Aug 222012


Maria Doyle-Kennedy

Maria Doyle-Kennedy

Kovak are undoubtedly “Britain’s answer to the Scissor Sisters” and release their new single “Living The Dream” on September 17th. Hot on the heels of the band’s previous track “Killer Boots” which resulted in Kovak becoming only the second unsigned band to be play listed on Radio 2!

Maria Doyle Kennedy is described as Ireland’s best kept secret, though she may be more familiar as Mrs Bates from ITV’s Downton Abbey, Katherine of Aragon from The Tudors or Muriel Bately from the ITV mini-series Titanic. Just three award-winning television series in which she first appeared.

Success as an actress is gratifying but Maria is definitely a singer first! Her second release “Sing”, the title track from her Album, is an evocative duet that Maria sings with Damien Rice. The single “Sing” is released on 20th August and the album “Sing” is released on 27th August.


The Soviets

The Soviets

The Soviets have evolved into a fully formed musical outfit. Having performed at festivals such as Playfest and Chase Park, the band was also booked to play the main stage at Ignition Festival. Their energetic live performances, underpinned by beautifully crafted songs and immaculate musicianship have led to the establishment of a growing following and an increase in demand by promoters throughout the UK and beyond.

With successful gigs supporting Ocean Colour Scene, The Charlatans and The Sunshine Underground already under their belts, the band went international in June 2012, playing a triumphant set alongside Incubus at Circolo Degli Illuminati in Rome.

Off stage, the band have now finished recording their debut album – “You are not the end of the world” – working with internationally renowned Dance outfit Trafik via Loft Productions. This was financed through Pledge Music campaign by the ever increasing number of fans of the band. The finished article has had its final mixing and mastering and will be released later in 2012 on Reckless General Records.

Due to a combination of concerns relating to the US market where the band has recently signed a publishing deal, the increasing number of European gigs and the growing realisation that the band has changed beyond recognition from the original model, the last performance under the name “The Soviets” has now taken place.

The band performed under the the new name at the Corbridge Festival as “This Ground Moves” – a new name which suits the music, image, ideas and ambitions of the group.