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“Inspired by You” | Debut Album from Christine Deady

Christine Deady

Inspired By You is the much anticipated debut album from West Cork singer-songwriter, Christine Deady.

No stranger to the live music scene, Christine has previously shared stages with the legendary Paul Brady and performed with Glen Hansard and The Frames. Last year, she co-wrote the winning song in IMRO’s Christie Hennessy Song Competition, “Follow the Water”.

It was in 2010 after Christine’s final show on tour with Paul Brady that he offered her the very sound advice to take a break from the madness of the live scene and to work on putting her debut album together, and this she did. Christine retreated to her homeland of West Cork, took in the landscape and salt air and was whisked away in an unexpected adventure by its beauty and that of its people.

Upon hearing the first note Christine’s instantly recognisable voice is intriguing. She portrays an honesty and vulnerability that is refreshingly sincere and in the words of musician John Spillane ‘utterly captivating’. However it is clear that there is more to this songwriter than just a pretty voice, having previously won awards for her poetry Christine’s lyrics show that she is a woman who is not easily swayed by the supposed finer things in life but more concerned with the real and cumbersome truths of the heart. Her style of writing coupled with the unique use of her voice is folky in the sense that she draws you in and tells a story.

Christine’s album was funded through a Fundit campaign supported hugely by the people of Clonakilty in West Cork and was recorded locally over the winter and spring months. The album is in a sense a homage to the spirit of resilience and the ‘can do’ attitude that is sweeping our country. Abounded with songs of hope, love, loss, perseverance and happiness, this album has stories that resonate with each of us. Above all this is undoubtedly an uplifting and triumphant album full of spirit and heart.  These songs are; Inspired By You.

The album is available through Christine’s Bancamp page here:


Glen Hansard Announces Solo Tour

GlenHansardGlen Hansard is delighted to announce a solo tour for October with 8 shows around the country including Sligo, Belfast, Dundalk, Clonakilty, Ballycotton, Cavan, Cork and Galway.  Special guest on the tour will be Lisa O’ Neill (all dates bar Galway). Tickets priced €20.00 on sale this Friday, 6th September.    Lisa O’ Neill is due to release her second album Same Cloth or Not next month.

Glen will then return to Dublin’s Vicar Street with his full band on 26th of November. Tickets priced €30.00 on sale this Friday, 6th September.  The band, of course, includes all members of The Frames as well as a buoyant brass section and string section.

Glen’s recent run of summer shows received fantastic reactions all round, with long sets, surprise special guests and excellent reviews to boot. After the Iveagh Gardens and Galway Arts Festival, Glen finished on a high when he was invited to join Bruce Springsteen on stage in Kilkenny for a rendition of Drive All Night –

Since the release of his solo album, Rhythm and Repose (Plateau) last year, Glen has been busy touring in both the US and Europe.

[Biog] Best known for his work with The Frames, The Swell Season and in the feature film Once, for which he won an Academy Award, Rhythm and Repose is Hansard’s first album of new material since his 2009 release Strict Joy with The Swell Season.

Rhythm and Repose is a result of Hansard’s last year and a half of living in New York City. The album was recorded by Patrick Dillett (David Byrne, Arto Lindsay, Laurie Anderson) and produced by Thomas Bartlett (Doveman, The National, Antony and the Johnsons). The record features the musical talents of Brad Albetta on bass, Ray Rizzo on drums, Nico Muhly and Rob Moose on strings , David Mansfield on slide guitar , Javier Mas and half of Bruce Springsteen’s current horn section. Assisting on vocals are Cristin Milioti (Once, The Musical), Sam Amidon, Marketa Irglova and Aida Shahghasemi.

In 2012 Hansard has been seen in the documentary The Swell Season which has toured the film festival circuit this year, contributed two songs to the blockbuster soundtrack, The Hunger Games, and been active in the promotion of Once, The Musical which successfully opened on Broadway last year to rave reviews, including the New York Times who explains, “what was always wonderful about ‘Once,’ its songs and its staging, has been magnified.”

Earlier his year, Plateau released In The Deep Shade – A Film by Conor Masterson, a stark portrait of an extraordinary band, who have played together for over 20 years.   “Glen Hansard is a gifted, emotive frontman who sings as if he must, with a heart on his sleeve that is constantly throbbing.” —The New York Times

Tour Dates

20 Oct – Hawkswell, Sligo (w/ Lisa O’ Neill) 21 Oct – MAC Theatre, Belfast  (w/ Lisa O’ Neill) 22 Oct – Spirit Store, Dundalk (w/ Lisa O’ Neill) 24 Oct – Debarras, Clonakilty (w/ Lisa O’ Neill) 25 Oct – Blackbird, Ballycotton (w/ Lisa O’ Neill) 26 Oct – Blessings Bar, Cavan (w/ Lisa O’ Neill) 28 Oct – Cyprus Avenue, Cork  (w/ Lisa O’ Neill) 29 Oct – Town Hall, Galway

November 26 Nov – Vicar Street, Dublin (full band)

The Deans Take 1st Place in International Song Competition Category

The Deans - Promo shotGalway-based band, The Deans, have achieved first place in the Rock category of international song competition, Unsigned Only 2013. Their song, “Lonely Like Me”, was selected from over 9,000 entries from 100 countries by a judging panel that included Chrissie Hynde, Cyndi Lauper and Black Francis.

Kildare band, Miracle Bell, also achieved second place in the “Pop / Top 40” category for their track “Love Sounds” while Northern Irish singer-songwriter, Ben Glover, was placed second in the “Folk / Singer-songwriter” category for “Melodies of Midnight”. Canadian country artist Wes Mack was the overall Grand Prize winner.

Unsigned Only is a unique music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers all over the world who are not signed to a major label record company or any of its affiliates, subsidiaries, or imprints. The goal of Unsigned Only is to find an outstanding, talented performer: a band, singer, or solo artist…a newcomer or veteran…raw or polished – the “gem” that needs to be discovered.

Since 2009 The Deans have toured extensively throughout Europe, playing venues and festivals throughout France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Holland. After being sighted at the Guitare-En-Scene festival in France by the organisers of the Montreux Jazz Festival, the group were invited to perform at the 43rd anniversary of the world renowned music festival. 2011 saw the group’s first venture stateside to NYC’s lower east side, where they performed shows in The Studio at Webster Hall, Arlene’s Grocery and the prestigious Kenny’s castaways, to name but a few.

“Lonely Like Me” is now available for sale through iTunes. If you want to catch The Deans live before they head stateside once again in a few weeks, keep an eye on their Facebook page for news of upcoming gigs –

Debut Single from Miriam Watson in Aid of Enable Ireland

Miriam WatsonBalbriggan songwriter, Miriam Watson, has just released her debut single in aid of Enable Ireland. The single, “Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained”, also includes a b-side, “Now I’ve Learned”. All proceeds raised from the sale of the single will be donated to Enable Ireland, a charity which provides free services to children and adults with disabilities and their families throughout Ireland.

Miriam launched the single last week at Bewley’s Café Theatre. “Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained” is now available for download for 99c from iTunes, Bandcamp and Amazon.

To find out more about Miriam and her music, visit her Facebook page at

Centre for Creative Practices to Host Artist as Entrepreneur Boot Camp

CfcpThe Centre for Creative Practices has invited the staff of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) to Dublin, to present a complete “how-to” guide to being a professional and profitable working artist. The bootcamp will be held on 10th-14th of October and is aimed at those working in all art forms, be it visual art, music, film or photography to name just a few.

Topics covered will include Planning for Artists, Marketing and use of Social Media to promote one’s art career, Fundraising Strategies (Grants, Awards, Residencies, Fellowships, and Individual Donations/Sponsorships), International Artist Legal Issues (Copyright and Trademark), and other discipline-specific classes and consultations by NYFA staff
Participants will have forged a link with the New York and international arts market and will be encouraged and coached to pursue available international opportunities, and to create a bridges to expose US artists to the Dublin art scene. Selected participants will have also a chance to exhibit their work in the NYFA’s acclaimed Brooklyn space.

The discounted price for artists is €200. If you are interested in taking part send a CV and cover letter to: ei.pcfc@ofni

The deadline for applications has been extended to 13th September.

The centre will also host an information clinic on 27th September titled “Funding Opportunities for Ethnically Diverse Artists”. The event will run from 10am to 7pm and will include a mixture of presentations and clinics from a number of arts and funding organisations throughout the day.

Full details of both events are available at


The Songwriter Club | Upcoming Meetings in Dublin & Galway

The Songwriter Club is back in Dublin on Saturday 21st September from 2pm – 5pm at The Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1.

Special guest speakers will be Dave Conway (Gigonometry) plus Kev Kirwan and Naomi O’Shea (Timebomb Sessions).

On Sunday 29th September, the club will be visiting Galway for the first time. The meeting will take place from 3pm to 6pm at The Secret Garden, 4 William Street West, Galway and will be hosted by local singer/songwriter, Noreena Gill, along with Keith McLoughlin.

The Songwriter Club was set up by Keith McLoughlin and Sinead McNally and has been running in Dublin since October 2011. The idea behind the club is to bring songwriters together every couple of months to chat about songwriting, the music industry, share ideas, set up collaborating groups and have fun getting to know each other.

There are usually special guests at the meetings, sharing information from different areas of the music industry. All songwriters, whatever the genre, whatever the standard are welcome to attend. The organisers ask for a €2 donation per person towards the use of the venue.

Follow the group on Twitter @songwriterclub and Facebook

Villagers Announce Vicar Street Show

villagersVillagers will play Vicar Street on 17th December with tickets on sale now!

Villagers are set to release “Earthly Pleasure” as the next single from their critically acclaimed Number 1 album, {Awayland}. A compelling fantasy with ‘spiky lyrics, restless rhythms and a lovely melodic chorus’ (the Evening Standard), “Earthly Pleasure” will be available digitally on 23rd August. It follows on from previous singles “The Waves” and “Nothing Arrived”.  {Awayland} is the follow up to the debut Choice Music Prize nominated album Becoming A Jackal.

In March Villagers played two sold-out shows in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre. More recently they have toured in North America and played a standout show at Glastonbury Festival. Earlier this month Conor O’Brien was invited to appear at Beck’s Song Reader Live at The Barbican in London, alongside Jarvis, Franz Ferdinand, Charlotte Gainsbourg and others. Conor performed his own sensitive version of “Old Shanghai” which was hailed as a standout of the evening by The Independent and also performed a duet with Beck on closing song “Do We, We Do”.   Villagers have had a busy summer with appearances at T in the Park, Latitude, Longitude and Pukkelpop Festivals. They will also be appearing at Reading & Leeds this weekend.

Tues 17 Dec – Vicar St, Dublin

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