Rocky Road Recipe🍫

Ingredients
  • 125g/4oz Butter
  • 2 heaped tablespoons Golden Syrup
  • 100g/5oz Milk Chocolate
  • 150g/5oz Dark Chocolate
  • 200g/4oz Rich Tea Biscuits
  • 50g/2oz Shamrock Almonds (optional)
  • 50g/2oz Shamrock Sultanas (optional)
  • 125g/4oz Mini Marshmallows
Method
  • Line a 19cm/7″ square tin with greaseproof paper or cling film.
  • Place 200g Rich Tea biscuits in a freezer bag and bash with a rolling pin or just the side of your fist until they’re broken into a mixture of everything between dust and 50p-sized lumps. Set aside.
  • Melt the butter, syrup and chocolate over a low heat. Stir occasionally to make sure all ingredients are well mixed together.
  • Add the biscuits, nuts, dried fruit and marshmallows. Mix well.
  • Transfer to prepared tin. Level it on top and press down well to avoid air gaps.
  • Allow to harden before cutting into bars. Store in the fridge.
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Colm Gavin – The 1992 Tapes🎹

Release date: August 13th, 2021

Single: “I always will”

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Colm Gavin is a Dublin-based singer/songwriter whose first two solo releases (Your Endless Slumber/A Voice For The Urban Darlings) both reached reached number 1 in the Irish iTunes Charts at the time of their release.
His musical stylings echo the revelry of Roots and Appalachian music and the intrinsic
melodic charm of the Great American Songbook. So its clear that Colm looks further
afield than his native Irish roots for inspiration.
But his years of discipline in the bars and clubs of Dublin have helped shape his songwriting
capabilities.
His songs are impacting the US market and are currently playlisted on over 50 radio stations in
the USA and Canada
Now his new EP, The 1992 Tapes, sees Colm’s songwriting and musicianship performed with
simplicity and finesse. His talent in expressing feeling, emotion and life is showcased well in
these perfectly crafted songs.

Check out some recent work by Colm here


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Hot Juice – Good Times🎸

release date 23rd July, 2021

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Hot Juice are a 5 piece rock band, pushing on the spectrum of punk and on certain songs indie. The band which has been growing since forming 2018. Originally consisting of Lead vox/guitar Shay Barker and Harvey Dellar Crone on Drums / backing vox, and adding Tay Browski on Bass, James McMillan on Guitar and Kelly Le Brocq providing a different spectrum of vocals throughout Covid.


New Single ‘Good Times’ was written as the Covid restrictions we’re first off being relaxed as a analysis of what felt to be the new ’night out’


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Mark Duggan – Run Out the Distance🎸

Release date july 16th, 2021
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Mark Duggan is a singer-songwriter from Waterford, Ireland. From the age of nine years old he has been writing songs and playing guitar after borrowing his cousin’s guitar and learning some chords off of his father. At twelve he began recording his songs using an old USB headset microphone and has been producing his own music ever since. Over the years he has developed a sound which combines folk and indie with electronic elements, complete with clever lyricism and thoughtful songwriting. He is inspired by the writing of Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchel, Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. He is also influenced by a number of artists known for their willingness to play with sound such as Gorillaz and U2. Over the years he has also learned to play mandolin, bass and harmonica along with gaining more experience in recording engineering and production. As well as writing for his own releases he has also co-written the song The Road on Irish artist Dunluvly’s first EP along with performing at gigs with Dunluvly and queer-pop band Babylamb where he has been able to maintain an audience’s absolute attention for quiet songs and have them dancing around and singing along by the end. 

In September of 2018 he released his debut single Hey Blue, a song with a catchy melody and riff on top of a bed of guitars and percussion. The lyrics are an optimistic look towards the first night of the weekend where the chance of romance is bubbling away. The song has an infectious character that has kept it consistent in live gig setlists. 

In June of 2019 he released an EP titled Long Way Home which was also his final year project in college. The EP consists of twelve songs that join together to create one cohesive twenty minute piece of music. The story follows a protagonist who is making his way home to his partner after being away working for an extended period of time and what occurs on the drive home with a focus on radio. The EP focuses on the theme of longing, bouncing between multiples genres, styles and tones all while maintaining its cohesive nature.

In February of 2020 he released the single As The Sun Hits The Day Down which is a simple acoustic track that takes its influences from the folk traditions of songs utilising multiple verses to tell the story within the song. A guitar riff and the hook of the title closing each verse provide the song with a momentum that carries the track to its final note.

Later that year he began the release of his next EP Just For The Night by releasing the single Promenade Firework Show. The indie-rock tune featured layered guitars, a retro drum machine, and a nostalgic, 80’s rock feel. The song took influence from a memory of summer nights spent by the sea as a teenage applied to the context of a couple who have hit a rocky moment in their relationship. The song uses a lot of pairings in its composition to mirror the pair of the couple. The use of a drum machine and Mark’s new telecaster sound was inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s home demos from 1983 and showed the first glimpse of the sound that would be essential to the EP.

At the start of 2021 the next single off the EP Lullaby (I’ll Be There) was released. The song once again made use of a drum loop with the base of a simple descending chord progression and layers of sound textures. The song is about someone trying to comfort their partner who is struggling to sleep. The narrator promises to be there for their partner even if they cannot necessarily makes things better. Both the emotions of the vocal and the intensity of the instrumental build towards a climatic slide guitar solo which fades away to a glistening sound which represents morning breaking through and a bit of hope prevailing.

The next month the rest of the EP was released with tracks Just For The Night, Not Sure, Truly Beautiful Thing and Desperation Blues added to the singles. Not Sure follows the singles by being built on a drum machine loop and making use of a telecaster sound while the other three songs are acoustic based tracks with the likes of harmonium, mandolin, tambourine and organ used to flesh out the instrumental. The EP as a whole has thematic link between songs focusing on the connections we make in life with each song having a specific moment of this on show. The EP has gone on to be Duggan’s most successful release so far with features in Irish music media from HotPress to 2Xfm and a much further reach in audience than any of his previous releases. 

On July 16th, he will release a new single Run Out The Distance which is being paired with the b-side Dried Up Lovesick Blues (Swings And Roundabouts). The new single is a return to the use of a live drum sound which was recorded in February of last year. The song has been rewritten for over a year before being committed to the final recording. The song began with the title and the simple chord progression on an acoustic guitar. The opening lines had initially been part of an alternate version of As The Sun Hits The Day Down while the rest of the lyrics came out of multiple drafts taking up nearly ten pages in Duggan’s notebook full of completely different ideas or single word changes in a line. The song is about a character who has reached a moment of stasis in their life. They are trying to take stock of their position in life with a thought to what has been, what is and what will hopefully be. The narrator is trying to find their space in the world where they can make a good life and despite coming up short so far there is a sense of pushing through until they get there. There is a hope in the song that isn’t willing to give in too soon. The song has a laid back rhythm as the live drums carry along  a collection of strumming acoustic guitars and a leaping bass line. The song had originally been intended to only have acoustic guitars but eventually electric guitars were added to give the song some more grit and punch. They also propel the song along and prevent it from becoming too lackadaisical. The harmonica sound that has been prominent in nearly all of Duggan’s career returns to fill instrumental sections of the song. The vocal performance matches the sentiment of the lyrics and the use of double tracking adds an extra reach to the chorus which builds to the emotional climax of the narrator committing to trying to keep moving forward and continue the search.

The b-side Dried Up Lovesick Blues (Swings And Roundabouts) is a simple blues song that builds over the course of three verses from a single electric guitar strumming gently to stomping bass drum and overdriven chords. The lyrics tell of a relationship that has fizzled out but not yet ended and is told with a resignation of the situation that fades away at the end of the song in a similar way to the relationship. 


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Dunluvly – Coats🎤

Release Date 15th July, 2021
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Song Artwork by Dunluvly

Dunluvly is set to release his second single of 2021 on the 14th of July. The exciting launch will be accompanied by the beginning of a monthly Newsletter and Website, following the successful sell-out of his first merch drop. Dunluvly is delivering us another road-trip anthem to accompany a summer made for staycations and sunset evenings with your closest friends. Here’s what Dunluvly had to say about the track;  

“In late 2020 I was left with a lot of nostalgia following months of living with friends. From camping to couch-surfing, we had a perfect tour of Ireland’s West Coast that conglomerated into a moment of reflection on Fanore Beach in Co. Clare. The simplicity of camping stayed with me as I returned to society’s busy influence as I realised things are often a lot more simple than we initially project them to be.”


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Chocolate Chip Muffins🧁

This recipe by Odlums is easy to follow and the muffins turned out delicious. It makes 12 muffins if using bun cases or 8-10 with muffin cases.

Ingredients

  • 250g/8oz Odlums Self Raising Flour
  • 125g/4oz Shamrock Golden Caster Sugar
  • 12g/¼oz Cocoa
  • 50g/2oz Shamrock Chocolate Chips
  • 1 level teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 large Egg
  • 150ml/¼pt Milk
  • ½ teaspoon Goodall’s Vanilla Essence
  • 125g/4oz Butter or Margarine

Method

  • Preheat oven to 175°C/325°F/Gas 3.
  • Melt butter/margarine and allow to cool.
  • In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients.
  • Mix the egg, milk and vanilla essence into the cooled butter/margarine.
  • Now add the wet ingredients to the dry ones and mix to make a very soft mixture.
  • Spoon into bun cases, making each case about two thirds full.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Mercury Retrograde🔭

Mercury Retrograde 2021
January 30st to February 20th
May 29th to June 22nd
September 27th to October 17th

During Mercury retrograde it looks as if the planet is moving backwards from our view on earth. This is an illusion caused by the position of Earth in relation to that of the planet. It is believed that during this perceived backwards motion, technology and communication could get disrupted. We are all affected by the effect of Mercury in Retrograde

Mercury is known as the planet to rule expression and communication; Listening, writing, reading, speaking, and so on—as well as activities closely related to communication, like negotiations and contracts. The planet Mercury also rules travel, automobiles, shipping, and mail.

Many believe it can lead to…

  • Fallings out with people
  • Experiencing misunderstandings
  • Travel, logic and communication getting disrupted
  • Emails getting lost
  • Flights being delayed
  • Other misfortune

Do’s

  • Slow down and take time for yourself
  • Reflect on important conversations you need to have
  • Double and triple check any important documents you need to sign
  • Go on a leisurely vacation
  • Reflect on the past, intuition is high during Mercury Retrograde
  • Be patient

Dont’s

  • Put your life on hold
  • Make a technology purchase
  • Say no to opportunities
  • Get anxious
  • Do a moon ritual/charge crystals


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Eclipse🌕

There are 2 solar eclipses and 2 lunar eclipses in the year 2021.

DateEclipse
May 26thLunar Eclipse
June 10thSolar Eclipse
November 18thLunar Eclipse
December 4thSolar Eclipse

Two celestial events occur tomorrow- a total lunar eclipse and a supermoon. The Moon will appear red and will be the first ‘blood moon’ since 2019. The Earth will pass between the Sun and the Moon, casting a shadow across the moon’s surface and making it appear a deep red colour. The entire eclipse will be visible to you if you’re in Eastern Australia and partially visible in many parts of Asia and America. Unfortunately it will not be visible if you’re in Ireland as the Moon is below the horizon during the eclipse.

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During the total lunar eclipse, the Earth comes between the sun and the moon, blocking the sun’s rays from directly reaching the Moon. During a lunar eclipse, the Earth’s shadow covers the moon. All eclipses happen during a full moon. When the moon is full, it means the sun, Earth, and moon are in alignment. However, there is not an eclipse during every full moon as the moon’s orbit is not perfectly matched up with the Earth.

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In contrast, the solar eclipse takes place when the moon comes between the Earth and the sun to cast a shadow on the Earth blocking the rays of the Sun. A solar eclipse always happen at a new Moon and only when the Sun, Earth and Moon are exactly lined up. A total solar eclipse is the most dramatic. The light from the sun gets blocked by the moon and for a few minutes, the day turns quickly into night.

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This May’s full moon is 2021’s biggest and brightest of the year and this lunar eclipse is expected to last approximately 15 minutes.

Photo of moon taken 26th May at 23:00hrs, Ireland

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Dunluvly – Hazey 🎤

Release date may 14th, 2021
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Dublin-based singer/songwriter/producer Dunluvly is set to release a new single, “Hazey”. The track is a three year project that features layered guitars and contemporary bedroom-pop production. The wavy flanger fingerstyle guitar carries you into a trance-like state, that is complemented by a creative use of guitar delay effects.
This is the first single Dunluvly has released since his EP ‘Plethora’. The EP
caught features on Hot Press Magazine, The AU Review, The Thin Air and the IMRO newsletter in the wake of 2020. Dunluvly says, “I wrote this track about a state of distracted anxiety that I named ‘the haze’ at a young age. Through many years of being a bit of a hippie, I developed a
way to map the things that would lead me into this state of mind. This song is the story of that process”. He goes on to say, “This was probably the most delicate recording process I’ve ever encountered. I caught the sound in the original demo, but failed to recreate it for so long. That’s probably why this track took three years to complete.”
Dunluvly is a multi-instrumentalist and producer born and raised in Dublin,
Ireland. With roots in traditional Irish music and psychedelic indie, his sound is often described as a sonically rich experience.


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Gingerbread Cupcakes Recipe🧁

ingredients

  • 115g self raising flour
  • 115g Stork Tub
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 2 medium eggs
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 50g gingernut biscuits, crumbled
  • 125g icing sugar
  • 40g Stork tub
  • 50g gingernut biscuits
  • A 12-cup muffin tray lined with a paper cases

method

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C, 160 °C fan  oven, Gas mark 4.
  • Place all cake ingredients except ginger biscuits into a mixing bowl and mix for 3-4 minutes with a wooden spoon or mixer until smooth.
  • Stir in gingernuts.
  • Divide the batter (2 tablespoons) evenly between the cupcake cases in the tin. Bake the cupcakes in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool.
  • The topping: Beat the icing sugar with the Stork  using a mixer or wooden spoon until smooth
  • Crumble 25g gingernuts and fold into the mixture.Top each cupcake with a spoonful of icing and decorate  with more crumbled biscuit or your chosen decoration.

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