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ODi "Maslow's Songbook"


“Maslow’s Songbook” is the debut album from Irish singer-songwriter ODi, whose music combines folk, acoustic, pop, rock and indie. ODi spent her early years in Wexford listening to the likes of Bruce Springsteen, David Gray, Frames and PJ Harvey and was inspired to write her own songs. After posting some early home recordings on MySpace people began to listen, liked what they heard, and asked when ODi's next gig was. Armed with a cheap guitar won in an auction on eBay, she headed to her local venue to blag her first gig.

ODi combines stunning vocals and harmonies with incredibly engaging songs. ODi manages to blend elements of Joan Armatrading's pathos, Beth Orton's eye for the quirky and deep with a touch of Dido's bed-sit romance.

In the 6 years since playing her first gig, Irish songstress ODi has played over 600 shows across Ireland, the UK and Germany, supporting the likes of Portico Quartet, Brian Kennedy, Paddy Casey, Luka Bloom and Eleanor McEvoy. ODi has taken her captivating live show to an array of venues ranging from intimate house concerts, to the live stage at the London Olympics 2012 and Paralympics, Electric Picnic Festival (IRL), and was awarded Best Female Act in 2011 by EMAs (Exposure Music Awards-UK).

The musicians on “Maslow’s Songbook” include Claire Odlum on vocals, guitars, piano and percussion, Dave Redfearn on guitars, vocals, piano and percussion, Karl Odlum on bass, guitars, piano, double bass, percussion, cello, synths, banjo, dulcimer, bazouki, and vocals, Sean O'Leary on drums and percussion, Ronan O Snodaigh on percussion, and Colm Mac Con Iomaire on violin and viola.

With "Maslow's Songbook" ODi trammels the listener with her distinctive voice and engaging melodies. ”Maslow‘s Songbook” has already been playlisted on Irish national radio RTE1 and is already a favourite of BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris.

Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at HEMIFRAN


Good Lovelies "Burn The Plan"


With ”Burn The Plan”, a long-awaited new album, Good Lovelies are both fulfilling and defying their so-called musical destiny as a folk trio. What makes this ”Burn The Plan” special is that the band’s considerable strengths - winsome songwriting, impeccable vocals and triangulated charisma - don’t tell the full story. There’s a new spirit of adventurousness that gives ”Burn The Plan” an extra spark, the album is permeated with textures and tones from musical worlds away.

The eye-opening “In The Morning” has a delicate electronic touch that is more Postal Service than McGarrigle. “Waiting For You”, the most radio-ready of the collection, is an up-tempo, shimmering keyboard-laced number that would fit comfortably alongside the soft pop throwback of Haim. Even the old time underpinnings of “Old Fashioned” and “The Doe” have a new polish, confidence and depth.

This time around, the trio has spent time developing, expanding and honing their sound as individual musicians first, and as Good Lovelies second. These new songs were crafted not to ‘fit’ their catalogue per se, but as expressions of individual voices within a tight-knit group dynamic. What keeps the three Lovelies making music together is not just their uncanny musical compatibility, it’s their unshakeable friendships, which supports each member contributing to the songwriting in distinct ways.

2011’s Juno-nominated ”Let The Rain Fall” was the last time the Good Lovelies released a full-length studio album. It may not feel so long ago, since the band’s profile has continued to grow with awards, steady and sold-out touring, and a live album in between, but you can do a whole lotta living, loving and letting go in four years. For Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore, four years has been the exact number of hours, moments and experiences needed to take the next step, to burn the plan.

Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at HEMIFRAN

Amanda Rheaume "Keep A Fire"


Ottawa-based Amanda Rheaume is an accomplished Métis singer-songwriter with a powerful, slightly gritty, deeply personal, and instantly accessible folk and roots sound with elements of country, pop, and soul. Rheaume has released 3 albums since 2009.

Rheaume recently received a Canadian Folk Music Award for Aboriginal Songwriter Of The Year and a Juno Award nomination for Aboriginal Album Of The Year, both for her latest album "Keep A Fire".

She tours internationally annually, playing shows in England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, and Denmark. She is endorsed by Epiphone, and supported by Gibson, and was featured in Acoustic Guitar magazine out of Texas in July 2014. Her increasing success stems from her soulful ability to translate personal stories into messages, evoke a feeling of positivity, communicate the strength of those before her, and connect with her listeners.

Performing over 160 shows a year, Rheaume has delivered her unique and soulful blend of folk-country-pop twinged tracks to audiences around the world, including Canada, the US, Europe, Central America and more. She has opened for artists such as Emmylou Harris, Lucinda Williams and Ani Difranco, and played various festivals such as Juno Fest, NXNE, SXSE, CMW, WORLD Pride, National Aboriginal Day, Live From The Rock, Summerfolk, Ottawa Blues Fest, Ottawa Folk Fest, London Home Country, Majors Hill Canada Day and North American Indigenous Games.

Rheaume performed for Canadian Troops in Kandahar, Kabul, UAE, Italy, and Nunavut, as well as the Canadian Embassy in Costa Rica. She raised money on tour for the families of military personnel. This spring, she sang the national anthems at an Ottawa Senators game and performed on CTV's Canada AM's National broadcast.

In 2015, Rheaume has tour plans in Canada, Europe and the UK, and will be performing at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. She is currently writing songs for her 4th album, the next development of her singer-songwriting craft featuring elements of country, soul, and folk, while keeping true to her distinct storytelling through songs.

Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at HEMIFRAN





Byron Fry "Explosive"


"Byron Fry is an arranger, producer, composer, multi-instrumentalist and guitar virtuoso. Well known in the LA music scene, he has only recently turned his attention to writing and producing his own killer, guitar-oriented rock-fusion. Byron has recently completed a new CD, ’Exposive’, as a follow-up to his debut , ’Combustible’.

As a producer of guitar recordings with the likes of Frank Gambale, Allan Holdsworth, Shawn Lane, Brett Garsed, Scott Mishoe, Carl Verheyen and a host of others, I know guitar talent when I hear it and Byron Fry is definitely in that league”. ~ Mark Varney, producer of iconic guitar albums ”Truth In Shredding” and ”Centrifugal Funk”

Thanks to Peter Holmstedt at HEMIFRAN