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Fergus Daly Releases Debut E.P. ‘Riddle’ with Launch in Whelan’s Jan 10th

Fergus Daly is an upcoming, Irish indie-rock artist. Despite only releasing his first song in December 2017, he has gone on to rack up over 50k listens on SoundCloud to date, not to mention over half a million cumulative views for his music videos!

Although always being musical and a music lover – it runs through his veins, he says – Daly was a late starter on the music scene, only setting off on this journey in earnest in autumn of 2016. The catalyst was upheaval in his personal life, a difficult episode which he channeled into his latent, untapped songwriting ability. A few months later he had produced sufficient material for an album, which he set about recording in Autumn 2019, in Jealoustown Studios, under the stewardship of Stuart Gray, his producer (who also plays guitar and keyboard on the album). The result was a collection of world-class songs, which surprised everyone, including Daly himself:

“It being my first foray into a studio, the process of discovering my sound and voice was more of an iterative and evolutionary one than something set in stone from the get-go, asI was open – and still am – to so many influences. But am so happy with the outcome …”

And his influences are certainly both broad and wide, spanning from every decade since the 50’s, with Led Zeppelin, The Doors, U2 and Oasis probably being the top of the long list, which also includes solo artists such as Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Ed Sheeran and David Gray. This eclectic mix probably goes some way to explaining the unique, unmistakable yet fresh sound he went on to create, with rock influences being pronounced in certain songs, such as Soldier Boy, and folk influences evident in others (such as Riddle – which lent it’s name to the album), characterised by a rich lyrical content, something that runs like a seam through all his work. And although all the songs on the album are personal in nature some are more so than others:

I’m wearing my heart on my sleeve in this album … in terms of concept, I think it’s an attempt at an honest portrayal of myself: a bundle of contradictions … hence the title …  each song representing a different side of me … some being deeply personal, being forged from a difficult period in my life … But I hope, despite that, their appeal is universal in nature …”

Keywest Receive IMRO Awards

Ahead of their appearance at the sold out 2FM Xmas Ball in aid of The ISPCC in the 3Arena, IMRO took the opportunity to present Keywest with two IMRO Awards in recognition of their number one albums ‘Joyland’ and ‘True North’.

The IMRO Number 1 Award was introduced to acknowledge IMRO members who reach number 1 in the album charts here in Ireland.

Keywest is a multi-award winning, multi-platinum selling independent artist from the UK and Ireland. They are a 4 piece band that has created an infusion of folk, rock and pop. They began playing on the cold streets across Ireland “busking” initially just to survive and pay the rent. However, from their first performance in this environment it was evident there was something special was happening, the band began pulling crowds and blocking up streets everywhere they played.

They have now sold over 150,000 physical CDs. The band decided to stay independent and set up their own label, rather than going a traditional route due to the success, as they wanted to continue to develop and hone their performance and sound.

From the streets, they have gone on to sell out tours across the UK and Ireland, secure two number one albums in Ireland. The band has now signed with promoters MCD promotions in Ireland and SJM promotions in the UK for their tours. Keywest is now a main stage act at Ireland’s largest music festivals, including Electric Picnic (Ireland largest music festival), Independence, and Longitude. Street shows, venue tours, and festivals tours all under their belt they have played now well in excess of 300+ shows. They have also played arena support slots to the likes of Bastille, Bryan Adams, Kodaline and more.

Chirpy Shares Her Latest Video ‘Another Version’

Irish artist Chirpy (aka Rebecca Shannon) shares a new vivacious video for her track ‘Another Version’ from the self-titled debut album released back in June. The album has received a steady stream of praise from online tastemakers and international blogs. The video was directed and produced by David Ferguson of Suddenly Dance in Canada. (

Chirpy’s style on this album combines a mixture of alternative dream pop, shoegaze and indie rock with electronic elements.

Rebecca says: ‘Another Version’ is a pretty self-explanatory track about remaining the version of yourself that others want you to be, or have encouraged you to be instead of breaking through the suffering and allowing the true version of yourself to be. For some reason we are attracted to that wheel of self-torture when there’s nothing to be afraid of’.

Talos Shares ‘See Me’ Video Ahead of December Tour

Talos (a.k.a. Eoin French) has debuted the video for new single ‘See Me’ via Flood Magazine.  Says Flood, “‘See Me’ is a breezy orchestral affair positioning Eoin French’s soaring Ezra Koenig falsetto over downbeat boom-bap electronics,” while calling the video “equally as lush” as the song itself. Watch it HERE. The track was produced by Talos, Ross Dowling (James Vincent McMorrow) and mixed by Damian Taylor (Bjork, Arcade Fire).

Says French about the video, “The ‘See Me’ lyrics were partly inspired by the life of serial killer Ed Kemper. For the video, it would have been an easy thing to pick up on this dark subject matter and make something directly inspired by it. Instead what we have is, in a way, a sort of prequel to his life. We are confronted with innocence and humanity, and a character that finds himself in a world where he is an outsider seeking his place in it.”

Following a recent UK tour with Editors and a US string of dates supporting Peter, Bjorn and John, Talos will return to North America to support Aurora on their tour in early 2019. Full tour details below.

Talos Tour Dates:

12/21 Dolan’s Warehouse, Limerick
12/22- Roisin Dubh, Galway
12/26- Connolly’s, Leap
12/30- Connolly’s, Leap
2/13- Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver #
2/14- The Showbox, Seattle #
2/15- Wonder Ballroom, Portland #
2/17- The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco #
2/20- The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles #
2/22- The Observatory North Park, San Diego #
2/23- Valley Bar, Phoenix #
2/25- Bluebird Theater, Denver #
2/27- First Avenue, Minneapolis #
3/01- Metro, Chicago #
3/02- Danforth Music Hall, Toronto #
3/03- Corona Theatre, Montreal #
3/05- Royale, Boston #
3/07- Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn #
3/09- Union Transfer, Philadelphia #
3/10- Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC #

#  with Aurora

Stream/Download “See Me” HERE

The 64th Ivor Novello Awards Opens For Entries

BASCA calls for the submission of works across six nominated categories for The Ivors 2019

The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) has opened the call for entries across six nominated categories for the 64th Ivor Novello Awards. The Ivors 2019 will take place on Thursday 23rd May 2019 at London’s Grosvenor House.

The Ivors celebrate, honour and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. BASCA invites eligible submissions in the following categories, across song and album releases, film, television and video games scores:

Best Song Musically and Lyrically
Best Contemporary Song
Best Album
Best Original Film Score
Best Television Soundtrack Best Original Video Game Score

Anyone can enter a work, including the songwriter or composer. To be eligible works must have a British or Irish writing contribution of at least 33.3% and have been commercially released in the UK during the calendar year ending 31st December 2018. This year all works will be judged anonymously and entrants must remove any reference to the songwriters or composers who created the work on submitted materials. The Ivors represents peer recognition with all categories judged by members of the music writing community.

The Ivors Rules and Guidelines should be viewed on its dedicated award entry site prior to entering eligible works. Deadline for entries is Thursday 7th February 2019

Peco Announces Irish Tour and Album

Indie folk artist Peco has announced plans for an Irish Tour which will also coincide with his debut solo album on Feb 15th.

The former frontman of indie folk rock band ‘Valentine Black’ , has spent much of the last 12 months in JAM studios with Martin Quinn and the first single ‘Monster’ will be available from Jan 11th.

The debut album takes influences from across multiple genres of music, in his lyrics you can hear influences ranging from Bob Dylan to Ryan Adams and musically, melodies bands such as The Cure would fit with.

Apr 11th – Whelans , Dublin
Apr 12th – Cleeres, Kilkenny
Apr 13th – Pharmacia, Limerick
Apr 14th – Spirit Store, Dundalk
Apr 26th – Monroes, Galway

For ticket info check out

IMRO Partners With Keychange


The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) is delighted to announce its sponsorship of Keychange, a pioneering international initiative which aims to see music festival line-ups achieve a 50:50 gender balance by 2022 whilst investing in the next generation of female talent in music.

Since 2017, Keychange has been empowering  women from across Europe to transform the future of music with the help of European festivals and conferences who have signed up to a 50:50 gender balance by 2022. 60 emerging artists and music business innovators from across Europe have performed and collaborated at international festivals and taken part in workshops and creative labs which make up the Keychange extensive support programme.

As Keychange grows and develops with over 140 festivals signing the pledge and a Keychange manifesto launched recently in the EU Parliament, IMRO is proud to join in as a supporter of the next phase of Keychange which is currently being prepared by PRS Foundation and partners. IMRO’s support will enable female artists and innovators from Ireland to take part in this unique initiative and collaborate with their peers from an extended network of 12 countries.

Speaking at the announcement of the partnership, Eleanor McEvoy, IMRO Chairperson said “International collaboration is essential to the creative and business development of all talented artists and the music industry’s future success. Enabling more women access to international networks and new markets at critical stages in their career will help them realise their potential as future leaders of an industry that is ready for and will benefit from change.  Right now we have an opportunity to respond and commit to tangible change within the music industry.  Our hope is that this will be the start of a more balanced industry which will result in benefits for everyone.”

Amongst the 140 international music festivals and conferences which have pledged to achieve a 50:50 gender balance across their line-ups by 2022, are Ireland’s Hard Working Class Heroes, and international festivals such as BBC Proms, Bestival, Canadian Music Week, Eurosonic Noorderslag, Iceland Airwaves, Midem, Kendal Calling, Reeperbahn Festival and many more.

Hard Working Class Heroes director Angela Dorgan said “Ireland has been supporting the Keychange initiative through the work of Hard Working Class Heroes who have joined as the Irish participating festival to grow the initiative further around the world. As part of the offcial sign up HWCH achieved 50:50 gender balance in 2017 and 55 :45 in 2018. We look forward to the artists and professionals from Ireland benefitting from this scheme and look forward to widening network and showcase opportunities to other artists and professional who will visit us in Ireland.”

Vanessa Reed, CEO of PRS Foundation and Keychange Founder said, “We’re delighted that IMRO has confirmed support of this international talent development programme and movement towards change.  Women from six European countries benefitted from collaboration, performance and training opportunities in the first phase of Keychange. IMRO’s support means that Irish artists and innovators will be able to join this network in 2019 when we’ll be launching a wider reaching programme with many more partners including First Music Contact in Dublin who will host international performances and visits at Working Class Heroes”.

Last month Keychange presented a manifesto for change at the European Parliament in Brussels, with the aim of encouraging a gender balanced music industry worldwide.

Some of the recommendations in the manifesto include: addressing the gender pay gap by establishing pay grades; anonymising recruitment processes; adopting health & safety and ethics policies which tackle sexual harassment; investing in mentoring and leadership training for women; and implementing paid shared parental leave for freelancers.

Keychange is led by PRS Foundation, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, in partnership with Musikcentrum Öst, Reeperbahn Festival, Iceland Airwaves, BIME, Tallinn Music Week, Way Out West, Liverpool Sound City and Mutek.

It is sponsored by Spotify, IMRO, GEMA, STEF, SGAE Foundation, Ableton, Trackd, Gorwelion Horizons, OMDC, Roskilde Foundation, British Council, Songtrust, Soundcloud and STIM.



Dermot Kennedy Named on BBC Sound of 2019 Longlist

Irish Musician Dermot Kennedy has today been announced as one of ten Artists included on the BBC Sound of 2019 Longlist. The BBC Sound of list aims to showcase the most exciting rising stars in music and has previously tipped Sigrid, Years & Years, Haim, Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding and Adele. The top 5 Artists from the longlist will be announced in January, 2019.

2018 has been a phenomenal year both home and abroad for the Irish Artist. Having sold over 75,000 tickets across a worldwide tour, Dermot played sold out headline shows in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre and Vicar street and had one of the most talked about performances at this year’s Electric Picnic.

His music continues to rack up phenomenal streaming stats with over 300 Million global streams, including over 1.2 million streams for his latest single “Power Over Me”.

In addition to the BBC Sound of 2019 list, Dermot Kennedy has also been included on Youtube Music’s ‘Ones To Watch 2019’, NPR’s Slingshot Artist of 2018, Ticketmaster New For 2019 shortlist, MTV Push One’s To Watch 2019 and RTE 2FM’s Rising List 2018.

Check out the official music video for “Power Over Me” below:

Dermot Kennedy plays four sold out shows in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre in May, 2019. More new music to follow from Dermot next year too!

Dermot Kennedy newly announced Tour Dates

May 6th 2019 – Bristol O2 Academy
May 7th 2019 – Birmingham O2 Institute
May 8th 2019 – London O2 Academy Brixton
May 10th 2019 – Glasgow Barrowlands
May 11th 2019 – Manchester Albert Hall – SOLD OUT
May 13th 2019 – Dublin Olympia Theatre – SOLD OUT
May 14th 2019 – Dublin Olympia Theatre – SOLD OUT
May 15th 2019 – Dublin Olympia Theatre – SOLD OUT
May 16th 2019 – Dublin Olympia Theatre – SOLD OUT


Keep Up with Dermot Kennedy:


Villagers To Play Iveagh Gardens

After recently returning from a sold-out UK and European tour, Villagers today announce a show for next summer, with special guest Aldous Harding, at Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens on Friday 12 July. Tickets go on sale this Thursday 13 December at 9am from Ticketmaster.

The new single ‘Sweet Saviour’ is out now.

Villagers’ acclaimed new album ‘The Art of Pretending to Swim’, released in September was written, produced, mixed and primarily performed by Conor O’Brien in his Dublin studio.

Watch the videos for ‘Fool’ here and ‘A Trick Of The Light’ here, both directed by Bob Gallagher.

Following the exquisitely sparse, intimate aura of 2015’s Darling Arithmetic, Conor O’Brien’s new record reconnects with the multi-faceted approach of Villagers’ 2010 album debut ‘Becoming A Jackal’ and 2013’s {Awayland} while adding a new-found soulfulness, rhythmic nous and dazzling panoply of sonic detail, both analogue and digital, creating feverish moods while writing effortlessly accessible tunes. Balanced with subtle aspects and lyrical themes that embrace existential fears and hopes in this desperate, technologically-centred dystopian age, ‘The Art Of Pretending To Swim’ is the most brilliantly realised Villagers album to date.

O’Brien has a string of accolades under his belt including two Ivor Novello Awards (the most recent being 2016’s Album Award for ‘Darling Arithmetic’), two Mercury Music Prize nominations and is also a previous winner of Ireland’s Choice Music Prize.

Additionally, Villagers’ music recently featured in the high profile HBO drama ‘Big Little Lies’, Conor has collaborated with the composer Nico Muhly (that track featuring in the recent Paulo Sorrentino Berlusconi biopic ‘Loro 2’) and Villagers’ Spotify session of ‘Nothing Arrived’ has hit over 120 million streams.

This date will be New Zealand artist Aldous Harding’s debut Irish performance.

Best Kept Secret Aldous Harding is finishing her third studio album. Igniting interest with her eponymous debut album released just two years ago, Aldous Harding quickly become a name murmured on many lips, known for her charismatic combination of talent, tenacity and shrewd wit. The album drew attention and accolades from some of the most illustrious corners of the music industry, receiving 4 stars in MOJO and Uncut, while UK blog The 405 hailed her a “toweringly talented song writer”. The upcoming recording reunites her with John Parish (PJ Harvey, Sparklehorse) with whom she worked on her acclaimed second album “ Party”. Released in 2017, “Party” catapulted Harding onto the world stage, featuring on numerous end-of-year polls and was named Rough Trade Shops “Album of the Year” | |

Villagers Online:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Tickets for Villagers at Iveagh Gardens priced €39.50 go on sale this Thursday 13 Dec at 9am and will be available from:

All Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide, Credit Card Bookings 0818 719 300 (ROI) / 0844 277 4455 (NI), Online at

MDT Announce Release of New Single ‘Darlin’

Darlin, the latest single from Motorcycle Display Team, offers a different texture to what we’re used to from the band. While being a slower rocker, the song’s story is very MDT and deals with a tougher side of life. A ‘dear-john’ letter, it’s written from the point of view of someone about to go through a sexual transition, and letting their current partner know what’s happening.

The clip for the song is the debut video for Dylan Copeland who animated and directed the clip. It was edited by Dylan’s brother, Jordan and both can claim a very famous father- Police drummer Stuart Copeland. This track has been a live favourite for MDT fans for quite some time. It was recorded during the sessions for the ‘Yours Probably’ album, but Morgan says ‘this track felt different to the others and we felt it was pretty special. If we included it on the album, it might have got lost, so we decided to release it as a single’.

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