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November 2012

Carol Keogh: "The aim of this project is to raise funds to record my debut solo album, Mongrel City. I’ve been writing and performing for many years with bands like The Plague Monkeys and The Tycho Brahe. Now it’s time for me to write my own name on the wall and I’m hoping you’ll hold my hand while I do it."

Mongrel City: debut album by Carol Keogh

 

October 2011

Mundy and the Painbirds
Birr Theatre, Oxmantown Hall, Birr, Co. Offaly

Adm. €18. Doors 7.30pm Support 8pm: ‘I’m Your Vinyl’ - Dana Donnelly & Ken McHugh
Tickets: 057 9122911 / www.birrtheatre.com

 

September 2011

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State.ie: "I’m Your Vinyl are an exciting new act from Dublin featuring singer/guitarist Dana Donnelly and producer/musician Ken McHugh. With the release of their debut E.P. this October they will be taking their live show out of the rehearsal room and onto the live stage. Formed in January 2011 they have spent the past few months writing and recording their debut album. With influences ranging from Bjork and Doris Day to Pulp Fiction and Twin Peaks, I’m Your Vinyl have a fresh new sound that is worth getting to know."  Phil Udell

 

March 2011

I'm Your Vinyl: Formed in March 2011 they have spent the past few months writing and recording. With influences ranging from Bjork and Doris Day to Pulp Fiction and Twin Peaks, I'M YOUR VINYL have a fresh new sound that is worth getting to know.

 

March 2008

New album "Colours Of Sound" to be released March 7 2008.

 

March 2006

Upcoming tour dates:

Dublin, Ireland: Whelan's on April 4th
Galway, Ireland: Roisin Dubh on April 8th 06. 8pm
Clonakilty, Cork: De Barra's on April 20th

Velasske Mezerici, Czech Rep.: Spalicek Fest. on June 23rd 06. 8pm
Studenka Festival, Czech Rep.: Studenka on June 24th 06. 8pm
Poprad Festival, Slovakia: Poprad on June 28th 06. 8pm
Green Water Festival, Slovakia: Nove Mesto on June 30th 06. 8pm

 

2006

Autamata's song "Jive County" is used in the film "Bickford Shmeckler's Cool Ideas".

 

November 2005

Autamata will be playing Dublin venue, The Village on Saturday, 10th December. Special guests to be confirmed.

 

September 2005

Autamata play a short Irish tour to coincide with the album launch taking in:

Cork : Cyprus Avenue on Friday Sep. 17th
Dublin : TBMC on Thursday Sep. 22nd w/ Neosupervital
Galway : The Róisín Dubh on Friday Sep. 23rd

 

August 2005

Western People: "Autamata have announced some live dates to coincide with the drive to promote their second album, "Short Stories", which is due out on 16 September. The band, led by Mayoman Ken McHugh, will be playing Cyprus Avenue, Cork (17 Sept), The Music Centre, Dublin (22 Sept) and Roisin Dubh, Galway (23 Sept).

"Short Stories" is the follow up to the band's "My Sanctuary" which spawned a host of soundtracks for ads and television shows on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as a couple of classic videos (for "Jive County" and "Jellyman")."

 

January 2005

AUTAMATA (Live+Visuals)
ANGLE (French electronic 4 piece)
CrawDaddy, Old Harcourt St. Train Station, Dublin 2
Tel. 01 4780225

Saturday January 29th. Doors 8pm.

Tickets 16€ from Soundcellar, Road Records, City Discs, Comet Records, Freebird Records, Big Brother, and Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.ie (http://www.ticketmaster.ie/) ) Ph: 0818 719 300

Ken McHugh brings his Autamata project back into the live arena at CrawDaddy on Saturday January 29th. A local producer of some note, with David Kitt’s ‘The Big Romance’ on his list of credits, McHugh branched out in 2003 with the release of Autamata’s debut album, My Sanctuary.

It's a record that via its beguiling mix of real instruments and electronic programming takes you to an entire gazetteer of contrasting map references: Country/City. Happy/Sad. Pastoral/Urban. Acoustic/Electronic. Noisy/Ethereal. It is, as Uncut magazine had it, "The sort of record the traditionalists among us always hoped sequencers and bedroom friendly digital recording would create."

The show will feature a four piece live band including drums, bass, guitar and female vocals as well as Ken's own synth's, samplers and a spell binding backdrop of specially created visuals. The transition from studio to stage has been well received, with Hot Press claiming it was 'One of the best gigs I've seen in quite some time... mightily impressive’.

 

2005

Autamata's "Out Of This (Autalounge Remix)" is used on the closing credits of the film "Tara Road".

 

November 2004

Irish tour in November which will swing by:

The Temple Bar Music Centre in Dublin on Thursday, November 4th
The Roisin Dubh in Galway on Saturday, November 6th
Cyprus Avenue in Cork on Saturday, November 13th.

Tickets are EUR10 for all shows and are available from Ticketmaster and the venue’s box offices.

 

April 16 2004

Hot Press: "Reluctant to follow in the tradition of 'toilet tour' promotion, Autamata will be selling his music - and a few cars - when his track 'Fragments' features in an American TV ad for Mitsubishi.

If the success of Dirty Vegas is anything to go by, Autamata can expect to score an instant fan base in Mexico, Puerto Rico, Canada and the US, where his instrumental track, ‘Fragments’, is to feature on a Mitsubishi television campaign.

“The music I make is quite soundtracky in general,” says the Dublin producer Ken McHugh, who is negotiating a North American release for his My Sanctuary album. “Since I’ve decided not to do the whole toilet tour thing for two or three years I have to exploit my music in some other ways.”

And who better than the ad man responsible for distributing Moby to the world? Admitting that Moby “overdid it a bit”, McHugh insists on a quality control over his music’s commercial use.

“I was offered three or four ads which I declined whether it was because of research I’d done on the company or by virtue of the ad itself.”

Autamata tunes are also being considered for a number of Hollywood films, with ‘Jive County’ already confirmed for the soundtrack to Standing Still, the next Rom-Com flick starring Colin Hanks.

Meantime, Autamata has been busy preparing for the bumper re-release of My Sanctuary. The album has been substantially re-recorded and re-mastered with McHugh describing the end product as “sonically better”.

Due for release on May 7, My Sanctuary has been repackaged with new artwork and also features the D.A.D.D.Y-animated video for ‘Jellyman’. Autamata is currently on tour in the UK and will be playing live, full-band dates around Ireland at the end of May."

 

September 30 2003

Hot Press: "Nostalgia for Ballyhaunis and giant underwater jellyfish - step into Autamata's world

Autamata follow-up their October 8 visit to The Village, Dublin with the release of a limited edition four-track EP.

Available in 3" CD and 10" vinyl formats, Tales From My Sanctuary features 'Jive County', 'Out Of This (Autalounge Remix)', 'Where The Heart Is' and 'Fragments (Electribe Remix)'.

''Where The Heart Is' is a new track featuring myself on vocals and captures the images I have of my childhood upbringing in Ballyhaunis, County Mayo – I'd call it 'cinematic,'" explains Mr. Autamata, Ken McHugh. "The 'Out Of This' remix is a completely new version with fat beats, dub bass, tripped out mandolins, swirling Rhodes piano, ambient guitar textures and Carol from The Tycho Brahe's angelic voice – very chilled."

Workaholic that he is, McHugh has also recorded the next Autamata single, 'Jellyman', which is due in January.

"We're doing two videos with the D.A.D.D.Y. team whose work I love," he resumes. "'Jellyman' will be a complete animation set in a strange underwater world where (featured vocalist) Cathy Davey is kidnapped by a giant jellyfish and the Autamata army are sent to save her in their submarines."

Having already wowed punters and critics here, Autamata's My Sanctuary receives its UK release in the New Year courtesy of a three-album deal with London independent RGR Records."

 

July 3 2003

Hot Press: "Autamata - brainchild of Dublin-based producer Ken McHugh - ink worldwide deal with independent label RG Records

Autamata are in the process of signing a worldwide deal with RG Records, the London independent which up till now has specialised in garage acts like Just Jack and Border Crossing.

Better known to the taxman as Ken McHugh, the one-man Dublin band will be releasing a limited edition EP in the UK and then hitting the live circuit with a vengeance."