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Aoibheann Carey - Philpott - Overcome (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.

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Lisa Gorry - Fleeting (single)

Kildare native Lisa Gorry is no stranger to Irish music scene, where her combination of relatable lyrics and tender vocal tones have been honed to craft an intimate performance style. Last year she performed to the packed audience at Ruby sessions, her lyrics echo the sentiment of young Joni Mitchell with the vocal prowess of Dusty Springfield and emotive power of Janis Joplin. "Like most musicians, Gorry was left to explore her music in different ways over lockdown, and that saw her arranging “Fleeting” initially on a tiny tablet in an attempt to upskill. The result, having been fine-tuned by Kevin Brennan of Wavefarm Productions, offers a rhythmic and charismatic contribution to the post-lockdown wave of new music.

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nicha - Little bird (single)

nicha is a 23 year old Northern Irish native, born and raised in Holywood, Co. Down and also known as Lucy Robinson. In July 2020 nicha took the scene by storm with her debut single Devices – a song about our society being addicted to our phones. She has a series of exciting releases on the horizon. nicha has been about for a mere hot minute and has already been critically acclaimed by some big names, drawing attention from BBC Radio Ulster’s Stephen McCauley, RTE 2 FM’s Dan Hegarty, RTE 2XM, Hot Press and more.

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ADT - Volume One

Following his two previously released  critically acclaimed singles, ADT (Alan Daniel Tobin) finally brings his debut album out. He writes stories of the heart wrapped in atmospheric soundscapes. He is also a member of Irish band LOWmountain. His debut solo album  - Volume I  - is produced by multi-instrumentalist,  Justin Grounds. This album proves that good things come to those who wait - ADT had the idea of making a solo album in his head for a long time. He succesfully  launched the album by doing an online gig as a part of Clonakilty International Guitar festival.

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Pete Mac - Disappear (single)

Pete Mac is the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of Irish based Alternative Rock/Grunge outfit Paradox. Not your typical Singer/Songwriter Pete Mac has branched out from his band Paradox and taken his Alternative melodies and musical frustrations to his acoustic guitar. Paradox have been a band since 1997, formed in Cork, Ireland by brothers Pete and Mike Mac. With four albums officially recorded and released ('Chapters' in 2015, 'Corporate Pollution' in 2010, 'Sacred' in 2004 and 'Circle of Growth' in 2000 on US indie label), as well as a solo album in 2009 titled 'In Limbo', a few trips to the USA, shows, studios, more shows in Europe and a few solo performances in between Paradox have been kept busy. The biggest part of the bands popularity has been through word of mouth and the Internet. No big promo campaign and no Label. The band shot a music video for 'Mr. Bureaucracy' in 2012 which was nominated for best song at the Berlin Music Video Awards, Dublin International short film and music awards the Portobello Film Festival London in 2013. In 2012 the 'Corporate Pollution' track 'Repress Excess' was used on the soundtrack for Canadian horror movie 'Truth' which screened at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Canada International Film Festival's Royal Reel Award. "Disappear' "s the first original solo track released by Pete Mac in over 10 years.

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Soda Blonde - Love Me World (single)

If the staggering vocals of this Dublin group sound familiar, it’s because they are. Soda Blonde was formed last year by four members of the critically acclaimed Little Green Cars, whose debut album (produced by Marcus Dravs) hit the Number One spot in Ireland and saw them gain a coveted spot on the BBC Sound Of poll. Now producing the music themselves, whilst also creating all the artwork and visuals, Faye O’Rourke, Adam O’Regan, Dylan Lynch, Donagh Seaver O’Leary’s new project finds them operating as fully fledged polymaths.Their debut EP, Terrible Hands which was released at the end of last year. In support of this, the group performed a series of sold out shows in their hometown, toured across Ireland and played 2 UK shows in Manchester and London, leading to them being asked to support Sinead O’Connor at her Iveagh Gardens show (now postponed to the summer of 2021). The band released a brand new EP  during lockdown and now they are back with the follow up, Love Me World.

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Rowlette - Cucumber & Ice (single)

Rowlette is an indie-pop artist, hailing from Co. Mayo in the west of Ireland. As a solo performer with an acoustic guitar, she is known for her powerful vocals, inspirational lyrics and captivating performances. Rowlette’s releases have received radio play on stations across the country, and racked up tens of thousands of plays on Spotify. Well known on the Irish live scene, Rowlette performed a packed-out headliner in Crowbar last Autumn. She then proceeded to join Jack L on his latest tour, performing in venues across the country, including a solo set in Cork Opera House on New Years Eve. Cucumber & Ice follows the previously released live recording for Coffee Hill Sessions with Shane Steven.

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Fiachna Ó Braonáin - Winter Sun (EP)

Most of you will be familiar with Fiachna Ó Braonáin one way or the other (or both). His remarkable work with Hothouse Flowers is hard to pass by and the voice he presents the shows on RTÉ Radio 1 with is simply irresistible. You could have all kinds of things going on through your day but once you hear him talking - all your worries and troubles disappear in a blink of an eye. This gentleman with a constant smile on his face certainly recognizes good music when he hears it. His taste is truly admirable and the warm personality shines through everything. The news about his first solo album Bougainvillea might have come as a surprise, not many people knew about it then. But that is the usual case with quality music - you have to look it up and dig deeper to find it. Ó Braonáin then only confirmed what people familiar with his work already knew - that he posses a huge gift that remained hidden and only bits and pieces were revealed for the outsiders. Now he releases the follower, brand new EP called Winter Sun.

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Dan Cross - Paingiver (single)

Dan Cross (lead guitarist in the influential Fire Records band The Perfect Disaster) is a South London based guitarist and songwriter. Best known for his dark and intricate songwriting. He constructs his songs from the observation of human nature, politics, carelessness and hope. Dan Cross has a captivating sensual sound with reminiscences of Mark Everrett, Nick Drake and Neil Young.

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Michael Lane - Coming Home (single)

If there is a modern folk-pop artist who has seen the harsh realities in life, it is Michael Lane himself. As a US soldier in his twenties, sent to Iraq and Afghanistan, Michael was forced to live at cruelty. 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 the 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“.Coming Home is a follow-up to his previous single Take It Slow.

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