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RTÉ Radio officially launches Tracklist App

The Tracklist App is used for publishing music playlists to Radio websites and for reporting music which has not beenTracklist App Photo automatically sent from Radioman Cartwalls or Playlists. This includes music played during programmes from CD, downloaded from the internet, live performances and music used within edited ‘packages’.  The application generates monthly reports which are sent to IMRO & PPI who make payments to their members based on the information received.

Tracklist was developed by Radio programme teams and Radio Broadcast Services. It is web based and user-friendly and makes the reporting of manual music returns easier and more accessible. 

As part of today’s launch IMRO & PPI gave presentations to staff in the Radio Centre,  both IMRO & PPI overviewed their organisations and explained how they process RTÉ’s music returns.

TAISCE A Concert for the Irish Traditional Music Archive

Taisce_V2_AW_72_dpi_640_widthOn Sunday 10 November 2013, at 8.00 pm in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, the Irish Traditional Music Archive will hold its first-ever concert. This event comes at the end of a year of archival projects, events and publications which has marked the 25th anniversary of the Archive’s foundation in 1987, and it will be a public acknowledgement of the centrality of live performance to all the Archive’s activities.

A stellar line-up of leading traditional performers, all of whom have donated their services, will represent different aspects of the contemporary music, song and dance tradition. Appearing will be

Liam O’Flynn uilleann pipes Paddy Glackin fiddle Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin piano & Neil Martin cello | Matt Molloy flute & Dónal Lunny bouzouki | Brooks Academy Set Dancers with Paudie O’Connor accordion | Sibéal Davitt stepdancer | Siobhán Armstrong early Irish harp & Áine Ní Dhroighneáin singing in Irish
Len Graham singing in English | Mick O’Brien uilleann pipes Emer Mayock flute & Aoife Ní Bhriain fiddle

Nicholas Carolan will be MC

Tickets are €30 with concessions at €25. They are available only from the Abbey Theatre box office at 01-87 87 222 or at
The Irish Traditional Music Archive is a national public archive and resource centre for the traditional music of Ireland. In its premises at 73 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, it holds the largest collection in existence of the materials of the music – some 100,000 items including sound recordings, books, magazines, sheet music, ballad sheets, photographs, videos, posters, programmes, interactive music scores, etc. It also holds the largest collection of information on the music, comprising some 900,000 content items of information held on computer. The collections are freely available daily to the general public for listening, viewing and study. ITMA is also a publisher of books and audiovisual materials, and it increasing makes online digitised materials and information freely available worldwide through its Online Catalogue and Digital Library at It engages in partnerships with many other bodies, particularly with the national broadcasters RTÉ and TG4. ITMA is funded by An Chomhairle Ealaíon / The Arts Council, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and its support group Friends of the Archive, and by hundreds of private donors of material and information.

For details see

The Fallen Drakes ‘Anymore Cinema’ EP

drakesThe Fallen Drakes return with a brand new EP and Dublin headline show.

The alternative rock band will release their new EP entitled ‘Anymore Cinema’ on Friday November 8th followed by a gig in Dublin’s Academy 2 on Friday November 15th.

The band exploded onto the scene in 2011 and gained instant national attention with the release of their debut EP ‘Death of an Actress’. Hotly tipped by local and national media, The Fallen Drakes were chosen by BBC Introducing in the UK as ‘ones to watch’ and were also featured on many local and national
Radio stations in Ireland.

This attention led the band to other great heights such as supporting Irish legends of screen ‘The Commitments’ in their comeback show in Dublin’s O2 Arena, winning RTE’s inaugural Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award, National TV Ad Placements and Opening for Bon Jovi in the RDS Arena.

The Fallen Drakes spent much of 2013 writing and recording with producer Philip Magee (Kodaline, The Script, Aslan) and have just released a lyric video for the title track ‘Anymore Cinema’ from the forthcoming EP.

Smalltown America Music Announces Composer Vacancy

Smalltown America Music is a music publishing company that provides musical content for the film, television, animation, gaming and online industries. in studio image

They are seeking a highly motivated, music composer to work in their purpose-built production facility in Derry~Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Successful candidates will have previous experience in composition and sound design for picture. You will have excellent technical capabilities and be able to produce work of extremely high-quality to strict deadlines.

Job Title: Music Composer

Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Salary: £15,000 – £18,000 pa

To apply, please email ku.oc.aciremanwotllams@ofni for an application form. 


All applications must be received before 5pm on Friday 1st November.

Fiach Moriarty set to release ‘Married to Music’ single

FiachMTMDublin singer-songwriter Fiach Moriarty is a man of fine talent and his new single ‘Married to Music’ is a perfect example of so. This light, upbeat and chirpy song will flood your senses with good vibes, care-free times and mellow moods. Fiach sings of the shuffling feet on Grafton Street, the sipping of tea and his marriage to music which his newlywed wife must have a question mark over!

Fiach released his debut record ‘So i’ in March 2010 to great acclaim leading Hot Press to state that ‘instrumentally as well as vocally, ‘So i’ is exceptionally resonant and richly textured with strings bringing a sense of the sublime to several tracks. Wonderful!’. The album was also immediately named ‘Album of the Week’ on RTÉ Radio 1.

Upon the release of his debut record the young Dubliner immediately went on the road with artists of the ilk of Mary Black, Ray Davies (Kinks) and Declan O’Rourke and even appeared as a guest guitarist with ‘Fairground Attraction’ chanteuse Eddi Reader for her appearance on The Late Late Show. Fiach’s record and performances also garnered praise from a host of musical heroes of his including Gilbert O’Sullivan and Paul Brady.

Fiach is currently in recording for his second album due for release in early 2014. In the mean time you can catch Fiach over October and November in Dublin, Sligo and Carlow.

‘A real music man with an openness and bravery I rarely hear, when I hear Fiach I enjoy every note’ – Eddi Reader

‘Fiach Moriarty is one of Ireland’s most talented singer-songwriters with a musical sophistication rare in the genre’ – Paul Brady



Monday 21 October                        Whelan’s, Dublin.

Friday 25 October                            Cafe Victor, Sligo.

Friday 8November                         Oak Sessions, Seven Oaks, Carlow.

Saturday 16 November                 Smock Alley, Dublin.

IFI & Fractal present Synthesis

S Y N T H E S I SIFI & Fractal present Synthesis, a cinema screening of audiovisual works by Irish composers and artists. Curated by Fractal directors Anna Murray and Philip Lawson, Synthesis explores the ways in which music and video come together to explore ideas.

With shorter works from emerging artists interspersed with longer collaborative works, the first Synthesis programme explores darkness and texture in theme, sound and imagery. Alongside the premiere screening of Trish McAdam’s Rough Time, a work juxtaposing the downfall of one man and the rise of civilisation is Mark Linnane/Aki Aro/Colm Tobin and Donnacha Dennehy’s The Weathering, about ‘the inexorable processes of nature, sleep, death and our entanglement in these constraints’ and Marc and Luke Balbirnie’s painful Trigeminal Neuralgia.

Contrasting these is Linda Buckley and Maura McDonnell’s explorations in ambience and colour, Silk Chroma, David Collier’s study in rhythm, Shift, and Sebastian Adams and Mary Leonard’s Lightbulb. And ahead of the premiere of Gorging Limpet in Cork during the summer, Karen Power and Max le Cain’s first collaboration Involuntary Participation.

Click here to purchase tickets:


Anna Murray | Co-Director | moc.liamg@nilbudcisumlatcarf | 0860816677

Camerata Ireland perform for President Higgins in Mexico City

Leading Irish chamber orchestra, Camerata Ireland, which includes players from both the North and South of Ireland embarks today on their second tour of Mexico (22nd – 26th October). Camerata Ireland will play in Mexico City, Leon and at the Festival Cerevantino in Guanajuato.camerata

President Michael D. Higgins, joint patron of the Orchestra, will attend the first concert in Mexico City on Tuesday 22nd October.

“We are delighted to be visiting Mexico again.  This year has been a memorable one for Camerata Ireland with tours to amongst others Chile, Argentina, Poland, Russia and Finland.  In the summer we made our debut at the BBC Proms and collaborated with the London Symphony Orchestra on a project in Derry/Londonderry as part of the UK City of Culture.  Our programme in Mexico is unusual, as we will be playing all of Beethoven’s Concertos, including the one for violin arranged for the piano.

“Camerata Ireland is a true flag-carrier for both parts of this island and is very grateful for the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Culture Ireland and our Global Sponsor, Randox Laboratories”.

In keeping with the policy of encouraging young musical talent, two players who took part in the recent master classes at the Clandeboye Festival will be playing with the Orchestra for the first time.  Thomas Porter (23) is a bassoonist from Bangor and Leonie Bluett (23) is a clarinetist from Kilkenny.  Leonie was the joint winner of the Young Musicians of the Future concert and was awarded £2,000 by the Flax Trust to help her continue with her studies.

For further details on Camerata Ireland see

Alan Kavanagh Wins 2013 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest

AlanKavanaghPicSinger/songwriter Alan Kavanagh from Ashbourne, Co. Meath was crowned winner of the prestigious IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest 2013 on Saturday night in Tralee, Co Kerry with his winning song “Bitter Man”.

25 year old Alan released his first single while studying for a music degree in Dundalk Institute of Technology and has since gone on to support artists such as Luan Parle, The Coronas and has performed with Christy Dignam.

The live final of the third annual IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest took place on Saturday, 19th October at The Carlton Hotel, Tralee. Ten finalists, selected from over 200 entries from across Ireland and beyond, performed their songs in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges. The winning songwriter was presented with a cheque for €1,000, courtesy of Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and Tralee Chamber Alliance by Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht who attended the event.

Special guest performances on the night came from Christie’s daughter and son, Hermione Hennessy and Tim Ross, and RTÉ star, Aonghus McAnally, who performed some of Christie’s most well-known songs.

Speaking of his win, Alan said:

“It was such an honour to have my name next to some of the country’s finest songwriters and to win was just such a surprise. The feedback and support that ‘Bitter Man’ has received since has been unbelievable.

A great weekend all together and I am just so happy to have been part of the event which supports home grown talent.”

The IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest takes place as a tribute to the life and music of one of Tralee’s most famous sons. Christie grew up in a house full of music in Tralee and went on to become one of Ireland’s best known singer-songwriters. Among his songs which went on to be recorded by other artists were “All The Lies That You Told Me” performed by Frances Black, “Don’t Forget Your Shovel” performed by Christy Moore and “Oh Jealous Heart” performed by Moya Brennan.

Alan’s winning song, “Bitter Man”, is now available for download on iTunes .


New Single from The Shoos | Hook, Line & Sinker

The ShoosThe Shoos are launching their new single “Hook Line & Sinker” in Buck Whaleys on Saturday 19th October. This is the first single from the band’s third studio album, which is due for release next year.

In 2009, The Shoos caught the attention of Universal Records Ireland and their debut album, “Rescue Room”, got to Number 1 in the Irish album charts, earning them a tour support slot with “One Republic” and various support dates with “Maroon 5”, “Lifehouse” and “Taylor Hawkins” of Foo Fighters fame.

In 2012, the band released their second album, “Panic Slowly”, independently to widespread acclaim in Ireland. It documented some of the band’s time in the US.

Dublin Singer/Songwriter, Ivan Nicolas, at Canada’s Indie Week

Dublin singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist, Ivan Nicolas, has been selected to perform at Indie Week in Canada this week. Ivan joins a host of upcoming artists from Canada, the USA, the UK and further afield for a series of showcases throughout the week at the Toronto-based festival.

Ivan Nicholas

Ivan released his debut ‘Dead Indian EP’ in February last. He gained some recognition with his song ‘For The Weekend’ featuring in the Irish RTÉ television series ‘RAW’ and although unsigned, his EP went straight to No.2 in the i-tunes charts. This is only the beginning for this young troubadour, with plans already in motion to release his debut album later this year.

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