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Stephen Young & The Union [MUSIC]

Songwriter Stephen Young first appeared on the music scene in late 2008 when the release of his debut EP: ‘A Boat Called Lottery’, garnered vast critical acclaim.
Described as ‘a visionary ricochet for the times we live in’ (The Daily Star), it is Young’s capacity to deliver a song with pounding heartfelt retrospect that will set him apart from his luminaries.

The singer joined forces with producers Gavin Glass, Tommy O’Sullivan and engineer Stephen O’Brien to complete his debut album.
The album’s title is ‘Wilderness Machine’ and Young explains: “the concept of the album is loosely based on a character, who left his hometown after the break-up of a relationship and the death of a close friend. He moves to a remote house in the mountains where he writes a series of letters that lead to a novel”.

A highly-praised performance on RTE’s The View, along with two tracks from the album being playlisted by stations across the country – including RTE, BBC Northern Ireland and Dublin’s Phantom FM – have boosted Young and the band. As have extensive features in The Irish Daily Star and Hotpress.
With the LP out March 25 – available from HMV and Tower Records nationwide – the band took the album on the road.

On a three-week tour, Young & The Union played in a number of the country’s top venues. Launching the album in Crawdaddy, they went on to play The Spirit Store, The Stables, McCarthy’s in Dingle, JJ Harlows in Roscommon and Cleere’s Theatre in Kilkenny. Young also performed at a selection of singer-songwriter nights across the country. Accompanied by their Cello and Violin string section, SY & The Union deliver a show that is simply not to be missed.

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By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Gavin Glass – New Studio Demos [Video]

Gavin Glass is a multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter from Stillorgan, Dublin, Ireland.

His first album “I’d like the world to teach me to sing” 2004 was a lo-fi home recording which saw the musician trying to find his feet as a solo artist.
Prior to this, Gavin, had played guitar with various unsuccessful Dublin rock bands.
Having returned from Germany after his band Gramophone’s label went bust (weeks before the album’s scheduled release), Glass began writing and recording songs at his home studio in the sleepy suburbs of Killiney in Dublin.
The album showed promise but it wasn’t until his second release “Gavin Glass & The Holy Shakers” (2007) that Glass began to find his own voice.

Gavin Glass :: Better left alone from Steve Mogerley on Vimeo.

The “Shakers” record had an unashamed old-school feel and was steeped in traditional country, soul & gospel flavours all augmented by Glass melodic sensibilities and delivered by a very seasoned band of accomplished musicians.
The album was critically acclaimed by the Irish press and provided Glass with a strong late night radio following along with some very high profile fans such as Clarence Clemons of the E-Street Band & Garth Hudson of Glass’s musical heroes, “the Band”.

In 2008 Glass joined Lisa Hannigan’s band as a multi-instrumentalist and spend most of 2008 & 2009 touring North America & the UK.
It was after Hannigan’s performance at SXSW 2008 that Glass headed to Nashville to record his third album “Myna Birds” which was released last May, 2010.

An introduction to Steve Gorman of the Black Crowes after a show in Boston led to an invitation to record in Nashville. Gorman made some calls and put together an all-star dream band that featured a rather impressive array of fine luminaries: Audley Freed (Black Crowes, Train, Dixie Chicks), Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) and Jen Gunderman (Jayhawks).
Gavin set-up camp in Nashville’s Eastwood Studios and recorded the album on the endangered format of analogue tape over an intensive two-weeks in March of last year.
The album was then completed with the help of friends back in Dublin in between Hannigan’s hectic touring schedule.

Glass continues to run his own studio and in 2010 produced albums by Our Little Secrets, Gallie, Emma Jane Leeson, Steve Young & The Union.

catch more info here @ his Facebook & Twitter sites

Gavin Glass :: Good Fortune from Steve Mogerley on Vimeo.

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland |@shaynewithMWL| Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

GhostNote – Album preview [NEW MUSIC]

GhostNote are an edgy electronic outfit, with an infectious, addictive sound and a bitter sweet twist. You have never heard anything like GhostNote before. Tony Fenton (TodayFM) describes the pair as “one of those rare gems worth highlighting” when he awarded their first collaborative release “The Turn” his prestigious Daily Download on Today Fm. Producer Dos, was chosen by David Holmes for a Sony PSP soundtrack and has been playlisted on RTE 2FM previously. You will be memorized by the vocal tones of (Stace) Gill and Dos’ production skills. Creative use of sampling and manipulation of unique sounds will demand your attention and leave you wanting more.

GhostNote are Stace Gill & Dos. This electronic duo are one of Ireland’s best kept secrets. The two have been perfecting their art for over 3 years, with a couple of previous releases under different guises. GhostNote are now ready to be let loose on the music industry. Dos is a highly skilled sought after producer, but has chosen to commit the majority of his time and skills to making his own music. He has worked on various projects with Kool Keith, Guilty Simpson, Exit 15, Dj Tu-Ki and continues to produce and record for labels in the UK and Sweden. Having been awarded the Sennheiser Scholarship to attend Paul McCartney’s college LIPA (an award only given out to one student each year, based on their outstanding skills in music and potential to excel at LIPA), Ross graduated with an honors degree in sound production and has turned down several high profile jobs and various music projects to stick to his dream, making music. Dos prides himself on attention to detail in every tune and creating new sounds that are 100% unique to GhostNote. Dos is a hidden and modest talent in Ireland, and GhostNote will, for the first time reveal a true artist and an astonishing producer.

Dos’ collaboration with Gill, has blended two amazing talents into one mind blowing sound. Gill resigned 4 years ago from her day job to pursue and perfect her musical dream. Gill has supported and shared the stage with various great artists from James Vincent McMorrow to Declan O’Rourke, Dirty Epics to The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra and many many more. While maintaining her own music career Gill has also spent much of the last few years helping 100’s of bands promote their own music. Working as a radio Dj on a live show for Dublin City FM, PR campaigns with Goodseed PR, founding and managing the Purty Sessions and helping coordinate “Rising Stars” for Dublin City Soul Festival. It is Gill’s passion for music that drives her forward and now it is GhostNote’s time.

GhostNote are fully loaded and ready to release their debut album in 2011, they are constantly writing new material and their backlog of beats is endless.

check out their site @ http://www.ghostnotemusic.ie for updates,info, more songs and gig dates.

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland |@shaynewithMWL| Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Colm Lynch [VIDEO]

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Lynch’s much-anticipated debut album, A Whisper in a Riot oozes with a confidence, passion and steely determination unusual in a first offering……. might be the most exciting thing you’ve heard in years.
Colm O’ Hare, Hotpress

Lyrically and musically, Lynch is a super sized cut above the rest with songs that stick in your memory.
Orla O’ Brien, In Dublin.

The lyrics are more Dylan than Rice, the energy more Paul Weller than Paddy Casey.
Bianca Lukyx, TV Now.

Cinematic, stylish, different……..very different and very good.
Dave Fanning 2FM
Colm Lynch is possibly the best Irish newcomer to emerge from 2006. A Whisper In A Riot is one of the albums from last year

that just shouldn’t be missed.
In Dublin.

Superb debut……..it is the lead man’s vocals that will ultimately win you over.
Gareth Maher, Totally Dublin.

I don’t know why he’s not in everyone’s record collection. I think he’s fantastic.
Michelle Harding, Acoustic Highway, RTE Radio1

Exceptional debut album.
Eddie Rowley, Sunday World.

I heard Colm play in Dalkey recently and I thought he was super so I asked him to come in today to sing a few songs……his version of Hallelujah is really beautiful.
Karen Coleman, The Wide Angle, Newstalk, Christmas Eve 2006

Colm does seem to have a direct line to the spirits of Dylan and Mike Scott.
Kevin Courtney, Irish Times

It’s fair to say that Killiney native Colm Lynch is entering a hugely crowded market of singer/songwriters, but his debut major-label single indicates that Damien Rice et al might be able to squeeze out just a little more.
Shilpa Ganatra, Hotpress

………..a captivating live performer with fantastic songs. Machine-gun percussuve playing accompanies unusual lyrical content and a vivid stage presence.

Best Male 2007
BalconyTV Awards,Sugar Club June 9 , 2007

…comes on like a one man hoedown.
Tim Smyth, Trinity News

….his expressive vocals and narrative style carry occasional echoes of the Blood on the Tracks-era Dylan…… it is his literate and incisive lyrics that really distinguish him from dozens of other Irish artists.

This album is a great addition to any collection…6 out of 6

…glorious, beautifully crafted songs of a real troubadour whose lyrical edge will knock you for six……delighting audiences with his charismatic live performances
Sinister Pete, Phantom 105.2

……reminiscent of latter-day Van Morrison…….even a hint of Springsteen in Lynch’s passionate, soulful delivery..
Stephen Errity, Hot Press

Find out more and keep up to date with Colm @ his Facebook page

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL| Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Behind The Board : Gavin Glass [Interview]

Q01 Who are you, What do you do & where are you based?

Gavin Glass. Producer/Musician/Songwriter. Orphan Recording – Harolds Cross.

Q02 What album,track,gig or producer inspired you to end up behind a mixing board

The Band’s “Brown Album” was the record that changed everything for me.

Q03 Where did you study your trade?

I didn’t do a sound course or anything like that, but I was very lucky to have worked with some amazing engineers like Paul Thomas and David Slevin when I was starting out playing in bands, so I learned an awful lot from recording with those guys.

Q04 What advice do you have for any budding engineers out there?

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Luke Slott – Create in Me a Pure Heart [MUSIC]

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The enchanting music of Luke Slott has been compared to Philip Glass and Michael Nyman. Born to a family of actors, musicians, writers, producers and choreographers, and raised in a house with a hundred talking parrots, dogs, rabbits and reptiles, the 26-year-old multi-instrumentalist Slott grew up in the menagerie of his Dublin family home hearing music – human and animal – from all sides. His brother Mike Slott forms half of acclaimed hip hop duo, Heralds of Change, while their father, the late trumpet-player Mike Nolan, was the founder of Ireland’s longest-running jazz club.

At the age of twelve, Luke began learning the trumpet from his father via old records by jazz legends like Chet Baker and Miles Davis, and then went on to study classical piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Having won the Heineken Green Energy Band Challenge and signed a major record deal at the tender age of 18, Slott spent several years as lead singer with Irish rock band Melaton, but after two critically-acclaimed singles and a never-released album, he left the band and started to explore other areas of music.

In 2005, Slott conceived and hosted a series of multi-cultural-house-concerts entitled ‘Unity-in-Diversity’ in his Dublin family home, where crowds of friends and neighbours would gather each week to attend intimate performances by some of Ireland’s leading musicians, and recitals by some of her best-loved poets. Saxophonist Keith Donald (Moving Hearts), flautist Brian Dunning (Puck Fair), violinist Cora Venus Lunny, cellist-singer Vyvienne Long, poets Macdara Woods and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin, as well as a host of Irish bands including the Chapters and Star Turtle, were among the many artists who shared their talents in Slott’s family home. ‘Sometimes we’d have 70 people packed into these concerts in our living-room,’ Slott recalls. ‘Each week we would cook food from a different part of the world, and share some ideas from different cultures. It was a big undertaking, but I think it brought a lot of people together.’

In 2006, Slott left Ireland and moved to New York, where he taught music, played piano in restaurants, and honed his song-writing skills in the clubs and open-mics of downtown Manhattan. A year and a half later, he returned to Ireland and set out on a tour of house-concerts around the country (‘I just called a bunch a friends and said, “Hey, can I play a concert in your house?”,’ says Slott). In between playing concerts in living-rooms around Ireland, he began to record a batch of piano compositions which he had written in the years since Melaton. He then launched his own website, and promised a free 2-track CD of his piano music to the first 1000 visitors to www.lukeslott.com. He indeed fulfilled his promise, and sent 1000 free CDs around the world. ‘It broke the bank,’ says Slott, ‘but I think fans really appreciate getting a gift directly from the artist. It has given me an invaluable connection to my listeners.’

Slott continues to sing and write songs and promises a return to the singer-songwriter scene in due course, but his ambitious debut release as a solo artist is the instrumental ‘Don’t Go Back To Sleep’, a collection of ten pieces for solo piano whose darkly humorous waltzes hint at Slott’s love of Chopin – a fitting nod to his own Polish ancestry.

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Angkorwat Early E​.​P. [Music]

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Angkorwat is a pop experiment by Niamh Corcoran, a classical musician who started at square one, composing basic melodies on her macbook keys.

from there took her new sound to new heights of skewed electro pop, not that Niamh abandoned her training all together . “A certain amount of traditionalism is useful if you know how to exploit it”.

influences include hidden histories, stendhal syndrome, cocteau twins, extreme moods, long wave radio atlantic 252, synesthesia, chicago/detroit, remorse, mothers, daughters.

you can check out more sounds here – Bandcamp

and keep up to date with all the Angkorwat happenings here – Facebook

also a wicked live video from her Aug 09 Whelans gig below

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Sacred Animals : Welcome Home EP [NEW MUSIC]

Released Oct 1st 2010
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Sacred Animals’ native Wexford to Dublin along the coast is a straight road, but veer a few miles off it and you find yourself up in the mountains. From the Sally Gap you can look out across Lough Tay hundreds of metres below and see the wind carving its way through the hills. “The energy is incredible – so primal. You realise life is pretty fleeting. But that’s kind of precious in a weird way.”
And the music’s precious too. It draws on the rich tapestry of styles and sounds that make this such a compelling time to make music but also draws from those hidden places – Darragh’s is not a completely clear vision of what the music is and might become. “It’s about everything that makes artists we love, people like Thom Yorke, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Ed Droste (Grizzly Bear) create and then go back and explore. I’ve written songs for years and have always loved doing it. But when the songs start coming out like this, from somewhere I couldn’t always reach, that’s something really exciting.”

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

The Richter Collective :Label [New Music]


Much hyped & praised Irish Label The Richter Collective are really making waves in Ireland & Europe.

Brief History : The Richter Collective is the result of two independent labels (Armed Ambitions & Popular Records) coming together after a series of split label releases. The label is owned and operated by Michael Roe and Barry Lennon. The label has it roots steeped in the Irish DIY scene and try to achieve as much as possible through independent channels. The label itself operates like a large family with members of different bands chipping in with whatever skills they have to spread our music.

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Label Roster : Adebisi Shank, ASIWYFA, BATS, Continuous Battle of Order, Enemies, Hands up who Wants to DieJogging, Logikparty, Marvins Revolt (RIP), Not Squares, Redneck Manifesto, Squarehead, The Vinny Club

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC