- 14 Sep 20
Nathan Mac played at Thornton Pianos for his lockdown session – supported by the Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht.
On 3 different pianos and a guitar, Nathan Mac delivered an energetic set on the Hot Press Lockdown Sessions' Y&E Series this past weekend.
A compelling new presence on the homegrown indie-pop scene, former circus performer Mac has launched his career with the first two instalments of his Start Of Something Blue project – which is set to feature over 24 collaborators, including musicians, photographers, illustrators, directors, performers and more.
Opening with his debut single 'Better Off Without You,' the singer-songwriter showed off his improving piano skills. Mac moved into another room to play 'Domestic Wars' – this time on the guitar – before sitting back down to play a song about an Irish myth, called 'Deirdre of The Sorrows', which he dedicated the Michael D. Higgins.
Watch the full performance below.
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@nathanmacmusic performs at @thornton.pianos for our #yandeseries 5 songs and 3 pianos he sings beautifully, tells stories, and even dedicates a song to @presidentirl Big thanks to @culture.heritage.gaeltacht for everything! #irishmusic #nathanmac #lockdownsessions #grainybaby
Watch Rosie Byrne tonight, September 14, as part of the Hot Press Lockdown Sessions' The Y&E Series, supported by the Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht – live on the Hot Press Instagram (@hotpressmagazine) at 8.30pm.
Tuesday, September 15: THE OCELOTS
Wexford twins Brandon and Ashley launched their career as The Ocelots in 2016 – crafting their sound as they busked across Europe. Following extensive touring and high-profile support slots for the likes of Jack Johnson and Glen Hansard, they released their long-awaited debut album, Started To Wonder, earlier this year.
Wednesday, September 16: LLOYD JOHN
Limerick-raised, Cork-based singer-songwriter Lloyd John has rapidly established himself as a rising star, following the release of his debut single 'Forget' in 2018. 'Alive', one of the standout tracks from his 2019 EP Growth has already clocked up over 145,000 streams on Spotify.
Thursday, September 17: STEPHEN JAMES SMITH WITH GARETH QUINN REDMOND
A Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the thriving spoken word scene in Ireland today, Stephen James Smith's poetry videos have amassed over 3 million views online. He's joined on the Y&E Series by acclaimed artist Gareth Quinn Redmond – an ambient composer who has collaborated extensively with David Keenan.
Friday, September 18: BRENDAN MURRAY
Hailed by Robbie Williams as an artist with “an impossibly perfect pop voice”, Irish singer-songwriter and former Hometown member Brendan Murray's career highlights already include reaching the semi-final of The X Factor in 2018 and representing Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017. His performance on the Y&E Series coincides with the release of his new single '500 Days'.
Saturday, September 19: PAJ
Since the release of his debut single 'Friends Confused' last year, Paj has established himself as a captivating emerging artist – selected for the 'Play The Picnic' stage at Electric Picnic, and scoring a coveted spot on Spotify's 'A Breath Of Fresh Eire' playlist. He released his latest single 'Superman', featuring Uly, Rob de Boer, Zeenie Summers, Joe Furlong & Fiachra Kinder, last month.
Sunday, September 20: MEGAN BURKE
The Dublin singer-songwriter Megan Burke has built up an impressive following online – clocking up hundreds of thousands of views for her stunning covers and originals. She releases her debut single 'Where Did You Find Love', on September 18.