Music from the Heart

CD Reviews

Lau - Midnight and Closedown

Lau is British folk band from both Scotland and England formed in 2005, named after Orcadian word meaning "natural light." The band comprises Kris Drever (vocals, guitar), Martin Green (accordion, wurlitzer, keys, electronics) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) and together they effortlessly bridge the seemingly diametrically opposed worlds of acoustic folk tradition and post rock – electronics. A decade on, Lau are fearless innovators, festival curators (Lau-Land) a band that simply never stand still. Kris Drever, Aidan O’Rourke and Martin Green also create some of the best music being made anywhere in any genre. Being declared the Best band on BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards on four occasions only proves their uniqueness.

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Paradox - Here Comes the Pain (single)

Cork based alternative rockers Paradox were formed in 1997 by brothers Pete Mac and Mike Mac. The early Paradox sound was heavily influenced by the Grunge Era of the 90's. Paradox have released 4 studio albums to date. Their debut album 'Circle of Growth' was recorded in Los Angeles in 2000 and released on a US label. Their second album 'Sacred' was recorded and released in 2004, 'Corporate Pollution' was released in 2011 and their latest album 'Chapters' released in 2015. Singer and songwriter Pete Mac also recorded and released a solo album in 2009 in Berlin, Germany. The new single 'Here Comes The Pain' was released in May 2019 with the band making a return to a more heavier sound. More new music is planned to be released this year.

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Bai Bang - Best of Four

A driven force in the Swedish "rock" scene of the 2000s —Hailing from Sweden, a touch of glam/sleaze/rock metal of the 1980s. Since the band started the Bai Bang members have spent a lot of time together on their tours all over Europe, Canada, Japan and USA. Bai Bang have been touring with bands like: Alice Cooper, LA Guns, Dio, Ratt, Pretty Maids and Union among others and have done many headline tours as well.The band have been playing at festivals like: Sweden Rock Festival, Wacken Open Air and Rocklahoma.
Coming back with a Best Of release from their last 4 albums ( Are You Ready – 2009, Livin' My Dream – 2011, All Around The World – 2013, Rock Of Live – 2017.

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Robert O'Connor - Real Good Fight (single)

Robert O'Connor is a singer/songwriter from Dublin, Ireland, who returned to the songwriting scene in 2018 after five year hiatus during which he worked as a journalist for various lifestyle titles. The sacrificies paid off and his threee singles released in 2018 received a great radio support on both sides of the Atlantic which is pretty unusual for an unsigned artist without a manager. Each of those singles showed different side of O'Connor and the latest, Real Good Fight, continues the trend.

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Martin McDonnell - Hold Me Tight (single)

From time to time you come across a rising talent so good who simply stops you in your tracks. That is the case of Martin McDonnell. The 17 year old Dubliner can be frequently seen busking on Grafton street but has also played the famous Ruby Sessions (previous performers include Glen Hansard, Hozier, Conor O'Brien (Villagers). His debut single "Hold Me Tight" was released on Beadfire on May 31st.

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Jack O'Rourke - Ivory Towers (EP)

Cork singer/songwriter Jack O'Rourke first emerged on the Irish music scene in 2016 with his critically acclaimed debut album Dreamcatcher.  O'Rourke's craft, driven by his classical piano training and rich baritone voice, seems to take you back in time - there are echoes of Cohen, Bowie and Waits in his ballads. As Jack himself says, his deeply personal songs from the debut album were ten years in the making. His song Silence was chosen by Amnesty International as a marriage equality anthem in 2015 and progressed to win a prestigious songwriting competition where Tom Waits was among the judges. Now the Corkman is back with follower, an EP entitled Ivory towers.

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For Adio - Recipe (single)

For Adio are a modern influenced music group with a Pop/Rock style  from Carlow formed in February 2018. The band had 4 days to practice 40 songs for their first gig. Since then they won the National Battle Of The Bands in Athlone to support legendary Bagatelle and Aslan. That's a well deserved success. More than many rising bands could wish for.

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Alice Lynskey - Souls (single)

Alice Lynskey is a singer/songwriter from Dublin, now based in Wexford. Her music can be described as pop with hints of country and rock. A strong melody is always central to the song. She has previously written a top ten track for The Stunning and has 3 singles to date. She played support to likes of The Stunning, The 4 Of Us, Declan O'Rourke, Paddy Casey or Elly D to mention a few. Alice is clasically trained and has sung on many stages including The 3Arena, RTE Tv, The Olympia, Whelan's and Enniscorthy castle. She recently performed at The Acoustic Yard festival in Westport.

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Sam Wickens - Ravens & Crows (single)

Sam Wickens, from Bangor, County Down,  is a mesmerising solo 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 Martin, Lou Red, Sam is a soulful writer and performer with a restless creativity, conveying a personal blend of blues, soul, gospel, folk and indie. He humbly plies his craft with a focused sincerity and has created a style of 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 entranced the audience at the famous Bluebird Café in Nashville.

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