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IMRO Academy Inductees 2013

Top Irish Songwriters | Composers To Be Inducted into the IMRO Academy

29th April 2013: Tonight The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) will honour 6 songwriters and composers by inducting them into the IMRO Academy.

Paul Brady, Phil Coulter, Pete St. John, Ray Harman, Shay Healy and Jimmy MacCarthy will have their contribution to Irish music acknowledged at a ceremony in Dublin’s Conrad Hotel.

The IMRO Academy’s mission is to celebrate and mark the successes of Ireland’s iconic songwriters and composers who have made a very significant cultural and social impact in Ireland and/or internationally.

Launched in 2011, Bill Whelan, best known as the composer of Riverdance and Brendan Graham, co-author of the hugely successful song, ‘You Raise Me Up’ became the first inductees to the Academy.   Both have contributed enormously to the recognition of Ireland across the world through their extensive music repertoireimro academy 2013 (1)

Of the awards Keith Donald, IMRO Chairman, states, “Once again the IMRO Academy is honouring songwriters and composers who are at the forefront of Ireland’s great tradition of creativity.  It is a very important ingredient in fostering our reputation of being a dynamic and culturally rich nation.  The IMRO Academy shines a light on these iconic music creators who continue to inspire, entertain and make sense of the world in which we live.

“I am delighted to be part of this induction ceremony for some of Ireland’s most successful and revered composers and I welcome this talented expansion of the IMRO Academy” added Bill Whelan.

”The songs and music of these six Irish songwriters have sailed far beyond the shores of Ireland. They have touched hearts, engaged emotions, and brought joy to people everywhere. Recorded by some of the greatest artistes of our times, they have been heard – and sung along to – by millions of people. They have climbed the pop charts, rocked stadia and brought Eurovision victory to Ireland. On our TV screens they have had us at the edge of our seats and they have become anthems helping us to win many a football and rugby match! They have also given us moments of reflection, of spiritual understanding, of insight into ourselves. By reaching into their own hearts these six, gifted crafters of song have touched our hearts. Ireland and the world are the richer for what they have given us and tonight we, their fellow songwriters, salute and honour their gift… and its gifting” added Brendan Graham.

The induction ceremony will coincide with the IMRO sponsored Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI) annual conference dinner which takes place tonight, 29th April in the Conrad Hotel. Following the ceremony, all 6 will perform a selection of their iconic hit songs live.

 

Watch Video Clips:   Phil Coulter  | Pete St. John | Ray Harman | Paul Brady | Shay Healy | Jimmy MacCarthy

 

IMRO Academy Inductees 2011

In April 2011 Bill Whelan, best known as the composer of Riverdance and Brendan Graham the co-author of the hugely successful song, ‘You Raise Me Up’ became the first inductees to the new IMRO Academy which was launched by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) at an induction ceremony in Dublin. 

The IMRO Academy’s mission is to celebrate and mark the successes of Ireland’s iconic songwriters and composers who have made a very significant cultural and social impact in Ireland and/or internationally.

Victor Finn, CEO, IMRO, said:  “Both Bill and Brendan have contributed enormously to the recognition of Ireland across the Globe and their extensive work more than merits them being inducted into the new IMRO Academy.”

Commenting, Bill Whelan, said: ”It is a double honor for me to be inducted into this new Irish Academy of Composers – not alone because I share it with my long-time friend and colleague, Brendan Graham – both founder- members of IMRO, but also because I look forward in the coming years to the growth of this Academy into an association of Irish talent, as yet unimagined. ”

Bill Whelan & Brendan Graham (L-r)

Brendan Graham, said: ”Through the years of scratching out songs and hoping to find a listening ear, you never expect to be the recipient of such an acknowledgement as this, and in the company of a friend of long standing, such as Bill, whose work you admire and have been inspired by. Surprised and grateful are words that spring to mind.”

Keith Donald, Chairman, IMRO, added:  “The songs Brendan and Bill have written have been heard all over the world. When you think Ireland and music you think either U2 or Riverdance.  As a country we have real diversity and quality of music.  It is the most important ingredient in fostering our reputation of being a dynamic and culturally rich nation.  We believe that the IMRO Academy will celebrate Ireland’s creatives in this regard.”

Brendan and Bill presented a very special world premiere performance of their new composition, ‘The High Line’, written together in New York.  In addition, there was guest performances of songs/compositions from the extensive catalogues of both music creators.