Bantry songwriter, Pa Curran, is set to release his debut album, “Poor Man’s Clothes”, next month. The album was written and recorded at Ocean Studios in West Cork with producer, Wayne Sheehy, and is set for release in July.
Pa has just completed a successful Fund-It campaign to contribute to putting the finishing touches on the album. The lead single, “Poor Man’s Clothes”, tells the story of valuing people over possessions, a theme that resonates throughout the album. Pa’s first single, “Unintentional Hero”, was a bittersweet success for him last year when it went straight to Number 1 in the iTunes chart, putting Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” at Number 2. The single was a dedication to Pa’s close friend and fellow musician, Taidhg Burke Neff, who died tragically in 2013 and donated his organs to save the lives of seven people.
Having supported Declan O’Rourke, Ian O’Doherty, The Original Rudeboys, Niall Connolly and The Calvinists, Pa set off on a tour of the US in 2014, the highlight of which was a gig at Rockwood Music Hall and the iconic “Scratcher Sessions”.
After the release of “Poor Man’s Clothes”, Pa will be heading back to the US for a short tour in August.
Pa has reached his target on Fund-It but there’s still a bit of time to show some support at http://fundit.ie/project/pa-curran-album–single-fundit-campaign.
June 7th sees the release of much anticipated debut album “Good to Be Alive” by Dublin based Rock band STILLROOM. The album was recorded at Ashtown Studios under the watchful eye of Dermot Lambert, produced, engineered and mixed by Tommy O’ Sullivan and mastered by Aidan Foley [worked with U2, The Foo Fighters and Van Morrison]. The album features 11 captivating tracks, all written and co-produced by STILLROOM. The hard working band have also enlisted filmmaker Anthony White to create a promo trailer for the album and filming for the first video to accompany the single ‘Rock n Roll o.f.o.’ has recently been completed. STILLROOM premiered this single on Radio Nova to glowing reviews; “These guys are going places. STILLROOM are the real deal, take it from me!”– Pat Courtenay, Radio Nova.
In the summer of 2006, five friends boarded a flight to LA with a 3 track demo and a dream…. The result was gigs in The Roxy, The Whiskey-a-Go-Go and The Cat Club on the Sunset Strip, but more importantly this trip reaffirmed the bands passion, conviction and commitment to their chosen road.
Since then, STILLROOM have toured tirelessly around Ireland and Europe and have taken part in various festivals. Some of their many achievements include having one of their songs featured in a movie and beating off tough competition for selection in a Microsoft ad campaign.
STILLROOM released an EP which Hot Press described as “Rory Gallagher meets Bon Jovi meets Judas Priest” and last year released the double A-side single and videos for Christopher Cloud/Better Days, to great acclaim while heading over to London and Germany to continue gigging. They are certainly no novices to the Music Industry and look set to make a serious impact with this latest release. “Dublin rockers STILLROOM are finally releasing their debut album and it’s a face melter. It is good to be alive and rock is clearly alive and well in Dublin” – Krank.ie.
To support the album STILLROOM have announced a tour which kicks off in Dublin’s Sin é on June 7 and takes in such festivals such as the Court House Festival in Leixlip and the coveted You Bloom Festival.
STILLROOM will be preforming live in HMV/Xtra-Vision – Saturday June 7th @ 2pm HMV – Belgard Road, Tallaght (Album will be on Sale)
“A great album that would compliment any collection and can stand shoulder to shoulder with anything I have on my shelves! As a good friend once told me, you too should heed this..Get it on!” – PlanetMosh
Sound is the new album from Niall Connolly – an album of songs written from the perspective of a life less ordinary. The Cork songwriter has spent the last six years in New York City, breathing deeply and soaking up the myriad influences of one of the world’s greatest and most vibrant cities.
The album was recorded with Connolly’s regular live band, featuring performances by Manchester-born songwriter, Warren Malone, Brandon Wilde (Black Bunny, This Way), Len Monachello (All Night Chemists, This Way) and Dennis Cronin ( Lambchop, Josh Rouse, Camera Obscura, Vic Chestnutt).
Similar to many great Irish songwriters, Connolly has always managed to convey the personal in a manner that allowed his listeners to feel included; to take something from his songs that we could call our own, while also feeling that we were sharing an insight into a life worth considering.
Sound takes us in new directions, however. Years of touring the US and Europe, meeting new people, confronting different cultures, has brought both the songwriter and listener to a point where we are now sharing these songs with a far larger number of people.
In the words of the songwriter: “Some of the songs are imagined biographies, or rather chapters of biographies of people I’ve never known. The album is full of curiosity – about the lives, personalities and circumstances of the fleeting encounters with countless people. The people who, in a way, make all the things I do worth doing.”
Whether it is his observations on the financial wasteland of the West (‘Lily of the Mohawks’) or the erosion of common decency around our world (‘Come Back to the Table’), Connolly, writes intelligently and with extraordinary clarity about some of the issues of our day.
Far from lecturing, however, Connolly’s songs contain hope and no shortage of a dry Irish wit. Take ‘Brooklyn Sky’, where ‘Mohammed and Jacob and Jesus are all kicking in the basement playing Bluegrass tunes’. In an imagined world where this can happen, surely anything is possible?
Niall returns to Ireland in April for a series of gigs, followed by more UK and USA dates to promote Sound.
Wednesday April 17 – Bewley’s Theatre, Dublin
Thursday April 18 – Bewley’s Theatre, Dublin
Friday April 19 – Geallach Gorm Theatre Singer Songwriter Festival,Kill, Waterford,
Saturday April 20 – The Half Moon Theatre, Cork
Sunday April 21 – The Crane Bar, Galway
Dublin/Belfast three piece, Alias Empire, are set to release their second album, ‘Safety in Numbers’, next week. The follow up to their Choice Music Prize nominated debut, ‘Unexpected Falls’, sees the band expand into a bigger sound and push further into combining electronic programming, samples and synths with guitars, live drums and vocals.
The release will coincide with an Irish tour where AE bring controlled chaos to their unique audio/visual live shows. You can catch the guys live over the next few weeks at the following venues:
Fri 19th April – De Barras, Clonakilty
Thurs 25th April – Róisin Dubh, Galway
Fri 26th April – McGarrigles , Sligo
Sat 27th April – Twisted Pepper, Dublin
Cat previously fronted alphastates, pioneers in guitar-heavy electronica who released two critically acclaimed albums, “Made from Sand” and “Human Nature”. In 2010 she wanted to write and record following her own lead and knew the moment had arrived to create and perform under her solo guise. This departure led to Cat recently signed an international and US publishing deal.
“Come On” is a mournful pop song tinged with haunting melancholia that all the while manages to animate and uplift. The animation video was directed by award-winning Irish animator Marc Corrigan. (Benny Smiles “Moonlight”, Ham Sandwich “Ants”)
You can catch Cat live at The Grand Social, Dublin this Friday 22nd March.
Described by Joe Duffy on Christmas Eve as ‘The Woman who gave her Heart to the Nation’, Eleanor McEvoy announces the release of ‘If You Leave…’ her first all new studio album since ‘I’d Rather Go Blonde’ (2010). The new recording features 8 new songs and 4 interpretations including ‘God only Knows’, ‘True Colors’, and ‘Lift the Wings’ from Riverdance. Recorded live in the studio with some of Ireland’s finest players, this album of soulful performances showcases Eleanor’s bluesier neo-retro style. To coincide with the ‘If You Leave…’ album launch Eleanor plays selected dates Nationwide on her ongoing GIRL IN A BLACK CAR TOUR.
Formerly a session musician, including a long stint with The NSO, she decided whilst with The Mary Black Band, that she should cash in the savings and develop her own career. One week later…her life changed. Mary”s label owner heard Eleanor play a self-penned song that would give a name and title track to their planned all woman compilation… ‘A Woman’s Heart’ Ireland’s best selling album.
Simultaneously she was signed to Geffen where her eponymous album went on to sell ¼ million copies. ‘Precious Little’ was a Billboard hit and ‘Sophie’ has become a worldwide focus and comfort to millions of young people with eating disorders.
Her most recent album ‘Alone’ is a collection of her best-loved songs performed solo.
Tour dates:// March
Fri. 1 Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, 37 Great James St, Derry
Sat. 2 The Errigle Inn, 312-320 Ormeau Road, Belfast
Thurs. 7 The Crane, Sea Road, Galway
Fri.15 Seamus Ennis Centre, Main St, Naul, Co. Dublin
Fri 21 The Leeson Lounge, Dublin 4
Fri. 22 The Lodge, Ballyellis, Mallow, Co. Cork
Fri 19th Cork Opera House, Cork
Ska/reggae band, The Bionic Rats, have just released their second album, “…should be seen and not heard”.
With band members hailing from Ireland, Poland, Italy and Brazil, The Bionic Rats came together from the ashes of Dublin reggae outfit, Kingsativa. They mix the rhythms of Ska, 2tone, Reggae and Rocksteady into their own special brew of Jamaican heart and Irish soul.
The album is available to buy at independent Dublin record stores Freebird, Wicklow St and Spindizzy, Georges Arcade, as well as on Bandcamp here http://thebionicrats.bandcamp.com/
If you like their sound, you can catch them live supporting the legendary Lee “Scratch” Perry in Dublin’s Button Factory on Saturday 16th February, headlining the Tramore Ska Festival on Saturday 30th March and every Sunday from 7:30pm in Dublin’s longest running ska/reggae residency, “The Sunday Skank” at The Foggy Dew, Fownes St, Temple Bar.