Month: February 2020

Niamh Keane Unveils Second Single

Alt-folk artist Niamh Keane is swinging into the New Year with her sassy second single ‘You Don’t Have A Clue’. With a carefree light jazz sound and lyrics that sting with a blunt humour, YDHAC is the inversion of a love song. 

The music is sugary and sweet on the outside and the words are playful and breezy. It’s the musical equivalent of shrugging your shoulders to hide your true feelings. 

With Valentines Day fast approaching, this one is for the people who want to sidestep the holiday and dance to their own beat.” Niamh Keane

This second single shows a lighter and sunnier side to her sound and will hit the right notes with fans of Lily Allen or Norah Jones. 

Available everywhere now.

The Coronas Release ‘Haunted’ Video

It’s been eight months since The Coronas last released new music, and to say that the band have been busy since then is a bit of an understatement. They’ve headlined their own travelling festival, performed a run of special shows in their hometown, and released a live album, all while recording a brand-new album in London’s prestigious Eastcote studios. George Murphy, acclaimed engineer and producer (Ellie Goulding, The Specials, Mumford & Sons), has undertaken the main production duties on the album along with Rob Kirwan (Hozier, PJ Harvey) and Cormac Butler (Academic, All Tvvins).

With a renewed vigour as a 3-piece (lead guitarist Dave McPhillips left the band amicably late last year), The Coronas are set to continue their busy schedule right up to the album release in May. “Yeah, it’s been a crazy few months!” laughs singer Danny. “But it’s a new chapter for us and we’re so proud of this album, we can’t wait to release it.” The album is entitled  ‘True Love Waits’ and will be released internationally on 29th May 2020.

‘Haunted’ is the first taste of this new music for the band’s legions of fans and they will be touring extensively both in Ireland and internationally in support of the upcoming album. They’ve also just announced their own special summer date ‘No Where We’d Rather Be’, a unique festival in Killruddery House & Gardens, Bray, on the August Bank Holiday weekend July 31st   and August 1st . The Coronas will headline both nights and will be joined by special guests  Tom Walker, Hudson Taylor, LYRA, Gabrielle Aplin, Aimée, Somebody’s Child, Thanks Brother and True Tides.

29th May                               Marquee, Cork
30th May                               Saltwater Festival, Westport
27th June                              Fever Pitch Music Festival, Galway
31st July + 1st August No Where We’d Rather Be, Killruddery House, Bray

Autre Monde Share Single Ahead of Album Release

Autre Monde have shared new single ‘Brain Upon Your Pillow’, available now.

On the creation of the track, songwriter and bassist Padraig Cooney explains:

“I wrote ‘Brain Upon Your Pillow’ as a kind of Latin-y folk ballad, all finger picked guitar. It was written in the midst of Autre Monde really finding its feet, understanding what we were as a band, and it was just natural that it would become this groove thing with a hint of desperation and drama. That Grace Jones ‘Pull Up To The Bumper’ beat, we’d be happy to play it for hours, so the song stretches out on it a bit before taking its other turns.

It’s a paranoid song, it’s about not sleeping and the threats that torment the character at night. I always picture them as some kind of huckster made good for whom the con is over. It’s Uncut Gems!”

‘Brain Upon Your Pillow’ is the third single taken from ‘The Imaginary Museum’, the upcoming debut album by Dublin’s Autre Monde, to be released Feb 28th via Strange Brew Records (Junior Brother, Squarehead, Daithi). Following 2019’s acclaimed one-two of ‘Fever In May’ (“impossible to resist” – Red Bull Best Irish Songs of 2019) and ‘On the Record’ (“a bright delight of a song” – Nialler9 Best Irish Songs of 2019), ‘Brain Upon Your Pillow’ imposes a menacing and paranoid groove, as dark as anything in the band’s early catalogue but leavened by agreeable harmonies throughout and dramatic synth figures to close. 

Autre Monde are Paddy Hanna (vocals), Padraig Cooney (bass, synth, vocals), Mark Chester (guitar) and Eoghan O’Brien (drums, synth, backing vocals). Three of them are from Dublin and Mark is from Cumbria. They met through their involvement together in a network of bands that at one stage or another were central to the Popical Island collective (Skelocrats, Grand Pocket Orchestra, Ginnels, No Monster Club).

Elsewhere, the record stretches out confidently: luxuriating in baths of vintage synthesizers on ‘The Operator’, descending into something wild and uncertain in the final minutes of ‘Brain Upon Your Pillow’, mixing the pastoral with the robotic on ‘Balls of Your Suit’ and ‘Three Mandolins’. ‘Truly Glowing’ is a euphoric finale.

The album title is taken from a line in Fredric Jameson’s ‘Postmodernism: The Cultural Logic of Late Captialism’ where he writes: “in a world in which stylistic innovation is no longer possible, all that is left is to imitate dead styles, to speak through the masks and with the voices of the styles in the imaginary museum”.

Autre Monde – ‘The Imaginary Museum’ – out February 28th on Strange Brew Records.


1. Lesser Than You
2. On The Record
3. Brain Upon Your Pillow
4. Balls Of Your Suit
5. Three Mandolins
6. Fever In May
7. Saturday
8. The Operator
9. Truly Glowing

 Autre Monde live

March 19th – SXSW / Austin, Texas The Velveeta Room (presented by Music From Ireland)

Strange Brew

Ronan Keating Announces Anniversary Album and Vicar Street Date

Exactly 20 years after the release of his self-titled, debut solo (& No.1) album, Ronan Keating has announced a summer tour that will include a Show in Dublin’s Vicar St on Saturday 6th June.  Tickets go on sale Friday 21st February from all usual outlets.

One of the best-loved singers of our generation, Ronan Keating, also unveils details about his new album that encapsulates his many musical achievements since the millennium. Entitled ‘Twenty Twenty’, and set for release on Decca Records on 1st May, Ronan describes his new record as “a greatest hits of brand new music.” To help him celebrate, Keating made two inspired choices: to dive into his back catalogue and revisit three of his biggest hits and, for some of the new tracks, call in some friends.

The first single, ‘One Of A Kind’, out 13th February, sees Ronan duet with none other than Emeli Sandé. The heartfelt, embracing glory of this song is classic Keating: “I guess I’ve been known for those first dance songs at weddings, and this has me written all over it. It’s all about the night before the wedding, the day of the wedding and spending the rest of your life together.”

And this is just the start. With production assistance from his longstanding wingman Steve Lipson (Annie Lennox, The Rolling Stones, Simple Minds, Whitney Houston, Paul McCartney), as well as stand-out solo tracks, Ronan has collaborated with some of his closest musical (and chart-topping) friends for ‘Twenty Twenty’, the names of which are to be revealed in due course.

So to the classics: Ronan Keating has released some of the defining pop songs of the past two decades which simply had to be featured – cornerstone tracks, ‘Life is a Rollercoaster’, ‘Lovin’ Each Day’ and his debut solo single ‘When You Say Nothing At All’ (originally recorded for the soundtrack to the blockbuster film ‘Notting Hill’), are here brilliantly reworked, bringing back memories but with a celebratory 2020 twist.

Fans will be thrilled to hear that the four-times Platinum-selling singer and songwriter will be taking his new album to some of the biggest stages for an extensive summer tour so he can celebrate with the people who have been on this journey with him so far, and more. Before that, last weekend (16th February) Ronan was on the bill to perform at the ‘Fire Fight Australia’ Concert for National Bushfire Relief at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

Since the original break-up of Boyzone, one of the most successful bands of the Nineties, Keating has forged a soaraway solo career: two back-to-back No.1 singles straight out of the gate, 30 consecutive Top 10 singles, 10 studio albums, multiple tours, 20 million records sold on top of the 25 million sold with Boyzone. In other areas, too, he’s happily stretched his wings: judging on both the X Factor and The Voice in Australia, acting for both television drama and film, a highly acclaimed stint on London’s West End and, now, bringing breakfast show entertainment to the nation with his morning radio show on Magic FM with Harriet Scott – accumulating the highest ratings ever in Magic Radio history.

Over the past 12 months Ronan has been tirelessly working on an album that celebrates an incredible solo career spanning two decades. He wants to acknowledge that he certainly doesn’t take this for granted: “There’s not a lot of artists that have been lucky enough to do 20 years and still be here.” There are even fewer who have matched a successful band career with a successful solo career. He adds, “I’m very honoured to have had that, so I wanted to mark it with an album like this.”

So this is ‘Twenty Twenty’. The album eagerly awaited by Keating’s fans, who have grown up with him over the past 20 years. The album of Keating’s adult life.


Ronan Keating’s new album ‘Twenty Twenty’ is out 1st May on Decca Records.

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WOB! Shares ‘Stay Together’

‘Stay Together’ is the opening song of WOB!’s upcoming EP ‘Odysseus’.

The dissonant, moody synths are layered with edgy-raw, siren like vocals that are telling an enchanting story about wanting to be in a relationship one knows it is not meant to be.

Diving deeper into music production, WOB! removed the barrier of a ‘genre’ to allow for a more natural expression while producing his new EP, due for release in April.

‘Odysseus’ consists of 6 multi-genre songs that describe the stages of a relationship from enchantment to liberation. The EP explores several virtues and moral values that eventually lead to Odysseus’s successful return home: loyalty, self-control, perseverance and compassion.

Adept to finding and collaborating with exceptional up and coming artists, WOB! shares collabs with Irish singer Eoin Martin, poet Sarah O’Connor and Bristol musician GINS.

‘Stay Together’ will be available on all digital platforms now.

For WOB!’s live audio/visual show dates visit:

IMRO Introduces Concertify®, A New Technology to Ensure Faster Payments for Music Creators

The Concertify® platform makes the reporting of international live concert performances more efficient for music industry stakeholders.

IMRO has introduced new technology, Concertify® by Mind Your Rights Ltd., which will help songwriters, composers and music publishers to receive royalties faster after live music concerts.

For the past six months, IMRO, along with other innovative affiliated societies has piloted Concertify®, a digital platform created by Mind Your Rights Ltd, a leading Finnish technology start-up company which specialises in the development of platforms for efficient and transparent cross-border music rights management.

The introduction of Concertify® will enhance IMRO’s international royalty administration services by ensuring greater efficiencies, transparency and cost savings for its songwriter, composer and publisher members worldwide.

Concertify® is a service and data platform that makes international live event reporting and communications faster, easier and more accurate. The platform simplifies data and the transfer of data between stakeholders including artists, event organisers, copyright societies, copyright owners and music publishers. The efficiencies gained through Concertify® ultimately achieve faster foreign royalty collection.

Mind Your Rights Ltd., the company behind Concertify®, aims to develop an efficient and transparent cross-border copyright licensing ecosystem. Mind Your Rights´ story has stemmed from a close co-operation with Teosto, a Finnish non-profit performance rights organization, and has since worked closely with key industry organisations and developed solutions on top of industry structures.

Speaking about the partnership, Sean Donegan, IMRO Commercial Director, Media Licensing, said “IMRO is pleased to be working with Concertify® to develop more efficient ways to expedite the payment of live concert royalties. At IMRO, our focus has always been on innovating to drive efficiencies for our members, affiliates, and partners. Concertify® has the potential to become an essential tool in the advancement of live music reporting, distribution and interaction within the entire royalty collection society network.” 

Roope Pajasmaa, chief executive, Mind Your Rights added, “We are excited to be working with IMRO, alongside other societies, to take concert copyright management to a new level. Concertify® offers societies new digital toolsets, contributing to IMRO´s data-driven and digitally innovative approach to rights management. Concertify®, when adopted by the industry, will allow all key information related to live concert copyright collections to be available to all the involved constituencies, including the home society, the licensing society, artist representatives, and publishers. Our mission is to support the rights management network to serve its customers better in the changing world.”

IMRO is now recognised as one of the leading performing right organisations in the world due to its proactive policies in such areas as frequency of royalty distributions, transparency of operations and as a driving force on initiatives at international level that champion and protect the rights of music creators. 

The Irish-based organisation directly represents the interests of a growing number of major music publishers. It has become a trusted partner for music creators who recognise that their interests are well served by an organisation that has royalty maximisation and creators’ rights at its core.

Úna Keane Announces Headline Show at Pepper Canister Church

Ambient, Electronic composer Úna Keane announces March 5th headline show at Dublin’s Pepper Canister Church.

Following the buzz generated by a string of Album launch shows in December, including her first London show at Servant Jazz Quarters in Dalston, Keane continues her IN THE DEEP Tour, kicking off a series of shows that will include Irish, UK and mainland European dates over the coming months. 

Úna explained how she was especially excited that her friend and collaborator, Jack O’Donoghue (aka @meas.tu on Insta) will be the special guest for the evening.

Along with some exciting collaborations with other Dublin-based composers/artists working in the Minimalist, ambient arena at present.. 

For all you early birds out there, you can now avail of a special ticket price of €15 here

To get a taste of what to expect, here’s an excerpt from “Ag Tuirlingt”, recorded live at D-Light Studios on December 5th by Collective. Ag Tuirlingt means ‘landing’ as Gaeilge (in Gaelic), a sentiment dear to Úna’s heart. Groundedness, rootedness.

Úna released her new Album ‘IN THE DEEP’ at the end of 2019, with a launch Show at D-Light Studios in Dublin on 5th December. She draws, she works with film and she composes music, and all these elements are combined in this latest work.

Recorded in an old Victorian Railway worker’s cottage in Dublin 8, the record explores themes of connection, communication and flow. Minimalist, ambient in genre, she recorded this album on her 100 year old Steck Baby grand Piano using a Tascam DR-44WL hand-held recorder. Each recording was entirely improvised, with no editing. You can even hear the creak of the piano stool.. It’s 1848 meets 2019. This was also her first outing as Producer, although she got some help from collaborator Jack O’Donoghue (aka Meas.Tú) on tracks 1 & 5.

Building on her 2017 Piano Solo LP ‘As I Wake, Still I Dream’ (**** The Irish Times), this new work expands to include Electronics, Soundscapes and an old Typewriter. Looping and layering piano, spoken word & field recordings means that every performance is unique and creates a level of intimacy between performer and audience. Accompanying projections of her own animated artwork as well as speed-corrected archive film footage has the effect of drawing an audience even further into the music.

A classically trained pianist with a background in Tech, she mines deep. Inspired by the likes of Max Richter, Laurie Anderson and Arvo Pärt, as well as the pioneering work of the Lumière Brothers & the woodcut prints of Albrecht Dürer, her work lives and breathes in a unique, multidisciplinary space.

Following postgrad study with Berklee College of Music in Boston where she was awarded Distinction in Film Scoring and Orchestration, Úna recently scored award-winning Actor / Director Michael Smiley’s debut short “La Petite Mort”. The short was subsequently chosen for Official Selection at the 31st Galway International Film Fleadh. She also recently contributed her piece “Seas Ascending” to the score of “Rebel or Die” : a Documentary by Collective Dublin for Extinction Rebellion Ireland.

To date some of Úna’s work has been broadcast on RTE & the BBC, and her compositions have been performed at Electric Picnic, All Together Now, Féile na Bealtaine and the National Concert Hall, as well as on many random pianos wherever she finds herself. Her piece “My Panacea” was included on Nils Frahm’s 2017 Piano Day Playlist. She’ll be bringing her particular brand of musical alchemy on tour again from March 2020, with a headline show at Dublin’s Pepper Canister Church on March 5th kicking off a series of shows that will include some Irish, UK and mainland European dates.

‘It’s Not Easy’ Latest Single from Oh Bryan

After a busy 2019, in which they released three singles, Dublin rock band Oh Bryan are back with their newest single ‘It’s Not Easy’, which has been given a “10 out of 10” by Billy McGuinness (Guitarist, Aslan). 

The track was produced by the band’s very own Steve O’Brien, mixed by Alex Loring (Fangclub, Big Spring) and mastered by John Davis (Dua Lipa, The Killers, U2) packing power, precision and breath-taking energy.

The track has been likened to the sound of the Foo Fighters and has already received widespread acclaim from some of the biggest names in Irish music, including Philip Magee (music producer of Kodaline, The Academic and Hermitage Green) who reckoned the track, “sounds huge, on par with the Foo Fighters sonically,” while Ed Smith of Today FM commenting that the track has a, “good sound and great production,” with a “touch of The Foo’s there.”

The track is being released with an accompanying live video that was shot by Keith O’Brien (Seo Linn, Kobara) and self produced by the bands lead singer, Steve O’Brien. The DIY approach the band is following really epitomises the aptly titled single.

‘It’s Not Easy’ chronicles the heartbreak felt following the breakdown of a relationship. The track has a strong opening and its anthemic nature should come as no surprise given their previous releases including ‘Brittas Bay’ and ‘The Little Things’.

Oh Bryan, consisting of Steve O’Brien (Lead Vocals, Guitar, and Drums), Shane Power (Guitar) and Billy Campbell (Bass, Backing Vocals, and Piano), began as a band in 2016 and tour with Alez Sanchez on drums. A year later, they released their debut EP ‘Rewind’, followed by a number of successful singles in 2018 and 2019.  

In the past few months, their show in Whelan’s sold out three weeks in advance and was subsequently upgraded to the main room due to a high demand for tickets. They have to date supported artists including Aslan, The Blizzards, Chasing Abbey and Little Hours, and have taken to the stage in venues including The Olympia, INEC Killarney and the Wexford Opera House.

Oh Bryan look set to become one of the breakthrough Irish rock bands of 2020, and ‘It’s Not Easy’ marks the start of what is certain to be a busy year indeed.

KUDOS to Release EP this Friday

Cork sisters Sophie and Laura aka KUDOS, launch their dream pop E.P. ‘Birthdays & Valentine’s’ on Friday February 14th and will perform in some of Irelands top venues to promote the new release. 

KUDOS had an action packed 2019. Their debut album ‘Perfect’, which was recorded on the remote island of St Helena in the South Atlantic, reached number 8 in the Official Irish Charts in February.

KUDOS have supported Hudson Taylor, Mundy and Mickey Joe Harte as well as playing Vantastival and the Waterford Summer in the City Festival. They were particularly excited to be special guests for Tom Baxter on his 2019 Tour of Ireland playing in such venues as the Cork Opera House, Dolan’s in Limerick, The Sugar Club and The Belfast Empire.

The girls are no strangers to live performance having played in France, the UK, South Africa, America and St Helena as well as performing live on radio the length and breadth of Ireland. 

KUDOS have been played on RTÉ Radio 1, 2FM, Galway Bay FM, 96FM, Red FM, WLR FM, Beat FM, Highland Radio, Dublin City FM.

KUDOS have performed on Beat102-103, Cork’s96FM, KCLRFM, WLR FM, Highland Radio, CRY, UCC Radio and TG4.

Known for their melodic song writing and exceptional harmonies they won the Wesley College national duet singing contest prior to moving to St Helena for four years, whilst Sophie has also studied at the world renowned Berklee College Summer Program in Valencia.

Sunday February 2nd @ 8.30pm TG4 performance
Friday February 14th, Cypress Avenue (Golden Discs St Patrick Street 1pm)
Sunday February 16th, Central Arts, Waterford
Wednesday February 19th, Dolans, Limerick
Thursday February 20th, Whelans, Dublin

Cormac O Caoimh to Release ‘I’m In Need’

With his last album Cormac O Caoimh charted in the official Irish Indie charts and topped his Irish airplay record of previous albums with support from RTE Radio, BBC Music 6, and 40 other stations in Ireland and the UK reaching 5 million listeners. Reviews from Mojo magazine, The Irish Times, The Sunday Times, Hot Press and countless have further enhanced his reputation.

Cormac will be launching his  new album (his fifth studio album in recent years) on May 15th 2020 in the Kino. The new album (Swim Crawl Walk Run) was recorded between 2018 and 2019 with Martin Leahy at the helm. The most ambitious album yet. It features 10 songs, multi-instrumentalist Martin Leahy playing drums, bass, keys and many many more, Aoife Regan on vocals, a string quartet, accordian and big songs tackling a wide varying spectrum of emotions in both a personal and fictional setting. The first single ‘I’m In Need’ will be out February 21st and the album due for release May 15th.

Now everyone is supposed to say their new album is the best. It is what people do. But Cormac has never said it. This is his 5th album solo (and his 7th overall) and he has never said it. He never thought it. Largely riddled with doubt and insecurity at this stage in an album’s release, his mind normally has moved on to the next album which will be ‘the one’. Except this time.

“It is the first album I actually enjoyed making. I have been playing live with Martin Leahy for over 8 years but this is my first time making an album with him (he has played on other albums). It was a joy. I loved the whole process. It was relaxed, exciting, calm, manic. Everything. And the end product is something I could not be prouder of. The songs morphed and moved and grew during the process and the end result is an album I’m not sure I can top.  It is full of singles. I want to release them all and I can’t wait for the first one to get out there. During the writing of ‘I’m In Need’ I did have the simplicity and directness of The Beatles ‘Help Me’ as an influence. ‘Help me’ as a lyric is so fragile and honest and sad…but the song isn’t. The song is catchy and poppy. It works on two levels. I wanted the same for ‘I’m In Need’.  I wanted it to have meaning but more so a groove and be catchy. The feeling of the song also evolves. What starts as vulnerable ends up as a celebration of our humanity. We are all in need at times. Our feelings can be shaped by our thoughts. Musically the chorus gets more emphatic and joyful as the song progresses musically demonstrating the power of positivity.

There are 2 co-writes on the album (a first and second for Cormac). One with Mary Greene called ‘Desire Lines’ and the other a co-write with Martin Leahy called ‘Building My Ark’. 

Feb 21st: ‘I’m In Need’ single release
Mar 28th : Laura Mulcahy’s studio, Ennis 
Apr 27th BAG, Ballymore Eustace 
May 9th The Glens Centre, Manorhamilton, Co.Leitrim
May 15th Kino, Cork. Album launch
May 16th Instore:, Music Zone, Cork 
May 29th DC Music Club, Dublin 
Jun 12th Weir Folk Club,  Wallis’ Bar, Midlelton, Co. Cork

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