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Saw Doctors release new charity single: Red Cortina
THE SAW DOCTORS// RED CORTINA (First Love Stays With You Forever)
Official Release Date: 3rd December 2010 (exclusively to iTunes).
100% of All proceeds go to St Vincent de Paul Society**.
The Saw Doctors have partnered with Smyths Toys to raise much needed funds for the St. Vincent De Paul Society. Every download of 'Red Cortina' Acapella version from iTunes IRELAND will be matched by a 1 Euro donation from Smyths Toys, i.e. if there is 2,000 downloads of Red Cortina Acapella from iTunes, then Smyths Toys will contribute 2,000 Euro to the Society of St. Vincent De Paul. If there are 5,000 downloads then Smyths Toys will contribute 5,000 Euro.

What was the name of your first love?
Says Leo Moran: It’s a shell-hard cold morning; up out of bed, you’ve brushed your teeth, wolfed down a bowl of corn flakes; now, with your schoolbag on your back, you are out walking in the icy air, breath like you’re smoking, not looking forward to Maths, first class, then Latin – but you know, as you approach the corner of the Dublin Road, at Scratch Moran’s sweet-shop……that…… if your timing is right………..just about six minutes past nine, when you come to cross the road,… that a car will be pulling up outside the Mercy Convent, your heart will rush, your head will spin and out of the passenger-side back door of that red Ford Cortina, registration 6954 IM, will step the most beautiful, most desired, soft and warm-looking prettiest creature ! in the world and you may speak shyly for the thirty yards from the car to her school gate; the day is made, it won’t get any better than this, and you look forward to lunchtime, the junior youth club on Tuesday night and six minutes past nine tomorrow morning.

Red Cortina (First Love Stays With You Forever): A song about the first time you fell in love… As the lyric says: Christmas Party Seventy-Seven… Heart Beat Like An Earthly Tremor…. First Love Stays With You Forever……

Peter Kay joined the band on stage for a few songs at their album launch last month after flying in specially to see them: He commented: “My family and I have been massive fans for years. It was great to get back with them again and I know the album is going to be huge”.

They have also played Glastonbury and the V Festivals this year – Have completed a sell-out tour of the USA, starting at the Highline Ballroom in New York City and finishing with a massive concert at the Cape Cod Melody Tent in Massachusetts and are now about to start their UK tour. The new album which is out in all good record stores now, THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF.. went straight in at no.1 in the Irish Charts and stayed in the top 10 for over a month.

USA Today Reported: “Like Bruce Springsteen They have the ability to express the core of human condition by evoking local characters and haunts, their songs are poignant vignettes of real life filled with tragedy, triumph and humour which transcend cultural boundaries”
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World Premiere of Dave Flynn Fiddle Concerto

The world premiere of Dave Flynn's fiddle concerto, 'Aontacht', which will be performed by Martin Hayes and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra in the National Concert Hall, Dublin this Wednesday 24th November at 8pm. Dennis Cahill will join Martin and the orchestra to premiere a new version of Dave's piece 'Music for the Departed' and the concert also features the premiere of a piece written in tribute to Martin called 'The Man from Maghera Rambles Through Africa'.

The concert is almost sold out, so if you are interested in attending please purchase tickets soon via the following link to avoid disappointment.
Tickets can also be booked through the NCH box office at this number (01) 4170000
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Eva Porter ‘Heart On My Sleeve’

It might seem strange that a mother of three, working in insurance, who had never done a gig, decided to record an album of her own songs but that's exactly what Eva Porter has done.

Eva has been been writing songs since the age of twelve and has always had a passion for music but never took it further than home.
It was only when her then 6 year old son told her on a drive home one night, after they had been singing along to a song Eva had written, that he thought his mum should make a record, that Eva decided to give it go.
18 months ago the journey from singing her songs to her children to sharing them on her debut album “Heart on my Sleeve” began in earnest.
It started with a phone call to Eva’s uncle, Cork singer & soon to be co-writer Joe Corbett. Over the next year, Eva & Joe collaborated on the songs for the album.
Brian Connor, Belfast keyboard player and producer whose credits include albums for Freddie White and Albert Niland, heard Eva’s demos and signed on as producer. Brian played keyboards on the album and assembled a line up of Ireland’s finest musicians to join him – Johnny Scott, guitarist, Rod Patterson, bassist and Danny Byrt, percussion. The album was recorded in Sonas Studios, Glenflesk, Co. Kerry in December 2009. The album was engineered by Tony O’Flaherty of Sonas Studios and mastered by Ruairi O’Flaherty.
Eva’s music reflects her wide range of musical influences and love of folk, country and soul.
Since launching “Heart on My Sleeve”  on Thursday 17th June at the Boardwalk Bar & Grill, Cork, Eva has since played her first gig supporting John Spillane at The Lodge in Mallow, in Cork on Saturday 30th October, 2010 and is looking forward to future gigs!
You can find out more about Eva on her website or contact Eva at moc.retropave@ofni

And So I Watch You From Afar – ‘Straight Through The Sun´

Single released: 15th November (Digital Download)
Label: Smalltown America
"Straight Through The Sun" was produced and recorded by Jetplane Landings ‘Andrew Ferris’ on 1st November and will be made available for FREE on ‘Pay By Tweet’ from 15th November from and A 7 Inch vinyl version will also be made available exclusively on the bands upcoming tour  from November 22nd and on the Smalltown America Webstore from 27th November 2010.
This one-off single will be the last new material before ASIWYFA release the follow up to their critically acclaimed eponymous debut album in spring 2011. 2010 has been quite a year for the Northern Irish 4 piece, who were nominated for the XFM New Music Award and the Choice Music Prize.

The band have played 150 live shows this year alone, including support slots for Them Crooked Vultures across Europe, a 26 date US tour as well as Irish, UK and European headline tours. They have also had appearances at SWSW, Eurosonic and Sonispehere.  

Tour Details:

18th November                     –                 Dundalk, Spirit Store
19th November                    –                  Kildare, Dew Drop Inn, The Late Lounge (Venue)
20th November                   –                  Dublin, Whelans
22nd November                   –                  London, Dingwalls
23rd November                   –                  Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
24th November                    –                  Cardiff, Clwb Ifor Bach
25th November                    –                  Liverpool, Kazimer
26th November                    –                  Glasgow, King Tut’s
European Tour
09th December                  –                  Belgium, DeKreun
10th December                  –                  Eindhoven, Effenaar
11th December                  –                  Amsterdam, Club Bitterzoet
12th December                  –                  Osnabruck, Kleine Freiheit
13th December                  –                  Berlin, Comet
14th December                  –                  Hamburg, Hafenklang
15th December                  –                  Bremen, Tower

*The band have also confirmed a 15 date Russian Tour starting on Jan 26th
And So I Watch You From Afar’s debut album and ‘Letters EP’ are available by following the links below.

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Niall Toner Band | Live @ The Mercantile

The Niall Toner Band play an all-too-rare Dublin Gig on Tuesday next, the 16th of November, at the Mercantile, on Dame Street. NTB will be performing original material from all of their CDs, as well as some new songs. Our special guest on the night is Niall Toner Jnr. [ Keeping it in the Family !] who will be showcasing his own original songs, as well as doing a spot with the Band. Admission is €12, doors are at 8pm, and the show kicks off at 9.15pm.

Further details from
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World First for Ireland as Opera Ireland Streamed Live in HD on the Internet via Platform Ireland

The world’s first ever live Internet streaming of opera takes place this Thursday night (11th November 2010) when the Opening Night of Tosca by Opera Ireland will be streamed live on the Internet in HD sound and vision from Dublin’s Gaiety theatre to audiences worldwide.
Lovers of opera can watch Puccini’s tragic masterpiece featuring internationally acclaimed Irish soprano, Orla Boylan for free, from 7.30pm on, a new Irish arts and cultural digital channel. Using computers or smart phones, opera buffs can watch Thursday’s performance under the baton of maestro Gianluca Martinenghi from the comfort of their homes or on the go.

A free live public screening will also be held on Thursday evening commencing at 7.30pm in the Wood Quay Venue as part of Innovation Dublin’s 2010 Festival.
In Waterford, Garter Lane Arts Centre,will host a free live public screening commencing at 7.30pm.
Funded by Still Point Productions, Opera Ireland, the Department of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Dublin City Council Arts Service, Thursday’s live opera streaming is pioneered by who plan to stream further live performances from Spring 2011. Additional projects include a domestic audio-visual news service in partnership with local authorities and a content development venture in collaboration with leading arts organisations, broadcasters and production companies.
Welcoming this significant development in Irish broadcasting, the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport Mary Hanafin TD said,
“This ground breaking and historic live streaming of Irish opera on demonstrates the capacity and potential of the Irish creative industries. Working collaboratively across the Arts, Audio Visual and ICT sectors, we again prove that Ireland is at the forefront of digital innovation.  Importantly, we are paving a new way to engage audiences, whomever and wherever they may be, with Irish arts and culture…we invite you to play your part and click play!”
Jessica Fuller, MD of Still Point Productions, producer of Thursday’s live internet broadcast and founder of said that this event positions Ireland as a world leader in digital media aggregation and distribution.
“This achievement is testament to the skill and ambition of our creative sector in very difficult times.  We have a team of over 50 individuals across 12 companies and national agencies involved in making this happen,” she said.
“This pilot proves that by synergising services between the Arts, Audio-Visual and ICT sectors, we can create employment, lower access thresholds to the arts and offer alternative revenue streams for the professional arts sector,” concluded Jessica Fuller.
A historically significant occasion, Thursday’s Opera Ireland Opening Night is also the final opening night from the Dublin based opera company following the announcement in March of this year of a new national opera company for Ireland from 2011.
CEO of Opera Ireland Niall Doyle commented:
“Opera Ireland has been at the forefront of bringing Opera to very large audiences in Ireland via HD satellite through its own free 'Opening Night Live' project and its bringing of 'The Met: Live in HD' to cinemas all over Ireland. We are delighted now to be pioneering live HD webcasting with Platform Ireland as another exciting way of bringing great Irish opera and opera artists to a nationwide and world wide audience.”
Sinead Connolly, Arts Officer at Dublin City Council said:
"Dublin City Council Arts Office has been working for many years to encourage new audiences for opera through our Opera in the Open programme. This new venture expands that audience in a wonderfully imaginative way. It celebrates perfectly the legacy of Opera Ireland, who have given us such enjoyment over many years, by offering free access to this historic and glorious performance of Tosca. To do this through the innovative use of technology, by tapping so much talent and through the generosity of spirit of all involved, makes it all the sweeter."
In addition to Thursday’s live streaming of the Opening Night of Tosca on, a recording of the performance will be streamed to audiences in arts and community venues throughout Ireland including St. James Hospital as part of the hospital Arts Programme. Streamed screenings are scheduled to venues in the USA and a selection of international venues as part of the Internet broadcast trial in November and December 2010.
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Contenders Come to Town

A tour of some of NI’s finest up and coming talent will end in Draperstown this week as Glasgowbury’s G Sessions host the final leg of the exciting tour.

The Contenders Tour, organised by Oh Yeah in Belfast, is taking a host of acts on the road to celebrate the launch of their first ever Contenders CD – a compilation of 12 acts deemed to be holding the candle for the future of NI talent.

In celebration of the CD, acts have been hitting the road over the past number of weeks to help promote the CD, playing in cities and towns throughout the country.

The tour concludes at the Cellar Bar in Draperstown this Thursday night with four of the 12 acts rolling into town to deliver a swansong to the first time initiative.

Taking part in this week’s gig will be Rams’ Pocket Radio, Silhouette, Bellwether State and Wonder Villains.
Currently riding the wings of success, both Rams’ and Silhouette are the epitome of local success, taking the music scene by storm. Give either a piano and be instantly mesmerised by the sounds storming back at you.
As the face of Silhouette, local girl Shauna Tohill will be making a welcome return to the local venue while muse Peter McCauley will double up as both her drummer and the face of Rams’.

Bellwether State will make their first foray into Mid-Ulster. A man woman duo, Bellwether State employ intricacies galore in their musical craft that’s as gorgeous as it is heart felt.

Completing the eclectic bill is Derry pop outfit Wonder Villains, themselves riding the wave of recent success.
A youthful four piece with a zest for catchy tunes and movie masterpiece Space Jam, Wonder Villains are the face of youth and new music in Northern Ireland.

All four take hold of the Cellar Bar in Draperstown this Thursday night as the G Sessions welcome the final leg of the Oh Yeah Contenders tour.

Doors are at 9pm, admissions is £5. For more information see

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Donegal’s Newest Music Festival

The inaugural Ribbon Rhythm Festival will provide a weekend of great music in aid of a good cause in the Mount Errigal Hotel in Letterkenny on Friday, February 26, and Saturday 27, 2011.
This brand new two-day musical spectacular has already attracted a stellar line-up of acts and it is planned to run it on an annual basis. The 2011 festival will raise much-needed funds for the Donegal Autism Parent's Support Group and to increase awareness of its work in the county.
The festival will provide an eclectic musical menu over two days, with something to suit every taste and preference.
Saturday's line-up includes Aslan, Henry McCullough, Grianne Duffy, Lee Headley, Mirenda Rosenberg Band, The Gandhis, Pontiax, Seven Days, and Mark Black. On Sunday, The Miami Showband, Mary Coughlan, Johnny Duhan, The Henry Girls, Fil Campbell, Lou McMahon and The Mudskippers will take to the stage. More acts are being added to the line-up all the time.
There will also be free live music taking place in the Front Bar of the Mount Errigal on both Saturday and Sunday.
This family-friendly event will also provide plenty of complimentary entertainment with a range of indoor children's activities, including a children's disco, art workshops. The organisers plan to offer a number of other festival activities and to have various vendors operating on site.
The Ribbon Rhythm Festival has been created to support a different Donegal charity each year and raise awareness of their work within the county. It also aims to provide a boost to the local economy in the process by providing jobs and attracting people to the region.
This exciting and dynamic event promises to be a great way to support a great local charity while providing some fantastic entertainment for music fans in Co Donegal.
Anyone interested in providing sponsorship for the event can contact the festival organisers on moc.mhtyhrnobbir@rosnops Any acts who want to apply to play at the festival can contact moc.mhtyhrnobbir@dnablavitsef Any other queries can be sent to moc.mhtyhrnobbir@ofni

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“pop-punk expertise”Absolute Punk

Hailing from Dublin, Kopek – Shane Cooney (drums), Brad Kinsella (Bass), Daniel Jordan (vox), are looking forward to their physical US debut release, White Collar Lies in early 2011 on Religion Music via SIN/SonyMusic Independent Network, followed by nonstop touring throughout 2011.

“Now comes a terrific trio from Ireland to revitalize this sound and deliver a rock and roll package that strikes a chord in all with its infectious riffs and dynamite melodies”   Sea Of Tranquility

See the new video for ‘Cocaine Chest Pains’ (Official Saw 3D Version) premiering at Shockhound:–kopek-s-new-saw-3d-inspired-track

With production from Glenn Herlihy of Religion, and mastermind mixer and Grammy winner Tom Lord-Alge and multi Grammy mastering guru Ted Jensen White Collar Lies is a refreshing dose of authentic and raw emotional.

Check out Kopek on youtube:


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