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7HY (Seven Hard Years) - Rogues Gallery

Taken from each of their previous albums, Seven Hard Years have acoustically reimagined some of their classic songs and brought them together in one very special album. Entitled 'Rogues Gallery', it evokes mellow, laid back feelings from the opening few bars to the final track. Lion's Pride Music, along with Alan Kelly, Shawn Pelata and Andrew Chick, are excited to bring to you this rendering of the Seven Hard Years legacy, as well as one, never before released track "In Your Arms"

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Mick Flannery & Susan O'Neill - Are We Free (single)

"Are We Free?" is the latest single from double platinum selling Mick Flannery, and one of Ireland’s most exciting newcomers, Susan O'Neill.  The song is the fourth single from the pair’s upcoming collaborative album ‘In the Game’, coming September 10th, which charts a couple’s coming together and falling apart, a journey familiar to most. It charts the highs and lows of the game of love, that raw space that the human condition can leave one most vulnerable.

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Gozer Goodspeed - Ghosts of the Future & Past

Plymouth, UK-based singer/songwriter Gozer Goodspeed's songwriting is unique - he tells tales of fortune, hope, sadness, and loss in a way that feels entirely his own, and yet wholly relatable to everyone. Weaving elements of folk, blues, rock and psychedelia together across an impressive back catalogue of EPs and albums, Gozer is no stranger to making music characterised by the way it makes you feel, rather than the category you put it into. The new album is released under Lights And Lines, a music collective and record label where curation sits at the heart of everything we do. Our aim is to share new and exciting music from the underground with music lovers everywhere, providing some unique and exciting experiences along the way. They also run Brighton's best live music event, the Off The Record Independent Music Festival.

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Fintan McKahey - Lost Balloons (single)

Fintan McKahey is a low-fi indie singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from Cork, Ireland. An active artist since 2016, his 2019 sophomore EP “God Games” received critical acclaim as did his several 2020 singles, achieving national radio play and press acclaim.  He has performed in major venues across the country, including support slots for the likes of The 4 Of Us, The Scratch, Junior Brother, and Roisin O. Though Fintan loves performing, his true passion lies with creating in the studio. Writing and producing from a young age, Fintan creates music that is spacey, chill, and at times experimental and psychedelic, incorporating influences of bedroom pop and trip-hop.

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Gavin Conway - Throw a Stone (single)

Gavin Conway is a singer/songwriter from Dublin  who began his exploits in music in secondary school, whilst playing music with friends, before attending Ballyfermot Rock School. Having established himself as a DJ In the Irish dance music scene, having played all corners of the country and held residences in some of Irelands biggest clubs, Gavin had time during covid to go back to his roots as a Singer/songwriter which he specialised in while attending BCFE. ‘Throw A Stone’ is Gavin's debut single, in which he follows the sound of his influences which include Stone Roses, The Charlatans and other Manchester artists. Having played Ultra Festival in Croatia twice and hosting his own Stage at Life Festival , Gavin is hoping to reach the same level he has in the dance music scene, but as a fledgling indie singer/songwriter.

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Emperor of Ice Cream - Weather Vane (single)

Since Cork-based Emperor of Ice Cream announced their return from a twenty-five-year hiatus in May 2020 and with the release of their long-awaited debut album 'No Sound Ever Dies' last August, they have embarked on a chapter that very few, if any, expected would be written. The acclaimed debut entered the official Irish album charts upon release while also taking the No.1 spot in the indie album charts. Due to the wide acclaim for the album and the associated singles the band have not only appeased their long-established cult following but have garnered a new legion of supporters around the globe, which in turn has created a renewed demand for the band's back catalogue.

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Kandemic - Broken But Stronger (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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Seán McComish - Stay Away From Me (single)

Seán McComish is a musician and songwriter, hailing from Fethard-On-Sea, Co. Wexford, Ireland. Growing up surrounded by music and a musical family, it was not long before he inevitably picked up a guitar. Upon hearing the album 'Music and Me' by Michael Jackson, he knew from a ridiculously early age what he wanted to do with his life...Play Music. Write Songs. 2015 marked the beginning of Seán as a solo artist. Leaping immediately into the deep end, with his first two shows being performed in the prestigious venues of Whelans and The Ruby Sessions. He released his debut E.P, 'The First Step' in August 2015 to much critical acclaim, which allowed him the opportunity to perform with major acts such as Calum Scott, Gavin James, The Academic and Nathan Carter, and to also feature on popular websites such as JOE.ie and HER.ie. 2016 ended with his involvement in a charity single in aid of Pieta House, alongside prominent national artists such as Ryan O'Shaughnessy. The soul-stirring single attained Number One on the iTunes chart, with a live RTE One performance to follow.

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Idle Dream - The First Time (single)

Based in Dublin, pop-rock duo Idle Dream went through a few line-up changes to arrive at its current incarnation. Formed by Chris McGrath (vocals) as a bedroom project, he found himself uninspired and in need of adding a fresh face to the mix. Connor McCabe joined on guitar in January 2020, giving the project a renewed purpose and energy. Influenced in spirit and sound by pop legends Bowie, Bush, and The Pet Shop Boys, the melodic and arrangement aspects of art pop as an aesthetic are important to Idle Dream in a big way.

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Zach James Douglas - Anyone Else (single)

Zach James Douglas is an indie/alternative producer, hailing from the South Dublin suburb of Tallaght, but brought up by a pint of Guinness and a packet of crisps in any number of city centre dive bars. Having previously had the pleasure of playing festivals such as Glastonbury and Electric Picnic with former band “Little One”, Douglas now steps out alone for the first time, with his debut EP “6x3”. With musical elements reminiscent of Sylvan Esso, Grimes, Maribou State, and The Knife, "6x3" is a six track EP, featuring three guest vocalists and is the first of a trilogy of EP's - "6x3", "4x2" and "2x1", which are all due for release in coming 12 months.

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