Whistle This Promotions Announce Showcase Details

Written by Admin. Posted in Member News

Whistle This Promotions presents a number of acts performing at Bowes of Thurles this Friday February 12th. Performances are by:

  • John Conneely & Mark Sullivan
  • Tom Shorley
  • Paudie Ryan & Friends
  • Eddie Mc Cormack
  • Daniel Mathews & Daniel Butler

Plus special guests on the night.

Whistle This is a monthly showcase session providing a platform for singer/songwriters, musicians, poets and performers. The event takes place in Bowes, Thurles and is hosted by Tom Lyons. It features a mix of experienced songwriters/performers and those seeking to gain experience in live music.

Acts that have performed in the past include Eoin Ryan, Dietrich, James McGrath, Mick Hanly with Eoghan O’Neill, Adela Meally, Clem O’Brien Band, Tom Shorley, Pat Wright, Jester, Fran Garry, Half Ten, Larry O’Sullivan, Shane Lyons, Seskin Lane, Tom Lyons, Avi McGurty and Kelsey Creek.

Check for further details


Inflyte promo app offers new features

Written by Admin. Posted in Industry News, Member News

IMRO membersInflyte can now experience the exciting new features that Inflyte have just rolled out for their label clients, DJs and tastemakers.

Inflyte is a mobile-first promo platform for record labels to securely push watermarked digital promos to industry Inflyte tastemakers mobile devices. Inflyte combines push-notification technology and Dropbox integration to provide an unrivalled user-experience for both labels and tastemakers, designed to increase engagement and deliver superior campaign performance.

Label managers access rich analytics and data through an online dashboard that create efficiencies at every step of the promo process while reducing administrative overhead. Launched in October 2014, Inflyte’s streamlined approach to digital promo delivery has seen the company quickly establish itself as the main service provider for hundreds of leading UK and European labels including Defected, Cocoon, Get Physical.

The updated app (which is now live in the App Store) if just one of the new additions along with the rolling-out of a brand new website and their new Pay As You Go rates for labels and PR agencies, which offer even better value for money.

Inflyte have also added a powerful new email alias tool to ensure labels are always delivering promos to the most up-to-date address for their recipients. DJs and tastemakers can now add all their old email addresses to their Inflyte account and the service will filter all communications through to the correct address for them.

The new features include:

• Beautiful New Visual Design
• In-App Dropbox Integration
• Endless Promo Paging
• In-App Format Preferences
• Promo Search
• Track Waveform Displays
• Sort by Sender

If you want more information regarding the service you can click on the link to the Info Pack.

As an exclusive offer run in partnership with IMRO, Inflyte are offering record labels 25% off their monthly subscriptions for the first 3 months.

Connect via and quote IMRO15 to secure your discount!


Guest List Offer | IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards

Written by admin. Posted in Member News

crowd 12IMRO Music Festival of the Year Award 2015
IMRO Outstanding Contribution to Live Music 2015
Best Venue / Festival Technical Crew 2015

We have a limited number of guest list places available for this event.

Simply email: with your name(s).

Date: Tuesday 16th February
Venue: IMRO – Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2
Time: 6.30pm – 9:30pm
MC: Paddy McKenna – Editor

Featuring live performances on the night by The AcademicROCSTRONG and Saint Sister.
The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) is delighted to announce that the eighth IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards will take place on Tuesday 16th February 2016 at IMRO HQ in Dublin.

This year, two new awards have been added to the proceedings – IMRO Outstanding Contribution to Live Music 2015 and Best Venue / Technical Crew 2015.

The annual awards celebrate the dedication and passion of those who work in Ireland’s live music venues, providing the public with an exceptional live music experience on a weekly basis.

More than 11,000 IMRO members considered hundreds of venues across the country for the shortlist. Venues were judged on their commitment to providing the core elements that make for a great live music venue – atmosphere, sound and lighting, staging, diversity of programming and importantly, the staff and management of each venue. IMRO members also voted on Ireland’s music festivals, delivering a shortlist of their top ten festivals.

Live music venues and festivals play a vital role in the music industry in Ireland, giving international and homegrown artists a platform to engage with fans and build new audiences. They also play a central role in urban and rural communities across the country, providing a social gathering space for varied audiences, and contributing hugely to the domestic economy.

Live music fans should simply log on to choose their favourite from the shortlist provided, by February 15th.  One lucky voter will win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3.

IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year 2015 Shortlist

IMRO Dublin Live Music Venue of the Year 2015
Whelans, Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Vicar Street, Thomas Street, Dublin 8
The Olympia Theatre, Dame Street, Dublin 2
The Grand Social, Dublin 1
3Arena, Dublin 1

IMRO Rest of Leinster Live Music Venue of the Year 2015
The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Sky and the Ground, Wexford
Cleeres, Kilkenny
The Set Theatre, Kilkenny
Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford

IMRO Connacht Live Music Venue of the Year 2015
Roisin Dubh, Lower Dominick Street, Galway
Monroes, Dominick Street Upper, Galway
Matt Molloys, Westport, Co. Mayo
The Dock Theatre, Leitrim
Hawks Well Theatre, Sligo

IMRO Munster Live Music Venue of the Year 2015
The Greyhound, Killkee, Co. Clare
Crane Lane Theatre, Cork
Levis, Ballydehob, Co. Cork
Dolans, Dock Road, Limerick
Coughlans, Cork

IMRO Ulster Live Music Venue of the Year 2015
Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney Co. Monaghan
An Poc Fada, Monaghan
Ramor Theatre, Virginia, Co. Cavan
Allingham Arms Hotel, Bundoran, Co. Donegal
Hotel Kilmore, Cavan

IMRO Music Festival of the Year 2015
Body & Soul
Electric Picnic
Dublin Fringe Festival
NYE StreetFest
Forbidden Fruit
Galway Arts Festival
Other Voices
Temple Bar Tradfest
Fleadh Ceoil


Alt-Pop Artist Stevie Cliff Releases Debut Single “Burn Baby Burn”

Written by Admin. Posted in Member News

steviecliffStevie Cliff’s debut single “Burn Baby Burn” will be available on iTunes and Spotify Monday February 8th. The track was produced and mixed by Ciaran O’Shea (Frank & the Walters, Toy Soldier) and mastered by Fergal Davis.

No stranger to the Irish Music circuit Stevie has spent the last few years honing his craft as a singer songwriter opening for acts such as Mick Flannery, Paddy Casey & Declan O’Rourke. In the midst of this musical apprenticeship was a year spent living in New York. The change in urban environment caused a shift in the focus of his sound. Slowly acoustic instruments were traded in for drum machines and synthesisers. This allowed influences such as LCD Soundsystem & Chromeo come to the fore to be mashed with his love of intelligent lyrics.

The end result is the debut single “Burn Baby Burn”. The track combines slick 80’s synths with staccato guitars and solid pop hooks to devastating effect. Lyrically the song explores the postmodern state of romance that today’s millennials must navigate on a daily basis.

Listen on SoundCloud

The track is a statement of intent for the twenty-something Dubliner as he gears up to release a debut EP later on in the year.

Accompanying the release is the official music video Directed by Darren Lee of Belfast based Maverick Productions.


The 1st Peter Rosser Composition Award 2016

Written by admin. Posted in Industry News, Member News

Peter Rosser (1970-2014)

Peter Rosser (1970-2014)

Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble, in conjunction with the Peter Rosser Foundation, announce the first ever Peter Rosser Composition Award, in memory of their esteemed colleague and friend.

The award is open to composers born or domicile in N. Ireland or the Republic of Ireland, regardless of age  Submissions from emerging composers are particularly welcome.

Composers are invited to write a piece for Hard Rain SoloistEnsemble of 5-8 minutes duration.
All shortlisted works will be workshopped, performed and recorded (as well as video streamed) by HRSE at a special event in Red Box Recording Studio, Belfast on Friday 27th May 2016.

DEADLINE: 4pm Friday 29th April 2016

1st Prize: £1000
2nd Prize: £500
3rd Prize: £250

For full competition rules and submission guidelines, please click here


New Music: Exploding Eyes – We Need Love

Written by Admin. Posted in Member News

Exploding Eyes are a garage psych rock trio from Dublin, Ireland. Channelling the explosive dynamics of the classic power trio, the band draw influence from such heavyweights as Mountain, Blue Cheer and Andromeda.

With the addition of live theremin, experimental sound scape guitar and a taste for raw punk’d up space rock the bands other influences of Thee Oh Sees, Hawkwind and Pink Fairies begin to seep through. With a debut LP recently back from the workshop of producer Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Dirtbombs, The Sonics) the Eyes are looking to the future to melt the minds of the most hardened rock listener.

‘We Need Love’ the new single from Exploding Eyes – which was released on Friday 22nd January. The first single taken from their debut s/t LP due out Summer 2016 on Big Neck Records. Video directed by Chris Carroll. Available as a pay-what-you-want download from the Exploding Eyes Bandcamp or a limited run of CDs.

You can follow Exploding Eyes on Facebook and Twitter.


Apply for the Gotland International Songwriters’ Retreat

Written by Admin. Posted in Member News

Taking place between May 8th – 15th 2016 in Gotland, Holmhällar in Sweden.

After a number of successful years with satisfied participants and many new collaborations, tours and recordings this year’s week-long retreat will bring together about 20 professional songwriters from Europe and the USA and stay focused on the inspiration, co-writing and development of your musical artistry.

This year the Invited Writer is Nels Andrews, an established singer-songwriter from California, USA. The Invited Writer participates in all the Retreat activities.

Participants from previous events through the contacts they made in co-writing-retreat, recorded albums and toured the U.S. and other countries, and many of the co-written songs that was created has ended up on the released records.
The cost for participants is 8500 SEK (roughly €915). The price includes a shared room with shower, plus a small, simple kitchen, breakfast buffet, lunch and a three-course dinner every day of boarding Holmhällar on southern Gotland. (Accommodation in single rooms is also possible for an additional charge, and the ability to choose a cheaper accommodation, with shared rooms 2-4 people and a shared shower).
“Early bird” : In applying before February 1st there is a 500SEK (roughly €54) discount. The Retreat can also make a payment plan if that’s what’s needed to make your attendance possible.

The workshop includes the following activities:

Participant gather in a circle and play songs for each other, previously written or co-writes during the course.

Assigned co-writes:
With the help of the participants’ preferences the leaders pairs the songwriters into songwriting pairs, and most of the day is devoted to writing together. The material is played in songcircles.

Body and Voice warmup:
We start the day with a body&voice warm up.

Morning Circle:
Annika Fehling leads a daily welcome circle.

One to one Consultations:
Annika Fehling and Eva Hillered will this week also offer participants private consultations in career and songwriting, singing, performing, touring and coaching.

Listening Room Concerts:
An official concert will take place at the end of the week.

In order to secure a place you can email

A new opportunity has also arisen at the Crete International Songwriting Retreat, in the little fishing town of Lendas from the 8th – 15th September 2016! For more info, contact Annika on the email address above.


New Music: New Valley Wolves – ‘Eyes on Me’

Written by Admin. Posted in Member News

New Valley Wolves have released their new single ‘Eyes on Me’.

The band describe the song as being about ‘the intoxicating power of attraction. It’s about recognising and revelling in the knowledge that another human being finds you sexy as f***. We’ve all experienced it, a fleeting moment in a crowded pub, eye contact lingering across a dance floor, when you know someone is checking you out and digging what they see. It makes us feel like titans, kings, queens and conquering badasses. It makes us feel powerful. This is a good feeling. A feeling that ‘Eyes on Me’ recreates. Turn it on.’

You can follow New Valley Wolves on Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.


Stefan French receives ASCAP’s Steve Kaplan Film and TV Award

Written by Admin. Posted in Member News

Stefan French has recently been presented the Steve Kaplan Film and TV Award by the ASCAP Foundation in recognition of his talent and achievements as a film and TV composer.

The award was presented at the ASCAP Foundation’s 20th annual Award Ceremony in New York in December, and was a result of Stefan’s involvement in the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in Los Angeles in July. Stefan was only one of twelve composers chosen from over 300 applicants.

A number of film scoring professionals such as John Powell, Richard Bellis, Bear McCreary and Dennis Sands among others were involved in the tuition of the twelve applicants, imparting knowledge across hundreds of scoring projects. The culmination of this workshop saw Stefan composing, orchestrating and conducting an original cue on the Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox with the Hollywood Studio Symphony.

Speaking to IFTN a couple of days ago about winning the award, Stefan French said: “To gain this kind of recognition from people who are so highly respected within the film music industry is highly motivating and encouraging, and I am extremely grateful.”

French’s upcoming projects include ‘I Live For You’, directed by Monika Wesley and produced by Sobini Films, is beginning its festival run in the US early this year.


Paul Byrne creates video for ‘How To Come Back To You’

Written by Admin. Posted in Member News

Paul Byrne has released a video to accompany his work ‘How To Come Back To You’ taken from his album ‘Cruel & Tender Ways’.

Paul Byrne first came onto the music scene as the young drummer for Dublin new wave band Deaf Actor in 1979 with Conor Brady and Jack Dublin. Deaf Actor were one of Dublin’s lesser known but well rated post-punk bands of their time playing many landmark gigs and venues.

In 1983 Paul was a founder member of the internationally successful rock band In Tua Nua with other local musicians Ivan O’Shea, Martin Clancy and Steve Wickham. It was in the pursuit of a singer that Paul came across a young Sinead O’Connor. O’Connor was singing solo at his sister, Jeannette’s, wedding. Paul worked with Sinead and recorded some early demos’.

In Tua Nua’s debut single was the very first release on U2’s own ‘Mother Records’ label (mother001) and was an instant hit in Ireland. Following a brief signing to Island records, they were eventually signed to Virgin Records in 1986. The band toured extensively in Europe and the US as supports to U2, Simple Minds and Bob Dylan to name a few. The band had their US breakthrough in 1988 with their second album on Virgin Records ‘The Long Acre’ on which Paul sang the title track. By this stage he had forged a writing partnership with guitarist Martin Clancy. Paul also co-wrote a few songs with Jack Dublin for the album.

When ITN broke up in 1989, Paul continued writing with his ITN co-writer Martin Clancy. amongst others performing and writing in bands such as Sugar Candy Mountain & The Texas Kellys, The Black Romantics, Jeanette Byrne. Paul was also involved in the creation of Optophonic, Phonic Recording Studios and the I-NV-U Record Label.

After a lifetime of writing, producing, managing and generally helping everyone else’s careers, it was time for Paul to come out of the shadows. So in late 2013 he decided to put together a collection of songs and record them with the help of Conor Brady. The songs span the last 25 years but the first single is one of Paul’s most recent compositions ‘I’ve Got You’.

You can follow Paul on Facebook and his website.