Video of the Day: Penrose “Better Man”
Oct24

Video of the Day: Penrose “Better Man”

Penrose are a 5 piece band put together by Darragh Mc Grane and can now be described as a solid Indie Pop band with catchy uplifting indie songs and anthems that have “attitude” and stick in your head. Mixing the pop sensibilities & harmonies of The Beatles / ELO, the snarling vocals of Richard Ashcroft (The Verve) and the rhythmic acoustic guitars of Oasis. The band mixes their 60’s and 90’s influences bringing them together and putting a modern feel and attitude to the music they create. Penrose have just released “Better Man” with a single launch in Whelan’s November 18th. The video shot by Anthony White sees the band make some dubious life decisions and ultimately face the consequence of their actions. Lead singer Darragh Mc Grane says he wrote the song “directly after a long night of being out till all hours and I had a realisation looking at my new born baby girl that I needed to sort myself out and be a better father to her.” Live Dates: 18th Nov Whelans  – BETTER MAN Single Launch 9th Dec Powerscourt Shopping Centre – Simon Community Charity Gig 29th Dec Vicar Street – Supporting...

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Bobby Green falls for Duke Special’s poetry collaboration
Oct20

Bobby Green falls for Duke Special’s poetry collaboration

  Review by Bobby Green The wondrous beauty of Duke Specials creative muse can sometimes bring a man to tears with its genius. But to also be gifted with a voice so delicious there could have been no other life for him but to do what he does. And with Hallow we have Duke focus his creative spark, dare I say fire, entirely on the poetry of Belfast poet Michael Longley. The seemingly effortless manor in which Duke translates these poems frames an already alluring work of beauty and delivers them with such a sweet kiss it’s impossible not to fall in love with them. Duke has set up a website called Advocate (www.advocateduke.com) where fans can pre-order the album in their preferred format: CD, vinyl or digital download. There will be a limited run of exclusive signed and numbered CD and vinyl releases which are only available on pre-order. Every pre-order on all formats will include a special ADVOCATE PASS which will give you access to exclusive content online through the Advocate website. This will range from behind-the-scenes videos of the recording process and video messages from Duke on how the album is progressing, to snippets of demos and exclusive previews of Hallow. Fans can see ‘Hallow’ being performed live on Duke Special’s October tour, commissioned by The Strollers Touring Network and he has just added new dates in February 2018 in Belfast, London & Dublin.  (Dates and venues below. Check venue websites for ticket details.) Duke says, ‘I genuinely hope that these songs will speak to you, inspire, comfort, challenge, provoke, make you cry, make you smile, make you wonder and all the things that good art should do.’ Duke Special is an artist to be celebrated in todays creative world where we are awash with the mundane. Where the creative genius behind the music is the units shifted and not the art itself. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good campaign, and clever marketing today is itself at best artistic in its delivery. But when you have truly great art, the glittery shine from everything else on offer becomes dull reflections of just ‘stuff’ we’ve been sold before. Hallow is out now and Duke Special is on Tour promoting it.   Weds 25th October            Belltable Arts Centre, Limerick. Thurs 26th October            Solstice Arts Centre, Navan. Fri 27th October                  Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare. Sat 28th October                 The Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny. Sun 29th October                Siamsa Tíre, Tralee. Thurs 22nd February         Bush Hall, London Fri 23rd February               Empire Music Hall, Belfast Sat 24th February              Unitarian Church, Dublin www.advocateduke.com ...

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Video of the Day: The Eskies “All Good Men”
Oct13

Video of the Day: The Eskies “All Good Men”

Returning to the foot stomping gypsy folk that has already won them an army of fans, All Good Men is a full on, big band, swing sounding romp, snarling and growling its way through three and a half minutes of roaring brass and crowd harmonies.   This is the first single from the band’s anticipated new album, And Don’t Spare The Horses. Recorded at Orphan Studios in Dublin earlier this year, the new album leaps from genres as vast and varied as folk, klezmar and yiddish to rock, swing and blues. And it’s content? As eclectic as their sound according to the band – “Melodramatic tales of woe, betrayal, conflict, upheaval, rebellion, love, loss, fear and anger,” says the band. “All wrapped in tongue-in-cheek irreverence and self-deprecation, occasionally giving way to a flurry of triumphalism or whisper of introspection.” Renowned for their raucous live shows and fiercely passionate support, the band have been busy touring the far and wide since their 2015 debut After The Sherry Went Round. They’ve played mainstage slots at both Glastonbury (Field Of Avalon) and Cambridge Folk Festival, as well as an outing at Dutch centrepiece Eurosonic Noordeslaag and Glasgow’s Celtic Connections. They’ve also appeared on RTE’s Saturday Night Show, BBC Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’ with Clive Anderson and BBC Radio 3’s ‘Essential Classics’.   The Eskies UK & Ireland tour kicks off on 4th October in Manchester. For full dates please visit...

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New music from Niall Cash
Oct11

New music from Niall Cash

Niall Cash is a Singer-songwriter from Wexford Ireland, currently studying songwriting in BIMM Dublin. Niall has supported fellow luminaries Walking On Cars and The Original Rudeboys over the last few months and has been playing in venues such as The Button Factory, Whelans, The Workmans Club, The Ruby Sessions and The Bello Bar, honing in his live act. He was nominated as ‘Best Solo Male Act’ for Pure M Awards also. Gathering a band behind him for his debut EP he developed his music into an indie/folk/pop sound gathering influences from the likes of James Bay, Ben Howard and The Coronas. In May 2016 he then released an EP called ‘Frames Have Cracked’ which peaked at number 1 in the Irish singer-songwriter charts on iTunes. Niall’s EP ‘Frames Have Cracked’ is available on iTunes, Spotify and soundcloud. https://www.facebook.com/NiallCash/ Fire is out Oct...

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Video of the Day: Joey Ryan with ‘Violet’
Oct10

Video of the Day: Joey Ryan with ‘Violet’

‘Violet’ is the new release from Cork musician Joey Ryan. Violet is a soulful track taken from his 2016 release Fall Through the Night, which saw Ryan refine his sound with the help of Cork based producer Christian Best in Monique Studios. Having relocated to Berlin, Germany in mid 2016, ‘Violet’ sees a collaboration with the Berlin based Kopperkollectiv who have previously worked with many successful German acts through their Berlin Open Stage music video series. Shot in Berlin city and surrounding area during summer 2017, Swedish dance artist and choreographer Siri Elmqvist created a modern interpretive dance sequence to interpret the character of Violet, bringing an edgy and dark element to the video, in contrast to sonic color of the music. Joey Ryan is currently in the studio recording the first tracks of what will become his next album. Watch ‘Violet’...

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freezerRoom gear up for Hazel Wood launch with new album
Aug30

freezerRoom gear up for Hazel Wood launch with new album

After months of speculation and teaser releases Cork collaborators freezerRoom are due to release their full length album Fire on the Ocean September 1 with a live launch September 2 at midnight in the Hazel Wood Stage at Electric Picnic accompanied onstage by no less than 20 musicians. The core of freezerRoom is production duo Graham White and Rory Dempsey. The pair has been making music together for over 15 years since they first met in acclaimed Irish downbeat act The Shades. On Fire on the Ocean they continue their brand of alternative rock with electronic and orchestral elements and are joined on the album by many luminaries from the Irish music scene and beyond. Always keen to collaborate, White and Dempsey have teamed up with some of their favourite singers to craft a collection of breathtaking songs. Fire on the Ocean features an array of guest vocalists writing songs such as Joe O’Leary (Fred), Fish Go Deep hitmaker Tracey K, Jack O’Rourke, Ray Scannell, Berlin’s Clara Hill and Wallis Bird on backing vocal duties. As on previous releases Christian Eigner (Depeche Mode) recorded drums in Austria with Graham, Tracey K and Clara Hill writing and adding vocals in Berlin and Rory roped in the string talents of some of his Heritage Orchestra friends in London to create a broader palette. With freezerRoom as the foundation it allows Fire on the Ocean to absorb the essence of its contributing vocalists. Ranging from the funky rhythm on “I’m not Waiting” featuring Joe O’Leary, to the spectral with Ray Scannall’s “On The Surface” with its inference of The Shades’ single ‘Cider Horizon’ and the experimental baroque electronica of “Friends That Bite” featuring Jack O’Rourke. freezerRoom have provided the perfect songwriters haven allowing collaborators freedom to make their mark while the production duo of White and Dempsey add depth and edge by drawing out strengths and qualities from both sides that stretch and lengthen the creative scope. Catch freezerRoom live at The Hazel Wood Stage, Saturday September...

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