Fly The Nest- Old Street Lover🎸

Release date 12th February 2021
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Singer/ songwriter Fly the Nest is set to release a cinematic new single, “Old Street Lover.” The song features a driving beat, wailing guitars, and Fly the Nests’ signature wide, cinematic soundscape. Rhythmic guitars and Fly the Nest’s powerful vocals carry the fierce, energetic song. 

Fly the Nest says, “This song is about having a connection with someone that’s ultimately lost. Though it hurts to see it end, you really do wish them the best and hope they find what they’re looking for.”

The verses of the song tell the story of the day that it all comes to an end. They outline hard conversations that are had and looking back on shared memories. The narrator knows that they have to let it go. The uplifting chorus expresses hope that the other person finds happiness, comfort, and satisfaction with what they decide to do. 

Though you’re parting ways, you still see so much potential in the other person, heard in the lines, “you’ve got it!” And though you’ll miss them, you genuinely still believe in them and their dreams. Maybe you’ll even find your way back to each other one day. 

The song was produced and recorded by Peter Doherty in Tyrone, NI. 

Dublin native Fly the Nest (Stephen Cooper) started playing music at a young age, performing in various bands before starting solo project Fly the Nest, a name inspired by the many adventures music has led him on. As well as writing and releasing his own music, Stephen also writes for sync, and says that writing for film and TV has opened up another facet of his creativity. Stephen now spends his time between Ireland and Denmark, and gigs regularly across Scandinavia. 2021 is proving to be another big year for Stephen, who is known for wide, cinematic songs and precise songwriting.

Old Street Lover is a fresh, rhythmic, modern track. It is a song about times gone by, growing apart and looking to the future with hope. I think the album artwork for Old Street Lover is cool and original- Jo.


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Sam Wickens- Murky Waters🥁

Release date 5th February 2021
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NI Music Prize Nominee Sam Wickens is releasing his new single ‘Murky Waters’ on the same date as his ‘Watson’ EP, both due 5th February 2021.   This marks the second single release from that forthcoming EP. 

The first single ‘Strange.24’ was released on 24th November 2020 to much critical acclaim.

The 5 track ‘Watson EP’ is the second major release since his critically acclaimed debut ‘All I’ve Seen’ album in 2019.  

‘Murky Waters’ sees Wickens progress once more as the “songwriting juggernaut” he has already proven himself to be. Combining slick production with raw feeling and that gorgeous vocal, ‘Murky Waters’ showcases Sam’s vocal prowess and his ability to suck the listener into his musical universe.

Compared to Jeff Buckley, John Martyn, Death Cab For Cutie, Tom Waits, Sam is a soulful writer and performer with a restless creativity, conveying a personal blend of Electronic, Soul, Blues, Gospel, Folk and Indie. This young and gifted artist humbly plies his craft with a focused sincerity, and has created a style of his own: consistently delivering on his reputation as a bewitching live performer.

In 2017 Sam worked with David Bowies legendary American record producer Tony Visconti (producer of scores of albums by major artists including: David Bowie, T.Rex, Paul McCartney, Damon Albarn, Moody Blues, Marc Almond, Kaiser Chiefs, etc) as a featured artist on a Sky Arts documentary about Tony’s amazing life and career ‘Tony Visconti’s Unsigned Heroes’.

About his new single: 

“Murky Waters is the realisation that I was raised and put through terrible circumstances. Constantly feeling alone through every obstacle that was placed in front of me. Traumatic events seemed to follow me no matter where I ran, I started to believe that I was some sort of gatekeeper, that my purpose was to absorb the terrible things so others didn’t need too.”

Sam will also be playing his first live show since 27th February 2020 with Singular Artists in The Workmans Club in Dublin on the 1st of April, 2021. Tickets are €14 (+ €1 booking fee) and can be purchased here:

https://secure.tickets.ie/Booking/EventTickets/43365/sam-wickens-the-workmans-club-1-April-2021

Sam’s music is personal and reflective. About Murky Waters, he expresses how he has often felt alone throughout his life. Sam’s music videos are well thought-out and articulated – Jo.


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Mark Duggan- Lullaby (I’ll Be There)🎸

Release date 15th January 2021
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Waterford based singer/songwriter Mark Duggan is set to release a new single “Lullaby (I’ll Be There).” The tune features a nostalgic ballad sound, complete with heartfelt guitars and sincere lyrics. Mark describes the song as an attempt at a mid-to-late 70s Bowie song, particularly some of the Berlin trilogy tracks. 

The song came about from playing along to an old drum loop until Mark came upon a particular guitar tone with a simple descending chord progression where the notes seemed to hang in the air. He added some layered guitars, synths, and ambient tones to add to the late night, dream- like vibe. 

Mark says, “The song is about the narrator trying to provide comfort to someone who can’t sleep at night.The narrator can’t guarantee that they’ll be able to make it better, but they promise to be there the whole night until morning. The title became Lullaby (I’ll Be There) because though the lullaby may not work, it’s backed up by the promise of just simply being there with them.”
He goes on to say, “I didn’t want to make it entirely clear what is keeping the person awake so that listeners can apply their own reasons for sleeplessness.” 

The track ends with a dramatic build to the last few lines of the song. Harmonies and hazy slide guitar create an emotional release, with all of the tracks increasing in feedback. Mark wanted this to sound like a sunrise; a last minute moment of comfort and the sound of morning coming. The song was written and recorded by Mark in his home studio. 

Mark Duggan is a singer/songwriter from Waterford. His music combines folk and indie with electronic elements, complete with clever lyricism and thoughtful songwriting. He is inspired by the likes of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Joni Mitchel. He started releasing music in 2018, and his 2020 singles “Promenade Firework Show” and “As the Sun Hits The Day Down” saw his music reach wider audiences. 

Lullaby (I’ll Be There) is soft and melodic with a steady beat and a calming ambience. In a way, the rhythm of Lullaby (I’ll be There) reminded me of the song I’ll Be There by The Jackson 5 – Jo.


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Toby Charlesworth- Acoustic EP🎸

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Toby is a 22 year old indie folk/pop singer songwriter from London. 

Toby says, “Music for me has always been about connecting with people. It started out as a connection with my dad when he gave me my first guitar at 14 – a guitar I still play to this day.As time went on music brought me new connections with new people and through it I built my own family – a family that still stands with me to this day. Ultimately what music brought me turned out to be not only a connection to my family, New and old, but a connection to myself. A connection that I want to share.”
He goes on to say, “My music has grown over the years and I’m finally at a place where I feel I can start releasing it. Music for me is a way to cope with the issues in my life, and also a way to celebrate the great moments too. A lot of my songs are written about either love, heartbreak or losing someone. I feel like people relate to all of those things and we can’t deny the emotions they create, and hopefully my songs are able to make those same emotions rise up for my listeners and help them to confront their emotions head on. ”
“Mental health has been a huge thing for me recently as I lost my best friend last year to suicide, many of my songs echo my relation with him. And my music is purely dedicated to carrying on the work we created together. I’ve recently released a home made, self produced EP on SoundCloud, hopefully this can give everyone a taste of what my music is aiming for. I’m currently planning to release 3 singles on all platforms in the near future, with a higher quality of music production, and I’m currently recording with my producer in Tottenham. “

The gentle acoustic instrumentation in this EP creates music that is atmospheric and emotive. I look forward to hearing more music by Toby and believe he will do well in his music career- Jo.


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FIRES- Close Eyes, Deep Breath, Run🎸

For Release 11th December, 2020
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Dublin-based band FIRES. are set to release their highly anticipated debut EP Close Eyes, Deep Breathe, Run on December 11, 2020. The EP is a six song collection, and the culmination of three years of writing, demoing and recording. The project contains previous singles “Forgotten Sons,” “All For This,” and “Dreamalong with three brand new tracks.


Dealing with themes such as loss, grief, and self-esteem, Close Eyes, Deep Breath, Run is a deeply personal set of songs sure to bring the listener on an emotional journey, while also packing the punch and catchiness FIRES. have become known for. The project is a strong demonstration of the sound that the band have achieved, and is an exciting insight into what’s next.


The EP is energetic and guitar heavy, with well-crafted songs, high attention to detail and creative composition. While punky and driving, the songs are also reflective and spacey, complete with emotive strings, synths and engaging voice-overs. 
Dublin based band FIRES. are an eclectic mix of punk sensibilities and catchy hooks. FIRES. were formed in 2017 by Michael and Alecksyy. Previously in a band together, the pair have spent three years relentlessly writing songs to hone in on their sound. The band describe their biggest inspirations as Rise Against, Slaves (US), and Fightstar.

This collection of six songs is high-energy, electric and fresh with lively and dynamic instrumentation- Jo.


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