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Call for Piano Triets

Severnside Composers’ Alliance, based in the UK, have announced a call for scores for original piano triets to be performed in March 2014.

A piano triet is played by three pianists on one piano. Severnside Composers’ Alliance have included some useful tips on their website for composing in this medium:

The deadline for entries is Saturday 9th November 2013.

For further information, please contact John at ku.oc.rednoyeulb@ecnaillasresopmocedisnreves


JP Ryan ‘We Can Be Found’

Page1_Single_Cover_front“’We Can Be Found’ has the authenticity of a genuine Nashville track while still having space for JP to stamp his own individuality on what is a very evocative and infectious song! Delicious harmonies too!” Jackie Hayden, Writer/ Music Journalist

‘We Can Be Found’ is taken from a new forthcoming album that was recently recorded in Nashville. The album entitled, ‘Take A Walk With Me’, sees a change in direction for JP Ryan, this time, with a collection of Nashville’s finest musicians, including SESAC Award winner, Thomm Jutz, who produced and played on many of the tracks. It also includes drummer, Lynn Williams, Grammy Award winning bassist, Mark Fain, Britt Savage, multi-instrumentalist, Justin Moses, (part of the Ricky Skaggs current line-up), JT Brown and Gary Smith. The album will be released on 28th February, 2014.

The single is available now from iTunes and all reputable download sites and at

A fine songwriter & guitarist.”
File Under Good Music

“Literate & lyrical – an evocatively personable approach to presenting a song.”
Mutant Space

“A great voice with amazing music, great lyrics and damn fine songs.”
AMA Music

“Sometimes when running a music club, as I have done for twenty-one years, a CD comes in the post. You listen to a few track and … boom … you realise there is something special here! JP Ryan writes brilliant songs!”
Tony Moore, Midleton Folk Club

“A refreshingly sweet and evocative album!”
Bob Katz on Dancing With Anima.

For further info, visit

Ryan Kelly & Neil Byrne release ‘Acoustically Irish’ album

Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly - Acoustically IrishWhat started out as Ryan Kelly from the Moy, County Tyrone and Neil Byrne from Bray, County Wicklow performing a live show together called “Acoustic by Candlelight” has now developed into an album titled “Acoustically Irish”. Currently both men are leading members of “Celtic Thunder”, the Irish and Scottish music group who have scored 8 number one positions on the Billboard World Music Charts and achieved multi-platinum CD and DVD sales around the World.

Crossing traditional Irish music with Americana sounds and many World music influences, Acoustically Irish contains a selection of familiar classic tunes and some contemporary ones too – seamlessly reworked into a fresh sound. At the core of this album are Ryan and Neil’s vocal harmonies.

The songs on Acoustically Irish were all carefully chosen and embrace Celtic and Irish sounds, ranging from “Back Home in Derry”, “On Raglan Road”, “The Fields of Athenry”, “The Rose of Allendale” and “The Water is Wide” to the Hothouse Flower’s “Don’t Go”, Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” and Paddy Casey’s “Saints and Sinners” – amongst many others.

Neil and Ryan are currently on a 66 date tour of North America with Celtic Thunder, before embarking on a tour of Australia and New Zealand in 2014. In the recent past, they have performed in many prestigious venues such as Radio City Music Hall New York, sang for the US President and his family in the White House and entertained the Troops in The Pentagon to name but a few.

You can also catch them both perform their “Acoustic by Candlelight” shows in various venues around America this December, having sold out their previous three acoustic tours.

“Neil Byrne and Ryan Kelly – Acoustically Irish” is now available to pre-order from iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and many other locations and will be released on October 1st 2013.

Swords Join Smalltown America Music

swordsDublin three-piece, Swords, have become the latest act to join the ranks of independent Northern Irish label and publisher, Smalltown America Music. The band has signed a publishing deal with the company for selected tracks from their debut album, “Lions and Gold”.

“Lions and Gold” was produced by Karl Odlum and its lead single, also called “Lions and Gold”, has become a mainstay of Irish radio throughout the summer, propelling the band to new audiences and culminating in a triumphant appearance at this month’s Electric Picnic Festival.

Smalltown America Music’s current roster of artists includes Axis Of, Little Bear and LaFaro among others, while their alumni include And So I Watch You From Afar, Fighting with Wire and Oppenheimer.

Swords Upcoming Gigs:

4 Oct Homebeat – Dublin

5 Oct Joburger – Dublin – 1pm Acoustic Session for HWCH13

5 Oct The Workman’s Club –  HWCH13 – (8pm Sharp)

Glór hosts ‘Ennis Bands Night’ on Nov 1st

Siobhan  copyIn celebration of glór’s IMRO Award for Munster Live Music Venue 2012, we present a stand up gig with the finest local, live talent including Bushplant, Síomha Brock, Siobhan Peoples, Seanie McGrath, DJ John Lillis and Socks in the Frying Pan.

Expect a rollicking good night and a late one as glór have lined up the finest live artists in the county to demonstrate beyond a shadow of a doubt why we deserve IMRO’s Munster Live Venue of the year award!

Last of the great Irish trad-rock bands, Bushplant is a folk-rock band, who have been solidly gigging and recording for over 20 years now, and have appeared all over Ireland, in France, the Canary Islands, and the UK.

With a core of singer/songwriter and guitarist Gerry Molloy and drummer Andy Palfreyman, they are joined by fiddler Yvonne Casey and bass player Joe Keane, with occasional inputs from the very cream of Clare musicians, creating a great, vibrant sound

Ennis native Síomha Brock’s well of influences span the genres to include jazz, rock, folk and soul music. Her presence and powerful voice can fill a room on their own; her enthusiasm and energy towards her singing is infectious and most impressive. She has toured extensively across Ireland and the UK with her self-penned songs, showcasing her talents as a singer, composer and guitarist. Siomha will be joined on the glór stage by her 6 piece band.

Siobhán Peoples needs no introduction and has been teaching Traditional Irish fiddle for over twenty years. In that time, she has taught yearly at the Willie Clancy Summer School and the annual fiddle week in Glencolmcille, run by Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí, in Co Donegal. She has also been the main fiddle tutor at the University of Limerick for the past ten years and has recorded Siobhan recorded Time on our Hands with Murty Ryan. Siobhán is simply, a mighty fiddle player.

mynameisjOhn is a DJ/producer based in the West of Ireland who uses his far-reaching influences to stitch together his own unique collage of music.  For this special event in glór, mynameisjOhn will be rooting through some of the deeper aspects of his vinyl record collection, including jazz, funk, soul, folk and psych rock.

If you haven’t seen this man behind a set of decks, you should be rushing to buy tickets for this gig.’ Limerick Leader

Socks in the Frying Pan comprise two brothers, Shane and Fiachra Hayes on accordion and fiddle/banjo and accompanied by Aodán Coyne on guitar and vocals.

This young trad trio from Country Clare blend Irish traditional melodies with and innovative rhythmic and melodic garnish. Having gained a fan-base from four years of gigging around the west of Ireland, this exciting group have recently started branching out and have been well received for their modern traditional style and energetic approach to music.

Outstanding music, great album and most definitely in this year’s top five, no mean achievement considering what a great year this has been for music’


Friday 1st November │8.00pm

Glór, Ennis, Co. Clare │Tickets €15
Glór box office 065-6843103


For further information, please contact Sinéad Cahill at 065 6845 370 or ei.rolg@llihacs

Cork Songwriter Scores Film Song Placement

Joseph O'DonovanCork-based singer-songwriter, Joseph O’Donovan, has had his song, “God Save Ireland”, selected for inclusion in the recently released feature film, “A Belfast story”, starring Colm Meaney.

Joseph is a Christian singer-songwriter in one of Ireland’s fastest growing genres. “God Save Ireland” is taken from his EP ‘Your Love Endures Forever’ and has been featured as the closing song for the film. “A Belfast Story” was written and directed by Nathan Todd and explores life after terrorism.

Joseph’s EP, ‘Your Love Endures Forever’, is now available on iTunes.

MyCreativeEdge | The Creative Showcase for Europe’s Northern Edge

MyCreativeEdge ( is a new website which showcases the work of businesses, freelancers and jobseekers working in the creative industries sector in the West of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Sweden and Finland – The Creative Showcase for Europe’s Northern Edge. The MyCreativeEdge website has now been running for over two months with almost 200 creative profiles now live on the site. MCE-LOGO-small- 300px

It’s a free resource available to musicians and producers based in Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Mayo, Galway or Clare.

Among the benefits for West of Ireland based IMRO members signing up for MyCreativeEdge include:

  • The profiles of creative businesses and freelancers on the site will be promoted to international customers and clients as part of the MyCreativeEdge online advertising campaign.
  • The design of MyCreativeEdge allows creative businesses to showcase their work through a high quality visual medium.
  • Members will have the opportunity to form connections with other creative businesses from across Europe’s northern edge.
  • Members will also have the opportunity to find and employ creative graduates and freelancers by browsing their online portfolios in the ‘Employ a Creative’ section.
  • MyCreativeEdge will centralise key information resources that businesses need when they are looking to export.
  • A small number of ‘talent vouchers’ will also be available for creative business members of the site to contract a new creative graduate from the site to undertake a specific assignment. Vouchers are available for a maximum of €2,000


The Ride or Die Gang release ‘Integral’ single

TRODG Headshot 768x512The Ride or Die Gang have released ‘Integral’, the first single from their forthcoming album. Produced by the band, the song is a vibrant guitar fest examining the discontent we all experience having to slog on the treadmill of modern life.

“We all need to feel we belong, and play an important role in the world around us” says frontman Rory O’Connor. “But the reality is, most of us are told what to and where to be.” The song expresses the human need to believe there’s more to life than just existing.  “It’s a terrible burden having to focus so much energy on keeping a job and keeping your home” he adds. “The working man is the real hero.”

Delivered in ‘tongue-in-cheek’ fashion and with heaps of attitude, ‘Integral’ is a rock anthem for the disenfranchised to shout back at the drudgery that robs their lives of meaning. Or if you prefer,  it’s just a terrific rock song that sounds great at the top of your voice in the shower.

The Ride or Die Gang are:- Rory O’ Connor (Vocals & Guitar), Teeyeff (Guitar and Backing Vocals), Mike Heffernan (Drums and Backing Vocals). All experienced musicians with similar rock credentials they are passionate craftsmen of Classic Rock songs featuring strong melodies and lyrical snapshots of daily life.

‘Integral’ is now available through the band website:- CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon MP3 and major online music retailers.

David Dee Moore & Band play the Westport Arts Festival

ddeeDavid Dee Moore and his band the Sunshine Saturdays will be playing in Matt Molloys on Monday 30th of September as part of the Westport Arts Festival. David will be celebrating the recent release of his highly acclaimed CD ‘The sun, the moon, the stars…and other moving objects’ . The album which is a mix of Americana and Irish music has received rave reviews and recently the Irish Music Magazine wrote “the material is quality stuff delivered in a one confident distinctive manner”

The band consists of Dick Farrelly one time musical director for Van Morrison on guitars, one of Ireland’s finest bluegrass players Colin Henry on dobro and 5 string banjo, the multi-talented Brian McAteer on fiddle and keyboards and David Dee Moore on guitar and Bass. The Sunshine Saturdays will record a new EP at the end of the year which they will tour in Europe in 2014.


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