Interview: Glassgears

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After forming in 2013, Dublin-based 5 piece Glassgears have just signed to an American based label, Preston Bevrly Group. We caught up with them before they head off on their adventure with their new label and a new sound;

Hey guys! First off, congrats on your recent signing – tell us how that came about?

Ray: Thanks so much! It’s a huge deal for us, and really hasn’t even sunk in yet, but we are insanely excited and grateful for our label partnering with us and giving us this opportunity. Ape, our A&R manager was in touch with me nearly ten years ago and was interested in the solo stuff I was doing back then, but playing solo acoustic shows wasn’t what I really wanted to do. About a year ago we got back in touch with each other and I showed him what Glassgears were heading towards. It really just all took off from there!

Sarah: Thank you! Yes we’re very excited about it. I guess we have Ray to thank for that! Ape, our label manager came across Ray’s old YouTube channel where she used to upload herself singing and playing guitar. He was impressed with her and contacted her about working together, I’m not so sure what happened then but now here we are all these years later after Ray contacted him about Glassgears.

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ROAM and WTSR announce Irish shows

ROAM are hitting up Ireland in November and are bringing WSTR with them. They’re playing Fibbers on the 27th, Roisin Dubh on the 28th, and Voodoo on the 29th (the latter two are over 18’s only). Tickets are on sale Friday (19th Aug) at 9am. It’s the first time WSTR are playing Ireland, so lets show them how it’s done!

Miles Gill has recently joined ROAM on drums and will be heading out with them.

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Picture This at Sea Sessions

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It’s amazing what these guys have achieved in such a short amount of time. Their very first Academy gig sold out extremely quickly, and they’ve continued selling out shows since, including three shows at the Olympia in November, and after seeing them at Sea Sessions it’s easy to see why. Not only do they have catchy, well-crafted, uplifting songs, but their stage show is infectiously fun.

Their success is definitely well-earned and well-deserved, in fact the highlight of the whole festival came at the end of their set when they launched into ‘Take My Hand’. The whole tent sang along at the top of their lungs, and made more noise than for some of the headliners. Despite the hundreds of people watching, the moment felt intimate and powerful. We caught up with them after the show and it’s clear they’re taking their achievements in their stride and are nothing but humble about the whole thing.

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Carrickmacross Arts Festival – Ireland’s biggest small festival

Carrickmacross Arts and Music Festival, Ireland’s biggest small festival, will take place in Monaghan from this Thursday, August 11th-14th and tickets are almost sold out! Only in their third year, this year’s lineup is crackin’ with loads in store for music lovers, artists and families alike.

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With headlining acts such as Delorentos, Wallis Bird and Wyvern Lingo (to name a few) across Saturday and Sunday, the festival also hosts a comedy night on Thursday 11th featuring various acts such as Barry Murphy (Apres Match) and Colum McDonnell (Savage Eye) and an open-air cinema screening “The Goonies” on the Friday!

Located on the grounds of Callans of the Bridge, the weekend also includes a range of children’s activities, all included in your family ticket price, which features outdoor games, art and craft workshops, karaoke and face painting!

None of this would be possible without the support and resources provided by Carrickmacross’s local community and arts centre, located in the refurbished heritage site of the original Workhouse so come on down and show your support to this great crew of local artist’s and musicians – tickets available from here.

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