Morrissey and Marshall’s leap of faith made worthwhile

imgreslekmk caught up with Irish duo Morrissey and Marshall at the weekend when they played their first gig in Ireland this year, taking to the stage at the Salmon Leap Music Festival in Leixlip.

The pair have been making great strides on the music scene in London for a couple of years now, and having already released their debut album, work has begun on the follow up.

“We’re in the studio recording our second album with legendary producer John Reynolds, and we’re really buzzing with how it sounds” explained Marshall.

“We’ve also launched a club night in London called ‘Good Vibrations’, which is held on the last Saturday of every month and it’s got off to a flying start, which is great.”

Indeed, the pair were kind enough to give lekmk something of an exclusive in relation to the future, saying “we’re going to release a single in July or early August so keep a look out for news of it on our website”.

Making the move to London was something that simply had to be done, and both Morrissey and Marshall have no regrets. In fact the duo have accomplished most of what they set out to do.

Morrissey said, “We moved to London in the hope of getting a management /record deal, playing bigger shows and recording an album – all of which we’ve been lucky enough to achieve in a short space of time”.

He continued, “Our sound has definitely progressed and we feel we are getting better as time goes by. We’re loving it over here at the moment, but we would hope to move home some day soon”.

And while the lads have been forging ahead with their music in London, several other Irish acts including The Strypes and Hozier have been forcing their way onto the airwaves in England, which Morrissey said is great to hear.

“It’s brilliant! It’s especially good listening to radio in another country and hearing such talented Irish acts dominating the airwaves. There are so many great bands/artists coming out of Ireland at the moment and long may it last.”

At the weekend Morrissey and Marshall took to the Salmon Leap Music Festival stage with a bang, and they were among by many others including Kila, Mundy, Eddi Reader, and an old friend.

“It was our first gig in Ireland this year so we were really excited to come home and play” explained Morrissey.

“The crowd were great and the folk at the Salmon Leap treated us very well, so a big thank you to them. It was a cracking line up too and we heard our good pal Damien Dempsey blew the roof off on the Friday (as usual).”

The future looks bright for M&M, and to stay in touch with how the lads are getting on, and for the latest news from them, check them out at the link below.





Ceol collective live review , Mark Darko , The Cuckoos Nest

Ceol collective live review

The Cuckoos Nest in Tallaght was the venue for Mark Darkos first big headline gig on home soil , supported by energetic rock band Nice Tiger and singer/songwriters Steve Duffy and Denis Delaney who opened the gig , Mark Darko gave the crowd a superb night of music .

Kicking of the night was Denis Delaney , his delivery was spot on and his songs were decent enough for a new artist honing his songwriting skills . Steve Duffy then silenced the room with an awesome acapella song before a storming set of bluesy acoustic rock . Steve’s vocals are incredible and this reviewer hopes that sometime into the future he will get to release an album . Nice Tiger have real potential to follow in the footsteps of Kodaline , Delorentos etc with their radio friendly rock songs .

Headliner Mark Darko arrived on stage with his band for a quality set of soulful stylish pop songs and a few well chosen covers thrown into the mix . Marks a good frontman and a great singer . The songs came off really well but the band gave off a tense feeling . I’ve heard a number of Marks songs acoustically and with the full band they still held their sense of fun , good time soulful love songs that are perfect for record and radio .

The futures bright for Mark Darko!