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John Spillane Releases ‘100 Snow White Horses’

Renowned songwriter and musician John Spillane has just released his album ‘100 Snow White Horses’ on 2 April. The eleven songs on the album are full of melody, poetry and mythology, featuring Pauline Scanlon’s gossamer-like backing vocals and produced in London by the legendary John Reynolds. It is a shining record with a fairy-tale feel and an atmosphere of fantasy and enchantment, allowing the listener to escape from the daily grind and into another world full of wonder.

John wrote the songs on ‘100 Snow White Horses in the Irish bardic tradition, in gratitude for patronage by various communities, festivals, and artistic events that he has been privileged to be part of in the last four years as a travelling songwriter and composer. A strong theme of Irish mythology runs through the album. The title track is a visualisation of a mythical event suggested by the name of a classic traditional air called ‘The March of the Kings of Laois’. ‘We Come in the Wind’ is based on the 3 Imramma or Wonder Voyages of Irish Literature; The Voyage of Bran, The Voyage of Maeldun, and The Voyage of St. Brendan. In exploring the rich world of Irish mythology John feels part of a centuries-old Irish tradition that continues to this day.

John explains, “These songs are my love songs to the island of Ireland. I have been inspired by her poetry and melody, history and mythology. Travelling as a bard from town to town, singing songs and talking, I have discovered an Ireland of deeper and deeper levels. These lead down underground, through ruined castles and fairy forts, through Irish music, slow airs and ancient ornaments, through Bardic schools, through the Irish language, beyond Christianity to a place where history turns into mythology, and where poetry and melody turn into truth. This is the island of my imagination.”

John Spillane is a native of Cork, a place he lovingly describes as ‘the centre of the universe’, and started his career playing with celebrated Irish trad band, Nomos. He left the band to pursue a solo career and is a two-time Meteor award winner for Best Folk/Trad act. With an extensive back catalogue, beginning with the 1997 album ‘The Wells of the World’, his songs have been covered by Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Sean Keane and many others. Twelve albums later, John is set to release his first independent album in 20 years, ‘100 Snow White Horses’.

‘100 Snow White Horses’ marks the fourth collaboration between Spillane, Scanlon and Reynolds, following on from John’s albums ‘Hey Dreamer’ (2005), ‘The Gaelic Hit Factory’ (2006) and ‘My Dark Rosaleen and the Island of Dreams’ (2008).

‘100 Snow White Horses’ is the culmination of years of adventures, research, conversations, laughter, experience and inspiration and John couldn’t be more proud to introduce the album to the world.

100 Snow White Horses‘ is available now on CD & Vinyl from Music Zone in Cork and Golden Discs nationwide.

London Based TAYNE Share First Taste of New Material

‘Coherent’  is the first single release from TAYNE’s new material, out 2nd April.

The track is about toxic relationships, intimacy and our willingness to continue doing something you already know is wrong.

It came together super quick in the recording sessions and was the first track we finished. We spent the last year recording with Wayne Adams of PETBRICK / BIG LAD producing and recording in his studio in London.” – TAYNE

TAYNE is a London based Experimental, Noise Rock band.

The band’s concept originated as a satire on contemporary pop music. With heavier music seeping into the mainstream TAYNE was created to try test the limits of “Pop music” ideologies. Harsh industrial soundscapes with a juxtaposition of overproduced vocals and sounds on top of classic verse chorus verse “pop” structures combined to create the bands identity.

TAYNE’s music has been described as an aural assault, grounded in Industrial soundscapes they weld atmospheric vocals, punishing guitars and pulsating electronics create immersive and intense sounds.

The band released ‘BREATHE’ in 2018 with themes exploring self, doubt and insecurities. 

Since then the band has gone on to share the stage with the likes of HEALTH and Acid Mothers Temple.

With its pulverising beats, intense guitar riffs and explosive pay-off, TAYNE is a vital, cathartic listen.” – The Line Of Best Fit

Cork Singer Tiz McNamara Shares New Video ‘April Fool’

Cork-born Toronto-based singer-songwriter Tiz McNamara has shared a new video, directed by Ignas Laugalis, for his song ‘April Fool’, in dedication to his brother and father, who tragically passed away April 1st 1991.

Tiz says: “This song is written about my brother and dad who both drowned when I was 10 months old while sailing. I release a song on April 1st each year as it’s their anniversary and it helps make a pretty tough time of year into a more productive one. These songs are extremely personal and close to the bone, but for me that has always been what making music was all about. It’s about telling stories and hopefully giving comfort to others.

The video was shot during lockdown this past year so added a few layers of difficulty but Ignas sent me the video treatment/idea he had which was quite closely related to the story of the song and we went with that. He put together an incredible team of talent and brought the vision to life. I hope you like it.”

Tiz McNamara is an Irish singer-songwriter and drummer, currently based in Toronto, Canada, who has racked up over 12 Million streams on Spotify with his independent releases.

Tiz’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, and has sung alongside one of his musical heroes Sir Paul McCartney, as well as Robbie Williams, and Shane McGowan under the name ‘The Justice Collective’.

This song ‘April Fool’ features on Tiz’s 2020 EP, which goes by the same name.

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New Music from Post-Party

Post-Party are set to release their brand new single ‘Wasting Time’ on 2 April 2021. Proving themselves as one of the Irish acts to watch in 2021, recent single ‘Being Honest’ was placed number one on Vevo’s Incoming Indie playlist, alongside being featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday, Breath of Fresh Eire and Hottest New Bands playlists.

Recorded in Dublin’s famous Windmill Lane Studios, ‘Wasting Time’ sees Post-Party explore the fact that not everything is forever, not all relationships have to last and that’s OK. This song celebrates those short lived connections that we make. Fast paced and energetic, this is a song for people who like the pacey guitar lines of The Strokes, the synths of The Killers and the vocal melodies of Blossoms and The Vaccines. The third single also sees the band release their first ever limited edition merchandise run.

Speaking about the single Keelan O’Reilly of Post-Party says: “We are really excited to release ‘Wasting Time’ and we feel it’s the type of high energy tune that everyone needs right now. The song is about embracing the fleeting moments that life is made up of. It all came together really naturally and we knew after playing it live and the amazing reaction we got from the audience that it was one to be proud of.”

Since forming the band, they have played venues such as the Roisin Dubh in Galway, sold out headline Dublin shows, toured Ireland, performed at Electric Picnic and Independence, supported the likes of Miles Kane and The Sherlocks, as well as playing their own headline show at London’s Islington. 

Drawing from episodes of their formative years, Post-Party imbue their guitar pop with a honed youthful energy of catchy hooks and bouncy lyrics. The band have set the bar high for what is to come from the quartet in 2021. After spending the course of 2020 writing new material, the band are set to release much awaited new music in the months to come.

A four-piece Indie Pop band based in Dublin; Post-Party consists of Keelan O’Reilly, Peter Toal, Colin Peppard and Matthew O’Reilly.

Forming in late 2018 in Dublin, Post-Party have built up a reputation for their live performances playing in various well-known venues across Ireland and the UK. Bonding over a mutual passion for music and film, the band aspire to create something reflective of their own experiences of growing up. Their influences consist of The Vaccines and Phoenix and they aim to bring fun, jangly guitar pop to the masses with their energetic live performances.

 ‘Wasting Time’ the brand new single from Post-Party is out on 02 April 2021 across all digital platforms.

Apella Announce Physical Release of Debut Album Alongside New Single

Apella are set to release a limited edition vinyl and CD of their debut album ‘1963’ this Friday April 2, 2021, alongside brand new single ‘Buried You’. Since the album was digitally released on January 29th, it has been going from strength to strength with a whopping 500,000 streams racked up to date.

Pre-orders for the physical release launched in January via with 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this album going directly to The Marie Keating Foundation specifically to help fund the outstanding support services they provide to women affected by Breast Cancer.

‘Buried You’ will also drop on the day of release accompanied by a vigorously high energy, vivacious music video directed by Ray Keogh. 

Talking about the video Director Ray Keogh said: “I have been part of the Apella journey since inception and this music video captures everything they represent. Quilty and Nolan are two extraordinarily talented performers. We set it up and executed this video just like we were headlining a music festival! This is Apella. I am incredibly proud of this.”

Thoughtfully named after the birth year of his mother, ‘1963’ is an incredibly personal record from frontman Dara Quilty, who has teamed up with The Marie Keating Foundation.

Speaking of the album Dara Quilty said: “The response to the album on Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube has been overwhelming. I still enjoy opening up my phone and simply seeing it exist in the world. As I mentioned before, we’ll be donating 100% of all the physical sales proceeds directly to The Marie Keating Foundation. Up against COVID-19 and BREXIT, I am delighted that production is complete and we can finally release our beautiful Vinyl and CDs! I am eternally grateful to everyone who has pre-ordered and we’ll continue to donate sales after the release date!

100% of the proceeds from this album bought on will go directly to The Marie Keating Foundation’s Positive Living support group, Survive and Thrive programme, BRCA awareness and support programme and School’s Cancer Awareness Programme.

Fresh off the back of their radio chart topping single ‘Point Of View’, ‘1963’ is a juxtaposition of rhythmically crafted chaos delivered by drummer Ronan Nolan and impeccable talent of singer/songwriter and producer Dara Quilty. 

‘1963’ –  Tracklisting:

We Met at a Party
Buried You
City Limits
Graceful Dancer
New Things Get Old
Shadows of My Personality
Deja You
Ferris Wheels
Little Bit Less
Point of View

Apella’s brand new single ‘Buried You’ is set for release on Friday April 2, 2021, alongside the release of a limited edition white vinyl and CD of their debut album ‘1963’.

Proudly supported by:

Dublin Vinyl, Mission PR, Custom Built Ireland and Natalie Keville Design.

How I Became A Wave Announce Debut Single Launch Date

Pat Carey, former vocalist and songwriter with The Hard Ground, launches a new solo project How I Became A Wave, with debut single ‘Fading Out’ on Friday April 2nd 2021. A collaboration between Carey and some of Ireland’s finest musicians, the single is taken from the upcoming How I Became A Wave album due for release in Autumn 2021.

Part of a new wave of collaborative contemporary folk music from Ireland, the song ‘Fading Out’ features a hugely talented array of artists including Cork composer Cormac McCarthy, Maria Ryan (Strung, Crash Ensemble), Aoife Burke, Matthew Berrill (Niamh Regan) and Brian Casey (Screenreader, John Blek). 

As with many projects born in 2020, the single was recorded both in studio – Casey’s Wavefield Studios in West Cork – and remotely in the homes and studios of featured artists. The song blends an intimacy of vocals with a richness of texture that hints at a more cinematic sound to come. 

How I Became A Wave is the solo project of Pat Carey, formerly vocalist and songwriter with Cork based band The Hard Ground, who garnered a national following and critical acclaim with the release of two albums in 2012 and 2015. Since stepping away from The Hard Ground, Carey has been heavily involved in various elements of the Irish Music scene, including with Right Here Right Now Festival and Cork Opera House.

The upcoming How I Became A Wave album features multiple collaborations between some of Ireland’s finest musicians, composers and songwriters including Cormac McCarthy, Clare Sands, David Murphy, Maria Ryan, Brian Casey, Aoife Burke, Matthew Berrill, Davie Ryan, Hugh Dillon and more. Each song on the album is coloured by the unique conversations taking place between the artists, writing, recording and creating in isolation from each other. The overall collaboration showcases the wealth and diversity of musical talent in the country and the richness of musical expression that exists across genres.

Fading Out is out on all platforms from Friday April 2nd and is available for pre-saving now


Photography: Brid O’Donovan Photography

Colm Hayes to Release Debut Solo Single

Originally a Cork native, the now Dungarvan based singer-songwriter, Colm Hayes is set to release his long awaited debut solo single, ‘Mosaic’ across all streaming platforms on Thursday April 8th.

Although this will be Colm’s first official release, he will be a familiar face to many in the Irish scene. Alongside the success of past ensembles, Kudos, and The Mandolas, Colm’s solo material has always had a cult following in Cork City and beyond.

The song explores the relationship between a father and his new-born daughter, and the natural evolution of caregiving that occurs through life, presented on an enthralling, dreamy backdrop. Hayes is joined on the track by Grace McMahon of The Art Crimes Band, whose beautiful vocal compliments the piece perfectly.

‘Mosaic’ was recorded and mixed by Niall Dennehy of Flashpoint Creative Consultants in Monkey Orphanage Studios, Cork, and mastered by the legendary Tony Cousins at Metropolis Studios, London (Bat For Lashes, Adele).

It could be the beginning of a journey, or it could be the end,” says Hayes, when asked about the single, as it features many of Colm’s former bandmates and musical contemporaries. Niall Dennehy (The Art Crimes Band, formerly Kudos), Michael Grace (BRIARS, formerly The Mandolas), Cian McCarthy (New York based composer/conductor, formerly Kudos), Cárthach O’Núanáin (Noatak, formerly Kudos), and Tim O’Leary (The Art Crimes Band) all appear on the recording.

‘Mosaic’ will be released across all platforms on Thursday April 8th, alongside a lyric video on YouTube and Facebook.

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