Music from the Heart

CD Reviews

Rob Vickers - Christmas All Over Again (single)

Raised in the picturesque garden county of Wicklow Rob rose fast throughout the ranks to be one of the leading stars of his generation on the Irish theatre and music circuit throughout the country. Robs talents led him to star in Les Miserables where he understudied and performed the iconic principle role of Jean Valjean. He is an Olivier Awards 2012 cast recipient for the 25th anniversary production of Les Miserables in London's West End where he starred in the show for over two years.Rob Currently stars in Dublin Irish Cabaret at Taylors Three Rock where he performed to over 60,000 international visitors this year.His skills as a musician and top professional solo artist has seen him perform in Europe,America and as far away as Australia. Rob has fronted most of Irelands top bands and tribute acts and is no stranger to Irish television ..His first single BEST DAYS OF OUR LIVES was released in October 2020 with a full album release of his first solo album scheduled for March 2021.

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Sofia Talvik - This Mess We're In (single)

Swedish Sofia Talvik has followed her tradition of releasing a Christmas single every year for over 10 years. In 2017 she gathered her songs up till then and released the album "When Winter Comes" which charted as no.5 on Folk Radio USA.  Her most recent album "Paws of a Bear" came out in 2019 with a follow up unplugged version in 2020, both of which garnered attention and praise from both radio and publications around the world, such as Alternate Roots report, American Songwriter and Billboard.

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Gunner - Back 4 More

Gunner was formed in the beginning of 2003 (under the name of Gunner Sixx), in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It all started when Rodrigo Bugallo (lead guitar) and Mariano Angiolili (ex drummer) decided to form a band with noticeable influences of 80's hard rock. Gunner have released two successful albums “Keep Fighting” in 2013 and “All Access” in 2016 and started growing their fanbase while playing a lot of shows in Argentina. In 2019 they signed with Danish hard rock label Lions Pride Music and announced their 3rd opus called “Back 4 More”. “Back For More” is a step forward for the band while the remix and master of the album has been taken care of Ed Omar Carabantes at Studios Hunter, Conqimbo, Chile.

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A Blue Flame - The Secret Breeze

British (Leister-based) singer/songwriter Richard Stone - going by the artist name A Blue Flame - tells compelling stories about life, love, heartache and loss through poetic, thoughtful lyrics and sublime melodies. His music reflects an eclectic range of influences from doo-wop and old-school pop to easy listening ballads, folk, jazz and rock, delivered with sophisticated and utterly pleasing instrumentals and his smooth, clear vocals. He writes all the songs, sings, plays the guitar and arranges them all. The Secret Breeze is his third album.

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John Winters - So Down (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. John says ‘My music career is just about ready to start with my debut single entitled “So Down” ‘’. John Winters 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).

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Willow Springs - Night-Time Radio

It’s been 2 years since their first album Urban Ghosts came out and again the Belfast band has recorded  in their home town’s Earthmusic studio and released on their own S’quare Record label. Now they are back with the follow up, Night-Time Radio. This album continues the band’s americana dream, crossing a range of styles from West Coast folky blues to gospel-tinged bluegrass. All 13 songs are again written and performed by Mark Crockard and this time featured performers include Richard Nelson on Pedal Steel and Lisa Brady and Jim ‘The King’ Brown guesting on vocals.  Jim rose to fame on the back of his album Gravelands and multiple appearances on Chris Evans’ TFI Friday, performing songs by deceased artistes as Elvis Presley might have. Mark’s influences are clear and unashamed both in his writing and the sound he produces …Orbison, Cooder, Prine, Malo, Isbell, Rich, Earle and Nick Lowe all make their presence felt.

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Craig Cooney & Rowlette - December (single)

This holiday season, rising Irish artists Craig Cooney & Rowlette are spreading the festive spirit with their new track " December."   2020 has been a big year for both artists. “December” marks indie-pop artist Rowlette’s fourth release this year, with previous singles being added to Spotify editorial playlists (including Fresh Pop, Pop Right Now and New Music Friday), performing alongside Jack L, being RTÉ Culture Tune of the Day twice and packing out her first headline show. Craig Cooney has been pursuing music professionally for the past three years and has multiple headline shows under his belt. His fifth ever show was in the Olympia Theatre supporting Gavin James. He is a unique artist who tells stories through his songs and has gained popularity through his freestyling. This year, Craig released multiple singles as well as founding a cypher series featuring local artists.

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Quinn - Some Days (single)

After a successful debut single release Trespasser in July 2020 Belfast artist Quinn is releasing her follow up single Some Days. Quinn has performed in many venues around the world, including touring in New York, Amsterdam, Dublin, Cambridge, Manchester, Dubai, Dublin and Nashville, with the main purpose of getting her music in front of as many people as possible!  She has also appeared at multiple venues and events in Northern Ireland. Quinn is a very personal songwriter and Some Days’ is a great example of how she puts her own experiences of life into her writing, to not only help her deal with life, but hopefully connect with the listener as well.

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Sam Wickens - Strange.24 (single)

Sam Wickens from Bangor, Co.Down, is a mesmerising performer, gifted with the talent to arouse the soul with haunting melodies laced with poignant lyrics sung with his trademark transparency of spirit. 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 20-something artist humbly plies his craft with a focused sincerity, and has created a style his own: consistently delivering on his reputation as a bewitching live performer. In 2016 Sam performed at the prestigious Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, Nashville, Tennessee, where he sang to an entranced audience at the famous Bluebird Café in Nashville.

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Victoria Keating & Aine O'Gorman - The Poor Ground (single)

Victoria Keating and Aine O'Gorman are singer-songwriters from West Cork. Eve Blaire of BBC Radio Ulster called Aine’s debut single ‘Lydia’ “Absolutely stunning”, while 3 time Grammy award winning producer Ryan Freeland said of ‘Lydia’ “what a beautiful track”. Aine’s last single ‘Desolation’ was viewed over 170,000 times on Facebook during the first lockdown.Victoria has worked with Christy Moore extensively since 2011, providing harmony vocals on five albums. She has also provided harmonies on Declan Sinnott’s second solo album. She has toured extensively with Christy and with Declan Sinnott playing sold out venues such as The Acoustic stage, Glastonbury and Vicar Street Dublin. She is building a loyal fanbase on her weekly show ‘Little Rooms, Big Music’ and is recording her first album of original material with Declan Sinnott and Martin Leahy. The Poor Ground is the latest offering from Victoria and Aine.

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