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The Altered Hours and The Bonk to Play Live at St Luke’s

The Good Room are excited to announce the return of The Altered Hours to Live at St Luke’s, Cork, with special guests The Bonk, Friday 27th September, as part of their summer tour. 

The Altered Hours’ music takes on many forms, exploring vast psychedelic spaces, immediate post-punk tones, repetitive rhythms and propelling structures. Having previously released music with Anton Newcombe’s label ‘A Recordings’ and Irish indie labels such as Art For Blind Records and Penske Recordings, the band have toured extensively across Europe over the past few years. Their discography to date has shown an ever evolving style, sometimes unpredictable yet always exciting. Live, they have become known for their intense and exhilarating performances.

The Bonk – a project based around compositions by Philip Christie (O Emperor), are also confirmed for the bill. Gathering influences from 60’s garage, jazz and experimental pop, The Bonk bring together recursive rhythms and improvised melody in loose minimal song forms.

The Altered Hours play Live at St. Luke’s in Cork as part of their summer tour Friday 27th September, with special guests The Bonk on support. Tickets €20 go on sale from 10am Friday 28th June.

Brian McGrane Announces Release of ‘Still With Me’

Having toured the world extensively over the past 5 years from Dublin’s 3Arena to Radio City in New York, Brian McGrane has been releasing his own original music over the past year and has embarked on an exciting musical journey.

His latest release ‘Your Last Day’ took social media by storm, striking a chord with thousands of people worldwide. “I received 100’s of messages from people who’ve been very moved by the song.

Brian’s next release, ‘Still With Me’ is available from all stores on Friday June 28th. The song deals with the relationship challenges resulting from life on the road, such as distance, trust and communication. Thankfully after a short break, the relationship was re-kindled and valuable lessons were learned. It is possible to source solutions to those challenging times apart.

Brian co-produced the song while on tour in Australia alongside Swords based producer Billy Farrell. Over the summer months Brian has lots of solo gigs, writing sessions and tours lined up and is currently putting plans in place for his first ever headline show in Dublin this autumn. Brian is definitely one to watch out for.

Robb Murphy to Release ‘Laughing At The Sky’

Robb Murphy is set to release his latest single and video on 28th June.

‘Laughing At The Sky’ is a hopeful song with a hint of country that sings of what seems to be a lost, heartbroken old man but in fact he is very content with his simple minimalistic lifestyle. “Oh there’s a lot of life in the old boy yet,” is the line that repeats in the chorus emphasising that no matter what age you are or what life circumstances you are in, there is always hope and more life to come regardless what misfortunes you may have been dealt.  The accompanying video was shot in the Bardenas Reales Desert in Spain and narrates this story in the form of a lonesome cowboy making his journey towards Castil de Terra, a famous rock formation in Navarra Northern Spain.  Local filmmaker David McGarvey from Firefly Films shot and directed the music video.

Also included with this release is the song ‘Knock Me Down’, an Americana ballad with influences such as Counting Crows, Neil Young and Ryan Adams.

‘Laughing At The Sky’ will be available on Bandcamp, iTunes, iTunes Music Player, Google Play Music, Amazon and other online music stores from the 28th of June 2019.

Ralph McLean of BBC Radio Ulster says, “Robb Murphy is a real talent. His songs are melodic and magical. He writes from the heart and the results are spellbinding.”

CISAC and FutureLearn launch new global online course on copyright and the business of creative industries

A new global online education course about copyright, authors rights, royalties and the creative industries is now open for enrolment for learners across the world.

The free online MOOC (massive open online course) from CISAC and FutureLearn: Copyright and the Business of Creative Industries, is a unique course explaining the role of copyright in the creative and cultural industries. Registration opened Monday, June 24th, 2019. The course begins Monday, July 22nd.

The four-week course follows the earlier CISAC-FutureLearn MOOC: Exploring Copyright, which attracted over 10,000 learners across the world.

The course is for creators of artistic works of any kind: producers, publishers, broadcasters, digital service providers, professionals, and anyone involved in the cultural and creative industries. It will also be very useful to anyone working in the copyright or related industries.

The course is introduced by award-winning singer-songwriter and CISAC Vice President, Angélique Kidjo. Industry leaders from around the globe will be sharing their knowledge from authors societies, record labels, the visual arts sector, audiovisual businesses and other creative sectors.

Sign up and be sure to share your journey on social media with #FLCopyrightBusiness.

Arthur Valentine to Release ‘2018’ in July

Hausu’s eclectic pop auteur Arthur Valentine’s sophomore single was written in 2017, is releasing in 2019, and is titled ‘2018’. Ascending from the bedroom-pop approach of his successful debut single ‘Selfish’, Arthur Valentine takes the ambitious leap of following with this full band, folk-inspired track. Employing help from his Hausu collaborators, 2018 was recorded over an 18 month period in both DIY and professional studios.

The earliest version of this track was drafted over two years ago, only hours before Arthur boarded a plane to move to the United States for the summer. Having recorded what would later become ‘2018’s’ main guitar melody on his iPhone, Arthur emigrated to Montauk, New York. He spent the next 90 days without access to any musical equipment with only his Voice Memos and a notebook to compose what is now the track’s instrumentation. With the equally beautiful and superficial “Instagram town” of Montauk serving as inspiration for the song’s lyrics, Arthur would return to Ireland that autumn with the outline of 2018.

Like ‘Selfish’ before it, ‘2018’ is deeply personal and vulnerable underneath its pop facade, discussing the alienation of his time in Montauk and the superficial culture driven by social media keeping-up-appearances; a “new age of plastic fun.” At the end of the track, the band and its pop atmosphere evaporates, leaving the singer crooning alone in a small venue; on the same footing where ‘Selfish’ left off.

‘Selfish’ launched Arthur Valentine’s story with a bang – being positively reviewed by Nialler9, GoldenPlec, The Irish Times,, IndieBuddie and REMY’s music blog, the track was added to the Spotify curated The New Éire and An Alternative Éire playlists and landed plays on RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2FM, and radio stations as far out as Switzerland. ‘2018’ is set to release July 12th, 2019 on all streaming platforms. It can be presaved over on DistroKid:

‘Just For You’ by Leo Dynamic1 Ft. Terry Kavanagh Out Now

‘Just for You’ is the explosion of when Boxing meets MMA! The single, from Leo Dymanic1 (AKA The Punching Producer) featuring Terry Kavanagh.

Terry is not only an experienced musician but also puts his strong voice to use as a Boxing & MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) Ring Announcer.

With Terry’s partner, Erin Mc Gregor appearing on the successful Dancing with the Stars in 2018 you can only imagine the competition, who is the best performer?

Leo Dynamic1 is a two time All Ireland Boxing Champion with his previous release ‘Let Me Love You’ going straight to Number 1 on The Dutch Dance Top 40 Chart on Spotify, while also receiving radio support in Ireland.

‘Just For You’ is Terry and Leo’s 1st Collaboration, with an uptempo beat it is sure to get you “Hooked” early.

KnockanStockan Announces New Additions

KnockanStockan have already announced their return for the Summer of 2019, with heavy emphasis on their ethos which is to support and… “Love New Music”. Today we give you a special gift: New Additions to the impressive line-up setting the bar higher than it’s ever been.

It has been less than four months since Little Green Cars called it a day, but four of the band’s five members wasted no time in announcing a new band: SODA BLONDE. Fronted by Faye O’Rourke with Adam O’Regan, Donagh Seaver O’Leary and Dylan Lynch the band “evokes the tragic beauty of Karen Carpenter and the pop sensibilities of Annie Lennox”. They have just performed on The Late Late Show on RTE, and performed to a sell-out show in TGS and are going to be playing at Knockanstockan this year as part of the New Additions to the line-up, announced today June 19th.

The new additions also include Kerryman Donal Dineen, a pioneering DJ, Photographer and Filmmaker along with punk rockers Panik Attaks consisting of – Rob Walsh (Cold Comfort), Mick Pyro (Republic of loose) Trevor Keogh (New Secret Weapon) Alex Harvey (Thumper) and Rian trench (Solar Bears) + MANY MORE>>>

Here is the complete line up of NEW ADDITIONS!

New live acts !

Soda Blonde | Uly | Donal Dineen | The Panik Attaks | Jimmy Penguin | Messyng | Aswell | Pine The Pilcrow | Lil’ Brendan | Donal Gunne Band |VictorRama | The Other Side of Detroit | Schindler’s Fist | Robbie Cash & The Black Tar Bandits

More Performance Artists!

Eoin Tyrell | GirlPlay | Elder Norman’s Formal Board of Normal Mormon Moral Orders and Frankie | Cikada Circus | Spiralites | LedBelly | Giant Wolf Theatre Company | The Comedy Collective| Walnut & Scroope | Niv, Circus Hoop Artist | SPÁSÓGS | Emmet O’Brien ft. Sea High | Sarah Kineen | Disco Dragons | Cúana Matata | Ring Dem Bells 

Knockanstockan’s diverse musical line-up will be accompanied by additional treats for festival fans this year, featuring new collaborations, several international artists, spectacular new stage designs, new areas to explore, an array of art installations and endless performance art in many glorious forms. Each new addition to the festival is a tasteful continuation to the KnockanStockan we know and love with additional features both complementing and elevating the festival’s remarkable reputation.

The Knock’ Out Games!

The Knock’ Out Games is a new area within KnockanStockan to engage with our audience in a way like never before. We know you all love a good game and especially a bit of (healthy?!) competition.

The Knock’ Out Games area is a purpose built arena that will host a series of games and competitions all weekend while raising funds for The SCOOP Foundation. Hosted by festival comedians Hugh Cooney and Brian Frame among other guests, The Knock Out will take place within a mini-stadium surrounded by seating for your audience of fanatic supporters!

Teams are encouraged to enter but individual games will be programmed as well.

Games will include:

  • Egg & Spoon
  • 3 Legged Race
  • Burst the Bum-Balloon
  • Giant Jenga Challenge
  • Raft Challenge
  • Space Hopper Race
  • Double Sack Race


There will be a leaderboard and the two teams at the top of the table will go into a Knock Out on Sunday for a finale show.C

A much loved family friendly event, KnockanStockan is Ireland’s Premiere Small Festival which has earned the festival many awards throughout the years such as Best Line Up, Best Small Festival, Best Family Festival and Best Social Responsibility Award. 

Not long after going on sale, Early Bird & Sunday Day tickets to KS2019 already sold out, a sure sign of excitement for the festival’s return:

Early Bird Tickets – SOLD OUT    
3 Day Festival Ticket (FRI-SUN CAMPING) €155
2 Day Festival Ticket (SAT & SUN CAMPING) €135 
1 Day Festival (SUN DAY TICKET) Ticket €65 – SOLD OUT    
Campervan Tickets €50
Bus Tickets €20 Dublin Return
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Moylan Releases ‘For The Birds’

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.

On June 21st 2019, ‘Naïve’ joins second single ‘On The Right Side’ and three other wonderfully distinct tracks to form Moylan’s debut EP ‘For The Birds’. This delightful debut presents itself in the form of four colloquial expressions playfully dancing around the heart of the EP- ‘Naïv’e. It is both a celebration and an exploration of vulnerability through harmony and humour.  From nostalgic melancholy and rainy city nights to warm summery bops and jazzy-hook laden-soul pop, Moylan’s debut is a dynamic work of strength and variety.

‘For The Birds’ was recorded at both Camden Recording Studios by Cian Boylan and Conor Brady (Van Morrison, Sinead O’Connor, Declan O’Rourke etc), and at Beardfire Studio by David Virgin, Rohan Healy & Al Quiff who have worked on stage and in studio with the likes of Nick Cave, INXS, Leslie Dowdall (In Tua Nua), Mary Black, Cat Power and Billy Bragg to name a few.

‘For The Birds’ is out now via Beardfire Music and will be available on all major platforms.

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Keywest and Una Healy Share Video

Keywest have released the video for their brand new single with Una Healy ‘I’m Not Me Without You’, which was released as a double single alongside ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ and is out now across all streaming platforms and digital formats. These are the second songs to be released off their upcoming Marshall Records debut album ‘Ordinary Superhero’, which is now available for pre-order with exclusive bundles through Transistor Music here.

‘I’m Not Me Without You’ is an emotional duet with Irish singer Una Healy (formerly of the multi-platinum selling act The Saturdays) which is about two people who realise they may be perfect for each other, but are too afraid to ask, even though they are going around in circles in their own lives.

‘Don’t Let Me Down’ is an uptempo folk track about being in limbo with somebody you’re in love with, knowing that the other person feels something, but hoping they come through in the end. The song showcases Jimi’s textured electric guitar playing and the band’s ability to craft larger-than-life, singalong choruses.

The band’s debut album ‘The Message’ entered the top 20 in Ireland, second album ‘Joyland’ went to Number 1 in Ireland in 2015, third album ‘True North’ went to Number 3 in Ireland and they had a string of radio hits such as ‘Carousel’, ‘This Is Heartbreak’, ‘This Summer’, ‘Something Beautiful’ and ‘Cold Hands’. The band have sold out shows across Ireland, including three Dublin sell out shows at The Olympia Theatre, The Academy and Whelan’s, all within 10 months. In addition to sold out headline shows, the band has performed at festivals including British Summer Time, Country 2 Country and Country Music Week in London and Longitude and Electric Picnic festivals in Ireland. The band have recently completed a 13 date Irish, UK and European tour, which included a sold out 1,200 capacity O2 Academy Liverpool show.

Keywest are widely known for their explosive live performances. The four-piece Dublin based band comprises of Kav, Glover, Jimi and Harry. The band formed after being introduced during a trip to Los Angeles where they became friends. Starting out in Dublin, the band found the gig scene in Ireland very slow and began busking, taking their sound directly to the people of Ireland. Whilst honing their sound and style the band became famous and well known for busking on Shop Street in Galway and Grafton Street in Dublin.

Out now, ‘I’m Not Me Without You/Don’t Let Me Down’ are the latest tracks to be released from Keywest’s upcoming Marshall Records debut ‘Ordinary Superhero’, which is due for release on the 27 September 2019, with an Irish, UK and European tour to follow.


  1. Somebody To Love
  2. C’est La Vie
  3. I’m Not Me Without You
  4. Don’t Let Me Down
  5. Ordinary Superhero
  6. How Did We Get Here?
  7. What Are You Waiting For?
  8. Wear Your Love
  9. This Is Heartbreak
  10. Blood, Sweat and Tears

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Sarah Packiam to Release ‘Love Yourself’

Sarah Packiam’s latest track ‘Love Yourself’ will be released June 28th, followed by a  live show at Rockwood Music Hall in New York City on July 3rd. 

She hopes this song will inspire others to embrace their uniqueness. It reflects her own multi-ethnic and multicultural background, of being Irish and Indian and the lessons learned from her experiences, such as despite our differences or difficulties, it is important to love yourself first and be proud of your diversity. 

Having lived in Spain and Miami, she also plans on releasing a version of ‘Love Yourself’ in Spanish. Ultimately, her desire is to spread her message of positivity, with a touch of pop, folk, and rock and roll to as many people as she can reach.

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