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Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year Shortlist Announced

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MCMP-logo1The shortlist for the Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year 2014 in association with IMRO and IRMA has just been announced.

The ten Irish songs will now go to a public vote with the overall winner to be revealed at the 10th Meteor Choice Music Prize Live Event at Vicar Street on Thursday, 5th March.

The songs in the running for the award are:

The Meteor Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of the Year Award recognises the nation’s favourite songs of last year. Every year since its inception, the Irish Song of the Year has encouraged people to celebrate Irish artists by shining a spotlight on the very best songs of the past year. The platform for homegrown Irish music has grown since the Irish Song of the Year Prize was established in 2011, and competition for the award is always fierce.

The public vote is now open at All voters are in with a chance to win smartphones and tickets to the Meteor Choice Music Prize Live Event on Thursday, 5th March in Vicar Street and people can vote once a day until voting closes at midnight on March 1st.

The winning entry will be announced at the live event and awarded the Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year trophy along with a prize fund of €3,000.

Lisa Comerford, Meteors Consumer Marketing Director, said: Were really excited to support an outstanding year for Irish musicians, as and reflected in the eclectic world-class shortlist for the Irish Song of the Year. The Meteor Choice Music Prize aims to encourage people to discover, discuss and enjoy great Irish music and this years shortlist certainly showcases the very best the Irish music scene produced last year.

Tickets for the Meteor Choice Music Prize Live Event are on sale from all Ticketmaster outlets and from, priced at 24.00 including booking fee.

The Meteor Choice Music Prize is supported by IMRO, IRMA, RAAP, HMV Xtra vision, Culture Ireland, Today FM, RTE 2 & Music Week.


“Darkness” is the New Single from Fia Rua

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Fia RuaFia Rua has just released his new single, Darkness, the latest from his current album, The Sky Went Low & The Sea Went High. The video was filmed in Augsburg Germany by German artist Verena Kandler. The song centres on facing one’s demons and talking to the Darkness as a positive exercise.

Fia Rua plays St Finian’s Church, Dublin 2 this Saturday, 31st January with his fellow Urchin Collective artist, Enda Reilly, and Róisín Dubh, Galway as part of Citóg on 4th February.

Darkness is available for download from Fia Rua’s Bandcamp page.


Cry Monster Cry Release New Video for “Postcards”

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Cry Monster CryCry Monster Cry have just released the brand new video for their latest single “Postcards”. The video features Ian Lloyd Anderson of Love/Hate and Our Few & Evil Days and was directed by Lagoon Pictures.

The song has been selected as Song of the Week by Louise Duffy on Today FM and by Fortitude Magazine. 2015 looks set to be a big year for Cry Monster Cry with “Postcards” released as the first single from their upcoming album, Rhythm of Dawn.

The single is now available on iTunesSpotify and Amazon.

Keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter for news of upcoming live shows.


“The Harsh Winds of Rathlin” | New Single from Axis Of Out Today

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Axis Of Harsh Winds of Rathlin“The Harsh Winds of Rathlin” is the second single to be taken from Axis Of’s new album ‘The Mid Brae Inn’.

This “weather-beaten journey through the Axis Of environment” is accompanied by a video that sees the band return to their roots. The video, produced by Misfits for Media, was filmed at the Attic Bar of Ma Kellys in Ballymoney, which for a long time was a setting for some of the bands most chaotic shows.

“The Harsh Winds Of Rathlin” is accompanied by a live bonus version of “Wetsuit” and is available from 21st January, 2015 on Smalltown America.

The release of ‘The Mid Brae Inn’ follows on 23rd February 2015.

Tickets for their upcoming tour are available here.

You can BUY the single from Independent Music here.


Cult Called Man Release ‘Wickyr Mice’

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Cult Called Man SingleMeath band, Cult Called Man, have just released their latest single, ‘Wickyr Mice’. The single comes in advance of their second EP, ‘The Mr. Wednesdae EP’, due for release next month.

The concept behind the record centres on a character, Mr. Wednesdae, with lead-singer, Razmo, taking inspiration from the vocal stylings of retro kid’s cartoons in order to give the character his distinct voice. Throughout the record, Mr. Wednesdae relays his spiritual and modern day social commentary.

The band played a string of Irish festivals on the back of their debut EP, ‘Shoot Me (It’s Just TV)’ and were selected for the Guinness Amplify project. Having already taken to the stage at Whelan’s Ones to Watch earlier this month, and with gigs in The Spirit Store and at Guinness Live Stages next month, 2015 look set to be another busy year for Cult Called Man. Check them out on Facebook and Twitter.


Korean Chart Success for Irish Songwriter Brendan Graham

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Always ThereWe wrote last week that hit Irish songwriter, Brendan Graham, was getting set for chart success in Korea with the release of his song, “If Came the Hour”, by Grammy Award-winning Korean artist, Sumi Jo, in collaboration with Secret Garden. The song, released in Korea under the title, “Moon Flower”, has since shot to Number 1 in the Korean Classical Charts.

On the back of this success, Universal has now released the digital single of “Always There” (in Korean) by Lim Hyung Joo and Secret Garden. The classical crossover singer, Lim Hyung Joo, has sold over 1 million records in South Korea since the release of his first album at the age of 12.


Call for Scores to West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition

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West Cork CompWest Cork Music invites Irish composers under 35 years of age on 1st January 2015 to submit works for string quartet for performance at the 20th West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2015.

Four works will be selected. The composer of each selected work will receive a prize of €500 and two nights B&B at the festival. They will be asked to attend the Young Composers Forum at the festival on Sunday 27th June 2015, which will be directed by an international composer, where the winning pieces will be played through by a quartet on the Festival’s Master Class programme. The premieres will take place during the festival in the Town Concert series on 30th June and 1st, 2nd and 3rd July.

Scores must be submitted to West Cork Music by 9 March 2015. Scores must be submitted electronically. Full Details here:

Address for submission: Maeve Murphy, West Cork Music: Email: pawcm[at]


Oscar Nomination for Song of the Sea

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Song of the SeaIrish animation, Song of the Sea, has been nominated for an Oscar in the Best Animated Film category. The film features a stunning soundtrack composed by Kíla and Bruno Coulais, along with the vocals of Lisa Hannigan and Nolwenn Leroy.

The Cartoon Saloon production is not the first Oscar nod for the Kilkenny-based studio as its animated feature, The Secret of Kells, was previously nominated for an Academy Award.

Song of the Sea has been nominated alongside Big Hero 6, The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2 and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. The Academy Awards will take place on Sunday 22nd February.

The soundtrack to Song of the Sea is now available to purchase on iTunes.


BRIT Award Nomination for Hozier

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Hozier-album-cover-Raine-final-boost-1024x1024-300x300Hozier’s international rise continues as he has just been included in the BRIT Awards 2015 nominees. The Wicklow musician has been nominated in the Best International Male Solo Artist category.

The category also sees nominations for Beck, Jack White, John Legend and Pharrell Williams.

The awards are set to take place at London’s O2 Arena on 25th February.


Motorcycle Display Team Return to Ireland with New EP

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Motorcyle Display TeamMotorcycle Display Team are set to return to Ireland for two special live shows in support of their brand new EP, “Letters of Last Resort”.

Made up of 3 fiery and uber talented musicians from the UK, Ireland and New Zealand, this power-pop trio are a force to be reckoned with. They describe themselves as Carousers and arousers in trousers, yowsers! Steve Hinds (vocals, guitar) is a sometime actor from the UK. Morgan Condon (drums) is a Dubliner, who also enjoyed chart success with his former band Zeel. The final piece of the puzzle is Matt Eyre (bass), who hails from New Zealand. (Although Matt claims some Irish heritage and also adds a brief, but fully clothed, cameo in a popular porn flick to his CV!)

The band played a storming Main Stage set at Sea Sessions in 2013 and embarked on a tour around Ireland later that same summer, impressing crowds wherever they went.

Founded in 2008, MDT released their debut record in 2009, ‘The Crayon Masterpiece EP’. They played lots of brilliant shows, had a Sky TV appearance and had their music played on some BBC and ITV shows! In October of 2012 they released their debut LP, ‘Captatio Benevolentiae’ with Cesar Lavin (Modest Mouse, White Lies, Guillemots) to critical acclaim.  The lead single, ‘Betweenager’ was synced in the US TV show ‘Rogue’ starring Thandie Newton and the subsequent singles, ‘Brickwall’ and ‘A Taste’, all received a tonne of airplay.

Now they are on the brink of releasing their 3rd record, ‘Letters Of Last Resort’, a 5 track EP. Laden with themes of apocalypse, paranoia, rejection and anxiety, this record showcases a darker and heavier side to the band.

MDT play Sweeney’s (32 Dame Street, Dublin 2) on Saturday, 7th March and The Grand Social (35 Lr Liffey St, Dublin 2) on Sunday, 8 March.