Noel Shine and Mary Greene have long been an important element of the folk music scene having released numerous critically acclaimed albums as well as appearing as session singers and players on the recordings of many other artists including Christy Moore, The Republic of Loose and John Spillane.
“I loved this album instantly and have been listening to it constantly. I love the choice of material, especially Mary and Noels’ own songs,” Sharon Shannon
Now with the addition of daughter Ellie Shine to the mix they form the trio Greenshine. Ellie brings a fresh, new voice to the concert stage and airwaves and the close family harmonies they produce are a big feature of their set. Following on from the success of their single and album ‘The Girl in the Lavender Dress’ (No. 1 in the iTunes Ireland Singer-Songwriter Chart, third most played Irish song of 2016 on RTE Radio1) they bring you ‘Dandelion Seed’, a song about the endurance of love and the foundation and strength it brings.
To support the release of ‘Dandelion Seed’, Greenshine will embark on an extensive tour including:
Sun. 15 April 3pm, Chez le Fab, Limerick
Fri. 27 April House Concert, Tramore, Co. Waterford (email for details)
Sat. 28 April 8pm, Coliemore, The Artist’s House, Cobh, Cork
Sun. 29 April 1pm, The Oliver Plunkett, Cork – All Star Concert for Timmy the Brit
Sat. 5 May 9pm, Central Arts, Waterford – Mary appears as guest of Laura Mulcahy
Fri. 11 May 7pm, An Spailpín Fánach, Cork, Concert for Cork Penny Dinners
Sun. 13 May 8pm, Toons Bridge Cafe, Macroom, Cork
Sat. 26 May 9.30pm Pepper’s Folk Club, Feakle, Co. Clare
Fri. 8 June 9pm, The DC Music, Club, Camden Row, Dublin
Hendrick Lane have just released the visuals for their debut single ‘Tokyo’. ‘Tokyo’ explores long distance relationships merely on the surface but deeply rooted, with the duo conveying a spiritual journey through life. The song undertone highlights their awareness of a higher being, yet materialism in today’s world (‘Tokyo’) constantly leads them astray. They allow themselves to be led, certain that they have not lost their moral compass (“It’s no more than flirting”) searching for a balance between the sacred and profane. The video timely depicts each moment in the song and takes viewers through the artists’ journey from the bar to the gardens and to the distorted scene. The video was recorded courtesy of the East Side Tavern and the Japanese Gardens in Kildare. The video was shot, edited and produced by Dublin Artist and videographer Ovie (https://www.ov.ie).
Hendrick Lane are an Irish duo with a laconic style and rockstar prowess on stage. They mix flows and melodies to create a versatile Hip-Hop sound. Hovay and Sevn gained popularity through recording and writing songs in their bedroom. The young duo bring an alternative style of gritty confessional storytelling to the music scene combining Hip Hop, RnB and Pop.
Hendrick Lane will be playing their debut headline show in The Underground on 30th March at the underground with support from Vocalist Tolu Makay and Cork lyricist Jay Ronic.
Tickets are available on Eventbrite now. https://hendricklane.eventbrite.com
Tokyo is available on all streaming platforms https://fanlink.to/TOKYO
Morrissey & Marshall’s have just been announced as the special guests on The Magic Numbers’ forthcoming Irish Tour. The dates are…
8th June – Cyprus Avenue, Cork
9th June – Roisín Dubh, Galway
10th June – Whelan’s, Dublin
The band, today, go to radio with an acoustic version of the track ‘Beautiful World’, from their recently released ‘We Rise Again… Acoustically’ album. Due to the endless debate of whether they are better with a big production and full band behind them, or stripped down to the bare bones with 2 acoustic guitars and two vocals, the Dublin duo decided to release a full acoustic version of their previous album, ‘We Rise’.
This completely live, stripped back version of ‘We Rise’, was recorded in one day and each track was recorded in one take (mistakes and all). There are also two bonus tracks, including 60’s style harmony song ‘Sing To You’, and an older song (and old favourite) ‘One Man Band’, a song Darren Morrissey wrote when he was just 15.
Morrissey & Marshall, based in London, have spent the majority of their time in the capital honing and harnessing a range of classic musical influences to produce a live act of timeless pop-rock appeal. While their debut, ‘And So It Began’, won them plaudits as the finest pair of harmony singers to have emerged on the circuit for decades, Morrissey & Marshall upped their game with a collection of songs to rival those of the very greatest groups. With its raw production and seamless combination of vocal, instrumental and songwriting prowess.
‘Cold November Sunrise’, the first track on the record is an early harbinger of the move back to their rock & roll roots. “The first night we tried it out was in the Barbican supporting Sinead O’Connor,” Morrissey recalls. “It was an amazing night. Our best concert at the time and that song was the turning point. It’s about every topic that was frustrating me –anti-gay attitudes, racial prejudice, war, religion – all crammed into three minutes.”
Anger turns to tenderness when the duo sing of the heartbreaking effects of drug addiction on ‘Love And Be Loved’, a huge, swaying ballad. “Try filling your veins with love,” Morrissey sings, eloquently encapsulating both the problem and the solution.
‘She’s Got Love’ is another big song full of life-affirming energy. The harmony vocals lift the performance to another dimension. The pair sing together with such close empathy and instinctive timing it is as though they have a telepathic connection, a reminder that there is more to close harmony singing than simply hitting the right notes.
The album winds down with ‘I Need You’, a simple ballad sonically, but Morrissey describes this as “the heaviest song on the album”. An elegy for one of his friends who died at the age of 25, ‘I Need You’ is written from the viewpoint of his departed friend’s fiancée, whose emotional devastation at the funeral was overwhelming. “When we recorded this, I was actually crying when I was singing that song,” Morrissey says. “In the second verse you can hear the voice is breaking.”
‘The Light Breaks’ a short, beautiful, acoustic coda rounds off the album with a sense of calm and closure.
Musically, ‘We Rise Again… Acoustically’ is a big step up to the top table of pop. With international release and touring deals in place across Europe and as far afield as Japan and Australia, the words and sounds of Morrissey & Marshall are spreading rapidly.
Singer-songwriter and Bear’s Den touring member Christof van der Ven has announced his long-awaited debut album ‘Empty Handed’. The Dutch musician will release his debut, the culmination of years of hard-touring, writing and recording on the 13thof April.
Born near Eindhoven in the Netherlands and raised on a steady diet of 1960’s American / English folk and his Mother’s classical music, Christof travelled to Galway in Ireland intending to spend a few months writing and developing songs and ended up staying for 4 years, taken aback by the generosity of the people there, he produced 2 EPs – Springtime (2010) and Honey Tears (2011) before relocating to London where as a pot wash he worked his way up the ladder, eventually working as a chef in a number of London restaurants.
All the while he was writing and making music, two more EP’s followed as well as extensive touring in the UK and US with artists including Bear’s Den, The Staves (who feature on the album, providing backing vocals on ‘Oh When the Night’), and The Boxer Rebellion.
Christof’s debut album is reflective of his already varied career up until this point, featuring music written over a number of years in places all over the world from his beloved Galway, to his home in London and far flung places he has visited with Bear’s Den. The song ‘Montreal’ for example was written while stranded in Canada on tour “Its about the end of one era and the beginning of a new one – moving on from old love to a new life” explains Christof. This journey is mapped in his music, it’s base firmly in folk but along the way, picking up expansive synths and electronics, alt-pop and the constant lingering sense that deep-down, his noisier sensibilities might get the better of him at any moment.
‘Empty Handed’ is a gorgeous record that draws from influences like Damien Jurado and Fionn Regan, with chest-pounding, Springsteen-esque instrumentation, Grizzly Bear infused subtle arrangements and the influence of years spent on the road in Bear’s Den all coming together to create a record that at it’s very core, has been crafted slowly and carefully by an artist who has honed his craft on some of the biggest and smallest stages in the world.
Talking about the album Christof said: “It’s taken me ten years of dragging myself around and playing to whoever would listen, putting out EPs in the hope that they would be heard, and frankly procrastinating in the hope that the elements would combine with enough force to kick my arse into making this album. These songs are the culmination of my experience of the world to date, the story of me and mine from growing up in the Netherlands, over to rural Ireland, here and now in London and everywhere in between. They’ll take you from urban sprawls, to nature’s wilderness, through fugitive love affairs, and home to your beer stained sofa bed (if you have one).”
Christof’s music has also caught the attention of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon who after becoming a fan has invited him to open one of the dates of his huge upcoming residency at the Hammersmith Apollo.
‘Empty Handed’ will be available on the 13thApril 2018. Christof will be heading out on a UK / EU tour in April as well as opening for Bon Iver at the Eventim Apollo on 26thFebruary and at the ‘Naked Song’ festival with Lisa Hannigan on the 14thof April in his hometown of Eindhoven.
Mayo based David Dee Moore is launching his new EP ‘A Sea So Shallow (an audio postcard) on Sunday March 18th 7pm at The Clock Tavern, Westport.
David has written 5 catchy pop songs that intimately portray his life in Mayo and the beautiful scenery all around him.
Songs like ‘Blue Blue Blue Clew Bay’ and ‘This Fjord Is As Deep As My Heart’ explain in poetic detail the scenery yet make you want to tap your feet to their infectious rhythms. An audio postcard indeed!
David will also be celebrating on the night 4 years of The Acoustic Yard which includes organising sessions, festivals and his own radio show on www.bluesandrootsradio.com. He will also be sharing details of this year’s festival which will be held on May 11th to 13th and already includes acts like Mundy, The 4 of Us and and the 7 piece acapella group Coda.
Joining David for his EP launch will be the band H A T S and special guest from Belgium singer songwriter Daithi Rua. Admission is free but please support original music by purchasing a copy of the EP for €5.
Less than 2 years on from their inception, it is evident Vulpynes’ work ethic and drive has contributed to their rise and demand. Weaving elements of punk and garage rock, their infectious sound remains inimitably their own.
Hailed for their motor driven live performances, Vulpynes have garnered a wide fanbase off the back of a consistently busy gigging schedule.
Their recent signing with UK label Headcheck Records and plans to tour the UK, Germany and beyond, suggests 2018 will be their busiest year yet.
Their debut self titled EP ‘Vulpynes’ is available from Headcheck Records from March 1st. You can pre-order the EP direct from the Headcheck Records website now.
The track ‘Sublingual’ will be only be available on the CD release, but you can check out the video here:
Upcoming dates with many more TBA
18th of February – Drop Dead Twice Dublin, with Grade2 and The Nilz
31st of March – Sin É Dublin, with guests Bayonets & Kiss My Acid
April 7th – The Grand Social Dublin, supporting The Outcasts
April 15th – Toners Pub Dublin, with Immaculate Deception & The Enzymes
March 17th – The Thomas House Dublin, with Hooligan, Turfboy, Immaculate Deception and J’aime Rachelle
May 20th – Toners Pub Dublin, with The Lee Harveys
May 24th – Vulpynes + Guests tbc, The Hairy Dog, Derby UK
May 25th – TBA, Nottingham UK
May 26th – Hell Hath No Fury Festival, Bristol UK
May 27th – Loud Women Presents Vulpynes, Guttfull + more tba, The Lady Luck Bar, Kent UK
June 9th – DBD Venue, Dublin with Bar Stool Preachers and Paranoid Visions
July 7th – Drop Dead Twice Dublin, with The Blue Carpet Band & Hooligan
August 2nd-5th – Rebellion Festival, Blackpool UK
August 4th – Outcider Festival, Somerset UK
Soul artist Nile St. James is proud to present his latest work, ‘To Leave Behind’. A one take recording, filmed in the beautiful Ormston House gallery of Limerick City, ‘To Leave Behind’ is a song that tells the story of an unrequited love, from the perspective of one who helplessly holds on to the small traces of hope that the love dormant but present, terrified to move on in case the feelings resurface.
Accompanied by Martin Atkinson, the song is stripped down to piano and vocals, magnifying the sense of vulnerability within the lyrics. Ormston House also lends to the haunting ballad featuring its natural acoustics that carry the music beyond the corners of the sparse venue.
Filmed by Shane Serrano of crude.ie, recorded and mixed Ciaran Culhane and arranged by Martin Atkinson and Nile St. James, To Leave Behind is the first of a series of love performances form Nile St. James ahead of his forthcoming EP Meraki.
DATE: Wednesday 21st February
TIME: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
VENUE: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2
ENTRY: FREE Event (Booking Essential)
With a powerhouse voice and a whole lot of soul, Ireland born and London based RuthAnne found the missing link between gritty nineties R&B à la Lauryn Hill and seventies songwriter storytelling reminiscent of Carole King. The musical journey of artist, songwriter, to performer RuthAnne has been marked by fearlessness. By the age of seven she regularly took the mic at karaoke bars, winning free drinks for mom and dad. Moving to Los Angeles at 17, she kicked off her career penning music for other artists.
She still writes for other artists including Niall Horan co‐writing half of his album including “Slow Hands”, Martin Garrix including his single “In The Name of Love” ft. Bebe Rexha, Thirdstory, Britney Spears, John Legend, JoJo including “Too Little Too Late” and more. She is now stepping into the limelight as an artist with music coming at the top of 2018.
APELLA, Almost Ghosts & Tebi Rex announced as IMRO acts at the ‘Play the Picnic Stage’ at Electric Picnic 17
Festival Republic, in its on-going support of local Irish music is introducing a new stage to Electric Picnic, 1-3rd September 2017. The “Play the Picnic” stage is the newest addition to the ever growing festival. The stage is dedicated to bringing the best in local home grown Irish acts to the forefront of Irish music. The line-up is programmed by some of the key players in the Irish music scene, IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation) RTÉ2FM, RTÉ 2XM’s King Kong Radio, Abner Browns, Keiron Black and Music Maker. The charity partner this year is the Jack and Jill Foundation.
FRIDAY night will be curated by the King Kong Radio show on RTE 2xm. The KKR has been broadcasting for the past 8 years. It brings the newest in Irish music, fusing the radio show with interesting and curious interviews and special editions all based around what is happening in Irish music. The show will be hosted by Keiron Black, the voice behind the ever popular radio show. The Friday night will be a mixed tape of some of the coolest up and coming acts around : Heroes in Hiding, Munky, Roisin El Cherif, Hatchlings, Chancer, Cranky Face, Kevyn and APELLA.
SATURDAY will be hosted and curated by Abner Browns. Dave Judge and his crew have put together some of the biggest names in music onto one stage, for one day/night only! Acts such as Roisin O will bring a new wave of authenticity to Irish music. Abner Brown’s barber shop was nominated as one of the best venues in Ireland by the IMRO venue awards. It is quirky, cool and just enough to the left, it always feels right. The line-up includes: Roisin O, Chasing Abbey , Ivy Nations, Brave Giant, Military Road,Wolff, David Keenan, Marcas Carcas & the Trail Gang, The Skatuesques, Curtis Walsh and Almost Ghosts.
Regarded as one of Ireland’s finest guitarists, Dónal Clancy is the son of the world renowned singer Liam Clancy of The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and has, since the death of his father, focused his attention on the family repertoire of songs that he grew up with, while keeping the Clancy tradition alive with his solo performances.
Dónal grew up in a household and community steeped in music. He spent his early childhood in Canada and the US before his family settled back in An Rinn, Co. Waterford in 1983. His father gave him his first guitar at the age of eight and he was playing professionally by his early teens. A founder member of the group Danú, Dónal left to join a trio with his father Liam and cousin Robbie O’Connell. Their debut tour in 1996 took them across the US from the Santa Anita Race Track in Los Angeles to the Lincoln Center in New York. They continued to tour together for a couple more years and recorded two albums before they disbanded in the early noughties.
In 1998, Dónal moved to New York where he became the go-to guitarist for many of the top Irish music acts in the US. He toured and recorded with Riverdance fiddler Eileen Ivers and was a guest with The Chieftains on their Tears of Stone Tours in Japan and the US. He has also been a member of the Irish-American super group Solas and contributed to the soundtrack of Ric Burns’ award winning documentary film New York. In 2006 he released his first solo guitar album Close To Home which The Boston Globe dubbed “a sweet masterpiece of melodic grace and riveting groove.”
In 2009 Dónal returned to live in Ireland with his wife Mary and their three children and in 2014, to much critical acclaim, he released Songs of a Roving Blade. The Irish Post awarded the album 5* calling it “folk singing at its best” and “a smashing album that should help to ensure these songs will never be lost.”
Dónal’s latest album On the Lonesome Plain features a mix of seven vocal tracks and six guitar instrumentals, including two of his own compositions A Strike for Victory, commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising, and an instrumental piece entitled Máirseáil na Conrach, preceded by The Green Fields of Canada. This is a particular highlight and showcases Dónal’s fingerstyle playing to great effect. Other standout tracks are Open the Door Softly from the pen of Scottish folk legend Archie Fisher and the classic ballad Reynardine.
“Most of this recording happened serendipitously in the Spring of 2015 while experimenting with various microphones and guitars. At the time I’d just acquired a turntable and some records by Anne Briggs, Martin Carthy, Shirley Collins and Davy Graham, which undoubtedly had an influence on the mood of the music. Along with the songs, I had a renewed interest in guitar playing which led to six instrumentals finding their way on here. It feels like this is a record of where I’m at musically at this time.” – Dónal Clancy
“The first time I met Dónal Clancy he was a small boy. I was working with his father Liam Clancy and Tommy Makem. The minute I heard this record it reminded me of his father – his tone and turn of phrase. As well as being a great singer, Dónal is also a great guitar player. This new record is a gem: Dónal’s singing and guitar playing throughout the album is excellent. If Liam Clancy were alive today, he would be very proud of this recording. He IS very proud of it, I’m sure!” – Arty McGlynn
“Dónal Clancy’s new CD is a classic recording of a man and a guitar, great material beautifully played and sung.” – Martin Simpson