Tracy Bruen, Galway’s Original Solo Artist of the Year 2015 (Galway Advertiser) plays with a group of well known local musicians. Her music combines a mixture of indie folk with hints of blues. A multi-instrumentalist and classically trained singer, Tracy engages a wide vocal range to explore the elements of the voice as an instrument in her songs.
Have you ever thought about combining Irish and Nordic traditional music? It may sound impossible but Dublin-based trio Slow Moving Clouds crossed the border and made it a reality. Their debut album Os is like a breath of fresh air on the music scene. Something you don't come across too often but when you do, you remember it. Slow Moving Clouds de-construct traditional tunes and piece them together again in their own characteristic way.
What happens when the acclaimed songwriter teams with the superstars of traditional music? Something magical is created. Belfast songwriter Duke Special joined the traditional group Ulaid for a truly extraordinary collaboration. We've seen many sides of Duke Special already but certainly nothing like this. Breathtaking combination with the traditional instruments elevates his music and creates something unique. And above all - this is a live recording that captures the atmosphere and makes the listener a part of the concert.
They say dream big. Dreams can come true. Who could have known when David Linehan of Dublin punk band Hooligan met Christy Dignam of Aslan 25 years ago that these two would record a song together and share a stage years later. Nothing is impossible if you believe in your dreams.
There are albums that are simply timeless. Albums we go back to for many years, that mean something to us. Originally recorded in 1999, Made in Dublin by legendary Aslan has become one of those. The band from North Dublin has been together for 35 years and one might think they should be internationally known as well as their fellow countrymen U2. Unfortunately for many, this is not the case. The band members take it as a sort of compliment that they managed to stay together for all those years and make a living out of music.
Stuart Neville is Scottish singer/songwriter based in Vienna who studied art and sound engineering at university. Moved to Vienna in 2005 and there he formed a band called Judo Push which split up in 2015. At the same time Shane Ó Fearghail, Mark Peters and Stuart Neville started a group for musicians called the Vienna Songwriting circle. It’s a network, workshops and a support group for songwriters based in Austria. These artists also founded their own festival called Schottenfest which shows the connections between Ireland, Scotland and Austria. Bright-Eyed Young Things is Neville's debut solo EP.
Horizons is a new single by a mystery Dublin singer/songwriter known as Nousom Knots. Trained in both classical music and jazz, he established a solid groundwork in solo live performance by gigging throughout Ireland and in Paris, France over the last couple of years.
This is a debut EP from Dublin singer/songwriter Iann Brennan who has been writing songs and performing from a young age. Playing in many bands through the years, he has built up an experience that shows itself when you see him live. Iann has gone from being nominated for Best Irish New-Comer Award by Pure M Magazine to supporting legends such as Aslan, Mary Coughlan, Dick Valentine, Kíla and Declan O’Rourke.
We all know Ireland is a well containing diverse talents. There are some we are familiar with, others are less known although they deserve wider audience. This is the case of Jamie McDonald, a singer/songwriter from Carlow who has lived in Spain, Bulgaria and now he's back on the home soil. Jamie sings with such a contagious passion and energy that would even awake the dead, as they say.