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The Oh Yeah 5th Anniversary Open Day, May 5, 2012

 Time: 11.00am-5.00pm (free admission)

Evening gig: 8.00pm to midnight (bar service, admission £8) Early bird tickets:

Most excellent day, featuring  Bronagh Gallagher, Fighting with Wire, Robyn G Shiels, Katie Richardson, VerseChorusVerse, Our Krypton Son, Conor Mason. Plus secret guests, the Caravan Jam, Demo Drop, BBQ, Oh Yeah building tours, Bandwidth film show and more!

Tickets: Free admission during the day. Evening gig, £10.

On March 5, 2007, the Oh Yeah Music Centre opened its doors to the public for the first time.

There was live music throughout the former whiskey warehouse in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter. There were discussion panels, industry stalls and unique events. A team of volunteers gave guided tours and outlined the exciting plans.

In the evening, the inaugural gig featured live music from Elbow, Gary Lightbody, Lisa Hannigan, James Walsh, Duke Special and MC James Nesbitt.

Five years on and the Oh Yeah team is keen to measure the progress since that early milestone. There will be new tours of the building, showing the Strummerville rehearsal rooms, the Belfast Music Exhibiton, the venue area, Start Together recording studios and the many other exciting enterprises that now work out of the site.

Expect live music in the afternoon, with an Acoustic Picnic special from Katie Richardson and Colly Strings, with film showings by Bandwidth Films of classic Oh Yeah events. There will be a Demo Drop, inspired by our ‘Scratch’ programme and allowing young bands to get their music reviewed by industry experts. Meantime, Fighting With Wire will be doing a live session in the studio. There will also be a barbeque in the car park and a live, Caravan Jam.

In the evening there will be a live gig, featuring our musical supporters, old and new. A series of them will be playing together in a collaborative party. These will include Bronagh Gallagher, Robyn G Shiels, VerseChorusVerse, Our Krypton Son, Conor Mason and special, wonderful guests.

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The Contemporary Music Centre presents a New Music Literary Trail in partnership with Music in Drumcliffe

The Contemporary Music Centre presents an outdoor music trail in partnership with Music in Drumcliffe in the grounds of St. Columba’s Church and its environs throughout the Music in Drumcliffe Festival, 11am – 7pm, 5 – 7 May 2012. The trail celebrates the rich connections between W.B.Yeats and Irish composers specifically, whilst also highlighting the many associations between Irish music and Irish literature.

The Trail consists of three outdoor listening posts featuring a total of four works by Irish composers: Brian Boydell, Rhona Clarke and Donnacha Dennehy. Brian Boydell’s Four Yeats Poems features the wonderful Grainne Yeats, daughter-in-law of W.B.Yeats, along with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Rhona Clarke’s Tread Softly, takes its title from the W.B.Yeats’s poem He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven: ‘Tread softly because you tread on my dreams’. Rhona Clarke’s Five Songs features Judith Mok and Dearbhla Collins. Donnacha Dennehy’s That the Night Come was composed for Dawn Upshaw (soprano) and the Crash Ensemble, conductor, Alan Pierson and released on the Nonesuch Record Label CD Grá agus Bás. A walk and talk of the New Music Literary Trail led by Irish composer Benjamin Dwyer will take place 130pm, 6 May. Admission is FREE to both the trail itself and participation on the Walk and Talk.

In comjumction with the New Music Literary Trail at Drumcliffe, the Contemporary Music Centre, presents its Art of Sound multi-media exhibition throughout the month of May in the Ballymote Community Library, Co. Sligo. The Art of Sound exhibition features photographer Eugene Langan’s dramatic and perceptive photographs of Irish composers. An audio-guide narrated by Eamonn Lawlor, RTÉ lyric fm, brings to life the music that is displayed. The exhibition will run from 1 – 31 May inclusive during library hours and admission is free.

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. For details on the New Music Literary Trail  and information on the composers featured please contact Karen Hennessy, Promotion Manager, The Contemporary Music Centre, 19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 8. Tel: 01 673 1922 email: ei.cmc@yssennehk web site:

Since its establishment in 2000, Music in Drumcliffe, formerly The Vogler Spring Festival, has become one of Ireland’s leading international chamber music festivals and is now a major highlight in the national annual calendar of music events. Music in Drumcliffe offers its loyal audience and new visitors alike the opportunity to experience high standards of programming through a fresh choice of artists performing alongside the internationally acclaimed Vogler Quartet, in one of the most beautiful locations in Ireland, at the foot of Benbulben mountain and in the heart of Yeats country. For information on Music in Drumcliffe please contact Artscope tel: 01 505 9582 or email: ei.effilcmurdnicisum@ofni

World Intellectual Property Day 2012 Celebrates Visionary Innovators

 This year’s World Intellectual Property Day on April 26 celebrates visionary innovators – individuals whose ingenuity and artistry have broken molds, opened new horizons and made a lasting impact.  Across the world, intellectual property (IP) Offices, associations, businesses and technology institutions and students are organizing numerous activities to mark the day,  including competitions, exhibitions and public discussions.

In his World IP Day message, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry describes a visionary innovator as someone whose innovations have transformed our lives and, at times, the way society operates. In the arts, he notes, innovation revolves around new ways of seeing things. “A visionary artist or a composer or a writer is able to show us a different way, a new way of looking at the world,” Mr. Gurry says.

The Director General says World Intellectual Property Day is an opportunity to celebrate the contribution that intellectual property makes to innovation and cultural creation – “and the immense good that these two social phenomena bring to the world.” He notes it is an “opportunity to create greater understanding about the role of intellectual property,” and encourages young people to get involved in discussions on IP.

World IP Day is “an opportunity to create greater understanding about the role of intellectual property as a balancing mechanism between the competing interests which surround innovation and cultural creation: the interests of the individual creator and those of society; the interests of the producer and those of the consumer; the interest in encouraging innovation and creation, and the interest in sharing the benefits that derive from them,” Mr. Gurry says, noting, “we should look upon intellectual property as an empowering mechanism to address these challenges.”


WIPO’s member states initiated World IP Day in 2000 to raise public awareness about the role of IP in daily life, and to celebrate the contribution made by innovators and creators to the development of societies across the globe. World IP Day is celebrated annually on April 26, the date on which the Convention establishing WIPO entered into force in 1970.

Act For Culture in Europe

2012 is a key decision-making year during which the EU budget 2014-2020 will be voted upon by Members of the European Parliament and Ministers from the Member States.

EU support to culture over the next seven years is at stake and the negotiations over the first four months of 2012 will be crucial. The campaign ‘we are more – act for culture in Europe’ calls for vital support for culture in the next EU budget.

Act for culture in Europe and sign the manifesto now:

North West To Host Major Digital Festival

As part of the run up to the Derry-Londonderry’s term as UK City of Culture in 2013, the city today announced that it will host a major new festival of digital culture this summer. 

Culture Tech is billed as a four-day festival of digital culture and technologies and will take place from August 29th to September 1st within Derry’s historic walled city centre. The festival promises an eclectic mix of film screenings, digital arts installations, live music performances, public workshops and a major games tournament.

Mark Nagurski from Digital Derry, principal organisers of the festival, explained: “Digital technology has become a part of all of our lives in everything from the way we work to the games we play. In the run up to the City of Culture year we wanted to host an event that celebrated the way that technology is helping to shape exciting new projects in culture and the arts. We’re bringing in speakers, acts and artists from all over the globe but there’ll also be a strong emphasis on exciting projects being developed right here in Northern Ireland. We hope it’s an event that everyone can come and enjoy and we expect to have over 10,000 people taking part over the four days.”

The festival will include an industry conference expected to attract over 500 delegates and also a showcase event, co-sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland, where local companies can present their projects.

Martin Adair, acting Head of Creative Industries at Invest NI, commented: “Northern Ireland’s vibrant creative industries sector is hugely important to the Northern Ireland economy which has ambitious, world-class companies operating across the full spectrum of industries, from film and TV to digital media including gaming, animation and music.

“The Culture Tech festival will be an important opportunity to showcase this talent and help to maximise the export potential of these business as well as position Northern Ireland competitively among international investors.”  

Many of the festival events are open to the public and free to attend and the organisers expect it to be a big draw for families. Tickets for the conference, screenings and music events start at just £49 for all four days and are available online at where you’ll also find details of the festival programme.


The Art of Sound – a glimpse into the creativity of some Irish composers

Want to meet some of Ireland’s new music makers? See what they look like and hear how they sound?

The Art of Sound exhibition showing in Ballymote Community Library, Co. Sligo, 1 – 31 May offers the opportunity to do just that. Admission is free and the exhibition runs during library opening hours. Presented by the Contemporary Music Centre this multi-media exhibition looks at new music making from the first idea through to the final performance. The creative process usually takes place behind closed doors, but this exhibition brings it to life through striking photographs of the composers and images of their work.

The Art of Sound exhibition features photographer Eugene Langan’s dramatic and perceptive photographs of Irish composers. An audio-guide narrated by Eamonn Lawlor, RTÉ lyric fm, brings to life the music that is displayed, leading to a truly unique and rich experience for the visitor.

In tandem with the exhibition the Contemporary Music Centre, in partnership with Music in Drumcliffe, presents a New Music Literary Trail during the Music in Drumcliffe Festival, 5 – 7 May 2012 featuring composers Brian Boydell, Rhona Clarke and Donnacha Dennehy and music inspired by W.B. Yeats. This New Music Literary Trail takes place in the grounds of St Columba’s Church, Drumcliffe and is FREE admission.

Originally devised by the Contemporary Music Centre in partnership with the Music Department of University College Cork, The Art of Sound exhibition at Ballymote Community Library is made possible through the support of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Ballymote Community Library.

For information on Ballymote Community Library please contact tel: 071 9111669 or


Presented by the Contemporary Music Centre at Ballymote Community Library, Sligo

 The Art of Sound – a multimedia exhibition

1 – 31 May 2012     Ballymote Community Library, Teeling St., Ballymote, Co. Sligo



Gerald Barry
Mícheál Ó’Súilleabháin
Seán Ó’Riada
Jennifer Walshe
Seóirse Bodley
Barry Guy
John Gibson
Frank Corcoran
Rob Canning
Aloys Fleischman
Fergus Johnston
Grainne Mulvey
Kevin Volans
Judith Ring
Stephen Gardner
James Wilson
John Wolf Brennan
Benjamin Dwyer
Deirdre Gribbin
Raymond Deane

with audio-visual guide by Eamon Lawlor, RTÉ lyric fm

Karrie Plots Series Of Gigs Around New Single

 Killarney singer-songwriter Karrie is releasing her new single ‘This Crush’ amid a flurry of live gigs around the country, including support slots with current album chart-topper Mick Flannery, Mundy and John Spillane, as well as her own headline shows. Further dates will be confirmed in due course.

Taken from her well-received album Jellylegged, ‘This Crush’ showcases Karrie’s unique songwriting and vocal style. The single includes additional instrumentation by Chris Ahern who was a key member of The Stargazers.

 Karrie’s new single ‘This Crush’ can be heard at

Karrie played to a full house at The Sky and The Ground in Wexford on April 18, and afterwards said, “I’m really pleased with the feedback I’m getting from the gigs, the single and the Jellylegged album. The music world is totally new to me, having spent most of my working life breaking horses. But I always had a keen interest in music and it’s a real privilege now to be able to devote so much time to my songs and my performing.”


April 26, The Ruby Room, Castlebar, Co Mayo (supporting Mick Flannery)

April 27, The Olympia, Dublin (supporting Mick Flannery)

April 28, The Spirit Store, Dundalk (supporting Mick Flannery)

April 29, Whelans, Dublin (supporting John Spillane)

May 6, Whelans, Dublin (supporting John Spillane)

May 9, The Pavilion, Cork (supporting The Man Whom)

May 10, Sol y Sombra, Killorglin, Co Kerry (supporting Mundy)

May 25 Scartaglen Heritage Centre, Co Kerry (headline gig)

June 1 McCarthy’s Bar, Dingle, Co Kerry (headline gig)


Karrie’s new single ‘This Crush’ can be heard at

Daithí Ó hÉiġnigh ‘Sfumato’

In the unpredictable, often shallow world we live in, it takes courage to follow your heart, and even greater strength to follow what some philosophers describe as your “bliss.”

Irish musician and songwriter Daithí Ó hÉiġnigh, however, has done just that. After years of finding himself in situations which felt fundamentally wrong, he woke up one day to find his entire world had fallen apart. So he stopped everything, set about expressing his feelings and unwittingly laid the foundations for what would prove to be a happy and fulfilling life… or so the story goes.

The result of this creative about-face is the forthcoming debut, These Things Between… Recorded under the band title of Sfumato (a painting technique used by Leonardo Da Vinci, meaning the softening of sharp outlines by subtle, gradual blending of one tone into another), the album is a balm for the sick and indignant as it relates via a searingly honest song cycle a troubled journey from darkness to light.

A clear vision and a truthful voice (complete with simple, heartfelt words delivered in an egoless manner) have been uncovered. From desolation to euphoria, from imprisonment to escape, from being beaten up by dogmatism to engaging with ambiguity… and ultimately allowing back into his life the grey areas found between black and white.
Daithí has fashioned something of a gem with These Things Between… From start (Fly To Me) to finish (I Was Hoping You Might…) it rings clear with frank and straightforward intent. The music zings with anti-authoritarianism. Daithí also produces the videos which accompany the music on similar staunchly independent lines.

The album, “These thing between…”, will be released on the 11th of May on CD and digital download by Learn To Love Records. 4 singles will follow throughout 2012 accompanied by Hi-Definition videos and remixes from the likes of Ian Williams (Battles), Sunken Foal, Somadrone, The Last Sound, Tim Green (The F*cking Champs), Sebastian Thomson (Trans Am), AKA JK (Producer – The Rapture) and Deasey Mooneye. These will be available as digital ‘bundles’ through iTunes. The singles will be “Fly to me”, “These things between…”, “Let me leave you” & “Song to myself”.

Daithí sings and plays drums, guitars, keyboards, bass and percussion on “These things between…” and is accompanied by Miriam Ingram (backing vocals), Rebecca Collins (guest vocals), Eoin Dillon (Kíla, uileann pipes), Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh (Danú, guest vocals), Mischa Langemeijer (saxophone), Esosa Ighodaro, Nono Madolo, Alice Burke & Christine Nalubega (The Discovery Gospel Choir, soul choir), Abigail Smith (viola) and Lioba Petrie (cello).

Irish artist Alan Clarke was commissioned to produce the artwork for the album.

Website: // Album: BandCamp / SoundCloud

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