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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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Pete Kavanagh - Hold On (single)

Pete Kavanagh is a singer-songwriter, a musician and storyteller from Co. Kildare,Ireland.  His style is best described as folk/Americana. His sound invokes the vintage quality of his musical influences (Bob Dylan, Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, David Bowie), but a contemporary feel that is unique to him surges through it. n 1996, Pete met vocalist Pamela Halpin at a songwriters’ session in Newbridge,Co. Kildare. The duo moved to Galway in 1997 and collaborated under the moniker ‘Tongue’. Tongue was featured on two compilation albums released by Galway label Origin Records, produced by Jon Richards of Galway Bay FM, which featured artists including Ultan Conlon, Kirsten Hersh, Dean Friedman and The Devlins. Tongue performed numerous live shows in Galway and Kildare before moving to Edinburgh, supporting acts such as Juliet Turner, Scullion, Martin Stephenson and Luka Bloom. In the Spring of 2019, Pete began recording his debut album, Join up the Dots, at Arthouse Studios in Naas. The album is set to be released on November 18th 2020. Hold On is a follow up to the first single from the forthcoming album, To Hold The Red Rose.

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Marenna - Meister - Out Of Reach

Marenna-Meister is the new project of singer Rod Marenna (Marenna) and guitarist Alex Meister (ex-Pleasure Maker / Alex Meister Solo). The band presents their debut album, "Out Of Reach, which will be released on September 28th by the Danish label Lions Pride Music and features 10 extremely powerful tracks with the energy of the 80& 90s Hard Rock and Glam Metal.With the most intense vibrations, combining her experiences of more than 25 years dedicated to this style, Marenna-Meister promotes an exciting union between melodic and striking vocals, powerful riffs and guitar solos with tons of energy to be heard at full volume, Out Of Reach guarantees a trip to the golden times, inspired by DANGER DANGER, DOKKEN, WINGER and WARRANT.

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Finnian - Under the Influence

Growing up in Dundalk, Ireland, Finnian has carefully nurtured his songwriting to the point where he is now being lauded by his peers as one of the most exciting talents of the country. His music is honest, concise and textured in a way that few have achieved with such conviction.  Under the Influence is a culmination of two years o work which has been honed into one of the most anticipated releases of the year. Already praised for his lyrics, Under The Influence marries this lyrical prowess with a musicality that few in the genre can claim to posses. His beginnings as a folk based songwriter have now truly evolved into a fresh interpretation of the genre but also Finnian's established standing within it.

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Jack Joyce - What's a boy left to do ma? (single)

Jack Joyce a 19 year old, Dublin based up and coming unsigned Irish multi instrumentalist singer-songwriter who first embarked on his music career at the age of sixteen when he began booking and performing gigs in local pubs and clubs. From a young age, Jack has been composing his own songs and released his debut demo EP, Get Down, in October 2018. His sound delivers a unique acoustic, indie-pop style. 

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Yard of Blondes - Do You Need More (single)

When Vincent Jacob met Fanny Hill and founded Yard of Blondes, none of them imagined the journey their band would take them on. Both French, they met in Venice, California, back in 2010. It took them a week to play their first show in LA and a few months to get on the road. In 2012 they decided to become a full rock band and recorded a heavier EP Murderology at Firewater Studios in Gardena, California. They had no idea that the studio owner is New York hardcore legend and Biohazard's founder, Billy Graziadei.

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The Two Five Ones - Slave to the Moon (single)

The Two Five Ones are a jazz duo based in Cavan/Monaghan, Ireland and  formed in 2016. Consisting of Dara MacGabhann (Vocals) and Andy Hogg (finger style guitar & vocals); both of whom have enjoyed successful musical careers prior to their partnership.  The Two Five One’s shows are packed with jazz and blues classics from the 1920s through to the 1960s and beyond, and feature some original compositions of the same genre. The Two Five Ones released their debut album Sentimental Journey in 2018, highlighting the simplicity of purely vocals and guitar.

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Strings & Things - Fuaim Gathering (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. Fuaim Gathering is the second single from the forthcoming album. The band is currently managed by Impact Promotions Ireland.

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