Gavin James announces the launch of his new six track ‘Boxes EP’ which is released on 2nd October. To celebrate the launch Gavin has also announced a global live streamed concert from Dublin Vinyl pressing plant.
The concert which is sponsored by Huawei Freebuds Pro, will take place on Saturday 3rd October at 8pm and exclusive tickets for the live stream concert are included with the purchase of the limited edition signed Vinyl or CD which are available to purchase now at www.therecordhub.com & www.GavinJames-Music.com
Featured on the EP is Gavin James’ latest single ‘Boxes’ which has quickly exceeded 10 million streams, in addition to making a global impact, ‘Boxes’ also took off in Ireland, hitting No.1 on the national airplay chart and almost immediately becoming one of the biggest songs of the year.
Gavin James says;
“I’m delighted not only to be releasing new music but also to finally do a concert, and streaming from the Dublin Vinyl pressing plant where the record is been manufactured makes it extra special.”
MD of Dublin Vinyl, Hugh Scully says;
“We’re delighted to be working with such a fantastic Irish artist for the first concert to be streamed live from Dublin Vinyl. We pressed Gavin’s last album, ‘Only Ticket Home’ in 2018 so it’s great to be not only working with him again manufacturing ‘Boxes EP’, but also hosting its virtual launch gig at our pressing plant and on our online store, TheRecordHub.com.”
Hot off Dublin Vinyl press the ‘Boxes EP’ includes several new songs including ‘Halo’ and ‘I Miss You’ which is dedicated to his uncle Paddy who passed due to Covid earlier this year, and the floor stopping ‘Fake Love’ as well as the title track ‘Boxes’ and a special live version of his ‘Always’ from Gavin’s sold out 3Arena show in February of this year.
2. Fake Love
4. I Miss You (Paddy’s Song)
5. Always Live form 3Arena
6. Boxes Acoustic
In April 2020 The Burma released ‘Sugar Moonlight’, a 5-track EP which garnered high praise from the likes of Rolling Stone and Clash Magazine.
Amidst the uncertainty of lockdown the Cork Indie outfit kept themselves busy with their own YouTube series. “The Live and Lonely Sessions” was a homemade series that saw the band release weekly performances of both their own material and some classic cover songs all from the isolation of their own homes.
As restrictions eased, The Burma took a trip to Ringsend in Dublin to visit their friend and sound engineer Cian Synnott in the famous Windmill Lane Studios. Joined by a small film crew of Ciara O’Toole and Derv Maclean the band recorded a slick live studio session.
Opening with their own powerful version of ‘Da Funk’ by Daft Punk The Burma pay homage to a Cork cult anthem by slipping in a verse from Bony’s 2008 remix of the house classic. From this they seamlessly run into 2019 single ‘Phoney Personality’ followed by two more tracks from April’s ‘Sugar Moonlight’ EP.
The Burma are due to start recording on their debut album in October with producer Christian Best (Mick Flannery, O Emperor, Jack O’Rourke, Marlene Enright).
You can find tour dates, news and merchandise over at www.theburmamusic.com.
Wild Youth – one of the hottest Irish bands to emerge in recent times – reveal ‘Next To You’, a bold step towards global domination after making major strides in the Irish pop scene over the last few years.
A euphoric 80s-steeped soundscape, packed with glittering hooks and inspired by the all-too-universal idea of immediate romance, ‘Next To You’ is the latest in a string of hugely popular ‘sad bangers’ which have seen the four-piece light up the Irish charts and cultivate a fiercely loyal fanbase.
‘Next To You’ is further complemented by a vibrant, kaleidoscopic video conceived by the band and The Tenth Man, marked by the four member’s hypnotic and irresistibly catchy dances – a further spectacle of the Dublin outfit’s distinctive hip-shaking moves and peppy vigour which has had them selling out shows in iconic venues like Dublin’s legendary Olympia Theatre.
Speaking on the track, Wild Youth shared: “‘Next To You’ is about an immediate connection with somebody; that overwhelming feeling of meeting “the one”, and wanting to spend every single minute by their side. Regardless of whatever that involves, you’ll literally do anything.”
Already making a major impact across streaming services with pop gems like ‘Can’t Move On’ and ‘Making Me Dance’ racking up millions of plays, the band’s blood-pounding choruses, heart-stompingly gorgeous melodies, and deft lyricism have seen them share the stage with the likes of Mumford and Sons, Niall Horan, The Script, Kodaline and Zara Larsson on arena-sized shows.
Homegrown, humble fun is the main preoccupation of the Irish quartet – comprised of lead vocalist David Whelan, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Conor O’Donohoe, lead guitarist Ed Porter and drummer Callum McAdam – whose collective self-assured swagger has caught eyes and ears everywhere.
Leading a scene of exciting new acts, like all the greats, Wild Youth’s penchant for sonic risk-taking means they are constantly evolving, and 2020 is set to be a huge year for the band.
Soda Blonde have announced their newest single ‘Love Me World’ to be released across streaming platforms on September 24th alongside the band’s first live-streamed launch show. “‘Love Me World’ is a song about acknowledging the darker moments of wanting to be loved by everyone. The idea of bending to fit the zeitgeist in the pursuit of acceptance and love.” – Faye O’Rourke (Lead singer). In celebration of the single release, the band will perform an exclusive launch show to be streamed from a secret location in Ireland’s capital on September 23rd. Tickets for the show are available now here.
The single follows the band’s second EP ‘isolation content’ released in May this year. The EP saw support from BBC Radio One’s Huw Stephens, Janice Long of BBC Radio Wales and Ireland’s biggest stations RTÉ Radio 1, Today FM and 2FM as well as piquing the interest of The Sunday Times.
Soda Blonde emerged from the ashes of internationally acclaimed band Little Green Cars; whose debut album saw them sky rocket to number one in the Irish album charts. Fronted by singer-songstress Faye O’Rourke, Adam O’Regan (keys and guitar), Donagh Seaver O’Leary (bass) and Dylan Lynch (drums), the transformation is led by a distinctive new sound which seamlessly weaves together influences from Fleetwood Mac, Little Dragon and Kate Bush without compromising the integrity and unique charm that Little Green Cars were known for. The result…enticing, dreamy alternative-pop music. With two immaculate EPs under their belt, a new single and new found approach to their craft, plus their debut album almost finished, the world is ready to love Soda Blonde
Artist management and publicity agency Butter Wouldn’t Melt proudly presents their clients Paddy Mulcahy, Meljoann & ORIAN in a three-part online event series, spanning 3 weeks. All events will be streamed via this link: https://youtu.be/86ua0zJhRFk Click “Set Reminder” on the link and don’t miss out!
Each show will feature a two-track, pre-recorded live set from each artist and live interview’s with Broadcasters Cian O’Ciobhain and Jason Collins. All shows streamed in association with DeMars events & Entertainment.
(All events will air only once and commence at 8pm sharp)
Paddy Mulcahy (live) presented by Dj and Radio Broadcaster Cian O’Ciobhain (RnaG)
Meljoann (live) presented by Dj and Radio Broadcaster Cian O’Ciobhain (RnaG)
ORIAN (live) presented by Jason Collins (8Radio, KFM, East Coast Radio) Each event will have a GoFundMe page in a bid to raise funds for the artist and crew during these trying times. You can Donate Here
Pete Kavanagh releases his single ‘To Hold The Red Rose’ today.
‘To Hold The Red Rose’ has something of the rough and rowdy Dylan and a little of early Tom Waits, but as influences only, this is no imitation, this is something new. Mixing traditional folk forms with the sweetness of a classic chorus and mercurial organ, Pete’s vocal has a passion that gives the song a timeless air, managing the great pop trick of letting the hint of euphoria shine through the stately melancholy and melody.
In May 2019, singer-songwriter Pete Kavanagh wandered through a bookshop in the days following his father’s death. He was lost in grief. He found himself upstairs in the rare books section and a green hardback book with no dust cover, showing a woman in a regal robe holding aloft a red rose caught his eye. Something about the image stirred his soul. For the Red Rose it was called, a novel by Eliza F Pollard with illustrations by James Durden. Pete bought this book, sat down in the bookshop café and wrote a poem on the flyleaf. The ink flowed but not with words of grief; they were words of love, gratitude and survival. And so, out of the depths of despair a love song took life – ‘To Hold The Red Rose’.
As it happened, at that very time Pete was in the advanced stages of recording an album, but the life-changing impact of losing his father gave him a new perspective. He abandoned some of the previously recorded songs and ‘To Hold The Red Rose’ was the first of a new batch of songs Pete would write and record for what is his debut album ‘Join Up The Dots’.
The recording came to a sudden halt in March 2020 after the Covid-19 lockdown put everything on ice, but now Pete is proud to present his debut single. ‘To Hold The Red Rose’ is set for release on Thursday, September 10th, 2020.
Serendipity was also at play when it came to marrying a video to the song. MN Dance Company had produced the dance piece called “DE-SET” and had made it available under a Creative Commons license during lockdown. Pete’s wife Pamela, a graphic designer, loved the performance and edited the dance to suit Pete’s song. She sent the edit to Michal and Nastja of MN Dance Company for their blessing. Michal and Nastja, who are partners in life as well as creative and business partners, replied to say they loved the song and edit and gave Pete and Pam their seal of approval.
If the dance style looks familiar, MN Dance Company’s performance was what made the video for Black Swan by K-Pop band BTS so compelling.
The single ‘To Hold The Red Rose’ is released Thursday, September 10th, 2020. Pete’s album, ‘Join Up The Dots’ is available from November 18th, 2020.
Pete Kavanagh is a singer-songwriter, musician and storyteller from Co. Kildare, Ireland. His style is best described as Indie-Folk. His sound invokes the vintage quality of musical influences such as Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, but a contemporary feel that is unique to him, surges through the music.
On ‘To Hold The Red Rose’, Pete’s deep, sonorous voice lends a blues quality to the track and an energetic mandolin solo bounces the song into more traditional folk waters, which flow through his heritage.
Website – https://petekavanagh.com
Facebook – https://facebook.com/petekavanaghmusic
Twitter – https://twitter.com/petekavanagh7
Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/4veGu1QjrqP8hvPROeNWXo
Two Irish-based singer-songwriters Aural Air aka Laura Rai and Patrick Mc Eleney will release a standalone musical collaboration ‘Memory’ a song on Tuesday, September 22nd that looks at an experience of living with dementia to raise much-needed funds for The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (The ASI) during World Alzheimer’s Month 2020.
The song, which was written and recorded at Attica Audio in Co. Donegal last summer as part of the Earagail Arts Festival recording studio residency, inhabits a dark, romantic, atmospheric soundscape with rising piano, guitar and cello sweeping into a dramatic crescendo akin to the swirling Atlantic waves where it was written.
The duo were tasked with writing a song together at the residency last year, and when they were thinking of what to write their lyrics about the topic of dementia and ageing were on both of their minds. Laura had just seen a beautiful clip on Twitter by Nick Harvey of his Dad playing the piano here and that was a particular inspiration.
‘Memory’ will be released on Tuesday, 22nd September and will be available on Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp with all proceeds from sales or streams of Memory will be donated to The ASI which will be used to support the vital dementia-specific supports and services.
The single is accompanied by a stunning video, directed by Gareth Stack, which depicts a woman who is lost in familiar places with the lush backdrop of leafy gardens versus populated city streets giving rise to a series of fragmented autobiographical memories captured in the video.
The cover artwork is by collage artist Tom Doig, from his ‘Tlön Series’. The project has been kindly supported by Dr. Richard Roche (Maynooth University) and the Neurological Alliance of Ireland.
September is World Alzheimer’s Month which is the international campaign every September to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. September 2020 will mark the ninth World Alzheimer’s Month. The campaign was launched in 2012: World Alzheimer’s Day is on 21st September each year. The theme for this year is Let’s Talk About Dementia.
Aural Air, aka Laura Rai, originally from Co. Sligo and currently living in Maynooth, Co. Kildare, is a singer-songwriter, musician, and PhD candidate at Trinity College Dublin. Laura’s research focuses on the cognitive basis of decision-making in dementia and addiction, and is supported by the Irish Research Council. Patrick is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Co. Donegal and is currently living in Co. Wicklow.
Singer-Songwriter Aural Air said: “Over the past couple of years I have been researching the neuropsychology of dementia with the aim of developing early indicators of this syndrome. Although risk factors have been identified, there is still so much we have yet to learn about the causes of dementia and how to prevent it. I wanted to do a fundraiser for The Alzheimer Society of Ireland as dementia affects so many people in Ireland. This year has been especially difficult for many of those living with these conditions and their carers and I hope through this fundraiser that we can raise awareness of their experiences and support them in some way.”
Singer-Songwriter Patrick McEleney said: “The song was written about the experience of living with dementia and it only felt right that any proceeds from it would go towards helping those who live with the condition – particularly in these difficult times we find ourselves in. The support from everyone involved has been amazing and it would also be great to give something back.”
Ailbhe Reddy releases ‘Looking Happy’, an infectious earworm of a song with an up-tempo backing that belies the poignant and astute songwriting underpinning it.
This track rounds out the trio of single releases from her upcoming debut album ‘Personal History’ which is out on Friday, 2nd October 2020.
“The song is all about watching someone’s life from afar post-break up,” says Ailbhe. “We should all know by now that what people present online is a shiny, happy version of events but sometimes it’s impossible to have that logic when you’re hurting. Most people have probably ended up scrolling through the online profile of an ex and feeling like their life is full of fun parties and holidays, because that’s all people show of their life online.”
Produced by Erland Cooper and Tommy McLaughlin (producer and touring member of SOAK), the single is just one of many deeply intimate and absorbing tracks planned to feature on her upcoming debut album – set for release via Ailbhe’s own label, Friends of the Family. Three years in the making, her forthcoming album will find Ailbhe ruminating on the rites of passage in life as a young, emerging, queer artist from Dublin.
As individual artists, the three members of the Dublin based jazz trio F-JoB (now identifying as Origin Story) have been at the forefront of many artistically and commercially successful projects in creative Irish music over the last 20 years.
Pianist Greg Felton has played in groups led by Ireland’s most renowned jazz musicians, Ronan Guilfoyle and the late Louis Stewart. He was also commissioned to compose and perform a body of work for the RTÉ Living Music Festival in 2007 with the group White Rocket.
Bassist Cormac O’Brien is one of the most in-demand bass players in Ireland, holding the bass chair with the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra as well as leading his own groups and performing regularly with Irish jazz and folk singer Mary Coughlan. He worked regularly with the late Louis Stewart, as well as international luminaries Bobby Watson, Kit Downes, Ernie Watts and Cleveland Watkiss.
Drummer Matthew Jacobson is active on both Irish and international creative music scenes, performing with and composing for several leading ensembles including ReDiviDeR, Insufficient Funs, Roamer, Anna Mieke, Ensemble Ériu, Naked Allies (USA), Aerie (DE/CH) and Ms Mercy (UK).
In 2016, after many years of collaboration and friendship, Greg Felton (piano), Cormac O’Brien (double-bass), and Matthew Jacobson (drums) began writing and performing as a trio. This was the birth of F-JoB.
Felton, Jacobson & OBrien quickly garnered national acclaim, with The Irish Times proclaiming them “one of the freshest voices in Irish jazz and a must-hear for anyone who wants to know where the piano trio is headed in the 21st century.”
In 2018 they recorded and mixed their debut album, featuring original compositions from all three members, at The Meadow in Co. Wicklow with Rian Trench (Lankum). The resulting record embodied the group’s founding in the jazz tradition, their interest in groove, their affection for free improvisation, as well as their propensity for provocative rhythms. Influences for this record included Ornette Coleman, Craig Taborn, and Deerhoof.
After much deliberation, a tactical name change has been decided upon. The similarities amongst the trio members’ social, geographical and musical upbringing, now gives rise to Origin Story.
Origin Story’s music is informed by the member’s shared experiences and results in provocative and interactive writing and playing, equally influenced by the origins of the jazz tradition and contemporary innovations.
Origin Story are delighted to announce that they will be independently releasing their second album, ‘Good Friday’, coming October 15th 2020. Pre-order the album on digital or CD from Bandcamp: http://originstorymusic.bandcamp.com/album/good-friday
Enjoy the first taster from the album, the title track, performed live at Soundcasters Studio, Dublin.
My Sweet Beloved merge the intensity of a fever dream with the kind of subtle, sultry pop smarts you thought had gone to Hell in a handcart. With brooding, atmospheric textures seemingly conjured out of the ether, the album is the cumulation of many months of artistic endeavour and some years of collective experience. The voice of Danielle Harrison Byrne (ex-Skindive) floats on music activated by musicians Derek Byrne (Autumn Owls), Anton Hegarty (Future Kings of Spain, A Lazarus Soul) and Dan Devlin (Moskowitz).
When Skindive split up some years ago, Danielle – who arrived in Dublin from Los Angeles specifically to join the band – knew her true voice hadn’t yet been revealed. When that band fell apart, she was, she remarks, “a singer with no songs,” yet the determination to match her creative vision with her vocal skills never wavered. Slowly, assuredly, one song followed another. The process was painstaking yet precise, the lessons learned invaluable The forthcoming album, says Danielle, is the result of a, “long journey that I am now able to fully appreciate.”
With producer/musician Les Keye, Danielle produced and mixed the new album, her vision of what she wanted in perfect alignment with what she knew her bandmates could instinctively deliver.
Like Michael Corleone in The Godfather movies, some pull away from the centre of what they love doing, but then they’re dragged back towards it –kicking and screaming, perhaps, but always because there’s nothing they can do about it. Instinct connects. It takes over, they capitulate and then triumph because the music they make synchronizes with a united mindset. That’s the way it is for Dublin-based band My Sweet Beloved, whose debut self titled album has just been released.