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The Certain Three Tour Kicks Off Tonight

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The Altered HoursThe Certain Three Tour returns for its fifth year this week with another eclectic lineup of three of the most exciting acts to emerge from Ireland and the UK in some time.

Curated and organised by Irish booking agency Word of Mouth, this year’s tour sees psych-rock act The Altered Hours (A Recordings; pictured) and New-York/Dublin-based literary pop artist Myles Manley join Manchester’s new shoegaze stars Patterns (Melodic Records) for five dates across Ireland.

The Certain Three Tour has become a staple of the Irish music calendar over the past five years, with previous tours featuring Katie Kim, O Emperor, We Cut Corners, The Lost Brothers and Alessi’s Ark, amongst others.

Tues 22 Apr: Dublin – The Workman’s Club
Weds 23 Apr: Limerick – Cobblestone Joe’s
Thurs 24 Apr: Galway – The Roisin Dubh
Fri 25 Apr: Sligo – McGarrigles
Sat 26 Apr: Cork – The Pavilion
Note: ticket prices & door times vary. Please see venue website for details.



The Bello Sessions

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The Bello SessionsThe Bello Sessions will be launching in the Lower Deck Bar, Portobello, Rathmines this coming 1st May. The aim of the event is to showcase emerging artists and bands in Dublin.

Lined up to perform on the launch night are Arrow in the Sky, Red Sail, Mark O’Callaghan, Marcus Carcus and Ross “The Sheriff” Kelly.

The Bello Sessions

The Lower Deck Bar, Portobello, Rathmines

Thursday 1st May @ 9:30pm


Irish Music Shines at Ceiliúradh

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Conor O'Brien Elvis Costello

Last Thursday, as part of President Higgins’ State visit to Britain, the Royal Albert Hall in London played host to Ceiliúradh, a celebration of Ireland’s long-standing cultural connections with Britain.

The event featured musical performances from Paul Brady, The Gloaming, Glen Hansard, Lisa Hannigan, Eimear Quinn, John Sheahan, Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny and Imelda May.

The event also featured a performance from Conor O’Brien of Villagers (pictured), who duetted with Elvis Costello on the song “Shipbuilding”.

A special house band also performed throughout the evening featuring some of Ireland’s finest musicians including Liam Bradley, John Carty, Anthony Drennan, Graham Henderson, Donal Lunny, Mike McGoldrick, Paul Moore, Caitlin NicGabhann, Mairtin O’Connor and Brendan Power.

The full version of the show is available now on the RTE player here


Upcoming Song Collector Sessions with Roy Buckley

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SCSMayMike and Leslie 2The Song Collector Sessions is a show that gets up close and personal with Ireland’s most established, leading and promising artists, allowing audiences to get an insight into the minds and music of some of this country’s greatest songwriters and indeed, song collectors.

Dreamed up and created by Cork singer/songwriter Roy Buckley (, The Song Collector Sessions gives each artist a platform to perform and speak about their songs, their music, their influences, as well as some stories from the road and lets the fans experience and enjoy the huge musical talent that our country has to offer.

Monday 28th April

Wallis’ Bar




Phil Coulter

Tickets: €25 via Wallis’ Bar 021 463 3185

Wednesday 30th April

The South County




Phil Coulter

Dave Browne

Tickets: €25 via The South County 021 489 1574

Friday 2nd May

INEC Acoustic Club


Co. Kerry


Phil Coulter

Mike Hanrahan

Tickets: €25 via Ticketmaster

Thursday 8th May





Derek Warfield & The Young WolfeTones

The Black Donnellys (Dave Browne & Dave Rooney)

Tickets: €10 from O’Hallorans | Ph: 021 467 9651 | Em:

Wednesday May 28th

The South County,



Roy Buckley with guests:

Mike Hanrahan (Stockton’s wing)

Leslie Dowdall (In Tua Nua)

Tickets: €10 from South County | Ph: 021 489 1574 | Em:

Thursday May 29th

O Halloran’s



Roy Buckley with guests:

Mike Hanrahan (Stockton’s wing)

Leslie Dowdall (In Tua Nua)

Tickets: €10 from O’Hallorans | Ph: 021 467 9651 | Em:

Friday 15th August

The Round Tower Hotel


Co. Waterford


Mike Hanrahan

John Spillane

George Murphy

For info see:



April Listings for The Sunday Roast

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Sunday RoastThe Sunday Roast 

The Mercantile Venue 

Free Entrance 


Free Roast Potatoes/ Games 

The award winning “The Sunday Roast” is one of Dublin city’s longest running weekly music club nights. Now in its 10th year, the club has been showcasing the best of Irish and international talent every Sunday night to large crowds and has established itself firmly amongst the musical community as an ideal showcase arena for up and coming and well established homegrown music.

Housed in the booming Mercantile Bar for the last 6 years, the Sunday Roast hosts a fresh, eclectic mix of musical styles and acts every week as well as offering customers complimentary bowls of our legendary home made roast potatoes; our trademark ‘gimmick’ that has become a fixture at the Roast.

A small roll call of names who have played on our stage highlights the reputation we have around town: Declan O’Rourke, Damien Dempsey, Mundy, Camille O’Sullivan, The Walls, Gavin Friday, James Blunt, Lisa O’Neill, Wallis Bird, O Emperor etc etc

The Sunday Roast has been run over 10 years by Keiron Black/ Alan Starr/John Brereton

April Listings

April 13th - 

Kate’s Party-Lemmon Cello- Desperate Menace- Tandem Shy- Sub Motion Simplefires (Mexico)

April 20th Easter Bank Holiday- Open Late 

Plastic Candles- Royal Autumn- The Bizarre Simon Machale (Sweden)

April 27th 

2Glass Eyes (Belfast) Paul Creane & The Changing Band-Not Gun Enough-SFvsAS

Mark T Cox

For more see



Debut Album from Yearning Curve

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themurdermachinecoverhighresCork duo, Yearning Curve, are set to release their debut album, “The Murder Machine”. The album launch will take place on 8th May in Coughlan’s of Cork and on 8th June upstairs in Whelans, Dublin.

Songs are inspired by Wikileaks (The Whistleblower), the corporatisation of our world (Control Inc.), famine past and present (Sometimes) and grinders in personal relationships (On The Wheel). Some explore empathy (Cruel, The Politician), consumer effects on the Third World (Distant Drum) and the 1913 Lockout/modern sweatshop abuses (The Soldier).

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John Blek & The Rats on Tour

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johnblekandtherat_WORKMANSJohn Blek and The Rats are on the road this month with a few dates in venues throughout the country. As part of the tour, the guys will be showcasing some new material they are currently working on for album number two. John and Anna have just finished performing as a duo after being invited to open up for Simone Felice on his Irish tour and now the full band return to headline duties a series of dates.

 5/4 Workmans Club , Dublin                                    

16/4 Cobblestone Joes , Limerick  

17/4 De Barras , Clonakilty                       

20/4 Pine Lodge , Myrtleville

Further info on tour available here

Check out their live video for “Calling Out My Name”, taken from their debut album “Leave Your Love at the Door”, recently filmed in RTÉ by Colm Walsh.


Concorde Present: Up Close with Music

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Clare McCague (Harp) & Martin Johnson (Cello)

Sunday, 27 April 2014

RHA Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin 2

2.30 – 3.15pm & 3.45 – 4.30 pm

Admission Free


Jane O’Leary, artistic director

Paul Roe, clarinet/bass clarinet

Bogdan Sofei, violin

Martin Johnson, cello

Dermot Dunne, accordion

Clare McCague, concert harp

Visual artist, Marie Hanlon

2.30 pm

Patrick Egan: new piece (premiere)  (bass clarinet, cello, accordion)  Concorde 2014 student composer

Ellen Lindquist (USA/Norway): Eos  (2005) (solo violin)  (Irish premiere)

Judith Ring:  swelt belly at dawn  (2013)  (violin, cello, clarinet) a Concorde commission

Rhona Clarke & Marie Hanlon: The Small Hours  (accordion solo + visuals) premiere, commissioned by Concorde

3.45 pm

Documentary film on Frank Corcoran, produced by Mark Linnane

Frank Corcoran: A Dark Song (Irish premiere) (bass clarinet solo)

Ed Bennett: Breath  (2006) commissioned by Concorde for the Beckett centenary. (bass clarinet, violin, cello)

Helgi Ingvarsson (Iceland/UK): Breath (premiere, 2012 revised) (cello, harp)

Rhona Clarke & Marie Hanlon – The Small Hours (2014)  (accordion solo + visuals) a Concorde commission

The final event in Concorde’s series UP CLOSE WITH MUSIC at the RHA Gallery this year features new work by composer Rhona Clarke and artist Marie Hanlon, a 70th birthday tribute to Frank Corcoran, the premiere of a specially composed work by Concorde’s 2014 student composer Patrick Egan, music from Norway and Dublin contemplating ‘dawn’, and music from Icelandic and Irish composers reflecting on ‘breath’.  The concerts take place at 2.30 and 3.45 pm and admission is free.  Programmes feature new Irish music in an international context.  The Gallery opens at Noon and current exhibitions include Dorothy Cross: Connemara and James Hanley: Souvenirs.

Up Close with Music is supported by a Music Project Award from The Arts Council.


New TG4 Music Show Bosca Ceoil Announces Pauline Scanlon as Presenter

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Bosca CeoilTG4’s newest, most exciting traditional Irish music series, Bosca Ceoil, is recording in Monroes Live, Galway from April 7th-11th. It has been announced that Pauline Scanlon from Lumiere will be the presenter of the series.

Pauline Scanlon has a voice described by The Irish Times as “a superb mix of china cup fragility and steely strength”- Hailing from the strong West Kerry tradition of song, she has the ability to interpret her physical and emotional landscape. Pauline has released 4 albums, all to critical acclaim, 2 solo offerings and in recent years 2 as half of celebrated duo Lumiere. Pauline’s distinctive voice has seen her perform around the globe on stages from Glastonbury to New York’s Carnegie Hall. Over the years she has performed and recorded with some of Ireland’s most cherished artists including Sinéad O’Connor, Damien Dempsey, Séamus Begley and John Spillane to name a few. Throughout her career Pauline has exemplified her worldly knowledge of different musical styles and showcased her ability and willingness to cross-traditional boundaries while maintaining her roots in West Kerry.

Bosca Ceoil brings together an eclectic mix of famous faces and new artists and is brought to TG4 by the team behind 2013’s hit series, Fleadh Live. Gifted Empire Productions broke new ground with massive audience ratings for Fleadh Live and was a huge success with their groundbreaking coverage of Fleadh Ceoil 2013 from Derry.

Artists already confirmed to appear in the filming of Bosca Ceoil include:

Sharon Shannon, Cara Dillon, Dervish, We Banjo 3, Moxie, Frankie Gavin, Flook, Four Men and a Dog and Mick Flannery.

Now added to the line up are Lumiere, Buttons & Bows, Joanie Madden, Beoga, Steve & Joe Wall, Edel Fox & Nell Byrne, Alan Kelly Gang, The Bonny Men,  Raw Bar Collective, At First Light, New Road with Lisa O’Neill & Donal McCague.

Limited tickets to this exclusive recording are still available – contact

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Upcoming Songwriting, Music & Performance Workshops

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luan parleSinger-songwriter, Luan Parle, is currently in the middle of a series of Songwriting, Music and Performance workshops taking place at venues throughout the country. This month, Luan will be hosting a two-day workshop on Glór, Ennis on 15th and 16th April and then moving on to Making Music in Gorey, Co. Wexford on 18th and 19th April.

Luan recently hosted workshops in Naas and Wicklow. The participants of the Wicklow workshop will be performing their song at the Wicklow Wide Coffee Morning in Enniskerry this morning, Friday 4th April.

For full details of the upcoming workshops, including booking information, are here and here