Music from the Heart

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Morning Midnight - Paradise (single)

UK/Irish duo Morning Midnight release their new song 'Paradise'. A juxtaposition that makes sense from the jump, the bedroom-pop duo have created a sound where you constantly feel like you’re falling whilst being held. Made up of singer/ songwriter Jordan Scott, whose personal lyrics and soaring vocals captivate, and Jess Pascal whose background in production, piano playing and synthesis both ground and illuminate the group’s sound.

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Without Willow - Nightingale (single)

Without Willow are an Irish acoustic folk duo from Co Donegal, Ireland. The pair got to the semifinal of the International Songwriting Competiton with their song "The Heather Field" in 2019 and also got to the final of all Ireland Christie Hennessy song contest in 2019 with the same song. The pair consisting of Karen Kelly and Simon McCafferty blend haunting, heartfelt vocals with virtuoso guitar playing to create a distinctive sound that has established them as firm favourites on the Donegal music scene. 

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Ferguson and Hanley - Mud Flows Down the River (single)

Gary Ferguson (USA) and Fintan Hanley (Ireland) have both received plenty of praise and considerable airtime for their respective recent track releases on the Irish side of the Atlantic Ocean. Now they team up after meeting through the Transatlantic Music Network, a Facebook music group that Gary hosts. A network that culminated in the release of his Ferguson’s Farewell album, a collaboration with some of Ireland’s finest songwriters including Mary Greene, Errol Walsh, Gillian Tuite and Charlie McGettigan to name but a few.  Gary and Fintan began a whirlwind writing and recording session. Voice memos were sent, lyrics and mp3's were emailed back and forth. They moved quickly but carefully through the whole process. Before they knew it, the song was born.

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Paper Tigers - Graceless (EP)

Paper Tigers are an alt rock band based in Belfast. Formed in 2018 by Michael Smyth with Hayley Norton on vocals, Emma Rose on bass and joined by Matt Milner on drums. 2019 saw Paper Tigers come out swinging, gigging incessantly and releasing debut single ‘Gucci Smiles’ which earned them a nomination for Best Single at the NI Music Prize. This was followed by sophomore single ‘Flames’, released at the very beginning of the global pandemic. 'No Ghosts Walk' was released in October 2020 and became the bands most successful single to date. The three singles now have over 40,000 streams on Spotify.

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Barry Jay Hughes - Willow Tree (single)

Hailing from Carrickmacross, County Monaghan, Ireland, Barry Jay Hughes has that ability to immediately captivate the listeners and audiences. It's not only his ability as a classically trained musician, his passionate vocal that pulls the right strings in your soul but also his warm personality. He could serve as an inspiration for aspiring songwriters - he gave up his day job to pursue music full time and we have no doubt this was the best decision he has ever made. Of course it's not an easy thing to do but if you have a passion in your heart and you work hard to achieve it, nothing is impossible. Yes, we paraphrased a famous quote by Michael Flatley here but feels appropriate.

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Sam Wickens - The Devils With Me Now (single)

Northern Ireland's Sam Wickens  is a mesmerizing 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.

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Klubber Lang - Make Amends (single)

Somewhat of a nineties supergroup, Dublin outfit Klubber Lang are made up of Revelino guitarist Ciaran Tallon, ex-(sic) bass player Ciaran McGoldrick on vocals and bass, ex-Mexican Pets drummer Fin O'Leary and producer Ronan McHugh on keyboards. With the two singles released to date, ‘There, There’ and ‘Not My Day’, Klubber Lang have made a real statement of intent and have created a real level of expectation about what is yet to come.

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Afterbliss - Shout It Out (single)

Formed in 2019, Afterbliss' blend of melodic rock, hard riffs and indie synth pop have firmly cemented them as one of Dublin's most interesting and exciting acts to emerge in recent years. The origins of the band can be traced back to 2018 when guitarist/synth player Alex Burcea and drummer Ally Pender, who had played together in a previous band,  realised they had a strong creative spark. They pair up together a handful of early songs and co-founded the group. The current line-up was completed with the addition of lead vocalist Evan Cassidy, guitarist James O'Gorman and bassist Shane Waldron who helped shape the band's sound.

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Sorcha Richardson - Archie (single)

Dublin artist Sorcha Richardson is releasing a new single 'Archie' along with a stunning cinematic video . ‘Archie’ is a coming-of-age tale based upon friendship rather than love, and those big open road dreams of where that naive, teenage love of music may one day take you. It’s also symbolic of Sorcha’s disregard for genre expectations. What starts as dusky, desert folk suddenly takes on a grander, majestic elegance. It is the highly anticipated follow up to Sorcha's debut album ‘First Prize Bravery’ and she has garnered almost 48 million streams on Spotify alone. Sorcha has just finished supporting Villagers on a European Tour in May along with a special showcase event in LA as part of the School Night Show and played the Barbican, London show on May 26th.

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Fergal Nash - Healing Curraghchase (single)

Fergal Nash is a singer/songwriter who hails from Limerick, Ireland. Specializing in catchy pop/rock guitar tunes along with quieter ballads. He released his well-received debut album “Take It Over” in 2013 (“Rather Excellent” Alan Owens, Limerick Leader.)  and "Pieces of Everything"  is his second offering, released in 2015 & featuring a rawer more direct sound, but retaining the melodies & axe hooks.

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