High praise continues to roll in for John Murry's debut album The Graceless Age with The Guradian today awarding the album five stars saying, “The Graceless Age is extraordinary, a profound and moving meditation – the kind of album that answers questions you didn't realise you were asking....Lyrically, though, it's remarkable: brutal, frank and beautiful.... I don't expect to hear a better album this year.” - ***** The Guardian[Read The Full Review].
Elsewhere Q Magazine says the record is “Intensely beautiful... Like Father John Misty, Mark Lanegan and Josh T Pearson rolled into one really broken dream” giving it four stars.
“Occasionally, an album comes out of nowhere that completely blows your mind. Like this one” - ***** Simon Cosyns, The Sun.
9/10 “Album Of The Month” Allan Jones, Uncut. - “instant classic.....the original 10-song album is an unflinching, personal exorcism, set against a dense squall of keyboards, strings, percussion and guitars, as Murry lays bare the dark calamities of a life racked with pain, addiction, betrayal, guilt and self-destruction.”
The album is released today in Ireland and on Monday 6th May in the UK. Buy on iTunes - and the full 2CD Deluxe Package is available below.
18th April John Murry - Southern Sky Video
Mojo Magazine have premiered the new John Murry video for Southern Sky. Confirming that they've awarded his album The Graceless a very rare and very impressive five stars in their upcoming issue they say.
"John Murry's masterful gothic country debut, The Graceless Age, is due for release next month. Born of self-destruction (including drug addiction and an overdose), emotional breakdowns and ultimately redemption and reconciliation, the album finds Murry channeling a sound that recalls Josh T Pearson, Bruce Springsteen and Bill Callahan. We awarded the record the full five stars in the forthcoming issue of MOJO"
Feast your eyes on the video directed by Mike McCarthy below.
15th April Josephine - Portrait - The Saturday Show
In a bumper weekend for Rubworks artists on television Josephine stopped by the Saturday night show to perform her latest single Portrait.
Josephine played her first headline show in Dublin on Sunday night to a packed and rapturous Sugar Club. Check out some great photos from the concert from Dara Munnis.
15th April Ryan Sheridan - Upside Down - Late Late Show Performance
Ryan Sheridan performs his brand new single 'Upside Down' on RTE 1's The Late Late Show. The single is out now.
28th March Funeral Suits Lily of The Valley LP for Record Store Day
Model Citizen will release an exclusive version of the Funeral Suits debut album Lily Of The Valley on vinyl for Record Store Day Ireland on 20th April. Click on the link to find participating shops.
21st March The Original Rudeboys announced as special guests on The Script's Australian Tour
Currently on tour in the UK as part of The Script's Arena tour the Original Rudeboys have just been confirmed as special guests for the Australian leg of the tour also.
The Rudeboys will hit Australia in April.
Wednesday 03rd Perth Arena – Perth
Saturday 06th Rod Laver Arena – Melbourne
Sunday 07th Entertainment Centre – Sydney
Tuesday 09th Entertainment Centre – Brisbane
6th March Choice Music Prize Live Stream
The live event for the award for Irish album of the year featuring a performance from Wallis Bird will take place on Thursday 7th March from 7.30pm. You can watch a live stream of the event here.
Rubyworks is delighted to announce the signing of Mississipi native John Murry.
We are also very proud to announce the re-release of Murry’s 2012 album, The Graceless Age, with an additional bonus CD of studio outtakes from the album’s sessions. The package will be released on the 6th May 2013.
“Intensely beautiful…Like Father John Misty, Mark Lanegan and Josh T Pearson rolled into one really broken dream” - Q
Murry, currently in the country on his debut UK and Ireland tour, is set to return for a full tour of the UK and Europe in May, ahead of the festival season.
John Murry Live:
29th January – The Borderline, London
30th January – The Railway, Winchester
31st January – The Bullingdon, Oxford
1st February – Picturedome, Holmfirth
2nd February – The Cluny, Newcastle.
23rd January Josephine live on the Andrew Marr Show - BBC
Currently on a UK tour with Paloma Faith, Josephine stopped by BBC headquarters to perform her new single 'Portrait' on the Andrew Marr show, presented by Jeremy Vine.
9th January Wallis Bird Nominated for Choice Music Prize
Congratulations Wallis Bird! Her eponymous 2012 album has been shortlisted for the Choice Music Prize for Irish album of the year 2012.
The winner will be announced at the live event which will take place on Thursday March 7th in Vicar Street Dublin.
20th December Rubyworks || Model Citizen || Gotta Run || Ark Recordings 2012 in Music Spotify Playlist
It's been a bumper year of releases accross the four labels this year with new albums from Rodrigo y Gabriela, Wallis Bird, Funeral Suits, The Original Rudeboys, Josephine and more singles from Ryan Sheridan, The Minutes and Deap Vally.
Check out this handy Spotify playlist for our year in review.
15th November This Life Goes Gold in Ireland
The Original Rudeboys round off their first full year as a recording and gigging band with the fantastic news that their debut album This Life has been certified gold in Ireland. It's an outstanding achievement for the band who formed in March 2011 and is a testament to their dedicated work ethic, relentless gigging, and their winning way with a memorable tune.
This Life is released as a special limited edition box set this Friday 16th November.
25th October Josephine on Later...with Jools Holland
Watch Josephine deliver a majestic live performance on this week's Later...with Jools Holland. The full show with more from Josephine will be broadcast this weekend on the BBC.
More photos from Rubyworks 10th Anniversary show
Photographer Sean Smyth was in attendance at the Rubyworks 10th Anniverary show in Dublin's Olympia Theatre. You can see some of his photo from what was a superb night's partying over on his blog - SeanSmyth.ie
5th September New Singles from Josephine and Wallis Bird
Two of Rubyworks' strongest female artists have premiered brand new videos this week.
The first comes from Josephine and also marks her debut video performance.
What A Day is taken from Josephine's debut albumPortrait which was released on 5th October.
Wallis Bird continues the excellent run of singles taken from her third album Wallis Bird with this emotionally wrough powerhouse of a song 'In Dictum'.
17th August Rubyworks 10th Anniversary Shows
We are celebrating their first decade of music. To mark this auspicious occasion; we will be hosting three very special nights in Dublin, presenting our wonderful artists at three of Dublin's most iconic live music venues.
On Sunday 26th August, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Ryan Sheridan, Wallis Bird and Josephine will play at The Olympia Theatre. This will be Rodrigo y Gabriela's only appearance in the Republic of Ireland in 2012. Tickets priced from €25.90 (including booking fee), are on sale now.
On Monday 27th August, Fight Like Apes, The Minutes, Funeral Suits and Deap Vally will play in Whelan's. This will be the first Irish appearance for the hotly tipped LA based Deap Vally, and will be Fight Likes Apes only Irish gig of the year, and they will be showcasing some new material as part of their set.Tickets priced at €17.50 are on sale now.
On Tuesday 28th August, we return to our spiritual home at Doyle's for a celebratory Ruby Sessions with an array of talent from across the roster. A small charitable donation is accepted (on the door) on behalf of The Simon Community.
The first 100 fans through the door at both The Olympia and Whelans gigs will get a free exclusive limited edition Rubyworks 10th birthday album sampler!
RUBYWORKS IS TEN
Ten years of music from Ireland and Elsewhere.
Special price on all back catalogue
Originally started as a home for mexican guitarists Rodrigo y Gabriela with the release of their debut album Re-foc in September 2002 Rubyworks has grown into the premiere independent label in Ireland with an extensive roster of international talent and a number of subsidiary labels.
In the ten years since the founding of the label Rubyworks has released albums by Hothouse Flowers, Nigel Mooney, The Devlins, Aslan, Jerry Fish, Sinead O Connor, May Coughlan, Moving Hearts, Leya, Wallis Bird, Gavin Friday, Ryan Sheridan, Foy Vance and Vladimir.
Global sales of Rodrigo y Gabriela albums have now passed the 1,000,000 mark and Rubyworks has grown with addition of subsidiaries Model Citizen - home to Fight Like Apes, The MInutes and Funeral Suits - , GottaRun - home to The Original Rudeboys and recently through a merger with UK independent label Ark Recordings.
2012 will see releases from new Rubyworks / Ark artists Alberta Cross, Deap Vally and Josephine.
To mark Rubyworks's birthday we are offering all back catalogue releaseas at a special price for the month of July and we've announced three birthday shows to take place in late August.
THE FUNERAL SUITS DEBUT ALBUM
The long awaited debut from Funeral Suits is out now in the UK and Ireland. Picking up rave reviews all round, here are some choice quotes from those in the know. Funeral suits are currently on tour in Ireland. Download the album from iTunes.
“A vibrant, creative debut” **** - Lauren Murphy, The Irish Times
“The world should sit up and take notice now” ****
- James Hendicott, Sunday Business Post (IE)
“Hugely impressive” - Hot Press (IE)
“A band with talent well beyond their years” 9/10 - Gareth O’Malley, Shout4Music (UK)
“It sounds, as you would imagine, magnificent.... There’s enough here to suggest that their career might yet be an interesting one. Or a successful one. Or even, god forbid, both”. - Dara Higgins, Thumped.com (IE)
“A huge sounding album with plenty of heart, as well as the psychology, ingenuity, power and maturity to make it a future classic”. 4.5 out of 5. Francois Botha, Rhythm Circus (UK)
This Life enters the charts at No.2
From the couch to the charts in twelve months.
The debut album from Dublin band The Original Rudeboys – This Life has gone straight into the Irish album charts at number 3. It’s a fantastic result for the acoustic hip-hop trio, who posted their first video for ‘Stars In My Eyes’ from their living room just over a year ago.
The band have built up a loyal following; with over 1 million views on YouTube, and a unique, personal approach to fan interaction on Facebook. This has been supported by good old fashioned gigging around the country, including high profile support slots with Sinead O’Connor, Damien Dempsey, The Game and Olly Murs.
The album was recorded in the UK with Jake Gosling, best known for producing Ed Sheeran’s multi-platinum debut album.
The Original Rudeboys album launch gig at The Workman’s Club on Saturday 31st March is sold out; they return to Dublin on Friday 1st June for a show at Whelan’s. They have just been added to the Swedish House Mafia bill in the Phoenix Park on July 7 th.
‘This Life’ is released on Gotta Run Records, a division of Rubyworks. It features the debut single ‘Stars In My Eyes’ and the new single ‘Travelling Man’. www.TheOriginalRudeboys.com
New studio album recorded in Havana with 13 piece Cuban orchestra out now worldwide
On 'Area 52' Rodrigo y Gabriela revisit nine of their compositions and
reinterpret them in a new and dramatic fashion, this is Rodrigo y Gabriela as they
have never been heard before.
The album was arranged by Rodrigo y Gabriela working closely with Switzerland
based pianist Alex Wilson, who did the Cuban arrangements for the orchestra. He
has worked with Courtney Pine, Ernest Ranglin and Mali Latino. Recording took
place during the summer at Abdala Studios in Havana and later at Lumbini Studios
in Ixtapa, Mexico. Guests on the album include Anoushka Shankar on sitar, rock
drummer John Tempesta (The Cult, White Zombie, Testament) on two tracks, jazz
bass player Carles Benavent (Miles Davis, Paco De Lucia, Chick Corea) on two
tracks, Palestinian group Le Trio Joubran and Samuel Formell Alfonso from Los Van Van.
See www.RodGab.com for more.
Having blasted their way through Ireland with their debut album release and extenisve touring schedule The Minutes are beginning their onslaught on UK shores. The juggernaut kicked off proper with this weekend's storming performances at Reading and Leeds captured here by the BBC.
Rodrigo y Gabriela are riding high on the global success of their Hans Zimmer collaboration on Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides; which has just enjoyed the biggest global opening weekend in the history of the movies.
Summer's here and the time is right for Rod & Gab's first love: wowing crowds in the big fields across Europe. To coincide with their tour dates, Rubyworks is set to release 'Live In France', recorded at various venues around the Fifth Republic on the 11:11 world tour.
It's a very different live document to 2008's 'Live In Japan', which marked the end of Rod & Gab's seated performances. Their live shows are constantly evolving and the 11:11 tour mixed deft acoustic dexterity with an electrifying shred-fest of white hot duelling guitars. No chairs then, but plenty of FX pedal hopping and feet on the monitors rocking. The album captures this fusion framed by rapturous receptions from their fanatical legion of French followers.
The much anticipated colloboration between Rodrigo Y Gabriela and Hans Zimmer on the soundtrack to one of the biggest movies of the summer Pirates of The Caribbean On Stranger Tides is out now. The soundtrack combines several brand new Rodrigo Y Gabriela compositions and many of the original Pirates themes from the previous movies with the added unmistakable guitar wizardry of Rod and Gab.
AOL Music are currently streaming the album in full for the rest of this week. Listen to it here. And hear the music of Rodrigo Y Gabriela like you've never heard it before.
The movie sails into the Cannes film festival this week and hits local cinemas in the US on May 20th.
Rod and Gab gave 'The Pirate That Should Not Be' a live outing with an orchestra on last week's Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
A clip from the show can be viewed here.
The recipient of several glowing reviews already with Hot Press and The Daily Mail lavishing 4 stars upon it and The Ticket singing its praises with three The Minutes debut long player is finally unleashed this week.
RYAN SHERIDAN DEBUT ALBUM ENTERS THE OFFICIAL IRISH ALBUM CHART AT # 2!
Ryan Sheridan's fine debut long player 'The Day You Live Forever' has entered the Irish national charts at # 2; enjoying the best opening week sales for any Irish artist this year (with the exception of Mary Byrne and Bell X1).
It's an extraordinary Irish success story for the Monaghan solo artist who has travelled from playing on streets of Dublin to jockeying for the top slot with Adele in less than twelve months; and is a glowing testimony to Ryan's own self belief, determination and years of perfecting his craft.
Ryan is already confirmed for Oxegen and more new fans will have the chance to discovery this remarkable fresh talent when he joins Canadian rock legend Bryan Adams on his Irish tour this summer:
Wednesday 22nd June, The Marquee, Cork
Thursday 23rd June The O2, Dublin
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GAVIN FRIDAY - CATHOLIC
New album out now in Ireland
Release date : Good Friday 22 April
Out rest of Europe 9 May
16 years since his last album, it's time to salute anti-hero Gavin Friday, who returns fittingly, at a time of upheaval, of political chaos, and of spiritual, financial and moral bankruptcy. Ireland is a very different place to the country his last album Shag Tobacco was recorded in, and the intervening decade and a half coincided with a prolific work period for the singer. From soundtracks for In America , The Boxer and Get Rich Die Tryin' with Quincy Jones to collaborating on Nothing like the Sun with Gavin Bryars and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Produced by Ken Thomas (Throbbing Gristle, Cocteau Twins, Sigur Ros), the album was birthed in a pool of 38 songs, which were whittled down. All songs were penned by Friday and his new musical partner Herbie Macken. Cocooned in Friday's Killiney home, recording took just six weeks and involved musicians Gavin had worked with before: Multi instrumentalist Herbie Macken, Cellist Kate Ellis, Guitarist Jolyon Vaughan Thomas, Bassist Gareth Hughes, Guitarist Anto Drennan, Drummer Andre Antunes , and Moya Brennan [who guests on Lord I'm Coming ] and journalist John Kelly on harmonica.
In recent years, Gavin Friday's output has been dominated by cinema, soundtrack and theatre, and its no surprise that their collective, lush shadow looms over catholic. Friday takes conventional song structures and scores them, adding Bowie-synths, sci-fi swirls, epic strings and Germanic rhythms.
Track listing :
2.Land On The Moon
3.A Song that Hurts
4.The Only One
6.The Sun & The Moon & The Stars
7.It’s All Ahead of You
10.Where’d Ya Go? Gone
11. Lord I’m coming
catholic was released on Rubyworks on Good Friday, 22nd April 2011