• Joe Chester

    Joseph Chester isn’t one to stay in a comfort zone. In 2020, his sixth album, Jupiter’s Wife, was heralded as one of the best Irish albums of the decade. We don’t need to dwell upon what happened next. As we retreated into our own little empires, he took on an audacious task: to compose a suite of music for guitar and strings about the secret life of Lucia Joyce.

    Lucia Joyce was the misunderstood daughter of James Joyce. She has been shamefully side-lined in literary history, cruelly excluded from wider recognition thanks to a combination of sexism, ignorance, and stigmas over mental health. After recording a double album of love songs, Joseph fancied a fresh challenge.

    “I was beginning to feel a little burnt out in terms of song-writing, so I wanted to give that part of my brain a bit of a rest,” he explains. “I thought it would be great to create a story on an instrumental record without words, but I had no idea how.”

    While casting around for ideas, Joseph stumbled upon an illuminating Lyric FM documentary entitled Dancing with Lucia by Deirdre Mulrooney. “It really resonated with me,” he recalls. “I listened to it a few times. I knew there was a story to be told, but I wasn’t sure how. It was only after I started digging around that it began to take shape.”

    Before researching and composing Lucia, Chester knew little about the author’s daughter. “Lucia was born in 1907 and spent 47 years of her life in mental institutions,” Joseph reveals. “She was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1932 and died in Northampton in 1982. After she died, her nephew, Stephen Joyce, destroyed all her writing and papers, including all her correspondence with Samuel Beckett and three books she had written. He attempted to erase this woman, who had been hidden away and silenced in life. I became convinced that I had to try to tell her story.”

    Joseph created a suite of music by composing pieces based around key milestones in Lucia’s life. “I limited myself to eleven verifiable facts and tried to allow her to speak through those events,” he says. “They were important banner moments. For example, in the 1920s she became a dancer. The silent film maker John Renoir cast her to perform as a toy soldier in The Little Match Girl, so I wrote a piece about that.” Coincidentally Lucia’s dancing earned her a glowing endorsement from the Paris Times: “When she reaches her full capacity for rhythmic dancing, James Joyce may yet be known as his daughter’s father.”

    Lucia became romantically involved with Samuel Beckett. During his investigations, Chester unearthed all sorts of half-truths, outright lies, and contradictions. “Her story is an exercise in separating fact from fiction.” Joseph says. “When I first started researching, Beckett didn’t come across particularly well in terms of how he treated Lucia. The basic story goes that they had a love affair, which Beckett ended. Some people speculate that this is when she started to have problems and become self-destructive. However, I found out that when James Joyce’s wife, Nora, started to complain about the cost of Lucia’s healthcare, Samuel Beckett donated his share of the royalties of an essay on Finnegan’s Wake to cover the costs of her medical bills. When Beckett died in 1989, a picture of Lucia was found when they cleared out his desk.”

    During the centenary year of the publication of Ulysses, Joseph Chester’s Lucia premiered on Bloomsday, June 16h, 2022, at the Axis Art and Community Centre, Ballymun, performed by a group featuring Chester, Trevor Hutchinson, Kenneth Rice, Vyvienne Long, and Steve Wickham. “What I really liked about this year’s Bloomsday is that there was much more conversation and celebration of different aspects of James Joyce’s family, which is great,” Chester adds. “It can’t be all about him.”

    In 2021, Chester’s Carolan/Cage EP scored an international number one on the Bandcamp Contemporary Classical chart, which comprised of guitar transcriptions of music by the Irish composer Turlough O’Carolan and the American composer John Cage. “I’ve never played classical guitar in my life, so just from that point of view it was a huge education,” Joe says. “I wrote Lucia but I’m still figuring out how to play it.”. I never had a guitar teacher, so how I played the guitar in some ways was quite simply wrong. I ended up with a lot of physical pain from bad technique that I had to correct. There are physical, mental and emotional challenges in confronting mental illness. Everybody has some form or aspect of mental illness in their lives, but we don’t like talking about it.”

    Joseph considers Lucia to be one of the most fulfilling projects he has ever done. “This was a wonderfully rewarding experience and I’ve loved every minute of it,” he enthuses. “Lucia continues to challenge and reward me. Doing all the research and reading, discovering all about this amazing person, making music that is completely new to me. It has been a real voyage of discovery.”

    He hopes Lucia will help preserve and perpetuate her memory. “I think that it can sometimes be easier to tell a story when there aren’t any words and you’re not being prescriptive,” he says. “Obviously, everyone’s reaction will differ, but my hope is that it could in some fantastical way give back her voice and allow Lucia to breathe again.”

    Pre-order album Lucia https://lnk.fu.ga/josephchester_lucia

  • Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

    Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

    New Album Details Announced

    ‘Council Skies’ Out 2nd June on Sour Mash Records

    Available to Pre-Order Now Here

    Available on CD, Heavyweight Vinyl with Bonus 7”, Digital and Deluxe Limited Edition 3LP and 2CD Formats Featuring Remixes by The Cure’s Robert Smith, Pet Shop Boys and a Radio 2 Session Version of ‘Live Forever’

    New Single ‘Easy Now’ Out Now –  Listen Here & Watch The Video Here

    Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds today reveal details of forthcoming album ‘Council Skies’, released on 2nd June via Sour Mash Records and available to pre-order now. Available on CD, LP, HD Digital, 3LP and 2CD Deluxe limited-edition formats featuring remixes by The Cure’s Robert Smith, and Pet Shop Boys. Full format details below.

    From the evocative album title to the cover art, to the lyrics themselves, ‘Council Skies’ sees Noel Gallagher reclaiming his past and paying homage to his Mancunian roots. His most varied and accomplished solo record to date, Noel’s fourth solo studio album is a record framed by confidence, risk-taking, surefooted creative freedom, and great emotional depth.

    Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds today also release a brand new single and music video ‘Easy Now’, taken from the forthcoming album. Infused with psychedelia, the track gently swells and is beautifully framed by backing vocals and waves of organ chords.

    Featuring one of the world’s breakthrough new talents and Critics Choice Award nominated Milly Alcock, who recently starred as Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen in the HBO smash hit series and Golden Globe winning House of the Dragon plus a cameo from Noel himself, the new music video sees the protagonist bursting with emotion as ‘Easy Now’s transcendent power takes over. ‘Easy Now’ was directed by multiple UK Music Video Awards winner, Colin Solal Cardo. Watch here.

    ‘Council Skies’ was recorded at Noel’s own Lone Star Sound Recording Studios in London, with the album’s lusciously orchestrated strings recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. Produced by Noel with long-time collaborator Paul ‘Strangeboy’ Stacey, the album also features performances from Johnny Marr on three tracks, including recent single ‘Pretty Boy’. ‘Council Skies’ takes its title from a book by revered northern illustrator and friend of Noel, artist Pete McKee. It covers themes of youthful yearning, and unbridled ambition.

    Speaking of the album, Noel says: “It’s going back to the beginning. Daydreaming, looking up at the sky and wondering about what life could be … that’s as true to me now as it was in the early ‘90s. When I was growing up in poverty and unemployment, music took me out of that,” he says. “Top of the Pops on TV transformed your Thursday night into this fantasy world, and that’s what I think music should be. I want my music to be elevating and transforming in some way.”

    The artwork, shot by renowned Manchester photographer Kevin Cummins, sees Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ live equipment setup placed on the original centre spot of what was Maine Road Football Stadium, with this year marking 100 years since the ground was opened as the former home of Noel’s beloved Manchester City FC.

    Throughout the accompanying album artwork, Cummins captures locations poignant to Noel’s formative years – culminating with a striking image of Manchester’s Piccadilly train station, marking the moment Noel left his home city for London. This visual representation perfectly encapsulates the themes, journey and emotional heart of ‘Council Skies’.

    New single ‘Easy Now’ follows the recent release of ‘Pretty Boy’ – the first track to be taken from the new album which was acclaimed by fans and critics alike and received widespread national radio support, added to the A list across all key networks.

    June 2021 saw the release of ‘Back The Way We Came: Vol 1 (2011-2021)’ – a diverse Best Of album marking a decade of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. This Gold certified album was the bands’ 4th consecutive UK Number 1 and the 12th UK Number 1 album across Noel’s career. 2021 also saw Noel named as Record Store Day’s official ambassador.

    Last summer Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds headlined a host of outdoor live shows culminating in a career-spanning performance at Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage to one of the weekend’s biggest crowds. UK live dates for this summer have recently been announced – details below – with more headline shows to follow before the end of the year.

    ‘Council Skies’ is available to pre-order now on CD, heavyweight vinyl with bonus 7” featuring an exclusive acoustic version of ‘Pretty Boy’, LP picture disc plus various HD digital formats including a Dolby Atmos spatial audio version. Deluxe limited-edition formats will also be released including a 3LP and 2CD featuring remixes by The Cure’s Robert Smith, Pet Shop Boys and a stunning Radio 2 session version of ‘Live Forever’. A lyric sheet of title track ‘Council Skies’ is included with all album pre-orders via the official store.

     ‘Council Skies’ Tracklist:

    1. I’m Not Giving Up Tonight
    2. Pretty Boy
    3. Dead To The World
    4. Open The Door, See What You Find
    5. Trying To Find A World That’s Been And Gone
    6. Easy Now
    7. Council Skies
    8. There She Blows!
    9. Love Is A Rich Man
    10. Think Of A Number
    11. Bonus Track – We’re Gonna Get There In The End

    Deluxe Album Tracklist:

    Disc 1:

    1. I’m Not Giving Up Tonight
    2. Pretty Boy
    3. Dead To The World
    4. Open The Door, See What You Find
    5. Trying To Find A World That’s Been And Gone
    6. Easy Now
    7. Council Skies
    8. There She Blows!
    9. Love Is A Rich Man
    10. Think Of A Number

    Disc 2:

    1. Don’t Stop…
    2. We’re Gonna Get There In The End
    3. Mind Games
    4. Pretty Boy (Instrumental)
    5. Dead To The World (Instrumental)
    6. Council Skies (Instrumental)
    7. Think Of A Number (Instrumental)
    8. I’m Not Giving Up Tonight (David Holmes Remix)
    9. Think Of A Number (Pet Shop Boys Magic Eye 12” Remix)
    10. Pretty Boy (Robert Smith Remix)
    11. Council Skies (The Reflex Revision)
    12. Flying On The Ground (Radio 2 Session, 08.09.21)
    13. You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere (Radio 2 Session, 08.09.21)
    14. Live Forever (Radio 2 Session, 08.09.21)

    2023 UK Headline Shows

    21 July, Buckinghamshire, PennFest

    28 July, London, Crystal Palace Bowl

    05 August, Saffron Waldon, Essex, Audley End

    19 August, Monmouthshire, Caldicot Castle

    20 August, Sedgefield, County Durham, Hardwick Festival

    26 August, Manchester, Wythenshawe Park

    Tickets available now here

  • Somebody’s Child


    Returns with new single ‘Broken Record’

    Signs to Frenchkiss Records

    Announces huge 2023 EU Tour

    UK/IRL/EU Tour Dates

    On sale this Friday, 9th September at 10am – buy tickets HERE

    8th Feb 2023 – Night & Day Cafe, Manchester

    9th Feb 2023 – Foundry Studio, Sheffield

    11th Feb 2023 – Joiners, Southampton

    12th Feb 2023 – Exchange, Bristol

    14th Feb 2023 – Omeara, London

    17th Feb 2023 – Jimmy’s, Liverpool

    18th Feb 2023 – Think Thank, Newcastle

    19th Feb 2023 – King Tut’s, Glasgow

    21st Feb 2023 – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham

    24th Feb 2023 – Róisín Dubh, Galway

    25th Feb 2023 – Dolan’s, Limerick

    1st March 2023 – Ulster Sports Club, Belfast

    2nd March 2023 – Cyprus Avenue, Cork

    3rd March 2023 – The Academy, Dublin

    4th March 2023 – Spirit Store, Dundalk

    8th March 2023 – Le POPUP du Label, Paris

    9th March 2023 – Trix Bar, Antwerp

    10th March 2023 – Paradiso (Upstairs), Amsterdam

    11th March 2023 – Privatclub, Berlin

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  • The Coronas

  • Luke Sital-Singh






    Vicar Street, Dublin on 24 August

    Ulster Hall Belfast on 25 August

    UK-born, Los Angeles-based singer, songwriter and producer Luke Sital-Singh has released the new single “Can’t Get High” from his forthcoming Nettwerk debut album Dressing Like A Stranger, available September 2nd. Sital-Singh will support Passenger on his European Tour in August & September before embarking on a headline UK tour, which starts in Bristol at The Fleece on September 25 and culminates at London’s Lafayette on October 9.

    “Can’t Get High” was co-written by Ben Cramer, a.k.a. Old Sea Brigade, who previously collaborated with Luke on the acclaimed 2020 EP All The Ways You Sing In The Dark. The upbeat track pairs a high register chant with a luminous harmony as Luke assures “Can’t get high ‘till you come down.” He explains the song is about, “Looking for meaning in the rubble of a failed relationship. Going over memories, trying to find the positives when things go wrong.”

    The visually sumptuous video for “Can’t Get High”, directed by Glashier, was shot at Berlin’s iconic Tempelhof Airport. Closed to aircraft since 2008, the runway is now used for recreational purposes by cyclists, runners, families, dog-walkers, dancers, and – as seen in the video – roller skaters.

    It’s a decade since Luke Sital-Singh released his debut single, “Fail For You,” introducing the world to his rare ability to craft songs rich in empathy and emotional resonance. Over three acclaimed albums – The Fire Inside (2014), Time Is A Riddle (2017), and A Golden State (2019) – these qualities have garnered him an impressive worldwide fanbase and seen his songs rack up 150 million Spotify streams. Luke’s music is frequently used in TV shows, ranging from US drama series like Suits, Grey’s Anatomy and New Amsterdam to popular UK shows like Made In Chelsea and Love Island. He has toured with Angus and Julia Stone, Martha Wainwright, and The Staves and even led his own TED Talk at the official TED Conference in Vancouver.

    The follow-up to 2019’s A Golden State, which preceded his move to Los Angeles, Dressing Like A Stranger was written and recorded in California, with Luke initially working alone at home in Los Feliz as COVID-19 descended upon the world. He later rented a studio and cut a few songs by himself before enlisting fellow Brit and singer-songwriter Dan Croll as co-producer and Tchad Blake (Fiona Apple, The Black Keys, Elvis Costello) for mixing.

    “I love collaboration,” Luke explains. “When I started this album, I missed that part of the process. Dan enjoys the puzzle of music. He’ll have so many different versions of songs, whereas I’m more instinctual. It was nice to have Dan say, ‘We don’t need this!’ Dan saw the music from a bird’s eye view, maintained the momentum, figured out the puzzle, and pushed me to do more takes than I would’ve alone.”

    At the same time, he found inspiration in a new instrument. A rubber-bridge guitar opened up the floodgates for Luke. He penned the title track “Dressing Like A Stranger” with the guitar and embraced it as a creative north star.

    “‘Dressing Like A Stranger’ was the first song I wrote, and it unlocked the whole album,” he recalls. “The guitar has a very specific sound. I didn’t want just to do another ‘singer-songwriter acoustic’ thing. My first album was a shiny pop record, the second album was rawer, and my third album was more lyrical. The sound of the guitar was how I felt now.”

    Also available now from the album are the tracks “Summer Somewhere”, “California,”, “Me And God” and “Blind Missiles” (a lilting lament for elusive empathy, textured with a master craftsman’s eye for detail,” The Sunday Times).

    Album Art | Download HERE

    Luke Sital-Singh Dressing Like A Stranger

    01 Dressing Like A Stranger

    02 Blind Missiles

    03 California

    04 Rather Be

    05 Can’t Get High

    06 Me & God

    07 All Night Stand

    08 Summer Somewhere

    09 Forever Endeavour

    10 Wiser Too

    11 The Walk


    Supporting Passenger:

    August 24         Dublin, Vicar Street

    August 25         Belfast, Ulster Hall


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  • D. Cullen

    D. Cullen releases ‘I’m Not Leaving’ on 16 September

    Taken from his forthcoming album

    Sing My Story, Tell My Song

    Due out on 23 September Pre-order now

    Singer and songwriter D. Cullen releases his new single ‘I’m Not Leaving’ on 16 September, the latest single taken from his forthcoming album Sing My Story, Tell My Song. With a haunting chord structure and a dynamic piano track, the song tells the story of someone who is fully committed to their relationship, despite mistakes or doubts: ‘I’m not leaving, I’m right here where I belong.’ Produced by Ivan Jackman, D. Cullen played all instruments and backing vocals were provided by Sinead McConville, a close collaborator.

    Cullen explains, ‘Musically, I’m obsessed with the chords in this song; it’s all major 7ths and add 2s. I just love the sound of them. Lyrically, it’s just about committing to someone, which is the most beautiful and terrifying thing you can do.’

    D. Cullen is otherwise known as Darragh Cullen, a twenty-seven-year-old singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Dublin. Despite his young age, D. Cullen has already had significant success in the music business, releasing his first album when he was just fifteen, which lead to him being named Male Solo Artist of the Year 2011 by Jackie Hayden of Hot Press. In 2019 D. Cullen released ‘Alright’ which debuted with a performance on The Late Late Show, and quickly became one of the most played songs on RTÉ Radio One. It was followed by The Rising Tide EP.

    After a slew of single releases in 2020 and 2021, D. Cullen is set to release his album Sing My Story, Tell My Song on 23rd September. The twelve-track album has been a long time in the making: writing started in 2018, with recording sessions with Boo Hewerdine and Chris Pepper in 2019, and the album was set for release in 2020 when it was derailed by Covid lockdowns.

    During lockdown D. Cullen hit upon a wellspring of creativity and couldn’t stop writing. He taught himself how to produce and record and thus began a two-year process of recording demos, drafting in musicians for remote sessions, sending files to Roger Bechirian, Conor McLoughlin and Chris Pepper, and essentially making a whole new album’s worth of songs. When the time came to finally release the album, he had over forty songs to pick from and the cream of the crop made it onto Sing My Story, Tell My Song. D Cullen is incredibly proud of the album and can’t wait to debut it at the live shows he has already scheduled.

    D. Cullen tours Ireland;

    Sept 6th            Sunflower Pub, Belfast (co-headline w. Javier Martinez)     NI

    Nov 5th            Monroe’s, Galway                                                                  IRE

    Nov 10th          Crane Lane, Cork                                                                   IRE

    Nov 13th          Whelan’s, Dublin                                                                    IRE

    Nov 18th          50RPM Club (The Georgian Hotel), Coatbridge                   SCOT

    Nov 20th          Doublet Bar, Glasgow                                                            SCOT

    Nov 21st          The Captain’s Bar, Edinburgh                                                SCOT

    Pre-Order ‘Sing My Story, Tell My Song’ now  https://www.dcullenmusic.com/shop

  • Artists Against Homelessness in aid of Focus Ireland

    Moxie, Dervish, Pauline Scanlon, Honas & Seba Safe
    The Model, Sligo at 8pm on Fri. 17th June

    The Sunday Independent’s Artists Against Homelessness in aid of Focus Ireland will take place at The Model, Sligo on June 17. 

    The show promises to be a great night with exceptional music from some of the best acts in the country, Moxie, Dervish, Pauline Scanlon, Honas and Seba Safe coming out to play a very special live performance for a very worthy cause.

    The night is curated by Moxie and is a truly stellar line up in aid of an issue that is more depressing and relevant than ever. “I came back home to live in Sligo in 2019,” said Ted Kelly of MOXIE. “Walking through town regularly I have noticed how the homeless situation has become progressively worse. More and more vacant shop doors have become filled with sleeping bags, O’Connell Street is more dense than ever with people having to beg for their basic human rights. It is a dreadful situation. I feel compelled to help do something to improve this situation. Moxie Dervish, Pauline Scanlon, Seba Safe and Sligo Native Honas have offered their artistry to raise money for Focus Ireland to help improve the homeless situation in Sligo. Please come and buy a ticket to help support a good cause on June 17th at the Model, Sligo.” 

    Speaking on behalf of Dervish, Shane Mitchel said “The Homeless situation in Sligo is not as bad as the bigger cities but that being said, we have our problems. Despite the recent very sad events, Sligo is a very kind city with a very strong community spirit. The Shalomar Homeless Hostel in Finisklin is a fantastic facility (this ironically is the house I grew up in before all the houses in this area were sold to the council in the early 80’s) The great people here deserve so much credit for their fantastic work. It is remarkable to see the sudden and creative work by the authorities in Ireland and rightly so, to accommodate the Ukrainian refugees. A bit of creative thinking is for our own Irish Homeless crisis is needed urgently. We should stop at nothing to keep people off the streets, Dervish are delighted to be part of this great concert “Artists Against Homelessness”.

    “The Model is thrilled to collaborate on this wonderful event curated by Moxie to raise awareness of this critically important cause,” said Patrick Curley, Music & Performance Coordinator of The Model. 

    Focus Ireland CEO Pat Dennigan said: “As a proud Sligo man it fills me great pride to see how much our services have developed locally over the last 16 years. Services provided include tenancy support and sustainment, advice and information service, long-term supported accommodation, and short-term supported accommodation. I am proud that Focus Ireland staff nationwide and in Sligo have been working harder than ever to help our service users since the pandemic. We have been collaborating successfully with the state, local authorities and the HSE to help people find a home. The current situation would be even worse without the vital services and housing Focus Ireland provide.” 

    Looking forward to ‘Artists Against Homelessness’ in Sligo Mr Dennigan added: “Ticket sales from this gig will provide crucial funds for our services as Focus Ireland always needs continuous fundraising as homeless figures increase nationwide. As well as promising to be a great night of music, the concert also provides a chance to spread awareness about our work locally in Sligo.

    This Sligo show follows three successful fundraising gigs in Dublin, Dundalk and Gorey recently. So huge thanks must go to Wallis Bird who played Rock Against Homelessness at the Little Theatre in Gorey on April 16; Kojaque, Damien Dempsey, Shiv, EFE and Curtisty who played Artists Against Homelessness at the Olympia in Dublin on April 17 and Toshin, and Odhran Murphy who played Rock Against Homelessness at Dolan’s in Dundalk on May 2.”

    “The upcoming gig in Sligo also promises to be a special night and Focus Ireland must express our gratitude towards Moxie who is curating the night as well as performing, along with the supremely gifted likes of Dervish, Pauline Scanlon, Honas and Seba Safe. Huge thanks must also go to Cadbury and Arachas who are sponsoring this event and of course The Sunday Independent who have put on Rock Against Homelessness at the Olympia Theatre, and now these series of nationwide shows, in aid of Focus since 2016 and has raised almost €160K for Focus Ireland. In that time everyone from Fontaines DC, Murder Capital, Glen Hansard, to Imelda May, Pillow Queens, Camille O’Sullivan,  to Dermot Kennedy,  Kneecap, Loah, and The Boomtown Rats and Finbar Furey and Hamsandwich,  to The Stunning, Mundy, Something Happens, The Blizzards, The Mary Wallopers and many others have played at the Olympia in Dublin aid of Focus.”

    “So I am over the moon as a Sligo man that the great Moxie along with the equally great Dervish, Pauline, Honas and Seba Safe are playing The Model for the most vulnerable in our society, the homeless.”

    Doors 7pm, show 8pm, Tickets €20 available from www.themodel.ie now







  • The Whileaways


    Release ‘Toss The Bobbin’ taken from their new album ‘In All Honesty’ due out 3rd June

    The Whileaways release their latest single ‘Toss the Bobbin’ on April 29th, taken from their forthcoming album which will be released in June. This evocative song tells the story of the eighteenth century lacemaking women of Headford in County Galway, where The Whileaways are based and where Nicola grew up.

    ‘Toss the Bobbin’ imagines the story of four of these women, who survived poverty and famine through bobbin lacemaking, and pieces together the little detail that exists of their lives. It tells of their resilience and the sisterhood that existed between them in the toughest of times as they turned their hands to this intricate work: lace made by the poor and worn only by the rich.

    The Whileaways performed ‘Toss the Bobbin’ with the RTE Concert Orchestra for the Strings Attached series, but have since recorded this beautifully poignant version for their new album.

    The Whileaways are Noelie McDonnell, Noriana Kennedy and Nicola Joyce, three accomplished singers who came to know each other while on the session circuit in Galway in 2012. Since then they have released three critically acclaimed albums, toured all over the world, and been nominated for Best Group and Best Album in the RTÉ Folk Awards. Praise from international press has been heaped upon the band with The Irish Echo calling their sound ‘perfected simplicity’, and Hot Press saying that the trio ‘stake their claim to being among the finest singers in the country’.

    The band are renowned for their live performances, whether that’s touring their own material, or their much-lauded show Bird On The Wire, a collaboration with Pauline Scanlon which featured a ten-piece band including strings, and explored the songs of songwriting icon Leonard Cohen. It was performed to sold-out audiences in Ireland in 2019 and 2021.

    The Whileaways can’t wait to get out on the road in support of their forthcoming album In All Honesty. The band trialled many of the songs at their ‘Live from Home’ online gigs during lockdown. Now they get to do it in person!

    See The Whileaways live;

    Saturday 4 June                      Ballyglunin Railway Station, Tuam Galway

    Friday 17 June                         Campbell’s Tavern, Headford, Galway

    Wednesday 22 June                The Green Room, Dingle, Kerry

    Saturday 25 June                    Town Hall Theatre, Westport, Co. Mayo

    Friday 1 July                           The Workman’s Club, Dublin

    Saturday 2 July                        Duncairn Arts Centre, Belfast

    Thursday 21 July                     Murray’s Hotel, Inishbofin, Co. Galway

    Thursday 8 September           Raheen Woods Hotel, Clonmel World Music Series

    Saturday 17 September          Clifden Arts Festival, Co. Galway



    Wilderado release ‘HEAD RIGHT’ single & video


    “A force to be fully reckoned with” American Songwriter

    “Life-affirming vibrancy” San Francisco Chronicle

    “Wilderado make poetry out of shared sentiments” New Noise Magazine

    Fresh from the release of their eponymous debut album, sold out US headline tour and national TV performance, Tulsa band Wilderado are finally heading over the pond, bringing their infectious brand of alternative rock to UK and Irish audiences during their tour supporting alt-J in May.

    The fast-rising American trio have just completed an entirely sold-out two-month nationwide tour of the US, with current single ‘Head Right’ already breaking into the top 10 US Alternative Radio Chart and earning the band an invitation to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! A confident slice of rock ‘n’ roll, ‘Head Right’ builds on what the band does best – combining soaring melodies with lush three-part harmonies.

    Wilderado’s Max Rainer recalls: “Towards the end of 2018 and all throughout 2019 we were constantly on the road. In between tours I was flying to different places, meeting producers, working on songs and trying to figure out what it was we were going to do next. Somewhere in the spring of ’19 we were all in Nashville hanging out with a guy named Angelo talking about how sometimes the best way to ruin a song, life, or anything really, is to take it too seriously. That afternoon we wrote “Head Right.” It was the first time in forever we had written a song, lyrics and everything, all together. We’re happy to share it with you now as it represents a turning point for us as a band, a return to the basics and the feeling of writing music while not caring about much at all“.

    The song is the lead single from the band’s self-titled debut LP which was produced by James McAlister (The National, Sufjan Stevens, Taylor Swift), Chad Copelin (Broncho, LANY) and Angelo Petraglia (Kings of Leon) and has received critical acclaim since release.

    Wilderado have been chosen by alt-J as special guests for their highly anticipated tour of UK and Ireland next month. The tour, Wilderado’s first ever in the UK, kicks off in Glasgow with several sold-out shows throughout Scotland, England, and Ireland. It includes a sold-out show at Barrowland Ballroom in Glasgow with a second night added, two at Olympia Theatre in Dublin, and four nights at 02 Academy Brixton in London. A full list of confirmed dates can be found below, with tickets available here.

    Sun 22nd May – Olympia Theatre, Dublin – SOLD-OUT

    Mon 23rd May – Olympia Theatre, Dublin – SOLD-OUT

    Wed 25th May – The Telegraph Building, Belfast


  • Seba Safe

    Irish Musician Seba Safe Signs To Nettwerk

    Shares Tender Single “Oscars” & Video

    ‘Oscars’ Single Artwork HERE

    The single is available to buy & stream here.

    “Very worth your time and ears.” – The Irish Times

    “I absolutely love everything he’s been doing.” Gemma Bradley, BBC Radio 1

    “…soulfully crafted music that blends elements of pop, jazz and folk together for the perfect mix.” – Hot Press

    1st April 2022 (London, UK) – Nettwerk is excited to announce the signing of up-and-coming Irish singer-songwriter Seba Safe (real name Michael D’Alton)to the label roster, and today he’s shared a poignant new track “Oscars”. It showcases his heartfelt vocals and songwriting, with simple yet melancholy lyrics that give the song a fresh twist. Seba Safe calls “Oscars” a “classic break-up blues buzz” song. “It’s about acting happy when you’re not, so friends and family don’t worry about you. Using happiness as a front. Also, the song questions the authenticity of other people’s happiness.”

    One of the most interesting songwriting talents to emerge from Ireland’s shores in the last year, “Oscars” is his first new material since the success of his debut EP Map Runner and marks a strong label debut for the Galway musician, giving a glimpse on what’s to come.

    About Seba Safe:

    Writing candidly and honestly on personal relationships, love, loss and change, Seba Safe’s

    pertinent lyrics are wrapped in a sound that combines elements of Pop, Folk, Indie and R’n’B seamlessly, establishing himself as one of Ireland’s most promising and emerging songwriting talents out there.

    With an artistic range that saw him collaborate with Æ MAK on “I Dance In The Kitchen”, the track saw heavy radio and DSP support including being named ‘Track Of The Day’ on KEXP.

    Last year saw Seba Safe securing solid DSP editorial support, selling out a second headline show in Dublin’s The Grand Social, and garnering significant airplay support from BBC’s 6 Music, RTE 2FM (including Record of the Week from Tracy Clifford), RTE Radio 1 playlisting amongst many others. With more new music to come, 2022 is set to be another breakthrough year for Seba Safe.

    See Seba Safe when he plays with alt-rock & Irish soul band Rossa Murray & the blowin’ winds.

    12th May                     Ballinadee Bus, Cork

    13th May                     Bello Bar, Dublin

    14th & 15th May          Sunflower Bar, Belfast