Craft Of Songwriting initiative launches in Kilkenny

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kairenA very special event for music lovers and songwriters kicks off this month in Kilkenny celebrating the craft of songwriting. ‘Songwriters in the Round’ will be an intimate and interactive evening featuring four songwriters performing some of their songs and sharing a little of what went into creating them.

This first event will feature Ian Doyle (The Man Whom), Robert Power, David Donohue, Kairen Waloch (Little Black Wren).


Joey Ryan Trio posts Silverwood Sessions – Redefine

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Following on from10648461_10152674127948839_4577895852854065290_o their most successful tour of Ireland yet in March 2014, Joey Ryan Trio (JRT) are proud to release the first of their four part video Silverwood Sessions in conjunction with Silverwood Music label and Kerbute productions.

Recorded in the Meadow studios in Delgany over one day in January 2014 under the watchful eye of Gavin Ralston, the sessions aim to present the band in their live form, with no overdubs or chopped up tracks.

Redefine is the first of four tracks to be released from this exciting venture and will be supported with a nationwide media and touring campaign to promote the single. The track sees the band breaking away from any previous association with the singer-songwriter genre, presenting their own version of atmospheric and gritty rock music.

Consisting of Ben Cooper, Paul Dowling and Joey Ryan, the Trio will be performing in the following venues in September with more to be added.

This tour will be followed up with a trip to Germany to undertake a second trip to European shores for the band to promote the release further afield.

1st: Crane Lane, Cork
10th: Cobblestone Joes
12th: Blackstairs Blues Festival, Enniscorthy
13th: Blackstairs Blues Festival, Enniscorthy
14th: Blackstairs Blues Festival, Enniscorthy
18th: Oliver Plunkett, Cork
26th: Boyles, Slane

3rd Folk House, Kinsale
4th: Debarras Folkclub, Clonakilty

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Songlines @ The Model

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Charlie McGettigan & Karen Spellman (Ocean fm) will host Songlines a ‘Later with Jool’s’ style IMRO sponthe modelsored event at The Model this Autumn.

Songlines was established in December 2012 by Miles Graham with the help of Dervish front woman, Cathy Jordon who hosted the very first event. Its aim is to provide a platform for the insanely talented songwriters in the northwest of Ireland and beyond, to perform in a listening environment, showcasing their songwriting ability. The performances have to date been outstanding!

The format of the event is in a one room environment, consisting of 4 small stages in a circle, with a host introducing a number of singer/songwriters in rotation (A ‘Later with Jules’ type stage setup). The talent and standard has been to the highest level and in previous nights it has produced international bloggers sharing their experience online with Fáilte Ireland and social media sites.

Singer/ Songwriters to perform over coming events include: Charlie McGettigan, ­ Miles Graham, ­ SIVE, ­ Kathleen Turner, ­ Chanele McGuinness, Jessie Solange, ITM, Kate O’Callaghan, Glenn Cal and more to be announced.



Terry Topley’s “Hooray For The Liberties” features in Paul Rudd movie “They Came Together”

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topleyTerry Topley will be celebrating in early September when the new Paul Rudd movie, “They Came Together (2014)”is released in The UK and Ireland.

Wicklow based songwriter Terry’s song “HOORAY FOR THE  LIBERTIES” features in the new spoof rom com starring Rudd, Amy Phoeler and directed by David Wain.

Terry has had his songs played on TV and radio worldwide, but it’s the first time he has received Hollywood Movie credits, as writer and performer.

Terry says “the advice, backup and support I have received from IMRO over the years, and the contacts I made with other members has been invaluable”.


James Vincent McMorrow unveils new track ‘When I Leave’

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James Vincent JVMMMcMorrow has had quite the year. Since the release of ‘Post Tropical’ in January, James has completed a sold out Irish, European and Australian tour, played major European and US Festivals including Coachella and Latitude and made “Album of the Week” at Radio One and 6Music in UK. Not one to rest on his laurels, James has treated fans to a brand new unreleased track, ‘When I Leave’. Recorded on tour, James posted the track to Soundcloud today.

“I’ve been recording when I can over the summer, on the floors of festival dressing rooms, in hotels, I’ve been waiting for everyone to fall asleep so I can track vocals in the back lounge of the bus. Making Post Tropical definitely lit a fire. There’s no plan for any of it, I have an album in the world and it is rightfully taking up a lot of my energy, but I’ve plenty energy to go around, I’d like to start putting out some ideas while the ink is still wet, I want people to hear them, to know what they are when we play them live during the autumn Euro and US tours.

Disclaimer, They’re not polished, nothing recorded on the road ever could be, a lot of time spent removing crazy back ground sounds from vocals etc. That’s the point though I guess, snapshots.

When I was in college I’d go out a lot, but I wasn’t the guy that was the centre of everyone’s attention, I was usually standing awkwardly in the corner. But just because you’re standing in the corner doesn’t mean you don’t love to dance. That’s what this song is about I guess, dance like no one’s watching.”

You can follow James Vincent McMorrow on Facebook & Twitter.

James plays his last festival of the summer this weekend at Electric Picnic Stradbally Co. Laois.

Post Tropical is out now


The Altered Hours announce Irish & UK tour

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Fresh from TAHopening for cult psychedelic-rock pioneers The Brian Jonestown Massacre in Dublin’s Academy last July – and with their debut album nearing completion -– The Altered Hours are preparing for a 14-date tour of the UK and Ireland over the coming months, starting with a slot at the Body&Soul Main Stage at Electric Picnic.

September sees TAH Tour Posterthe band headlining a show in the Triskel/TDC, Cork and opening for Los Angeles’s Allah-Las in the Workman’s Club, Dublin. They will then embark on an 8-date headline tour of the UK in October and return to Ireland to play upstairs in Whelan’s on Nov 14th. This will be their most extensive UK run to date, having twice played Liverpool Psych Fest – along with a scattering of shows in London and Brighton – over the last few years.

You can follow The Altered Hours on Facebook & Twitter


AUG 29 Electric Picnic STRADBALLY
SEP 20 TDC / Triskel CORK
SEP 28 The Workman’s Club (w/Allah-Las) DUBLIN
OCT 02 The Mother’s Ruin BRISTOL
OCT 03 The Square Tower PORTSMOUTH
OCT 04 The Water Rats LONDON
OCT 05 Clwb Ifor Bach CADIFF
OCT 06 The Soundhouse LEICESTER
OCT 09 Bannerman’s EDINBURGH
OCT 10 The Independent SUNDERLAND
NOV 14 Whelan’s (Upstairs) DUBLIN



Wyvern Lingo release ‘The Widow Knows EP’

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For the past wyvern lingodecade, Karen Cowley, Saoirse Duane and Caoimhe Barry, all multi-instrumentalists and acclaimed vocalists, have made names for themselves as being the “go-to” session musicians/vocalists in the country. Racking up credits with acts like Hozier, Zaska, Samuel Vas-Y and Trinity Orchestra, it’s hard to believe that this trio of musicians has an average age of just 22 years-old.

Despite stints with some of Ireland’s top acts, critics and fans agree that when Karen, Saoirse and Caoimhe are together, they are a musical force to be reckoned with. Proving that there is no substitute for experience, the band’s perfect synchronicity and angelic harmonies are a product of a long standing musical relationship which they have honed since their school days in Bray, Co Wicklow. Since those formative years, Wyvern Lingo have graduated to a new level of maturity in their song-writing and take inspiration from everything from Fleetwood Mac to Fugees.

Known for their soulful, passionate and haunting live show, they are one of the few bands that can get you dancing with a full band of keys, guitar, synth bass and drums – or make you melt when they strip the set back to a capella. While it’s hard to pin down these musicians to a single genre, their brand new EP is a veritable cocktail of R’n’B hooks, bluegrass licks, gospel harmonies and inciteful-beyond-their-years lyrics.

After two solid years of writing, recording, performing (Groove Festival, KnockanStockan, Electric Picnic) and making plenty of mistakes along the way, Wyvern Lingo have released ‘The Widow Knows EP’ which will be followed by their first music video in September 2014.

The Widow Knows EP is available to purchase through iTunes and Bandcamp

You can follow Wyvern Lingo on Facebook and Twitter


Naoise Roo makes her mark with debut ‘Oh Son’

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Naoise Roo BtkmcDrIEAAigZchas recently released her debut single on Thursday August 14th. ‘Oh Son’ is the first single from her debut album ‘Lilith’ which will be released in October and was engineered by Liam Mulvaney and produced by Elder Roche. Previously playing with various bands on the Dublin scene she has played many Irish venues including Vicar Street, supporting artists such as John Spillane and Mick Flannery. The last two years have been spent writing her debut album, a collection of compelling tracks that examines the subjects of sex, death and relationships.

You can follow Naoise Roo on Facebook & Twitter


Eve & I launch Kickstarter EP funding campaign

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eve&iEve & I debut their alternative, cinematic, pop sound with crowdfunded EP. And need help spreading the word!

Eve & I’s sound is a mix it all together approach to music integrating: pop, jazz, classical, indie and cinema into a collection of songs. The band is made up of vocals, piano, cello, drums and bass.

Eve & I have supported Laura Marling (during 11 nights of her Secret Cinema show), as well as for artists such as Wallis Bird, O Emperor, Frank and the Walters, and Fred.

The band has also toured independently around the UK, Ireland, and Europe under their previous name Bona Fide Federation playing at festivals such as Sea Sessions, Indiependance, and Happy Valley. Since moving to London, Eve & I have played at venues from the legendary Ronnie Scotts Jazz Club in Soho, to a headline set at The Monarch in Camden, to Vintage Shops fronts in Shoreditch, and, with your help, are looking forward to what the coming months and years may bring.

Eve & I launch their kickstarter on the 6th of August, a 24 day all-or-nothing campaign to raise £2,500 towards the production of their new EP by midnight on Friday the 29th of August. The money raised will go towards recording, mixing, mastering the EP tracks as well as the production of two music videos; for which Eve & I are proud to announce they will be teaming up with director Riccardo Servini.

The kickstarter is not only a way for people to pre-order their copy of the EP, its a chance for people to share their talents and collaborate with the band. There are some great rewards on offer too: house gigs, limited edition copies of the EP artwork, personalized acoustic videos, commissioned songs and even a chance to star in the Eve & I music videos.

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