In Tua Nua – Irish Tour
Sep26

In Tua Nua – Irish Tour

IRISH TOUR AUTUMN/WINTER 2017: It was 30 years ago this year that ‘In Tua Nua’ supported U2 on the European leg of The Joshua Tree Tour. They are now setting out on their first Irish Tour since 1988. The band toured extensively throughout Europe and the US during the 1980’s promoting their albums “Vaudeville” and “The Long Acre”. During the 80s In Tua Nua had 9 top 20 singles here in Ireland. One of Ireland’s premier live acts, they shared stages with Bob Dylan (Slane), Fleetwood Mac, and Eurythmics to name but a few while also opening on stadium tours for Simple Minds and of course U2. In Tua Nua reformed for some gigs in 2004 and then again in 2012 when they played The Electric Picnic. What have they been up to? Lead singer ‘Leslie Dowdall’ released two solo albums and had a smash hit with her song ‘Wonderful Thing’. Leslie tours Ireland constantly with wing man Mike Hanrahan and plays regularly in Spain also. Singer/drummer ‘Paul Byrne’ who wrote the majority of ITN songs released his critically acclaimed solo album ‘Cruel & Tender Ways’ in 2014.  Also is a member of The Drays and The Guilty Party. Bassist ‘Jack Dublin’ formed the studio project Audiokiss. Their album was successful in Italy while recent single ‘I Don’t Wanna Say’ featuring Megan Burke charted in the US digital charts. Paul and Jack first played together in Deaf Actor in 1980 before forming In Tua Nua in 1983. They have since been banging out beats for Rocky de Valera and The Gravediggers, The Guilty Party and Shane McGowan and The Shane Gang making them one of Ireland’s longest running rhythm sections. The new line up includes Rosie MacKenzie, a talented young fiddle player from Canada based in Dingle, Sarge O’Hara ex The Mod Ls on Keys, Dave McGinley ex Eugene/Precious Stones on Guitar, and Leo Rickard and Martin Nolan will share the uilleann pipe role (at different gigs). In 2012 Leslie, Paul and Jack went into the studio and re-recorded a version of ‘All I Wanted’. Their most successful single from the 80s, it had reached number 69 in the UK charts and became a college radio hit across the US. Other notable singles were ‘Seven Into The Sea’, ‘Heaven Can Wait’, ‘Somebody To Love’, ‘Coming Thru’ and ‘Don’t Fear Me Now’.  Also, in 2012 Virgin/EMI released the albums ‘Vaudaville’ and ‘The Long Acre’ on iTunes and Spotify. Tour Dates Whelan’s Dublin, Sat Sept 30th Spirit Store, Dundalk, Sun Oct 1st Cypress Avenue Cork, Fri Oct 6th Theatre Royal, Waterford, Tues Nov 21st Boyle of Slane, Thurs Nov 30th The Milford Room, Carlow, Sat Dec 2nd Mullingar Arts Centre, Sat Jan 5th     https://twitter.com/InTuaNuaBand/status/910787011899985921...

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Niall Horan Could Be More Successful Than the Rest of 1D
May03

Niall Horan Could Be More Successful Than the Rest of 1D

At its peak, One Direction was one of the most popular and successful musical acts in the world. For those not wrapped up in 1D fever, it’s hard to overstate just how incredibly huge this band actually was. The throngs of hysterical and screaming fans come as no surprise, but more important is the chart success of the group. During its short history, the band was a massive multimedia phenomenon whose influence even touched video games. The group was featured in its own piece of downloadable content for the Rock Band franchise, and they also appeared in a number of mobile games that ranged from dating sims to puzzle games. And 1D isn’t the only band that has been embraced by fans through video games. A number of popular artists are featured within the selections at the largest online casino sites where fans can play slot reels featuring their favourite bands and songs. Some of these acts include rock legends like Jimi Hendrix and Guns N’ Roses, the latter of whom are currently touring the world and jumping back into the spotlight. But 1D’s impact in the gaming world aside, it’s on the sales charts where they made the most damage. They were the first band to have its first four albums debut at number one on Billboard, and set loads of other sales records as well. Despite the fame and success, the members of the band needed some time off, and the act went on hiatus in January 2016 as the members looked to pursue their own endeavours. Zayn Malik was the first member to officially leave the band in 2015, and has already achieved a fair degree of success on his own. His debut album, Mind of Mine, was released in March 2016, and debuted at number one in the UK while also reaching number two in Ireland. He followed up the record by releasing a duet with Taylor Swift, and will next be seen in the upcoming film, “Ocean’s 8.” But Zayn is far from the only 1D guy to follow his own path. The other members of the band have also been busy during their time away, and they’re all currently working on their own projects. Of the different members, it’s likely that the sole Irish member, Niall Horan, could very well become the most successful solo artist. While he might not have as high a profile as Zayn or Harry Styles, it could be argued that he’s one of the group’s most musically talented members. When he dropped his first single last October, Horan made history as the first artist to debut at the...

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Cormac O’Caoimh – Shiny Silvery Things
Mar31

Cormac O’Caoimh – Shiny Silvery Things

‘All that glisters is not gold’, Willie Shakespeare once wrote. He’s right. Sometimes it’s Shiny Silvery Things, Cormac O’Caoimh’s new album. Cormac’s opted for full band arrangements on the album. With different individuals on engineering/production, mixing and mastering, Cormac has left nothing to chance, and the resulting audio sounds gorgeous. Repeated listening reveals more layers, but the mixes never sound busy, and it always sounds like a Cormac O’Caoimh album. In fact it’s an album “that fits you like old shoes” as Cormac sings in Second Hand Clothes, the first single to be released. As a tired old hack, I generally need to listen to a new album at least twice before I get it, but Shiny Silvery Things hit me right in the feels on the first listen. Lyrically, Cormac is on point as usual, as evidenced in the opener – Second Hand Clothes: LPs On an old phonograph Plays clean But your favourite tracks are scratched Rewind Try to put the needle back Skip you Ditched you like old shoes Tracks like Proud remind me of Cormac’s previous incarnation, The Citadels. It’s a little more uptempo than we’re used to, with a very upfront aggressive drum sound, and a little bit of wordplay in the lyric I used to belong here I built a treehouse here We don’t have to fall out Sometimes the softly sung lyrics are so intimate, revealing internal turmoil, that you feel like you are eavesdropping on a private conversation. At other times the words are oblique, hinting at some deeper truth you can’t quite grasp. It’s nice, then, to have some light relief in the form of the title track, a jaunty jazzy ditty which opens like a saccharine love song: You bring out the rainbow in me I start to see through clouds that have been While it revisits darkness in subsequent verses, it is ultimately a thankful ode to a loved one. Cormac grows in songwriting ability with every album, and every album improves with each listen. If you haven’t yet checked out Start a Spark, Remember When We Didn’t Kiss and The Moon Loses Its Memory, I recommend that you do. That will keep you occupied until Shiny Silvery Things is released on April 28th 2017. http://www.cormacocaoimh.net/ https://www.facebook.com/cormacmusic...

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Win A Website For Your Favourite Local Act
Nov26

Win A Website For Your Favourite Local Act

We’ve teamed up with budget websites to give one lucky act a free website. The website will be a content management system, that they can update easily themselves, and it comes with a year’s free domain and hosting. Enter and nominate your local band below. a Rafflecopter...

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Guusniks – (Yesterday Is Coming) Music For Albums
Oct24

Guusniks – (Yesterday Is Coming) Music For Albums

“Wednesday’s Child Records announces the re-release, on CD, of the album “(Yesterday Is Coming) Music For Albums” by Guusniks.” Guusniks is the name of the studio-project duo of two men from north Cork in Ireland; (Limerick-born) Flor O’Driscoll: composer/ instrument-abuser, and Ian Johnson: proficient musician/ producer/ engineer/ co-composer/ mixer. The Guusniks album, “(Yesterday is coming) Music for albums” was recorded from 1997 to 2007, and was originally released on CD in 2008, accompanied by little promotion and even lesser sales. The album features ten tracks, composed mainly by Flor O’Driscoll to sound like an album to which he himself would want to listen. It aspires, then, to sound like Stockhausen, Ligeti, Satie, Roger Doyle and Philip Glass, among others. It has the ambient dissonance of early A.R.Kane, Flying Saucer Attack and the ambient-side of Pere Ubu. It is sample-heavy (women wailing, African tribal chanting, angle-grinders grinding, aeroplanes taking off and landing etc.), like early Art of Noise and “Dazzle Ships”-era O.M.D. On listening to the album, one listener described feeling as if they were out on the ocean, while another listener described feeling as if they were in a rain forest. The album is heavily influenced by early Kraftwerk(including Organisation’s “Tone Float” album), early Neu!(especially “Sonderouwjebit” from the first album), Popul Vuh, Brian Eno and “Low”-era Bowie. Fans of the album have compared it to Philip Glass’s score of “Powaqaatsi”, Roger Doyle, Arvo Part, Kate Bush and Matt Johnson’s/The The’s “Burning blue soul” album. Three tracks can be heard on www.myspace.com/musicforalbums , and copies of the CD can be ordered( €5 each, plus postage and packing) from...

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