Music from the Heart

CD Reviews

Myles McCormack - Comfort Zone (single)

Writing impactful songs with a delicate touch, Myles McCormack is influenced by everything from earthy ballads to angsty metal. Based in Belfast, his playing has been honed through the traditional music scene, hosting the Sunday session in the popular Sunflower Bar. At the same time, Myles has gathered a cache of original material, showcased in a debut album, Real Talk (2019) and a string of increasingly strong releases.

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Emmo - Still (single)

Up & coming Cork singer songwriter Emmo releases his new single ‘Still’. The single channels the raw spirit and energy of a love that is resolute and remains ignited despite the trials and tribulations of time. Fresh off the stage from a series of sold out headline shows in Winthrop Avenue, Whelans and The Workmans Club, EMMO is at the cusp of an industry breakthrough. 

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Rob Vickers - Kiss Me Like That (single)

Rob Vickers is no stranger to a studio or a stage, having performed professionally all around the world for the last 25 years as an ambassador for all facets of Irish entertainment. “I’ve designed myself and my musical cross generational the same AS Elton John, Billy Joel, PAUL McCartney, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen and many of the guest artists that have stood the test of time. They had no rules just a love for good music and sharing it with the world. Rob Vickers re-release of his independently released debut festive hit ‘Christmas All Over Again’ went straight into the top 10 Hotpress Magazines Ultimate Irish Christmas Songs of All Time and has garnered critical acclaim through online blogs and play-listing internationally.

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Ryders Blü - As Long As I've Got You Babe (single)

Ryders Blü is an Indie Pop band based in Newbridge, Kildare. The band consists of two members: PJ O’Neill on guitar and vocals, And Jake Carrick on drums. Over the past year the two musicians delved into the world of recording music and production. While their methods aren’t necessarily “by the book,” The band finally has creative control of their music and how it sounds. The two members of the band use music as an escape. After being introduced to the music industry at the ages of 12 and 13, the two boys knew what they wanted to do for the rest of their lives. The band is currently focusing on making music that means something while at the same time is easily digestible with catchy melodies and clean production.

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Clare Sands - Awe na Mná (Praise the Women)(single)

It was a sight to behold - young, old, brave, bold. 100 women on four beaches in the four corners of Ireland, celebrating sisterhood in all its colours. Men fled as women marched, danced, sang, howled and embraced the Dublin, Connemara, Belfast and Cork sands and tides. Led by fearless fiddler, bilingual singer & multi-instrumentalist Clare Sands, ‘Awe na Mná (Praise the Women)’ is the powerful, energetic, and fierce new single from Sands and is a celebration of women through the ages. 

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Natalie Moran - What's it Like (single)

Natalie Moran is a Dublin based singer-songwriter. She is a storyteller in lyrics and vocal expression alike. Her vocal tones have a high range which is used for sweet soprano melodies and also to create those power house moments. Natalie is popular for creating 80's synths within her dance music and also having a blend of sweet acoustic music for romance and heartbreak tracks. The singer debuted in late 2021 with the single 'My Ambition' which set out her determination and drive entering the music scene. 

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Gavin Fox - Lay Down Low (single)

Gavin Fox is an Irish singer-songwriter whose music empowers and uplifts. In the time and space of the 2020 lockdown, he discovered a hidden talent for storytelling through song. Emotions poured out from deep inside him, resulting in some of the most piercingly compelling and honest songs on the island of Ireland in the last year. His writing has already seen him featured on RTÉ (Irish National Broadcaster), Classic Hits FM, Shannonside, and KFM. And his recent single ‘Make Me Believe’ earned him the accolade of being “one of the most compelling new singer-songwriters on these shores,” according to Hot Press. ‘Lay Down Low’ is the first single from Gavin Fox’s  upcoming debut album, ‘Awakened’.

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Pontious Pilate & The Naildrivers - Chemistry (single)

Pontious Pilate & The Naildrivers have been writing, performing and independently releasing their own music for a number of years now, to a loyal and growing audience. Now, in association with FIFA Records, comes their latest single ‘Chemistry’, taken from their full-length debut album due out later this year, “Kick The Megaphone”.

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Strings & Things - Too Much to Ask (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” was released . The band is currently managed by Impact Promotions Ireland.

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J Smith - Skipping Stones (single)

James Smith formed Gypsies on the Autobahn at 16 and the band released two albums with Universal Music Ireland, “Born Brief” in 2017 and “Suspended” in 2019. The band saw success supporting Little Green Cars, Bombay Bicycle Club, Bleeding Heart Pigeons, selling out Whelans, playing at Vicar St., Other Voices, and touring the festival circuits. After 14 years, the band amicably parted ways in early 2020. Smith’s independence spurred him to produce a burst of dance-inspired remixes under the name YURN for Soda Blonde, ZASKA, Danny G & The Major 7ths with Tolü Makay, Nnic, Gareth Quinn Redmond, and more. He released his debut album entitled (...) And you chose not to laugh last year.

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