Irish Music Shines at Ceiliúradh

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Last Thursday, as part of President Higgins’ State visit to Britain, the Royal Albert Hall in London played host to Ceiliúradh, a celebration of Ireland’s long-standing cultural connections with Britain.

The event featured musical performances from Paul Brady, The Gloaming, Glen Hansard, Lisa Hannigan, Eimear Quinn, John Sheahan, Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny and Imelda May.

The event also featured a performance from Conor O’Brien of Villagers (pictured), who duetted with Elvis Costello on the song “Shipbuilding”.

A special house band also performed throughout the evening featuring some of Ireland’s finest musicians including Liam Bradley, John Carty, Anthony Drennan, Graham Henderson, Donal Lunny, Mike McGoldrick, Paul Moore, Caitlin NicGabhann, Mairtin O’Connor and Brendan Power.

The full version of the show is available now on the RTE player here


April Listings for The Sunday Roast

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The award winning “The Sunday Roast” is one of Dublin city’s longest running weekly music club nights. Now in its 10th year, the club has been showcasing the best of Irish and international talent every Sunday night to large crowds and has established itself firmly amongst the musical community as an ideal showcase arena for up and coming and well established homegrown music.

Housed in the booming Mercantile Bar for the last 6 years, the Sunday Roast hosts a fresh, eclectic mix of musical styles and acts every week as well as offering customers complimentary bowls of our legendary home made roast potatoes; our trademark ‘gimmick’ that has become a fixture at the Roast.

A small roll call of names who have played on our stage highlights the reputation we have around town: Declan O’Rourke, Damien Dempsey, Mundy, Camille O’Sullivan, The Walls, Gavin Friday, James Blunt, Lisa O’Neill, Wallis Bird, O Emperor etc etc

The Sunday Roast has been run over 10 years by Keiron Black/ Alan Starr/John Brereton

April Listings

April 13th - 

Kate’s Party-Lemmon Cello- Desperate Menace- Tandem Shy- Sub Motion Simplefires (Mexico)

April 20th Easter Bank Holiday- Open Late 

Plastic Candles- Royal Autumn- The Bizarre Simon Machale (Sweden)

April 27th 

2Glass Eyes (Belfast) Paul Creane & The Changing Band-Not Gun Enough-SFvsAS

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Songs From The Youth 2014 In Association with IMRO

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Songs from the youth is a new music movement that challenges youths to write an original song and enter a song writing competition.

In association with IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation) Craftzone is offering secondary schools and youth groups the opportunity to take part in this unique and exciting music challenge.

In a one-day song-writing workshop CraftZone will guide students through the process of writing and recording an original song. Students will explore writing lyrics, composition, production skills and music technology while being offered the opportunity to transform the classroom into a state of the art mobile recording studio.

The competition is also open to both bands and solo artists between the age of 11 and 18. Submit your original song and be in with a chance of winning recording time in Temple Lane Recording Studios.

Once your song is entered into the competition you automatically take part in an array of award categories. An online public vote will determine the top songs along with industry professionals. The top two songs from each region, which receive the most votes, will be invited to compete at the Songs From the Youth music awards later this year.

This is a great opportunity to present and showcase your music to the public. If you would like more information or would like to enter the competition visit or call 0879628870.


Concorde Present: Up Close with Music

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Sunday, 27 April 2014

RHA Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin 2

2.30 – 3.15pm & 3.45 – 4.30 pm

Admission Free


Jane O’Leary, artistic director

Paul Roe, clarinet/bass clarinet

Bogdan Sofei, violin

Martin Johnson, cello

Dermot Dunne, accordion

Clare McCague, concert harp

Visual artist, Marie Hanlon

2.30 pm

Patrick Egan: new piece (premiere)  (bass clarinet, cello, accordion)  Concorde 2014 student composer

Ellen Lindquist (USA/Norway): Eos  (2005) (solo violin)  (Irish premiere)

Judith Ring:  swelt belly at dawn  (2013)  (violin, cello, clarinet) a Concorde commission

Rhona Clarke & Marie Hanlon: The Small Hours  (accordion solo + visuals) premiere, commissioned by Concorde

3.45 pm

Documentary film on Frank Corcoran, produced by Mark Linnane

Frank Corcoran: A Dark Song (Irish premiere) (bass clarinet solo)

Ed Bennett: Breath  (2006) commissioned by Concorde for the Beckett centenary. (bass clarinet, violin, cello)

Helgi Ingvarsson (Iceland/UK): Breath (premiere, 2012 revised) (cello, harp)

Rhona Clarke & Marie Hanlon – The Small Hours (2014)  (accordion solo + visuals) a Concorde commission

The final event in Concorde’s series UP CLOSE WITH MUSIC at the RHA Gallery this year features new work by composer Rhona Clarke and artist Marie Hanlon, a 70th birthday tribute to Frank Corcoran, the premiere of a specially composed work by Concorde’s 2014 student composer Patrick Egan, music from Norway and Dublin contemplating ‘dawn’, and music from Icelandic and Irish composers reflecting on ‘breath’.  The concerts take place at 2.30 and 3.45 pm and admission is free.  Programmes feature new Irish music in an international context.  The Gallery opens at Noon and current exhibitions include Dorothy Cross: Connemara and James Hanley: Souvenirs.

Up Close with Music is supported by a Music Project Award from The Arts Council.


New TG4 Music Show Bosca Ceoil Announces Pauline Scanlon as Presenter

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Bosca CeoilTG4’s newest, most exciting traditional Irish music series, Bosca Ceoil, is recording in Monroes Live, Galway from April 7th-11th. It has been announced that Pauline Scanlon from Lumiere will be the presenter of the series.

Pauline Scanlon has a voice described by The Irish Times as “a superb mix of china cup fragility and steely strength”- Hailing from the strong West Kerry tradition of song, she has the ability to interpret her physical and emotional landscape. Pauline has released 4 albums, all to critical acclaim, 2 solo offerings and in recent years 2 as half of celebrated duo Lumiere. Pauline’s distinctive voice has seen her perform around the globe on stages from Glastonbury to New York’s Carnegie Hall. Over the years she has performed and recorded with some of Ireland’s most cherished artists including Sinéad O’Connor, Damien Dempsey, Séamus Begley and John Spillane to name a few. Throughout her career Pauline has exemplified her worldly knowledge of different musical styles and showcased her ability and willingness to cross-traditional boundaries while maintaining her roots in West Kerry.

Bosca Ceoil brings together an eclectic mix of famous faces and new artists and is brought to TG4 by the team behind 2013’s hit series, Fleadh Live. Gifted Empire Productions broke new ground with massive audience ratings for Fleadh Live and was a huge success with their groundbreaking coverage of Fleadh Ceoil 2013 from Derry.

Artists already confirmed to appear in the filming of Bosca Ceoil include:

Sharon Shannon, Cara Dillon, Dervish, We Banjo 3, Moxie, Frankie Gavin, Flook, Four Men and a Dog and Mick Flannery.

Now added to the line up are Lumiere, Buttons & Bows, Joanie Madden, Beoga, Steve & Joe Wall, Edel Fox & Nell Byrne, Alan Kelly Gang, The Bonny Men,  Raw Bar Collective, At First Light, New Road with Lisa O’Neill & Donal McCague.

Limited tickets to this exclusive recording are still available – contact

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Upcoming Songwriting, Music & Performance Workshops

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luan parleSinger-songwriter, Luan Parle, is currently in the middle of a series of Songwriting, Music and Performance workshops taking place at venues throughout the country. This month, Luan will be hosting a two-day workshop on Glór, Ennis on 15th and 16th April and then moving on to Making Music in Gorey, Co. Wexford on 18th and 19th April.

Luan recently hosted workshops in Naas and Wicklow. The participants of the Wicklow workshop will be performing their song at the Wicklow Wide Coffee Morning in Enniskerry this morning, Friday 4th April.

For full details of the upcoming workshops, including booking information, are here and here


The Association of Irish Composers announces season 2 of The Irish Canon

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aic-logo-300x246This afternoon, Paul Roe and Bill Dowdall kick off the second season in the Association of Irish Composers’ Irish Canon concert series with a recital and masterclasses as part of Waterford New Music Week. This season sees concerts taking place in Dublin, Waterford, Limerick and Cork, and with partners such as the Cork Orchestral Society, Waterford IT and Mary Immaculate College, with more to be confirmed over the coming weeks.

The Irish Canon sees some of Ireland’s top performers bringing specially selected programmes of Irish works to universities and venues across the country. With this series, the Association of Irish Composers seeks to create a new canon of Irish works by ensuring multiple performances of music by Irish composers, and taking the first steps toward making them repertoire standards, redefining what it means to have a musical ‘canon’. Each programme is carefully chosen by the performer from the current repertoire of music by Irish composers for their instrument.

Listen to past programmes here:


Kate Ellis (cello); David Bremner (organ); Isabelle O’Connell (piano); Cora Venus Lunny (violin); Bill Dowdall (flute); Paul Roe (clarinet); Michelle O’Rourke (voice); David Bremner/Elizabeth Hilliard (piano/voice)

For more information, please contact Anna Murray, Concerts Secretary, The Association of Irish Composers at


‘The Acoustic Yard’ back in Matt Molloy’s Westport on March 25th

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molloys‘The Acoustic Yard’, a monthly IMRO supported showcase event that features singer/songwriters from around the world will hold it’s next original collection of songs on Tuesday March 25th in Matt Molloy’s, Westport. After last months successful launch hosted by David Dee Moore and filmed by, ‘The Acoustic Yard’ presents three exciting contemporary songwriters in Kate O’Callaghan from Donegal, Jim McKee a Tyrone native based in the Burren and Mayo resident Paul Kirwan.

Kate O’Callaghan’s recent CD ‘The Still Beyond’ manages to combine evocative melodies with intelligent considered lyrics. She has a very distinctive writing style that compliments her beautiful vocal delivery. She has sung at numerous festivals including the Galway Arts Festival and Glastonbury in the UK.

Another hidden gem is the multi talented Jim McKee whose new CD ‘Goodness comes from the heart’ is full of catchy tunes and emotive lyrics. Some of his songs appear in the award winning film ‘Songs for Amy’ which will be globally released this year. Jim is also an actor and a professional artist with his paintings displayed extensively in Ireland and France.

Paul Kirwan is known around Ireland as front man with his Mayo based Paul K Band. With his smooth and atmospheric vocal and his virtuoso fast piano blues playing, his original songwriting can make you both dance and clutch at your heart strings. Paul has shared the stage with Duke Special, Arlo Guthrie, Deacon Blue, Imelda May and he recently appeared on BalconyTV.

Doors open at 8.30pm and any singer/songwriters wishing to be considered for ‘The Acoustic Yard’ or require more information please contact David Dee at


Authors’ Council “Writers and Directors Worldwide” Relaunches and Calls for a Unified Voice on Creators’ Rights

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Fair Remuneration for Audiovisual, Dramatic and Literary Creators Ensures Their Vital Contribution to the World’s Economy and Culture.writers&directors

The newly relaunched “Writers and Directors Worldwide” authors’ council has called for a simplified debate on creators’ rights as latest reports put the economic contribution of the creative sector at record levels. The group that dates back to 1966 and was previously known as the International Council of Dramatic, Literary and Audiovisual Creators (CIADLV) has streamlined both its name and message.

The authors in these repertoires entertain millions across the world by creating films, TV series, books or theatre plays and simply need to receive a fair remuneration for their work:” said Yves Nilly, French author, screenwriter and newly re-appointed chair of Writers and Directors Worldwide. “Unfortunately, the reality is that the overwhelming majority of creators in this sector ­— individuals, often self-employed ­— cannot make a living from being an author. Authors’ rights are the key; without it they have to find other jobs and their creative contribution to culture, diversity and the economy is lost.”

This contribution takes two equally significant forms. In economic terms, the work done by writers and directors is usually the first step in launching productions that the British Film Institute for example, estimates has contributed over €5 billion last year to the UK economy alone. The second contribution is to the world’s culture, described in the recent United Nations Creative Economy Report as “both a driver and an enabler of human and sustainable development”.

The next generation of creators, those struggling to launch new projects today, especially need to be supported. The nature of writers and directors’ work also often encompasses long, single and sometimes speculative projects with the flow of income neither constant nor assured. “The only way to maintain a sustainable creative industry is to guarantee a fair remuneration to authors for every use and re-use of their back catalogue,” said Nilly.

Writers and Directors Worldwide has a full agenda for the coming months beginning with a new international action plan to support the struggle of directors and screenwriters for recognition in national copyright laws of fair remuneration rights for every use of their work. It will liaise with authors’ unions in countries such as Colombia, Brazil, India or China to share best practice and provide support in protecting rights in these fast growing regions.