Based in the tiny rural town of Gortahork in County Donegal, Eve first captured the imagination of discerning Irish fans and industry alike during a trio of performances at the iconic Ruby Sessions in Dublin, an acoustic night famous for hosting the likes of Ed Sheeran and Hozier early in their careers.
Belfast based wordsmith, Malojian, announce the release of his new album ‘Southlands’ on May 18th. The highly acclaimed artist has received support throughout Ireland and the UK, securing airplay nationally and recording a session with BBC Radio 2. The first single, ‘Communion Girls’ is the perfect introduction to the album sound and gives a little taste of what you can expect from this release.
Not the first time these two artists have performed on the same stage. Cork Singer Songwriter Cormac O’Caoimh will open this very special concert having just received an excellent 4 star review in Mojo magazine, the biggest selling music mag in the world. He wil be accompanied by Martin Leahy. Following on will be world renowned Dublin based Classical Guitarist and Composer Pat Coldrick who has just released his latest album Cityjam.
Forming a tapestry of styles very different from each other but held together by the threads of creativity, artistry and vision for this instrument and lyrics by O’Caoimh, which define him in so many ways. Audiences are in for a thrilling mix of superb world class performances.
Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke selected four individuals and two organisations for this year’s honours.
Broadcaster Áine Lawlor and former Dublin football Dessie Farrell were also recognised for their contribution to the city, along with youth addiction service H.O.P.E. Hands on Peer Education and the volunteers of the Inner City Helping Homeless group.
Speaking at the award ceremony in the Mansion House, Mr Burke said “the individuals chosen deserved special thanks for their contribution to the sports, social and cultural life of Dublin, while the two groups had worked tirelessly to help those in need in their communities.”
Previous winners include writer Maeve Binchy, sports broadcaster Jimmy Magee, broadcaster Marty Whelan Dublin chief executive of Chernobyl Children International Adi Roche, Olympic gold medallist Ronnie Delany, the Capuchin Day Centre, Merchant’s Quay Ireland and St Andrew’s Resource Centre charities and singer/songwriter Imelda May
The profile of unique Irish singer songwriter Miles Graham has been steadily growing in Britain. It might have something to do with recent live performance on BBC Radio 2’s Weekend Wogan in Jan 2015 and the talented Irishman has been capturing attention on UK radio throughout since, with many top presenters including Graham Norton, Jo Whiley, Jonathan Ross, Ken Bruce giving the Dublin native regular spins on BBC Radio 2 and respectively on Cerys Matthew’s BBC Radio 6 Music show. Cerys Matthew’s saying ‘He blew me away’ on her show after attending his show at KPH, London in Feb.
Dublin band Sleep Thieves have recently announced their Irish & European tour for Spring/Summer 2015 consisting of venues and festivals.
Having recently released a video for the title track of their album the band are looking to bring their electro sound to the masses as part of their tour around Europe.
Saturday 16th May – Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland
Thursday 21st May – The Grand Social, Dublin, Ireland
Sunday 31st May – Forbidden Fruit, Dublin, Ireland
Friday 5th June – The Stillery, London, UK
Saturday 6th June – L’almentation Generate, Paris, France
Saturday 13th June – Bare in the Woods, Portarlington, Ireland
Saturday 27th June – Killarney Festival, Killarney, Ireland
Saturday 3rd July – Just Like Heaven, Padova, Italy
The 9th annual Sonic Vigil, Ireland’s primary improvisation and sound art event, is set to take place on Saturday 2nd May in St Anne’s Church, Shandon, Cork City. This year’s special guest will be Christina Kubisch, the renowned multi-award winning German composer, recordist and installation artist. Kubisch’s work spans multiple media and includes an extraordinary number of performances at many of the world’s most significant festivals, recordings on many different labels, and diverse solo exhibitions. Kubisch appears at 6 pm.
Every year since 2007, Cork has played host to Ireland’s most significant free improvisation event. SONIC VIGIL brings together outstanding improvisers, sound artists and field recordists from Ireland and abroad in a multi-hour celebration of cutting-edge, radical sonic experimentation. 18 remarkable musicians are placed into a randomly-generated timetable, producing instant, unknowable and unexpected interactions: sounds of kaleidoscope beauty, teetering on a tantalising abyss of risk make for an immersive, mesmerising and ever-evolving experience.
Hein Schoer, musician and soundscaper and developer of the remarkable Sounding Museum – a trans-cultural exploration of the sonic identity of our world – appears at 4 pm.
The event takes place from 2pm to 8pm. Audience members are free to come and go as they please, and are invited in amongst the musicians, encouraging an exploratory approach to hearing and allowing an exceptional sense of intimacy that breaks down performer/audience divides. Unparalleled anywhere in Ireland or abroad, SONIC VIGIL displays an approach to performance and sound that is unique, extraordinary and inspiring.
Sonic Vigil is supported by Cork City Council, Gruenrekorder and the Goethe Institute. Sonic Vigil 9 is managed by Danny McCarthy, Mick O’Shea, Karen Power, Irene Murphy and John Godfrey.
Sonic Vigil 9 features Arif Ayab, David Bremner, Mikael Fernstrom, John Godfrey, Paul Hegarty, Anthony Kelly, Danny McCarthy, miXile, Harry Moore, Irene Murphy, Katie O’Looney, Mick O’Shea, Robin Parmar, Karen Power, Caroline Pugh, Nick Roth, David Stalling, Sean Taylor.
Following on from their recent addition to the Ed Sheeran Croke Park line-up this summer, Bell X1 have announced a very special acoustic tour this October. Tickets are now on sale from all the usual outlets.
Paul, Dave and Dom have been busy in the studio recording their 7th album. This will be the follow up to 2013’s much acclaimed Chop Chop, which was their third Number 1, and their fourth consecutive album to be nominated for a Choice Music Prize Album of the Year.
Much of this tour finds them returning to some of Ireland’s most-cherished music venues with a few new special stops added in.
You can catch Bell X1 live this October in the following locations:
October Acoustic Tour Dates
Thu 1st – Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge
Fri 2nd – INEC Acoustic Room, Killarney
Sat 3rd – Cork Opera House, Cork
Sun 4th – Debarras, Clonakilty
Thu 8th – Town Hall Theatre, Galway
Fri 9th – Backstage Theatre, Longford
Sat 10th – Theatre Royale, Waterford
Thu 15th – Spirit Store, Dundalk
Fri 16th – Belfast (venue TBA)
Sat 17th – The Guildhall, Derry
Sun 18th – Balor Theatre, Ballybofey
Thu 22nd – Set Theatre, Kilkenny
Fri 23rd – Spiegeltent, Wexford
Sat 24th – Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick
Sun 25th – National Concert Hall, Dublin
Fri 30th – Glor Theatre, Ennis
Sat 31st – Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo
The first instalment of the 13th series of Other Voices reached a conclusion last night on RTÉ 2 with a performance by Booka Brass Band in the IMRO Other Room. Booka Band only formed in 2012 but have had a string of successful live performances since then, earning the respect of their peers in the music industry in Ireland as well as the adoration of their live audiences. A successful 2014 saw the band perform at Electric Picnic, Glastonbury, main stage at Body and Soul, as well as play with Imelda May, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, The Hot 8 Brass Band and collaborate with artists like Lisa Hannigan, James Vincent McMorrow and Paul Noonan. So far 2015 has seen them release their debut EP “BBB” and embark on an Irish tour including a headline show at Dublin’s Vicar Street. The world stage awaits for Booka Band this summer as they look towards Europe and the UK.
Episode 1 of this season’s Other Voices saw Dublin electronic three-piece, Cloud Castle Lake, in the IMRO Other Room. The band have just finished their first tour of Ireland and the UK, which followed the release of their latest single “Glacier”. Despite only having released one EP (Dandelion) and a single to date, Cloud Castle Lake have managed to build a loyal following with recent support slots under their belt for Glasser, Lisa Hannigan and Ultraísta.
The Rusangano Family headed up the IMRO Other Room for Episode 2. Formerly known as Godknows + mynameisjOhn, they have rapidly become one of the most electrifying souls in music in Ireland. Godknows was the founding member of Shannon’s ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ collective, his unique MC fusion of grime, rap and spoken word has firmly established him as one of the most formidable front-men in the country. mynameisjOhn grew up on the cold hard streets of Ennis in the West of Ireland. He’s released 3 solo EPs, which both reference his gra for a dollop of hiphop, electronica, psych rock and straight up paranoia. Rusangano/Family is an 11 track album that cements the duo’s ongoing collaborative adventures.
Series 13 of Other Voices is presented by Aidan Gillen (well known for his roles in Game of Thrones, Charlie, The Wire), joined by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens.
Other Voices is renowned for introducing new artists and bands, interviewing established performers in an in-depth way and providing a platform for unique performances. It has wide viewership in major Irish tourist markets.
Other Voices is supported by RTÉ, FáilteIreland, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and IMRO.
We look forward to catching performances from Somerville, Staring at Lakes and Ye Vagabonds in the IMRO Other Room when Other Voices returns for the second instalment of Series 13 later this Summer.
Irish artists, LIZ MADDEN (Vocalist/Songwriter/Producer) and FIONAN DE BARRA (Guitarist/Producer) have just been nominated for this years New Mexico Music Awards. Their arrangement and production of the original song “White Willow” written by Liz Madden and Katie Carpenter (of the Irish duo JEZZEBELLE), has been nominated in the Folk category. The awards take place on May 30th in Albuquerque, New Mexico. “White Willow” is taken from Madden’s new album LEGACY which has just been released on the Valley Entertainment label.
Liz and Katie are having great success with their songwriting collaboration, winning Best Irish Entry and Runner up in last years International Song of Peace contest and making the final of the 2014 Christie Hennessy Song Contest.