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Lost Brothers Share ‘After The Fire’

Lost Brothers, Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland, have released the second single from their forthcoming new album. ‘After The Fire’ features M Ward and Howe Gelb on electric guitars and Bob Dylan’s long time band leader Tony Garnier playing an upright bass that once belonged to jazz luminary Charles Mingus. Co-producer Daniel Schlett (War On Drugs) plays a Jupiter 8 synth.

The song was recorded at Strange Weather Studios in Brooklyn New York and produced by Daniel Schlett and Tony Garnier.

It was the very first thing we did in the studio on the first day of recording the album,” recalls Oisin Leech of The Lost Brothers.

The song itself is a statement of perseverance and survival against all the odds. A flower growing from the aftermath, the rubble and the ashes.

We tried to get some dirt and grit into the rhythm of the lyrics on this song,” continues Oisin, “growing up in Ireland, our world was wet fields and grey skies- this was our landscape as youngsters and still remains our stomping ground really.

The new album ‘After The Fire After The Rain’ is coming February 7th.

The band will tour the new record with shows at Vicar Street Dublin Saturday March 21st London’s Southbank Centre March 3rd as part of a Spring Tour.

Full dates below, info and limited edition signed vinyl and CDs available at


March 3rd –  London  – The Southbank- The Purcell Room
March 19th – Omagh – Strule Arts Theatre
March 20th – Belfast – The Ulster Sports Club
March 21st – Dublin – Vicar Street
March 25th – Galway – Town Hall Theatre
March 26th – Castlebar -The Royal Theatre
March 28 – Letterkenny – An Grianan Theatre
April. 3rd – Waterford – St. Patrick’s Gateway
April 4th – Cork – Live At St. Luke’s
April 5th – Limerick – Dolans

Nicolas Kluzek Releases ‘Balance’

Nicolas Kluzek releases a minimalistic, moody and evocative new EP, ‘Balance’, following the success of his ‘Rain Or Shine E.P’ last summer (which so far has generated well over 1.5 million streams on Spotify and Apple Music).

This record is inspired by places; the west of Ireland on the opening track ‘West’, Asia in ‘Indochine’ and ‘Awakening’. Like all of Nicolas Kluzek’s music, the purpose of this EP is to transport the listener to a mood, or a memory, even if just for a few short minutes.

It’s a Lo-Fi instrumental hiphop record by many stylistic traits, but also more the work of a composer than of a hiphop beat maker, as all the parts are written, not sampled. In this way it is a personal take on a popular genre.

‘Balance’ EP by Nicolas Kluzek is available across all digital platforms now.

The Murder Capital Presented with IMRO No.1 Award

IMRO this week met with The Murder Capital to present them with their IMRO Award in recognition of their album ‘When I Have Fears’, which reached No.1 on the Independent Chart in August.

The IMRO Number 1 Award was introduced to acknowledge IMRO members who reach number 1 in the album charts here in Ireland.

Produced by Flood (PJ Harvey, New Order, Foals), ‘When I Have Fears’ features all four singles from the band so far, ‘Feeling Fades’, ‘Green & Blue’ & ‘Don’t Cling To Life’ and ‘More Is Less’

An exercise in both darkness and light, ‘When I Have Fears’ only serves to highlight the early ambition in the band’s sound. From the post-rock build and breakdowns of the two-part ‘Slowdance’, to the tender, bruised confessional of ‘On Twisted Ground’ and industrial pulse of closer ‘Love, Love, Love’, there’s a consistent intensity throughout that marks out The Murder Capital as a band arriving fully formed on their debut album.

Brave Giant Receive IMRO No.1 Award

Brave Giant were this week presented with their IMRO No.1 Award in recognition of their album ‘White, Pink + Blue’, which reached the top of the Independent Chart earlier this year.

The IMRO Number 1 Award was introduced to acknowledge IMRO members who reach number 1 in the album charts here in Ireland.

Earlier this year Emmett, Mark, Podge and Ross of Brave Giant teamed up with one of Ireland’s most respected musicians and producers Gavin Glass of Orphan Recording, to record this debut long play which saw a slight change in direction for the band. A sound Gavin (producer) affectionately refers to as… “it’s like David Guetta meets The War On Drugs”

Emmett (percussion) said, “We’ve explored new sounds and have drawn on influences from even more musical genres. Heavy synths, spacey guitars, driving drums and a mandolin like you’ve never heard before. The core elements which make Brave Giant what it is are still there, we’ve just added some magic, we hope!”

Peter Ashmore joined Gavin Glass on recording duties at Orphan Recording and Hellfire Studios in the picturesque Dublin mountains. Gavin also plays on part of the record. Additional production is by Brave Giant’s own Emmett Collum and the record is mastered by Stephen Ceresia at Stonyfield Mastering.

Emmett Collum (percussion), Mark Prunty (bass, guitar/vocals), Podge Gill (guitar/vocals), Ross McNerney (banjo/mandolin/keys), are Brave Giant. A band rooted in an inherited love for trad & folk, moulded, morphed and inspired by indie & alternative influences. Based in Longford the band released its first commercial track in April 2016, the still hugely popular ‘Lordy Lordy’.

In just three years, Brave Giant has gone from selling out two nights Upstairs at Whelan’s Live, Dublin to the band’s biggest headline show to date at The Olympia Theatre in November.

The band has also seen its Spotify streams grow to over 2.5 million during the last year, and online video views in the same region.
Twitter @BraveGiantBand 
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Aisling Urwin Releases ‘As The Tide Came In’

Aisling Urwin is delighted to release her new single, ‘As The Tide Came In.’ Available everywhere from mid December. 

Aisling is a harpist and songwriter from Kenmare in South Kerry. She strives to use the harp in a contemporary context, challenging people’s views of how it should sound. 

‘As The Tide Came In’ is Aisling’s first original single and combines organic instruments with rich electronic textures to create a dark sonic dreamscape. 

The accompanying music video was shot at Derrynane beach in Co. Kerry.

Aleigh Releases ‘Our Song’

‘Our Song’ is the latest release from Dublin songwriter Aleigh.

‘Our Song’ is a raw, emotive, piano and string arrangment delivered in a ballad-esque style, which affords an honest narrative on the turning point of a complicated relationship and its inevitable demise.

A sharp contrast to the bluesy guitar driven rock that were previous singles released in 2019 (‘Boys Not Right’ and ‘Bad Things’), this independent, self-produced release exhibits a more vulnerable and captivating side to her songwriting than before.

This is Aleigh’s third and final offering for 2019 as she is currently recording her debut album which is due for release in 2020.

Girl Band Receive IMRO No.1 Award

IMRO were joined by Girl Band today to receive their IMRO Number 1 Award in recognition of their album ‘The Talkies’, which topped the Independent charts in October.

The IMRO Number 1 Award was introduced to acknowledge IMRO members who reach number 1 in the album charts here in Ireland.

‘The Talkies’, was released by Rough Trade Records on September 27th and is the follow up to the band’s critically acclaimed debut LP ‘Holding Hands with Jamie’.

‘The Talkies’ was recorded in November 2018 at Ballintubbert House, a stately home on the outskirts of Dublin “a few pay grades above what we’re used to”. The alien construction of Ballintubbert and its corridors help to navigate Girl Bands cataclysmic sound within a world of its own.

Bandmember Alan Duggan underlines this thought: “In many ways the idea behind the album was to make an audio representation of the house” –Daniel continues – “We recorded all the drums twice: once on the landing and once in the cellar, and during production we could actually cut in between both these sounds.”

Daniel, with his feet in both camps as musician and producer, explains: “After we cancelled the last tour we weren’t really writing together as much anymore so we were more into demoing and writing down parts then cutting them up, collaging them together in the computer and re-configuring them that way.”

‘The Talkies’ was produced by the band’s own Daniel Fox, and recorded in November 2018 at Ballintubbert House, a stately manor  on the outskirts of Dublin. “In many ways,” says band member Alan Duggan, “the idea behind the album was to make an audio representation of the manor home. The space became Girl Band’s sonic playground as the members worked to adjust to the house’s corners and textures to create the soundscape of the record.”  

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Cry Monster Cry Announce Details of Irish Tour

Off the back of the release of their critically acclaimed sophomore album ‘Tides’, Dublin brothers Richie and Jamie Martin are delighted to announce details of their largest Irish tour to date. This run of shows will take in some of Ireland’s best-known venues through most of February and March and will culminate with a hometown show in Dublin’s Pepper Canister Church on Friday 27th March 2020.

07 FEB             Sirius Arts Centre                      Cork                            
17 FEB              BAG – Ballymore Eustace        Kildare
19 FEB              Bridge Of Song                          Mayo
21 FEB              Levis Corner House                  Cork
22 FEB              Central Arts Centre                   Waterford
27 FEB              Mike The Pies                            Kerry             
28 FEB              The Stables                                Westmeath
06 MAR            Coughlan’s                                 Cork
08 MAR            Black Gate Theatre                   Galway 
14 MAR            Wexford Arts Centre                Wexford          
20 MAR            Fennelly’s of Callan                  Kilkenny
27 MAR           Pepper Canister Church           Dublin

Recorded live in the wilds of Donegal under the watchful eye of producer Tommy McLaughlin (Villagers, Bell X1, Luke Sital-Singh), the record sees the band taking a measured and considered approach to song-writing and production. Following the success of the debut album Rhythm of Dawn in 2015 (“Rich harmonies. exceedingly likeable”- The Sunday Times ****), the brothers reflected on what they wanted to do next.

“’Tides’ is about hope and fear, joy and sorrow. The crushing pain of loss and the beauty of new beginnings. Self-doubt. Struggles with mental health. Victory. Defeat. New loves. It’s as close to the bone as we’ve gotten so far in our song-writing, and it presents a snapshot from a very specific time in both our lives,” says Jamie Martin.

Life is often chaotic. It can push and pull you in different directions and to different shores. We wanted to write an album that not only sat as one cohesive piece of work from beginning to end, but that also felt honest and reflective of that,” says Richie Martin.

The band has since played a string of sold out headline performances across Europe, as well as an Irish support tour with Mary Black, while ‘Tides’ was recently chosen as the RTÉ Album of the Week and has received critical acclaim.

Darwin’s Daughter Shares Video for ‘Snow Angels In The Rain’

Just in time for darkest winter, Darwin’s Daughter has released a video for her track ‘Snow Angels In The Rain’.  

This fully animated short perfectly compliments the string driven ballad which combines cello & fiddle to test your senses. 

Darwin’s Daughter, aka Fiona, is a BIMM graduate living in Wicklow who regularly travels to Scotland and England seeking inspiration and collaboration for new songs. Tending to perform in intimate settings Darwin’s Daughter played recently in The Cobblestone and The Cross Sythes Folk Club in Sheffield. 

Guest musicians on the single are Kim V. Porcelli (Cello), Seamus Harmey (Fiddle) and Anthony Gibney (Guitar).  The single was recorded and mixed by Anthony Gibney at Audioland Studios (Kila, Alien Envoy) and mastered by Simon Francis Mastering (Kodaline, Aqualung, Kylie).

IMRO Award Presented to Mick Flannery

Mick Flannery joined us in IMRO today for the presentation of his IMRO Award in recognition of his No.1 self titled album. Mick was joined for the presentation by American artist Mary Bragg, who is currently on tour with him across Ireland.

The IMRO Number 1 Award was introduced to acknowledge IMRO members who reach number 1 in the album charts here in Ireland.

Mick’s sixth studio album is his third chart-topper in total, following 2012’s ‘Red to Blue’ and 2014’s ‘By The Rule’.

An award-winning, double-platinum selling artist, Mick Flannery’s self-titled sixth album, was released on Friday 5th July. Its chart results marks his continuing development as one of the very best Irish singer-songwriters of his generation.

Mick began to write songs as a teenager in his home of Blarney, County Cork. As musical influences from albums by the likes of Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell and Tom Waits seeped into his creative DNA, Mick absorbed, learned and honed the craft that would send him on his way into the world. The path was smoothed somewhat when, at the age of 19, he became the first Irish songwriter to win the Nashville-based International Songwriting Competition. By the time he turned 21, he had signed to a major label and released his debut album.

With his latest release, Mick touches on loose themes of ambition and the search for a meaningful life in the context of a musician’s sometimes feckless and dysfunctional lifestyle. The central character, he reveals, is someone like him, “although this person achieves more notoriety than I have. He is properly famous, and he has to deal with that.” The loose theme is just that, however. “I’m not going to hammer it home. Facets of the theme are on the album, but the storyline itself isn’t an overarching one – each song can stand on its own, and not need to be part of a narrative.”

Mick Flannery’s self-titled album out now via Warner Music Ireland.

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