Music from the Heart

CD Reviews

Amanda St.John - The Muscle Shoals Sessions

Amanda St John is a soulful singer-songwriter from Northern Ireland. She is a mainstay on the Irish radio, festival and gig circuit and has been described as a "Head-turning vocalist with serious song writing prowess.........a sensational artist" (Visit Dublin). She has worked with artists like Brian Kennedy, Eddi Reader, Mary Coughlan, Gareth Dunlop, Ciaran Gribbin (of INXS) and Jon Tiven (Grammy winning Nashville writer/producer whose CV has included BB King, Van Morrison and The Rolling Stones etc...). for her passionate and powerful live performances and is fast establishing herself as one of Ireland’s leading vocalists. With live sessions with ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris and Gaby Roslin on BBC Radio London, various other live performances/interviews across BBC regional’s, U105, Downtown/Cool FM, UTV Live Television etc, as well as many festival slots and tours of the UK, Ireland and the USA (which included the prestigious Folk Alliance Festival and a private event for the US President) under her belt, the future is looking very bright indeed for this talented musician.

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Lloyd John - Over You (single)

Lloyd John is a 20 year old singer/songwriter/pianist/producer from Limerick newly living in Cork  city to study music full time in Cork School of Music. He started his music journey at a young age but only released his debut single Forget in October 2018 followed by his first headline show in Castletroy Park Hotel in Limerick. He has recently done his Cork debut in Cyprus Avenue with his 4 piece band. Over You is a follow up to his previous release Time Machine.

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Edge Of The Blade - Feels Like Home

Edge Of The Blade is British Hard Rock band with melody and style and features the talents of Alan Kelly (Ex Shy) and John Francis (Ex After Hours).After debut album “The Ghosts Of Humans” in 2015 the band signed with the Danish hard rock label Lions Pride Music and is coming back with a new melodic hard rock album which is called “Feels Like Home”.

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Brian Barron - Century Of The Self

Century Of The Self marks the debut album release from contemporary folk songwriter Brian Barron.The album was recorded in the prestigious Hellfire Studios, mixed and mastered by engineer Ivan Jackman. The tracks were largely cut live on the floor with just minimal overdubs. Joining Barron were Daniel Fitzpatrick (guitar,piano,bass, pump organ) and Aoife Ruth (backing vocals, piano, violin, viola, organ, mallets) of Badhands and violinist Jayne Eleanor. Century Of The Self was cut over just four days in 2019. Several songs were recorded per session with the four musicians' core performances forming the focal point of each song. The ten 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.

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Ultan Conlon - There's A Waltz

Galway songwriter Ultan Conlon has become recognized as a master songwriter - his talent for capturing human spirit through his lyrics has been honed over almost two decades of writing and performing original material.  His songwriting foray resulted in four acclaimed albums recorded in a span of ten years. While still based in Galway, Ultan recently found a haven for his unique sound and sensibility in Los Angeles, CA with Nickel Creek’s Grammy Award-winning Sean Watkins producing his latest record, There’s A Waltz. Ultan Conlon has shared the stage with the likes of Jackson Browne, Shelby Lynne, John Fogerty, Mavis Staples, Bryan Ferry, John Grant, Eddi Reader, Patty Griffin and Richard Hawley, among others. Ultan has also performed duets with Glen Hansard and John Martyn, and Martyn recorded Ultan’s song “Really Gone” in 2005.  Many of Ultan’s lauded songs have received extensive airplay in Ireland (RTE Radio 1, Lyric FM) and the UK (BBC). RTE Radio 1, Marty Whelan (Lyric FM) and Eve Blair (BBC Radio Ulster) all deemed There’s a Waltz as their recommended Album of the Week.

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All The President's Men - Don't You Give Up On Us Now (single)

All The President ́s Men are Paul Betts and Jim McAllister. Based in London, the duo recently released their 2nd album called 'No Division' featuring Janos Muranyi on drums and percussion. Janos also featured on the 1st album, 'New To the Neighbourhood'. The band encompass an addictive mixture of pop/reggae/funk songs, blended with a synthesis of jazz chordings, snappy rhythms and melodic grooves, creating a classic 70's/80's retro pulse. When playing live, Paul and Jim work with interesting and diverse musicians which bring something different to the performances every time. Don't You Give Up On Us Now is the first single from the second album. 

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The Decades - Electricity (single)

The Decades are a four-piece band based in County Wicklow, Ireland. Keeping it all together on the drums is David Mulvey, backed up by Myles Keogh on the bass, driving the sound forward. Playing lead guitar for the group is Rhys Doyle, behind the rhythm guitar and powerful vocals of Seán Fox. The energetic young frontman (Séan Fox)  has opened for the likes of Aslan and Jerry Fish.

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The Rising - 2AM Call (single)

Northern Irish (Based In Leamington) Pop/Rock Duo The Rising return with their new single “2AM Call”. Continuing on with the duos monthly single release strategy comes “2AM Call”, the follow up to last months well received “Better Than This”. Recorded during lockdown in the band’s own recording studio Renegade Studios and also remote recording in Nashville, TN with drummer Chris Brush. They have recently released their second album “Moving On” which received great critical acclaim across national and regional media. Including publications in the USA featuring the band. This constant work ethic resulted in the band being named Band Of The Month on BBC Introducing. One of the band’s singles “Even The Stars Fall For You” was adopted by LGBTQ rights organisations.

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Eamonn McCormack - Storyteller

This is the seventh album from Dubliner Eamonn McCormack, one of Ireland’s finest guitarist singer songwriters who has played, toured and recorded with legends such as ZZ Top, Rory Gallagher, Johnny Winter, Nils Lofgren, Jan Akkerman, Pat Travers, George Thorogood, Walter Trou"Storyteller" features 11 self-penned songs. An album that will take his appeal to a much wider audience and make his International mark as one of the most exciting Irish artists around today. Sticking again to his tried and tested three-piece format (with some keyboard/piano guesting from his producer Arnie Wiegand.) this new release is about to rock the very foundations of the Blues-rock market. If you are expecting 11 X 12 bar blues forget it! This goes way beyond that….

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BECAH - Ghost (single)

Lurgan based Indie - alternative artist BECAH is back with only her second single and announces her upcoming debut EP 'Freaks', due out Nov 20th. With her debut single 'Forget' released in July BECAH grabbed the attention of the industry with her heartfelt lyrics and original writing style. Now back with her second single 'Ghost' BECAH brings a new energy and shows off her flexibility when it comes to songwriting.

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