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Rain Finally Came – New Album From Eoin Glackin Out Now

Following the release of the critically acclaimed debut, ‘Not Lost’ in 2011, Eoin Glackin’s eagerly awaited new album “Rain Finally Came” went on release  at the begining of March on Tuleen Music.  The debut created a platform for Eoin, and one he made great use of, gathering a wide legion of live fans and media followers during its life time.

This title track, a gem called “Rain Finally Came”, was inspired by a meteorlogical & metaphorically parallel styled day!

It was the day of orrential flooding around the country, late 2011 and it was after a pretty grim meeting with an old record company. eoin glackinHeading home in a cab, my mood coupled with the bizarre scenes outside, sparked the lines of this song to start grumbling around in my head. I suppose really it’s a song about picking yourself up, accepting what’s gone before and starting again.” Says Eoin.

Growing up in Dublin, Eoin spent his days exploring the music from the likes of Kris Kristofferson, The Beatles and Cat Stevens much to the amusement of his classmates, who were firmly on the Oasis and Ocean Colour Scene team. He started playing piano at 9 and taught himself how to play the guitar at 15.  Eoin cites Damien Dempsey as one of his key inspirations.  Indeed Damien was pivotal to Eoin’s approach to music and his decision to make his own!

 “I was at home,” he says. “My dad walked into my room and told me there was some singer-songwriter from Dublin on the TV that I should see. Damien was beginning ‘Negative Vibes’ and three lines into the song I felt something hit me like I’d never felt before, he just had a truth in his voice and his words. Growing up, there had never been that one band or singer that changed my whole outlook on things. Damien did that for me.”

Inspired by Dempsey’s performance and songs Glackin began writing and busking.

A couple of years later and eager to pursue a career in music, Eoin jumped on a plane to London. He spent his time writing and playing in the plethora of open mic nights around the city. At one of these open mic nights Eoin was approached by a promoter who liked what he heard and was subsequently asked to attend a meeting at Sony’s office in the UK. “I walked in to the office with my guitar and began playing. The guy looked at me and said ‘haven’t you got anything recorded?”, Eoin laughs. “I only had my guitar and a load of songs. It was pretty unorthodox!”

He decided then to start to record demos. He returned to Dublin and got cracking.

His early demos caught the attention of London based Spirit Music & Media who loved Eoin’s style and wanted to work with him. As a result, he returned to London and began recording his debut album, the aforementioned “Not Lost”. The album was produced by Ian Grimble (Manic Street Preachers, The Clash, Beth Orton, Red Hot Chilli Peppers).

Not Lost” was released by Sony Music Ireland on June 3rd, 2011. He toured Ireland and the UK extensively, strapping on his guitar at any available opportunity. He received great support for his music, quickly achieving playlist support at radio on a national level.

Parting ways from Sony (‘amicably’ Eoin stresses), his second album Rain Finally Came was recorded in Westland Studios. Ian Grimble got involved once again on producer duties. 

“I am very excited to see where this new chapter takes me” says Eoin.  With the waves made already by this ubber talented Dublin based artist, we are sure he is not the only one.

Live Dates

 Friday 12 April , Widow’s Bar, Belturbet, Cavan

Thursday 18 April, Beggey’s, Navan

Friday 19 April, Monroe’s, Galway



Split Release from Ghost Estates & Twin Kranes to Mark Record Store Day

Ghost Estates and Twin KranesIn order to mark Record Store Day 2013, Ghost Estates and Twin Kranes have decided to join together and release a split 7inch vinyl.

A limited pressing of 250 copies has been ordered with both bands contributing a single track to each side.

Currently working on their second album, Twin Kranes make a rare appearance on this release, delivering a drone heavy version of Black Sabbath’s “The Wizard” showcasing an even darker electronic version of the troubled Twin Kranes sound. April sees the group surface for a number of shows in and around Record Store Day coupling up with space rockers White Hills at the Grand Social on April 5th and Finnish Krautrock monsters KXP on April 25th.

“In Waves” will be Ghost Estates first release since their 2012 debut album and possibly the first track from their upcoming second album. It’s also the same track they played for their Other Voices performance, due to be broadcast in April. The track was recorded at Darklands, a new studio set up by band member, Dan Doherty.

Both bands will be playing Dan Hegarty’s live 2XM session on April 18th and the launch of the split release will take place on April 19th in the Button Factory. Support on the night comes from The Notas. Doors are at 7pm and entry is €5.

The lads will be performing in Tower Records for Record Store Day April 20th, with gigs in Roisin Dubh Galway on April 25th and Triskel Arts Centre, Cork on 11th May.

Galway Music Residency Searching for its Apprentice Ensemble 2013

galway_music_residency128The Galway Music Residency is calling musicians interested in becoming its Apprentice Ensemble 2013 to submit applications for the coming season. Now in its 7th year, the apprentice ensemble programme offers a group of musicians dedicated tuition time with the world famous Galway Ensemble in Residence – ConTempo Quartet and much more besides.

Over the past seven years ConTempo have mentored all types of ensembles – everything from a ‘Cello Duo, Piano Quartet and String Trio to a Saxophone Quartet. Each of these ensembles was provided with practice space and resources to further their instrumental proficiency both as individual players and within ensemble playing. They were mentored, tutored and advised on a monthly basis by ConTempo Quartet and also provided with a number of performance opportunities as part of The Galway Music Residency programme.

The prestigious position of Apprentice Ensemble will take place over 12 months running April to April. The position is offered to established ensembles (Irish and international) wanting to further enrich their experience of ensemble playing and may also suit established musicians or teachers coming together as an ensemble for the first time. One thing is certain – all will benefit from ConTempo’s extensive performance, competition and teaching experience.

Closing date for the Apprentice Ensemble Scheme is 12th April 2013 with auditions happening in Galway the following week.  The Application form is available on the website at or by post.


IMRO Masterclass with Leading Hollywood Orchestrator and Arranger Jeff Atmajian

Seminar Date: Saturday 25th May
Venue: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2.
Time: 11am – 4pm


Those  looking to reserve a place at this seminar should send an email to ei.ormi@pihsrebmem

(no admission charge – Due to the limited number of places available for this materclass places will be allocated by way of a lottery.  Successful applicants will be notified on May 1st)

Jeff Atmajian is a highly sought after arranger and orchestrator for films. His steady clientele are well-known and highly successful composers such as James Newton Howard, Marc Shaiman, Rachel Portman and Gabriel Yared.

His long list of film credits include: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Dark Night, King Kong, The Sixth Sense, The Bourne Legacy, The Hunger Games, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Mummy, Hellboy II, I Am Legend, The Manchurian Candidate, The Passion of the Christ, Peter Pan, Scream 3, Alien: Resurrection, Dante’s Peak, Star Trek; First Contact, Groundhog Day & The Fly II.

For a full list of his credits visit:

As an orchestrator, Jeff has worked on all or nearly all of the films of directors Rob Reiner and M. Night Shyamalan. He has worked on many other types of projects with film and music industry stars such as Elmer Bernstein, Andre Previn, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir Christopher Plummer, Jose Carreras, Lord Richard Attenborough, Al Pacino, Nora Ephron, Geena Davis, Barbra Streisand and many other noted names in the classical and film world. He has worked with all the London orchestras on classical, popular and film recordings, as well as film recording with the studio orchestras in Los Angeles and New York.

Jeff works primarily at the piano for compositional ideas then sequences in Digital Performer with Gigastudio and many plug-ins as his main sound sources. He works with Finale for all of his notation. He spends his time living in Los Angeles and London.

More recently Jeff has been pursuing a more high profile composing career. Recently he scored the 90-minute documentary about the Armenian Genocide called Screamers which to date has enjoyed the following awards:

Audience Award: AFI Film Festival;
Public Award: Montreal Human Rights Festival
Ecumenical Jury Award: Golden Apricot Festival (Yerevan)
Golden Apricot Award: Golden Apricot Festival (Yerevan).

In 2005 he composed, music directed and produced all the music for the large scale production Creation which features a 76 piece orchestra, ethnic world music and songs for Soloists or choir. Over the years he has also composed large and small scale library music for Megatrax and KPM.

New Album from Enda Seery | Síocháin na Tuaithe

Enda Seery studio picThe second solo studio album from Enda Seery has arrived! Síocháin na Tuaithe has been two and a half years in the making following the release of Enda’s first critically acclaimed album The Winding Clock in 2010. The Winding Clock album from Enda was mainly whistle orientated but Síocháin na Tuaithe sees Enda expand to flute and vocals too.

Enda, 29 from Streamstown, Co. Westmeath in the heart of Ireland is a full-time traditional Irish musician, composer and teacher along with being a Comhaltas administrator. This new album again features many of Enda’s original compositions (9 in total) along with a number of tunes that Enda got from his time spent in Limerick on the Masters course in Traditional Irish Music Performance where he graduated with First Class Honours in January 2013. Sam’s Delight a reel composed by Enda and recently recorded by button accordion player Colin Nea on his album Between the Jig and the Reels features on the opening track of Síocháin na Tuaithe.

The album will be available to buy from from Monday, April 1st (not an April Fools!).

Enda will be launching the album at the following venues in the coming months:

  • Áras an Mhuilinn, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath on Friday, April 26th @ 8 30pm.
  • Fleadh Nua festival, Ennis, Co. Clare on Saturday, May 25th & Sunday May 26th
  • Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, Derry in August (date and venue TBC)

The album will also feature as part of the Joe Mooney Summer School in Drumshambo, Co. Leitrim where Enda will be teaching an advanced whistle class from July 22nd-27th.

Síocháin na Tuaithe (Peace of the Countryside) features Enda Seery on whistles, flute, keyboard and vocals, John Byrne on guitar, James Hughes on fiddle, Eoghan MacAogáin on whistle and Tom Delany on guitar.

Darkey Kelly’s present Musicians Together Dublin Showcase CD

Musicians Together Front Cover

The Musicians Together Dublin group represents new and emerging Irish and Ireland-based songwriters and performers. A regular showcase session and get together takes place on the second Tuesday of each month and during The Gathering Year it is hoped it will be a window to the world for international music industry professionals, individual visitors and potential artist patrons. A wealth of writing and performance talent can be experienced ‘under one roof’. Musicians Together members from overseas also drop in from time to time.

A showcase CD and digital release has now been officially released with the help of sponsorship from Darkey Kelly’s who also host the sessions. Musicians Together Dublin aspires to help its members build on and continue the international success and recognition already achieved by so many Irish songwriters, artists and bands, helping to keep Ireland at the core of the international music world. The CD features great original work and it is hoped to bring more of the artists involved to the attention of radio, music industry people, the general public and other media with this initiative.

13 tracks feature on the CD and include contributions from many IMRO members. In order of appearance you can hear – Liam Oragh, Tony Floyd Kenna, Ciaran Brennan, Greg Clifford, Brian Aherne, Alan Begley, Sean O’Neill, Rhiannah Warm, Shirley Clark, Jed McConkey, Murray McDowell, Wanman Shau and Wanman & Floyd. The digital version also features a track by Nella Dwyer.

For further details see the Musicians Together Bandcamp page and Gathering event.

Video Release From Róisín O For ‘Synchronicity’

RoisinO1Róisín O has released the video for her new single Synchronicity

The video is directed by Myles O’Reilly, who has also recently worked with Villagers, Lisa Hannigan, and James Vincent McMorrow.

Róisín O releases this single on the back of some great shows in late 2012, supporting The Coronas in The O2, Dublin (12,000 capacity), and Lionel Richie in The O2, Dublin (8,000 capacity) and The Odyssey Arena, Belfast (8,000 capacity).

She also performed for ‘Glaoch – The President’s Call’, as part of a special Saint Patrick’s Day 2013 broadcast on RTÉ & online from Áras an Uachtaráin, alongside other Irish performers such as Bono, Christy Moore, Glen Hansard, Imelda May, The Script, and Lisa Hannigan.

Discussing the song, Róisín O explains:

“Synchronicity is a word that describes those odd coincidences, events or happenings that seem to conspire to tell us something. For me, Synchronicity was about finding a person who in many ways is the oposite to you, but that’s the reason you work so well together. The yin to your yang; the batman to your robin; the spagetti to your bolognese. You start finding out all these things about each other that you never noticed before, whether physical; like your nose fits perfectly into the space of their collar bone; or mental; like you like the top half of a sandwich and they prefer the bottom. The more pieces of the puzzle that you fit together the less you think it seems like a coincidence, the more it seems like there are no accidents”.

The single will be released on iTunes on Friday, April 5th.

Hornets Set to Release “Truth” EP

HornetsFollowing on from the debut release of single “Mission Statement”, Hornets kick into 2013 with the release of their EP “Truth”, once again released by the Quarantine Collective label.

The EP will be launched on 20th April at QUBSU Sub Bar, Belfast with support on the night from The Continuous Battle of Order and Alice Kona Band DJs.


You can check out Hornets live over the coming weeks at the following venues:



22nd March        –             Amplified, Newry. w/ASIWYFA

23rd March         –              The Forum, Waterford. w/ASIWYFA

24th March         –              Cypress Avenue, Cork. w/ASIWYFA


13th April             –              Fibbers, Dublin

20th April             –              Truth EP Launch-Sub Bar, Belfast


17th May             –              Roisin Dubh, Galway

18th May             –              The Blind Pig, Limerick


For more info see and Twitter @hornetsbanduk

Scoring For Film Program Seeks Short Film Submissions From Film Makers

Following the success of previous collaborative film-scoring workshops, the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, in association with Filmbase, The Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) and Screen Training Ireland will bring together the very best emerging Irish filmmakers and composers to work on an exciting collaborative project.filmreel-300x219

The focus of the project is a one-day recording session in RTÉ studios. This will involve the RTÉ Concert Orchestra performing and recording original scores for up to four short film submissions received from student and professional Irish filmmakers.

We have extended the deadline for interested filmmakers who would like to submit their work for consideration in this program. Submitted film projects for the scheme should require original scored music totaling between three and five minutes. Ideally the film should have a maximum duration of 10 – 12 minutes and should be close to or have completed picture lock. Once selected, the filmmakers will work with a composer, who has been selected through the process, who will create a score for the film to be performed and recorded by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

This initiative will provide emerging filmmakers and composers with a valuable opportunity to enhance their skills with hands-on experience in a vital aspect of film post-production. It is also a rare opportunity to have a score composed for full orchestra.

Filmmakers are invited to submit a short film or film excerpt from a longer project (eg pilot) for which the selected composers will create up to 3 – 5 minutes max. of original score. All categories of film will be accepted e.g. live-action drama, animation, documentary, experimental, etc). Ideally, the film projects submitted should be close to completion on editing, but un-sound edited/mixed. The use of temp tracks or “mood music” where score is required is allowed but not required.

Closing date for submissions: 15th April

Our preference is to receive your submission electronically. Please send a link to your film submission in DVD format to ei.ormi@nosnhoj.htiek

or alternatively by post to

Scoring For Film Program 2013
Keith Johnson
Director of Marketing & Membership
Irish Music Rights Organisation
Copyright House
Pembroke Row
Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2

AXIS OF ‘Finding St Kilda’

AxisAXIS OF release their debut album ‘Finding St Kilda’ on March 18th 2013 on Smalltown America.

“We’re keen to explore an interest in the wider world, really analysing how every detail slots together, with a view sympathetic to history, nature and human relationships. For us it’s about stories, views and in a completely non cheesy way making the most of our time in this world” says bassist/vocalist Ewen Friers.

It is this literate thought provoking content, along with a distinctive sound the band themselves like to think of as “heavy pop”, that has caught the attention of the UK’s music press. Rock Sound magazine recently labelled the trio, “the most exciting band to come out of Northern Ireland… Possibly ever!”

Having spent the last couple of years touring the UK and Ireland, as well as mainland Europe, clocking up shows alongside the likes of The Bronx, The Joy Formidable, Twin Atlantic and Therapy? along the way, the band are now set to unleash their debut album, ‘Finding St Kilda’, produced by Rocky O’Reilly (And So I Watch You From Afar, Fighting With Wire) at Start Together Studios in their native Ireland earlier this year.

Speaking of the record and the band’s approach in general, Friers says, “We started playing music together as kids and we decided then we’d live by two concrete rules – We’d only play music we wanted to hear and write words we thought were important. For us, the album is the perfect representation of what we are. Written by Mastodon fans hooked on Fang Island!”

Crushingly heavy and littered with pop sensibility throughout, ‘Finding St Kilda’, is an undeniably original and ‘heart on your sleeve’ affair. It’s no surprise that Kerrang! has already declared that “cult status looks assured.”

Irish Tour Dates Below;

March 20th – Cork – Nancy Spain
March 21st – Limerick – Dolans
March 22nd – Dublin – Workmans Club
March 23rd – Galway – Roisin Dubh (Upstairs)
March 30th – Belfast – The Empire

Axis Of are:
Ethan Harman / Niall Lawlor / Ewen Friers

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