Check out the new single, the aptly-titled Brand New Song, from local band Heyday, which was launched last night with a show in Belfast's Empire Music Hall.
This is the second single from the indie-pop five-piece, who are signed to local label MusicBest, and is available for download only, from www.tunetribe.com, from Monday. It's the follow-up to their MusicBest debut, Stay True, which was launched in the Empire in June, and, with just four months between two releases, shows just how prolific this band is. If you missed last nights gig, they'll be playing live again tomorrow night at the Square Peg in Warrenpoint, before heading into the studios at Manor Park for another recording session. The single is backed by live favourite Give Yourself To Me, as well as the melodic ballad Only Birds - both good, solid tracks that are worthy of A-side listing in their own right.
If you haven't managed to see Cathy Davie yet during her four-week residency in Auntie Annies, Belfast, do yourself a favour and catch her either this Monday, or on Sunday, October 28. Her sugar-sweet vocals and quite kooky delivery, on tracks such as Reuben and Sing For Your Supper, are a breath of fresh air that deserve a far wider audience and nationwide radio-play. Her new album, Tales of Silversleeve, was recorded like it was written, in various houses in London and Ireland - a process that suited the peripatetic Davey very well. Currently based in Dublin, she's spent October travelling the length and breadth of the country showcasing her album with gigs in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and, of course, her weekly stint in Annie's.
Dobbins Inn Hotel in Carrickfergus has launched an open mic night, running every Friday in the venue on the town's Main Street. There'll be a quality sound-system provided on-stage, a free drink for every performer and all styles of music are encouraged, whether you'll be playing original material or covers.
It's great to see Belfast's legendary Rotterdam bar back hosting live music nights - next Thursday The Fools and Serpentine Smile will be on the bill at this free-admission gig.