Juliet Turner was a household name on the Irish music scene in the late nineties and early 2000 - then with three studio albums, a live album, double platinum sales and a Meteor Music Award under her belt, Juliet decided that a change of scene was needed and in October 2006 returned to Trinity College Dublin to undertake a four year BSc in Clinical Speech and Language Studies. She continued to do some performing but I’m delighted to say that she is just about to release a new collection of her songs and she was with Pat in studio.
Legend Ray Lynam has played all over, thrilling fans from Wembley to the home of country music – Nashville. I've been a fan of Ray since those days in the 1970s when The Hillbillies burst onto the scene.
Ray Lynam and The Hillbillies were often described as the best country band this side of Nashville. Few would disagree with that moniker. The other members of the famous band were Kevin Sheerin, Billy Condon, John Ryan, Mick Lube, Billy Burgoyne and Ray's brother Johnny, who sadly died in 2007.
Well for the next 3 nights at The Helix take a journey back to the Golden Era of the Irish Showband Scene. It was a more innocent time when musicians put the show into showband! The order of the day was snazzy suits, choreographed dance steps and wonderful musicianship.
Along with Ray there will be Brendan Bowyer from The Royal Showband, Sonny Knowles and Sean Fagan from The Pacific, Susan McCann from The Storytellers, Ray Lynam from The Hillbillies and a host of others as they take you back to the time when the favorite chat up line was “Are You Dancing?” Ray and Danny Sheerin came into studio this morning to sing a song or two and maybe get some memories from those days.
This Friday and Saturday, Horslips bring their Christmas Party to the Olympia Theatre in Dublin. They're going to “Drive The Cold Winter Away” – that's a reference to their 1975 Christmas album of the same name - and they were here in studio to give us a taste of what to expect.
Having won “The Voice of Ireland”, Pat Byrne joins the growing list of acts to emerge the other side of a TV talent show as the winner, with high hopes and hopefully a pre-established audience. The 22-year-old from Borris, Co Carlow, said that competing in the TV singing contest had been "the best experience of my life". He beat stiff competition at blind auditions, the live round, and even the popularity of his mentor Bressie to clinch victory. Pat promised then that he would not rush into releasing just any old album – well he was true to his word – his album has just been released to critical acclaim and we got a taste of it and the voice from Studio 8.
So far, 2012 has been a very busy time for Dublin-based singer-songwriter Gavin James –through a series of live performances and showcases, he has got the industry talking about him as “One To Watch”! He once was an AC/DC acolyte but Gavin is now most recognisable for a most distinctive voice. The young Dubliner who got Adele's manager rocking was with Pat in studio this morning.
‘Theatrical on the shell, intricate at the core- Ms Feeney’s songs don’t shout, they tease, ponder reminisce, philosophise and invent parables’
That is the wonderful critic of Julie Feeney by Jon Pareles, the chief pop music critic with the New York Times and after hearing some of the songs from Julie’s new album ‘Clocks’ I can concur whole heartedly. Julie has just returned from New York and is embarking on a nationwide tour with an unusual twist and she came into us this morning.
They’re a three piece American family group, specialising in country music. The Band Perry are winners of Country Music Association Awards 2011 for single of the year and song of the year - If I Die Young. Tonight they appear at the O2 in Dublin and they joined Pat in studio.
The Overtones are a five-piece British-Irish-Australian Vocal Harmony boy band from London, formed in 2010. They were discovered by a Warner Brothers talent scout while working as decorators in a shop near Oxford Street, singing during their tea break. They have sold in excess of 500,000 copies of their first album. Well it’s nearly our morning tea break – so the lads are here to sing for us and after a storming concert last night in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre they probably need it more than we do!