Every once in a while, a pop artist emerges with the whole package; talent, experienced songwriting, organic and raw vocals and true feeling.
Welcome to the stage Moncrieff.
Having already received strong airplay from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, and Beats 1, along with a 13 week stint on the European Border Breakers Chart with his first two opening singles, Moncrieff seems now set to be the next Irish artist to break through with the release of his first body of work ‘The Early Hurts’ EP due later this year.
Moncrieff has just released a stunning video to accompany his brand new single ‘Like I Do‘ which has been receiving airplay across national and local stations since its release last Friday 13 September. The perfect musical recipe of strong, soulful vocal delivery, raw yet hard-hitting production, ‘Like I Do’ is the focus single of Moncrieff’s upcoming EP ‘The Early Hurts’ and follows single ‘Ghost’.
As the young Irish talent explains about the track: “‘Like I Do’ tells the story of a break up with an ex-partner with brutal honesty and sincerity. It always feels promising and a relief to have that moment of clarity about love, ‘Like I Do’ is turning up at your ex’s door far too late and trying to win them back out of the hands of their new lover. Sometimes break up songs have a habit of being told with images and metaphors to help round off the edges and soften the blow a bit for the other person, but most of the time in real life it doesn’t work this way… in my experience and I’m sure in many others, when you break up, there’s tears, grit and angry words… there’s bitterness as well as care and love that hovers around and that’s what ‘Like I Do’ captures: real feelings, bad times.”
‘Like I Do’ is available to stream across all platforms now.
Back with her latest track ‘Little Kisses’ on 16th October, Fiona Maria draws on pop, electronic, R&B, Pop and Trap influences. She wrote this pop track, (produced by Leo Capper and Pete Meighan) on piano. Lyrically defiant and strong in the face of what life can sometimes throw at you, it’s a reminder that when things are tough we can find internal strength when we focus on the love in our lives. It’s a feel good track, soulful and honest. ‘Little Kisses’ is released ahead of her debut EP, and will be on all platforms from October 16th.
Fiona Maria is a singer songwriter from Wicklow. Having studied classical piano at the college of music (and forensic psychology on the way!), she released her debut pop single ‘Never Pray’, with a exclusive video premiere on TV3, and was playlisted across Irish and UK airwaves. Since then she has honed her songwriting craft at BIMM Dublin, and has played many gigs across the country, including a recent Whelan’s headline. Fiona Maria has gigged with bands such as Josh Gray, Carron, Naimee Coleman, Kevin Rowe (Swing Cats), and has worked with Laoise producer Sean Behan.
‘The Dutchman’ is the latest highly anticipated single from Country Rock artist Sina Theil who won “Hottest Act in Irish Country Music 2019 (female)” at this years’ prestigious Hot Country TV Awards. The single was released on the 19th of September and charted at #1 in the Irish Country Download Charts, this being her eleventh #1 single to date with Downda Road Productions.
Sina, who is sponsored by ISS Recruitment & HR Services and Black Sheep Guitar Thailand, is celebrating going into her fifth year in Ireland by releasing an album of Irish & Celtic favourites that she has picked up along her journey of the Emerald Isle. Originally from Germany, Sina has been touring Ireland relentlessly with her manager Mike Gleeson for the past two and a half years, falling in love with Celtic music and culture.
Throughout late nights particularly in the West of Ireland and on long drives across the Country, she took a particular liking to the music of Liam Clancy who was once described by Bob Dylan as “the greatest ballad singer” and whose ten year anniversary is also coming up this December. ‘The Dutchman’ also gained further relevance with the recent passing of Brendan Grace whose rendition of the song was one of his most popular and loved works.
About the upcoming album Sina said: “I wanted to take the time to record these beautiful songs that I feel are such a strong depiction of Irish history and culture. I poured my heart and soul into them and hope we did them justice. I’m still on a mission to put Rock into Irish Country Music, but I love the album we are recording and can’t wait to release and tour it!“
Sina Theil’s Celtic & Irish Folk album is expected to be released towards the end of the year and features some Irish Classics with a personal twist to the likes of ‘Green Fields of France’, ‘Red is the Rose’ and ‘The Parting Glass’, some more modern favourites such as ‘Rock & Roll Kids’ and Country classic ‘One Day at a Time’ featuring the Newbridge Gospel Choir.
The album also features fiddle extraordinaire Billy Condon who throughout his lifelong career has performed with the likes of The Dubliners and Ray Lynam, as well as possibly some more surprise guests.
Sina will be joining Hot Country TV on this years’ Tour of Scotland in October, as well as touring her new album around the country. More information on Sina and her music is available on her website www.sinatheil.com or Facebook (@sinatheilmusic)
To date, Sina’s music has stacked up over 8.7 Million Radio Impressions and 3,300 radio plays as registered by Radiomonitor, with songs such as ‘Stripes’, ‘Travelin’ Soldier (Minstrel Boy Edit)’, ‘These Boots Are Made for Walkin”, ‘Rock & Roll to My Country Soul’ and many more. Her debut album ‘Under Cover’ reached #1 in the Irish Country Album Download Charts.
‘The Dutchman’ is available worldwide on all major download services (not Spotify).
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On Monday the 30th of September, experience the sheer power and prowess of the band Soul Circle in their residency contract at the Radha Regent Hotel in Bengaluru, Karnataka. Their technical ability plus original genius makes this a gig you will not want to miss. This gig has it all for music fans old and young, their original songs are a must to get your ears around, unmistakingly original and harmonically addictive ‘Prism’, ‘Trí Shots Níos Mó’. They also play exotic covers and standards note perfect as well as playing these covers in a new exciting way, eg. ‘Somebody To Love’ by Jefferson Airplane in a New R’n’B jazz standard.
Soul Circle is made up of the once in a lifetime vocalist Zuzi from Hungary and mind blowing guitarist Phil from Ireland. They have been touring hard since their inception in 2016. 2016-Greece, Ireland 2017-Ireland, Greece and India 2018- India, Czech Republic and UAE(Dubai) 2019-UAE(Dubai and Abu Dhabi) and India(Where they are currently on tour) Soul Circle welcomes all fans of truly created music and think they have something for everyone. This is certainly a band to watch for the future.
Soul Circle will perform Monday the 23rd of September from 7pm-10pm AuraTheLoungeBar in the Radha Regent Hotel, Bangalore. They are on a resident contract there till October 21st, so if you miss them this week, keep in touch on their Facebook page to catch another date in their Indian Residency Tour.
Contact Radha Regent for ticket information radhahotels.com/radha-regent-bengaluru/
The 2019 IMRO Radio Awards Hall of Fame inductees were revealed today. RTÉ Radio 1’s Ronan Collins, Newstalk’s Sean Moncrieff, Paul Byrne Chief Executive Radio Kerry, and Seamus McKee from BBC Radio Ulster were announced as the latest recipients of this prestigious accolade. The Hall of Fame ceremony will take place on Tuesday 24th September 2019 in the offices of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland where the Hall is housed year round.
The Hall of Fame is a highly regarded achievement within the Irish radio industry. This years four new inductees join names such as Gay Byrne, Pat Kenny, Larry Gogan, Ian Dempsey, Áine Lawlor, Candy Devine, Dave Fanning and Tony Fenton amongst others. The Hall of Fame celebrates those well-known names on air and also those behind the mic that make Irish radio such an integral part of daily life.
The IMRO Radio Awards take place at the Lyrath Estate Hotel, Kilkenny on Friday 4th October 2019 where the winners of the 40 categories will be announced.
Ronan Collins is admired and respected throughout Irish broadcasting for his affable personality and his natural style. Ronan is a huge attribute to RTÉ in both the television world and also on radio. Ronan began his national radio career on RTÉ Radio 2. His daily programme The Ronan Collins Show, from 12-1pm, is all about easy listening and light entertainment and is amongst the biggest radio shows on RTÉ Radio 1.Ronan was presented with an IMRO Special Recognition. The tribute recognises the enormous support that Ronan has given to Irish music and Irish artists over the course of his many years in radio. Ronan is no stranger to the Irish TV screen and hosted Play the Game and the Irish Lotto. In 2017, Ronan featured in RTÉ2 documentary Trauma, where he told his story on how he almost became paralysed. Just this summer (2019), Ronan Collins presented a new style of radio programme on Sunday mornings, The Collins Collection. Ronan is 41 years married and has three children, two girls and one boy. Originally from Phibsboro in Dublin city, he now resides in Co. Meath. He enjoys a good game of golf, music and the occasional gig (Ronan used to play in a band along with Dickie Rock!)
Sean Moncrieff presents ‘Moncrieff’ on Newstalk every weekday from 2-4pm including the well-loved Movies and Booze on Friday afternoons. Moncrieff is the longest serving presenter on the Newstalk schedule and has been a consistently strong audience performer. His unique and quirky style has seen Sean win multiple IMRO Radio Awards. Sean was born in London but moved to Ballinasloe, Co. Galway at the age of 12. He then went on to study journalism in Dublin and then English and Philosophy in UCD. Outside of broadcasting, Moncrieff’s passion is writing, in particular non-fiction books, and to date he has written three novels and two non-fiction books, while he also writes a weekly column for the Irish Times and is the voice of The Restaurant on Virgin Media. Sean has devised and presented many hit TV programmes, including The End, Good Grief Moncrieff, Black Box and IFTA-nominated Don’t Feed the Gondolas.
Paul Byrne is a native of Tipperary. He began his radio career in pirate radio in the early 80’s before joining WLR in Waterford in the early days of pirate radio.He then moved to Tipp FM as CEO in 2001 before joining Radio Kerry as CEO in 2004. In August 2005 Radio Kerry completed the purchase of Shannonside/ Northern Sound, becoming the first of the original Irish owned local radio stations to expand in this way. His career achievements mean that Paul has played a key role in the development of the local radio industry in eight counties across the country. The Radio Kerry Group has won multiple IMRO and other radio awards across all areas of output, including winning Local Radio Station of the Year on 5 occasions. Graduates from the Radio Kerry Broadcast Training School now work in radio stations across Ireland. Paul is also a Board member of IBI and IRS. Throughout his career he has shown continuous energy, commitment, vision and foresight in the protection of the local radio industry in Ireland.
Seamus McKee is a lead presenter and broadcast journalist who has presented BBC Radio Ulster’s, Evening Extra since 2009. Before moving to Evening Extra, Seamus presented BBC Radio Ulster’s, Good Morning Ulster programme for almost 30-years. Seamus has also presented a number of BBC NI programmes including Spotlight, Hearts And Minds and Songs Of Praise. High profile documentaries Seamus has worked on for BBC NI, BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 include the disappearance of Lord Lucan and the life and times of the late Gerry Fitt and presented the Radio Two Arts Programme for BBC Radio Two. Seamus has been the BBC NI commentator at a number of outside broadcasts including President Clinton’s visits and the Omagh Commemoration as well as the 1916 centenary commemorations in Dublin and at the Somme. Seamus attended Queen’s University in Belfast and is a qualified teacher, and previously taught English and French at Our Lady and Saint Patrick’s College, Knock in Belfast. Seamus started his BBC career as a freelance broadcast journalist reporting on sports, arts and current affairs, while he continued to teach part time. In 1981 he became a full time presenter on Good Morning Ulster. Born in Belfast, Seamus still lives in the city with wife Brenda and has two daughters and two grandchildren.
Hall of Fame Inductees to date:
Micheál O’Muircheartaigh – RTÉ Radio 1
Jimmy Magee – RTÉ Radio 1
Des Whelan – WLR FMMarian
Finucane – RTÉ Radio 1Gay
Byrne – RTÉ Radio 1
Larry Gogan – RTÉ 2fm
Mario Rosenstock – Today FM
Gerry Ryan – RTÉ 2fm
Ronan O’Rahilly – Radio Caroline
Candy Devine – Downtown
Seán Bán Breathnach – RTÉ Raidio Na Gaeltachta
Joe Duffy – RTÉ Radio 1
Bill Goulding – RTÉ
Liam O’Shea – clare fm
Tony Fenton RIP – Today FM
Paul Claffey – Midwest RadioÁine Lawlor – RTÉ Radio 1
Walter Love – BBC Radio Ulster
Gerry Anderson – BBC Radio Ulster
Pat Balfe – Communicorp
Des Cahill – RTÉ Radio 1
Henry Owens RIP – Red FM
Eamon Buttle – South East Radio
Trevor Campbell – Downtown Radio
Ian Dempsey – Today FM
Dave Fanning – RTÉ 2fm
Linda McAuley – BBC Radio Ulster
Séamus Mac Géidigh RIP – RTÉ Raidió Na Gaeltachta
Billy McCarthy RIP – WLR FM
Joe King – Broadcast Technical Services Limited
Pat Kenny – Newstalk
Margaret Nelson – FM104/Q102
Willie O’Reilly Ian Wilson – RTÉ Radio 1 & 2fm
Emerging artist Áine has recently released her new EP ‘Dislocated’ via Parlophone -stream/share the EP. To mark the release, Áine has also shared an ethereal, acoustic rendition of glistening new single ‘Ghost Train’ watch/share.
‘Ghost Train’ follows recent single ‘Dislocated’- the title track from the project which has ignited support on streaming platforms following a feature on this year’s Love Island.
Following ‘Dislocated’ on the 5-track EP is ‘Stepford Wife’, a lyrically cutting paean to domesticity that references the 1972 satirical novel by Ira Levin. Rounding out the EP is a stripped back cover of Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson’s country-pop-disco fusion ‘Nothing Break Likes A Heart’ and ‘Dislocated’ (Acoustic) - both of which highlight Áine’s stunning live vocals.
Inspired by the rise of pop superstars Lady Gaga and MARINA (and the Diamonds), Áine’s small-town upbringing – she hails from County Cavan – meant her dreams of ascending to such heights felt unattainable, until Glastonbury 2016.
Plucked from a pub stage to appear on primetime BBC festival coverage, she mesmerised viewers with her performance.
Like her musical heroes,Áine’s releases are frank and searingly honest.She isn’t afraid to commit her sharpobservations of people to song, and it’s a formula that’s clearly resonating with her growing fanbase; Áine’s releases have drawn attention from tastemakers Hunger, CLASH, Noctis, The Line of Best Fit and more.
The announcement of the Dislocated follows Áine’s Blue Valentine EP, released earlier in 2019. The 5-track project showcased her ambitious talent, and marked a statement of intent from the rising artist.
Stay tuned for more from Áine…
‘Dislocated’ Track Listing
1. Ghost Train
3. Stepford Wife
4. Nothing Breaks Like a Heart
5. Dislocated (acoustic)
Irish pop-duo, Sean & Conor Price have today announced a new record deal with London based independent record label frtyfve. They are very excited to announce the release of new music with upcoming EP due November 2019.
2018 and 2019 have been tremendous for Sean and Conor Price. Releasing 6 singles and an EP which went straight in at number 8 in the Official Irish charts, they have also completed two national tours including sold out shows at Vicar Street, The Helix and The Olympia. Sean and Conor and their band will celebrate the release of their new music with a special December show at The Academy, Dublin.
Sean and Conor are delighted to be working with frtyfve who are an exciting new venture spearheaded by ex-President of Warner Music Conrad Withey. The aim of which is to challenge how labels operate in every department & provide a unique offering, putting artists at the heart of everything frtyfve do.
Frtyfve have already experienced notable success with Calum Scott’s ‘Dancing On My Own’, as well as securing the UK Christmas Number in 2018, with social influencer LadBaby.
Sean and Conor Price join the likes of RuthAnne, Conor Byrne, Mic Lowry & Dionne Bromfield who all house singles with frtyfve Records.
Boa Morte are set to release ‘Before There Was Air’ though Gare Du Nord Records on Friday September 27th.
‘Before There Was Air’ is only the band’s third album in two decades, but that mirrors the stately pace of their music. Set for release this September, ‘Before There Was Air’ sees Boa Morte infuse their brand of slow-burning, alternative folk with elements of electronic, ambient and new-classical music. The album was recorded last year at Herbert Place Studios, with James Darkin at the desk. To fully capture the subtleties of the band’s quiet dynamic, Darkin installed them in the same room with the mics opened wide. The basic tracks were then layered with analogue synths, drones, piano, wind, strings and effects. This distinctive compositional and textural mix prompted both London’s Gare Du Nord Records and Tremolo Publishing to sign the band this year.
Boa Morte formed in Cork, Ireland in 1998, rising from the dust of a couple of ragged but respected indie bands. By the end of that year, the band released their ‘Passenger’, ‘Measure Your Time’ debut EP, produced by Mark Carolan. That record sparked significant record label interest, culminating in the band signing to US label Moodfood Records, home of Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown.
The debut album was produced by Daniel Presley, well respected for his work with Spain and The Breeders. But just before the scheduled release date, Moodfood went bankrupt. It took the band (and their lawyers) until 2002 to recover the tapes.
In stepped Shoeshine Records, the Glasgow imprint run by Teenage Fanclub drummer Francis MacDonald. In July 2002, ‘Soon It Will Come Time To Face The World Outside’, Boa Morte’s debut album, was released to widespread critical acclaim. Those impressed by the record included Uncut, Mojo, Q Magazine and John Peel. The band toured throughout Ireland and the UK with the likes of Teenage Fanclub and Calexico.
Boa Morte’s second album, ‘The Dial Waltz’ (2009) followed a similar aesthetic and was equally well-received, Q magazine hailing the record as a “supremely elegant sound-track for staring into your half-empty pint.”
But now the glass is full again. You can hear a decade of listening on ‘Before There Was Air’, a record that distils broad musical influences to enhance their singular, tuneful avant-folk, while remaining distinctly Boa Morte.
Friday September 20 – Glucksman Theatre, Cork
Saturday October 19 – The Roundy, Cork
Thursday October 24 – Barbello, Dublin
This Culture Night marks the beginning of a fantastic opportunity for teenagers to borrow a musical instrument from Dublin City Libraries.
Dublin City Libraries and Girls Rock Dublin are proud to present “GRD Gear Library”, the gear loan service designed for teenagers under 18 and launching on Culture Night with “Instrument Carousel”.
On 20 September at 6pm 16 teenagers will take over Pearse Street Library in a fun and loud experiment involving electric guitars, basses, synths, keyboards ukulele, glockenspiel, pedal effects and drums.
By moving through different rooms and engaging with GRD coaches, participants will learn a song on each instrument, and finish by performing the song together.
Open to teenagers of all genders. Booking essential: ei.yticnilbud@yrarbilteertsesraep
From Culture Night any teenager who is a member of Dublin City Libraries can borrow their preferred instrument for three weeks. All you need is your library card! Joining is easy https://lgma.iii.com/selfreg.
The GRD Gear Library is a collection of instruments, amplifiers and musical accessories that Girls Rock Dublin use for their summer camp and events and are now making available through Dublin City Libraries all year round. Take a look at the instrument gallery at www.girlsrockdublin.com/gear-library then call into Pearse Street library and borrow what you need!
The collection is made up of donated gear from people in the community who value the work of Girls Rock Dublin and from purchases made from funding received with thanks to Reverb.com. The library is an ongoing project and we welcome donations of gear, see www.girlsrockdublin.com.
ABOUT GRD and DCL
Girls Rock Dublin is a non-profit, volunteer-led organisation that builds girls’ self-esteem through music creation and performance. Providing workshops and technical training, GRD creates leadership opportunities, cultivates a supportive community of peers and mentors, and encourages social change and the development of life skills. www.girlsrockdublin.com
Dublin City Libraries are free, fun and easy to use. Find out more at www.dublincitylibraries.ie. Joining is easy and completely free. Get access to great online resources, borrow books, DVDs and now musical instruments. There are no fines and you can use your card in any library in Ireland. Fill in a membership form at your library or join online at https://lgma.iii.com/selfreg.
Teenagers will need the signature of a parent or guardian when completing the membership form. Their parent or guardian will need to bring photo I.D. and proof of address.
Wild Wonder have released their debut EP ‘Sunday Spell’ which consists of four tracks. ‘Sunday Spell’, ‘Midnight Masquerades’, and ‘New Energy’, which was released as a single in April 2019 and reached No. 3 in the iTunes charts. The fourth is a stripped back acoustic version of track called ‘Lost Without You Now’. The EP was released on the 14th September 2019 on all major digital platforms.
The title track ‘Sunday Spell’ is set in the mind of all of us on Sunday evening recovery mode after a Saturday night filled with drunken debauchery. The song lives between the cracks of the mind that split the victory of the night before and the dread of work on Monday morning.
‘Sunday Spell’ was recorded at Camden Recording Studios, produced by Cian Boylan & Conor Brady and mastered by grammy winning Ruadhri Cushnan (Mumford & Sons, Ed Sheeran, George Michael)
Wild Wonder are an Irish Band who play Pop/Folk music. Hailing from Dublin and Meath, they draw their influences from the earthy realism of love, heartbreak, hope and fear. They capture the essence of their soul baring lyrics and melodic flavour through the warm and powerful vocals of front woman Mags Fox.