Music from the Heart

CD Reviews

Brí - In My Head (single)

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 Hide,  set to be released in October.

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Ruby Moss - Shades of Grey (single)

Ruby  Moss turned 14 years old on Monday 26th July 2021 – the same day that her first original song was released across digital platforms. Ruby’s Song entered the iTunes charts the same day as its release and went to number 1 on the following day.  Ruby is originally from Trim, County Meath.  Ruby and her mum moved to Cabra in Dublin when Ruby started in St Patrick’s Cathedral Choir School.  Ruby ended up in the choir school because it was the closest school to her mum’s work and Ruby loved music.  Ruby had been learning piano with Bernadette Belton in Trim and had been attending Musical Theatre Classes with Carmel McKiernan in Limelight Theatrics before starting in the choir school.

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Downtown Association - Urban Legends

Downtown Association was founded in 2015 by guitarist George Matikas (ex- Shock Absorber) who joined forces with Tasos D.(Prassein Aloga) on the drums , Nik Danielos(ex-Bend for eleven) on the bass and Dean Mess (W.A.N.T.E.D. , Payday) on the vocals. This new act was formed in order to capture the sound of the late night jams of a lively neighbourhood  in Thessaloniki’s downtown. George wanted to create the group that could play the soundtrack of ladadika’s neighbourhood and so Downtown Association happened. The debut album “City Guide” was released on December 2016 successfully introducing the new band to the hard rock/metal audience. The second album titled “Born Enraged” didn’t have to wait to long and so it went out on March 2019 gaining a bigger circle of attention.

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Pop Wallace - Noises Made Figuring Things Out (EP)

Pop Wallace is a singer/producer from Co. Carlow, Ireland,  currently based in Phoenix, Arizona. In 2013, he moved to the US, after meeting his American wife in Ireland. “I used to write and play a lot. And then I moved to America and… did nothing for eight years. But the pandemic made my friends start making new music. Soon we’re thinking of starting up a label, and last year, I started learning to produce music.” He co-founded Poxy Records in 2020, alongside hip-hop producer Willhouse and songwriter/producer Lenny Melon. “Link Up”, Wallace’s debut single was released in June 2020. It was popular enough to warrant a successful crowdfund for an entire full-length album for Pop Wallace, “Good Boy”, whose limited edition vinyl record became Poxy Records’ first physical release in less than half a year of its existence.

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Jack Joyce - Black Cat by the Bins (single)

Jack Joyce is a 19 year old, Dublin based up  and coming unsigned Irish multi instrumentalist singer-songwriter first embarked on his music career at the age of sixteen when he began booking and performing gigs in local pubs and clubs. From a young age, Jack has been composing his own songs and released his debut demo EP, Get Down, in October 2018. Jack Joyce’s sound delivers a unique acoustic, indie-pop style. His cleverly crafted lyrics blend wit and poetry to create a perfect balance between insight and humour.

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Mark Dignam - Angels of Mercy (single)

Mark Dignam was born in Dublin, Ireland, and raised for the most part, in Finglas, a working class suburb known for its rough and tumble character, soccer players, and some fine singers and musicians. His mother, Maureen, sang around the house a lot, and the neighborhood itself, was soaked in music; Irish Traditional, Pop, Rock, Punk, Ska and Reggae tunes seemed to be everwhere. In the late 1980s Mark and his fellow northside friend Glen Hansard, began busking on Grafton Street in the city center, meeting up with Mic Christopher, Kila, Miriam Ingram, Leslie Keye, et al, to establish a street performing phenomenon. It was a racous mix of covers and originals which garnered a staunchly loyal, weekly following over three to four summers. The group became a storied part of Dublins’s music history, and from the vantage point of their pavement stage, they were not unused to seeing members of The Waterboys, Van Morrison, or Sinead O’Connor in the audience. The police were also frequent visitors (not the band!).

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A Ritual Sea - Radiate (single)

Formed in 2016, A Ritual Sea’s distinctive, synth-driven, shoegaze sound is heavily influenced by the esoteric imagery of Andrei Tarkovsky, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Robert Altman and Ingmar Bergman. Having featured at the renowned Other Voices Festival in 2018 and supported international acts such as Gwenno and Jane Weaver, the band played a sold-out headline show in Dublin’s Whelans venue in early 2020 and are gearing up to return to playing live shows in support of their debut album launch.

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Davey Long - Last Train to Tupelo (single)

Davey Long is a songwriter and a multi-instrumentalist  from Kilkenny City who is well known in the Irish music scene.  He has appeared on several albums including Celtic Woman’s GRAMMY nominated Destiny, The Fundamentals Past and Present Collide, Edisons Little Bohemia, The Kilkennys The Colour Of Freedom, Emma Langford’s Sowing Acorns and The Barnets’ forthcoming LP.  Davey co-wrote On The Carousel for Drops Of Green and the song went on to win an ASLR Celtic Music Award.  

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ANDI - Giving Up (single)

Amy Kelly cut her teeth fronting Dublin act ‘The Stoney Brokes and providing backing vocals for a number of acts in Ireland including ‘The Hot Sprockets’, ‘This Other Kingdom’ , ‘Brona Keogh , Haokah and Vernon Jane. ANDI is the new project from Amy in which she steps out into the spotlight. Amy is a performer and ANDI showcases not just her presence as a live act but also her skill as a songwriter.

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Wild Love - I Hate That I Need You (single)

Meet WILD LOVE, your new favourite band. In an era of pop music where many bands feel the need to drop their guitar to make pop music, Wild Love is doing anything but the sort, and intends to bring a little attitude back to pop music… The band hails from all over the world from Ireland to Turkey to New York. They quickly made a name for themselves after moving to Nashville to play larger venues like Marathon Music Works, festivals like Live on the Green, and receiving support from Nashville’s largest independent radio station Lightning 100 across all their singles. Since the move, through the singing and songwriting of frontman Brandon Gorman (Ireland), the production of guitarist Michael Crecca (New York) and groove of bassist Saygīn Geçener (Turkey), they’ve taken their lively, attitude driven rock sound and channeled it into hook heavy pop songs for a new era of Wild Love.

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