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BIO: Elephant is the musical vehicle of Dundalk based multi-instrumentalist Shane Clarke. Songs wander from an instantaneous summery folk pop reminiscent of Badly Drawn Boy and Elliot Smith, to more mature meandering pieces with a deliberate deconstructed nature, akin to say… Broken Social Scene, Justin Vernon or Joanna Newsom. Elephant has rightly garnered much praise on the live front with his earnest vocal delivery and unique lyrical style capturing audiences and securing him 2014 performances with Martha Wainwright, on the Other Voices trail in Dingle and 2015 performances at most of the country’s top festivals including Electric Picnic and Body & Soul. Shane, accompanied by his newly formed band, will be busy in 2016 performing a dynamic retelling of the debut album “HyperGiant” that can get a little louder than what Elephant listeners might be used to yet retaining the delicate nuances and intimacy of the solo set. Keep and eye out for dates in your area.

BIO: Shookrah are a 7-piece prog-soul outfit hailing from Cork, Ireland. This female fronted ensemble could be presumed as conforming to more traditional archetypes of neo-soul, but inflections of rock and dark, funky hip-hop give their sound a compelling new edge. Their EP ‘Implicit Content’ released last year stands as a prime example of this charged yet soulful sound.

BIO: After recording his debut EP with Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey/Anna Calvi) and Conor O’Brien of Villagers, Patrick O’Laoghaire aka I Have A Tribe, was then hand-picked to tour Europe with Anna Calvi, opened for Villagers’ Irish homecoming show and performed at Electric Picnic and CMJ in New York, gaining praise from the likes of NME, Pigeons & Planes and The Line Of Best Fit. Other gig highlights included The Great Escape festival, Reeperbahn Festival, and headlining The Button Factory in Dublin to stunning reviews. The title track of his debut EP ‘Yellow Raincoats’ was also recently remixed by the legendary remixer Frank Wiedemann (Ame, Howling). I Have A Tribe has just signed to Groenland Records and will be releasing his new EP ‘No Countries’ on December 4th 2015, followed by his debut album in Spring 2016.

BIO: Saramai is a singer-songwriter from Navan, Co. Meath. She has cut her teeth performing across the country opening for the likes of Duke Special, Fionn Regan, Jack L, The Lost Brothers and Declan O’Rourke. Chosen as one of Guinness Amplify’s emerging artists this year she played a showcase gig in Galway’s famous Roisin Dubh venue. Guinness Amplify also gifted her studio time in Attica Studios (SOAK, Villagers) where she recorded her debut EP which is set for release November 20th. She will be back in the studio soon to record her second EP for release in the Spring.

BIO: His first single A Darkness was featured by Nialler9, The Irish Times and Record of The Day UK on their prestigious blog. His next single Clap Both My Hands was previewed by Skream at Radio 1 and comes from his new album Non Fiction (due December 4th) which follows up his acclaimed Interview album. It was with that collection he found huge support at KCRW in Los Angeles, and has shared the stage live with De La Soul, Janelle Monae, Candi Staton and Chic, picking up a glowing testimonial from Nile Rodgers. Here’s an artist you can believe in and connect with. In a world where authenticity counts for so much, you’ll hear that Brian means and feels every word.


New single ‘Sandcastles’ from Kevin Herm Connolly

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County GalwayPhoto Kevin Herm Connolly lores native Kevin Herm Connolly has been writing, playing and recording music since the age of eight.

As a teenager, Kevin and his friends formed a band called Bliss. They covered Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins and wrote their own songs about school and mass. While attending university in Dublin, he joined his brother’s alt-country band El Diablo, playing bass guitar and piano. They released two albums on Catchy Go Go Records in the early noughties and toured in Ireland and the USA.

‘Monsters’, the first collection of Kevin’s own songs, was released in 2009 under the name Herm. The single ‘Year of the Horse’, a duet featuring Nina Hynes, received an honourable mention in the International Song Competition, whose judges include Tom Waits, Ray Davies and Robert Smith.

In 2010, Kevin and his friend Paul Clancy began performing as a duo under the name Clancy. They recorded an album together called ‘Road to the Heart’. Sadly, Paul passed away shortly after its completion. The album was released posthumously and the Irish Independent described it as “an accomplished, meditative collection…moving and beautiful”. Four more songs that the pair had been working on were released as the Clancy EP in 2011.

Kevin has been spent much of this year touring with the Spanish musician Su Garrido Pombo. The pair first teamed up for some concerts around Vigo (Spain) in May and then toured Ireland during the summer before embarking on a wider tour of the Spanish region of Galicia in October. More shows are planned for next year. A video of footage from that first tour, set to ‘Sandcastles’, can be seen on Youtube clip below.

‘Sandcastles’ is the second single to be released from Kevin’s upcoming solo album, ‘Make It Up’. The track, like preceding single ‘Shotgun’, reveals a development in Kevin’s song-writing from the quirky and edgy indie pop of his debut to a more reflective and organic approach. It can be downloaded from and is also available on iTunes, Spotify, etc. Kevin is currently in Peru, where he will be gigging in Lima and Mancora.

The song was written upon returning from a sunny summer weekend on Achill Island off the west coast of Ireland. The lyrics are a reminder to try and focus on the things that make life worthwhile; to smell the roses, as they say.

You can follow Kevin on Facebook and Twitter


Circuits of Heaven – Out of Air – Out Now

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“You don’t get far if you don’t get deep”circuits

‘Out of Air’, the debut song by lo-fi indie outfit Circuits of Heaven, is released as a free download on September 17th via Inner Chapter Records.

The clue is in the name; Circuits of Heaven fblend angelic, stripped down acoustic and vocal harmonies with refined electronic accompaniment, fusing the synthetic and the organic.

Out of Air and its accompanying video serve as a primer for Circuits’ debut EP, ‘In the Time of Decay’ to be released and toured late 2015.

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“The Hills Above the Valley” album from Bat Kinane, released on November 23rd

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BatKinaneAlbumSome years ago historian, poet and writer Mattie Lennon was producing a DVD “Sunrise on the Wicklow Hills” and it was a struggle to get fourteen or fifteen Wicklow songs. It would appear that there was a dearth of songwriters in the Garden County. All that has changed Wicklow singer/songwriter Barry “Bat” Kinane is bringing out an album, “The Hills above the Valley.” The release coincides with the 75th anniversary of the flooding of the Liffey Valley and the formation of the Blessington lakes. All ten are Wicklow songs which, in the true ballad tradition, tell tales of love, hardship, tragedy, hope and humour.


IMRO announces partnership with LiiLT

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IMRO is proud to announce a partnership with LiiLT, the global professional network for electronic music. liilt promo

Recently launched in beta, provides free access to worldwide jobs and courses as well as enabling all users to network with other professionals, companies and colleges within the industry.  LiiLT also provide recruitment, web development, conferencing and other offline services. They are partnered by the likes of VIACOM / Vh1, Ministry of Sound, Beatport, Rio Music Conference, Point Blank, SAE Institute and many more.

As part of the LiiLT and IMRO deal, all IMRO members will receive 1 year PRO Membership on completely free (normal price €99). To avail of this offer, simply visit this link: and enter your registration details. It is that simple!


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.



You Raise Me Up – The Songs and Stories of Brendan Graham

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Comes To Newbridge  on Thursday 26 November!

What will undoubtedly be one of  the concerts of the year, You Raise Me Up  – The Songs and Stories of facebook image you raise me upBrendan Graham, Starring Brendan, Eimear Quinn (The Voice) , Cathy Jordan (Dervish), Feargal Murray, renowned musical arranger and pianist, and very special guests, The Newbridge College Choir and Musicians, debuts in St Eustace’s Dominican Chapel, Newbridge College,  on Thursday 26 of November.

With over 1,000 recordings in 40 languages and 1 billion online views, You Raise Me Up has been called ‘The song of the 21st Century’ and is one of the most successful songs ever written.

Renowned world-wide for both the spiritual and historical dimensions to his work, in this intimate evening at St Eustace church in the Dominican College Newbridge, past pupil and best-selling author, Brendan Graham, will tell the stories behind some of his best known songs – You Raise Me Up, Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids, The Voice, Isle of Hope, Isle of Tears, Winter, Fire & Snow etc; songs that have travelled from behind the half door of his home in the  Mayo mountains to New York’s Radio City, Sydney’s Opera House, London’s Albert Hall and been performed for Presidents, Princes and Popes and at Super Bowl, Olympic Games and the Nobel Peace Prize. Brendan’s songs have now exceeded a staggering 100,000,000 (100 million) sales, worldwide!

Interspersed with his songs and the inspiration behind them will be some of Brendan Graham’s best-loved pieces from RTE’s Sunday Miscellany.

His songs will be performed by two of Ireland’s most distinctive voices, Eimear Quinn and Cathy Jordan, with the subtle wizardry of Feargal Murray on piano, and guests the Newbridge College Choir and Musicians.

In what promises to be a memorable occasion in the atmospheric surroundings of St Eustace’s Dominican Chapel, join Brendan and his guests for a reflective and engaging evening of song and the spoken word.

The perfect evening to launch The Festive Season!

The Gala Concert is in aid of The Irish Cancer Society and St. Brigid’s Hospice, Kildare.

Tickets at €25 are now on sale at Newbridge College – Enquiries Office 045 487 200; at Riverbank Arts Centre  and on

You can also call in to The Riverbank arts Centre and purchase for cash!

Brendan Graham – ”Musical Midas’ (Irish Times); ”Touched by Genius.” (Con Houlihan, Evening Herald); ”One of the most in-demand songwriters in the world.” (Hot Press).

Eimear Quinn –  “A beautiful young woman with a cherub’s voice that floats in an ethereal cloud of its own making.” (Sunday Independent).

Cathy Jordan –   ”One of Ireland’s greatest singers and musicians, ever.” (Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2).

Feargal Murray on piano – ”A marvellously sensitive pianist.” (UK Times)


Patrick Freeman set for debut Cherry Blossom Fall album release

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patrickfreemanPatrick Freeman’s debut album Cherry Blossom Fall is released this month with the album launch taking place in the Bello Bar, Dublin on November 20th. Recorded in O Emperor’s Big Skin HQ, Cork with some of Ireland’s finest, the album is an eclectic but cohesive vision that takes liberally and joyfully from rock, pop, country, folk, jazz and psychedelia.


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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