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Sun Collective - Ogham Scars (single)

Ogham Scars is the new single from Dublin-based group Sun Collective, featuring contributions from harpist Gemma Doherty, part of duo Saint Sister. ‘Ogham Scars’ is the final of three singles shared in the run-up to, and in conjunction with, the groups’ appearance on award-winning and internationally acclaimed Irish music series, Other Voices, TONIGHT April  15th on RTÉ 2 television, RTÉ Player worldwide & subsequently on Other Voices YouTube.

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Little Storms - MRC (single)

Little Storms are a 3 piece band from Teconnaught in Co Down, Northern Ireland. Band members are Tim (Drums and Percussion), Eugene (Bass/Vocals) and Paul (vocals/guitar/keys). They have been playing music for quite a while, mostly around the cover/wedding band circuit in Belfast. With lockdown wiping out the live scene they started to concentrate on writing and recording their own material over the last 18 months, using a home studio.

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J Smith - Blood Orange (single)

Dublin singer-songwriter J Smith  releases “Blood Orange” , the next single from his upcoming debut album.“We came to see a blood orange moon, and shiver up in a tent” sets the mood for the telling of a couple’s second chance to re-ignite their passion in love. Seizing his own second chance, J Smith rekindled his passion for songwriting after the break-up of his former band. Smith recorded the bones of “Blood Orange'' in August 2019 and refined it over time, adding unexpected elements like the sound of metal pipes dragging across a concrete floor. The song has an optimistic rhythm, with persistent guitar, and a mix of acoustic and electronic elements. Sonically, there are influences from Japanese Breakfast, sir Was, Radiohead, and Jeff Buckley. Lending an ethereal vocal counterpoint to the chorus, Irish neo-soul singer Nnic (Naoise Fitzgerald) joins J Smith once again on “Blood Orange” as she had for “I’m Sorry”, Smith’s first single released last month to positive reviews.

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An Early Bird - Holding onto Hope (single)

Self-taught multi-instrumentalist An Early Bird releases his new single „Holding onto Hope“, a genuine springtime folk pop song delivering a positive message with a compelling refrain you need to listen to when in need of relax moments and good vibes "Hope is the biggest drive to our life. It makes us feel alive and challenge the world out there.“ - An Early Bird. Growing up in Naples, South of Italy, Stefano De Stefano (this is the name behind the project) cut his teeth on the Italian music circuit with a local band before going solo: the debut album „Of Ghosts & Marvels“ was released in October 2018 followed by the EP „In Depths“ in September 2019. An Early Bird has been touring extensively across Europe sharing stages alongside artists like Joshua Radin, Jake Bugg, S. Carey, Stu Larsen, Grant-Lee Phillips and Dan Owen.

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Nicha - Saltwater Song (single)

nicha is a 23-year-old Northern Irish native, born and raised in Holywood, Co. Down and also known as Lucy Robinson. In July 2020 nicha took the scene by storm with her debut single Devices – a song about our society being addicted to our phones. She has a series of exciting releases on the horizon. nicha has been about for a mere hot minute and has already been critically acclaimed by some big names, drawing attention from BBC Radio Ulster’s Stephen McCauley, RTE 2 FM’s Dan Hegarty, RTE 2XM, Hot Press and more. nicha’s Hendrix, Dylan and Marley fuelled childhood have created the basis of her musical palette. These days she’s listens to a cocktail of artists from a mixture of genres including pop, folk, electronic, hip hop and indie. She takes inspiration from the likes of Tash Sultana, Loyle Carner, Jack Johnson, Bonobo and Jamie xx.

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Lemonade Marinade - Paradise Bay (single)

Lemonade Marinade release their 4th single ‘Paradise Bay' and once again all proceeds will go to mental health charities. Following up from the acclaimed songs 'Brilliant', 'It's Good To See' and 'Venus and Me' the lockdown band releases another delightful soothingly warm piece of music heaven. The band are delighted to add the beautiful voice of Gillian Tuite to the ever involving line up. Think of the Americana sound of Alison Krauss intertwined with Ireland’s Maura O'Connell and you will find Gillian somewhere in the middle. She has released quite a few solo songs in the last year, co-writes with such prestigious songwriters as Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan and US songwriter Gary Ferguson.

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Pete Mac feat. Lisa Papineau - Escape (single)

Pete Mac is the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of Irish based Alternative Rock/Grunge outfit Paradox. Not your typical Singer/Songwriter Pete Mac has branched out from his band Paradox and taken his Alternative melodies and musical frustrations to his solo endeavors.Paradox have been a band since 1997, formed in Cork, Ireland by brothers Pete and Mike Mac. With four albums officially recorded and released (‘Chapters’ in 2015, ‘Corporate Pollution’ in 2010, ‘Sacred’ in 2004 and ‘Circle of Growth’ in 2000 on US indie label), as well as a solo album in 2009 titled ‘In Limbo’, a few trips to the USA, shows, studios, more shows in Europe and a few solo performances in between Paradox have been kept busy. 2020 saw Pete returning to his solo endeavors with the digital release of various cover versions and the release of his first original single titled ‘Disappear’ in over 10 years.. The track was written during the Covid lockdown period with Pete experimenting with different sounds. The track's theme is about escaping into a world within a world.

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Sun Collective - New Light (single)

 

New Light’ is the new single from Dublin-based group Sun Collective, featuring contributions from world-renowned vocalist Lisa Hannigan, Australian flautist Lina Andonovska, and saxophonist Nick Roth.Produced by Ross Turner (Lisa Hannigan, Villagers), and recorded by Ber Quinn (John Grant, Divine Comedy), ‘New Light’ features a bespoke artwork commission from Cork’s visual artist Sophie Gough. Speaking about the song, the band’s frontman Caimin Gilmore says: I had been listening to a lot of Adrienne Lenker’s solo work before writing ‘New Light’. I wanted to somehow replicate the richness of her guitar recordings and cross pollinate it with arrangements like Nico Muhly’s on Sam Amidon’s record ‘I See the Sign’. I included a Nashville strung Guitar, and asked two of my good friends, contemporary classical musicians Lina Andonovska (bass flute) and Nick Roth (alto-sax), to improvise over the track. The result is a bastardisation of the two influences that I think created this very internal and dream like song. It also features vocals from songwriter Lisa Hannigan, whom I have been fortunate to work with for a number of years and who gratefully lent her beautiful voice to the arrangement."

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Jack Joyce - Tai Chi (single)

Jack Joyce a 19 year old, Dublin based up  and coming unsigned Irish multi instrumentalist singer-songwriter 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 futher music releases.. 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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SomeRiseSomeFall - No Simple Highway

SomeRiseSomeFall is a music project employing the talent of Cork-based songwriters and musicians. Lead by project director Michael Fitzgerald , the ever evolving collective brings together artists and vocalists such as John Blek, Rowan, Anna Mitchell, Kevin Herron, Marlene Enright and a large cast of musicians with producer Brian Casey , videographer Allie Glynn and artist Riona Ni Riagain , all with the aim to interpret & reimagine songs for this unique new release. Michael Fitzgerald (FITZZ Records) established the SomeRiseSomeFall collective to highlight the transformative powers of music and collaboration.

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