- 31 Dec 20
Like countless other acts around the world, Kodaline have been heavily impacted by Covid-19 restrictions - with their Asian, American, European and UK tour dates postponed for the foreseeable future. The band also had their own brush with the virus back in March, when lead guitarist Mark Prendergast tested positive.
Kodaline are slated to perform some of their biggest hits with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra tonight on Soundtrack to My Life at 9:45pm.
Hosted by Nicky Byrne and joined by special guests Noel Hogan, RuthAnne, Loah and Jack L; the 'High Hopes' hitmakers will also perform a few special tracks that have impacted the band during their career and in their personal lives.
The band have also been announced as the headline act for Sea Sessions in Donegal on June 18th, 2021 and Malahide Castle on June 27, 2021.
The rock outfit released their fourth album, One Day At A Time, at the end of November.
In her Hot Press review of the work, Ingrid Angulo said:
"One Day At A Time brings Irish pop-rock juggernauts Kodaline back to their roots. On this occasion, the recording sessions revolved around the band members setting up shop in a modest Dublin studio. The effect is that they have stripped back the layers of added production, revealing afresh a sense of vulnerability and intimacy. With stadium-ready anthems to the fore, for the most part, One Day At A Time, achieves a wonderful combination of the raw emotion of Irish balladry and the mass appeal of pop."
Irish songwriter, musician, record producer and broadcaster Jack Lukeman recently performed numerous livestream shows during the pandemic - titled 'Northern Lights: Songs for the Winter Solstice'.
Also known as Jack L, the vocal artist shared a new live album, Streamed - The Best of the Lockdown Sessions - Vol 1.
Acclaimed singer-songwriter RuthAnne (Cunningham) and Loah were a major part of Irish Women in Harmony this year, with RuthAnne crafting the track 'Together at Christmas' and joining numerous female artists in unity to raise money for Safe Ireland and Childline.
RuthAnne's writing resumé is a force to be reckoned with, her career started at just 17-years-old, penning music for huge pop artists, including JoJo’s ‘Too Little Too Late', Britney Spears’ RIAA platinum-certified ‘Work Bitch,’ One Direction’s ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go,’ Pentatonix’s ‘Misbehavin’. More recently, she also co-wrote Horan’s latest single ‘Nice To Meet Ya’.
In May of this year, the Grammy Award-winning artist signed with AntiFragile records - with her October single 'Remember This' was written and recorded in London with her main writing team Future Cut.
Irish-Sierra Leonian singer-songwriter Loah (aka Sallay-Matu Garnett) has been producing some of the most interesting music in Ireland for a number of years. After releasing her debut EP This Heart in 2017, the she released a string of remixes with Bantum, Elaine Mai and Fehdah. Instead of emigrating to America to pursue music and acting this year, she has been working as a pharmacist in Dublin as a result of Covid, making contributions with home recordings and talks on the Black Lives Matter movement. Her October single with Bantum - 'NGLA' - follows 2019’s singles 'April Brave” and 'Summer of Love'.
Irish musician and record producer Noel Hogan is best known as the lead guitarist and co-songwriter of alt-rock band the Cranberries. Hogan formed the Cranberries with his brother Mike and drummer Fergal Lawler in 1989, recruiting Dolores O'Riordan and going on to sell over 40 million records worldwide. The Cranberries disbanding after the release of the posthumous album In the End in 2019, saying:
"The Cranberries without Dolores just isn't The Cranberries... we won't replace our friend and lead singer".
Read the full Hot Press interview from July 2020 with Kodaline here.
Tune in to Soundtrack To My Life tonight at 9:45pm on RTÉ One.