Music from the Heart

CD Reviews

Padraig Jack - Making Sand

Padraig Jack writes and sings songs on guitar and piano in Gaelic and English. He was born and raised 10 miles off the west coast of Ireland on the Aran islands. Music and words are in his blood as his dad is bilingual songwriter Barry Ronan and he is the nephew on his mothers side of the Irish poet and Aosdána member Mary O’Malley. His music is influenced by his surroundings as much as it is by James Taylor, Van Morrison, Shane McGowan and The Eagles. Padraig Jack has appeared on RTE 1 Television, TG4, RTE Radio 1, Newstalk as well as many Irish and BBC regional radio stations. His Gaelic language songs are played almost daily on the national Irish language radio station RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta.

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Jack Joyce - Electric Love Letters (single)

Jack Joyce a 19 year old, Dublin based upcoming 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. Jack Joyce’s sound delivers a unique acoustic, indie-pop style. His cleverly crafted lyrics blend wit and poetry to create a perfect balance between insight and humour. Drawing influence from the epic works of Arctic Monkeys, Pulp and Leonard Cohen, Jack Joyce’s song-writing is something to be experienced. Jack spent the beginning of the summer of 2019 busking and backpacking around Europe, seeking out new inspirations and sounds for his next EP  ‘Big Sexy’ release date TBC. Following his return he sold out The Vintage Room in the Workman's Club. He followed this by opening for Cassia upstairs in Whelan’s and playing a slot at the New Year’s Festival in Dublin.

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Mute The Tv - Christmas Without You (single)

Mute The TV are a two piece band from Greystones, Co.Wicklow, Ireland. The band consists of brothers Elliot and Dylan Crampton 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 The project began with the song ''With You'' which was released on April 17th 2020 - written in an hour around their mother's kitchen table. Neither brother felt it suited their current musical pursuits and so began Mute The TV. They are now preparing to release their second single ''Only The Good Times Matter''.

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Antoni O'Breskey & Band - The Wee Weaver (single)

Tuscan composer and pianist extraordinaire Antonio Breschi (known as Antoni O’Breskey as Dublin is now his home) shares a single and live video of “The Wee Weaver”, a song taken from his new album “Samara”. For many years and predating the times Antoni has been gathering together musicians from all over the world and from different traditions and cultures, creating an extraordinary variety of music and recording the thirty-five CDs which form the Nomadic Piano Collection.Samara is his latest LP in the collection, a collaboration with an extensive ensemble of musicians, including his daughter Consuelo Nerea Breschi (Varo), Máirtín O’Connor (De Dannan), Davide Viterbo (Distant City), Tony Byrne (Danu, Julie Fowlis), Paddy Cummins (Skipper’s Alley), Leonora Lyne, Ciara O’Connor, Sinead O’Connor, and many more.  The album comprises a journey between new compositions, such as Samara, Estonia, Kevin’s Polka and Xi’an Reel, two remixed versions of Antoni O’s past compositions: Nomadic Aura (2009) and Sue Morley’s Jig (1992), a live version of the historical piece, Dancing Leaves, a new version of Drunken Spider, a tune composed in 1992 that was never released to the public, and three traditional songs newly arranged: Derry So Fair, The Longford Weaver, and The Wee Weaver.

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BK Pepper - Territories

Classically trained on piano and trombone, BK Pepper’s musical projects include composing for film and theatre as well as touring with both orchestras and rock bands. After many years performing and releasing collaboratively,  Dublin-based BK is now releasing his debut album. Recorded in London’s Abbey Road, The Pool and Angel Studios, the collection of compositions is a neo-classical mix of piano, strings and electronics, with lead single ‘Colours’ a tribute to melody and imagination. About the album BK says.. “the theme of Territories reflects how borders have become increasingly visible in recent years, with migration, trade disputes and now a global pandemic reshaping how¨territories are perceived, defined and enforced around the world.

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Turn The Page - Better Than Breaking (single)

Formed in 2019 Turn The Page are an exciting acoustic based band from Co.Antrim, Northern Ireland, fronted by singer/songwriter Daryl Ball. Daryl previously had several popular album releases and performed around the world including CBGBs in New York, Glastonbury Music Festival and closer to home in the Ulster Hall in Belfast. Now together with Davy McKendry and Stephen McClelland, Turn The Page deliver mix of well-crafted originals with crowd-pleasing covers. Better Than Breaking is their latest single which follows their previous releases One More Night and Meet Me on the Corner.

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Demi Michelle - All I want this Christmas (single)

Demi Michelle Schwartz is a pop and country songwriter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From a young age, she has surrounded herself with music, playing piano, singing her favorite songs, and going to as many concerts as possible. While in college, she discovered her passion for songwriting and decided to turn her experiences into lyrics. The thought of writing a new song is always in her mind, and she can’t resist typing lyrics into her phone and recording melody ideas when she’s inspired. Her songs hold an authenticity that shows who she is, staying true to herself as a songwriter. Her debut single, “Into Focus,” captures the honesty she aims to achieve and sets the stage for her upcoming music. Demi has finished recording her debut album at The Vault Recording Studio. The album is expected to be released in the summer of 2021.

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Strings & Things - Walking in the air (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. Walking in the air is their Christmas single, a follow up to the previous release Fuaim Gathering. It features a guest artist Caoimhe Maher.

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Kenan Flannery - I've Been Condemned (EP)

Kenan Flannery is a 21 year old award-winning songwriter from inner city Dublin. He began playing guitar from the young age of 5 years old and from the beginning fell in and out of love with music but in 2016 he began to really commit himself to the artform and by years end he was awarded the Songwriter award at the Irish Youth Music Awards in the Aviva Stadium. He went on to release two successful singles and play in some of the biggest venues across Dublin including Croke Park, Aviva Stadium, Smock Alley Theatre, The Helix Theatre, Workman’s Club and The Sound House, just to name a few.  These past few months weren't easy for musicians and artists of all sorts and Kenan Flannery kept himself busy and recorded a 5 track EP with the intention to fill the need for music. Flannery had been working on a studio recorded EP to be released this summer and had a headline show planned. He also had a big show coming up in the Button Factory and a festival booking in Montana, USA. He threw himself into work and  the Bedroom Session emerged. Now he's back with a follow up with an intriguing title I've Been Condemned. He’s been working hard behind the scenes recording his own music,collaborating with other artists and recently helped start up the folk and country collective/label called Old Soul Records.

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Robb Murphy - A Brand New Life (single)

Belfast’s Robb Murphy brings his devilishly sexy signature style to all of his adventures in the music scene. He is an Irish singer-songwriter whose journey has taken him far and wide to hone his craft as a master storyteller. Robb’s solo career began with the recording of his internationally acclaimed debut album Take A Stand, officially released in April 2012. His 2nd studio album, Sleep Tonight launched in March of 2015 and has kept him busy with radio, TV and live performances. Recent successes include a variety of sessions, festivals and competitions; 4 successful tours of The Netherlands, a feature on BBC Two, The Arts Show and appearances at the Belfast-Nashville Songwriters Festival to name a few.  Like many others, Robb Murphy released a Christmas single and entitled his A Brand New Life.

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