Co.Down based Brigid O'Neill co-wrote her new single with her friend and fellow artist Matt McGinn, ‘Prayers’ is a cathartic, chart-friendly future live favourite and is set to give fans plenty to chew on as anticipation builds for her forthcoming sequel to 2017 album Touchstone. A potent and passionate protest song which sees the genre-spanning tunesmith tackle Big Brother’s seduction and bullying of the masses, the country and folk flecked foot stomper serves as both a warning and a rallying cry. "Prayers’ is a song with a lot of attitude” says Brigid. “We are constantly confronting the ‘powers that be’ - and they come in so many guises - everything from the Church, to our favourite social media platforms, to a government that falls far short of what it says it’s going to do. Often however we are still attracted to these things - there’s a seduction and a temptation to be part of them. You can be so easily be sucked in and controlled.”
NELLA is recognised worldwide for her solo vocals on Blizzard entertainment's multi-million-dollar video game franchise ‘World of Warcraft: Legion’ which is one of the most widespread video game series in the world today. In Ireland she has had a #1 Alternative Pop EP, Revolution. NELLA's vocals and song writing has featured in video game tracks, films and pop music and regularly collaborates with composers and songwriters all over the world such as recent projects with Jeff Rona and Glen Ballard.
Hailing from Offaly, Irish indie pop artist Brí has previously released 3 singles, debut track, 'LowSupply', 'Polite' and 'Burying'. From the success gained from these releases she sold-out her own Whelan's headline show, received high praise from a multitude of blogs and radio and was selected to perform at Beatvyne's MusicX Tech Experience. While 2020 saw performances from Brí at the esteemed Whelan's Ones to Watch, The Ruby Sessions, headliners in The Sound House,Spirit Store, festival line-up announcements such as Vantastival and the radio success of her recent releases, Brí hints at her debut album, set to be released in October. "More Than" is her fourth single.
Kildare singer-songwriter Megan O’Neill celebrates the release of her second full length studio album, ‘Getting Comfortable with Uncertainty’ . This much anticipated album follows her LP ‘Ghost of You’ (June 2018) which hit #1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts in the UK and Ireland. The recording process began in October 2018 in Leeds, UK, with Joe and Dave Dunwell whilst Megan was living in London. Megan had been working with The Dunwells for a few years previous and found a great creative chemistry there, whenever they wrote together or played music together. eemed a “rising star” by uDiscover and Timeout Magazine London, Megan’s new album has already received huge attention in the sync world, with one track featured in the opening scenes of a new major Netflix series, ‘Firefly Lane’, which aired March 2021. She also performed it live on RTÉ’s Late Late Show.
The Street Parade are an indie band that hail from the midlands town of Portlaoise in Ireland.Their sound is a blend of solid drum and bass mixed with a wash of guitars and retro analogue synth sounds. Although the band are a new name on the scene, the quartet are no strangers to the music circuit having over 30 years gigging experience. All previous members had played and shared stages together throughout the years. Drummer Paul Flynn, bassist, Niall Harney and frontman Brian O’Mahoney had been playing together in a cover band called ‘The Wotnots’. They covered a mish-mash of classic tracks from bands such as The Clash, Stiff Little Fingers to David Bowie and The Doors.The last piece of the puzzle was Cormac (Basil) Bracken who wasn’t sure if his role was synth or guitar, so he did a bit of both. The Street Parade’s forthcoming album is journey of hope. Like the aperture of a camera, it’s described as letting light into darkness.
David Rooney has been working as a visual artist for over three decades creating editorial illustrations that have reflected the great changes taking place in Ireland and abroad. More recently he has been concentrating on historical subjects for books, museums and TV documentaries. Throughout, music has been his constant companion and finally, with some guidance, he discovered he could source his own music from the same well as the art. The Echotal project was produced, engineered and mastered by Torsten Kinsella of ‘God is an Astronaut’ who also co-wrote one of the tracks. It began as an exploration to interweave the two strands of my art and music more fully. At the same time Rooney was creating art for ‘God Is An Astronaut’ which culminated in their latest album release ‘Ghost Tapes #10’.
Demi Michelle Schwartz is a pop and country songwriter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From a young age, she has surrounded herself with music, playing piano, singing her favorite songs, and going to as many concerts as possible. While in college, she discovered her passion for songwriting and decided to turn her experiences into lyrics. The thought of writing a new song is always in her mind, and she can’t resist typing lyrics into her phone and recording melody ideas when she’s inspired. Her songs hold an authenticity that shows who she is, staying true to herself as a songwriter. Her debut single, “Into Focus,” captures the honesty she aims to achieve and sets the stage for her upcoming music. Demi has finished recording her debut album at The Vault Recording Studio. The album is expected to be released in the summer of 2021.
Co. Monaghan singer-songwriter Charles James Livingstone is releasing his debut single as a solo artist after Covid made performing and writing in his band Lowlight Gathering unfeasiblefor the last year. With a full EP due for release later in the year Livingstone is announcing himself as a solo artist with his first single ‘Midnight Moon’. Taking a step back from writing with his band Lowlight Gathering while in lockdown, Charles has decided to go it alone on this one, writing and recording the songs from the comfort of his bedroom at home. With this new single Charles is showcasing the experience he gained along the way as the singer-songwriter and frontman for his previous band, which has given him the confidence to step outside his comfort zone and approach his craft from a solo perspective.
If you can picture yourself in a new york coffeehouse circe 1960s, a lit cigarette smoldering on the table, with a stench of coffee in the air, you need only add the Leonard Cohenesque charm of David Skinner's brutally honest, beautifully fingerpicked and impressively poetic lyricism to complete the scene. At only 27, David Skinner has been around the world of music and come back full circle. Born and based in Ireland, his music has been described as a contemporary Tom Waits, with indie folk influence to join in the heavy rumbling of his bassy voice as it cries out with words of love and despair. David's guitar playing has attracted the attention of legendary musicians Joe Satriani, Tommy Emmanuel and Arlo Guthrie. He has toured in Ireland, the UK and USA. He was also one of Sky arts 'Guitar stars' of 2015.
Carlow brothers Diarmuid and Brían Mac Gloinn already made their mark on the Irish music scene with their debut EP Rose & Briar in 2015. Their ability to combine Irish and English folk influences is just extraordinary. They started out busking on the streets of Carlow before going on to host a Monday night folk session in Walsh’s pub, Stoneybatter. It was through this that the brothers caught the eye of the filmmaker Myles O’Reilly whose videos of them led to an upsurge in recognition, having drawn the attention of Glen Hansard who invited them on his European tour. The brothers are now based in Dublin. They released two albums and one EP to date. Recently they shared two new tracks I'm a rover and The Bothy Lads on limited 7-inch vinyl. The Bothy Lads has now been released on all digital platforms.