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.
NEW ALBUM ‘OPUS POCUS’
RELEASED JULY 13TH 2018
LIVE LAUNCH AT WHELAN’S JULY 13TH
Opus Pocus. What the hell does that mean? Let’s break it down. Opus is Latin for work. Pocus speaks of conjuring, and magic. We’re talking about a work of magic, which is what the new long player from Gavin Glass surely is. A deliberate step away from his folk-rock roots into more experimental, and interesting, territory, while retaining his old school song writing nous.
We’re a long way from Gavin’s last eﬀort, 2015’s universally acclaimed Sunday Songs. The new record is twain in two: Side A is entitled ‘Opus Pocus, Side B is ‘Algorhythm & Blues’. Gavin used the term Opus Pocus in the studio (his oﬃce for the last ten years as one of Ireland’s most in-demand record producers) to describe the relentless, oft-times impossible, artistic striving towards perfection, towards creating that magic work.
“It’s something I’ve come to realise only recently, we put too much emphasis on crafting the perfect record, the perfect piece of art, second guessing ourselves and wallowing in self-doubt. In reality, the beauty is always in the cracks, the perfection is in the imperfection, music is this great healer and Opus Pocus is about learning to embrace that idea.”
The album is mixed in a way that bleeds each song into the next, using widescreen interludes designed to tempt the listener oﬀ the beaten track and in to the long grass.
“I wanted these interludes, the music in between the music, to represent the idea of technology, and how, despite its power to connect, it can leave us feeling alone and alienated. Judged, ranked and graded by our own volition.”
The lyrical content, the equal of Glass’s compositional and production skills, ranges from the enforced maturity brought on by parenthood to the realities of city life for Dublin’s Generation Xers as middle age encroaches, and the devastation wrought by a parent disappearing in to Alzheimer’s. If you’re after some ‘moon in June’ action, seek it elsewhere, although there are a few love songs thrown in, just in case.
The two singles – ‘Break Your Daddy’s Heart’ and ‘Thirty Somethings’ – have already picked up a deservedly hefty amount of airplay from the national broadcaster, both topping the Irish radio airplay charts.
Opus Pocus. Magic Work. Allow yourself to fall under its spell.
The album is being launched in Whelan’s Friday 13th July
‘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.
& Special Guests
Cork Opera House
Saturday, October 27th, 2018
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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.
Picture This arrived as a phenomenon with their self-titled 2017 full-length debut. Certified triple-platinum in Ireland, it held the #1 Album chart position in the country for four weeks, while topping the Streaming chart for seven weeks. Moreover, it’s remained in the Top 5 since release—only bested by Ed Sheeran’s Divide last year.
Two years since their formation, they’ve impressively sold over 250K tickets, concluding 2017 with a sold-out UK and Ireland tour highlighted by gigs at O2 Shepherd’s Bush London, SSE Arena Belfast, and a two-night stand at 3Arena in Dublin. This summer the band play their biggest sold out show to date in Dublin’s RDS Stadium on June 23rd. They also play two sold out nights in Cork’s Live at the Marquee on June 19th and 20th.
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.
More info on whenyoung
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)
Acting Head Of Artist & Media Relations
Universal Music Ireland
Sara Ryan has had an exciting start to her career. Last year she released her debut single Belle, which won “Best New Comer” and “Best New Single” on Dublin CityFM. And to top the year off, she was crowned New Folk Artist of the Year at the Irish Folk Music Awards, alongside Damien Dempsey, Johnny McEvoy, The Druids and Aoife Scott. The Kildare-born songwriter, now based in Cork City, built a strong and loyal following touring with Mick Flannery, Martin Harley, John Spillane, Wally Page, Luka Bloom and Cry Monster Cry.
2018 sees the release of her second single Euphoric Recall on February 23rd and Sara embarks on a double headlining tour with Emma Langford, dates of the tour are listed below. http://emmalangfordmusic.com/
Sara’s much anticipated Debut EP Glitter Skies is now available.
Sara Ryan brings a unique voice to the Irish music scene with memorable lyrics conveying stories as real as they are raw.
2018 is the year the world will discover this wonderful voice.