News


6th July, 2016

Album Update

Our first album, “Sapphire” is on the threshold of being launched:

Digital downloads are expected to be available (via CD Baby) before the end of next week.

CDs will be available from the week commencing 25th July.

Vinyl LPs (premium 180 gm audiophile double-LP) will be available from mid-August.

And … our merchandise items will be available from 25th July.


5th July, 2016

A sad farewell … and a welcome

Our bass player, Shauna, has decided she wants to pursue a different musical direction and a different opportunity (what exactly is “folk fusion” anyway?) and so will be leaving us in the very near future. She will be greatly missed, musically and personally, by the rest of the band… but these things happen in life and we all have to make our decisions about what is best for us on the basis of the data we have in front of us. Shauna’s contribution to Riff Diamond has been significant and you could not meet a nicer person. We wish here every success in her new venture.

We also welcome Dom McAreavey to the Riff Diamond fold where he will be taking over the bass playing duties from Shauna. Dom is currently studying for his music diploma and immersing himself in learning the Riff Diamond catalogue, writing his own songs and squeezing in some competitive skateboarding. We look forward to what he will bring to the table.


3rd July, 2016

Still more gigs

Riff Diamond will be appearing at McCrum’s 4th Rocking BBQ on 14th August 2016. The event runs from 1.00 pm to 7.00 pm (doors open from Noon) and the bargain price of £5 includes a burger, soft drink and the chance to hear not only Riff Diamond but a line-up of other bands as well: Finvola, St. Hellfire, Cavehill, Thunderwolf, Elevation Falls and Seventh Son. Get your tickets early or be prepared to be disappointed.

Also, more details are emerging about the Charity Gig Night in Banbridge on 29th July 2016. It’s at O’Reilly’s and will feature Rosco’s Riot, Rusty Taste of Sweetness, The Dirt 5th July Birds, St. Hellfire, S.L.U.T.S. and, of course, Riff Diamond.


22nd June, 2016

Still more gigs

The details are yet to be finalised, but it looks like we have gigs arranged for Friday 16th September 2016 and on Hallowe’en, Monday 31st October 2016. Watch this space for more details when we get them.


19th June, 2016

Album Update

Release of our first album is getter ever closer. The mixing and mastering is complete and we are just signing of on production deals for CDs, a limited run of premium vinyl LPs and, of course, digital downloads. Late July 2016 is looking most likely for the launch date, although digital downloads could be available even earlier.


5th June, 2016

Charity Gig

We have agreed to appear at a charity event in Banbridge on 29th July, 2016: details to follow.


29th May, 2016

Line up for McHugh’s confirmed + another gig

The line-up for McHugh’s, Belfast on 3rd June is now confirmed. In addition to Riff Diamond, there will be The Pottingers, The Rival Movement, No Parole and an acoustic set from the Thieves of Ennui. All for the bargain entry price of £5.00!

Also, Riff Diamond will be headlining at O’Reilly’s, Banbridge on Friday 24th June 2016, supported by Matt O’Reilly, S.L.U.T.S., Periapt and Electric Blue.


11th May, 2016

Another Gig

We are playing McHugh’s Basement Bar in Belfast on Friday 3rd June 2016 along with the Thieves of Ennui, The Pottingers and one or two other ban ds to be confirmed. Another great night of NI local talent is in prospect.


13th April, 2016

More Gig Dates

Riff Diamond will be at The Ivy in Newtownards on 7th May 2016, supported by Killer Kudos and also headlining at O’Reilly’s Bar in Banbridge on 24th June, supported by Electric Blue and Periapt.


11th April, 2016

New Gig Date Confirmed

Riff Diamond will be playing at the Rock Therapy NI-hosted event on 29th April 2016 at O’Reilly’s Bar Banbridge alongside Elevation Falls, Vendetta Love and Rosco’s Riot. This promises to be a great night with great music from an eclectic selection of Ireland’s up-and-coming bands. Not to be missed!


24th March, 2016

Riff Diamond Promo Pack and CD

We are delighted to announce that our Promotional Pack (including CD) is now complete (see photo). The folder contains our contact details and information sheets on the band and its members and the CD features three original tracks: Diamond Heart, Love Hate and Count Me Out. Over the coming weeks, we will be sending this out to radio and TV stations, newspapers and magazines and a variety of industry promoters and agents.

If you would like to receive one of these, please get in touch via the ‘Contact’ page on this website.


20th March, 2016

More Radio Play for Riff Diamond

A big thank you to Cailin Dana and 365 Radio Network / Midwest Broadcasting Group / Eagle Eye Music Promotions for including our three original tracks in their latest shows: Friday Night on 365 with Cailin and Cailin’s Smokin’ Hot Tunes – our first radio ‘play’ in the USA!

If you missed it, you can catch up on the recording at http://tiny.url.com/gl4abey.


17th March, 2016

Radio Debut for Riff Diamond Originals

Not many people know this … but yesterday evening saw the first radio ‘play’ of Riff Diamond’s promotional CD (released less than 2 weeks’ ago). Our thanks to Banbridge Community Radio and to Paul Scappaticci for spinning all three original tracks (Diamond Heart, Love Hate and Count Me Out) and for his kind words. Of course, this isn’t our first time on the radio, as we can claim to be “veterans” of a mere two brief appearances on Radio Ulster back in December 2015 (thanks to Good Morning Ulster, Noel Thompson, Ewan McConville and John Toal).