On its very first day, ‘Clouds So Blue’ received over 600 YouTube hits. The video for her new release was shot at Blessington Lakes near Poulaphouca in Co Wicklow late in Spring just before the leaves had lost their new green hue. They end result is a stunning portrayal of both the song and Alicija’s camera friendliness.
The first single from the album, “Better”, is already gaining Sinéad much attention among Ireland’s music media, with music magazine Goldenplec selecting her as one of their ‘Plec Picks’ for 2015.
Sinéad has been captivating audiences at Electric Picnic, Longitude, Knockanstockan and Vantastival among other festivals, with her unique voice and take on songwriting. Her debut release also follows support slots for Duke Special and Everlast from House of Pain.
This summer Sinéad White is ready to launch the release of her debut album “Finally” with her biggest headline show to date at the Sugar Club in Dublin on Saturday, May 30th.
Tickets are priced at €13.50 (including booking fee) via sugarclub.com. Doors are at 8pm. Support on the night will come from the fantastic Stomptown Brass.
Dublin singer Fiach Moriarty returns with his second album “The Revolution” which was released April 17th 2015. Lauded by the likes of Chris White of The Zombies “I was rendered speechless by his voice and songwriting. There was nothing I could say to this artist. Lyrically and musically he is one of the best singer/songwriters around.” Paul Brady has said: “Fiach Moriarty is one of Ireland’s most talented singer-songwriters with a musical sophistication rare in the genre”. The time is now for the revolution to begin and Fiach Moriarty to claim his place as one of Ireland’s most impressive singers and songwriters.
Fiach’s second album, ‘The Revolution’ was heavily influenced by his childhood memories of taking to the streets of Dublin to march for various causes in the 80’s together with his family. The result is an album that tackles subjects such as The 1916 Easter Rising, World War 1 and Los San Patricios (the Irish brigade in the 19th century Mexican Army) yet is filled with a wide breadth of catchy hooks, clever lyrics and beautifully crafted songs.
Since the release of his debut record “So I”, Fiach Moriarty has toured through countless venues in his home country of Ireland, as well as Europe, Australia and North America. This heavy duty work ethic has paid off, garnering praise from a host of musical heroes of his such as Gilbert O’Sullivan and sharing the stage with Ray Davies of The Kinks and Fairground Attraction chanteuse Eddi Reader. The record was produced by former Edwyn Collins collaborators Simon Quigley and Peter Meighan and features a guest appearance from Meteor award winner Wallis Bird.
The above photo was taken by Bob Dixon.
Singer-songwriter Hozier has scooped the award today for ‘Best Song Musically & Lyrically‘ at the 60th Ivor Novello Awards for his song ‘Take Me To Church‘. Contending against ‘Above The Clouds of Pompeii‘ (written by Andrew Davie and performed by Bear’s Den) and ‘I Forgot Where We Were‘ (written and performed by Ben Howard). The awards were presented by BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) in association with PRS for Music.
Along with the highly prestigious award mentioned above the Wicklow native also picked up the award for ‘Top Rock Artist‘ and ‘Top Rock Song‘ at this year’s Billboard Music Awards on May 17th.
The awards come at the start of an extensive global tour which will see Hozier perform in the UK, US, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand as well as upcoming Irish outdoor shows.
Screaming Parent is the first solo misadventure from Dudley Colley, of Dublin’s The Dudley Corporation. While that band take an extended hiatus in advance of recording their 5th LP, Dudley decided to have a crack at a solo LP and grabbing precious seconds in between school runs and nappy changes managed to record 10 sure fire spare-room recorded bedroom classics.
‘The Completist’ is the debut LP by Screaming Parent. Joining the exalted ranks of stars such as Beyonce and Kanye West, the LP was surprised released on April 20th.
Screen Training Ireland, IMRO and Pulse College MA in Scoring for Film and Visual Media welcome composer and orchestrator Conrad Pope; STAR WARS EPISODES I-III, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS I AND II, THE TREE OF LIFE, ARGO, LIFE OF PI, MOONRISE KINGDOM, and THE HOBBIT series, to Dublin to deliver an intensive two-day masterclass for film composers.
Pope’s composing credits include MY WEEK WITH MARILYN and TIM’S VERMEER. John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, James Newton Howard, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman, John Powell, Hans Zimmer, and Mark Isham have all called upon his gifts as an arranger, orchestrator and conductor.
Pope is one of the most exciting original voices in contemporary film scoring today contributing to over a hundred movies. He has worked side by side with Hollywood’s top professionals; Joe Johnston and Walter Murch on Universal’s THE WOLFMAN, Scott Hicks on NO RESERVATIONS and Gary Ross on SEABISCUIT.
Over two days composers working in film, television, animation, games and visual media will have the opportunity to explore with Pope the mechanics of writing music to visual media in today’s landscape of expanding opportunities looking at the challenges of crafting scores for major Hollywood blockbusters to small independent films.
Pope will also explore music in film today sharing his views and experience regarding the process of scoring film; its methods and techniques, its practical concerns, the constantly evolving aesthetics and technical advancements and the new tools and techniques necessary to meet these ever emerging challenges, as well the unchanging, necessary skills –both musical and dramatic- that form the foundation for a successful and sustainable career in commercial film music.
Irish Composers on Irish Music:
Anne-Marie O’Farrell (harp)
in association with The Drawing Room
4.30pm, 31 May 2015
12 Henrietta Street, Dublin
The final event in the AIC’s Irish Composers on Irish Music concert series sees us join forces with The Drawing Room to present a very special concert in the beautiful Georgian house at 12 Henrietta St.
Anne-Marie O’Farrell’s harp recital on 31st May features two kinds of harp, the pedal harp (normally used in classical orchestral settings), and the Irish harp, a modern version of our national instrument. The repertoire chosen expresses a range of musical languages explored by composers on these instruments over the last fifty years, from John Kinsella’s Allegro Giocoso of 1966, when the semitone mechanism on the Irish harp was an extremely basic one, to Anne-Marie’s own recent composition, Chromatétude which creates 12-note textures on the harp while also giving a nod to much older music heard at the Belfast 1792 harp festival. Kinsella’s work is also a representative piece from Sheila Larchet Cuthbert’s seminal volume for Irish harp, ‘The Irish Harp Book’. Pedal harp repertoire features the voices of James Wilson in his Sonata, Frank Corcoran with In the Deep Heart’s Core and Gráinne Mulvey in Explorations, who in their distinctive ways delve into the large timbral and pitch range of the pedal harp. A number of the works are receiving their first performance, including Mary Kelly’s three Aislingí for Irish harp. The recital creates a welcome opportunity to perform Boydell’s seldom heard but most idiomatic Triptych for Irish harp, and to give a further performance of David Bremner’s miniature Pool.
Irish Composers on Irish Music is supported by the Arts Council. The Association of Irish Composers is supported by IMRO.
Concert and walk: €30 Concert only: €15 – Tickets available through Eventbrite
Association of Irish Composers
The brand new album by Paul Casey ‘After the Harvest’ is released on Fri 29th May. You can pre-order the album at his online store right now and you will also receive a free download of ‘Love Is A Lonely Game’ from the album.
There are also a series of live dates coming up to tie in with the release.
Fri 29th May – The Alley Theatre, Strabane
Fri 5th June – N’Ards Art Centre
Sat 6th June – The Playhouse, Derry
Thurs 25th June – Thêatre de verdure, Nice FR (Support to the Low Budget Men)
Fri 3rd July – No Alibis Bookstore, Belfast
Mon 31st Aug – The 100 Club, Oxford Street, London (Support to the Low Budget Men)
All hailing from Ireland’s untamed West Coast MOXIE’s music has a solid traditional backbone, inspired and shaped by the surrounding of the west of Ireland, but with progressive, world and jazz influences creeping into their music it makes for a truly heady and distinctive sound, putting them at the forefront of new acoustic music from Ireland.