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ZAPHO – DO LIKE I DO (Official Video)

ZAPHO released her debut single ‘Do Like I Do’ on iTunes, Spotify, Google, Apple, Deezer, etc. through Distrokid. From Rathfarnham, Dublin, 25-year-old singer, songwriter, musician, producer and performer ZAPHO (aka Ele Breslin) writes the kind of smart, svelte electro-pop/soul songs that arrive only from an intuitive understanding of the form.

Do Like I Do was a long time in the making. Written and produced by ZAPHO, with varying inputs from various producers, Steve McCann, Andy Savours and Steve Osbourne, this single is truly the product of creative collaboration. Reefing Pop by its neck collar, ZAPHO’s debut single is set to turn our senses on their toes, reminding us of what we love about Pop as a genre, while unsettling our expectations of what it should be. Like ZAPHO herself, Do Like I Do, is a standalone piece, but in the same breath the song is a resounding shout-out to that feeling of doing whatever we want to do, whenever we want to do it while owning the confidence of knowing you’re great at what you do. Do Like I Do, was mixed by James Darkin of Dublin’s Herbert Lane Studio and mastered by Pete Maher.

Blaithin Carney – No Means No

Blaithin CARNEY’s new single ‘No Means No’ is available to buy and stream from today.  At time of writing the single has entered the iTunes singer songwriter chart at No 3.

This is the Kildare based singer/songwriter’s third single in just over 12 months, following ROME (May 2017 – iTunes No. 1) and Close My Eyes (November 2017 – iTunes No 2) To coincide with the single’s release Blaithin and her band have a headline show in Naas Midsummers Arts Festival on this coming Sunday.    Gavin Glass, Blaithin’s good friend and one of Ireland’s foremost singer songwriters is special guest at the concert which takes place on Sunday evening (June 24th) in Naas Arts and Culture Centre in McAuley Place. 

This is an early show with doors opening at 6.30pm and Gavin on stage at 7.15 followed by Blaithin and her band shortly after 8.  If you don’t have your tickets already, you can get them in advance from www.moattheatre.com

The powerful and beautiful video for the new single ‘No Means No’ was directed by Stephen Mogerley, with lighting by Paul O’Connor, the team was completed by Makeup Artist Paddy McGurgan, Hair by Sarah Ethel and Styling by Jules Gavin.

‘No Means No’, written by Blaithin, could easily be also called Enough Is Enough! Written last winter, each listener is likely to have their own respective no. From the writer’s perspective she was frustrated at the global wrongs surrounding us at the time, indeed while writing the song and even more, new situations presented and frustrations grew. However, we believe the song has a positive theme also. In Blaithin’s own words,

 “I don’t like over analysing each song I write, but if pushed to answer…”, at its base, at its most personal and localised “the song is about communication, or lack thereof more than anything else. People not listening to each other, but also having the courage to use your voice to stand up for yourself, or the cause you believe in. Whatever this might be.”

The emotive track was produced by Billy Farrell at Deadeye Productions, mixed and mastered by Dani Castelar and includes strings by David Doyle, Denise Doyle and Kenneth Rice.

 

 

 

Laura Elizabeth Hughes – The Dark (Official Video)

‘The Dark’ is the first single taken from Laura’s new E.P. ‘Ceremony’ which will be released to the world this Friday 8th June. ‘Ceremony’ is the result of four years hard work honing a craft for which the young songwriter has already been lauded for with her self-titled debut release.

The experience of being part of the Irish contingent for this years Eurovision entry has also provided Laura with something not many performers get to do in their careers. ‘Together’, was co-written by Laura with fellow Irish musicians Ryan O’Shaughnessy and Mark Caplice provided Ireland with their first Eurovision grand finals appearance in five years and captured the hearts of not only the Irish public but nations all around the world.

Laura’s new songs have been well received by audiences so far having been given a live airing at recent performances at the Ruby Sessions and as special guest to Canadian–American songwriter Justin Nozuka in The Sugar Club. Her unique voice has seen her build a substantial fan base from across the world with her YouTube channel amassing an astonishing 2.5 million views.

‘Ceremony’ is a celebration of a talented songwriter bringing her undeniable talent to the fore with each song being born from her life’s experiences. The four song E.P. captures a journey from darkness to light and showcases the distinctive vocal and writing talent of a songwriter on the cusp of something very special.  

 ‘The Dark’ is the first single to be taken from ‘Ceremony’ and is available now with the full E.P. to follow this Friday, 8th June. 

We’d Have It All – Shane Fallon (The Shoos)

Shane (Tex) Fallon’s voice is possibly the best-known instrument within his band, The Shoos, so it’s no surprise the lead vocalist was tempted to investigate releasing a solo track at some point. 

Now in 2018, after getting married in 2017 and set to become a dad later this year, Shane figures this is as good time as ever. ‘We’d Have It All’,is the first of a few singles he plans to release under his own name this year, ahead of going back into studio, to record the next album by The Shoos. 

The single goes live today, April 5th, and perfect to get our enthusiasm for spring off to a proper start. The accompanying video was filmed by good friend Stephen Mogerly, whose work as a film maker is already well documented and admired.

‘We’d Have It All’was inspired by Shane’s love of Motown together with his admiration for Lenny Kravitz’s music.

As a band, The Shoos has impressed many industry heavy weights through the years. This admiration was cemented by many of these inviting the band to guest on theirlive shows, including One Republic, Maroon 5, Life House & Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters). Indeed, on the release of the band’s last long play, 2016’s self-titled The Shoos, the band was askedto guest with Jeff Lynne at his 3Arena show in Dublin, just a few weeks later. This guest slot was quickly followed by an invitation directly from Jeff Lynne and his management to play his home town show at Birmingham Arenalater the same summer.

Shane packs ‘We’d Have It All’with the similar energy he gives to all his records and live performances. It’s a stomper of a track, and we for one are delighted to hear his voice again, even if we had to wait two years, and we figure you guys just might be too!

The Elation XO official video

Cork band The Elation have announced they will release their debut EP “Clickbait” this Spring on Top 6 Records.

Written by the band and recorded and produced in London, by Andy Whitmore, (who’s previous credits include Elton John, Terence Trent Darby, Eternal, Pet Shop Boys and more,) XO is a song about becoming a little older and wiser and moving on from past regrets, relationships and bad experiences by choosing to let go of that chapter and start anew. Funky fast guitars, pulsating dancefloor synths to a drum and bass beat with vocal hooks that will anchor in your head for days.

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.
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iMS Featured albums & EP’s 2017

 

featured Albums 2017

This is a list of all the artists whose albums or EP’s I have featured on the Irish Music Show during 2017. It’s just the tip of the iceberg. The downside of a weekly two hour show is that I cannot play all the albums I’d like to so I have to make that choice each week. Even from this list you can see the wealth of talent that exists  in Ireland

JANUARY

15th – Tommy Keyes– An Irish Life
22nd  – Barry McCormack – Tilt Of The Earth
29th – The Blades – Modernised

FEBRUARY

5th  – Our Krypton Son – Fleas & Diamonds
12th –  Switzerland – Long Gone
19th – Jonny Rep – Cold Sunbeam
26th – Joe Chester – Easter Vigil

MARCH

5th – Amanda St. John – Grow
12th – Waldorf and Cannon – Old Dogs, New Tricks
19th – Key Regimes – Key Regimes EP
26th – Mountain Man Band – Killer Wails EP

APRIL

9th April  – Marlene_Enright – Placemats and Second Cuts
16th – Ian Whitty – Cash Crop
23rd – Blackbird And Crow – Shock Shatter Convince
30th April  –  I Draw Slow – Turn Your Face To the Sun

MAY

7th – Great Balloon Race – Gently Gently
14th – King Bones -King Bones EP
21st – Micko Roche – Bleu
28th – Guilty Optics – Colossal Velocity

JUNE

4th – Harvest Ministers – Back To Harbour
11th – Emma O’Reilly – Fractures EP
18th – Eamonn McCormack – ‘Like There’s No Tomorrow’
25th  – Screefy – Everything Is Connected

JULY

2nd – Che Horgan– When The Rivers Rise Again
16th- Michelle Walsh – Fire Away EP
23rd – Andrew Conroy – Sleep EP
30th – Ape Rising – Ape Rising
9th – Chirpy – Real Life EP

AUGUST

20th- The Needables – Deep Down at the Bottom of it All
27th – PictureHouse – How Can I Explain How This Came To Be

SEPTEMBER

3rd  – Terry Conlon – Homegrown
10th – Crayon Set – Lost Languages
17th – Radiators – TV Tube Heart|
24th – Brookfield – Brookfield

OCTOBER

1st – Niall Connolly– Dream Ur Way Out Of This One
8TH  – Ciara Sidine – Unbroken Line
15th – Emma Langford – Quiet Giant
22nd  –  Anna-Liese – Stand On My Own

NOVEMBER

5th – Shag Haired Villains – There Is A Noise
12th – Declan O’Rourke – Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine
26thGhost Accuser- Empty Orchestra

DECEMBER

3rd – Dovile Lee – My Fairytale EP
17th – Ailie Blunnie – West To the Evening Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MARY COUGHLAN NATIONWIDE TOUR

https://i0.wp.com/www.purtykitchen.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Mary-Coughlan-c-Michael-Kelly.jpgMARY COUGHLAN kicks off her Nationwide Tour on Friday, 8th September 2017 in Macroom and performs throughout Ireland finishing in Tralee on Friday, 3rd November 2017.  List of tour dates below.  Tickets are on sale now. 

For Mary there will always be two falls. The first happened in Mesopotamia about 5000 years ago, we are told. The second happened in a sea-front house in Bray, near Dublin, around 1994. In the first, Eve was expelled from Eden for her sins and women have borne the brunt of it ever since. In the second, a heavily pregnant and very drunk Mary Coughlan fell onto her kitchen floor in a stupor, a piece of bread and butter plastered to her unconscious face. That was how her husband and three children found her when they returned from shopping. The next night Mary was taken to hospital where she miscarried. And she has borne the brunt of it ever since.

But this is not why Mary Coughlan is the greatest female vocalist these islands have ever produced. It’s not even why she stands alongside, or even between, the bruised, battered but unbeaten giants of jazz chanson on both sides of the Atlantic, Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf. Mary Coughlan is the only singer these shores have produced to rival the greatest of European cabaret and American jazz club blues because of one thing: her voice. She is unique in blending the whisky-blurred, smoke-seared, husky notes and laconic wit of Billie Holiday and Peggy Lee and the line of deep, down and dirty blues singers back to Memphis Minnie and Bessie Smith with the sardonic, bitter-sweet defiance and despair of the Piaf chanteuse, born out of war, in the shadow of Brecht, at war with the world, men and finally herself. And Mary Coughlan enfolds it all in a delicious and unapologetic Irish drawl, sceptical, rueful, mournful and melting, ardent for love, all in one voice which wraps itself around Cole Porter and Jerome Kern, Elvis Presley and Joy Division, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and sails down that long river of blues that links the Mississippi to the Liffey in her magnificent Irish brogue.

And the most remarkable thing of all is her quarrel with Ireland. She evidently detests the stage Irishry which persists to this day in Riverdance, U2 and The Corrs. But in her curt consonants, luxuriant plosives and Dub dipthongs she is nakedly Irish, Galway born, the daughter of a Donegal soldier and a Connemara woman. Yeats wrote, “Out of our quarrel with others, we make rhetoric. Out of our quarrel with ourselves, we make poetry.” Out of her quarrels Mary Coughlan has made some of the best music in these islands for twenty-five years. And it’s time she was applauded for that.

In 1994 she went into rehab in Dublin and with her family’s support defeated her alcoholism and hasn’t taken a drink since. It’s understandable why Mary should feel so powerful an identification with Holiday. But that’s not what makes her the giant she is, someone who fills the sky alongside Holiday, Piaf, Lee, Fitzgerald, London, Vaughan, Washington. Music history is littered with performers and artists dead or defeated by drink or drugs. That is not what makes a singer great. Nor even the conquering of addiction, though that’s no mean feat, God knows.

In 2001 Mary consciously identified herself with her musical inspiration in her liner notes to ‘Mary Coughlan Sings Billie Holiday’, a live recording of her homage show to Holiday staged in Dublin and London, ‘Lady Sings the Blues’. The resemblance was more than musical. Holiday was dead at 44, the age Mary did the show. Mary had been sober for more than six years after a murderous decade of drinking in her 30s, consuming bottles of vodka or tequila a day, which dragged her in and out of hospital more than 30 times, led to the death of her unborn child and almost killed her one night in intensive care where she needed tubes through her neck artery to feed her heart the drugs needed to get her through the night. A doctor was by her side throughout.

Mary is our greatest female singer because over twenty-five years and ten albums she’s made the most grown-up, uncompromising, wholly personal and utterly universal music on either side of the Atlantic about what goes on between men and women. She has taken the classic standards of jazz balladry and the recent gems of rock and Irish song-writing, shaken them and offered them up anew, like jewels dripping from the deep, strewn on black velvet. She sings in the voice of the wrong and wronged woman and she makes us think what it is men make of women and what women have to do to make do. She has just one other forebear in the pretty pallid parade of British female pop artists, just one other woman whose bruised, haunted voice could find and enjoy the inconsolable longing and loss in a three minute pop song: Dusty Springfield. Or Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien, to give her her real name. Born to an Irish Catholic family. Small world.

MARY COUGHLAN kicks off her Nationwide Tour on Friday, 8th September 2017 in Macroom and performs throughout Ireland finishing in Tralee on Friday, 3rd November 2017.  List of tour dates below.  Tickets are on sale now. 

 

Mary Coughlan and Her Musicians: NATIONWIDE TOUR: 

Fri 8th Sept | Riverside Park Hotel, Macroom

www.riversidepark.ie | (026) 20090

Sat 9th Sept | Mill Theatre, Dundrum

www.milltheatre.ie | (01) 296 9340

Thurs 14th Sept | Draiocht, Blanchardstown

www.draiocht.ie | (01) 885 2622

Fri 15th Sept | Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire

www.paviliontheatre.ie | (01) 231 2929

Sat 16th Sept | Visual Arts Centre, Carlow

www.visualcarlow.ie | (059) 917 2400

Fri 22nd Sept | Town Hall, Galway

www.tht.ie | (091) 569 777

Sat 23rd Sept | An Grianan, Letterkenny

www.angrianan.com | (074) 912 0777

Sun 24th Sept | Civic Theatre, Tallaght

www.civictheatre.ie | (01) 462 7477

Fri 29th Sept | Backstage Theatre, Longford

www.backstage.ie | (043) 334 7888

Fri 6th Oct | Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray

www.mermaidartscentre.ie | (01) 272 4030

Sat 7th Oct | Iontas, Castleblayney

www.iontascastleblayney.ie | (042) 975 3400

Sun 8th Oct | Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

www.birrtheatre.com | (057) 912 2911

Sat 14th Oct | Town Hall, Westport

www.westporttheatre.com | (098) 28459

Fri 20th Oct | St Michaels Theatre, New Ross

www.stmichaelsnewross.com | (051) 421 255

Sat 21st Oct | Venue Theatre, Ratoath

www.venuetheatre.ie | (01) 689 5600

Thurs 26th Oct | Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise

www.dunamaise.ie | (057) 866 3355

Fri 27th Oct | Roscommon Arts Centre

www.roscommonartscentre.ie | 090 662 5824

Fri 3rd Nov | Siamsa Tire, Tralee

www.siamsatire.com | (066) 712 3055

Cult Called Man – Make It Easy (Official Video) – 1976

Cult Called Man have begun a three-part campaign of retro music videos by taking a step back to the 70’s for ‘Make it Easy’, the first single off their debut album Cult Fiction. The video was shot entirely on Super 8 Film in December of 2016.

In a world where the conventional wants to look like Bieber; Cult Called Man feel that the mainstream attained its perfect image with the likes of Taxi Driver in 1976.

SOCCER MOM – Sub Motion