A TG4 EXCLUSIVE! | Ireland is set to participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the first time

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For the first time ever, Ireland will be participating in the Junior Eurovisionjunior eurovision Song Contest.

The Junior Eurovision song contest is a 2-hour spectacular show, broadcast live in November 2015 from a major European city.

In a TV entertainment series this autumn, TG4 will be selecting a singer or group of singers with an original Irish language song to represent Ireland on the big stage in Europe.

The competition is open to all young people resident in Ireland who are aged between 10-15 on the day of the show.

Auditions will be held at key venues throughout Ireland. TG4 are now looking for applicants who wish to be selected to audition!

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Inflyte Exclusive Offer For IMRO Members/Associates

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Inflyte is a mobile-first promo platform for record labels to securely push watermarked digital promos to industry inflytetastemakers mobile devices. Inflyte combines push-notification technology and Dropbox integration to provide an unrivalled user-experience for both labels and tastemakers, designed to increase engagement and deliver superior campaign performance.

Label managers access rich analytics and data through an online dashboard that create efficiencies at every step of the promo process while reducing administrative overhead. Launched in October 2014, Inflyte’s streamlined approach to digital promo delivery has seen the company quickly establish itself as the main service provider for hundreds of leading UK and European labels including Defected, Cocoon, Get Physical.

As an exclusive offer run in partnership with IMRO, Inflyte are offering record labels 25% off their monthly subscriptions for the first 3 months.

Connect via and quote IMRO15 to secure your discount!


IMRO Songwriting Seminar With Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Krista Detor

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Krista Detor | Award-winning singer/songwriter, is described as ‘An artist of rare ability with a deep poetic gift..’ by thekrista AllMusic Guide, and ‘One of the great talents of the last years,’ by Dutch National Radio. As a returning guest lecturer at Stanford University, Krista works with students in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. Her album, Chocolate Paper Suites, is required reading for the course, The ‘isms of Modernism. She tours extensively around the globe, conducting songwriting workshops and performing with well-known artists such as Suzanne Vega, The Neville Brothers & Louden Wainwright. Krista also partners with international writers and musicians to marry the studies of literature, world culture, and music. One noted collaboration was The Darwin Songhouse, a project in which songwriters sequestered in Shrewsbury, England to write songs celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. Along with Carrie Newcomer, Krista collaborated with three fellow Indiana artists to create the CD and stage show, Wilderness Plots – the stories of Scott Russel Sanders set to music, resulting in an Emmy-Nominated PBS Special and recognition by both houses of the Indiana Legislature for Contributions to the Arts.


Date: Saturday 11th April

Location: Crane Lane Theatre, Phoenix St. Cork

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

To reserve a place at this event send an email to

Limited Availability | No Admission Charge | Booking Essential


Tucan release ‘Towers’ album

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Tucan-TOWERS-web-graphicTucan is delighted to announce the release of their second studio album ‘Towers’.

This second album comes six years after their first studio album (Aliquot Strings 2009) and it is their first since the band expanded to include brass and strings. Produced by Torsten Kinsella (God Is An Astronaut), these new compositions are subtle and melodic though cinematic in their scope and arrangement, and represent a musical evolution for the band.


Danny Battles set to support Hometown on their 8 date Irish tour

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Danny Battles. Picture Mark KelleherCork singer songwriter Danny Battles has been chosen to play support on the tour by Louis Walsh’s new band HomeTown.

Danny will play the eight venues in the tour over Easter.  The tour plays Ennis on Good Friday, 3 April, Kilkenny 4 April, Easter Sunday in Castlebar 5 April, Drogheda 6 April, Bundoran 8 April, Athlone 10 April and Killarney 11 April.


@Ventures with We, the Oceanographers

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We the Oceanographers @VenturesFormed in 2014, We, the Oceanographers are a DIY bedroom rock band from Dundalk, Co. Louth. In keeping with their Art Music background, the band began playing shows in Cafés and Art Centres and have since played independent festivals as well as opening for We Cut Corners, Funeral Suits and Le Galaxie. The band is made up of Conal McIntyre and Joseph Edwards, with the recent addition of live member Sean Bradley.

The band closed 2014 with a live performance of their recently released album, @Ventures, in An Tain Arts Centre, Dundalk. Available at the show was the CD “a single by ‘we, the oceanographers” containing a selection of tracks from the forthcoming album.

We, the Oceanographers debut album is now available on a limited run of 7″ Vinyl and digital download from Bandcamp.

Check out the video for “Same Old Story”, the first single from the album.


27th – Bellurgan Folk & Trad Festival – Bellurgan Park

28th – Album launch w/ Third Smoke, Dublin – Whelans


18th – Record Store Day

31st – Vantastival

Check them out on Soundcloud, Facebook and Twitter.



New Music from Electro-pop Artists “R”

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R Bubble Gum GeishaIrish electro-pop artists R release their new single Bubble Gum Geisha through Salt & Shake Records on 17th April 2015

The track is taken from their forthcoming debut album and is the first release from R since their debut single ‘Change’ caused such a buzz in late 2013. ‘Change‘ spent six weeks on the BBC 6Music playlist, received spot play support from BBC Radio 1 and 2 and reached No 1 on the Amazing Radio Chart.

R’s creative core is the work of brothers Pierre and Marc O’Reilly and Konstantine Pope, all respected musicians in their own right. Marc’s solo project has seen him embark on a live tour across Europe, including a performance at Glastonbury, while he also provided vocals on 3 tracks for MOBO award-winning act Karios 4tet’s last album, which received 4 star reviews from Mojo, The Independent and The Guardian. Pierre, meanwhile, is a composer for motion pictures and has worked on a full host of films, including collaborating with Academy Award-nominated director, Nicky Phelan and BAFTA nominated Director, Eamonn O’Neill whilst third member, producer Konstantine Pope, has made a name for himself both as a screen composer and electronic music producer. His screen work has appeared on BBC, ITV, NBC Universal, SYFY, and Glory World Series amongst many others and his commercial releases have charted on Beatport and received substantial radio play.


Bubble Gum Geisha is now streaming on Soundcloud here .

You can follow R on Facebook and Twitter.


CMC’s Salon Series to Highlight New Irish Music

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CMCThe Contemporary Music Centre continues its Spring 2015 Salon Series with an exciting programme at the Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, 6pm, Tuesday, 28 April 2015. Éamonn Cagney, Niwel Tsumbu and Martin Tourish, a trio of musicians who perform regularly together invite Roger Doyle to accompany them in this new music salon programme. They will perform Water journey by Éamonn Cagney; Kind of Sean Nós by Niwel Tsumbu and The Lodge by Martin Tourish.

The Contemporary Music Centre’s Salon Series aims to encourage newcomers and enthusiasts alike to engage with the music of Irish composers. Each performance takes place in an informal atmosphere with dialogue encouraged between composers, performers and audience.

Éamonn Cagney is a percussionist and composer.  Water Journey, based on Gaelic slipjig and West African 9-8 rhythms, is opened with a solo percussion piece by Éamonn, followed by an ensemble piece with Niwel Tsumbu, Martin Tourish and Roger Doyle. It is inspired by Éamonn’s ancestral folklore of sea voyages and night time maritime atmosphere.

Niwel Tsumbu is a guitarist, vocalist, performer and composer. His composition, currently entitled Kind of Sean Nós takes it’s inspiration from the singing of Iarla Ó Lionáird and Congolese church music from Niwel’s maternal ancestry. The piece explores the fluidity and adaptability of these musical forms in the context of Ireland today.

Martin Tourish is a piano accordionist and performer – composer. His piece The Lodge is inspired by new emerging dance music forms in the traditional Irish idiom. It evokes the tradition while integrating African hand drum rhythms and exploring the concept of Irish improvised music, that is improvisation in the traditional idiom.

Admission is free for the Salon series but booking is strongly recommended. To book please contact the National Concert Hall on tel: 01 417 0000



One Horse Pony release ‘Starting Blues’ single

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OHPOne Horse Pony is a hard driving acoustic blues band based in Cork and features musicians from Ireland, France and Poland.

Their unique line-up of guitars, harmonica, double-bass, bodhran and low whistle inspires their fresh take on the blues, while their original material and energetic live performances have won them fans all over the world and made them staples on the Irish and European festival circuit.