Femmepop releases debut album ‘From A Girl Who Never Sleeps’

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Today Femmepop Femmepopreleases her debut album ‘From A Girl Who Never Sleeps’. The album was written, recorded, produced and mixed by Margaret O’ Sullivan but was mixed and mastered by the legendary Gavin Monaghan, whose previous work includes Babes In Toyland, The Editors, Broadcast and many more.

You can purchase the album from Bandcamp and follow Femmepop on Facebook and Twitter.


Sub Motion release debut single and music video ‘Dust to Dust’

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Fronted by vocalist Rebecca Geary along with founding members Conor McLoughlin, Alex Mulkerrins, Sean O’Connor and Cormac O’Neill, Sub Motion have existed since 2006 but have spent their time honing their writing and live shows. Having released their debut EP ‘Silhuoettes of Souls’ in April 2013 the band have since gone on to release their second EP “Happy Little Bruises” recorded in Sun Studio, Temple Lane with master engineer and producer James Darkin (Rihanna, Wounds, Kanye West).

They have also released a video for their single from the EP which can be viewed below.

You can follow Sub Motion on Facebook and Twitter.


Rhob Cunningham celebrates album launch with live performance

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Heralding the releaserhob of his solo album ‘The Window & Day’, Rhob Cunningham returns to perform at The Button Factory in Dublin for a special Autumnal show.

Recorded in Iceland under the watchful eye of Bedroom Community producer Valgeir Sigurðsson (Bjork/Bonnie Prince Billy/Feist) & Greenhouse Studio’s Paul Evans, Cunningham travelled to Reykjavik with the songs chosen, spending a month recruiting sympathetic and skillful local musicians to share the Reykjavík studio setting.

Debut single ‘Quiet Song’ is the first introduction to the sparse soundscape that is ‘The Window & Day’, quite in contrast to his July release ‘The Head Collector’, produced by Villager’s Conor O’Brien and featuring Cathy Davey on guest vocals.

The gig is Cunningham’s first in Ireland since taking on 20 shows in Berlin since May and promises to be a memorable night.

You can find tickets to the event here and pre-order the new album here.

You can also follow Rhob on Facebook and Twitter.


The Young Folk release new album, video and announce tour of Ireland

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The Young Folktyf have recently released their debut album ‘The Little Battle’. Having formed in 2012 the band have spent the last two years writing, performing at music festivals, having their music used for advertising, showcasing at international industry conferences and performing on TV slots.

The band have also shot a video for their single ‘Way Down South’ which can be viewed below.

The Young Folk have just begun a live tour that will see them perform all over Ireland for the next month and a half. All tour dates can be found below.

You can follow The Young Folk on Facebook and Twitter.

September 19th – Louth – Spirit Store, Dundalk

September 26th – Westmeath – Danny Byrne’s, Mullingar

September 27th – Dublin – Skerries Soundwaves Festival

September 28th – Cork – DeBarra’s Folk Club, Clonakilty

September 30th – Cork – Cypress Avenue

October 3rd – Galway – Roisin Dubh

October 4th – Limerick – Dolan’s Pub

October 11th – Sligo – McGarrigles Pub

October 16th – Antrim – Radar, Belfast

October 17th – Fermanagh – Ardhowen Theatre

October 18th – Kilkenny – Set Theatre

October 24th – Dublin – Button Factory

October 25th – Mayo – The Royal Theatre, Castlebar


IMRO Launches New Awards Scheme For Irish Businesses

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Roz Purcell and Paddy McKenna bring music to the workplace, IMRO launches the "Tune-Up Your Business Award"

Photography by Ruth Medjber / Ruthless Imagery

Tune-Up Your Business Award is a new award designed to encourage Irish businesses to tap into the commercial benefits of providing music for their customers and employees.

Have you ever thought about offering music for your customers or staff members but were unsure of where to start?  Or perhaps you are looking to upgrade the music equipment that you are currently using? The IMRO Tune-Up Your Business Award could be for you.

The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), the organisation that represents over 10,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers is giving Irish businesses the opportunity to improve the music facilities in their premises.

There is a prize fund of €4,000 up for grabs, to spend exclusively on music equipment in your premises.

The Awards programme is open to those currently using music and also for businesses planning to introduce music into their premises in the near future.

“No matter what industry you´re in, everyone agrees that putting your customer at the heart of your business and providing good customer service is a top priority. Whether you operate a hotel, restaurant, bar, hairdressing salon or supermarket, part of this service is about providing customers with music to enhance their experience” – stated Victor Finn, Chief Executive, IMRO at the launch of the Awards today.

Businesses can enter simply by telling us how they would enhance and develop the music in their business if they won the prize fund by completing an online application form at:

The closing date for entries is 7th November 2014.

There is a growing level of research to demonstrate the positive impact that music plays in commercial settings. A recent survey[1] found that 66% of employees surveyed believed that background music made them feel better and more motivated at work.  With improved motivation often comes greater productivity.  A similar study[2] found that 84% of shoppers like shops that play in-store music and of that percentage 23% claim they would be prepared to pay 5% more for goods if music was being played.




Scott Maher releases ‘Every Colour In My Sky’ single

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scott maherA glorious, upbeat, song with flavours of calypso, soul, ska and funk!  A real get up and groove in the sun sound!

As well as writing and singing “sublime voice” (In Dublin) Scott is a talented multi instrumentalist (piano, guitar, drums). This is Scott’s second offering from his forthcoming album “Little Victories” due for release early next year.

Scott has a varied musical background, as a writer he spent time in Nashville and co-wrote with among others Ruby Amanfu (Jack White Band), he was a member of Dublin band The Beach and is a founder member of The Shoos.

As a solo artist he has released two albums: “Cartoon Moon” (2005) “You’ll adore Cartoon Moon for Maher’s achingly attractive voice” (Hot Press)  “21 Bends” (2009) “Classic sounding hooks” (Irish Times).

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White Chalk chosen for the Guinness Amplify Project

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whitechalk1White Chalk, has been selected as one of six music acts to share the story of their music career to date in the form of an artist video journey. Shot in Mullingar and Ballintra, the video diary documents how the seven piece came together as a band.
Fronted by former ‘The Voice of Ireland’ contestant, Conor Quinn, White Chalk are Kevin Farrell, Aishling McCarthy, David Doyle, Liam O’ Reilly, Niamh Kirby and Brian Masterson.

They use an array of instruments including cello, keyboards, guitar, mandolin, drums and bass to create a unique sound to complement their five-part harmonies. Since forming in April 2013, the band has supported Kodaline, The Strypes and have been chosen to performed this year on 2 stages at Electric Picnic. Their debut E.P. ‘Golden Kids’ went to number 1 on the album chart downloads on iTunes. Speaking about the campaign video, Conor Quinn said: ‘We’re so excited to share this video – it was so much fun to film and it will give people an insight into our music.’

Guinness Amplify is a new exciting music programme that was launched earlier this summer to turn up the volume for emerging musicians in Ireland by supporting them as they unlock their full potential. Guinness Amplify Live will see 500 free gigs take place across 5 weeks in September and October. Guinness Amplify Live – Leinster will kick off on the 11th Sept – 14th Sept.



The Casanova Wave release Sundown Yellow Moon EP

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SDYM EPThis Friday (12th September) sees the launch of the new EP Sundown Yellow Moon from The Casanova Wave.

The Casanova Wave is Waterford-based musician and producer Brian McCartan and Sundown Yellow Moon is his new 4-track EP featuring collaborations between The Casanova Wave and a number of artists – including Biggles Flys Again, In The Willows, Damo Tubritt, Eoin Dalton and Sarah Grimes. The album cover illustration is by Jacob Stack.


Watch Hozier perform ‘Jackie And Wilson’

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With his debut Hozier-album-cover-Raine-final-boost-1024x1024album launching in Ireland on September 22nd Hozier has performed one of his works ‘Jackie And Wilson’ recorded live at Windmill Lane studios for NPR Music.

The next couple of months are a rollercoaster for the Wicklow native with separate territory album launches, an upcoming UK & European tour as well as just being announced as a performer as part of Guinness Amplify’s music programme.

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