A heartbreakingly wonderful singer/songwriter says Darren Holden of The High Kings.

While MRU Ireland say; 'Categorically Irish', Lars Vincent (McKevitt) is an Irish contemporary folk artist originally from Mullingar in the heart of Ireland, but based in Dublin city.

A former member of the Irish Defence Forces, Lars served for a decade before leaving to pursue a career in music.

May 2012 saw the release of his debut EP, I'm a man you don't meet everyday which was reviewed positively by GoldenPlec, MRU & Hot Press. The latter labelling his music 'infectious'.

His second EP, 'Through These Eyes', followed in September 2013. This gained him some high-profile fans in the shape of folk songwriter, Eric Bogle and Eddie Furey of The Fureys.

Having headlined his own shows over the years, Lars has played at award winning venues such as Whelans Venue, Thomas House, Eamon Dorans, The Stables in Mullingar and Monroes in Galway. Over the past few years, he has gained a loyal following, with fans speaking highly of his live performances, mainly complimentary feedback such as possessing 'a voice that instantly reminds you of Ireland' to a man who 'knows his musical roots and very well.'

Sometimes Lars can be found having the odd sing-song at O'Donoghoes on Merrion row and Bakers in the Liberties of Dublin.

His influences are varied and they range from Morrissey to Damien Dempsey and from The Fureys to The Pogues and back to Ewan Mcoll and Percy French.

 2016 proved to be a busy year for Lars between studio work and touring. In July of that year he released his debut music video 'People in Glasshouses' and later that year he released his debut album, 'Lars Vincent - Demos (Part 1)', which was recorded and produced by fellow musician, Robbie Brennan, in Robbies home-built studio in Donaghmede, Dublin.

The album consists of 15 songs which were written by Lars Vincent over the past 5 years.

The artwork for the album was designed by noted and celebrated designer, Steve (Rapid) Averill.

2016 was also a notable year for Lars as a support act, namely supporting The Fureys on the home leg of their Irish tour.

Lars plays acoustic guitar and 6 string banjo. He is an avid fan of Millwall FC and the works of both Patrick Kavanagh and Oscar Wilde.

 

 

 

Having headlined his own shows over the years, Lars has played at award winning venues such as Whelans Venue, Thomas House, Eamon Dorans, The Stables in Mullingar and Monroes in Galway. Over the past few years, he has gained a loyal following, with fans speaking highly of his live performances, mainly complimentary feedback such as possessing 'a voice that instantly reminds you of Ireland' to a man who 'knows his musical roots and very well.'

Sometimes Lars can be found having the odd sing-song at O'Donoghoes on Merrion row and Bakers in the Liberties of Dublin.

His influences are varied and they range from Morrissey to Damien Dempsey and from The Fureys to The Pogues and back to Ewan Mcoll and Percy French.

 2016 proved to be a busy year for Lars between studio work and touring. In July of that year he released his debut music video 'People in Glasshouses' and later that year he released his debut album, 'Lars Vincent - Demos (Part 1)', which was recorded and produced by fellow musician, Robbie Brennan, in Robbies home-built studio in Donaghmede, Dublin.

The album consists of 15 songs which were written by Lars Vincent over the past 5 years.

The artwork for the album was designed by noted and celebrated designer, Steve (Rapid) Averill.

2016 was also a notable year for Lars as a support act, namely supporting The Fureys on the home leg of their Irish tour.

Lars plays acoustic guitar and 6 string banjo. He is an avid fan of Millwall FC and the works of both Patrick Kavanagh and Oscar Wilde.

 

 

 

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Stillroom would describe themselves as “triumphant rock n roll from Dublin’s heart & soul”.
With a history that has seen them tour Sunset Strip In LA to Shows in Germany , Ireland and the UK, They are still promoting their much claimed Album  ‘Good To Be Alive’  which charted in Ireland in 2015 through HMV stores and online sale promotions. This success was down to hard work , touring and a number of single and video releases. Stillroom are gathering serious interest since their Album and they are a regular on Radio stations on both sides of the Atlantic.

 

Along with having several of their compositions featured in movies, plays and Microsoft ad campaigns, the band have recently signed a publishing deal with GD78 and are currently enjoying airplay worldwide through a variety of sources including Sony PlayStation and XBOX.
Current members are: James (Berko) Berkeley on vox. Paul (Scottie) Scott on lead/rhythm guitar. Dehna (The Bennett) Bennett on Bass. And Mandeep (Mandy) Singh on drums.

 

 

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Future Fears are a four piece alt-pop band from Dublin, Ireland.  Formed in late 2015 the band has grown from strength to strength while developing a unique style of catchy hooks and anthemic choruses within their sound.
In mid 2016 the band released their first single "Call My Name" which was produced by Ray Traynor, who has worked with the likes of The Script, Aslan and One Republic. The band has collaborated once again with Ray on their debut E.P ‘LUCID’ available for download on all streaming sites on the 28th of April 2017.
The band consists of David Duggan (Bass/ Lead Vocals), Amy McDonagh (Guitar), Enrico Goffi (Drums) and Susan Ward (Keys/Synth/Backing Vocals). The bands influences span the last 5 decades and include; The Beatles, David Bowie, Queen, Tears for Fears, and contemporary artists such as Foster the People, M83 and Jess Glynne.

 

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Future Fears are a promising alt-pop band who have worked hard behind the scenes to create their polished sound. With high ambitions teamed with a stern work ethic and a catchy,memorable sound they're sure to turn more than a few heads.
Rachel Masterson - Editor of Ceol Caint & Presenter on 8Radio.com

 

Future Fears seemed to have appeared out of nowhere almost fully formed. Perhaps a name change - unless their future fears are fears for a bright future!

 

(Frank Phelan - Presenter at Dublin South FM)

 

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Greg Pearle & John Illsley ( Dire Straits )

 

Greg Pearle is an Irish Singer Songwriter from Dublin and based  in Ballina, Co Mayo. This hidden Jewel has being performing all of his life in Ireland.  Anyone who was lucky enough to hear him perform will know instantly that they have experienced something special, His live performances are unforgettable with his unique vocal tone and beautifully crafted tracks. His performance was so inspiring that he was responsible for inspiring Rock n Roll legend " John illsley" out of retirement. Later on both would record the collaborated  Album " Beautiful You " .

 

 

The Story behind their epic Meeting.

John Illsley was the bass player with the legendary Dire Straits selling 120 million albums.

John had retired from music and moved to rural Hampshire with his family to focus on passion for painting. He bought a local pub, "The East End Arms" and "The George Hotel" on the Isle of Wight. There he began exhibiting his art to the world.

Everything changed when John met Greg and his Irish rock group Cunla in a pub in Leicestershire. It was March 2005 and John was so impressed with the Band that he took to the stage. This was a huge deal as John had retired from performing on stage in 1993. He joined the band to play a couple of Dire Straits numbers and loved it.. John recalls: “I was asked to play a few tunes with them"." I liked their attitude and the fact that despite the large quantities of Guinness that had been consumed, they could all play very well.”

Exhibition

To coincide with an exhibition of his art in Les Baux de Provence, John was asked to perform some Dire Straits songs.

John Recalled "The Mayor of the town asked me and it’s not done in France to refuse the Mayor ". "I asked Cunla if they could learn some Dire Straits songs and it turned out that Greg was a big fan and knew a lot of the songs already”.

John and Cunla played at the Festival des Alpilles, performing to 1300 people in the Cathedral D’Image in Les Baux de Provence. The show was recorded and John was “pleasantly surprised” by the results. “I initially wanted the band to have a record of their French experience but several people heard it and encouraged us to release it.”

Friendship & Album

John and Greg became friends and John discovered that Greg was a very talented songwriter. “We spent some time knocking his songs into shape then began recording them in Mark Knopfler’s fabulous studio in Hammersmith". "Wait ’till you hear them". "Greg writes brilliant songs and has an amazing voice.”

Greg Pearle will always be remembered for the man who inspired John to find excitement in recording and playing live again. He takes his mark from greats such as Tom Waits, Van Morrison and Chris Rea, Pearle’s gravelly tones are infused with emotion from a well-traveled life.

Their collaborated album didn't get the the accolades it deserved but Greg has absolutely no regrets . Greg Recalls " To work and record an album with one of the greats was an experience I will cherish forever " .

New Band Gypsy  

Gypsy

In 2018 Greg decided to go on the road again and formed the Band  "Gypsy".  "Its early days yet but things are starting to really move" , he says.  They were well received in " Brennan's Lane "  Ballina when they launched in early 2019 and now they are a resident Act. Their profile is growing rapidly and 2019 will be a very exciting year for Greg and the Band .

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I had the pleasure of being at the launch of Gypsy and enjoyed the performance very much. They have a very cool vibe about them with Fiddle , Banjo / Guitar , Drums , Acoustic / Vocals and Bass . I would describe them as New Age Irish Folk Ballad act with Leonard Cohen and Dire Straits influences . All of the tracks were beautifully and carefully arranged to give the audience an unforgettable experience.

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It has been a busy year for Red Empire so far. Their debut album, which has captured the band’s trademark well-crafted melodic sound, was released online and in stores in February and has received a warm reception ahead of their Irish tour this July. The band led up to the album release with a number of EP releases including ‘Small Mercies’ and 'The Truth of You'. As a result of these releases Red Empire were chosen as the nationwide UTV Radio Group's 'Select Irish Artist of the month'. In addition to this the lads were chosen as 98FM's 'Home Grown Heroes' and DCFM's 'Tune of the week'. Red Empire were also earmarked for success on RTÉ Radio 1's 'The John Murray Show' (where they played a live session as well as being play-listed by RTÉ Radio) and Today FM's 'The Mix-Up'. Red Empire also appeared on national television performing live on RTÉ's 'The Saturday Night Show' and 'Two Tube' and TG4's 'Róisín'. During some of these TV performances the band played their single 'Deliver Me' which they have also translated into Japanese and released under the title, 'Michibiki'.

Red Empire's music videos for "Small Mercies" and "The Truth of You" have each won the 'Best Music Video' award at "The Dublin International Film & Music Awards" and "The Underground Cinema Awards" respectively. The band pride themselves on the strong impact of their videos and they enjoy a great artistic relationship with their visual collaborator, November Seven Films. 

Red Empire’s song, ‘Denial’ has been chosen to be included in director, Graham Cantwell’s film, ‘The Callback Queen’ and other songs have been used in advertisements for the V.E.C and the Guinness Pro 12. It would appear that Red Empire’s musical stock is rising fast. 

Throughout the last few years the band, who hail from all over Dublin and Athlone, have continued to play their increasingly well-known high-intensity live gigs all over Ireland and have gone down a treat at festivals such as Electric Picnic, The Westport Festival of Music and Arts, Fortstock and The Coors Light Weekender in Cork. Red Empire also toured Germany during and enjoyed a very warm response from German audiences. Indieweek.com described seeing the lads play live as a “kick-ass, very energetic live show.” With an ever-growing fan base and a bourgeoning roster of gigs throughout Ireland Red Empire look set for bigger and better things in 2016. Having already played numerous times in venues like the Olympia Theater, Vicar St, the INEC in Kerry and the Cork Opera House amongst many others right throughout the country the band have proven their worth on the big stage. With the lads touted by Musicscene.ie as “serious contenders for some well-deserved attention” and “destined for a bigger and brighter future” many commentators have noted that the Red Empire journey is only beginning.

Red Empire have also received the endorsement of music legend  John Hartmann "A veteran music agent, personal manager and record executive, John has provided career direction for such luminaries as Chad & Jeremy, Sonny & Cher, Buffalo Springfield, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Canned Heat, Eagles, Peter, Paul & Mary, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jackson Browne, America, Poco, and many others" )

"Red Empire have used their different musical influences and backgrounds to make a sound that is instantly recognizable when heard.” - Cheers Magazine

“Infectious pop choruses that wouldn’t sound out of place on commercial radio...stuck in your head after the first listen.” – Goldenplec.com

 

 

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Paul McCann is a singer, song writer and multi-instrumentalist from County Cavan, Ireland. Paul has been singing and playing in various instruments in bands since 1996 (including Power pop band 'The Plan' and highly acclaimed Johnny Cash tribute 'Get Rhythm') and has performed with Pugwash, The Strypes, Sandy Kelly, Duncan Maitland (Picturehouse) and Nelson Bragg (Brian Wilson Band/Beach Boys), among others.

 

Paul is currently recording the follow up to his highly acclaimed debut EP which was titled 'The Magician'. The Magician EP was recorded and mixed at JAM Studio’s in Kells by Martin Quinn whose credits include Aine Cahill and Ham Sandwich and is available to download from iTunes.

Paul is currently performing new material and songs from the Magician EP in venues around Ireland.

 

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Shane Kenny is a Singer/Songwriter from Wexford, Ireland who has just released his 3rd album shortly titled 'The Great Unknown' which is a follow up to 2014's 'Eight Miles Out' and 'Lost in the madness of crowds' from 2009.

“Kenny's songs invoke everyday images of hope, love and loss and within the soaring melodies, at times driving guitar riffs, and intricate arrangements there are some stark messages to be heard” - New Ross Echo – June 2013

It may be hard to pinpoint an artist that his music sits comfortably with regards to the style but Shane has been influenced by artists including Tom Petty, Warren Zevon and Bruce Springsteen and some songs have had comparisons with Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi and also Kiss to name but a few.

Since releasing his debut album, Shane has appeared as a support act to such artists as diverse as The Pat Mcmanus Band, Dave Sharp (The Alarm), The Mulligan Brothers, Mick Flannery, Mundy, Duke special, Jerry Fish, The Hot Sprockets, The 4 of Us, The Original Rudeboys, The Cabin Collective, Lazek, Tumbling Bones Southern Tenant Folk Union, The Niall Toner Band, Declan O'Rourke, John Spillane, The Irish Tenors among others.

 

 

Louise Crossan  was born and raised in the beautiful sea-side town of Buncrana, Co. Donegal.

As a young child She was always singing and at the age of 7 her first musical instrument was a small organ/keyboard on which She used to play songs by ear. She joined the Buncrana Youth Accordion Band shortly after and learned how to play the Button-Key Accordion.

At age 14 She began piano lessons with Ray Mc Ginley and achieved up to Grade 8.

She Began working at 15 and saved hard for her first Yamaha guitar, which she still has and plays to this day.

By 17 She was gigging in local bars and hotels and had also started song-writing.  She entered song contests throughout Ireland with her original material and was quite successful.

Wanting to further her music career,  She began taking proper vocal lessons with Angela Liston and received her teachers diploma for singing. At this time she won a singing scholarship to study in Belfast.  She also returned to education, doing a Performing Arts Diploma in Derry which gave her a great insight on how everything worked behind the scenes.

She then left for San Francisco in 1997 where she remained for 13 years. This proved to be the best move of her life.

She had her own band for 10 years and they played extensively throughout the San Francisco Bay Area at Weddings, Dinner Dances, Corporate gigs and house parties. There was a huge Irish connection there at the time so the band were busy every weekend usually doing 2 to 4 gigs a week. She also picked up a lot of great tips from her fellow musicians and learned that you can achieve what you really want by hard work and perseverance.

 

 

Upon returning to Ireland in 2009 with 2 small boys in tow she embraced motherhood for a while but it wasn't long before she got restless. She decided to go back to Magee University in Derry to do her degree in Music and she graduated with honours in 2013.

But there was one thing missing, She wasn't singing as much as she wanted. So she picked up the guitar one day and started back into her song-writing and it just started to flow. Song after song came out. Although she had recorded before, this felt different, more mature maybe? It was then that She decided to make an album and has never looked back since.

Her album BORN was launched in the Gateway Hotel, Buncrana on Dec 21st 2017 to a fantastic audience of family, friends and fellow musicians. The album was in part a personal journey for her and the lyrics tell the stories in the songsBorn, Blue Shadow, The Little Boy and Full Moon. 

Although the album is in the early stages of it's release, She has been named "Artist of the week" on 2 different radio shows, namely The Acoustic Yard Show with David Dee Moore, and Shannonside with Charlie Mc Gettigan, while also getting airplay on her own local radio station Highland Radio.

She is now in the process of working on her second album and loved being in the recording studio. It felt like she was finally at home!

 

 

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One of the “Standout Acts” from 2016 - no quibbles * Garageland

 

FUZZ GIGOLO: (Drogheda, Ireland) Are a 5-piece LO-FI “Rock n’ Roll” band that pen and perform original compositions * while packing a quartet+ of salubrious covers for a conventional mix? Born June 2013, from a multitude of retrospective influences and ideas (too broad to dilute?), they lineout as follows;

- Fran Thornton * Lead Vocals

- Ciara Callaghan * Vocals

- Geoff Fay * Guitar & Vocals

- Colin “Duxy” Murray * Bass (will the real Fuzz Gigolo please stand up?)

- Anthony Kierans * Drums

WHAT’S THE FUZZ: Likened to a cocktail of “Deacon Blue” & “The Beautiful South” with a twist of “Ian Dury” doing “a Joe Cocker”, shaken not stirred? and subsequently labelled as; refreshingly vibrant, melodically crafted, upbeat and contagiously energetic, oozing “Live Appeal”  

GIGOLO ROCK? “In it to Gig” and “hard at it” since March ’14, (with a busy schedule ahead) notching-up 90+ successful shows to date (North-West, North-East & East Coasts) * Appearances include;

-Headline: * Irish Maritime Festival, Drogheda Port (selected as the “Showcase Act” performing Day 1; “Opening Celebrations”, Hospitality Marquee, Day 2; Steampacket Stage & Day 3; Closing the “Main Event” on the “Main Stage”) * The Workman’s Club x 2 & The Sound House x 1 (3 all ticket “Sell Out” events via Garageland Ireland) +Fibber Magee’s (Dublin) * Beggy’s (Navan) * Boyle’s “The Purple Sessions” (Slane) * and frequent; Mc Phail’s, Odd Mollies & Sarsfield’s (Drogheda);

-Guest & Supporting: (+more) * Hard Rock Café, Mercantile, Sin É & Sweeney’s (Dublin), * Mc Kenna’s (Monaghan) * Musibar, Musibiz (Sligo)

-Festivals: * Vantastival (Firestone & Mc Phail’s Stages) * Le Chéile (Cream’s & Street Beat Stages) * Tararocks, (The Stables) * Craggy, Earthfest, Summer Circus, Secret Cottage, Facefest & Carranstown (Main Stages) * (for full listing - past, present & future; click).

RADIOACTIVE: Releasing Debut EP "PUSH" (April '15) +same title SINGLE "PUSH" (June '15), enjoying featured airtime and multi media recognition via Reverbnation (reaching #10 in the alternative charts), RTE 2XM (Dermot Lambert, Garageland), Dublin South FM (Keith Mc Loughlin), Dublin City FM (Dermot Rogers), Dundalk FM (Paddy Mac), i96FM (Damian Smyth), +Cavan & Irishweb TV and, courtesy of Impact Promotions “Select Irish”, Variety Online (UK & Oceania), Radio Universal (Germany), +Unsigned Radio Rocks, 365 Radio Network & A100 (USA).

In 2016: Fuzz Gigolo were among the final 12 select artists, “HARD ROCK RISING”, Hard Rock Café * sound tracked “THE ARTIST REVIEW”, Irish Maritime Festival * and, In association with RTE, Hot Press Magazine, IMRO, IRMA & RAAP, chosen as I of 16 acts to appear on the “debut” Garageland compilation album, “THIS IS GARAGELAND - VOLUME 1” (Release date & launch, SAT¦25¦03¦17, Tower Records, Dublin)

BEYOND AND INFINITY? Gaining in momentum and vigour with each performance, building a solid reputation and “sing-a-long” travelling fan base i.e. “The Gigolo Express” (AKA:) “The Jiggs” (just for internal fun?) have steadily become an identifiable noise, impossible to ignore …

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FRANKIE (2nd Single & Video) June ‘17

 

 

 

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Mesmerising stage antics of (in my opinion) one of the best bands in Ireland - Fuzz Gigolo

* Brian Heavey, Carranstown Summer Festival of Music & Shaken Edge

 

A good time band whose live performance was top quality - I was left wanting more

* Peter N, Céol Collective

 

A super energetic live band oozing with talent (super lyrics & music) – a must see

* Pauline Mc Dermott Smith, IMPACT PROMOTIONS

 

I can hear Steely Dan in there – a real cool sound

* Paul Cox, Totally PC & Spam Turner

 

A super live band

* Paul Holland, Meath Herald

 

A real "in it for the kicks" band that deliver a set of original tunes that will have you rocking all night

* Gerry Hodgers, The Purple Sessions & Irish Maritime Festival

 

The Fabulous “Fuzz Gigolo”

* Tom Anderson, A Bagful of Song & Irish Maritime Festival

 

 

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Launched in July 2016, Chasing Felix is a Dublin-based 3-piece band with songs falling into the genres of Electro-Rock, Indietronica and Synth-Pop.

Drawing on influences from Rock, Electro/Dance, Folk and Funk; Imagine a mixture as diverse as Moby, BonIver, Caribou and Fleet Foxes with flavours of Crosby Still and Nash and Herbie Hancock and you’re getting close to CHASING FELIX ’s ‘muse’. Launched in July 2016, Chasing Felix fuse together the creativity and tireless passion of frontman Damien Fegan with a unique live performance, complete with superb musicianship, pulsating rhythms and a fresh and original ‘indietronic’ sound.
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Cavan born, Damien grew up listening to blues music and the music of the Woodstock era, but with a love for computers and music production, he couldn’t help but let electronic music seep into that of his own. Initially, Damien spent his formative music years performing with wedding, tribute and cover bands across Europe. In 2012 his musical journey brought him to Burning Man Festival where he performed along side the UK’s Ollie Swell.
Damien is the architect of Chasing Felix’s sound which is often large and powerful, yet uplifting and playful. He is joined on stage by fellow songwriter Stuart Campbell (vox, bass) and by drummer and all-out top-bloke Peter Dzvonik. Together they attempt to take the crowd on a journey through modern music, keeping them entranced long after the very last song. The band’s debut double A Side singles “Forever” and “Jonos” were released in December 2016 and stand as testament to their truly epic live sound..

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