Jack O'Rourke and Paddy Dennehy Limerick Double Headliner

We’re thrilled that Jack O’Rourke and Paddy Dennehy are playing an intimate Double Headliner show in Limerick’s revered Limetree venue on Saturday the 17th of February, following an incredibly successful 2017 for both artists

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Bringing their unique talents together for the first time, the show will see them performing a blend of their own originals and some beloved classics, think Leonard Cohen and you’re on the right track!

Hailed as one of Cork’s finest talents, the award winning Jack O'Rourke is known for his startlingly honest ballads which show off his plaintive baritone and ethereal falsetto, with piano playing a core element to his shows. While Paddy is one of Limerick’s favourite sons and the show is something of a homecoming for him.

Guaranteed to be a great night! Tickets are on sale now priced at €24.50 and are available online from www.limetreetheatre and from their Box Office on 061 953 400.

 

 

 

The Strypes and Le Galaxie Announced For SXSW 2018

We’re thrilled to announce that not one but two of our acts will be playing the  iconic global music industry event SXSW Music Festival. This March will see both The Strypes and Le Galaxie make the journey to Austin, Texas.

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SXSW is just over two months away and this latest announcement sees The Strypes and Le Galaxie set to share the stage with incredible acts from over 32 countries around the world. With artists as varied as legends like Wyclef Jean and the renowned Frank Turner also on the lineup SXSW is the place to find some of the best music in the world.

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Apart from the guaranteed amazing tunes, one of our favourite parts of the festival is the SXSW Conference which features an amazing array of Keynote speakers which will feature amongst others Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Keith Urban and Spotify’s Chief Content Officer Stefan Blom.

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Keep your eyes peeled on our website and social media for updates on our schedule and if you’d like to meet up at SXSW just get in touch!

2017 In Review: The Strypes

What a year 2017 has been for our favourite boys from Cavan, The Strypes. Never ones to stop April saw them release their killer single ‘Oh Cruel World’ as well as taking to the stage for the “Rock Against Homelessness” gig in the Olympia Theatre Dublin. This fundraiser’s star studded lineup saw them share the stage with acts such as Finbar Furey, Paul Brady, Delorentos, The Blizzards, Paul Cleary, Ham Sandwich, Ivy Nations, August Wells and Katherine Lynch amongst others. The whooper singles just keep on coming with The Strypes, and on the 12th of May they released their single “Behind Closed Doors” and their very trippy video to accompany it. Make sure to check it out below if you haven’t already.

The thrills just kept coming from The Strypes as a jam packed June saw the single and accompanying video release for the killer “Great Expectations” before the release of the bands critically acclaimed third album “Spitting Image” which was celebrated with a live stream from Thomas House and Tower Records.

A jam packed summer was to follow with July seeing them play Hyde Park on the 8th as support for The Killers, before slaying the festival circuit around the world including, Always the Sun Festival, Electric Picnic, Festival Mare de Agosto - Portugal, Sziget Fest- Hungary, Fuji Rock Japan, Benicassim, Dour Festival Belgium Musilac Festival in France and TRNSMT Glasgow along with taking the Spitting Images tour on the road in the UK with dates in Edinburgh, Hebden Bridge, Stoke-On-Trent, Oxford, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Cardiff, Preston, Sheffield Plug, Lemmington Spa and Norwich.

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Making a return to Ireland for Electric Picnic in September, the band played at stormer at Dublin Castle Culture Night before jetting off to America in October on a UK Tour which saw them play Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Bristol, Glasgow Brighton, Manchester, London and jetting off to America to play Portland, San Francisco and San Diageo. Somehow during this hectic period they also managed to find the time to release a “Spitting Image” acoustic demos EP and record a cover of “Trip Through Your Wires” for the Joshua Tree new roots album in aid of Laura Lynn children's Hospital fund and support Liam Gallagher’s headline show at Samhain Festival at Weston Airport Hanger.

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November saw the boys head overseas again on their Japan Tour, which took in sold out show in Hiroshima, Fukuoka, Nahoya, Osaka and Tokyo. The Strypes rounded off their year with a trio of intimate Whelan’s shows. Joining The Strypes were Belfast’s Brand New Friend on December 21st, Limerick's Powpig for the all ages matinee show on 22 December and Dublin's Thumper on 22 December for their sold out evening show. The Strypes new album ‘Spitting Image’ was built to be played live and these shows proved that. Don’t worry if you missed out on them playing in 2017 as their 2018 calendar looks even bigger and better, and that’s saying something!

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2017 in Review: Mark McCabe

As one of the countries most established DJ’s, it’s hard to see how things could have gotten better this year for Mark but what a year it’s been! When Mark is not remixing and producing in studio, he has spent 2017 constantly touring, with club shows selling out to capacity in Ireland, Sydney, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Corsica, Spain and many other European Cities. Some of the most memorable shows included Playing the The Sunset Ritual beach party in Corsica and headlining THE BALL 2017 Ireland’s biggest student festival.

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Building on the remarkable success Mark McCabe has had over his decade-spanning career as one of Ireland’s top EDM DJs, Mark was thrilled to sign a major deal with Universal Music, which represents some of the world’s most talented artists.

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Another highlight would have to be hitting over 140 million combined Spotify streams, including Gold and Platinum remixes for Gavin James (Nervous (The Ooh Song)), Gabrielle Aplin (Miss You) and James Arthur (Safe Inside).

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One of the hottest EDM releases this year Mark’s latest single “I’m Feeling It” saw the iconic DJ pick up pace and team up with Sydney based duo Sunset Bros for a track that took the EDM world by storm.

 



 

2017 In Review: RSAG

2017 got off to a bang for RSAG as he rang in the New Year with an incredible NYE Decks and Drums show in The Set Theatre Kilkenny, and what a show it was. January saw him play First Fortnight Ireland’s mental health festival alongside Niall Donnelly, Cut Once, Sorcha Fox, RSAG, Gerry Potter & Bad Sea at the festivals first “Therapy Session” of First Fortnight 2017 in The Workman’s Club. 

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April was an incredibly exciting month for RSAG as it saw the release of his critically acclaimed song “Meet You There”, which was named as one of Nialler9’s songs of the year. Check out the gorge video for the single below with long time collaborator Paul Mahon.

Live RSAG has to be seen to be believed, Often collaborating with visual artist Geppetto, they create mesmerising imagery that accompanies his live drums, percussion and vocals making for a show the will completely envelop you. This year saw him hit all manner of festivals all over the country. Summer time saw him take Barndance Festival, BARE IN THE WOODS, K fest, Carlow Arts Festival, Clonmel Junction festival, Castlepallooza and the Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow Electric picnic before he continued his tour de force around the winter festival scene with appearances at Sounds from a Safe Harbour, Guiness Cork Jazz Fest and Other Voices amongst others.

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2017 in Review: Stomptown Brass

2017 was a pretty special year for the boys from Stomptown Brass as they released their very first single "I Got A Plan". The uplifting video for the bombastic song was filmed live at the Bernard Shaw and captured perfectly the vibrancy of Stomptown’s live performances.

To coincide with the release of the single Stomptown announced a nationwide Irish tour that saw them play Cork, Waterford, Galway, Belfast, Limerick, Louth and not one but two sold out Dublin show’s in Dublin’s very own Chocolate Factory.

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Before we knew it summer had arrived and with it festival season. If you’ve seen Stomptown play live you know they’re THE perfect festival band, it’s impossible to see them play live and not have a good time! Along with the honour of playing the launch of Electric Picnic, this summer saw them take festivals around the country by storm including Sea Sessions, Townland, Indiependence and Electric Picnic.

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As summer drew to a close, Stomptown showed no signs of stopping and September saw the debut run of their critically acclaimed Dublin Fringe Festival show "Requiem for the Truth". The incredible show saw Stomptown invite the audience to join them as they take on an audacious task: to host a funeral for the Truth. People were invited to witness the colourful exuberance of the Haitian Voodoo-inspired New Orleans jazz funeral as it smashes up against the mournful, solemn ceremony of Roman Catholicism. We can’t wait to see what the boys have up their sleeves next!

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2017 in Review: Paddy Dennehy and The Red Herring

It’s been a pretty incredible for Paddy Dennehy and The Red Herring, and it kicked off with a bang for the band as they rang in the New Year with an Epic New Years Eve Party in The Bowery alongside Jerry Fish.

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Paddy was also delighted to play the Hard Working Class Heroes Music Trail. The festival is one of the highlights on the Irish musical calendar and last year saw over 60 acts per day play in venues across the city over the three nights.

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January saw Paddy play an amazing show at Tradfest. The festival is Ireland’s biggest trad festival and is renowned for showcasing the best of Irish and international folk and trad artists while offering up and comers the opportunity to showcase their music. February saw the momentum keep coming as they released their beautiful single “The Dance” and it’s accompanying video directed by Stuart Duffy and featuring our very own Paul Boland.

This summer saw Paddy Dennehy and the Red Herring take to the roads and hit the festival circuit, playing amazing shows around the country from Townlands Carnival to Independence. Before we knew it October was drawing in, and alongside a host of other amazing shows one of the highlights would have to be Paddy Dennehy and the Red Herring sharing the stage with the Mercury award winner Badly Drawn Boy. 2018 is already set to hold amazing things for the band as they’re currently in studio with Christian Best in Limerick.

 

 

 

2017 In Review: Jack O'Rourke

One of Cork’s finest talents Jack O'Rourke has had an incredible year and things are only on the up. 2017 kicked off with Jack’s beautiful track "On the Downlow" being named number 12 on the RTE Radio 1’s most played songs. Check out the beautiful track for the song below. Directed by Barra Vernon with Dance choreographed by Megan Blythe and performed by Philip O’Callaghan & Lisa Hayes it really is something special. The RTÉ Choice Music Prize is one of the highlights of the Irish musical calendar, so it was an honour to see Jack’s stunning debut album “Dreamcatcher” nominated for the Choice Music Prize Album of the Year.

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February saw the release of Jack’s single "Naivety" to critical acclaim. A big and bold track filled to the brim with choirs and strings, “Naivety” wears it’s influences on its sleeve with hints of Kate Bush, David Bowie and Johnny Cash evident. A stunning track it was no surprise when “Naivety” recently reached the final 20 Rock Songs Category in The International Songwriting Competition. Check it out for yourself below.

April saw Jack perform his acclaimed album “Dreamcatcher” in full in the Cork Opera House accompanied by his own band and the 25 piece Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra. A truly incredible performance that people are still talking about to this day.

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July saw the garden party season in full swing at Áras an Uachtaráin, and Jack was honoured to attend and perform at a special day to celebrate the citizens from all over the world who have chosen to make Ireland their home and  who have contributed, or are contributing, in their unique way to Irish society.

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Another highlight of the year would have have to be Jack winning Best Irish Album at The Irish Music Awards for his gorgeous album “Dreamcatcher”. The Irish Music Awards is hosted by the Irish Music Association and honors the best of Irish Music so we were delighted to see Jack take home the prize. Ever on the road, Jack spent the past year touring all around Ireland, playing headline shows and festivals around the country at esteemed venues and festivals including Sea Sessions, Indiependence, Townlands, Sea Sessions, Doolin Folk Festival and the Other Voices stage at Electric Picnic.

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In one of the best double headliners of December if not the year, Jack and Marlene Enright performed a truly captivating show at  Live at St Luke’s. The pews were jam packed for an evening that won’t soon be forgotten. A really special way to draw the year to a close, we’re already very excited for what 2018 will bring to our favourite Cork superstar.

Over the Christmas season we had Jack’s latest release, a powerful electro tinged cover of “The Power of Love” in aid of Pieta house on repeat, it's too good to listen to just at Christmas so check it out here:

 

 

2017 In Review: Ivy Nations

What a year for Ivy Nations! 

The band kicked off 2017 releasing single, "Live By Design" along with the amazing video for it which premiered on UK blog, London On The Inside. The video was directed by Benn Veasey and produced by Blacktooth Films... and we love it!

We took a little trip into Studio 8 in RTE where the guys had a little chat with Eoghan McDermott and played a few songs for Eoghan's show.

With the release of their single came the band's biggest headline show to date! MCD partnered with us to bring Ivy Nations to the Grand Social. They packed out the room!

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The band played as many Irish festivals as they possibly could this summer, hitting Sea Sessions, Independence, the Castlepalooza main stage (!!!), and RTE 2FM's Play The Picnic stage at Electric Picnic! 

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They also headed over to London for their first ever UK show where they headlined Notting Hill Arts Club. 

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The most exciting part of the year was definitely the amazing reception of the band's latest single "Sentimental Hearts". In its first day alone, the single streamed over 13,000 times - we'll say that again - 13k in 24 hours! It was featured on several Spotify playlists, played on national radio, featured on RTE's "This Crowded House" and was played on BBC's Across The Line - huge! The track now has well over 120,000 streams on Spotify and is growing steadily.

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Congratulations on a great year, Ivy Nations!

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2017 In Review: Kormac

Next up is the one and only Kormac, who rang in the new year with a bang in the Button Factory with a huge new years party!

Not long after, Kormac headed over to the UK where he performed as part of the St. Patrick's Festival in London's Electric Ballroom.

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In April, Kormac launched his latest single, "I Believe", a track that has had crowds chanting along for the past year. The video was directed by Benn Veasey and produced by Blacktooth Films. It premiered on Clash Magazine - huge!!

We celebrated the release with a show in the Sugar Club with Soule. Some people got some very special invitations!

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In June, Kormac launched a competition unlike any other before. While we were arranging the release of the I Believe Remix package, Kormac decided to give a fan a chance to take the stems into their own hands and create an original remix. Out of all the submissions, Kormac selected Phaze Control's remix which was released alongside remixes by Jonno Brien, TITEKNOTS, Simon Resoul and Get Down Edits. Carl Cox even played the Jonno Brien remix at a festival in Governor's Island in NYC!

Autumn was filled with festivals as Kormac headed to Electric Picnic, Future Sounds in Killarney, and the Cork Jazz Festival.

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And for the last few months, Kormac has been gearing up for his first giant project of 2018! He's written an album's worth of material and in collaboration with the Irish Concert Orchestra, and some other guest performers (Loah and Eimear Noone have already been announced) will be performing the show, titled "Equivalent Exchange", in full in Vicar Street on March 18, 2018.

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Happy New Year, Kormac! We can't wait to see Equivalent Exchange and the rest of the great things in store for you for 2018.