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Micko Roche Releases Ambient Electronic/ Indie EP, “Sióg”

Waterford based songwriter, composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Micko Roche has released a new EP, Sióg. The EP is a collection of five tracks, which includes  four reworks or indeed interpretations of the EP’s title track. 

The concept comes from a piece of music entitled The Dance of the Fairy which Micko composed for a contemporary dance adaptation of a children’s book. Each piece on the EP represents a life stage of the mythical creature.

Track one Sióg (Tús) , is a stripped back ambient piano version of the original piece of music and is the Dawning of a new life. For track two, Kaya Keating provides violin on Sióg (Saol) which  represents Life, the freedom of living. 

Track three Sióg (Contráth) reworked by Jessie Roche is the twilight of life, the Dusk. A minimal electronic remix, it is the pivot of the EP with uplifting and soothing vibes, also featuring beautiful vocals from Jessie. Track four Sióg (Fáigáil) is the Departure. John Haggis (Speckled Doves, Band Of Clouds, Emperor of Ice Cream) writes and performs a melancholic ambient Indie anthem, ‘The Last Goodbye’.

For the bonus track Sióg (Fágáil) The Last Goodbye ( Alternative,extended version) Haggis has added soaring guitars and an extra chorus which plays out beautifully as a final piece.

Other than the features, Micko Roche plays every instrument on the EP. It was recorded in his home studio, where he also took care of the production, mixing and mastering. The EP will be released on My.Co Records. Artwork for the Ep is by Cristina Zein Vera.

Micko Roche is emerging as one of Ireland’s most unique artists and producers on the scene today already supported by Jose Padilla, Chris, Coco, Pete Gooding, Blank & Jones. Hailing from Waterford, his unique blend of chilled out grooves and live instruments come together beautifully to create a soul soothing Balearic experience.

Micko’s background lies in live performance, touring most of his life throughout Ireland, the UK, Central Europe and Scandinavia with Irish traditional cross over group “The Butterfly Band” and earlier on in the psychedelic Rock band The Madrigal. Micko found his passion for studio production and sound engineering, and pursuing his love for writing and production released several successful projects under his solo artist project, gaining attention from media as well the international Balearic music community. 

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DJ Duo Promise Pure Cheese and A Cracker Night at Camembert

DJ Duo Bill “The Thrill” Buchanan and Marty “The Party” McNally are set to debut their new touring club night Camembert at 1889 Sports & Social Club on Saturday 29th January.

The DJs have described their playlists as an eccentric mix of “good old sing-alongs, dance like no ones watching anthems, and a few head turners thrown in for good measure.”

Speaking of their new night Bill said:

“We’ve both been in this game for a few years and we both agreed we wanted to create a night that was all about fun, we don’t believe in ‘being sexy’ on the dancefloor. We want an environment that just makes you want to let your hair down and give it all you’ve got”

“We’re going to be dropping crazy versions of Boney M, Journey, Girls Aloud, Whigfield and everything in between as we progress through the night. If we’re not encouraging the crowd to sing at the top of their voice, we’ll be encouraging them to bust a move.”

When asked how they wanted people to feel after attending Camembert, Marty had this to say:

“We want people to go home with big smiles and the next day wake up sore. Sore throat, sore arms, sore legs. Not from a hangover but because they gave it everything on the dance floor!“

Danny Leitch, Bar Manager of 1889 Sports & Social Club has voiced his excitement at hosting the Camembert Launch Night:

“Here at the 1889 Sports & Social Club we love putting on great entertainment and when the boys approached me with the idea of Camembert I just knew it was going to be way too much fun to pass up working with them on the launch event.“

Camembert is set to kick off it’s continual touring around Northern Ireland after it’s opening night, promising Pure Cheese and Cracker Nights across the country starting with 1889 Sports & Social Club on Saturday 29th January.

To find out more about the Camembert Launch night and future events be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram

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Alt-J Announce Telegraph Building Concert

The Mercury Prize-winning, chart-topping band alt-J have shared their heartfelt new track “Get Better”, the second glimpse into their forthcoming album The Dream, set for release on February 11, 2022 via Infectious Music/BMG. The band have also announced the UK & Ireland dates of their 2022 world tour. 

“Get Better” is the stirring centrepiece of The Dream, and one the band’s most emotionally resonant songs to-date. alt-J peel away the dense layers of sound that they are known for, leaving lead singer Joe Newman’s vocal next to a plaintive solo guitar and harmonies from bandmate Gus Unger-Hamilton. 

The single arrives alongside an equally heartbreaking animated music video, made by Hamburg-based award-winning pixel artist Stefanie Grunwald. She entered the pixel art space in 2016 and has quickly gained recognition for her detailed nighttime animations, which caught the eye of Newman and led to the collaboration.

Going deeper into the process of creating the track, Newman says, “ ‘Get Better’ is the union of two songs. The first was an improvised song I sang in 2018 to my partner who was suffering from period pain. To her I sang ‘Get better my Darcy, I know you can’. She filmed it and I kept revisiting the fragment with a plan to write more. The second was a chord structure I worked on in lockdown that focused on someone living through a bereavement. I felt a nervous heat when writing ‘Get Better’. The context of the Coronavirus pandemic lent my words a chilling weight and gave me a new sense of responsibility as a lyricist. Whilst the direct events described are fictional, I believe – or I hope – that it’s emotionally the most honest song I’ve written.”

On describing the experience of first hearing the demo, Newman’s band mate Unger-Hamilton said, “when Joe first played it to me I didn’t just get a bit tearful, I broke down. A big, big cry. A cry of the year.”

The band have also announced a prize draw to win a Larrivee P-05 guitar, the same model of guitar that Newman wrote most of The Dream on and used in the recording of ‘Get Better’, which he has inscribed with handwritten lyrics from the track. All proceeds from the draw will go to Plan International – a global children’s charity working in over 50 countries to create lasting equality for girls and protect the rights of all children. Fans can enter the prize draw here.

Speaking about the band’s support for Plan International, Newman says, “After becoming a father a friend told me about the charity Plan International. My partner and I strive for our daughter to be happy, safe, loved and reassured every moment of every day. 

“To know there are countless children that don’t have the care and support from parents, communities and governments is heartbreaking. Plan International are doing incredible work throughout the world transforming children’s lives, making sure they have access to the education, health care and future opportunities they need to thrive.”

“Get Better” follows “U&ME”, which was premiered by Clara Amfo on BBC Radio 1. It was the band’s first new music since their acclaimed third album RELAXER, released in 2017. The band also shared the details of their North American leg of their 2022 world tour which will see them play at arenas across the United States and Canada in 2022. For full routing, visit: https://www.altjband.com/#tour.

Today, they announce the UK & Ireland dates of the tour, includinga date at the legendary O2 Academy Brixton as well as shows at Glasgow’s Barrowland Ballroom, Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, Belfast’s The Telegraph Building and other venues throughout the UK. For full routing see below. 

There will be an exclusive ticket presale open to fans who have preordered The Dream from the official album store. The presale will run from November 10 at 9am GMT until the general sale begins on November 12 at 9am GMT. If fans have already preordered the album from the official store they will already be eligible for the presale. General sale begins November 12, 9AM via https://www.altjband.com/#tour.

alt-J are one of the most successful British bands of the millennium. Joe Newman, Gus Unger-Hamilton and Thom Green have released three studio albums that, between them, have sold in excess of two million copies and their songs have been streamed over two and a half billion times. Their 2012 Mercury Prize and Ivor Novello Award-winning debut An Awesome Wave, was followed two years later by their number one, GRAMMY and BRIT Award-nominated album This Is All Yours. Released in 2017, RELAXER flew straight into the top 10 of the UK album chart ahead of a summer of major international shows – including a headline show at London’s O2 Arena; and headline performances at numerous festivals – and became their second album to be nominated for the Mercury Prize.

Alt-J UK & Ireland Tour 2022

  • 07 May 2022  – Glasgow, Scotland – Barrowland Ballroom
  • 09 May 2022 – Leeds, England –  O2 Academy Leeds
  • 13 May 2022 – Manchester, England – O2 Apollo
  • 18 May 2022 – London, England – O2 Academy Brixton
  • 22 May 2022 – Dublin, Republic of Ireland – Olympia Theatre
  • 25 May 2022 – Belfast, Northern Ireland – The Telegraph Building
  • 27 May 2022 – Birmingham, England – O2 Academy Birmingham 

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