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Troubadour Club Goes North of the Liffey

TroubabourA brand new venue for songwriters and performers in the city is aiming to pick up where the now defunct and legendary venue the ‘Meeting Place’ left off. Troubadour Club Dublin, hosted by songwriters Francie Conway and Mickey Harte, will showcase some of best local writers at two events on Fri 13th and 20th December at the Belvedere Hotel, Great Denmark St, Dublin 1 at 9pm.

From its inception the Troubadour Club has always aimed to nurture, help and develop the Irish songwriting community as a whole and giving a voice and a platform for artists from all over the island. The Troubadour Club is also about creating an awareness of the talent that exists locally and encouraging radio and media outlets to increase their support for Irish music.

The Belvedere Hotel is perfectly situated and equipped for such an event with a great live room and rich atmosphere. It’s surely the perfect setting for a great celebration of original Irish music.  There is no cover charge so come along and enjoy what promises to be two nights in 2013 that will be remembered!

Fri 13th Artists

Eoin Glackin (

Peter Fitzpatrick & Band (

Kicking Bird (

Kieran Kelly (

Album Taster from Dublin Singer Songwriter, Enda Reilly

enda reilly New Songs In Irish Album Cover SquareEnda Reilly is an alt-folk/pop singer/songwriter hailing from Tallaght in Dublin. The music he makes has been described as Christy Moore maybe mixed with a bit of Syd Barrett. His fingerpicking and song-writing also has its roots in the likes of John Martyn, Nick Drake, The Beatles, Christy Moore, Paul Brady and Dick Gaughan.

Enda has just finished recording his latest album, New Songs in Irish – Amhráin Nua i nGaeilge, the follow up to 2008’s Oxygen 21. For the month of December, Enda is giving away a three track taster of the album featuring the tracks An Fáinleog – The Swallow, Bíodh Áilleacht Ann – Let There Be Beauty and Cur an Long Ag Seol – Set the Ship Asail.

To avail of this offer, and get a taste of what Enda has in store for 2014 with his new album, go to

John Spillane releases new ‘The Ferry Arms’ video,taken from his ‘Life In An Irish Town’ album

spillaneJohn Spillane returned in September with his 9th studio album, ‘Life In An Irish Town’. The album, his first since 2011’s ‘A Rock To Cling To”, is the soundtrack to John’s TG4 series ‘Spillane an Fánaí’ (Spillane The Wanderer).

Spillane an Fánaí is a heart-warming and revealing six part entertainment series presented by singer/ songwriter John Spillane. Combining off-the-cuff encounters with local people, interviews and music sequences, John Spillane spends a week in six different locations, working in a pub and venturing out to meet a host of locals in search of musical inspiration for his songwriting in the uniqueness and character of small town life.

Spillane an Fánaí is a fascinating Irish-speaking exploration of the history and personality of rural towns outside of the traditional Gaeltacht areas.

The towns John visits are Fethard in Tipperary, Graiguenamanagh in Kilkenny, Cootehill in Cavan, Castleisland in Kerry, Castlepollard in Westmeath and Kiltimagh in Mayo.

The album features 11 tracks, including a re-recording of ‘All the Ways You Wander’ from 1997’s ‘Wells of the World’ album.

The Ferry Arms-video ‘We had some crack making this Ferry Arms video. We captured all the good stuff; The Wonderful Cara O’Sullivan Soprano, Robert Parata doing the Haka, and the battlefield scene with Conal Creedon went brilliantly above in the Soccer Pitch! Hope you enjoy the finished result, the Crab was there, the Ratcatcher, Bones, Jock etc. What a laugh. Thanks very much everyone! John!

Villagers Pick Up IMRO No.1 Award for {Awayland}

Conor from Villagers popped into IMRO today to pick up an IMRO No.1 Award in recognition of their album, {Awayland}, reaching the top spot in the Irish album charts earlier this year.

It’s been a busy year for Villagers since {Awayland} was released back in January, with tours throughout the UK, Europe, North America and Japan, as well as a nomination for the Mercury Prize in between.

Now Villagers are home for some end of year gigs throughout Ireland over the next couple of weeks.

Conor is pictured here picking up his award with Keith Johnson and Victor Finn of IMRO.

You can catch one of Villagers’ live shows at:

BELFAST 12 Dec Limelight  (with Amidships)
DERRY 13 Dec Guildhall (with Amidships + VerseChorusVerse)
GALWAY 14 Dec Seapoint (with JAPE + Crayonsmith)
CORK 16 Dec Savoy (with JAPE)
DUBLIN 17 Dec Vicar Street (with JAPE)
DUBLIN 18 Dec Vicar Street (with SOAK + I Have A Tribe)

The IMRO No.1 Award was established to recognise the achievement of artists reaching the number 1 spot in the Irish Album and Independent Album charts. Previous recipients have included Heathers, The Coronas and Little Green Cars among others.

Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart – Cronin featuring Mark Greaney

New Irish band Cronin team up with former JJ72 singer Mark Greaney for their homage toCronin Bar Italia Soho Nov 2013 the late Gene Pitney with their version of “Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart”.

This collaboration is the result of a drunken nights chat and a mutual appreciation for one of the most unique voices of all time, that of the late Gene Pitney.

 Available as a free download for Christmas from December 9th.




Live Music This December from Pia Dunne & The Eleusians

Pia DunneThis December 21st sees Soul Diva Pia Dunne and The Eleusians return to Whelans to play a mix of old and new original soulful tunes. Support on the night comes from Singer/ Songwriter Morgan MacIntyre.

Pia Dunne has an eclectic background in music. She has been performing professionally as a singer/songwriter for over a decade. In 2010 Pia set up her solo project  and released her Debut EP in May 2012 to much acclaim. Since then Pia Dunne and The Eleusians (feat Johnny Taylor piano, Peter Erdai bass and Matt Jacobson drums) have played to full houses in The Workman’s Club, Whelans, The Cobblestone, Sweeney Mongrel’s and Tower Records. Last year Pia was nominated for Best Female Artist, Best Unsigned Artist and Best Album and was shortlisted for Best Soul/Jazz Act in The MRU Music Awards 2012. The track Place of No Returning has also been used in the short film Lucky, released at Cannes this year and touring the American Film Festival Circuit. Pia Dunne and The Eleusians are currently filming the video for Place of No Returning and planning a national tour.

Pia Dunne and The Eleusians play Whelans (Upstairs) on Sat 21st Dec

Doors open at 8.30pm | Admission 10 Eu / 8 Eu conc

Tickets available on the door or at

For more info see


New Music Dublin 2014 Programme Launched

New Music Dublin 2014New Music Dublin is back with a new artistic director, new ensembles and performers and new music, showcasing the work of major international and Irish figures over four days in March 2014.

NMD is a partnership initiative of The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, The National Concert Hall, RTÉ Orchestras and the Contemporary Music Centre. The second Festival will take place in the NCH on March 6 – 9 2014.

This year’s festival will be curated by Irish composer and founder of Crash Ensemble, Donnacha Dennehy, and will include performances of music by composers rarely heard in Ireland including Georg Friedrich Haas, Hans Abrahamsen, Claude Vivier and Harrison Birtwistle.

Other highlights include Icebreaker performing an evening set built around the music of Kraftwerk, an electro-acoustic performance of Stockhausen’s Oktophonie (with an 8-channel set-up), Gyorgy Ligeti’s masterly Chamber Concerto (in one of Crash Ensemble’s concerts), alongside music by Gerald Barry, Michael Gordon, Philip Glass and Osvaldo Golijov. Jenny Walshe will give one of her wonderful solo performances of her own work, and Therese Fahy will take us on a tour of new Irish music for the piano.

NMD will also have a schedule of workshops, masterclasses and other events which are due to be announced in the coming weeks.

For more see or visit New Music Dublin on Facebook and Twitter.

Glasgowbury Founder Paddy Glasgow Wins ‘Promoter Of The Year’ At UK Festival Awards

Paddy_Glasgow_Accepts_Promoter_Award-Credit-Sara_BowneyGlasgowbury Festival founder, Paddy Glasgow, has just picked up the ‘Promoter Of The Year’ Award at this year’s UK Festival Awards. The announcement was made at the UK Festival Awards ceremony at The Roundhouse, London on December 2nd that was presented by Phil Jupitus. Paddy was the awards’ sole winner from Northern Ireland.

Reflecting on the award, Paddy Glasgow said: “It’s a great achievement for a pair of wellies to go over to London town and lift the award. On a serious note, it’s fantastic to be awarded such an accolade, particularly knowing that it has been chosen by your peers within the festival and events industry. I’m looking forward to our next venture that is Glasgowbury’s Cornstore Creative Hub in Draperstown in which we will continue to work with many creative individuals for many years to come. Look out for Small But MASSIVE, we may appear near you!”

The award, chosen by the UK Festival Awards panel and industry professionals saw Paddy in the last 8 from a list of 200 others.

For more on upcoming Small but Massive projects see

The Irish Youth Music Awards announces ‘666 – The Number Of The Best’ details

IYMAs 2013 - Meath - Niamh CrowtherThe Irish Youth Music Awards announces the release of 6 Singles from 6 young acts on the 6th December.

On the 6th December, 6 singles will be released from the 6th Album from the Irish Youth Music Awards Programme.

All recordings are entirely the work of young musicians aged 12 – 19 who took part in The Irish Youth Music Awards 2013, which is now the fastest growing programme for young musicians that Ireland has ever seen.

Youth Work Ireland’s exciting programme literally builds mini ‘Record Companies’ throughout the island of Ireland, North and South. These mini record companies are staffed entirely by the teens, engaging the skills and talents of real life Music Industry Executives and personalities to work alongside them.

The entire programme puts focus on educational and fun aspects of any potential future career, setting them up for work in almost any arena, not just music.

Now heading into it’s astonishing 7th Year, The Irish Youth Music Awards is once again calling for any young participants who would like to take part to visit their local Youth Work Ireland Youth Club or office and simply ask can they join up.

The Irish Youth Music Awards is supported by IMRO, IRMA, RAAP and Hot Press Magazine, and the full album ‘KIDS A – IYMAs Volume 6 – Meath’ is scheduled for a January 2014 release.

Meanwhile excitement is rising to fever pitch in Navan as all 6 acts are set to launch their singles with a live launch at Navan Shopping Centre at 5pm – 6.30pm

One of the tracks, Niamh Crowther’s ‘Bullets’ has already received airplay on several radio stations, including Single Of The Week on 4FM.

The 6 acts go ‘live’ on iTunes and all online outlets at 12 midnight on 5th – 6th December!

For more information on The Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMAs) go to or


Ashbourne Students Reach Out For Charity

In October 2013 the students at Ashbourne Youthreach came together to write and record a song which is being released in December 2013. All proceeds from the sale of the song will benefit the registered charity Aoibheann’s Pink Tie.

‘On My Shoulder’ was written by the students along with songwriters Paul Mc Donnell and Dave Molloy.  The song is sung by students Sarah Browne and Lucy Highfield and was produced by music students under the guidance of their music tutor Dave Molloy.

Aoibheann’s Pink Tie is a charity that helps and offers practical support to the families of children diagnosed with cancer and who are attending St John’s Oncology Ward in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital.  Focused on children attending the only treatment center for childhood cancer in Ireland, they support the complete family unit, of parents and siblings, who may not understand what is happening to their brother or sister.

The song is available on iTunes, Google Play and all digital stores. All proceeds from the sale of the song go directly to the charity.

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