New Releases of the Week (22 January 2021)

Róisín O’s new song ‘Heart + Bones’ is released today (Photo: Gavin Leane)

New Releases of the Week (22 January 2021)

A round-up of recent releases, including Róisín O, Tolü Makay, Ciarán Ruby, Wild Youth, Barry and Liam Douglas, and Mick O’Brien, Emer Mayock and Aoife Ní Bhriain. To submit your music for inclusion, please email [email protected]

Róisín O – Heart + Bones
Indie singer-songwriter Róisín O has today released a new solo single ‘Heart + Bones’, which she describes as ‘the most honest thing I’ve ever written.’ It follows the single ‘Lose You to Love Me’ last year and is the first track from her upcoming EP. Róisín O is a member of indie-pop duo Thanks Brother and is involved in the Irish Women in Harmony project. For more, visit:

Mick O’Brien, Emer Mayock and Aoife Ní Bhriain – More Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts
This is the second album from the pipes, flute and fiddle trio of Mick O’Brien, Emer Mayock and Aoife Ní Bhriain of music collected by James Goodman (1828–96) in the southwest of Ireland in the mid-nineteenth century. The Goodman manuscripts are of particular significance because they preserve much of the traditional music of the south of Ireland as it was sung and played in the years before the Great Famine. The selections include rare versions of common tunes today plus what is likely to be one of Goodman’s own compositions. More Tunes from the Goodman Manuscripts is available today on Bandcamp at

Tolü Makay – N17
Pop singer from Offaly Tolü Makay collaborated with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra last month for a cover of the Sawdoctors’ song ‘N17’, which aired on RTÉ One’s New Year’s Eve programme. The poignant rendition of the song by Makay was accompanied by videos of Irish people abroad with messages to their families and friends in Ireland. The song currently has over 110K views on YouTube and was released this week on the Rubyworks label as a single. Visit:

Barry and Liam Douglas – Wirelessin’ podcast
Classical pianist and founder of chamber orchestra Camerata Ireland Barry Douglas has just launched a new, fortnightly podcast, Wirelessin’, with his son Liam, guitarist with emerging rock band Becky and the Keys. In the podcast they discuss life as musicians, the ups and downs of performing, life on the road and more. The first episode, ‘Music is an Addiction’ was released this week and sees the pair chatting about their personal journeys with music. Visit:

Ciarán Ruby – Landfall / March of the Dispossessed
Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ciarán Ruby, also of folk group the Diviners, has recently released a solo single, ‘Landfall / March of the Dispossessed’. The first part of the work, ‘Landfall’, is a piece about the search for belonging in life, which is followed by a traditional tune composed by Ruby, ‘March of the Dispossessed’. Ruby also sings and plays the guitar, low whistle, tin whistle and shruti box, with Anthony Ruby on uilleann pipes. This new work by Ruby is part of a solo project that emerged during lockdown. Visit:

Wild Youth – Champagne Butterflies
Pop group Wild Youth have released their first single of 2021, ‘Champagne Butterflies’. The upbeat, 80s-inspired, synth-heavy song follows previous recent releases ‘Through the Phone’ and ‘Next to You’, which has over 1.3 million streams on Spotify. Visit:

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Published on 22 January 2021

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