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Charlie St Cyr Paul Joins forces with Root Strings Management Company

Root strings Is delighted to announce that we are now working with Charlie St Cyr Paul. Charlie is currently the only touring music act in North America that features a Carillion This unique instrument comprises of 35 Cast bronze bells and weighs over four tons which are played on a keyboard. Charlie St Cyr Paul has been involved in the music industry for over thirty years as a professional drummer, music director, recording artist and performer. He is a world class musician having played in over thirty countries and in every state of America inclusive of North America.

Charlie first learned of this unusual instrument the Carillion during his time working as a drummer in Cast in Bronze with Frank Dellapenna. He was so inspired by Frank Dellapenna and was fascinated in learning the Carillion that he eventually studied how to play this instrument with support and education from Frank and the North American Carillion School (NACS). The Carillion that Charlie St Cyr Paul is using was the same one Frank Dellapenna used whilst performing as cast in bronze.

Charlie St Cyr Paul is currently working on three tours first of which is the Cast in Bronze legacy tour which was created in honour of his mentor Frank Dellapenna of cast in bronze. This tour is a tribute to all of Frank Dellapenna’s hard work as Charlie takes on a fresh new interpretation. The second tour is his Bells of Christmas tour where he hopes to bring exciting renditions of classic Christmas carols such as Carol of the bells, little drummer boy and various other classics. The final tour is the Bells of Mystery tour which will include a whimsical display of Iconic movie themes such as Game of Thrones and Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, E.T and many more in a way which most people will have never experienced before and undoubtably create some unforgettable memories. Charlie St Cyr Paul is planning to release his new Christmas album “Phat Santa” on the 15th of October 2021. This album will include a mix of Electronic Dance Music (EDM) with the Carillion and will be a fresh take on the Classic Christmas carols. 

This is an exciting endeavour for root strings as we are delighted to be working with Charlie St Cyr Paul and are looking forward to helping grow Charlies online presence to reach fans and promote Charlie’s work to across the globe. Check out Charlies social media handles which are @Bells2Go on Facebook, Twitter, Tik Tok and @Bells2go_ on Instagram to make sure you don’t miss any important updates. To pre order “Phat Santa” and to find out more about Carillonneur Charlie St Cyr Paul, The Carillion, tour information dates, Merchandise, and many more visit Charlie’s website https://bells2go.com/

Catch Ian Delaney’s powerful new single ‘A Man’s Mentality’

“My name is Ian Delaney I am an independent Irish artist from laois. My single ‘A Mans Mentality’ was a song I felt like I needed to write for a long time but I didn’t feel like I was brave enough. The song talks about the struggles men face with mental health which is not always talked about. It talks about times of feeling so low and questioning everything you thought you knew. This song is so personal to me as since lockdown began I have struggled with mental health and I wanted to release this song and have others hear it to know that so many people are feeling the same way and I have always believed there is strength in numbers. Men’s mental health is something I have always been passion about and I have always wanted to try and break the stigma of talking about men’s mental health or mental health in general as I don’t want to grow up in a generation where we think mental health is a weakness or something that we shouldn’t discuss. Out of every song I have wrote this has been my favourite just as it brought me back into writing and releasing music as I took a break and I just love the message behind this song. My co op has started with root strings and the main things I would love to gain from this is more connections with musicians, more support on gaining gigs, and releasing more music for more people to hear! ”

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Mary McLaughlin Releases “I’m Looking for Sanctuary” Music Video

RootStrings Management is delighted to announce the release of a new original song from Irish singer-songwriter Mary McLaughlin. “I’m Looking for Sanctuary” is a stirring reflection on the plight of refugees everywhere.

Mary says: “‘I’m Looking for Sanctuary’ was recorded at home in Ireland during the Covid lockdown of Winter 2020-2021. The song began its life twenty years previously in 2001 on the occasion of my visiting Ellis Island in New York and empathising with the hopes and fears of my ancestors who had emigrated from Ireland to the USA. The first slide in the video tells the story of how I came to write the song and why I have waited so long to actually release it. I recorded the guitar and all vocals on Garage Band and sent the files to producer Stu Wilson who added the keyboards and blended the vocals. Please wait until the end of the video to see details of charities that you might consider supporting.”

Learn more about Mary McLaughlin by visiting her website or on facebook.

RootStrings Co-Op Student Feature: Daniel Corcoran

My Name is Daniel Corcoran, I am a 20 year old musician from Laois that has been singing and playing music for the last 10 years. I first endeavoured to enter the music scene through Comhaltas and I am continuing this passion into my solo career. I am now currently in my 3rd year of study in Performing Arts in UL. My hobbies range from going on walks and wandering through the fields around my house with my brothers and dog. 

I want to continue to further my career within the music industry, as there are many areas of the industry other than performing that I haven’t encountered yet but have had the opportunity to find out more  through my work at Rootstrings, and gaining more interest in them like stage management and talent scouting. My passion for music comes from one of my first stage performances: the atmosphere combined with the crowd, the blinding lights and the audiences’ reaction to every note and word sung all collided to give me a powerful rush of adrenaline and joy that has stayed with me throughout all of my study. This was the moment when I wanted to pursue music as a professional career choice. 

In 2018, my brothers and I starred on TG4 Talent Show called Realta agus na Goalta and although we didn’t qualify past our initial first appearance, we got to visit the RTE headquarters in Dublin and see how pre-recorded TV shows are filmed and what the backstage areas of RTE’s set looks like, along with how audience interaction is co-ordinated by the stage crew before and during the recording. There can be a lot of retakes just for one line of dialogue! We also had the unique opportunity of being a part of one of the first youth choirs to play in Knock Cathedral as well as getting to play for President Michael D Higgins on four separate occasions

For furthering my career I have begun to focus more on songwriting and singing more in general through the use of my music page (@DanCorcMusic). I would like to be part of this industry through other practical means as well through stage management or sound engineer and currently I have had a great opportunity to experience more of these aspects through my Co-op at Rootstrings. Many parts of the music industry like research, record labels, copyright law and even general business practices for the sake of artists aren’t being taught to the artists that need them the most. I’ve learned so much more about the music industry through being a part of it at Rootstrings. 

RootStrings Co-Op Student Feature: Michaela Benson

Hi! My name is Michaela Benson.  I am 20 years old and I am from Limerick, Ireland. I am commonly known as Kayla, which also happens to be my artist name, ‘KAYLA’. I am a singer-songwriter who plays several musical instruments. 

I was one of those children who could sing before they could talk! When I was young, I would sing songs that I loved from my favourite movies, such as Dirty Dancing, Grease, Mamma Mia, etc. However, as I grew older I fell in love almost every style of music, such as Soul, Jazz, RnB, Indie-pop. These would be the genres that would inspire me to want to start writing my own music.

 I began writing my own songs somewhat seriously in Spring of 2018. I gained the courage to finish a song I had started to write when I was 15. I realised that writing songs was a way I could get whatever I wanted off my chest without having to say anything, I could just sing it!

In December 2019, I released a demo of an original song named ‘space’, which can be streamed on Spotify and YouTube. The song was written and recorded in a single day after finding a beat I loved on Youtube. The upbeat ‘Bedroom-pop’ style song was a fun, light-hearted way for me to write about how its ok to be overwhelmed and need some time to yourself. It was incredible experiencing the love and support from friends and family. Almost a year later, ‘space’ is an extremely appropriate song about social distancing!

I am hoping to release my debut EP in the near future, and my latest original ‘Bitter’ will be featured on it. I want this EP to tell the story of who I am, what I have experienced and I want people to connect with each song. I wrote ‘Bitter’ at a really stressful time, when I really needed to let my feelings out the only way I knew how. Even though each of my songs have a story behind them, I want people to give my songs their own interpretation. Please enjoy this stripped back, acoustic version with my questionable guitar skills!

Social Media

Instagram – @kaylabensonmusic