New Releases of the Week (28 May 2021)

TRÚ’s new album ‘No Fixed Abode’ is out now.

New Releases of the Week (28 May 2021)

A round-up of recent releases, including Susan O'Neill, Dani Larkin, TRÚ, Mike Hanrahan, and Tolü Makay. To submit your music for inclusion, please email [email protected]

Susan O’Neill – Give Me a Good Reason
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Susan O’Neill has this week released a new song ‘Give Me a Good Reason’. Following O’Neill’s last solo release ‘Almost’ in late 2020, ‘Give Me a Good Reason’ was co-written with Mick Flannery, who O’Neill often collaborates with. Commenting on the new song, O’Neill said: ‘‘Give Me Good Reason’ was a half-finished old track that I am very glad to share with you now. It was sitting dormant on a hard drive until I shared it with Mick Flannery who played piano and co-wrote some beautiful parts into the song to bring it to where it is now’. O’Neill and Flannery recently released a series of tracks with Other Voices, Live From the Crawford Art Gallery, and the single ‘Baby Talk’ in February last year. Purchase the track on Bandcamp:

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Dani Larkin – Love Part Two
Acoustic-folk songwriter Dani Larkin’s new single ‘Love Part Two’ is out now. The song is the latest in a series of releases – including ‘Love Part Three’ and ‘The Red (Maca’s Return)’ – leading up to Larkin’s debut album, Notes for a Maiden Warrior, out on 18 June. ‘Love Part Two’ is the second part in a series of songs on the album that centre around themes of love and heartbreak. This track follows on from ‘Love Part Three’ and ‘Love Part One’, which will also feature on the album. Visit:

TRÚ – No Fixed Abode
Northern Ireland folk trio TRÚ have today released their debut album No Fixed Abode, following single releases from earlier this year, ‘The Ballad of Ellie Hanley / An Cailín Bán’ and ‘Bonny Portmore’. The band – Dónal Kearney, Zach Trouton and Michael Mormecha – draw inspiration from folklore in Ireland, Britain, Japan and more, taking their name from a mythological trio of poet/musicians in ancient Ulster. No Fixed Abode comprises of Gaelic waulking songs and Scots lullabies, including stories of Japanese spirits and other mythological characters, in songs such as ‘Ay Waukin O’, ‘Newry Boat Song’ and ‘The Woodsman’. Purchase the album on Bandcamp:

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Mike Hanrahan – A River Rolls On
Singer-songwriter Mike Hanrahan, formerly of Stockton’s Wing, today releases ‘A River Rolls On’, a new song inspired by his mother’s experience with dementia. A statement on the song reads: ‘‘A River Rolls On’ is inspired by watching [Hanrahan’s] beloved mother’s slide through the phases of vascular dementia and imagining her life as a beautiful meandering river starting high in the mountains, nourishing many, giving so much to the world as it gently rolls to the sea.’ The song also features the Forget Me Nots choir, a choir for older people, those going through dementia and memory loss and their friends and families. Singer Lisa Lambe, jazz act ALDOC and country singer Sandy Kelly also feature in the song, with all proceeds going towards the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Purchase the song on Bandcamp: 

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Tolü Makay – Aye
Pop singer Tolü Makay  originally from Nigeria and raised in Offaly – has this week released ‘Aye’, her latest single following the collaboration with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in December 2020 for a cover of the Sawdoctors’ ‘N17’, and her debut EP Being. The upbeat pop song was inspired by the artist’s Yoruba heritage with and features traditional Nigerian percussion such as the conga and the talking drum. Commenting on the song, Makay said: ‘Aye means life in Yoruba. A lot of what makes us who we are comes from our childhood. I want this song to celebrate life and the child we forget we were.’ Purchase the track on Bandcamp:

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Published on 28 May 2021

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