Meb Jon Sol releases debut album

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Meb Jon Sol meb jon solis the pseudonym of folk-troubadour Mick McCullagh. Having reared his head at the start of the year with his debut single, Captain of This Ship, the Omagh singer-songwriter has just released the touching trad/folk of Leave All Your Troubles With Me.

Both songs are featured on the acclaimed debut album Southpaw Niños, released November 2014. Songs from the album were written in Galway, Madrid and the road between, reminiscent of The Pogues, Josh Ritter and Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros. Southpaw Niños is available to purchase via iTunes,, and as well as being available stream to via Spotify.


02/12/ – Black Box – Belfast (Full band)
06/12/ – Whelan’s – Dublin (Full Band)
14/12 – Menagerie – Belfast (Acoustic)
26/12 – Bogans – Omagh (Full Band)

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Rough Trade Distribution Signs The Mighty Stef & Burning Sands Records

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The Mighty Stef tmshave recently announced that both the band and their new label Burning Sands Records have signed a European distribution deal with indie giants Rough Trade. In a quote from the band: ‘This is a deal we have been working on since the summer and having held meetings in the US and in Europe over the space of five months, both sides are very happy finally put the beast to bed.

Burning Sands Records is a new Irish label set up by members of The Mighty Stef and managed by their friend and business associate Mark Whelan. Rough Trade, as a label was set up in London in 1978. Their distribution arm operates to this day out of Cologne, Germany.

Burning Sands will be the first Irish label signed to the Rough Trade Distribution family. ‘This is a statistic that both sides are very proud of and we look forward immensely to the road ahead.’

A release date for ‘The Mighty Stef – Year Of The Horse’ will be set shortly as well as plans for other exciting releases with other exciting artists in 2015

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Jack O’Rourke releases debut track “Naivety”

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jackorourkeJack O’Rourke is one of Ireland’s most exciting new emerging talents. A classically trained musician, he is a gritty yet polished songwriter. His compositions are led by the piano and his music is rootsy and edgy, peppered with baroque pop, blues and jazz. He sings in a grizzled baritone, assured yet plaintive.

Naivety is a bittersweet ode to love lost with bite and drive – a song with a sound that sits somewhere between Bowie and The National. Available now, Naivety is a taster of what to expect from his debut album “Dreamcatcher”, set for a Summer 2015 release.


Axis Of post new single & video for ‘Wetsuit’

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Axis Of axis ofreturn to our turntables with a signature slice of coastal punk in the shape of new single “Wetsuit”.

“Wetsuit” is the first cut to be taken from Axis Of’s forthcoming sophomore record ‘The Mid Brae Inn’. It illustrates a band that has honed its sound on the road combined with some serious songwriting know-how.

“The track is my attempt to comprehend the power of the sea”, explains vocalist, bassist and chief lyricist Ewen Friers. “One of the sea’s most unrelenting features is its ability to simultaneously provide us with joy and pain. Growing up on the North Coast I have seen first-hand the aftermath of people being lost to the sea. We’ve attempted to frame this dark concept with some (hopefully) beautiful and joyous music.”

The sound created by this distillation of punk rock, pop hooks and tidal force is a memorable one. Axis Of’s tunes are ear-worms of the very best kind; scream-a-longs that are built to be heard live. Air punches mandatory.

The single is backed with a stripped back version of “All My Bones” another brand new track which features on the forthcoming LP ‘The Mid Brae Inn’ but handled very differently for this release.

Axis Of launch their new album on New Years Eve at The Empire, Belfast.

“Wetsuit” is available from today on Smalltown America. Their second album, ‘The Mid Brae Inn’ follows in early 2015.

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ABC TV show Nashville set to feature Irish writer / performer Megan O’Neill “Don’t You” song

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meganoneillIrish writer / performer Megan O’Neill has just had one of her songs – Don’t You – selected for hit ABC TV show Nashville. The song will feature on the December 3rd episode. Nashville – currently in its 3rd season – is produced jointly by Lionsgate / ABC and has been a huge ratings hit in the US. It has also proved very popular in the UK, where country music is currently witnessing a surge in interest.


‘The Thought Of You’ | The brand new music video and single from Eleanor McEvoy

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The video of the new Eleanor McEvoy single “#TheThoughtOfYou” was directed by acclaimed Spanish Director and is taken from her acclaimed album STUFF (RTE Radio 1 album of the week).

Eleanor McEvoy, is one of the Nation’s most cherished singer songwriters. With her unmistakable voice and that particular way she has with love, lust (lost and found), humour and our world, her music has earned her legions of fans worldwide.

Escaping the norms of her environment through music, youth orchestras & traditional festivals, McEvoy went on to study classical and contemporary music in Trinity College (Dublin) before embarking on her signature songwriting and musical career which seen her initially signed to Geffen where her eponymous album went on to sell 250,000 copies. Her song ‘A Woman’s Heart’ continues as a milestone Favourite. ‘Precious Little’ was a US Billboard hit and ‘Sophie’ became and remains a worldwide focus and comfort to millions of young people with eating disorders.  Just recently ‘The Secret of Living’ single reunited her with Woman’s Heart comrades Sharon Shannon, Mary Coughlan, Hermione Hennessy and Gemma Hayes

Her performances are intimate, emotional, uplifting affairs in which she explores soul, love and humour, using her own compositions and interpretations from other songbooks, with her unique voice and beautiful playing.

As a Reviewer recently said of Her Wexford Fringe Opening Night Concert

“Her obvious musicality now attracts a knowledgeable audience eager to venture wherever she takes them…. It was yet one more triumphant outing for a musical wizard and a woman of immense talent.”

Paco Torres


Paul Kealy and Jack Carey win first prize in the Lyrics category of the 2014 USA Songwriting Competition

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paulkealyIMRO members, Paul Kealy and Jack Carey from Carlow have won first prize in the Lyrics category of the 2014 USA Songwriting Competition with their song “Fall Before You Fly”, one of the most prestigious Songwriting Contests in the world.

Winners were selected out of almost 25,000 entries from 80 countries. While another song written and composed by Paul and IMRO songwriter Ciaran Brennan, sung by Jack “The Emigrants Story” was a finalist in the ‘World’ category.


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.

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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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