The headquarters of the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) was packed to capacity last night (Tuesday 28th February) for the IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards 2011. Cork Opera House CEO Mary Hickson was on hand to accept the premier accolade of IMRO National Live Music Venue of the Year, which was presented by IMRO Chairman and legendary Moving Hearts man Keith Donald and IMRO CEO Victor Finn. Electric Picnic took home the Irish Festival of the Year Award.
RTÉ’s Jenny Huston hosted the evening, which celebrates the live music community in Ireland, the behind the scenes people in venues up and down the country, from owners to bookers, front of house staff to sound and lighting engineers. IMRO Regional Venue of the Year Awards were presented with The Grand Social in Dublin winning the Dublin Live Music Venue of the Year Award; the Connacht Award went to the Róisín Dubh in Galway; Cork’s Cyprus Avenue won the Munster Live Music Venue of the Year Award; the Mermaid Arts Centre in Wicklow was awarded the Leinster (excluding Dublin) Award, while Voodoo in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal took home the Ulster Live Music Venue of the Year Award.
In addition, Hot Press Editor Niall Stokes presented Hot Press Readers Awards to the O2, Dublin, The Academy, Dublin and the Róisín Dubh, Galway.
Of the awards, Victor Finn, CEO of IMRO said: “The contribution that live music venues and festivals make to local economies is often not recognised and their value in a social and cultural sense within communities is priceless. We are delighted to recognise the contribution that these first class facilities make and to celebrate their achievements”.
IMRO Live Music Venue Awards 2011
IMRO National Live Music Venue of the Year 2011
The Cork Opera House
Winner selected from all shortlisted venues below
IMRO Dublin Live Music Venue of the Year 2011
The Button Factory
The Grand Social – Winner
IMRO Rest of Leinster Live Music Venue of the Year 2011
Birr Theatre & Arts Centre, Birr, Co. Offaly
The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth
Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow – Winner
The Watergate Theatre, Co. Kilkenny
Wexford Opera House, Co. Wexford
IMRO Connacht Live Music Venue of the Year 2011
The Dock Arts Centre, Co. Leitrim
Town Hall Theatre, Co. Galway
Roisin Dubh, Co. Galway – Winner
Hawk’s Well Theatre, Co. Sligo
Roscommon Arts Centre, Co. Roscommon
IMRO Munster Live Music Venue of the Year 2011
Cyprus Avenue, Co. Cork – Winner
Crane Lane, Co. Cork
Cork Opera House, Co. Cork
Theatre Royal, Co. Waterford
University Concert Hall, Co. Limerick
IMRO Ulster Live Music Venue of the Year 2011
Allingham Arms Hotel, Bundoran, Co Donegal
McGrorys, Culdaff, Co. Donegal
The Abbey Hotel, Donegal, Co. Donegal
Voodoo, Letterkenny, Co Donegal – Winner
Ramor Theatre, Virginia, Co. Cavan
IMRO Music Festival of the Year 2011
Electric Picnic – Winner
Live @ The Marquee Cork
Templebar Trad Festival
Temple House Festival
Galway Arts Festival
Storyfold release their brand new single ‘The Sweetest Silence’ on Friday, March 23rd – with pianist Lindsey Hogan taking lead vocals for the first time. The band also embarks on a mini Irish tour that includes headlining Whelan’s, Wexford Street the same date. It will see the 5-piece return to the venue following their sold out show there last May.
2011was a special year for the band. They released their Top 10 debut album ‘Rocket Science’, were invited by the GAA to play to 40,000 people in Croke Park at an All Ireland Quarter-final and they continued to establish their reputation for cracking live shows at Sea Sessions, Arthur’s Day, Indiependence and several other venues and events. The band also enjoyed extensive radio airplay for singles The Battle (two IMTV Award nominations), Delphine Wakes and Another Year.
Musician and vocalist, Cathy Jordan, long time member of multi-award winning traditional Irish band Dervish, has just released her highly anticipated debut solo album All The Way Home, featuring a title track composed at the most recent IMRO Songwriter Retreat. The album, which has been some twenty years in the making, features many of the most notable names in the folk world, both at home in Ireland and abroad.
Composition and performance students at DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama will be taking part in the annual marathon of new music presented by Contemporary Music Centre on Friday 9th March. The eight-hour marathon takes place in The Theatre in the Conservatory of Music and Drama, Rathmines from 10:30am and will be followed by a reception hosted at CMC.
Numerous concerts of new music take place throughout the day, programmed by Glen Austin, composer and PhD candidate at DIT and Dr Kerry Houston, Head of Department of Academic Studies, DIT. A panel discussion on developing relationships between composers and performers, featuring members of the Conservatory teaching faculty and chaired by Jonathan Grimes, Information and Digital Services Manager, the Contemporary Music Centre, will take place at 2pm.
Composition and performance students from all around Ireland including the University of Ulster, Magee (Derry); Trinity College Dublin (TCD); NUI Maynooth; University of Limerick (UL), and the Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama itself are all participating in the event, which has been organized each year since 2006 by CMC.
The concert programmes for the day will be an eclectic mix of new instrumental, electroacoustic/acousmatic, mixed-media and live electronic pieces. The Contemporary Music Centre will document the marathon throughout the day with video coverage and a special video podcast will be on the Centre’s web site www.cmc.ie after the event.
The Contemporary Music Centre would like to acknowledge the support of the Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama for hosting this year’s marathon. Admission to all concerts during the day is free.
The Contemporary Music Centre’s annual Student New Music Marathon
Dublin Institute of Technology Conservatory of Music and Drama
11pm – 1pm Concert Programmes
1pm – 2pm Lunch
2pm – 3pm Panel discussion
3pm – 530pm Concert Programmes with coffee break
530pm – 630pm Concluding remarks and wine reception
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The Music Show – RDS, Dublin – Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th February. Presented by Hot Press, in association with RTÉ 2fm.
Sunday 26th – 4.30pm – A Great Song Is Still The Answer
The panel on songwriting will begin with ”Effin’ Songs”, Brendan Graham’s attempt to answer the question – ‘How did you write the effin’ song?’- along with special guests Brian Kennedy and Eimear Quinn.
It will go on to discuss what it is that makes a song that becomes part of the canon, the extraordinary reach of a brilliantly crafted song, and how it can take on a life of its own. Plus – where does the money go – and how can the artist ensure that he or she gets the deserved reward?
Brendan Graham (Novelist/Songwriter) + Brian Kennedy and Eimear Quinn
Eddi Reader (Singer/Songwriter)
Thomas Walsh (Pugwash)
Ken McHugh (Autamata)
Moderator: Colm O’Hare
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May 11th & 12th 2012 marks the launch of the METEOR CAMDEN CRAWL DUBLIN, a brand new live music event, taking place in 15 Dublin venues between Camden Street and Temple Bar. Rather the opposite of what its ‘pub crawl’ title implies, this Crawl is a music connoisseur’s dream. The eclectic line up will boast more than 100 hotly tipped International and Irish live acts, along with some very special guests. The METEOR CAMDEN CRAWL DUBLIN 2012 will be a marvelous two day musical adventure across Dublin city and isthe first ever sibling event of the original Camden Crawl which has been running annually in London since 1995.
The line-up for the METEOR CAMDEN CRAWL DUBLIN has been democratically selected by an invited panel of many of Ireland’s best known DJ’s, promoters, media and music heads, who will each host venues on the Crawl. The initial line-up confirmed to appear includes Alarmist, Becoming Real, Clock Opera, Dutch Uncles, D/R/U/G/S, Hands Up Who Wants To Die, Jogging, LaFaro, Laura Sheeran, Lemonada, Lethal Dialect, Le Galaxie, little xs for eyes, Last Days of 1984, melodica deathship, Tieranniesaur and We Are Losers.
The METEOR CAMDEN CRAWL DUBLIN will be a great opportunity for music fans to discover tomorrow’s next big thing and the hugely affordable one pass system makes witnessing the best emerging talent accessible to everyone. Tickets, which are exchanged for wristbands, allow unlimited access to all venues, outdoor stages and after show parties and include a free programme guide and album featuring the acts performing in 2012. Individual venue line ups and timings remain a mystery until the opening evening to enhance the exploratory spirit of the festival. Crawlers are advised to arrive early as ‘headliners’ and surprise guests may appear at any time or venue.
Set to take place Friday 11th and Saturday 12th May, tickets for the METEOR CAMDEN CRAWL DUBLIN are available as single day or weekend passes. Tickets are on sale from 9.00am Thursday 16th February from Entertainment.ie, Ticketmaster, Tickets.ie, Wavtickets.com and HMV stores across the country. Weekend Tickets €40.00/Day Tickets €25 (excluding booking fee).Tickets are to be exchanged for wristbands which allow free entry to each of the participating venues throughout the festival as individual capacities permit. Wristbands and programmes announcing the full line ups and timings for the event are obtainable from 5pm – 10pm each day at the ticket exchange point located at Whelan’s, Wexford Street, Dublin 2.
The Camden Crawl in London launches the UK festival season each spring. The award winning event has become an internationally recognized calendar fixture renowned for showcasing the forthcoming year’s most hotly tipped live music artists alongside special guests to sell out audiences since its inception in 1995. Historic Camden Crawl’s featured landmark performances by such modern day luminaries (and legends) as Adele, Snow Patrol, Amy Winehouse, Mogwai, Florence & The Machine, Hot Chip, Plan B, Biffy Clyro, Frank Turner, Foals, Mumford & Sons, Example, Friendly Fires, Professor Green, The Cribs, Laura Marling, The xx, Villagers , The Temper Trap and many many more. Visit www.thecamdencrawl.com/ archive for full previous line ups.
Beginning with the METEOR CAMDEN CRAWL DUBLIN this May, Meteor customers will be able to avail of great competition prizes through their social networking channels and tickets through their customer loyalty programme, “Meteor Goodies”. They will offer customers opportunities to see some of the best emerging artists from both home and abroad before they hit the festival circuit this summer.
Whelans,Button Factory,Grand Social,Twisted Pepper,Workman’s Club,Village,Speakeasy,
Mercantile, Upstairs @ Whelans, Bernard Shaw, Electric Lounge + more to be announced
On Thursday 8th and Friday 9th March the world premiere of the musical The Heart of Truth takes place. Vincent Kennedy was commissioned under the per cent for art scheme by Gorey Educate Together School to write and develop the musical and has been working in the school for a year now.
Vincent had Gwen Brennan write the original story. Gwen is part of the artistic team Vincent has brought together for this wonderful new musical. The team also includes the Director and Playwright Declan O’Brien, the Musical Director Ronan Dooney, the Visual Artist Niamh Murphy and the choreographer Edel McDevitt who is also a teacher in the school. Additional Lyrics and lines have been written by Declan O’Brien and Vincent. The pupils of the school helped to shape the whole production with their suggestions and talents and the result is beautiful collaborative enterprise. The musical encompasses the ethos of the Educate Together school philosophy. As part of the process the primary school pupils received singing, musical, drama and comic acting lessons. The musical score comprises 11 new songs and additional musical interludes scored for a professional band of piano, synthesiser, percussion and saxophone.
‘Music has been a faithful friend: always there to uplift, distract, colour and comfort. I write music to enrich life and take my inspiration from many sources and possibilities, like a bee using the nectar of different flowers to produce a unique honey.‘ Vincent Kennedy.
Time: 10:00am / 5:00pm
Venue: Windmill Lane Recording Studios 20 Ringsend Road, Dublin 4.
• A brief history of music in games.
• The rapid evolution and demand for music in games
• Understanding a game brief
• Composition, Film v Games.
• How the score works interactively in the game.
• The importance of loop progression.
• Creating the evolving score illusion
• Useful tips and tricks.