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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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Jam Hades - People's Habits (single)

Dublin artist Jam Hades (pronounced Hey-Dees) released his fourth single/video from the SoVivid 2020 series, People's Habits, back in September. Following on from ‘Iconoclasm’, ‘Crazy Suit’, and ‘Winsome Stream’; songs released over the past four months, he continues to reinterpret the boundaries between alt/folk and post-punk/rock. Being economic with time, space, lyric and the truth are the basic themes behind both song and video. He is currently working on the fifth release of the series, somewhere in north Co. Dublin.

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Jemima - Things I Never Said (EP)

Songwriting began as an emotional outlet for Jemima, singer/songwriter from Newcastle, Australia, but quickly became an insatiable desire to tell stories that mean something. Her debut EP, “Things I Never Said”, is a fine example of this. The EP debuted at #1 on the iTunes singer-songwriter albums chart for Australia.Jemima’s devotion to music has been clear since she was a teenager. She would spend her weekends busking on the street and by 16-years-old, was regularly gigging around her hometown of Newcastle. She lived in her van during her late-teen years, road-tripping the east coast of Australia and playing music wherever she could. Her dog Levi came too, naturally. At 20-years-old, on a whim, Jemima decided to move to London. Just two weeks later, she was standing at Heathrow airport. She performed regularly in bars in Soho, Camden and Kensignton and on days off busked on the bussiest streets of London. She auditioned for and was accepted into the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM London), where she studied a Bachelor of Songwriting and was taught by the likes of Bernard Butler (former guitarist and lyricist for ’90s rock band Suede). She also learned piano and ukulele (she already played guitar) and took up drum lessons.

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Annie O'Neill - Wild Card (EP)

"Seattle Americana songwriter Annie O"Neill is a queen of the sonically seen and unseen. A guide in the moment, an elusive spirit the next, O'Neill hold out her proverbial hand to offer songs of pigrimage, songs of shell games and the final ace up her sleeve. With her new EP Wild Card, she demonstrates the powerful verve that comes from the confidence and the elastic energy that comes from explicating the truth. On the EP she demonstrates the ability to blend world music influences with blues and soul, rock with folk to create a dynamic album. On the record, O'Neill collaborates with Seattle standouts like bassist and vocalist Amy Denio, electric guitarist Thaddeus Turner and bassist Rick Friel.

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John Hynes - The Glory (single)

Hailing from Co. Kildare with a sound that hovers close to the baroque pop and tender folk-rock of Roy Orbison and Glen Campbell, John’s songs are a storyboard for hopeless romantics and hopeless romances. His songwriting explores the grey areas of life and love, where the good and bad reside uncomfortably side-by-side. Produced by Gavin Glass (David Keenan, Lisa Hannigan) and featuring string arrangements by Cormac Curran (Hozier, Villagers), John has expanded and grown from his previous singles and is releasing his most autobiographical song yet. With lyrics being left somewhat open to interpretation, John was left thinking how in all of the goals we aim to achieve we hope to do our best and “fight well” until the end. Ultimately it is a song of hope for the resilience of the human spirit, whether your goal is running a marathon or just getting through another day..

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Michael Lane - Moment (single)

Successes such as two top 50 songs in the German charts, four albums, international tours and the single "Liberty" as the official song of the 2015/2016 Four Hills Tournament, Europe’s biggest international ski jump event, have made Michael Lane, a German-American, known to the public. In addition to his work as a musician, Michael Lane is currently also active as a songwriter for production music and as a music producer in his remote "Studio Waldblick“ His latest single, Moment, is a follow up to his previous releases Take It Slow and Coming Home.

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