on their tour of Ireland this December for the launch of their debut album, “Lucia and Maria Live at the Chapel”.
The album was recorded at Griffith College Chapel in Cork as part of the Quiet Lights Festival.
Lucia and Maria met while studying in Cork, where they also formed string-quartet Strung. In their compositions and arrangements they combine their traditional, classical and folk influences to stunning effect. The duo completed their Masters’ at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden last year, before returning home to Ireland to record their debut album. Lucia and Maria have embarked on a brand new collaboration with award-winning folk singer-songwriter Emma Langford for the month of December.
“I’m very excited to be collaborating with the girls” says Emma, “they’ve re-imagined a few of my songs for this tour in a way I couldn’t really have imagined. They’re deadly.”
With songs that dance playfully in that liminal space between folk, jazz and traditional Irish nuance, Emma Langford is described as “a breath of fresh air” by Ireland’s song-writing legend Phil Coulter. Her songwriting is compared to the work of Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake and Joan Baez; her presence and timbre however are truly unique and best experienced live.
Her debut album Quiet Giant, produced by Grammy-nominated team The Production Suite, was released at the end of 2017. The Irish Times described Quiet Giant as ‘music that weaves a spell as you listen to it… An enduring piece of work‘.
In October 2018 Emma Langford won the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Award for Best Emerging Artist.
The trio will be touring throughout December, visiting folk venues in Limerick, Cork, Dundalk. Dublin and Tipperary.
The White Horse, Ballincollig, Cork – 6th December
The Washerwoman, Ballina, Tipperary – 7th December
The Cobblestone, Dublin – 13th December
Limerick City Library, Limerick – 14th December
The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Louth – 16th December
High Nelly Vintage Bike Cafe, Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick – 20th December
Songbook, the Marcus Ward, Belfast – Emma Langford solo – 18th December
Pepper Canister Church, Dublin – supporting Iarla O Lionard & Steve Cooney – 22nd December
Since debuting last year, Cat Turner has won praise for her dark-pop sound. She is crafting her own niche of driving synths and raw vocals, and new single ‘Easier’ is testament to her unique talent. Cat is a producer-singer from Galway, who has honed her sound since starting to produce just over a year ago. In this short time, support has come from tastemakers like Hot Press and Clash Music, and live performances have included Electric Picnic and support slots with fellow Irish ones-to-watch Pillow Queens. Her debut EP ‘Contrast’ also saw national airplay, and drew comparisons to artists such as Grimes and Tove Lo.
The new video for ‘Easier’ exhibits a love-drunk atmosphere as it follows a couple through the ups and downs in their relationship. We are taken from moments of loving affection to full-blown fights, break-up arguments to make-up sex. The subject of falling in love is a confusing one to write about and there is a real sense of honesty with Cat’s lyrics.They is nuanced and exciting, bold but shy, autobiographical and universal; managing to transform the artist’s own story into everyone else’s. Musically, there is an uneasy mood of menace throughout that perfectly matches the subject matter. Staying true to her brand of ‘Goth pop’, ‘Easier’ marks an ever-growing confidence for this exciting young artist.