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Caoilian Sherlock Releases ‘Shades Of You’

Playing guitar and writing songs since the age of fifteen, Cork musician Caoilian Sherlock is well worn through years in rock and roll bands, but his new solo material takes more considered turn.

Caoilian released his debut EP ‘The Faraway’ under the moniker Saint Caoilian in 2017. With the release of his new single ‘Shades Of You’ on Thursday 26th September, and a full length album to follow, he has revoked his own sainthood and made the brave decision to re-enter the world as a mere mortal.

Caoilian says: “Even though I released an EP as Saint Caoilian two years ago, I didn’t really know what I wanted it to sound like or what I wanted to do with myself. I started recording with a full band for an album instead of trying to do everything myself, which I have come to realise isn’t the actual meaning of “solo”.

For me, I understand the new meaning of “solo” – is not to be afraid to put all your intentions and ideas out into the world. I dropped the name Saint Caoilian because it was a very tiny inside joke to myself and because I thought, I could always change my name again if I felt like it wasn’t working. It was a very subtle way of hiding in plain sight which is a pointless exercise.”

‘Shades of You’ by Caoilian Sherlock features Leah Hearne on vocals, Ruairi Dale on guitar, Paul Leonard on drums, and Diarmuid MacCarthaigh on keys. The single was recorded and mixed with Brendan Fennessey, drummer for the band O Emperor, who most recently produced the Choice Music Prize winning album ‘Jason’ at the beginning of 2019. The whispery yet scratchy vocals were attained by using an old Shurre 550L microphone once used for announcements at Limerick Junction train station.

Expect to hear a lot more from Caoilian in the foreseeable future. He says: “Over the next few months, I will release more music under my own name and this time it will be with intent, with trust in myself and everyone who works and plays music with me. It won’t be a big deal for anyone else, but ‘Shades of You’ is the first song I release that will feel and sound very different.”

During live performances he is backed with an electric guitar, a “super cool rock band”, a sense of entitlement, a degree of casual sombreness, mixed with a joyous approach to playing music. See Caoilian live at at Ireland Music Week in The Grand Social, Dublin, on Saturday 5th October, and in The Roundy, Cork, on Saturday 19th October.

Stream/Buy the single:


Caoilian Sherlock
Ireland Music Week @ The Grand Social, Dublin
10pm-10.30pm, Saturday 5th October


Caoilian Sherlock
The Roundy, Cork,
Saturday 19th October 2019


Susie Q Shares ‘I Like The Way’

Susie Q has just released the single ‘I Like The Way’.

This is the third release from the Lahinch based singer, songwriter and musician Susie Q’s forthcoming album ‘Into the Sea’. “I wanted to do something to celebrate all the good men in the world, the warriors of the heart” – says Limerick native Susie Q speaking about the launch of ‘I Like The Way’, her high octane new single and feelgood music video. 

The track is accompanied by a heartwarming, action packed and fun-filled video featuring a collage of home footage of Susie Q and her husband that was captured along the Wild Atlantic Way and elsewhere in Ireland. ‘No shackles bind us, we are free together’ forms the chorus to ‘I Like The Way’, a high energy and radio friendly track.

“I wrote this song to celebrate my husband Ruairí and our relationship. There are so many great men in the world. My husband Ruairí is one of these, a true warrior of the heart. I know there are big issues of injustice and inequality in the world around gender, and we still have a long way to go but I think it’s also vital to take time to celebrate all the goodness out there, including all the kind and caring men in the world.” says Susie Q.

 “There is a paradigm shift taking place worldwide between masculine and feminine energies. The only way through is for us to rise compassionately and powerfully as equals, together.” she adds. 

Susie Q, also known as Susan Quirke,. has previously reached no.1 in the iTunes alternative chart category, played at Electric Picnic and Body & Soul, and performed for President Higgins and the Dalai Lama. She has received widespread radio play on the national and international airwaves and featured in HotPress, the Irish Times, and the Sunday Independent. Susie Q is also well known as a meditation teacher and she recently supported the Irish rugby team with their Rugby World Cup preparations.    

Recorded at Fiachra Trench’s Meadows Recording Studio in Wicklow, ‘I Like The Way’ features Irish music veterans Colm Quearney on guitar, Graham Hopkins on drums, and Rob Malone on bass. It was co-produced by Susie Q and Colm Quearney, engineered and mixed by Ruth Kennington and mastered by David Odlum.

The video for ‘I Like The Way’ is on YouTube and already proving to be a big hit on Susie Q’s Facebook page.  The song is available across major platforms including Spotify, iTunes, Bandcamp, and BreakingTunes. Links below. 


KARMS Announce Live Dates and New Music

KARMS are back with a brand new show at The Soundhouse, Dublin this December 12th. Working out of their Dublin studio they have hit a new creative high self-producing the follow up releases to their debut album which will come in quick succession before the year is out.

The extremely personal ‘Tell Me When This One Ends’, released in June this year will have it’s acoustic counterpart released on October 11th. The track is bare as bones produced using just one mic in the band’s rehearsal room.

Not leaving much time to dry your eyes, ‘I Won’t Go Down Like This’ which echoes the theme of positive mental health drops October 18th.

These releases bridges the gap between their soaring release earlier this year and the tracks this amazing band have in their repertoire, ready and waiting.

KARMS first turned heads in 2017 with ‘We Always Lose’ and have been carving away silently at their reputation ever since. They released their debut album, ‘Satellites’ in 2018, and have supported many well established acts such as Fatherson, The Amazons, The Strypes and Arcane Roots.

Upcoming Shows

November 14th – Voodoo, Belfast (supporting Fatherson)
November 15th – Soundhouse, Dublin (supporting Fatherson)
December 12th – Soundhouse, Dublin (headline show)

Tickets on sale this Friday!

Slaney Announces Third Single

Slaney aka Slaney Power is an exciting new emerging talent on the Irish music scene.

Slaney comes from a very musical background, her father Niall Power had an amazing career drumming for Bob Geldof, Westlife and many more.

’83’ is Slaney’s third release following previous releases ‘Recharge My Soul’ and ‘ Lucky to Be Alive’

Here’s what Slaney had to say about that track – “’83’ is a song about feeling more of a connection to music from the 1980’s than today’s modern music. It’s a song about doing your own thing in life and music regardless of what anyone else is doing or thinking, be your own authentic self no matter what.”

’83’ is a poptimistic anthem. Built upon an infectious afro-beat styled arrangement – complete with tight vocal harmonies and jangly clean guitars. It’s a track full of life and sunlight, the last good vibes of the summer.” (Luke Sharkey – Nialler9 )

On this track, the artist teamed up again with songwriter/producer Michael Hopkins. It’s a collaboration that has been a winner for the duo in the past and one that may well yet produce more music in the near future.

The duo have been working hard writing and recording songs together and plan to release a lot more in the coming months.

You can see Slaney perform live at her debut gig in The Workman’s Club on December 16th as part of the WE BLOOM night.

An Evening with Sharon Shannon, Frances Black and Mary Coughlan 2020 Dates Announced

Sharon Shannon, Frances Black and Mary Coughlan are set to unite once again for a unique show bringing together their collective talents. 

2020 Tour dates for An Evening With Sharon Shannon, Frances Black and Mary Coughlan have been announced with tickets on sale now from Ticketmaster and local venue box offices.

Sharon Shannon, Frances Black and Mary Coughlan will each perform a set with their own musicians featuring many of their greatest hits. All three ladies will then join together on stage to finish the night with a truly magical finale.

The three performers are some of the most successful female artists Ireland has to offer and are no stranger to performing together having been an integral part of the successful Woman’s Heart albums and tours. 

2020 Tour Dates

4 January – Tullamore Court Hotel
10 January – Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth
11 January – Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey
25 January – Carnbeg Hotel, Dundalk,
30 January – UCH Limerick
1 February – Sligo Park Hotel
2 February – Hotel Kilkenny
13 February – Cork Opera House
14 February – Radisson Blu, Athlone
21 February – Theatre Royal, Castlebar

2019 Tour 

12 October – Glor, Ennis
25 October – Charlville, Cork
8 November – Carlton Shearwater Ballinasloe

Sharon Shannon has been a musical icon for over 20 years. Traditional Irish music is her background but she has been fearless in her musical exploration having defied genres and woven her unique style through country, French-Canadian reggae, hip-hop, dance and classical. Several of her albums have been platinum selling and she has had Number 1 albums and singles including the Steve Earle penned The Galway Girl performed with Mundy, which was featured in the movie PS I Love You and the Bulmer’s TV ad campaign of 2008. She has contributed music to many TV shows and some feature films including Neil Jordan’s Ondine. She has received several industry honours including a Meteor Lifetime Achievement in 2009.

When Nanci Griffith called Frances Black “the sweetest voice of Ireland,” she was paying tribute to someone who has been one of Ireland’s best-loved and most enduring artists since the late 80s, with a string of best-selling albums behind her. The extent of Frances’ popularity and talent has been reflected in the awards and accolades that she has received for her albums and live performances. She has twice been the recipient of one of the highest honours in Irish music, the prestigious Irish Recorded Music Association’s Best Irish Female Award, and was also delighted to receive a National Entertainment ‘Personality of the Year’ award, as it has always been vitally important to her to connect with her audiences during a performance.

Mary Coughlan is known as one of Ireland’s greatest female singers because for over twenty-five years and ten albums she’s made some of the most grown-up, uncompromising, wholly personal and utterly universal music on either side of the Atlantic about what goes on between men and women. She has taken the classic standards of jazz balladry and the recent gems of rock and Irish song-writing, shaken them and offered them up anew, like jewels dripping from the deep, strewn on black velvet. She sings in the voice of the wrong and wronged woman and she makes us think what it is men make of women and what women have to do to make do.

Tickets for An Evening With Sharon Shannon, Frances Black and Mary Coughlan on sale now from Ticketmaster and local venue box offices.

Aslan Announce 2020 Tour Dates

Aslan have just announced details for their 2020 nationwide tour across Ireland with dates announced so far for Clonmel Park Hotel, Tipperary (10 Jan), The Hub, Kilkenny (18 Jan), Millenium Forum, Derry (24 Jan),  Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise (25 Jan), Glenroyal Maynooth, Kildare (31 Jan), glór, Ennis (1 Feb), Landmark Hotel, Carrick on Shannon (8 Feb), Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan (15 Feb), ShearwaterHotel, Ballinasloe (22 Feb), Theatre Royal Waterford (27 March) and Royal Theatre Castlebar (14 April) . Tickets for all venues on sale now and are available from Ticketmaster or the local venue directly.

Aslan’s 2020 tour will see the Dublin band performing songs from their full back catalogue of albums with a host of hit singles alongside fan favourites. The band have also hinted that the very special tour will feature songs that have not been performed live in a very long time.

Aslan are delighted to be announcing dates for their 2020 tour already as they are still playing shows as part of their Goodbye Charlie Moonhead Tour. The tour finishes with 3 nights at Dublin’s Vicar Street this December 2019 and has seen them play shows at Iveagh Gardens Dublin, Live at the Marquee Cork, Olympia Theatre, Ireland & UK Festivals, Copenhagen Denmark so far this year. The album ‘GOODBYE CHARLIE MOONHEAD’ was released 25 years ago back in 1994 and the band have been performing songs such as ‘Rainman’, ‘Where’s The Sun’, ‘Games’, ‘Sweet Time’, ‘Goodbye Charlie Moonhead’ and of course ‘Crazy World’  LIVE on tour. 

Having sold out shows this year in the Iveagh Gardens Dublin, Live at the Marquee Cork, Olympia Theatre, Vicar Street and a memorable gig in Glasgow’s Classic Grand, The  Grand Central Hall Liverpool and London, Aslan are set to bring more electrifying performances in 2020 to a venue near you.

Tour Dates


Fri 8th Nov – Arklow Bay Hotel, Wicklow 
Sat 9th Nov- Skylite Room, Warrenpoint
Fri 22nd Nov – Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny
Sat 23rd Nov – Raddison Blu Hotel, Athlone
Fri 29th Nov: Armagh City Hotel, Armagh
Fri 6th Dec: National Opera House, Wexford
Fri 20th Dec: Islington Assembley Hall, London
Sat 21st Dec: Academy 2, Manchester
Sun 22nd Dec: Oran Mor, Glasgow
Fri 27th Dec – Vicar Street, Dublin
Sun 29th Dec – Vicar Street, Dublin


Fri 10th Jan :Clonmel Park Hotel, Tipperary 
Sat 18th Jan:The Hub, Kilkenny
Fri 24th Jan: Millenium Forum, Derry
Sat 25th Jan: Midlands Park Hotel, Portlaoise
Fri 31st Jan:  Glenroyal Maynooth, Kildare
Sat 1st Feb – glór, Ennis 
Sat 8th Feb  – Landmark Hotel, Carrick on Shannon
Sat 15th Feb – Hillgrove Hotel, Monaghan
Sat 22nd Feb – Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe
Friday 27 March – Theatre Royal Waterford 
Sun 12 April – Royal Theatre Castlebar

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“Shared Sessions” | An Exciting New Initiative From The RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Hiring an orchestra, studio, engineers and conductor for recording can be an expensive endeavour. The RTÉ Concert Orchestra is now offering flexibility in dividing recording sessions to facilitate many projects. Whether composing for a short film, requiring something greater for a main title, recording new songs, revisiting old songs that might require an orchestra or simply expanding your portfolio. They will provide the renowned Studio 1, control room facilities, qualified engineers, a conductor and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra to bring your orchestral creation to life.

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Hermitage Green Announce Latest Single ‘All In All’

Following the release of their latest track ‘Heaven’ and in advance of their upcoming tour, Hermitage Green is happy to announce the release of their newest single titled ‘All In All’ on Friday October 4th, giving fans a taste of what they can expect in their new album set to be released in 2020.

‘All In All’ is a song about loss. If you’re lucky enough to be alive, one of the few absolutes in life is that you will most likely lose something at some point that means a lot to you. It’s a track about allowing yourself to acknowledge the depth of that loss, and in doing so recover from it.

Hermitage Green has been touring sold-out shows right across the globe, entertaining fans with their epic performance and irresistible stage presence throughout the Middle East, Australia, North America, United Kingdom and Ireland. Selling out iconic music venues and performing for thousands of people at some of the biggest festivals, this five piece folk-rock band has had the chance to share the stage with incredible artists such as Lewis Capaldi, Bastille, Two Door Cinema Club, Tom Odell, Gavin James, Sigrid, The Trews and others. Their latest EP, ‘Gold & Rust’, was produced by Grammy award winner Matt Lawrence (Adele, Amy Winehouse, Mumford & Sons) in the world renowned Rockfield Studios in Wales where Hermitage Green’s new recordings share company with the likes of Queen, Robert Plant and many others.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

Oct 31             Dublin, IE                               Olympia Theatre
Dec 5              Cork, IE                                   Live at St. Luke’s
Dec 6              Cork, IE                                   Live at St. Luke’s
Dec 7              Cork, IE                                   Live at St. Luke’s
Dec 8              Cork, IE                                   Live at St. Luke’s
Dec 14            Galway, IE                              The Blackbox Theatre
Dec 20            Belfast, UK                             The Limelight 2
Dec 21            Warrenpoint, UK                  Number 7 Duke Street
Dec 22            Donegal, IE                            The Abbey Hotel Donegal
Dec 27            Killarney, IE                           INEC Killarney
Dec 28            Waterford, IE                         Factory
Dec 29            Kilkenny, IE                            Langton’s Ballroom
Jan 3               Ennis, IE                                 Glór Theatre
Jan 10             Thurles, IE                             The Source Arts Centre Thurles
Jan 11             Co Mayo, IE                           The Royal Theatre and Event Centre
Jan 17             Wexford, IE                           National Opera House

AikJ to Present ‘1992’ in Lost Lane

‘1992’ is the first project from AikJ where he exploits the boundaries of his eclectic sound, bringing influences from various spectrums of music and sound, ‘1992’ is an embodiment of the different layers of R&B into a cohesive listen. 

The release of ‘1992’ had AikJ on multiple selects as “Top Songs of the Week” by Earmilk, Nialler9, Gal-DemUk etc. “AikJ has pushed the boundaries of his sound with his debut EP ‘1992‘” according to District Magazine and placed as the face of the “A Breath of Fresh Eire” Spotify playlist. 

Working with Lost Lane, AikJ has announced a show to bring the EP to life on the 21st of November encapsulating the journey and growth from ‘Suite Life’ to ‘One Last Time’. 

Tickets are available now on EventBrite and

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Pauric O’Meara Releases ‘Love Illusion’

Pauric O’Meara has recently released his latest single ‘Love Illusion’.

Pauric is a singer/songwriter from Co. Tipperary, based in Dublin. Recently, Pauric decided to leave his full time job as a teacher to pursue his music career, which has led to 2 headline shows in The Sound House Dublin with proceeds going to MS Ireland, the Workman’s Club and a slot at EP, and the release of ‘Love Illusion’

‘Love Illusion’ breaks down how hindsight is heartbreaks worst and best enemy. At the start, you can’t but think about what went wrong and what you could have done to change the outcome. When you give yourself a chance to reflect on all aspects, you tend to see it wasn’t so bad after all.”

Pauric is known for the raw power in his voice and the rhythmic uptempo music that accompanies it, and this track is no different.

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