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NoCrows Set to Launch Fourth Album | “Waiting for the Tide”

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NoCrows“Waiting for the Tide”, NoCrows’ fourth album, launches this Saturday, 24th May at The Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo. The first release since 2010’s “NoCrows on the Moon”, “Waiting for the Tide” came together on two trips to Sligo’s Coney Island.

The band’s line up has expanded to six in the past year: Sligo singer songwriter Ray Coen is the newest member. Likewise, violinist & composer Oleg Ponomarev, of Loyko, Yurodny and Koshka fame, has toured and recorded as a guest of NoCrows for some years now. Ponomarev’s Eastern European Gypsy influence in the group has grown over time and this recording features two of his compositions as well as original material from his five bandmates. Coen and Ponomarev add their own creative force to an already swirling melting pot of musical styles and cultures, driven by Swiss cellist/mandolinist Anna Houston, Carbonell’s manouche guitar stylings and bassist Eddie Lee’s driving lines. Waterboys fiddler and longtime Sligo resident, Steve Wickham, is a founder member of the ensemble and he makes a particularly poignant vocal tribute to his beloved Sligo’s beauty on his song “Rainbow over Sligo”.  It is truly a Sligo album, written and recorded in Sligo, inspired by the place, its people and its beauty.

NoCrows are:

Anna Houston: mandolin, cello, dulcitone & vocals

Steve Wickham: fiddle, guitar, mandolin & vocals

Oleg Ponomarev: fiddle

Ray Coen: guitar, fiddle & vocals

Felip Carbonell: guitar & vocals

Eddie Lee: double bass, flute & percussion

Having spent nine years together, No Crows have had performances at some of Europe’s top festivals, including Glastonbury and Dranouter.

“Waiting for the Tide” will be officially launched at The Hawkswell Theatre, Sligo this Saturday, 24th May. Doors at 8pm | Tickets €18/€15.

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Johnny Rayge Set to Launch Debut Album “Vigil”

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Johnny Rayge1Following on from the successful launch of his single “Not Without You” in March, Johnny Rayge will release his debut album “Vigil” in The Button Factory on Friday, June 13th. Doors open at 8pm and tickets are €10

After years pursuing rock-and-roll grooves with his former band ITO, Johnny decided to take a more meditative approach in recording this album. The result is a collection of contemplative songs as complex as they are catchy, incorporating intricate harmonies and epic choruses to create songs that are “as dramatic as they are musical” (Independent Music Review Ireland)

Johnny says “it’s just about being honest with myself, living everyday like it’s the last and loving every moment of it. It sounds cheesy but it’s not about arriving, it’s all about getting there; the relationships you build, the songs you sing; there’s a lot of love and loss, and we all go through it. This is just my way of dealing with it. I hope that this album, which is just honest, and these songs, will connect with some people and say to them what they say to me”

The album is being launched alongside a busy summer for Johnny. As well as having several festival dates already lined up (including Glastonbury, Electric Picnic and Body & Soul) Johnny has recently been selected to be in the final 33 of the Hot Press “The Big Break” competition.

Johnny has been a mainstay of the Dublin music scene since his previous band ITO first broke into the Irish music charts in 2006 with “Higher Than The Sun” but this album marks Johnny’s first major release in seven years. The first single from the album, “Not Without You”, has already received airplay on a number of radio stations, including 103.2 Dublin City FM and NEAR FM.

On Friday, June 13th, Johnny will play the entire album live backed by an array of Dublin’s finest musicians including Jebediah Funkfield, Chris O’Sullivan, Abel Benito, Noemie Chivas Baron and Sascha Herndl.

Support on the night will be provided by The Glasshouse Boys.

Johnny Rayge Debut Album Launch “Vigil”

The Button Factory, Temple Bar

Friday 13th June

Doors – 8pm

Tickets – €10 (Includes free download of the single ‘One more for the road’)

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Music Gateway Launch Killer New Design Features

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Music-Gateway-Launches-24thNew music start up, Music Gateway, has just launched a brand new design along with feature improvements to their unique business platform which helps connect music professionals worldwide. The design overhaul has been driven by customer feedback and data and covers the aesthetics of the site as well as its core functionality.

New features include the opportunity to add music whilst pitching for project work, simplified project creation tools and full Soundcloud integration.

The platform now allows users the ability to rearrange audio tracks, easily edit track names and play music through the redesigned music player, saving time and creating a better workflow. The new centralised mail and notifications system enables users to specifically see unread messages within any area of the site and archives old messages when projects are completed. The direct and easy navigation breaks down the messages into workspace and projects, creating an effective timesaving tool. Overall, the platform has become much more streamlined and easy to navigate by primarily focusing on improving the users’ experience.

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Ian O’Doherty showcases new sound with ‘Woven’

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Following on from his debut EP released in 2013, Ian O’Doherty returns with “Woven” a single which introduces a new sound from the Kerryman. 

This latest offering released on indie label Fat of the Land Records represents a very deliberate and pronounced change of direction for O’Doherty. Production duties were shared with O Emperor’s Brendan Fennessy who also plays drums on the track and it was recorded at the band’s Cork based “DIY” Big Skin Studios.

Getting a little bit outside the comfort zone suits O’Doherty as his layered vocals pour over old school synths and syncopated guitars, all pinned down by Fennessy’s frantic drum pattern.

‘Woven’ is due for online release Friday May 16th with limited physical copies available for order from

The official video for the song was announced today and can be found underneath the tour dates below.

Ian will be performing a number of shows to celebrate the release of ‘Woven’. See below for dates:

Sunday May 18th – The Grand Social, Dublin

Monday May 19th – Whelan’s, Dublin

Tuesday May 20th – Doyle’s (Ruby Sessions), Dublin*

Wednesday May 28th – The Cellar (Citóg), Eglington Street, Galway

* Free entry except Ruby Session with €6.00 entry going to the Simon Community

You can follow Ian on FacebookTwitter or his official site.


Irish composer excels at International Songwriting Competition

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Niamh Castlepalooza (2)Niamh Murphy (aka Foxglove) has proven herself to have a notable stage presence, having taken third place in the Performance category at this year’s International Songwriting Competition. With over 20,000 entries from almost 120 countries there was no shortage of talent to choose from but it was the Cork-based artist who turned the judges’ heads and scooped the bronze. Past category winners include Gotye, The Band Perry, Amanda Palmer, Passenger, Andrew Bird and many more.

A wealth of industry knowledge was on hand to select the cream of this year’s crop with judges including Tom Waits, Susanne Vega, Robert Smith and Bernie Taupin in a stellar list along with other notable composers and artists as well as record label presidents and other industry leaders.

Niamh’s song ‘Shields of Fire’ was selected as one of the top submissions in her category. She posted this personal message about the win:

” I’m absolutely thrilled with this result! To think that there were so many entries and my song ‘Shields of Fire’ was chosen to come third in the performance category is just great. Writing songs is a wonderful thing to be doing and very enjoyable; and I can’t seem to stop doing it! Nods of approval like these are very appreciated and encouraging!”

You can follow Niamh/Foxglove online at her Facebook, Soundcloud and Breaking Tunes accounts.

There is currently an open call for submissions to the International Songwriting Competition 2014. Should you wish to follow in Niamh’s footsteps, you can enter here.


Cycle Against Suicide host gig in the Button Factory

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the_button_factory_dublin_logo_34696With all registered cyclists for Cycle Against Suicide arriving back in Dublin on Sunday May 11th the after-party gets into full swing at the Button Factory where a host of musical acts will celebrate the achievement of all those who took part in the campaign. Performances on the night will include Dublin Gospel Choir, Red Empire, Ryan O’Shaugnessy, TAKEN and more.

Tickets can be pre-booked by emailing and are priced at €5 for registered cyclists and €10 for supporters.

The event page for the gig can be found on Facebook.


Dem Fools kick off Dublin tour

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Italy BANNER IRISH LEGAfter performing six shows across northern Italy supporting Rumor, Dem Fools are ready to bring a little piece of Lago di Maggiore back to Dublin. As part of the headline-swap premise for this tour all performances will see Rumor supporting the group on as they show their Italian brethren some of the venues the capital has to offer.

You can keep up with Dem Fools’ comings and goings on Facebook and Twitter.

Dem Fools Dublin tour kicks off tonight in The Mercantile. The full tour schedule is listed below:

May 6th – The Mercantile, Dublin

May 7th – The Zodiac Sessions

May 8th – The Gypsy Rose (with Crafty Fuzz)

May 9th – Ollies Place in Skerries

May 10th – The Michael Collins in rush


O Emperor Announce Summer Tour Schedule

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O EmperorPicture: Miki BarlokFor many Irish acts this summer sees a bumper edition of touring taking place all over the country. Waterford five-piece O Emperor are no exception, taking to the stage to support Kasabian on their Irish tour as well as playing a smattering of homegrown festivals. The group will be touring works from their debut ‘Hither Thither’ and follow-up ‘Vitreous’, both Meteor Choice Music Prize nominated albums.

Keep up to date with O Emperor through the bands’ Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Ticket links can be found through the band’s website here.

Current tour schedule:

May 14th  – Supporting Kasabian (Cork Opera House)

May 16th – Supporting Kasabian (The Big Top, Limerick)

May 17th – Supporting Kasabian (Seapoint, Galway)

May 18th – Supporting Kasabian (Nerve Centre, Derry)

June 12th – Rocky Mountain Festival (Kilfinane, Limerick)

July 4th – Daytripper Festival (Bolton Street, Waterford)

July 5th – Light Colour Sound Festival (Shankill Castle, Kilkenny)

July 19th – Longitude Festival (Marlay Park, Dublin)

August 1st – Castlepalooza Festival (Charleville Castle, Tullamore, Offaly)


Brendan Graham to Feature on RTÉ Radio 1 Documentary this Monday

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Brendan GrahamHit songwriter, Brendan Graham, will be the feature of a special documentary, “Fumbling for the Light – The Songs of Brendan Graham”, set to be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 this coming Monday, 5th May at 2pm. The show will be broadcast in advance of Brendan’s upcoming “Songwriting in Focus” session at IMRO on Saturday 17th May.

Brendan Graham is one of Ireland’s most successful songwriters, having written two winning Eurovison entries for Ireland (Rock N Roll Kids and The Voice) as well as one of the most successful songs in the history of popular music, You Raise Me Up, which to date has been recorded over 800 times in 40 languages.

Details of Brendan’s “Songwriting in Focus” session at IMRO are available at our Events page here:



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Ghost Estates have released their latest offering “In Your Dreams”, the first single from their upcoming (currently untitled) sophomore album. The track premiered on Nialler9‘s home page and can be digitally downloaded from the group’s Bandcamp hub.

To promote the new single on the 22nd of May the new line-up will play their first headlining show of 2014, performing on Whelans‘ main stage.

Ghost Estates’ upcoming tour dates are as follows:

16th May – Galway IE – Roisin Dubh

22nd May – Dublin IE – Whelans

31st May – Cork IE – Crane Lane Theatre

3rd Aug   – Offally IE – Castlepalooza

You can keep up with Ghost Estates on Facebook and Twitter