Debut Album Coming Soon from Pa Curran | “Poor Man’s Clothes”

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Pa CurranBantry songwriter, Pa Curran, is set to release his debut album, “Poor Man’s Clothes”, next month. The album was written and recorded at Ocean Studios in West Cork with producer, Wayne Sheehy, and is set for release in July.

Pa has just completed a successful Fund-It campaign to contribute to putting the finishing touches on the album. The lead single, “Poor Man’s Clothes”, tells the story of valuing people over possessions, a theme that resonates throughout the album. Pa’s first single, “Unintentional Hero”, was a bittersweet success for him last year when it went straight to Number 1 in the iTunes chart, putting Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” at Number 2. The single was a dedication to Pa’s close friend and fellow musician, Taidhg Burke Neff, who died tragically in 2013 and donated his organs to save the lives of seven people.

Having supported Declan O’Rourke, Ian O’Doherty, The Original Rudeboys, Niall Connolly and The Calvinists, Pa set off on a tour of the US in 2014, the highlight of which was a gig at Rockwood Music Hall and the iconic “Scratcher Sessions”.

After the release of “Poor Man’s Clothes”, Pa will be heading back to the US for a short tour in August.

Pa has reached his target on Fund-It but there’s still a bit of time to show some support at–single-fundit-campaign.


‘Ghettoblaster’ | Smash New Release from Sirkus Sirkuz

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Irish born Declan McLaughlin (aka Decky Hedrock) has been producing under the name Sirkus Sirkuz since leaving The Japanese Popstars.  Gaining success with each release and major support from many of the worlds biggest DJs and producers including Leftfield, Benny Benassi, Fake Blood, and Fatboy Slim; his career continues to be as prolific as ever.  He is currently hosting the popular monthly dance show Sirkus Sirkuz Presents on RTE2FM radio, constantly releasing his own brand of tech house, as well as playing many clubs and festivals under his new moniker.sirkus sirkuz 5

On the 30th June Sirkus Sirkuz will be releasing another EP on US based 9G Records called ‘Ghettoblaster EP’.  This time, a double A-side release which features ‘Ghettoblaster’; a heavy festival banger that uses an old S’Xpress sample and also ‘Credence’; a hugely popular track in his live show over the last year.   ‘Credence’ has already been BBC ATLs Track Of The Day, received much national radio airplay alongside the main title track ‘Ghettoblaster’.  Both tracks have gained massive support from various well know DJs like The Flash Brothers, Eddy Temple Morris, Robbie Rivera and major radio play on stations such as XFM, 2FM, BBC Radio and more.

Then on hot on the heels of that release, Sirkus Sirkuz drops another EP called ‘Paranoid’ on the 19th July, with UK based tech house label Whartone Records run by Sonny Whartone.  ‘Paranoid’ has been quite a big techno track for many DJs that got early copies and is expected to set many tongues wagging when it is released next month.  The flipside is a remix coming from Deeplift.

Sirkus Sirkuz has also done some high profile remixes which will be hitting club and festival sound systems over the summer.  Starting off with two massive Sirkus Sirkuz reworking of the old 1999 Cut LaRoc anthem “Freeze” which will be released on Skint Records (home of Fatboy Slim), as well as the cool Australian record label Vicious Bitch releasing two Sirkus Sirkuz remixes of Zeskullz new track “Devil” and then finally a special remix of Doorlys cover of the classic The Beloved track “Sun Rising” which will see release this summer too.

Over the past year the Sirkus Sirkuz Presents radio show has been growing in popularity and gaining major listenership on RTE 2FM (which has over 120,000+ listeners).  Sirkus Sirkuz Presents is a monthly radio show dedicated to bringing the best new House, Electro and Techno music, as well as showcasing local Irish talent amongst international producers.  A regular feature on the show which many producers crave, is the monthly “Serious Sound Award”.  This accolade is selected from the tons new music and presented to the very best track each month. The show has become that popular that it is now syndicating out the monthly broadcast to various other independent radio stations across the UK and Europe.

You can catch Sirkus Sirkuz playing as part of the live outdoor daytime showcase of electronic music during Derrys long running Celtronic Festival on Saturday 27th June at the Craft Village.

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Morphology and Conceptualisation: exploring compositional decisions around shape and form

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An open panel discussion session Saturday 4th July 2015, 10am-1pm

Location: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, off Lower Baggot Street Dublin 2

Part of the 33rd Irish Composition Summer School, this session features a panel of composers discussing the above topic, with reference to their composition practice.

A expert panel will feature composers Grainne Mulvey, Sebastian Adams, David Bremner

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IMRO Members Savings On October 4-11, 2015 Ireland Listening Room International Songwriters Retreat

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IMRO members are entitled to 75€ off the annual Ireland Listening Room Retreat, taking place October 4-11 on Inisheer. Over 1000 songwriters from more than 20 countries have participated in Listening Room Retreats since 2002, going on to tour, record and release songs in several countries as a direct result of the relationships established in these special weeks of ‘Community Through Co-Writing’. retreat

The Ireland week is priced at €875. (€800. for IMRO members!), inclusive of workshops, housing, meals and local transport to and from the island from Galway.   Additional savings are also possible through the Retreat Referral Program, where writers who successfully encourage new participants to attend receive an additional €100. off the event price, with monthly, interest free payments available in order to help make participation possible.

Further information is available at or by writing directly to retreats founder/leader Brett Perkins:

“As a professional songwriter for over 25 years I have participated in, and facilitated, many writing workshops. It’s my pleasure to attest that the Listening Room retreat I attended was the most enjoyable and productive of them all.” Tom Kimmel (Johnny Cash. Shawn Colvin, Joe Cocker)


The Deans Need Your Help with “Supply and Command”

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Galway three-piece, The Deans, have just recorded their latest EP, “Supply and Command”. An independent production, the band have launched a Fund-It campaign to bring the EP to completion.

Since 2009 The Deans have toured extensively throughout Europe, playing venues and festivals throughout France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Holland. After being sighted at the Guitare-En-Scene festival in France by the organisers of the Montreux Jazz Festival, the group were invited to perform at the 43rd anniversary of the world renowned music festival. 2011 saw the group’s first venture stateside to NYC’s lower east side, where they performed shows in The Studio at Webster Hall, Arlene’s Grocery and the prestigious Kenny’s castaways, to name but a few.

Their forthcoming EP, “Supply and Command”, will feature five tracks including the band’s recently released single, “Take it Easy”. Recorded between IMW Studios, London and a disused hotel near Paris, the underlying thread throughout the EP is reflected in the dystopian lyric of “Take it Easy” and the sombre, introspective tone of “Hollows of my Dreams”.

The release of “Supply and Command”, which is set for September, will be accompanied by a nationwide tour before The Deans return to Europe and the UK in October.

The Deans are hoping their Fund-It campaign will help towards mixing, mastering and manufacturing of the EP. You can check out their “Supply and Command” Fund-It page here:—supply–command and keep up to date with The Deans through their Facebook page and website.



Traditional Arts Collective perform at Grand Social

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Traditional TACArts Collective make a return to The Grand Social on tonight Wednesday June 24th for the first of their summer Ceilis. At the gigs the band, including seven times all Ireland flute champion Robert Harvey and rock drummer Phil Gaynor on full drum kit, plays rocking live trad music accompanied by sean nos dancers. MC Thomas McGlone calls out the moves to the dances from the floor with his Madonna style microphone. You don’t have to know anything about Ceili dancing to join in as everything is explained in full. It’s not a dance workshop though, the emphasis is all on having the craic! Groups are €7 per person and group leaders get in for free. If you require accreditation for this gig please contact Jonny 0863385402 also if you would like to be taken off this list please notify.

The following Grand Social Ceilis are on July 29th, August 26th, Sept 23rd, October 28th and December 9th.


A Conversation on the Craft of Songwriting and Music Copyright

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With special guests

Paul Williams Oscar and Grammy-winning songwriter and President of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Glen Hansard Oscar-winning songwriter and composer

Featuring live performances

ASCAP and IMRO will also present a special award to Glen Hansard in recognition of the ongoing success of his music in the USA.

Date: Tuesday 14th July
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Location: Ambassadors’ Residence Phoenix Park Dublin

We have a limited number of places available for this event. If you would like to attend please email your name to A member of the American Embassy staff will then contact you with an official invitation and additional details for the event.

Please include the word ‘Ambassador‘ in the subject matter line when you are sending your email.

Paul Williams is an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winning Hall of Fame songwriter. He is a recipient of The paul_williams_2National Music Publishers President’s Award and is President and Chairman of the Board of ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).

Recognised as one of America’s most prolific and gifted lyricists and composers, Paul’s standards have been recorded by such diverse musical icons as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Daft Punk, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughn, Johnny Mathis, The Carpenters, Luther Vandross, REM, Mel Torme, Anne Murray, Diana Krall, Gladys Knight and Diana Ross. His songs have also found favour with Country legends including Chet Atkins, Kris Kristofferson, Charlie Pride, Crystal Gayle, Lynn Anderson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Diamond Rio and Neil McCoy.

When asked which song is his favorite, Paul is quick to respond, “That’s easy! It’s “The Rainbow Connection”. It’s a thrill to hear my words interpreted by such inimitable talents as Willie Nelson, the Dixie Chicks, Sarah McLachlan, Judy Collins, Jason Mraz and Kermit the Frog!” “The Rainbow Connection”, from the children’s classic The “Muppet Movie”, is one of two Paul Williams’ songs that grace the American Film Institute’s list of the top movie songs of all time; the second, “Evergreen” is from the award winning Streisand/Kristofferson remake of A Star Is Born. Additional song scores include the cult favorites Phantom of the Paradise and Ishtar, as well as “The Muppet Christmas Carol”, “Bugsy Malone.”, and Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas, the latter of which has now been adapted for the stage. His recent work has remained wonderfully diverse, from creating and writing the songs and story for Disney’s A Muppets Christmas: Letters To Santa, to writing with the Scissor Sisters, to penning the music and lyrics for Garry Marshall’s theatrical sensation Happy Days.

Although most people came to know the witty Mr. Williams as one of Johnny Carson’s recurring favorites on The Tonight Show, or as an actor in dozens of films, television comedies and dramas, it is his musical legacy that continues to inspire. “We’ve Only Just Begun”, “Rainy Days And Mondays”, “You and Me Against The World”, “Just An Old Fashioned Love Song”,”Let Me Be The One” all remain pop classics and are performed by Paul in venues from New York to the Philippines.

Publicly lauded for his work as a songwriter, performer, actor and humanitarian, Paul predicts he’ll be remembered for playing Little Enos in the Smokey and the Bandit trilogy and for his lyrics to “The Love Boat” theme, although it is the lyrics from Bugsy Malone, recast for a recent Coke commercial, that aptly sum up his philosophy: “You give a little love and it all comes back to you; You’re gonna’ be remembered for the things that you say and do”. As a devoted husband to writer Mariana Williams and proud father, Paul considers his son Cole, and daughter Sarah, to be his best work.


Glen Hansard is an Academy Award winning singer songwriter, and principal vocalist/guitarist for the bands, Theglen 2 Frames and The Swell Season. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Glen quit school at age thirteen to begin “busking” around town. During these early years Glen honed his craft on the street during the day and refined it for the stage at bars and pubs at night. Many of the musicians he crossed paths with during this time would go on to become band members, collaborators and lifelong friends.

At the age of seventeen, Glen was signed to Island Records. In the same window of time he was picked play the role of Outspan Foster in the Alan Parker film, The Commitments. The film went on to huge success. After his obligations to the film were done, Glen gathered some busking friends, christened them The Frames, and recorded their debut, “Another Love Song.” Now charting over 20 years as a band, having released six full length records and logging countless miles, The Frames have established themselves as a dynamic and powerful live band that is not to be missed.

The Swell Season was born out of Glen being asked to write music for a film his friend and former band mate Jon Carney was making, originally entitled “Busker”. Re-christened, Once the movie tells the story of a guy and girl who meet, fall in love, make a record and then go their separate ways. Glen was commissioned, along with Marketa Irglova to score the movie.

Together the two wrote “Falling Slowly” which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2008. Following the success Once, The Swell Season released a follow up record, Strict Joy and have done a number of worldwide tours.

In June 2012 Glen released his over 20 years in the making debut release, Rhythm and Repose. That same month, Once the Musical, which had debuted on Broadway in March of the same year won 8 Tony’s, including Best New Musical. The musical is still running on Broadway and spent most of 2013 touring North America. In 2014 and into 2015 the musical will continue to make its way around the world. Glen is currently working on the follow up to his solo debut.


The man behind Ireland’s former Eurovision winning song The Voice – is now ‘the voice’ himself

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Songwriter and novelist, Brendan Graham, the man behind the phenomenal song You Raise Me Up and two winning Eurovision songs…Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids, and The Voice has taken a leap into filmmaking and lent his brooding, earthy voice to award winning director and producer Paddy Slattery’s latest project ‘Sojourn’.

Brendan has become ‘One of the most in-demand songwriters in the world’ (Hot Press). His songs have been performed and recorded by Josh Groban, Aretha Franklin, Westlife, Liam Neeson with the Chieftains and an array of artistes across the musical genres.

His bestselling novel ‘The Whitest Flower’ (1998) – the first of his trilogy of ‘documentary novels’ for HarperCollins –  will be re-published this year with the Sunday Times, Canberra, calling it ‘An important addition to the Irish national story’.

Sojourn is a visual, musical and poetic meditation, about a writer named Aedh (Tristan Heanue) who finds a new muse. Her name is Aislinn (Nichola MacEvilly); a beautiful, playful and mischievous distraction. He falls in love hard but with his ordered lifestyle he soon struggles to quench her insatiable desires. We follow Aedh through the emotional highs and devastating lows of his sojourn.

A sneak preview of Sojourn will be held at Tullamore Library on June 18th at 8pm as part of WB Yeats inspired themed evening celebrating Yeats 150th anniversary. The evening includes a wine reception, some Yeats recitals and music by special guests Brendan Graham, Cathy Jordan, Feargal Murray and the Tullamore Rhymers’ followed by a showing of Sojourn and a Q&A with cast and crew.


David Kitt announces Irish Tour

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David KittFollowing two hugely successful sold out shows in Dublin’s Odessa Club, David Kitt will embark on a nationwide tour this August along with headline show at Whelan’s this October.

Having spent the last year touring with David Gray, Kitt is back with a phenomenal solo show performing many of his much-loved and well-known songs along with introducing new belters ahead of his eagerly awaited seventh solo album, due out in 2016.


Sinéad McNally secures music licensing deal with

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Dundalk singer/songwriter Sinéad McNally is delighted to announce that she is the performer and writer of the first ever company song for and has secured a music licensing deal with the company. The song ‘Matthews Take You There’ was written when Managing Director Paddy Matthews decided that the company should celebrate their 20 years of service with a song that told their story.

Sinéad, who began building her career in the music industry in 2010 has already had great success with releases such as ‘Dance With Me’, ‘Moody Blues’ and many more radio friendly tracks. Her Christmas song ‘Nearly Christmas’ performed by the NCKids has also received worldwide recognition. Despite all her songwriting experience, she admits that she was quite nervous about writing a song to brief for such a big and successful company. Speaking about the experience Sinéad said “I genuinely wasn’t sure if I could pull it off. It actually scared me to be so deliberate in my writing processes. Not just in lyrical content that had to match the company ethos and standards, even their name had to be included, but also in musical direction, style, tempo etc whilst taking into account the target market and of course the company values and presentation.”

Sinéad was delighted to hear that the song ‘Matthews Take You There’ went down very well with management at the company and they offered to licence the song from her with a view to using it to build brand awareness and business for the company. The agreement, which runs on a two year basis, gives both parties a chance to review and assess the effectiveness of the song for the targets that have been set for it. Sinéad says that the music industry needs more of these types of collaborations and she believes that have set an incredible example as to how businesses can utilise local or national artists in a way that benefits everyone involved.

To top it all off, have also launched their innovative and exciting initiative known as #MatthewsArts, to help artists in Louth, Monaghan and East Meath get more recognition for their work by giving them a chance to win 6 months of free advertising on the back of a coach. Launched by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphries and Minister for Business Gerald Nash, it has been described as “inspiring” and the “perfect blend of business to arts.” Sinéad is the first recipient of the advertising opportunity which features her 3.6 metre ad seen daily on some of the company’s 133 daily services between Dublin and the North East.

For more information on Sinéad or to hear more of her music, you can follow her on Facebook, Twitter and on her blog.

Photo: Conor McCabe Photography.