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That thing about adversity creating great art... it’s true! Irish musicians have gone into overdrive to try and cure those Covid-19 blues.
While currently unable to add to his list of high-profile supports - Aslan, Brian Kennedy and Damien Dempsey are among those who’ve been given a serious run for their backstage rider by him - Ciarán Moran has treated us to the cracking ‘Falling Down’.
Guided by the likes of Christy Moore, Roddy Doyle and Colm Quearney as he found his musical feet, the Dublin North Inner City singer tells it like it is with references to substance abuse, domestic violence and homelessness. We imagine a song about the current crisis will be coming down the tracks.
He also pens a mean chorus, which has resulted in serious amounts of Spin 103.8FM airplay.
Impressively, the accompanying video trended for almost 72 hours when premiered on hotpress.com.
Moran is being looked after by Luke Rynne Cullan and the rest of the TuneRelease.Com crew whose next release is the debut single from JJ Bloom, AKA Conor McQuaid who’s majorly into his classic soul, funk and R&B.
The 23-year-old had quite the adventure with his previous band, Dúlamán, who made it to the final of Germany’s Got Talent and subsequently released a well-received album there through Sony.
He’s co-written two songs, ‘I Won’t Be Leaving’ and ‘Supernatural’, with Jake Carter and ventured to France as a pen-for-hire but is now keen to establish himself as a force in his own right.
His cause will be helped no end by ‘Always You’, a supercool summer pop single which finds JJ taking to the ice at The Rink in D12 in the video.
Sound-wise, there are nods to two of his favourite acts, Hall & Oates, and the cycling shorts-era Style Council.