A workshop with Charlotte Hatherley (Ash, Bat For Lashes, KT Tunstall, Bryan Ferry)
Soundtrack of Our Lives
Five of Northern Ireland’s prominent female politicians in conversation about music and BBC’s Marie-Louise Muir, Naomi Long, Claire Hanna, Carál Ní Chuilín, Clare Bailey and Paula Bradley.
Suffragette for Sound
Julie McLarnon (Analogue Catalogue) and guest Caro C will lead a unique workshop that incorporates electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire (creator of original Dr Who theme).
Panel discussions and workshops with Olga Fitzroy (producer Coldplay), Emma Edgar (Tour Manager, Placebo, Everything Everything, Wolf Alice), Claire Southwick (Primitive Management), Angela Dorgan (First Music Contact), Susan Breen (Film Producer, Requiem – BBC and Netflix).
“Women’s Work festival is making an important contribution to the overall celebration of Belfast as a great music city. We exceed expectation due to the sheer amount of successful artists that come from our city and from the region. Singers such as Ruby Murray, who still holds the record for the most number of singles in the UK Top 20 at the same time, to the more modern and diverse artists like Kaz Hawkins, Roe, Soak and Ursula Burns show we have a wealth of female talent to share.” – The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nuala McAllister on the festival.
Irish musician J Colleran who previously went under the name Mmoths announced the release of his debut album Gardenia for June 29th this year. As a follow on from ‘O+SOH’, ‘Bera’ is the second release from his forthcoming album, a neo-classical composition with great elegance through its flowing melody, lucid strings arrangements and piano.
The video which features bodybuilders was directed by Christopher Gray.
Paul Alwright – All Love ft Maverick Sabre
Dublin musician Paul Alright’s album Hungry is set for release on May 11th which will feature collaborations with various other Irish artists. The first collaborative release is with English-Irish singer-songwriter Maverick Sabre who has been relatively quiet on the music scene for the past two years. The track is raw and open, exploring the various characteristics of love with soulful qualities embedded by Sabre’s vocals, this is a collaboration that fits. He previously released ‘Seeds of Doubt’ earlier this year.
Mick Pyro – Very Strange
Mick Pyro is an artist with distinctively raspy and soulful vocal abilities, with previous projects such as Republic of Loose he is also an artist of variation. ‘Very Strange’ is a solo release that sets him as a relevant artist, bearing qualities of his previous work with an added dynamic energy.
Them There – Blaze (Orbit Radio Remix)
‘Blaze’ is the soothing indie-pop debut single from the former frontman of Archive, Craig Walker and ex-Nouvelle Vague singer Phoebe Killdeer aka Them There. This version of the track is a remix by Orbit, adding an electric energy and synthesized sense of contagion. Them There’s debut album Love Is An Elevator is set for release later this year.
Dashoda – 38 Long
’38 Long’ is the first single from electronic producer Gavin MacDermott or Dashoda from his debut EP to be released later this year, an up-tempo and catchy indie-pop track.
The Zilla – Island
The Zilla is made up by Theo Fitzgibbon and Roy Gilmartin. As a follow on from their debut single ‘I Belong to You’, ‘Island’ represents an exciting sound from the Hackney-based duo, a high energy pop track with attitude.
Hvmmingbyrd – Papillon
This is the first release this year from Irish duo Deborah Byrne and Suzette Das or Hvmmingbryd. ‘Papillion’ is a track that is layered with a harmonious energy, recorded by Marcin Ciszczon in Diffusion Lab Studios.
Laura McGarrigle or Gaze Is Ghost is back with her latest release from her album to be released in April this year.
The Northern Ireland singer-songwriter has been developing her sound since the release of ‘Revolvere’ back in 2014.
The track is a stirring mix of emotions with a gripping piano introduction and lyrical inspiration from the Selkie of Celtic mythology that evolves itself through luminous harmonies and crashing percussions.
Strabane musician Laura McGarrigle, Gaze Is Ghost, has had a quiet couple of years on the activity front as she has moved to different spots on the map. Her last music released was 2014’s ‘Revolvere’ / ‘Murmuration’, alternative orchestral ballads.
‘Feather And Bone’ is a rare treat from McGarrigle, a richly-detailed track from an upcoming album promised in the new future.
Argentinian-born NYC-based singer Valerie Teicher aka Tei Shi has returned on a whole new level. New track ‘Bassically’ is brilliant, a dark pulsing noir-pop song with stretched vocals. Teicher’s wearing a whole new outfit with the help of producer Luca Buccellati (who recently worked with Hanah) and it sounds great.
I’ve been keeping tabs on Derry-born Laura McGarrigle. Her atmospheric orchestral songs as Gaze Is Ghost made with piano, violin, guitar and McGarrigle’s delicately emotional voice have meant that I’ve been keeping an ear her way.
She’s been playing live shows in her college town of Cambridge and there was previously an older 2013 EP to listen to. Today though, McGarrigle has revealed two new tracks to be released next week on Bandcamp.
‘Revolvere’ is an orchestral beauty with electronic undercurrents reminscent of Julia Holter in execution while ‘Murmuration’ is a piano ballad with McGarrigle’s vocals lifting the tune above the norm.