Posted in Acoustic, folk

Sandy Kilpatrick’s new single ‘Your Love is a Weapon’ ‘

Scottish singer-songwriter set to unveil new album on June 15th

 

An acoustic-folk singer-songwriter, Sandy Kilpatrick is now Portugal based having been born and raised in Scotland. His new album, ‘The Shaman’s Call’, is the latest stunning release in a career that has grown organically over time, with his sound echoing great songwriters as wide ranging as David Bowie and Damien Rice, while retaining his own unique take on the genre.

‘The Shaman’s Call’ marks further progression for Sandy Kilpatrick as an artist, guided out of the gate by new single ‘Your Love Is a Weapon’, a song which focuses on the intimacy and solitude of the writer at work:

Those developing years have been spent surrounded by talents who have made it to the mainstream, such as close friend and New Order guitarist Phil Cunningham. Now Sandy Kilpatrick aims to follow in their footsteps.

Having lived in various parts of the UK before moving to Portugal to be with his family, Sandy Kilpatrick’s particular brand of accessible folk music has a well-travelled feel to it. Inspired by a wide ranging exploration of all of life’s experience as seen through Sandy Kilpatrick’s eyes as a writer, Sandy’s last album ‘Redemption Road’ was notable enough to gain the support of key BBC tastemakers Guy Garvey and Mark Radcliffe. One track was even used by footballer Cristiano Ronaldo on his ‘Best Bits of 2013’ video.

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 Like this track, the album as a whole is designed to feel raw, and not hidden behind the smoke and mirrors of big production. The lyrics are intimate and thoughtful, hitting many highs, lows and moments of heartfelt poignancy – many of which listeners will immediately relate to.

Sandy Kilpatrick’s new music marks a new step forward as a solo artist and musician – not bad for someone who has already shared the stage with many excellent bands including Muse, Elbow and more.

Fittingly, this album represents taking his journey full circle, with a festival show coming up in July where he will be sharing the bill with The Waterboys – a band Sandy loved in his childhood. One of the first songs he learned on the guitar was theirs, ‘Fisherman’s Blues’, and it seems fitting that he should share the stage with them as he celebrates his latest release.

 

 

Links:
https://soundcloud.com/sandykilpatrick
https://facebook.com/SandyKilpatrickMusic

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Posted in Acoustic, Pop, rock

Singer-songwriter Lauren Rich set for EP and single release

‘The Same Sky’ EP and ‘The Drink Talking’ single both released 29th September

Born in London and living in Hertfordshire, Lauren Rich is a singer-songwriter who certainly knows how to weave her distinctive voice around an effective acoustic chord pattern. With a taste for harmony and autobiographical lyrics that mean her songs border on country, Lauren is an artist with a bright future.

The next step in her musical career will see Lauren run a simultaneous release, with single ‘The Drink Talking’ taken from EP ‘The Same Sky’. Recorded with engineer Alan Emptage (Skunk Anansie, Arcade Fire, London Grammar, Adam Ant, Boy George) at OneLouder Studios, the single was written with a hangover when Lauren realised she sent a drunken text to a guy the night before: https://soundcloud.com/laurenrichmusic/the-drink-talking

Impressively, the full EP was recorded around spells in hospital where Lauren was recently diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. However, she made it a point of pride to continue with her work, not wanting to let people down seeing as the EP was paid for by her fans, who supported her through a successful crowd funding campaign.

It’s little wonder that she is turning so many heads. Having performed at prestigious London venues such as Proud in Camden and The Water Rats in Kings Cross, not to mention playing live during radio interviews with BBC London and BBC Three Counties, her knack for catchy, acoustic melodies is clearly catching on.

In the meantime, ‘The Same Sky’ EP and ‘The Drink Talking’ single are both released 29th September.

Links

www.facebook.com/laurenrichmusic

www.twitter.com/laurenrichmusic

www.instagram.com/laurenrichmusic

www.youtube.com/laurenrichmusic

www.soundcloud.com/laurenrichmusic

Posted in Acoustic

Singer-Songwriter Jessie Lowes looks to the ‘Stars’ with new single

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Emotional single begins the run up to a debut album release

Available from September 22nd, ‘Stars’ is the new single from acoustic singer-songwriter Jessie Lowes. Based in Northumberland and specialising in a delicate mix of clear vocal and guitar picking, Lowes is a songwriter not afraid to wear her heart on her sleeve when it comes to her music. The single ‘Stars’ was written for her mother who passed away in 2008 from Cancer, and the song is a tribute to their close relationship:

https://soundcloud.com/jessie-lowes83/jessie-lowes-stars

It’s hard to believe that a song this delicate is the work of an ex-cage fighter and club level rugby player – the light touch and subtleties of her music covering a tougher background than most, a childhood that music played a huge part in.

It comes as little surprise to learn that Jessie grew up around music, often using it as an escape. Her Uncle Tony Raine was a famous jazz pianist working with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Julian Slade, Judy Garland and Diana Ross, and had his own TV show in the 60s called MusicBox. And it is from this solid pedigree that Lowes’ musical pedigree was borne.

And now, with further singles and an album due before the end of this year, Jessie Lowes is set to take her love affair with music to the next level.

‘Stars’ will be available from September 22nd.

Links:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessie-Lowes/166706493351429

Posted in Acoustic

The Fireflies burn bright with self-titled debut EP

London duo’s six track release set for late July

After a chance shuffling of desks in an Old Street office, Harry and Luca formed The Fireflies. They release their glittering debut EP in late July.

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Having cast off suit, boot and tie for a career in the music industry, Harry (vocals, guitar) and Luca (guitar) are busy building their fast growing fan-base. They have already flown high with top quality recordings, a gig at the 2014 Trinity Cambridge May Ball and busking to huge crowds on London’s South Bank.

Voice, woven guitars and poetic lyrics are the trademark of The Fireflies’ debut six track album. Check out their first release, ‘Silver Leaflets’ :

https://soundcloud.com/thefirefliesband/silver-leaflets

Writing and performing is in The Fireflies’ DNA. Nephew of legendary actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Harry turned heads of record execs from Universal Music after an impromptu cover of ‘Superstition’ with The Noisettes at his uncle’s film premiere after party. He then opened for The Sugababes, and performed solo at the Montreux Jazz Festival with Oxford’s Big Band. Harry’s former harmonies group were crowned world runners up at ICCA (collegiate A Cappella), to a packed Lincoln Centre in New York, with his rendition of Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’. Following that, the group sold out three runs of The Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

 

Already flying high, The Fireflies’ path is set to burn bright with the release of their new EP at the end of the month.

 

Future headline gigs:

The Troubadour on 24 July

The Bedford on 14 August

Clare Island Seafood Festival in Ireland on 22 August

Barfly Camden on 10 October

 

Links:

http://thefireflies.co.uk

http://twitter.com/fireflieslondon

http://soundcloud.com/thefirefliesband

http://youtube.com/thefirefliesband

http://facebook.com/thefirefliesband

 

Posted in Acoustic

‘Don’t Fade Away’- the new single from Wayne William

Solid indie-pop track taken from ‘The Parade’ album

With a soulful vocal and a clean, commercial indie-pop sound, Wayne William is a solo artist from Malta with buckets of talent. His entirely self-produced album – impressively recorded and captured in his own ‘WM’ Studio – was released earlier this year to strong reviews, and the latest single ‘Don’t Fade Away’ is set to enhance that reputation further.

His smooth style is hard to ignore, ‘Don’t Fade Away’ is an indie-pop treat that’s not afraid to tug on your heartstrings. You can check out the video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lbk1A4iO4dM

The single is taken from ‘The Parade’, an album described by Skope Magazine as ‘a powerhouse’ and one that introduced a much wider audience to the songwriter. With more material on the way, this could very well be only the beginning for Wayne William.

It’s been a busy two years for Wayne. In addition to putting together album ‘The Parade’, the last couple of years has seen him get married, launch his own studio, work with other artists to record their own material as well as finding the time organise charity gigs to raise awareness and money for childrens’ cancer groups. He will also compete in this year’s Eurovision, representing Malta as part of the band Firelight.

Raised in a musical family, it comes as little surprise that music was the path that Wayne William would take. And with ‘The Parade’ out now alongside the excellent new single, this is one radio-friendly singer-songwriter who is sure to turn heads.

 

Links:

www.waynewilliam.com

www.facebook.com/waynewilliam80

www.twitter.com/waynewilliam80

www.youtube.com/jgmicallef

www.reverbnation.com/waynewilliam

Posted in Acoustic, Country

Derek Ryan collaborates with Accordian Superstar for New Single!

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Hold onto your hat for Derek Ryan’s new Single!

Derek Ryan has achieved great success both in a boy band (D-Side) and in his solo career with his previous album Country Soul and now looks set to relive past successes with the upcoming single for his new album, Hold onto your hat.

Following on from the success of Derek’s last award-winning album,“Country Soul”, he is now looking forward to moving on with his new single. Country Soul was released last October, which gave the hit singles “100 Numbers”, “Raggle Taggle Gypsy” and “Wake Me Up”, now it is time to progress further in his ever growing success, with the first new material from his next album.

On 16th May, Derek will be releasing his new single, “Hold Onto Your Hat”, which features Irish icon Sharon Shannon. The single is the first song which will be released from his forthcoming album, which is out later this year.   A video for the song was recently filmed in Co. Clare.
Sharon Shannon is well known for her many different musical collaborations ranging from Shane Mac Gowan of The Pogues to Imelda May, not to forget her number one hit “Galway Girl” with Steve Earle.

Speaking of his upcoming single, Sunday World’s “Performer of the Year” said: “I can’t believe I am releasing a song with the one and only Sharon Shannon!  I’ve always listened to her music. She’s worked with some fantastic artists over the years, and she is working with me – it’s unbelievable!

Hold Onto Your Hat” featuring Sharon Shannon, will be on release from Sharpe Music or available to download via iTunes from the 16thMay 2014.  Don’t forget to watch out for news of Derek’s new album being released later this year on www.derekryanmusic.com.

Derek Ryan appears in the Olympia Theatre Dublin on Thursday 17thJuly where he will be joined by Sharon Shannon. Sharon will also guest with Derek at an open air event at the Athletic Grounds in Armagh on 31st May. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.ie andArmaghgaa.net.

Next weekend there will be a Derek Ryan Music Weekend taking place in the Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny when Derek will be joined by Declan Nerney and Gerry Guthrie with the Sunday afternoon dance being a family day, such is the interest amongst the youth for Derek’s brand of country.

Posted in Acoustic, Pop, rock

‘Guitar Muse’ single from The Cheek of Her out May 12th

Second single from album ‘Adult Angst Anonymous’ out May 30th

Singer-songwriter Helen Dooley, aka The Cheek of Her, is set to release the second single from upcoming album ‘Adult Angst Anonymous’ (AAA) on May 12th. A track about taking on her own musical independence after relying on a string of guitar players to play her songs, it’s an empowering and unique pop track.

You can see an acoustic solo performance of ‘Guitar Muse’ here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lW05cCQSDIw

A passionate songwriter with a truly individual sound, vocal and sensibility, The Cheek of Her comes across like Lily Allen but with a darker cut to her lyrics.

It’s an approach that is starting to garner plenty of interest, with previous single ‘Write Me A Letter’ being featured on Radio 2, as well as positive reviews for previous work from the likes of Female First and music-news.com.

Due on May 30th, ‘Adult Angst Anonymous’ is set to be the culmination of her hard work and passion – her first full length album after a number of EPs, chock full of quirky songs written from the heart.

‘Guitar Muse’ will be available online from May 12th, followed by the ‘AAA’ LP May 30th.

 

Links:

www.facebook.com/thecheekofher

www.twitter.com/thecheekofher

https://www.youtube.com/user/thecheekofher

http://instagram.com/thecheekofher

https://soundcloud.com/thecheekofher