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Jake Carter Announces Valentine’s Release

Carter is a name synonymous with pop music over the years. Jay-Z and Beyonce. Nick and Aaron. We all remember The Carter Twins in the mid-‘90s too, don’t we? It’s somewhat noticeable that musical Carters always seem to come in pairs. With that in mind, it would be easy to attach pop purveyor Jake Carter to his older brother (and country music sensation) Nathan; however, Jake is trying to break the mould when it comes to the Carter duo tradition and forge his own path in the industry.

Jakes Latest single ‘Loving In Darkness’ is slightly different to his previous releases in that it is the first pop ballad that he has ever released.

Tear-jerking pop-ballad track ‘Loving In Darkness’, is set for release on February 14th. The track was produced by Diffusion Lab’s Chris Bubenzer and Marcin Ciszczon, the team behind Jake’s previous single ‘I Wont Be Leaving’ as well as the likes of FLYNN, Jafaris, Soule and Rushes among others in recent years. 

Liverpool born but Ireland based since he was 18, Jake, still only 21, has already made a name for himself in the world of creative arts through his victory on Dancing With The Stars as well as acting roles in a number of stage shows. While he enjoys the idea of continuing to bring that triple threat of acting, dancing and singing, music is Jake’s first love.

Having previously admitted to feeling like he had lived in his brother’s shadow, the 21-year old is now seeking to firmly establish himself as a pop star in the mould of Olly Murs and Justin Timberlake and to create music that reflects who he really is and not who people think he should be. 

‘Loving In Darkness’ is a song full of emotion and was written by Jake and Irish songwriter Mark Caplice in just one day at The Nucleus Studio in Dublin. 

Speaking on the song’s origins, Carter says: “It is the most personal song I have ever written. The day myself and ‘Cappy’ wrote the song felt more like a therapy session as apposed to a songwriting session. Every time I hear the song it takes me back to a certain time in my life that was extremely heartbreaking and emotional.”

Jake now has over 340k total streams on Spotify as well as 315k views on his YouTube channel. Combine that with appearances on The Ray D’Arcy Show and The Late Late Show, shows at Vicar Street and Cork opera house as well as radio slots on Today FM, 2FM, Spin1038 and more, Jake Carter, who has plenty more songs in the pipeline, looks set to build upon the success he’s had so far and make a name for himself in the music industry.

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Paradox Release ‘Welcome To The Happy Place’

Irish Alternative Rock band Paradox return with a guitar heavy sound and plenty of sarcasm for their new single ‘Welcome To The Happy Place’. The single itself takes a sarcastic view on today’s buy happy 9 to 5 society. The idea of the single artwork was to mimic a fast food restaurant with a familiar yet unfamiliar clown who’s sales pitch is Happy. Recorded by Brian Casey at Wavefield Recording Studios, West Cork the single sees Paradox returning to a more old school heavier sound than the bands previous single ‘All Life Matters’ which was also recorded at Wavefield Recording Studios. Jota Gambuzino is behind the artwork of the new single.

Paradox were formed in 1997 Cork, Ireland by brothers Pete Mac and Mike Mac. The early Paradox sound was heavily influenced by the Grunge Era of the 90’s.

Paradox have released 4 studio albums to date. Their debut album ‘Circle of Growth’ was recorded in Los Angeles in 2000 and their latest album ‘Chapters’ released in 2015. Singer and songwriter Pete Mac also recorded and released a solo album in 2009 in Berlin, Germany.

Paradox have toured both Europe and the US as well as playing support to the likes of Therapy?, Kerbdog and Shonen Knife.

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A Ritual Sea Announce Whelans Date

Ritual Sea formed in 2016 over a love of film, dream pop, shoegaze and esoterica. Having released their debut single ‘Serpentine’ in late 2016, they went on to to support the likes of Manchester psych-folk artist Jane Weaver and Berlin-based, The Underground Youth. In 2018, Ritual Sea released ‘Seasons (Like You)’ exploring themes of fear, paranoia and love, which the Thin Air called “dazed and beautifully disembodied…easily one of the best Irish tracks of the year thus far” culminating in them playing two shows at Ireland’s revered ‘Other Voices’ festival in Dingle.

In 2019, Ritual Sea played alongside Welsh folk-pop artist Gwenno as part of the Eastbound Dublin Festival and worked on completing their debut album. With a new expanded lineup, Ritual Sea will play upstairs in Whelan’s on Friday 28th February with a very special guest performance by experimental indie artist, Rachael Lavelle.

Raglans Return with ‘One More Drop’

Raglans are back with the release of their highly anticipated new single ‘One More Drop’ – out now.

2020 sees the return of Raglans, Ireland’s finest exports of hard-hitting anthems and raucous live shows. The past few years have seen them blaze a trail to cult status. Highlights include releasing their self titled Top 5 charting debut album – which to date has over 5 million plays on Spotify – their single ‘Who Knows’ being nominated for RTÉ Choice Music Prize ‘Irish Song of the Year’ and a host of European tour appearances with acts including The Fray, The Libertines, Lifehouse as well as performing at festivals including Electric Picnic, Soundwave Australia, British Summer Festival and Rock am Ring Germany.

Ste, Rhos and Conn have taken their own time to return to the studio, spending the last two years travelling and building their lives outside of music – safe in the knowledge they would always return home to Raglans and continue creating records and building their legacy. 

Complete with roaring guitars, pounding drums and sincere vocals –  ‘One More Drop’ is the first release from Raglans’ upcoming album ‘Heavy Medicine’. More brand new material will follow before the album drops later in 2020, with Raglans also set to bring their phenomenal and high octane live show around the globe once more.

‘One More Drop’ the brand new single from Raglans, is available on all streaming platforms and digital formats now.

Tiz McNamara Shares ‘Don’t Feel’ Ahead of EP Release

Tiz McNamara is an Irish singer songwriter and drummer, currently based in Toronto, who has racked up over 7 Million streams on Spotify with his independent releases. Before his first birthday, Tiz lost his father and two brothers in tragic accidents which have shaped his debut EP, dedicated to his father and brothers, who’s anniversary falls on the release date, 1st April 2020.

Ahead of his forthcoming EP, Tiz has released ‘Don’t Feel’, a song he wrote whilst based in London. The track is about feeling complete isolation despite being in a country with millions of people.

McNamara’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. The Irishman was delighted to be asked to sing alongside one of his musical heroes Sir Paul McCartney, as well as Robbie Williams, and Shane McGowan under the name ‘The Justice Collective’.

2020 is set to be the biggest and most exciting year yet for Tiz McNamara with the release of his debut EP, and Tiz will also embark on a nationwide tour across Ireland. Dates to be announced soon.

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Saltwater Announces Headliners Day Breakdown

Exciting new Mayo festival Saltwater have just announced the day breakdown for their headliners with Dermot Kennedy headlining Friday 29 May, The Coronas headlining Saturday 30 May and Johnny Marr headlining Sunday 31 May 2020.

They will be joined alongside a host of acclaimed international and Irish acts including Basement Jaxx (DJS), The Stranglers, Maverick Sabre, Hudson Taylor, Lyra, Lee Scratch Perry, Jerry Fish, Little Hours, Norman Jay MBE, Ultan Conlan, Joanne Keegan and Coda with more to be announced.

June Bank Holiday Weekend 2020 will see new festival Saltwater take place in the beautiful grounds of Westport House, Mayo – one of Ireland’s best loved historic homes and estates. Set to become a highlight of the Irish Festival Calendar, Saltwater is brought to you by the people behind Sea Sessions and will showcase top International and Irish talent with over 60 acts playing across 3 stages. 

One of the first festivals of the summer, Saltwater Festival is an expression of life on Ireland’s rugged wild Atlantic coast. Celebrating Music, Food, Culture, Wellness and the rich heritage of Westport, the festival will bring together like minded people from home and abroad that want to feel the taste of salt in the air as they appreciate the best Ireland has to offer. 

With an extraordinary career that has seen him shoot to global fame, Dermot Kennedy is known around the world for hits such as ‘Outnumbered’, ‘Power Over Me’ and ‘Glory’. His music touches people’s hearts, and his set promises to be one of the defining moments of the festival. The Coronas look set to have a busy summer again having just released a new single with a new album on the way plus the legendary Johnny Marr needs little introduction, having spent nearly 4 decades in the music business as both a guitarist in The Smiths and as a celebrated solo artist. The rock icon’s set is not to be missed, and is sure to be jam packed with his greatest hits and fan favourites from his vast back catalogue. 

Day and Weekend tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and on Early Bird Tickets are priced from €144 or 3 days with camping options also available.  There are also limited single day tickets available from €64. Check out for more details.

Speaking about Saltwater, Festival Director Ray O’Donoghue said: “We’re delighted to kick off the festival with one of the biggest acts in the world right now – anticipation has been huge for Dermot Kennedy’s Mayo debut! Along with The Coronas on Saturday and the legendary Johnny Marr on Sunday we think the weekend is shaping up pretty well. Day tickets will sell out fast so we suggest you grab them while you can.”

Known as the most beautiful house in Ireland, Westport House has a great tradition of hosting some of the world’s top artists and this year is set to be no different as Saltwater takes place for the first time.With Westport recognised as “The Best Place to Live in Ireland”, and established as a multiple award winning tourism destination over the past few years – Saltwater is the perfect place to kick off the June Bank Holiday Weekend and what is guaranteed to be another busy summer season on the west coast!


29-31 May 2020 and Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide.

D. Cullen Releases ‘The Rising Tide EP’

D. Cullen releases a new EP for the new decade in the shape of ‘The Rising Tide EP’ on his own DCullenMusic label on 31 January, 2020. 

The EP comprises the title track together with an acoustic version of the same as well as a vivid, technicolour version of James Maddock’s ‘Hollow Love’. Following last year’s radio hit, ‘Alright’, ‘The Rising Tide’ offers a different side to Cullen’s writing and performance in the form of a heart-wrenching piano and strings-driven homily to troubled, love-tortured souls.

I live near a lovely little beach in Shankill, Dublin, and ‘The Rising Tide’s’ lyrics came from an evening walk down there when the sea was particularly wild. I wrote the lyrics then and there and quickly ran home to put some music to it. We ended up filming the music video on that very same beach, about 2 and a half years after writing the song, so we got a lovely full circle moment out of it! 

Hollow Love’ is a cover from an amazing artist called James Maddock. I discovered the song on a podcast called Underwater Sunshine (co-hosted by Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz), and became completely obsessed with it. It’s lyrically brilliant, with the most exciting guitar part, and has become a huge staple of my live set. Thank you James for the brilliant tune! 

The acoustic version of ‘The Rising Tide’ came from an impromptu jam. I was messing around with a different tuning (Open G for any guitar nerds out there) and started playing around with this song. Sinead, my bassist/backing vocalist/overall-partner-in-crime, heard it and insisted that we record the song with all those lovely, open tuning chords. As per usual, her instinct was right, and it’s lovely to give the song a new context.”

D. Cullen is a 25-year-old singer and multi-instrumentalist with a love for life, melody and properly crafted songs.

Having served his time writing and playing, with some success, both solo and in various indie bands in his mid to late teens he began to knuckle down in 2018 to writing songs that reflected, properly, his core taste in music (Foo Fighters, Ben Folds, Villagers, Elbow amongst many others) as well as a maturity in writing that clearly belies his years.

Courtesy of studio time with Producers Boo Hewerdine and Chris Pepper in the leafy glades of Cambridgeshire, the 2019 single ‘Alright’ got the ball rolling properly (after an initial toe-dipping exercise with ‘My Face’, complete with mesmerising video). Its good vibes, punchy horns and rousing chorus garnered an instant reaction from Irish national radio and TV affording him playlists and a debut appearance (complete with choir) on the Late Late Show.

You can see D. Cullen and his band play it and a host of other tunes at the following shows:

Sat 28 March – Whelans (Upstairs), Dublin Tickets €12 + bk fee.
Thurs 2 April – Winthrop Avenue, Cork Tickets €10 + bk fee
Sat 4 April – Roisin Dubh (Upstairs), Galway Tickets €10 + bk fee.

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Political Parties’ Commitments to the Arts | General Election 2020

Dear Members,

As you know, an Irish general election has been called for Saturday 8th February.
Going through the political manifestos of each of the political parties can be confusing and time consuming, so we thought that it might be helpful if we were to study the manifestos of each of the parties and isolate the policies to do with music and the arts.
Most of it is jargon free, but for those of you that are not familiar with the term  ‘Fair Use’, you can read about it here. ‘Fair Use’ is not something that benefits the music industry and it is not something that IMRO would support.
Please understand, we are not aiming to direct your vote towards any particular party or candidate, we would just like to present their strategies in relation to music so that you can all see where they stand.
Don’t forget to vote!
Eleanor McEvoy
IMRO Chairperson

The following document is intended to help you easily compare the platforms of the different political parties for the 2020 general election on key issues relating to arts, culture and music. The information has been taken from the official party manifestos. The information is presented in order of political party size as defined by the number of seats they hold in Dáil Eireann and then alphabetical order. As political alliances are not parties and do not adhere to a parliamentary whip system they have not been included. 

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Isaac Butler releases new single ‘Young Forever’

Isaac Butler has released his eagerly anticipated new single ‘Young Forever’ – produced by Philip Magee (Kodaline, The Script, The Academic) – on the 31 January 2020. It follows previous singles ‘Moon Song’ and ‘Rescue Me’ which have racked up 1 million streams on Spotify.

Recently named as one of’s “Ones To Watch” for 2020, ‘Young Forever’ follows a jam-packed 2019 which saw Isaac Butler play a sold out headline show in Whelan’s and a host of festival dates around the country including Electric Picnic and Kaleidoscope.

Speaking of ‘Young Forever’ Isaac Butler said: “I was delighted to get the opportunity to work with the incredibly talented Irish producer Philip Magee on ‘Young Forever’. To me the song is about a time in my life with no worries and no responsibilities and I really feel we captured that feeling of freedom.”

As well as gearing up to head back into the studio, Isaac Butler is set to take to the stage for his second headline show at The Sound House, Dublin on Friday 3rd April having sold his debut headline show in Whelan’s last November.

Isaac Butler’s debut single ‘Moon Song’ went on to great success being picked up by German TV show “The Bachelorette”, appearing on the show which broadcasts to over 2 million viewers per episode. Since writing his first song at age 12, and going on to record it for a children’s charity CD, his first love has been music, complete with a passion for writing and performing his own original work.

‘Young Forever’ the brand new single from Isaac Butler is available across all digital platforms NOW!

Columbia Mills release new single ‘Understand’

2019 saw COLUMBIA MILLS release two singles from their highly anticipated sophomore album ‘CCTV’ which is due for release later this Spring. ‘Strange Game’ and ‘Who Am I Supposed To Talk To Now?’ garnered huge radio support here and in the UK including John Kennedy Radio X, RTE Radio 1, Ed Smith (Today FM) choosing COLUMBIA MILLS as his Play Irish Artist of the week and ‘Recent and Decent’ on Today FM, Dan Hegartys (2FM) Track of The Week, and heavy rotation on Paul Mc Loones Today FM show, as well as heavy airplay across all national and regional radio stations. COLUMBIA MILLS just released ‘UNDERSTAND’ (31/01/20), the third single from ‘CCTV’

‘Understand’ is a song about coming to terms with watching a friend self-destruct. The frustration of realising the warning signs were there when given the benefit of hindsight. Could I have done more or is it possible to save somebody when they fall into this mode?  Fiachra Treacy

Constant musical development has marked the journey of Columbia Mills since the band’s inception in 2014. Brothers Fiachra and Uisneagh Treacy found like minds in Ste Ward, Paul Kenny and Mick Heffernan in Bray, Meath and Dublin.

Their mission statement was to merge electronica, dance and pop while fostering a spirit of inclusion always evident at the long-gone club in Dublin’s docklands from where they took their name.

Never Gonna Look At You The Same and other songs on their debut EP Factory Settings smelled like prime Mary Chain but 2015’s EP The Perfect Day found them transitioning from the Reid brothers’ influence to more beat-driven cacophonies on its title track and the quietly epic History.

On 2017’s debut album, A Safe Distance To Watch, they transitioned again. One of its stand-out tracks, This City Doesn’t Feel Like Home To Me, reflected the disappointment lead singer and principal songwriter Fiachra felt with Dublin after arriving from Bray in pursuit of a musical career; a city that was said to prize its artists, now prices creativity beyond its boundaries.

With new member, Ken McCabe on keyboards/electronics, Columbia Mills’ burgeoning fanbase will be in no way surprised that the tracks on their sophomore album, CCTV (due for release in 2020) sees continuing evidence of that constant music development.

The new songs reveal a band who have truly found their voice but also the hands to fashion the sound to which they’ve aspired. You will sense that and soon cherish what you hear. They, meanwhile, will be plotting their next move. Words by Danny McElhinney (Mail On Sunday)
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