Author: Lorraine Boshell

West Cork Based Newcomers Les SalAmandas Share New Single ‘Mouldy’

Les SalAmandas, an original singer song-writing act new to the Irish music scene, are Julie O’Sullivan (Ballydehob, West Cork) and Colyne Laverriere (Hostun, France).

The duo are currently recording their debut album, which will be co-produced by award winning Canadian Producer Daniel Ledwell. Following their successful debut single ‘Now Is The Time’, they share ‘Mouldy’ – the second single from this much anticipated collection of songs.

‘Mouldy’ on Bandcamp:

Chatting about the release of the new song, Julie says “Who doesn’t need a tune to bop to? While this song has a very fun feel to it, the message it portrays is one of heartbreak. In our new song we’ve tried to merge the exciting feeling of a new relationship with the heartache of it slowly meeting the end of its life. In these moments it’s important to remember you will survive.”

Colyne adds “Who never felt the excitement of a new relationship? The rush, the butterflies, the honeymoon phase, as they call it. When every minute spent with your person is special and magic. Well sometimes you just realise that it was not meant to be, and what once was fresh and pretty turns into ugliness and mould.”

Julie and Colyne met in late 2018 in Ballydehob West Cork, Ireland. Les SalAmandas made their live debut at Levis Corner House, an award-winning Irish venue, as part of ‘Secret Song Festival’ (2019).  On 1st September 2020, they performed at a sold-out gig in Levis Corner House and revealed a maturity of song-writing well beyond their years.

Immersing themselves in the cultural centre that is West Cork, Julie and Colyne spent the last eighteen months writing their own material together and collaborating with local and national musicians. This includes being invited to perform on the acclaimed Irish folk singer Ger Wolfe’s new album ‘The Morning Star’, as well as performing at Ger’s live album launch in February 2020. In October 2020, they were invited to perform a livestream gig through Mick Flannery’s social media pages, an award-winning, double platinum selling artist, and garnered over 10,000 views of their performance in 24 hours. They were one of four Irish Artists invited to perform a set at ‘Folk Alliance International’ a prestigious global music conference, in February 2021 as part of The Starhouse Collective showcase.

Summer 2021 has been an exciting one for Les SalAmandas, venturing away from West Cork, they performed at Waterford’s Summer in The City festival alongside Paddy Casey, supporting Mick Flannery at Connolly’s of Leap, playing a sold-out gig in Levis’ Corner House and were invited to play at Coughlan’s Live new festival ‘The Great Beyond’.

While Les SalAmandas keep their thoughtful lyrics and smooth harmonies, they take a walk down to pop town for their new song. ‘Mouldy’ is the bop that will get us through the darkening days. The new single is out now, Wednesday 15th September:

Julie and Colyne have also launched a Fundit campaign to create their debut album. You can donate to the production costs, mixing, mastering, artwork, engineering and rewards costs, and in turn receive some brilliant awards like CDs, tshirts, prints, a beautiful piece of furniture, songwriting workshops, and private shows. For more information, or to donate, visit:—debut-album

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Renowned Violinist Vladimir Jablokov Announces Two Free Online Shows

Following the successful run of the Summer Concert Series, renowned violinist Vladimir Jablokov returns with two more FREE | LIVE | ONLINE CONCERTS | VIA ZOOM, the first of which is a unique arrangement of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons for violin, cello and piano. The second concert is the hugely successful The Best of Mario Lanza with Sean Costello & Vladimir.

The first concerts via Zoom will take place at Vladimir’s state-of-the-art Online Theatre on Sunday 3rd October at 7.00pm – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Vladimir Jablokov (violin), Arun Rao (Cello) and Vincent Lynch (piano). Following the successful run of the Summer Concert Series Vladimir, Arun & Vincent decided to make a unique arrangement of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons for Violin, Cello & Piano.   This is the first-ever performance of a full Four Seasons in this formation.    The concert will also include a few surprise encores.    As a part of the concert, Vladimir will be chatting with Arun and Vincent and the audience will be able to send their questions into the chatbox as well.    The duration of the concert is approximately 70 minutes.    To book your ticket for these free, live, online concerts log onto

On Sunday 24th October, The Best of Mario Lanza with Sean Costello &  Vladimir Jablokov:  Sean Costello (tenor), Vladimir Jablokov (violin) and Vincent Lynch (piano). Vladimir is delighted to welcome to his online theatre a true crossover tenor, Sean Costello.  After an amazing 20 sold-out ‘Celebration of Mario Lanza’ concerts in Ireland, Tenor Sean Costello and Vladimir Jablokov are delighted to present a smaller production of this special event to celebrate the stories and songs of Mario Lanza. Eliza Lanza said it was the Best celebration concert to her father she had attended anywhere in the world.   To celebrate the Anniversary of the legendary singer’s passing, the concert will include all of his biggest and best-known songs from Stage and Screen and will include: Without a Song, I’ll Walk With God, Golden Days, Ave Maria, The Loveliest Night of the Year, Be My Love, O Sole Mio, The Drinking Song, Because You’re Mine. As part of the concert, Vladimir will be chatting with Sean and the audience will be able to send their questions into the chat box as well.  The duration of the concert is approximately 70 minutes. To book your ticket for these free, live, online concerts log onto      

You can enjoy Free, Live Music with Vladimir and well-known Artists from the comfort of your own home.

For more details on upcoming shows log onto

Don’t Miss Out on this Unique Series of Concerts!

Vladimir Jablokov is having a positive impact on wellbeing and happiness bringing music and joy into people’s homes.

Spaces for these Free Special Concerts are limited and are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

With support from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.


Rachel Mae Hannon Announces Headline Show Upstairs at Whelans

Rachel Mae Hannon’s headline show upstairs at Whelan’s takes place on the 7th November, 2021. Tickets will be available from Ticketmaster from this Friday, 17th September at 9am. This live event will be the launch of her debut EP ‘Like It Is’, which will be available on all streaming platforms from the 8th of October.

The neo-soul/pop singer released her debut single ‘Be in Love’ last year which has not only received rave reviews, but also clocked up over 320,000 streams on Spotify. Since then, she has released 2 more singles ‘Alright’ and ‘Closer’ as part of her debut EP ‘Like It Is’.

Rachel has had some serious radio air time over the last year on shows across stations such as RTÉ 2fm, RTÉ Radio 1, Today Fm, Spin 103.8, Cork’s Red FM, 98FM, WLRFM, BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Sounds, FM 104, RTÉ 2XM and many more.

As well as that, she has performed as part of the Hot Press ‘Young and Emerging Series’, the US Embassy Creative Minds event in the Grand Social, the Iontas Online Sessions and has also supported St. Bishop in his headline gig in the Workman’s on September 13th.

Rachel Mae Hannon is very excited to transfer all this energy to the live stage for her own gig and EP launch on November 7th, 2021. Tickets available this Friday the 17th of September from 9am on Ticketmaster.

King Kong Company Live at Cork Opera House

King Kong Company are back at Cork Opera House, Cork for a late night show on Sunday 24th October – tickets on sale this Friday, September 17 from Cork Opera House Box Office priced at €25 + b/fee . Over 18s – ID required

The Kong Company story so far…. KKC are a band from Waterford, five (now six) blokes, a girl and a Boxhead. In 2011 they started putting out one video a month, put on the first gig in 2012 and played Indiependence on the back of a truck. There was almost the same amount of people at the gig as was in the band. But soon after Body & Soul heard a track and booked them for an early Sunday evening at Electric Picnic where they got lucky and played to, maybe, thousands.

Thinking they had now made it, they tried to get a Dublin gig and, a well-known, but won’t be named, Dublin venue turned them down saying they’d be lucky to get 100 people to it. But the Sugar Club offered them a gig, and it sold out. Then countless sold out gigs at the Cork Opera House, the Button Factory, The Academy and even a sold out gig at The Olympia (yes, just the one, they’re not The Script).

They’ve also stuck 13,000 people in a tent at Electric Picnic for Sunday Mass, had thousands of hedonists lay siege to the Body & Soul arena for their stuffed to the gills lock in that closed the legendary stage. And in between there’s been tracks, an album produced by The Prodigy’s producer Neil McLellan, a Buckfast beer, Glastonbury, a robot, All Together Now, late nights, parties, early mornings, ferries, Prague, London, Newcastle, the engagement proposal, broken down vans, Spraoi, a Best Band in Ireland award and stuff that should never end up in print or online.

Then . . . some sort of pandemic happened, no gigs for twenty months and we all really need to get in a room together, and dance.

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Cork Opera House

Sunday 24th October


Tickets €25 + b/fee on sale Friday at 10am from Cork Opera House Box Office

Over 18s – ID required

Mick Flannery and Susan O’Neill vs Drake for Number 1 on the Official Irish Albums Chart

Mick Flannery and Susan O’Neill’s first collaborative album ‘In The Game’ is up against Drake’s ‘Certified Lover Boy’ for Number 1 on this Friday’s Official Irish Albums Chart.

The duo are sitting at Number 2 midweek on the latest Official Irish Charts sales flash, a narrow margin behind the Canadian rapper’s sixth studio album that reached Number 1 last week.

‘In the Game’ has been receiving huge critical acclaim since its release:

**** “Two stars are reborn” – The Irish Times

9/10* “Electrifying energy” – Hot Press

**** “Exquisite” – Sunday Business Post

“Seductive, beautiful crafted album” -The Sunday Times

RTE Radio 1 Album of the Week

The album has accumulated the most CD sales so far this week, while’ Certified Lover Boy’ takes the lead on streaming.

If you want to support these immensely talented Irish artists get to the #1 spot, you can buy the album on iTunes, any of the stores listed on this link, online or in person – today (Tuesday 14th) or tomorrow (Wednesday 15th) at

Mick Flannery has previously reached Number 1 on the Official Irish Albums Chart on three occasions with Red To Blue (2012), By The Rule (2014) and Mick Flannery (2019).

This week’s final Official Irish Albums and Singles Charts will be published on at 3pm on Friday. Listen to the chart every Friday on RTÉ 2FM with Bláthnaid Treacy at 7pm.

‘In the Game’ Short Documentary:


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Dublin Singer-Songwriter Gerr Walsh to Release ‘Strays’

Friday 24th September sees Dublin singer-songwriter Gerr Walsh release ‘Strays’, the lead single from his forthcoming debut album ‘Ghosts of Hope & Magic’. A swirly, slow-burning acoustic rock track with haunting backing vocals from Naimee Coleman, ‘Strays’ is the sound of a rock band driving a dark, murky tale of a song off the edge of a cliff on a stormy night. ‘Strays’ will be available to stream and download everywhere on Friday 24th September.

The album to be released in October features Drummer Adam Marcello (Katy Perry), Bassist Keith Duffy (The Corrs), Keyboardist Max Greenwood (Jerry Fish, Jack L, Tom Baxter), Backing vocalist Naimee Coleman and Gerr Walsh on acoustic and electric guitars.

Gerr Walsh, is a singer-songwriter from Dublin, Ireland. He released his debut EP ‘Prevailing Winds’ in 2016 – a collection of indie-folk songs, with a melodic heart. With regular plays on radio by late night DJs, including RTE Radio 1’s Fiachna ó Braonáin, a loyal fanbase has been built while playing live with the likes of Joe Chester, Naimee Coleman and Alice Jago.


Ireland Music Week – Artist Schedule

Ireland Music Week announces the artist schedule for this year’s showcase, which will kick off in 3 weeks’ time.

It will take place, once again, via the Hopin online platform, which allows interaction from both fans and industry alike.

Artist schedule with 52 showcasing artists via –  –

The showcases will take place from 8pm nightly, 5th-7th October. The performances were filmed in The Grand Social, Dublin by the stellar Tiny Ark team. Each act will have a 15-minute set and will keep their footage afterwards.

This year IMW welcomes three international artists from the Keychange initiative. They are The Blind Suns, Any Other and Hafdis Huld. Friday 8th will focus on all things AIM Ireland for the day.

Angela Dorgan, CEO of First Music Contact, adds “We can’t wait to bring you the fantastic performances from our 2021 showcases. We were incredibly impressed with the level of performances from this years’ artists and applaud their resilience in a time where they should be playing in loud sweaty rooms.

Tickets on sale now via –

Listen to this year’s showcasing artists via the IMW Spotify playlist

|| Ireland Music Week is supported by The Arts Council, Culture Ireland, CD Baby and CATAPULT || 

Twitter: @irlmusicweek | Instagram: @irelandmusicweek | Facebook: @irelandmusicweek

Discovering The Soundtrack To Ireland’s Future

Patrick Stefan Announces Brand-New Single ‘Anna’

Patrick Stefan (formerly Paj) announces a brand-new single ‘Anna’, due for release across all major platforms from Friday, 17th September 2021.

Stefan was tipped by the likes of Hot Press, Nialler9, District and BBC’s hugely popular Across The Line programme, who all praised him for his ability to blend international music stylings into one unique, globetrotting sound. 

The first single Stefan is releasing under his real name was written about his fateful meeting with the Airbnb host, and the track (which heralds the announcement of his forthcoming album, slated for 2022 release) soars with Stefan’s ethereal vocal—simultaneously grounded by deeply pooled percussion. 

Despite its polished production, ‘Anna’ achieves a stunning simplicity. Stefan never steps across the line into over-production. A marimba incorporates the global sound Stefan has become known for on the breathless cut, which embraces vulnerability, prioritises emotion, and is capable of clearing out mental cobwebs. 

It took an Ayahuasca retreat for the multi-instrumentalist to truly understand what had been missing in his music. Just before the Coronavirus pandemic swept Ireland, Stefan and his wife took a trip to North Brazil, staying at the home of an artist named Anna. Stefan’s takeaway from the enlightening vacation was that he had been trying too hard to cram his music into outdated and unnecessary labels, and was attempting to tap into an of-the-moment sound that—simply put—wasn’t him anymore. 

We were Anna’s first guests in the Airbnb”, Stefan explains of the track. “And she was undergoing a renaissance in her own life. She was splitting from her husband, seemingly now living to the fullest. Her wisdom and fearlessness were inspiring. Anna treated us like family, and I wrote the marimba part and drumbeat while in her house.” 

It was only fitting to name his first track in this newfound headspace after the woman who helped him to realise his potential and accept himself for who he is

Irish-born, half Dutch singer-songwriter Patrick Stefan would describe himself as a bit of a musical polyglot, having lived and performed in America, Brazil and West Africa, and played with some of Ireland’s leading musicians (including Loah, Fehdah, Uly, and rising R&B star Aby Coulibaly). He even has performance credits alongside Eurovision winner Luisa Sobral, and Irish fiddler Martin Hayes, as part of the award winning band Ensemble Ériu.

After completing his Masters in Global Music & Pedagogy at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, the Berklee College of Music graduate began releasing the bulk of his solo material under his former moniker, Paj. Stefan’s folk/jazz group, Leafzang, also released their eponymous album in 2011.

Collaborating across jazz, R&B, and world music genres in a sideman role, 2018 marked the debut solo release, where he stepped into centre stage as a singer-songwriter under Paj. But Stefan—the son of a “hippie folk singer from Holland”—always resisted the idea of his music being written off as man-with-guitar folk, incorporating elements from as many cultures as possible.

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Eimear Crehan Announces Release of ‘Sleeping’

After years of singing funk and rock, and performing at Electric Picnic, Oxegen, Eimear Crehan went on to release a solo album ’SCARS’ in Nov 2018. Since then she has been touring full-time, supporting and duetting with artists like Jack L, Mary Coughlan and more recently The Coronas. Over lockdown Eimear has taken every opportunity to do online streams and then shows wherever possible. These have included theatre shows to restricted audiences and outdoor gigs such as Strawberry Sessions in Lutteralstown Castle, and this weekend she will play September Sessions in association with Sea Sessions in Bundoran. Eimear was recently recognised by The Riverbank Arts Centre as their choice artist and she won their music bursary for this year. As part of that she will perform a headline show in the Riverbank on October 7th.

‘Sleeping’, out Saturday 18th September, is the second single from her second album, and it is a beautiful and haunting track. With beautiful instrumentation, powerful vocals and a deep message about allowing yourself to feel your own pain, this song is so fitting for this new world we find ourselves in where people everywhere are struggling to sleep . Eimear’s voice carries lots of emotion and takes listeners on a journey. Eimear’s vocals have been compared to Adele, Alison Moyet, Cyndi Lauper and Mary Coughlan.

‘Sleeping’ is the second single from the forthcoming album ‘Quiver’ due for release in late 2021.


Instagram: @eimear_music

Epic Alternative R&B Soul Debut Single from Helen Murray

Cork-born and Dublin based alternative R&B soul artist, songwriter, producer and vocalist Helen Murray is set to make waves on the 17th September with her debut release ‘Thank You’.

Helen has performed on some of Ireland’s biggest stages including: Vicar Street, Electric Picnic, RTE 2fm, Today FM and The Late Late Show with artist’s such as James Vincent McMorrow, Aimée, Mik Pyro and Somebody’s Child.

Now armed with a catalogue of impressive releases, Helen is ready to step into the Irish music scene and further afield with her first single ‘Thank You’. Inspired by her early days listening to N.E.R.D, Christina Aguilera, No Doubt, and Destiny’s Child, Helen found her unique, bold and progressive sound. Drawing on experiences of past relationships, Helen wrote and produced ‘Thank You’ in her small bedroom in Dublin City on a cold winter’s day in January 2020. Helen wanted to write an anthem about breakups that was empowering and freeing and that didn’t dwell on heartbreak.

Helen explains that “This song explores self-acceptance, self-confidence and gratitude that comes when you remove yourself from a relationship that isn’t good for you anymore. I suppose it’s a twisted love song thanking the person who entered my life because when they left I realised I deserve so much more than what they gave me.”

The final touch of magic was added by talented producer RVSTLESS (Tomike, Melina Malone, Tobi-A), who Helen has been collaborating with since early 2020. Helen also worked alongside producer Adam Shanahan (Nealo, Bobbi Arlo, Shiv) who recorded and edited the vocals for ‘Thank You’. It’s impossible to listen to Helen Murray’s music without hearing the influences of late 90’s early 00’s pop and R&B. Her sound merges neosoul, R&B, and electronic music to create an energetic, honest and enticing experience. The perfect balance of confidence and insecurity.

Helen Murray is to release a series of singles throughout 2021 and 2022. ‘Thank You’ is out on all music platforms on the 17th September 2021.

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