Op 26 mei 2017 verschijnt We Rise, het tweede album van de Ierse Morrissey & Marshall, in de Benelux op Mass Market Recordings met distributie van Music & Words.

Een paar jaar geleden vertrokken Darren Morrissey en Greg Marshall vanuit Dublin naar London met twee akoestische gitaren en de droom om van muziek te kunnen leven. Dat lijkt nu uit te gaan komen met hun tweede album We Rise, geproduceerd door John Reynolds (Sinead O’Connor). Net als op hun debuutalbum is op We Rise een prominente rol weggelegd voor aan The Kinks, The Beatles en The Byrds refererende harmoniezang van Morrissey & Marshall. Ditmaal echter ondersteund door een steviger gitaarsound.

Hun nieuwe single She’s Got Love was al Record Of The Week en de video bij hun vorige single Stand Down is geselecteerd voor het Newport Beach Film Festival. Morrissey & Marshall kunnen Shane MacGowan en Cillian Murphy tot hun fans rekenen.  Eerder deelden ze het podium met met Sinead O’Connor, The Magic Numbers en Paul Heaton, en voor 2017 staan The Great Escape, Celtic Connections en BBC Chris Evans’ Carfest al op de agenda.


Sharon Shannon is a musician who likes to surprise. While she is known for her arrangements of traditional Irish tunes and Irish-influenced compositions, she has always been eager to explore new styles, and to meet and work with other musicians. There are Irish influences here, of course, but these are cheerfully mixed in with often unexpected styles from around the world, including – for the first time – Africa.

Sharon has perfectly mastered an African/Irish crossover. Justin Adams, who co-produced the album has long been an expert in African (and Middle Eastern) music styles. Justin played on Sharon’s 2007 album ‘Renegade’, and she wanted to work with him again on this project both because of his African connections and because “he’s such a generous musician and I love his fearless approach to music”.

According to Justin “ever since a latenight music session at her house in Galway, I’ve been aware of the joy and openness that goes alongside Sharon’s rootedness in tradition. My musical passions that have led to immersion in Blues, North and West African music and Reggae sit easily with Sharon’s dancing rhythm, and show the ancient connections from South and East to West and back again, connections we need to celebrate more than ever”.

It’s her free-wheeling approach that makes Sharon Shannon so exciting. And she puts it all down to the time she spent working with The Waterboys, when there were “no rules as to the type of music played…we could move very easily from a punk song to an old timey American waltz to Irish jigs and reels and onto New Orleans-type blues”. As a soloist, she has continued that approach. Working with Denis Bovell on ‘Out The Gap’, back in 1994, she found that “the reggae rhythm lent a very groovy backing to an Irish reel”. Since then there have been excursions into Argentinian tango, Breton music, American folk and country, and much more besides – including, of course, that massively-successful collaboration with Steve Earle on ‘The Galway Girl’.

Sharon Shannon has had a remarkable and adventurous career. ‘Sacred Earth’ is a rousing reminder of why she is still so unique. Robin Denselow      


Irish live electro outfit King Kong Company whose “live shows are events, built from sweat soaked late-night electronic buzz and rumble” (Last Mixed Tape) and who were recently crowned the Best Irish Live Act (2016 Pure M Awards), will release their Choice Music Awards nominated album King Kong Company in Benelux on Gentlemen Recordings together with Mass Market Recordings on Friday February 24th, 2017. Preceding the album release, the single Scarity Dan will be out this Friday, January 13th 2017, coinciding with the band’s showcase performance at Altersonic (De Drie Gezusters, Grote Markt, Groningen at 00:40).

In 2016 they’ve sold out an Irish tour with a headline date at The Academy in Dublin and a headlining spot on big Irish festivals (Indiependent, Electric Picnic). While their highly acclaimed self-titled debut album, produced by Neil McLellan (of The Prodigy fame), landed in the Irish charts. 2017 brings new co-management (MCD/Live Nation), a European release for the album and some of the biggest headline shows to date, as King Kong Company are shortlisted for Festival Republic festivals.


During Altersonic, booking agency Rise Agency (with a roster of acts like Magnapop, The Posies and Maxi Jazz), Gentlemen Recordings (a Rotterdam based label with releases from WHITE, Raglans and The Wonder Stuff) and Belgian based booking agency Soundboxes (with a roster of acts like Whispering Sons, The LVE and Low Land Home) will join forces to present a showcase of some of their most exciting artists. Entry is of course free.

Mass Market Recordings signings Raglans and King Kong Company will perform at the showcase, together with acts like Echotape, Black Horse Society, Aestrid, Cynbel, Gemina and dj Brett Summers.

If you’re in Groningen, for Eurosonic, you can be present at the Draaibar, upstairs at De Drie Gezusters on Friday January 13th, 2017, from 8PM onwards until late. Please note that the venue capacity is small.

This Rise Agency, Gentlemen Recordings and Soundboxes showcase has been made possible with the help of the Rotterdam based Popunie and the online indie music magazine

The Facebook Event is here.


Club-Acoustic-21-april-13As you may have noticed, our booking agency Rise Agency, organises Club Acoustic: 2 or 3 singer songwriter perform in the intimate theater Branoul in the old center of The Hague. Artists that played our club include Dyzack (NL), Mark Lotterman (NL) and Peter Doran (IE). For the upcoming edition, April 21 2013, we are proud to welcome Dusty Stray (NL) and Rob Klerkx, drummer for the Dutch band MOKE. Check out this link for tickets!


Album coverPeter Doran’s third album Overhead the stars was released in Ireland last year. Great reviews all over. We’re happy that Benelux reviews are just like that. And that his album was Album of the Week at NTR national Radio 5. Some press quotes (in Dutch):
“Ik zal hem zeker ook meenemen naar ‘For The Record’. Mooi spul.” (Leo Blokhuis)
“Overhead The Stars is zonder meer een fraaie cd…..zijn talent staat buiten kijf.” (Heaven 2-2013)
“Noteert u alvast maar dat deze Peter Doran een artiest is met een grote toekomst, en gegarandeerd een blijver in het muzikale landschap van dit decennium zal worden.” (, feb. 2013)
“Op Overhead The Stars is geen enkele grootspraak te bekennen, Doran blijft volmaakt nuchter en dat mogen we van harte respecteren.” (Written in Music, 8 maart 2013)
“Het regent singersongwriters de laatste tijd en het is de kunst de goeie er uit te pikken. Peter Doran hoort beslist in dat rijtje goeien thuis.” (Arts en Auto)

Doran and pedal steel guitar player Brian Murphy will tour Benelux from May 17 – June 3 2013.