Hozier recognised at Ivor Novello Awards & BBMAs

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Singer-songwriter hozierHozier has scooped the award today for ‘Best Song Musically & Lyrically‘ at the 60th Ivor Novello Awards for his song ‘Take Me To Church‘. Contending against ‘Above The Clouds of Pompeii‘ (written by Andrew Davie and performed by Bear’s Den) and ‘I Forgot Where We Were‘ (written and performed by Ben Howard). The awards were presented by BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) in association with PRS for Music.

Along with the highly prestigious award mentioned above the Wicklow native also picked up the award for ‘Top Rock Artist‘ and ‘Top Rock Song‘ at this year’s Billboard Music Awards on May 17th.

The awards come at the start of an extensive global tour which will see Hozier perform in the UK, US, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand as well as upcoming Irish outdoor shows.

You can follow Hozier on Facebook and Twitter and keep up with his live dates on


Screaming Parent – The Completist

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Screaming screaming parentParent is the first solo misadventure from Dudley Colley, of Dublin’s The Dudley Corporation. While that band take an extended hiatus in advance of recording their 5th LP, Dudley decided to have a crack at a solo LP and grabbing precious seconds in between school runs and nappy changes managed to record 10 sure fire spare-room recorded bedroom classics.

‘The Completist’ is the debut LP by Screaming Parent. Joining the exalted ranks of stars such as Beyonce and Kanye West, the LP was surprised released on April 20th.

The album is available through Spotify, iTunes and Bandcamp

You can follow Screaming Parent on Facebook & Twitter


Leading Hollywood Composer & Orchestrator Conrad Pope To Deliver Masterclass In Dublin

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Screen Training Ireland, IMRO and Pulse College MA in Scoring for Film and Visual Media welcome composer and orchestrator Conrad Pope; STAR WARS EPISODES I-III, HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS I AND II, THE TREE OF LIFE, ARGO, LIFE OF PI, MOONRISE KINGDOM, and THE HOBBIT series, to Dublin to deliver an intensive two-day masterclass for film composers.conrad_pope

Pope’s composing credits include MY WEEK WITH MARILYN and TIM’S VERMEER.  John Williams, Alexandre Desplat, James Newton Howard, Jerry Goldsmith, James Horner, Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman, John Powell, Hans Zimmer, and Mark Isham have all called upon his gifts as an arranger, orchestrator and conductor.

Pope is one of the most exciting original voices in contemporary film scoring today contributing to over a hundred movies. He has worked side by side with Hollywood’s top professionals; Joe Johnston and Walter Murch on Universal’s THE WOLFMAN, Scott Hicks on NO RESERVATIONS and Gary Ross on SEABISCUIT.

Over two days composers working in film, television, animation, games and visual media will have the opportunity to explore with Pope the mechanics of writing music to visual media in today’s landscape of expanding opportunities looking at the challenges of crafting scores for major Hollywood blockbusters to small independent films.

Pope will also explore music in film today sharing his views and experience regarding the process of scoring film; its methods and techniques, its practical concerns, the constantly evolving aesthetics and technical advancements and the new tools and techniques necessary to meet these ever emerging challenges, as well the unchanging, necessary skills –both musical and dramatic- that form the foundation for a successful and sustainable career in commercial film music.


Irish Composers on Irish Music: Anne-Marie O’Farrell

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The anne-marie o'farrellAssociation of Irish Composers presents:

Irish Composers on Irish Music:

Anne-Marie O’Farrell (harp)

in association with The Drawing Room

4.30pm, 31 May 2015

12 Henrietta Street, Dublin

The final event in the AIC’s Irish Composers on Irish Music concert series sees us join forces with The Drawing Room to present a very special concert in the beautiful Georgian house at 12 Henrietta St.

Anne-Marie O’Farrell’s harp recital on 31st May features two kinds of harp, the pedal harp (normally used in classical orchestral settings), and the Irish harp, a modern version of our national instrument. The repertoire chosen expresses a range of musical languages explored by composers on these instruments over the last fifty years, from John Kinsella’s Allegro Giocoso of 1966, when the semitone mechanism on the Irish harp was an extremely basic one, to Anne-Marie’s own recent composition, Chromatétude which creates 12-note textures on the harp while also giving a nod to much older music heard at the Belfast 1792 harp festival. Kinsella’s work is also a representative piece from Sheila Larchet Cuthbert’s seminal volume for Irish harp, ‘The Irish Harp Book’. Pedal harp repertoire features the voices of James Wilson in his Sonata, Frank Corcoran with In the Deep Heart’s Core and Gráinne Mulvey in Explorations, who in their distinctive ways delve into the large timbral and pitch range of the pedal harp. A number of the works are receiving their first performance, including Mary Kelly’s three Aislingí for Irish harp. The recital creates a welcome opportunity to perform Boydell’s seldom heard but most idiomatic Triptych for Irish harp, and to give a further performance of David Bremner’s miniature Pool.

Irish Composers on Irish Music is supported by the Arts Council. The Association of Irish Composers is supported by IMRO.

Concert and walk: €30 Concert only: €15 – Tickets available through Eventbrite

Anna Murray
Association of Irish Composers


After the Harvest | New Release From Paul Casey

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The brand new album by Paul Casey  ‘After the Harvest’ is released on Fri 29th May. You can pre-order the album at his online store right now and you will also receive a free download of ‘Love Is A Lonely Game’ from the album.

There are also a series of live dates coming up to tie in with the release.

Live Dates

Fri 29th May – The Alley Theatre, Strabane

Fri 5th June – N’Ards Art Centre

Sat 6th June – The Playhouse, Derry

Thurs 25th June – Thêatre de verdure, Nice FR (Support to the Low Budget Men)

Fri 3rd July – No Alibis Bookstore, Belfast

Mon 31st Aug – The 100 Club, Oxford Street, London (Support to the Low Budget Men)


Moxie announce “Leads” single launch details

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MoxieAll hailing from Ireland’s untamed West Coast MOXIE’s music has a solid traditional backbone, inspired and shaped by the surrounding of the west of Ireland, but with progressive, world and jazz influences creeping into their music it makes for a truly heady and distinctive sound, putting them at the forefront of new acoustic music from Ireland.


Music in Media Award Nomination for IMRO Member Man in a Room

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MiRlogoIMRO member Man in a Room, aka songwriter and producer Steven Connolly, has just received a nod from Hollywood with a nomination in the Hollywood Music in Media Awards. His song, “Black & White”, taken from his latest album, The Alchemist’s Apprentice, has been selected as a nominee by the committee and HMMA voting academy in the “New Age / Ambient” category.

Hailing from Dublin and self-taught as a composer, producer and lyricist, the music of Man in a Room is influenced by various genres and life situations and circumstances. The album, filled with atmospheric soundscapes, was released in on Germany’s Lemongrass Music label.

Speaking of the nomination, Steven said: “I’ve been a Movie and Soundtrack fan all my life, so to be nominated at this event is a little bit special.” 

The awards are set to take place at the Fonda Theatre, Hollywood, LA on 19th November 2015. The awards honour leading composers of music for film, TV and other media, as well as independent composers and songwriters in various music genres.

You can find out more about Man in a Room at his website here


Debut EP from Limerick’s Randolf & The Crokers

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Randolf & The CrokersConversation Amongst the Ruins is a four track debut EP from Limerick band Randolf & the Crokers due for release on Friday 8th May. It follows on from their debut single Hangin, released in December last year.

The EP was recorded and mixed in the Lakelands Studios in Athlone by Mike O’Dowd and mastered in Limerick by Richard Dowling of Wav Mastering. It showcases a blend of folk/country/blues influences with ear-pricking harmonies which combine to produce a unique sound that has been carefully honed on the local gig circuit over the last few years.

The six piece band formed in 2011, released their debut single and video for Hangin in December 2014 and 2015 sees them release their first physical recording Conversation Amongst the Ruins.  The band has played locally in various Limerick venues over the years and has supported O Emperor, Mark Geary, Moscow Metro, John Blek & the Rats and most recently The Lost Brothers.

Conversations Amongst the Ruins will be available on digital release from Friday 8th May.

Tour Dates
08/05/2015 (Fri) – EP Launch, Dolans, Limerick

15/05/2015 (Fri) – Kenny’s, Lahinch

16/05/2015 (Sat) – Greyhound Bar, Kilkee

22/05/2015 (Fri) – Whelans , Dublin

23/05/2015 (Sat) – Monroes, Galway

For more follow Randolf & The Crokers on Facebook and Twitter.


Eve Belle set to release ‘Too Young To Feel This Old’ single

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evebelleLAB Records is delighted to announce the signing of 17-year-old Irish singer / songwriter Eve Belle – with her debut single ‘Too young to feel this old’ is available on May 18th.

Based in the tiny rural town of Gortahork in County Donegal, Eve first captured the imagination of discerning Irish fans and industry alike during a trio of performances at the iconic Ruby Sessions in Dublin, an acoustic night famous for hosting the likes of Ed Sheeran and Hozier early in their careers.


Malojian release new album ‘Southlands’ on May 18th

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malojianBelfast based wordsmith, Malojian, announce the release of his new album ‘Southlands’ on May 18th. The highly acclaimed artist has received support throughout Ireland and the UK, securing airplay nationally and recording a session with BBC Radio 2. The first single, ‘Communion Girls’ is the perfect introduction to the album sound and gives a little taste of what you can expect from this release.