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IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest Finalists: Aidan O’Brien & Doug Sheridan

The live final of the 2013 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest takes place this Saturday, 19th October at The Carlton Hotel, Tralee. Ten finalists selected from over 200 entries will compete for this prestigious prize and a cheque for €1,000 courtesy of IMRO and Tralee Chamber Alliance.

To celebrate the final, IMRO will be featuring two finalists in our Member News section each day this week. Today we feature Aidan O’Brien and Doug Sheridan….

Aidan O’Brien

Song: “Maid of the Isle”

AidanOBrienPicAidan And The Astronauts were formed in 2013. The band consists of an ever changing line up of musicians. Their style is eclectic, encompassing everything from folk to blues to rock and roll.

‘Young But Growing’, the bands first original studio release is set for release in late 2013.

www.facebook.com/aidanandtheastronauts

www.aidanandtheastronauts.com

 

Doug Sheridan

Song: “Speed Dating”

Doug Sheridan is a singer/songwriter based in Dublin. He spent his formative years as a drummer, writing songs for his band at the time, never aspiring to come out from behind the drum kit. His first solo performance happened by chance when he was working as a restaurant kitchen porter – the house singer fell ill midway through the set & Doug offered to fill in – the hugely positive response gave Doug the confidence to finally be the singer for his own songs.

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In April 11 Doug Sheridan released his debut album ‘Songs From Just Outside The House’, loosely based on a few people in a small town. Accompanied by an 11-piece band, Doug has played two packed out shows at The Sugar Club in Dublin to celebrate the launch of the album. These shows were followed by a nationwide tour of Ireland in 2011. He is currently working on his next album entitled ‘The Bed’ which will be released late 2013.

https://soundcloud.com/dougsheridan

Entry to the live final is free of charge, but due to limited capacity, booking is advised. To reserve a place in the audience, email IMRO at ei.ormi@pihsrebmem or phone 01 661 4844. Show starts at 8:30pm.

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

 

IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest Finalists: Liam McDermott & Paddy Nash

The live final of the 2013 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest takes place this Saturday, 19th October at The Carlton Hotel, Tralee. Ten finalists selected from over 200 entries will compete for this prestigious prize and a cheque for €1,000 courtesy of IMRO and Tralee Chamber Alliance.

To celebrate the final, IMRO will be featuring two finalists in our Member News section each day this week. Today we feature Liam McDermott aka Funzo and Paddy Nash….

Liam McDermott (Funzo)

Song:  “Amour Fou”

LiamMcDermottFunzoPicFunzo, founded by singer and songwriter Liam McDermott, have performed over 250 gigs in Ireland since 2009, most notably, Ireland’s premiere music festivals – Oxegen, Electric Picnic and Hard Working Class Heroes. In 2009, Funzo won their third national songwriting contest; Christmas FM’s ‘Search For A New Christmas Classic’, which resulted in mass national radio play and a live performance on TV3’s ‘Ireland AM’, the nation’s #1 morning TV programme.

In 2012, Funzo featured on and co-wrote hip-hop artist Nucent’s song ‘Do You Really Love Me?’, which received generous airtime on FM104, 98FM, and remained in Spin FM’s Top 30 Most Requested for three months running. Funzo have also received widespread airplay and live airtime in Ireland, on RTÉ 2FM, Today FM, Spin FM, Newstalk, FM 104 and Ireland’s most listened to radio station, RTÉ Radio 1. Funzo have caught the attention of the national print media too, resulting in a full-page feature in Ireland’s most popular music magazine, HotPress, as well as being deemed one of the ‘Picks Of Electric Picnic’ in The Irish Times in 2009.

https://www.facebook.com/funzoband

Paddy Nash

Song:  “The Old Country”

PaddyNashPicSince the release of their critically acclaimed debut album in 2010, Paddy and his Happy Enchiladas have played the clubs of Ireland North and South as well as an extensive tour of England playing the legendary Hope & Anchor among others. Their unique blend of Folk-Pop-Punk has left audiences revelling in the rich lyrics and big melodies.

Accompanying Paddy, is 16 year old singer-songwriter Gemma Bradley. Hailing from Draperstown, Gemma is just starting out on her musical journey.

Their song ‘The Old Country’ was the result of a challenge laid down by Glasgowbury and Resonate to get local artists who were playing the festival to collaborate.  It’s a Father/Daughter story about modern day emigration in Ireland North and South.

www.paddynash.co.uk

Entry to the live final is free of charge, but due to limited capacity, booking is advised. To reserve a place in the audience, email IMRO at ei.ormi@pihsrebmem or phone 01 661 4844. Show starts at 8:30pm.

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

Deezer Presents | Deezer Sessions

New series of intimate live performances launched with Birdy, Franz Ferdinand, JamiDeezer_Sessions 2e Cullum & Kodaline

Leading music subscription service Deezer has just launched its exclusive series of Deezer Sessions, giving music fans the chance to see bands and artists performing stripped-down sets recorded in London and in Deezer’s own studio in Paris.

Deezer Sessions are curated by Deezer’s dedicated editorial team, who have hand-picked some of the hottest up and coming bands as well as established names from around the world.  The first exclusive Deezer Sessions are available here from today and include Birdy, Jack Johnson, Franz Ferdinand, Jamie Cullum and Kodaline.

Anthemic indie-rockers, Kodaline said: “It’s great to be able to share our new material with our fans and we love the raw vibe of the Deezer Sessions. There’s nothing like letting loose and showing people what we can do – just us, our instruments and our passion for music. If you haven’t caught us live on tour yet, this is a taste of what’s to come.”

Keep an eye on Deezer throughout November and December as each fortnight a different Deezer Session will be launched, including break-through artist of the year Lorde, James Blunt and Gregory Porter.

James Foley, Head of Editorial for Deezer UK & Ireland said: “The idea behind Deezer Sessions is simple, we wanted to take the bands that we are most excited about, invite them in to play an intimate gig and share that experience with fans all over the world. We’ve got some more great performances in the pipeline that are guaranteed to make your spine tingle.”

IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest Finalists: Roberta Howett & Alan Kavanagh

The live final of the 2013 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest takes place this Saturday, 19th October at The Carlton Hotel, Tralee. Ten finalists selected from over 200 entries will compete for this prestigious prize and a cheque for €1,000 courtesy of IMRO and Tralee Chamber Alliance.

To celebrate the final, IMRO will be featuring two finalists in our Member News section each day this week. Today we feature Roberta Howett and Alan Kavanagh….

Roberta Howett

Song: “Eclipse”

RobertaHowettPicDublin born singer / songwriter Roberta Howett has a musical background grounded in classical training with The Royal Academy of Music. Roberta first graced our screens in 2004, when she reached the live finals of the X-Factor. After XFactor, she took time out to write her own music, which she released in Ireland independently. Roberta is a featured singer with Momo, www.tonicastells.com, and her vocals can be heard on Bressie’s debut solo album Colourblind Stereo, which was released in 2011 and went to number 1 in Ireland.

Having spent the past two years in London, she was one of four girls who made up FanFair. The group first began performing at major Rugby Union games, including a performance at Twickenham stadium, and went on to tour the UK and Ireland with The Wanted. FanFair released a single called ‘Mission’ last October which was featured on Collection’s TV advert, in which the girls starred.

www.robertahowett.com

Alan Kavanagh

Song: “Bitter Man”

AlanKavanaghPicAlan Kavanagh is a 24 year old singer/songwriter from Ashbourne , Co. Meath. While studying for a music degree in DKIT, Alan released his first single which went straight to number two in the Download.ie charts. After the release he went gigging throughout Ireland and abroad and has had the privilege of touring with Meteor Award winner, Luan Parle, supporting The Coronas and playing with Christy Dignam. His last single ‘Christmas Far From Home’ had 22,000 hits on YouTube in just two weeks and received a great amount of airplay on Christmas FM, Sunshine 106.8, LMFM and Dublin City FM last year.

Alan plays ukulele, guitar, piano, and bass and has a music degree from Dundalk IT. He has also composed a piece recorded by the national chamber choir. He has spent the last two years gigging with Celebrity and Holland America where he has visited over 20 countries.

www.alankavanagh.com

Entry to the live final is free of charge, but due to limited capacity, booking is advised. To reserve a place in the audience, email IMRO at ei.ormi@pihsrebmem or phone 01 661 4844. Show starts at 8:30pm.

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

IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest Finalists: Joe Casey & Paul Casey

The live final of the 2013 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest takes place this Saturday, 19th October at The Carlton Hotel, Tralee. Ten finalists selected from over 200 entries will compete for this prestigious prize and a cheque for €1,000 courtesy of IMRO and Tralee Chamber Alliance.

To celebrate the final, IMRO will be featuring two finalists in our Member News section each day this week. Today we feature Joe Casey and Paul Casey….

Joe Casey

Song: “May the Road Rise”

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Growing up in a family of musicians, Joe was immersed in music from an early age.  He has been playing guitar, piano and singing since he was a child and has been writing songs and poetry for nearly as long.

Over the last 15 years you may have heard him solo, accompanied only by his guitar or with a troupe of traditional musicians from Ballyvaughen to Bangkok or from New York to Newbridge.  He played support with some of Ireland’s great songwriters including Mick Hanly and Luka Bloom.  In 2012 Joe decided to focus his energy solely on music and began recording some of his compositions.

“This Road” is Joe Casey’s debut album.  It is due for release in mid-November 2013.  The album contains ten original songs and while having a distinctive Irish accent, the music also tips its hat across the Atlantic to its Bluegrass, Cajun and Jazz cousins.

https://www.facebook.com/joecaseymusic

Paul Casey

Song: “Every Time It Rains”

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Irish songwriter, guitarist and singer Paul Casey is being talked of among Ireland’s new music followers as “the new cool.” He’s constantly in demand in his home country, performing for enthusiastic fans with a challenging near-daily schedule.  With his latest album, Scrapbook, the Derry, musician has raised the bar yet again with a collection of stunning new tracks showcasing masterful production and songwriting.

In 2010, Casey made major waves in the UK after playing to a total of 55,000 fans on an epic 23-date tour of the UK and Ireland supporting legendary guitarist and 30-million album-selling Chris Rea. The tour took in venues such as the Symphony Hall in Birmingham and the Hammersmith Apollo in London.

The young songwriter has a string of critically acclaimed albums under his belt, along the way receiving a 9/10 rating in Ireland’s Hot Press magazine in a review by Jackie Hayden. Along with a handful of other songs, “Big World” marks a a stylistic departure from his previous material.  While still maintaining his acoustic-driven pop undertones, his new songs reflect his love of orchestral and cinematic elements.

http://www.paulcaseymusic.com

Entry to the live final is free of charge, but due to limited capacity, booking is advised. To reserve a place in the audience, email IMRO at ei.ormi@pihsrebmem or phone 01 661 4844. Show starts at 8:30pm.

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

IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest Finalists: Andrew Basquille & Jezzebelle

The live final of the 2013 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest takes place this Saturday, 19th October at The Carlton Hotel, Tralee. Ten finalists selected from over 200 entries will compete for this prestigious prize and a cheque for €1,000 courtesy of IMRO and Tralee Chamber Alliance.

To celebrate the final, IMRO will be featuring two finalists in our Member News section each day this week. Today we feature Andrew Basquille and Jezzebelle….

Andrew Basquille

Song: “What Needs Fixin’ First”

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Andrew Basquille is from Dun Laoghaire Co Dublin. His mother is from Killorglin Co Kerry, so he is particularly pleased to be in the final. He formed his first band Factor One in 1979. His songs have been recorded by Jane McNamee and Carmel Sheerin.

He was a finalist in RTÉ’s “The Hit” earlier this year. He sings regularly in The Punch Bowl Booterstown and Uncle Tom’s Cabin in Dundrum. He is married with two children.

Katie Carpenter & Gary Burke (Jezzebelle)

Song: “Never Ends”

Katie&GaryPicJezzebelle is Katie Carpenter & Gary Burke. Their recent success on RTÉ’s “The Hit” saw award winning artist Julie Feeney select their new song ‘Dimension Me’ for possible release.

An acoustic rhythm n’ roots duo from Dublin Ireland, Jezzebelle are undoubtedly products of the live music scene, spending most of their time on tour in Ireland, Europe & North America. They signed a publishing deal with Notting Hill Music in late 2012 and teamed up with producer Chrissy Tignor for remix of their track ‘All the Stars’ due for release in late 2013.

Releases to date include 2010’s studio album ‘Roll a Double’, 2011’s self-produced EP ‘Ruff’, 2012’s EP ‘Back to the Start’ (produced by Sharon Kearney and mastered by Mark Chalecki) and a string of singles in 2013, the latest of which; ‘Look Around’ was mastered at Abbey Road in London.

http://www.jezzebellemusic.com/

 

Entry to the live final is free of charge, but due to limited capacity, booking is advised. To reserve a place in the audience, email IMRO at ei.ormi@pihsrebmem or phone 01 661 4844. Show starts at 8:30pm.

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

Letterkenny Duo Constant Supply Release Debut Album

Constant Supply‘The Coast Ain’t Clear’ is the shimmering debut album from alternative Letterkenny duo Constant Supply. Recorded with Villagers man Tommy McLaughlin in his Attica Studio, this dark and delicious debut is awash with texture, catchy choruses and layer upon layer of guitar and vocal, anchored by a solid organic bass and metronomic drum machine. The album is now available as a free download from www.constantsupply.bandcamp.com.

Consisting of James Gillen on guitars and vocals and Conal Sweeney on bass, Constant Supply create melodic, atmospheric compositions, driven along through light and dark alleyways by a pulsing beat. Evoking the ghosts of Pavement, Slint, Radiohead, Nirvana and Elliott Smith, the northwest pair have developed an original and enthralling sound that marks them out as true mavericks on the Irish music scene. By marrying skittery rhythms, fuzzy riffs and a hypnotic bassline new single ‘3rd in Line’ is a perversely upbeat and unsettling affair that seeps into your consciousness and refuses to budge.

Constant Supply released their debut ‘Alleviate EP’ in 2011 through UK label Take Aim Fire leading to gigs around the country and lots of radio coverage including a session at 2FM’s renowned Studio 8. The Donegal duo’s new single and debut album are both available as a free download with bonus track ‘Medicine Ball’ from www.constantsupply.bandcamp.com from October 7th 2013.

Call for Entries for Allingham Arts Festival Songwriting Competition 2013

Allingham Arts Festival PicApplications are invited for the Allingham Arts Festival Songwriting Competition 2013, the final of which is due to be held on Friday 8th November.

The competition is being held in conjunction with the Allingham Arts Festival, taking place for the third year running this November, with the winning songwriter set to receive the first prize of €1,000. Singer, songwriter and poet, John Spillane, will lead the judging panel on the night.

Closing date for applications is Thursday 17th October. For further details, rules of entry and to download a copy of the application form, see http://allinghamartsassociation.com/allingham-festival-song-contest-launch/

New Music from Sean T MacLeod

Sean T McLeodFormerly a member of Dublin-based band, CISCO, Sean T. MacLeod has recently embarked on a solo career. In March of this year, he released his debut single, Don’t Let Them Get You, followed by Light Up the Sun in June.

A third release from this collection, That Devil’s Back, was released in September, with a slightly darker mood than MacLeod’s previous singles.

That Devil’s Back is available for download on Reverbnation, Tunecore, Bandcamp and other digital distributors.

Sean’s work is released on Wake Up Records and he plays a fortnightly residency at The Square Sessions, Limerick.

http://soundcloud.com/seantmacleod

 

Wexford’s ‘Corner Boy’ crowned Red Bull Bedroom Jam Champions 2013

Corner BoyAfter seeing off competition from over 400 unsigned Irish bands/acts, Irish music’s latest hot prospect
South-East folksters ‘Corner Boy’ are this year’s newly crowned Red Bull Bedroom Jam champions for 2013.

They walked away with the title after impressing an esteemed panel of industry judges at this year’s live final which recently took place in Whelan’s of Wexford Street, Dublin.

In a summer that saw them play storming sets at ‘Electric picnic’, ‘Knockanstockan’, ‘Westport’ and ‘Indiependence’ they now return to Whelan’s for their own headline show on October 17th. Tickets €10. Support from ‘The Man Whom’ and ‘Johnny Stewart’.

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