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Starman – Jack Lukeman with the National Children’s Choir

Jack Lukeman (BCO music patron) together with the National Children’s Choir and the Trinity String Orchestra have come together for The Starman Project to release David Bowie’s iconic anthem ‘Starman’. The single will be available from all digital platforms from Friday 9th November 2018 to coincide with Science Week and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo missons. 

A group of Irish students from Cork’s Educate Together overseen by CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory (BCO) have led the charge on The Starman Project that has seen young people from all over the country coming together to collaborate on a recording of David Bowie’s ‘Starman’ in conjunction with the Dublin Bowie Festival. 

Speaking about the single BCO spokesperson Clair McSweeney said “The Apollo missions were an exercise in testing the limits of human ambition and cooperation that culminated in timeless events that unified and inspired a generation. The small step, before the giant leap. As the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission approaches in 2019, what better way to celebrate it than to undertake another ambitious project in that spirit of cooperation with students from across Ireland collaborating with Jack Lukeman and the National Children’s Choir on The Starman Project and the release of ‘Starman’ in aid of Lauralynn Children’s Hospice”.

The Starman video is inspired by the Earthrise image; the first image of planet Earth to capture the world’s imagination taken during the Apollo 8 mission on December 24, 1968 and by David Bowie’s love of Earth and Space, and appreciation of our duty of care to our only home. The video is set against a sweeping backdrop of Ireland’s Dark Sky sites, archeoastronomy sites and skyscapes such as Newgrange and the Boyne Valley where over 5,000 years ago Stone Age astronomers in Ireland built monuments to track the Sun.

‘Starman’, produced by Duncan Maitland, Ger Eaton and Jack Lukeman, was recorded at the Sound Training College by Jack Lukeman and is available for streaming/download across all digital platforms from Friday 12 November 2018

Jack Lukeman has been touring as special guest with The Proclaimers and Jools Holland on their UK tour dates since October 2018 but makes a highly anticipated return to Ireland in December including a show at the National Concert Hall with the National Children’s Choir on 2 December 2018. 

JACK LUKEMAN – UPCOMING IRISH TOUR DATES 

2 December – The National Concert Hall with the National Children’s Choir 
        18 December – The Moat Theatre, Naas
22 December –  Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny
        28 December –  Wexford Church, Wexford Town 
       29 December –  The Crescent Hall, Drogheda 
       31 December – Everyman Theatre, Cork
4 January – Dumamaise Theatre, Portlaoise
       5 January – The Pavillion, Dun Laoghire 
        12 January –  Balor TheatrDonegal 
        19 January -Waterford Theatre Royal
  25 January – Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
       26 January – Visual Theatre Carlow 
       31 January – Linen Hall CastleBar – Jack and Pat McCabe
1 February – Tuar Ard Arts Centre, Moate

        2 February The Dock Carrick on Shannon – Jack and Pat McCabe

David Burke – Hello Ocean

Touring around Australia was a dream come true for me. I spent as much time as possible swimming in the ocean and marvelling at the ocean life – Whale sharks, turtles and Tiger sharks on the Ningaloo Reef; dolphins in Byron Bay; gorgeous fish of all the colours of the rainbow on the Great Barrier Reef. It truly is a breathtakingly beautiful land & sea and we tried to capture some of that magic in our video. What a gift Mother Nature has given us – I am conscious now more than ever of the need to make a greater and more urgent effort to preserve and live sustainly within our enviornment.

During the trip, as always, I experienced life’s up and down rollercoaster like we all do. This video tries to grab hold of and appreciate the good and positive energy.

I hope you enjoy the video. Music & Adventure are my 2 great passions in life. Ty has done an amazing job packing in so much colour and beauty into a music video.

Thanks to everyone who made the trip so special.

Thanks again to those who helped me create the music – Stephen Shannon, Tom Domican, Aongus Ralston, Max Greenwood and Bill Blackmore.

The Lost Brothers – Come Tomorrow (Official)

The Lost Brothers, Oisin Leech from Navan and Mark McCausland from Omagh, have released a new video and single entitled “Come Tomorrow” ahead of their upcoming Irish Theatre Tour this December. The song is taken from their 2018 album “Halfway Towards A Healing” which has been nominated for Album Of The Year at the upcoming RTE Folk Awards and has received widespread critical acclaim since its release including making The Irish Times’ Best Albums Of 2018. The band will be playing at the awards in Vicar St next Thursday, 25th Oct.

The video is by Tyrone video maker James Coyle, who has combined tour footage filmed on the road with a montage of 1950s TV and B movies which keep the band entertained while they travel from gig to gig.

This is the third video James has done for us” says Mark. “He is a busy cat. He could be in the depths of New Orleans making a documentary on moonshiners, or halfway across the Atlantic Ocean drinking brandy. It captures the song and frames it inside a battered TV from the 50s, like a lost mind frantically flicking through the static, stumbling in and out of consciousness, walking the thin line between dreams and reality. We are sure it means something. We just don’t know what. We love it” says Mark from The Lost Brothers.

The song was produced by Howe Gelb in Tucson is partly inspired by hearing Tim Rose’s self -titled 1967 album which was recommended by a pal Sheffield musician Richard Hawley. 

The song was probably the last addition to Halfway Towards A Healing” remembers Oisin. “The Tim Rose album was a massive influence and the lyrics were written while walking the countryside up around Omagh in the Gortin Glen in County Tyrone. We also had Johnny Cash’s mysterious 1963 Irish Tour in mind when writing the song. We had often been told about this tour and we hear that they recently found the tapes. James, who made the video, added some old 1950s TV footage to some tour footage we had filmed so as to make sure things don’t get too serious.”

The Lost Brothers will Tour Canada in February next and return to Australia in  April 2019.

The Lost Brothers December Irish Theatre tour dates are as follows…

Dec 13 An Grianan Theatre Letterkenny Co. Donegal.

Dec 14 Strule Arts Theatre, Omagh Co. Tyrone. 

Dec 15 Backstage Theatre, Longford Co. Longford.

Dec 21 Live At St Luke’s Cork City Co. Cork

Dec 22 Town Hall Theatre Westport Co. Mayo

Dec 23 Solstice Arts Theatre Navan Co. Meath 

Jan 23 2019 St. Michans Church Dublin.

All tickets available from www.thelostbrothersband.com 

Danny G & the Major 7ths // Say When feat. Osmojam (Official Video)

Say When is a love song: an apology to a partner for not paying her enough attention, for not listening. Danny G takes the first verse, full of promise and remorse. The female part of the duet is sung by French artist Osmojam who asks for action, not apologies.

On a wider social level, we heard echoes of these feelings in the Repeal movement.

The Republic of Ireland was not listening to its women, and the historic referendum result in May 2018 was experienced by many as an acknowledgement of the pain caused, an apology, and a promise to do better.

Both this movement and the activists involved gave us hope for the future – that our daughters could be raised in a fairer, more just society. There is still much work to be done. I hope this video serves as a small but fitting tribute to everyone involved with the cause, and a celebration of their momentous success.

Dea Matrona – Just Wanna Rock [Official Video]

CARRON :: Even Sad Birds Sing (Official Video)

Potholes by The Shruggs

Alice Robinson – Rise

Having already charmed crowds at a number of Irish festivals including Carrickmacross Arts Festival and Gothic Species Festival, Louth-based artist Alice Robinson is now ready to share her spellbinding debut single.

Exploring the theme of inequality in modern society, ‘Rise’ oozes an overwhelming, stirring emotion.

 Flowing with twinkling hooks and Robinson’s soaring, cinematic vocals, it’s driven by a subtle, haunting power and grandiose ethereal aura.

 Bringing to mind the beguiling musicality of the likes of Tori Amos or PJ Harvey, ‘Rise’ is an epic, and truly immersive, debut from the Irish songwriter. (Get in Her Ears, 2018)

SICK LOVE – ARE YOU READY (Live at Herbert Place Studios)

Rebecca Geary
Conor McLoughlin
Sean O’Connor
Cormac O’Neill

Keith Harkin “I Am The Hurricane” Live session. Donegal Ireland.

Recorded live in Ireland at my studio in Donegal.
“I am the hurricane” was written by Brendan & Declan Murphy( The 4 Of Us), songwriter/ Engineer Enda Walsh & Keith.
Weird timing with the this songs name/ release date and the storm hitting the east coast of the states, it wasn’t intentional!