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Hip Hop Mentoring Initiative Announced

HipHopA music mentorship opportunity for the hip-hop scene which forms the third element of Playground, a major arts mentoring initiative funded by the Arts Council.

Successful applicants will work with hip-hop artist Lethal Dialect and Dean Scurry, head of, and will receive a mixture of music advice, face to face meetings, business advice and critique. This will be a unique chance for applicants to ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask, to look at areas of the art form that challenge, to build confidence and be mentored. This is an opportunity for artists/performers who are at a change point in their careers to work with one of Ireland’s foremost hip-hop artists.

Director of axis, Mark O’Brien, says, “axis are delighted to have Lethal Dialect and Dean Scurry as mentors on our next phase of Playground. Hip-hop has been a central part of axis music programme both from a concert and developmental point of view over the last number of years. Workin’ Class Records recently had a residency here and Lethal Dialect is resident in our music studios at present completing his latest album. This new opportunity is the next phase of our continuing work in this area and we look forward to the outcomes.”

MENTORS The successful applicants will work with hip-hop artist Lethal Dialect and Dean Scurry head of workinclassrecords.comh

TIMEFRAME This mentoring scheme will take place over a number of weeks in early 2013.

WHO SHOULD APPLY? This is an opportunity for hip-hop artists/performers who are at the beginning of, or at a change point in their careers, to work with one of Ireland’s foremost hip-hop artists; to ask the questions they’ve always wanted to ask, to look at areas of the artform that challenge, to build confidence and be mentored.

SPECIFIC APPLICATION PROCESS Applicants will be asked to send links to online video and music, a CV and an email outlining expression of interest.

Organisers are looking for artists who are over 18 and serious about progressing in the music industry as professional hip-hop artists.

The successful applicants will receive a mixture of music advice, face to face meetings, business advice and critique. They will also work with Lethal Dialect and Dean Scurry to organise a showcase hip-hop gig in axis Ballymun.


Lethal Dialect (Paul Alwright) is a hip-hop emcee/artist.

His debut album LD50 part 1 was released in 2010 ‘stands up against any rap album this country has produced’. Rap Ireland Magazine

In 2011, Lethal Dialect became a featured artist on the second season of Irish broadcaster RTE’s award-winning crime-based series ‘Love/Hate’.

Lethal’s second album LD50 Part 2, became critically acclaimed, receiving praise from Irish music bloggers and magazines such as Nialler9,, and Hot Press.

The Rubberbandits compared Lethal Dialect to the sharpshooting Queens lyricist Nas. State Magazine listed Lethal Dialect in their ‘Faces Of 2012’ feature after he performed a memorable set at Whelans ‘Ones To watch’ festival. The album received praise further afield as MTV Iggy listed Lethal Dialect as their ‘Artist of the Week’. Harmless Noise described LD50 Part 2 as ‘..the first great irish hip-hop album of our generation’ and after reviewing the album, Hot Press rated it 4 out of 5 stars. 2012 also saw Lethal sharing the stage with acts such as Maverick Sabre, Ghostpoet, Action Bronson and The Rubberbandits.   2013 will see LD work on ’1988, produced by JackKnife-J, citing a change in musical direction as his motivation. LD was also casted for the upcoming Irish feature-length film ‘Cardboard Gangsters’, alongside Damien Dempsey and John Connors as well as being asked to contribute a full original soundtrack for the film.

Dean Scurry

Dean Scurry is a youth worker and arts facilitator and runs an independent music label. Dean is a stand-up comedian and had two successful shows in the Edinburgh Fringe festival. He co-produces and co-presents Dole TV and was involved in ‘HipNós’ with axis Arts Centre. Dean was Production Co-ordinator on the documentary ‘Broken Song’ which had its world premiere in the Jameson Dublin International film festival in February 2013.This year Dean will make his screen acting debut in ‘Cardboard Gangsters’ opposite Damien Dempsey and Lethal Dialect.


Playground is a major arts mentoring initiative which is offering opportunities for emerging artists at axis. The scheme began late last year with two programmes Theatre Performance and Playwriting. A fourth programme will be announced in coming months.

The scheme follows on from a hugely successful residency initiative over the past year which has seen companies and artists as diverse as PaperDolls, Theatre Club, John Duffy, Mouth on Fire, Daniel Seery, Kelly Hickey and Forum for Arts come to axis to develop, workshop and perform new work.

Mark O’Brien, Director of axis, says, ‘We are delighted at axis to be offering this exciting opportunity to artists. axis is a place where artists in all artforms come to experiment, develop and try out new work and also work in a collaborative setting. We believe that Playground will offer all this and more to the participants.’

Playground is funded by the Arts Council.


• Applications open from early Feb to March 14th • Expression of interests / should be emailed to moc.liamg@nabrusixa • Depending on the number and quality of applicants there may be a shortlisting process after which interviews will take place • All applicants must be over 18 • Only shortlisted applicants will receive e-mail notification.

ABOUT AXIS: BALLYMUN Located at the heart of Ballymun, axis is an arts venue, a production company, an arts development organisation, a community resource centre, and is home to a number of community development organisations.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Address:   axis, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 9 Telephone:   01 883 2100 Website: Facebook: Twitter:   @axisBallymun Arts Development Blog – updated every Friday


Liza Flume Launches ‘Full Steam Ahead’ EP

lizaYou got a taster at the IMRO Venue Awards this week, now you can see a full set from the amazing Liza Flume as she launches her debut five track ‘Full Steam Ahead’ EP this Friday (March 01st) in The Twisted Pepper.

Liza Flume’s unique presence draws you in. Her music is an eclectic build of uninhibited emotions caught beautifully by a voice that reveals the light and shade of what she’s singing. Aussie born, Liza’s performances are only enhanced by her zany charm. This coupled with the soft honest thud of her lyrics will leave you wanting to give this lovely lady a great big hug.

The Twisted Pepper, Fri March 01st, Doors 8.00pm, Adm €5 (€7 with EP)

Monroes Of Galway Wins IMRO Live Music Venue Of The Year 2012 Award

Last night, 2FM’s Paddy McKenna hosted the much anticipated 5th IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards at the Irish Music Rights Organisation Headquarters in Dublin. Robert Monroe (of Monroe's, Galway), winner IMRO Live Music Venu

Scooping the biggie of the night – the award for National Live Music Venue of the Year (via public vote) for the first time was Galway’s ever popular live music venue, Monroe’s. .
The annual awards, voted by over 8,000 IMRO members, recognises the dedication and passion of those who work in Ireland’s live music venues, providing the public with an exceptional live music experience, week in, week out.
Other winners in the regional categories include:

Dublin – The Olympia
Rest of Leinster – The Set Theatre, Kilkenny
Munster – Glor Irish Music Centre, Ennis, Co. Clare
Ulster – McGrorys, Culdaff, Co. Donegal
Connacht – Roisin Dubh, Galway

Also nabbing accolades for IMRO Festival of the Year and IMRO Best Small Festival were Electric Picnic and Live @ The Marquee Cork respectively.
Performances on the night came from Daithí and The Rubberbandits with a special presentation included in the ceremony for IMRO’s 9,000th member, singer songwriter Liza Flume, who performed two songs for guests.

Of the awards, Victor Finn, CEO of IMRO said “An extensive and vibrant venue network is the lifeblood of any strong live music sector. These awards acknowledge and applaud those venues and festivals throughout Ireland that excel in creating a memorable and exhilarating environment for music fans and performers alike. We would like to congratulate all of the winning and nominated venues and festivals and pay tribute to the contribution that they make to local communities from a cultural and economic perspective.”

Hot Press Editor Niall Stokes also gave special mention to their readers poll winners, which noted the Set Theatre Kilkenny and Cork Opera House as leading venues with the O2 Dublin taking the main prize. He said “Live music is more important than ever for musicians and bands – so it is crucial they they should have the best possible venues to play in. The IMRO Live Music Venue Awards are a brilliant platform for recognising all of the good work that is happening all over Ireland in creating those opportunities for musicians.

Hot Press became involved to express our support for all of the guys behind the scenes who make such an important contribution through the public vote for the Hot Press Live Music Venue of the Year.

This year, we are giving special commendations to the Set Theatre in Kilkenny and the Cork Opera House – two venues that have added greatly to the options for fans to see their favourite artists – and for artists to play to their fans in top class facilities.

The overall winner of the Hot Press Live Music Venue of the Year is The O2. What is remarkable is the number of Irish bands that are now operating at the level where they can play this brilliant arena – not just the obvious international world beaters like Snow Patrol and The Script or legends like Christy Moore, but also Imelda May, The Coronas and Two Door Cinema Club. This is a fantastically rich time for Irish music. – which makes the investment that Live Nation have made in the O2 all the more  critical. It is one of the best venues in Europe in one of the great music cities – as it should be!”


CMC Hosts New Music Marathon

CMCCMC’s annual New Music Marathon takes place on Friday 1 March in the Kevin Barry Room of the National Concert Hall as part of the inaugural New Music Dublin festival.

This year’s event is held in collaboration with the Music Composition Centre of Trinity College Dublin and has been programmed by its Director Dr Evangelia Rigaki.

Now in its eighth year, the CMC New Music Marathon is a showcase for student composers from around Ireland, providing them with the opportunity to perform their work and hear each other’s music.  Composition and performance students from Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology, NUI Maynooth, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Waterford Institute of Technology, the University of Limerick and the University of Ulster will take part.

Performances will take place from 11.00am to 12.45pm and 2.30pm to 5.30pm.  The event is open to the public throughout the day.  Admission is free – tickets are available from the box office of the National Concert Hall on arrival.

New Music Dublin is a major new festival that gives voice to a broad range of musical creativity from our time and takes place at the National Concert Hall on 1-3 March 2013.  It is a new partnership initiative of The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, The National Concert Hall, RTÉ Orchestras and the Contemporary Music Centre and is the first event arising from a planned five-year partnership. The Arts Council is providing significant funding to New Music Dublin.  The festival forms part of Ireland’s EU Presidency Cultural Programme.


Ireland’s Eurovision 2013 Entry to be Selected Tonight

ESC13_Logo_RGBTonight is the night that Ireland will select its entry for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, due to take place in Mälmo, Sweden in May. Five songs have been shortlisted and a combination of juries and votes from the public will decide who will represent Ireland at the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Tuesday 14th May.

The five acts will perform this evening on a Late Late Show special from 9:30pm onwards. The songs will be performed in the following order:

1. Son Kez/The Last Time composed by Hugh O’Neill and Sinead Bradley (Arranged by Tevfik Kulak) Sung by Inchequin and mentored by Shay Healy.

2. Crashing Down composed by Robert Grace. Sung by Aimée Fitzpatrick and mentored by Mark McCabe.

3. Fire composed by Lauren White, Niall Mooney and Willie Weeks. Sung by Zoe Alexis Bohorquez and mentored by Niall Mooney.

4. Only Love Survives composed by Wez Devine and Ryan Dolan. Sung by Ryan Dolan and mentored by Stuart O’Connor.

5. Kiss Me There composed by Drax. Sung by Kasey and mentored by Mairéad Farrell.

Best of luck to all the finalists tonight!

Waltons World Masters Series Announces Bobby McFerrin Meets Ireland Line-up

Bobby McFerrinThis March, Waltons World Masters Series will celebrate its 10th anniversary by welcoming Bobby McFerrin back to Ireland for a special two-day event – Bobby Meets Ireland. Each evening’s performance will be a unique collaboration between Bobby and a small, very select group of Irish performers – chosen to represent creativity, tradition and spirit of Ireland.

In December, Waltons World Masters Series announced an Ireland-wide video audition process for musicians and dancers demonstrating ‘mastery of their discipline, unbridled creativity and improvisational flexibility’ who would like the extraordinary opportunity to improvise and perform with Bobby, arguably the greatest vocal innovator and improviser of our time.

Now, after reviewing a huge range of submissions and completing an extraordinary difficult adjudication process, Waltons World Masters Series and Bobby’s creative team in New York have made their final selections. In alphabetical order, the performers are:

Wednesday, 6 March

Maire Dee – Dancer
Kate Ellis – Cello
Robbie Harris – Bodhrán, Bones
Emer Mayock – Irish Flute, Whistle
Úna Ní Fhlannagáin – Harp
Nick Roth – Soprano Saxophone, Flutes
John Sweeney – Guitar
Francesco Turrisi – Piano, Accordion, Percussion

Thursday, 7 March

Cindy Cummings – Dancer
Kate Ellis – Cello
Robbie Harris – Bodhrán, Bones
JPTrio (Ted Kelly, Jos Kelly, Paddy Hazleton) – Banjo, Button Accordion, Cajón Kit
Emer Mayock – Irish Flute, Whistle
Francesco Turrisi – Piano, Accordion, Percussion

Bobby McFerrin Meets Ireland takes place at the National Concert Hall on Wednesday and Thursday, 6 and 7 March.

See and for further details and booking information.

Enemies ‘Embark,Embrace’

embark embrace coverEnemies are delighted to announce the release of their second album Embark, Embrace this coming May.

The math-pop four piece from Co. Wicklow will release the album on their own label, Heavyweight Records, on May 10th. It will feature ten new tracks, including the recent single Indian Summer.

Embark, Embrace was recorded by James Eager & Eoin Whitfield in two studios in Wicklow: The Meadow & Hive Studios.

Enemies embark on an Ireland/UK tour in March in support of the new record.

Enemies formed in the summer of 2007 within a thriving Do-It-Yourself music scene in Kilcoole, Co. Wicklow. In Spring 2008, Enemies released their debut EP Alpha Waves which led to Japanese labels Machu Picchu Industries and Stiff Slack Records picking up the band for releases. A two-week tour of Japan followed in which the band played sold-out shows in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Kyoto.

In June 2010, Enemies released their debut LP We’ve Been Talking on extremely reputable indie labels Richter Collective (IRL) and Stiff Slack Records (Japan). We’ve Been Talking features pressings of the band’s own unique take on instrumental rock, one which is nuanced yet clear cut, melodic yet ferocious and energetic yet emotive. The band spent the following two years touring We’ve Been Talking throughout Europe and Japan.

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This month sees the return of the IMRO Live Music Venue of The Year Awards, presented by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) in recognition of Irish music venues that provide the very highest standards in live music entertainment. Qualifying venues include pubs, hotels, arts centres, theatres, purpose built music venues and many more. The awards acknowledge the central role that live music venues play in developing and supporting the music community in Ireland.  Live music venues provide superb, quality entertainment to the public and a platform for Irish artists across all genres of music.  A Best Live Music Festival Category and a Best Small Live Music Festival Category have also been included in the awards programme.  A Hot Press Live Music Venue of the Year Readers Award will also be presented on the night.

Venue: IMRO HQ – Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2
Date: Tuesday 26th February
Time: 6.30pm – 9:00pm
MC:  Paddy McKenna – RTE 2FM

Featuring Live Performances by

The Rubberbandits
Daithi O Dronai
Liza Flume

IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards 2012 Shortlist

IMRO Dublin Live Music Venue of the Year 2012

Bord Gais Energy Theatre, Dublin 2
The O2, Dublin 1
The Draiocht Theatre, Dublin 15
The Grand Social, Dublin 1
The Olympia, Dublin 2

IMRO Rest of Leinster Live Music Venue of the Year 2012

The Set Theatre, Kilkenny
TLT, Drogheda, Co. Louth
Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow
Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford
Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge, Co. Kildare

IMRO Connacht Live Music Venue of the Year 2012

Monroes, Galway
The Dock Theatre, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim
Roisin Dubh, Galway
Linenhall Arts Centre, Mayo
Roscommon Arts Centre, Co. Roscommon

IMRO Munster Live Music Venue of the Year 2012

Glor Irish Music Centre, Ennis, Co. Clare
Crane Lane Theatre, Cork
Cork Opera House, Cork
DeBarras, Clonakilty, Co. Cork
University Concert Hall, Limerick

IMRO Ulster Live Music Venue of the Year 2012

Allingham Arms Hotel, Bundoran, Co Donegal
An Grianan Theatre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
An Poc Fada, Monaghan
McGrorys, Culdaff, Co. Donegal
The Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town, Co. Donegal

IMRO Live Music Festival of the Year 2012

Electric Picnic
Live @ The Marquee Cork
Westport Music & Performing Arts Festival
Forbidden Fruit
Templebar Trad Festival
Festival of the Fires
Galway Arts Festival
Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann Cavan

One overall award will be presented with the IMRO National Live Music Venue of the Year. This award is decided upon by the public, who can vote for their live music venue of the year here  by February 19th.

New Musical ‘Circle Black’

brian_horgan_1560_crop_xproAudiences can enjoy a great musical night out at the Peacock Theatre on Thursday, 28 February at 8pm with the launch of singer-songwriter Brian Horgan’s debut EP album Circle Back.  On the night, Brian will perform the songs from his new EP, as well as new arrangements of classic Harry Chapin and David Gates songs such as Circle and Make it with you. He will be accompanied by top musicians Gerry Peregrine, Paul Stephens, Caitriona Frost and David Wray.

Lyrical in style, Brian Horgan’s music and songs reflect a contemporary take on early 1970s songsters in their mix of pop and folk influences.  His powerful, optimistic ballads and up tempo numbers draw in the listener, in a way that is reminiscent of a male Adele.

Circle Back, which was recorded in Vantry Studio, is co-produced by David McCune and David Wray. It’s re-mastered by Grammy Award winner Bob Katz (who has worked with prestigious artists such as Gram Parsons, Emmy Lou Harris).  Brian Horgan was inspired to write the EP whilst travelling worldwide after the loss of a sibling.

Brian trained under Paul Deegan at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and currently trains with Deirdre Masterson.  He has been honing his own solo career as a singer-songwriter over the past couple of years, selling out concerts in popular Dublin venues such The Sugar Club, No. 10 Ormond Quay, Bewley’s Café theatre and Cobalt Café.  This concert in the Peacock Theatre marks his debut album release.

People attending the concert will be treated to a special Circle Back cocktail and a wine reception to celebrate the launch of the EP, from 7.30pm.

A press pack and copy of Circle Back will be available to media on the night.

Tickets are available on or on the night.


Niall Byrne Wins Best Original Score at The IFTAs

Niall Byrne IFTA AwardsComposer, Niall Byrne’s score for the BBC film, “Loving Miss Hatto”, has won Best Original Score at this year’s Irish Film and TV Awards. The film, written by Victoria Wood and directed by Aisling Walsh, tells the story of the life of concert pianist, Joyce Hatto, her relationship with her husband and the controversial recordings that made her famous late in life. Niall picked up his award at the Gala Awards Ceremony at the Convention Centre Dublin on Friday evening on the 10th anniversary of the awards.

Niall studied Piano and Composition at the Royal Irish Academy of Music.  He was awarded first prize at the 1992 Dublin Film Festival’s music competition, chaired by composer Michael Nyman.  Since then he has composed music for feature films and television dramas both in Ireland and abroad.  He also pursues personal music projects and received a Music Bursary in 2012 from the Arts Council to compose ‘The Promenade’, a solo piano album due for release in Spring, 2013.  He has received several IFTA award nominations in the past, including a Best Music in Film nomination for “Parked” starring Colm Meaney and Colin Morgan in 2010 and Best Music in Film nomination for “Small Engine Repair” in 2007.

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