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The Man Whom – The Greatest Event [NEW MUSIC]

The Man Whom is the moniker for Wexford-based singer songwriter, producer/composer and multi-instrumentalist Ian Doyle. The Greatest Event is his debut Album. With the help of musicians and friends, Brian Hassett (bass), Christian Best (drums), Doyle and his band retreated to the seclusion of a house in Kilrane Village and worked intensely to record the majority of the album. The piano parts were …subsequently recorded in the local arts centre.

Further contributions to Doyle’s album include polished string arrangements written by composer Peter Fahey and performed by the Mamisa Quartet, as well as local guitarist Clive Barnes who played peddle steel for the current single Over and Under.

For the finishing touches, Doyle went to Exchequer Studios, Dublin with producer Brian Crosby and mixing engineer Phil Hayes who shaped and honed the original recordings. The result is an album which is the sum of its parts, held together by a shoestring and interwoven with the goodwill of creative, talented friends.

WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID :

Hotpress 4.5/5

Sing Till There’s No Songs Left’ features emotive harmonies, uplifting brass, and swagger in spades. ‘Over And Under’ brims with good vibes, while ‘Leavin This Town’, with its unsettling melancholy, is a handsome tune with a lyrical edge that makes it relevant to these forlorn times. The string-tinged and choral ‘Easier To Run’ is almost illegally heart-breaking, while the restrained ‘Call All The People’ climbs with uncanny power, with Doyle taking it to higher and higher levels of elation. ‘Puppeteers’ is a long-held favourite of mine and ‘Til It’s Gone’ wraps it all up so you want to start all over again. The Greatest Event has enough charm and inventiveness to fill your head and nourish your soul. Eat it.

The Sunday Times ****
A slick production with accomplished musicians, elaborate scores and scrupulous string arrangements. Call all the People has the heartfelt passion of an anthem, including melodic bursts of melancholia, while Sing Till There’s No Songs Left, I know your Face, and Over and Under, the current single, strike all the right chords.

News of the World on Sunday ****
This debut album from Wexford man Ian Doyle takes the joyousness of Sufjan Stephens and the unusual phrasing of Villagers, filtering those elements into an eventful listen.

The Irish Times***
“New name, fresh approach, adventurous songwriter: that’s Wexford’s The Man Whom (aka Ian Doyle) for you. Songs such as I Know Your Face and The Man Who Knew Too Much display Doyle’s nifty craftsman- like process, while Call All the People and Autopilot highlight a working knowledge of the kind of music and musings that have gained him comparisons to Villagers and Neil Young. Out of the blue, then – another new, good Irish singer-songwriter”.

for more check out http://www.themanwhom.com

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

Cian Nugent – Doubles [NEW MUSIC]

Doubles Cover Art

Cian Nugent : Doubles

released 13 June 2011

Players:
Cian Nugent: Guitar, Organ & Saz.
David Lacey: Drums & Percussion
Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh: Viola
Seán Mac Erlaine: Clarinet & Bass Clarinet
Bill Blackmore: Flugelhorn & Trumpet

Recorded by Jimmy Eadie at Asylum Studios, Dublin.

What people have said about Doubles —

“Nugent smartly focuses on developing a pair of immersive environments that are continuously compelling for more than 20 minutes at a time. He nails it.”
– Grayson Currin, Pitchfork, 7.7 rating.

“Nugent’s already mastered dynamics tone and articulation. He introduces each new melody or change of emotional tenor at precisely the right moment to keep you on the edge with him, and his tunes are sturdy and lovely things […] Mighty good.”
– Bill Meyer, The Wire

“Sixes & Sevens” begins soli with light percussion, but at 3:09, the band enters and suddenly we’re snatched off the curb for a cinematic drive. With drums, woodwinds, viola, brass and organ, the 24-minute track studies a soul in rapturous torrent.”
– Lars Gotrich, NPR

“It’s just another example of Nugent’s Gemini-like ability to weave in and out of opposing forces with finesse. He has no confusion about his ability to do so, playing with light and dark, buoyant and sinking, fast and slow [..] He is undoubtedly an acoustic master”
– Kate Hensley, Dusted

“An ambitious but unquestionably rewarding record – and one crucially devoid of pretension, too.”
– Lauren Murphy, The Irish Times, 4 stars

“Doubles is a complete joy to listen to, ambitious and fulfilling. It sits comfortably alongside the better works of Ben Chasny and Jack Rose, Jim O’Rourke’s guitar-centric albums, and John Fahey’s latter-day experiments on Table of the Elements.”
– Stephen Bush, Brainwashed

“What he’s constructed with these meandering, yet never sprawling narrative pieces is never mere virtuosity or showiness: there is coherence, power and emotional depths within these sinewy lines and forms. […] It suggests so many potential avenues you can’t help but be excited for what Nugent might produce next.”
– Matt Poacher, The Limina

I dont need to say much more other than take a listen below and enjoy

pick up your own copy at  itunes, boomcat, emusic or through his label site here

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

Arrow in the Sky – Winter’s Requiem [MUSIC]

Arrow in the Sky consists of a deuce of multi-instrumentalists,

Conor McCauley and Brian Murphy. They hail from Ireland’s belly

button where they have been honing their craft for a number of

years in one ensemble or another. Driven together by a mixture

of circumstances, of which there is no need to go into here,

they have created two fine and upstanding mini-albums

Do what thou wilt Cover Art

Do What Thou Wilt (2009) and

Winter's Requiem Cover Art

 

 

 

Winter’s Requiem (2011)

They are currently hard at work on their debut full length

recording, which is sure to be epic!

The sound live can be likened to other harmony laden,

song driven artists such as CSN and Simon & Garfunkel or

more contemporary artists such as My Morning Jacket,

Fleet Foxes and Bowerbirds. With an arsenal of traditional

instruments doing very untraditional things, strange and

boundless vocals, Arrow in the Sky have created a world

and sonic imagery all of their own. Weaving an aural tapestry

of folk, blues, alt-rock into their own unique blend of

Irish-Americana.

“’Winter’s Requiem’ proves to me that they are one of Ireland’s best bands in the Folk-rock genre.” Peter Nagle – 2uibestow.blogspot.com

“With these gorgeous folk melodies on their second EP, Arrow in the Sky mark themselves out as a force to be reckoned with” Ronan Hunt-Murphy – swearimnotpaul.com

 

keep up to date with all things Arrow in the Sky

@Facebook 

 

@Twitter 

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

Behind The Board : Mick Cronin [Interview]

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

Mick Cronin. Producer, engineer, drummer. Transmission Studios, Drumlish, Ireland.

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

I was always intrigued at how sounds were made, Strawberry Fields was a real big one for me as a child.

Q03 Where did you study your trade?

I’m basically self taught. I have picked up some great tips and tricks from some of the people I have worked with. The likes of Phil Vinall, Karl Odlum and Richard Formby taught Me alot. I was never one of those musicians who left or started playing computer games as soon as they had finished their parts, I always stuck around and asked questions.

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

Just do it, record on anything you have from a 4 track to an mbox. The more you do the more you learn.

Q05 What people in the biz do you look up to or aspire to be like?

There are plenty. Ger McDonnall who my band The Aftermath is a great inspiration at the mo. His jobs are so varied from classical things with The Priests to The Manic Street Preachers new stuff. His approach to sound is always get the best out of the song.

Q06 Analog or Digital? Tape or DAW? Outboard or Plugin?

I don’t think it matters anymore. The most important thing in any recording is performance.

Q07 What 3 pieces of gear could you not live without?

At the minute my new focasrite isa 828 pres. The old SE R1 Ribbon mics and a 57.

Q08 What do you think is the best mixed record of all time?

I think the first side of Van Morrison’s Moondance is absolute sonic perfection but most of that is down to the songs/performance.

Q09 What do you do on your downtime from Studio/Live?

At the moment not a lot but I do like  exploring exotic city’s.

Q10 If you werent an enginneer, what would you be doing instead?

I have no idea, I’d probably be on the building site.

Q11 What was your 1st professional album,mix/master job?

Hard to say as I worked on a lot of bits and pieces of albums but from start to finish tracking and mixing would be “Crimson’s Untamed Underground Unwell

Q12 What is some of the recent works you’ve been part of?

A lot going on new album by Matt McManamon from the Dead 60s. Really enjoying work with Shayne Thomas Byrne. Duncan Patterson album tracking just finished and I’m also due to do some recording the actor Patrick Bergin in a few weeks.

you can keep up to date with Mick on Facebook

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

Lou McMahon – Delicate Dancer EP [NEW MUSIC]

Lou McMahon is a Clare born Singer/Songwriter. She has recently finished recording her debut EP Delicate Dancer, produced by and featuring the legendary Terry Woods. In the run up to releasing Delicate Dancer, Lou has been on a National tour, performing as a support act to critically acclaimed artists such as; Mundy, Jack
L, Mary Coughlan, David Kitt and many more. Lou’s Folk/Rock style is most commonly compared to that of Kate Bush and her passionate, quirky performances make her highly endearing to watch live.

Photograph taken by Des Canon. Live @ Whelan's, Dublin.

Track 1 : A River

Track 2 : The Hourglass

Track 3 : Wide Eyed Lady

Track 4 : Sabai

Track 5 : The Dying Tree

Track 6 : Pockets Of Change

Find out more @ Lou’s Myspace or Facebook

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.
http://www.irelandlogue.com/guide/music/artists

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.
Eistmusic

This album is a great addition to any collection…6 out of 6
http://www.musicreviewunsigned.com

…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

Here’s The RUNDOWN (3/26-4/02) [CHARTS]

Here’s this weeks Top Post RUNDOWN starting from Saturday March 26th. Click the links to view the entire post:

  • BONUS: K’Naan – Take A Minute

Music of Mullingar [PLAYLIST]

Eleven track selection from Irish bands based in the midlands town of Mullingar, Westmeath

Featuring :

The Aftermath

The Aftermath are an Irish mod/pop rock band, currently based in Mullingar. They are composed of brothers Johnny (guitar, keys, vocals) and Michael Cronin (drums, percussion, samples, vocals), both of whom are originally from Longford but raised in Leeds, UK, as well as Mullingar guitarist, Justin McNabb and bassist Martin Gray. The Aftermath released their debut album, Friendlier Up Here on 25 April 2008

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Innate

Innate emerged from Mullingar in 1999 and since then they have proved as impossible to pin down as mercury. Innate are centred around 4 members: FRANK BYRNE on vocals and guitar, ROSS KENNEDY on drums, NIALL MASTERSON on bass and JOHNNY OWENS on guitar, vocals and occasionally, violin. Innate sound exactly like a band should, with guitar sounds that slip between the maudlin and fury, a fluid and sublime rhythm section and vocals to raise the hairs on the back of your neck. Many have tried to pigeonhole Innate onto a previously heard template, but the reality is Innate are in a league of their own, one where comparisons count for nothing and the music counts for everything.


Peter Doran

Peter’s been honing his own craft since age 11, when, inspired by his cousin’s heavy metal albums, he first picked up the guitar. (Music is in the family lineage; his father also plays guitar and writes songs, and an uncle, Anthony Doran, is the bassist for platinum-selling band the Blizzards.) After a few years of high-velocity shredding, Peter “became less interested in the speed of the notes, but in their character instead.” In 2006 he released Wood, a rich collection of startlingly mature songs heralded by leading music publication Hot Press as “an admirable debut that should open doors and minds.”

In 2009 Peter was contacted by acclaimed Italian producer Filippo Gaetani, who had heard one of the singer-songwriter’s demo tracks online and was eager to collaborate.
“Peter has the capability of moving your soul with simple yet profound lyrics, and his vocal tone and melodies are uncommon,” raves Gaetani, who has worked with Andy Bell, Stefano Bollini, and Adrina Thorpe.  Sleepless Street is the glorious result, a gorgeous, multi-layered work by a gifted artist swiftly gaining ground on the paths of his idols.


Darragh J Glennon

Darragh J. Glennon has been crafting and performing his alternative music since the age of fifteen, sharing the stage with the likes of Fionn Regan, Declan O’ Rourke and Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs).

Since beginning his travels, performing with Mullingar band ‘Triega’, Darragh went on to release the singles ‘For My Love’, ‘Smile’ and ‘I’m on the Way’. His debut album ‘Detour’ was released in 2009.

The new album is nearing completion and is due for release in 2011


Crimson

Crimson are Fergal O’Rourke – Lead Vocals & Rhythm Guitar, Kevin Leech – Bass Guitar, Aidan O’Rourke – Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals, Kieran O’Rourke – Drums.
Crimson, a four piece rock band hailing from County Westmeath, Ireland. After paying tribute to their heroes as a covers group, Crimson left the covers circuit and began writing their own material. Supporting many bands, Crimson’s fan base is rapidly growing throughout the country. Crimson have recently launched their debut album “Untamed/Underground/Unwell” which is available in selected E2 and Eason stores and will is also available on iTunes.


Arrow in the Sky

Formed from the ashes of folktronica ensemble Till the Morning Comes, bassist turned singer Conor McCauley returns from his Japanese exile to work once again with longtime collaborator Brian Murphy. Six months later and they would shape the new/ancient sound that was haunting their heads into debut Ep Do What Thou Wilt.

Flash Forward a year and the duo are getting set to unleash their sophomore EP, Winter’s Requiem. The EP is a celebratory funeral mass, a farewell to the past and a heartfelt greeting to the future.

The sound live can be likened to other harmony laden song driven artists such as CSN and Simon Garfunkel or more contemporary artists such as My Morning Jacket Fleet Foxes and Bowerbirds.With an arsenal of traditional instruments doing very untraditional things strange and boundless vocals soaring then cascading AITS have created a world and sonic imagery all of their own. Weaving an aural tapestry of folk, blues, alt-rock into their own unique blend of Irish-Americana.


We Go Go

We Go Go are a four piece alternative rock band from the Irish midlands musical hotbed of Mullingar. Formed in March 2009 from the remains of other projects, the band’s profile has risen steadily in the intervening months, playing shows the length and breadth of Ireland and gaining a reputation as an incendiary live act. Combining powerful angular guitar lines, pounding drums and tight harmonies, the band’s debut single Nitpicker released in October ’09 reached no.4 in the downloadmusic.ie weekly chart, and led to the band being just one of 20 unsigned Irish bands chosen for the 2010 JD Set.
After just finishing their first Irish tour in October 2010, the band are planning to release their next single ‘Clean up’, in the spring of 2011. Currently in the middle of a joint Irish tour with The Vibes. We Go Go are definately a band to keep one eye on!!


Jung Turks

With just classical guitar and drums for comfort, Jung Turks sound like the offspring of the White Stripes and Rodrigo y Gabriela; lost musical children who were reared in a South American gypsy camp by former Faith No More guitarist Jim Martin and Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo, before being sent to boot camp with Frank Zappa, who in turn sent them to the bog where they dug turf and fusion music.’
quote by – Ronan Casey, Westmeath Examiner


Hail To Farewell

‘Hail To Farewell’ are a 4 piece prog rock band that formed in 2010. Since their launch onto the Irish music scene they’ve supported many amazing Irish acts including ‘Republic of Loose’ and ‘Fight Like Apes‘ and have many exciting things lined up for the future.

This powerful collaboration came about when long standing rhythm section partners , Tanya O‘Callaghan and Eoin Fitzsimons teamed back up after years of successful session work and projects.

Bassist Tanya O’Callaghan has gigged up and down the country with various musicians including a highly acclaimed session job with Maynard James Keana, front man with world renowned American band Tool which lead to working in USA for many months.

Established musician, Eoin Fitzsimons has been banging out the groves since the age of 16 and sessioned with many great bands around the country. He has also been apart of original bands such as Waiting To Explode.

This meteor nominated rhythm section joined forces with powerhouse vocalist Carolyn Cahill who has enjoyed great success performing in many of Irelands greatest music venues and on the IMRO Tour 2010. Her vocal range has not yet failed to wow audiences every time she performs.

The final piece of the jigsaw was to be completed in the form of Davy Blythe – long established session player who has gigged all over Ireland. His distinctive guitar sound was to complete this exciting and unique new Irish sound.

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The Acid Test

Mike Cole

Mike Cole is a folk artist from the midlands who is currently writing and recording his first solo album (The profits of which are to be donated to charity). He began writing songs as soon as he could put 3 chords together at quite an early age. Over the years he has worked hard at the art of songwriting and played a number of gigs around Mullingar incorporating many instruments into the live show such as guitar, piano, harmonica and ukulele. His love of listening to music is matched only by his love of creating it so catch a live show or listen to his music online to get a sense of what this emerging songwriter rele has to offer.


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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