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IMRO Showcases at Temple Bar TradFest 2014

This January, the venues and streets of Temple Bar will once again play host to one of the biggest traditional music and culture festivals in Ireland – Temple Bar TradFest. Since its inception in 2005, Temple Bar TradFest has grown in size, recognition and quality and is now a firm fixture on the national and international festival calendar attracting visitors from around the world. tbtrad11120

Each year, the IMRO Showcases at Temple Bar TradFest aim to shine a light on the rising stars of traditional music in Ireland. This year, four acts will take part in our showcases which will take place in the New Theatre, Temple Bar during the festival.

Entry to these showcases is FREE but due to limited capacity, booking is essential. Please email ei.ormi@pihsrebmem  to reserve your seat.

Showcase 1: Thursday, 23rd January Doors 6pm

Socks in the Frying Pan – 6:30pm

The Jigsaw Jam – 7pm

Showcase 2: Friday, 24th January Doors 6pm

Donal McCague – 6:30pm

FullSet – 7pm

Both showcases will take place in The New Theatre, 43 Essex Street East, Dublin 2.

Temple Bar TradFest takes place from 22nd to 26th January 2014. Visit: for details on all the events taking place throughout this five day festival.

About the Artists

Socks in the Frying Pan

The band comprises 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. These socks are audibly palatable! As for the inevitable question of where the name originated? This is yet to be disclosed!

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. This, combined with an acoustic musical interplay, three-part harmony and an obvious love for live performance, compliments the traditional essence of both tune and songs in a fresh and entertaining way. Their debut CD was launched at the Ennis Trad Festival in November and was received very well with an audience exceeding the capacity of the venue. The CD itself offers a dozen lovingly crafted tracks which the lads are eager to showcase both on the album and at their musically charged gigs.


The Jigsaw Jam

Having drawn comparisons with acts from the Beautiful South to Mumford and Sons, The Jigsaw Jam are certainly not an easy act to put a label on. Settling on ‘alternative traditional folk’, founding member and Galway native Shane Davis says that the band originally came about when he approached fiddle and ukelele player Gráinne Noone to add some of her musical talents to his singer-songwriter act. The addition of Caroline Sullivan on keys and Brenda Weir as a second vocalist gave rise to The Jigsaw Jam as we know them. Having secured a studio with a friend of a friend for the recording of the band’s EP ‘There Was A Time’, fate intervened yet again as the friend turned out to be Aidan Smyth, who became a permanent feature in the line-up after adding his bass to the recording process. The organic growth of the band was complete.

The EP got its launch at Monroe’s Live last year and received an overwhelmingly positive response, both in Ireland and abroad, and after a sold out performance upstairs in Whelans, the EP spent a week at the top of the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart.


Donal McCague

Dónal McCague, from Scotstown, Co. Monaghan, is one of the rising stars of the fiddle. In 2013 he was named TG4 Young Musician of the Year.

Dónal is well known for his vibrant, lively and highly ornamented style. At the age of 15, he played at the Frankie Gavin International Fiddle Festival in Galway 2005 and in the National Concert Hall Dublin on St. Patrick’s Day 2006. 

He has recorded for TV programmes ‘Geantraí’ on TG4 and the annual RTÉ Fleadh Programme as well as national and local radio. He has toured Europe extensively; France, Poland, Switzerland and Belgium with the well-known Irish Dance troupes Ragús and Celtic Legends.

He was won awards at both the Fiddler of Dooney, Sligo Live and in the Fiddler of Oriel, Monaghan which has been won by fiddle legends such as Tommy Peoples and Jim Mc Killop. Dónal is greatly influenced by the fiddle playing of Tommy Peoples, Séamus Quinn, Brian Rooney, Cathal Hayden, John Carty and Frankie Gavin. In 2011 he released his début solo CD entitled Bits’n’Pieces.



All accomplished young musicians in their own right, FullSet create a stunning and unique sound that is full of energy and innovation, whilst all the time remaining true to their traditional roots. In recent years this young group has received much critical acclaim, even being compared to supergroups such as Danú and Altan by respected Irish Music Magazine. 

FullSet have received many awards since the release of their debut album “Notes At Liberty”. In 2012 the group were honored to receive the “Best New Group Award” from the well respected Irish American News as well as “Best Newcomer” in Bill Margeson’s Live Ireland Awards. They have spent the past two years touring across Europe and North America and during this time they have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in folk and world music including Moya Brennan, Fred Morrison, Lúnasa, Carlos Núnez, Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny and Beoga. FullSet’s latest album, “Notes After Dark”, has also received much critical acclaim and has been described by as “one of the year’s best albums”.

IMRO Other Room Open Call Public Vote

Following 606 entries for the IMRO Other Room Open Call, a panel of industry judges selected a shortlist of 5 to go to public vote.other voices

Voting is open now on the RTÉ website and will close at 10am on Friday November 29th.

The Other Room Viewers Choice will be announced at 12pm on Friday November 29th and will travel to Dingle in December to record their winning track.

To vote go to

New Single from Band66 in Aid of Dublin Simon Community

Band 66 MartinWicklow based Band66 have just released a new single in aid of Dublin Simon Community. The band are hoping to raise as much money as possible for the charity over the next few weeks with sales of their single, “Martin”.

The band, who are currently working on their debut album “She Glows”, have previously been nominated for three Irish Music Review Unsigned Awards – Best Newcomer 2012, Best Alternative Rock Act 2012 and Best Single 2012 for their song “Planet Earth”.

Band66’s charity single, “Martin”, is now available for download at The topic of homelessness is very close to the hearts of the guys as is the work done by Dublin Simon Community. To find out more about Dublin Simon Community and the work they do, see

OTHER VOICES – Day by Day Line-up

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Derry – Londonderry 7-9th February 2014
Dingle Line-up

The twelfth season of Other Voices will weave it’s magic spell in Dingle with a stellar line up for St James’ Church on December 6th, 7th & 8th. The music will then move northwards along the Wild Atlantic Way to The Glassworks, Derry on 7th, 8th and 9th February 2014. Aidan Gillen will return to present the series.

St James’s Church, Dingle line-up

Friday 6th
Patty Griffin
David Gray
Lisa O’Neill
Saturday 7th
Lulu James
Willis Earl Beal
Josef Salvat
Rosie Carney
Sunday 8th
John Grant
Agnes Obel
David Arnold

Live Streaming
For those who don’t make it into the church, the live action will be streamed locally in bars around the town as well as online via <> /othervoices, the RTÉ Player and Streaming will also be live direct to a selection of venues in Derry city including Sandinos, The Gweedore, Masons and The Grand Central.

Other Voices Music Trail
Dingle will host the hugely popular Other Voices Music Trail, with a brilliant line-up of shows in venues around the town including Come On Live Long, Maud In Cahoots, Slow Skies, Bouts, Hermitage Green, Leanne Harte, Little Bear and many more . All Other Voices Music Trail events are free and will take place before and after the Church happenings.
This year also sees a return of Banter, a salon style series of discussion and debate curated and hosted by Jim Carroll which takes place in Foxy John’s Friday (5-6pm), Saturday (2-6pm) and Sunday (2-6pm). Names already announced include: Eimear McBride, David Gray, Alice Maher, John Grant, Donal Ryan and Pat Leahy.
Each year, Other Voices provides a TV and online platform for new and emerging acts in the IMRO Other Room. Hundreds of applications for a performance slot have been coming in over the last week and the Viewer’s Choice shortlist will be announced and put to the public vote tonight at 9pm on

, once again, will be free and can be won through various online and media competitions so keep an eye on the new website  . To stay up to date with announcements please log on to and follow on Facebook (Other Voices) and Twitter (@othervoices).
Other Voices is supported by DCAL, Derry City Council, RTÉ, Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland, IMRO, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Foreign Affairs.  

Christmas Single from 79Cortinaz

79Cortinaz79Cortinaz will be releasing a Christmas charity single this December 5th. The band are donating half the proceeds from their single, “Snowsmoke Serenade”, to The Friends of St. Lukes Cancer Care.

The single, which was mixed by Mark McCabe and produced by Rat Scabies, will be available from most digital outlets including iTunes and Amazon and can currently be streamed at

79Cortinaz, originally formed in 2003, are currently working on new material which they hope to release in 2014.

For more see and

New Music from Dundalk Singer-Songwriter, Rosie Bell

ROSIE Front Cover 10242013 has been a busy year for Dundalk singer/ songwriter, Rosie Bell. Following on from the release of her EP ‘Back to Here’ early in 2013, Rosie has been working on some new material which sees her wander into uncharted territory. The challenge she finds in her work is to follow where the inspiration leads, even if the trip is a difficult one.  A particular song that she had spent a lot of time on was ‘Where do we go?’ which she co-wrote with Cormac Burns. It is a commentary on the devastating effects of austerity on families.  Rosie says of the process ‘It was a difficult song to write because all around me I was seeing people who were hurting. It was difficult to capture the essence of that in a 4 minute sound bite. I included my own children’s voices in the recording to show that the numbers on a spreadsheet affect real families.  I found that, until this song was out of my head, I wasn’t able to move on to anything else.

On a lighter note, her new single ‘Lately ‘, sees her team up once again with Simon Todd (a founder member of Morgan La Fay) with whom she co-wrote the ‘Back to Here’ EP. In September, Rosie took some time out to attend a song writing week hosted by the legendary Boo Hewerdine and award winning Scottish singer/songwriter Karine Polwart.  It was here that the new song came about. She says of the song, ‘It practically wrote itself. As Simon was playing the melody, the words were just flooding into my headKarine helped me with the transition from the verse to the chorus and sang in some beautiful harmonies’.  The actual track was recorded in a single take by Mark Freegard of Kyotis Studios who has worked with top artists such as ‘The Strypes’, ‘Eddi Reader’ and ‘Del Amitri’.

Originally intended as a demo cut, the song had such a great ‘feel’ they decided to leave it as it was. Rather than waiting to have enough material for a full album, Rosie chose to go ahead and release this song as it seemed somewhat keen to be ‘out there’. The accompanying video was filmed and produced by Kate at Crab Apple Videos in a matter of days. The video of ‘Lately’ can be viewed here.

‘Lately’ is available through iTunes and usual digital outlets.

Rosie is currently planning a song writers’ circle tour for February 2014 with Simon Todd, Cormac Burns and special guests. Before Christmas, though, you can catch Rosie and Cormac play at the following events:

Friday 29th November       Brand New Opry, The Secret Garden, Blackrock, Co. Louth

Thursday 5th December    Café Sessions, Chapter 1, Cavan

Saturday 7th December     The Wee Bar, Silverbridge, Co. Armagh

Friday 13th December       ‘An Original Christmas’ charity event, Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney

Saturday 21st December   The Spirit Store, (downstairs acoustic gig)

To keep up with news and details of Rosie’s gigs, check out her webpage and social media sites


Twitter: @RosieBellMusic



Joe Casey set to release debut ‘This Road’ album

obrys_ekopak6pHave you ever felt like you are being guided down an unseen road by an unseen force? That you keep having experiences that feel like road signs pointing you in a particular direction? In many ways, this is what has driven Joe Casey to record his debut album ‘This Road’ which is due for release on the 2nd of December 2013.

Influenced by various styles and genres Joe Casey’s debut album is a fresh blend of musical ingredients with a strong Irish accent.

It has been recorded with musicians he has met at different crossroads in his life and he invites you to join him on this musical journey.

Joe is releasing two singles to coincide with his album launch, Evermore and the Christmas single, St. Stephen’s Day.  Both will be available for download on iTunes and other online stores from Monday, December 2nd.

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New Single from Otherkin

Otherkin_1Kildare band Otherkin have just released their latest single, double-A side “//”.  The release includes two new tracks from the band – “Bad Drugs” and “Good Drugs” – and follows their previous singles “Lockjaw” and “89”.

Otherkin have had a busy few months since their debut launch in June, building up radio airplay and playing venues in Dublin and Galway.

Keep an eye on their Facebook page for news of their upcoming shows.

The Roaring Forties are set to release Charity single ‘Are You Ready To Rock For Christmas’

fortiesThe Roaring Forties are set to release ‘Are You Ready To Rock For Christmas’ with all proceeds going to Autism Ireland.

The track is currently available to download, and HMV and Xtravision will be stocking physical copies nationwide very soon.

The Roaring Forties have been going for 10 years and have grown in popularity sharply during that time. 2012 saw their album ‘There Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens’ go to number six in the charts and they are hoping to get ‘Are You Ready To Rock For Christmas’ to number one.

For further info, visit:


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