Coming from Dublin, Elena Duff’s musical career began late in life, as she formerly concentrated solely on visual art. The beginning was the day she picked up a ukulele and taught herself to play. Pretty soon she began to write her own songs. Her influences include jazz, 1920s music and folklore and torch songs. She got endorsed by a ukulele manufacturer in Korea and joined a large, gigging ukulele ensemble for a year. After leaving the band, she focused on writing and performing her own songs on soprano and baritone ukuleles and more recently guitar. Sailing on the Sea of Love started life as an acoustic number played on baritone ukulele and was written for Valentine's Day 2019.
A collective of talented singers and musicians with a love for that authentic soul and R&B sound. The Manukahunney brand, from Bangor, Co.Down, Northern Ireland, has developed since 2012 and now promotes TWO bands offering different types of soul to lovers of soul music. Manukahunney, a 7-9 piece Soul funk band that offers high energy soul, funk music particularly from the 60s and 70s and fresh takes on the songs of great artists like Aretha Franklin and Wilson Picket, interweaving recognised hits with classic Motown and hot Northern Soul. Manukahunney BLUE (MH Blue) is the second band to emerge out of the Manukahunney brand. MH Blue is the smaller soul collective that offers more laid back vibes, with fresh takes on artists like such as Roy Ayers, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill & Booker T. They combine soul with blues, jazz and gospel, as well as original music of their own.
Stolen City are a Dublin-based three-piece who pride themselves on their fun, energetic performances.Since the release of debut E.P ‘Stolen City’ two years ago, the young band have worked tirelessly to make their mark on Ireland’s independent music scene, with their upbeat pop-rock sound. Their main mission is to bring change to the music scene. In their own words "We see a big disconnect between bands and their fans nowadays, It’s as if once people get famous they can forget where they came from, We want to make sure that never happens to us and hope if we lead by example people will follow."
Stripped were formed in 1998 in Northern Ireland, released many successful EPs and featured on many popular compilation albums. In 2012 they released a retrospective collection Out of My Head featuring best of the early recordings from 1998-2001. Since then they have released two further popular EPs My Fear of Heights and The Carnival EP and in 2018 produced two covers, David Bowie's Heroes and Neil Young's Cinnamon Girl. 2019 saw the release of Moving On album. And this year they're back with the latest single.
Featured in video game tracks, film scores, and alternative music, Nella’s voice has reached around the world. Nella’s EP Revolution was released in 2015 and quickly hit the number one spot on iTunes in preorder sales. She has been recognised for her soaring lead vocals on World of Warcraft Legion, scored by Russell Brower. Nella toured with the Video GamesLive series across the globe. She has a fan base that spans adult alternative fans to avid video game players that connect to some of their favourite storylines with Nella’s emotional throughline. She has been collaborating with a number of Grammy- and Emmy-award winning artists and composers, and there will be more from her in the months to come.
Varo are Lucie Azconaga and Consuelo Nerea Breschi, a fiddle and vocal duo based in Dublin who perform traditional Irish songs and tunes with arrangement influences from the baroque and classical traditions, weaving around the melodies with harmonies, drones and countermelody. Lucie, from France, and Consuelo, from Italy, met in 2015 after moving to Dublin to pursue their love for Irish traditional music, and immediately started a fruitful collaboration. They travelled to Ireland along different musical paths, Lucie from jazz, classical music, and French folk, Consuelo from Irish trad, folk, and world music. Lucie and Consuelo have been involved in various other projects, such as Landless, Lisa O' Neill's Band, Ye Vagabonds, The Morning Tree, Alasourse, The Nomadic Piano Project. Since Lucie and Consuelo started working together in 2015, they have been gathering a repertoire of songs from Ireland, Scotland, and England, along with a selection of Irish tunes collected from archives, sessions, and from singers and musicians they admire.
Formed in October 2009, Girish and the Chronicles is a Hard & Heavy band from India. Formed in Sikkim, India and based out of the city of Bengaluru, the band has released an album and 3 singles until 2019 and are known for their electrifying live shows. With heavy overdriven guitars and high pitched screaming vocals, roaring drums and groovy yet technical bass lines, G.A.T.C. is one of spear headers of rock music in India, in the last 10 years. The band has opened for bands such as Hoobastank, Poets of the fall, Destruction and recently toured with / backed the Lamb of God / Megadeth legend, Chris Adler, during his performances in India. G.A.T.C. has been a part of various leading music festivals in India. In May 2019, The band signed with Lion’s Pride Music ; and released their second album, Rock The Highway, in April 2020.
ADT (Alan Daniel Tobin) writes stories of the heart wrapped in atmospheric soundscapes. Hugely influenced by the Atlantic Ocean, the West Cork landscape and his family, he has a minor obsession with lighthouses. His debut solo album (Volume I) is produced by multi-instrumentalist Justin Grounds. It was recorded in a little room overlooking the beautiful town of Clonakilty, West Cork, and is due for release at the Clonakilty International Guitar Festival next September. ADT is also a member of the alt-folk band LOWmountain.