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LOWmountain - DNA

Currently on the promotional trail round the country, West Corck's LOWmountain have just released their sophomore album, DNA. The three-piece have spent the last two years working on the 11-tracker; a lovely collection of alt. country and folk.


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REVIEW: 08 Apr 2013
Cork roots trio's take on Americana...



REVIEW: 16 Nov 2010
Too wholesome for me



Connor & The Crooks - Connor & The Crooks

Connor & The Crookes is an infectious mix of music styles from pop and Americana to rockabilly. The uniqueness of each track showcases the broad spectrum of talented musicians that contributed. Grammy winner Brent Kolatalo, who mixed the album, says that, “Having worked on records from Kanye West and Lana Del Rey, nothing gets me more excited than when you’ve worked on an album that you can listen to from start to finish. It’s an actual body of work. This record is one of those rare ones”.


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Fintan Brady - Under The Great Shady Tree

It was when Fintan Brady took time out from a stressful period at work that he first discovered the energetic healing practice of ‘clearing’. This newfound discovery then developed into a new awareness of ‘the now’, leading his music to flow like never before. Under The Great Shady Tree is produced by Simon Semperski, and is ‘a reflection of Brady’s spiritual journey’.


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REVIEW: 19 Dec 2012
Curious debut from Tipperary singer-songwriter..



Heritage Centre - Alright, Check It Out

Hailing from Dundalk and Dublin, five-piece Heritage Centre play a mix of indie rock with pop sensibilities. The band – who are renowned for both their loud live shows and catchy choruses – recorded this debut in an old church with Canadian producer David Newfield. The 11 song set mixes big drums and melodic instrumentation, with a great emphasis placed on the character of the recordings.


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NEWS: 27 Nov 2012
The five-piece indie rock/pop outfit take to the Stags Head this coming Sunday...



REVIEW: 17 Nov 2009
All back to the ‘90s for shoe-gazey nostalgia trip



NEWS: 14 Nov 2009
To celebrate the launch of their new six-track EP Sidney Maxwell Williamson , Heritage Centre are offering two tracks from it as free downloads.



NEWS: 21 Oct 2009
The Dublin band Heritage Centre will release an EP called Sidney Maxwell Williamson on November 13.



NEWS: 28 Aug 2009
News and gossip from the domestic front



NEWS: 09 Jun 2009
The band show how music videos are child's play.



NEWS: 05 Jun 2009
Go see them for Phantom's First Friday



INTERVIEW: 11 May 2009
Hard-working heroes HERITAGE CENTRE are beginning to capture the public imagination.



NEWS: 07 May 2009
Dublin five-piece Heritage Centre release their new single 'I Will Protect You' this coming Friday May 8 with a special gig in Whelan's.



REVIEW: 03 Mar 2009
Likeable but unoriginal indie schmindie.



Knoxville Morning - Knoxville Morning

An array of Americana-tinged tunes Newbridge native Ciaran Dwyer penned while travelling across the States, this album deals with growing up, getting drunk, falling in and out of love and listening to great tunes. Initially planned as a solo project away from his Band On An Island day job, Dwyer ultimately recruited the help of his band mates, as well as The Mighty Stef and Humanzi’s Brian Gallagher. The 13-track record is a refreshingly honest slice of American country with an Irish twist.


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INTERVIEW: 27 Feb 2013
Ciaran Dwyer of alt. folk act Knoxville Morning talks road trips, German record deals and the burgeoning Newbridge music scene with Maeve Heslin...



Theme Tune Boy - Return Of The Living Dead

Released through 4-3-3 in January, Theme Tune Boy’s long overdue LP Return Of The Living Dead is the first album release by Niall Quinn since his old unit The Hitchers demobbed over a decade ago. The album, which has been picking up excellent reviews including a substantial thumbs up from team HP for “Quinn’s inimitable brand of fruitcake blues”, features a bumper crop of Quinn’s trademark singalong songwriting, not to mention rough ’n’ ready guitar and drum sprints.


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REVIEW: 01 Mar 2013
Former Hitchers man waxes weird & wonderful.



NEWS: 08 Nov 2012
Theme Tune Boy rounds off his album Fund:it campaign with two very different live performances in the coming week.



NEWS: 06 Apr 2011
The singer will mark the 10th anniversary of the passing of Joey Ramone with a special Limerick show



NEWS: 21 Feb 2011
Go free or donate what you like!



NEWS: 08 Nov 2010
Theme Tune Boy, the alter ego of Niall Quinn, will release second single ‘Tailrace’ this Friday in Limerick



NEWS: 08 Nov 2010
You can listen to the very fine 'Tailrace' here!



NEWS: 12 Jul 2010
Theme Tune Boy, aka Niall Quinn will play a solo gig at in Newcastlewest, Co Limerick this coming Thursday July 15



Dying Embers - At War With The Eskimos

On At War With The Eskimos, Dying Embers' brand of roots-tinged alternative music is enriched by an unusual combination of instruments with pedal steel guitar, cello, violin, trumpet, trombone and harmonica added to the standard drums, bass guitar and keys setup. Produced by Stephen Shannon, who oversaw Adrian Crowley's Choice-nominated I See Three Birds Flying, the record has received very positive reviews to date – our own Edwin McFee called it "a musical tour de force calling to mind the Divine Comedy at their darkest and the Bunnymen at their most vital".


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REVIEW: 11 Mar 2013
Dubliner's debut will light a fire in your heart...



Sirocco - Lambay

Irish heavy metallers Sirocco are back with their third LP Lambay, a concept album on the 10th century Viking invasion of Ireland. Their style of classic heavy metal and Celtic mythology will bode well for fans of Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden or indeed anyone looking to relive the golden age of metal. The band have already made a name for themselves throughout Europe, supporting Megadeth, Exodus, W.A.S.P. and Napalm Death, and have received rave reviews from zines and publications all over the world. Lambay also features artwork by renowned pagan artist Kris Verwimp.


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REVIEW: 01 Mar 2013
Celtic metallers Craft a classic album...



Rory & The Island - Auntie Depressant & Uncle Hope

Onetime Revs frontman Rory Gallagher releases his debut solo LP Auntie Depressant & Uncle Hope this month – a sunny collection of ‘60s-inspired tracks. Hardly surprising, considering the Donegal man currently resides in Lanzarote, and recorded the album in various spots around the Spanish island! Teaming psychedelic harmonies with dreamy melodic textures, Gallagher’s first solo outing is an accomplished collection of feelgood tunes.


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NEWS: 13 Apr 2012
Profits raised from ‘Boys In Green’ will go to charity.



Robert Delaney - Rising Tide

Taking in rhythm and blues, folk, rock and jazz, Robert Delaney’s Rising Tide is a swoon-worthy collection of songs featuring soul-searching lyrics and cleverly-crafted melodies. Self-described as “an album about life, about love, lost and found,” the Dubliner’s debut album is a highly romantic affair. Among the many highlights is the cinematic title track; a brooding, widescreen number that swells the heart and will likely be Delaney’s calling card for years to co


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Eazy Tyger - Earn Your Strypes

Best known for their high-octane live show, Dublin glam rockers Eazy Tyger release their debut album Earn Your Strypes, a swagger-happy anthology of ‘80s-influenced, hook-infused tunes. Brandishing fast-paced riffs and sing-a-long choruses, the Dublin four-piece tear through 10 tracks of classic-sounding hard rock, replenished with a distinctly modern twist. ‘Round & Round’ is an immediate crowd-pleaser, thanks to its prowling bass, brash chorus and howling guitar.


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REVIEW: 05 Oct 2012
Rollicking good-times from Hard rock crew



Roisin O - The Secret Life Of Blue

Dubbed “brilliant and addictive” by our very own Máire Rowland, who hastened to add “melancholic, tear-inducing and fascinating” to a rapidly growing list of compliments, The Secret Life Of Blue is the debut album from Róisín O’Reilly and her band of merry men and women. Under the guise of Róisín O, and with help from Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Odlum, O’Reilly and company have created an impressive collection of alt. folk gems.


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NEWS: 29 Oct 2013
Mundy and Róisín O have duetted on ‘Turn Off The Silence’, a song supporting the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.



NEWS: 23 May 2013
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NEWS: 29 Nov 2012
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NEWS: 09 Oct 2012
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REVIEW: 05 Oct 2012
Whelan’s, Dublin



REVIEW: 02 Oct 2012
Promising debut from up and coming songwriter



INTERVIEW: 02 Oct 2012
Róisín O’s star is rising relentlessly...



NEWS: 25 Sep 2012
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NEWS: 23 Aug 2012
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NEWS: 12 Jul 2012
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NEWS: 18 May 2012
Single 'Here We Go' is a taster for what's to come.



Solar Taxi - Broken Brother’s Secret Bells

Energetic, soulful and rammed with catchy hooks, the debut album from Waterford foursome Solar Taxi conjures up a wide range of influences, from Goldfrapp and Fever Ray to Daft Punk to Nikka Costa. The folky Nick Drake-esque acoustic intro on ‘Saturday’s Children’, the Beatles-sounding ‘Within An Inch Of My Life’ and orchestral opus ‘Parcels’ showcase an ambitious, multi-faceted album, bursting with power and colour.


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NEWS: 29 Jan 2013
See the clip for forthcoming single 'Parcels'.



REVIEW: 02 Oct 2012
Potent debut from Waterford soft rockers



NEWS: 19 Sep 2012
The Waterford act's performance will be streamed live on Facebook...



NEWS: 10 Sep 2012
The much anticipated debut album from Waterford's Solar Taxi will be released this month.



NEWS: 02 Apr 2012
'Zodiac' is the first in a run of singles from the Waterford five-piece.



NEWS: 09 May 2011
The Waterford band will celebrate the release of She Dies With Beautiful Teeth with a Crawdaddy show



Valentino Is Dead - Misadventures In Punk Rock

Thanks to their clever blend of power-pop, punk, garage, grunge and ska, Drogheda trio Valentino Is Dead have already earned themselves comparisons to some of the biggest noisemakers in the business, namely The Clash, Rage Against The Machine and Muse. Aptly-named debut Misadventures In Punk Rock is a thoroughly rabble-rousing affair that comes loaded with punchy guitars, gritty vocals and catchy choruses.


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Kaplin - Devastating Ways

You never know what to expect from Devastating Ways, the new album from Donegal/Dublin foursome Kaplin, where sleazy chaotic monoliths like ‘Falling Down Your Stairs’ are followed up with heartbreaking balladry, most notably on the tear-jerking ‘Easy Lover’. Elsewhere, the Mariachi trumpet on ‘Frozen Sand’ gives it a Calexico feel, while fans of Gram Parsons will savour country-tinged number ‘Turnstile In The Road’.


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REVIEW: 13 Nov 2012
Dublin band head west



Ria Czerniak - Souvenir

Having first appeared on the singer-songwriter scene at the age of 17, Ria Czerniak has thankfully shaken off the ‘one to watch’ tag and recorded her debut album. Souvenir showcases Ria’s talent for keenly-observed vignettes on life on the social and emotional frontline. Throughout the 12 tracks Czerniak weaves a pleasantly eccentric tapestry of folk and soul that’s as quirky as it is charming, and finds humour in even the most tragic of tales. Essential.


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Cocophone - Reservoir

For Dublin alt. folk fivesome Cocophone, the brainchild of songwriters Fin Divilly and Freya Monks, the spellbinding alloy that happens when boy meets girl is always the star of the show. Divilly and Monks have the kind of voices that simply melt into each other. Produced by Gavin Glass, their debut Reservoir echoes the experimental spirit of bands like The xx, Portishead and Fleetwood Mac. Swerving between subdued, unplugged folk and eerie, classically-tinged pop, it’s a highly romantic affair, but one that cleverly avoids cliché.


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REVIEW: 18 Oct 2012
Boy Meets Girl In Romantic Debut



Grouse - Heads

Grouse is the vehicle for the work of Dubliner Ronan Carroll, who honed his style in San Francisco, where he spent over a decade working in various musical styles before becoming, in his own words, “obsessed with dub-inspired downtempo and trip hop.” Heads comes seven years after debut We Want To Be Loved and is another sublime collection of atmospheric creations. Spacey, hypnotic and chilled-out for the most part, Carroll utilises loops, samples and synths, along with traditional instruments to produce nine pieces of ambient, cinematic electronica.


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REVIEW: 07 Nov 2012
Ambient electro instrumentals.



Bitter Rocc - Cold City

Cold City, the debut album from Dublin hip hop artist/producer Bitter Rocc, is one of the best homegrown hip-hop releases in aeons. The gritty 12-tracker comes from the heart of the working-class estates, and tackles everything from economic collapse to prostitution, poverty and drug abuse, against a tastefully assembled backdrop of smoky rhythms, cut-up samples and floating piano. The album also includes two bonus tracks and exclusive remixes by Dublin based producers MathMan and JackKnife J.


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NEWS: 14 May 2014
Bitter Rocc has come up with a very eye-catching promo for ‘Run These Rats Out’, one of the standouts from his MMXIII album which having been released as...



NEWS: 07 Apr 2014
Not one but two hipster beards are deployed in the making of the new video for Bitter Rocc’s Chris Haze-assisted ‘The Dream’, which also features...



NEWS: 29 Nov 2013
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NEWS: 25 Nov 2013
Bitter Rocc has just premiered the video for ‘Photographs’, another taster from his MMXII Pt. Deux album, which will be available this Friday as a free...



NEWS: 20 Nov 2013
Bitter Rocc is throwing a good old-fashioned free listening party for his new album on Friday November 22 and, as long as you’re over 18, you’re all...



NEWS: 18 Oct 2013
Bitter Rocc has just unleashed the video for new tune ‘Lights’, which was shot on location in Las Vegas in between a spot of vow-exchanging.



NEWS: 26 Sep 2013
Controversial promo resurfaces...



NEWS: 23 Sep 2013
A brand new promo for the Dubliner's sequel album...



NEWS: 08 Aug 2013
Remixes, promos and more from the revamped Roccollective site.



NEWS: 23 Jul 2013
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NEWS: 10 May 2013
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NEWS: 04 Apr 2013
Check out 'Lord Forgive Me' and 'We Don't Cry'...



INTERVIEW: 27 Mar 2013
Dublin rapper Bitter Rocc’s new MMXIII EP is available as an exclusive hotpress.com download. Here, the artist also known as Richard O’Connor tells Maeve...



NEWS: 14 Mar 2013
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NEWS: 27 Feb 2013
The Dublin rapper's eight-tracker will be available next month on hotpress.com...



NEWS: 14 Feb 2013
The Blanchardstown beat-maker has a new track and video that you need to see...



REVIEW: 20 Dec 2012
Impressive debut from Dublin hip hop producer...



NEWS: 05 Nov 2012
Check out Cold City , free of charge.



You Kiss By The Book: Family Tree

You Kiss By The Book was formed by Simon Dowling in the hills of California in 2003, and the band released their debut album, Neanderthals Going North, on a limited CD run in the States. Back in Ireland, they recorded their second album, Bear Leader, live over the course of a weekend in 2009. This year has seen YKBTB take to the stage alongside acts like Eleanor Friedberger, Mumblin Deaf Ro, Hidden Highways, Howe Gelb and The Gandhis, as well as release their third album, Family Tree.


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NEWS: 16 Oct 2012
The Dublin group release their third album Family Tree at a special launch at The Stag's Head this weekend.



REVIEW: 13 Sep 2012
Addiction to narrative binds irish alt country gem



Rory And The Island/ Auntie Depressant and Uncle Hope

Onetime Revs frontman Rory Gallagher releases his debut solo LP Auntie Depressant & Uncle Hope this month – a sunny collection of ‘60s-inspired tracks. Hardly surprising, considering the Donegal man currently resides in Lanzarote, and recorded the album in various spots around the Spanish island! Teaming psychedelic harmonies with dreamy melodic textures, Gallagher’s first solo outing is an accomplished collection of feelgood tunes.


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NEWS: 13 Apr 2012
Profits raised from ‘Boys In Green’ will go to charity.



Seeing Things/ Kevin Doherty

A lifetime of observing and absorbing has led to Kevin Doherty’s second album Seeing Things. Having performed in bands since the early ‘90s, ‘Seeing Things’ sees Doherty move beyond the temporal to a place where he has conversations with Jesus and John Henry, where he transforms himself into a bird in an act of defiance and frustration and where he observes Cleopatra’s arrival into Rome from a window in the Gresham Hotel.


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REVIEW: 16 Apr 2010
Putting the writer back into songwriter



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REVIEW: 25 Feb 2002
Sweet Water is an assured, accomplished affair, the songs marinaded in life's experience, reflective and wry, and destined for a great deal more exposure...



REVIEW: 14 Apr 1999
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Fossils/ Seven Summits


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Red Sail/ Paper Cutouts

Using musical building blocks of piano, guitars and vocals, alternative folk outfit Red Sail combine electronic influences with a traditional songwriting style to make a sound that feels new and familiar all at once. With influences ranging from festival headliners Arcade Fire and The National to songwriters like Fionn Regan and Laura Marling, Red Sail are an impossible band to pin down, but an easy one to love.


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The Roaring Forties/ There Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens


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Baby Boom/ Liz is Evil


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REVIEW: 02 Nov 2010
Not quite evil - but plenty bad



Take The Stand/ It's Who You Know

The debut E.P. from Galway alternative rock foursome Take The Stand has already drawn comparisons with the work of musical giants Foo Fighters and Q.O.T.S.A., thanks to a healthy dose of charging drums and radio- friendly guitar riffs, all tied together with thought- provoking lyrics. Including simmering live favourites ‘Wildcat’ and ‘You Only Think You Can Hide’, It’s Who You Know is an impressive introduction to a band boasting confidence beyond their years.


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Bamboo Party/ Zorilla

It’s clear from listening to Zorilla that the members of cross-county punk fivesome Bamboo Party have somewhat diverging tastes in music.Tales of destroyed drumsticks, snapped guitar strings, annihilated reeds and pulled-out hair during recording back up this assumption, but for all the desperate energy flowing around in the Bamboo Party camp, they’ve delivered an exciting and innovative debut with a striking punk attitude.


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J Roots/ Soapbox Fury

After 28 years of making music with his Keltic Posse, Johnny Quinn has returned to the Irish stage with reggae outfit J. Roots. Although we may not find it easy to imagine a combination of Irish and Caribbean, Quinn and his fellow band members have managed to make it work. Boasting seductive bass lines and stunning guest vocals from the smokey-toned Kitty B, Soapbox Fury is a triumph in all aspects.


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REVIEW: 28 Aug 2012
Roots Reggae from the Emerald Isle



Madu/ Rocksteady

Dublin-based Irish/Malaysian brother/sister duo Madu release their genre-straddling new EP Rocksteady and it’s an aural feast for those who love multi-genred musical stews (peppering the pot are dub, ska, reggae and soul influences). The title track is the pick of the bunch, featuring some beautiful, silky vocals courtesy of Aminah Dastan, while the psychedelic horn-laden sounds of ‘Left-Handed’ give it a run for its money.


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REVIEW: 27 Aug 2012
Genre-Splicing Duo Deliver The Goods



In Movement/ Pearse McGloughlin and Nocturnes

Following on from his critically acclaimed debut Busy Whisper, Sligo-based singer-songwriter Pearse McGloughlin returns with his band of merry musicians. A record full of atmosphere and emotion, In Movement is an unmissable album; stand-out tracks ‘Morning Mist’ and ‘Bright Star’ project a tingling ambience of fragility through delicate acoustic arrangements and barely-there vocals.


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REVIEW: 23 Aug 2012
Sophomore selection from Sligo singer-songwriter



NEWS: 14 Jun 2012
McGloughin and co. start an Irish tour tomorrow.



Electric Soup/ Crow Black Chicken

Since forming in 2009, Crow Black Chicken have earned back-pats aplenty for their charming Southern sound, most notably after their performance on the BBC Introductory Stage at Glastonbury in 2011. Their debut album Electric Soup typifies this positive energy with 13 tracks of tooth-rattling rhythms and bluesy rock’n roll vibes. Deep, raspy vocals and spine-tingling guitar riffs ensure you won’t forget this record in a hurry.


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REVIEW: 08 Aug 2014
Chickens serve up more tasty treats



REVIEW: 01 Aug 2012
Blues-men serve up a tasty debut



The Velourias/ The Velourias

Self-described as “a kick ass 3 piece rock band from Dublin”, The Velourias specialise in sharp-shooting, hip-shaking rock music in the vain of Idlewild, At The Drive-In, and the Pixies and are known for their raw, energetic live performances. Seeking adventure, the band gave up their day jobs in 2009 and relocated to Leeds to create their self-titled debut, which includes the acoustic-driven ‘IntoThe Flood’ and epic closer ‘Trapped In The Belly Of The Whale’.


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REVIEW: 27 Jun 2012
Dubliners' debut a dynamic affair



Times of Transition

Hailing from Derry City, Paddy Nash And His Happy Enchiladas present their second album Times Of Transition, showcasing the unique blend of folk, punk, blues, country and rock (phew!) that has left audiences revelling in their rich lyrics and big melodies. Once described by our own Eamonn McCann as “the best band in Ireland“, they’ll be taking their new tunes

out on the road this Summer, including a date at Glasgowbury.


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REVIEW: 25 Jun 2012
Happy time for Derry's finest



Eric McGrath/ Little Ripples

Little Ripples is the debut album from Irish/Spanish multi-instrumentalist Eric McGrath, which has already gotten a ginormous thumbs up from quirk queen Julie Feeney and Edwin McFee of this parish. With instantly catchy harmonies and breezy arrangements (captured at various farmhouses, mountain lodges and studios all over Ireland), the self-penned, arranged, performed and produced album marks the start of an exciting new career.


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NEWS: 23 Nov 2012
''Til I'm Back Home' is in aid of Make-A-Wish Ireland.



REVIEW: 22 Jun 2012
Dublin singer's debut set to make waves



NEWS: 24 Oct 2011
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Runaway GO/ Runaway GO

Belfast five-piece Runaway Go release their self-titled debut on April 6, spearheaded by their heart-breaking lead track ‘Electric’. Having graduated from rifling through the dressing rooms of bands they were supporting to full-on critical acclaim, the quintet armed themselves with the talents of producers Jonathan Shakhovskoy (Beady Eye, U2) and Geoff Pesche (Gorillaz, Basement Jaxx) for their debut EP.


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NEWS: 20 May 2013
'I Would Go' is out this Friday.



NEWS: 14 Nov 2012
We recently caught up with the Belfast act in Dublin...



NEWS: 31 Oct 2012
The Workman's Club are hosting one massive party this weekend with six acts taking to the stage to kick-off their winter tours.



NEWS: 09 Oct 2012
'Jump Start' is taken from the band's forthcoming debut album...



NEWS: 25 Apr 2012
Top line-up takes shape...



NEWS: 27 Mar 2012
'Electric' is taken from their forthcoming debut EP.



NEWS: 22 Mar 2012
A shock to the system...



Ghost Estates/Slap in the Face

Born from the ashes of Dublin bands Sickboy and 8Ball, Ghost Estates’ wish to experiment with new sounds and song writing techniques has finally come to the fruition. A year on from their first live gig and following the success of singles ‘Paris’, ‘Forever Or Never’ and ‘October’, the band are ready to unleash their eponymous debut, which showcases band member Daniel Doherty’s triumphant move from drums to sampler, synth and vocals.


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NEWS: 29 Jul 2014
The Dublin electro rockers drop the video for their latest track 'In Your Dreams'.



NEWS: 30 Apr 2014
The Dublin indie four-piece return with new line-up and a new track.



NEWS: 11 Feb 2014
Ghost Estates, AKA Jeff Martin, has a new single, ‘The Morning Echoes’, available as a free download – and acers it is too.



NEWS: 21 Aug 2013
The Dublin band are also very generously giving away all the tracks from their self-titled debut album on Bandcamp to celebrate one year since its release.



NEWS: 26 Mar 2013
Stream their two songs, set to be released as a Split 7" for Record Store Day, now.



NEWS: 07 Dec 2012
The Dublin psyche rockers talk to HP about their trip to Dingle.



REVIEW: 29 May 2012
Stunning debut from Dublin guitar/electro five-piece



NEWS: 13 Oct 2011
It's happening October 22, it's hosted by Jenny Huston and it's free.



INTERVIEW: 30 Aug 2011
Their name has emotive connotations but new quintet Ghost Estates are more interested in kicking out the doom-pop jams than making a political statement.



Lily Of The Valley

Two years on from holing themselves up in a disused office space to write, art-rock quartet Funeral Suits have emerged with debut Lily Of The Valley, eager to hit the live circuit hard. Mixing influences from from the likes of Radiohead, The Knife and Animal Collective to make a sound all their own, the four-piece have produced a somewhat paradoxical record, featuring everything from haunting vocals to dreamy melodies to menacing guitars


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NEWS: 09 Oct 2013
This November, three of our isle's choicest acts tour the country thanks to First Music Contact.



NEWS: 08 Jul 2013
The Longitude-bound band has unveiled a new promo...



NEWS: 26 Oct 2012
The Dublin act play the fine quayside venue this December.



NEWS: 24 Sep 2012



NEWS: 21 Aug 2012
The band is heading out on a UK tour to promote their album...



INTERVIEW: 01 Aug 2012
Explosives, firearms, disused office blocks and Stephen Street. Craig Fitzpatrick meets Funeral Suits.



NEWS: 29 Jun 2012
It's the second in three videos for the band's next single.



REVIEW: 15 Jun 2012
Heavy without being over-bearing, light and electronic yet full of powerful mind-blowing basslines and catchy guitar riffs



NEWS: 07 Jun 2012
Check out Lily Of The Valley now.



REVIEW: 29 May 2012
Impressive debut from Dublin four-piece



NEWS: 03 Aug 2011
The art-rockers will play Whelan’s on August with support from Sacred Animals and Sunburnt Jets.



NEWS: 05 May 2011
We've also reviewed tracks by Una Keane, Hal, Kelly Rowland and Villagers



NEWS: 12 Aug 2010



Katharine Philippa - Fallen

Portadown singer, pianist and guitarist Katharine Philippa has been performing since she was old enough to squawk out a tune, but the Queen’s University School of Music student only got around to releasing her debut EP last year, at the ripe old age of 20. Operating within a genre she’s dubbed ‘Reflectivism’, Philippa makes sensitive piano numbers, intense, looped ballads and soulful electronica, all of which can be heard on the EP in question, Fallen.


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Half Shot - High Walls And Free Falls

Specialising in powerful, in-your-face, riff-based tunes, Derry four-piece Half Shot employ melodic arrangements and snarling vocals to create a classic rock sound. Elements of blues, punk and metal can be felt on their freewheeling, 14-track debut album, High Walls And Free Falls, which includes fan favourites ‘Preachin’’ and ‘The Beggar’s Belief‘.


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REVIEW: 24 May 2012
Irish rockers' opening shot hints a big potential



Mark Geary - Songs About Love, Songs About Leaving

Quintessential singer-songwriter Geary recalls early Simon And Garfunkel on Songs About Love, Songs About Leaving, with haunting melody and fragile vocals that are almost chamber-like in their effect. Album standout is the atmospheric ‘Falling In The Fires’, which, with its stellar harmonising, is tailor-made for a TV or movie soundtrack, while elsewhere, there are some truly memorable instrumental flourishes on ‘Cali Solo’.


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NEWS: 19 Feb 2014
Not a man to do things by half, Mark Geary heads out in April on a marathon Irish tour.



NEWS: 19 Aug 2013
The singer-songwriter is set to play gigs in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Sligo



NEWS: 15 Jul 2013
He'll take in Cork, Galway, Dublin and Sligo from September...



NEWS: 15 Mar 2013
The Dublin musician will be touring the country during March and April...



NEWS: 25 Oct 2012
Mark Geary has a new video, and it's not what you'd expect!



INTERVIEW: 03 Aug 2012
Now finding contentment in the quiet, the wayfaring Mark Geary returns home with fresh songs of hushed beauty.



NEWS: 29 May 2012
He'll be showcasing new album Songs About Love, Songs About Leaving .



REVIEW: 24 May 2012
Steady as she goes for Irish troubador



NEWS: 20 Apr 2012
From his forthcoming album...



NEWS: 28 Sep 2009
You can get a free advance copy by going to his Dublin gig next week.



REVIEW: 13 Mar 2009
Mark Geary makes a live return to Whelan's after years of absence, and is welcomed back with open arms.



NEWS: 05 Sep 2008
Mark Geary has added a rake of dates across the country in November, taking in Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Galway and more.



NEWS: 25 Jul 2008
Singer-songwriter Mark Geary is to play Whelans on November 7.



INTERVIEW: 19 Apr 2008
For his third record Mark Geary swapped New York for Kerry and set out to channel his love for Arcade Fire and Radiohead.



REVIEW: 16 Apr 2008
Opium is a credible, perfectly timed return from underrated singer-songwriter



NEWS: 25 Feb 2008
Mark Geary has announced details of his new album, Opium , which is out on April 11.



NEWS: 08 May 2007
Mark Geary takes a break from the studio with a four-date tour of Ireland.



REVIEW: 28 Oct 2005
Some songs fit their title perfectly and so it is with ‘Fanfare’, an all guns blazing track that abandons the usual sensitive acoustic approach in favour...



NEWS: 17 Aug 2005
Mark Geary returns to the aul’ sod in October when he plays his biggest Irish headlining tour yet.



INTERVIEW: 31 Mar 2005
…And head out on the highway. Oh, and take a notebook while you’re at it. Those were Hot Press’ instructions to acclaimed singer/songwriter Mark Geary...



REVIEW: 22 Feb 2005
Mark Geary had a decent 2004. His second album Ghosts was well received by fans and critics and a successful Irish tour saw him established as one of our...



REVIEW: 19 Aug 2004
Having spent much of last year touring the world, Ghosts paints pictures of scenic journeys, newly visited cities, and as such is gilded with a freshness and...



NEWS: 03 Nov 2003
Mark Geary is homeward-bound this December with a series of gigs throughout Ireland



REVIEW: 26 Sep 2003
Long may he continue to endear Irish audiences with his tales and songs lovingly crafted in the key of life.



NEWS: 13 Mar 2003
Mark Geary more than fulfils his early promise - and brings his lovely debut album, 33 1/3 Grand St, on a nationwide tour



INTERVIEW: 18 Feb 2003
He emigrated in '95, sang with jeff at sin-e, acted with denis leary, consoled nyc's firefighters and tripped around the planet with emmylou harris – but...



NEWS: 23 Jan 2003
Mark Geary, late of a handful of Glen Hansard supports, brings his debut album, 33 1/3 Grand Street, round the country on his own headline tour



The Riptide Movement: Keep On Keepin' On

It’s only taken two years, €40,000, one orchestra, four studios, a clatter of musicians and a deranged individual on a didgeridoo, but now, like a fine pint of ale, The Riptide Movement’s double disc beast is ready to be enjoyed. Sitting pretty at number six in the official Irish charts at the time of writing, Keep On Keepin’ On is a thrilling example of the band’s unique style, typified by time-travelling powerhouse blues.


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Bestseller Fashion Show, Tuesday, 1st July



'For One Night Only' with The Riptide Movement in Lillie's Bordello, presented by Hot Press in association with Corona.



The Riptide Movement playing their gig in Vicar Street, Dublin.






The Riptide Movement Fans at the Olympia, Dublin



The Riptide Movement at The Olympia, Dublin



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NEWS: 28 Jul 2014
The clip shows the band writing, recording and relaxing during the making of the album.



NEWS: 10 Jul 2014
The Lucan rockers will grace the Live At The Marquee stage this evening.



NEWS: 30 Jun 2014
It all works out, indeed…



NEWS: 06 May 2014
While the Lucan lads support The Coronas, the likes of Keywest have also been lined up for other Cork dates.



NEWS: 02 May 2014
The Dublin rockers snag the coveted position with the Irish Tourist Board.



NEWS: 23 Apr 2014
Tickets for their 'For One Night Only' performance, in association with Corona, are up for grabs – but only until 6pm…



REVIEW: 17 Apr 2014



NEWS: 16 Apr 2014
There’s an extra reason for celebrating Record Store Day with HMV returning to Grafton Street on Saturday April 19.



NEWS: 14 Apr 2014
Tickets for their 'For One Night Only' performance, in association with Corona, are up for grabs – but not for long…



NEWS: 11 Apr 2014
In with a golden bullet for the recent Hot Press cover stars.



NEWS: 11 Apr 2014
Starring Damon Albarn, The Riptide Movement, SOHN, Midlake, Slint, Aimee Mann, Bruce and more...



NEWS: 04 Apr 2014
You can pick up your copy – physical or digital – of Getting Through right now.



INTERVIEW: 02 Apr 2014
Through pure hard graft, a flair for working the crowd and some killer tunes, The Riptide Movement have risen from their roots as Grafton Street...



NEWS: 31 Mar 2014
Hermitage Green, The Riptide Movement and Gavin James are the three hot to trot Irish acts joining forces on May 4 for a Live At The Big Top show in Limerick.



NEWS: 28 Mar 2014
Will perform their new single tonight.



REVIEW: 26 Mar 2014
Riptide's new record is sure to make waves.



NEWS: 20 Mar 2014
In the new issue of Hot Press The Riptide Movement talk to Olaf Tyarensen about their recent deal with Universal Music, sharing a stage with the Stones at...



NEWS: 26 Feb 2014
A collective doff of the team Hot Press cap to The Riptide Movement, who've become the latest addition to the Universal Music family.



NEWS: 04 Oct 2013
BBC Radio 4 is adapting The Commitments as part of a week-long celebration of Roddy Doyle’s work.



INTERVIEW: 11 Jun 2013
Hot Press caught up with Gar Byrne of The Riptide Movement for a short tweet twinterview...



NEWS: 10 Jun 2013
They kick off Bulmers Live this Thursday.



REVIEW: 27 May 2013
These guys love what they do, and fans are just as happy to be there to share the experience...



NEWS: 21 May 2013
They rocked the Olympia Theatre recently.



NEWS: 14 May 2013
The Lucan lads bring their bluesy brand of rock to Limerick.



NEWS: 23 Apr 2013
The new promo is for 'Hard To Explain'...



NEWS: 05 Mar 2013
The Riptide Movement are hitting the road for 11 dates this May and June, and releasing a new single...



NEWS: 04 Jan 2013
It's the boys' first appearance on the Irish institution.



NEWS: 12 Nov 2012
The Dublin four-piece are to take to the stage at Dublin's Olympia theatre in the Summer of 2013.



NEWS: 31 Oct 2012
Drummer Gar Byrne's firsthand account of his band's unforgettable trip to India...



NEWS: 25 Oct 2012
The Dublin folk rockers release their new track 'Without You' on October 26.



OCHO: Young Hunting

One of Ireland’s best-kept electronic secrets, OCHO combines the unique talents of Stace Gill and DOS into one mind-blowing sound. After two years of hard work, the Dublin outfit is finally ready to release their ambitious debut album Young Hunting, which combines atmospheric layered trans-cultural electronic music with lush dynamics akin to the likes of Imogen Heap and Mazzy Star.


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REVIEW: 21 May 2012
Much more than Enya for indie kids



NEWS: 20 Apr 2012
Listen to Young Hunting here.



The Hip-Neck Blues Collective: Millie

A collective of talented musicians from various musical backgrounds, The Hip-Neck Blues Collective specialise in blues and folk-tinged hip hop. Formed in early 2011, the collective have been working tirelessly since, contracting new members, gigging with the likes of Scroobius Pip, B. Dolan, DJ Woody and Sneaky Soundsystem, and recording their sensational debut EP Millie.


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Laura Sheeran: What The World Knows

24-year-old Galway girl Laura Sheeran blends classical influences with heavy electronic production, filtering it all through a dark, witching gauze. In the tradition of pop eccentrics such as Bat For Lashes and Polly Scattergood, her album What The World Knows is deep, dark and mysterious, but thanks to Sheeran’s ear for a glittering hook, delivered with a knowing wink.


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NEWS: 12 Mar 2013
For the week that's in it, we asked some artists to tell us their favourite Bowie tracks...



NEWS: 19 Dec 2012
The singer on Nanu Nanu, alter egos, and future album plans...



NEWS: 12 Dec 2012
The Flaming June artist is releasing a special Christmas vinyl of What The World Knows ...



REVIEW: 05 Jun 2012
Sheeran has a personality to match her songs – she shows this by giddily tripping over her words, making the audience chuckle and generally being...



REVIEW: 18 May 2012
Ed’s cousin delivers the goth pop goods on second record



INTERVIEW: 16 May 2012
Returning with an album of dark, alluring sonic journeys into the avant garde, Laura Sheeran talks about a tough year, ‘80s soundtracks and her little...



FRONTLINES: 13 Oct 2010
With fewer and fewer people buying CDs, Dublin songwriter Laura Sheeran is among the increasing number of artists opting to finance their music via the...



Alarmist: Alarmist

Individually known as Neil Crowley, Elis Czerniak, Osgar Dukes and Barry O’Halpin, exploratory rock outfit Alarmist have earned many a rave review since they appeared on the Irish music scene last year, with Hot Press dubbing their self-titled debut, “one of the Irish EPs of the year.” A fizzing, charging bombshell of a record featuring staggering drum patterns and intriguing song titles aplenty, Alarmist will go down well with fans of Norwegian instrumentalists Jaga Jazzist and, locally, members of the Richter Collective family.


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NEWS: 16 Oct 2013
Instrumental outfit return with sunny sound...



INTERVIEW: 21 Feb 2012
They’re tight as hell and their A/V show is like nothing you’ve seen before; it’s about bloody time that Alarmist headed out on an Irish tour. The...



NEWS: 16 Aug 2011
The Dublin multi-instrumentalists will launch their self-titled EP at the Tower Records birthday celebration on August 18 and in Block T on August 19.



The Cornshed Sisters: Tell Tales

In an age where we are utterly bombarded by wave after wave of mediocre nu-folk, it’s comes as a pleasant surprise to find that the debut offering from Geordie four-piece The Cornshed Sisters is actually pretty good. Featuring Marie Nixon of dearly departed ‘90s indie legends Kenickie in their ranks, the record includes some truly special vocal play (see acapella number ‘Tommy’). Meanwhile, if you’re not charmed by ‘Dance At My Wedding’, you’ve clearly got a gaping hole in your chest where your heart should be.


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REVIEW: 10 Apr 2012
FORMER KENICKIE MEMBER GETS FOLKED UP



David Lyttle: Interlude

David Lyttle began performing professionally at the age of four in his family folk group and he’s scarcely taken a break since – in fact, he was recently described by Hot Press’ Colm O’Hare as a “veritable one-man industry”. Featuring a long list of cameos from MOBO-winning/Mercury-nominated rapper Soweto Kinch to rising-star Irish vocalist Rhea and session icons Jason Rebello (Sting) and Pino Palladino (Adele), it’s no wonder Interlude is earning him wide-spread recognition as a producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.


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NEWS: 06 Feb 2013
Irish jazz musician David Lyttle has release a new video for 'Questions', a gorgeous track taken from his recently released Interlude album.



NEWS: 31 May 2012
The Irish musician will join Peterson at this year's Sligo Jazz Project.



REVIEW: 04 May 2012
Homegrown urban soul at its finest



INTERVIEW: 09 Feb 2012
He’s one of Ireland’s leading jazz drummers, a prodigy who picked up his first instrument aged four. David Lyttle tells us what to expect from his Music...



INTERVIEW: 03 Oct 2011
Rapidly emerging as one of the most inventive and intriguing artists in the land, genre-hopper David Lyttle discusses jazz, hip-hop and his new soul direction.



INTERVIEW: 08 Sep 2008
“I’m from the country,” David Lyttle informs us. “Jazz is an urban music. I probably shouldn’t have anything to do with it.”



Protobaby: The Spark

Fresh from putting multiple cyber-noses out of joint with their video for recent single ‘Traditions’, Limerick foursome Protobaby present their debut album The Spark and – good news! – it’s chock-full of incendiary indie anthems and stadium-straddling rock numbers. ‘Only A Spark’ is worth the price of admission alone, while ‘Microchip’ and the aforementioned ‘Traditions’ are made all the more interesting by singer Colm McGuinness and his wonderfully evocative baritone.


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NEWS: 04 Nov 2013
Limerick electro-poppers Protobaby have just unveiled the video for ‘Keep Running’ – a Village Of The Damned on roller skates-style run round the...



NEWS: 05 Mar 2013
The Limerick band who were Hot Press Play On The Day finalists in 2012 have released a new double A-side...



NEWS: 20 Jul 2012
'Only A Spark' is out next week...



REVIEW: 30 Mar 2012
LIMERICK NATIVES RELEASE A FIERY DEBUT



NEWS: 08 Mar 2012
'Fluorescent' is taken from forthcoming album The Spark .



NEWS: 29 Nov 2011
New single ‘Traditions’ initially banned on YouTube…



NEWS: 02 Jun 2011



NEWS: 16 May 2011
The Limerick rock quartet will be performing at the Polish music festival this Friday



NEWS: 08 Mar 2011
The Hot Press ‘Ones To Watch For 2011’ are to take in several dates around the country



Liz Lawrence: Bedroom Hero

Vocally, singer-songwriter Liz Lawrence’s closest relative is Laura Marling, although Ms. Marling has never sounded as chirpy as Lawrence does on her debut album Bedroom Hero. The catchiest thing on the record is probably a rousing number called ‘Oo Song’, while the woozy ‘Bathroom Spoons’ is a clear standout, as Lawrence croons divinely over a chorus of echoey shoops. That’s not to say that our folky mistress of ceremonies isn’t capable of tugging on the old heartstrings.


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NEWS: 23 Jul 2012
The London singer-songwriter is coming back to her roots.



REVIEW: 14 May 2012
A more defined sense of self, and we could be talking about a major artist this time next year.



REVIEW: 29 Mar 2012
Just another singer-songwriter, and proud of it



NEWS: 14 Feb 2012
She's over in April.



Sharon Shannon: Flying Circus

Sharon Shannon turned to the RTÉ Concert Orchestra for help on her latest album Flying Circus, whose classical touch has propelled her much-loved traditional style to exciting new heights. Opener ‘Top Dog Gaffo’ playfully sets the tone for an album that exudes a sense of serious fun. There’s a delicious lightness to her skittery playing on the three-piece suite ‘Windchime Dance’ and she creates an appealing wistfulness on the sumptuous ‘Butterflies’, while ‘Wood Road’ has a soft-rock delicacy that further lifts the mood.


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NEWS: 29 Apr 2014
'The Shifting Ground' is out June 20.



REVIEW: 02 Apr 2012
SHANNON GOES ON ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES



NEWS: 10 Aug 2011
The 60th Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann gets underway in Cavan on Sunday August 14.



NEWS: 09 May 2011
Sharon Shannon, Jerry Fish and Fight Like Apes will all perform at the event



NEWS: 21 Feb 2011
The rollicking ‘Viva Lanzarote!' can be downloaded now.



NEWS: 03 Nov 2010
Collaborations features a whopping 15 guest vocalists



NEWS: 16 Feb 2010
She's on her way to Longford.



REVIEW: 08 Oct 2009
Dazzling effort from folk queen



NEWS: 22 Sep 2009
To launch new album Saints & Scoundrels , Sharon and The Cartoon Thieves will be busking outside Zhivago Records in Galway this Friday, September 25.



NEWS: 14 Sep 2009
There's a Waterboys original in there, not to mention Shane MacGowan and Jerry Fish.



NEWS: 19 Mar 2009
Shane MacGowan is the guest vocalist.



NEWS: 02 Dec 2008
Sharon Shannon and her Big Band – with guests Mundy and Shane MacGowan – play a special light night gig in Castlebar this Christmas season, with more...



NEWS: 03 Jun 2008
One of Ireland’s finest musicians, Sharon Shannon, has announced she will perform with Special Guests at The Academy this July.



NEWS: 19 Dec 2007
Three Irish musical greats are set to come together for a unique show in Kerry after Christmas.



NEWS: 12 Nov 2007
Sharon Shannon is to embark on a mini-tour with her 'Renegade' outfit this December.



INTERVIEW: 17 Sep 2007
Whether cooking up a curry or watching Family Guy, trad music legend Sharon Shannon has plenty of room to roam in her Galway abode.



REVIEW: 20 Aug 2007
Sharon allows others equal billing on this refreshingly diverse collection of tunes.



REVIEW: 01 Nov 2006
Shannon is turbo-charged as always, and is admirably served by a band that can rock and stroll as required.



REVIEW: 25 Sep 2006
Recorded over two nights in July at Dolan’s Warehouse in Limerick, Sharon Shannon’s new live album is one big party piece; every one of the 29 tracks on...



REVIEW: 20 Apr 2006
At some point Sharon Shannon realised that being one of the most highly-regarded instrumentalists in Irish music doesn’t make you the kind of dynamic...



NEWS: 08 Jun 2004
Folk Centre with Sarah McQuaid: closure on the Sharon Shannon court saga, and much more.



NEWS: 08 Jun 2004
Closure on the Sharon Shannon court saga, and much more.



NEWS: 20 May 2004
I am not a liar: Sharon Shannon speaks out after being cleared of all charges



NEWS: 25 Mar 2004
Damien Dempsey takes two Meteors and then represents Ireland at the London St. Patrick’s day parade..and much more in Folk Centre: the latest folk news,...



REVIEW: 04 Sep 2003
Yeah, it’s got posthumous vocals from Kirsty MacColl, post-retirement ones from Sinéad O’Connor, and a Malawian rap artist jamming with a British soul...



REVIEW: 24 May 2001
There can be few trad acts who swing so effectively and Shannon at full pelt is a joy to behold



REVIEW: 17 Oct 1991
Here is an album conceived in Winkle's Bar, Kinvara, the juices got flowing over a weekend rave-up, with Liam O'Maonlai, Adam Clayton and Mike Scott just...



REVIEW: 21 Sep 1994
SHARON SHANNON (The Bottom Line, Manhattan)



REVIEW: 21 Sep 1994
SHARON SHANNON: “Out The Gap” (Solid)



REVIEW: 14 Sep 2000
With a guest list worthy of a Paddy Moloney project, this is an album which, on the face of it, could have sunk beneath the pressure of too many big names,...



Cars Love Girls: Skip School

Cars Love Girls is the brainchild of Bres and Orla Breslin (of chart-topping funk-poppers Republic Of Loose), a brother-sister duo with an aptitude for making unapologetically commercial pop. Debut album Skip School opens with the shimmering ‘What’s On My Mind’, before the upbeat ‘These Girls’ cruises in, all heart-melting harmonies and cascading keyboard fills. ‘Lose Your Mind’ is beefed-up Fleetwood Mac backing Madonna, while the bouncy ‘Future Ex-Wife’ cheekily channels Prince.


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Of X & Y: Half Nothing

Half Nothing is the debut solo project by multi-instrumentalist and Dublin native Evan Kennedy. Kennedy, inspired by the spontaneous dynamic of live performance, produced an album without one particular genre or mood in mind. Instead, the electro-rock album vacillates between melodic rhythms and thumping, hard rock bass. Kennedy, who counts dubstep, metal, rap, and folk among his extensive influences, has created a distinctive first effort with Half Nothing.


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Mako: Living On Air

Declan O’Shea and Christian Montagne have fused the best of their French and Irish backgrounds to create an edgy, psychedelic indie-rock debut, Living On Air, that earned the duo four Grammy nominations. O’Shea and Montagne established a name for themselves internationally by touring with Iggy Pop, Linkin Park, Live, and Bush as Cyclefly. The crisp vocals, quirky melodies, Bowie-esque sound and mellow maturity on Living On Air should ensure that the pair will find comparable success under their new name.


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Oddsocks Revival: It's Time

Four-piece blues-rock band Oddsocks Revival’s sophomore effort, It’s Time, cements its status as an ideal prototype for a homegrown hard-rock band. The Sligo natives have been touring Ireland since 2009, and with its unique four-part harmonies, four lead vocalists, and propensity for twin guitar solos, Oddsocks Revival is reminiscent of the stadium-rock bands of the ‘70s that crafted classic rock. Oddsocks Revival’s It’s Time combines a variety of funk, blues, and hard rock, creating a unique, stand-alone sound.


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REVIEW: 16 May 2011
The next seventies revival starts here?



C O'Neill: Introducing

Introducing is the debut album from Cavan-based band C. O’Neill & Co. and it’s a wonderfully ragged and whiskey-soaked release that’s full of dark observations and bruised and battered ballads. Album highlight is the epic and anthemic ‘Look Da No Hands,’ which features a guest appearance from Whipping Boy’s Fearghal McKee, his typically impassioned spoken-word performance ending proceedings on a massive high.


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NEWS: 23 May 2012
The Cavan based rockers have six big dates lined up.



REVIEW: 05 Mar 2012
Cavan act’s Whipping Boy-endorsed debut is something special



NEWS: 16 Feb 2012
The track features Whipping Boy's Fearghal McKee.



NEWS: 02 Nov 2011
Listen to their debut single.



Hope Is Noise: This Used To Be A Laugh

Since bringing their body of work under the banner of Hope Is Noise in late 2004, this Cork four-piece have built a dedicated following, drawn equally to their ability to construct a winning pop tune and their incendiary, hardcore tendencies. The result is a sound that, in places, resonates with a more considered take on Husker Du and Foo Fighters’ knack for a tune, and burns with a rage comparable to Hot Snakes or At The Drive-In.


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REVIEW: 17 May 2012
Cork quartet still bringing the noise



REVIEW: 24 Mar 2010
Leesiders rip it up, ugly-beautiful style



NEWS: 08 Oct 2008
Rock With Your Cork Out – a documentary on the Cork rock scene – will be screened at The Pavilion next week, with live appearances from Hope Is Noise...



NEWS: 03 Sep 2007
Cork indie rockers Hope Is Noise are to donate proceeds from the sale of their new album to charity.



INTERVIEW: 12 Sep 2005
Hope Is Noise will be playing the Half Moon, Cork on 30 September with The Revs. Here's a little background on the hand-picked support...



INTERVIEW: 12 Sep 2005
Hope Is Noise will be playing the Half Moon, xxx on 30 September with The Revs. Here's a little background on the hand-picked support...



Track Dogs: Track Dogs

Eschewing the typical band line-up, Track Dogs have opted for cajón (flamenco box drum) instead of drums and trumpet in place of electric guitar. The resulting sound, as showcased on their self-titled album boasts all the energy and freshness you would expect from a debut record, combined with the confidence and diversity that only comes from bands with a great many miles under their be


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NEWS: 13 Nov 2012
The Spanish-based Irish band are kicking off their six night whirlwind homecoming tour tomorrow evening.



NEWS: 18 Sep 2012
The Irish/Spanish act are hitting the road...



NEWS: 30 Apr 2012
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NEWS: 15 Dec 2011
An early Christmas present for Hot Press readers…



NEWS: 09 Nov 2011
After ditching their old name, this band has some new tricks.



REVIEW: 10 Aug 2011
Ex-pats mess with the formula



NEWS: 07 Jul 2011
Brand new audio? Yes please.



NEWS: 09 Jun 2011
The foursome are promoting their new album on July 7, and will be giving away free copies!



Valentine Black: Desire Lines

Valentine Black’s debut album Desire Lines (fun fact: it’s named after the paths made by walking through forests!) mixes the heart of Springsteen with the melodies of Bowie and the lush arrangements of Arcade Fire. Dealing primarily in pop-tinged folk rock ditties, Valentine Black’s straight-talking yet romantic LP covers the topics of love, loss and even murder. A solid debut.


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REVIEW: 05 Mar 2012
There’s a lot to love on Kildare crooner’s new album.



Confidants

A fascinating second record from lo-fi pop tribe Land Lovers, Confidants sees the Popical Island signees veer from the blueprint of their debut, mixing swooning, vintage-sounding lullabies with their usual fare of sharp-shooting quirk pop. Lyrically, anything goes, from death (‘Terry & Julie’) to football (‘Gravedigger’), as vocalist Pádraig Cooney swings with all the cool of an aging crooner.


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REVIEW: 03 Oct 2011
A theatrical blend of genre-spanning pop.



Wanted

The debut album from this Italian/Irish rockabilly threesome has already gained rave reviews from fans and critics alike, with our very own Jackie Hayden labeling it “exuberant... rough, ready and raucous”. Citing influences as diverse as Enio Morricone, The Ramones, The Delfonics and Johnny Cash, this is an album that surprises as well as excites.


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REVIEW: 03 Oct 2011
Classic tunes get a rockabilly makeover.



Disconnect The Dots

Taking influence from alt. rock, drum and bass and metal, Leeside trio Screenreader present their debut album Disconnect The Dots, a self-produced 9-tracker that burns a trail from start to finish with high-impact rhythms and fuzzed-up electronic textures. Predominantly confined to a spare bedroom and cramped attics, the band recorded the album in just five days. Could have fooled us.


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REVIEW: 20 Feb 2012
Cork trio's debut is a riff-tacular short, sharp shock.



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