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New EP from Barry Hughes | “This Way Up”

Barry Jay HughesSinger songwriter Barry Jay Hughes is back with his new EP “This Way Up”.  The new release from the Carrickmacross based musician was recorded and mixed in Westland Studios Dublin in the last few months with the help of engineer Alwyn Walker. Westland Studios has seen its fair share of famous faces down through the years, with Def Leppard, Bryan Adams, Hozier, Sinead O’Connor and Thin Lizzy among the names on their client list.

“This Way Up” is a collection of songs penned by Barry himself along with a cover of Georgie Boy, a song that was written and released by Jack L back in 1999. Another track which found its roots back in 1999 is “Judgement Day” which features on the new EP and Barry is delighted to have recorded after writing it almost 16 years ago. The EP is predominantly pop/rock in sound with subtle elements of traditional and folk music.

The EP will be launched at Iontas Theatre, Castleblayney on 10th April. Support on the night comes from Sinead McNally and special guests. Tickets €12.50 (€10 concession). Show starts at 8:30pm.

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Yes Fest Set to Take Place in Bello Bar


Photo by Efa Corwell

On April 30th, five of Ireland’s finest bands will come together to raise money and awareness for marriage equality. The event, which will take place in Dublin’s swankiest venue Bello Bar, boasts an all star lineup of September Girls, Kate’s Party, Cave Ghosts, Sissy & The Winter Passing.

There is a suggested donation of €8 on the door, and there will be collection buckets on the night for anyone who can spare some extra change. There will also be YES EQUALITY badges so that you can wear them all over every outfit in the run up to the referendum on May 22nd!

For more info see


YES Fest 

Marriage Equality Fundraiser

April 30th, 8pm

Bello Bar


September Girls // Kate’s Party // Cave Ghosts // Sissy // The Winter Passing 

BCFE Students Set to Rock Grand Social

Magnitunes Poster ShadowThe Ballyfermot College of Further Education Rock School students are set to take over the Grand Social this April for their annual end of year gigs. The Rock School BCFE gigs, Magnitunes 2015, are set to take place on three consecutive Tuesdays – 14th, 21st and 28th April.

The Rock School BCFE showcase gigs started in 1989 and since then have been held in venues throughout Dublin including the Baggot Inn, Whelans, The Village and now The Grand Social. The idea is to showcase original Irish songwriters.  Artists who have benefited hugely from these gigs include Damien Dempsey, Mundy, Mickey Harte, Wallis Bird, Fiach and many more. The gigs will be filmed to a professional standard, giving each artist promotional footage to help them in their career development.

The gigs also provide an opportunity for students to learn the skills involved in running shows. Students are allocated roles in venue booking, social media, art and design, posters and tickets, equipment hire, van hire, logistics etc., so that a strong team unit is built around the showcases to make them the best that they can be.

Speaking of this year’s events, Niall Ó Ceallacháin, student at BCFE Rock School said: “The artists performing are the best of what Rock School has to offer – second and first year bands feature. Since the course is performance based, the gigs are an integral part of the years assessments and are graded, with the grades going towards the students’ end of year results.” 

The Rock School at BCFE is the original and most successful Rock School in Ireland and one of the first of it’s kind in Europe.  It’s aim is to prepare musicians for the professional music industry as writers, performers, instrumentalists, arrangers and producers. Niall added: “Dublin is very lucky to have a Rock School like this on its doorstep.” As part of the Rock School course, 2nd year students have a chance to go to Germany for one week to take part in the Mu:Zone festival.  Once again as with other years, Irish songwriters from the Rock School were the highlight of the festival in 2015.

With an mini-festival vibe and with music from various genres, Magnitunes 2015 promises to be an eclectic series of gigs with approximately 80 original Irish songs being showcased by original Irish artists over the three nights. Performances will come from Kerencia (14th April), Edelweiss (21st April) and NamaNaya (28th April) among many others.

Magnitunes 2015 is proudly supported by IMRO.

Magnitunes 2015 – Rock School BCFE End of Year Gigs

The Grand Social

14th 21st & 28th April 2015

Doors 7:30pm 

Tickets €5 (On the door – €7; Student ID – €5)


A TG4 EXCLUSIVE! | Ireland is set to participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest for the first time

For the first time ever, Ireland will be participating in the Junior Eurovisionjunior eurovision Song Contest.

The Junior Eurovision song contest is a 2-hour spectacular show, broadcast live in November 2015 from a major European city.

In a TV entertainment series this autumn, TG4 will be selecting a singer or group of singers with an original Irish language song to represent Ireland on the big stage in Europe.

The competition is open to all young people resident in Ireland who are aged between 10-15 on the day of the show.

Auditions will be held at key venues throughout Ireland. TG4 are now looking for applicants who wish to be selected to audition!

To Apply, Go To:



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IMRO Songwriting Seminar With Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Krista Detor

Krista Detor | Award-winning singer/songwriter, is described as ‘An artist of rare ability with a deep poetic gift..’ by thekrista AllMusic Guide, and ‘One of the great talents of the last years,’ by Dutch National Radio. As a returning guest lecturer at Stanford University, Krista works with students in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. Her album, Chocolate Paper Suites, is required reading for the course, The ‘isms of Modernism. She tours extensively around the globe, conducting songwriting workshops and performing with well-known artists such as Suzanne Vega, The Neville Brothers & Louden Wainwright. Krista also partners with international writers and musicians to marry the studies of literature, world culture, and music. One noted collaboration was The Darwin Songhouse, a project in which songwriters sequestered in Shrewsbury, England to write songs celebrating the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth. Along with Carrie Newcomer, Krista collaborated with three fellow Indiana artists to create the CD and stage show, Wilderness Plots – the stories of Scott Russel Sanders set to music, resulting in an Emmy-Nominated PBS Special and recognition by both houses of the Indiana Legislature for Contributions to the Arts.


Date: Saturday 11th April

Location: Crane Lane Theatre, Phoenix St. Cork

Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm.

To reserve a place at this event send an email to ei.ormi@nosnhoj.htiek

Limited Availability | No Admission Charge | Booking Essential

Tucan release ‘Towers’ album

Tucan-TOWERS-web-graphicTucan is delighted to announce the release of their second studio album ‘Towers’.

This second album comes six years after their first studio album (Aliquot Strings 2009) and it is their first since the band expanded to include brass and strings. Produced by Torsten Kinsella (God Is An Astronaut), these new compositions are subtle and melodic though cinematic in their scope and arrangement, and represent a musical evolution for the band.

Danny Battles set to support Hometown on their 8 date Irish tour

Danny Battles. Picture Mark KelleherCork singer songwriter Danny Battles has been chosen to play support on the tour by Louis Walsh’s new band HomeTown.

Danny will play the eight venues in the tour over Easter.  The tour plays Ennis on Good Friday, 3 April, Kilkenny 4 April, Easter Sunday in Castlebar 5 April, Drogheda 6 April, Bundoran 8 April, Athlone 10 April and Killarney 11 April.

@Ventures with We, the Oceanographers

We the Oceanographers @VenturesFormed in 2014, We, the Oceanographers are a DIY bedroom rock band from Dundalk, Co. Louth. In keeping with their Art Music background, the band began playing shows in Cafés and Art Centres and have since played independent festivals as well as opening for We Cut Corners, Funeral Suits and Le Galaxie. The band is made up of Conal McIntyre and Joseph Edwards, with the recent addition of live member Sean Bradley.

The band closed 2014 with a live performance of their recently released album, @Ventures, in An Tain Arts Centre, Dundalk. Available at the show was the CD “a single by ‘we, the oceanographers” containing a selection of tracks from the forthcoming album.

We, the Oceanographers debut album is now available on a limited run of 7″ Vinyl and digital download from Bandcamp.

Check out the video for “Same Old Story”, the first single from the album.


27th – Bellurgan Folk & Trad Festival – Bellurgan Park

28th – Album launch w/ Third Smoke, Dublin – Whelans


18th – Record Store Day

31st – Vantastival

Check them out on Soundcloud, Facebook and Twitter.


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