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Blue Fish Diamond - Sunshine in My Brain (single)

Dublin indie folk rock band, Blue Fish Diamond were formed in 2016 by Jim Murphy, released their debut album From Dark to Light in 2018 and Hotpress described it as “essential listening for those who like their music powerful and heartfelt”. Their music has been played on radio stations across Ireland, including on RTÉ Radio 1, Radio Nova, Cork’s Red FM, KCLR and Shannonside/Northern Sound. They're also a staple of the Irish live scene having played Electric Picnic, Whelans, The Workmans and The Grand Social to name a few. With several singles and an album planned for 2021, Jim Murphy (rhythm guitar & lead vocals), Shay Sweeney (drums), Ronan Quinn (bass), Laura Ryder (piano), Axel McDonald (lead guitar), Matilda O'Mahony (backing vocals), Ella Ryan (backing vocals), aka Blue Fish Diamond, are a band to keep a firm eye on as they are sure to rise the ranks over the coming months. Their new single Sunshine In My Brain was produced by Gavin Glass in Orphan Recording studios.

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AJ Croce - By Request

Over the past three decades, A.J. Croce has established his reputation as a piano player and serious vocal stylist who pulls from a host of musical traditions and anti-heroes — part New Orleans, part juke joint, part soul. While his last album, JUST LIKE MEDICINE, paired him with soul legend Dan Penn and an all-star cast of players, his new album was born of memories — of favorite artists and shows, but mostly, of late-night gatherings with groups of friends, many of them fellow musicians, with Croce at the piano taking requests. Croce revisits these musical evenings on BY REQUEST, 12 personally curated covers that traverse decades and genres, propelled by his spirited, loose-and-easy piano mastery and emotive vocals.
It’s a tribute to Croce the music fan as well as Croce the musician that both the variety and execution is inspired, aided by a full band and horns. BY REQUEST is the first album Croce has released since losing his wife of 24 years, Marlo Croce, after a sudden heart ailment. It’s also the first album by Croce to feature his full touring band: Gary Mallaber on drums (Van Morrison, Steve Miller band), GRAMMY®-winning bassist David Barard (Allen Toussaint, Dr. John), and up-and-coming guitarist Garrett Stoner. AJ Croce opened for many artists including Carlos Santana, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, B.B. King or Ray Charles to name a few.

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Sam Wickens - Watson (EP)

Northern Ireland Music Prize nominee Sam Wickens is releasing his new single Murky Waters on the same date as his Watson EP. The 5 track Watson EP is the second major release since his critically acclaimed debut All I've Seen album in 2019. Compared to Jeff Buckley, John Martyn, Death Cab For Cutie, Tom Waits, Sam is a soulful writer and performer with a restless creativity, conveying a personal blend of Electronic, Soul, Blues, Gospel, Folk and Indie. This young and gifted artist humbly plies his craft with a focused sincerity, and has created a style of his own: consistently delivering on his reputation as a bewitching live performer.

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Jim McHugh - Dave (single)

Monaghan singer-songwriter Jim McHugh is back with his new single 'Dave' and a first taste of what's to come from his upcoming third album 'Pretending To Wake Up', due for release May 28th.With this new single McHugh lets us hear how he has progressed his rocksound in an organic way, never wavering from his roots in crunchyguitars and anthemic riffs but always developing as a songwriter andraising his game sonically. Working alongside producer Alex Borwick (Parliament Funkadelic,Catfish & The Bottlemen, Niamh Regan, Lankum) and session musiciansPaul McCabe (bass) Paul Sherry (Electric Guitar) and Butch McNeill(Drums), McHugh brings a new dynamic and alluring sound to the rock genre. About 'Dave' Jim says...."In an original story of misspent youth, Daveunveils my interactions with a friend who was known for being on thewrong side of the law on numerous occasions."

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BK Pepper - Alerts (single)

Dublin based composer BK Pepper recorded his debut album in a number of locations, from Abbey Road to a converted swimming pool and the hard graft paid off with acclaim from not only the Irish media but international radio and blogs too. Now with his second single 'Alerts' Pepper is strengthening his position as one of the most exciting, rising, minimalist electro composers.Classically trained on piano and trombone, BK Pepper’s musical projects include composing for film and theatre as well as touringwith both orchestras and rock bands. After many years performingand releasing collaboratively, BK finally released his own collection of songs.After a truly amazing reception to his debut album 'Territories' late last year, BK Pepper is kicking on and releasing only his second single. 'Alerts'.

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Daryl Ball - Everyday people (EP)

Over the last 20+ years Daryl Ball has earned a reputation as a talented singer/songwriter with the bands Stripped and Bateleurs. Together with these bands he has released several well received albums and EPs as well as performed around the world including such iconic venues as CBGBs in New York, The Ulster Hall in Belfast and Glastonbury Festival. 2018 saw the first of several popular solo releases culminating in a debut solo album Better Days released summer 2019. 2020 continued with more solo work plus performances and recordings with a new duo Turn The Page covering songs spanning the last 25 years. Everyday people is his solo EP recorded during lockdown.

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Mute The Tv - Did You Ever Think It Would Be Like This (single)

Mute The TV are a two piece band of brothers, Elliot Crampton and Dylan E. Crampton, based in Greystones, Co.Dublin. Fusing together their respective influences and musical styles, their aim is to approach their music in a way that neither of them are accustomed to. With Dylan and Elliot being brothers and perfectionists, many times an argument ensues during the recording process, something that has plagued many bands before them, but given that they are brothers, it always turns right.

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John Winters - Forget About It (single)

Irish based Filipino John Winters (20 years old), currently residing in Dublin is a full time Student Nurse at Trinity College Dublin and is also a Musician/Producer. He is quite new to the music scene, however, he did open for former American Idol Star Jessica Sanchez when she played her show in Dublin (2018). His debut single "So Down", released in November 2020, has amassed over 20,000 streams on Spotify and was played on multiple national radio stations incl. Beat 102/103 FM, Dublin City FM +more. He now releases his sophomore single entitled Forget About It.

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Davie Furey - Haunted Streets

The Irish are well-known worldwide for their storytelling abilities. No wonder there is such a vast amount of creativity of all kinds. The music is one of the fields known all around the globe. There are good songwriters, there are great ones and then there are songwriters extraordinaire. Davie Furey belongs to the latter. His knack for telling a story through song and his ability to engage a crowd have won him support slots with the likes of Damien Dempsey, Josh Ritter, John Spillane and Luka Bloom. He's released a few singles in recent years and now he returns with his highly anticipated new album Haunted Streets. This follows up his debut album Easy Come Easy Go from 2015. The plans for an Ireland, UK, German and US 2020 tour had to be shelved due Covid-19 restrictions but rescheduling of these dates is currently underway

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Shane Ó Fearghail - Born from Tradition

Shane Ó Fearghail from Dublin (Tallaght to be exact), now residing in Vienna, is the perfect example of somebody who maybe living away from his native land but the native land, its culture and everything that goes with it, is deeply present in his being and in his art. He's previously released three albums and now he returns with the fourth offering, very appropriately titled Born from Tradition. The thought of releasing an album that's literally born from his roots had been on Ó Fearghail's mind for some time and he now turned the ideas and plans into reality. The album was born between Dublin and Vienna and it does nothing less than sealing Ó Fearghail's reputation of a craftsman.

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