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BK Pepper - Alerts (single)

Dublin based composer BK Pepper recorded his debut album in a number of locations, from Abbey Road to a converted swimming pool and the hard graft paid off with acclaim from not only the Irish media but international radio and blogs too. Now with his second single 'Alerts' Pepper is strengthening his position as one of the most exciting, rising, minimalist electro composers.Classically trained on piano and trombone, BK Pepper’s musical projects include composing for film and theatre as well as touringwith both orchestras and rock bands. After many years performingand releasing collaboratively, BK finally released his own collection of songs.After a truly amazing reception to his debut album 'Territories' late last year, BK Pepper is kicking on and releasing only his second single. 'Alerts'.

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Daryl Ball - Everyday people (EP)

Over the last 20+ years Daryl Ball has earned a reputation as a talented singer/songwriter with the bands Stripped and Bateleurs. Together with these bands he has released several well received albums and EPs as well as performed around the world including such iconic venues as CBGBs in New York, The Ulster Hall in Belfast and Glastonbury Festival. 2018 saw the first of several popular solo releases culminating in a debut solo album Better Days released summer 2019. 2020 continued with more solo work plus performances and recordings with a new duo Turn The Page covering songs spanning the last 25 years. Eeveryday people is his solo EP recorded during lockdown.

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Mute The Tv - Did You Ever Think It Would Be Like This (single)

Mute The TV are a two piece band of brothers, Elliot Crampton and Dylan E. Crampton, based in Greystones, Co.Dublin. Fusing together their respective influences and musical styles, their aim is to approach their music in a way that neither of them are accustomed to. With Dylan and Elliot being brothers and perfectionists, many times an argument ensues during the recording process, something that has plagued many bands before them, but given that they are brothers, it always turns right.

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John Winters - Forget About It (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. He 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). His debut single "So Down", released in November 2020, has amassed over 20,000 streams on Spotify and was played on multiple national radio stations incl. Beat 102/103 FM, Dublin City FM +more. He now releases his sophomore single entitled Forget About It.

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Davie Furey - Haunted Streets

The Irish are well-known worldwide for their storytelling abilties. No wonder there is such a vast amount of creativity of all kinds. The music is one of the fields known all around the globe. There are good songwriters, there are great ones and then there are songwriters extraordinaire. Davie Furey belongs to the latter. His knack for telling a story through song and his ability to engage a crowd have won him support slots with the likes of Damien Dempsey, Josh Ritter, John Spillane and Luka Bloom. He's released a few singles in recent years and now he returns with his highly anticipated new album Haunted Streets. This follows up his debut album Easy Come Easy Go from 2015. The plans for an Ireland, UK, German and US 2020 tour had to be shelved due Covid-19 restrictions but rescheduling of these dates is currently underway

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Shane Ó Fearghail - Born from Tradition

Shane Ó Fearghail from Dublin (Tallaght to be exact), now residing in Vienna, is the perfect example of somebody who maybe living away from his native land but the native land, its culture and everything that goes with it, is deeply present in his being and in his art. He's previously released three albums and now he returns with the fourth offering, very appropriately titled Born from Tradition. The thought of releasing an album that's literally born from his roots had been on Ó Fearghail's mind for some time and he now turned the ideas and plans into reality. The album was born between Dublin and Vienna and it does nothing less than sealing Ó Fearghail's reputation of a craftsman.

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Padraig Jack - Making Sand

Padraig Jack writes and sings songs on guitar and piano in Gaelic and English. He was born and raised 10 miles off the west coast of Ireland on the Aran islands. Music and words are in his blood as his dad is bilingual songwriter Barry Ronan and he is the nephew on his mothers side of the Irish poet and Aosdána member Mary O’Malley. His music is influenced by his surroundings as much as it is by James Taylor, Van Morrison, Shane McGowan and The Eagles. Padraig Jack has appeared on RTE 1 Television, TG4, RTE Radio 1, Newstalk as well as many Irish and BBC regional radio stations. His Gaelic language songs are played almost daily on the national Irish language radio station RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta.

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Jack Joyce - Electric Love Letters (single)

Jack Joyce a 19 year old, Dublin based upcoming unsigned Irish multi instrumentalist singer-songwriter who first embarked on his music career at the age of sixteen when he began booking and performing gigs in local pubs and clubs. From a young age, Jack has been composing his own songs and released his debut demo EP, Get Down, in October 2018. Jack Joyce’s sound delivers a unique acoustic, indie-pop style. His cleverly crafted lyrics blend wit and poetry to create a perfect balance between insight and humour. Drawing influence from the epic works of Arctic Monkeys, Pulp and Leonard Cohen, Jack Joyce’s song-writing is something to be experienced. Jack spent the beginning of the summer of 2019 busking and backpacking around Europe, seeking out new inspirations and sounds for his next EP  ‘Big Sexy’ release date TBC. Following his return he sold out The Vintage Room in the Workman's Club. He followed this by opening for Cassia upstairs in Whelan’s and playing a slot at the New Year’s Festival in Dublin.

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Mute The Tv - Christmas Without You (single)

Mute The TV are a two piece band from Greystones, Co.Wicklow, Ireland. The band consists of brothers Elliot and Dylan Crampton Fusing together their respective influences and musical styles, their aim is to approach their music in a way that neither of them are accustomed to The project began with the song ''With You'' which was released on April 17th 2020 - written in an hour around their mother's kitchen table. Neither brother felt it suited their current musical pursuits and so began Mute The TV. They are now preparing to release their second single ''Only The Good Times Matter''.

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Antoni O'Breskey & Band - The Wee Weaver (single)

Tuscan composer and pianist extraordinaire Antonio Breschi (known as Antoni O’Breskey as Dublin is now his home) shares a single and live video of “The Wee Weaver”, a song taken from his new album “Samara”. For many years and predating the times Antoni has been gathering together musicians from all over the world and from different traditions and cultures, creating an extraordinary variety of music and recording the thirty-five CDs which form the Nomadic Piano Collection.Samara is his latest LP in the collection, a collaboration with an extensive ensemble of musicians, including his daughter Consuelo Nerea Breschi (Varo), Máirtín O’Connor (De Dannan), Davide Viterbo (Distant City), Tony Byrne (Danu, Julie Fowlis), Paddy Cummins (Skipper’s Alley), Leonora Lyne, Ciara O’Connor, Sinead O’Connor, and many more.  The album comprises a journey between new compositions, such as Samara, Estonia, Kevin’s Polka and Xi’an Reel, two remixed versions of Antoni O’s past compositions: Nomadic Aura (2009) and Sue Morley’s Jig (1992), a live version of the historical piece, Dancing Leaves, a new version of Drunken Spider, a tune composed in 1992 that was never released to the public, and three traditional songs newly arranged: Derry So Fair, The Longford Weaver, and The Wee Weaver.

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