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National Survey Shows Major Drop in Music Lending at Public Libraries in UK

Lending of music CDs at UK libraries has plummeted by 42 per cent in the last five years, according to the latest survey from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).
CIPFA’s annual survey of public libraries across the UK shows that library music issues has dropped from 8.4m in 2005-06 to 4.9m in 2009-10 – a drop of 42 per cent.
Book issues over the same period went down by just 4.2 per cent.
The survey also reveals a league table of the country’s most-visited libraries, topped by the Norfolk and Norwich Millennium library.
The Norwich-based library had 1,497,760 visitors in 2009–10, issuing 1,154,563 books and other items over twelve months. The next most visited library, Birmingham Central Library, attracted 1,452,150 visitors over the same period.
Chris Greene, CIPFA’s Head of Research and Statistics said:
“The UK’s libraries are as relevant to their communities as ever. But whilst many facilities continue to attract high visitor numbers, far fewer library users are borrowing music CDs compared to five years ago. With more people than ever downloading music from the internet, the way many people access music has changed fundamentally”.

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CMC Salon Series

The Contemporary Music Centre’s new music::new Ireland salon series

For its seventh series, CMC presents the ConTempo String Quartet as its residence artists for two evenings of new music::new Ireland. The new music::new Ireland 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. In this series the ConTempo String Quartet and guest John Feeley (guitar) take a second glance at works written for them in recent years, which are housed in the CMC’s extensive library of scores in Fishamble Street.

The first salon takes place in the Kevin Barry Room of the National Concert Hall, 6pm – 7pm, 10 Nov 2010. The Quartet will perform works by Rhona Clarke and Gráinne Mulvey. The two works, Pas de Quatre and Entropy respectively, were commissioned by the Contemporary Music Centre and the Galway Music Residency in 2009 through the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon’s project new work award. Both composers will be in attendance and will talk about their music and experience of working with the Quartet. 
On 17 Nov the Quartet will be accompanied by guest performer John Feeley (Guitar).  Together they will perform movements from Eric Sweeney’s Concerto for Guitar as well as individually performing Minard Nithsdale by Jennifer Walshe and part of Four Pieces for Guitar by Jane O’Leary. This salon will be followed by the launch of John Feeley’s latest CD, 'Islands', in the Kevin Barry Room.
‘We are delighted to welcome the ConTempo String Quartet to Dublin as resident artists for this year’s salon series. This is a wonderful opportunity for Dublin audiences to see the Quartet, for the Quartet to perform with leading Irish guitarist John Feeley, and for all involved to have a second glance at new music by Irish composers from the Centre’s library in Fishamble Street.’ says Karen Hennessy, Promotion Manager, The Contemporary Music Centre.
Admission is free but booking is strongly recommended. To book please contact the National Concert Hall on tel: 01 417 0000 or email: ei.hcn@ofni.
For further information on the performers and composers involved contact Karen Hennessy, Promotion Manager, The Contemporary Music Centre, 19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 8, tel: 01-673 1922 or email: ei.cmc@yssennehk.
The Contemporary Music Centre is Ireland's national archive and resource centre for new music. The Centre is supported by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.  The Centre would like to thank the National Concert Hall for the use of the Kevin Barry Room for the salon series and the Galway Music Residency for their collaboration on the series. The Galway Music Residency aims to foster an interest and appreciation in music, particularly classical music.
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Appeal to Irish songwriters to craft a cracker of a Christmas song in aid of Barnardos

Christmas FM, Ireland’s only dedicated Christmas radio station, today announced the return of its annual nationwide competition to discover the next great Irish Christmas song.  The charity radio station, which aims to raise €100,000 for Barnardos this year, has launched an appeal to Irish bands and songwriters to write a yuletide masterpiece that could appear on the station’s playlist alongside a host of classic Christmas themed hits.
“We are delighted to announce the return of our Christmas Song contest for 2010.  The contest proved hugely popular with songwriters and Christmas FM listeners alike in 2009, with over 100 musicians submitting entries. We have a wealth of songwriting talent in Ireland, as evident by the high standard of entries for last year’s contest. We’re hoping that this Christmas, Irish musicians will come up trumps once again and support Barnardos by crafting a cracker of a song!”, said Walter Hegarty, Technical Director for Christmas FM.
In 2009, Christmas FM’s song contest attracted over 100 original entries and thousands of listener SMS text and website votes.  The winning entry, ‘This Christmas’ by Kildare band Funzo, proved a huge hit with Christmas FM listeners, with the six piece band racing to victory with 40% of the listener vote.
Irish artists are asked to submit their Christmas compositions online in mp3 format, through the Christmas FM website at The closing date for entries is Sunday 28th November. A panel of Irish music industry experts will review all entries before the final shortlist is announced and playlisted by Christmas FM during the second week of broadcast in early December. The winner will be chosen by Christmas FM listeners, with proceeds from SMS text votes going to Barnardos.
The overall winner of the contest will be given the opportunity to professionally record the song, receive €500 in vouchers and will be playlisted on Christmas FM for the duration of broadcast. The winning entry will also be released online as a charity Christmas single with all proceeds being donated to Barnardos.
On air 24 hours a day from late November to the end of December, Christmas FM will return in an expanded format this year, broadcasting throughout Dublin and Cork and for the first time Galway, Limerick and the South East. The charity station hopes to raise over €100,000 for Barnardos, its dedicated charity partner for 2010.  Christmas FM is proudly supported by the EBS Building Society and the Irish Daily Mail.
For more details on Christmas FM and the Christmas FM Song Contest please visit

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Concorde Launch New Recording

"Reflections" (NV5835)

"Reflections", the latest recording by contemporary music ensemble, Concorde, has just been released on the Navona label (
Concorde are joined by the legendary bass clarinet player Harry  Sparnaay in new music by composers from Ireland (Judith Ring, Stephen Gardner and Jane O’Leary), Korea (Si-Hyun Yi) and Mexico (Alejandro Castanos).  All of the works were commissioned by Concorde and represent a vast range of colourful styles and influences, from the swirling melodies of klezmer music to Mongolian camels.  Instruments used include flutes, clarinets, violin, cello, percussion, piano, and accordion with additional elements of Mexican toys and wine glasses as well as beautifully recorded sounds emanating from the instruments themselves woven into a tapestry of electronic sound.
Concorde was founded in 1976 to promote new music on a regular basis. The group made its debut in the American Embassy in Dublin and has since performed widely throughout Ireland and Europe.
The ensemble regularly commission new work from Irish composers and frequently work with international guest soloists. The group has performed at music venues and festivals in the USA, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, England, the Slovak Republic, Romania, Macedonia, Latvia and The Netherlands.
The new recording is now available as an enhanced content CD. Not only is the music to be listened to, but there are scores, photos, programme notes and biographies to be viewed on your computer.  Online purchase available from 26 October 2010. 
A Dublin launch will take place on Wednesday December 8 in an exciting new venue for new music.  Details to be announced shortly.
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Irish World Academy Lunchtime Seminar

Monday November 1st,   1 – 2 pm
Room IW2 42
(2ND floor Seminar Room, Irish World Academy Building)

What is a Musically ‘Creative’ City?
Adam Krims, Professor of Music Analysis, University of Nottingham

"Urban geographers and urban planners have, for decades, touted music (as well as other arts) as a way to regenerate cities economically and culturally, using the notion of the ‘creative city’ to frame such notion; and yet, music scholars have not become involved in the debates surrounding such urban planning. More recently, a great deal of skepticism has arisen, especially within academic communities, concerning the notion of ‘creativity’ and to what extent it is a useful concept in studying and shaping cities (e.g., Pratt 2008, Martin and Sunley 2003). Often borrowing some of its prestige from the related but still distinct notion of a knowledge-based economy (van Heur 2010), the notion of a ‘creative city’ remains an issue of attraction and debate, even, as Pratt and others have pointed out, in the absence of any concrete notion of what ‘creativity’ even means. My paper will examine this issue and attempt to concretize the notion of ‘creativity’ with respect, specifically, to music, and to attach the notion to issues of cities and urban location. Borrowing from Storper and Veneble’s (2004) identification of the kinds of learning that depend on “F2F” contact, I argue that music learning represents a particularly salient case. While one need not be quite as skeptical as Evans (2009) about the viability of stimulating urban musical creativity, some of these particular characteristics of music learning, and the heightened dependence on locational variables, suggest that the particulars of musical creativity require attention to particular characteristics of musical learning."

Adam Krims is Professor of Music Analysis at the University of Nottingham. He specialises in urban geography and recent music history. He has also published on critical theory, cultural theory, and African-American musics, including hip-hop. He is author of Music and Urban Geography (Routledge, 2007), as well as Rap Music and the Poetics of Identity (Cambridge University Press, 2000). He has contributed to Music Analysis, Nineteenth-Century Music, and numerous other journals and essay collections, urban change, music theory, and political economy.
All welcome.  Please rsvp:  

Irish World Academy of Music and Dance
University of Limerick

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Blumenkraft Ready to Hit it Again

Waterford dance duo 'Blumenkraft' look to be on track for another top hit with their latest offering, 'Sunsation'. This follows on from their single ‘Fresh Times’, which created quite a stir this Summer by spending 4 weeks in the UK Club Charts Top40,  with a peak at number 8 ahead of Kylie and Christina Aguilera.
Signed on Switzerland's Milla Records, the brain-child of international dance music legend Yves Larock, ‘Sunsation’ is a hot new collaboration combining the talents of Blumenkraft and Fred Lilla.
Fred Lilla is a young Swiss prodigy whose productions have already been supported by Sebastian Ingrosso of Swedish House Mafia and Avicii. Still only 17, Fred has progressed from cutting up well-received bootlegs to releasing his own singles and receiving critical acclaim. Blumenkraft first met Fred at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland earlier this year, where they made plans to work on a series of tunes together.
On ‘Sunsation’, Fred and Blumenkraft team up to deliver an anthemic dance-floor monster which is already picking up notable pre-release attention across the airwaves and on the dance floor. There is already strong club support coming from international DJ elite – namely Above & Beyond, Erick Morillo, Fedde Le Grand, Dubfire, and Markus Schulz to name but a few – as well as an early entry in the DMC World House Music Chart Top40 and European-wide radio support.
In addition to the combined production talents of Fred Lilla and Marc ‘Blumenkraft’ Roosli, ‘Sunsation’ features a stunning vocal performance from Blumenkraft’s Kiki and this unique collaboration looks set to be a huge success for the trio.
‘Sunsation’ will be available on i-Tunes, Beatport and Traxsource from Friday 12th November.
To celebrate this exciting collaboration Fred Lilla and Blumenkraft have organised a free giveaway of 'Criss Cross', one of their unreleased tracks, while you are waiting for ‘Sunsation’. Head over to for a preview of ‘Sunsation’ and to claim your free tune.
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Gerry O’Beirne and Rosie Shipley

Gerry O'Beirne and Rosie Shipley are proud to announce the release of their duo album

"Yesterday I Saw the Earth Beautiful"
Irish singer songwriter, Gerry O'Beirne, and American fiddler, Rosie Shipley, have been delighting audiences worldwide for almost a decade.
A native of Ennis, Co. Clare, Gerry O'Beirne is known for his much-covered original songs, innovative guitar tunings and prowess on a variety of stringed instruments, including 12-string guitar, National Steel guitar and ukulele. O'Beirne's recent instrumental album, "The Bog Bodies and Other Stories", was hailed as 'one of the most perfect acoustic albums I've heard' by National Public Radio's John Diliberto.
Rosie Shipley has been playing the fiddle since she was three years old. She learned her first Irish tunes at age eight from master fiddler, Brendan Mulvihill, in Baltimore, MD. As a teenager, Rosie attended the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts and Crafts on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, where she became well versed in Cape Breton-style fiddling. "Well Kept Secrets", her recording with singer Lisa Moscatiello, was described as 'achingly beautiful' by The Washington Times.
Together, Gerry and Rosie have been called 'an unstoppable and potently creative force'. Featuring new songs by Gerry, fiddle music from Ireland, Cape Breton and Appalachia, and two Irish poems set to music, "Yesterday I Saw the Earth Beautiful" is the long-awaited result of Gerry and Rosie's artistic collaboration.

The Walls | Live Show


Who would have thought it, but apart from a show last summer in the Odessa Club The Walls have not done a Dublin gig since they played The Village back in 2005.

The band have been keeping a low profile in Ireland for much of the past four years but have been buried away in their studio working on new music and a new visual-based live show that has taken the last two years to perfect.

Last summer the double A-sided single Carrying the Fire/Phantom Power gave a taster of things to come.
The Sugar Club will play host to the new show on Friday Nov 5th.

Much of the set features material from the forthcoming album “Stop the Lights”, but old favourites from Hi-Lo and New Dawn Breaking will also be re-visited. Doors are at 8pm with the live music kicking off at 9pm sharp.

Tickets are priced at €10 + booking fee from


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ICC Presents David Bremner

Irish Composers’ Collective presents
David Bremner – Piano

‘The ICC is a ready-made community of creators, performers, and listeners, and they are blazing a trail for 21st-century music in Ireland.’ The Guardian
23rd November | 8.30pm (pre-concert talk at 8pm) | Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Dublin 2
This November 23rd the Irish Composers’ Collective will present a concert of new Solo Piano works performed by the pianist, organist and composer, David Bremner. A previous performer at the Irish Composers' Collective series earlier this year, Bremner returns this November to première new works by composers Daniel J. Barkley, Hugh Boyle, Piaras Hoban, Brenda Kearney, Ryan Molloy, Adam McCartney and Natasa Paterson in the intimate setting of the Kevin Barry Room.
‘If these pieces are representative, then the future of composition from Ireland looks bright indeed.’ Journal of Music in Ireland
David Bremner has performed with many of Dublin’s leading ensembles, including the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Crash Ensemble.  In spring 2010 he accompanied Imelda Drumm and Julian Hubbard in a critically acclaimed tour by Opera Theatre Company of The Schumann Story and current projects include Béal, a music company, who will present a festival of new music and text in early November 2010.
The Irish Composers’ Collective is a non-profit organisation that aims to provide Irish composers with a community for information, education and the pooling of resources in order to create concerts of their music with professional musicians. This event is in association with the National Concert Hall and is supported by the Arts Council.
Tickets €10 / €5 may be purchased from the National Concert Hall Box Office online at , in person or by telephone +353 (0)1 4170000.
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Bank Holiday Weekender at Tripod

Bank Holiday Weekender
Harcourt Street
Oct 22nd – 24th 2010

The folks at Tripod have pulled together a fantastic three night bill over this coming October Bank Holiday weekend which sees the birth of an annual event at the venue. On Friday, Cocoon lead man and international superstar, Sven Vath, leads the charge for the weekend with what always promises to be a show full of surprises and absolute stomping new tunes. Cocoon is at the top of the pile this year in Ibiza with weekly sell out events at the super club Amnesia. ( Doors 11pm )
On Saturday, we get a very rare chance to see one of the coolest artists in Electronic Music, Trentemoller, for a live show on the back of his new album. The last time he graced out shores was 2008 when he kept a 1000 strong crowd in awe for his 90 minute live performance. Trentemoller will be supported on the night by Chimes and Bells and the show starts at 9pm and will continue with a post show DJ performance by Colour TV. Main act on stage 10.30pm (Doors 8.30 pm )
One of the biggest up and coming performers from the dance world, Dr Lekroluv, takes to the stage for the Bank holiday Sunday finale. Support on the night comes from Tai, another great upcoming artist, for the launch of the Dr's latest compilation, Live at Lowlands Compliation. 

Tickets for all three events are available from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.
TRENTEMOLLER Support  ; Chimes and Bells
(Post show Dj set from ;   Color TV)
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