Rory and the Island single now on iTunes

Rory and the Island’s release of Jimmy Selling Watches / Overground Artist was unfortunately delayed due to problems with the digital upload to iTunes.

However, you can now download the single from iTunes by clicking HERE!

It is now only two weeks until Rory is back in Ireland for some live dates and a promo tour. For more info and availability please get in touch: / (0044) 07723861184


Mark Black & the Trips

Featuring amplified 12 string acoustic guitars, lap steel, didjireedoo, driving roots rhythms and grooves; Mark Black and the Trips are one of the hottest and most dynamic live acts around and are now the latest addition to the Vox Pop Media roster.

Mark Black & the Trips are led by singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Black and also features Brendan McGlynn on bass and Seamus Devenny on drums and percussion. Mark Black’s musical credentials include two self-produced studio albums, a double live album and concert DVD featuring the 13 piece big band “The Roots Orchestra”.

The single Ghosts in the Fire is due for release on April 20th 2012 and the album of the same title is out on April 27th 2012.

Check out the artwork for the album here:

Ghosts in the Fire

Mark Black Album Artwork


Mark Black Tour Dates:
13th April: Green Room, Voodoo, Letterkenny
14th April, Brysons, Magherafelt
19th Apr Workmans Club
21st Apr Chasin Bull, Bundoran
28th Apr Bridge Bar , Ramelton
4/5/6th May Jazz Festival, Derry
11th May Lady Belle, Dungarvan
14th May Roisin Dubh
16th May Debarras, Clonakilty
18th May Boyles Of Slane
20th May Crane Lane, Cork
23rd May Whelan’s, Dublin
24th May Spirit Store, Dundalk
25th May Sandinos, Derry
26th May, An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny
31st May/1/2/3 June Rory Gallagher Fest, Ballyshannon

For more information, music & artist availability then please get in touch. :)

Rory & the Island Live Dates

Rory and the Island has announced a few live shows for Ireland in April. 

Rory and the Island has announced Irish dates

Admission to the Roisin Dubh (upstairs) gig on April 12 is €5 and tickets will be available on the door on the night. The same goes for the Kilcar Parish Hall event on April 13.

Tickets for the Workman’s Club in Dublin are priced at €7 and are available from Ticketmaster and on the door on the night.

Rory will also be making various radio and TV appearances throughout the week to support the release of Rory and the Island’s debut album ‘Auntie Depressant and Uncle Hope’. Rory will also announce some instore gigs soon. Keep an eye on this site and on Rory and the Island’s Facebook page for more information.




Boy Lights Fire – Weatherman



Boy Lights Fire single available now

Boy Lights Fire were formed in 2009 by George Mercer (guitar/vocals), Mike Daly (bass guitar) and Kevin McDonnell (drums/percussion) and have since went on to establish themselves as one of the country’s hardest working and most promising acts.

Live favourite and debut single ‘Weatherman’ is a hook laden, stomping opener with a mass appeal that is destined to fill the dance floors of Indie discos and venues alike.

Last year the band were invited on the FMC tour to support Irish artists Jape, And So I Watch You From Afar and Fionn Regan. The band also made appearances at Electric Picnic, Hard Working Class Hereos Festival and Temple House Festival. Anyone who has caught the trio live will be aware of their exciting and dynamic sound.

“Weatherman” received the award for “Best Song” at the Highway 67 music awards and has already gained airplay from highly-respected  radio DJ’s such as Dave Fanning (2FM), Tony Fenton (Today FM) and Cathal Funge (Phantom FM).

For artist availability get in touch with TJ Shiels @ Vox Pop Media: tj[at]voxpop-media[dot]com or call (0044) 07723861184

Rory & the Island on the RTE Radio 1 playlist

Thanks to RTE Radio 1 for adding the current Rory and the Island single ‘Jimmy Selling Watches’ to their daytime playlist.

It is also great to see the Aftermath with their fabulous track ‘In Loneliness Lives Love’ featuring on the playlist.

We will be announcing details of some Rory and the Island live dates here tomorrow.

Check out the video for ‘Jimmy Selling Watches’…

Tabby Callaghan @ Drive 105.3fm

On the 6th March 2012, Dee Curran from Drive 105.3fm conducted an exclusive interview with Tabby Callaghan. Tabby is currently working on some new material – find out more by following this link to a Soundcloud post of the interview. Read on for press release.


Tabby is currently working on new material

Tabby Callaghan has been quietly working on new material from his home studio – but the Sligo star is about to release some new music and is ready to set the record straight.

Most people know Tabby as the Irish rocker from the X Factor, however, there’s much more to Callaghan’s story. From the age of 5, Tabby knew there was only one thing he wanted to do in life – play music. This ambition and passion turned from hobby to profession when Tabby started fronting bands and playing gigs in Sligo during his teens.

In 1998, Tabby formed Petronella with his brother Dominic and achieved some chart success in Ireland and played numerous gigs around the country.

When Petronella ran their course, Callaghan entered the first series of ITV talent show the X Factor and shot to international fame. Tabby came third in the competition.

Following the X Factor, Tabby has gigged all over Ireland, UK and the USA. He has had three top 30 singles with the track ‘Number One’ achieving number seven and staying in the Irish charts for seven weeks. Tabby has supported the likes of Tom Jones and Rod Stewart.

In August 2005, Tabby featured in an ITV ‘rockumentary’ titled ‘What Tabby Did Next’.

Tabby has achieved some of the milestones in life that most musicians can only dream of:

Play Wembley – check

Record with Ozzy Osbourne – check

Meet a Beatle – check

Perform to over 200, 000 people – check

Travel the world doing what you love – check

In 2005, Callaghan performed at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England. During the gig, Callaghan kicked off his boots in order to play in his bare feet, which is his trademark; however, his boots were taken from the stage by a fan. The Cavern Club management then provided him with an old pair of boots in their office which had been left behind by Ronnie Wood of The Rolling Stones.

Tabby was given a Gibson Custom Gold Top in 2006 – testimony to the real talent this Sligo man has.

Recently, Tabby has taken a step back from the business to focus on writing and recording. The multi-instrumentalist already has three possible self-produced singles to choose from – So Far Away, Aphria’s Song and Mean Machines. Callaghan is self-producing and engineering his next album and impressively will play every instrument on the album himself.

Always an energetic and engaging performer, Tabby will soon be announcing live dates across Ireland and the UK. Single release date will be announced soon. Album details to follow.

For more info contact TJ Shiels: / (0044) 07723861184 / (00353) 0858377591

Last weekend, Rory and the Island uploaded the track Boys in Green (featuring Sharon Shannon) to YouTube and already it has featured in the Sun, The Independent and the Star – without even putting out a press release. The video has also been posted on various blogs over the past few days – all one month ahead of official release.


‘Boys in Green’ by Rory and the Island featuring Sharon Shannon will be released to iTunes and other digital outlets on April 13th 2012.  All proceeds will go to Myasthenia Gravis Association. For more info get in touch –





The Aftermath – In Loneliness Lives Love

Vox Pop Media are delighted to be representing The Aftermath in Northern Ireland.

The band have just released their brand new single In Loneliness Lives Love and are now available for press and radio opportunities.

“Proper celtic soul!”

 (Shane MacGowan)

 “I’ve liked this from the first play, a very strong song”

 (John Creedon, RTE Radio 1)

The Aftermath have released a new single called 'In Loneliness Lives Love'


The band consists of brothers Johnny (guitar, keys, vocals) and Michael Cronin (drums, percussion, samples, vocals), both of whom are originally from Longford but raised in Leeds as well as Mullingar guitarist, Justin McNabb and bassist Martin Gray.

The Aftermath released their debut album, Friendlier Up Here on 25 April 2008. They have had three singles enter the Irish singles chart, all inside the Top 20; “One is Fun/Are You Not?” spent two weeks in the chart and peaked at number eleven, “Hollywood Remake/Need” also spent two weeks in the chart and peaked at number nineteen, whilst latest single “All I Want is For You to Be Happy” spent a week in the chart at number thirteen.

The Aftermath’s new single features a who’s who of Irish musicians – Steve Wickham (The Waterboys) Violin, Helen Turner (Paul Weller) Keys, Tosh Flood (Pugwash) Guitar and Vocals, Ger McDonnell Vibes and Karl Odlum (The Frames) Piano.

To accompany this, a wonderful, partially animated video directed by Marc Corrigan who directed the award winning “Ants” video for Ham Sandwich.

The track is available on iTunes now.

Live dates

 Friday 9th March – Cassidys Bar, @3 Westmoreland St, Dublin. Free entry

Saturday 10th March – Daly Bar, Mullingar. Free entry

Sunday 25th March – The Mercintile, Dublin. Free entry

Friday 30th March – Katy Dalys, Gory, Co Wexford. €5 on the door.

 Thursday 26th April – The Crane Lane, Cork City. Free entry

 More info: