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Weekend Special and Kylabelle team up on ‘Make Room For The New’

April 20, 2023

The lyrics for “Make Room for the New” were inspired by the Mike Mills movie, “Beginners” (2010), in which Ewan McGregor plays Oliver, a man reflecting on the life and death of his father, Hal (played by Christopher Plummer – the oldest man ever to win an Oscar). The movie seems to be primarily about Hal who comes out (as gay) very late in life, following the death of his wife. But in reality the film deals far more with Oliver’s inability to form stable love relationships, thanks to the frigid emotional role models provided by his parents.

Weekend Special is a songwriting and production supergroup whose members have worked in studio or on stage with the likes of Nick Cave, INXS, Mary Black and Leslie Dowdall (In Tua Nua). The band consists of Rohan Healy (guitars, additional instrumentation), Al Quiff (upright and electric bass), David Virgin (vocals, guitar) and Seán Silke (pianos, strings). Kylabelle is the featured vocalist on this recording.

Weekend Special’s songwriting powerhouse is Seán Silke. With hundreds of compositions to his name, Seán’s work is recognised for its mature and imaginative lyrics, aligned with strong hooks and melodies.

The production team behind the Weekend Special sound is Beardfire Music, consisting of brothers Rohan and Al Healy, and their father David Virgin. They have a combined experience of 75 years on stage and in studio, adding up to over two thousand live shows across the globe, including appearances on Irish, French and Australian TV and The Voice UK in England, five number 1’s on the Australian indie charts, and hundreds of production and session credits and awards.

Beardfire productions have generated impressive streaming numbers through artists like RUNAH and Patricia Lalor. Their recordings have graced international radio, including numerous RTE playlists. And their artists have been signed by international labels like Motor Music, PR Records Label Group, Bonfire Records, and Atlantic Records (Warner Music Group).

Kylabelle is a talented singer/songwriter who has generated a major following in Dublin, busking in the city centre. From a young age she has performed in plays and musical productions at the National Concert Hall, the Olympia Theatre and the Bord Gais Energy Theatre. She has also provided support vocals to Paul Carrack and Finbar Fury on the ‘The Late Late Show’.

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