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

W: P:00353(0)1 8730093


Shortlist Announced for the 4th Annual Christie Hennessy Song Contest 2014

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Live Final ch2 (1)Taking Place at Fels Point Hotel, Tralee

Saturday, 22nd November | 8:00pm

Special Guest – Don Baker


The live final of the fourth annual IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest takes place on Saturday, 22nd November at Fels Point Hotel, Tralee. Ten finalists, selected from hundreds of entries from across Ireland and beyond, will perform their song in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges. The winning songwriter will be presented with a cheque for €1,000, courtesy of Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), Tralee Chamber Alliance and Tralee Credit Union.

The IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest takes place as a tribute to the life and music of one of Tralee’s most famous sons. Christie grew up in a house full of music in Tralee and went on to become one of Ireland’s best known singer-songwriters. Among his songs which went on to be recorded by other artists were “All The Lies That You Told Me” performed by Frances Black, “Don’t Forget Your Shovel” performed by Christy Moore and “Oh Jealous Heart” performed by Moya Brennan.

Special guest performance on the night will come from Don Baker. The IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest is among a number of events taking place in Tralee over the course of the weekend of the 21st to 22nd November at Fels Point Hotel, Tralee, including live music with the Troubadour Club on Friday 21st, a songwriting workshop on Saturday 22nd as well as product demonstrations and an IMRO songwriter clinic where any query you have about IMRO or your membership can be answered.

Last year, Meath native, Alan Kavanagh took home the top prize in the IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest for his song, “Bitter Man”, while the inaugural contest winner of 2011 was Paul McDonnell for his song, “Superman”.

The ten finalists taking part in the 2014 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest (in no particular order) are:

Bobby Lee – “Every Last Drop”

Sadhbh O’Sullivan – “Wingless Bird”

Katie Carpenter & Liz Madden – “Southern Fire”

Gary Keane – “Stylin”

Nodlaig Brolly – “The Emigrant Carn”

Colm Lynch – “Never Meant To Be”

Claire O’Brien – “Swan Song”

Alan Kavanagh – “Just A Jukebox Away”

Bennie Reilly (Little xs For Eyes) – “Seeping Hearts”

Paul F McDonnell, Dave Molloy, Cathleen Flynn – “Be All You Can Be”

Entry to the live final is free of charge, but due to limited capacity, booking is advised. To reserve a place in the audience email IMRO at or phone 01 661 4844.

The Christie Hennessy Song Contest is supported by Tralee Chamber Alliance, Tralee Credit Union, Radio Kerry, Kerry’s Eye, Tralee Advertiser, The Troubadour Club, Bose, Cort, Paintbox, Centre Screen & Fels Point Hotel.

To keep up to date with the contest and to know who the winner of this year’s prize is you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Left Coast Chamber Ensemble 2015 Composition Contest

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LeftCoastChamberEnsemble2015 COMPOSITION CONTEST
Award  US $1500 cash
Performance by Left Coast Chamber Ensemble during the 2015-2016 concert season
Recording of the live performance

Composers of all ages and nationalities may apply.

Select any combination of the following instrumentation for 1-7 players.
1 Male Voice (Tenor)
1 Flute (doubling Alto Flute and/or Piccolo)
2 Oboes (one doubling English Horn)
1 Clarinet (doubling B flat, A, E flat, and/or Bass Cl.)
1 Piano (or Harpsichord)
2 Violins
2 Violas
2 Cellos
1 Double Bass
1 Guitar


Other Voices Returns | IMRO Other Room Open Call

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It’s December …it’s Dingle …it’s Other Voices.other voices

Back for its Thirteenth season, the Church of St. James’ will open its doors to the first Other Voices concert on Friday the 12th, Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th December. . All the signature elements that make Other Voices special will be there in abundance, from singer songwriters to rock bands, from surprise performances to acapellas. Those who have previously graced it’s hallowed stage include the likes of Glen Hansard, The National, Anna Calvi, Damien Rice, Asgeir, Savages, Elbow, The XX, Amy Winehouse, St. Vincent, Snow Patrol, Sinéad O’ Connor and John Grant…

The Other Voices programme now reaches out across the town and caters for all appetites…for culture vultures of all stripes there is Banter, a salon style series of discussions and debate curated by Jim Carroll ( taking place in Foxy John’s Bar (half pub, half hardware shop)..for eager music aficionados, the Music Trail will feature new and established bands playing in unusual venues around Dingle, which is always a highlight. Surprise guests are a feature and you simply never know who will turn up. All Music Trail events are free and take place before and after the church shows, while live-streaming guarantees a seat for everybody and an electric atmosphere in the town’s pubs.

This year Other Voices is delighted to announce that series presenter Aidan Gillen will play a two hander with BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens.


Damien Rice

The first four acts to be revealed are…Young Fathers, Delorentos, All We Are and Damien Rice.

Just last week Young Fathers won the coveted Mercury Prize 2014 for their album Dead. The Edinburgh-based trio will bring their experimental hip hop style to Dingle for the first time when they visit in December.

Delorentos have just released their fourth album Night Becomes Light to critical acclaim. Last year the band won the Choice Music Prize-Album of the Year for their LP Little Sparks. They have been busy touring through-out the last few months, so they’ll be in fine form when they reach St James’.


Songwriters In The Round returns on Nov 13th in Kilkenny’s Hole In The Wall

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songwritersintheroundSONGWRITERS IN THE ROUND is back for its third month on Thursday 13th November at Hole in the Wall, Kilkenny. Last month’s event saw a full house captivated by the songs of Ultan Conlon, Clive Barnes, Mike Ryan (New Blue Sioux) and Jimmy Trigger (We Are The Riot).

Hosted by Martin Bridgeman, this month’s Songwriters in the Round is going to be another very exciting and popular event with Carol Keogh, John Hegarty, Celine Carroll and Justin Cullen (Frankenstein Bolts) taking to the stage to share their songs and an insight into their writing. Tickets are 7 Euro on the door.

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Inflyte Launches Groundbreaking Music Promo Delivery Platform

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Belfast based inflyte-004music and technology company Inflyte has announced the launch of a groundbreaking, user-friendly mobile platform that allows music companies and PR firms to send promo material direct to DJs, programmers and journalists for instant, smarter feedback.

Founded by former BBC presenter, DJ & producer Paul Hamill and technology developer Paul McConnon, Inflyte was established earlier this year with the aim of creating a way for promotional music to be distributed and listened to in a much more efficient way that offers a better user experience for everyone involved.

The Inflyte team also includes Darren Hemmings, who is the founder of digital marketing consultancy Motive Unknown and curator of influential music industry newsletter The Daily Digest.  Hemmings has assumed a business development consultancy role with the company.

Inflyte allows promotional music to be sent directly to users mobile phones where it can be cached and listened to offline at any time on any device. It allows recipients to listen to promotional music and deliver feedback when it suits them making it much more lifestyle compatible.


Outstanding musicians to present workshops especially for children

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Outstanding Halloween_ART_Blues_Train_2musicians from the worlds of jazz, blues, rap, swing, pop and dance music to present workshops and performances especially created for children this mid-term break

The Ark, in Temple Bar Dublin, consistently brings world class artists, musicians, writers and actors together all with the common goal of creating exciting work designed especially for children. This mid-term there is a real treat in store as internationally renowned musicians gather at The Ark to bring young audiences on a musical adventure through the worlds of blues, jazz, dance, pop and swing.

With a programme of events running from 25 Oct – 1 November there is something for all musical tastes and talents.

The Ark welcomes back Nico Brown and Martin Brunsden for a gig full of songs, imaginative sound play, unusual instruments and a little bit of joyful chaos. To co-incide with the re-launch of Out of the Door of The Ark, an album of songs by Nico Brown and Martin Brunsden two very special concerts will be held on Sat 25 Oct at 12pm and 2.30pm. Aimed at ages 3-8, family audiences will hear the sounds of the double bass, singing saw, harp, accordion, thumb pianos, mandolin, concertina, swanee whistle, guitar and other strange instruments they might have never even seen before.

For ages 2-4, saxophonist Nick Roth is creating a very special magic-themed workshop for ages 2-3 and ages 3-4, Inspired by the work of Miles Davis in the 1970s and given a suitably Halloween twist! (26 & 27 Oct)

Harmonica player and guitarist Michael McInerney will bring audiences on a journey into the mellow world of the blues. This is a hands on workshop suitable for total beginners and participants will have a chance to try their own hand at the harmonica small wind instrument you play with your mouth to make groovy blues sounds. (27 Oct & 1 Nov)

Angie (Minnie) McLaughlin and her band (the Illywhackers) are known for their quirky and fun mix of swing, Hawaiian, jazz/blues songs and on Bank Holiday Monday 27 Oct at The Ark will perform a Transylvanian themed concert especially for children and families. Presented in partnership with the Bram Stoker Festival.