Rory & the Island announces one off Dublin show

Rory and the Island has just announced a one off live show in the Workman’s Club in Dublin.

The Donegal singer-songwriter hasn’t played in Ireland since 2012. Otherwise known as one third of the Revs, singer and songwriter of the Donegal anthem ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ and resident musician and co-owner of the Island Bar in Lanzarote, Rory brings his fantastic live show to the Workman’s Club on April 25th 2014.

Tickets are available now via Ticketmaster Ireland. Get them while you can!

To get you in the mood here’s a live favourite that hit the no. 1 spot on the iTunes chart last year

Rory & & the Island – the Ballad of Mad Dog Coll



We Are Aerials Single Out Now

WE ARE AERIALS is the new project by Derry songwriter, Conor McAteer.

Mainly known as a solo artist, having released two acoustic albums (Pirates in 2007 and 2011’s The Devil in the Ether) and played support to the likes of Billy Bragg, Declan O’Rourke and Bell X1, McAteer decided he needed to explore different genres and bigger productions on Voeckler, the first WE ARE AERIALS album.

The result is as diverse an album as you are likely to hear, ranging from hook-heavy Garage Rock songs like Pile ‘em Up and Chewing on my Sleeve to more introspective moments like We Are Chemicals and There is a Darkness.

“The album felt very different to what I had done before and while I play very stripped back versions of a couple of the songs at acoustic gigs, the way they’re written seemed like a separate project to the stuff I’d put out under my own name which is kind of rooted in classic late 60s singer-songwriter folk. Voeckler is a bit more adventurous from a sonic point of view.”

Eclectic but accessible, WE ARE AERIALS should appeal to fans of Elbow, REM, The National, Radiohead and Kenna.

The single, We Are Chemicals, is out today and is available from all good digital stores.

Voeckler is out on 21st February.




Jet Set Radio Headline ArcadeCon

Dublin 5 piece Jet Set Radio have just released their debut single ‘Shadows’ and are set to headline this year’s ArcadeCon in Dublin this weekend.


Jet Set Radio are:

Kirsty McLoughlin (vocals)

Cormac Butler (guitar)

Andy Kavanagh (bass/backing vocals)

Rhiannon O’Connor (keys)

David Ryan (drums)

The synth pop act, fronted by Kirsty McLoughlin, have already clocked up almost 3, 000 hits on YouTube with the video for the track ‘Shadows’.

Having shared stages with Professor Green, Basshunter, the Coronas, Sash! and Friendly Fires over the past two years, the band are about to take over Irish airwaves with their infectious, radio friendly debut.

Last year the group played ArcadeCon to an audience of 2,000 people and return as headliners this year. Recently signed to Putting Out Records in Dublin, the band will perform at the Ballsbridge Hotel as part of ArcadeCon 2013 which runs from Thursday 4th July to Sunday 7th July.

Jet Set Radio name Kesha, Skrillex and Dragonette among their influences and are also inspired by 2NE1 from South Korea and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu from Japan.

Speaking of Japan – the band have been building a fan base there with air play on Japanese national radio.

‘Shadows’ is taken from Jet Set Radio’s debut EP ‘Rare Candy’. The EP was produced by Eberhart who has written and produced tracks for artists like Bitches With Wolves and Temper-Mental MissElayneous.

Jet Set Radio will perform at ArcadeCon @ the Ballsbridge Hotel this Saturday 6th of July at 9pm.



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.

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

Mark Black & the Trips – “Leave Without A Trace”

This is the video for the b-side “Leave Without A Trace” taken from Mark Black’s current single “Ghosts in the Fire”. For media opportunities get in touch! :)

Shot in An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal and featuring surfing footage from Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo.
Director: Daniela Gross
Camera: Daniela Gross, Dave Mottershead, Peter Clyne (water shots)
Edit & Colour: Dave Mottershead

An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny
Phil Ruddock for sound & lighting

Neil Britton, Dylan Stott, Paul O’Kane, Richie Fitzgerald, Barry Mottershead, Tom Lowe, Fergal Smith.

Mark Black also composed the full soundtrack for “High Pressure – The Story of Ireland’s First Big Wave Surfing Contest” which is currently in its final phase of production. You can view a trailer here.

Boys in Green @ No. 5 on Irish download Chart

It was celebration time at Vox Pop Media towers this week as Rory and the Island and Sharon Shannon went in to number five on the Irish download charts with the Euro 2012 anthem “Boys in Green”.

To download the track from iTunes click here.

All proceeds go to MGA Ireland.

Thanks to all for their support so far.

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 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’…