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Fionn Regan’s debut Heavenly single . . .

Fionn Regan - Protection Racket
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‘PROTECTION RACKET’ is available as a FREE download from here as from today.

FIONN REGAN – ‘PROTECTION RACKET’

Protection Racket” is the irresistible new single from Fionn Regan, and the first track to be lifted from his sublime second album, “The Shadow of An Empire,” released in early 2010 on Heavenly Recordings.

It’s been an interesting couple of years for Fionn Regan… Never one to take the easy route, Fionn could easily have made a safe and predictable follow-up to “The End Of History”, his 2007 Mercury-nominated and critically lauded debut… He could have simply recorded another collection of beguiling acoustic beauties… He could have made The End Of History part Two… But that would have been too easy… Instead Fionn has returned with a very different second album bursting with ideas and a set of dazzling new tunes which are sure to reaffirm his reputation as both maverick genius and one of the most talented contemporary singer-songwriters around… If The End of History was the sound of the countryside and woodland lanes The Shadow Of An Empire is the sound of towns and dimly lit streets; heartfelt and with a ragged edge. Regan has ploughed himself a new furrow.

It was during a period of great global upheaval, whilst touring his debut album for two years worldwide, and in particular across the US, as Fionn puts it – “seeing the world, the bone structure, the pulp” – that he began work on its follow up. It seems natural that his response was to become more outward looking and in The Shadow of an Empire this manifests itself in a collection of songs that are peopled with characters and conversational dialogue. The often witty vignettes are used to facilitate more complex soul-searching.

Fionn again produced the album himself but the journey to this end wasn’t as straightforward this time around… Fionn parted company with Lost Highway last year when it became apparent that they had different ideas for the album… So Fionn bought himself a trident desk and a tape machine, set up in a small, disused factory space in Co. Wicklow, Ireland and set about making the album without interference. Never short of champions, Jeff Barrett was bowled over by the results and quickly signed him up for what will be Heavenly Recordings first release of 2010…

The good news is we’ll have a chance to sample “The Shadow Of An Empire” way ahead of release as Fionn will be playing a number of intimate live shows for the fans in November… Dates/info below… The London dates sold-out within a few hours of going on sale…

Monday 9 November – GLASGOW – Captain’s Rest (£7)

Tuesday 10 November – MANCHESTER – Deaf Institute (£7)

Wednesday 11 November – LONDON – Luminaire **(SOLD-OUT!)**

Thursday 12 November  – CARDIFF – Iforbach (£7)

Friday 13 November – BRIGHTON –  Jamm (£8)

Monday 16 November  – LONDON  – The Social **(SOLD-OUT!)**

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A must see! Doves & The Bulgarian London choir at the Electric Proms

Jimi Goodwin - DovesHere’s a must see Doves performance captured in all it’s glory by the BBC when they played the Roundhouse last Thursday 22nd October for the BBC Electric proms series of events.DOVES - Roundhouse - Electric Proms - 1

The gig was made all the more special as the boys were backed by a 40 strong ensemble of London’s Bulgarian choir for the whole show & then joined by North Indian classical musician Baluji Shrivastav for ‘Birds Fly Backwards’.  The choirs input on the already beautiful track ‘Firesuite’ is something else & throughout the gig they shine new light on the bands back catalogue.  An inspired piece of music programming!

DOVES ON BBC iPLAYER CLICK HERE

SET LIST:

‘Snowden’, ‘Winter Hill’, ‘Firesuite’, ‘10.03’, ‘Pounding’, ‘Jetstream’, ‘The Storm’, ‘Black And White Town’, ‘Sea Song’, ‘The Greatest Denier’, ‘Kingdom Of Rust’, ‘The Last Broadcast’, ‘Catch The Sun’, ‘Birds Fly Backwards’, ‘Cedar Room’, ‘There Goes The Fear’

www.londonbulgarianchoir.co.uk

www.baluji.com

www.doves.net

DOVES – BIRDS FLEW BACKWARDS (Alternate version)

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New Soft Pack single ‘ANSWER TO YOURSELF’ Free download

Soft Pack - Answer to YourselfDownload The Soft Packs new single  ‘Answer to Yourself’ from the NME’s daily download. The track will also be getting a physical release as a 7″ on November 2nd.  Keep an eye out for the black bull & anchor in a discerning record shop near you soon!

The debut album is now available to pre order & comes with a free Tote Bag bearing the weight of this mighty fine image:

SOFT PACK – ALBUM PRE ORDER

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The Magic Numbers free download & live dates

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‘HURT SO GOOD’ FOR FREE BY CLICKING HERE!

The Magic Numbers have put together a nation-wide tour of some of their favourite

small pubs and clubs in the UK which runs from mid-November to mid-December. Wherever possible, tickets have been kept to a special price of £10 for these intimate shows where they will be debuting new material.  The band, currently putting the finishing touches to their third studio album, due for release in spring next year, are eager to get back out on the road and play for everyone. “We’ve had some of our best memories doing shows like these, when everything is up close and personal, the atmosphere can be so intense and beautiful”, says Michele.

Details of the tour are below and tickets can be bought via links on the band’s website, http://www.themagicnumbers.net, where the free download is also available.

YOU HURT SO GOOD TOUR

SATURDAY 21ST NOVEMBER OXFORD JERICHO TOWN
SUNDAY 22ND NOVEMBER MANCHESTER BAND ON THE WALL
MONDAY 23RD NOVEMBER PRESTON 53 DEGREES
TUESDAY 24TH NOVEMBER LIVERPOOL MASQUE LOFT
WEDNESDAY 25TH NOVEMBER WREXHAM CENTRAL STATION
FRIDAY 27TH NOVEMBER LONDON ST ALOYSIUS
SATURDAY 28TH NOVEMBER GLOUCESTER GUILDHALL
SUNDAY 29TH NOVEMBER EXETER CAVERN CLUB
MONDAY 30TH NOVEMBER CARDIFF CLWB IFOR BACH
WEDNESDAY 2ND DECEMBER TUNBRIDGE WELLS FORUM
SATURDAY 5TH DECEMBER CORK CORK OPERA HOUSE
MONDAY 7TH DECEMBER NEWCASTLE CLUNY
WEDNESDAY 9TH DECEMBER GLASGOW ORAN MOR
THURSDAY 10TH DECEMBER EDINBURGH BONGO CLUB
FRIDAY 11TH DECEMBER LEEDS BRUDENELL SOCIAL CLUB
SUNDAY 13TH DECEMBER NORTHAMPTON ROADMENDER
MONDAY 14TH DECEMBER NOTTINGHAM BODEGA
TUESDAY 15TH DECEMBER YORK FIBBERS