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CAHILL SIGNS MAJOR DEAL

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One of our Hot For 2016 picks, Áine Cahill, bagged a major internatio­nal deal with Warner Music in London.

The Cavan songstress signed on the dotted line in November backstage at London’s famous Roundhouse venue where she was opening for JP Cooper.

Before embarking on her major label adventure, the 21-year-old released one final single, ‘Blood Diamonds’, independen­tly through Manchester’s LAB Records. Joining her in the studio was Courage, the young English grime man who’s making major waves of his own.

Ainé is now being managed by Neil Ferris, the former MD of EMI Records who previously looked after Alfie Boe.

Earlier in the month she contribute­d an emotionall­y charged cover of ‘Red Hill Mining Town’ to the Joshua Tree: New Roots charity album, which also found the likes of Picture This, Gavin James, The Coronas and Imelda May updating the U2 classic.

Elsewhere, Dublin folk rockers Lankum allied themselves to Rough Trade; Derry punks

TOUTS were taken on by the same management team that looks after The Stone Roses, Courteener­s, Blossoms and Cabbage, and Seamus Fogarty became Domino Records labelmates of Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand.

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