HAVE YOU BEEN NAUGHTY OR NICE?
Hometime's Christmas single
Progress on the album has been building nicely behind the scenes. There are new songs and even a new title for the record. More on that soon.
In the meantime, one of those new songs comes your way in the form of a single. "WHAT YOU WANTED (FOR CHRISTMAS)" drops on 1 December across all of the usual digital platforms - iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, TikTok, YouTube etc.
HOMETIME ON TOP IN GAY CANADA!
October 11, 2021
The latest Hometime single, IT BEATS LIVING ALONE, has just reached Number 1 on Canada's gay chart, The Q32. It rose to poll position after two weeks at Number 2.
In the UK, meanwhile, the single is currently at Number 12 in the LGBTQ Music Chart.
NEW SINGLE ANNOUNCED!
July 29, 2021
The new single "IT BEATS LIVING ALONE" will be released across all digital platforms on Friday 13 August.
Co-written with Gavin Murphy, the track is the latest instalment from the forthcoming album. It's a sad banger, so prepare to dance with tears in your eyes (if we ever get back to dancefloors, that is!)
The track will be sent to radio over the coming days.
WATCH THIS SPACE!
July 5, 2021
A return to the studio last has been fruitful. News of the next single release is expected later this week. Stay tuned for the title, artwork and release date!
RETURN TO THE STUDIO
May 30, 2021
After a long period of COVID-enforced inactivity, Hometime returns to the studio in the second half of June to resume work on the album, along with producer Seán Hurley. The downtime has created space to evaluate the material. Some songs will be revisited and refreshed; others might be replaced. Every effort will be made to get the album to your ears by the end of this year.
"HEARTBREAK" ON NEW CHARITY ALBUM
April 2, 2021
"The Sound Of Heartbreak" features on the new volume of The Acoustic Yard's annual compilation album. Released exclusively through Bandcamp, the set will raise funds for Irish mental health charities.
Available to download on Friday, 2 April 2021.
"THE SOUND OF HEARTBREAK" IN AN END-OF-YEAR TOP 10 LIST!
December 22, 2020
During the year, both singles enjoyed support and airplay on The Acoustic Yard radio show on Roots And Blues Radio. Show host, David Dee Moore, has included "The Sound Of Heartbreak" in his Top Ten Songs Of The Year! A very unexpected honour. Here's what David had to say:
HOMETIME – THE SOUND OF HEARTBREAK
Welcome to the 1980’s and ‘The Sound of Heartbreak’ from Dubliner Tony Kavanagh. Tony manages to capture the decade with the right amount of catchy melodies and synth noise straight out of Human League and early Depeche Mode text books. A feel good song that came out at the right time in 2020. It just needed a dance floor.
FEELING LIKE A NUMBER 1!
November 17, 2020
GRATITUDE has reached Number 1 on Canada's LGBTQ music chart, The Q32! This follows on the success earlier this year for "The Sound Of Heartbreak," which spent four weeks at No. 3 on the same chart.
Follow this link to check out the complete chart and listen to all of the tracks:
VOTE FOR GRATITUDE here: https://www.qreview.ca/q-32.html
November 5, 2020
It turns out that "Gratitude" was quite the slow burner. It is currently at No.5 in Canada's gay chart, The Q32, and airplay is picking up all over the place: Florida, Utah, Israel, Switzerland and - one of the hardest places to crack - Ireland!
So the track has been given a formal renewed push towards Irish media and a notional rerelease date of 13 November (it is readily available for download or streaming right now - don't be shy!). Feel free to request the track from your favourite radio stations.
IMRO reported on the release today:
LGBTQ+ MEDIA FEATURES HOMETIME
October 16, 2020
In addition to the terrific support of The Q Review and the UK's LGBTQ Music Chart, Ireland's premiere LGBTQ+ magazine, GCN, has just published a feature on "The Sound Of Heartbreak" alongside a fun interview.
Check it out here: https://gcn.ie/hometime-swings-charts-glorious-pop-nostalgia/
Big thanks to Katie, Lisa and the rest of the fab GCN crew for this feature.
LONG LIFE AND REVIVAL
October 11, 2020
"The Sound Of Heartbreak" continues to enjoy the kindness of Irish radio. Shannonside FM's Mike Mulvihill has been a particular champion, and the track fits his pop-rich selections like a glove. The single has spent four weeks at No.3 on the Q32 chart - a brilliant Canadian/North American platform for LGBTQ artists worldwide. In the UK, the single is climbing the LGBTQ Music Chart: rising seven places to No. 13 this week.
The success of the single has triggered the reactivation of "Gratitude." Presenters who missed the track when it was released have started to discover it now. In fact, it's getting more airplay now than when it was released. "Gratitude" got a glowing review (as a reissue) by Kenney and Yavin on The Q Review, and will soon be made eligible for the Q32 chart!
You can vote for Hometime on the Q32 here:
and on the LGBTQ Music Chart here:
Don't forget that you can request either (or both!) singles on your local radio stations - they should be in all sound libraries at this stage.
We're edging gently closer to having the next single ready before too long. Stay tuned!
August 19, 2020
THE SOUND OF HEARTBREAK is a chugging, darkly melodic slice of pop with a love for Robyn, ABBA and Max Martin woven into its DNA that sounds great on the radio! Irish radio’s great supporters of Irish music have really gotten behind the track.
Pat O’Mahony on RTÉ Radio 1’s Late Date played the song this week. Both Martin Bridgeman and Roddie Cleere of KCLR spun the track ahead of release, giving it a great start. Mick Hanley at Dublin City FM featured the song last week. Seamie Mac of OceanFM, David Moore of The Acoustic Yard, and Mike Mulvihill at Shannonside have been giving the single repeat plays - with Mike, in particular, reporting a great response from listeners.
Over in the UK, the track has enjoyed repeat plays on Synth City on Phoenix 98FM. NCCR Radio and Riverside Radio have both spun the track too. In fact, Riverside's Micky Gwilliam has also lined up GRATITUDE for inclusion in a future show - and has invited Hometime to visit the studio on a future London trip.
Further afield, heavy rotation on LRdR in Switzerland over the past few weeks has taken THE SOUND OF HEARTBREAK to No.1 in the listeners’ Top 50! The single has enjoyed a month on the chart so far.
FLYING START FOR HEARTBREAK!
July 31, 2020
"The Sound Of Heartbreak" dropped at midnight. It entered the Irish iTunes chart at No.19 and rose to No.7 on the Irish iTunes Pop Singles chart!
Irish radio has been brilliantly quick off the mark with supportive airplay: thanks to KCLR, Playirish, and The Acoustic Yard. UK radio stations, NCCR and PhoenixFM have both been playing the track this week. In Switzerland, heavy rotation on LRdR took the single to No.11 on their listeners’ Top 50 chart a week ahead of release.
A big THANK YOU to everyone for your support!
July 22, 2020
The new single, THE SOUND OF HEARTBREAK, has only just been sent to radio and already the signs are good. The track got its first Irish radio play last night and play has already been lined up in the UK and Switzerland. This is a really positive start!
IMRO - the Irish Music Rights Organistion - includes the single on its news page today. Word is getting out.
THE SOUND OF HEARTBREAK is released across all digital platforms on Friday, 31 July.
NEW SINGLE: THE SOUND OF HEARTBREAK
July 13, 2020
Hometime's new single THE SOUND OF HEARTBREAK is released on Friday 31 July. This digital release will be available across all the usual platforms.
It is the second instalment of the forthcoming album PAST IMPERFECT. Inevitably, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected progress on the album, which is now expected in the autumn/winter of 2020.
WHAT'S THAT SOUND?
July 9, 2020
Something new this way comes...
HOMETIME COLLABORATION A HIT!
January 25, 2020
Hometime - AKA Tony Kavanagh - has a long standing friendship and writing partnership with Gavin Murphy. Seven of the ten tracks on the forthcoming Hometime album, Past Imperfect, were co-written with Gavin.
Gavin has recorded his own version of one of those songs and released it as his début single on 24 January. "My Regret" has hit the Irish iTunes Top 30 and is getting a great response, including radio play.
Check out Gavin Murphy Songs on Spotify, iTunes, YouTube and all your other favourite digital platforms.
GREAT INDUSTRY REACTION TO GRATITUDE!
January 19, 2020
The response to Gratitude continues to astonish. New York based producer/songwriter/music historian/label executive, Vinny Vero, has been very generous with his praise, describing the track as "glorious."
Vinny has an impressive track record as a producer and remixer for an impressive array of stars, from Pet Shop Boys to ABBA's Frida. He's currently producing a number of very high profile reissue projects for some massive stars.
GRATITUDE MAKES THE ITUNES TOP TEN!
January 17, 2020
"Gratitude" is doing fantastically well on the Irish iTunes chart! It entered the chart at no. 19 - the second highest new entry, no less! - and rose to a peak of no. 4! Incredible!
Big thanks to everyone who has supported the single!
GRATITUDE IS NOW ON RELEASE!
January 17, 2020
"Gratitude" became available for download/streaming at midnight! Check out the Lyrics tab on the homepage to sing along. The video is live on this website and on the social media pages too.
Download from iTunes
Stream on Apple Music and Spotify
GRATITUDE VIDEO UPDATE
January 13, 2020
Today, Monday 13 January, was busy! The scenes for the Gratitude video were shot. Scripted and directed by Graeme Coughlan, a range of indoor and outdoor scenes were shot. Pretty good going in the midst of Storm Brendan! Graeme will now work on cutting and editing the footage. We hope to have it ready for release day on Friday. Fingers crossed!
SEVEN MORE SLEEPS TO GRATITUDE
January 10, 2020
As soon as the clock ticks over into Friday, 17 January - no matter where you are - you can download "Gratitude."
This cool graphic was designed by the rather wonderful Vinny Vero (yes, THAT Vinny Vero!) for Vertical Sound International Music Solutions.
GRATITUDE COMING NEXT WEEK
January 6, 2020
HOMETIME's début single, GRATITUDE, is released on 17 January across all digital platforms.
Written by Tony Kavanagh and Seán Hurley - who also produced - "Gratitude" is the first taste of Hometime's forthcoming album, "Past Imperfect."
VIDEO SHOOT CONFIRMED
January 5, 2020
Cutting it somewhat fine, but next week the video for "Gratitude" will be shot and edited.
The clip will be shot and directed by Graeme Coughlan.
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