David Kitt, singer songwriter Kean Kavanagh and future-afro soul vocalist Fehdah have teamed to release a brand new hypnotic summer anthem, ‘Follow The Sound’. The track was written and produced by all three artists as part of Three’s ‘Made By Music’ initiative.
‘Made By Music’ is an innovative move which seeks to demonstrate the human connections that music creates by collaborating with some of Ireland’s best artists from the thriving Irish music scene. Building on the success of ‘Made By Music’ last year, Three has gone a step further with the initiative by partnering with six Irish musicians to write, record and release two brand new collaborative songs which will be supported by world-class music videos.
The official video to ‘Follow The Sound’ follows the journey of a bride who loses herself in the music during her first dance. Directed by Ian Robertson, the video is available now to watch here.
Three’s ‘Made By Music’ campaign will provide the artists with the opportunity to reach wider audiences by developing and funding a full media campaign to support the track and video. The campaign will include a second unique collaboration later in the summer, also featuring a bespoke music video.
As dedicated sponsors of Ireland’s premier live music venue, 3Arena and Ireland’s biggest music festivals Electric Picnic and Longitude, Three is dedicated to connecting customers to the best live music events by providing exclusive presale access to tickets to the biggest concerts and money can’t buy experiences.
#MadeByMusic will release the second collaboration in the series by Soulé, Sorcha Richardson and Elaine Mai later this summer.
‘Follow the Sound’ will be released across all streaming platforms this Friday, 28th June. Join the conversation on social using #MadeByMusic.
Emma Langford’s new single ‘Goodbye Hawaii’ is three and a half whole minutes of sunshine, much like the summer we’ve all been waiting for here in Ireland.
She arrives stumbling through the door from a whirlwind international tour, RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Award clasped in hand, hounded by uproarious cries of critical acclaim for her 2017 debut album ‘Quiet Giant’; Limerick’s Emma Langford has returned with ‘Goodbye Hawaii’, and the highly anticipated taster of her second album oozes summer vibes.
A delight at first glance, the track is a peppy return to the 50’s, replete with dreamy backing vocals, swooning pedal steel and a rhythm section that propels the listener right into the heart of New Orleans. A playful vocal imitation “trumpet solo” sends the listener away smiling a little wider than before.
The song evokes the spirit of a bygone era, but Emma Langford’s unmistakable voice reels it right back into the present moment in Irish music.
‘Goodbye Hawaii’ hits all the right notes for fans of The Divine Comedy, Kate Nash or Cyndi Lauper; Langford’s signature vocal sparkles above a toe-tapping retro-pop bass line, barely masking the biting observational humour within:
“It seems like a sweet song until you listen to the words,” she quips, “It’s about putting on the facade of a perfect relationship. You’re past the honeymoon period, the spark’s gone, and it’s all kind of falling apart – so about two weeks in?”
Accompanied on its release in July by an equally tongue-in-cheek music video filmed at Nenagh Arts Centre, Langford worked with fellow Limerick creative Shane Serrano (The Coronas, Rusangano Family, Hermitage Green) in producing something that matched the tone of the song:
“I want the video to make people laugh, but to have a message – a nod to independent artists that work crazy hours, pulling the strings, doing a lot of work on their own out of sight, while people only see the glamorous exterior.
We’re poking fun at the “what people think you do versus what you really do” meme in the arts.”
‘Goodbye Hawaii’ was produced and mixed by Chris O’Brien and Graham Murphy at The Production Suite Dublin, and features Davey Long on drums; Peter Hanagan on double bass; Emma Langford on guitar and vocals; and Kealan Kenny on pedal steel.
The track lands worldwide on the 6th of July 2019, but Emma will officially launch the good ship ‘Goodbye Hawaii’ with a full band at her homecoming marquee show “Limerick Summer Music” at Rossbrien Pavilion on the 12th of July.
You can also catch Emma and band in July at Garbos, Castlebar on the 6th, the inaugural Claremorris Folk Festival in Mayo the 20th, and Knockanstockan the 21st, plus in August at Flahives Bar, Ballyheigue, County Kerry.
Full dates, details and tickets available from www.emmalangfordmusic.com/tour/
Photo: Kellyn Bowler for Turf & Grain Magazine, Issue 4
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 uticket.ie 10am Friday 28th June.
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 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.”
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, Lovin.ie, 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: https://l.hausurecords.com/presave-2018
‘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.
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.
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.
‘ORDINARY SUPERHERO” ALBUM TRACKLISTING
- Somebody To Love
- C’est La Vie
- I’m Not Me Without You
- Don’t Let Me Down
- Ordinary Superhero
- How Did We Get Here?
- What Are You Waiting For?
- Wear Your Love
- This Is Heartbreak
- Blood, Sweat and Tears
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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.