Intimate. Acoustic. Unplugged. Legendary Norwegian band a-ha are back on the road for 2018 – as you’ve never heard them before. Their new album will be recorded live on stage in June 2017, and performed acoustically rather than with their normal electric and electronic set up. To coincide with the release of the album and accompanying concert film in November 2017, the band will return with a string of live dates early next year, including a show at The O2, London, on Valentine’s Day, Wednesday 14 February 2018.
Don McLean is one of America’s most enduring singer-songwriters and is forever associated with his classic hits ‘American Pie’ and ‘Vincent (Starry Starry Night)’. Since first hitting the charts in 1971, Don has amassed over 40 gold and platinum recor s world-wide and, in 2004, was inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. His songs have been recorded by artists from every musical genre, most notably Madonna’s No. 1 recording of ‘American Pie’ in 2000 and George Michael’s version of ‘The Grave’ in 2003, sung in protest at the Iraq War. DonMcLean Discography Don McLean (b. 2 Oct 1945, New Rochelle, NY) – talented singer-songwriter who began in folk music, performing free on behalf of Pete Seeger’s efforts to clean up the Hudson River. His first album had been turned down by several labels because of his insistence on retaining his own publishing, but Tapestry ’70 was issued on Media Arts, soon taken over by UA; of the songs “And I Love You So” was covered by Perry Como for a Top 30 hit ’73, while his performance of “Empty Chairs” inspired “Killing Me Softly With His Song” (written by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox) a Grammy winner and a […]
Bell X1 are a musical group from County Kildare, Ireland known for their versatile musical palette, lyrical dexterity and catalogue of popular singles and albums. The group consists of Paul Noonan (lead vocals, guitar, percussion, keys), David Geraghty (guitar, vocals, keys, percussion, banjo, harmonica) and Dominic Phillips (bass, vocals).
Dublin’s Gavin James released his Live at Whelans album on 28 November 2014. Performing in front of a ravenous crowd, Gavin threw in a special cover version, initially released as part of The Magnetic Fields classic long player 69 Love Songs, The Book Of Love is a tender, emotional display of the heart’s power to inspire. Rendered in straight and stark terms, Gavin finds a little slice of himself at the centre of The Book Of Love. The 22-year-old who won the Choice Music Prize for Song of the Year has seen his debut EP (Say Hello) remain on the Irish chart for over six months. This rise and development in his home market has gained Gavin sell-out headline dates and wider support tours with the likes of Lianne La Havas, James Blunt, Beth Orton, Kodaline and Marina & The Diamonds. Gavin’s great grandparents on his mother’s side were both famous Irish Opera singers and had their own albums released in the early 1900’s. He started playing the guitar at the age of eight, gigging around Dublin’s Temple bar. While working on his live technique, his confidence was growing, ultimately leading him to sign his record deal and he now […]
Considered one of the greatest live bands, CHIC’s sound is undoubtedly defined by the rhythm guitar and musicianship of Nile Rodgers, resulting in some of the biggest dance singles of all times. With an amazing live show from the greatest dance band in the world, CHIC is guaranteed to get the party going and have audiences up on their feet this July at the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin on Thursday 9 July and Live At The Marquee Cork on Friday 10 July. Tickets go on sale Thursday 12 March at 9am from all usual outlets. Among music legends, Nile Rodgers is truly exceptional. He amplifies his legacy as a Grammy-winning composer, producer, arranger, and guitarist by constantly traversing new musical terrain and successfully expanding the boundaries of popular music. As the co-founder of CHIC, Rodgers pioneered a musical language that sparked the advent of hip-hop with “Good Times,” distinguished CHIC as the “most sampled band in history” (The Guardian, 2011), won CHIC nine Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominations, and generated groundbreaking pop hits like “Le Freak,” which was inducted into the 2015 Grammy Hall of Fame. His career-defining productions for David Bowie (Let’s Dance), Madonna (Like A Virgin), […]
Hailing from Athy, Co. Kildare, Jimmy Rainsford (22) and Ryan Hennessy (21) joined forces at the end of October 2015, after Jimmy spotted Ryan performing in local pubs and venues. Upon hearing Ryan’s unique voice, Jimmy invited Ryan to join him in his studio to record some tracks. After quickly hitting it off the duo decided to make the partnership more permanent and Picture This was born. Setting up the band’s Facebook as a way to promote their music with quickly saw Picture This’ fan-base rise from 100 friends and family to over 16,000 in a short space of time. They have received over 2.5 million views on Facebook and over two hundred and fifty thousand views on YouTube. In March of this year, Picture This were honoured when their single “You and I” was chosen by the Irish Film Board as the music for their new advertisement campaign, running in cinemas and used in the board’s presentation at both the Oscars and The Sundance Film Festival. Their Traffic Jam videos have become a viral sensation and have seen the likes of Gavin James, The Script’s Glen Power, The Coronas, Ryan Sheridan, Hometown and Aslan’s Christy Dignam all take part […]
They were the standout act of Electric Picnic, blowing the roof off a mobbed Rankin’s Wood. They will join the line-up for the 2FM Xmas Ball, which sold out in under three hours last Friday. Now, in response to phenomenal demand, Ireland’s new favourite double act of Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra come together for a fully extended must-see event. They are taking over 3Arena for one night only on Sunday 13 November. Dynamic and vibrant, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra is known for its eclectic range and imaginative collaborations. Whether performing in a concert hall, a recording studio or a tent, the musicians bring a warmth, a style and a passionate commitment to quality that strikes a chord with audiences. It’s a sign of that connection that last year in an international poll, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra was voted the World’s Favourite Orchestra! Rhythm is a Dancer, Children, Not Over Yet, Everybody’s Free and Insomnia are just some of the numbers heard from Jenny and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra at Electric Picnic. Expect all those and a lot more when they join forces in the 3Arena. They were the gig of the weekend for many in Stradbally – […]
Since they were formed over a decade ago in 2001, The Script have become one of the most popular Irish bands of the 21st century. Fans everywhere love their unique soft rock and pop sound, coupled with clever, heartfelt lyrics. The band is made up of three members: Danny O’Donoghue, the lead singer and pianist, Mark Sheehan, vocalist and guitar player, and Glen Power, the band’s drummer. O’Donoghue and Sheehan were childhood friends, growing up together in Dublin. After some success in the US and Canada as songwriters and producers, writing for performers such as Britney Spears, the pair came back to Ireland and met Powers. The trio were then signed in 2005. Three years later, the band released their debut self-titled album. Getting to No. 1 in the UK and Irish charts, five singles were released from that album and it became the 12th best-selling album of 2008. Their second album, Science & Faith, was released in 2010 and entered the charts at No. 1 in the UK and No.3 in America. The Script have announced their fifth album, Freedom Child, will be released on 1 September. It will be supported by a late summer tour that stops in […]
Dara is one of the most recognisable faces on British TV, as host of the hugely successful Mock The Week, Star Gazing Live, Robotwars and Go8Bit. Catch one of the most charismatic, intelligent, fast-talking and downright funny live performers working today in this brand new show for 2018. “His set is a masterclass in intelligent, no-frills stand-up” – The Guardian “If you want a comic who can hold an audience in the palm of his hand for two hours, here’s your man” – The Times “Sharp wit from a superfit mind” – Evening Standard “These are classy routines, that assume the audience’s intelligence and condescend to no one” – The Guardian
Mixing the traditional Irish folk sounds with the (then) emerging sounds of rock’n’roll, Christy Moore emerged in the late 1960s as a shining new voice in Irish music. Since then he has carved out an extremely consistent career, both as a solo artist and with his bands, Planxty and Moving Hearts. Credited as a major influence on artists such as U2, The Pogues and Sinead O’Connor, Christy continues to tour and record and the dynamism of his performances, as demonstrated on his live albums Live in Dublin, At the Point: Live and Live at Vicar Street, is not to be missed.
Nathan Carter is one of the biggest names on the Irish music scene and is fast becoming a big name all over the UK with his fine performances that include the mega hit song Wagon Wheel. Nathan and his six-man band perform a great variety of country, Irish, pop and ballads – music for everyone of all ages. Nathan is an expert accordion player, so you can expect a bit of hand-clapping, foot-tapping hooley, as well a superbly entertaining show that will make you want to see him again and again.
Jack Johnson has gone from filmmaker, shooting and scoring his 16mm surf films to a well-known and critically acclaimed singer-songwriter. He exploded onto the scene in 2001 with his smash hit debut album Brushfire Fairytales. Johnson’s interest in surfing also led him to produce and score several surfing films including September Sessions and Thicker Than Water, which were released between his debut and second album On and On. Jack Johnson released his third album In Between Dreams in early 2005 which many regard as his most musically upbeat release to date.