Larissa Tormey

NEWS

Press Release via AS Written, July 2021

OLD-FASHIONED LOVE FOR A MODERN GIRL

Even in the 21st century, an old-fashioned love is still what some girls dream of. And singer/songwriter LARISSA TORMEY just so happens to be one of them. In fact, Larissa is such an old-fashioned romantic herself, that she followed her heart all the way from her native Russia to her new home in the Irish midlands when she married a good old-fashioned Irish farmer, her husband Christy. So maybe it’s no surprise then that her new single will be the somewhat tongue-in-cheek single, OLD FASHIONED.  

Set for general release across all digital platforms on July 30th, Old Fashioned is another original from Larissa’s own songbook, and features on her latest country collection, Breath of Fresh Air. That album hit stores last November, but this particular song holds a special place in Larissa’s affections, and she’s always had an equally special plan for it…   

     

“I think everyone should just be themselves, I think that’s so important for everybody. And if that means that you might be a little bit old-fashioned in your ways, that’s grand, that’s no problem. It’s much better to be authentic than to ever feel like you need to pretend to be someone you’re not. Even though it’s a fun song, and a happy one, it does have that message in it, too. I think being old-fashioned is a great thing, and lots of girls still prefer gentlemen to bad boys! [Laughs]. After all, not everyone needs to be modern. At least not in every way.”  

       

Larissa continued, “This is one of my favourite songs on my last album because it’s so funny. And I know it’s a little bit…maybe sarcastic you could say, but it’s in a very gentle and affectionate way. It’s just a playful song, and it’s the kind of thing you can say to a gentleman because you know they understand that. Because I loved ‘Old Fashioned’ from the moment I wrote it, I was really tempted to put it out as a single before now. But I decided that it would be even better to wait until summer came so that we could make a video here at home on Loughnagore Farm! So that’s what I did! So we recorded that last week and I’m delighted to say that one of the stars of the ‘Old Fashioned’ video will be a gentleman called Tom Lynam, who is not only one of our lovely neighbours, but a very good family friend as well. And of course we couldn’t film a video on our farm in the summer without making sure that our cattle got in on the action too! [Laughs].”  

       

Despite the ongoing troubles faced by the music industry as a result of the Covid-19 crisis, Old Fashioned will actually be Larissa’s fourth release of what has already proved to be a busy 2021. Her musical year began with the duet, Agree To Disagree, with British country legend Dave Sheriff back in February. That was followed by One Man Band in March, a track with links to none other than Sir Tom Jones himself as it was penned by Jon Philibert who also wrote the Welsh legends 1984 hit, I’ve Been Rained On Too. Then, as summer began to appear on the horizon in April, Larissa treated fans to another original of her own, Slightly Mad, which will feature on a full original album she has in the works for before the year’s end. 


With two Hot Press Award nominations also coming her way last March, in the Female Artist of the Year (alongside Imelda May, Denise Chaila, Emma Langford, and more) and the Best Songwriter (alongside Lisa Hannigan, Dermot Kennedy, and Niall Horan to name a few) categories, it’s already been a year to remember, no matter what else happens between now and December 31st. 


But Larissa isn’t one for resting on her laurels. She’s always planning her next move. You could say, she’s kind of old-fashioned like that. 

OLD FASHIONED, the brand NEW single from LARISSA TORMEY, will be available on all platforms from Friday, July 30th, and is now available to request from radio stations nationwide. 

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Aishling Rafferty

NEWS

Press Release via AS Written, July 2021

CARTER CONNECTION TO AISHLING’S THANK-YOU TO FANS

AISHLING RAFFERTY continues her emergence as one of Irish country music’s brightest young performers with the release of her latest hit single, her fourth of 2021. And there’s a strong NATHAN CARTER connection to the song which Aishling has dedicated to her fans as her way of thanking them for their continued support.  

       

THANKS TO YOU comes from the pen of Nathan’s manager, the renowned songwriter JOHN FARRY. Originally written for Patrick Feeney, the song was both the title-track and the album opener on the Sligoman’s 2003 long-player. And for Aishling, it was the perfect way of letting her fans know just how much their love and support has meant to her. And John even had his own special good-luck message for Aishling, writing on Facebook, “Thanks to you for recording my song, ‘Thanks To You.’ Best of luck.” 

       

When she first announced the news of her new single on her social media, Aishling revealed, “This song is especially dedicated to you all as a way of saying a big thank you for your continued love, support, and the kind words from you all throughout my journey so far. I am extremely grateful.” And what a journey it’s already been for the Knockshegowna lass.    

         

All three of Aishling’s previous singles in 2021 have topped the iTunes Country Chart in Ireland, with Darling, Say You’ll Love Me When I’m Old taking the #1 spot in January, Truck Driving Woman following suit in March, and her latest vocal masterclass, the sentimental and heart-warming Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Ol Days), doing likewise upon its release back in May. And as much as such milestones matter to Aishling, and bring a smile to her face, what matters far more to the student of voice at the Irish World Academy, is the fact that her music can bring smiles to others…   

     

“What I actually miss most about being able to sing”, confessed Aishling, “is being able to see how the people right in front of you respond to the songs. From as long as I can remember, the feeling I get from seeing people smile just because they’re listening to me sing is just one of so much happiness. And that’s why I knew John’s song would be the perfect choice as my next single. Even though we can’t really get back up on a stage and sing to fans again just yet, all of the messages I keep getting from people telling me how much they enjoy listening to my songs at home or on the radio, it’s honestly been so humbling. And so overwhelming at times too, but in the loveliest of ways. So I really wanted to find a way to say thank-you to everyone. When I came across Patrick singing this song, I knew I’d found exactly what I needed. It was perfect!”   

     

Had Covid not been with us for the past sixteen months or so, there’s little doubt that Aishling would have graced concert and festival stages all across Ireland in that time. However, the good news for fans is that a chance to hear Aishling perform ‘live’ is finally coming their way. She’ll be joining Mike Denver, Colin Kenny, Sabrina Fallon, and Clodagh Lawlor for a Country Drive-In concert at the Star Trax Music Venue in Cork on Sunday, September 5th. And she can’t wait to take to the stage.    

     

“It still feels like it’s so far away, even though I know it’s actually not!”, she laughs. “I just can’t wait to get down there and see everyone. From Hugh and his Hot Country team, to all the other performers on the day, and of course, the fans as well. I think it’s going to feel more special than being on stage has ever felt before, just because now we all know how easily that feeling can be taken away. It’s not something that any of us would ever have taken for granted, don’t get me wrong. But now that we’ve been through such a long time when we just couldn’t sing anywhere at all, every chance to do what we love most is just something that we’ll appreciate all the more now.”Writing to her fans on the day of the single’s release, Aishling said, “I am so humbled by all the beautiful comments and messages I have received since my musical journey began. You are all helping my dreams come true, without you all, none of this would be possible. So thank you all from the bottom of my heart. This is only the beginning.”     

   

As well as penning Thanks To You, the song Aishling has chosen to be her brand new single, Fermanagh man Farry picked up Best Original Album honours for his Songwriter collection at the 2017 Hot Country TV Awards. He also secured his own special place in Ireland’s Eurovision history, when he penned our 1997 entry Mysterious Woman, which Marc Roberts took to within one place of ultimate glory, coming second to the UK entry, Love Shine A Light by Katrina and the Waves. 

THANKS TO YOU, the brand NEW single from AISHLING RAFFERTY, is OUT NOW on all platforms, and available to request from radio stations nationwide and around the world. You can follow Aishing on Facebook and Instagram at ‘Aishling Rafferty Music.’ 

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Donie O

NEWS

Press Release via AS Written, July 2021

NEW SINGLE HITS 100,000

DONIE O has 100,000 reasons to celebrate as his new single, EARLY MORNIN’ RAIN, has already passed the 100,000 impacts at radio milestone following its official release on June 18th.

          Returning to the airwaves with his version of the suitably reflective classic from the great GORDON LIGHTFOOT, the Peter Maher produced single once again bears all the hallmarks of a Donie O song, taking a track known and loved by a certain generation of music lover, and bringing it to a whole new audience by putting his own unique twist on it. 

          Now available on all digital platforms and to request at radio, the response so far has delighted the Tipp music man. “We had a feeling that this one might catch people by the heart a little bit. There’s just something about the song itself for a start, so beautifully and brilliantly written by Gordon Lightfoot. Despite its sadness in some ways, and how reflective it is, there’s also a wonderful comforting feeling to it. A warmth almost. And I think that’s something we’ve been able to really highlight in the production.”

Early Mornin’ Rain, which first appeared on Lightfoot’s 1966 debut album, Lightfoot!, and again on his 1977 collection, Gord’s Gold (as a re-recorded version), will be the second single from Donie O’s forthcoming second album. As the follow-up to last year’s huge radio hit, A Picture Of You, Donie O hopes this record will offer fans a further glimpse into the variety and range his new long-player will have to offer…


          “When I was deciding on what single to release next, I was doing it with the new album very much in mind. So I knew I wanted to pick a song that would reflect the fact that this album will be a miscellany of music. ‘A Picture Of You’, as that almost textbook, prime example of a feel-good, genre and generation crossing hit, was just the first glimpse into what’s to come. ‘Early Mornin’ Rain’, on the other hand, is a more considered, more thoughtful, and more solitary kind of song. And there’ll be some moments like this on the album, too. But we’ve also put a twist on this song that will bring it to people in a way they’ve never quite heard it before, I think.”


          With the single having already clocked up more than 100, 000 impacts at radio, and heading for three-figures in spins, Donie O is looking forward to the chance to get back in front of a ‘live’ audience to perform the song for fans.           

“No more than anyone else in my position, all I can do is sit and wait really. Even though that feels like it’s all that we’ve been doing for a fairly long time now! [Laughs]. But look, we’re nearer now to being where we want to be again, we have to be at this stage, and that’s a good thing. So from my own point of view, the reaction to the new single means that I can look forward to things returning to normal with added excitement as well, because this is something new that we haven’t had a chance to share with fans yet in any ‘live’ setting.” 

        While Lightfoot wrote the song and released it in 1966, he wasn’t actually the first artist to cut and bring it to public attention. That claim-to-fame rests with Canadian husband and wife pairing Ian and Sylvia who did so a year earlier. Early Mornin’ Rain was also recorded by Peter, Paul, and Mary, and by The Grateful Dead. 


~ EARLY MORNIN’ RAIN, the brand NEW single from DONIE O, is OUT NOW, available on all platforms and to request at radio stations nationwide. Donie O’ s second studio album is scheduled for release towards the end of 2021. 

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Lee Matthews

NEWS

Press Release via AS Written, May 2021

LEE RETURNS WITH NOUGHTIES COUNTRY THROWBACK

Singer/songwriter LEE MATTHEWS has finally made his long-awaited return to the airwaves. The Irish country star has just released his own unique take on a real noughties country throwback, I THINK SHE LIKES ME. 

          The song will be best known to country fans as a track on the One Voice album from American country child star Billy Gilman all the way back in 2000, his debut long-player that reached #2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. In the hands of Lee and his long-time producer Jonathan Owens, however, I Think She Likes Me has been given the kind of make-over that leaves it as an unmistakably Lee Matthews hit. 

          For Matthews, who has a string of chart-topping albums and singles to his name, I Think She Likes Me is his first post-lockdown release, and it’s one he’s been excited about sharing with his fans…

          “I’ve spent the best part of the last eighteen months or so writing new material, and working on some of those songs in the studio as well. Not being able to be on the road for a while really gave me the opportunity to turn my focus on what has probably always been my greatest passion, and that’s writing songs. And even more importantly than that, this last year and more have given me the opportunity to spend more time with my son, Noah. And there’s nothing better for any man’s heart and soul than getting to spend more time with his children, so I’m incredibly grateful for that. But I’m a performer too, and that’s my next big passion after songwriting. And it had just been way too long since I’d shared anything with my fans, that was something I wanted to put right. This song, I Think She Likes Me, is one that might not be so well known to some people, but it’s been one of my favourite American country songs from the 1990s, and I’ve always had it in the back of my mind to take it into the studio someday.”

          Matthews continued, “It’s one of those catchy, upbeat songs that has a way of bringing back all kinds of memories of childhood and first love, and things that have a way of putting a smile on peoples’ faces. And that’s exactly what I wanted to do when it came to putting some new music out there again. I’m very, very lucky to have more than 50,000 listeners each month on Spotify, and that’s growing all the time, thank God. Some of my songs actually have more listeners in the United States even than they do in Ireland or the U.K. But regardless of where people are listening, when it came to giving them something new to listen to, well like I said, something to put smiles on faces, that was the first priority. Jonathan and myself had the craic working on this in the studio, and the feedback so far from fans and radio seems to be that everyone else is enjoying it as much as we did.”

          I Think She Likes Me – written by George Teren and Bob Regan – was backed by the Northern Ireland Arts Council. And while Matthews drew from the well of songs he loves most from other artists and writers on this occasion, fans can look forward to hearing some new and original music from his own songbook very soon…

          “After spending so much time writing and in the studio, I honestly can’t wait to share some of that material with fans. So that’s what’s going to be happening next. The plan is – as it stands at the moment anyway – that my next two singles will probably both be originals. Not sure when we’ll be dropping the first of those just yet, because the reaction to ‘I Think She Likes Me’ has been amazing, so it has a lot of life left to live yet. But there’ll definitely be more new music coming this year, that’s for sure. The wait was long enough, but that wait is over now. Fans can be sure of that, too!”

I THINK SHE LIKES ME, the brand NEW single from LEE MATTHEWS, is OUT NOW, available on all platforms, and to request from radio. 

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Donie O

NEWS

Press Release via AS Written, June 2021

NEW SINGLE BRINGS EASY SUMMER VIBE

With summer finally upon us and one of the strangest periods in recent times hopefully coming to a close, DONIE O returns to the airwaves with his version of a suitably reflective classic, the great GORDON LIGHTFOOT hit, EARLY MORNIN’ RAIN. The song will go on general release across all digital platforms from Friday, June 18th, and is already available to request at radio. 

Early Mornin’ Rain, which first appeared on Lightfoot’s 1966 debut album, Lightfoot!, and again on his 1977 collection, Gord’s Gold (as a re-recorded version), will be the second single from Donie O’s forthcoming second album. As the follow-up to last year’s huge radio hit, A Picture Of You, the Tipp man hopes this record will offer fans a further glimpse into the variety and range his new long-player will have to offer…


          “When I was deciding on what single to release next, I was doing it with the new album very much in mind. So I knew I wanted to pick a song that would reflect the fact that this album will be a miscellany of music. ‘A Picture Of You’, as that almost textbook, prime example of a feel-good, genre and generation crossing hit, was just the first glimpse into what’s to come. ‘Early Mornin’ Rain’, on the other hand, is a more considered, more thoughtful, and more solitary kind of song. And there’ll be some moments like this on the album, too. But we’ve also put a twist on this song that will bring it to people in a way they’ve never quite heard it before, I think.”


          For Donie O, as ‘normal’ life begins to resume, the need to acknowledge the unexpected pause of the last year or so is every bit as important as rushing headlong back into the way things were, as he explains…


          “Whether we wanted it or not, we all ended up with a lot of time on our hands when life as we had always known it suddenly ground to a halt. And I think we all ended up spending a little – and maybe a lot – of that time missing life as we had known it until that point. And essentially, ‘Early Mornin’ Rain’, being a song about homesickness, manages to encapsulate those very same emotions. It’s amazing to think that Lightfoot wrote it so long ago when he was living in L.A. and missing Canada, and yet, we can just as easily take that feeling and transfer it to events of so recently as well.”


          While Lightfoot wrote the song and released it in 1966, he wasn’t actually the first artist to cut and bring it to public attention. That claim-to-fame rests with Canadian husband and wife pairing Ian and Sylvia who did so a year earlier. Early Mornin’ Rain was also recorded by Peter, Paul, and Mary, and by The Grateful Dead. 

~ EARLY MORNIN’ RAIN, the brand NEW single from DONIE O, will be available on all platforms from Friday, JUNE 18th, and is already available to request at radio stations nationwide. Donie O’ s second studio album is scheduled for release towards the end of 2021. 

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