The early 1990s seems to be an era where some of the most influential acts on the Irish music scene and beyond emerged. Dublin rockers The Pale are without doubt key part of that period but we have to say, after seeing them live quite a lot in the last year or two, they are like the fine wine - the older the better. Nearly 30 years in the game that is music industry and going from strength to strength. It took them a while to come with the new release but the wait was totally worth it. The offering is entitled Merciful Hour and was released earlier this year.
The Belfast singer/songwriter has had an extremely busy year since the release of his second EP, “Out Of Babylon” in January 2019. From career defining gigs supporting Peter McVeigh at a sold out show in the Sunflower, an evening of support for Tony Villiers in Eastside Arts to the Forest Songwriter stage at Dalriada Festival- Andrew can be found honing his craft and shining the light of song in every performance, with passion and a love of storytelling. "Upon The Shore" is his latest single.
Adellaide was formed in 2016 with the proposal to make Melodic Hard Rock with A.O.R. elements, inspired by names such as: Journey, Survivor, Kansas, Asia, mixing it with a current sound like Lionville, Care of Night, Sonic Station, Wild Rose. The European label Lions Pride Music signed with the band to release the full debut album "Flying High" in October 2107 on CD and digital & streaming platforms worldwide, with the same professionals involved in the recording (Tito Falaschi and Joey Polycarpo), music production and cover of the previous work, the band recorded a videoclip of the song "Save Your Love and Learn to Live" by Sony Music and made it available on the Vevo platform. They now return with the second album called New Horizons, released through Lions Pride Music.
Alternative singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Art Block from East London has been on the scene for quite a few years now, having released several singles and EPs to date, the most recent being Acoustic Sessions earlier this year. His latest single is called The Basement.
The first thing that strikes you upon hearing Sam Wickens for the very first time is his voice. Deep, evocative, mature beyond his years. So is his songwriting. Compared to Jeff Buckley, John Martin, Death Cab For Cutie, Tom Waits, Sam is a soulful writer and performer with a restless creativity, conveying a personal blend of Electronic, Soul, Blues, Gospel, Folk and Indie. All I've Seen is his debut album.
Runah is an art-folk artist based between Dublin and Manchester. Having been a part of the global Sofar Sounds series and played in various cities internationally, RUNAH has collaborated with other artists, most recently Florida based producer FKNSYD on her 2018 EP Calcify. Other international collaborations have included ‘Neighbourhoods Pt. 2’ with Australian six-piece Fairchild, Melbourne based artist Calan-Mai and a recent support slot for London based duo Empathy Test. RUNAH recently released her debut album entitled " Strange", recorded/produced with David Virgin, Rohan Healy and Al Quiff at Beardfire Studio, Dublin; a father and sons production team who, in their collective six decades of musical experience, have worked – on stage or in studio – with the likes of Nick Cave, INXS, Leslie Dowdall (In Tua Nua), Mary Black, The Cruel Sea, Cat Power, Billy Bragg and Lloyd Cole, to name a few.
Seán McComish is a young musician and songwriter, hailing from Fethard-On-Sea, Co. Wexford, Ireland. Surrounded by music and a musical family his entire life, it wasn't long before Seán picked up the guitar. Upon hearing the album 'Music And Me' by Michael Jackson, Seán knew from a ridiculously early age what he wanted to do with his life...
Play music. Write songs.
The four-piece from Dublin is comprised of brothers, lead singer James and drummer Dan Smith, guitarist Niall Mooney, and Gary Quinn on bass. Their debut album Born Brief, released in 2017, had been ten years in the making. Freed up from the pressure of introducing where they came from on their debut, their second album, ‘SUSPENDED’ brings with it a more mature sound and central theme of hope born from moments of struggle. While they admit they write songs in what might be considered a backwards way, music first and lyrics second, it's easy to see that it is born from an understanding between four young men who have been creating together for over a decade. This understanding allows them to continually bring each other outside of their comfort zones.
David Hopkins is an Irish singer/songwriter, originally from Dublin, currently living in the United States. He was the original keyboard player for the Irish alternative rock band Lir. He also toured with The Who in 2001, playing keyboards during their Quadrophenia Tour. Hopkins' songs found a larger audience through wide-release motion pictures such as Paris Hilton's The Hottie and the Nottie, Van Wilder 2: The Rise of Taj, Speed Dating, and The Year of Getting to Know Us, starring Jimmy Fallon, Lucy Liu and Sharon Stone. Hopkins performed his solo material with Damien Rice, The Frames, Lindsey Stirling, Jeff Buckley, Sinéad O'Connor, Bell X1 among others.