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  • The ROE flies

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    ROE is featured in a new documentary ‘Rise Up: a life in words & music’ charting her early struggles from just 16, making the hard decision to drop out of school and enrol in a creating writing/music course, where she met her partner in crime, music producer Liam Craig, to performing in front of 15,000 people in the 02 Arena, London.

    ROE said: “This documentary follows me over some of the biggest moments of my life to date. Sean Mullan managed to capture something magical from the highs and lows that I’ve gone through and I’ll be forever grateful to him for it. ‘Rise Up’ is a reminder that I’ve gone through all of this and become a stronger person for it.”

    At just 20 years old, Roisin Donald aka ROE, has already mastered the art of being herself. For the past four years she has been evolving as an artist and a person, facing the challenges of being a working musician head on, and seemingly all with a camera in her face throughout.

    What makes ROE stand out is her relatability,…

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  • Call a mate – collaborate!

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    Help Musicians announce new development scheme, Fusion Fund.

    UK charity Help Musicians are offering grants of £2000-5000 for talent to collaborate, across multiple disciplines. Although music focused, you’ll need to collaborate with at least one non music discipline – so that’s storytellers, lighting designers, scientists etc.

    We’ve all gotten pretty good at finding new ways to share our work in lockdown, so they’re also looking for people who will explore the use of remote, digital or online performance spaces.

    The deadline for this fund is 1st June – find out more here.

  • NI Unplugged

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    During lockdown, it’s ok to feel disconnected from daily life, as we all adjust to our new normal. Whatever that means for you, we’re all trying to manage it in our own way, as best we can.

    There’s amazing stuff happening every day, from livestreams to fundraisers but NI Unplugged has spent the last four weeks, creating a new self titled digital album featuring acoustic tracks from over 50 musicians across NI. The album will be available on Bandcamp, Friday 15th May, with all money raised going to Help Musicians NI.

    All the tracks were recorded at home (where else?) and mastered by Rocky O’Reilly of Start Together Studio, Belfast.

    Hear from All The Few, Brand New Friend, Colour Arcadia, Buí, Mob Wife, Strange New Places, Beauty Sleep and many more, it’s an epic compilation of NI Music.

    Check out all the deets here. 

  • Owen Denvir 'Stones' E.P

    Gemma Bradley

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    Normally when we get a press release to ATL Introducing Towers, it’s full of the usual info – ‘best release yet’, ‘sure to impress’, ‘comes from the heart’…that kind of thing. Not so for Belfast based singer songwriter Own Denvir. With his new EP ‘Stones’ arriving on the 29th of May, forming the second part of a trilogy which will form the basis of his debut album, Owen has gone a bit more…

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  • Coocoons NI Takeover

    Gemma Bradley

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    This Friday Night on the 8th of May, some of our favourite NI musicians take to the stage from home. How exciting?! Hosted on the Cocoon Facebook page, you will be able to see and hear some of your favourite acts; such as JC Stewart, Ryan McMullan, Amy Montgomery, Duke Special, Cormac Neeson and Matt McGinn. This fantastic line-up has been brought together to help raise funds and awareness for…

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  • Covid 19: Support and Advice

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    If you’re struggling during lockdown there is information and support out there:

    There is Up-to £10,000 available to composers who are already making a significant cultural contribution in the UK via the PRS Foundation in partnership with Jerwood Arts - Composers' Fund. Go to artscouncil-ni.org for more information

    For information on the Help Musicians Hardship Fund, go to www.musiciansunion.org.u…

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  • Review: Beach Comber - Parting Cuts

    Steven Rainey

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    A band name can tell you a lot about the kind of music you’re going to get. The Ramones were a family (well, a made up one, anyway), The Queens of the Stone Age rock hard, with a twinkle in their eye, and with And So I Watch You From Afar, you just knew that something epic was on the horizon, hulking and unwieldy, but raw and full of electric energy.

    With main-man Rory Friers’ new side project…

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  • Cherym Get Weird

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    Following the success of their last single ‘Abigail’, Cherym are back with their newest track ‘Weird Ones’.

    With a new style spearheaded by their last single in November, ‘Abigail’ embraced a new direction for the band, a bouncier, more fun approach than their previous efforts.

    Following that up, ‘Weird Ones’ is a fantastic statement release from the Derry three-piece. The track retains the…

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  • Live & Contagious

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    Sister Ghost have released a collection of live songs recorded over the last 5 years. The title ‘Live & Contagious’ is an ode to the Thin Lizzy classic ‘Live & Dangerous’, while being a clear nod to the odd times we live in.

    Featuring a collection of highlights from various performances played through the bands evolving line up between 20015 – 2020, the album features live favourites such as…

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  • Review: April - New Conditions

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    Kildare artist April Lawlor releases her debut EP New Conditions.

    Starting off as mellow bedroom recordings on SoundCloud in early 2019, April Lawlor has transformed her music into a fully developed live act, with a talent that is accessible for everyone.
    Following the release of the title track in late March, 'New Conditions' is an intricate, yet bright representation of a young artist.

    Easy on…

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