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Pine the Pilcrow – Only Ghosts

Since their formation a little over two years ago, Pine the Pilcrow have
enjoyed a busy and warm reception to the Irish music scene. The Dublin
based quartet of Kevin Murray, Hannah Ryan, Shay Sweeney and Robert
Campbell create original and imaginative music by combining folk, classical
and traditional influences with gruff and angelic vocal harmonies.
The release of their self-titled debut E.P. in March 2016 saw them
nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2016 Pure M awards, winning The Last
Mixed Tape’s ‘Readers EP of the Year’ award and nominated for Best Song
at the IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition for their ambient and
emotive ballad ‘Don’t Need Me’.
The rest of an exciting year for the band featured performances at the Ruby
Sessions, Connolly’s of Leap, Whelan’s and slots at Irish summer festivals
including the main stage in the Body & Soul area at Electric Picnic, Body
and Soul Festival, Arcadian Fields and Vantastival.
The band sold out their first headline performance at the Civic Theatre in
Tallaght and added support slots with Joe Chester at the Unitarian Church
and John Spillane, to the growing list of impressive live shows.
With 2018, Pine the Pilcrow are releasing their second E.P. ( Only Ghosts)
and continue to build upon their incredible debut year.
Working with acclaimed photographer and film maker Donal Moloney to
create a beautiful and haunting video for the single ‘Only Ghosts’ and
having a work with legendary songwriter Brendan Graham in the works
2018 looks like it will be one to remember for Pine ¶he Pilcrow!
Allow this band, born with a sound all of their own, to sweep you away with
delicate harmonies and heartfelt songs.

Real World Records announce The Gloaming’s new LP out 26 February 2016

Real World Records announce The Gloaming’s new LP out 26 February 2016

Next month The Gloaming will visit Real World Studios in Wiltshire to commence recording their second, as-yet untitled, album. The band is fresh from a year of successful touring.

The half-Irish, half-American band have at this stage performed repeatedly at the most prestigious venues in their home countries. Five shows at the National Concert Hall in Dublin, and one at London’s Union Chapel, sold out within days, some within hours. With over 7000 set to see The Gloaming perform between February 26th to March 3rd, the band’s sophomore album is widely tipped to have a chart-topping debut in Ireland.

In the United States, a series of sell out dates this autumn stretched from New York’s Lincoln Center to Los Angeles’ Bovard Auditorium in what was a rare collaboration between two [rival] university presenters, UCLA and the University of Southern California. Their international touring calendar has been equally impressive, including such notable nights as the Ceiliúradh at Royal Albert Hall (a celebration of the Irish president’s first-ever state visit to Britian); at the Barbican, the Sydney Opera House; in Mexico City’s Teatro de la Ciudad; and headlining WOMAD festival dates in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.

With their live reputation well-established, artistic expectations for future recordings are riding high. Their debut was widely acclaimed as one of the finest recordings of 2014, featuring on many year-end best lists including Mojo, NPR Music, and the Irish Times; was picked by The Guardian as The One Album You Should Hear This Week; won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award; and the Meteor Choice Music Prize for Album of the Year.

But, in many ways, it was merely a stylistic consolidation of what this band is capable of. While Ireland is a small nation, the diversity in styles between traditional music players from different counties and parishes a few dozen miles apart is a thing of no small wonder.  The band’s self-titled debut fused & transformed these regional traditions, in the process re-defining what Irish music could be. But having pushed the music this far, one suspects their second album will take them deeper into uncharted territory.

Finally, The Gloaming’s music will once again be beautifully presented, featuring another cover image from the Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, the duo responsible for their now iconic first album (parkeharrison.com).


In the course of their touring, journalists & critics have made note of The Gloaming’s rapid evolution—especially in exuberant concert reviews hinting at what’s to come in future recordings:

Simon Broughton at London’s Evening Standard observed both “their familiarity with the tradition, and their ability to transcend that”—pointing to a musicality that transcends their Irish roots. He continued: “They aren’t playing for a traditional audience – although there were plenty of Irish enthusiasts in the hall last night – but they are reinventing the music in a thrilling new way.”

The Irish Times culture journalist & pop critic Jim Carroll has written glowingly of Hayes: “In the decades to come, we’ll surely talk of having seen this man in the way others talk of Miles Davis or Jimi Hendrix or John Coltrane.” But even more so he praised the magic to be found in the group’s fusion of sounds: “You’ve still the same powerful, instinctive understanding between the players. It’s what has changed, though, which holds the most promise … The Gloaming have discovered a new momentum by digging into the space between the notes … they’ve turned their heads to bringing in fresh material and applying a forensic lens to what they can do with these new tracts.”

David Honigmann in the Financial Times says: “[Caoimhin] O Raghallaigh was more prominent than he has been before, duetting with [Dennis] Cahill and playing off [Thomas] Bartlett’s chords, or keeping pace with [Martin] Hayes in full flight, both men’s knees bouncing exuberantly in synchronized time. Whether at headlong canter or in the thrall of [Iarla] O Lionaird’s singing, The Gloaming shone bright.”

In his Sydney Morning Herald 5* review, John Shand recognized Martin Hayes’ significance: “Rather than settling for being one of the great fiddlers of Irish music, Martin Hayes had to ask “What if . . .?” … He is a magnificent musician, and The Gloaming has unleashed a gentle revolution with implications for countless idioms. Both O Raghallaigh and Bartlett were childhood fans of Hayes. Perhaps there was a child in the house on this night whose life has been changed forever.”

The Gloaming play 5 SOLD OUT shows in Dublin’s National Concert Hall on February 27th and 28th, and March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd 2016.



Souvenirs – I Draw Slow

Dublin five piece, I Draw Slow, release their brand new single, ‘Souvenirs’ on Friday 22nd August. This is the second single to be taken from their critically acclaimed album WHITE WAVE CHAPEL. To celebrate the release of this single, I Draw Slow will play a headline show in Whelan’s, Dublin on the single release date.

This show marks a welcome return to Ireland for the band following their sell-out US tour. Tickets for this show are priced at €13 and are available from http://www.whelanslive.com/

‘Souvenirs’ is the second track to be taken from WHITE WAVE CHAPEL The track is a wonderful example of the album’s complexity and highlights the vocal harmonies and the delicate song-writing of Dave and Louise Holden.

‘Souvenir’ is the hook that sinks you, because White Wave Chapel is that rarest of beasts; an album that gets better the longer it goes on. Each song tops the last…Souvenir is the first sign that you’re listening to something special, a lovely melody allied to a fragile vocal with a lullaby-simplicity reminiscent of Patty Griffin at her most delicate. White Wave Chapel is that rarest of beasts; an album that gets better the longer it goes on…’

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‘Souvenirs’ follows the hit ‘Valentine’ which was playlisted on many radio stations across the country. The band has a huge fan base which includes collaborators from Ireland’s thriving creative community. Two such fans are actors Hugh O’ Conor (The Stag) and Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones) who chose to direct and star in the video for ‘Valentine’. The video was shot in Dublin and has received over 20,000 views online. I Draw Slow’s earlier video for the track ‘Goldmine’ has topped 80,000 views online!

WHITE WAVE CHAPEL was released in February this year and garnered rave reviews. The album topped the iTunes Ireland folk chart within days of its release and made it to #2 in the overall iTunes Ireland Album Chart the day after it went on sale.

WHITE WAVE CHAPEL was named Album of the Week by RTE Radio 1 and brought the band prime time TV appearances and considerable national airplay.The release drew praise from fans and music critics and confirmed I Draw Slow as a musical force to be reckoned with at home and abroad.

‘Captivating’ – Irish Times

‘Achingly beautiful’ – Hotpress

‘Polished & gutsy’ – Sunday Times

Praise for the album is not limited to Ireland; reviews began to appear across print, radio and online media in Europe and the US.

‘This is a captivating, exciting, energetic group with some fantastic songs to present’…


“You’d think this band comes from right out of Appalachia, save for the slightest lilt in Louise Holden’s singing voice.  But this band comes from Dublin, Ireland, and has recently been endearing fans of Gillian Welch, old-time music, and local festivals like Skunkfest and Merlefest with their beautiful songs and overall sound. A new WNCW favorite!


WHITE WAVE CHAPEL was just released in the US, where the band have a considerable fan base. I Draw Slow is one of Ireland’s music success stories, their talent and sound securing them a deal with the famed Pinecastle record label.

WHITE WAVE CHAPEL was recorded in Dublin late last year with legendary producer Brian Masterson, whose production credits include recordings with Planxty, The Chieftans, Christy Moore, Alison Krauss, Katie Melua and Natalie Merchant.

I DRAW SLOW have been playing and recording together since 2008 when siblings Louise and Dave Holden were joined by Adrian Hart (violin), Colin Derham (clawhammer banjo) and Konrad Liddy (Double Bass).  WHITE WAVE CHAPEL is their third release which follows debut album, Downside and the critically acclaimed sophomore release, Redhills.

(I DRAW SLOW give) ‘American top league equivalents a run for their money, with finely crafted songs offering a unique angle of storytelling unlike any other roots band out there”.

For more information about I DRAW SLOW please follow the links below: