Call For Submissions: Whelan’s Ones To Watch 2015

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60+ Bands onestowatchacross 4 stages

Whelan’s & Opium Rooms

Thur 8th – Sun 11th January

Kindly supported by HMV & Musicmaker

Tickets €5 day / €10 festival, available from soon [Lo-Call 1890 200 078] (50c per ticket service charge applies on phone or creditcard bookings)

Now in it’s 5th year, Whelan’s Ones to Watch festival continues it’s crusade to champion brilliant new Irish music. From Thur 8th to Sun 11th Jan in Whelan’s and Opium Rooms it will play host to well over 60 of the best and brightest emerging acts that they think you’ll be hearing a lot more about in 2015.

For the first time Whelans will be inviting new bands to submit their music – free of charge – for a chance to play on one of  four stages. The festival covers a wide range of music, from folk, indie, hiphop, electronic, experimental, rock and more in between, so spread the word and get your submissions in.

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Bank of Ireland Catherine Judge Memorial Award 2015

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Bank of Ireland BOICJMAis delighted to announce the ninth year of this event in memory of their colleague Catherine. The Catherine Judge Memorial award aims to support a new generation of musical talent on the Island of Ireland and is seeking applications from talented young musicians who would like to continue their music education at third level. The award was created as a lasting tribute to Catherine Judge, an employee of Bank of Ireland, who passed away in August 2005. Catherine had a great love of music and loved to see young people get opportunities to grow and develop.

The 2015 winner will receive a bursary of €5,500 to assist them with the costs of undertaking their third level music studies and for the first time in the history of the award, their nominating school or society will receive €1,200.

Conor McGlynn, Youth Marketing Manager, Bank of Ireland said: “This Award is one of the most exciting opportunities for young musicians on the island of Ireland. It provides young students with a chance to showcase their talents to a new audience and I’m really looking forward to celebrating and enjoying the wealth of musical talent that is out there.”

Abigail McDonagh, winner of the award in 2014 said:  “The Bank of Ireland Catherine Judge Memorial Award is a unique competition set apart from any other as it offers an invaluable musical experience and considerable financial support for young musicians. As well as providing a goal and a performance platform, it creates opportunities which otherwise would not be possible for young music students.”

The Grand Final will be on Saturday 18th April 2015 in the Great Hall in Queen’s University Belfast. The top applicants will be shortlisted to perform in front of a distinguished jury who have, in previous years, included world famous conductor David Brophy. Past winners have received considerable publicity in the local media and further afield.

Please note that the application process allows students from throughout Ireland to apply, provided they achieve at least Grade 8 (ABRSM, LCM or Trinity) or Senior Certificate (RIAM) in their chosen instrument (or voice) and who will commence the next stage of their studies in Autumn 2015.

Students must apply online and provide:

a) A recording of the applicant on their chosen instrument (or voice)

b) A copy of their qualification

c) The name of one referee who will verify the authenticity of the recording and the standard and suitability of the applicant.

The closing date for applications is 12 January 2015 and applicants may be invited to preliminary auditions in February 2015. It is anticipated that the musicians who have been selected to perform the the preliminary auditions/Grand Final will be notified by February.

Further information on the Award, including details of last year’s event and full terms and conditions including age limits, can be found at


New Belfast Based Record Label Quiet Arch Launched

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Quiet Arch isquiet arch a new Belfast based record label brought to you by the team behind the successful Belfast based electronic label Champion Sound Recordings. The focus of the label is to explore the area just left of mainstream, where live musicianship, art and technology meet. Quiet Arch will pride themselves on releasing artist material on beautifully designed vinyl and digital platforms.

Quiet Arch signings to date are; Ryan Vail, Tucan and SlowPlaceLikeHome plus a very special collaborative project between Ryan Vail and Lurgan-based folk singer Ciaran Lavery.

Ciaran and Ryan met at a music showcase event in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. Realising they were fans of each other’s work, they began writing an EP together that was recorded at Ryan Vail’s studio in Culmore, close to Donegal. The music is hugely inspired by the coastal setting, with sound recordings of the Atlantic waves, sea birds and the biting Irish wind.

The marriage of Ryan’s cinematic, electronic sound (Ryan recently scored BBC1 NI’s Hit the North documentary The Longest Night) and Ciaran’s wistful folk is a thing of beauty, bearing comparison to artists like King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, or Peter Broderick. It will be released early in 2015 on marbled, sea green vinyl, supported by a short tour taking in some unusual locations.

Ryan Vail is an electronic composer and singer from Derry/Londonderry who aside from this collaborative EP will release his debut album on Quiet Arch in 2015

Ciaran Lavery is a homegrown success story, a Lurgan-based folk singer that has racked up an impressive eight million plays on Spotify with minimal promotion up to now. As a result, he is attracting great interest from the USA and Canada and has been invited to play at both the Folk Alliance in Kansas and Canadian Music Week on the strength of his fan base in those territories.

Tucan are one of very best live bands in Ireland right now, think Explosions in the Sky meet Horslips at a raucous Irish wedding and you get some of an idea of just how charged their performances are.

SlowPlaceLikeHome is the brainchild of Keith Mannion , whose debut album Romola has appeared in more than one Irish Album of the year lists.

With an exciting year of releases ahead for Quiet Arch you can sign up to the mailing list or follow the label on Facebook or Twitter


TG4 set to launch new busking talent show

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Tg4Calling all singers and musicians in Ireland! It’s time to take the busking turf wars to the next level in TG4’s new talent search show looking for Ireland’s top busker.

Everyday, on every main street in Ireland, singers and musicians busk for the public. Now they’ll have the chance to busk to the nation.
If you’ve performed on the street, or in front of a small or large audience; whether it’s just you with a guitar, or a group of singers or musicians, then this is the stage for you.

The series will be recorded in RTÉ Studios in late February, but applications for the show are being accepted now. From the applications, 100 acts will be chosen for the recordings and they will have their chance to showcase their talent to the nation.

Over the series a panel of 3 expert judges, from the world of music and song, will whittle all the acts down to an elite group of 10. The Top 10 will then battle it out, head to head, for the title of Ireland’s Top Busker and a cash prize. Competition is open to all ages.

To apply for the series, please email


Cultural and creative industries in the EU show a way out of the economic crisis

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ey report picA new study published by EY (formerly Ernst & Young) and presented today to Commissioner Oettinger, Commissioner Navracsics and Vice-President Ansip shows that cultural and creative industries are among the EU’s biggest employers and have experienced sustained growth even through recession.

The EY study published today emphasises that creative works are one of the main sources nourishing the digital economy, which has been placed at the forefront of the European Commission’s future policy plan. Jean-Noël Tronc, CEO of French authors’ society Sacem, commented that “The creative and cultural sectors are an integral part of the digital economy. Creative works are instrumental in the value generated by the digital networks and platform”.

At a meeting later today with European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for Culture, Youth and Sports Tibor Navracsics, and Vice-President Andrus Ansip, the European Grouping of Societies of Authors and Composers (GESAC) and its partners for the study[1], will invite EU politicians to give the necessary consideration to the importance of creators who provide the life blood of the creative and cultural industries and the digital economy.

Christophe Depreter, President of GESAC, said “Today’s study shows that the creative and cultural industries create 5 times more jobs than telecommunications and far more than conventional sectors like chemical, automotive and metal and steel industries. We are in the information age and creative works are the main source of its digital economy. Creators need to be at the centre of EU policy on authors’ rights/copyright that would also feed a more diverse and future-proof digital economy.


IMRO Other Room Shortlist

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Having received Other-Voices-Logoalmost 700 entries for the IMRO Other Room Open Call a panel of industry judges have shortlisted five artists to go through to public vote.

The top five have been compiled as follows (in no particular order):

Come On Live Long
Wyvern Lingo
Little xs for Eyes
Staring at lakes

Voting is open now on the RTÉ website and will close at 8pm on Wednesday 3rd of December.

The Other Room Viewers’ Choice will be announced at 12pm on Thursday 4th of December. The winner will travel to Dingle in December to record their winning track for Other Voices Series 13.

To vote for your favourite band – click the link below.


Sound Training Online Offer 10% Discount On All Courses

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MASTER_STO_SqSound Training Online now has courses available for Ableton Live, Logic Pro X, and Native Instruments Maschine. Avail of a special 10% Christmas discount on any Sound Training Online course until December 21st 2014. All Sound Training Online lecturers are active Music Industry professionals, who have built and maintained successful careers within the Music Industry. Using their expertise and years of experience, these professionals have created courses that teach a unique range of skills, so students can build a successful musical career of their own. Course prices start from €175, making them an ideal Christmas present for that someone special.


Meet The Finalists (2/2)

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The live final of the 2014 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest takes place this Saturday, 22nd November at Fels Point Hotel, Tralee. Ten finalists selected from hundreds of entries will compete for this prestigious prize and a cheque for €1,000 courtesy of IMRO, Tralee Chamber Alliance and Tralee Credit Union. Doors open at 8:00pm

To celebrate the final, IMRO will be featuring two separate pieces focusing on the finalists in our Member News section today.

Bobby Lee

Bobby Lee Bobby Leeis an award winning guitarist, producer and writer lives in the south of Ireland . Bobby is a multi-instrumentalist and spends most of his now time in the company of young people teaching and tutoring them in a fully kitted out music club in his hometown. Bobby is a veteran to the way of the music and has rubbed shoulders with the best of them over the years recording touring and gigging extensively in Ireland and overseas with various bands and artists most notably  Hooky ,Open Kitchen and Kila. Recording and helping people produce music has become an integral part of his life and he seeks out young talent and records them frequently to a very high level at Claycastle  studios in his hometown of Youghal , raising funds through music shows and events as he goes.

Colm Lynch

Colm Lynch Colm Lynchis a singer songwriter from Killiney in South County Dublin. He has previously released two Studio Albums, “A Whisper in a Riot” (2006) and “Tickety Boo” (2008). Both releases received very favourable reviews and the latter led to his being nominated for the “Best Newcomer” award at the Meteors in 2009. He also won “Best Male Performance” at the 2007 Balcony TV awards. Lynch has enjoyed several daytime, radio airplay listings with the most notable being “It’s coming down”. It was on high, daytime rotation on 2 FM, playlisted on RTE Radio 1, Top 40 on Today FM playlist charts 2 weeks running, and song of the week on FM 104 Strawberry Alarm Clock.

Colm Lynch’s new musical project is called Watson ACE. Consisting of some of the top musicians in Ireland, they have recently recorded an album, “Backbone”, which was produced by renowned, Swedish Producer, Adam Kviman (Wannadies, Eagle Eye Cherry…..).

Liz Madden, Katie Carpenter and Gary Burke

It has Katie & Liz 4been one year since these three songwriters struck up a long distance musical relationship and began collaborating across the pond. Both born in Ireland, Katie Carpenter and Liz Madden began working remotely on a brand new batch of songs with Katie based in Meath, Ireland and Liz in Albuquerque, New Mexico. From this unique partnership, 15 new songs were born and have since been signed to GMP (Gulliver Music Publishing) One of these songs, ‘Southern Fire’ : selected as a finalist for this years Christie Hennessy song contest, is a collaboration between the duo and fellow singer-songwriter Gary Burke from Dublin. All three are IMRO registered songwriters and solo artists in their own right, bringing their own diverse influences and experiences to this partnership.

Paul McDonnell, Dave Molloy & Cathleen Flynn

Through his Paul McDonnellwriting/production partnerships with great people in Ireland and USA Paul McDonnell has built a body of work that is finally getting some solid recognition. In 1994 Paul teamed up with producer/writer David Molloy. Dave is also the director/producer at Cellar Club Studios ( Recently their songs – Superman, Heartbreak Pier, Funny Road, Welcome To The Real World, Life Like Mine and Pray have been recorded by multi platinum selling artists Tommy Fleming, De Danann and up and coming artists Richie Hayes, Valerie Armstrong. In June 2012 They wrote a song ‘Take A Look Around You’ for The Quays Shopping Centre – Newry. It ran on major TV and  national radio for 6 months. Paul’s other main collaborators include Scott Maher ( Gavin Murphy ( Della Mannion ( Scott and Paul co wrote “Home To Me” with Ruby Amanfu (Grammy nominated Artist from Nashville – currently touring/guest vocalist with Jack White – ( They are building a strong body of work – samples to be found on music page include –  If You’re in My Heart, Storm Chaser, Home To Me. In 2013 Paul started writing with orchestrator/pianist Gavin Murphy (Van Morrison, Sinead O’ Connor, West Life). – Samples of their work – “ Somebody Tell Me Why. Della Mannion is one of Ireland’s best vocalist/writers. She is currently recording her debut album with Dave Molloy.


Sive is Sadhbh O'Sullivana musician/songwriter hailing from Kildare. A multi-instrumentalist, she has been honing her unique style of writing since she was in her teens and has opened shows for the likes of Gemma Hayes, Jerry Fish and Kila. Sive released her debut album We Are Moving to critical acclaim in 2012, followed by an EP titled Turn Down the Silence last year. When she’s not busy with her own music, you’ll find her giving music workshops or working as a session musician/vocalist. 2014 so far has seen her appearing on RTE’s Other Voices, being invited to support John Spillane in the London-Irish Centre and beginning work on new material recording in Windmill Lane recording studios.


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Meet The Finalists (1/2)

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The live final of the 2014 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest takes place this Saturday, 22nd November at Fels Point Hotel, Tralee. Ten finalists selected from hundreds of entries will compete for this prestigious prize and a cheque for €1,000 courtesy of IMRO, Tralee Chamber Alliance and Tralee Credit Union. Doors open at 8:00pm

To celebrate the final, IMRO will be featuring two separate pieces focusing on the finalists in our Member News section today.

Bennie Reilly BennieReilly (Little xs For Eyes)(little xs for eyes)

Bennie Reilly formed the band little xs for eyes in 2006 along with partner Davey Moor.  The band released an E.P in 2007 and their debut album S.A.D. in 2011, to unanimous critical acclaim. Reilly’s quintessential songwriting themes: a love of nature and the nature of love take the band on a journey through forest, jungle and ocean, singing songs of lost summers, loose kisses and longed-for landscapes. Her passion for pop and interest in intricate and lush vocal arrangements lend to the bands distinct harmony-heavy sound. The song Seeping Hearts is taken from the little xs for eyes forthcoming album Everywhere Else due for release early 2015.

little xs for eyes are: Bennie Reilly :: voice, guitar & keys

Davey Moor :: guitar, voice, mandolin & psaltery

Michelle Considine :: voice, glockenspiel & keys

Lucy Jackson :: voice & keys

Harry Bookless :: bass & keys

Ed Costello :: drums & voice


Claire O’ Brien

Claire O’ Brien OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAis a 23 year old musician from Cork. She recently graduated from University College Cork where she studied performance and composition as part of her music degree.

From a young age she has enjoyed singing and writing poetry and songs, inspired by nature, people and the world in general! The song she will be performing tonight tells the story of a dark and stormy night in Cork city when electricity was cut off all across the area after a swan flew into an electricity wire. Despite the grim nature of the song, she hopes the song’s melody and lyrics will pay tribute to the life of that bird and bring you enjoyment as you listen. Claire will perform tonight with Fionnuala Joyce, a wonderful friend, violinist and singer. Fionnuala Joyce arranged her own part for violin and vocal harmonies.


Gary Keane

Attending Gary Keanerecording sessions with Earth, Wind & Fire, tracking vocals in LA with producer George ‘G1′ Archie (R Kelly, Snoop Dogg) and engineer Tommy D Daugherty (Death Row Records, 2Pac)…..collaborating with Michael Jackson’s long-time bassist Cornelius Mimms, playing to an audience of 2,500 at this year’s Rose Of Tralee as well as live sessions at RTÉ studios and Electric Picnic – just a snapshot of 2014 so far for Gary Keane. Having played extensively around Ireland with his one-man beatbox and loop pedal show,  Gary is now one half of the production duo ‘White Boys’ who will release the song ‘Stylin’ as their debut single in January 2015 with a tour to follow.

Gary Keane –


Nodlaig Ní Bhrollaigh

Nodlaig Ní Nodlaig BrollyBhrollaigh, born in 1977, is a singer/songwriter and musician from Dungiven, County Derry. Nodlaig inherited a wealth of traditional and folk music from her parents, well-known folk singers, Anne and Francie Brolly. Classically trained, Nodlaig plays harp and piano and was lead flautist with the Irish National Youth Orchestra.

Her debut album entitled, “Under a Pale moon” was released in 2004 by Wren Records and marked a return to her traditional/folk roots and featured original songs and contemporary compositions. The album was critically acclaimed in the U.S.A., was described as “a jewel” and “pure listening pleasure” (Rambles, Nick Rossiter) and was in the top ten in the Irish Music Magazine.

Nodlaig has performed at festivals throughout America and Europe, headlined the St Patrick’s day concert with the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, toured with Phil Coulter and performed at the Dinan International Harp Festival in Brittany. Nodlaig collaborated with Paul McSherry and Brendan Hendry on the album, ‘Stringtones’ released in 2011 featured original songs composed by Nodlaig, “one of the best programmmes of recorded music I have heard in a long time” (The Living Tradition). Nodlaig, married with three children, established the Ruaidhrí Dall School of Harp and Song in Dungiven in 2011 and is involved in the revival of the Irish language and traditional music in the area.

Áine Ní Bhrollaigh, Nodlaig’s niece, born in 1996, sings lead vocal. Áine is a young and upcoming singer and has won many accolades in traditional singing and had a lead role in the recent production of ‘Les Miserables’ in the Millenium Forum in Derry city.


Alan Kavanagh

Alan Kavanagh Alan Kavanaghis a 26 year old singer/songwriter from Ashbourne, Co. Meath. While studying for a music degree in DKIT, Alan released his first single which went straight to number two in the charts. Since his first release, he has supported acts such as The Coronas, Mundy, Luan Parle, Don Baker, 5ive and Jack L. Alan’s latest single ‘Bitter Man’ peaked at number three on the I-Tunes Rock Chart last year.

Alan plays ukulele, guitar, piano, and bass and has a music degree from Dundalk IT. He has also composed a piece recorded by the national chamber choir. He has spent the last two years gigging with Celebrity and Holland America where he has visited over 20 countries.

Alan Kavanagh –


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IMRO Supports Development of the Irish Uilleann Pipes

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Na Píobairí downloadUilleann are delighted to announce the support of the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) for Pipe-Up, an outreach teaching programme for the Uilleann Pipes.

Pipe-Up delivers tuition on the uniquely Irish uilleann pipes over a two year programme to Primary School children in fifth and sixth class. Students are provided with a practice instrument from Na Píobairí Uilleann’s Pipes On Loan instrument bank and receive regular weekly lessons.

The young musicians are also encouraged to develop their performance skills by ensemble and solo playing at school concerts and other public recitals. The project builds on a successful pilot with several Dublin schools.

The Pipe-Up programme also provides important development opportunities for emerging uilleann pipers seeking to build a career as professional musicians by providing a creative outlet through teaching and transmission of the music. The programme also includes mentoring of teachers and professional development through training on contractual, copyright and royalty considerations.

The project is a core element of Na Píobairí Uilleann’s Sharing the Sound of Ireland Strategy built on for objective pillars of Access, Education, Performance and Preservation, delivered through the organisation’s commitment to excellence in values, governance and processes.

About Na Píobairí Uilleann

Na Píobairí Uilleann (NPU), the Society of Uilleann Pipers was founded in 1968 by pipers with the aim of protecting a threatened art form. Now, forty six years later, NPU is a thriving arts organisation with thousands of members, dedicated to servicing the aims and needs of uilleann pipers worldwide. It is the ambition of NPU to establish the music of the uilleann pipes as a major art form around the world in the 21st century. Since unveiling its restored Georgian premises at 15 Henrietta St, Dublin in January 2007, NPU has been busy catering for the expanding demand for regular tuition as well as releasing a number of significant publications and recordings. With demand for pipes considerably exceeding supply, a dedicated Training Centre – PipeCraft – has been established to deliver training in the very highly skilled craft of uilleann pipemaking. NPU’s commitment to tuition, both on a weekly basis at its premises and internationally, continues to grow, along with its public performance programme.

NPU also maintains a significant online presence. Source, our web-based piping and traditional music resource, makes available our accumulated training, tutorial and archive materials to lovers of Irish music around the world.

Na Píobairí Uilleann’s primary funding agencies include the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, The Arts Council / An Comhairle Ealaíonn and Dublin City Council

Na Píobairí Uilleann, 15 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

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