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brian kennedyBelfast singer-songwriter Brian Kennedy has announced the release of his Double album “The Essential Collection” on Friday, September 30th, 2016. The album is filled with all of Brian’s most beloved songs, re-recorded for a new era of Brian’s career by Irish producer Billy Farrell. 2016 is a challenging year full of positivity for Brian. Not only will he celebrate his 50th birthday but also the 20th anniversary of the original release of “A Better Man” album and regaining full health following his recent battle with Cancer. The album will be available on CD, iTunes plus available on Spotify and streaming services. “Life, Love and Happiness 2016”, the lead single, will be at radio to support the release and get the celebrations started.

Having regained ownership of his back catalogue, Brian set about re-recording many of his most popular songs. Quite a number of songs on “The Essential Collection” are taken from his album “A Better Man”. It’s hard to believe, listening to the songs, that they originally were released in 1996, they sound so fresh with their new 2016 sound. “A Better Man” was certified 3 X Platinum in Ireland, held the #1 slot in the Irish charts for weeks and led to numerous sell out tours of Ireland including a run of 6 nights at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, then 2 sold out shows at the then Point Theatre now called the 3Arena.

Brian also celebrates his 50th birthday in October and he will celebrate in style with a show at Dublin’s Vicar Street (October 13th) where he will perform the entire “A Better Man” album from start to finish, marking the 20th anniversary of its release. This will be some party; Brian has lots to celebrate!

Brian brings his legions of fans, 32 brand new versions of his songs they love so much:

“The Essential Collection” tracklisting
Captured // A Better Man // Hollow // Crazy Love // Now That I Know What I Want // Best Friend // Christopher Street (feat. Boy George) // A Case of You // The Ballad of You & Me // Put The Message in the Box // Every Song Is A Cry For Love // Best Days // Get On With Your Short Life // Sunday Morning // New York // You Raise Me Up

Please Say Yes // Different God // So What If It Rains // Mountain Road // Cloudsong/At The Edge Of The World // Town // Silver Hearts On Chains // Life, Love and Happiness // You’re The Only One I Want // You Turn Me On I’m a Radio // Carrickfergus // The Reason We Are Here // The Ballad of Killaloe // Crying // Turn To Me // Christmas Morning.

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA are the Friday night Headline act for this year’s SLIGO LIVE FESTIVAL.



Sligo Live 2016

Ireland’s Folk, Roots & Indie Festival enters a second decade of quality music on the Wild Atlantic Way
26th– 31st October 2016

rodrigo-y-gabriela-8680SLIGO LIVE is delighted to announce RODRIGO Y GABRIELA will perform live on Friday, October 28th 2016 at 8pm in the Knocknarea Arena, IT Sligo. Tickets are €36.50 plus service charge. A limited number of Tiered Seated Tickets are available at €39.50. Tickets for this exciting show are on sale now from http://www.sligolive.ie , Ticketmaster.ie and from Hawk’s Well Theatre (071 916 1518) There is a limit of 8 tickets per order.

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA join the line-up at SLIGO LIVE which includes PAUL BRADY, THE SAW DOCTORS, LITTLE GREEN CARS, LYNCHED and SARA WATKINS, MAIRTIN O’CONNOR, CATHAL HAYDEN & SEAMIE O’DOWD TRIO with Special guests RANT (4 gorgeous ladies), ORCHID COLLECTIVE, KING KONG COMPANY, CHRIS MEEHAN AND HIS REDNECK FRIENDS, FESTIVAL CLUB, ARRIVALS which is a free SLIGO LIVE programme strand that introduces emerging artists to a wider audience and this year’s featured artists include Enda Reilly, Saramai, Aural Air, Nocturnes, Stephen A Murphy, Comrade Hat, Ann Scott, Pine ¶he Pilcrow, Moon Looks On, The Wranglers, Tomorrows, and Etain.

A limited number of Weekend tickets, which include all SLIGO LIVE 2016 performances remain on sale from http://www.sligolive.ie and http://www.Ticketmaster.ie, all Ticketmaster outlets and Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo (071 916 1518), priced at €119.00.

Since they left Mexico for Ireland in 1999, Rodrigo y Gabriela have established themselves as one of the most popular acoustic instrumental bands in the world. They have sold in excess of 1.5 million albums worldwide, and have sold out venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Radio City New York, Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Le Zenith in Paris on numerous occasions.

Their film work includes the soundtracks to ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ and ‘Puss In Boots’, and they have collaborated onstage and on record with artists as diverse as Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Al Di Meola, Zack De La Rocha (Rage Against The Machine) and Anoushka Shankar. In 2010 Rodrigo y Gabriela played at The White House in Washington for President Obama.

From humble beginnings as buskers on Dublin’s Grafton Street, endless touring and a great word of mouth buzz carried the band forward until their international break out with the release of their self-titled 2006 album, which spawned the hits ‘Tamacun’, ‘Diablo Rojo’ and their cover of ‘Stairway To Heaven’. The duo appeared on Jools Holland, BBC TV’s Glastonbury coverage, plus Letterman and Jay Leno in America.

“11:11” followed in 2009, and the band went to Cuba in 2012 to record with local musicians for “Area 52”. The band’s last studio album release was 2014’s “9 Dead Alive”.

Rodrigo y Gabriela performance at Sligo Live comes at the end of their biggest ever world tour which took in twenty five countries all over the globe.

For more information on Sligo Live – Ireland’s premier folk, roots and indie music festival, see http://www.sligolive.ie

Maria Kelly – Stitches (Official Video)

Maria Kelly hails from Mayo and has been captivating audiences with her ‘bare-boned’ live performances since the age of fourteen. Her music is a subtle blend of atmospheric-folk, tells humanizing and heart-breaking tales, with ‘pin-drop’ vocal precision that’s impossible to ignore.

‘Stitches’ is the hauntingly beautiful new single by Maria Kelly and will be released on October 7th. Maria plays HWCHs Festival 2016 on the same weekend, Wigwam on Saturday 8th October, to be precise. For this gig Maria will be joined by her band.

For a track as mesmerizing as ‘Stitches’ you need an equally spell binding video!

Director, Kate Dolan & Producer, Shane Andrew Kelly give us a little insight to the video here;

The music video for ‘Stitches’  follows Maria as she becomes obsessed with preparing for an on-coming  storm, and begins to distance herself more and more from her lover.

“We wanted to convey the complex situation that Maria articulates in her lyrics – an inability to open up to someone new and not allowing yourself to be vulnerable in the face of a new relationship, because of baggage from your past. The song feels so raw and elemental, and a gathering storm was an image we kept coming back to. In the end, Maria locks herself away and leaves her lover to weather the storm – it’s dark and selfish, but sometimes those are the choices we make.”

Maria left quite an impression last year with debut single ‘Before It Has Begun’ – a mournful finger-picked song that shows off Kelly’s pin-drop vocals and beautiful lyricism.

This summer’s ‘Black & Blue’ still felt vulnerable, with a hint of foolish optimism, managing to effectively captivate her talent for bittersweet storytelling – fans of Regina Spektor and She & Him will feel at home here. ‘Black and Blue’ premiered in Consequence of Sound, who celebrated her ‘silky smooth vocals’ and the maturing richness of her sound, with Nialler9, an engaged supporter of Maria’s music from the very first single having the exclusive on the video.

During the last twelve months along Maria has appeared on the Other Voices Music Trail and was named ‘New Artist of the Week’ by Nialler9 in The Irish Times.

She has also played venues such as Birthdays, The Lock Tavern, Whelans, The Ruby Sessions, The Button Factory, Cyprus Avenue, The Roisin Dubh, and The Workmans Club together with supporting now Berlin-based Indie band HAWK on their UK and Irish tours. Maria has also guest on UK and Irish shows supporting the likes of Orla Gartland and Wyvern Lingo.

Outside of Maria’s current release schedule and live shows, she is working in the studio on new tracks for her EP and developing her live sound with her band in preparation for another busy year ahead in 2017.

Maria Kelly – Social Links

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/mariakelly.mk

Twitter – https://twitter.com/mariakellymusic

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/mariakellymusic/

Soundcloud – https://soundcloud.com/mariakelly-1

Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/user/mariabridgetkelly

Website – http://www.mariakellymusic.com

Róisín O – Better This Way

Róisín O has just unveiled the video for her latest single “Better This Way”, Set for release on Friday 21 October.

Recorded in Iceland, the video was directed by John Broe and filmed by Dara Munnis. It sees Róisín journeying through the awe-inspiring, yet harsh, Icelandic landscapes, mirroring the tone of the song.

Recorded in Eastcote Studios, London, the track was composed by Róisín O, John Broe (Miracle Bell) and CC Brez (Republic of Loose) and produced by John Broe and Eliot James (Two Door Cinema Club, Kaiser Chiefs, Noah and the Whale) with mixing by Ciaran Bradshaw (Cathy Davey, Fionn Regan, Miracle Bell).

The single is part of the studio sessions for Róisín’s much anticipated second record, which will be released in early 2017. With its foreboding lyrics, ominous melodies and haunting blues guitar riffs ‘Better This Way’ seems to be a culmination of the talents of this writing trio.

Speaking about the track O explains; “‘’Better This Way’ is a bit of a departure for me, it’s a step away from the pop vibes of my last single ‘Give It Up’. In a way it’s a throwback to my folk roots but with a lot more darkness and grit than anything I’ve released before.”

This October Róisín O is stepping away from the studio to embark on her limited run ‘Studio Sessions Tour‘ which will see her present songs in more intimate environments across Ireland; “We have been working hard over the past few months developing the new record and I think it’s important to road test the new songs in venues where we can really feel the audiences reaction”. Róisín is taking the studio on the road and the shows will be recorded live in front of a small audience. The tour will showcase never before heard songs from her eagerly anticipated second album as well as reimagined versions of favourites from ‘The Secret Life of Blue.’

‘The Studio Sessions Tour’ will be Róisín’s final performances of 2016 and will cap off a year that has seen her tour Australia, Europe and America, including stand out performances on RTE’s Centenary Programme and JJ Abrams Oscars Party in LA where she shared the stage with Snow Patrol to perform for Steven Spielberg, James Cordon and more, as well as releasing chart hits ‘Give It Up‘ and ‘If You Got Love‘.

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King Kong Company – Donkey Jaw

King Kong Company Unveil New Video ‘Donkey Jaw’

Band Play The Academy This Friday 30 September

Reaction to King Kong Company at Electric Picnic 2016

“King Kong Company stole the Electric Picnic Weekend. They proved that no stage was too big for them and further underlined why they have been one of Ireland’s best bands…” – Dan Hegarty (2FM)

“Picnic Heroes” – Hot Press

“Gig of The Picnic” – Fergal D’Arcy (Today FM)

“Infectuous Dubby-Electro-Rock” – The Irish Independent

“KKC are like a slap of a bag of cans in the face” – A fella from Waterford

Pure M Magazine “Best Live Act 2016” Winners

King Kong Company have just revealed the video for their latest single ‘Donkey Jaw’ ahead of their End of Festival Season Session gig in The Academy this Friday 30 September. The video from Killer Rabbit Productions can be watched here. Tickets for The Academy €15 including booking fee are available from www.ticketmaster.ie

Right now there are two types of people who populate the live Irish music scene – those who are fans of King Kong Company and those who haven’t seen them yet.

The band headlined The Cosby Stage on Saturday night at Electric Picnic 2016 and they tore the place asunder. There were as many people dancing outside the tent in the rain as there were ecstatic head-the-balls bouncing around inside the packed arena. Two weeks later Pure M Magazine handed King Kong Company the award for “Best Live Act 2016”. The band have been having an extremley good year and it’s set to continue.

This autumn the King Kong Crew will be dealing out their dirty-dubby-electro-rock in venues around the country, with a special “End of Festival Season Session” in The Academy Dublin on September 30th. This band likes to party and on the tail-end of the best year they’ve ever had, KKC have plenty to celebrate. The Academy show is a gig not to be missed.

Donkey Jaw is the next release from the bands critically acclaimed debut album. Although this track isn’t likely to receive much mainstream airplay (it has some adult themes), it’s become the standout track for KKC fans. Both track and video take a tongue-in-cheek look at buzzer culture, providing a stark and familiar warning to those that over indulge in their social lubricant of choice. The video sees Boxhead (King Kong Company’s onstage dancer and crowd fluffer) power through The Fear to rip Saturday night a new one!

Killer Rabbit Productions, responsible for the video for Scarity Dan (Nialler9’s Video of the Week, Pure M Magazine Video of the Year Nomination), have taken up camera duties again for a video as quirkily dark as it is entertaining. Keep your eyes peeled and your ears pricked, King KongCompany are ready to roar.


You can catch King Kong Company at…

The Academy (End of Festival Season Session) – Dublin – September 30th

The Set Theatre – Kilkenny – October 22nd

The Fence – Mullingar – October 29th

Sligo Live – Sligo – October 29th

Van Morrison – Too Late

Van Morrison has today revealed the video for his new single ‘Too Late’, out September 30, to coincide with the release of his new album ‘Keep Me Singing’. The video was directed by Dick Carruthers and filmed at ‘Nell’s Jazz & Blues’ in London.

‘Too Late’ received its world exclusive first play on BBC Radio 2’s The Ken Bruce Show earlier this week, and is available on iTunes, Apple Music and Spotify now.
New album ‘Keep Me Singing’ is Van Morrison’s 36th studio album to date and consists of 13 tracks – 12 original songs written and performed by Morrison, as well as a cover of the blues standard ‘Share Your Love With Me’ – written by Alfred Baggs and Don Robey and recorded as a tribute to Bobby Bland. For the track ‘Every Time I See A River’, Morrison has collaborated with acclaimed lyricist Don Black. The album’s closing track, ‘Caledonia Swing’, is an instrumental featuring Van on piano and saxophone.

All tracks were produced by Van Morrison.

Full album tracklisting:

1. Let It Rhyme
2. Every Time I See A River
3. Keep Me Singing
4. Out In The Cold Again
5. Memory Lane
6. The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword
7. Holy Guardian Angel
8. Share Your Love With Me
9. In Tiburon
10. Look Beyond The Hill
11. Going Down To Bangor
12. Too Late
13. Caledonia Swing

iMS Playlist Sunday 21st August 2016


In studio: No Guest

Featured album/EP: ‘At Swim’ – Lisa Hannigan

Sunday 21st August 2016


8pm – 9pm

  Song title Artist Time
1 Jailbreak Courtesy Of  
2 Autopilot (Redlights EP) Exiles (Carlow/Kilkenny)  
3 Black Huarache The Klares  
4 The Most Beautiful Woman David Blaize  
5 Crazy Crazy Crazy August Wells  
6 Electric Strength In Numbers  
7 Believe Romes  
8 Hospital Heroes in Hiding  
9 Outremer Little Lion (Garrett Wall)  
10 We Met At a Party Apella  
11 Scars Able Archer  
12 Woodpecker Runabay  


9pm – 10pm

  Song title Artist Time
1 Fall

‘At Swim’

Lisa Hannigan

2 Lo  
3 Tender  
4 Control (‘Home’ album) Wallis Bird  
5 Daydreamer Winter Heart  
6 Are Your Stars Out Mark Stoermer  
7 Take My Hand Picture This  
8 Its Just a Skull Restive Nation  
9 Birds Fly The Flag Listeners  
10 She Saves Cronin  
11 A Song For While I’m Away Thin Lizzy  
12 Too Late Van Morrison  
13 Invitation Louis Stewart (RIP)  



iMS Playlist – Sunday 14th August 2016


In studio: Pearse Halpin

Featured album/EP: The First Kiss of Love – Cronin

Sunday 14th August 2016


8pm – 9pm

1 Nowhere to Run Too Screefy
2 Waiting On a Train The Mistakes
3 Key To You Dream

In Studio:

Pearse Halpin

4 Any Questions? – LIVE
5 Flip The Hour Glass – LIVE
6 Gather Me
11 I Got This Feeling (I’m Dead) Strange Atractor
12 You Are My Sister Leslie Dowdall/Mike Hanrahan
 13 Scratch The Surface Little Lion (Garrett Wall)


9pm – 10pm

1 The First Kiss of Love Featured Album

‘The First Kiss of Love’


2 Somethings Gotta Hold of My Heart
3 She Saves
4 Dam Song Malojian
5 Terry Said Vulpynes
6 Stuck On You Scoops
7 King of the Universe Ape Rising
8 Last First Love The Rising
9 Hit it Off Fox Jaw
10 Who Knows Raglans
11 Here Comes the Rain Again Little Lion (Garrett Wall)
12 Are You Ready The Crayon Set
13 Nobody Care Hugo O’Donovan



Lisa Hannigan – Ora (Official Video)

Lisa Hannigan has premiered stunning new track ‘Ora’, taken from her forthcoming third album ‘At Swim’ (released on August 19th via Play It Again Sam). Produced by Aaron Dessner, ‘At Swim’ follows the double-platinum, Mercury-nominated debut ‘Sea Sew’, and 2011’s ‘Passenger’ (which charted at number 1 in Ireland, and earned Lisa another Choice Music Prize nomination).

‘I was adrift and caught in the ropes/ Under a pinhole sky, blowing off course…’ begins ‘Ora’, a gorgeous aquatic ballad first airing today. ‘Aaron sent me the music, just the piano,’ Lisa says, recalling how the track came about. ‘And the way he played it immediately conjured up in my mind the heave and the haul of oars on water. Next thing the words and the melody had just arrived in my head.’ From that sense of lostness and uncertainty comes a new hope, and a fragile, ravishing dream of love.  ‘You’ll be the boat and/I’ll be the sea,’ it closes. ‘Won’t you come with me?’ Who could resist?

Directed by her brother Jamie Hannigan, the starting point for the ‘Ora’ video was a silhouette portrait of the siblings’ mother, Frances, from when she was a little girl. Inspired further by finding Youtube videos of “crankies” – backlit moving panoramas that are turned by hand – the team took turns operating the puppets over one July afternoon, all based out of the Hannigans’ (extremely patient) parents’ living room.

‘Ora’ is another glimpse into Lisa’s third – and arguably most bewitching – album, ‘At Swim’, which is already on the receiving end of significant critical acclaim. After playing in support of ‘Passenger’ for nearly two years, she struggled at first to write new material for the record: a new relationship meant that she was dividing her time between Dublin and London, and so adrift and lost, she threw herself into distraction instead. There was an acting debut as a mermaid in the Oscar-nominated animation ‘Song of the Sea’, soundtrack work on ‘Fargo’ and the Oscar-winning score for ‘Gravity’, all the while founding and co-hosting the acclaimed ‘Soundings’ podcast (which saw Lisa turn interviewer, and speak to guests such as Harry Shearer, Sharon Horgan and David Arnold). The breakthrough came when Hannigan got an email out of the blue from Aaron Dessner, guitarist with The National and producer for the likes of Sharon Van Etten and Local Natives. Taking up Dessner’s suggestion to work together and rediscovering the collaborative spirit she’d missed in Dublin enabled Lisa to see her time in London in a different light. So while ‘At Swim’ is in part about homesickness and isolation, ‘Ora’ suggests that it’s also – profoundly and very movingly – about love.


  1. Fall   7. We The Drowned
  2. Prayer For The Dying 8. Anahorish
  3. Snow 9. Tender
  4. Lo    10. Funeral Suit
  5. Undertow 11. Barton
  6. Ora

iMS Playlist Sunday 7th August 2016


In studio: Pete Fagan

Featured album/EP: Dark Arts – Mark Stoermer(David Hopkins)

Sunday 7th August 2016


8pm – 9pm


In Studio:

Pete Fagan



9pm – 10pm





iMS Exclusive





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