Music from the Heart

CD Reviews

BRÍDÍN - Ocean of Stars (EP)

West Co. Sligo native, BRÍDÍN, carries on the traditions of unique skills and talents passed down through her family. She is fourth generation of her family to play Irish music and plays harp, flute, piano, and dances sean nós. And by day, BRÍDÍN, works as a full time funeral director and embalmer, taking after her father David McGowan, known from the RTÉ documentary The Funeral director. She says “I’ve always been involved in funerals, working full time in it, it has completely changed my outlook on life. I see sadness every day and people going through the most horrible time. There are tragic funerals and you have to stay strong, and hold it together. When the funerals over and I go home that night I erupt. I gravitate towards my harp and write my music, which I find is a huge relief and escape.”

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One Morning in August - Get it Right (single)

Following  last year’s critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, which received a massive response on the airwaves both in Ireland and internationally, One Morning in August, from Carlow, return with their highly anticipated new single 'Get it Right'. The southeast of Ireland based outfit once again teamed up with producer David Ayers for their latest release, their first offering since joining forces with Cork independent label FIFA Records. 'Get it Right' is the perfect example of how the band’s sound is evolving and why they have been ear marked by so many as ones to watch in 2021. Theirs is a sound that channels heartfelt visceral hooks with beautiful layered melodies and harmonies so there is little wonder why their David Ayers produced eponymous debut album was received with such widespread critical acclaim.

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Rachel Greene - Without You (single)

Without You is the debut single by singer/songwriter Rachel Greene from Clondalkin, Dublin. The song was written by Keith McLoughlin and Gillian Tuite and recorded at Beardfire Music Production Studio & Label. The song is about losing a loved one and dealing with life after they are gone. Keith McLoughlin had written lyrics and recorded a melody on his phone and teamed up with singer/songwriter Gillian Tuite to add her songwriting skills to the track. Keith then got in touch with Rachel Greene to come on board to sing and perform on the song. Rachel is currently studying music at Maynooth University. In the past she has performed in many venues including The Grand Social, The International Bar, played at Clondalkin Festival, Busker Fleadh, YouBloom, and won Teenstars back in 2016. Rachel’s influences include Alanis Morissette, Ed Sheeran, Gabrielle Aplin, Glen Hansard, Joni Mitchell and Passenger.

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Ali Comerford - He Knows (single)

Born and raised in Co. Kilkenny, Ireland, Ali started playing and studying classical music at the age of 4. After obtaining a Masters of Violin Performance from London's Royal College of Music, she relocated to New York, completing a Masters of Music in Viola Performance at the Manhattan School of Music on scholarship. Ali’s journey in music has seen her grace the likes of New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Dublin’s National Concert Hall. She has toured the world with Lincoln Center Stage, playing sold out shows around Australia, New Zealand and the United States. After years as a freelance musician for various string ensembles and chamber orchestras in New York, January 2020 saw Ali come home to her native Jenkinstown in Co. Kilkenny. Faced with her biggest stretch of free time in 14 years, Ali used her artistry to process and bring closure to the various ups and downs oflife she experienced during her time traveling the world with her craft.

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Susan Quirke - To the Bone (single)

Susan Quirke is a singer. songwriter, musician, meditation teacher and also multi-award winning social enterpreneur for her work in the field of wellbeing and mental health. Originally from Oola in Co.Limerick, now based in Lahinch in the west coast of Ireland in Co.Clare, her music and meditation work have been featured on various national outlets in Ireland. She has performed and lead mass meditation experiences from the main stages of major Irish festivals such as Electric picnic and Body and Soul and for societal and cultural events like StandFor Truth where she lead meditation for 6000 people. She has released 4 singles to date and played venues throughout Ireland, US and Australia. Her latest single "To the Bone" comes from her debut album "Into the Sea", to be released on April 23rd 2021.

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Strings & Things - What If (single)

Strings & Things are a four-piece neo-trad band based in Tipperary with one member in Galway who meld genres of rock, folk, pop, and trad to create their unique sound. They have been entertaining the audiences with energetic live performances, a huge repertoire of traditional music, and thoughtful, innovative original music. Their second album dubbed “The Unsolicited Dance” which is due for release in the near future. The band is currently managed by Impact Promotions Ireland.

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Robin James Hurt - Live from Kilmichael

Robin James Hurt was born in Belfast, raised in Scotland and lived in Dublin for many years. More recently he has settled on the coast of County Wexford in the south east of Ireland.He is a consummate, captivating, highly popular live performer, playing regularly in Dublin and around Ireland at both more intimate venues and larger festivals, as well as all across Europe and beyond. Robin’s considerable talents as a guitarist, composer and singer have brought him on a rich, varied path as a solo act and also with other artists, such as the late great Ronnie Drew of The Dubliners, Sinead O'Connor, Finbar Furey and Camille O'Sullivan; and bands such as Bohínta, Gael Slí, The West Seventies, Bagatelle and many others. As a guitarist Robin has worked in many genres, but he found his musical voice through his lifelong love for folk music, particularly from the traditions of Ireland, Scotland and England.

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Clare Sands & Susan O’Neill - Carry My Song (single)

The Cork-born sixth generation fearless fiddler, singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Clare Sands is carefully crafting new macaronic works to be released throughout this year. The four-part series, titled Tírdreacha agus Fuaimdreacha(Landscapes and Soundscapes), spans over four seasons, in the four provinces of Ireland, and features Clare Sands alongside four different collaborators: Susan O’Neill, Steve Cooney with Tommy Sands, Brídín, and Liam O Maonlaí. The project sees Sands embarking on an exploration of the crooks and crannies of Ireland’s sights and sounds, whilst breaking the boundaries of Irish music in an inviting, invigorating way. 

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Aoibheann Carey - Philpott - Beginning of the End (single)

Former front woman of critically acclaimed noughties band Jodavino; popular Gospel choir director; vocalist with new Celtic collective, Emerald on Ivory, Cork woman Aoibheann Carey-Philpott has been kept busy these past three years since her last solo release. Widely recognised for her unique voice and magnetic stage presence, the singer-songwriter returns with some powerful new music, as part of a self-described “raison d’etre” EP entitled Fragments of Joy. It has been an exciting few months for Aoibheann Carey-Philpott. With two successful releases under her belt as 2020 drew to a close, there has been a sense of excitement about what 2021 would bring.Releasing her third single this February 26th 2021, Carey-Philpott brings us a song about forbidden love and the all-consuming power of desire, and the risks that brings. The song was inspired in part, by Tracy Chevalier’s novel ‘The Last Runaway’ and the electricity between two of the books central characters, Honor and Donovan.

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An Early Bird - Fishes in the Ocean (single)

Self-taught multi-instrumentalist An Early Bird releases his indie folk single „Fishes in the Ocean“, a song of crystal clear acoustic crispness, with expressive lyrics and a falsetto voice gliding effortlessly over cinematic and gentle anthems.Growing up in Naples, South of Italy, Stefano De Stefano (this is the name behind the project) cut his teeth on the Italian music circuit with a local band before going solo: the debut album „Of Ghosts & Marvels“ was released in October 2018 followed by the EP „In Depths“ in September 2019. An Early Bird has been touring extensively across Europe sharing stages alongside artists like Joshua Radin, Jake Bugg, S. Carey, Stu Larsen, Grant-Lee Phillips and Dan Owen.

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