ROCK­ING AROUND THE CHRIST­MAS TREE

That’s ex­actly what you’ll be do­ing this fes­tive sea­son cour­testy of The Shadow Shak­ers’ bril­liant new Xmas song.

Hot Press - - Music World 4121 - By Roisin Dwyer

A Christ­mas tune in­fused with rock­a­billy, jump blues, jun­gle and swing you say? Why, yes in­deed. Let me in­tro­duce your new favourite fes­tive song – the swoon­some ditty is called ‘Christ­mas Eve’ and comes cour­tesy of The Shadow Shak­ers (rock­a­billy trio Skinny Elvis with sul­try songstress Miss Truly Di­Vine). Boast­ing sassy melodic vo­cals, thump­ing dou­ble bass, twangy gui­tar and hop­ping drums, it’s the per­fect yule­tide sound­track. Do check it out! The song is a taster for a full length out­ing from the combo due next year.

Never fear, Skinny Elvis will still be op­er­at­ing as usual with a rake of shows lined up over the com­ing weeks and also an al­bum in the pipe­line too!…

One of the finest Ir­ish al­bums of the year landed last month, and comes coutesy of Leitrim’s Ailie Blun­nie. West To The Evening Sun was four years in the mak­ing and is a tour de force of mas­ter­ful song­writ­ing, which pushes the bound­aries both son­i­cally and lyri­cally.

Ailie set out her stall in 2013 with her de­but EP On Love…And Other Mur­der Mysteries. One of the tracks, ‘How Much Do You Love Me?’, won the UK In­ter­na­tional Song­writ­ing Com­pe­ti­tion in the Love Songs cat­e­gory in 2014. In 2015, one of her com­po­si­tions was in­cluded on the Sa­mar­i­tans CD Don’t Be Afraid Of The Light That Shines Within You.

Given the palu­dits heaped on the cur­rent re­lease, we can ex­pect to hear much more from Ms Blun­nie in 2018…..

Also very much on the rise are elec­tronic duo Le Boom, who have just un­veiled their sec­ond sin­gle ‘Don’t Need It Now’. The out­fit, which com­prises Christy Leech and Aimie Mal­lon, re­leased de­but sin­gle ‘What We Do’ just last Au­gust. The track racked up a hugely im­pres­sive 230,000 Spo­tify plays. Ex­plo­sive per­for­mances at Body & Soul, Elec­tric Pic­nic, Lat­i­tude, Hard Work­ing Class He­roes, Castlepalooza, Sea Ses­sions and Indiepen­dence have also seen their stock soar…..

Cork’s The Grunts re­lease their new sin­gle ‘Heal Your Heart’ on De­cem­ber 8 and will play a head­line show in Fib­ber Magees, Dublin on De­cem­ber 17 to mark the oc­ca­sion.

The act, who have been to­gether for ten years, have seven EPs and two al­bums

(the ac­claimed Reflections In My Mirror

Shade and Cult Be­fore Coun­try) un­der their belt. The ti­tle track from the lat­ter re­lease fea­tured on the global re­lease of Orion / Mau­rice Car­roll’s pro­duc­tion Dead Along The Way……

Mean­while up north, Saffyre just un­leashed their hotly-an­tic­i­pated new sin­gle ‘Sur­vive’. The song was recorded by USA-born pro­ducer Tre Shep­pard in his home studio in North­ern Ire­land, and also in the newly launched state-of-the-art BlueS­tone Record­ing in Co Down. The three sis­ters grew up in a mu­sic-lov­ing house­hold and blend a di­verse range of in­flu­ences into an in­tox­i­cat­ing pop/folk brew. We look for­ward to live dates soon! …

Saffyre

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