Billy Treacy Live at Whelans Tonight for “Head Above Water” Launch

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Billy TreacyDublin singer-songwriter, Billy Treacy, releases his new album, “Head Above Water”, tonight at Whelans, Dublin. The album is a collection of modern day folk songs from Billy, who was first introduced to folk music growing up over a pub in Dublin’s City Centre.

The most recent single from the album, “Temple Bar”, was a tongue-in-cheek look at Dublin’s cultural quarter, while “Woe!”, his commentary on families struggling financially in Ireland today, became a viral hit on its release.

Self-released, the album has been a couple of years of hard work in the making. Billy describes it as both a personal soundtrack and a mix of protest songs, love songs and observations of life around him.

He will be performing with a 7-piece band in Whelans tonight.

Tickets €13.50 available from WAV or on the door. Doors at 8pm.

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FEATURING X | ‘More Than You Can Chew’ single released 16 April

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“More Than You Can Chew carries a vague cryptic message that we’re still trying to figure out.” – Dara Farrelly, Featuring Xfeaturing x

Launching their musical career in 2013 at just 16 years of age, Dara, Niamh, Jenny, Sarah and Eleanor has received critical acclaim with the release of their debut three-track EP (2013) and their impressive twist on Rea Garvey’s single Wild Love (2014) accompanied by their nostalgic music video which paid homage to Robert Palmer’s ‘Addicted to Love’.

The audio crafting quintet are now set to release new material throughout the year showcasing the band’s updated sound. More Than You Can Chew is taken from their forthcoming EP due for release this summer 2015. The official video for the new single will showcase footage of their forthcoming documentary which follows the quartet from the rehearsal room, to the studio and then the stage.

Lead singer Niamh Sharkey, explains the bands slight change in direction; “Launching ourselves at a young age and with a variety of influences; we feel it has taken us so long to find a style that suits us. We have been endlessly writing new tunes and find it’s getting easier to write as we get older and experience life. We have a lot of new material to release this year. More Than You Can Chew represents our fresh sound and feel this song holds the new vibe we’re going for. We plan to release two EP’s this year, and excited to hear the feedback!”

Drummer, Jenny McKeown adds; “The best thing about More Than You Can Chew is although an upbeat song, one you can dance to, if you listen to the lyrics you will hear it’s in fact a sad song. Although we feel it’s best not to reveal the true meaning of the song, as it allows people to relate to it individually and connect with the song themselves, isn’t that what music should be about? We also have a cool video in final stages of production and we can’t wait to share it. It’ll be randomly posted one day, that’s how we roll”

Now all 19 years and about to complete their first year at University, where the girls study a range of subjects from Film in IADT, Law and Languages in DCU to Sports, Exercise and Enterprise in DKIT; Featuring X have been quietly working on a number of projects for 2015 including a full documentary release this June.

The documentary follows Featuring X from their rehearsal room, to touring with The Strypes in December and capturing the E.Ps’ recording process. It also allows music lovers to “get to know” the girls that form Featuring X while following the full production journey from team meetings, rehearsals, photo and video shoots to their private lives. It also visits the topic of why Featuring X decided to opt out of their UK record deal.

After a busy yet successful 2014; with the release of their Wild Love single, being selected out of 800 bands for the Guinness Amplify outdoor advertising campaign across Leinster, playing a number of gigs and festivals across the country; also supporting Swedish rockers Thundermother, and Cavan rockers The Strypes the girls continue to learn grow and have fun with their musical career.


1-3 MAY                 VANTASTIVAL                                        BELLURGAN PARK, DUNDALK


28 May                   WHELANS (upstairs)                            WEXFORD ST, DUBLIN



06 JUN                    CRANE LANE THEATRE                         PHOENIX STREET, CORK


Pre-order on iTunes now 



The Hard Ground’s Real Time Recording “Triptych” Out Now

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The Hard GroundAlternative indie-pop outfit ​The Hard Ground have released​ ​“Triptych”, their second album. Triptych is the culmination of a ​year’s worth of material that has seen the Cork based band release the album ​in a staggered manner since May last year. Triptych: 1 and 2,​ ​both digital EPs, were released in 2014. The final EP in the series​, Triptych: 3,​ ​the missing part of the puzzle, was released on April 10th, ​giving rise to the physical release of the full Triptych album, a culmination of all three EPs and a bonus track.

“Pucker” the band’s latest single, has been garnering ​much attention from both audience and industry, and recently received a nod of approval from UK music industry publication, “Record of the Day”. A dream-pop offering, the track has been featured across seventeen stations in Ireland over the past​ ​three​ ​weeks and has recently been playlisted on RTE Radio 1.

Seeking to approach the recording and release of an album in a new way, the band set about the project in early 2014 working with producer Christian Best in Monique Studios in Cork city. The method of release, inspired by the ‘triptych’ art concept, is a response to the challenges faced by recording artists in today’s music industry. The ‘album’ – the backbone of the record industry – has been rapidly replaced by an increasingly fragmented means of consumption.

Independently released, the constant writing, recording, and touring schedule has had a huge influence on the album. Undertaken as a real time recording project, the album documents the development of the band​’​s sound and songwriting over the last twelve months giving the listener an intimate insight in the creative process.

The Hard Ground​ ​tour Ireland over the next​ ​three ​months with dates in Dublin and Cork. For a full list of shows visit their website


CMC and Centre Culturel Irlandais Announce Composer Residency 2015-2016 Recipients

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Caffrey_GregThe Centre Culturel Irlandais and the Contemporary Music Centre have just announced the recipients of their 2015-2016 Composer Residency. The composer’s residency initiative is part of a 30th anniversary programme of the Contemporary Music Centre, which will take place across 2016.

Four Irish composers have been selected to take part in the residency – Greg Caffrey, Rhob Cunningham, Benjamin Dwyer and Lioba Petrie.

Twenty-two artists across the spectrum of artistic backgrounds will spend from one month to three months in Paris to develop their proposed projects.

This year sees CCI partnering three Irish arts organisations for the first time in the awarding of a design residency (Design Crafts Council of Ireland – DCCoI), a music residency (Music Network) and a composer’s residency (Contemporary Music Centre).


Irish Composers on Irish Music Series Continues This Month

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Ryan MolloyThe next concert in the Irish Composers on Irish Music series takes place on 22nd April and features composer and contemporary and traditional musician Ryan Molloy. Irish Composers on Irish Music is a new series presented by the Association of Irish Composers of concerts and talks from Irish composers, on their choice of music for their instrument. These composers bring their extraordinary insight from their experience as composers and performers to these specially selected works.

Seóirse Bodley The Narrow Road to the Deep North
Ryan Molloy Sætre Brygge
Martin O’Leary David’s Air
Breffni O’Byrne Rhapsody
Martin O’Leary Jim’s Air
Simon Mawhinney Ravara
Martin O’Leary Irene’s Air
Michael Holohan Monaincha
Martin O’Leary Maeve’s Air
John McLachlan Vita
John McLachlan Nuance
Bill Whelan Currach

As a composer and performer, Ryan’s work has been performed to international audiences on four continents for over ten years. In great demand as an accompanist, Ryan has recorded over a dozen albums and his repertoire spans numerous genres from traditional Irish music to contemporary classical music. The confluence of these two genres formed the basis of his PhD in composition at Queen’s University, Belfast, studying under Simon Mawhinney and Piers Hellawell. Ryan is currently supported by a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship in association with Moving on Music.

‘I made a conscious decision to explore in my programme contemporary Irish works that draw (to varying extents) on traditional Irish music in some way since this is an important aspect of my musical upbringing and continued musical activity. This influence could be present in an extremely overt fashion as in the case with Bill Whelan’s The Currach, or only very tangentially as in the case of my own early work Sætre Brygge. These works are also complimented by a few works which have no connection to traditional music (John McLachlan’s Vita and Nuance for example) or which draw on wider issues such as the influence of landscape, sense of place and spirituality (as can be seen in Simon Mawhinney’s Ravara).’ – Ryan Molloy

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

Irish Composers on Irish Music: Ryan Molloy (Piano)

Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall

Wednesday 22nd April, 8:30pm | €10/8 (students)



First Sounds of Summer with A Lazarus Soul

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A Lazarus Soul“Mercury Hit a High” is the latest release from A Lazarus Soul. The aptly titled second single from the band’s latest album, Last of the Analogue Age, comes just in time for the start of Spring.

The single also includes a reworking of the track by The Last Sound, as well as two tracks recorded live in The Living Room“Mark’ll Sink Us” and “On the Late Shift with the Skeleton Crew” and is now available on Bandcamp

The video for the single was filmed in March by Stephen Connelly and Joe Butler with animation by Alan Dunne. It features A Lazarus Soul member Brian Brannigan’s daughter, Aztier, along with her tribe of Ethiopian, Mexican and East Wallian friends!

You can catch A Lazarus Soul at the “Mercury Hit a High” launch gig this Friday 10th April in The Grand Social with support from The Last Sound and Jem Mitchell. €8 on the door.

They will also be playing JRB in Newbridge with The Mighty Stef and Knoxville Morning Saturday 25th April.



New Irish Music at Up Close with Music

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Concorde 2015Up Close with Music presented by Concorde at the RHA Gallery continues on Sunday 26 April.  Performances feature new Irish music in an international context and take place from 2.30 – 4.30 pm. The April concert features first performances of music by Katharine Norman incorporating music, text and sound in an interactive texture, a quintet by Concorde’s sudent composer Eoin Mulvany – post-graduate student at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, guest composer Tim Corpus from Chicago for the European premiere of a duo for clarinet and cello inspired by the sculpture of Brancusi, visuals by Marie Hanlon created in collaboration wth Irish composer Emma O’Halloran, a solo work for accordion and electronics from Portugal, an energetic quintet for all musicians by Henrik Ajax – Swedish born German resident, and an introductory fanfare from Eric Sweeney.  DIT student Paul Kiernan joins Concorde on the trumpet for two of the premieres.

Concorde musicians: Jane O’Leary, artistic director; Madeleine Staunton, flutes; Paul Roe, clarinets; Martin Johnson, cello; Dermot Dunne, accordion; Paul Kiernan, trumpet.  Up Close with Music is supported by a Project Award from the Arts Council and takes place in partnership with RHA Gallery. 

Sunday 26 April 2015

2.30 – 3.15 pm & 3.45 – 4.30 pm      RHA Gallery, Ely Place, Dublin 2

Admission Free…early arrival advised!


Programme Details

26 April, 2015 – Concorde: Up Close with Music – RHA Gallery, Dublin 2

2.30 – 3.15 pm

Eric Sweeney (Ireland): Fanfare Dialogue, 2000/2015

World premiere (flute, trumpet, clarinet, accordion)

Eoin Mulvany (Ireland): Bog Bodies, 2015

World premiere  (flutes, trumpet, clarinets, cello, accordion)

Joao Pedro Oliveira (Portugal): L’Accordeon du Diable (Devil’s Accordion), 2006              Irish premiere    (accordion & recorded sound)

Katharine Norman (UK): Paul’s Walk World premiere (clarinet, live text & audio)


3.45 – 4.30 pm

Kala Pierson (USA):  River Spinner, 2012   (alto flute solo)

Tim Corpus (USA): Bird in Space, 2012   European premiere   (clarinet & cello)

Emma O’Halloran (Ireland/USA): Truth and Beauty, 2010

visuals by Marie Hanlon  (clarinet, electronics and visual images)

Henrik Ajax (Sweden/Germany): Phantasien, 2012

Irish premiere (trumpet, flute, clarinet, cello, accordion)


“Wonderland” is the New Album from I Am Niamh

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eventsi am niamh will be releasing her debut album, “Wonderland”, at a launch gig on the 9th May in the Freemasons Hall on Molesworth Street, Dublin 2. “Wonderland” sees i am niamh focus on electronica while continuing her quirky sounds.

The launch will see i am niamh perform with her string quartet and bass guitarist to give us the full vibrancy of her music in a live performance. Support on the night comes from the very talented pianist, Conor Walsh. It all happens in the historic and mysterious Freemasons Hall on Molesworth Street.

Here’s what some of the music press have said about her:

Hot Press have described her as “A multi talented artist for the future.”

The Last Mixed Tape  has said “A musician with a defined blend of avant-garde and electronic musicianship, i am niamh’s new L.P. could very well be one of the stand-out debut’s of 2015.”

Time Out London “Classically trained soprano Niamh Parkinson cites everyone from Debussy to Deerhoof as an influence, and it shows. Her eerie, modern piano riffs and bold string arrangements make her one for Regina Spektor and Kate Bush devotees.”

i am niamh Wonderland Album Launch

Freemasons Hall | Saturday 9th May | 7:30pm 

Tickets are just €10 online here (+ €1 fee):

And €12 at the door on the night.

Check out the event on Facebook


Songwriter Award for Niall Toner

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Niall Toner Band

Photo: Kyle O’Neill

Niall Toner has been awarded Songwriter of the Year 2015 by radio station, Kildare FM and the Leinster Music Awards. He was presented with the award at a special event in Kilashee House Hotel, Naas last week which was attended by an audience of 900 and raised much needed funds for local charities.

Pictured are the Niall Toner Band in the Round Room at Kilashee House Hotel.

L-R. Dick Gladney/Bass, Johnny Gleeson/Dobro/Vocals, Niall Toner/Guitar/Vocals, Richie Foley/Mandolin, Paddy Kiernan/5-String Banjo


Songwriters in the Round announce April 9th details

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HoleInTheWallEach month the Songwriters in the Round audience have been going home with huge smiles on their faces after experiencing something quite unique for Kilkenny as three special guest songwriters perform ‘in the round’ and  share the story behind the songs.  Last month a packed house were glued to their seats as they heard the captivating stories and songs of Ed Romanoff, Eamonn O’Connor and Sean Millar. This Thursday 9th April there is another huge treat in store when Liam Ó Maonlaí, Clara Rose and Gar Tiernan take to the stage!