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Sun Mahshene Announce March Single Release

Reckless Records is delighted to present Dublin Psych Rockers, Sun Mahshene who release a brand new single Leave this City’ on Friday March 1st.

Taken from their forthcoming debut album ‘Contradictions and Tales of Fiction’, the single is an anthem for the young Irish professionals who left Ireland during the economic crash over a decade ago and have never returned.

The track was recorded at Darklands Audio, Dublin and co-produced with Daniel Doherty. The single will be available on all major streaming and digital platforms.

What started off as a solo project by guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Nathan Henderson, soon turned into a collective of talented musicians, bringing Dave Murray on board for drumming duty and Ian McGinn on rhythm and lead guitar. With a mutual ambition to create something special they decided to merge their wide range of influences and joined forces with Darren Hughes on Bass and Ryan Daffy as third guitarist. What soon would follow is a fresh take on dark-tinged psychedelic Indie rock.

Having been described as sounding like somewhere between The Jesus And Mary Chain and Ride, it’s no wonder Sun Mahshene are creating a stir. In order to produce an ethereal, mammoth wall of sound the band employ an arsenal of three guitarists to maximum effect, backed by heavy bass grooves and powerful drums. Their agenda is to capture the sonic assault and fuelled aggression of their studio sessions and take it to the masses!


Nealo Shares ‘Just My Luck’

Nealo has been making hip hop music for just under a year, but has already made a massive impact. The end of 2018 saw the release of his debut EP ‘October Year’, heralded as one of the best Irish hip hop releases of the year. This led to a sold out first headliner, a support slot in the Olympia with California Rapper YG, and radio play on 2FM, Spin 103.8, RTE, 98FM & FM104.

Since then, MCD have come on board, and a second headliner on March 30th in Whelans has already sold out. Management are lining up a strong rollout of 3 singles and an EP in the coming 6 weeks. 

‘Just My Luck (Feat. Molly Sterling)’ is the first single from the EP. A liquid engrained in every birthday party, communion, confirmation, baptism, wedding, and funeral. We look forward to drinking it on a Friday night, and then wake up with sore heads in the morning and go do it all over again. ‘Just My Luck’ is a song about the perils of alcohol in a relationship. It’s an inner monologue from the perspective of a person who’s other half is leaving them because they just can’t for the life of them seem to give up the pints. It’s both light hearted and reflective, catchy, but also sombre. It’s happy, and sad at the same time. 

The music for this single is written by the amazing INNRSPACE group, who are Fiachra Kinder, UlY & Adam Garrett. Molly Sterling demonstrates her amazing vocals on this single and other songs on the forthcoming EP. Adam Shanahan (MyFault Music) & Uly both joined forces on production duties for the EP. 

I have been playing music in one form or another for almost 20 years, and this single & EP are the creative peak so far. I am ecstatic to get this out into the world” – Nealo. 

RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations” Returns for 2019

RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations” returns for the second year – a thoughtfully curated international-leaning music forum designed to encourage an exchange of learning and discussion and challenge some of the biggest prevailing issues facing both artists and industry professionals.

It will take place on the day of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event, Thursday 7th March from 10.30am – 3.30pm at IMRO, Dublin 2.  Tickets, priced at €5.00, are on sale now via

The event will provide an opportunity to learn from and challenge leading figures and experts working in the international industry and examine some of the critical components of today’s constantly changing music industry landscape. 

The panels will be moderated by Jim Carroll from RTÉ.

RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations”

Venue: Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Baggot St Lower, Dublin 2

9.30am: Registration opens

Conversation 1

10.30am: A Conversation with Martin Elbourne (Glastonbury / Co-founder The Great Escape)

Conversation 2

11.30am: I Heard You on the Radio: Irish Radio’s Role in Breaking New Acts

From Kodaline to Gavin James, radio is still key when it comes to breaking acts in Ireland thanks to an audience who still turn on and tune in every day. But is this likely to continue indefinitely? Should radio be taking more chances? Is radio’s attention economy margins getting squeezed by streaming? What will happen to radio when our cars are no longer FM-friendly?


Alan Swan (Director of Music 2FM)

Abbie McCarthy (BBC Introducing)

(further panellists to be announced)

12.30pm: Lunch break

Conversation 3

1.30pm: Are Guitar Bands About To Take Over Again?

They may not have quite done away with your Ed Sheerans and Ariana Grandes, but the return of the guitar band is very much on trend. While we’ve always seen cyclical ebbs and flows, it will be hugely interesting to see how they fare in the current era of heavily formatted commercial radio and streaming playlists. Our panel will look at the guitar band ecosystem, the role played by live venues in this resurgence, the ways to promote a guitar band in 2019 and where they think the new guns will be five years from now.


James O’ Donohoe (Artist Manager Red Light Management UK)

Carl Brogan (Manager The Academic)

(further panellists to be announced)

Conversation 4

 2.30pm: Mental Health and Music

Support and welfare of musicians and artists has never been as important as it is today. All involved are hugely aware of the vulnerability of working in the arts and the fact that musicians are four times as likely to suffer from anxiety and mental health issues than that of the general population. But awareness is just the beginning and panellists will examine some very specific areas which need to be addressed.


Joe Hastings – Head of Health & Welfare (Help Musicians UK) 

Louize Carroll (Occupational Psychologist, Bass Player The Blizzards) 

Aoife Ruth (Musician, Psychotherapist, Researcher)

3.30pm: Concludes


Culture Ireland will fund the attendance of influential overseas industry delegates to attend the live event and First Music Contact (FMC), as part of their international profiling activity, will again advise on the selection of delegates and oversee their integration into the individual mentoring sessions with the artists and the conference.

In Association with IMRO and Culture Ireland

Ruth Mac Launches Debut Single ‘Speed’

Galway-native, Berlin-based Ruth Mac releases video for debut single, ‘Speed’.

Animated and directed by Adam Valentine Carr, the video is a multi-layered compilation of footage from Mac’s recent artist residency in Lisbon and loop illustrations animated by Carr.

Released last month, ‘Speed’ is an eminently listenable slacker-rock ode to the act of compromise. Mac’s swerving vocals spill lazily onto an infectious undercurrent of strutting guitar lines (lead from Oh Boland’s Niall Murphy) and sunset choruses.

‘Speed’ is a stream of thought that teases out the recognition of difference between two people and the place of compromise in close relationships.

Speed’ is debut single from Ruth Mac, the Galway native who’s music stands at an intersection of soft rock and folk, with distinct blues and soul influences.

Having gigged consistently over the last year (notable slots include Ones To Watch, Hey Troubadour, Aidlink for Turkana), Mac has been commended for blending smooth instrumentation with raw, earthy vocals in a live performance which captures the imagination of listeners.

Speedpaves the way for a busy 2019 planned for Mac, now based in Berlin, as she continues work on a debut EP and preparing for Irish shows later in the year.

Diane Ní Chanainn Releases ‘Idir Mhuir Agus Sliabh’

It’s not often that a new voice arises out of an ancient tradition, managing to fuse the richness of the past with the promise of the future. Forged out of the centuries-old traditions of her native Donegal, Diane Cannon is a singer who brings the songs and the music played by the hearth fire of a long gone Ceilí house, to the sophisticated tastes of a 21st century audience. From Meenlaragh, which nestles between spectacular Errigal and the Islands of Tory and Inisboffin in the heart of the Donegal Gaeltacht, Diane inherited her musical talents from both sides of her family; all four grandparents were accomplished musicians and singers. As a youngster Diane frequently won competitions and she competes successfully to this day, most recently winning first place in the prestigious Comortas Cuimhneacháin Shéain Óig Uí Thuama at Oireachtas na Gaeilge. Her long anticipated debut album Idir Mhuir agus Sliabh follows hard on the heels of her single ‘Séan Ó Duibhir a’ Ghleanna’ which was released last year to great critical acclaim.

Some of the leading lights in Celtic music perform on the album; Donald Shaw, Michael McGoldrick, Neil Martin, Charlie McKerron amongst many others. There are a few beautiful duets with friend, mentor and renowned sean-nós singer Lillis Ó Laoire. Diane says “For a number of years, I have been working on and researching, with Lillis, forgotten songs of my native area, great songs, although they have never been recorded,” she says “I’m delighted to breathe new life into these old songs, rejuvenate them with modern arrangements while still remaining true to the core tradition.”

Diane is extremely proud that Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh of Altan features on the album, playing a tune she learned from Diane’s grandfather and good friend of the Mooney family; Manus Cannon. The record includes songs that are specific and personal to Diane’s homeplace – ‘An Droighnean Donn’ and ‘Toraigh Álainn’ from Tory Island and ‘Cnoc na Naomh’ & ‘Bainín Mhín a Leagh’ have been revived and given new life by the emotion, love and understanding of Diane’s richly expressive voice. There are a few songs in English which have been favourites of the family for years which she interprets equally as well as the sean nós songs; ‘Broom of the Cowdenowes’ and ‘Lough Erne’s Shore’, these are songs which she learned from the singing of Oriel singers Garrett Doran and Eithne Ní Uallacháín.

Maintaining the tradition of family unison singing, Diane is joined on on Níl sé na Lá and Mhaithrín Dhilís by her daughter Kelly Ní Chanainn, who she proudly raised, mentoring and steeping her in traditional Irish music and the Irish language. The album also succeeds in taking some of the old songs in the tradition and breathing a fresh new life into them with great understanding and empathy by producer Manus Lunny.

Diane adds “I wanted to record an album that reflects all that is important and special to me. Songs and tunes from home, staying true to my local traditional style while adding some magic with new arrangements; breathing new life into the songs.

Sea Sessions Announces 2019 Line Up

Sea Sessions have just added a host of acts to the line up for Ireland’s biggest beach party. Jax Jones, The Magician, Wild Youth, Hermitage Green, Sugarhill Gang with Grandmaster Melle Mel and Scorpio, Le Boom, Jerry Fish, Bitch Falcon, Trojan Sound System, DJ Hype, Boots & Kats, Kormac (AV show) Inhaler, Jack Vallier, Moncriefff, The 2 Johnnies, Stevie G, Columbia Mills, Al Gibbs, Josh McClorey, Get Down Edits, The Wood Burning Savages, Vulpynes, Pontious Pilate & The Naildrivers, Josh Gray, Paddy Hanna, Silverbacks, Montauk Hotel, Somebody’s Child, Tim Chadwick, ALT 8, Colin Perkins, Michael Pope, Thumper, Classic Yellow, Noel Phelan and more join hot headliners Sigrid, Clean Bandit and Two Door Cinema Club at Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival this summer taking place from 21 – 23 June 2019.

Early Bird tickets have been snapped up by Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival fans and are now sold out. Day and weekend tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide ad Tickets priced from €119.90 for 3 days and €149.90 to include 4 nights camping. There are limited single day tickets available from €54.90 + VIP Upgrades for €50. Check out for more details.

Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival, which returns to the unique festival setting of Donegal’s Bundoran, has sold out weeks in advance over the last four years with this year promising to be no different. Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival has gone from strength to strength and has firmly established itself as one of the most important dates on the Irish Festival circuit, winning IMRO Festival of the year at the 2017 IMRO awards along with picking up the gong for Festival of the year at the “Excellence in Local Government Awards”. 

Festival director Ray O’Donoghue says:“We’re delighted with this year’s lineup and with our new additions. We think it is by far our strongest lineup yet! There’s something for everyone there, from Sigrid to The Sugarhill Gang, Two Door Cinema Club to Jax Jones  and everything else in between. We’ve sold out the last 4 years so we expect this year to be no different. We’ve even got a surprise or two still left up our sleeves. We literally can’t wait until the summer” 

Over the years such luminaries as Dizzee Rascal, Paul Weller, Tinie Tempah, Rudimental, Bastille, Seasick Steve and loads more have graced Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival stages. 

Supported by and working with Donegal County Council and Failte Ireland the event has become an important kick start to the tourist season for the capital of Irish surfing, Bundoran. The festival started in 2008 as an after party for a Surfing Competition and now it holds the top Surfing Competition in the country as well as hosting the world’s top skateboarders, BMX’ers and loads of beach sports. 

Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival
21st – 23rd June 2019 and Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide.

Paj Releases Debut Single

Paj is a ‘blue-eyed soul’ singer from Dublin – formerly guitarist with Loah, Fehdah, and currently Ensemble Eriu. Out of hundreds of entrants, was chosen by RTÉ 2FM to reform on their Play the Picnic stage at 2018’s Electric Picnic. His debut track ‘Friends Confused’ is a lush, lyrical take on a the confusing line between romance and the ‘friend zone’ on top of a laid-back, hip-hop beat. 

With 10 years industry experience as a backing singer & guitarist, Paj goes out on his own. He has supported Billy Idol, M People, Grammy nominees Hiatus Kaiyote, Taylor McFerrin and Thundercat. 

Paj toured Europe in 2010, performing in USA & Portugal with subsequent 2017 Eurovision Song Contest winner & Universal Artist Luisa Sobral, and has lived in America, Brazil & West Africa, gaining an world-music influence and he now hosts a world music radio show on Dublin Digital Radio. Other members of Paj’s band have performed with Hozier, Wyvern Lingo, Mary Coughlan, Zaska, Nava.

Paj will play a debut release party on March 1st at the Bello Bar, Dublin, with full band, 8pm.
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Ciara McNally Reaches Finals of International Songwriting Competition

Ciara McNally singer/songwriter from Carlow was announced as one of the finalists in the 2018 International Songwriting Competition (ISC) for her original song ‘Complicated’ penned at the tender age of 12.

The ISC is an annual song writing competition held annually in Nashville. Every year the competition attracts entries from thousands of songwriters worldwide.

Ciara, a student of Mike Hennessey Guitar/Drums School took a real interest in learning to play guitar before the age of 12 and in a matter of weeks became a very accomplished player. She then started to sing many of her own self composed songs. Ciara is passionate about her singing & songwriting and hopes to follow in the footsteps of her many favourite artists such as Dodie, Declan McKenna, Years and Years and Orla Gartland. In 2018 she was delighted to record a song with singer/songwriter Luan Parle at the KCLR 96FM studios which she wrote during one of Luan’s songwriting workshops. She has since learnt how to play an array of instruments including keyboard with teacher Mary Hennessy.

With a naturally beautiful voice, the talented 14 year old has composed over forty songs.

Moylan Shares Latest Single

Moylan is a Dublin based singer-songwriter from Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. She began writing at the age of sixteen and has worked tirelessly to create her own brand of lyrics that playfully deal with life’s complicated emotions, “Music is my solace. When I am down, I have two options: I could sit and write a sad song, or I could have a cheeky dance and then look back on cute little me from five minutes ago with a fresh mindset. I can be prone to melancholy, so writing in a light hearted, reflective way really helps me.”

In recent years Moylan has been making waves in the Irish music scene with stunning performances on the Voice of Ireland 2016, appearances in Irish festivals (Electric Picnic, Imagine Arts Festival, IMBOLC festival, Comeraghs Wild Festival) and striking headline shows in Dublin, Dungarvan and Carrick-On-Suir. She is known for her distinct Celtic tones and unwavering vocal control. In October of 2018, she released her debut single ‘Naïve’, which was noticed by the likes of Remy, Nialler9 and TLMT, and she performed it on RTÉ Radio1 with Miriam O’ Callaghan. Now, Moylan brings us a fresh new single.

From the bold opening note, to the hushed closing sentiment, ‘On The Right Side’ oozes with confidence and self-assurance. Speaking on the background of the song, Moylan says, “I had been seeing this guy who made me feel like I needed to change to be worthy of someone like him. Writing this song helped me to tackle the situation with a sense of humour. Instead of seeing it as my fault, I chose to see it as his loss.”

Musically, this song paints a picture. The drums and acoustic guitar form the canvas on which the velvet vocals create an evocative scene. This scene is delicately embellished by the whirling piano and the rich double bass and we are presented with a truly beautiful piece, guaranteed to resonate with the listener.

This track was recorded and produced in Camden Recording Studios by Cian Boylan and Conor Brady, both of whom are esteemed musicians and producers and have worked with the likes of  Van Morrison, Sinéad O’ Connor, Declan O’ Rourke, etc.. It was mastered by Ruairí Crushnan.

In 2019 you can expect to hear a lot from Moylan. She will be releasing an EP in June which will be followed by a head-line show in Dublin and festival filled summer.

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The Grunts Share ‘You Me And The Devil Makes Three’

Together for over 10 years ago and taking their influences from early 80’s and 90’s indie rock. The Grunts have steadily become one of Ireland’s most exciting indie rock bands. More recently adding a gentler melodic flavour akin to The Academic / Kings of Leon to their raw energy sapping rock set.

Having already released 9 Ep’s and 2 albums including the acclaimed ‘Reflections in my Mirror Shade’ which received 7/10 review by Jackie Hayden in Hot Press a few years ago. The Grunts in 2016 released their 2nd album ‘Cult Before Country’ which again received a very positive of 6/10 in Hot Press. Most recent The Grunts Released their latest EP ‘Heal Your Heart’, which has enjoyed a lot of radio play all over Ireland and reached number 30 in the Irish rock charts. On 26th of January of 2019 the grunts released ‘You Me And The Devil Makes Three’.

The band over the years has headline gigs across Ireland including venues such as Whelan’s Dublin, The Roisin Dubh Galway, Dolans Limerick, The Crane Lane Cork, Warzone Belfast while also supporting such acts as Riche Ramone of the legendary Ramones, The Sultans of Ping, Delorentos and Nina Hynes to name a few. The band also played various festivals including the Indiependance Festival in Mitchelstown and in 2018 they played in Townlands Carnival in Macroom.

The band has also toured in the UK and US, appearing on Dead TV and taking in legendary venues like Madame Jo Jo’s in London and the Trash Bar and Bowery Electric in New York City back to back tours. The band has also played in Malaga in ZZ Bar and The Stage in December of 2017. Most recently the Grunts Supported South Korean trio Billy Carter on their European Tour.

The band’s releases have received airplay and support from various radio and internet stations including Balcony TV, Dead TV, Irish radio stations Today FM DJs Alison Curtis, Dave Couse, 96FM’s Michael Carr, Red FM’s Ash Keating and Zoe Staunton from WLR fm.

The Grunts song ‘Cult Before Country’ featured on the Orion / Maurice Carroll’s production ‘Dead Along the Way’ recently digitally released Globally featuring acclaimed actress Sinead O’Riordan. Shown exclusively in Leicester Square London.

The short films Tae Talk 1 and 2 featuring Jenn Mcguirk of TV3 and now in a full time actress in Hollywood also featured the Grunts tunes ‘If It Feels Good Do It’ and ‘Party Weirdo’.

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