Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year Shortlist Announced

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MCMP-logo1The shortlist for the Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year 2014 in association with IMRO and IRMA has just been announced.

The ten Irish songs will now go to a public vote with the overall winner to be revealed at the 10th Meteor Choice Music Prize Live Event at Vicar Street on Thursday, 5th March.

The songs in the running for the award are:

The Meteor Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of the Year Award recognises the nation’s favourite songs of last year. Every year since its inception, the Irish Song of the Year has encouraged people to celebrate Irish artists by shining a spotlight on the very best songs of the past year. The platform for homegrown Irish music has grown since the Irish Song of the Year Prize was established in 2011, and competition for the award is always fierce.

The public vote is now open at All voters are in with a chance to win smartphones and tickets to the Meteor Choice Music Prize Live Event on Thursday, 5th March in Vicar Street and people can vote once a day until voting closes at midnight on March 1st.

The winning entry will be announced at the live event and awarded the Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year trophy along with a prize fund of €3,000.

Lisa Comerford, Meteors Consumer Marketing Director, said: Were really excited to support an outstanding year for Irish musicians, as and reflected in the eclectic world-class shortlist for the Irish Song of the Year. The Meteor Choice Music Prize aims to encourage people to discover, discuss and enjoy great Irish music and this years shortlist certainly showcases the very best the Irish music scene produced last year.

Tickets for the Meteor Choice Music Prize Live Event are on sale from all Ticketmaster outlets and from, priced at 24.00 including booking fee.

The Meteor Choice Music Prize is supported by IMRO, IRMA, RAAP, HMV Xtra vision, Culture Ireland, Today FM, RTE 2 & Music Week.


Irish artists can now apply for a Sky Academy Arts Scholarships 2015

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skyacademyThe Sky Academy Arts Scholarships 2015, are designed to support emerging artistic talent and will give an artist aged 18-25 living in Ireland the opportunity to receive €38,000 and high level mentoring, allowing them to focus exclusively on their creative practice for a year.

Sky Academy Arts Scholarships are open to individuals working in the following fields:
Performing Arts, Dance, Music, Creative Producing and Creative Writing.


Call for Scores to West Cork Chamber Music Festival Composition Competition

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West Cork CompWest Cork Music invites Irish composers under 35 years of age on 1st January 2015 to submit works for string quartet for performance at the 20th West Cork Chamber Music Festival 2015.

Four works will be selected. The composer of each selected work will receive a prize of €500 and two nights B&B at the festival. They will be asked to attend the Young Composers Forum at the festival on Sunday 27th June 2015, which will be directed by an international composer, where the winning pieces will be played through by a quartet on the Festival’s Master Class programme. The premieres will take place during the festival in the Town Concert series on 30th June and 1st, 2nd and 3rd July.

Scores must be submitted to West Cork Music by 9 March 2015. Scores must be submitted electronically. Full Details here:

Address for submission: Maeve Murphy, West Cork Music: Email: pawcm[at]


Pan Celtic International Song Contest 2015 submission deadline approaching

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Competition to pan cheilteachfind song to represent Ireland at the Pan Celtic International Festival 2015

Amhrán na hÉireann le roghnú don Fhéile Idirnáisiúnta Pan Cheilteach 2015

€1,000 to be won!

Tá an cuardach faoi lán seoil chun amhrán as Gaeilge a roghnú le bheith san iomaíocht ar son na hÉireann ag an bhFéile Idirnáisiúnta Pan Cheilteach 2015. 

The search is on to find Ireland’s entry in the Pan Celtic International Song Contest 2015. Each of the participating countries – Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Brittany, Isle of  Man and Cornwall – will enter a song in its own celtic language.

Music and lyrics must be newly composed. Songs may be in any genre… traditional, ballad, pop, folk, rock and the deadline for entries on cd is Friday, 23rd January 2015.

Entries will be shortlisted to compete at the Pan Celtic National Song Contest which will be held in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow on Saturday, 7th  March, 2015.  Main sponsor of the national contest is IMRO in association with Gael Linn. The prize for the winning song is €1,000 and will go forward to represent Ireland at the Pan Celtic International Festival which will take place in Derry in April 2015.

If you are interested in applying you can browse the Entry forms and Rules of Entry or you can also visit . Enquiries to 059 9158105, 085 1340047 or email

The address for entries on CD is:

An Comórtas Amhrán Pan Cheilteach,

Glór Cheatharlach,

Sráid an Choláiste,  Ceatharlach, Co. Cheatharlach.

This event is sponsored by IMRO


Concorde to Present Up Close with Music 2015

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Concorde 2015New Irish Music in an International Context

A new series of ‘Up Close with Music’ begins at the RHA Gallery on Sunday 25 January. The musical events, presented by renowned contemporary music ensemble Concorde, take place on Sunday afternoons from 2.30 – 4.30 pm, and present music of our time by composers from Ireland and around the world.

January 25, 2015 Concorde: Up Close with Music
RHA Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin 2

2.30 – 3.15 pm
Geoff Sheil (Ire/USA): Folding, 2013 (trumpet solo) European premiere
Richard Pressley (USA): Three Haiku, 2010 (flute, clarinet, violin, cello) Irish premiere
Tawnie Olson (USA): Paraclete, 2013 (solo clarinet with kick drum and Tibetan bowl) European premiere
Iain Matheson (Scotland): Double, 2008 (alto flute, bass clarinet) Irish premiere
Jane O’Leary (USA/Ire): NEW WORK (alto flute, violin) World premiere

3.45 – 4.30 pm
Carolyn O’Brien (USA): Caprice, 2013 (solo violin) European premiere
Manuel Bonino (Spain): Diphda, 2002 (solo flute, electronics) Irish premiere
Jane O’Leary (USA/Ire): NEW WORK (alto flute, violin)
Osmo Tapio Raihala (Finland): Zénith, 2011 Irish premiere
(a vocalise for trumpet and a quartet of flute, clarinet, violin and cello)

Performers in the January concert are: Madeleine Staunton, flutes; Paul Roe, clarinets; Elaine Clark, violin; Martin Johnson, cello and Paul Kiernan, trumpet – Concorde’s student performer for the season, DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama.

Up Close with Music is supported by a Project Award from the Arts Council. Partnership with the RHA Gallery is gratefully acknowledged.
Admission is free of charge and all are welcome.

Future events in the series featuring music by Irish composers will take place on 22nd February, 29th March and 26th April.

Sunday 25 January 2015
2.30 – 3.15 pm & 3.45 – 4.30 pm
RHA Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin 2
Admission Free…early arrival advised!



Sound Training Online Launch Pro Tools Course

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soundtrainingcollegeHave you ever thought that Sound Engineering is something that you would like to learn, whether as a hobby or professionally? Here’s a good opportunity to do so.

Sound Training Online have developed a 6-week entry level course for Pro Tools 11, the industry standard software used by Sound Engineer’s in studios all over the world. This course teaches students how to use the software, and teaches skills that can be used to Record, Edit, and Mix any type of track consisting of recorded audio or virtual MIDI instruments. To mark the release of their first course for Pro Tools, Sound Training Online are offering a special discount of 20% until the end of January. This course has been specifically tailored for those who wish to embark on a career in Sound Engineering, and is taught by the highly renowned Avid Pro Tools Expert Aidan Cunningham.


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.

Apply here:


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