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’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.
‘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.
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Following a sold out Irish tour earlier this year, All Tvvins return to Cork for their biggest show to date when they headline a standing show at Cork Opera House on Saturday, October 27th, as part of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.
All Tvvins capped a triumphant 2017 by playing to 15,000 people at the 3Arena (2FM Xmas Ball), alongside a Choice Music Prize nomination for their excellent debut album, IIVV. A string of mesmerising singles as seen the band straddle both the commercial and alternative airwaves, while their increasingly mind-blowing live show has seen them fill venues like Dublin’s Olympia with ease.
Along the way, they have toured Europe, played SXSW, shared stages with Arcade Fire, Foals and Pixies; amassed over 10 million spotify streams; and Lar was introduced to The Edge of U2 fame, who was not only “very humble and a really nice dude”, but already knew All Tvvins’ music.
The band are currently working on their follow up album to their debut and are scheduled to release it later in 2018. Whereas they previously painstakingly crafted each song together, they instead found themselves creating almost completed ideas individually before allowing the other partner to put their stamp on it.
Most of the new tracks emerged on piano and synths before being fleshed out into a band dynamic. Inspired by a whole world of influences, Lar describes them as being “varied and extreme” and “emotionally charged”, while Conor notes that his interest in keys means that he has been writing a lot more on piano.
Expect some new tracks at the Opera House show, delivered by one of the most savvy, cutting edge and talented musical duos Ireland has to offer.
Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Paul McCann from Cavan, has been playing in various bands since 1996, including Aine Cahill’s band along with the power pop band The Plan and also the Johnny Cash tribute Get Rhythm. No stranger to the live scene, McCann has performed with Pugwash, The Strypes, Duncan Maitland (Picturehouse) and Nelson Bragg (Brian Wilson Band/Beach Boys), among others.
‘Keep The Devil Within’ is the first single to be taken from McCann’s forthcoming album titled ‘Here Comes The Rapture’ released later this year. An extremely talented musician, McCann plays most of the instrumentation on the album, including – Vocals, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Electric Bass, Double Bass, Slide Guitar, Piano, Mellotron, Harmonica, Kazoo, and Trumpet!
‘Keep The Devil Within’ is pure pop rock, with an infectious, upbeat chorus and guitar driven hooks throughout. McCann says of the track “It’s about the complications of love and relationships. We don’t always bring out the best in each other and maybe we are better off going our separate ways and burying this love (or keeping the devil within). The concept for the video was conceived by the director Eamon Cahill. It was a lot of fun to shoot, despite spending the best part of a day in a straitjacket”. Keep an eye out for Aine Cahill who also appears in the video.
2015 saw Paul release his highly-acclaimed debut EP ‘The Magician’. Recorded and mixed at JAM Studio’s alongside Martin Quinn’s co-production. Following this, he released ‘Beginning To End’, an EP comprised of home recordings. The result of these two self-produced EPs, reflected a maturity in both writing and technique as McCann delved into new musical territories. McCann has a diverse mix of influences, ranging from The Divine Comedy to Jack White, Johnny Cash to Ash. Keep your eyes peeled for some live Irish shows throughout the coming months.
“McCann has been honing his craft for almost 20 years as a multi-instrumentalist with various different projects and his level of proficiency as a musician shows” – Puremzine
“His style has everything power pop fans could want and more” – Power Popaholic
“Like Jefferson Airplane in singalong mode” – Music Blog, I Don’t Hear A Single
8/10: Unsigned & Independent
Irish band Beoga release new single ‘We Don’t Have To Run’ today, with singer/songwriter Ryan McMullan guesting on lead vocals. Since signing with Spirit B-Unique Records, Beoga have been working hard on new music, collaborating with Foy Vance and Johnny McDaid amongst a host of other names. ‘We Don’t Have To Run’ is the first single to be taken from their forthcoming album.
Ryan McMullan, who originally hails from Portaferry in Co. Down, has been causing a stir in the industry for the last year, supporting acts like Ed Sheeran and Foy Vance as well as headlining his own sold out shows around the world. Seán Og Graham was the first member of Beoga to meet Ryan, in the studio in Antrim, and they forged an instant connection both musically and personally. As Eamon Murray says, “Being able to work with Ryan is an absolute pleasure. When people hear him in the flesh, they realise he’s got something really special.” The band already had the musical idea for ‘We Don’t Have To Run’ and when they played the bones of it to Ryan he came up with the chorus straight away. The resulting track is a powerful percussive tune with tight vocal harmonies swirling around a dynamic violin riff.
The video for ‘We Don’t Have To Run’ is directed by Alex Gill and produced by Michael Donnelly, and it depicts a situation that is all too familiar in modern Ireland: a mother and her daughter living in emergency accommodation due to homelessness. The young girl tries to escape the reality of her situation by creating a makebelieve world with her friend, full of fantasy, colour and fun; somewhere that represents the safe place that every child in this country has the right to.
Director Alex says, “From my point of view the song is about standing up for what you believe in. I suppose this could be interpreted in many different ways but I thought it would be a good opportunity to shine a light on a issue that is prevalent in Ireland right now.” Eamon agrees: “This song is about solidarity and how we shouldn’t run or hide from the issues that face us all. To be able to touch on the issue of homelessness in a sensitive way and to have our song as a backdrop for Alex and Michael’s work is an honour.”
Beoga (Irish for ‘lively’) have been in existence for fifteen years, and in that time they’ve produced five critically acclaimed albums, been shortlisted for a Grammy and performed with the Ulster Orchestra at the BBC Proms. They are described by the Wall Street Journal as ‘the most exciting new traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century’.
2017, was something of a banner year for Beoga as they co-wrote the massive international hit ‘Galway Girl’ with Ed Sheeran and performed with him to 150,000 people at Glastonbury, taking them to a new audience and a new level. Ed has once again asked the band to support him and they are looking forward to being onstage at his Irish dates in May: Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork on 4th, 5th and 6th May, Boucher Playing Fields in Belfast on 9th May, Pearse Stadium in Galway on 12th and 13th May, and the Phoenix Park in Dublin on 16th, 18th and 19th of May.
With an album release in the near future and more tour dates in the diary, 2018 looks set to be another hectic year for Beoga.
Beoga’s September headline tour will go on sale at 9am on Tuesday 8th May
Thur. 20 September The Empire, Belfast
Sat. 22 September Dolan’s, Limerick
Sun. 23 September Set Theatre, Kilkenny
Thurs. 27 September Grand Social, Dublin
Fri 28 September Roisin Dubh, Galway
Sat. 29 September St Luke’s, Cork
Mick Flannery today shares a new live video, the title track from his current album, I Own You, out now via Universal Music. Mick embarks on his first headline tour of North America this summer with dates in New York, Chicago, LA and Boston and festival dates at Calgary Folk Festival and Winnipeg Folk Festival.
Mick’s most recent album was written in Berlin, a move Mick himself refers to as “self-imposed exile”. His current album I Own You sees Mick deal with broader issues than previous work including themes of social injustice and inequality. Mick is currently working on his sixth studio album.
May 6 Connolly’s, Leap, Ireland
May 8 Tivoli Vrendenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
May 9 Sissy-Boy Pop-Up, Rotterdam, Netherlands
May 10 Savelbergklooster, Heerlen, Netherlands
May 11 Poppodium Underground, Lelystad, Netherlands SOLD OUT
May 12 Frannz Club, Berlin, Germany
May 13 Prinzenbar Docks, Hamburg
May 14 Blue Shell, Köln, Germany
May 15 Kulturclub Schon Schön, Mainz, Germany
May 17 Das Vereinsheim, · Tollhaus Neumarkt Karlsruhe Germany
May 18 Das Vereinsheim Alte Feuerwache Mannheim · Das Vereinsheim
May 19 Das Vereinsheim E-WERK Freiburg, reiburg Das Vereinsheim
May 30 St Pancras Old Church, London, UK
May 31 St Pancras Old Church, London, UK SOLD OUT
June 2 Inish Conversation, Inish Boffin, Ireland
June 2 The Set Theatre, Kilkenny, Ireland
July 3 Schubas, Chicago, IL, USA
July 6-8 Winnipeg Folk Festival, AB, Canada
July 10 Hotel Café, LA, CA, USA
July 17 Mercury Lounge, New York, NY, USA
July 19 Club Passim, Cambridge, MA, USA
July 25 The Almanac, Edmonton, AB, Canada
July 27-29 Calgary Folk Festival, AB, Canada
Mick Flannery Socials
Limerick’s whenyoung have revealed the video for new single ‘The Collector’
‘The Collector’ is the third track from the hotly tipped three piece, and follows stunning tracks ‘Actor’ and ‘Pretty Pure’. The clip was shot on location in London and directed by frontwoman Aoife Power.
Speaking about the clip, Aoife Power said: “The video for The Collector documents the simple, everyday movements that everyone experiences. We are all carrying out the same routine to show that we are all connected in the universal tasks of daily life but still individually searching for a sense of place and belonging. The gentle tones and slow paced everyday storyline was inspired by the films of Eric Rohmer.”
‘The Collector’ comes in the midst of a series of support slots throughout spring for whenyoung, with the three piece touring with the likes of Peace, The Vaccines and Declan Mckenna later this month. Tickets are on sale now, and the full list of dates can be found below.
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Whenyoung are Aoife Power (Vocals/ Bass), Niall Burns (Guitar), Andrew Flood (Drums). Their story started in Limerick … three underage teenagers met for the first time after sneaking into Costello’s Tavern: the only bar in town that floated their musical tastes. After bonding over cheap vodka and the sound of The Velvet Underground, they began playing music together and moved to Dublin to seek some big city excitement. Developing their sound, still with a DIY approach, the band moved to London and last year became whenyoung.
On stage, whenyoung perform a dizzying rock show where Aoife’s dreamy, heart-in-the-mouth vocals fizzle between swigs of Guinness and infectious guitar riffs. Their manager Mairead says: “When I see this band live it ignites that thing inside that makes me fall in love and wanna wrestle my way to the front of the gig”. Aoife mesmerises on stage, and critics have compared her to “Suzi Quatro in her heyday, bashing out throbbing bass lines”.
The band’s passions pulse through the veins of whenyoung and their influences could almost be picked from a collage page in a retro zine; charity shops and DIY fashion, the style of Marlon Brando, Richard Hell and Georgia O’Keefe, films by Jim Jarmusch, Jean Luc Godard, and Eric Rohmer, books by Hemingway, Paul Auster and Patti Smith, as well as musical heroes like Brian Eno, The Smiths and The Cure.
See whenyoung live on the following dates…
3rd – Headline Show @ The Grand Social, Dublin
4th – Jimmy’s, Manchester
8th – St. Luke’s, Glasgow (with PEACE)
9th – Leadmill, Sheffield (with PEACE)
11th – Fibbers, York (with PEACE)
12th – The Venue, Derby (with PEACE)
13th – Welly, Hull (with PEACE)
15th – Norwich, The Waterfront (with PEACE)
16th – Kentish Forum, London (with PEACE)
19th – Engine Rooms Southampton (with PEACE)
23rd – Dryden Social, Leicester (with PEACE)
24th – Birmingham 02 (with PEACE)
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Universal Music Ireland
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.
From ‘A Winter Light’, the lead single ‘Raging Fire’.
Featuring Nina Hynes and director Yvonne McGuinness channeling one of Dublin’s most colourful characters, the ‘Dancing Lady of O’Connell Street’, Mary Dunne.
For many years Mary danced ‘hail rain or shine’ alongside the Anna Livia statue on O’Connell Street.