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: Annabelle Buttery

My name is Annabelle Buttery. I am a Limerick based singer-songwriter. Currently I’m completing my co-op placement with Rootstrings Management as part of my Bachelors in Performing Arts in The University of Limerick.

As a musician I get a lot of my inspiration from Jazz artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday as well as more mainstream artists like Lennon Stella and Orla Gartland. I started singing as a child but didn’t take it seriously until I began secondary school and had an amazing music teacher who saw potential in me and made me see the potential in myself. I have been part of many choirs and taken part in many competitions mainly to gain experience performing and those experiences gave me the confidence to really take my own music seriously. I use Instagram (@annabelleb_music) as my main platform for my music at the moment but hope to start releasing things to streaming platforms in the near future.

I am currently working on my debut single ‘Hindsight’. This song is the definition of a work in progress. I originally wrote the song at sixteen after a getting out of a toxic relationship. At the time I wrote the existing verses and a different chorus. However, at twenty that chorus had just a little too much teen angst for me. I still loved the verses and felt quite attached to them so I decided to replace the chorus and add a bridge that were what I would say to my sixteen-year-old self if I could go back in time.

I hope to properly record/produce this song eventually but for now I have this baritone ukulele version that I hope you enjoy.

Give me a follow here!

Teresa Suydam Releases Brand New Single “Take Me to The Water”.

Rootstrings Management is very excited to announce the release of Teresa Suydam’s brand new single, “Take Me to The Water”. The single is due to be released on Wednesday the 16th of September along with the upload of the official music video to YouTube.

Teresa is a singer-songwriter based in Denver, Colorado. Teresa has a unique and alternative style. She takes her inspiration from artists like Regina Spektor, Panic at The Disco and My Chemical Romance but also brings her own style and flavour to her music. She is a talented lyricist and musician. Teresa has spent years curating her sound and image by completing a Bachelor of Science in Vocal Performance from The University of Denver and by gaining experience performing. Teresa has two other previously released songs called “San Francisco” and “All I Care About is You”.

Take Me to The Water was recorded in Boulder Music, Boulder, Colorado. The song was mixed by George Lacson and mastered by Savannah Lish. The song features beautiful piano and string accompaniment and of course Teresa’s stunning vocals. When speaking about the track Teresa said; “I want to emphasize the fact that water has historically been used by humans and creatures as a way to cleanse, both physically and emotionally,” said Suydam, opening up about the process, “And the water is life itself… it’s just human.” The song will be available on all major streaming platforms (Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Deezer, iHeartRadio, Google Play and YouTube Music) and www.teresasuydam.com as of the 16th of September.

The concept for the music video came from Teresa’s want to accommodate not only the hearing community who constantly have access to accessible music but also the hard of hearing/deaf community. The music video features sign language interpretation by Rachel White. The music video is very aesthically pleasing which suits the ambient feeling of the single itself. There is a teaser of the music video and single available on Teresa’s website and social media platforms.

Find Yourself ‘Falling’ for Synead Toomey’s New Release, Coming this Friday!

Rootstrings Management is ecstatic to announce that  Limerick singer-songwriter Synead Toomey is set to release her highly anticipated debut EP ‘Falling’ on the 14th August, 2020. The Limerick based rising star spared no time after finishing her BA in Voice and Dance to dive back into working on her own music. Her forthcoming EP ‘Falling’ is said to be heavily influenced by everyday life experiences and is described as heartfelt. The title track ‘Falling’ emotionally describes the feeling of falling in love with the right person at the wrong time. This stunning EP has five tracks in total. Three out of the five songs are original songs and two are cover songs.  

Synead Toomey’s music has a soulful, acoustic sound and has a style that is deeply rooted in the genre of Indie-Folk.  It is no secret that Synead has an extensive history of performing, with known collaborations with artists such as Gavin James, Ryan Sheridan, Emma Langford, Dave Keenan, Wyvern Lingo and so many more.  Synead’s EP ‘Falling’ will be available for download and streaming on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon Music and Google Play on August 14th, 2020. It is a release that is not to be missed! 

Synead Toomey Featured as IMRO’s 14,000th Member

On 23th June 2020 it was announced that Synead was the 14,000th IMRO member. The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) is an organisation which aims to protect, promote and develop the collection and distribution of music royalties, foster music creation and promote the value of music to the creative, cultural and business communities in Ireland. This is the first of many huge achievements that is coming Synead’s way. Synead also works with Music Generation in Limerick, an organisation which was founded by the band U2. The goal of Music Generation is to learn, enjoy and share their music with the world.

Synead Toomey is a singer/songwriter from Limerick, Ireland. Despite Synead being the latest musician to join Rootsrings Management, she is far from new in her music career. Synead began busking in 2012 and continues to do so to this day, alongside playing many other gigs locally and nationwide. She has just completed a degree in Voice and Dance in University of Limerick. 

In 2016, Synead performed in one of Ireland’s largest music festival Electric Picnic, alongside many other successful musicians from Limerick such as Hermitage Green, Rusangano Family and many other artists. 

Synead describes her genre of music to be Indie-folk, with original songs that are acoustically beautiful.  Synead Toomey has extensive experience with performing, as she has performed, collaborated with  and supported artists such as Gavin James, Ryan Sheridan, Emma Langford, Dave Keenan, Wyvern Lingo and many more.

Synead is no stranger to original songs, and her much anticipated EP ‘Falling’ is a meaningful, genuine and emotional reflection of everyday life experiences. The title track ‘Falling’ describes the painful feeling of falling in love with the right person at the wrong time. This EP will be released and available to listen to on August 14th 2020.

RootStrings is thrilled to welcome Synead to its catalog, and delighted to see IMRO once again supporting the immense talent of Ireland. Check out the original IMRO post here, and follow Synead on Facebook.