Tony Benn is an Irish alt/folk singer/songwriter whose rugged, raw baritone rises from a whisper to a roar in his beautifully written stories of love, loss, hope and jubilation of everything that matters in life.
A working musician from the west of Ireland travelling with a guitar and a duffel bag from gig to gig, Tony has been playing music since the 90s when his grunge band Exploding Marmalade went into the Irish Top 30. Since then, Tony’s travels have taken him across the US, he has been a busker on the streets of Dublin and touring as an acoustic solo act in Europe.
Tony’s forthcoming album was recorded live at The Animal Farm in London. It’s a powerful collection of raw and contemplative material that draws comparisons to Damien Rice, Eddie Vedder and John Martyn in a deeply introspective and uplifting lo-fi alt folk experience. Tony wields peerless soft power that offers sincerity, hope and worldly wisdom, proving that when you have it in you, you can blow it out.
Deep Sky Objects are a three-piece alternative-rock band from Kerry. The band members include brothers Kevin O’Brien (lead vocals, guitar), Thomas O’Brien (drums and backing vocals) and DD Foley (bass guitar and backing vocals). Deep Sky Objects stemmed from a shared mutual interest in groups such as The Smiths, Interpol and Radiohead.
Following an appearance at ‘Whelan’s Ones to Watch 2017’, the band began recording their self-titled EP ‘Deep Sky Objects’ in WhiteWell Studios, Cork. The band found their rhythm in the studio and knocked-out five new tracks to be released monthly in 2017. The tracks are recorded and mixed by Ciaran O’Shea who has worked with acts like Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) and The Frank and Walters. ‘Deep Sky Objects’ was also mastered by Fergal Davis who has previously worked with artists such as Muse and Sinead O’Connor.
“One of Ireland’s best up-and-coming bands” – Irish Examiner
“A tighter, more elastic take on stadium-filler indie/alt, sans the bullshit” – Broadsheet.ie
“Heartfelt harmony that continuously steals the show” – Pure M
“Deep Sky Objects have concocted something that has an abundance of that ‘je ne sais quoi’ that makes an album worth listening to” – The Offbeat
“…hits of bass and a sort of groovy rhythm that can’t be ignored” – One Great Song
The Colin Andrew Trio is made up of three talented musicians from Cork. Among them they have an extremely diverse repertoire guaranteed to entertain all! They have a high energy an intuitive playing style guaranteed to keep any crowd moving. Never compromising on quality, The Colin Andrew Trio is always musically excellent. If you’re in need of entertainment, look no further.
Enemy || Lines is an exciting and energetic band. An original indie rock band, they get their influences from the likes of Oasis, The Stone Roses and Catfish & The Bottlemen.
They provide a set of fast paced originals and indie anthems with a mix of indi, rock and modern covers in thier shows. They have been described as ‘an awesome mix of darkness, power and energy’.
blackmailed & bereft – jigs and reels, old songs, new songs and original songs
Gina Griffin – fiddle and vocals. Anita Heffernan – vocals, bodhran/percussion and mandolin. Bernard KilBride – fiddle. Chris Liddle – acoustic guitars and vocals. Gill Newlyn – fiddle and vocals.
Stone Circle (formally Painful Perfection) is an Irish rock band based in Cork, composed of Anthony Loyer (guitars, piano, vocals), John Moyn (vocals), Fotios (drums), Nico (guitars). In July 2016 the band released their new EP called The Hourglass. Previously in September 2014, Fotios and Anthony have released the debut studio album. Both albums are co-produced, mixed and mastered by Lawrence White.
The Deans are the most innovative and exiting trio to emerge from Ireland in decades. The Deans have mesmerized audiences throughout Europe and beyond with there unmistakable sound and powerful performances. Constantly acquiring new influences and with a staple musical diet of Dylan, The Band, QOTSA, Morphine, The Kinks, The Clash, Tool, Radiohead, Nirvana, Massive Attack, Tom Waits, The Beatles and a lot of roots and soul type mixed in there.
Biography written by Xavier Bonnet – Rolling Stone France
(Translated by Talia Soghomonian)
Gavin Dean on lead vocals, guitar, keyboards. Ronan Lally on bass and vocals. Mathys Dubois on Drums and percussion. The two front men are from Galway and Mathys, originally of electro blues band Blackstrobe, and industrial metal band Treponem Pal, joined the band in the Summer of 2016.
A few years ago, with a name like that, they would have been shelved with bands whose names were preceded by “the” and ended with the letter “s”. OK, not for long. With their post-Woodstock hairdos, they would have struggled to pass themselves off as indie rock hipsters dragging their idleness in whichever hip New York dive or loft.
But that’s the thing. The Deans is indeed a band of its times. No nostalgic sentimentality here. Yet they don’t disown the influences of the old greats, namely the blues because Dad had a large collection of albums in the genre (Gavin) and rural traditional music (Ronan).
Well, there’s also Nirvana and “Smells Like Teen Spirit”. “It totally changed my life!” Gavin exclaims. Same for Ronan: "I still remember the day I heard those sounds seeping from my sister's bedroom door”.
A trio just like them, by chance… "It's difficult enough to form a band of three, so best to avoid to do a quartet,” jokes Gavin, never one to miss a beat. Not surprising when he’s the one writing all the lyrics. "At the time [when the band was formed], we were quite into Cream. Maybe that explains it. A trio was much simpler in many ways. And above all, it worked! And still works.”
Musically speaking, what exactly are The Deans? What if we told you that it’s the million-dollar question? No? You still wanna know? Mind you, we could have guessed… the problem is that they cover their tracks so well. You'd swear they enjoy it. Rock? Folk? Pop? It’s all there. And plenty of it!
You’ve already heard it a hundred times before, we know. Yet it’s difficult to say anything else about the guys other than they explode every style, genre and one-track mind, often to smithereens. Songwriting is their thing. It’s all about the songwriting, all about their duty to the songs.
This is even truer today, explains Gavin: “Before, we set targets, pressure like 'If you do something bluesy, it really needs to sound bluesy.' Now we don’t care. If we like the tune, if a synth in the intro brings something to the sound, we go for it. We ask fewer questions.
You’ve also heard it a hundred times before, but there is no other way of putting it: The Deans are a band that has matured. Quite comprehensible seven years after forming the band, touring relentlessly across the globe, sometimes in conditions that, like travel in general, broaden the mind…
A maturity that clearly allows them to keep their heads on their shoulders. An example? After an EP (Roomworks, Vol.1), and above all the success of “Lonely Like Me”, which allowed them to win the prestigious Unsigned Only competition in the United States, whose jury was composed of Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, Chrissie Hynde and Black Francis. they might want to move on to recording an album.
“We’ll see in due time,” seems to be the general consensus.
Between the present and future, The Deans have enough to keep themselves busy. Luckily, that’s what matters most to them. “Playing in front of bigger and bigger audiences, to share our music with them, share a moment, an experience, that’s what we want,” Gavin says. “If we had to sum up our greatest wish for one purpose, one goal, that would be it.”
Sometimes things just fall into place naturally. Given the propensity of the band to tour, The Deans will be playing somewhere near you soon…
Greenshine is a family trio comprising Noel Shine, Mary Greene and their daughter Ellie. Their material straddles the boundaries of contemporary, folk and roots and includes many self-penned songs. Their fast picking and close harmonies are a treat to the ear. Greenshine’s song ‘The Girl in the Lavender Dress’ was most played track on RTE Radio 1 for a month of Summer on its release and third most played Irish track on the station for the year.
Noel is a multi-instrumentalist, turning his hand to guitar, bass, mandolin, bouzouki and traditional whistle and this musical dexterity had seen him much in demand as a session and band player by artists as diverse as The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem and funk and soul legends The Republic of Loose amongst many others.
Mary brings rhythm guitar to the mix and her voice is a wonderfully versatile instrument. She is much in demand for her recording session work and has added her talents to the albums of Christy Moore, John Spillane, Mick Hanly and Frances Black as well as cult psychedelic outfit Dr. Strangely Strange. As a duo, Noel and Mary have released 3 critically acclaimed albums to date ~ The Land You Love the Best (placed no. 3 in The Irish Times Folk albums of the year of its release), Unspoken Lines (described as ‘The heart and soul of folk music, coming from a deeper well…,’ by John Spillane) while Mary’s solo, Sea of Hearts, earned an impressive 8 out of 10 in Hot Press.
Ellie Shine has grown up surrounded by music and has been performing in concerts and festivals since the age of 13 including an appearance with GREENSHINE for President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina at The Abbey Theatre. Despite her tender years, Ellie has featured on 4 recordings to date. She has a huge interest in the songs of the Muskerry Gaeltacht and reached the All-Ireland final of Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann’s under 15 Sean-Nós Singing competition in her debut try-out. She enjoys singing songs of all genres and has a special place in her heart reserved for classic Beatles and country as well as good contemporary songwriting. She accompanies herself on the ukulele.
The music of Greenshine has been covered by several Irish music artists and has been used commercially by Follain Preserves in their ad campaigns, Carrie Crowley in her film Waterway and as signature tunes by several national radio station programmes.