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CD Reviews

John Winters - So Down (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. John says ‘My music career is just about ready to start with my debut single entitled “So Down” ‘’. John Winters 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).

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Willow Springs - Night-Time Radio

It’s been 2 years since their first album Urban Ghosts came out and again the Belfast band has recorded  in their home town’s Earthmusic studio and released on their own S’quare Record label. Now they are back with the follow up, Night-Time Radio. This album continues the band’s americana dream, crossing a range of styles from West Coast folky blues to gospel-tinged bluegrass. All 13 songs are again written and performed by Mark Crockard and this time featured performers include Richard Nelson on Pedal Steel and Lisa Brady and Jim ‘The King’ Brown guesting on vocals.  Jim rose to fame on the back of his album Gravelands and multiple appearances on Chris Evans’ TFI Friday, performing songs by deceased artistes as Elvis Presley might have. Mark’s influences are clear and unashamed both in his writing and the sound he produces …Orbison, Cooder, Prine, Malo, Isbell, Rich, Earle and Nick Lowe all make their presence felt.

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Craig Cooney & Rowlette - December (single)

This holiday season, rising Irish artists Craig Cooney & Rowlette are spreading the festive spirit with their new track " December."   2020 has been a big year for both artists. “December” marks indie-pop artist Rowlette’s fourth release this year, with previous singles being added to Spotify editorial playlists (including Fresh Pop, Pop Right Now and New Music Friday), performing alongside Jack L, being RTÉ Culture Tune of the Day twice and packing out her first headline show. Craig Cooney has been pursuing music professionally for the past three years and has multiple headline shows under his belt. His fifth ever show was in the Olympia Theatre supporting Gavin James. He is a unique artist who tells stories through his songs and has gained popularity through his freestyling. This year, Craig released multiple singles as well as founding a cypher series featuring local artists.

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Quinn - Some Days (single)

After a successful debut single release Trespasser in July 2020 Belfast artist Quinn is releasing her follow up single Some Days. Quinn has performed in many venues around the world, including touring in New York, Amsterdam, Dublin, Cambridge, Manchester, Dubai, Dublin and Nashville, with the main purpose of getting her music in front of as many people as possible!  She has also appeared at multiple venues and events in Northern Ireland. Quinn is a very personal songwriter and Some Days’ is a great example of how she puts her own experiences of life into her writing, to not only help her deal with life, but hopefully connect with the listener as well.

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Sam Wickens - Strange.24 (single)

Sam Wickens from Bangor, Co.Down, is a mesmerising 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. In 2016 Sam performed at the prestigious Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival, Nashville, Tennessee, where he sang to an entranced audience at the famous Bluebird Café in Nashville.

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Victoria Keating & Aine O'Gorman - The Poor Ground (single)

Victoria Keating and Aine O'Gorman are singer-songwriters from West Cork. Eve Blaire of BBC Radio Ulster called Aine’s debut single ‘Lydia’ “Absolutely stunning”, while 3 time Grammy award winning producer Ryan Freeland said of ‘Lydia’ “what a beautiful track”. Aine’s last single ‘Desolation’ was viewed over 170,000 times on Facebook during the first lockdown.Victoria has worked with Christy Moore extensively since 2011, providing harmony vocals on five albums. She has also provided harmonies on Declan Sinnott’s second solo album. She has toured extensively with Christy and with Declan Sinnott playing sold out venues such as The Acoustic stage, Glastonbury and Vicar Street Dublin. She is building a loyal fanbase on her weekly show ‘Little Rooms, Big Music’ and is recording her first album of original material with Declan Sinnott and Martin Leahy. The Poor Ground is the latest offering from Victoria and Aine.

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Mark Peters & The Dark Band - Us Against Them (single)

Formed in 2017, Vienna based ‘Mark Peters & The Dark Band’ release the second single ‘US AGAINST THEM’ from their upcoming album. Peters, originally from London, started out playing as a duo with drummer Fabian Natter in 2016. Bassist Markus Manahl joined the duo for the release of Peters’ first EP ‘Spirits’ in 2017. The line-up was completed in 2018 with guitarist Martin Burtscher stepping in to work on the second EP ‘Sum of all Parts’. Following two central European tours the group began to work on their first album, which is set for release in early 2021.

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Rob Vickers - Best Days of Our Lives (single)

Rob Vickers is no stranger to a stage and with over 25 years as an Irish & international singer he has the reputation and showmanship to back up that statement. His new single Best Days Of Our Lives is a reflective look back on youth & nostalgia and maybe a little insight into a young wide eyed 17 year old singer and dreamer from the small town of Wicklow getting swept up in the exciting Irish pub and club rock scene with late nights performing and the long journeys to the next venue. He  wanted to give the song that stadium anthem sound. It’s what the song deserved as it went from concept to reality.

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A Choir of Ghosts - Skin & Bones (single)

We need to make our way through the deep, thick, Scandinavian forest, into the wilderness until we reach A Choir Of Ghosts, fingerpicking the guitar to folksy vigorous tunes to long for. The front person, Sweden-based James Augers’ musical foundation: the soil, is through the reminiscence of Kurt Cobain, topped with the water, sun and air of The Tallest Man On Earth and Hollow Coves, making ACOG give you a feeling of all shades of nostalgia. A Choir of Ghosts has had a few singles since 2016 - "Morning Light" currently has over 1.4 million streams on Spotify, and the trend is rising - and released an EP that received international media coverage and carried him across the borders of the Swedish wilderness, among others on extensive tours through Central Europe.With the release of his widely acclaimed debut album “An Ounce of Gold” in April of this year, the Swede by choice was once again able to secure euphoric international press praise. After a spring European tour that was canceled due to Covid-19, “Skin & Bones” is the first musical sign of life from A Choir of Ghosts.

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Lasse Matthiessen - When We Collided (EP)

Having been writing since he was a child, Danish songwriter Lasse Matthiessen's latest treat for his listeners is an EP called When We Collided. A collection of elevated and bittersweet symphonies, the EP profoundly explores different themes through Matthiessen’s touching and sincere songwriting style. Filled with rich lyrical storytelling, each track oozes a deep sense of honest emotion and raw passion. Born in Copenhagen, and now living part-time in Berlin, Matthiessen writes music to share stories. Having recorded the EP in an old bunker in the Kreuzberg area, he didn’t want to be limited by the technical restrictions of a ‘cool’ studio, and felt that this venue suited his expressive and raw sound perfectly. Lasse Matthiessen has supported artists such as Suzanne Vega, Anna Calvi or Glen Hansard and he hopes to work his way into the listener's hearts with the latest collection of impassioned tracks.

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