Kodaline are an Indie folk and rock band orginally from Swords, Dublin, where members Steve Garrigan, Mark Prendergast and Vinny May grew up. The group is completed by bass player Jason Boland, who hails from County Kildare. Originally known as 21 Demands, the band changed their name to Kodaline before the release of their debut album In A Perfect World in 2013. The record has sold over 350,000 copies worldwide and includes hits such as All I Want, High Hopes and Love Like This. Titluar track, Perfect World, is also currently used as the theme song for hit Channel 4 TV series Gogglebox. Their second album, Coming Up For Air, was released in 2015 and topped the Irish album charts.
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 joins […]
Formed in the late 1970s, Madness achieved immediate success with their debut album, One Step Beyond, which reached No.2 in the British album charts. Between 1980 and 1983 the band went on to score 13 UK top 10 singles including My Girl, Baggy Trousers, It Must Be Love and House of Fun. Firmly established as one of the UK’s favourite acts and pioneers of the SKA movement, Madness have since released over 11 albums. In 2016 they launched their inaugural House of Common festival in Clapham, a one-day festival with a line-up full of SKA and reggae peformers, at which they headlined. House of Common returned for a second year in 2017.
Walking On Cars are creating sounds as beautiful and dramatic as the landscape that envelops them. From the Dingle Peninsula, the five creatives friendship gave way to a tuneful collaboration, borne out of a desire to write music. With songs reflecting both the isolation and consolation of Dingle, this year Walking On Cars look set to add to their increasing number of admirers. Singer Patrick Sheehy is comfortable to characterize their music with the ambiguous description “powerful and almost pop”. Pushing the sound higher, Sorcha Durham (pianist) and Dan Devane (lead guitar) give life to these Melodic imaginings. Paul Flannery on Bass guitar and drummer Evan Hadnett provide an intelligent and bodily support to their carefully crafted songs. Central to the house that they share is the rehearsal space, where each of The five can document song ideas at anytime – “ an advantage” of their environment and something not possible living in a city. Since their formation just over 12 months ago, Walking on Cars have toured across the country with workmanlike dedication to their craft, developing their passion for playing live and with standout performances at many festivals in 2012.Walking On Cars are set to return to many […]