Imelda May is surely one of our best songwriters. Having been born and raised in Dublin, she began her career at 16 performing locally. Now, on the eve of releasing her sixth studio album ‘11 Past the Hour’, she is known worldwide and critically acclaimed. She has worked with some of the world’s greatest producers and artists and when releasing the debut single from this new album was able to call upon friends Noel Gallagher and Ronnie Wood to collaborate. She really is that rare thing of being an artist’s artist.
Wild Youth are, in their own words, “one of the hottest Irish bands to emerge in recent times” and they’ve certainly established themselves as a name in their homeland, and are making great strides across the globe, with a view to world domination. Their most recent single, ‘Through The Phone’, was released earlier this month, and comes with a pastel-coloured music video, where they get creative with paint on an 80s era rotary phone.
First released in 2011, for the film ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1’, Christina Perri’s song, ‘A Thousand Years’ has long been on the soundtrack of lovers all over the world. It’s also a favourite of John Grimes, one half of Irish duo Jedward, who has now released a gorgeously emotional acoustic cover of the song.
Jedward star John Grimes last week released a stunning acoustic cover of ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’, dedicated to his best friend Tara Reid, who had told him it was her favourite song. The track, based on the Israel Kamakawiwo’ole arrangement, comes ahead of tomorrow’s release of the music video for Jedward’s song, ‘Taste The Heat’.
With no dates set yet for the re-opening of music venues in the U.K. due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, artists are having to reschedule concert dates and work around the health and safety regulations put in place by the U.K. government. Jedward are also affected by this, the Irish duo having to move their three show tour from August to February. It had originally been planned for May.
When you hear the lyrics of ‘More Time’, the first track on Eileen Gogan And The Instructions new album, ‘Under Moving Skies’, you know it’s by an Irish artist. Sure, you might argue, Eileen Gogan’s very name is a bit of a give away, but I think it goes further than that. There’s a certain melancholy to Irish music; you’ll hear it in The Cranberries, The Corrs, U2 – even more recent Irish artists such as Inhaler, Jedward, Columbia Mills, and Robert O’Connor have it. Kodaline has it. And Eileen Gogan has it in spades.
‘Under Moving Skies’ is the new album by Dublin based singer-songwriter Eileen Gogan. Featuring guest appearances from luminaries such as Sean O’Hagan, Cathal Coughlan, Damian O’Neill, Terry Edwards and Stephen Ryan (The Stars of Heaven, The Revenants, The Drays), it is self-produced by Eileen and showcases the skills of this talented artist.