Music from the Heart

CD Reviews

Jamie McDonald & The Number Nein - Dark of Heartness

It's always amazing to see how productive some artists are. Jamie McDonald is one of them. He released the album "Maladies of country and soul" not that long ago ( you can read the review here and the interview about the album)  but now he comes with another one. This time a bit different. Raw sound but still honest and with the unmistakable vocal.

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Maul Park - Storybooks

Every creative person knows how hard it is to figure out a stage name if you don't want to use your own. Brothers Paul and Mark Byrne from Dublin solved this mystery in a very clever way by reversing the first letters in their names and Maul Park entered the world. Simple and catchy.

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Gary Ó'Nualláin - Victories (single)

Gary Ó'Nualláin is an upcoming songwriter from West Dublin. He is a graduate of the inaugural class of BIMM Dublin, where he cut his musical teeth with indie alt rockers Casual Friday. His influences include Oasis, The Stone Roses, The Verve, The La’s, and U2. Gary started playing music at age 7 with the whistle. He continued playing trad, and in Céilí bands all through his schooldays. The influence of traditional Irish music can be heard in his compositions, with their punch the air rebel defiance.

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Fiachna Ó Braonáin - Bougainvillea

This eternaly smiling gentleman certainly doesn't need long introduction. Many of you know him as the guitarist of Ireland's Hothouse Flowers, others immediately recognize his voice on RTÉ Radio 1 where he's presenting Late Date and often stepping in for John Creedon when this is away.

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HUSH - If You Smile (Recycled)

HUSH is a Norwegian melodic rock band formed in 1998 by Kenneth Kristiansen (guitar) and Patrick Simonsen (vocal). The band has extensive experience on both national and international scene. To this day, HUSH has recorded 4 albums. As for November 2018 and to mark the 20 years on the scene, they're re-releasing their debut album If You Smile. The drums, bass, guitars and some vocals have been recorded again in the autumn of 2018.

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Greenshine - Dandelion Seed (single)

Greenshine is a Cork based family trio consisting of Noel Shine, Mary Greene and their daughter Ellie. Their songs cross boundaries between contemporary, folk, roots and self-penned songs. The band is known for excellent musicianship and striking family harmonies. Mary added her talent to the albums of Christy Moore, John Spillane, Frances Black to mention a few. Noel is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, bouzouki, mandolin, traditional whistle) and this had seen him much in demand as a session musician. He and Mary have released 3 acclaimed albums together.  Ellie grew up around music and has been performing since the age of 13. She has been placed among the most exciting young singers of Ireland for many years. Her vocal style is natural and unaffected by vocal trends which makes it timeless.

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Jane Willow - Onward Still (EP)

Jane Willow is a Dutch singer/songwriter who moved to Dublin, Ireland, at the age of 21 to pursue music. In recent years she's played venues like Vicar street, Whelan's, The Workman's club in Dublin, Roisín Dubh in Galway or Electric Picnic. In August 2017 she opened for Glen Hansard in Vicar street. She has been featured in The Irish Times, The Irish Times Women’s Podcast, RTE Radio 1, BBC Radio Ulster, Lyric FM and recently won of the Intercollective Competition 'Best Musician'.

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Mark Wilkins - EP1

Mark Wilkins is an Irish composer, songwriter and musician. A multi-instrumentalist based in Cork City, he has composed original music for live theatre (Gare Saint Lazare Players, Macnas, Theatre Lovett, Intersections), radio productions (UCC Campus Radion/RTE Lyric FM) and documentary films. A recently completed album of original songs recorded with acclaimed vocalist Vickie Keating (Christy Moore/Declan Sinnott) and drummer Trevor Kiely will be released in the form of a series of four EPs over the next six months. It was recorded on an archaic portable desk at various locations around Cork, including the basement of the much missed Crowleys Music Centre.

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Laura Mulcahy - Once Upon a Time in The Sand Dunes (single)

You might be thinking it's too early for a Christmas song. But is this really a Christmas song? A County Clare based artist, writer and musician Laura Mulcahy has recorded a single called Once Upon a Time in The Sand Dunes. In her own words, she doesn't write music for everyone but there are ears for every song.

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Liam Oragh - Only 2 Late If You're Dead

Everyone knows that feeling - from time to time we wish we could have done certain things in our lives differently but we think it's too late for a change. The title of a debut album by Dublin artist who considers himself more a storyteller than a typical singer/songwriter - Liam Oragh - has an answer for you - Only Too Late If You're Dead.

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