New EP from Barry Hughes | “This Way Up”

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Barry Jay HughesSinger songwriter Barry Jay Hughes is back with his new EP “This Way Up”.  The new release from the Carrickmacross based musician was recorded and mixed in Westland Studios Dublin in the last few months with the help of engineer Alwyn Walker. Westland Studios has seen its fair share of famous faces down through the years, with Def Leppard, Bryan Adams, Hozier, Sinead O’Connor and Thin Lizzy among the names on their client list.

“This Way Up” is a collection of songs penned by Barry himself along with a cover of Georgie Boy, a song that was written and released by Jack L back in 1999. Another track which found its roots back in 1999 is “Judgement Day” which features on the new EP and Barry is delighted to have recorded after writing it almost 16 years ago. The EP is predominantly pop/rock in sound with subtle elements of traditional and folk music.

The EP will be launched at Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney on 10th April. Support on the night comes from Sinead McNally and special guests. Tickets €12.50 (€10 concession). Show starts at 8:30pm.

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Paul Tiernan releases new album ‘The Mystery of Others’on April 15th

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paultiernanFrench based Cork native PAUL TIERNAN will release his new album ‘The Mystery of Others’ on April 15th.  The album will be launched in Ireland with tour dates starting April 16th in Coughlans Cork City followed by gigs in Co Tipperary, 3 more around county Cork and a Dublin album launch on 30th April at Odessa.  The album is available from gigs & from


A TG4 EXCLUSIVE! | Ireland is set to participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the first time

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For the first time ever, Ireland will be participating in the Junior Eurovisionjunior eurovision Song Contest.

The Junior Eurovision song contest is a 2-hour spectacular show, broadcast live in November 2015 from a major European city.

In a TV entertainment series this autumn, TG4 will be selecting a singer or group of singers with an original Irish language song to represent Ireland on the big stage in Europe.

The competition is open to all young people resident in Ireland who are aged between 10-15 on the day of the show.

Auditions will be held at key venues throughout Ireland. TG4 are now looking for applicants who wish to be selected to audition!

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Inflyte Exclusive Offer For IMRO Members/Associates

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Inflyte is a mobile-first promo platform for record labels to securely push watermarked digital promos to industry inflytetastemakers 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.

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

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IMRO Songwriting Seminar With Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Krista Detor

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Krista Detor | Award-winning singer/songwriter, is described as ‘An artist of rare ability with a deep poetic gift..’ by thekrista AllMusic Guide, and ‘One of the great talents of the last years,’ by Dutch National Radio. As a returning guest lecturer at Stanford University, Krista works with students in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. Her album, Chocolate Paper Suites, is required reading for the course, The ‘isms of Modernism. She tours extensively around the globe, conducting songwriting workshops and performing with well-known artists such as Suzanne Vega, The Neville Brothers & Louden Wainwright. Krista also partners with international writers and musicians to marry the studies of literature, world culture, and music. One noted collaboration was The Darwin Songhouse, a project in which songwriters sequestered in Shrewsbury, England to write songs celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. Along with Carrie Newcomer, Krista collaborated with three fellow Indiana artists to create the CD and stage show, Wilderness Plots – the stories of Scott Russel Sanders set to music, resulting in an Emmy-Nominated PBS Special and recognition by both houses of the Indiana Legislature for Contributions to the Arts.


Date: Saturday 11th April

Location: Crane Lane Theatre, Phoenix St. Cork

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

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Limited Availability | No Admission Charge | Booking Essential


Tucan release ‘Towers’ album

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Tucan-TOWERS-web-graphicTucan is delighted to announce the release of their second studio album ‘Towers’.

This second album comes six years after their first studio album (Aliquot Strings 2009) and it is their first since the band expanded to include brass and strings. Produced by Torsten Kinsella (God Is An Astronaut), these new compositions are subtle and melodic though cinematic in their scope and arrangement, and represent a musical evolution for the band.


Danny Battles set to support Hometown on their 8 date Irish tour

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Danny Battles. Picture Mark KelleherCork singer songwriter Danny Battles has been chosen to play support on the tour by Louis Walsh’s new band HomeTown.

Danny will play the eight venues in the tour over Easter.  The tour plays Ennis on Good Friday, 3 April, Kilkenny 4 April, Easter Sunday in Castlebar 5 April, Drogheda 6 April, Bundoran 8 April, Athlone 10 April and Killarney 11 April.


@Ventures with We, the Oceanographers

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We the Oceanographers @VenturesFormed in 2014, We, the Oceanographers are a DIY bedroom rock band from Dundalk, Co. Louth. In keeping with their Art Music background, the band began playing shows in Cafés and Art Centres and have since played independent festivals as well as opening for We Cut Corners, Funeral Suits and Le Galaxie. The band is made up of Conal McIntyre and Joseph Edwards, with the recent addition of live member Sean Bradley.

The band closed 2014 with a live performance of their recently released album, @Ventures, in An Tain Arts Centre, Dundalk. Available at the show was the CD “a single by ‘we, the oceanographers” containing a selection of tracks from the forthcoming album.

We, the Oceanographers debut album is now available on a limited run of 7″ Vinyl and digital download from Bandcamp.

Check out the video for “Same Old Story”, the first single from the album.


27th – Bellurgan Folk & Trad Festival – Bellurgan Park

28th – Album launch w/ Third Smoke, Dublin – Whelans


18th – Record Store Day

31st – Vantastival

Check them out on Soundcloud, Facebook and Twitter.



New Music from Electro-pop Artists “R”

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R Bubble Gum GeishaIrish electro-pop artists R release their new single Bubble Gum Geisha through Salt & Shake Records on 17th April 2015

The track is taken from their forthcoming debut album and is the first release from R since their debut single ‘Change’ caused such a buzz in late 2013. ‘Change‘ spent six weeks on the BBC 6Music playlist, received spot play support from BBC Radio 1 and 2 and reached No 1 on the Amazing Radio Chart.

R’s creative core is the work of brothers Pierre and Marc O’Reilly and Konstantine Pope, all respected musicians in their own right. Marc’s solo project has seen him embark on a live tour across Europe, including a performance at Glastonbury, while he also provided vocals on 3 tracks for MOBO award-winning act Karios 4tet’s last album, which received 4 star reviews from Mojo, The Independent and The Guardian. Pierre, meanwhile, is a composer for motion pictures and has worked on a full host of films, including collaborating with Academy Award-nominated director, Nicky Phelan and BAFTA nominated Director, Eamonn O’Neill whilst third member, producer Konstantine Pope, has made a name for himself both as a screen composer and electronic music producer. His screen work has appeared on BBC, ITV, NBC Universal, SYFY, and Glory World Series amongst many others and his commercial releases have charted on Beatport and received substantial radio play.


Bubble Gum Geisha is now streaming on Soundcloud here .

You can follow R on Facebook and Twitter.