• BEOGA announced as Ed Sheeran’s support on Summer Irish tour and announce single release.






    Irish trad band Beoga are kicking off the summer with a bang. They’re set to release their new single ‘We Don’t Have To Run’ featuring Ryan McMullan on May 4th, and will then join Ed Sheeran as support on his huge outdoor summer Irish tour. Beoga love working with Ed and are thrilled to continue their relationship by becoming a part of his upcoming live shows.


    2017 was something of a banner year for Beoga as they co-wrote the massive international hit ‘Galway Girl’ with Ed Sheeran, and were featured on another track on his album ÷’, ‘Nancy Mulligan’. The two tracks have accumulated 683 million streams at Spotify alone. They also performed with Ed in front of 150,000 people at Glastonbury, taking them to a fresh audience and elevating them to a new level in their career.


    That connection also continued with Beoga’s appearance in the Ed Sheeran documentary ‘Songwriter’. The band have been at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival this week where the film has been showing.


    Beoga signed to Spirit B-Unique Records last year, and they’ve been holed up in the studio working on new material with Johnny McDaid and Foy Vance. ‘We Don’t Have To Run’, a collaboration which features Ryan McMullan on lead vocals, is the first single from these sessions, and will appear on the band’s new album that will be released in the near future. 2018 is shaping up for be an even bigger year for the band.


    Beoga’s bodhrán player Eamon Murray commented, “We know how lucky we are to be working inside such a collective of super musicians, producers and co-writers. Everyone brings something different to the table and it’s been a different process this time round.”


    Beoga (Irish for ‘lively’) originally hail from Antrim and have been in existence for fifteen years. In that time, they’ve produced five critically acclaimed albums, been shortlisted for a Grammy and performed with the Ulster Orchestra at the BBC Proms.


    Although Beoga’s sound is firmly rooted in the Irish traditional genre, they often incorporate other elements, and their current evolution sees them finding the precise intersection between trad music and contemporary pop.


    “We were making music like we’d never done before,” says accordionist Damian McKee. “It was like starting again from scratch.”


    “It’s less pressure as well,” agrees Sean Og Graham (accordion / guitar). “You only have to come up with eight bars of something or find a really good hook. But it’s challenging to find something that’s vibey enough to last through an entire song.”


    Completed by Niamh Dunne (vocals / fiddles) and Liam Bradley (piano / keys), Beoga have been described as “the most exciting new traditional band to emerge from Ireland this century” by The Wall Street Journal.


    The band’s forthcoming live shows are:



    3rd – Cork, Cyprus Avenue (headline show)

    4th / 5th / 6th – Cork, Páirc Ui Chaoimh (supporting Ed Sheeran)

    9th – Belfast, Boucher Playing Fields (supporting Ed Sheeran)

    12th / 13th – Galway, Pearse Stadium (supporting Ed Sheeran)

    16th / 18th / 19th – Dublin, Phoenix Park (supporting Ed Sheeran)



  • Join Me In The Pines release new single ‘Two To Fall In Love’ and announce tour


    Release new single ‘Two To Fall In Love’ and announce Irish Tour


    Available now on iTunesApple Music and Spotify

    David Geraghty is most well-known to Irish audiences as a founding member of Bell X1 but in recent years he has been exploring a new solo direction under the moniker Join Me In The Pines. The new single ‘Two to Fall in Love’ will be released on 16 April 2018 and represents a move away from the dark folk of previous albums, embracing instead joyous music with hints of Prince, Bowie, Gary Numan, Nile Rodgers. ‘Two to Fall in Love’ has an electropop sensibility underpinned by a brooding bassline, with Geraghty’s atmospheric vocals gliding over the top.

    Following on from the Join Me in the Pines’ solo tour in February, Geraghty has just announced a May/June full band tour which will preview the bold new musical direction. Geraghty says, “I really enjoyed getting back out there on the recent solo tour, but I’m so excited to perform the new album with the Join Me in the Pines band in May and June. The reaction to the new songs in February was great but now it’s time to get the groove on with the band.” David will be joined on the road by Marc Aubele (keyboards and vocals), Mick Major (bass and vocals) and Daragh Mayon (drums and vocals).

    A new album will be forthcoming later this year with mixing duties undertaken by the very talented Ross Dowling (James Vincent McMorrow, Talos, Brian Deady). This will be David’s fourth solo release and the second under Join Me in the Pines.

    May / June TOUR 2018:

    Fri. 11 May – Cleeres Kilkenny

    Thurs. 17 May – de Barras, Clonakilty

    Fri. 18 May – Roundys, Cork City

    Fri. June 1 – Roisin Dubh, Galway

    Fri. June 8 – Dolans, Limerick

    Ticket links at: http://joinmeinthepines.com/gigs

  • Golden Discs celebrate 11th Record Store Day this Sat. 21 April

    Golden Discs have some exciting events planned for the eleventh annual Record Store Day on Saturday April 21st. Building on the huge success of last year’s event, there will be in-store performances, DJs, discounts, and exclusive releases throughout our sixteen stores nationwide.

    Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding independent record stores. Eleven years later it is a calendar fixture that is hotly anticipated by the international music industry. Golden Discs has been at the forefront of Irish independent music retailing for over fifty years and are delighted to participate in an event that celebrates music and community in such a positive way.

    The official Record Store Day releases include titles from some of the most well-known and well-respected names in music. Golden Discs’ customers have been most interested in these releases:


    Bruce Springsteen – Greatest Hits / Long unavailable on vinyl, this 2LP set, pressed on red vinyl, is assembled from the brilliant remasters of Springsteen’s discography by Bob Ludwig and Tony Scott.

     Rory Gallagher – French Connection / Never released before Rory Gallagher’s live concert recorded in Paris, France in 1974 for RTL French Radio.

     The Cure– Mixed Up / Limited Edition Double LP Picture Disc set of The Cure’s 1990 remix album Mixed Up. Featuring nine remixes of their hits including “Lullaby”, “Close to Me”, “Pictures of You”, “Love Song”, “Why Can’t I Be You?”  Newly remastered in 2018 by Robert Smith.

     The Cure – Torn Down / Sixteen new remixes by Robert Smith of classic Cure tracks including “Three Imaginary Boys”, “Just One Kiss” and “Never Enough”.

     U2 – Lights of Home / U2 is releasing “Lights of Home,” a single from their latest album Songs of Experience on a 12” picture disc in a clear PVC bag.

     David Bowie – Lets Dance Demo / This black vinyl 45 rpm 12” single features the first appearance of the full length demo of ‘Let’s Dance’, previously released in an edited form through digital download and streaming services for David’s birthday on 8th January this year. 

     David Bowie – Welcome to the Blackout (Live in London ’78) / This previously unreleased 3 LP set was recorded live during the ISOLAR II tour at Earls Court, London on the 30th June and 1st July 1978 by Tony Visconti and was mixed by David and David Richards at Mountain Studios, Montreux, 17th – 22nd January 1979. The newly designed trifold sleeve features imagery by photographers Sukita and Chris Walter.

     Led Zeppelin – Rock and Roll / Led Zeppelin’s first Record Store Day title featuring two previously unreleased tracks, both produced by Jimmy Page.  This unique single includes a Sunset Sound Mix of Led Zeppelin IV’s “Rock and Roll” and “Friends” from Led Zeppelin III recorded at Olympic Studios, London. This limited edition Yellow 7″ Single features a large hole and shaped adaptor, housed in a printed paperboard sleeve.

     Pink Floyd – Piper at the Gates of Dawn / The psychedelic debut album by Pink Floyd was their sole album completed with original vocalist/guitarist Syd Barrett and featured the early classic “Interstellar Overdrive”. The original mono version of Pink Floyd’s first LP, named 1 of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

    Notorious – Considered by Rolling Stone and The Source as one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time, by one of the greatest rappers of all time, “Juicy”, the first single from the legendary debut album Ready to Die, is back on vinyl for the first time since its 1994 release.  This limited edition will be reissued on Clear/Black marble swirl effect vinyl as a special Record Store Day exclusive. 

    Undertones –Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the ‘Teenage Kicks’ single (1978), and including all 13 of the classic Feargal Sharkey era singles and hits. Original single artwork replicated and master cut from the original analogue tapes.

    In addition to the rarities, limited-editions and re-releases for Record Store Day Golden Discs will offer deep discounts of up to 40% on catalogue stock and up to 50% of decks and turntables.

    Join us at your local Golden Discs this Record Store Day April 21st:

    • Golden Discs in Newbridge will have Wayfarer instore performing.
    • At Golden Discs in Athlone singer/songwriter Skywriter will be performing in store at 1.30pm.
    • In Golden Discs in Wexford dreampop duo Frankstein Bolt will be performing at 1pm followed by Rachel Grace (winner of Wexford’s Got Talent) at 4pm.
    • In Golden Discs on Patrick St in Cork, one of Cork’s best loved DJ’s Ian Richards will be spinning discs throughout the day.
    • In Golden Discs Limerick will have DJ Toby playing vinyl 1-4pm
    • In Golden Discs in Waterford local band Crome Yellow are performing followed by De Zoot. In addition, staff members will be playing vinyl only all day.
    • In Golden Discs in Dundrum Town Centre Molly Sterling will be playing live from 1pm



  • Warsaw Radio release single Ms. Monroe from their forthcoming album ‘Midnight Broadcast’ on 23 March



    Watch video for Ms. Monroe  https://youtu.be/77C8nUxoghI

    “One of those bands that you discover and you wish you’d known them longer” – Chris Hawkins, BBC 6 Music

    “Ones to watch” – Dan Hegarty RTE 2FM

    “After Eve is a perfectly weighted indie rock song that swells the heart”Hot Press Magazine


    To coincide with the release of their debut album, ‘Midnight Broadcast’ (through Seventh Dial Records) Warsaw Radio have released their new single ‘Ms. Monroe’. The song and video takes inspiration from the relationship between film maker Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe. The narrative imagines Monroe giving advice on relationships after the break down of her relationship with Miller when they were filming what would be Monroe’s last film (‘The Misfits’) in Reno, Nevada.


    Warsaw Radio formed in 2013 in Brighton when Nikki Bates (violin & vocals) answered an ad posted online by Brían McNamara (vocals & guitar) looking for musicians to start a band. McNamara had recently moved from Limerick, Ireland to Brighton to be closer to the London music scene. Prior to moving to Brighton McNamara honed his craft playing solo in venues and busking in New York’s Greenwich village and San Francisco. Brían was previously lead singer in a rock band signed to Xeric Records in Ireland (a label owned by The Cranberries first manager Pearce Gilmore) and as an unsigned solo artist played across Ireland including shows with acts such as Mundy and Bell X1. Nikki Bates moved to Brighton from Barcelona around the same time as Brían. Hailing from the North of England, as a musician she had worked with the likes of Sting, EMI studios, Cinematic Sinfonia and London Philharmonic Orchestra.


    According to McNamara the name of the band came about when he was reading a history book and there was a couple of paragraphs about the siege of Warsaw in 1939. “During the siege they had a live orchestra performing on air to help with peoples morale…. the musicians on Warsaw Radio kept going until their transmitter was hit by a shell. It was a pretty incredible story and it reminded me of the famous quartet on the Titanic who kept on playing as the ship sank. I liked the message of defiance and we were looking for a band name so that’s where it began.


    Bates & McNamara performed as a duo initially and played with a variety of line-ups on the Brighton and London music scenes.  The duo attracted attention due to the unique blend of McNamara’s baritone vocals and Bate’s soaring strings. Laurence Bridge joined the band full time in 2014 on bass. Bridge had previously worked with a number of indie rock acts in Brighton and the likes of Tom Odell and Lucie Barat. Paul Lennox (drums) and Edd Mann (lead guitar) completed the W.R touring line-up.


    In the autumn of 2016 McNamara approached Mercury nominated producer Jag Jago (The Maccabees, Florence Welch) at Brighton Electric Studios with demo tracks and this led to the release in Feb 2017 of their debut single ‘After Eve’. The single was picked up BBC Introducing and debuted on BBC Northern Ireland’s – Across the line show. This was followed by support from BBC Radio 6 Music D.J Chris Hawkins and Dan Hegarty on RTE 2 FM in Ireland.


    The band have toured extensively in the UK & Ireland including head-line shows at Ronnie Scott’s London, Notting Hill Arts Club, Whelans Dublin, The Belfast Empire, The Great Escape Festival in Brighton and The Beautiful Days Festival in Devon. They have appeared as special guest support to artists such as The Waterboys, Mick Flannery and The Lone Bellow, all bands/artists that have inspired their sound. W.R’s sound brings together different genres based on each of the individual band members in a fusion of rock & alt-folk.


    Upcoming shows:

    Friday 9 March                                    Green Door Store, Brighton (Album launch show)

    Tuesday 27 March                              Whelan’s, Dublin

    Wednesday 28 March                        Roisin Dubh, Galway

    Thursday 29 March                            Cyprus Avenue Cork

    Friday 30 March                                  Kasbah Social Club @ Dolans, Limerick

    Thursday 5 April                                  Sofar Sounds, London

    Saturday 28 April                                Nells Jazz & Blues, London (supporting The Stunning)


    facebook.com/warsawradio / instragram.com/warsawradioband / twitter.com/warsawradio / warsaw-radio.com


  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds release ‘It’s A Beautiful World’




     “His best record in over a decade” **** – Q Magazine

    “Noel’s best album since ‘…Morning Glory’.” **** – NME

    “…joy that rings out from every corner.” **** – The Guardian

    “An album of surprises and delights, this is perhaps his best ever.” **** – The Sun


    Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – ‘It’s A Beautiful World’
    Track Link:           https://NGHFB.lnk.to/IABWt
    Video link:           https://NGHFB.lnk.to/IABWv
    Label:                    Sour Mash


    Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds announce new single ‘It’s A Beautiful World’ – the second to be taken from the Number 1 album ‘Who Built the Moon?’, following the success of the first single ‘Holy Mountain’.

    The hypnotic track features ambient electronica and sharp production from acclaimed producer, DJ and composer David Holmes, and a French spoken word segment inspired by Gallic art house cinema.

    Producer David Holmes says: “The track had so much space and was feeling great.  After Noel wrote the song he asked me about getting a French vocalist to do some kind of spoken word, so I called my friend Charlotte Courbe and played her an extract from a French short film that I always loved and wanted to borrow from. She then produced an astounding piece of writing that contrasted Noel’s song and music so beautifully.” 

    The single is released on 12” vinyl and available to pre-order now –https://NGHFB.lnk.to/IABW12 – including a limited edition picture disc via Noel’s official store.  It features the following tracklisting:

    A1. It’s A Beautiful World

    A2. It’s A Beautiful World (Instrumental)

    B1. God Help Us All (Demo)

    ‘Who Built the Moon?’, the third album from Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, was released in November 2017 on Sour Mash Records and debuted at Number 1, achieving gold certification in less than 2 weeks after its release – making it a hat trick of Number 1 solo records following 2011’s eponymous album and 2015’s ‘Chasing Yesterday’. This is also a record-breaking 10th consecutive chart-topping studio album for Noel – no other act has a perfect streak of Number 1 studio albums as long as Noel.

    Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds embark on a huge ‘Stranded On The Earth World Tour 2018-2019’ in February performing shows in North America and Europe followed by UK and Ireland Arena dates in the spring including The SSE Arena Wembley, London, Manchester Arena and Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena.

    The ‘Stranded On The Earth World Tour 2018-2019’ UK & Ireland tour dates are as follows:

    Sun 22 April 2018                Brighton, Brighton Centre SOLD OUT

    Tue 24 April 2018               Glasgow, The SSE Hydro

    Wed 25 April 2018              Aberdeen, BHGE Arena

    Fri 27 April 2018                  London, The SSE Arena Wembley SOLD OUT

    Mon 30 April 2018              Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena

    Tue 1 May 2018                  Birmingham, Birmingham Arena

    Thu 3 May 2018                  Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena

    Fri 4 May 2018                    Manchester, Manchester Arena SOLD OUT

    Sun 6 May 2018                  Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena SOLD OUT

    Mon 7 May 2018                Leeds, First Direct Arena

    Wed 9 May 2018                Belfast, The SSE Arena

    Thu 10 May 2018                Dublin, 3Arena


    Further details about the tour can be found at noelgallagher.com



  • Irish electronic act 1000 Beasts release ‘Lord (It’s OK)’ feat. Janet Grogan

    Release ‘Lord (It’s OK)’ (featuring Janet Grogan)

    on Friday 23rd February

    Watch the video here / Available from itunes


    Irish electronic act 1000 Beasts releases his latest single ‘Lord (It’s OK)’ (featuring Janet Grogan) on 23rd February. This is the third single from 1000 Beasts, following on from his debut ‘Wonderland’ (featuring Briony) and ‘Got This Feeling (Remix)’ (featuring Ryan O’Shaughnessy), both released in second half of 2017.

    ‘Lord’ is a broken-hearted love ballad reminiscent of Bon Iver, Francis and the Lights, and Cashmere Cat. A compelling vocal performance from Janet Grogan, ‘Lord’ culminates in a sparse yet emotionally powerful vocoder climax at the two-and-a-half minute mark. The video for ‘Lord’ was shot in Birmingham, directed by Lochlainn McKenna, and stars Beth Antonia and Ray Bethley as the warring couple at the centre of the song.

    1000 Beasts is Cian Sweeney, a well-established Irish musician, pianist and producer who has worked with many household names in the Irish music industry including Bressie, Una Healy, Damian McGinty, Declan O’Rourke, Moya Brennan, the RTE Concert Orchestra and Bryan Adams.

    Inspired by all the talent that surrounded him in his professional career, it wasn’t long before Cian conceived the idea of 1000 Beasts, a project where he could collaborate and write electro-pop with this talent; the name itself pays homage to these “beasts”. Despite only releasing his debut single during the summer of 2017, 1000 Beasts is already receiving consistent national and regional airplay from stations across Ireland.

    Like many people, Cian first became aware of Dubliner Janet Grogan when she took part in The X Factor UK in 2014. Janet was one of the most talked about contestants of that season and her controversial elimination even prompted Simon Cowell to say that he had made a mistake in letting her go. However, when a Dublin based international music publisher initially introduced Cian to Janet, the duo became a formidable team, writing pop songs for major label artists across the world. It wasn’t long before they co-wrote Lord together, specifically for 1000 Beasts.

    1000 Beasts is lauded for his energetic live shows combining electronic beats with acoustic instruments, live drums and live visuals, and he has already performed at Hard Working Class Heroes 2017 and at a headline show in Whelan’s in Dublin last Autumn. He is set to perform at this summer’s festival circuit, with Indiependence Festival 2018 the first to announce.

    1000 Beasts is currently putting together tour dates for 2018 as well as developing fresh collaborations and new music, some of which is expected to be released before the summer. For all this news, gigs and more, follow @1000Beasts across social media.

    1000 Beasts have announced the following shows:

    Fri. 23 Feb             The Stormy Teacup, Limerick

    Tue. 27 Feb           The Workmans Club, Dublin as part of WeBloom

  • Rosborough is touring Ireland, visiting Cork, Galway, Limerick, Dublin & Belfast!

    Announces Irish Tour in January 2018!

    Listen to and Download Burn Blue from here:

    And watch ‘Burn Blue’ https://youtu.be/Zr1EFXCLRnU


    a thick Derry accent into powerful, spine-tingling vocals that rival Caleb Followill” – Hotpress

    Glenn Rosborough is a singer songwriter from Derry, Northern Ireland. In a city steeped in music and performance he grew up in a household full of records that became his influences.

    “I started my musical life from a very early age, teaching myself guitar at the age of ten and writing songs from the year after. Growing up in a musical household, with childhood heroes such as Tom Waits, Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel, becoming a musician was not a destined path but as realistic a career as becoming a lawyer, plumber or doctor. My parents made sure of that.”  Glenn Rosborough.

    Rosborough cut his teeth in the vibrant music scene in Derry, playing regular shows at Bennigan’s and the Warehouse which allowed him to try new songs on an audience full of writers and performers.

    This cultural hub served him well, allowing him to cultivate and refine an album’s worth of songs that attracted the attention of Ignition Records to whom he signed in 2017.

    This year Glenn has been on tour both as a headline artist and supporting some great acts including The DMAs, Mew and Seafret throughout the UK and Europe.  He has also appeared at festivals such as the Great Escape and Community Festival, showcasing new songs whilst building a great live reputation and loyal following. He’s just played Other Voices Belfast & Dingle and is getting ready to tour Ireland in 2018.

    Rosborough is currently recording his debut album.

    Live Shows

    Wed. 24 Jan   Old Oak, Cork

    Thur. 25 Jan  Roisin Dubh, Galway

    Fri 26 Jan       Kasbah Social Club, Limerick

    Sat 27 Jan      Whelan’s, Dublin

    Thurs. 8 Feb  Output Belfast Evening Showcase, Belfast


    Tickets on sale now through http://www.ticketmaster.ie  & usual outlets nationwide.




  • Golden Discs open three new Irish stores.

    Golden Discs open three new Irish stores.

    Golden Discs are delighted to announce the opening of three brand new stores in Ireland. The first opened, on Saturday 4 November on 12 North Main Street in Wexford. A further two locations will open this Saturday 18 November. Golden Discs will open one store at one of Ireland’s largest shopping and leisure destinations, The Square, Tallaght along with a new city centre flaghsip store on one of Ireland’s busiest pedestrian thoroughfares, 52 Henry Street.

    These three additional locations will bring the total number of Golden Discs specialist stores to 16 nationwide, supported by their recently launched new web-store (goldendiscs.ie) and concession stores in 80 Tesco locations all over Ireland, enables consumers to shop for the best music, movies, boxsets and accessories in their locality or from the comfort of their armchair!

    “Demand for music continues to grow and we are really excited to be opening new stores to service that demand. The vinyl renaissance shows no signs of abating and we are refocusing our efforts to grow the category by offering customers a more extensive range of catalogue, re-issues and new release both in-store and online” said Stephen Fitzgerald, CEO of Golden Discs.

    Established in 1962, Golden Discs have been synonymous with music and movie products in Ireland for over half a century, offering an extensive range or products at very compelling prices. Next to specialising in CDs, Vinyl, DVDs and Blu-Ray, Golden Discs also carry a growing range of hardware and merch including beautiful record players and a whole range of headphones to suit every budget.

    Golden Discs have also announced that they will be hiring an additional 50 personnel to man their new stores, who will join their current team of over 100 passionate and experienced staff, offerring friendly helpful customer service with unrivalled product knowledge.

    As well as expanding on the ground, Golden Discs have also launched a brand-new web-store goldendiscs.ie in time for the festive season. The web-store offers thousands of the most popular albums on CD and Vinyl, the best movies on DVD and Blu-Ray. They will also be selling games and accessories within the coming weeks. All items can be delivered direct to your front door, and with a gift wrapping service available online, it makes shopping for loved ones easier than ever!

    “Everyone at Golden Discs is working around the clock to get the new stores fitted, stocked and open as quickly as possible. The next few months are the busiest of the year and typically also carry the most exciting releases and this year is no exception with huge audio and visual releases” added Stephen Fitzgerald.

  • Two Balloons premiers at 30th Foyle Film Festival on 25 Nov.

    Two Balloons

    Premier’s at the 30th Anniversary of Foyle Film Festival 

    On Saturday 25th November

    On Saturday 25th November the magical stop-motion animated short film Two Balloons will premiere at the Foyle Film Festival. Two Balloons was four years in the making and it tells the story of two adventurous lemurs travelling the skies in their wondrous airships. One night they meet by chance and forge a bond which sees them through a calamity and cements their friendship.

    Two Balloons was inspired by the music of Peter Broderick, a celebrated American composer who has collaborated with Philip Glass, Efterklang, Yann Tiersen, M. Ward and Dustin O’ Halloran amongst many others, as well as composing his own music and film scores. When director Mark Smith heard Broderick’s ‘More of a Composition’ he knew instantly that he wanted to work with him.

    Originally the film was envisaged as a live action short and the plan was to build two real airships, but the production ran into problems when they couldn’t secure an aircraft hangar for the required length of time. So instead Mark decided to create the film as a stop-motion animated film despite the fact that he had no prior experience of stop-motion animation. As he says: ‘When I took the decision to pursue stop-motion as a medium to tell a story, I didn’t know what I didn’t know.’

    One of the first questions asked when they made this decision was, ‘what form will the characters take?’ Mark took inspiration from Cyril Connolly’s The Unquiet Grave in which Connolly admires ring-tailed lemurs: ‘they held the secret of life to me; they were clues to an existence without thought, guilt or ugliness wherein all was grace, appetite and immediate sensation.’ And so the two curious adventurers in Two Balloons were born.

    Mark and his crew spent sixteen months storyboarding and building a stage to encompass the sets of the half-scale lemur world. Only then did they begin to shoot which was a time-consuming process: shots which were only ten seconds long took two months to shoot. The result is the nine-minute long Two Balloons, an exceptional and heart-warming film which was a labour of love for all involved.

    The Foyle Film Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and will mark this with more screenings than ever before. The crew from Two Balloons are thrilled that the film will receive its world premiere at such an important milestone event.

    Book Tickets; Here

  • SYML announces Dublin date on “WHERE’S MY LOVE TOUR”




    “It’s a lush, subtle, and graceful piece of songwriting.” [Where’s My Love]Clash

    “…gorgeous, devastatingly melancholic” [Fear of the Water]Ladygunn


    October 31, 2017 SYML announced that he will release In My Body, the follow up EP to his debut Hurt For Me EP, on 12th January. The record will also feature his track, “Where’s My Love,” which has currently over 65 million combined streams. Both EPs will be available as a special double EP physical package called The Hurt EPs, available in stores on 12th January.

    Following successful sold-out shows in New York and London this autumn, SYML will start 2018 with two headlining record release shows in North America. The first is his Canadian debut in Vancouver on 12th January at The Cultch, followed by a performance in New York City on 25th January at Rockwood Music Hall (Stage 2). He will then embark on his first headline tour of Europe, the UK and Ireland, titled the “Where’s My Love” tour, which begins in Berlin (the first of four German dates) and takes him through BrusselsParis, two special nights at the beautiful St. Pancras Old Church in London, and Dublin, before wrapping on 14th February in Stockholm.  A full list of dates can be found below.

    SYML European Tour Dates:

    30th Jan – Berlin, Germany @ Kesselhaus Acoustics

    31st Jan – Hamburg, Germany @ Knust Acoustics

    1st Feb – Cologne, Germany @ Theatre der WG

    3rd Feb – Frankfurt, Germany @ Bedroom disco

    4th Feb – Brussels, Belgium @ Rotonde @Botanique

    7th Feb – Paris, France @ Pop-Up Du Label

    8th & 9th Feb – London, UK @ St. Pancras Church

    10th Feb – Manchester, UK @ Fallow Cafe

    12th Feb – Dublin, Ireland @ Whelan’s

    14th Feb – Stockholm, Sweden @ Obaren

    From his basement-recording studio in the small town of Issaquah, WA outside Seattle, Brian Fennell began to write and record songs under the name SYML, which means simple in Welsh. Adopted and not knowing his history or connection to his Welsh roots, many of these songs are influenced by the complex feelings that come from unknown lineage.

    It’s been a whirlwind 12 months for Fennell. He saw the release of his debut EP Hurt For Me, which features a song (“Leave Like That”) with Jenn  Champion (formerly of slowcore heroes Carissa’s Wierd), and signed to Nettwerk Music Group at the end of 2016. One of the standout tracks from the EP is “Where’s My Love,” an expertly crafted song featuring sparse production and intimate songwriting, all underpinned by Fennell’s powerful, yet delicate vocals.

    Stay tuned for more to come from SYML in 2018.

    Where’s My Love [Official Video]             https://youtu.be/goWa6EzkCh4

    Fear of the Water [Official Video]         https://youtu.be/-T4THwne8IE