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Picture House ‘Evolution’

PictureHouseEvolution, the brand new album from PictureHouse is out June 7th. Featuring the singles “Hello” and “Some Night She Will Be Mine” the album is the first new PictureHouse LP since “Madness Sadness Gladness” in 2002.

Recorded between Sweden and Dublin with long time collaborator Adam Kviman, the album enforces it’s Swedish roots with 5 songs cowritten by Lasse Anderson, writer of many euro hits including Emelia’s Big Big World and who is also the son of ABBA’s Stig Anderson.

Starting with the pop chimes of “Some Night She Will Be Mine” (currently being played on high rotation on Irish radio) and ending with the beautiful pipes and whistles of “Our Inner Voices” featuring Frankie Gavin of De Dennan, The album is an evolution from the bands past to the bands present.

Evolution and most notably “I am Lightning” finds the band and songwriter Dave Browne at his most positive citing that “there’s nowhere you can be that’s better than where you are now” a theme that strikes often throughout the record.

During recording, a track written 20 years ago with Graham Lyle (cowriter of Tina Turner’s “What’s Love Got To Do With It” and headhunted by the Beatles to write for the ill-fated Apple Corp project in the late 60’s) surfaced. “Papers in the Park” was the result and the final piece of the puzzle.

‘Evolution’ Album Launch-Vicar Street-Fri June 07th

For more information please see

The Shoos Graffiti Party

ShoosDublin band The Shoos, are creating a new video with graffiti artist Jeff McDowell and Videographer Michael Golden on the day of release of their brilliant new single ‘Battlescars’ –  Friday 7th of June. Jeff will be filmed while painting his creation to make a time-lapse video for ‘That’s What She Does To Me’ from The Shoos current album ‘Panic Slowly’. The event will be taking place in The Showroom on Erne Street, just down the road from Holles Street Hospital from 5-8pm. Good way to start your Friday evening eh?

While Jeff and Michael are doing their thing there will be food and refreshments available for everyone who attends in the fabulous forms of El Porko Loco (Mexican) for all you burrito fans, for those of you who are on a health buzz The Shoos have got you covered with Nobó the dairy free ice cream made from Almond milk, and J.W. Sweetman Pub will be there to give out samples of their  craft beers straight from their brewery. Not only will you be rubbing your belly with satisfaction there will also be music to your ears from Jon Jon (former 98FM), who will be DJing throughout the evening.

If that’s not enough to keep you entertained Splitter Van Ireland, Ireland’s only splitter van hire company, will be there demoing their splitter vans for tours.

The Shoos are planning some live dates, festivals and maybe a few emails over the coming months so keep your eyes peeled for when they’ll next be in a town near you!

New single ‘Battlescars’ is out Friday 7th May

Hilltown New Music Festival Launch

Hilltown New Music FestivalThe launch of the Hilltown New Music Festival will be held in the Contemporary Music Centre on 13th June at 6pm. The Hiltown New Music Festival takes place later in the summer on 20th and 21st July in Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath.

The Dublin launch will feature performances by Elizabeth Hilliard performing composer Gráinne Mulvey’s The Seafarer for soprano and electronics and Anthony Kelly and David Stalling with members of the Dublin Laptop Orchestra, as well as a programme of fixed medium sound works. The evening will be presented by RTÉ lyricfm Nova presenter, Bernard Clarke. Admission is free and all are welcome to come along.

Now in its sixth edition, the Hilltown New Music Festival continues to showcase Irish and international contemporary music and sonic art by presenting innovative new work to audiences and providing a sustainable place for contemporary arts in the Midlands.

The 2013 Festival takes place 20 and 21 of July, and will be based around an exciting series of concerts, performances and installations by *AR (Autumn Richardson & Richard Skelton), Barbara Lüneburg, Dublin Laptop Orchestra, Yonit Kosovske, The Open Rehearsals, Ruth Clinton and Niamh Moriarty, Katie O’Looney, Harry Moore, Anthony Kelly and David Stalling, Uwe Storch, Liz Hilliard, David Bremner, and many more.

As was done for the previous festivals, there are two open calls for works, one for scores by Irish based composers to be performed by the Hilltown ensemble-in-residence, and one international call for fixed medium audio works, which will be presented in a special listening room during the festival. Further details on the open calls for works available on

Composer in Residence Youth Music Position in Kerry

Applications are being sought for the position of Composer in Residence, Youth Music in Kerry. 

The Composer in Residence, Youth Music, is a partnership between Kerry County Council, Co-funded by the Arts Council, supported by Kerry Education Services, Institute of Technology, Tralee and the Kerry Diocesan Youth Service.

The Residency will be a part-time position (20 hr week, 5 hours of which is for the Composers own work development) which will allow time both for the Composers’ own work in addition to engagement and interaction with the target groups. As part of this Residency, the successful applicant will be asked to stimulate greater awareness of the art of creative composition as well as facilitating opportunities for young people to engage with composition and performance. Composers will be based in both classroom and community settings (workshops, master classes, mentoring and performances). The Composers ability to mentor must be demonstrated. A contract for services fee of €12,000 inclusive of travel and expenses is offered for a 20 week period envisaged to commence in September 2013.


Proven track record of composition and performance

Ability to engage young people in musical composition

Experience with youth music genres (pop, rap, hip-hop) an advantage

Selection process

The position is open to both Individuals and Musical Groups. Composers need to submit details of previous work to date as follows:

• A typed curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages);

• Examples of own work (include recordings, links to websites etc.);

• Programmes or published articles, such as reviews;

• A typed proposal outlining artistic ideas and approaches (two typed pages); this should include an outline of the benefits of the residency to her/his stage of development as a Composer and ideas in relation to engagement of young people during the residency.

Please note: Applicants must submit three copies of CV and proposal. In the case of submission by a musical group, three copies of ONE overall CV and proposal are required on behalf of the group.

Please ensure that all submitted materials are clearly marked with the writer’s name.    Closing date: 12 noon on Thursday 20th June 2013. 

Criteria for selection

Artistic Merit

Quality of work

Facilitation / Mentoring ability and experience

Relevance and suitability of proposal


Applicants will be short-listed on the basis of their submissions and short-listed applicants will be called for interview on Wednesday 3rd July 2013.

In advance of the residency the following will be agreed:

Goals, roles and responsibilities and agreed criteria for the Composer in residence and the Arts Office;

Agreed programme of work that is flexible and responsive;

Administrative support from the Arts Office and Kerry Education Services;

Ongoing review and evaluation; regular meetings.

This is a part-time residency, which will require flexible working hours.


Budget information

The total budget for the residency is €13,000. This amount is fully inclusive of the Composer’s fee –inclusive of all travel and expenses incurred – of €12,000 (including VAT) and an allowance for promotion of residency outcomes, public events, materials and other related costs of €1,000.

The successful Composer will be required to provide Kerry County Council with a tax clearance certificate prior to signing of contracts.

Child Protection

In accordance with the national Child Protection Guidelines Children First, the selected candidate will be required to follow child protection procedures as specified by Kerry County Council.  Applicants are required to undergo Garda Vetting.

Freedom of Information

The provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 1997-2003 apply to Kerry County Council. Applicants should state if any of the information supplied by them is confidential or sensitive and should not be disclosed to a request for information under the aforementioned Act. Applicants should state why they consider the information to be confidential or commercially sensitive.

Prompt Payments

Under the Prompt Payments Accounts Act, the Local Authority is obliged to pay within 30 days, upon receipt of a valid invoice.

Applications should be submitted to:

The Arts Office

Kerry County Council



County Kerry

Please refer any queries to Kate Kennelly, Arts Officer, 066 7183541, or email ei.ococyrrek@stra


DeLorean Suite ‘Two Lives’ Album

delorean1‘Two Lives’ is the debut Album from Irish Band, DeLorean Suite. The trio consists of Jennifer McMahon (Vocals), Tony Roche (Drums) and Graham Conway (Keys/Production).

Their seductive brand of soulful grooves fuses the lush sophistication of House Music, the evocative Soundscapes of Electronica and the sumptuous, pulsating Rhythms of R ‘N’ B.

Central to the realisation of this Project has been an all-star line-up of contributing Artists, including legendary Bass Player Chuck Rainey(Michael Jackson, Steely Dan) & two members of Beyonce’ touring Band, Divinity Roxx & Kat Rodriguez.

Chuck Rainey is reputed to be the most recorded Bass Player of all time. As the Session Bassist of Atlantic Records, he worked with some of the World’s greatest Artists, including Aretha Franklin and Quincy Jones. His contribution to the Project was to add his unparalleled experience and musicianship in the genres of Soul and Funk.


New Single from Femmepop | “1983”

Femmepop_1983Margaret O’Sullivan, aka Femmepop, has just released a new single, “1983”. This is the second single from her forthcoming debut album, due to be released later this year. The video was created by Andrew Marshall who has previously worked with Radiohead, Placebo and The Knife.

The Cork singer-songwriter, based in London, has been compared to The Breeders and Sonic Youth and has had a string of gigs in some of London’s top music venues.

“1983” is available for download from Femmepop’s Bandcamp page here:

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New Single from The Arbour Men

The Arbour MenIrish traditional folk group, The Arbour Men, have just released their new single “Copenhagen Girls”. The group, made up of Des Tobin, Michael Redmond and Ger Kirrane, have been individually playing Irish Music since they were kids and have gigged around Ireland and across the globe. Multi-instrumentalists, they originally crossed paths at various fleadhs and feiseanna before teaming up to try and deliver Irish music with an extra twist, and hopefully with more energy and life than the general public are used to. Lead Singer, Des Tobin says; “All we want is to see people smile, sing and dance – then we’re happy”.

The Arbour Men have recently teamed up with The Cotton Tree Project, the group of writers and producers (Fergal O’Byrne, John Kinsella, Stuart O’Loughlin and John Jones) behind “Copenhagen Girls”, and the song was recorded in Fellard Music Studios, Rosslare.

A video, recorded in Mernagh’s Bar, Oilgate, Wexford, is currently picking up attention on YouTube and the song is available for download from iTunes, Google Play, Amazon and all other main music download and streaming sites.

You can catch The Arbour Men live at the following venues:

Sunday, 2nd June         –           Historia Bar, Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow

Monday, 3rd June        –           Ambrose Malloneys, Courtown, Co. Wexford

Saturday, 8th June       –           Mickey Finns Bar, Redcross

Audio for Film Summer School 2013

Audio for Film CourseA ten-day summer school being run this July (15th-26th) will introduce attendees to the process of audio production and post-production for film. The course, run by DCU lecturer Tony Doyle, will be practice based and includes lectures on understanding the role of sound and music in film. The course project will involve replacing the soundtrack for a film clip excerpt; this will include recording dialogue in a studio and using library sounds for foley, FX and music. Participants will be assigned to work in small groups.

This course will introduce:

  • Role of sound in film
  • Function of music in film
  • Pro Tools, (emphasis on film usage)
  • Operation of a mixing console
  • Recording an ADR Session
  • Post Production (Dialogue, Foley, FX, Music)
  • Mixing/Mastering a soundtrack


The course is open to anyone with an interest in audio for film and assumes no prior experience. Familiarity with Mac OSX and the use of a DAW (Digitial Audio Workstation) would be beneficial but not a necessity.

Course Fee: €350


  • Lectures, group and individual tutorials
  • Access to facilities (Pro Tools Mac lab, recording studio, library of sounds)
  • DVD of finished project
  • Certificate of completion

Places: The course is limited to 20 participants, early booking is advised. (Application deadline: 15th June)

Venue: Dublin City University

For booking and/or further information email: moc.liamg@loohcsremmusmlifrofoidua

Maggy Simpson ‘Lab Rat And Lobster’

LRALfull2Maggy Simpson is the brainchild of Bat Kinane and Shane Counter. Having known each other for over 10 years, and sharing a passion for high quality original Rock music, this is the first major work the pair will release. There have been a few collaborations in the past: Shane wrote some music for Bat’s first solo album, ‘A Lifetime to Kill’, and they put together a small library of production pieces in 2009, as The Random Event Factory. However, this is the first time they have been able to commit to something truly substantial over an extended period. With initial discussions taking place in June 2012, the final work steadily came together over a 10 month period, culminating in a mid-2013 release.

Guitarist, Singer & Songwriter Bat rose to prominence as leader of Classic Rock merchants, Glyder. A number of Bat’s musical contributions here started as demos for Glyder albums. Shane has released several Instrumental Progressive Rock albums, and also has a keen ear for the more direct melodic requirements of Production Music.

The album also features Davy Ryan (ex-Glyder) on drums throughout. Renowned for his precision, reliability and versatility, Davy is a top class session player working regularly in both the live arena and studio settings.

Today, we are delighted to announce the first public airing of the opening track from the album ‘Lab Rat and Lobster’. Here are a few words to explain more about the song called ‘High Time to Die’:

Bat: ‘This song is about the old cliché of a drink, drugs and rock n’ roll lifestyle: If you want to get high, you must be prepared to die. It’s often true that the best career move any rock star can make is to die.’

Shane:  ‘Rage Against the Machine-inspired riff seeks belting chorus with monster sludge riff to form a meaningful relationship! Based on a song Bat wrote about the ‘value’ of artists once they have passed away, we played around with this one a lot to get the right tempo and key, slowing it down and making it progressively heavier. In the end we made fullest use of a 7-string tuning, taking a C# riff and re-rooting it 14 semi-tones down to a low B. The music is at times dirty and sleazy, and at other times it is buoyant and aggressive (this is Rock ‘n’ Roll, after all!). The outro section features a sick sounding Whammy lead, harmonised with both 1 and 2-octave shifts.’

More info on band

Miracle Bell release ‘Wolves’ single

MB2013Following a much needed break from a busy two years promoting their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Light Shape Sound’ and playing support to some of the biggest names in Irish music including Two Door Cinema Club and The Coronas, Miracle Bell has returned with a new line up, a refined sound, and a batch of new singles.  The Kildare synth- electro band, described by Hot Press Magazine as ‘Ireland’s Musical Zeitgeist’, has completed a collection of brand new singles which will be releases this year. Having evolved from a three piece to a two piece band, the electro pop merchants are once again set for an all out assault on the Irish music scene.

Following the success of their debut album ‘Light Shape Sound’ in 2010 (the band were also nominated in two categories at The International Songwriting Competition) , chief writers John Broe and John Rigney have been back in studio, combining their skills of inventive guitar work and brisk dance beats, raising the bar on what went before in a very convincing manner. Recorded and written between the two members with input from The Coronas’ Graham Knox and session master Dara Munnis, and produced by one of the finest Ciaran Bradshaw, Miracle Bell has created a sound built for the dance floor.

After  an epic 52 date tour of Ireland, including a legendary performance at the Indiependence Festival in Cork and a headline slot at The Button Factory as part of The Hard Working Class Heroes Festival in 2010, Miracle Bell have gained a reputation for stunning live shows. They are set to return to the stage this summer with a slot already confirmed at Castlepalooza.

The brand new single from Miracle Bell is ‘Wolves’ which is available now on iTunes.

For the latest news,visit / /  Twitter @miraclebell

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