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Irish Composer Nominated for ASCAP Film Score of the Year

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Patrick CassidyIrish composer, Patrick Cassidy, has been nominated by ASCAP for Film Score of the Year for his original score for “Calvary”. The ASCAP Composers’ Choice Awards give their members an opportunity to honour their peers in the film, TV and video game music world. The winners will be revealed at the ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards on March 9th.

Speaking from his home in Los Angeles this week, Patrick said: “I am delighted that ASCAP has nominated Calvary in the Film Score of the Year Category. Composers’ Choice nominees are hand-picked by a select group of composers, film and TV industry leaders, so it’s a great honour to be have been chosen by other music professionals for such a prestigious nomination.”

The Calvary score has also received a nomination for a Cue Award, the official awards of in the category of Best Dramatic Score. The score was previously nominated for the Discovery of the Year Award at the 14th World Soundtrack Awards.

Cassidy has composed the music and worked on the soundtrack for numerous films including ‘Hannibal’, ‘Veronica Guerin’, ‘King Arthur’, ‘Layer Cake’ and ‘Kingdom of Heaven’.

The nominees for 2014 FILM SCORE OF THE YEAR are:

Patrick Cassidy – Calvary

Jóhann Jóhannsson – The Theory of Everything 

Mica Levi – Under the Skin

Gary Yershon – Mr. Turner

Hans Zimmer – Interstellar


Twelve Songs in the Running for Pan Celtic National Song Contest 2015

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Pan Cheilteach Amhrán  Náisiúnta 2015 postaer A3 jpegTwelve songs will go head to head in the Pan Celtic National Song Contest 2015 which will be held in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow on Saturday, 7 March at 8pm.

Sponsored by IMRO in association with Gael Linn and Glór Cheatharlach, the composer of the winning song will receive a cash prize of €1,000 and the song will go forward to represent Ireland at the Pan Celtic International Song Contest to be held in Derry in April.

The twelve finalists are:

Sharon Ní Chuilbin – “Tá Dóchas Ann”

Helena Byrne – “Is Tú Grá”

Pádraig Mac Domhnaill – “Oíche na Gaoithe”

Brighdín Carr – “Árainn Mhór”

Marcus Mac Conghail – “Is Cuma sa tSioc”

Eilín Ní Bheaglaoich – “Deoraí”

Tiarnán Ó Sé – “€50,000,000,000″

Bríd Ní Chionnaith & Róisín Nic an Starraí – “Imithe”

Colette Nic Aodha – “Oileán”

Damian Mac Gabhann & Aidan Cranny – “Imigh a Dhamhsóir”

Enda Reilly & Séamus Barra Ó Súilleabháin – “Go Beo go Deo na nDeo”

Lorna, Laine, Eoghan, Evelyn & Kiarán Ó Maoileáin – “Anseo”

The judging panel will be made up of Seá Ó Sé, Liam Lawton and Pádraigín Caesar.

All are welcome. Tickets @  €10.

Enquiries to 087 2857048, 059 9158105 or


“That’s What You Get” | New Single from The Flaws

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The FlawsThe Flaws are back with an infectiously catchy new single, “That’s What You Get”. The video is currently being premiered over on and the single is set for release on 5th March.

The single launch will take place on the same night in Whelan’s, Dublin with support on the night from Acrobat and Elephant.

If you can’t catch The Flaws at Whelans, they will be playing The Spirit Store, Dundalk on the 27th March, IMRO Live Venue of the Year Dolan’s of Limerick on 24th April and Vantastival on 2nd May.

The Flaws – That’s What You Get Official Music Video on MUZU.TV.


Liz Madden Returns with “Legacy”

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Liz-Madden---LegacyIrish singer/songwriter/producer Liz Madden has just launched her brand new album, “Legacy”. The album comes seven years after Liz’s first solo album, “Going Home”, and is a collaboration with Irish guitarist and producer, Fionán De Barra.

“Legacy” was recorded in New Mexico and Philadelphia and was produced by Liz and Fionán. The album features guest artists Joanie Madden of Cherish the Ladies and Eamonn De Barra of Slide. Original tracks “Mockingbird” by Liz and Fionán and “White Willow”, co-written with Katie Carpenter of Jezzebelle, feature on the album.

The album is uniquely produced and was mixed to include Irish language chants with the English vocals and heralds a new sound in the Celtic-Folk genre. The album was mixed by Fionán de Barra and mastered by Lou Judson. “Legacy” will be released on March 3rd by Valley Entertainment NY.

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Malojian Set to Return with Second Album “Southlands”

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Communion Girls Cat MalojianBelfast based wordsmith, Malojian, has just announced the release of his new album ‘Southlands’, due to be available on May 18th. ‘Communion Girls’, the first single from the album, is out on 16th March and gives a little taste of what you can expect from this release.

Stevie Scullion (Malojian) said, “I didn’t really intend to start another album so soon after my debut, The Deer’s Cry. I had been writing a lot of new songs and wanted to demo them, so I asked Michael Mormecha (drums) if he fancied helping out. We started with Communion Girls at Mikey’s studio (Millbank). I knew straight away that I wanted to record the whole album there.

Millbank itself is really interesting. There’s a lot of history about the place. It’s still a working farm so there’d be all sorts of stuff going on that you wouldn’t get in a conventional recording studio. The whole process and environment kept making me think of Dylan and The Band at Big Pink. Very chilled out & a lot of fun. Rural and real.

We recorded loads of stuff, always trying to capture a live performance as the foundation and then building from there. We actually had an album after 10 days, however things started to take off a bit with The Deer’s Cry so suddenly we were touring more than usual – and Southlands got put on hold.
Every time we came back to finish it, I had new songs – I was dealing with a lot of personal stuff (illness, death, the birth of my son) – and I think it’s all there in the songs. What I’ve ended up with sounds like a proper band record – rather than just a singer songwriter with some session guys.
The album was mixed at the end of 2014, in a small cottage overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, in a remote part of County Donegal. No phones. No internet. Just peace and quiet and nature. It felt like the perfect way to wrap up the album.”

Keep an eye on Malojian’s website for tour details soon to be announced.


New EP from Track Dogs Before Upcoming Irish Tour

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Track-Dogs-Four-Legged-Tour-Poster-bleed-3mm-A3-2015Track Dogs have just released a new EP, “All Roads”, featuring a radio edit and live acoustic version of the song “Forever You’ll Be”.

The EP also features the band’s original take on the Faces classic “Ooh La La” and a full string version of album favourite “Early Late”. The EP is the band’s first release in 2015 and will be followed by new material in the lead up to the Madrid-based four-piece’s third album due in the Autumn.

You can listen to the full EP on the band’s Soundcloud page here

Catch Track Dogs live at the following venues in March:

26th March – Crane Lane, Cork

27th March – Harbour Bar, Bray

28th March – Tally Ho, Longford

29th March – Kytelers, Kilkenny



New Release from M-Opus Keeps 70’s Prog Rock Alive

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Jonathan CaseyHaving worked as a successful composer for orchestras, Jonathan Casey’s music has had performances all over the US, China, Australia, Bulgaria, France, the UK and on TV and film. But his first love was synthesizers and the symphonic, progressive rock of the 1970s.

Teaming up with guitarist Colin Sullivan, the duo started M-Opus; a band that makes new music that remains true to a vintage, 70s style. Their debut album, ‘1975 Triptych’ had just been released and is available from CDBaby , iTunes  and Amazon .

Each of their albums will represent a specific year in the past and reflect the sound of that time.

Their 4-piece live line-up will take the music out on the road this Spring.

For more see or follow M-Opus on Facebook and Twitter. Check out their album teaser below.


100% Irish Wants to Hear Your Music

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Tracey Hanby Dundalk FMDundalk FM “100% Irish” host, Tracey Hanby, is currently seeking submissions from Irish artists.

The show, which showcases Irish artists in all genres, features a national chart with tracks by Irish artists featured on the IRMA, iTunes, Spotify and Shazam charts.

Other featured slots are Gigs Irelands, #PlayIrish and Dundalk FM Listeners choice.

Tracey is looking for submissions from artists for the Gigs Ireland, #PlayIrish and One to Watch features, as well as interview slots with Irish artists, particularly those gigging in the Dundalk area.

Submissions can be made to Tracey at


The Socio-Economic Contribution of Music to the Irish Economy

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Report Highlights the Socio Economic Opportunities of Developing Ireland’s Music Industry

Wednesday, 18th February 2015 – There are significant job creation, export, commercial and educational opportunities to be opened up for Ireland’s indigenous music industry if the right support structures can be put in place. This is according to a new report produced by Deloitte and commissioned by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) on behalf of the Irish music industry. The Socio-Economic Contribution of Music to the Irish Economy highlights the considerable opportunities for Ireland’s vibrant music sector and sets out a number of recommendations to maximise the contribution of music in Ireland in the short, medium and long term. The report was launched by Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys TD and Irish singer-songwriters Brian Kennedy and Luan Parle.

Based on sectoral analysis, the survey found that the Irish music industry contributes over €470 million to the economy and supports more than 11,510 jobs in Ireland – 9,030 direct, 2,480 indirect. In addition, while digital sales in Ireland have grown significantly, latest figures show that in the four years to 2012, recorded music sales fell by almost €40 million from €72 million to €33 million per annum

A survey of IMRO members and consultations with key music industry representatives – including artists and labels, publishers, songwriters, management companies, retail and broadcast personnel – highlighted a number of concerns relating to finance, market access, intellectual property, education and training and collaboration. To that end, the report outlines a number of recommendations, including:

  • The establishment of a Music Industry Taskforce, with representatives from Government, the business community and industry to help reinvigorate the sector and encourage collaboration;
  • Appointing an IP ‘Tsar’ to consider the impact of IP and copyright legislation and enforcement in both the music and technology industries;
  • The development of advanced training courses for music professionals to focus on ‘business of music’ education, particularly for early career musicians;
  • Establishing a Music Office – Music Ireland – to act as a focal point for the music industry, similar to the Irish Film Board. This office would provide assistance to individuals in the music sector and those looking to enter new overseas markets; Greater collaboration between the music, tourism, gaming and technology sectors;
  • Greater support for musicians, many of whom are self-employed, in accessing finance and ensuring that fiscal supports are effective and appropriately structured.

Commenting on the report, Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys TD said, “This report highlights the huge contribution the music industry makes to our economy. Ireland’s rich musical heritage is a very important element of our image on the international stage and it acts as a major draw for tourists. I look forward to working further with the music industry as my Department develops our first even national cultural policy;  Culture 2025. I am very keen to get the views and input of the music industry and stakeholders across the arts. I intend to publish a Culture 2025 Discussion Paper shortly, which will be an important step in opening up the debate around how we should shape the future of the arts in Ireland – including music.”

Keith Donald, Chair of IMRO said, “We are at an exciting juncture for Irish music and now is the time to Live and loud!ascertain how we can support, grow and reinvigorate the industry. The sector delivers significantly for Irish society and the economy, maintaining and creating thousands of jobs. Collaboration amongst Government, industry and music creators themselves will help the sector to adapt to new challenges, grasp new opportunities and help it to reach its full potential.”

Victor Finn, CEO of IMRO said, “If we are to maintain and increase participation in Irish music, it is important that Government, the business community and industry work together to recast perceptions of music as a career and to ensure that the right supports and structures are in place to assist musicians, help them to realise their potential and access markets in Ireland and overseas. In addition, we are calling for greater collaboration between the music industry and the tourism, film, technology and gaming sectors to create new opportunities for growth. The economic and social dividend for Ireland will be significant.”

Singer-songwriter Brian Kennedy said, “As a working musician and performer for the last 25 years it is incredibly important to stand by IMRO on these vitally important issues that affect the entire music industry.  Being a music creator is an actual proper job and this should be recognised, rewarded and assisted through all possible channels.  It is important to put in place resources that remunerate creation from its inception by supporting songwriters and composers’ basic investment, without which no works could ever come into existence. Music creators play an enormous role in society and never more so as we work our way through challenging economic times.”

Singer-songwriter Luan Parle added “I greatly welcome the announcement of this important report today as it paints a realistic picture of how our industry operates and hopefully it will lead to a better understanding of what investments, collaborations and regulatory environment is needed to help our industry grow in the months and years ahead.”


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