Hvmmingbyrd Release Their New Single & Video For ‘If Love Was Enough’ Starring NBC’s ‘The Nightshift’ Irish Actor Eoin Macken
Kildare band Hvmmingbyrd re-formed from its folky quintet beginnings of 2013, to an alt-pop duo in 2016 with original member Deborah Byrne joined by Suzette Das. With their atmospheric use of complex vocal arrangements and loops, and electronic sounds using synths and drum machine, they have drawn comparisons to artists such as Enya and Massive Attack.
Named Hot Press Super Six in 2015, their first single ‘Out of My Head’ released in 2016 was featured by Nialler9 and selected as Song of the Week on The Irish Times.
They look forward to playing Indiependence Music Trail, Live at Heart festival in Sweden and Electric Picnic this summer, and launching their new EP ‘Know My Name’ produced by Hvmmingbyrd and Aisling Jarvis on September 29th in the Grand Social.
Dublin city meets Chicago in this collaborative project two years in the making as producer MathMan teams up with the legendary brothers Hypnotic for ‘Hyp Hop’ – a golden era inspired collection of raw boom bap.
Having first collaborated on the Animators 2013 hit ‘Those Were the Days’ – a creative energy was sparked between MathMan and the HBE which inspired this unique collaborative project.
‘Hyp Hop’ allows us to see an exciting new side to the HBE – one unheard on previous solo projects. Leaving the musical landscape in the very capable hands of MathMan, the HBE put the brass to one side momentarily to exhibit their love of hip hop and their natural flare and talent for lyricism with raw, authentic flows and wordplay.
On ‘Hyp Hop’, MathMan’s vivid production style inspires the canvas on which the HBE paint. Thematically HBE’s social consciousness is clear on tracks such as ‘M.O.M’ and ‘True to Life’. Elsewhere, MathMan’s laid back production on ‘Gain It All’ and ‘Baji’s Interlude’ evokes tones of positivity and self affirmation. Darker themes are explored on ‘Milwaukee’ and ‘Streets’ whilst the true essence of hip hop is brought to life on lead single ‘Where I’m From’ (featuring DMC champion Dj Tuki) with raw lyricism and authentic boom bap production.
To complete the package, MathMan flips the collaborative process and re-works one of HBE’s own productions in ‘Navigator’. Here he turns their 2014 hit from the album ‘Fly’ into a colossal end of night orchestration.
Sonically and thematically ‘Hyp Hop’ is a well rounded project that’s conscious and introspective with a quintessential hip hop sound.
Produced by MathMan Mixed by MathMan Mastered by Damian Chennells Artwork & Sleeve design by Dan Leo © Weapon of Choice 2016 ‘Hyp Hop’ is available as a digital download from all online retailers and as a limited edition cassette tape from August 1st 2016.
New Valley Wolves have announced they will be touring around Ireland on the back of their very successful 2015 album ‘Refusal Is Our Weapon’.
The Dublin based rock band have already received excellent reviews, and have even been named Dublin Concerts – Irish Band Of The Week for this week.
NVW have already played all the major Irish festivals and it’s definitely worth catching them while they are on the road!
New Valley Wolves are Jonny Lucey and Baz Joyce.
New Valley Wolves are here to rescue you from the bombardment of soft rock/indie idiocy that floods your airwaves. They’ve built their reputation as the fiercest live act in Ireland through relentless gigging at home and abroad. With a sound bigger than an A-Bomb and energy that borders on psychotic, New Valley Wolves play dirty, blues rock riffs with a sinister edge.
June 24 – Sea Sessions, Donegal
October 12 – Roisin Dubh, Galway
While on his way to the band’s fateful gig in Banbridge, Brian posted a birthday card to his nephew Stephen. He received it with the dreadful news the following day.
Written almost 40 years later, the song is dedicated to Brian and the other members of the Miami Showband who lost their lives; Fran O’Toole and Tony Geraghty .
An accompanying video which includes never before seen footage of the band is also released ahead of Stephen’s launch of his single ‘Miami’ on Belfast Culture Night in Rosemary Street Church in Belfast.
The Paul K Band have just released the title track from their upcoming EP, “Bright Side”.
Produced by David O’Regan and mastered by Pete Maher, “Bright Side” the single, is now available to stream on YouTube and Soundcloud. It follows the release of “Come Sailing”, the first track taken from the EP, last month.
The Paul K Band have in the past shared a stage with Deacon Blue, Duke Special, Imelda May and Arlo Guthrie.
You can keep up to date with the band on their Facebook page here.
“All That Ever Happens” is the latest single and video from Dublin based Italian songwriter, Giuliano Nistri. The video is the first to be released from Giuliano’s current album, “All the Songs in One Night”.
The video was created by Music Shoots and was directed by Tomasz Bereska and Giuliano.
“The Wicklow Ways” is a newly written work for orchestra by Irish composer, Vincent Kennedy, and comprises 73 young Wicklow musicians performing on violin, recorder, ukulele, guitar, piano and a whole host of drums and tuned percussion instruments. The piece will receive its world premiere this Sunday, 22nd March in the Mermaid Arts Centre in two concerts at 3pm and 4:30pm.
Vincent Kennedy was commissioned by Wicklow County Council under the Per Cent for Art Scheme and on behalf of Music Generation Wicklow to engage with four schools across County Wicklow to create the piece. Four workshops have taken place in each school – Scoil Chaoimhin Naofa, Gleann da Loch, Co. Chill Mhantain; St Laurences National School, Kindlestown, Greystones, Co. Wicklow; Lacken National School, Blessington, Co.Wicklow; St Cronans National School, Vevay Road, Bray, Co.Wicklow – since September 2014 , engaging the young musicians in fun and challenging ways, inspiring them to perform to the best of their abilities and reach new heights in their musical development.
Speaking of the project, Vincent said: “Wicklow, the Garden of Ireland, has always had a special place in my life and heart. Therefore receiving the commission to write The Wicklow Ways presented me with an opportunity to write music that celebrates the beauty and loveliness of the place and its people and also some of what it means and has meant to me. This experience has also been very important to me because as a seven year old in CBS Westland Row I got the chance to take up music and it changed my life. To be involved with these wonderful young people at the beginning of their music education is tremendous. To experience their enthusiasm, their sense of fun in learning, their kindnesses, their beautiful smiles and laughs, and to see how they have grown musically through the process has been inspiring.”
He added: “I have also experienced some of why they are doing so well and that is down to their brilliant and enthusiastic music teachers, their class teachers and assistants, the support and enthusiasm of the school principals and their dedicated staff and the support of their families and Wicklow Music Generation.”
Along with the children of the WOW Orchestra (Wonderful Orchestra of Wicklow) Aisling Seery plays “Rain, Water, Life” on Piccolo, Descant and Treble Recorders, Eamon Sweeney performs “Glendalough” on classical guitar, Sinéad Finegan premiers “Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh” on Violin with Svetlana Rudenko on piano, Terry Clancy gives the first performance of “Sea and Sky Blues” on Alto Saxophone, Rama Block beating his drums leads us on “A Night on Sugar Loaf Mountain” and James Dunne takes us on a journey by “Steam Train from Greystones to Bray” up and down his Xylophone.
The Wicklow Ways is one of four new music works commissioned by Wicklow County Council and produced by the Contemporary Music Centre under the Per Cent for Art Scheme on behalf of Music Generation Wicklow. These commissions have involved some 300 children and young people between the ages of 6 and 16 across County Wicklow.
Tickets are €6 (single ticket) and €12 (family of four). Bookings online via Mermaid Arts Centre or by phone 01 272 4030.
Following a successful first year, competition organisers are looking forward to hearing a wide range of music from across Ireland.
The competition is open to all musical genres and styles, and to all ages and nationalities. As long as it is a song, it is eligible for entry. Entries are accepted on CD or by email in MP3 format, so it couldn’t be easier to enter.
This is a songwriting competition with the songwriter in mind. Songs will be judged based on melody, composition, originality and lyrics. The quality of performance and production will not be considered.
The three finalists will perform their song at a concert on Sunday May 31st in the Nano Nagle Chapel, Carrick on Suir, during the Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art 2015 as part of a fifteen minute set. The winner will be announced at the end of the concert.
With cash prizes of €500 for the winner and €200 for each of the runners up sponsored by the Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art and IMRO, no one will leave empty handed. The winner also receives a voucher for CD duplication from Duplication Ireland and all three will gain premium services from InMusik.co.
With further support from IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation), Music Matters and the Clancy Brothers Festival, this songwriting competition is set to grow.
Last Year’s Winners
Lisa Loughrey’s winning song, ‘Lost with all Hands’ is the title track on The Mariannes’ new EP. The Mariannes are launching their CD in Whelan’s, Dublin, on Thursday April 9th. And runner up Robb Murphy’s song, ‘Mysteries of the Heart’, features on his new album, ‘Sleep Tonight’, due out in March.
Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition
C/O The Tudor Artisan Hub
42 Main Street
Closing date: April 29th, 2015.
Finalists will be notified by May 13th, 2015.
Please read the full rules before entering.
For full rules and information go to www.clancybrothersfestival.org or find us on Facebook and Twitter.
“Waiting for the Tide”, NoCrows’ fourth album, launches this Saturday, 24th May at The Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo. The first release since 2010’s “NoCrows on the Moon”, “Waiting for the Tide” came together on two trips to Sligo’s Coney Island.
The band’s line up has expanded to six in the past year: Sligo singer songwriter Ray Coen is the newest member. Likewise, violinist & composer Oleg Ponomarev, of Loyko, Yurodny and Koshka fame, has toured and recorded as a guest of NoCrows for some years now. Ponomarev’s Eastern European Gypsy influence in the group has grown over time and this recording features two of his compositions as well as original material from his five bandmates. Coen and Ponomarev add their own creative force to an already swirling melting pot of musical styles and cultures, driven by Swiss cellist/mandolinist Anna Houston, Carbonell’s manouche guitar stylings and bassist Eddie Lee’s driving lines. Waterboys fiddler and longtime Sligo resident, Steve Wickham, is a founder member of the ensemble and he makes a particularly poignant vocal tribute to his beloved Sligo’s beauty on his song “Rainbow over Sligo”. It is truly a Sligo album, written and recorded in Sligo, inspired by the place, its people and its beauty.
Anna Houston: mandolin, cello, dulcitone & vocals
Steve Wickham: fiddle, guitar, mandolin & vocals
Oleg Ponomarev: fiddle
Ray Coen: guitar, fiddle & vocals
Felip Carbonell: guitar & vocals
Eddie Lee: double bass, flute & percussion
Having spent nine years together, No Crows have had performances at some of Europe’s top festivals, including Glastonbury and Dranouter.
“Waiting for the Tide” will be officially launched at The Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo this Saturday, 24th May. Doors at 8pm | Tickets €18/€15.
For tour dates see www.nocrows.net.
Nothing New Under The Sun is an exciting new five piece band that has emerged from the port of Cork City. With a diverse range of influences, the band effortlessly combines hooky guitar riffs, soaring vocals, a driving rhythm section and sweet folk-pop harmonies.
Their debut single “Carolina”, with renowned Irish producer Christian Best (Mick Flannery-Red to Blue 2012) was recorded earlier this year. It is due for release today, March 21st, and is available on iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp.
For more, check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/nothingnewunderthesunband