Blackbird and Crow hail from the farthest northern corner of Co Donegal, Ireland. They formed three years ago and comprise of Maighread Ni Ghrasta (Vocals) and Stephen Doohan (Guitar/Bouzouki /Stomp).
They are best described musically as a folk blues duo and when onstage together. They leave nothing behind in the dressing room. The show is a blatant, honest, in your face expression of musical passion. Their songs are a timeline of life events and delivered with the same honesty and intensity that it took to write them.
They released their single 'I Gave Away My Home' and album 'SHOCK SHATTER CONVINCE' in early 2017. Blackbird and Crow have been going from strength to strength on the Irish music scene having played major festivals including Electric Picnic and Longitude Festival. This band is quickly making a name for themselves as one of the most hardworking and driven bands on the Irish scene. They are looking forward to an exciting 2018 with plans to release of their second album in 2019.
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Barry Jay Hughes is one of Ireland hardest working solo folk rock musicians. Carving a path for himself in the Irish music industry since early 2014. His Debut EP 'This Way Up' was released in April 2015 to critical acclaim and was quickly followed by 'Tried & Treasured' a mini album which was released in April 2016.
Since Hughes hit the Irish Music scene he has been touring the country as well as gigging in the Uk, Sweden and Poland. His powerful vocal has been compared to that of Eddie Vedder and Glen Hansard and he takes inspiration from other Irish artists including Wallis Bird and Damien Rice.
His songwriting style is that of a story teller and Hughes always manages to draw the audience in with his solemn and quiet tones that fit nicely upon his rhythmic style of guitar playing.
The live album 'Acoustic, LIVE & Honest' was released in Nov 2017.
Mardi Gras released their first full length album "drops made" 11 yeas ago. The band toured extensively throughout Italy and Ireland, first as an acoustic duo and later as a full electric band. Mardi Gras are today,One of Italy's premier live acts, and one of the italian acts most listened to on the Myspace Platform. They Have shared stages with Glen Hansard and the Frames, Billy Bragg, Mundy, Noah and the Whale, Micah P HInson to name but a few, while also playing big festivals and independent showcases all throughout their country with rave reviews and radio interviews.
WIth two more records ("Among the Streams recorded and mastered in Rome and Nashville, and "Playground" recorded and mastered in Rome and Abbey Road) and few singles that charted in the Italian charts, the band also played Sziget Festivals and toured Ireland extensively.
"Mardi Gras are doing some interesting things, and seem to have the work ethic any band needs to succeed. From their unique sound they would be worth the bus fare into town - if not quite the plane fare to Rome." Hot Press Ireland.
"Shoes" is the latest single from Italian band Mardi Gras
A groovy soul track where the shoes are meant to be our different way of life, being so different is a richness, not an obstacle for our society
Klara McDonnell is a Dublin born, Carlow based singer/songwriter and actress who released her debut solo EP "Trapped Within" in November 2017. Previously, she was the lead vocalist and co-writer of Irish alt-rock band Hypno Puppet for 5 years. They released their EP "Rivers of Time" in 2015. Klara had a minor fling with reality tv, appearing on Coach Trip Road to Marbs with her friend Dani Masterson in 2017 but music is where her heart lies.
Klara's influences include; Lera Lynn, Nick Cave, Sheryl Crow, Tom Waits, David Bowie and Patsy Cline. She draws listeners in with her catchy melodies and at times, her quite dark lyrics. Her love of cabaret, breaking the fourth wall and at times social awkwardness bring an air of comedy to her live performances.
"Trapped Within" was produced by Rohan and Al Healy from The Dublin City Rounders alongside their musician/producer father, David Virgin.
Klara plans to release a music video for each of the 4 tracks on the EP. The first two videos were directed by herself and her quirky concepts gathered some attention online. Her last single "Touch of a Hand" was released on 15th February 2018 and the music video was directed by Hollywood based Irish horror director Bing Bailey. It featured Klara as a vintage doll and Irish actress Lisa McMahon playing both a male and a female role.
She documents her career and that of her musician and actor friends on her Youtube channel in her vlogs.
Klara's next live appearance will be at Fibber Magee's on the 22nd March.
Sara Ryan has had an exciting start to her career. Last year she released her debut single Belle, which won "Best Newcomer" and "Best New Single" on Dublin City FM. And to top the year off, she was crowned New Folk Artist of the Year at the Irish Folk Music Awards, alongside Damien Dempsey, Johnny McEvoy, The Druids and Aoife Scott. The Kildare-born songwriter, now based in Cork City, built a strong and loyal following supporting prestigious acts such as Mick Flannery, Martin Harley, John Spillane, Wally Page, Luka Bloom, Ye Vagabonds, Andy Irvine and Cry Monster Cry.
Sara is now based in Cork City, She has become familiar with audiences within Cork City and national venues also. In recent years Sara has been performing in various venues such as The Cavern Club, Liverpool, Whelan's, Dublin, The White Horse Sessions in Kennys of Lahinch, Coughlan's, Cork and The White Horse, Ballincollig, as well as various venues in Cork City and County. Ryan was listed as a woman who has made a contribution to Cork's musical history on Hot Press Magazine.
2018 sees the release of her second single Euphoric Recall on February 23rd and Sara’s much anticipated Debut EP Glitter Skies will be released this coming March.
With a performance style compared to a young Edith Piaf, this summer 2018, Sara will continue grace stages across Ireland and share her songs and stories throughout our Emerald Isle.
Sara Ryan brings a unique voice to the Irish music scene with memorable lyrics conveying stories as real as they are raw. 2018 is the year the world will discover this wonderful voice.
“I’ve known Sara since childhood.Its been a joy to witness her young career, to hear her songwriting develop and her singing mature.This young lady has a huge career ahead of her.” - Christy Moore. Jan 2018.
Leo Dynamic1 is an award winning Songwriter and Music Producer from Dublin, Ireland. He is also a two times national boxing champion. 'The Punching Producer!'.Over the last few years he has won 2 Songwriting Awards and produced two top 10 hits with Sony Music Germany.
Leo enjoys writing in multiple genres of music, from Pop & Dance, Urban/Hip Hop, Tropical House as well as R&B and Pop Ballads.He was also a member of an international songwriting group which was mentored by the great Songwriter, Record Producer and Manager Jack Ponti. Jack is a former bandmate of Jon Bon Jovi. Leo refined his Songwriting skills and Knowledge from Jack's teachings and applies them to his songwriting.
Leo has successfully had his music placed on MTV USA and continues to compose music for TV there. Early last year, Leo's music reached a new level, attracting the attention of a record label in Sweden. He has seven tracks released with this label so far and has received radio play worldwide.
He also writes and produces for other artists and his music has received over 1.5 million plays on Spotify and Youtube so far.Leo Dynamic1 is not shy to success, prior to his music career, he was a Champion Boxer, winning two All Ireland Titles. This passion saw him fight in America and Europe.All this drive, ambition and passion, he applies to his Music!
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