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Last few weeks in the studio.

Posted by on Nov 27, 2014 in News

Last few weeks in the studio.

The studio has been buzzing with a lot of great music recently. Robert Plant, Brian Eno, Hozier and Damien Dempsey have all been in over the last few weeks.  

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Sinead album is No 1 in Ireland

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in News

Sinead album is No 1 in Ireland

‘I’m Not Bossy’ went straight in at No 1! Very Happy

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“Take Me To Church” video

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in News

“Take Me To Church” video

John in the Sinead video “Take Me To Church”  

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Behind the scenes of Sinead’s new video

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in News

Behind the scenes of Sinead’s new video

Making the video for “Take Me To Church” on one of the hottest days of the year.

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Sinead O’Connor new album

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in News

Sinead O’Connor new album

John has just produced and mixed Sinead’s new album “I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss”, recorded and mixed at John’s New Air Studios.

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Damo – Best Of Album – (charts No 1 in Ireland)

Posted by on Feb 23, 2014 in News

Damo – Best Of Album – (charts No 1 in Ireland)

As well as the 25 greatest hits, John has Produced two new songs for the “Best Of” album. From opener It’s All Good to closer You’re the Cure, via the likes of Kilburn Stroll,Colony, Spraypaint Backalley, Maasai, A Rainy Night in Soho and The Rocky Road to Dublin, this journey through head and cityscapes offers as much in terms of character and sense of place on the 50th listen as the first. Time and again, Dempsey reminds that he is one of the keepers of the flame, even if that accolade doesn’t sit easy with his...

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Morrissey and Marshall

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in News

Morrissey and Marshall

Produced by legendary producer John Reynolds, Morrissey and Marshall have created a truly lovable debut album  having covered a great spectrum of sounds from folk to indie with a sprinkling of blues and pop.Sharing songwriting similarities with the likes of Simon and Garfunkel coupled with ‘indie-cred’ of contemporary bands like Vampire Weekend or Fleet Foxes. They should not fall on deaf ears!  The Times

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Sinead Live review with John (MD and Drums) The Telegraph 5*

Posted by on Dec 11, 2013 in News

Sinead Live review with John (MD and Drums) The Telegraph 5*

Dressed in a military green top, battered boots and camouflage combat pants Sinead O’Connor stepped onto the stage of the Royal Festival Hall dressed to kill. She may have looked fierce but she was, she told us, too shy to be able to sing unless she was wearing sunglasses that blocked out the audience. That endearing and intriguing blend of strength and vulnerability has run throughout O’Connor’s music and life, and both were on display here. “Who’s gonna be the one to save me from myself?” she asked on the opening number, a cover of John Grant’s Queen of Denmark. In recent years O’Connor has attracted headlines more for her battles with mental illness, tweets suggesting she was close to suicide and a recent spat with Miley Cyrus than her music. So it is hugely heartening to be able to report that, as a singer, Sinead O’Connor remains mesmerising. She didn’t move around much: mostly she stood behind the microphone, occasionally stamping her feet and raising her hands but when you have a voice as bone-chillingly beautiful as O’Connor’s you don’t need to lick wrecking balls to gain attention. 4th and Vine chugged and rolled like an old steam train punctuated by Graham Kearns’s guitar, John Reynolds’s menacing drumwork enhanced Take off Your Shoes and Brooke Supple’s delicate acoustic guitar adorned a harrowing Reason with Me. When O’Connor sang “I don’t want to waste the life that God gave me, and I don’t think that it’s too late to save me”, it was impossible to hear those words and not think about her mental breakdown. I turned round to see my wife, shiny tears were streaming down her face. Nothing Compares 2 U retained its power despite the familiarity, O’Connor sounding as desperate as she did all those years ago. It wasn’t all traumatising, however: the reggae bassline of Fire on Babylon and a raucous The Emperor’s New Clothes got people dancing. But the moments that I remember most strongly were darker and quieter: an acapella I Am Stretched On Your Grave dedicated to Nelson Mandela and, most powerful of all, a grief stricken In This Heart, with O’Connor standing between band members Brooke Supple and Clare Kenny, the Royal Festival Hall filled with the sound of their voices as they sang “soon these tears will have cried, all loneliness have...

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Lumiere’s new album

Posted by on Mar 2, 2013 in News

Lumiere’s new album

Produced by John Reynolds, Lumiere’s latest album My Dearest Dear is a unique musical journey into a world of pure beauty.   Emerging from a rich traditional vein of singers from Ireland’s County Kerry, Lumiere is something wholly rare and reaffirming in these often troubled times. Theirs is a musical beacon of hope, a shot across the bows of mistrust and misguidance, a pairing of authentic voices in an age of inauthenticity.  The singers, Pauline Scanlon and Éilís Scanlon, delight in the intimate act of singing. Their songbook draws from a well of spirituality, looking to past generations for present guidance, and resurrecting a deeper understanding and experience of life. Gatherings and friendships, saying goodbye and letting go, worlds colliding and seasons turning, lovers meeting and parting and meeting again – all the heights and depths of human experience are celebrated in this uplifting new album.  ‘We’re singing songs that our families have passed on to us, that we ourselves have picked up along the way,’ says Pauline. ‘The only other pre-requisite is that the songs speak to us emotionally.’  ‘Where we come from, traditional music is vibrant. There’s a wealth of songs we are constantly discovering,’ adds Éilís. In the current global economy, songs of excess and materialism ring hollow. Lumiere offers something more holistic and true: real music by real singers communicating real emotions. Lumiere takes something that is sacred and age-old and re-imagines it simply and beautifully, reclaiming beauty, truth and trust for the modern...

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Damien Dempsey at Shepherds Bush Empire -The Guardian 4* review John MD and Drums

Posted by on Feb 23, 2013 in News

Damien Dempsey at Shepherds Bush Empire -The Guardian 4* review    John MD and Drums

Damien Dempsey is best experienced playing live. I first saw him in the summer of 2004 in a backroom bar on Dublin’s north side, near his home, where the young crowd screamed as though he was a boyband pinup rather than an angry balladeer singing songs about neighbourhood problems of fights and drugs. He’s a former boxer with a burly physique and cropped hair, but claimed that “underneath the rough exterior there’s a soft, sensitive sort of soul. It gets battered with the things I see.” Ten years on, his career has been transformed, but he looks and sounds much the same. His new double album, bravely titled It’s All Good – The Best of Damien Dempsey, is at the top of the Irish charts, and he is backed by a band including his celebrated producer, John Reynolds, on drums. Tonight’s crowd are yelling “Dam-O, Dam-O”, just like in that Dublin backroom a decade ago. He has succeeded because he is a curious hybrid. Concentrating on old favourites from the new compilation, he proves that he is one of the most thoughtful singer-songwriters of his generation, but that he can bash out anthems like an Irish folk Springsteen. He can also provoke a mass singalong with just the merest suggestion that his audience should join in, a skill worthy of Pete Seeger. He has such an imposing presence that it doesn’t matter if his voice is sometimes way out of tune, or when his band occasionally indulge in a messy folk-rock workout, as on Maasai. It would be good to see him calm down occasionally, and show some of the delicacy of his admirer Christy Moore; but no matter. From the glorious singalong Apple of My Eye to a raucous Rocky Road to Dublin, this was an exhilarating...

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John and Damien Dempsey

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 in News

John and Damien Dempsey

John has produced and mixed Damien’s “Almighty Love” album. Almighty Love is an album full of love and the elements of despair that haunt and stalk a person’s life almost hand in hand. Right from the beginning, every song sits comfortably within its space.  The framework and music play off one another so well that the other musicians on the album, such as John Reynolds, Julian Wilson and Clare Kenny don’t just appear as extras they become the music, the extra little something that makes this album stand...

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New Sinead album produced by John

Posted by on Mar 4, 2012 in News

New Sinead album produced by John

John produced the new Sinead O’Connor album which has been receiving stunning reviews. Click the Read More button to read what the Sunday Times thought.

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