Following chart-topping success on home soil, the 5-piece band are setting the music scene on fire with their once in a lifetime sound and their mesmerising live shows which is carving their name into the global music scene.
Hozier returns to Belfast on Monday August 24th to headline BELSONIC at Custom House Square. The Irish singer, songwriter & multi instrumentalist shot to international success in 2014 following the release of Grammy nominated single “Take Me To Church”, which was a number one single in 12 countries. This rare Irish headline show will be a relatively intimate one for one of the most in-demand live acts of the moment. His intense 2015 summer concert schedule includes festivals across Europe, USA & Australia, as well as a coveted headline slot at Dublin’s Longitude festival in Marlay Park.
An Taobh Tuathail Vol 7 is the latest collection of underground music from the radio programme of the same name presented by Cian Ó Cíobháin on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. It can be downloaded for free from www.rte.ie/rnag/att7 from today, 20 July, for 4 months.
An Taobh Tuathail aims to bring listeners the very best in new underground music, and Cian Ó Cíobháin has made it his life’s mission to seek out and broadcast music that is consistently overlooked by other stations, and bring it to his loyal listeners.
My Beautiful, a song written by Wexford duo John Kinsella and Fergal O’Byrne was released by emerging star George Hutton in Dublin last week and went straight to Number 1 in the Irish and UK iTunes Easy Listening Charts. George Hutton has just finished starring in RTE’s Exiles: Vancouver show and was a massive hit with audiences. George is set for a stellar singing career and his voice has previously been heard in internationally renown Anúna and his has performed with Hozier and Glen Hansard.
Attending recording sessions with Earth, Wind & Fire…..tracking vocals in LA with producer, G1 (R Kelly, Snoop Dogg) and engineer, Tommy D Daugherty (Death Row Records, 2Pac)…..collaborating with Michael Jackson’s long-time bassist – just a snapshot of 2014 for White Boys, hailing from Cork, Ireland.
And the boys have already hit 2015 hard with their track ‘Family Values’ – a funk remix taking sound bites from a recent Vincent Brown debate, which has gone viral – being picked up by Joe.ie, Entertainment.ie, The Rubber Bandits, Panti Bliss as well as 2FM, Today FM, 98FM and Red FM in Cork.
The 12th Sound and Music Conference and Summerschool, SMC15, will take place from July 26– August 1st Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, Ireland. The event will comprise a series of workshops during the Summer School, Paper and Poster presentation during the conference Technical Programme and evening Concerts.
The Summer School will run over four days, July 26-29, and comprises workshops from Ardmore Studios on Foley Sounds, a workshop on modern digital studio mastering techniques by MSB Mastering, Ireland, Sound Texture Synthesis(Dr. Sean O’Leary, IRCAM), Parallel computing and GPUs for audio processing (Prof. John Ffitch, University of Bath). There will also be an industry talk on GPU by Movidius, a workshop on FPGA Technology and Audio by Xilinx and a DIY fuzz-guitar workshop by MAKER.IE. Stephen Howell of Microsoft Ireland will present a workshop on Kinect programming.
Three renowned keynote speakers will begin each day of the technical program: Prof. Barry Truax (Simon Frasier University, Vancouver, Canada) will speak about microsound and composition. Dr. Derry Fitzgerald (Nimbus Centre, CIT) will talk about source separation algorithms, and Dr. Stefan Bilbao (University of Edinburgh) will explain physical modelling synthesis. Each day will consist of multiple paper and poster presentations in areas from Interactive Performance Systems to Multimodality in Sound and music Computing to Auditory Displays and Data Sonification. A full program of the summerschool and conference can be found at http://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/smc15/index.php.
SMC15 is sponsored by IMRO
If you’ve seen Girl Band live, you understand. If you’ve heard ‘The Early Years’ EP or one of their early, handmade releases – or perhaps if you’ve seen the not-for-the-squeamish video for their eight-minute cover of Blawan’s “Why They Hide Their Bodies Under My Garage,” you’ve got a sense.
Holding Hands With Jamie, Girl Band’s debut album, comes a few years into their tenure; a few years after their first tour; nine days crammed into a Fiat Panda; a few years of stamping 7” sleeves to sell at merch tables and mail-order; a few years of writing songs and touring and developing a live ferocity unmatched by nearly anyone. Recorded in April 2015, two days after returning home from their first-ever US tour, the nine tracks making up Holding Hands with Jamie capture, more than any previous recordings, the tension and abrasive energy of a Girl Band performance.
Bantry 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 http://fundit.ie/project/pa-curran-album–single-fundit-campaign.
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.
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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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