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BK Pepper - Territories

Classically trained on piano and trombone, BK Pepper’s musical projects include composing for film and theatre as well as touring with both orchestras and rock bands. After many years performing and releasing collaboratively,  Dublin-based BK is now releasing his debut album. Recorded in London’s Abbey Road, The Pool and Angel Studios, the collection of compositions is a neo-classical mix of piano, strings and electronics, with lead single ‘Colours’ a tribute to melody and imagination. About the album BK says.. “the theme of Territories reflects how borders have become increasingly visible in recent years, with migration, trade disputes and now a global pandemic reshaping how¨territories are perceived, defined and enforced around the world.

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Turn The Page - Better Than Breaking (single)

Formed in 2019 Turn The Page are an exciting acoustic based band from Co.Antrim, Northern Ireland, fronted by singer/songwriter Daryl Ball. Daryl previously had several popular album releases and performed around the world including CBGBs in New York, Glastonbury Music Festival and closer to home in the Ulster Hall in Belfast. Now together with Davy McKendry and Stephen McClelland, Turn The Page deliver mix of well-crafted originals with crowd-pleasing covers. Better Than Breaking is their latest single which follows their previous releases One More Night and Meet Me on the Corner.

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Demi Michelle - All I want this Christmas (single)

Demi Michelle Schwartz is a pop and country songwriter from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From a young age, she has surrounded herself with music, playing piano, singing her favorite songs, and going to as many concerts as possible. While in college, she discovered her passion for songwriting and decided to turn her experiences into lyrics. The thought of writing a new song is always in her mind, and she can’t resist typing lyrics into her phone and recording melody ideas when she’s inspired. Her songs hold an authenticity that shows who she is, staying true to herself as a songwriter. Her debut single, “Into Focus,” captures the honesty she aims to achieve and sets the stage for her upcoming music. Demi has finished recording her debut album at The Vault Recording Studio. The album is expected to be released in the summer of 2021.

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Strings & Things - Walking in the air (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” which is due for release in the near future. The band is currently managed by Impact Promotions Ireland. Walking in the air is their Christmas single, a follow up to the previous release Fuaim Gathering. It features a guest artist Caoimhe Maher.

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Kenan Flannery - I've Been Condemned (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  the Bedroom Session emerged. Now he's back with a follow up with an intriguing title I've Been Condemned. He’s been working hard behind the scenes recording his own music,collaborating with other artists and recently helped start up the folk and country collective/label called Old Soul Records.

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Robb Murphy - A Brand New Life (single)

Belfast’s Robb Murphy brings his devilishly sexy signature style to all of his adventures in the music scene. He is an Irish singer-songwriter whose journey has taken him far and wide to hone his craft as a master storyteller. Robb’s solo career began with the recording of his internationally acclaimed debut album Take A Stand, officially released in April 2012. His 2nd studio album, Sleep Tonight launched in March of 2015 and has kept him busy with radio, TV and live performances. Recent successes include a variety of sessions, festivals and competitions; 4 successful tours of The Netherlands, a feature on BBC Two, The Arts Show and appearances at the Belfast-Nashville Songwriters Festival to name a few.  Like many others, Robb Murphy released a Christmas single and entitled his A Brand New Life.

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Rob Vickers - Christmas All Over Again (single)

Raised in the picturesque garden county of Wicklow Rob rose fast throughout the ranks to be one of the leading stars of his generation on the Irish theatre and music circuit throughout the country. Robs talents led him to star in Les Miserables where he understudied and performed the iconic principle role of Jean Valjean. He is an Olivier Awards 2012 cast recipient for the 25th anniversary production of Les Miserables in London's West End where he starred in the show for over two years.Rob Currently stars in Dublin Irish Cabaret at Taylors Three Rock where he performed to over 60,000 international visitors this year.His skills as a musician and top professional solo artist has seen him perform in Europe,America and as far away as Australia. Rob has fronted most of Irelands top bands and tribute acts and is no stranger to Irish television ..His first single BEST DAYS OF OUR LIVES was released in October 2020 with a full album release of his first solo album scheduled for March 2021.

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Sofia Talvik - This Mess We're In (single)

Swedish Sofia Talvik has followed her tradition of releasing a Christmas single every year for over 10 years. In 2017 she gathered her songs up till then and released the album "When Winter Comes" which charted as no.5 on Folk Radio USA.  Her most recent album "Paws of a Bear" came out in 2019 with a follow up unplugged version in 2020, both of which garnered attention and praise from both radio and publications around the world, such as Alternate Roots report, American Songwriter and Billboard.

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Gunner - Back 4 More

Gunner was formed in the beginning of 2003 (under the name of Gunner Sixx), in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It all started when Rodrigo Bugallo (lead guitar) and Mariano Angiolili (ex drummer) decided to form a band with noticeable influences of 80's hard rock. Gunner have released two successful albums “Keep Fighting” in 2013 and “All Access” in 2016 and started growing their fanbase while playing a lot of shows in Argentina. In 2019 they signed with Danish hard rock label Lions Pride Music and announced their 3rd opus called “Back 4 More”. “Back For More” is a step forward for the band while the remix and master of the album has been taken care of Ed Omar Carabantes at Studios Hunter, Conqimbo, Chile.

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A Blue Flame - The Secret Breeze

British (Leister-based) singer/songwriter Richard Stone - going by the artist name A Blue Flame - tells compelling stories about life, love, heartache and loss through poetic, thoughtful lyrics and sublime melodies. His music reflects an eclectic range of influences from doo-wop and old-school pop to easy listening ballads, folk, jazz and rock, delivered with sophisticated and utterly pleasing instrumentals and his smooth, clear vocals. He writes all the songs, sings, plays the guitar and arranges them all. The Secret Breeze is his third album.

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