New Single ‘Close Your Eyes’ Out June 12th
Having honed the songwriting talent that has been clear for all to hear on his captivating early EP’s, ‘Close Your Eyes’ confirms the arrival of a major talent who has already been compared to artists as diverse as Jeff Buckley and Adele. The track is written by Rhodes and produced by Rhodes and his long-term collaborator James Kenosha (Dry The River, Pulled Apart By Horses)
‘Close Your Eyes’ is about vulnerability and trepidation. “It’s about my fear of performing” Rhodes says of the forthcoming single. “I wanted to make this a little more ambiguous so I changed it to the third person and made it more about me talking to somebody else-when really it’s me talking to myself.
Rhodes grew up in Hitchin. His father introduced him to the blues when he was small most notably Robert Johnson. Soon after he began to play guitar. His best friend’s sister later turned him onto Nirvana, Blur and Oasis at which point he took up piano. While at a local college, Rhodes regularly met other musicians at Club 85. After moving to London, he joined a band as their bassist, which quickly became a catalyst for songwriting.
“It taught me a lot about putting songs together,” says Rhodes. “About rhythm and what gives a song its backbone.”
Singing came late to him. “I’ve been playing guitar since I can remember but singing was something I was just too afraid to do.”
He’s spent the last 18 months quickly making up for lost time because it’s his voice that really defines Rhodes, setting him apart from everyone else. This was never more apparent than on a recent Huw Stephens Radio 1 session when Rhodes performed an incredible cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’. It was so good that Taylor Swift re-tweeted the session.
Rhodes has travelled a long way in a short time building on what has been a phenomenal beginning to a career that promises longevity. He’s supported Ben Howard, London Grammar, George Ezra and Sam Smith while selling out his own shows including his biggest show to date at London’s Village Underground in March.
I’m Your Vinyl “Erase It”
The soundtrack to Summer 2015!
Release date: 1st June 2015
We can’t guarantee good weather but we can confidently predict “Erase It” – released June 1st on iTunes – will be the sound of summer 2015
After seeing I’m Your Vinyl perform, Ian Dempsey said:
“[Dana]…reminds me of the first time I saw Blondie, something special going on here, a star is born”.
As the front woman of I’m Your Vinyl, Dana Donnelly, is truly special. Her creative genius is stamped all over the music and their unique style – so obvious in their videos and photoshoots. Dana’s comrade-in-music is Ken McHugh, the prolific songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist also known from his successful time as Autamata.
- Their new single “Erase It” was produced in LA with Grammy Award winner Francois Tetaz the man behind Gotye’s 8-million selling ‘Somebody That I Use to Know”
- Dana is now working on developing her own fashion line
- The video for “Erase It” was shot in “Home of The Year” finalist Ger Eaton’s incredible house in Kildare, it has to be seen to be believed.
- The neckpiece she wears in the video is made from, wait for it…..empty biro casings!
- In June, I’m Your Vinyl will tour the Czech Republic for a series of shows.
“I cant get ‘Erase it’ out of my ***ing head – Class tune! “
That was the reaction of Ryan Sheridan after he caught I’m Your Vinyl playing a short set at the recent IBI Conference, later he offered them the support on some of his Irish dates.
“Erase It” is an infectious slice of pure pop and it will find the smiley, happy section of your brain and sit there demanding to be on-repeat all summer long, and best of all…it’s Irish!
Their new album “The Colour of Freedom”
Available on CD from 15th May 2015.
The Kilkennys are Davey Cashin, Davey Long, Robbie Campion and Tommy Macken. These young balladeers are incredible musicians and performers who have been credited with keeping Irish folk music and ballads alive.
The Kilkennys are:
Multi instrumentalist Davey Cashin on vocals, mandolin, banjo and whistles.
Robbie Campion acoustic guitar, vocals and award winning banjo skills.
Thumping bass lines and high harmonies from Tommy Mackey.
Powerhouse drumming and driving bodhran from Davey Long who also brings fantastic song writing and vocals to the mix.
Having spotted them at Temple Bar Tradfest earlier this year, Beaumex CEO Cathal Tully, quickly signed them to his label. They were one of the big hits of the Fest and most recently wowed the audience at RTE Radio 1 “Road to the Rising” event on O’Connell St, Dublin.
Released in 2008, The Kilkennys debut album “Meet the Kilkennys” sold an impressive 10,500 copies. Since then the band have developed their fanbase to now include over 22k Facebook likes.
The Kilkennys have spent a decade honing their talents on the highways and byways of Ireland developing a loyal fan base that grows each time they play. However this success is not just confined to Ireland. In recent years the band has conquered tour circuits all over Europe and have picked up the mantle left by acts such as The Dubliners and The Clancy Brothers.
Having shared the stage with world-renowned Irish artists like Shane McGowan, Sharon Shannon and Finbar Furey and after countless performances to Irish communities all over the world, The Kilkennys have well and truly taken their music to an international stage. So far this year they have travelled to Germany and the UK, next up is a trip to the world famous Milwaukie Irish Fest in America, a tour of Holland and Belgium and more dates in Scotland.
DECLAN SINNOTT: His new album “Window on the World”
“Window on the World” is Wexford man Declan’s second album and is released May 15th 2015.
- Despite making music for nearly fifty years his first solo album “I love the noise it makes” was only recorded aged 62.
- Declan was a founding member of Horslips and Moving Hearts. He guided the career of Mary Black for over thirteen years.
- Declan enjoys writing and his website/Facebook pages are filled with his musings on life.
- All the songs on the album either written by Declan or co-writes with his good friend, business entrepreneur, Owen O’Brien. Declan says of Owen “ He doesn’t work as a musician, he has too much sense!”
- Declan is a keen photographer and makes his own videos for tracks
- All the songs were recorded at Declan’s own home studio, plus he played all the instruments on the album. All the harmonies on “Window on the World” were sung by Vickie Keating.
- He has worked as a guitarist and producer for Christy Moore for over thirty years and regularly appears with him on tour. During April, May and June, Declan will be on tour with Christy for Irish and UK dates.
- Declan will play his own headline show at Dublin’s Whelan’s on Sunday May 31st 2015.
- Irish tour dates 2015:
with Christy Moore ( featuring a Declan solo spot):
10 BRISTOL Colston Hall
13 BASINGSTOKE Anvil
14 CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
16 CARDIFF St David’s Hall
17 LLANDUDNO Venue Cymru
Irish solo dates with Vickie Keating:
23 THURLES Source Arts Centre
26 YOUGHAL The Nook
27 LISTOWEL Mike The Pies
31 DUBLIN Whelan’s
05 CORK Pana @ The Pav
06 LISDOONVARNA Pavilion
10 WINCHESTER Railway Tavern
11 BIRMINGHAM Hare & Hounds*
12 KINGKERSWELL ( Devon) Parish Church *
26 GLASTONBURY Festival Acoustic Tent
with Christy Moore
04 CORK Live At The Marquee
17 Bundoran Great Northern Hotel
31 COBH Sirius Arts Centre
Take to the air! The 2015 PPI Radio Awards now open for entries
Call for entries to the 2015 PPI Radio Awards for the Irish radio industry
Dublin, 26th April 2015: The PPI Radio Awards has announced that the 2015 Awards are now open for entry. The Awards will take place on Friday October 9th 2015 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway and will be attended by all the stars of radio on the island of Ireland, North and South, National and Local.
Following last years Awards, which gained the largest volume of entries, the 2015 Awards look set to be another great night for the Irish Radio Industry. New for 2015 is the addition of an award for Comedy. This category recognises the work of those who endeavour to make us laugh.
Winners from the 2014 Awards included Today FM (Full Service Station of the Year), FM104 (Music Station of the Year) and Radio Kerry (Local Station of the Year). Hall of Fame inductees were Paul Claffey (Mid West Radio), the late Tony Fenton (Today FM), Áine Lawlor (RTE Radio 1) and Walter Love (BBC Radio Ulster).
Key dates for the 2015 Awards are:
- Nominations now open online – click here
- Closing date for entries – Thursday 2nd July at 4pm
- Judging – August 26th to September 3rd.
- Shortlist will be announced early September 2015
- Hall of Fame inductees will be announced early September 2015
- Awards night – Friday 9th October at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway.
Speaking about this year’s Awards, Sean Murtagh PPI Committee Chairperson, said “The PPI Radio Awards are going from strength to strength. Last year’s entries reached an all-time high and we are hoping to do even better this year. We are already seeing great interest in the new Comedy programme category and with all the amazing comedy talent on Irish radio at the moment, we expect the standard is going to be off the chart!”
BAI Chief Executive Michael O’Keeffe said “The BAI is very pleased to support the PPI Radio Awards in 2015. This event allows for the Irish radio sector to recognise the high quality radio content that is produced each day by stations around the country. We wish all the entrants every success.”
The PPI Radio Awards are sponsored by Phonographic Performance Ireland (PPI) and Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI).
For more details, please contact:
Kathryn Mason, Kathryn Mason | PR & Marketing