Joe O’Donnell’s Shkayla Reissue ‘Gaodhal’s Vision’

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Back in the 70s, Joe O’Donnell was known as one of the world’s best rock violinists with the bands East of Eden and Headstone, but now he performs alongside his band Shkayla (Gaelic for ‘stories’) who are reissuing Joe’s classic 1977 album Gaodhal’s Vision, to celebrate its 40th anniversary.

At the time, Gaodhal’s Vision, was ‘visionary’ to say the least, demonstrating Joe’s innovative and experimental playing which he combined with the guitar skills of fellow rock-legend, Rory Gallagher, who was a close friend of Joe’s too. Consequently, the record was met with critical acclaim then, and still stands the test of time now as one of the best celtic-rock concept albums ever produced.

As part of their 40th anniversary celebration, Joe and Shkayla played a double show at Coventry’s Belgrade Theatre which will be featured as an exclusive DVD along with the reissue. The new remastered, enhanced and extended version of Gaodhal’s Vision is available from the band’s website with 20% off until the end of April:

http://joeodonnellsshkayla.com/shop/gaodhals-vision-40th-anniversary-edition/ 

Links:

http://joeodonnellsshkayla.com/

https://soundcloud.com/shkayla

https://www.facebook.com/shkaylaband/

https://twitter.com/shkayla

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHfqphCzdhiwEgpykm1SQyg

‘I Didn’t Want To Hear You Say “I’m Leaving”’ – M’GOO

M’GOO are a group of musicians who create easy listening jazz infused pop with strong meanings at the heart of it.

By taking inspiration from more original sources, such as true stories and poems, M’GOO are able to write enchanting love songs with their own unique edge.

‘I Didn’t Want To Hear You Say “I’m Leaving”’ is drawn from a story on Glynn Washington’s Snap Judgement, in which a woman leaves her fiancée after visiting a psychic who tells her that love isn’t always enough.

Despite the tragic circumstances that have inspired the song, there is a very upbeat, positive feel to the track that makes for a relaxed listening experience.

The song is taken from the group’s upcoming album ‘LOVE AND ALL THAT _ _ _ _’ which is also due to be released with a discussion podcast and video art.

Links:

www.mgoomusic.com

www.soundcloud.com/themgooproject

www.twitter.com/mgoomusic

www.facebook.com/mgoomusic

Yo Will Make You ‘Shake It’ With New Single!

Post-punk indie single set to hit on June 15th

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Currently based in New Orleans – the birthplace of soul and jazz – Yo are a rock band not afraid to go against the grain. After travelling the globe and making homes in various corners of the USA and Europe, the music and songwriting draws upon a wealth of inspirations and tales from the road.

The single is taken from the album ‘Vagrancy’, an LP which shows perfectly the versatile nature of Yo’s songwriting. Songs such as ‘Shake It’ are seemingly bold for the high energy of live performance, but other tracks on the album suit different environments. Whether relaxing out at a festival, going for it on a club dancefloor, jumping around at a live gig or relaxing in a local pub, there will be a song on this album which slots in brilliant to every situation.

Altogether, it makes for a jazzy cocktail which is tough to pigeonhole, sewn together by the originality of vocalist Andre’s delivery.

Single ‘Shake It’ will be available from June 15th.

You can hear the track here:

Watch the video here:

Links:

https://twitter.com/itmustbeyo

https://www.youtube.com/YoMusic

http://instagram.com/itmustbeyo/

https://www.facebook.com/itmustbeyo

Toyface new album – ‘Follow the Rules of the Trainwreck’

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Having been described by a fellow artist as ‘like Laura Marling crossed with Billie Holiday’, Bristol based duo Tamsyn and James, aka Toyface, are a mouth watering proposition for music fans. With a varied collection of 11 songs making up their debut album, the pair have blended an eclectic range of influences that has resulted in an album with strong jazz and cinematic leanings; both playful and plaintive.

The pair’s songwriting process is varied: sometimes involving Tamsyn writing lyrics alongside her own simple structures on guitar; but often times working from a cappellas, which James then lays piano chords underneath. This is clearly a combination that works well and has yielded a crop of songs which are relatable to anybody who has ever found themselves working hard to find a place in the world – a situation most, if not all of us, know well.

In Tamsyn’s own words, the album ‘charts a process of experiencing, coping with, and the eventual resolution of, existential angst that I went through in my early 20s’; by way of heartbreak, physical insecurity and complex family ties’. And it’s from this well of shared stories where Toyface’s main strength lies – their ability to write with searing honesty about the common human experience, and lay those tales out across an intense, shifting musical backdrop.

For an example check out the lead album track ‘Flight’:

The album is set to be exclusively launched in the duo’s home town of Bristol on April 24th, with the album to follow shortly after. The release marks the culmination of a journey that started with a chance meeting on the way back from the Secret Garden Party festival a number of years ago.

Trying to find a way back to Bristol at the end of the festival, Tamsyn managed to find her way onto a truck with a group of revellers heading in that direction. Not long into the journey, an incident on the road left the group stranded for 28 hours waiting for the journey to continue, during which time the group bonded.

With a new festival season on the horizon, there will be plenty more chances to see Toyface in the very near future, starting with that album launch gig on April 24th.

Links:

Www.soundcloud.com/toyface

https://www.facebook.com/toyfacemusic?fref=ts

https://twitter.com/toyfacemusic

https://www.youtube.com/user/toyfaceTV

http://toyface.bandcamp.com/