Seán Silke is a prolific composer and musician with over 500 original songs in his back catalogue.
Three albums of Seán’s compositions are on independent release – “Unexamined Emotions” (14 pop songs dealing with affairs of the heart, sung by Ellen Cosgrove – 2019); “In the heart of the castle” (14 country-flavoured pop songs performed by Weekend Special – 2018); and “Unlucky in love” (15 dance songs featuring a variety of female artists and produced by Chris Kabs, a well-known solo artist/producer on the Dublin dance scene – 2020).
In addition, country singer, CC Cooper, released Seán’s composition, “He wants me back”, in October 2018. A dance collaboration with Argentinian DJ Beaster, “It’s a while since I cried”, was released in February 2020.
Seán currently has a schedule under way of releasing up to six singles from his collaborative dance project, CAMDEN PLACE. Singles released in Winter 2020 and Spring 2021 so far include “Polishing Chrome” and “Too much space” (both on PR Records, Stockholm); “A life in Photos” (on DaCosta Records, Derry); and “Will I make it to Springtime” (on Beardfire Music, Dublin). The last two tracks feature Seán, independent producer Rohan Healy, electronic producer Magician’s Assistant and singer-songwriter Gráinne Hunt.
About Rachael Akano:
Rachael Akano, born in Dublin of Nigerian heritage, began singing aged 3 and developed her love of music performing in church. By the time she was 8, she was singing in front of hundreds of people. She began to teach herself guitar and piano, quickly gaining the attention of fans and admirers worldwide through her YouTube and Instagram covers and original material. Nowadays, the rapid evolution of her art is obvious as she continues to evolve her own unique sound.
Rachael takes inspiration from a wide range of influences from the genres of hip hop, pop, worship and R&B. Artists she rates include DOE, Bruno Mars, Dave, RAYE, Kirk Franklin, and Lauryn Hill.
In addition to her musical talents, Rachael has a gift for business. In October 2020 she was one of a 3-girl team who won Technovation Girls, an international competition which challenges young women to develop problem-solving apps. Technovation is a nonprofit organization that empowers girls to become leaders in tech.
The three teenagers developed the Memory Haven app, beating more than 1,500 submissions from 62 countries. Memory Haven can be used by both patients and caregivers. Its six features target problems faced by those with dementia, notably memory loss and difficulty with recognition and speech.
Rachael, interviewed by National Public Radio in the USA, remarked: “I instantly fell in love with the business aspect of the competition. I think I’m definitely going to go into international business and IT.” At the same time, she admitted she is also obsessed with music: “I eat, breathe and sleep music. I play the piano, the guitar and I sing.”
Now working with well-known Irish songwriter Seán Silke and the Beardfire Music production team (Patricia Lalor, All The Queen’s Horses, RUNAH, Lauren Ann), Rachael is set to unleash her haunting voice and uniquely artistic interpretation on the world stage.
About Weekend Special feat. Ciarán Moran:
Weekend Special is a songwriting and production group whose members have worked in studio or on stage with the likes of Nick Cave, INXS, Mary Black and Leslie Dowdall (In Tua Nua). Weekend Special’s songwriting core is Seán Silke. With hundreds of compositions to his name, Seán’s work is recognised for its mature and imaginative lyrics.
The production team behind the Weekend Special sound is Beardfire Music, consisting of brothers Rohan and Al Healy, and their father David Virgin. They have a combined experience of 75 years on stage and in studio, adding up to over two thousand live shows across the globe, including appearances on Irish, French and Australian TV and The Voice UK in England, five number 1’s on the Australian indie charts, and hundreds of production and session credits and awards, including the Founders Choice Award at the International Songwriting Competition 2021 for their work on the All The Queen’s Horse’s song , “The Troubled Tears of Drury Road”.
Always keen to work with the cream of Ireland’s singer and songwriter talent, Weekend Special are now collaborating with celebrated Dublin artist Ciarán Moran. Ciarán brings his affecting vocals to the project , interpreting the sense of longing in Sean’s lyrics like no one else can.
In recent years, Ciarán Moran has been building a loyal fan-base throughout Ireland and beyond, gathering approval from audiences in venues such as the Olympia Theatre, Vicar Street , the Academy, Electric Picnic, and a recent sell out show in Whelans. He has supported and shared the stage with Damien Dempsey, Aslan, Maverick Sabre, Jamie Webster, Bagatelle, and Brian Kennedy. Legendary Irish folk singer, Christy Moore, says of Ciarán - “He writes powerful songs, songs that deserve to be heard, about subjects that very few will write or sing about.”