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New Belfast-based record label Quiet Arch will open up streaming and vinyl markets to emerging local artists

By Kirsten Elder

A new Belfast-based record label has been launched - and it promises to release artist's material on top quality vinyl

The aim of Quiet Arch is to explore Northern Ireland based artists just left of the mainstream.

Brought to you by the team behind successful electronic label Champion Sound Recordings, who are also Belfast based.

The record label will be releasing artists’ material on top quality vinyl, presenting the music as more of an art form and also on digital platforms such as streaming.

Lyndon Stephens, Owner of Quiet Arch said: “Vinyl is making a huge comeback, in the last three years it has been growing at a rate of about 40% to 50% per year. Where other formats seem to be on the decline apart from streaming.”

He adds: “Vinyl seems to be the one physical format to be in a growth area.”

Quiet Arch already have artists signed on their label, to date these include local talent Ryan Vail, Tucan, Snowplace Like Home, and Ciaran Lavery.

Ciaran Lavery is a Lurgan-based folk singer who has managed to get a very impressive eight million plays on Spotify.

The Northern Ireland artist has done this with minimal promotion, mainly by the public simply liking and sharing his music.

He has a strong fanbase from the USA and Canada and as a result of this he has been invited to play at the Folk Alliance in Kansas and at Canadian Music Week.

Ryan Vail who is a Londonderry based electronic composer recently scored BBC’s The North documentary, The Longest Night.

After realising both Ciaran and Ryan were fans of each other’s work they decided to collaborate, their EP will be out in Spring 2015.

I’ve had a behind the scene’s preview listen of their debut and I expect we will be hearing a lot more successful stories about the local talent in Northern Ireland.

Lyndon Stephens, Owner of Quiet Arch said: “I’m very excited about the new label and I’m really looking forward to working with all the artists. I can’t wait to see where this will take us.”

To find out more information you can visit www.quietarch.com

FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/quietarch

Twitter @ArchQuiet

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