Music City 2015 ready to hit Derry this month

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logo_music_cityMusic City, the festival where everyone can play, will return to the city of Derry later this month. For the 2015 edition, the festival has been expanded to 3 days and will transform the city’s streets, venues, neighbourhoods, churches, offices and workplaces into performance spaces on the weekend of 19th – 21st June. All forms of music will be on show at Music City 2015 so whether it’s classical, country, folk, rock, trad, jazz or house music that is your favourite genre, Music City will have something for every music fan.


Jamie Mulrooney wins Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition

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dopplerLast weekend was one like no other for local musician Jamie Mulrooney (Pontoon,Mayo) as he headed off to Carrick-on-Suir, Co.Tipperary to take part in the final of the Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition.

Jamie’s song “The Truth Is Not Your Own” was selected from over 125 entries as winner of the competition at the festival’s highlight event on Sunday the 31st of May.

Jamie, who hails from the west coast of Mayo, was delighted with the win saying that the prize would help finance his first EP which he plans to release in January 2016.

‘It’s made a huge difference in my confidence as a songwriter and I’m going to release an EP with ‘The Truth Is Not Your Own’ as the lead track next January’, said Jamie.

Jamie’s prize includes €500 sponsored by IMRO, Music Matters Ireland and the Clancy Brothers Festival, CD duplication and packaging from Duplication Ireland worth €215, and premium services from


SongCat™ Forges Ahead With New Alliances

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Groundbreaking song demo and music production studio assists

songwriters & musicians in delivering radio-ready tracks

Groundbreaking song demo and music production studio SongCat LLC, is amping its innovation of the modern music industry with a number of newly announced initiatives, alongside its latest customer survey—which continues to demonstrate its overwhelming satisfaction in the marketplace.songcat


Founded in 2014, the firm offers burgeoning and established songwriters, lyricists, composers, musicians, performers and artists access to its hand-picked team of professional session musicians and audio engineers to produce full-bodied tracks—from arranging through mastering.

SongCat™ also provides such services as songwriter demos, music production, audio mixing & mastering, and session singers & musicians. It is the only online production studio to offer a money back guarantee, based on independent reviews.


Among new alliances, SongCat has forged a collaboration with five-time Grammy-winning Engineer Miles Walker, while it is now also integrally involved in the acclaimed annual International Songwriting Competition.

Walker’s exhaustive list of mixing and engineering credits includes countless hits and multi-platinum records around the world. He has worked with the likes of Ne-Yo, Beyonce, Rihanna, Wiz Khalifa, Iggy Azalea, Depeche Mode and Usher. Walker earned a Magna Cum Laude degree from the world-renowned Berklee College of Music. For SongCat, he will provide Grammy-standard mixes for its clientele.

We couldn’t be happier to have Miles on board as part of our prize-winning team,” says Chris Erhardt, CEO and member of the Irish Performing Rights Organisation IMRO. “Our productions are mixed digitally to the highest, radio-ready standards by our in-house audio engineers, however, some clients now need more than we have previously been able to offer. Miles is certainly among the leading industry pros when it comes to mixing.”

The International Songwriting Competition’s (ISC) partnership with SongCat gives the annual contest a valuable teammate in offering its five-dozen prize-winning acts the opportunity to have their demos and/or rough songs professionally arranged, engineered & mastered with pro musicians. ISC’s mission is to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and to promote excellence in the art of songwriting.

Erhardt adds: “We are excited to partner with such a respected leader among songwriting competitions. With ISC’s global reach, we now are able to help its winners reach the world with their songs, which already have traction in storming the global music charts, much like this year’s winner Vance Joyce.”


SongCat has also recently completed its latest Client Satisfaction Survey, which it conducts every 6 months as a benchmark of its services. In May, it surveyed responses for 115 produced songs—garnering a stellar average rating of 4.65 out of 5. The survey also revealed that 96% of its produced songs were ranked “higher quality” than any of SongCat’s potential competitors.

While these ratings exceeded our expectations, we can always improve upon our services,” Erhardt says. “We’ve added new session singers and musicians so we can now create the same standard for country and rock as we have for pop productions. As we continue to survey the needs of our customers, we are only going to grow stronger as the go-to destination for complete production services.”


About the Author

Award-winning Arts & Entertainment journalist Chuck Taylor worked for 14 years as a Senior Writer, Editor and Single Reviews Editor with Billboard magazine in New York. He is also a Grammy voter with NARAS.



AIC Presents: Flute Concert with Hanan Hadzajlic

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The Association flute-bosniaof Irish Composers are delighted to announce the details of two concerts with flautist/composer Hanan Hadžajlić, from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Hanan will perform a programme of music by Irish and Bosnian composers on the 28th of May in Sarajevo, followed by a concert here in Dublin in June. Composer John Buckley will travel to Sarajevo with the support of Culture Ireland and the Contemporary Music Centre to give a pre-concert talk on his own work and on Irish contemporary music. Hanan will also perform some of the selected Irish works in Croatia later in June.

Date: 28 May 2015

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: Bosniak Institute – Foundation of Adil Zulfikarpašić, Concert Hall, Mula Mustafe Bašeskije Street, Sarajevo

Performer: Hanan Hadžajlić

Presenter: The Association of Irish Composers/Institut za Savramenu Klasičnu Muziku/Culture Ireland


Date: 5 June 2015

Time: 7.30pm

Venue: 12 Henrietta St, Dublin, Ireland

Performer: Hanan Hadžajlić

Presenter: The Association of Irish Composers

Tickets: €10, available on the door



Rhona Clarke – Four Pieces for Solo Flute (2006)

– Begin

– As Kingfishers Catch Fire

– Elegy

– Take Time Out

Igor Karača – Retracing I (2015)

Fergus Johnston – Two Pieces for Solo Flute (1987)

John Buckley – Two Fantasias for Solo Alto Flute (2004)

Hanan Hadžajlić – Bellatrix Lestrange (2015)

Ian Wilson – Die Zwitscher-Machine for Piccolo (2011)

Dino Rešidbegović – Wreesky (2014)

Raymond Deane – Tekeli-li (2008/2009)

Ališer Sijarić – Dah for Bass Flute (2012)


Shortlist Announced for The Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition 2015

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Clancy Brothers songwriting logo NEWThe Shortlist has been announced for the 2015 Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition.

The votes are in and the top three songs are…


‘Make it Stay’ by Avi McGourty (Templemore, County Tipperary)

‘The Truth is Not Your Own’ by Jamie Mulrooney (West Coast of Mayo)

‘Southern Fire’ by Katie Carpenter, Gary Burke and Liz Madden (Dublin)

With more than 120 entries from the four corners of Ireland, and as far away as Canada and Jamaica, this year’s Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition was hotly contested.

Now the votes are in, the top three are on their way to Carrick-on-Suir to play a in the beautiful, atmospheric Nano Nagle Chapel on Sunday May 31st in what is sure to be one of the highlights of this year’s Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art. The winner of the competition will be revealed on the night.

Lisa Loughrey, last year’s winner, will headline with her group The Mariannes, an urban folk band with strong Irish folk, blues and alternative country roots, and songs forged with hard hitting lyrics, beautiful melodies and harmonies, and powerful arrangements. They recently released an EP with Lisa’s winning song, ‘Lost With All Hands’, as the title track. Lisa used her prize from last year to help towards the cost of producing the CD.

With cash prizes of €500 for the winner and €200 for each of the runners up sponsored by the Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art and IMRO, no one will leave empty handed. The winner also receives a voucher for CD duplication from Duplication Ireland worth €215 and all three gain premium services from Other competition sponsors are Music Matters Ireland and the Tudor Artisan Hub.

Doors open 7pm and tickets for the concert are €10 from the Tudor Artisan Hub, 42 Main Street, Carrick-on-Suir, Ph 051 640921.

For more see


Cowboys and Indies: The Business of Music

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cowboysCowboys and Indies: The Business of Music

Dalkey Castle Town Hall – Sunday June 14 – 2pm

(as part of Dalkey Book Festival)

Tickets Eur10 from

Following the recent publication of his lauded tome Cowboys and Indies:The Epic History of the Record Industry author Gareth Murphy makes a special appearance at Dalkey Castle Town Hall on Sunday June 14 as part of this year’s Dalkey Book Festival.

From the invention of the earliest known sound-recording device in 1850s Paris to the CD crash and digital boom today, Cowboys and Indies takes us on a fascinating and wildly entertaining tour of the ever- changing music industry, introducing us to the performers and self- proclaimed ‘record men’ of the UK and America.

Combining colourful behind-the-scenes stories with tales about the business of marketing and selling music, Cowboys and Indies covers all the most important recordings, events and chance meetings of the past 150 years and the companies that brought them to us.

Gareth draws on archival material and over a hundred exclusive interviews with the legends of the music business to bring us the riveting stories of how the industry crashed with the arrival of the radio, the British Invasion, the birth of disco, John Hammond’s discoveries of Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and much more.

Join the author in conversation with Hot Press’ Roisin Dwyer about Cowboys and Indies, its discoveries, and how they’re influencing today’s rapidly changing industry


For further information contact: Roisin Dwyer 0857129628 /

‘If this book was a group, I would definitely sign them. It is that good.’ – Geoff Travis, founder of Rough Trade

‘It’s the text book, yet it reads like an adventure story.’ – Seymour Stein, founder Sire 

‘A fascinating account of the way recorded music has evolved, touched people and helped shape popular culture.’ – George Martin

 ‘A tour de force that makes you almost want to dance with that devil again.’ – Andrew Loog Oldham, manager and producer for the Rolling Stones



OPEN CALL: Become a Speaker at Digital Biscuit 2016

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Digital Biscuit is a three-day festival bringing together the filmmakers, technologists and creatives who are in the digital biscuitforefront of producing content for the screen. The forum looks at various aspects of innovation in the production of creative content for the screen and new technologies including: film, television, games, virtual reality, augmented reality, transmedia, distribution, monetization, marketing, financing among others.

If your have any stories to tell that would fit in the Digital Biscuit universe, submit your idea through their website (!2016-programme/c24lg). First round of submissions closes on 30th June 2015.


AVA Festival announce additional conference programming

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AVA Festival1544336_1404770066485057_2680210722700775682_n, in association with Generator NI have announced today that Romain Tardy, ‘Patchblocks’ AKA Sebastian Heinz, Jesse Abayomi and Dave Lievense have been added to the free daytime conference, along with the ‘Howard Street Food’ debut at AVA Festival at T13 in the Titanic Quarter on Saturday 30th May.

Festival organisers are pleased to add the additional names to an already stellar line-up at the free conference, which runs from 10:30 – 15:45 as part of the overall AVA Festival. This year’s festival also offers an eclectic line-up of electronic artists performing, the NI debut of Boiler Room, an inspiring Street Food Market, Record Fair, Skatepark Expose and much much more!

Romain Tardy, ‘One of the worlds best audio visual mappers’ (CNN), will host a talk and exhibit his work during the AVA Conference. Romain Tardy, born originally in Paris, is a visual artists focusing primarily in digital arts. His extensive experience led him to create the now highly established and accomplished visual label ‘AntiVJ’ in 2008 that formed the base of his research and work on projected light. His work has been exhibited in more that 15 countries across the world. AVA is incredibly excited to host his first visit to Northern Ireland and host an exciting presentation and talk about his work to date.

Patchblocks’ AKA Sebastian Heinz will host an interactive live demo of his programmable sound machines as a table full of mini synthesisers, allowing visitors to explore the world of sound synthesis. He developed this as part of his research at SARC in Belfast, focusing on the development of technology that blends the border between physical and digital worlds. Since Patchblocks’ first appeared on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, the product has gained interest from musicians, educators and sound geeks across the globe.

Jesse Abayomi AKA Abayomi is a DJ/producer who uprooted his London residence and settled down in Berlin to be an integral part of the avant-garde of the electronic music scene. Being an Ableton consultant, DJ and producer, his deep knowledge and understanding of sounds and rhythms are strongly reflected in his music. Abayomi will join Gavin Timlin & Ben Breslin (Ableton User Group Belfast) to host two demonstration sessions exploring Ableton’s newest and most versatile music creation tool – Push. Each session will start with some practical fundamentals followed by a creative demonstration along with a QA session to close. This will run alongside the Ableton Push Playground – a drop-in music lab where you can get hands-on with Ableton Live 9 and Push.

Dave Lievense, owner of Mass Motion Studios, will be joining his Psycatron partner Paul Hamil (Inflyte) along with Bicep and Timmy Stewart at the AVA Conference to host a talk specifically focusing on the Next generation of electronic music production. This heavy-weight panel of electronic producers will delve into the production, approach, the process and techniques along with the hardware and software that they use.


The School of Communications at DCU is now inviting applications from qualified candidates for up to five PhD Scholarships

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The School of Communications at DCU is one of the top Communications departments in Europe. It is a vibrant, outward-looking department that combines intensive research activity with the strongest commitment to high quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. It’s staff are committed to producing cutting-edge research across a range of (inter)disciplinary fields including (new) media studies, social media studies, journalism studies, film studies, television studies, political communication and cultural studies. In the past five years, they have supported over 30 doctoral students to achieve PhD awards through this scheme.

The School now has an opening for up to five funded PhD scholarships. As well as a generous tax-free stipend plus fees, they also support their students with funding for conference travel and research and give PhD students opportunities to teach courses. Candidates would normally have a degree in Journalism, Communications, Film Studies, Media Studies, Gender Studies, Political Science, Multimedia, Business, Economics or some other related cognate area.

Work that brings more coherence to current research paradigms is particularly welcomed but the Scholarships are open to those working in a wide array of theoretical, epistemological and methodological approaches. They also welcome applicants wishing to pursue practice-based / practice-led PhDs.

Potential candidates should provide a 2,000 word application, detailing your research proposal and how it aligns with the research-strategic objectives of the School of Communications, as well as a CV detailing academic qualifications and professional experience to date. Ideally, candidates will have consulted with a potential supervisor before applying.

Deadline for application: 1st May 2015

Inquiries and applications to: and