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Moxie – The Dawn of Motion

MOXIE’s new album, The Dawn of Motion, is out now! Stream / buy the album here.

The Dawn Of Motion, sees the sextet combining musical genres like mad scientists let loose in the laboratory, switching from traditional tunes to more polished pop grooves with barely an eyebrow raised… On paper, this shouldn’t work at all and yet somehow it does – beautifully, madly so.” – HOT PRESS

Having joined MOXIE in 2018, Tunisian born singer Julia Spanu, has embraced the Irish culture through her love of music.  Julia’s pop oriented writing style gave MOXIE a chance to expand their musical horizons and craft a new sound. In 2021, they’re establishing a connection between their traditional Irish roots and pop music.

 

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Erire x Felix Da Housecat x Dave The Huster – Obsession X

What do Simon Cowell, William Orbit, The Shapeshifters and CamelPhat have in common? They are amongst the slew of DJs, artists and record labels, that have worked with London based club diva and singer/songwriter maven, Erire

SGO goes back a ways with Erire, all the way back to the 1990s dance trio 3 Man Island, Rozalla and the longest nights of Rave.

Obsession X’ sees Erire team up with two-time Grammy Award nominated Felix Da Housecat and Dave The Hustler.

This club weapon is out now on Spinnin’ Records’ sub-label Spinnin’ Deep.

Out now on all platforms!

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HERITAGE:
Celebrating 40 Years in Music

Photo: Stuart Ongley, James Ingram, Ralph Peer II & Barry Orms.

1984

“Hold Back The Tears” written by Chris Eaton (SGO publisher) recorded by Janet Jackson on her debut album.

 

1989

“Mistletoe & Wine” wins Ivor Novello award (SGO publisher) for No.1 Selling UK Single of 1988.

Donovan signs to Peermusic (SGO UK managing director).Photo: Pete Brown, Donovan & Stuart Ongley.

1990

“Saviour’s Day” written by Chris Eaton (SGO publisher) recorded by Cliff RichardNo.1 UK Christmas single.

Steeleye Span sign to Peermusic (SGO UK managing director). Photo: Steeleye Span, Chagall Guevara & Stuart Ongley.

Photo: Pete Waterman attends Peermusic conference (SGO UK managing director).

 

1991

“Everybody’s Free” written by Cox & Swanston (SGO publisher and manager) recorded by RozallaNo. 2 UK single & worldwide hit.

 

1992

SGO signs worldwide publishing agreement with legendary punk pioneers The Fall led by Mark E. Smith.Photo: Stuart, Mark E. Smith, Giles Stanley & Jo Croft.

 

1993

Chris Eaton’s song “Breath Of Heaven” named Christian Song Of The Year in American Songwriter Magazine (USA) and Billboard (USA).

 

1995

T’pau’s Carol Decker managed by SGO. Photo: Stuart, Carol & Giles Stanley.

28th October 1995 – Carol sings the theme song to the Rugby League World Cup to the crowd at Wembley Stadium and broadcast on BBC TV and internationally.’

 

1999

Lúnasa (SGO publisher and manager) sign to Green Linnet (USA) in the largest ever deal done by that label in its 25-year history.

2000

“Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”,  sampling “Everybody’s Free” (Cox & Swanston), No.1 UK single.

2002

Lunasa’s 3rd album, “The Merry Sisters Of Fate”, named Album of the Year for 2001 in the American Independent Music Awards.

“Adore” & “Lift Me Up” written by Chris Eaton, co-published by SGO, both win BMI Airplay awards for US radio play.

 

2004

Cliff Richard album, “Something’s Goin’ On” #10 UK album. 3 Top 20 UK singles (Exec. Producers SGO/Valerie Jannsen).

Erire‘s #1 Dance hit with “Dusk Till Dawn” (co-written with Danny Howells).

2005

Eric Bibb (SGO publisher and manager) nominated for W.C.Handy Award by The Blues Foundation (USA).

 

2006

Eric Bibb’s “Diamond Days” which becomes the biggest selling album of his career. Billboard (USA) Blues charts and Australian Album charts.

2007

Erire’s #1 Dance hit with “SOS” (co-written with Stonebridge).

 

2008

Eric Bibb plays SXSW Music Festival, Jazz World Stage Glastonbury, Main Stage Cambridge.

SGO signs worldwide administration deal with world’s leading independent music publisher, Bug Music.

 

2009

Lexie Stobie signs to Decca Records after 18 months of development.

Bobby Long’s “Let Me Sign” is used in the film ‘Twilight’(#1 US Box Office).

2010

Bobby Long signs to ATO Records (USA) after 12 months of development.

Chris Eaton cracks Country music with a song on Keith Urban’s new album, ‘Get Closer’. Enters US Album chart at #7.

Eric Bibb’s new album, ‘Booker’s Guitar’ was #1 selling Blues album in the US week of March 3.

2011

BMG buys Bug Music and becomes SGO’s new global music publishing partner.

 

2012

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra join Lúnasa at the National Concert Hall, Dublin to perform the music of Lúnasa.

SGO is appointed to manage the business affairs of the late Stuart Adamson (founder member of The Skids and Big Country) and also Big Country.

2013

Blair Dunlop wins the Horizon category at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Vanessa Paradis’ track “Les Revenants”  licensed for Chanel’s worldwide online and in-store campaign.

2014

Lúnasa headline at 3 of the world’s major music festivals in a single week Cambridge (UK), Lorient (France), Edmonton (Canada).

Chris Eaton’s “1914 – The Carol of Christmas” is chosen as the Christmas single to support the UK’s 3 main armed forces charities.

 

2015

The Young’uns are named Best Group at 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Blair Dunlop and The Young’uns win Spiral Earth Awards for Vocals and Live Act respectively.

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker win Best Duo BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Bobby Long signs to Compass Records (USA) and releases ‘Ode To Thinking’ supported by a 50 date tour across USA and Europe.

SGO is appointed to manage the business affairs of the 70s legends Pentangle (Terry Cox, Bert Jansch, Jacqui McShee, Jihn Renbourn, Danny Thomson).

2016

The Young’uns are named Best Group at 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The first time an act has won this award on successive years.

Blair Dunlop makes his debut Glastonbury Festival appearance and sees 2 singles from his latest album ‘Gilded’ playlisted on BBC Radio 2, the UK’s #1 station.

Pentangle‘s ‘Finale’ is released on Topic Records. Recordings taken from the final tour of the original line-up of this unique and legendary band – Terry Cox, Bert Jansch, Jacqui McShee, John Renbourn and Danny Thompson. 

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker sign to Rough Trade.

Moxie and their music star in the new Irish dance and music spectacular ‘ProdiJIG: The Revolution’ opening with a 5 week run at Cork Opera House.

 

2017

Chris Eaton’s “Breath of Heaven” features in ‘The Star’ an animation using the voices of Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson and Oprah Winfrey.

Eric Bibb receives his 2nd Grammy nomination, this time in the Best Traditional Blues Album category for ‘Migration Blues’.

Cliff Richard’s million seller, “Mistletoe & Wine” gets the ‘Mrs Brown’s Boys’ treatment on BBC 1 Christmas Day broadcast.

 

2018

The Young’uns album ‘Strangers’ wins Best Recording at 2018 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Cliff Richard‘s “Devil Woman” (Christine Holmes/Terry Britten) features on the soundtrack of 2018 Oscar winning film, ‘I, Tonya’ starring Margot Robbie.

Chris Eaton’s “Breath of Heaven” on the soundtrack of the US Box Office hit film, ‘I Can Only Imagine’.

Lúnasa release ‘Cas’ their 8th studio album and their first with vocals – Natalie Merchant, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Eric Bibb and Tim O’Brien guest.

The Zombies are inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Chris Eaton has 3 songs including the single “Reborn” on Cliff Richard’s album, ‘Rise Up’.

2019

“Ocean Deep” (Jon Sweet/Rod Trott) features in the major Philippines movie, ‘Last Fool Show’ sung by Filipino superstar Juris.

Pentangle’s “Travelling’ Song” in the hit US TV series ‘Lodge 49′.

Calan’s “Kan” used for closing titles of BBC TV series ‘Pitching In’.

The Fall’s “Hey Student” in the hit German TV series ‘Polizeiruf 110′.

Cliff Richard’s “Mistletoe & Wine” in the Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson movie ‘Fighting With My Family’ and Channel 4 hit comedy ‘Derry Girls’.

2020

The Young’uns stage show ‘The Ballad Of Johnny Longstaff’ gets 4 & 5 star reviews in The Guardian, The Times and The Stage during a sell-out 3 week run at Northern Stage, Newcastle.

Calan and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales perform Calan’s music at St David’s Hall, Cardiff to celebrate St David’s Day.

Pentangle‘s “Let No Man Steal Your Thyme” featured in Netflix adaptation of ‘Rebecca’.

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Jealous Of The Birds

Jealous of the Birds, aka Northern Ireland’s Naomi Hamilton, is a songwriter, poet and a force to be reckoned with.

Her 2016 debut album, Parma Violets, was met with critical acclaim. By 2018, Naomi and manager / long time collaborator, Declan Legge, were flying to NYC to sign a record deal with Canvasback Music / Atlantic Records.

Naomi’s unique style spans indie-folk, grunge and post-punk. Her tracks have graced TV soundtracks including hit BBC/HULU series ‘Normal People’, ‘Shameless’ (USA) and more.

The winter of 2020 saw the release of her fierce second album, Peninsula, which you can stream below. A third album is in the works this year, due for release in 2022 – watch this space!

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Mike Lindup –
Time To Let Go

Mike Lindup is a founder member, keyboard player, songwriter & vocalist in Level 42, the hugely successful platinum selling 80s pop group. 

Time To Let Go is the first single from Mike’s upcoming album Changes 2, 30yrs on from his debut solo album, Changes, in 1990. The track has received airplay from Gilles Peterson on BBC 6Music, Jazz Radio (Berlin), The Face Radio (Brooklyn), Worldwide FM, Soho Radio & Acid Jazz’s Totally Wired Radio.

The lyrics were originally penned pre-Covid, inspired by the fast pace of life Mike was observing around him. Throughout the development and recording process, the theme became even more poignant on the realisation that even through lockdowns and social isolation our minds can still find endless ways to be preoccupied. Mike found himself with an increasing appreciation for the healing power of nature during this time; the ability just to be, breathe and listen to the wind in the trees and birdsong. These sonic elements feature in the track. 

The track was co-written and produced by Toni Economides and Mike Patto (Da Lata, Róisín Murphy, Reel People, Moodymann).

Changes 2 is due for release in late 2021.

Pre-save the new single, out Friday 11th June: https://ffm.to/time-to-let-go 

 

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Moxie – Is Ainm Dom

Presenting the latest single from Alt Folk band, MOXIE. ‘Is Ainm Dom‘ creatively combines both Irish and Arabic lyrics, whilst the music fuses traditional Irish style with a driving African percussive rhythms.

The track will feature on their upcoming album The Dawn of Motion, produced by Jake Birch (Carly Rae Jepsen, Theo Katzman), due for release this summer. Watch the stunning music video above, as premiered by HOT PRESS.

MOXIE‘s sound is a charismatic blend of varied influences, emblematic of the multicultural society we live in. Vocalist & songwriter Julia grew up in the historical city of Carthage, Tunisia, where she learnt the Arabic language and immersed herself in the Tunisian oriental culture. Julia and bandmate Darren wanted to pay homage to each other’s cultures; the weaving of both languages (Gaeilge & Arabic) instantly felt natural due to some of their phonetic similarities. 

The song relates to the meaning of home and the importance of the journey of life that guides us through sunshine & storms. Esmi Hayat’ – ‘Saol Is Ainm Dommeaning Life is my name’.

‘Is Ainm Dom’ was added to RTÉ Radio 1’s playlist and has received global support. We can’t wait to bring you Moxie’s new album!

Stream/buy the track here.

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Eric Bibb –
Whole World’s Got The Blues

Eric Bibb, Grammy nominated guitarist and bluesman, has just released his aptly titled new single “Whole World’s Got The Blues”.

The title of ‘Whole World’s Got The Blues’ refers not only to the current global pandemic challenging us all, but also to the fact that music-lovers around the world love the blues!” comments Bibb.

“Recorded in New York City with ace producer Glen Scott, this track features legendary drummer Steve Jordan, world-renowned bass player Tommy Sims and the phenomenal Eric Gales on lead guitar. We can’t wait for you to hear it!” 

Eric’s accomplishments include a celebrated career spanning five decades, recording with folk and blues royalty, two Grammy nominations and multiple Blues Foundation awards to name but a few.

When I think about my musical journey so far, I’m mostly grateful and amazed at where and who I am today. I also realize how many musical dreams of mine have come true. Listening to my earliest recordings I’m immediately aware of how my voice and guitar playing have evolved. I keep getting closer to the goal, even though the goalposts seem to continually move.” Eric remarked recently.

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Blair Dunlop –
Trails: Queensland

We are all sorely missing live music. Thankfully, Blair Dunlop’s latest instalment Trails: Queensland transports you straight into the crowd of his 2020 Australian festival shows. Live music has never sounded so good – thank you, Blair!

The album was recorded at The Festival of Small Halls and Woodford Festival in Queensland, Australia. It also includes field recordings and interviews from the trip.

Stream / buy the album here

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Moxie – Where I Roam

Moxie are an alternative folk band from the West of Ireland, emerging from traditional Irish music roots.

Moxie’s music seamlessly blends Irish traditional music with different genres; their style represents a unique and colourful illustration of the multicultural society we live in today.

Their career has so far seen  highlights including performing at the Hanoi Opera House in Vietnam in 2016, composing and performing the soundtrack of Prodijig, the revolution and performing their original music in the National Concert Hall with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.

Moxie are back in 2021 with a new lead singer/songwriter, Julia Spanu, and a brand new album due for release this Summer.

The new record will display an innovative soundscape where world music has never been so well associated to Irish music – we can’t wait!

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Erire – All Night Long

What do Simon Cowell, William Orbit, The Shapeshifters and CamelPhat have in common? They are amongst the slew of DJs, artists and record labels, that have worked with London based club diva and singer/songwriter maven, Erire

SGO goes back a ways with Erire, all the way back to the 1990s dance trio 3 Man Island, Rozalla and the longest nights of Rave.

Erire’s new single ‘All Night Long’ was co-written and produced by Tim Cox (one half of the Rozalla ‘Everybody’s Free’ writing and production team) – the single is out on all platforms Friday 7th May!