Connect One

Connect One – Laois Music Connect

Connect OneConnect One, a 19 track compilation of new music from Laois put together by the Laois Music Connect collective is out today.

Connect One, a 19 track compilation of new music from Laois put together by the Laois Music Connect collective is out today.

The album encompasses several genres of music including indie, rock, alternative, contemporary folk, punk, modern trad and electronica. It features new tracks from Nova Static and James O’Connor with Audrey Trainor who both played at this years Electric Picnic. All Ireland Youth Music Award winners Bebop and Rocksteady and The Little Smoke who won this year’s UCD Battle of the Bands and i105 – 107FM Floor Fillers radio slot winner Jay Skelly, all bolster the strength in depth of this compilation offering.

Also featured are Billy Kenrick, Beresque, Ceolaire, Burning Boy, Kevin Healy, Emer Dunne, Dave Morrissey, Eva Queen, The Keepers, Global Trad Underground, Adela and The Meanits, Dog Star Shine, Rapunzels Wig and The Perfect Skins.

Connect One costs €10 and will be launched on goes on sale on Friday November 12 in Laois outlets and from Tower Records in Dublin. More information on launch gigs and in-store promotion gigs will be announced on

The establishment of this new non-profit local music collective by music fans and for music fans is an interesting experiment for Laois Music Connect. The collective intends to promote, publicise and invest in future music projects to develop local talent and ultimately spring board Laois based artists on to the national music scene. Laois Music Connect also aims to provide a new vehicle for local artists to progress their careers and already the collective has received wide support for their initiative from both existing fans of music in the county and new fans discovering new original talent on their doorstep.

Formed earlier this year, the collectives’ first project was a mini ‘Hard Working Class Heroes’ type festival where 31 local bands played in 5 venues over 3 days in Portlaoise. It was hugely successful showcase of talent enjoyed by music fans and set to be repeated next year.

The collective achieved further success when an appeal to the organizers of Electric Picnic resulted in two Laois bands performing at this year’s festival on the Crawdaddy and Electric Arena Stages. The collective organised a series of auditions from which the festival bookers POD chose two bands to represent the Laois music scene. Such was the success of these events, POD have asked LMC to run this event annually.

More of this sort of thing, please.

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