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Corrina Jaye to Play Whelans Ahead of Debut EP Release

Corrina_JayeDublin singer-songwriter, Corrina Jaye, has spent the past few weeks recording her debut EP. As she prepares for its release next month, Corrina will be performing some of her new tracks at Whelan’s this Friday, 30th August.

After releasing her debut single, “Dark Room”, last November, Corrina has gone on to support bands like Rooftop Anthem and The Shoos, and to play alongside artists such as Róisin O and The Young Folk.

Tickets for the show are €8 including booking fee. Support on the night comes from Myth, Frankenstein Bolts and Rachael McCormack. Doors open at 7:30pm.

New Single from Jemson Green | “Who Am I”

Dublin band, Jemson Green, have just released their latest single “Who Am I” in Ireland and the UK. The first track from their upcoming album, “Who Am I” is the first release by the band since April 2012.

Jemson Green (l-r) Conor Shaun Ronan Bambi Shane  Meghan O'Dowd 2013

It has been a momentous year for Jemson Green having already performed at Comic Relief Does Dublin (alongside Bipolar Empire, Walking on Cars, The Enemies, Keywest and Paddy Casey), a support performance for KERBDOG in Galway’s Roisin Dubh as well as their first UK appearances in London this April and June and a spot with MRU Live on 9th May.

You can check out the brand new video for “Who Am I” below.

New Video from Ghost Estates | “Winters Day”

Ghost Estates have just released a brand new video for their song “Winters Day”, taken from their debut album.

To coincide with this, the band have made the album, also called “Ghost Estates”, available for free download from their Bandcamp page –

Ghost Estates are currently working on their second album which they hope to release in 2014. You can catch them live next month when they play the Valentia Isle Festival in Kerry.

The video is directed by Ruairi Galavan, who has previously made videos for Lisa O’Neill, Mossy Nolan and Cry Monster Cry among others.

The Brady’s Sessions Returns to Terenure

The Brady's Sessions - Terenure, IrelandThis September sees the return of The Brady’s Sessions, a monthly singer/songwriter night taking place on the last Friday of the month. Since it was set up in June 2012 by Keith McLoughlin, musicians from around Dublin and throughout the country have taken part in the event hosted at Gub Dandy’s at Brady’s Pub, Terenure.

After a summer break the next event takes place on Friday 27th of September at 9pm till late with six acts booked in to play the night – Suzie Whelan, Ria Czerniak, Written in Sound, Denis Delaney, Emma O’Reilly and Al Keogh.

For more info visit The Brady’s Sessions on Facebook


The Factory Launch Advanced Songwriting Course

thefactorylogoThe Factory is excited to announce a new innovative course in Advanced Songwriting: Performance & Expression.

This intensive 6 day course is aimed at singer/songwriters looking to improve their songwriting and performance skills, culminating in a special showcase for Industry professionals.

Confirmed industry tutors & guests include: Glen Hansard (The Frames), Mark Greaney (JJ72), Colm Quearney (LiR), Steve Wall (The Stunning) and Shimmy Marcus (Soul Boy / Good Cake Bad Cake) with more to be announced shortly

Performers are both challenged and directed in new ways of understanding the art of songwriting from a more personal perspective that will eventually lead to, and compliment, a more interesting standard of performance technique.

Course topics include: Understanding Song Structure Learning by doing. Writing songs in groups using techniques provided by facilitators.

Musicality & Instrumentation and Refining Lyrics Show and tell: participants select a song from their repertoire and receive honest and critical feedback from peers and facilitators

Interpretation & Visualisation What makes for a great song performance? Deconstructing of great songs performed by iconic artists.

Arrangement As songwriters we learn from each other and this is an opportunity to work in two areas: as a musician being directed by a songwriter and as a songwriter directing musicians. Learning about and defining both of these rolls.

With so much music now being consumed on Youtube, especially as a primary source, course participants will also study the importance of additional topics such as:

Connecting with the Audience Setting the mood and tone of your performance.

Ownership Conquering fear of performance, interviews etc

Self Expression Finding your own true voice to express the meaning of your song.

Camera Technique Understanding how the camera can be your friend. Students will also get to watch back filmed performances in The Factory’s Cinema with feedback and critical analysis from the tutors.

Course dates: Week 1 September Tues 3rd – Wens 4th – Thurs 5th Week 2   Mon 9th – Tues 10th – Wens 11th  Showcase  Date TBC

Course fees are €600 each with only limited places available.

Applicants should apply with short paragraph on why they want to do the course along with a soundcloud link with an example of their work to:

Application deadline is: aug 23rd

PRS for Music & IMRO Announce Winners of CultureTECH Music Mentorship

Culture-Tech-boxPRS for Music and the Irish Rights Music Organisation, IMRO, have today announced the winners of the Media Writing Mentorship which will take place during this years’ CultureTECH festival. The mentorship is being delivered in partnership with CultureTECH, the annual digital festival in Derry-Londonderry, taking place from 9th to 15th September.

PRS for Music and IMRO have chosen 12 songwriters and composers to come together to compose pieces of music that will soundtrack a TV documentary and animation title sequence. The final composition will be shown at the CultureTECH Festival on 12 September as part of the festival programme.

The recipients are:
• Pete McCauley
• Shauna Tohill
• Martin Byrne
• Katie Richardson
• Adam Montgomery
• Yumi Mashiki
• Mark Hennessey
• Larry Hogan
• Louise Heaney
• Doug Sheridan
• Emmett Cooke
• Paul Campbell

The Mentorship seeks to promote new repertoire as well as to show songwriters and composers that other opportunities exist for them outside traditional songwriting.

As CultureTECH festival Director Mark Nagurski explained:
“This is going to be a great addition to our festival line-up. It’s an absolute pleasure to be working with PRS for Music and IMRO, and I can anticipate a massive response from both their memberships, which are bursting with talent. The final showcase event is going to form part of our great music line-up, and I’m sure it’s going to showcase some interesting ideas.”

Music composer, Emmett Cooke continued: “I’m absolutely delighted as this is a great opportunity to get some hands on experience in writing to a brief. I have some experience in this already, but can’t wait to start the mentorship programme so I can take my skills to the next level”.

Singer songwriter, Shauna Tohill added: “I am really pleased to have won the place and am looking forward to working with some new musicians on a cool project like this! It will be a fantastic opportunity to network and experience something new.”

More information about the PRS for Music and IMRO Media Mentorship is available at

Christie Hennessy Song Contest 2013 | Open For Entries

Entries are now open for the third annual Christie Hennessy Song Contest which takes place in memory of one of Tralee’s most famous musical sons. Songwriters are invited to submit their entry to IMRO before the deadline of Friday, 6th September.

Ten finalists will be selected to perform their song at the live final of the contest on Saturday, 19th October in the Carlton Hotel, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Born in Tralee, Co. Kerry, Christie Hennessy was the youngest of nine children and grew up in a very musical household. His influences ranged from Elvis, Al Jolson, Bill Haley, Fats Domino, Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt to The Beatles and all types of musicals.

At 15, Christie went to work on building sites in London by day and played in the R&B clubs by night, writing his first song at the age of 23. He released his first album “Christie Hennessy” (also known as “The Green Album”) in 1972, “The Rehearsal” 1992 (triple platinum), “A Year In The Life” 1993 (quadruple platinum), “Lord of Your Eyes” 1994 (triple platinum), “The Box” 1996 (triple platinum), “This Is As Far As I Go” 1999 (double platinum), “The Definitive Christie Hennessy” 2003, “Stories For Sale” 2005, “The Platinum Collection” 2007.

Christie’s songs became hits for many artists including Christy Moore (“Don’t Forget Your Shovel”), Frances Black (“All The Lies That You Told Me”), Moya Brennan (“Oh Jealous Heart”) and Nizlopi, who reached Christmas Number 1 in UK and Ireland in 2005 with their hit “JCB Song”, sampling Christie’s lyrics from “Don’t Forget Your Shovel”.

Christie composed music for the BBC TV series “Get Well Soon” written by Ray Galton (“Steptoe & Son”) and composed and wrote a musical/feature film about his native Ireland “Two Stops to Paradise”. As well as writing, Christie produced two of his own albums with Steve Nye, “The Box” and “This Is As Far As I Go”. He solo produced Aled Jones’ album “Whenever God Shines His Light”.

Christie was the Patron to the Irish charity “Children in Crossfire”, with a special focus on schools literacy programmes after experiencing his own literacy difficulties at school. Following a trip to Kenya with the charity in 2006 and after spending time in the different villages with the children, Christie wrote a song “A Price For Love”. He thought it was important that the lyrics came from what the children would say to us all if they could. All royalties from this single are being donated to the charity in perpetuity. You can find out more about “Children in Crossfire” on their website


1. The lyrics and music must be the original work of the songwriter (s).
2. The contest is open to all types of song, in any style – ballad, country, pop, rock etc.
3. Songs may be entered in either the English or Irish language.
4. The Contest is open to national and international songwriters.
5. Songwriters may only enter one song for consideration.
6. Entries will not be returned – all songwriters should retain a copy of their song submission.
7. Entries can be submitted on a CD or via an online link to your song to ei.ormi@pihsrebmem. (NOTE: Please do not email MP3s). All entries must be accompanied by a copy of the lyrics; typed or clearly written.
8. A commercial recording of the entry must not be released for sale before Saturday 19th October 2013.
9. Finalists will be notified by 1st October 2013.
10. The provisional adjudication will be on the basis of the CDs/tracks submitted, from which 10 finalists will be chosen.
11. Each of the 10 finalists will be invited to take part in a live concert in Tralee on Saturday 19th October 2013. Backing tracks are not permitted for this performance.
12. Each songwriter will be responsible for providing the singer and/or group for his/her entry in the final at his/her own expense.
13. A first prize of €1,000 will be presented to the winning songwriter on the night of the final.
14. Final adjudication will be on the night of the final. Decisions of the adjudication panel will be final.
15. Entry for the contest implies acceptance of all the rules.
16. Postal entries should be sent to:

Christie Hennessy Song Contest
C/o Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO)
Copyright House
Pembroke Row
Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2

Please include your name, address, phone number and email address with your entry.

6th September 2013.

For enquiries contact: ei.ormi@pihsrebmem

The Christie Hennessy Song Contest is supported by IMRO, Tralee Chamber Alliance, Radio Kerry, Kerry’s Eye, Tralee Advertiser, The Troubadour Club & The Carlton Hotel

“Since we won The Christie Hennessy Song Contest in 2012 we are both delighted to have received some radio play for our song Follow The Water, we’ve also had a live video made for the song and have now both returned to finish our solo projects since then. Christine’s album “Inspired By You” is now available and Enda’s Irish language album is nearing completion. Thanks again to the organisers, it was a great event!”

Enda Reilly & Christine Deady – 2012 Contest Winners

Video Link:

Méav Set to Release New Album | “The Calling”

Multi-million selling world music artist Méav teams up with Grammy award-winning producer Craig Leon (Blondie, Talking Heads, Ramones, Pavarotti) on her latest recording, a folk-pop album The Calling, due for release this Friday, 23rd August.

Méav returns to her musical origins with The Calling, 12 tracks of newly written songs, folk ballads and fresh interpretations of timeless classics. Produced and co-written by the Grammy award-winning producer Craig Leon, responsible for iconic records by Blondie, Talking Heads, Ramones and Pavarotti amongst others, The Calling showcases Méav’s crystal clear voice, fusing her classical training with her folk roots.

From an early age Méav displayed an exceptional musical talent, immersed in Irish traditional music at her family home in Dublin. She went on to study classical voice, harp and piano while simultaneously studying Law at Trinity College. Her professional career was established with the Riverdance Choir, before going on to star in Lord of the Dance and embarking in three US tours with the Irish National Concert Orchestra.

This brought her to the attention of Celtic Collections who released three Méav solo albums including Celtic Journey with EMI, which debuted in the Billboard World Music top 10. In 2004, Méav was invited to be one of the five founding members of female supergroup Celtic Woman, who have sold six million records in the US and worldwide. It is remarkable that every album Méav recorded with Celtic Woman reached number 1 in the Billboard World Music Charts.

Méav left Celtic Woman in 2008 to start a family and resumed her solo career in 2010, performing to a sell-out crowd at New York’s Carnegie Hall. In 2012, Méav met legendary producer Craig Leon in Abbey Road Studios, London while working together on the score of a space film in collaboration with NASA. Despite their different musical backgrounds in pop and world music, they quickly realized that they shared a love of song-writing and ethnic music. This resulted in The Calling, a contemporary pop treatment of new songs and folk classics from Ireland, England, Scotland, Brittany, Galicia and America.

Signed CDs can be pre-ordered from Warner Music Ireland here :
If you prefer a digital copy, it is also available for pre-order on ITunes here:

You can listen to two more song snippets on Méav’s website here:



Pearse McGloughlin & Justin Grounds ‘Idiot Songs’

idiot songsIdiot Songs was conceived of in 2012 when Pearse McGloughlin and Justin Grounds were discussing possibilities for collaboration. The catalyst for the project was Dostoevsky’s The Idiot, a book they both loved though the duo also gleaned inspiration from many other quarters. 
 The recording took place over the cold winter, when files from recording sessions in Clonakilty and Canada, Sligo and Windmill Lane were exchanged over the internet. The pace was quick; creativity sparked and decisions were made from instinct. The result is an atmospheric sounding record of electronic chamber songs that is now available on Urchin Collective.

A concept album? Yeah. But accessible and fresh.

Critical Praise ‘I’m utterly overwhelmed by the quality of work here and more than anything, long to abandon my place in front of this laptop and, with these songs drifting outwards, want to pull The Idiot from my bookshelf and disappear for a week. It’s a beautiful homage to the empathy and creativity of Dostoyevsky and without a doubt one of the best concept albums I’ve heard in my time’………. Harmless Noise

‘a series of sonic gems (gifted with beats and beautifully spectral spoken-word inserts) that breathe life and art into electronic music’…..Tony Clayton-Lea, The Irish Times 4****

‘the pair…create what the best albums manage to do, an atmosphere exclusive to itself with its own identity’….. Album of the Week, Nialler9

‘impresses on just about every level’ ….Album of the Week, Dan Hegarty, The Alternative, 2FM

IMRO Interviews | Little Green Cars

Date: Tuesday 27th August little green cars 2
Location: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2.
Time: 7:00pm

Currently making waves on both sides of the Atlantic, Little Green Cars drop into IMRO to talk about the making of their critically acclaimed No.1 Irish album, life on the European and US festival circuit and much more!


To reserve a place at this event send an email to ei.ormi@pihsrebmem

Limited Availability | No Admission Charge | Booking Essential

Growing up together in Dublin, Little Green Cars came together six years ago at the tender age of 15 to begin crafting their emotionally charged rock songs. With influences ranging from early REM, to Elliott Smith and Woody Guthrie, Little Green Cars’ sound is accomplished and belies their young age of just 21. The band spent last summer recording their debut album “Absolute Zero” with renowned producer, Markus Dravs (Mumford & Sons, Arcade Fire, Coldplay) and was released earlier this year.


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