Donal Quinn – ‘Precious’

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Drogheda-based indie dance artist Donal Quinn has just released his brand new track ‘Precious’. 

Mentioned by Hot Press as saying it “sounds quite unlike anything else we’ve come across”.

Described by Indie Buddie as “‘Precious’ is that wiggle and shimmy track that could coax the most stubborn person onto the dance floor. Get your sunglasses out, cocktails at the ready Mr. Quinn has brought the summer early”.

Played by the BBC Introducing it as – “the definition of a feel good track”.

Donal Quinn is gearing up for more releases. You can catch him:

Feb 26; Circle Sessions, The International Bar, Dublin

Mar 2; Dundalk Fm Live Session, The First Cut, Dundalk Fm

Mar 18; Mods, Skins and Soulies for Repeal; The Underground, Dame St.

Apr 5: Near Fm Live Session; Near Fm

 

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LISA CANNY, FREEDOM

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Lisa Canny, a Mayo native living in the UK, has amassed over two million streams online, sold out shows across the UK and US and co-written with a host of artists including Kaiser Chiefs, Melissa Etheridge and Akon. 

Now, Lisa Canny is set to release ‘Freedom‘, the debut single from her upcoming EP, on Friday 23 March 2018 and has also announced a nationwide tour taking in shows in Dublin, Galway, Belfast, Mayo, Limerick this April and May.

Lisa Canny has travelled the world and worked with a plethora of highly regarded names in the industry and was dubbed “Ireland’s next big female artist” by Miles Copeland of The Police. Heavily involved in traditional Irish music, Canny is the seven-time All Ireland Champion on harp and banjo. She was also named UK Future Music Songwriting Winner 2016, placed in the top ten of “Irish acts you don’t want to miss” by BBC America, has appeared on two PBS Specials, the Late Late Show, shared the stage with the likes of Gavin James, Lisa Hannigan and The Coronas.

Her awe-inducing and highly innovative performance style cannot be faulted and mirrors perfectly her organic and captivating song style. The release of ‘Freedom’ stands as a huge statement of intent for Lisa, and one that’s not to be ignored.

Born and raised in County Mayo, Ireland, Lisa Canny is a notably talented musician who creates expertly crafted modern traditional Irish music that’s distinctive, upbeat and effortlessly entertaining. Best known for her incredible covers sold out live performances and her reputation for driving, propulsive and heartfelt delivery, Lisa’s mastering of technique and tradition is nothing short of astounding. Gifted with empowering confidence and a charming sense of honesty, the most exciting and consummate stage of Canny’s career is now pouring vehemently over the horizon.

NATIONWIDE TOUR DATES:
April 1: The Bowery, Dublin
April 21:  Monroe’s, Galway
April 27: The Empire, Belfast
April 28: Town Hall Theatre, Claremorris
May 18: Dolans, Limerick

Slow Riot

 

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Ireland’s Slow Riot are releasing their new double A-side single, ‘Voyeur/Burn in the City’, via Straight Lines Are Fine on February 2nd. The tracks are the first new material from the band since last year’s ‘Pink December’. Much has happened in the interim; the band expanding to a four-piece after the addition of second guitarist Liam O’Connor (formerly of Fonda), an intense period of songwriting, honing their live craft via numerous festival appearances (notably Electric Picnic, Other Voices), and the recording of a debut album which will be released later in 2018. ‘Voyeur and Burn in the City’ showcase their new approach and provide a tantalizing glimpse of what is to come with their debut full length release.

‘Voyeur’ and ‘Burn In The City’ demonstrate the breadth and depth of the band’s new found songwriting arsenal. The former a visceral alternative rock track, fusing dense yet well balanced production with catchy melodies and driving rhythms; it’s an unstoppable force.

“Liam came to us with the chord progressions and guitar melody of ‘Voyeur’. I liked the contrast between the spectral, somewhat eerie verse parts and the melodic, hopeful chorus”, says vocalist/bassist Niall Clancy. “Lyrically I wanted to convey this disparity between hope and desperation and found a similarity in, what can be, the voyeuristic nature of romance today.”

‘Burn In The City’ employs dreamy guitars, sweeping synths and a reverberant, spacious mix. The track is hard hitting yet sentimental, animated yet brooding, recalling acts such as Eagulls, Preoccupations and Merchandise in its new-wave dance beats with dark, soaring undertones.

Fresh out of the studio, the ‘Voyeur/Burn in the City’ single was recorded with longtime collaborator Kevin Vanbergen (The Pixies, The Maccabees, Dinosaur Pile-Up, The La’s and Biffy Clyro) at Savage Sound Studios, Hastings at the beginning of 2018. Vanbergen has been a catalyst for the band’s creativity since hooking up with them for the recording of their debut Cathedral EP. Their working relationship continues to thrive, with production of the new material pushing the band into richer sonic territory.

The band have collaborated with up and coming Irish artist Darragh Dempsey for the artwork and videos for ‘Voyeur/Burn In The City’. Recognised by the art world world as a rising talent, Dempsey’s ‘Flesh’ painting was inspired by Francis Bacon’s ‘Study after Velazquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X’; the anguish and surrealism of the image echoing the themes of the band’s new music.

Slow Riot emerge from their hometown of Limerick backed with support from the likes of The Irish Times, Nialler9, Other Voices, Electric Picnic, Today FM and Whelan’s One’s to Watch; their plaudits building at an impressive rate. They’re flying the flag for a new breed of Irish acts ready for the global stage.

They have also amassed a rich profile of support this side of the Irish Sea, with the likes of Drowned In Sound, Q Magazine, The Line Of Best Fit, Clash and Gigwise amongst many others citing them for big things. Previous single ‘Trophy Wife’ earned the band plaudits from Shaun Keaveny on the 6Music Breakfast Show, Radio X, Absolute and was a mainstay on the band’s native Today FM with DJ Paul McLoone declaring Slow Riot to be “my new favourite Irish band”.

Slow Riot returns to the UK in April to headline Communion’s club night in London plus regional dates, but not before they play their first headline Dublin show at Whelan’s on March 22nd. Summer festival dates will be announced very soon.

 

‘Voyeur/Burn in the City’ Double A-side Single

Out on February 2nd via Straight Lines Are Fine

“A heady mix of layered atmospherics and fuzzy pop that bodes well for the future”Drowned in Sound

“With this latest release, Slow Riot join the ranks of Eagulls and Savages at the forefront of a new breed of bands fusing danceable beats with dark-pop sentiments.” – The Line Of Best Fit

Myles Manley in The Roundy

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Sligo’s prince of DIY pop Myles Manley will round off a riotous touring year with a December date down south. Taking place in Plugd Records’ new home upstairs in The Roundy, Sunday 17th December will see Manley joined by longstanding collaborator Christopher Barry and Cork’s very own Solamh Kelly (Trumpets of Jericho). Special guests on the night will be U.K. post-punk percussionists Katharine Eira Brown and Theresa Wrigley aka Rattle. Tickets on sale now. Please note this is a limited capacity standing show. The G-Man presents… Myles Manley& Banda low trees promotionSunday 17th December 2017The Roundy,Upstairs, Castle Street, Cork CityTickets: €10 On-sale.

 

 

LADY GREW @ TOWNLANDS CARNIVAL

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This year Townlands Carnival will be hosting an exciting array of Irish and overseas artists including America’s glorious export and Irish adopted, lyrical boss Lady Grew.

Lady Grew will be playing on Saturday in  Townlands Carnival this July 21st – 23rd in Macroom Co. Cork. Kate, AKA Lady Grew, never fails to tease and torque the audience with high energy, on point delivery and supreme stage presence.

Her mix of Hip Hop and Ragga will leave you with your jaw dropped. Check out Miss Grew with Under The Hammers after 6 PM July 22nd on The Village Green stage at Townlands Carnival, Macroom, Co.Cork.

 

 

 

Forbidden Fruit – Bon Iver Announces Special Collaboration

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What do Lisa Hannigan, Flying Lotus, Danny Brown, The Staves, Paul Thomas Saunders, Gordi, William Tyler and Velvet Negroni all have in common?

They’ve all been hand-picked by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon to perform at Forbidden Fruit on Monday, 5th June.  This is an incredibly unique event and the only festival day that Bon Iver will curate in Europe this year.

To top off this superb day of music, Monday will be headlined by Bon Iver with what promises to be an amazing 90-minute set – the band’s first show in Ireland in over five years since selling out The O2 in 2012.

 That’s not all we’ve got! A rich part of Ireland’s cultural heritage is the music session, lots of musicians getting together to jam. On that note, we are so excited to let you know what else we’ve got in store for you on Monday…

 5:15pm at the Outcider Stage will be THE place to be as members of Bon Iver and some of the other performers that day will get together for a jam session – and YOU can be there! The jam session will last for 40 minutes and this is a chance to see some of the finest musicians getting together to do what they love.

 This time next week you could be getting ready to head into the beautiful grounds of the Irish Museum Of Modern Art at The Royal Hospital Kilmainham. You’ll be spoiled for choice, with a brilliant line-up curated by and headlined by the stunning Bon Iver, a one-off collaborative jam session, a giant inflatable church and Disco Dodgems, madcap Bingo Loco, gorgeous food, ice cold cocktails and lots lots more.

Forbidden Fruit 2017

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Forbidden Fruit 2017

June Bank Holiday Weekend / Saturday 3rd – Monday 5th

Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.

The party doesn’t end once the lights go down in Kilmainham. There is a whole host of Forbidden Fruit artists that will be taking the party to some new and unique venues around the city centre for what have quickly become the legendary Forbidden Fruit by Night. A series of festival after-parties in official locations around the city, running until 3am on the June bank holiday, featuring some of Dublin’s best collectives joined by international guests from the festival line-up. Last year we hosted and sold out twelve parties across the weekend and you can expect this year to be bigger and better!

MACEO PLEX – BOOKA SHADE – KINK – SNAKEHIPS – HOT CHIP (DJ Set)

DENIS SULTA – MALL GRAB – PEGGY GOU – GARDENS OF GOD – 67

DJ DEECE – GHOST CULTURE – BRAME & HAMO – HYBRASIL

MANGO – WASTEE – DONAL DINEEN

And an array of local talent and collectives … with MUCH MORE STILL TO BE ANNOUNCED

SATURDAY 3RD

Booka Shade @ Button Factory

Mall Grab & 67 @ The Grand Social

Snakehips & LUI @ Opium Rooms

Special Guest to be announced @ Tengu

Hot Chip (DJ Set) @ Wigwam

Ghost Culture & More @ Wah Wah Club

Mother Club

SUNDAY 4TH

Maceo Plex & Gardens Of God @ Button Factory

District Magazine with Brame & Hamo + more  to be announced @ The Grand Social

KiNK & Hybrasil @ Opium Rooms

Peggy Gou, and more @ Tengu

Special Guest to be announced @ Wigwam

Denis Sulta and more @ Wah Wah Club

Special Guest to be announced @ Chelsea Drug Store

Special Guest to be announced @ Xico

MONDAY 5TH

DJ Deece @ Button Factory

Wastee @ The Grand Social

Orange Tree Edits @ Chelsea Drug Store

Saturday, 3 June

ORBITAL

Booka Shade

Tycho, Giggs

Hot Chip (DJ Set)

Jax Jones, Snakehips,

Nao, Mall Grab

Trinity Orchestr

Sunday, 4 June

APHEX TWIN

Nicolas Jaar

Moderat, Maceo Plex,

Motor City Drum Ensemble, Kink, Fatima Yamaha, Peggy Gou, Danny L Harle, Hybrasil

Monday, 5 June

BON IVER

Flying Lotus,

Lisa Hannigan,

The Staves,

Gordi

Paul Thomas Saunders

Bulmers Live Stage

Saturday, 3 June

Tara Stewart, Le Boom, BARQ, OCHO, Tara Lee, Mango, Super Silly   

Bulmers Live Stage

Sunday, 4 June

Handsome Paddy, The Innocent Bystander, Bad Bones, SHIPS, Soule, Heroes In Hiding, Aik J

Bulmers Live Stage

Monday, 5 June

Rusangano Family, Ryan Vail, Talos, Wastefellow, LAOISE