Irish folk and blues troubadour, Marc O’Reilly, has just been signed on a worldwide publishing and neighbouring rights deal with Fintage Music International. The Netherlands-based publishing company represent an extensive list of international artists and Grammy Award winners including Jason Mraz, Tori Amos and Jack Savoretti.
Marc O’Reilly has self released two albums to date, ‘Human Herdings’ and ‘My Friend Marx’ and has toured extensively over the past few years. He will now be jointly managed between JawdropperManagement in Ireland and Red Light Management in the US, who also look after artists like Alabama Shakes, Dave Matthews Band and Kaiser Chiefs.
Rocket, the lead single from JUPE offers an explosion of modern pop, ensuring its place in the UK arena this year.
Following chart-topping success on home soil, the 5-piece band are setting the music scene on fire with their once in a lifetime sound and their mesmerising live shows which is carving their name into the global music scene.
Hozier returns to Belfast on Monday August 24th to headline BELSONIC at Custom House Square. The Irish singer, songwriter & multi instrumentalist shot to international success in 2014 following the release of Grammy nominated single “Take Me To Church”, which was a number one single in 12 countries. This rare Irish headline show will be a relatively intimate one for one of the most in-demand live acts of the moment. His intense 2015 summer concert schedule includes festivals across Europe, USA & Australia, as well as a coveted headline slot at Dublin’s Longitude festival in Marlay Park.
An Taobh Tuathail Vol 7 is the latest collection of underground music from the radio programme of the same name presented by Cian Ó Cíobháin on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. It can be downloaded for free from www.rte.ie/rnag/att7 from today, 20 July, for 4 months.
An Taobh Tuathail aims to bring listeners the very best in new underground music, and Cian Ó Cíobháin has made it his life’s mission to seek out and broadcast music that is consistently overlooked by other stations, and bring it to his loyal listeners.
My Beautiful, a song written by Wexford duo John Kinsella and Fergal O’Byrne was released by emerging star George Hutton in Dublin last week and went straight to Number 1 in the Irish and UK iTunes Easy Listening Charts. George Hutton has just finished starring in RTE’s Exiles: Vancouver show and was a massive hit with audiences. George is set for a stellar singing career and his voice has previously been heard in internationally renown Anúna and his has performed with Hozier and Glen Hansard.
Attending recording sessions with Earth, Wind & Fire…..tracking vocals in LA with producer, G1 (R Kelly, Snoop Dogg) and engineer, Tommy D Daugherty (Death Row Records, 2Pac)…..collaborating with Michael Jackson’s long-time bassist – just a snapshot of 2014 for White Boys, hailing from Cork, Ireland.
And the boys have already hit 2015 hard with their track ‘Family Values’ – a funk remix taking sound bites from a recent Vincent Brown debate, which has gone viral – being picked up by Joe.ie, Entertainment.ie, The Rubber Bandits, Panti Bliss as well as 2FM, Today FM, 98FM and Red FM in Cork.
The 12th Sound and Music Conference and Summerschool, SMC15, will take place from July 26– August 1st Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, Ireland. The event will comprise a series of workshops during the Summer School, Paper and Poster presentation during the conference Technical Programme and evening Concerts.
The Summer School will run over four days, July 26-29, and comprises workshops from Ardmore Studios on Foley Sounds, a workshop on modern digital studio mastering techniques by MSB Mastering, Ireland, Sound Texture Synthesis(Dr. Sean O’Leary, IRCAM), Parallel computing and GPUs for audio processing (Prof. John Ffitch, University of Bath). There will also be an industry talk on GPU by Movidius, a workshop on FPGA Technology and Audio by Xilinx and a DIY fuzz-guitar workshop by MAKER.IE. Stephen Howell of Microsoft Ireland will present a workshop on Kinect programming.
Three renowned keynote speakers will begin each day of the technical program: Prof. Barry Truax (Simon Frasier University, Vancouver, Canada) will speak about microsound and composition. Dr. Derry Fitzgerald (Nimbus Centre, CIT) will talk about source separation algorithms, and Dr. Stefan Bilbao (University of Edinburgh) will explain physical modelling synthesis. Each day will consist of multiple paper and poster presentations in areas from Interactive Performance Systems to Multimodality in Sound and music Computing to Auditory Displays and Data Sonification. A full program of the summerschool and conference can be found at http://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/smc15/index.php.
If you’ve seen Girl Band live, you understand. If you’ve heard ‘The Early Years’ EP or one of their early, handmade releases – or perhaps if you’ve seen the not-for-the-squeamish video for their eight-minute cover of Blawan’s “Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage,” you’ve got a sense.
Holding Hands With Jamie, Girl Band’s debut album, comes a few years into their tenure; a few years after their first tour; nine days crammed into a Fiat Panda; a few years of stamping 7” sleeves to sell at merch tables and mail-order; a few years of writing songs and touring and developing a live ferocity unmatched by nearly anyone. Recorded in April 2015, two days after returning home from their first-ever US tour, the nine tracks making up Holding Hands with Jamie capture, more than any previous recordings, the tension and abrasive energy of a Girl Band performance.
Bantry songwriter, Pa Curran, is set to release his debut album, “Poor Man’s Clothes”, next month. The album was written and recorded at Ocean Studios in West Cork with producer, Wayne Sheehy, and is set for release in July.
Pa has just completed a successful Fund-It campaign to contribute to putting the finishing touches on the album. The lead single, “Poor Man’s Clothes”, tells the story of valuing people over possessions, a theme that resonates throughout the album. Pa’s first single, “Unintentional Hero”, was a bittersweet success for him last year when it went straight to Number 1 in the iTunes chart, putting Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” at Number 2. The single was a dedication to Pa’s close friend and fellow musician, Taidhg Burke Neff, who died tragically in 2013 and donated his organs to save the lives of seven people.
Having supported Declan O’Rourke, Ian O’Doherty, The Original Rudeboys, Niall Connolly and The Calvinists, Pa set off on a tour of the US in 2014, the highlight of which was a gig at Rockwood Music Hall and the iconic “Scratcher Sessions”.
After the release of “Poor Man’s Clothes”, Pa will be heading back to the US for a short tour in August.