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ZALI Announces Next Release

Meet ZALI, the award winning Irish Singer-songwriter that is hypnotising Ireland and the UK with her powerful vocals and her distinct cross-genre sound of Pop-Soul. Music has been her passion since childhood, and her involvement as a lead vocalist in the church choir helped ZALI develop her powerful voice, dynamic vocal range, and signature sound of old- school R&B mixed with Pop-Soul.

Inspired by artists like Amy Winehouse, Toni Braxton, and Frank Ocean, ZALI uses her music to capture true emotions. The embodiment of a storyteller, weaving through life experiences and expertly transforming them through captivating lyrics and a combination of lively and soul filled beats.

Her debut single ‘Can’t Stop’ gathered over 120,000 streams worldwide. Her latest release ‘Girls Like Us’ described as ‘heartbreak with a twist’ boasts of the strength, solidarity, and freedom in womanhood.

Since it’s release Girls Like Us has been among the latest additions to official Spotify playlist such as ‘The New Éire’ and Universal Music’s ‘This is Ireland’, showcasing the country’s top acts. And thanks to the support and positive reception from girls and women all around, ‘Girl’s Like Us’ secured the award of ‘Best Irish Single’ at the 2018 Irish Post Music Awards, and has been termed a national anthem for ladies.

ZALI has been featured on a number of notable publications from the UK and Ireland to North America, and as she gears up to release her next few Singles, ZALI will be making appearances performing across radio and music festivals throughout 2019, letting us know this is just the beginning and she is here to stay! Single ‘That Girl’ is out Nov 22nd across all streaming platforms. 

Zali says about the new song:

I wrote ‘That Girl’ as a relatable, audacious self-affirmative Soul-Pop anthem. I wanted to create a soothing daydream vibe, that gives you a feeling of good karma coming your way that you don’t want to wake up from.

It’s a reminder to girls everywhere to be unapologetic in their confidence because each and everyone one of us are ‘That Girl’ in our own rights, even when we don’t see it, there’s people out there being inspired by us everyday.


Westlife Release Heartfelt Video for New Single ‘My Blood’

The UK’s top selling group of the 21st century, Westlife, have released ‘My Blood’ – the powerfully poignant single from their forthcoming  album ‘Spectrum’.  The distinctly mid-tempo heartfelt ballad, co-written by Ed Sheeran and Steve Mac, once again shows the Irish pop superstars on their finest form since their sensational return to music.

Shane, Nicky, Mark and Kian sing about the emotion of raising family and protecting their children in the beautiful new single. This comes weeks after Mark Feehily announced the arrival of his baby daughter, Layla.

“Say My Name when you’re hurting Darling, I’ll take the demons away.

But you know there will come a day when I wont be there,

But I know that you’ll be okay,

‘Cause you are My Blood”

My Blood has such beautiful lyrics. It is a powerful, heartfelt song which has such a strong meaning for all of us. The single reflects where we are at this time in our lives – raising children and starting families.”

The uplifting new music video accompanies the new single which, in a first for Westlife, features all of their children. And in a surprise for fans, the video includes a moving clip of home-footage taken by Mark’s fiancé Cailean of Mark and his newborn daughter.

All of Westlife’s children feature in the video including Nicole Filan (14), Patrick Filan (11), Shane Filan Jr (9), Koa Egan (7), Zekey Egan (4), Cobi Egan (2), Rocco Byrne (12), Jay Byrne (12), Gia Byrne (6) and Mark Feehily’s baby daughter Layla who is 24 days old today.

Westlife’s return to music has been a phenomenal success and has seen the nation fall in love with the Irish superstars all over again. The band recently announced they will be performing their first ever Wembley Stadium show in London next August. They have also announced their first ever shows at Cork’s Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Tickets for Westlife’s Pairc Ui Chaoimh show next August are available at

Westlife’s new album, ‘Spectrum’, co-written by Ed Sheeran, will be released on Friday 15  November.

Sorcha Richardson Announces Album Details and Shares Single

Irish singer-songwriter Sorcha Richardson has been cultivating a cult fanbase for several years. Songs such as ‘Ruin Your Night’, ‘Petrol Station’ and ‘Can’t We Pretend’ are evocative vignettes of a moment in time which find the poetry in introspection, with a tangible nod to key influences such as Sharon Van Etten, Arcade Fire, Phoebe Bridgers and Julia Jacklin. She already amassed in excess of 22 million streams.

Now Richardson is preparing to release the biggest artistic statement of her career with her forthcoming debut album – ‘First Prize Bravery’, out 8th November. It’s a collection of lyrical snapshots of life as a twentysomething, accompanied by the desires, doubts and developments that the decade delivers.

It’s the hidden meaning in mundane moments,” she summarises. “Days that look like any other day and yet somehow you have this feeling that it’s one you’ll remember forever.

Tiz McNamara Shares ‘Falling Asleep’

Tiz McNamara is an Irish singer songwriter and drummer, currently based in Toronto, who has racked up over 7 Million streams on Spotify with his independent releases. Before his first birthday, Tiz lost his father and two brothers in tragic accidents which have shaped his debut EP, dedicated to his father and brothers, who’s anniversary falls on the release date.

Ahead of his forthcoming EP, ‘April Fool’, coming 2020, Tiz has released the second single, ‘Falling Asleep’.

Tiz commented: “This song is the first full song I ever wrote and performed. I posted a demo to YouTube of a really poor quality phone recording which quickly accumulated thousands of views and interest, but it wasn’t until this year that I finally got the song recorded. The goal of this song was to try and create a lullaby for adults.”

McNamara’s songs have featured on UK TV shows Hollyoaks and Emmerdale, as well as gaining support from some of the industry’s heavy weights including BBC Radio 2, Amazing Radio and NME. Tiz has toured with BRITS ‘Critics Choice Winner’ James Bay. The Irishman was delighted to be asked to sing alongside one of his musical heroes Sir Paul McCartney, as well as Robbie Williams, and Shane McGowan under the name ‘The Justice Collective’.

2019 is set to be the biggest and most exciting year yet for Tiz McNamara with the release of the first single ‘Days Like These’ last month (watch the video here), ‘Falling Asleep’, and these are to be followed by two more singles, culminating in the release of his debut EP on April 1st, 2020.


Seán McComish Shares ‘Only One’

Seán McComish, a young musician and songwriter, hailing from Fethard-On-Sea, Co. Wexford, is releasing his new single ‘Only One’ today.  

Having already performed on a No. 1 single for the cover of ‘You Are Not Alone’ for Pieta House and supported some huge names in Irish pop such as Gavin James, Aslan, The Academic and The Strypes, Sean is now releasing his catchiest pop banger to date.

Seán is an artist who is most definitely on the rise having honed his craft on the Dublin live scene incorporating his loops, drums and catchy tunes into a truly exuberant live act.

Catch Sean performing tomorrow (26th) with Wild Youth in the Spiegeltent in Wexford. Get tickets here

Sia Babez Releases ‘Are You Ready’

Irish/Zimbabwean pop songstress Sia Babez, releases her second single ‘Are You Ready’ today, October 25th 2019. The track follows up on the success of debut track ‘Hit My Line’ which has graced the playlists across Irish Radio stations such as 2FM, iRadio, 98FM, FM104 and Spin 103.8 – reaching over 3 million listeners in just under 3 months, which is a rarity in the Irish music scene for breakthrough emerging artists.

Sia has been working diligently on her new and upcoming EP ‘Inception’ which has been garnering the attention of various Grammy nominated Music Producers, A&R Executives and Management companies in both USA, UK, Europe and Africa. Sia is also working with Hit Producer Amadeus (J-Lo, Justin Bieber, Trey Songz, Chris Brown) on her upcoming EP scheduled for release in the new year. 

Sia began singing at the age of 2 with her influences ranging from Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Cher, Beyonce, Bob Marley and Bobby Brown to name but a few. Her passion for music lead her to write from the age of 9. She later took up drama school and music: piano, violin, vocal coaching along with choreography to develop her talents and pursue her dream of being a performer.  

As a writer and artist her relatable lyrics, strong singing ability and cultural background has allowed her to diversify her sound to create an aesthetically pleasing, commercial RnB/Pop identity under the guise Sia Babez. Through the use of her active growing social media presence, Seorsia has managed to get noticed by various music industry tycoons and fans all over the world. 

Check Sia Babez out, to see what all the hype is really about, you’ll soon agree that this is an emerging act that is ready to make her stamp on the Global music scene.

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Jake Carter Announces Diffusion Lab Single

Carter is a name synonymous with pop music over the years. Jay-Z and Beyonce. Nick and Aaron. We all remember The Carter Twins in the mid-‘90s too, don’t we? It’s somewhat noticeable that musical Carters always seem to come in pairs. 

With that in mind, it would be easy to attach pop purveyor Jake Carter to his older brother (and country music sensation) Nathan; however, Jake is trying to break the mould when it comes to the Carter duo tradition and forge his own path in the industry, beginning with the release of the Diffusion Lab-produced ‘I Won’t Be Leaving’.

The feel-good funk-pop track ‘I Won’t Be Leaving’, set for release on November 1st, is produced by Diffusion Lab’s Chris Bubenzer and Marcin Ciszczon, the team behind the likes of FLYNN, Jafaris, Soulé and Rushes and marks a new beginning in Jake Carter’s career.

Having previously admitted to feeling like he had lived in his brother’s shadow, the 21-year old is now seeking to firmly establish himself as a pop star in the mould of Olly Murs and Justin Timberlake and create music that reflects who he really is and not who people think he should be. 

‘I Won’t Be Leaving’ is a real earworm with hints throughout of Shawn Mendes, Charlie Puth and Irish newcomers Wild Youth and was co-written with Dunboyne-based singer/songwriter Conor McQuaid in just one day at The Nucleus Studio in Dublin.

Speaking on the song’s origins, Carter says: “I had started in a new relationship a few months prior to writing the song and although the relationship was going extremely well, not everyone agreed or were happy with us being together. Not every relationship is perfect and suits other people’s beliefs and thoughts of what is right, but if you’re happy then you should fight for what you want and don’t leave without it.

Diffusion Lab’s Marcin Ciszczon said they aimed to give the song a “bit of a modern disco vibe” to complement Jake’s vocal style via a series of “funky and tasty bass lines, punchy production and the infectious hooks” with which DFL has become synonymous.

Chris Bubenzer, meanwhile, said there was an “instant connection” when the group started working together, “It was a fun and easy process. I’m pretty sure people will have that chorus stuck in their heads for weeks to come.”

Jake has set strong foundations thanks to his win on Dancing With The Stars in 2018 and performances in a number of Christmas pantos including his role this year as Prince Charming in The Cheerios Panto Cinderella at the fabulous PantoDome at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. His latest single ‘Supernatural’, released in March, has recently passed the 10,000 streams mark, meaning he has over 315k total streams on Spotify as well as 310k views on his YouTube channel. 

Combine that with appearances on The Ray D’Arcy Show and The Late Late Show, shows at Vicar Street and Cork Opera House as well as radio slots on Today FM, 2FM, Spin1038 and more, Jake Carter, who has plenty more songs in the pipeline, looks set to build upon the success he’s had so far and make a name for himself in the music industry.


A.Smyth Releases ‘Hero’

A.Smyth has found his sound. After releasing five singles over the last 18 months, Smyth has been constantly writing and recording along the way.  It’s taken nearly two years to reach a point where a debut album is in sight and will be released next year. ‘Hero’ is the first song from that album and sets the tone for what is to come.

Smyth explains, “’Hero’ is about the way the world is working against itself at the moment. All this crazy behaviour we’re seeing, the disconnection from one another. Underneath it all, it’s just people grasping for the things that we all want – safety, security, answers. The madness being, of course, that this behaviour is causing the opposite.”

Hero is produced by Darragh Nolan (Asta Kalapa).

Gigs this year include a sold-out Whelans, Primavera Pro, Eastbound Festival, All Together Now, opening for Laura Stevenson and a London headliner at the Servant Jazz Quarters.

2018 saw the release of four singles and many festival appearances with highlights including Hard Working Class Heroes and Other Voices festivals.

‘Second Moon’, the breakthrough single from last year, is currently climbing toward 500k Spotfiy streams after being added to one of their bigger playlists last October. Another one of the singles ‘Coming Back To You’ was placed on the reality TV show Made In Chelsea and ‘Fever’ also featured in the new series that aired in March. Dubliner Aaron Smyth is currently writing songs for his debut album. Central to his focus and drive is the art of song-writing and he draws influence from the likes of Neil Young, Feist, Bruce Springsteen, Sharon Van Etten, Broken Social Scene, Jeff Tweedy, Big Thief and more. ‘She Kicks’ was recorded in Dublin and Wexford with drummer Dennis Cassidy (Selk), bassist Dara Higgins (The Jimmy Cake) and producer Darragh Nolan (Asta Kalapa).


25th October – Grand Social, Dublin (opening for The Snuts)
5th December – Roisin Dubh (upstairs), Galway
More dates tba

Screen Composers Guild of Ireland Presents a Screen Composition Masterclass with Patrick Doyle

Date: Monday 11th November, 10.30 – 3pm
Location: Studio 1, RTÉ Radio Centre, Donnybrook
Bookings: Places are limited please RSVP | ei.dliugsresopmocneercs@haras Donation of €30 for non SCGI members

Gain an invaluable insight into the working techniques of one of the world’s foremost composers for live action and animation at this masterclass in the wonderful setting of Studio 1, RTÉ Radio Centre.

Composer Patrick Doyle will give a hands-on workshop on his writing methods including breaking down scenes from some of his work, providing insights into recording live performances, managing relationships on productions and thinking outside the box. This masterclass is suitable for composers for screen of all levels and will include plenty of opportunity for Q&A.

Registration from 10.30am
Masterclass will start promptly at 11am
Break for lunch 12.30pm – 1.30pm
Finish 3pm

About Patrick Doyle

Patrick Doyle is a classically trained composer. He graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in 1975, where he was made a Fellow in 2001.

After many years composing for theatre, radio and television, Patrick joined the Renaissance Theatre Company as composer and musical director in 1987. In 1989 director Sir Kenneth Branagh commissioned Patrick to compose the score for feature film ‘Henry V’, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, and they have subsequently collaborated on numerous pictures, including ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, ‘Hamlet’, ‘As You Like It’ and ‘Cinderella’.  Patrick and Branagh’s collaboration within film and theatre has continued to this day, with performances worldwide that include Branagh’s 2015 production of ‘The Winter’s Tale’ and 2016 productions of ‘Romeo & Juliet’ and ‘The Entertainer’ which both ran at the Garrick Theatre in London’s West End.

Patrick has been commissioned to score over 50 international feature films, including ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’, ‘Gosford Park’, ‘Sense and Sensibility’, ‘Indochine’, ‘Carlito’s Way’ and ‘A Little Princess’. His work has led to collaborations with some of the most acclaimed directors in the world, such as Regis Wargnier, Brian De Palma, Alfonso Cuaròn, Ang Lee, Chen Kaige, Mike Newell and Robert Altman.

In October 2007, Patrick Doyle’s ‘Music from the Movies’ sell-out concert on behalf of The Leukaemia Research Fund was staged at The Royal Albert Hall. It was directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh and starred a host of international talent, including Emma Thompson, Sir Derek Jacobi, Dame Judi Dench and Alan Rickman, among many others. In December 2013, the London Symphony Orchestra performed a programme of Patrick’s work in a special celebratory concert at the Barbican for Patrick’s 60th birthday, at which Sir Derek Jacobi, Emma Thompson and soprano Janis Kelly performed.

Patrick has received two Oscar, two Golden Globe, one BAFTA and two Cesar nominations, as well as winning the 1989 Ivor Novello Award for Best Film Theme for ‘Henry V’. He has also been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from The World Soundtrack Awards and Scottish BAFTA, the Henry Mancini Award from ASCAP and the PRS Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Music.

Patrick has composed several concert pieces, including Tam O Shanter, commissioned by the Scottish Schools Orchestra Trust; Corarsik, composed for Emma Thompson’s birthday; ‘The Face In The Lake’, commissioned by Sony and narrated by Kate Winslet and The Thistle and the Rose, commissioned by Prince Charles in honour of the Queen Mother’s 90th birthday. His concert suite Impressions of America received its world premiere in July 2012 with the National Schools Symphony Orchestra, of which Patrick is a patron.

Patrick scored ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ for Fox Studios, and ‘Brave’ for Disney/Pixar, for which he was subsequently awarded Best Original Composition for Film at the International Music and Sound Awards. In addition, Patrick completed a score for the silent movie ‘IT’ starring Clara Bow, commissioned by The Syracuse Film Festival, which received its world premiere at the Syracuse historic Landmark Theatre in October 2013.  His score was recently performed in Glasgow at the Royal Concert Hall by young students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Orchestra as part of a pioneering music education programme for the International Society for Music Education (ISME)

In 2015, Patrick completed work on the music for Walt Disney’s live action version of ‘Cinderella’, directed by Branagh. Patrick also completed recording a solo piano album, made up of a collection of his film scores to date, which was released by Varese Sarabande in July 2015. In 2016 Patrick completed the scores for the remake of Scottish classic ‘Whisky Galore!’ and Amma Asante’s ‘A United Kingdom’, starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo. In 2018 Patrick completed the score for ‘Sgt Stubby: An American Hero’ and Twentieth Century Fox’s ‘Murder On The Orient Express’. Most recently, Patrick composed the original score for ‘All Is True’, directed by and starring Kenneth Branagh for Sony Picture Classics.

This event is supported by BAI Sectoral Development Fund
Photo Credit: Alex Brady

Greenshine Embark on Winter Tour with Vickers Vimy

Greenshine continue to tour their latest album ‘Family’ having racked up 2 singles from the collection ‘Dandelion Seed’ and ‘The Good is Gone’ that followed their previous single ‘The Girl in the Lavender Dress’ to the top spot in the RTE Radio 1 Airplay Chart while their latest single ‘Brother’ a co-write with Cormac O Caoimh, went to No. 2. ‘Family’ was made Album of the Week on BBC Ulster’s Late Show, on Highland Radio and on KCLRfm’s Ceol Anocht. Greenshine were named Euro American Chart’s “Ones to Watch”. They have played live on Today With Miriam O Callaghan, Today with Seán O Rourke and RTE’s flagship Arts show Arena. Catch up with the band when, as well as performing solo shows, they will join forces with Mayo band Vickers Vimy to light up November in a series of shows around the country. They will also join Cork outfit The Diviners to play a one off concert at The White Horse Sessions in Kennys of Lahinch.

So come in out of the cold and warm your ears and your heart. Expect lots of harmony and collaboration in a feast of original music, Alt Folk goodness and friendship.

Greenshine Winter Tour.









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