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Tin Charm

The Story: tin charm

These 3 “young” hopefuls with musical pasts that trace back to Sunbear, Future Kings of Spain, The Ruby Tailights and A Lazarus Soul forged a plan and wrote 10 songs that evoke wood, tin, steel and other  things blue collar. Their futures are bright, or so their wives and kids tell them.

The Album:

The Engine is Bleeding will be released on Vinyl and digital download on a pay as you wish basis on Bandcamp on 31st October 2013.  Trick or treat!

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Sounds most like:

If Dinosaur Jr and Slint had middle aged babies, and those babies stole toys from Mission of Burma and REM…I think ya get the idea!

The Gig:

The official launch gig will take place on Thursday Nov. 28th in the Odessa Club.



Hard Working Class Heroes Festival and Music Industry Convention

The annual Hard Working Class Heroes Festival and Music Industry Convention returns this week. 100 of the best hard working class heroesindependent Irish acts will be showcased in 6 venues over 3 days from the 3rd-5th of October in multiple venues across Dublin. This year sees the inclusion of HWCH Digital to the festival line-up, an initiative that aims to give support to tech start-up companies. With the launch of HWCH Digital ticket holders can avail of convention panels and creative technology sessions adding a new element to the already packed festival schedule.

The HWCH Convention is three days of talks, panels, workshops, conversations on all aspects of the music industry including sessions on Bands and Brands, Bands and Apps, Music Innovation and Technology.

For full details on panels, tickets and showcasing artists visit:

HWCH 2013 is sponsored by IMRO, The Arts Council, Culture Ireland, Deezer, 45 Sound, Dublin Festival Season, WholeWorldBand, Beck’s Vier, NDRC Launch Pad, The Digitial Hub

Dublin Sound Lab presents ‘Mirrors of Earth’

mirrors-web-A6Dublin Sound Lab presents ‘Mirrors of Earth’, the Irish premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s ‘MAA’ (for septet and surround sound) with a newly commissioned video work (75 min.) by Ailbhe Ní Bhriain.

Project Arts Centre, Dublin, 9 November 2013, 8.00pm (Tickets €15/€10)

Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, 14 November 2013, 8.00pm (Tickets €14/€12)

Kaija Saariaho’s haunting chamber-ensemble composition MAA was originally conceived as a ballet; in ‘Mirrors of Earth’ the choreography is replaced by a newly commissioned seven-part video work by Cork-based artist Ailbhe Ní Bhriain. Varying in forces from surround-sound ‘tape’ to septet, each of the seven movements is counterpointed by a specially produced video piece projected above the performers in large format cinema-quality HD.

MAA (a Finnish word meaning “earth”, “land”, “country” or “world”) is one of Saariaho’s first large-scale works and Ní Bhriain’s remarkable response, in the form of seven projected works which combine filmed and computer-generated imagery, matches Saariaho’s score in both scale and rhythm.  The video work confronts the underlying themes which permeate Saariaho’s work – our perception of distance, longing, journey, memory and sense of place. The musical/visual engagement operates at multiple levels, in keeping with a composition which is not obviously narrative or goal-directed, and which explores a myriad of timbres through combined electronic, surround sound and instrumental forces.

Kaija Saariaho is a prominent member of a group of Finnish composers and performers who are now, in mid-career, making a worldwide impact. She studied composition in Helsinki, Freiburg and Paris, where she has lived since 1982. Her studies and research at IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) have had a major influence on her music, and her characteristically luxuriant and mysterious textures are often created by combining live music and electronics. Although much of her catalogue comprises chamber works, from the mid-nineties she has turned increasingly to larger forces and broader structures, such as the operas ‘L’Amour de loin’ and ‘Adriana Mater’ and the oratorio ‘La Passion de Simone’. Saariaho is the recipient of several international accolades, including the Sonning Music Prize (2011) and the Polar Music Prize (2013).

Ailbhe Ní Bhriain works primarily in video, using composite and constructed imagery to create scenes in which the dimensions of time and place are out-of-joint. Her work seeks to represent a state of things come undone by imagining the hallucinatory in the mundane and vice versa. It operates on two levels. On the one hand it employs deliberately simple collage techniques to declare its constructedness and point to the illusory nature of image–place. On the other hand, it asks the viewer to inhabit a fluid illogic – an unfolding of form and narrative that lends an unlikely coherence to the contradictions of the imagery. Her works have been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Ireland and internationally. Ailbhe lecturers in fine art at the Crawford College of Art and Design, Cork, and is represented by Domobaal Gallery, London.

Dublin Sound Lab is Ireland’s foremost contemporary music ensemble specialising in electronic and computer-mediated concert performance. As well as presenting established works, Dublin Sound Lab initiates and commissions new repertoire and often uses computer-based techniques to explore novel relationships between musical material, compositional process and performance practice with the aim of creating new and genuinely engaging concert experiences. Formed in 2008 by organist Michael Quinn and composer Fergal Dowling, Dublin Sound Lab has worked with many leading Irish and international composers, given Irish premieres of over 50 works and performed in Paris and Bucharest. Dublin Sound Lab is supported by the Arts Council and Dublin City Council; its appearances abroad have been grant-aided by Culture Ireland.


Conductor, David Adams

Violin, Bogdan Sofei

Viola, Andrea Baciu

Cello, Adrian Mantu

Flute, Julie Maisel

Harp, Cliona Doris

Harpsichord, Michael Quinn

Percussion, Maeve O’Hara

Computer, Fergal Dowling

Sound, Alexis Nealon

Video projection, Mihai Cucu


Mirrors of Earth has been supported by a Music Project Award from the Arts Council, along with assistance from Dublin City Council, the Finnish Music Agency, Cork City Council, the Finnish Embassy in Ireland and the Contemporary Music Centre.


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RTÉ Big Music Week | IMRO Songwriting Workshops

 IMRO is delighted to be involved in RTÉ’s Big Music Week which takes place in towns and cities around Ireland this week. Last week, IMRO hosted two songwriting workshops for school students with singer-songwriter, Luan Parle, and songwriter/producer, Gavin Ralston.BMW Logo Design

As part of their workshop, the Transition Year students of Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel composed a moving tribute to their late teacher, Alice Strain, who died tragically last year. Their song, entitled “My Hero”, was performed live on the RTÉ Big Music Week train this week to an audience which included members of Ms Strain’s family.

You can catch their performance on the RTÉ site here:

The 6th class students of St Joseph’s Primary School, Longford took part in our second workshop last week. Their song, “Love on the Tracks”, will be performed on the RTÉ Big Music Week train this Friday, as it travels from Longford to Maynooth.

RTÉ’s Big Music Week celebrates the best of home-grown musical talent and IMRO is honoured to have worked with such talented young songwriters and musicians, some of whom just might be our music stars of the future!

For full details on RTÉ’s Big Music Week visit:

RTÉ Big Music Week Gig for Barnardos

BMW Logo DesignStars will line out on Saturday 5 October for a Charity Concert in aid of Barnardos in Dublin’s Vicar Street. Presented by Kathryn Thomas, the Big Music Week gig for Barnardos promises to be a night of stunning collaborations and surprise guests with 100% of the proceeds going to Barnardos work with vulnerable children in Ireland.

The line-up for the night features some top names from a wide variety of musical styles, including the Irish chart topper who outsold Avicii and Katy Perry just a month ago, Finbar Furey. Finbar is the recent winner of the TV show The Hit and will perform his recent number one song The Last Great Love Song plus some of his catalogue from five decades of hit making.

Also on the bill for the night is trad legend Sharon Shannon, and Paul Walsh from Royseven whose song We Should Be Lovers was the most played song on radio in Ireland in 2011. The enigmatic Jerry Fish will also be re-creating his most famous song, True Friends, in collaboration with The Lost Brothers. Other well-known acts performing at this charity event include Heathers, Scullion, Ryan O’Shaughnessy and Oliver Callan.

The show will also feature a brand new song written by Brendan Graham and due to be performed by Eimear Quinn, Celine Byrne and others for its premiere on The Late Late Show this Friday 4 October.

Tickets are available from Ticketmaster for €25, with 100% of ticket sales going to Barnardos.

New Single from Donna Marie | “I’m Missin You”

Donna Marie

Wexford singer-songwriter, Donna Marie, has just released her new single and video, “I’m Missin’ You”.

A longtime member of the Southeast’s legendary band “Breeze Junkie/Breeze52”, Donna Marie is now making the transfer from a talented and key band member to a leading solo artist.

In April 2010, Donna Marie released her debut Single “Simple Song”. Her second single “I Can’t See It” was released in April 2011, followed by her debut album “My Voice” on iTunes in February 2012.

Donna Marie has been taking it easy writing new songs, while still making some appearances supporting artists such as Davey Arthur & The Fureys, Brian Kennedy, Derek Ryan, Michael J Cloke, Gerry Carney,The Saw Doctors, The Jades, David O Connor, The Druids and many more. Donna Marie and her band also provided the half time entertainment for the 18,000 strong crowd at the crucial Leinster v Edinburgh Magners League rugby showdown in the RDS.

You can check out Donna Marie’s new video for “I’m Missin’ You” below.

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Women Who Rock Take to the Stage this Friday

WWRSix “Women Who Rock” the Irish music scene will take to the stage in Dublin’s ‘Beerhouse’ venue for a very unique show on Friday 4th October.

The six ambitious young women each have an incredible list of musical experience and success and will bring their own unique styles of song-writing and performing to the stage to showcase all that is great about Ireland’s female artists. Their music will showcase incredible new talent across rock, pop, folk and blues genres.

Since the girls got together last May to form ‘Women Who Rock’, there has been a huge response to the idea with many female artist getting in touch to get involved in future events. Such is the response that the girls have decided to continue running the WWR events with a possible tour early in 2014. Watch this space for an exciting venture in Irish music.

Sinead McNally – Elegant songs, perfect piano, a true talent across the pop/rock genre of music. Link:

Clara Rose – sensuous, soulful voice and carefully crafted songs create the backdrop to her edgy rootsy blues style. Link:

Sinead White – a voice as pure as snow & her expressive songs show true depth and passion. Link:

Nella Dwyer – Dramatic ballads, intimate confessionals, catchy pop and ethereal soundscapes reveal a clear, almost stubborn, refusal on Nella’s part to be defined by anyone but herself. Link:

I AM NIAMH – Her musical style has been considered avant-garde, shown through her classically trained voice with idiosyncratic tendencies in her music.

Lynda Cullen – Her fresh folk sound, insightful lyrics and unique finger-picking style makes her an act to watch throughout 2013 Link:

“Women Who Rock” – October 4th at the ‘Beerhouse’, Capel Street, 8pm. FREE entry. This is a show not to be missed!



Valerra set to release ‘Gone Too Far’ single

ValeraIrish band VALERRA return with their second single “Gone Too Far” taken from their iTunes chart topping debut album.

The song is intense, dramatic and emotional with the trademark Valerra sound. Produced by Chris O’Brien & Graham Murphy the song’s radio mix will be available to download from iTunes October 4 2013.

The controversial video for the song was the brainchild of Cork based company Epic Productions and has been amassing a huge number of hits on YouTube.

The band are about to embark on a nationwide Irish tour and you can catch them at the following venues –

OCT  3 The Pint, Dublin

OCT 10 Spirit Store , Dundalk

OCT 13 Brennan’s Lane, Ballina

OCT 17 McGarrigle’s, Sligo

OCT 31 Danny Byrne’s, Mullingar

NOV  3 Crane Lane, Cork

NOV  8 Green Room, Letterkenny

Visit for further info

‘R’ set to release debut single ‘Change’

RIrish electro-pop duo ‘R’ release their debut single ‘Change’ in both Ireland and the UK on the 18th Oct via Salt and Shake Records.

‘R’ is a collaboration between two siblings with burgeoning reputations in their individual artistic directions of film composition and folk-blues and who together create delicious slices of infectious electro-pop.

Debut single ‘Change’ was produced by London based dub-step producer Konstantine Pope (Standard and Push) and is already creating a real buzz ahead of its forthcoming autumn release.

Shortlist Announced for the 3rd Annual IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest

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Live Final Taking Place at The Carlton Hotel, Tralee

Saturday, 19th October | 8:30pm

Guest performances by Hermione Hennessy & RTÉ’s Aonghus McAnally

The live final of the third annual IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest takes place on Saturday, 19th October at The Carlton Hotel, Tralee. Ten finalists, selected from over 200 entries from across Ireland and beyond, will perform their song in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges. The winning songwriter will be presented with a cheque for €1,000, courtesy of Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and Tralee Chamber Alliance.

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.

Special guest performances on the night will come from Christie’s daughter, Hermione Hennessy, and RTÉ star, Aonghus McAnally, who will perform some of Christie’s most well-known songs. The IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest is among a number of events taking place in Tralee over the course of the weekend of 18th to 20th October at the Carlton Hotel, Tralee, including live music with the Troubadour Club on Friday 18th, a songwriting workshop on Saturday 20th, a young songwriter’s showcase on Sunday 20th and a series of interactive workshops with the WholeWorldBand music platform throughout the weekend.

Last year, Dublin and Cork songwriting duo, Enda Reilly and Christine Deady, took home the top prize in the IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest for their song, “Follow the Water”, while the inaugural contest winner of 2011 was Paul McDonnell for his song, “Superman”.

The ten finalists taking part in the 2013 IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Contest are:

Andrew Basquille – “What Needs Fixin First”
Katie Carpenter & Gary Burke – “Never Ends”
Joe Casey – “May the Road Rise”
Paul Casey – “Every Time It Rains”
Roberta Howett – “Eclipse”
Alan Kavanagh – “Bitter Man”
Liam McDermott (Funzo) – “Amour Fou”
Paddy Nash – “The Old Country”
Aidan O’Brien – “Maid of the Isle”
Doug Sheridan – “Speed Dating”

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.

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


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