Music from the Heart

CD Reviews

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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Pete Kavanagh - To Hold The Red Rose (single)

Pete Kavanagh is a singer-songwriter, a musician and storyteller from Co. Kildare,Ireland.  His style is best described as contemporary folk. 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.

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Wild Souls - Queen of My Heart

Formed in July 2010, Wild Souls is a Melodic Hard Rock band from Kavala, Greece. Until today they have released two studio albums titled “On The Road” (Jun. 2013) and “Game Of Love” (Oct. 2016) respectively. Wild Souls have opened for bands such as Steam Roller, founded by ex Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich, Axxis and Pretty Maids. Noteworthy in their 10 year long history is also their collaboration with Doug Aldrich, who composed and recorded the guitar solo for “On The Road”. The band who originally signed with Lion’s Pride Music for the release of their second album back in May 2016, has updated their contract with the Danish label, for their third album “Queen Of My Heart" which was released in May 2020.

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Keith O'Connell - Sacrifices (single)

Dublin-born singer-songwriter Keith O'Connell began performing at the age of seven. He played the piano, and released his debut album Genetic Lottery in 2016. Last year he released a powerful single The Mirror of My Soul.

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Jim McHugh - Should Have Lied (single)

From the Farney drumlins of Co. Monaghan, Ireland, multi-instrumentalist Jim McHugh brings a new edge to the folk tradition, blending traditional and indie styles with up-tempo beats. In 2016 he drew upon his past and recent musical experiences to record an album of new songs entitled ‘Noise Machine’, nicely summed up by Pete Whalley as ‘Indie folk-driven rock that has a vibrant beating heart’. Jim’s second album ‘My Nuclear Radio’ followed in 2019.  

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Karen Alice Dunbar - Almost (single)

Karen Alice Dunbar is a Wexford based singer-songwriter & music tutor. She played classical piano from a young age & took up guitar while studying Music and Drama at University College Cork where she began writing poetry & songs to deal with the "big move" from Wexford to Cork. She has always been massively influenced by pop music, her earliest memories being of singing and dancing along to an ABBA video cassette belonging to her Mum. Discovering Jewel Kilcher in her late teens lead to a massive influence in folk & country music, leading her onto the greats like Carol King, Bob Dylan, Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Cash, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen etc. Her music today could be described as pop-country. 
She has taken 3 trips to Nashville where she performed in venues all over the city & collaborated with other songwriters, and she has also toured and spent many summers in the Greek Islands of Ios and Paros - holding a special place in her heart.She was a semi finalist with her song "Waiting for your Love", on RTE reality show "The Hit", in 2013, featuring songwriters having their songs chosen for consideration by established artists. She released her debut EP Marionette in 2017, produced by the late Gavin Ralston.

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Peter O'Toole - Leaving White Cedar

Everybody deals with current situation differently. For musicians and arts in general, it's not the best of times but perhaps having more time on your hands boosts the creativity? That is certainly the case of Hothouse Flowers multi-instrumentalist Peter O'Toole who used the time given in a productive way and recorded his first ever solo album at home. Would you believe he hasn't released anything of his own before? Well, some talents remain hidden till it's their time to shine. Skilled musician and gifted songwriter sneaks a song or two in a set at gigs, his talent is given more space to reveal itself when he tours together with Liam Ó Maonlaí. But it was during lockdown he let his creativity flow freely and the result is a stunning album of 10 songs on 10 instruments, played by one man, recorded on one mic.

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Fughu - Lost Connection

In 1999 at a school in the neighborhood of Saavedra in Buenos Aires two strangers met on an improvised stage. Playing some Megadeth and Deep Purple’s tunes, they drove the varied crowd crazy. Ariel Bellizio (guitar) and Alejandro Lopez (drummer) would never been separated, even though they were thrown out of school after the episode…A ten years old Marcelo Malmierca, son of an unknown jazz drummer, went mad while listening to King Crimson, ELP, Van Der Graaf and Astor Piazzolla and lost his mind years later making his own synthesizers hoping to reproduce the sounds that they left in his head.Juan Manuel Lopez known as the argentinian with the widest knowledge about KISS, loses his composure after listening to “Sheer Heart Attack” by Queen. He’s currently studying life and work of David Bowie while playing bass.Santiago Burgi, a well known Opera singer, also a great fan of heavy metal give the edge in the voice roll.Fate brought them together under the name Fughu.

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Kenan Flannery - Bedroom Sessions Lockdown Demo 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 this is the result.

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