Aimée’s highly anticipated debut EP, ‘Confession’, has finally landed and is available now, via Universal Music Ireland.
When writing the EP, Aimée says:
“I wrote it with only one goal in mind, to make people feel something. Considering this is my very first EP and my very first body of work, I had a choice of creating something cool & expected or creating something honest & real. I chose to be honest & real because that’s who I am as a person. So, this kind of feels like sharing my diary with the world. Hello World! This is my confession…”
The powerful anthem, ‘What My Mamma Gave Me’ also lands today and is the Dublin singers latest single to be taken from the EP, with its official music video set for release this coming Monday, 30th March.
Of this single, Aimée says:
“Saving my favourite till last on the EP! A song dedicated to every Mam out there who dedicated their life to make their children feel loved, safe & inspired. My Mam was my soulmate, my biggest inspiration. I try every single day to make her proud. I just know that she will be singing and dancing to this one in heaven…”
Aimée recently released the highly personal fan track, ‘I’m Ok’, along with an emotive lyric video that hosts a nostalgic montage of family photos that include Aimée’s Mam, who the song beautifully pays tribute to.
Prior to her current focus track, ‘What My Mamma Gave Me’, Aimée released her top 30 Irish radio hit, ‘Don’t Call Me Pretty’, the first track to be taken from this stunning EP. The pop anthem received global radio support with numerous stations including The Dominican Republic, Italy, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Nambia, Spain, Switzerland, and 125 stations across the UK.
Aimée has over two million combined streams, to date.
19th – 21st June 2020
Sea Sessions, Bundoran, Donegal
19th – 21st June 2020
Body & Soul, Westmeath
31st July – 2nd August 2020
31st July – 2nd August 2020
No Where We’d Rather Be, Kilruddery House & Gardens, Bray
10th – 12th July 2020
Sult Festival, Gweedore
7th October 2020
*Whelan’s Dublin (RESCHEDULED)
*All existing tickets for Aimée’s show on 27th March will remain valid and fans should hold onto them for use in October
Multi-instrumentalist performer and songwriter James Cramer has been co-writing with some of Ireland’s chart toppers for many years, including Hermitage Green, Luan Parle and Eleanor McEvoy.
James also fronts the alt-folk band Tupelo. With three albums of original music written entirely by James, Tupelo have played sold out tours in Denmark and Holland, played festivals and shows in Ireland, UK, France, Belgium, Norway, Russia and the USA.
As diverse a musician as he is talented, James’ solo music has already captured attention including ‘My World Again’, with it’s impacting honest recital and piano led refrain, which featured in Canadian reality TV series ‘Hello Goodbye’. Another of James’ songs, ‘The Road To Kinawley’, will feature in the BBC television adaptation of Irish author Sally Rooney’s Man Booker Prize-shortlisted book, ‘Normal People’, directed by Lenny Abrahamson.
‘Simple Man’, the first single to be taken from James’ debut solo album (to be released later this year) sees him channel all of his skills into this big, bold, soulful pop song.
After teaming up with Norwegian producer Eirik Molnes Husabø, James flew to his studio in Norway to record ‘Simple Man’.
James Cramer says: “I wrote this song on the piano and then we finalised it in the studio. Between myself and Eirik we played all the parts because I wanted his musical input too. We got into the studio in Norway and we were just jumping at it! He played bass and piano, then I played guitar, then he played drums and I played percussion… we’re two very like-minded musicians and it was a great way to work.”
James’ prowess on multiple instruments is perhaps even more impressive considering he is almost entirely self-taught. In his own words he ‘never took to teachers’ and ‘just found his way around the instruments’.
James says: “I’ve been navigating my whole life this way. I grew up in Cabra (Dublin) and my grandmother bought me an old upright piano when I was a kid. My parents didn’t have any money so my Nana had been working as a cleaner and chipping money off this piano every week to buy it for me. I took a few piano lessons but never really liked being told what to do so I found my way around it and taught myself. Then I moved on to other instruments.”
‘Simple Man’ by James Cramer is out now on Bohemia Records.
‘Slow Creature’ marks Perlee’s first body of work. The songs dig deep into the reality of our ever-present emotional lives. ‘Conditions To Thrive’, ‘Chain Of Coral’, ‘Charlie’s Song’ and ‘Feelings of Plenty’; connection, pain, longing and gratitude. The bones of this E.P. were recorded to tape at Analogue Catalogue studios in Newry early 2019 with renowned engineer Julie McLarnon (New Order, Lankum, The Vaselines). Perlee met Julie at a Dublin gig in 2018. She invited them to her studio and straight away it was a good fit. They recorded several tracks to tape and these releases are the fruits of that week.
Stereogum had this to say of Perlee’s first single off the EP, ‘Chain Of Coral’: ‘The duo’s melody weaves in and out of focus initially, like tips of flames moving in unpredictable yet still natural arcs. The song becomes entrancing…drawing you in with one flare, one faded hook, before encouraging you to get lost in its currents. It’s a sighing, beautiful composition.’ Read the full article here. (The duo recently changed the spelling of their name from Pearly to Perlee.) There are guest appearances on ‘Chain Of Coral’ from A.S. Fanning on bass and O Emperor’s Brendan Fennessy on drums. The track was mixed by A.S. Fanning in a studio in East Berlin which once served as a Stasi HQ before the wall came down.
‘Conditions To Thrive’, the third release from the ‘Slow Creature’ E.P’, is the last to be released but the first track on the EP. Like ‘Chain Of Coral’ it was mixed by A.S. Fanning in Berlin. Matt Ingram lent his incredible drumming skills to it (as he did for ‘Charlie’s Song’) and the overall effect is a drone led, Velvet Underground red-wine reverie, about life, love and loss.
‘Feelings Of Plenty’, in contrast the the rest of the tracks, was captured in a one-take live recording and is minimal in it’s production with one electric guitar and two voices and was mixed by Julie in the foothills of the Mourne Mountains. Saramai recalls, ‘We started playing ‘Feelings of Plenty’ in the live room, just warming up really and getting our sounds. The amp was in the room and everything. Suddenly the light on the mountains turned purple and there was a certain magic glow in the room. Julie quickly set up six mics around us, kind of like a photographer. That’s the recording you hear.’
In 2017 Cormac O’Keeffe and Saramai Leech moved to Berlin from the remote Irish countryside of Co. Meath. The fruits of gigging frequently and embedding themselves into the Berlin music scene are evidenced in their honed and unique songwriting. “Though we moved to Berlin with a trove of songs, the bulk of the EP was written after we arrived in Germany. The Berlin scene has pushed us in ways we don’t even fully realise yet. There’s been a great freedom in living in such a big city. Mostly it’s the space and time to experiment and the fact that you can gig often to different audiences.” says Cormac.
Live Dates postponed due to Covid 19 – Rescheduling – TBC
Slyrydes are a four piece band from Galway city, Co Galway. In 2019 Slyrydes released their first four singles from March to October (‘Mental Health’, ‘Point Of View’, ‘Out Patience’ and ‘Dangerous Animals’) The singles collected much critical acclaim nationwide and in the UK. Paul McLoone (Today FM/The Undertones) has championed the band since the first single ‘Mental Health’.
Slyrydes are known for touching on the subject of mental health and the HSE.
They have worked with Daniel Doherty in Darklands studio Dublin city (Fontaines DC/ Vulpynes/ Damien Dempsey) on every single so far.
Slyrydes are currently working on their debut album while playing select shows around Ireland.
‘I Claim To Be Intelligent’ is the first single of 2020.
“With this new single I think we show off a side to us the listener hasn’t heard before. The way we write songs is ever evolving, to us this sounded more like an REM song the first time we played it together…”
Slyrydes are set to play Sunstroke 2020 alongside bands like The Jesus and Mary Chain, Faith No More and Refused.
3 brothers from Cork, True Tides have had a whirlwind 2019 having established themselves as a major buzz act in Ireland with their guitar driven synth pop brimming with hooks, soaring melodies and layers of intricate vocal harmonies.
With only 3 songs released to date, the brothers made their national television debut on the Late Late Show; had their first UK television synch with their track ‘The Answer’ appearing on E4’s ‘Made in Chelsea’; were playlisted on national + regional radio; hit almost half a million streams and featured on numerous Spotify playlists including New Music Friday; sold out a Cork City Hall headline show performing with a full orchestra; played their first headline tour of Ireland packing out venues across the country including Whelans, Róisín Dubh and Cyprus Avenue followed by numerous festival appearances such as Body & Soul and the main stage at Indiependence; performed on some of the biggest stages in Ireland to thousands at sold out shows while supporting acts such as Picture This at the INEC Arena, The Coronas at Independent Park Stadium, Galway Big Top and The Olympia, The Academic at Iveagh Gardens and many other venues including Ulster Hall in Belfast!
Having already made an explosive impact in 2019, True Tides look destined for a huge 2020 releasing new music with Warner Music Ireland and touring extensively including festivals in Ireland and abroad.
Their new single ‘Survive’ is another pop banger with a pumping guitar hook and a vocal melody that underscores the positive message behind the song.
Although you might get knocked down or pushed back, sometimes just trying to do your best and facing your fears head on can be enough to find your inner belief again. As the chorus states “Get up through all your fears, get up through all the nights, get up through your darkest moments, you will survive”.
Irish roots-rock sensation Marc O’Reilly has just shared a spectacular new acoustic EP featuring MOBO award winning Danish bassist Jasper Hoiby .
The tracks were recorded live in one take at Monique Studios in Cork and captured on analogue tape by producer/engineer Christian Best (Mick Flannery, Marlene Enright etc).
Marc met Jasper when they both performed on the 2nd album by MOBO award winners Kairos 4Tet at Peter Gabriel’s legendary Real World Studios and an impromptu jam at the album launch in London inspired them to record and perform live together.
The tracks on the EP span Marc’s 4 albums to date.
The release will be supported by a live performance video of the session to be released in early April.
Hunting Hall is the solo project of Tim Shearwood who has stealthily built an impressive portfolio of work over the past decade both musically (with The Curtain Thieves and Third Smoke) and through videos (he’s been the go-to guy of late for the likes of Æ Mak, Le Boom, Lullahush and Just Mustard). 2019 saw Hunting Hall release his debut single ‘Helium’ and support Just Mustard and Æ MAK, play gigs in Whelans, The Sound House, The Grand Social, Arcadian Field Festival and be booked by many including Irish tastemakers Homebeat.
Launching into 2020 Hunting Hall has been chosen as one of the State.ie ‘State Faces of 2020’ and is about to release his new single and video ‘Dublin London Portland’ on March 27th.
Here, Shearwood is back at the heart of his own musical voyage of discovery. ‘Dublin London Portland’ represent the wistfully imagined best places where the artist can break from the shackles of small-town Ireland – the ennui, the unproductive routines – and live out his dreams and ambitions, “a big plan”, as Shearwood states it.
Ultimately, the message is one of optimism – the suffocating beast of procrastination shall be tamed. Programmed percussion, hard-hitting chords, and swelling synth pads push the track forward with relentless energy. Do we believe Shearwood will realise the big plan? Going by his latest offering, he could be well on his way already.
The video for ‘Dublin London Portland’ was shot in Shearwood’s apartment in Glasnevin and features a mesmerising dance performance by his girlfriend, Eleanor Jameson. As might be expected of someone much in demand for their filmmaking,
Shearwood’s video is a compelling piece of work, achieving a crackling atmosphere through tightly edited sequences and wholly complimenting the music.
The track was mixed and produced by Portobello-based, Micheal Heffernan, who has previously worked with Æ MAK, Thumper, Bitch Falcon, Ailbhe Reddy, The Coronas and The Script.
Lisa Lambe, is one of Ireland’s best-known performers. Described by the Irish Times as the finest singer and actor of her generation, she is now poised to attract a global audience with her forthcoming album, ‘Juniper’. Lisa says she imagined ‘Juniper’ as a colorful story of nature, time and place: “The title track was sparked by a boldly gnarled juniper tree I spotted on an isolated bog road.”
‘Juniper’, released 3rd April, is Lisa’s sophomore album and she embarked upon it with producer Karl Odlum in 2019. It was written in the west of Ireland and recorded at the remote Attica Studios in County Donegal. Lisa describes the eleven-song collection as “a love letter to nature”. Her songwriting, although inspired by the Irish landscape and surroundings, is also thoroughly universal, modern and international.
Lisa’s keen poetic musical sensibilities and the soulfulness of her voice land the music somewhere between a Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs) rock timbre and an Alison Kraus country rasp. The entire ‘Juniper’ album was recorded live in one room, Lambe says, with the mid-tempo first single, ‘Tiny Devotions’ capturing “the immediate and rare joy of musicians playing together during a recording session.” ‘Someone Like You’ is a slow-burn groove flecked with acoustic guitar and clear-eyed melodies; ‘Hunter’s Moon’ is a light blues number with a singalong chorus; and the title track ‘Juniper’ is an atmospheric ballad with gauzy harmonies and the low hum of a minor-key organ that paints an aural portrait of Ireland’s wild and haunted Western edges.
It’s no surprise that Lisa’s new songs conjure moods and visions: she graduated Trinity College Dublin with distinction as an actor, working with Ireland’s national theatre and starring in many smash hit plays. In 2019 alone she was on stage at The Abbey in two roles written specifically with her in mind: playing Lil in an adaptation of Edna O’Brien’s classic feminist novel The Country Girls, and as Cathy in a production of Dermot Bolgers’ Last Orders At The Dockside. Both were well-received by audiences and media alike, with Country Girls especially receiving numerous accolades.
Lisa is a frequent guest on national radio and television in Ireland and has appeared at world-renowned venues as lead singer with Celtic Woman that include Radio City Music Hall in New York City, Nokia Live in Los Angeles, Red Rocks in Colorado,. As a solo artist, Lisa has performed globally including Celtic Connections Scotland, Glastonbury UK as well as The Irish Arts Centres in London, Paris and New York. Ireland’s HotPress called Lisa’s voice “sumptuous”, RTE described her as a “national treasure,” and the Irish Times labeled the singing on her 2015 album, ‘Hiding Away’, “pure gold.” In 2018, Broadway World debuted her cover of the Guess Who classic, ‘These Eyes’.
Juniper is an especially meaningful project for Lisa. “The purpose of the project was to capture the lightning of making music,” she says. “I’m a live-in-the-moment artist and whether in the studio or onstage, I have to ground myself in the moment, feel what I’m receiving from the songwriting, and give something back to serve the song. With this recording, there was a huge desire in me to find the tribe of musicians and listeners to go on a completely new journey with me. All the elements came together, and the result is a vast landscape of colour and sound not tied to one nationality or genre but instead to the notion of a tribe.”
Welcome to the ‘Juniper’ tribe.
Thursday 10 September – Sugar Club, Dublin
More shows to be-rescheduled in August, September and October.
Bobbi Arlo releases her brand new single ‘Breathe’, which is inspired by the negative mental health effects caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
On the single Arlo says, “’Breathe’ is an anthem of solidarity through hard times and a reminder that no matter how tough the situation is, we will get through it together. This is very spontaneous release, I just wanted to play my part in lifting people’s spirits. My aim with this feel-good song, is to take people’s minds off all things anxiety driven with the subconscious message being, ‘breathe’.”
Fresh on the scene and hotly tipped for big things, 21-year-old pop rap artist Bobbi Arlo is most definitely an artist to keep tabs on. Since the release of her debut radio smash ‘Berries’ back in November 19, Arlo’s star is most definitely on the rise. Arlo’s mellow almost hypnotic sounding voice paired with her infectiously catchy lyrics and beats make for a pairing even the sourest of people could love. Her music is nothing short of feel good feel deeply.
Catch Bobbi Arlo live at Sea Sessions, Indiependence and Kaleidoscope festivals this summer!
‘The Nashville Calling’ is the title of the ninth studio album by Irish artist Ben Reel which is released today. Produced by Will Kimbrough, Ben Reel and Tommy Womack and featuring Garry W Tallent on bass from the legendary E Street Band. The album contains eleven new tracks all written by Ben Reel.
It was recorded at Skinny Elephant Studios in Nashville. This album was done and dusted in just three days with all live takes. Following Ben’s critically acclaimed experimental slow burner ‘Land of Escape’ from 2018, this new record has a more Americana, rootsy rock, live band feel.
Since his debut album ‘This Is the Movie’ back in 1999, Ben has reinvented himself from album to album, influenced by different styles of music over the years.
As one critic said, “He’s not afraid to throw in some folk, soul, reggae vibes, which in turn call to mind John Hiatt at his best“. Another describes him as, “somewhere in the middle ground between rock and jazz or a sound that is sometimes reminiscent of Dylan and the Band.“
In a solo career which now spans over twenty years, Ben has received worldwide critical acclaim with numerous high profile TV/Radio appearances like BBC, RTE and Dutch NPO Radio. Supporting Jools Holland, Alabama 3 and The Cranberries and he has collaborated musically with such names as Hal Ketchum and The Blockheads. He has co written and performed live with his fellow countryman Tony McLoughlin and some of Nashville’s finest such as David Olney and Irene Kelley.
In the past Ben was selected to play an official showcase at Folk Alliance in Memphis TN and has toured as double bill with Tommy Womack (Nashville) in the US and UK and also with legendary American folk singer/songwriter Eric Andersen in the UK and Netherlands. While in Nashville he was invited to play the famous Bluebird Cafe on a number of occasions, most recently Sept 2018.
Over the last ten years Ben has enjoyed successful tours in Ireland, UK, Europe and U.S.A, receiving rave reviews and attracting a growing loyal fan base. He has graced big festivals such as Jamming@Hippie Jacks (USA), Musiktan Destival in Bilbao (ESP), Haarlem Jazz & Huntenpop (NL), Robin Hood Folk Festival (UK), Kilkenny Rhythm & Roots, Cork Jazz and Electric Picnic (EIRE).
Ben Reel is a native of Silverbridge, South Armagh, Ireland. Soon after high school at the age of 17 he started his musical career in 1989 performing & songwriting with local band Trim The Velvet before going solo in the late nineties.
Against the backdrop of the troubles in the North of Ireland, music became Ben’s way out.
He first picked up the guitar when he was fifteen years old, inspired by the realness of the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Van Morrison & Neil Young whose music struck a chord that resonated deep into Reel’s psyche. This is still reflected in Ben’s heart on the sleeve approach to performing and writing. Today Ben Reel performs occasionally as solo or duo with his wife Julieanne or while in the Netherlands with his Dutch band The Haarlem Boys but mainly he performs with his fantastic Irish band Ben Reel Band. He divides his time between touring Europe and the USA and producing music for himself and other musicians.
Released today worldwide: Physical & Digital – Friday 27th March To celebrate tonight Ben & his wife Julieanne will stream 2 online sets on Facebook live 9pm (GMT) & @midnight (GMT for U.S fans.)