Riot Tapes Release Cardinal Rules


Dublin four piece Riot Tapes are back with the follow up to ‘the Key’. ‘Cardinal Rules’ is available from iTunes and other good digital stores now.

Riot Tapes are: Elaine Doyle (lead vocals, guitar), Chris O’Brien (guitar), Robert Crosbie (bass) and Dave Ivers (drums).

Since their formation in late 2010, the band has gone from strength to strength. Hotly tipped as one of Ireland’s next big exports, the group have received record label interest from America and the United Kingdom.

Riot Tapes released their debut single ‘Photograph’ in Ireland in April 2011 and it went straight in at number five on the Irish download charts. The band then dove head first into recording their debut album. Primary recording took place in Windmill Lane, Westland Studios as well as a variety of other studios in Dublin, London and even Nashville, Tennessee.

In October 2011, Riot Tapes featured heavily on The Apprentice. ‘Photograph’ was used as part of the national television and radio advertising for the series. The band made an appearance during one of the episodes when the teams were given a task to find the best in Irish music – Riot Tapes were chosen by both teams!

Whilst recording the album the band made a number of live appearances in Dublin. These appearances included headline shows in Whelan’s, the Workman’s Club and the Grand Central. In late 2011, Ham Sandwich invited Riot Tapes to be their special guests at their homecoming and New Year’s Eve gigs (the latter taking place in the Village in Dublin.).

During 2012 the band played a few shows in Northern Ireland as well as a handful of low key gigs across the country to road test the material for the album – however, they spent most of last year in the studio working on their much anticipated debut. The record has since been mixed by Rogers Masson (Marilyn Manson, Vintage Trouble, Daughtry) in Nashville.

Now in 2013, the results of the hard work Riot Tapes have put in are clear. In February of this year the band released ‘the Key’. The radio only single gained airplay on Today FM, 2FM, 2XM and a number of regional and local stations right across the country. Featuring strings by members of the RTE Symphony Orchestra, ‘the Key’ was the Play Irish Single of the Week in March.

The sound of the band’s follow up ‘Cardinal Rules’ compliments the words of Hot Press when they said that Riot Tapes are “destined to break into the mainstream,”. A number of dates for the ‘Cardinal Rules’ Irish tour will be announced in the coming weeks.

‘Cardinal Rules’ by Riot Tapes is available from iTunes and other good digital stores now.

Former Revs Drummer Releases Debut Single

Ex-Revs drummer releases debut single

 Mickey D, the former drummer of Donegal indie rock band The Revs, has just released his first single since the band took a break of ‘indefinite length’ in 2007. The track titled “Someday You’ll Be Mine” is available to download now and hit the no. 1 spot on the Irish iTunes charts last Friday.

Although Mickey D has been session drumming and doing studio work for other artists, he has only recently begun playing his own original music again.

After a difficult period in his life Mickey D started writing lyrics for the first time. And this, his debut solo single, is the first time Mickey D has ever recorded a vocal. In addition to singing and writing the song, Mickey D plays every instrument on the recording.

Recorded in his hometown – the small village of Kilcar in Donegal – Mickey D has recorded and produced the single on a low budget with his friends helping with engineering, production, manufacturing and artwork. “There’s no real budget for the single; I’ve relied on a lot of help from friends to get it out there. It’s come from a very DIY attitude.”

With the Revs, Mickey D played Slane Castle, Oxygen (on the mainstage three consecutive years), Reading & Leeds, and SXSW. They also supported the likes of Muse, Stereophonics and Kaiser Chiefs and toured the world twice, releasing a string of hits in Ireland along the way.

Now Mickey D is back in 2013 with his debut solo single which was launched to a packed out Kilcar House last Saturday night. The track hit the no. 1 spot on the iTunes Irish download charts and has been creating a buzz all week.

Someday You’ll Be Mine is available from iTunes & all good digital outlets now.

Emily Whelan – ‘Mmmm Song’


Donegal’s Emily Whelan releases the “Mmmm Song” to iTunes today.

Pic by Marie Carr Photography

The “Mmmm Song” is Emily’s third release, following on from the success of her debut single “Life” (2011) and her 4 track EP “Fred” released in 2012.

With the single “Life” Emily was playlisted on national radio throughout summer 2011. The track was chosen as Single of the Week on BBC Radio Ulster and gained airplay on Today FM, RTÉ and countless other regional and local stations.

Known for her hard work and determination, Emily is no stranger to the live circuit. Emily spent most of last year touring the length and breadth of Ireland.  Last year, Whelan supported Jack Lukeman throughout his sell-out “27 Club” tour – playing in full capacity venues across the country including the likes of the Olympia Theatre, Dolan’s Warehouse, Everyman Palace Theatre and Derry’s Millennium Forum.

Emily has also supported the likes of Rory & the Island (Rory Gallagher, ex-Revs), The Henry Girls, Bagatelle and Aslan to name only a few.

Influenced by the likes of Alanis Morissette, Skunk Anansie, Tracy Chapman, KT Tunstall, James Morrison, Declan O’Rourke and Gemma Hayes, Emily’s ambition for this year is to reach more people with her music.

Emily is set to do just that with the release of the “Mmmm Song”, more touring, and a follow up EP and single later in the year.

To promote the release of the “Mmmm Song” Emily will be playing the following tour dates in June with more to be announced:

Fri 21st: CluBeo, Leo’s Tavern, Donegal

Mon 24th: Bennigan’s, Derry

Tue 25th: Ruby Sessions, Dublin

Thu 27th: Nancy’s, Ardara, Donegal

Sun 30th: Monroe’s, Galway

Full gig details are available from

Tabby releases new promo single ‘Manik Star’

Tabby has been quietly working on new material from his home studio – but the Sligo star is about to release some new music and he 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 now has his brand new single ‘Manic Star’ ready to go. 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.

The new promo single ‘Manik Star’ is available on Bandcamp for FREE by following this link:

For more info and for artist availability please contact TJ Shiels @ Vox Pop Media Ltd: / (0044) 07818407461

Finbar Furey New Single and Gigs this weekend

Finbar Furey returns to Ireland for a series of special concerts in support of his new album ‘Colours’ an evocative collection which includes guest vocals from Mary Black and X-Factor winner Shayne Ward. The new single ‘Dan O’Hara’ will be released on Sept 21st. Finbar sang the song with Gay Byrnes help on the recently aired ‘For One Night Only’ presented by Gay Byrne on RTE. That followed an intimate portrait of the artist ‘Finbar Furey: Free Spirit’ which aired on RTE some weeks ago.

Finbar Furey 'Colours'

Finbar Furey new single and concerts

Finbar Furey has a unique pedigree – an All Ireland Uillean Pipeand Whistle Champion, singer/songwriter as well as playing 5-string banjo and guitar and now actor . Finbar has been round the block many times recording for Transatlantic records in the 60′s and after 30 years of phenomenal success as the frontman for the family group, Finbar decided it was time to pursue his solo career and concentrate particularly on his own song writing, singing and playing the instruments for which he is love
d- the uileann pipes, 5 string banjo and the low whistle. Finbar’s reputation as a solo artist has increased with every performance. He has toured extensively in Britain, Australia and Europe, treating audiences to evenings of pure Irish magic, great music, good humour, and the charm and sparkling wit associated with one of Ireland’s great raconteurs.

Oct 12th: Kytelers, Kilkenny.

Oct 13th: Middelton GAA Club, Cork.Midelton GAA Midleton GAATel: 021 4631933 or Email: or Crux Entertainment Tel: 021 4355482 or Email:

Oct 14th: Roisin Dubh, Galway.

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The Rockier Road to Poland

Shane MacGowan, The Aftermath & Friends

“The Rockier Road to Poland”

The unofficial Ireland Euro 2012 anthem available to download and limited edition CD on

Live Transmission Records from May 18th 2012

All profits will go to The Simon Community Ireland for the homeless

 It was the 11th of October 2011 and The Republic of Ireland football team had just beaten Armenia and were on their way for the first time in 24 years to the European Championships in Poland and Ukraine. The Cronin brother’s from Irish band The Aftermath had an idea. Why not do a remake of The Dubliners classic Irish song The Rocky Road to Dublin but instead have the final destination of Poland. So as the seed’s were sewn, the Cronin’s went about getting in touch with a few friends to collaborate with to make the song a bit more fun.

One of which was Nenagh singer Tom Creagh who was also good friends with legendary Pogues front man Shane MacGowan. Tom asked Shane if he would like to get involved and Shane said it sounded a bit of craic.

Initial recording started in mid January with The Aftermath, Shane Macgowan, Tom Creagh and Nenagh accordionist Rachel Ray at The Aftermath’s own Transmission Rooms studio in Drumlish Co Longford. An idea came the night befor as Johnny Cronin explains “We were out the night before the recording, playing pool with Shane and discussing what we should do. Then Shane put David Bowie’s ‘Jean Genie’ on the jukebox. Listening, he put down his drink, and said, that’s how to do it. So it’s The Dubliners picking up Bowie’s ‘Jean Genie’ on ‘The Rocky Road to Dublin’. It sounds mad but it works, and “The Rockier Road to Poland was born” revealed Johnny.

Shane MacGowan, the Aftermath & friends release the Rockier Road to Poland

The Cronins, MacGowan and Tom Creagh wrote the lyrics as more of a drinking and friendship song with them traveling around Ireland to Nenagh, Mullingar, Drumlish and finally Dublin for the trip to Poland but not being allowed on because of the bags being overweight.

Johnny Cronin added: “It’s a comedy song. Ours is more of a ‘Lisdoonvarna / The Craic Was Ninety In The Isle of Man’.Its a drinking, friendship song with a football theme.”

After the initial recording the Cronin’s got in touch with a few more friends to finish the track. These include Fr Ted comedian Joe `Rooney, Dead 60′s front man Matt McManamon, Duncan Patterson from Alternative 4, ion & Anathema, ledgendary Trad Music Piper Mike McGoldrick and a host of Leeds Irish finest musicians including the All Ireland accordion champion Sean Gavaghan, Paddy Flanary and the O Malley brothers Chris and Kieron.

But having finally recorded the song, they discovered that another group including Danny O’Reilly, Damien Dempsey and The Dubliners were doing a rival version of The Rocky Road to Dublin. Their version, called The Rocky Road to Poland, also features members of the Irish football squad and has become Ireland’s official anthem for Euro 2012.

“We went to press on the same day which was a complete coincidence, we had no idea whatsoever that they were doing a version of the same song and they didn’t know about ours either,” says Mick

The recordings were then mixed by top Irish engineer Ger McDonnell, whose clients include U2 and The Manic Street Preachers.

“The Rockier Road to Poland” is released on download and limited edition CD on Live Transmission Records from Friday 18th May 2012.

All profits from the download of the song will go to The Simon Community of Ireland for the homeless.

Download on iTunes

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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).

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