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Exclusive: New Christmas Video from Robb Murphy

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Robb Murphy Christmas SongBelfast singer songwriter, Robb Murphy, releases a new single, “When Love is Tangled Between Friends”, tomorrow, Friday 11th December, and he’s just given IMRO an exclusive on the festive video.

The track will be available from Robb’s Bandcamp page tomorrow and ends a busy year for the songwriter following the release of his second album, “Sleep Tonight”, back in March. Packed full of personal memories and stories of Robb’s native Northern Ireland, the album is a tapestry of music in the grand Irish storytelling tradition.

Featuring Robb’s family and friends, the video for “When Love is Tangled Between Friends” is a warm and fitting close to 2015 for the critically acclaimed artist.

The single will be available for free download from Robb’s Bandcamp page from Friday 11th December until Friday 1st January.


Dublin Songwriter Rocks the TEDxKlagenfurt 2015 Stage

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Shane O Fearghail TEDx

Between playing more gigs that there are days of the week and working with songwriting collectives throughout Europe, you wouldn’t think Dublin-born Vienna-based singer-songwriter, Shane Ó Fearghail, would have time to fit more in. But he’s just managed to add another great experience to his songwriting CV – wrapping up the TEDx event at Klagenfurt.

“Dare to dream, son, and the rest will follow.”

Shane was asked to perform and close the show with his self-named “TedSing” in Klagenfurt, Austria in September. The event also featured speakers from the worlds of technology, science and philosophy and took place in the extraordinary Schleppe Event Hall in Klagenfurt.

You can check out Shane’s slot at TEDx in the video below. Shane returns to Dublin this month and plays East Side Tavern on Leeson Street Lower on 28th December, featuring special guest Momár. Doors at 19:30 and admission is €12.



Julie Feeney & Music Generation for glór this Weekend

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Julie FeeneyByRuthMedjberMusic Generation Clare, in collaboration with glór, presents Julie Feeney in concert this Saturday, 12th December at 8pm.

Julie Feeney’s sell-out shows on both sides of the Atlantic have received rave reviews – whether solo, with ensemble, with choirs or with full orchestra – and she composes, arranges and orchestrates all of her own music. Her three albums have been critically acclaimed internationally receiving numerous awards and she has created a whole host of stunning music videos to accompany them. Her opera Bird goes into full production in 2017. Sharp witted, unpretentious and fiercely passionate, Julie Feeney is a genuine artist and a hugely enjoyable performer.  After performing shows in Amsterdam, Mexico, Italy, all over Ireland and New York throughout 2015, she is delighted to be back at glór for this very special performance.

Music Generation Clare is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s National Music Education Programme that transforms the lives of children and young people through access to high quality performance music education.  In its first eighteen months of operation, through its music tuition programmes, and through partnerships with music education providers, Music Generation Clare has worked with over 1000 children and young people throughout County Clare on vocal, instrumental, songwriting, and early years programmes, and hosted events such as the John Lennon Educational Bus, and the visit of the Young Naperville Singers from Naperville, Illinois.

The event on December 12th will also showcase performances from participants of various partnerships and programmes of Music Generation Clare.

Music Generation is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, The Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.

Admission: €20 for adults and €10 for under 18’s Leath/Leath Go See! ticket scheme. Tickets can be purchased directly through glór’s online booking system here


New Single from The Paul K Band | “Bright Side”

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Paul K BandThe Paul K Band have just released the title track from their upcoming EP, “Bright Side”.

Produced by David O’Regan and mastered by Pete Maher, “Bright Side” the single, is now available to stream on YouTube and Soundcloud. It follows the release of “Come Sailing”, the first track taken from the EP, last month.

The Paul K Band have in the past shared a stage with Deacon Blue, Duke Special, Imelda May and Arlo Guthrie.

You can keep up to date with the band on their Facebook page here.



IMRO at Other Voices 2015

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IOther Voices Dingle 2015f you’re lucky enough to be in Dingle this weekend, you will no doubt be enjoying the unique atmosphere that comes with the annual music gathering that is Other Voices. If you haven’t made it to Dingle this year, don’t fear – our guest writer, Tony Clayton-Lea, is on hand to bring you all the details – from the famous St James’ Church performances, to the growing Music Trail. From new sounds in the IMRO Other Room to Banter sessions and the newly created Ireland’s Edge. 

Day One

It’s the day, evening and night before Other Voices officially starts, and the mood in Dingle is so warm and cosy (even though it’s very, very chilly outside) that it’s like a Christmas movie right in front of your eyes. For those who have been here before, the vibe is well known. For those who are new to Other Voices (and this year, the event’s 13th, there are more people than ever experiencing it for the first time), the overall sense is that this is something they should have been coming to for years.

The atmosphere? It’s a bit like a reunion of emigrants that have come home for a family gathering: people that haven’t seen each for many months greet one another like long lost friends. The people you have kept in touch with by email or Twitter/Facebook are now right in front of you. Babies that winked at you last year from their carrycots are now taking their first steps. People that were single last year are now married. People change but not the work – in fact, the people involved work just as hard, if not harder, to get the event off the ground, onto television, and into the ether.

What has changed radically this year, however, is the profile of the Music Trail. A recent addition to Other Voices, the Music Trail (now in its third year) is overseen by Martin Byrne, a dab hand at sussing out music talent, and an even more experienced person at corralling that talent in a way that puts many other people at the same game in the ha’penny place. There was a time in the life of Other Voices when it might have seemed as if the event was an open door to music industry and media people and a closed shop to everyone else – you can only fit so many people into the beautiful but low capacity St James Church, after all. Over the past five years, however, what with live streaming of the church gigs in numerous pubs around the town, and the aforementioned Music Trail taking place in many venues, the reach of the event has really broadened out. On checking into my B&B accommodation on Thursday, I asked what the buzz around the town was like. There isn’t a room to be had, I was informed. The reason? The success of the Music Trail.

In other words, people are now coming to the town not just for the estimable gigs at St James Church. The amount of music acts playing the Music Trail has increased by 50 per cent in the short space of three years, and we won’t be surprised if it increases slightly further. What is amazing about the Music Trail, however, is the wealth of genuine talent on display. Today, for example, there are eleven acts performing in various venues from 5pm (Sorcha Ni Bhriain at Coach House) to after midnight Rusangano Family at An Chonair). Tomorrow (Saturday), the Music Trail commences at 1.30pm (Conor Walsh at The Lab) and over 20 music acts later finishes at 12.30am with New Jackson/Simon Bird at An Droichead Beag.

Life goes on, of course, but for many it seems as if the Other Voices event has an internal dynamic, an informal community, perhaps, of its own. It feels good, frankly. And it’s not just because cosy/comfy Christmas is a few weeks away, either – this is an event that justifiably feels good about itself, and because of that all but the obstinate or ungracious feel that way, too. What’s crucial to note, however is that the words ‘Other’ and ‘Voices’ are really just that. It might be seen by some as a brand, but if you parse the words that’s exactly what this event is about. New voices. Different ways of saying things. Original perspectives. You might not agree with all that’s being offered, but you can’t deny that it does exactly what it says on the biscuit tin. You’re looking for the usual suspects? Move on, ambulance chasers, there’s nothing for you here.

No, we’re more into the unusual suspects, and having a gander at what’s out there that doesn’t always stick to the tried and tested formulae. This year, for example, for the first time there is a conference element to Other Voices. Titled Ireland’s Edge, it’s part Think Tank and part showcase. On one hand you have chaired discussions about creativity, cultural remits and emigration, while on the other you have special music performances (specifically Shakey Graves and Richard Hawley) and interviews (specifically with musician Hawley, and with editor of The Observer, John Mulholland). We see Ireland’s Edge as being the beginning of a TedEx/SXSW-style strand to Other Voices, so it will be interesting to see how it develops in years to come. Also on the subject of talking, don’t forget Banter, a series of fireside chats in Foxy John’s pub, host by Irish Times writer Jim Carroll. Running on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, expect smart, provocative and insightful dialogue, as well as special guest music appearances.

Did we mention music? Yes, we did, and this is where IMRO gets involved. The organisation has been a willing supporter of Other Voices for many years, and tomorrow IMRO’s Other Room once again gets an opportunity to shine. Taking place at An Chonair, from 12.30pm, IMRO’s Other Room features Saint Sister, Talos, Hawk, Bitch Falcon, Gavin Glass and Saramai (the recent winner of the IMRO Other Room Open Call, and, just in the case you don’t know, the sister of Lost Brothers’ member Oisin Leech).

Until tomorrow’s blog posting (which will include a run through of what took place at Ireland’s Edge, a few Music Trail performances, and the St. James Church gigs), stay safe, stay warm, stay tuned!


IMRO Number 1 Award for Villagers’ Darling Arithmetic

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Villagers IMRO AwardConor O’Brien of Villagers popped into the IMRO office during the week to pick up an IMRO Number 1 Award in recognition of his third album, “Darling Arithmetic”, topping the Irish album charts earlier this year.

This is the third time Villagers have received the award. Previous albums, “Becoming a Jackal” and “{Awayland}”, also hit the top spot in the album charts upon release, with both albums going on to be nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and {Awayland} being announced as Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year in 2014.

It has been a busy few months for Conor. Having just returned from France and the “David Lynch Revisited” tour when we spoke with him, 2015 has also seen him support John Grant and Paul Weller across the US.

The IMRO Number 1 Award was introduced to acknowledge IMRO members who reach the top spot in the album charts here in Ireland or overseas.

Conor is pictured here with Victor Finn (IMRO Chief Executive) and Keith Johnson (IMRO Director of Marketing & Membership).

Villagers have just announced tour dates for early 2016. Check out for more details.


Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland | Peace Proms 2016 Series

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CBOI LogoThe Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI) was established in 1995 as a peace initiative and is composed of over 100 exceptionally talented young musicians from all over Ireland – north and south. Over the past 20 years, the CBOI has played an important role in building and nurturing vital cross border and cross community relations. IMRO are proud to announce sponsorship of the CBOI for the coming year.

The CBOI plays a unique blend of symphonic traditional and folk music, which evokes the rich heritage and culture of Ireland. This full symphony orchestra also incorporates traditional instruments, for example uilleann pipes and bagpipes. Its core message of universal peace remains central to its music and mission.

The orchestra was established by Sharon Treacy-Dunne with her vision of using music to bring troubled youths together, and now welcomes the active participation of 20,000 schoolchildren each year in their renowned Peace Proms concert series. Peace Proms is a choral education program which plays a vital role in enhancing music and arts education in Ireland and beyond.

For more information on the CBOI and the Peace Proms series for 2016 see

To purchase tickets for the 2016 Peace Proms visit 

2016 Peace Proms Concert Dates

Galway Peace Proms

Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st January 2016

Kingfisher Hall, Galway

Dublin Peace Proms

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th February 2016

RDS Arena, Dublin

Belfast Peace Proms

Sunday 28th February 2016

SSE Arena, Belfast

Kilkenny Peace Proms

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th March 2016

The Hub, Kilkenny



IMRO Emerging Stage Acts Announced for Temple Bar TradFest 2016

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Temple Bar TradFest will return to the streets and venues of Dublin this January showcasing the full spectrum of traditional and folk music. Once again, IMRO has partnered with Temple Bar TradFest to host a number of live performance and educational events at the festival.

This year sees the introduction of the IMRO Emerging Stage as part of the Front Row Sessions which take place at various locations in Temple Bar, Dublin throughout the festival. After a call for submissions in September which resulted in almost 200 submissions, three acts have been selected to perform on the IMRO Emerging Stage and support some of Ireland’s leading artists in traditional and folk music.


Thursday 28th January from 4:30pm | The Arlington Hotel, Temple Bar | Connla

ThursConnla Picday 28th January will see Northern Ireland five-piece, Connla, take the stage in support of The Dublin Legends at The Arlington Hotel, Temple Bar. Hailing from Armagh and Derry, their debut EP, released in April 2015, has been receiving rave reviews from home and internationally. Their sensitive and innovative arrangements of traditional and modern folk songs and tunes have earned them praise across the world folk community and the band are looking forward to releasing their first album early next year. 


Enda ReillyFriday 29th January from 4:30pm | Fitzsimons Hotel | Enda Reilly

On Friday 29th January, The Dublin Legends will be joined by Enda Reilly on the IMRO Emerging Stage in Fitzsimons, Temple Bar. A singer, guitarist and songwriter from Dublin, Enda’s projects include his New Songs in Irish album and his Climate Change Songs Workshops. Enda is a former winner of the Christie Hennessy Song Competition, Comórtas Amhráin Rónán Beo @3 and has represented Ireland with songs in minority language song competitions. Having performed with John Spillane, Kíla and Liam Ó Maonlaí in the past, Enda is currently working on recording his settings of WB Yeats’ poetry to music.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASunday 31st January from 2:30pm | The Old Storehouse, Crown Alley | The Living Stream 

Our final IMRO Emerging Stage slot will see The Living Stream perform alongside The Fureys in the The Old Storehouse, Crown Alley  on Sunday 31st January. A project created by Brian Kelly, the plan was to record a handful of tunes with a group of traditional Irish session musicians. As people turned up and plugged in, one by one, a spark was lit. Simple ideas quickly became full songs, and that handful of tunes began to feel and sound like an album that had to be made. Featuring protest songs, love songs, nostalgic songs and personal songs, the album is a forceful piece of work set for release in January.

We’ll be announcing the full IMRO events schedule at Temple Bar TradFest soon. For more on a range of events at Temple Bar Tradfest in 2016, see  


Atlas Prepare for 2016 Album Debut

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Atlas Duo‘Atlas’ is a brand new venture between Cillian King (Notify) and Cillian Doheny (Moxie). Having both become highly accomplished musicians through each of their musical projects, Atlas represents a new venture for the duo. The project has been brewing since 2009 but it is only now that time has allowed the pair to finally piece together the concept.

While specializing in ambient folk, a telling influence within the creative process is their desire to explore thematic duet music in all its forms.

In December the duet plan to record their debut album in an old restored church in Belfast where they will work with a highly skilled team of professionals. They will capture the recording by means of high quality audio and visuals and hope to release the album in early 2016. The pair are currently running a Kickstarter campaign in support of the release.

Going out in the world as an independent artist/act can be a daunting prospect and making an album is one of the toughest challenges that a musician faces. “We think that getting people behind us and supporting our idea not only gets us to our goal but it also involves the people in the process of the whole venture because without the support of people, it doesn’t work. We will be giving constant updates on the progress of our album throughout the campaign.”

For more on Atlas check out their Facebook page.



Greenshine Set for Mini Winter Tour

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GreenshineGreenshine, the musical trio of Mary Greene, Noel Shine and their daughter, Ellie, play An Spailpín Fánach, on South Main Street, Cork on Friday 27th November at 9:30pm.

Noel Shine and Mary Greene have long been an important element of the Cork Folk scene, releasing three critically acclaimed albums to date but the recent addition of their daughter Ellie to the mix has seen them go from strength to strength. The trio released their debut self-titled album a couple of years ago to see it included on RTÉ Radio One’s Recommended New Albums list, Irish Pick of the Day on Radio Kerry, Album of the Week on West Dublin Access Radio and Pick of the Week on KSMU Missouri (US National Public Radio). Since releasing the album they have toured extensively, playing many festivals up and down the country, most recently having the pleasure of launching this years Cork Folk Festival along with Cork songwriter Jimmy McCarthy. They went on to split the bill with British folk legend Martin Simpson.

Now they headline on Friday November 27 at An Spailpín Fánach. Very special guest on the night will be Holly Ní Ghráda on vocals and ukelele.

Greenshine are set to release a single “Sweet as honey heart” in the coming weeks to be followed by an album in the new year. Their recent folk club concert in Waterford caused Mick Hanly to comment on social media: “….A wonderful earthy approach and sound. Great stuff. Great songs. Great delivery.” While Christy Moore said of their CD: “This is a gorgeous album – the sound of a family immersed in music, tight in harmony, in love with song. Shine on Greenshine.”

On the songwriting front, two of Greenshine’s original songs can be heard in Carrie Crowley’s debut film “Waterway” which aired recently on RTE 2 while their adaptation of Irish Traditional song Thugamar Fein on Samhradh Linn featured to great effect in several Follain Preserves ad campaigns. Their set is a magical carpet ride through original songs, tunes, American songwriting and folk classics with modern material from the likes of Amy Winehouse and Kings of Leon done in their own inimitable style to show the songs in a new and original light.

Other upcoming dates include:
COURTNEY’S, Killarney, SAT 5 DEC 10pm
CROCANOIR, Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary, SAT 19 DEC Tickets 086 8907320
CONCERT FOR THE SIMON COMMUNITY, The Mills Inn, Ballyvourney, Cork, SUN 20 DEC 9pm (All Star Line Up!)
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