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IYMAs Announces Online National Event for Young Creatives and Musicians

Youth Work Ireland’s Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMAs) is excited to announce the return of its online all ages national event on Saturday September 18th. This event will offer young creatives and musicians from across the country access to some of Ireland’s best industry professionals for exclusive workshops and performances.

The IYMAs works with youth projects and young people (aged 12-19) from across the island of Ireland, providing personal development and hands-on music-based education as well as providing access to the creative and music industries.

This year’s online event will feature leading creative industry professionals including award winning dance pop trio Chasing Abbey who will give advice on how to use social media effectively as an artist; Nialler9 will speak with Soda Blonde about their critically acclaimed debut album; RTE Choice Prize Song Of The Year nominee Gemma Dunleavy will chat to RTÉ 2FM DJ Tara Stewart, providing advice for up and coming musicians; hit podcasters Laura Fox and Emma Power from RTÉ 2FM’s chart topping show My First Ride will teach participants how to start a podcast and BIMM Institute Dublin will host a song writing workshop plus more to be announced.

The event will also feature a showcase of up and coming young creatives and musicians from across the Irish Youth Music Awards hubs with the premiere of exclusive music and performance videos produced by them.

Tickets for the Irish Youth Music Awards National Online event are available from Eventbrite priced €10 per person excluding booking fee here.

IYMAs Director Barry Lennon said: “We are delighted to be announcing the line-up for our all ages online IYMAs National event for 2021. It’s vital that we support  young people learn, collaborate and to realize their own potential and confidence as they are the future creative entrepreneurs of this island. This year we saw a larger engagement by young females across our hubs as well having over two thirds of participants in the programme from CSO/ POBAL deprivation scoring areas showing the impact and importance of this work. We look forward to welcoming everyone to our event on September 18th with tickets now on sale.

Director of Music RTÉ 2FM, Adam Fogarty said “We are very excited to be supporting the IYMAs programme again this year and we are looking forward to the IYMAs online National event on September 18th. It’s great to see the continued growth and evolution of the IYMAs on a yearly basis. This partnership is extremely important for 2FM so we can provide young people access to the music industry and support them in developing their careers.

IYMAs partners and supporters include The Department of Children and Youth Affairs, RTÉ 2FM, BIMM Institute Dublin, IMRO, Music Maker, Gaisce – The President’s Award, National Lottery and Youth Action Northern Ireland.

New Single from CADA

Colum Jordan (CADA) is a musician, producer, graphic designer and visual artist from Dublin Ireland.
‘The Vapours’ is the second single from the album ‘Liminal V’ which was recorded and produced in CADA’s home in Dublin 8 during the various stages of lockdown.

With rich soundscapes, complex arrangements and abrasive rhythms it carries on from where his debut, Muloc, left off. CADA utilises synths, drum machines and traditional instruments in equal measure during the course of the album to fluidly traverse genres.

The tracks themselves move between impassioned and the absurd dealing with themes of liminality and uncertainty.


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PRiiCE Set to Release New Track ‘Kingsize’

Irish duo PRiiCE have crashed the music scene with a bang, garnering notable support from BBC Radio 1, The Line Of Best Fit, Notion Magazine and Earmilk as well as being featured in Spotify’s Fresh Finds: Pop and New Music Friday. ‘Kingsize’, out 15th September, is their upcoming release and their most accomplished offering yet. Neatly illustrating the pair’s versatility, ‘Kingsize’ is less full-throttle than its predecessors at first with double-bass riffs being countered by brass lines alongside a stunning vocal. Then it comes to an anarchic ending with masses of distorted vocal and pulsing bass licks.

‘Kingsize’ is taken from PRiiCE’s debut mixtape, entitled ‘44’, which promises to be a moving collage of electro-pop, indie and hip hop. The confines of genre are clearly of little concern to this enigmatic duo. PRiiCE blend rhythmic vocals and unforgettable melodic riffs to form well rounded alt-pop songs that feel like chilling out at an after session with your mates. This is feel-good alternative pop at its best. Discussing the single, the duo explain:

“’Kingsize’, similarly to our debut single ‘Sunflower’, is the result of one day’s work and a hard drive mishap. We sat on the song for a good while but we kept on coming back and back to it. For us, it feels like a really good and raw expression of what we’re trying to make as PRiiCE.”

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Irish Artist Hallie’s Upcoming Single ‘Circles’

‘Circles’, out 1st October, marks the return of Irish award winning singer/songwriter/recording artist Hallie following her one year music journey with three singles in her belt and national and worldwide airplay. Inspired by relationships which are challenging and difficult to hold firm boundaries. It deals with emotive, deep issues while bringing Hallie’s sound to an upbeat dance pop track!

Hallie was diagnosed with inoperable end stage double jaw joint degenerative disease earlier this year & no hope of replacements due to permanent mental health & chronic illnesses. Hallie will never be free of chronic pain which debilitates her singing but made the decision to continue despite it all. She wants to use her platform to advocate for others going through similar issues.

She wants to remind people they are not alone & raise awareness of conditions which aren’t talked about enough & help end the stigma.

Hallie wants to inspire others to make their own music career path, break music industry norms for people who are debilitated & can’t preform live to ‘normal artist standards’.

Hallie is an Irish multiple award winning cross genre singer/songwriter/recording artist. She emerged as ‘Hallie’ in early ’19 with her debut single ‘Familiar Place’ to critical acclaim, with rotation on multiple national/worldwide radio stations. Hallie has made the ‘RTE Recommends Playlist’ with all her singles to date. Hallie is an avid mental health & chronic pain advocate living with chronic illnesses & wants to use her platform to advocate & remind others who’ve struggled that they’re never alone. She began writing poems & songs as a personal release to soothe & channel her life long battle with depression, anxiety and chronic pain. She graduated with a BA Hons Degree in Music (WIT) ’15, after completing her first year in BIMM Dublin. Her music & songs were kept private and personal for years. Hallie won the first Golden Discs Golden Busker Competition ’19 and Best Original Song in the Guinness Singing & Swinging Awards. With her Golden Disc’s prize she recorded her music professionally for the first time at The Orchard Recording Studio. She was diagnosed with inoperable end stage double jaw joint degenerative disease, debilitating her from touring in ’21. Despite her challenges, she wants to inspire others to follow their dreams, rewrite music industry norms & fight for what you love even when you don’t feel deserving. Her upcoming single ‘Circles’ releases 1st October ‘21.


Eoin Glackin Relishes the Chance to Rethink a Few Things on new single “Our Way”

Dublin-born singer-songwriter, Eoin Glackin, releases his new single ‘Our Way’ on 20th Septemberan uplifting reminder that the future is unwritten. “Although we’ve certainly missed out on a lot over the course of the pandemic, a positive has been that people have had time to reconsider the track that certain aspects of their lives were on. Both small and big choices have been given fresh perspectives, and there’s no harm in that. That’s where this song comes from, realising that our future really is ours and nobody else’s. It’s a call to embrace that feeling of uncertainty and just follow your own feet,” says Glackin.

The song is produced by Justin Adams (Tinariwen, Jah Wobble), an acclaimed blues and world-music producer, musician and long-time collaborator of music legend Robert Plant: “Myself and Justin first hit it off chatting about Mississippi John Hurt, the great folk and blues musician whose work I’ve come to admire more and more over the past few years. I’ve been having a great time picking Justin’s brain about all things folk and blues.

The new song builds on the momentum of Glackin’s recent string of acclaimed single releases including ‘How Quick The World Can Change’, ‘Before The Rain’ and ‘Dublin In The Sun’ all of which featured in heavy rotation on Irish and UK radio stations including Today FM, RTE, Spin, 98fm, TalkRadio and the BBC.

A relentless tourer, Glackin has shared the road with legendary acts like The Darkness, Joan Armatrading and Irish icons, Aslan.

The Workman’s Club, Dublin on Sat 27 Nov – Buy Tickets

FELISPEAKS & 1000 Beasts ‘But For The Honour Of The Pen Out Now

‘But For The Honour Of The Pen’ sees Nigerian-Irish poet FELISPEAKS (Irish Women In Harmony, Poetry Ireland Board of Directors). Join 1000 Beasts on this unique collaboration, an electronic artist/producer & an exciting spoken word artist, resulting in a beautiful electronic offering from his debut album.

The use of the zither & guzheng create a mellow atmosphere on this heartfelt piece, tackling a topic that so many experience, but have so few words to describe.

1000 Beastsis the alias of Cian Sweeney, an Irish producer/artist who collaborates with different artists on every track (they are the “beasts” behind the name) to make soulful, indiepop & hip hop inspired tracks. His production work has seen him garner over 15,000,000 streams on Spotify for collaborators songs and his own artist project, and he’s a platinum selling producer thanks to his work on the 2020 hit song ‘Fake Fine’ by Robert Grace.

His debut EP ‘On A Different Page’ was released in July 2020 through Unity Group (Paris) followed by the runaway success of his remixes for Elaine Malone (You) and Joshua Burnside (Noa Mercier). 1000 Beasts remix of You by Elaine Malone has been featured on the new Cafe Del Mar album Cafe Del Mar XXVII as well as heavily supported on DSP playlists.

Recent releases from his forthcoming debut album have been ‘For You & I’ feat Alex Tierney, ‘NYCBB’ feat regular

Soft Boy Records collaborator Célia Tiab, and most recently ‘Sugar High’ feat TOUCAN.

All tracks have seen support from radio, press and the DSP’s.

Support including Greatest Track In The World on BBC ATL Introducing, Track OF The Week on 2FM and multiple Spotify editorial additions.

1000 Beasts sits at over 100,000 monthly listeners on Spotify.

2021 will see 1000 Beasts release his debut album through Jawdropper Records who are backed by worldwide digital distribution via the Universal Music owned InGrooves.

FELISPEAKS is a Nigerian-Irish Poet, Performer, Playwright from Co. Longford; currently living in Dublin.

No stranger to the Irish literary and performance space, FELISPEAKS was nominated for ‘Best Performer’ by Dublin Fringe Festival Sept 2018 Judged for her performance in ‘BOYCHILD’, a co-written play by Dagogo Hart and herself.

As well as being a Member of the Poetry Ireland Board of Directors, Felicia is a member of the Poetry Collective, WeAreGriot.

Her poem: ‘For Our Mothers’ is in the Ordinary Level English Leaving Cert Curriculum for the year of examination 2023. FELISPEAKS performed her commissioned poetry at CONCERN’s 50th Anniversary in Dublin Castle in September 2018.

It included speakers such as UN Deputy Secretary-General, Amina J. Mohammed, President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins, President Bill Clinton and Former President of Ireland Mary Robinson.

Felicia has also been honoured with an award by the (APNI)African Professional Network of Ireland for her unique contribution to the art scene in Dublin City, December 2017.

FELISPEAKS is also part of Irish Women in Harmony on a recent remix of ‘Only A Woman’, and is a member of WeAreGriot, a poetry collective consisting of herself, Dagogo Hartand Samuel Yakura – curating poetry/rap events – Talkatives and writing plays.

FELISPEAKS is currently enjoying creating poetry and performance pieces that always promise to introduce her audience to the journey of emotion in every story. Honoured to share her thought processes about life’s experiences and her passions on stage; FELISPEAKS hopes to inspire thought, excitement and perspective.

Over the last three years, FEISPEAKS has graced some prestigious stages such as the Tommy Tiernan Show, National Concert Hall, Dublin Castle, opening for THISISPOPBABY’S RIOT show and Kate Tempest in Vicar St, opening for Saul Williams in the Sugar Club and the Olympia Theatre in response to Repeal the 8th. Felispeaks has also participated in festivals such as Mother Tongues Festival (Talkatives, February 2020 Tallaght),  Women and Children First in Ghent, Belgium March 2020, St. Patrick’s Festival, First Fortnight Festival, Dublin Fringe Festival, Wexford Literary Festival, Cuirt International Galway Festival, Electric Picnic, O’Bheal Winter Warmer Festival Cork, and Waterford Writers Weekend.

1000 Beasts on ‘But For The Honour Of The Pen’, “Almost two years ago I was working on a session arranged by RTE celebrating Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries at Camden Recording Studios in Dublin. It was there that I first met FELISPEAKS.

I was floored by her performance that day and thought to myself that I have to collaborate with her in some capacity. We were chatting for a bit and I expressed that I was really interested in working with her on a musical piece, something she had never done before at that point.

I went home and worked on a few instrumentals and sent some beats over to her – she came back very quickly with a gorgeous poem – ‘But For The Honour Of The Pen’ – and that was it. I believe it was an older piece that she re-worked and set to the music.

The whole process was incredibly easy, FELIPSEAKS is such a wordsmith that the recording process was very organic and natural. I just put up the mic, pressed record and let FELIPSEAKS do her thing.

I wanted there to be a moment of dead air at the end as well, where FELISPEAKS’ words are left to hang in your ears before the music finishes, to give the listener a chance to contemplate her words. I did this by stripping everything back and just leaving a single pad texture play out the last few seconds of the track. It’s one of my favourite moments.

I’m incredibly happy with both the results of this piece and the video, I think it’s easily the most unique track on the album which is important because I wanted there to be pieces in there that would both challenge the listener and challenge the stereotypes of what music a producer should and shouldn’t make. It’s definitely a genre and area of production that I would love to explore more in the future.”

FELISPEAKS on ‘But For The Honour Of The Pen, “The poem is about the plague of depression while you’re trying to figure out who you are, your artistry and it’s value. It’s a dark place that only illuminates by pushing through it. You find the tunnel has an end when you keep going. I kept moving. 

The collaboration was a beautiful thing. I wrote the piece in 2019 and I wouldn’t have shared it if Cian didn’t have the perfect music for it. I wouldn’t have shared it at all actually. But it fit, it challenged me to tell an old truth in a new way. I thoroughly enjoyed the process! Here’s to sharing old wounds and finding new ways to heal them! “

1000 Beasts

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Victoria Keating and Declan Sinnott ‘Is She Really Going Out With Him?’

Declan Sinnott and Victoria Keating have re-imagined Joe Jackson’s wonderful song ‘Is She Really Going Out With Him’. The single is out on September 10th, which is Declan and Victoria’s eleventh anniversary as a couple.

Victoria’s incredible vocals are surrounded by an unlikely clatter of ukulele, tuba and trombones, dobro, and a bunch of other stuff. Victoria whistles and scats her way through one of the most charming tracks you will hear this year. The whole affair is beautifully put together by Declan Sinnott. This is the first track from an album recorded together, due for release in spring 2022.

Declan and Victoria will be making real music, in front of real people, real soon.

Victoria Social Media:

Instagram: @victoriakeatingmusic. Twitter: @keatingvickie

Declan Social Media:

Facebook: Twitter: @decsinnott

The Opium Sessions Announce Line Up

Black Dog Music Ltd proudly presents The Opium Sessions taking place across five nights in Opium Dublin, Wexford Street from 7th to 10th October 2021. Tickets are available to purchase from costing €15.00 inclusive of booking fees.

Kicking off the series, Irish singer Mary Coughlan will headline 7th October. She will perform songs from her latest album ‘Life Stories’ which went straight to number 1 on the iTunes chart. With amazing reviews including a four-star rating in Business Post, Sunday Times, and Irish Times. Support comes from Roo Elizabeth.

On Friday, 8th October is Irish punk band Paranoid Visions with special guests The Nilz. Appeared on the East and West coasts of America, Canada, Japan, and all over Europe at headline shows and performing at some of the biggest festivals in the world (Rebellion, Riot Fest, Punk Rock Bowling, ’77 Fest, Amnesia to name but a few).

Sack is a Dublin-based 5-piece band comprising Martin McCann on vocals, John Brereton (guitar), Tony Brereton (drums) Derek Lee (bass) and Ken Haughton (guitar). The band celebrated their brand-new single ‘What A Way To Live’ last month which is already making waves at Irish Radio. Sack will perform a special show on Saturday, October, 9th with special guests The Pale. The Pale also returns with a brand-new single entitled ‘Dog For Life’. This will be the first track taken from the band’s first-ever best of compilation album entitled ‘Paleanthology’, due for release 22nd October.

Finally, on Sunday, 10th October, A Lazarus Soul will perform live at Opium Rooms with special guests Zeztra. 2019 saw the release of their fifth album ‘The D They Put Between The R & L’, it brought them to universal acclaim. With a more Irish folk influence than its post punk predecessors, it was an album the nation took to its heart. Join them in this special performance in Opium Rooms.

Episode 3 Details Announced for Seconds Away

Seconds Away s a 5-part series of musician snapshots from the island of Ireland, recorded live in the National Stadium, Dublin, and presented by Gemma Bradley (BBC NI). The series was produced by Singular Artists and was made possible with support from the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport, and Media.

Episode 3 of Seconds Away will feature Ailbhe Reddy, Slaney, Dani Larkin, Sam Wickens, Odd Morris, Jealous of the Birds, Rebekah Fitch and Smoothboi Ezra. Episode 3 will air on Nialler9, 15th September at 8 pm on his YouTube channel as well as The Alternative with Dan Hegarty on RTÉ 2FM will also broadcast chosen performances from 10 pm on the same night.

Speaking about Seconds Away, Fin O’ Leary of Singular Artists said: “Seconds Away has been an exciting project to work on for all involved, it’s been amazing to bring together so many incredible artists to perform live again. The National Stadium is a fantastic venue, steeped in history, and really comes to life in the series.

Pete & Tom On Song to Release ‘All Fall Down’

‘All Fall Down’, the new single from Pete and Tom On Song will be out on Friday September 17 on iTunes, Spotify and other platforms.

Perfect pop for parents and children of parents.

Life, love, freedom and death all captured in three minutes of pop bop, floating on a majestic sea swell of violin from the infinitely talented and inventive Aingeala De Búrca, who turns to gold all she touches. Life, love, freedom and death but love above all else.

‘All Fall Down’ is the eighth single from Pete and Tom On Song. Recorded and Mastered by Graham Watson in Floodplain Studios.

Follow Pete and Tom On Song on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Watch the video, shot on location in the Caribbean created by Colman O’Brien, on YouTube.

Pete and Tom are Pete Nugent and Tom O’Brien, two gentlemen who have returned to song writing after a long gap, under intense pressure from a frantic public having played music together back in the 1980s.

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