Music from the Heart

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Denise Brennan - Raise a Glass to New Year (single)

Denise Brennan has recorded a song called “Raise A Glass To New Year” written by Gillian Tuite and Keith McLoughlin, recorded by Beardfire Music Studio. The song is about reflecting on a year gone by and looking forward to a new year. It’s a catchy pop song that will be released on all major digital stores at midnight on Friday 31st December, 24 hours before the New Year. Denise Brennan is a singer, actress, performer, songwriter, and teacher from Wicklow. 

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Luke Clerkin - Normal People (single)

Luke Clerkin is a two-time SCC Song Writing competition winning Irish songwriter and artist from Dublin. He has been playing and releasing music for the last 6 years. His music has gained international airplay and support, whilst also topping the Irish Singer Songwriter Charts on multiple occasions.

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Maya Isacowitz - Nature Is My Hood (single)

Maya Isacowitz is a singer songwriter, originally from Kibbutz Maayan Baruch, Israel, with South African roots. She initially made a name for herself performing with her guitar, capturing the ears of many, with her unique voice and vulnerable presence.Maya grew up in a home filled with music, and a father who builds musical instruments. Her music combines a wide range of styles and influences- from acoustic folk and African groove, to edgy rock and electronic pop, all wrapped in her tender voice and poignant lyrics. Her debut album 'Safe & Sound', which was independently released in 2011, reached Gold inIsrael. It was frequently aired on the radio and peaked on the charts. She was named 'Best NewArtist' for 2012 in Israel.

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Trouble Pilgrims - Free to Dance (single)

Formed in 2013 with the intention of continuing the legacy of The Radiators from Space but with a main focus on recording and performing brand new material the band have certainly lived up to that mantra. To date Trouble Pilgrims have released three singles, the much-lauded double A side debut of Animal Gang Blues c/w Who Do You Love?  which was followed in 2015 by Instant Polaroid (The Man on The Bridge). The band recorded their debut album over the summer of 2017 and the resulting work ‘Dark Shadows and Rust’ received its worldwide release to widespread acclaim on Chiswick Records via Ace on 27th October 2017 with a limited edition 180g red vinyl version released in January 2018.

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Kandemic - Hangover (single)

In the midst of a global pandemic, and what we can only call a crushing year for so many, four musicians got together to kill some time by making music. It had been their passion individually for decades. And with what felt like never-ending lockdowns, the one thing they had was time. With diverse experience and backgrounds in folk, rock, hip hop and reggae, the music started to take shape, and Kandemic was born. With everything going on in the world, it became clear from the very start that Kandemic had a lot to say and a story to tell. As one lockdown was followed by another, the band kept writing and recording music. And six months and thousands of cans of beer later, Kandemic realised they had an album in their hands and a message from far beyond the stars. Rock, punk, hip hop and reggae, and swapping between English and Italian languages, Kandemic's sound picks from the past and sets out to make something new. Band members from Helsinki, Milan, Rome and Venice now call Dublin their home.

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Klubber Lang - This Place (single)

Somewhat of a nineties supergroup, Dublin outfit Klubber Lang are made up of Revelino guitarist Ciaran Tallon, ex-(sic) bass player Ciaran McGoldrick on vocals and bass, ex-Mexican Pets drummer Fin O'Leary and producer Ronan McHugh on keyboards. With the two singles released to date, ‘There, There’ and ‘Not My Day’, Klubber Lang have made a real statement of intent and have created a real level of expectation about what is yet to come.

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Javier Carrillo - No Sorrow (single)

Javier Carrillo  is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has been playing guitar since he was 12. Born in Peru, his biggest influences were the alternative rock from the 80s and 90s, and the "trova" music so popular in South America.Later he moves to Italy where he polished his piano skills. The vibrant Bologna sees his first performances in Europe. Motivated by its vibrant music scene, he moves to Ireland where he joins a songwriting programme at BIMM which also connects him with local bands like Darwin's Daughter and NIMF with whom he collaborates as guitarist and drummer.

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Brian Barron - Junkie Boy (single)

Century Of The Self, the debut album release from contemporary folk songwriter Brian Barron begins way back down the line in 2018. The songs after being written were tried and tested on stages throughout Dublin and Ireland from The Workman to the Galway Fringe and back again. The songs, though steeped in traditional structures are born of a keen awareness of the full scope of the modern world. Outwardly looking rather than introspective and self serving. Holding a mirror up to an ever increasingly polarised world. With a knack for storytelling and a passion for authentic music, Brian Barron is celebrating the launch of his second album with the release of his latest single, Junkie Boy.

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pMad - Who Am I (single)

Paul Dillon is a solo artist named pMad. Releasing the music from his head out into the wilds of this world!! Starting out with writing and playing with The Suicidal Dufflecoats to The Return of the Suicidal Dufflecoats to The Greeting & now to pMad, Covid-19 strikes and Paul sets up 'The Best of Irish Indie' on Facebook which through the pandemic created many polls that enabled followers to vote for 'The Best Irish Indie Album', The Best Irish Indie Single' and 'The Best Irish Indie Debut Single'. Now that vision of the music in his head is now moving to the outside.

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A Choir of Ghosts - Do You Remember? (single)

We must first make our way into the wilderness through the deep, dense Scandinavian forest before we come across A Choir of Ghosts. There you can find him singing his energetic, modern and longing folk songs.A Choir of Ghosts' musical foundation is: A solid ground consisting of a reminiscence of Kurt Cobain, covered with the water, the sun and the air of bands like The Tallest Man On Earth and the Hollow Coves, which give you a feeling of various shades of nostalgia. A Choir of Ghosts has had a few singles since 2016 - "Morning Light" currently has over 1.4 million streams on Spotify, and the trend is rising - and released an EP that received international media coverage and carried him across the borders of the Swedish wilderness, among others on extensive tours through Central Europe. With the release of his widely acclaimed debut album “An Ounce of Gold” in April 2020, the Swede by choice was once again able to secure euphoric international press praise.

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