Next Bead Gig

Bangin’ out some tunes from the ‘Battle Stations’ album and the EP ‘Country Mountain’ next month with Tommy Stewart on guitar – Friday 6th September at The Workmans Club (vintage room). €5 OTD

The Workmans Club

Should musicians pay blogs to review their music?

submit-your-musicThis morning, I received an unexpected email from a person saying they contributed to a well known music blog and just happened to come across my music which they liked. The email explained the blog received 700 – 1200 unique visitors per day and invited me to check it out and submit my music for consideration of a review (with no guarantee of acceptance). Seemed like a genuine offer I thought, but then when I checked out the blog itself and read the Ts & Cs on the about page I found out there was a catch – they have paid and non-paid options for submissions. 

IE Free Option A) album may be listed in the ‘weekly round up’ section of music they liked (whatever that is) or

$25 Option B) a written review will rate your music and include the genre, cover art, URL and two links to your music.

A further two options priced at $35 and $40 respectively would include more details. 

Sounds tempting right?

Well not really, to be honest, it sounds like a bit of a scam if you ask me but maybe this should be viewed like a marketing cost. Then again, maybe it’s enough that we make our music at great expense and then make it available for FREE on SpotifySoundcloud and other streaming services. In the past I received reviews of my work from Hotpress magazine which was greatly appreciated (on my website if you care to read) and they didn’t cost me a cent. Am I a cynic or has anyone else had success getting music reviewed on blogs or press without paying for it? Thoughts, opinions, comments welcome… check out my music here cheers.

Cover art

Still standing. $olus street art in Dalkey used with kind permission for the cover of my 2010 album ‘Battle Stations’ Thanks @solus.art #streetart #irishmusic #singersongwriter

EP added to playlist IMS

Excited to hear this week that my songs ‘Black Irish Dogs’, ‘The Highway’ and ‘Country Mountain’ from my new EP will be playlisted on KCLR 96FM Irish Music Show on Nov 7th.

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