Music from the Heart

CD Reviews

Brendan Monaghan - Unbroken

County Down songwriter Brendan Monaghan performs his material at home and in many different countries around the world. He shared the same bill as many top international artists and has written material for several recording artists. He has released eight albums to date. The themes on his latest release, Unbroken, cover feelings like love, faith, belief one's self and nostalgia. These songs were mainly written while travelling to shows between city to city, country to country.

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Dreaming Of Jupiter - Fading (EP)

3 piece Alt-Pop/Soul band from Dublin City have been performing live together since late 2016 when they burst onto the scene with a packed out single/video launch for their debut track 'Light of My Life in Dublin's Whelans. This was followed by a string of several acclaimed festival performances and shows including Castlepalooza, Sunflower Fest and Sea Sessions among others, even performing in Spain for an intimate Sofar Sounds show in Madrid. The band finished up last year with a private live recorded performance for a limited number of fans in Dublin's renowned 'Windmill Lane Studios', making for a great closing show for the year, and ensuring that the band are a musical force to be reckoned with moving into 2018.

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Andrew Patterson - Something in December (single)

Andrew Patterson is a singer/songwriter from Belfast. Influenced by the likes of Glen Hansard, Foy Vance or Bruce Springsteen, he writes honest songs about hope, love and loss built upon everyday experiences and dreams. He has made appearances at the Belfast Nashville and Portstewart songwriter's festivals and in March 2016 released his debut EP  "Pave The Road".

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Jamie McDonald & The Number Nein - Dark of Heartness

It's always amazing to see how productive some artists are. Jamie McDonald is one of them. He released the album "Maladies of country and soul" not that long ago ( you can read the review here and the interview about the album)  but now he comes with another one. This time a bit different. Raw sound but still honest and with the unmistakable vocal.

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Maul Park - Storybooks

Every creative person knows how hard it is to figure out a stage name if you don't want to use your own. Brothers Paul and Mark Byrne from Dublin solved this mystery in a very clever way by reversing the first letters in their names and Maul Park entered the world. Simple and catchy.

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Gary Ó'Nualláin - Victories (single)

Gary Ó'Nualláin is an upcoming songwriter from West Dublin. He is a graduate of the inaugural class of BIMM Dublin, where he cut his musical teeth with indie alt rockers Casual Friday. His influences include Oasis, The Stone Roses, The Verve, The La’s, and U2. Gary started playing music at age 7 with the whistle. He continued playing trad, and in Céilí bands all through his schooldays. The influence of traditional Irish music can be heard in his compositions, with their punch the air rebel defiance.

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Fiachna Ó Braonáin - Bougainvillea

This eternaly smiling gentleman certainly doesn't need long introduction. Many of you know him as the guitarist of Ireland's Hothouse Flowers, others immediately recognize his voice on RTÉ Radio 1 where he's presenting Late Date and often stepping in for John Creedon when this is away.

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HUSH - If You Smile (Recycled)

HUSH is a Norwegian melodic rock band formed in 1998 by Kenneth Kristiansen (guitar) and Patrick Simonsen (vocal). The band has extensive experience on both national and international scene. To this day, HUSH has recorded 4 albums. As for November 2018 and to mark the 20 years on the scene, they're re-releasing their debut album If You Smile. The drums, bass, guitars and some vocals have been recorded again in the autumn of 2018.

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Greenshine - Dandelion Seed (single)

Greenshine is a Cork based family trio consisting of Noel Shine, Mary Greene and their daughter Ellie. Their songs cross boundaries between contemporary, folk, roots and self-penned songs. The band is known for excellent musicianship and striking family harmonies. Mary added her talent to the albums of Christy Moore, John Spillane, Frances Black to mention a few. Noel is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, bouzouki, mandolin, traditional whistle) and this had seen him much in demand as a session musician. He and Mary have released 3 acclaimed albums together.  Ellie grew up around music and has been performing since the age of 13. She has been placed among the most exciting young singers of Ireland for many years. Her vocal style is natural and unaffected by vocal trends which makes it timeless.

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Jane Willow - Onward Still (EP)

Jane Willow is a Dutch singer/songwriter who moved to Dublin, Ireland, at the age of 21 to pursue music. In recent years she's played venues like Vicar street, Whelan's, The Workman's club in Dublin, Roisín Dubh in Galway or Electric Picnic. In August 2017 she opened for Glen Hansard in Vicar street. She has been featured in The Irish Times, The Irish Times Women’s Podcast, RTE Radio 1, BBC Radio Ulster, Lyric FM and recently won of the Intercollective Competition 'Best Musician'.

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