Bantry songwriter, Pa Curran, is set to release his debut album, “Poor Man’s Clothes”, next month. The album was written and recorded at Ocean Studios in West Cork with producer, Wayne Sheehy, and is set for release in July.
Pa has just completed a successful Fund-It campaign to contribute to putting the finishing touches on the album. The lead single, “Poor Man’s Clothes”, tells the story of valuing people over possessions, a theme that resonates throughout the album. Pa’s first single, “Unintentional Hero”, was a bittersweet success for him last year when it went straight to Number 1 in the iTunes chart, putting Hozier’s “Take Me to Church” at Number 2. The single was a dedication to Pa’s close friend and fellow musician, Taidhg Burke Neff, who died tragically in 2013 and donated his organs to save the lives of seven people.
Having supported Declan O’Rourke, Ian O’Doherty, The Original Rudeboys, Niall Connolly and The Calvinists, Pa set off on a tour of the US in 2014, the highlight of which was a gig at Rockwood Music Hall and the iconic “Scratcher Sessions”.
After the release of “Poor Man’s Clothes”, Pa will be heading back to the US for a short tour in August.
Pa has reached his target on Fund-It but there’s still a bit of time to show some support at http://fundit.ie/project/pa-curran-album–single-fundit-campaign.
Irish born Declan McLaughlin (aka Decky Hedrock) has been producing under the name Sirkus Sirkuz since leaving The Japanese Popstars. Gaining success with each release and major support from many of the worlds biggest DJs and producers including Leftfield, Benny Benassi, Fake Blood, and Fatboy Slim; his career continues to be as prolific as ever. He is currently hosting the popular monthly dance show Sirkus Sirkuz Presents on RTE2FM radio, constantly releasing his own brand of tech house, as well as playing many clubs and festivals under his new moniker.
On the 30th June Sirkus Sirkuz will be releasing another EP on US based 9G Records called ‘Ghettoblaster EP’. This time, a double A-side release which features ‘Ghettoblaster’; a heavy festival banger that uses an old S’Xpress sample and also ‘Credence’; a hugely popular track in his live show over the last year. ‘Credence’ has already been BBC ATLs Track Of The Day, received much national radio airplay alongside the main title track ‘Ghettoblaster’. Both tracks have gained massive support from various well know DJs like The Flash Brothers, Eddy Temple Morris, Robbie Rivera and major radio play on stations such as XFM, 2FM, BBC Radio and more.
Then on hot on the heels of that release, Sirkus Sirkuz drops another EP called ‘Paranoid’ on the 19th July, with UK based tech house label Whartone Records run by Sonny Whartone. ‘Paranoid’ has been quite a big techno track for many DJs that got early copies and is expected to set many tongues wagging when it is released next month. The flipside is a remix coming from Deeplift.
Sirkus Sirkuz has also done some high profile remixes which will be hitting club and festival sound systems over the summer. Starting off with two massive Sirkus Sirkuz reworking of the old 1999 Cut LaRoc anthem “Freeze” which will be released on Skint Records (home of Fatboy Slim), as well as the cool Australian record label Vicious Bitch releasing two Sirkus Sirkuz remixes of Zeskullz new track “Devil” and then finally a special remix of Doorlys cover of the classic The Beloved track “Sun Rising” which will see release this summer too.
Over the past year the Sirkus Sirkuz Presents radio show has been growing in popularity and gaining major listenership on RTE 2FM (which has over 120,000+ listeners). Sirkus Sirkuz Presents is a monthly radio show dedicated to bringing the best new House, Electro and Techno music, as well as showcasing local Irish talent amongst international producers. A regular feature on the show which many producers crave, is the monthly “Serious Sound Award”. This accolade is selected from the tons new music and presented to the very best track each month. The show has become that popular that it is now syndicating out the monthly broadcast to various other independent radio stations across the UK and Europe.
You can catch Sirkus Sirkuz playing as part of the live outdoor daytime showcase of electronic music during Derrys long running Celtronic Festival on Saturday 27th June at the Craft Village.
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Location: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, off Lower Baggot Street Dublin 2
Part of the 33rd Irish Composition Summer School, this session features a panel of composers discussing the above topic, with reference to their composition practice.
A expert panel will feature composers Grainne Mulvey, Sebastian Adams, David Bremner
IMRO members are entitled to 75€ off the annual Ireland Listening Room Retreat, taking place October 4-11 on Inisheer. Over 1000 songwriters from more than 20 countries have participated in Listening Room Retreats since 2002, going on to tour, record and release songs in several countries as a direct result of the relationships established in these special weeks of ‘Community Through Co-Writing’.
The Ireland week is priced at €875. (€800. for IMRO members!), inclusive of workshops, housing, meals and local transport to and from the island from Galway. Additional savings are also possible through the Retreat Referral Program, where writers who successfully encourage new participants to attend receive an additional €100. off the event price, with monthly, interest free payments available in order to help make participation possible.
Further information is available at http://www.listeningroomretreats.com/ or by writing directly to retreats founder/leader Brett Perkins: .
“As a professional songwriter for over 25 years I have participated in, and facilitated, many writing workshops. It’s my pleasure to attest that the Listening Room retreat I attended was the most enjoyable and productive of them all.” Tom Kimmel (Johnny Cash. Shawn Colvin, Joe Cocker)
Galway three-piece, The Deans, have just recorded their latest EP, “Supply and Command”. An independent production, the band have launched a Fund-It campaign to bring the EP to completion.
Since 2009 The Deans have toured extensively throughout Europe, playing venues and festivals throughout France, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and Holland. After being sighted at the Guitare-En-Scene festival in France by the organisers of the Montreux Jazz Festival, the group were invited to perform at the 43rd anniversary of the world renowned music festival. 2011 saw the group’s first venture stateside to NYC’s lower east side, where they performed shows in The Studio at Webster Hall, Arlene’s Grocery and the prestigious Kenny’s castaways, to name but a few.
Their forthcoming EP, “Supply and Command”, will feature five tracks including the band’s recently released single, “Take it Easy”. Recorded between IMW Studios, London and a disused hotel near Paris, the underlying thread throughout the EP is reflected in the dystopian lyric of “Take it Easy” and the sombre, introspective tone of “Hollows of my Dreams”.
The release of “Supply and Command”, which is set for September, will be accompanied by a nationwide tour before The Deans return to Europe and the UK in October.
The Deans are hoping their Fund-It campaign will help towards mixing, mastering and manufacturing of the EP. You can check out their “Supply and Command” Fund-It page here: http://fundit.ie/project/funders/the-deans-ep—supply–command and keep up to date with The Deans through their Facebook page and website.
Traditional Arts Collective make a return to The Grand Social on tonight Wednesday June 24th for the first of their summer Ceilis. At the gigs the band, including seven times all Ireland flute champion Robert Harvey and rock drummer Phil Gaynor on full drum kit, plays rocking live trad music accompanied by sean nos dancers. MC Thomas McGlone calls out the moves to the dances from the floor with his Madonna style microphone. You don’t have to know anything about Ceili dancing to join in as everything is explained in full. It’s not a dance workshop though, the emphasis is all on having the craic! Groups are €7 per person and group leaders get in for free. If you require accreditation for this gig please contact Jonny 0863385402 also if you would like to be taken off this list please notify.
The following Grand Social Ceilis are on July 29th, August 26th, Sept 23rd, October 28th and December 9th.
With special guests
Paul Williams Oscar and Grammy-winning songwriter and President of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Glen Hansard Oscar-winning songwriter and composer
Featuring live performances
ASCAP and IMRO will also present a special award to Glen Hansard in recognition of the ongoing success of his music in the USA.
Date: Tuesday 14th July
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
We have a limited number of places available for this event. If you would like to attend please email your name to A member of the American Embassy staff will then contact you with an official invitation and additional details for the event.
Please include the word ‘Ambassador‘ in the subject matter line when you are sending your email.
Paul Williams is an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winning Hall of Fame songwriter. He is a recipient of The National Music Publishers President’s Award and is President and Chairman of the Board of ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).
Recognised as one of America’s most prolific and gifted lyricists and composers, Paul’s standards have been recorded by such diverse musical icons as Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Daft Punk, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughn, Johnny Mathis, The Carpenters, Luther Vandross, REM, Mel Torme, Anne Murray, Diana Krall, Gladys Knight and Diana Ross. His songs have also found favour with Country legends including Chet Atkins, Kris Kristofferson, Charlie Pride, Crystal Gayle, Lynn Anderson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Diamond Rio and Neil McCoy.
When asked which song is his favorite, Paul is quick to respond, “That’s easy! It’s “The Rainbow Connection”. It’s a thrill to hear my words interpreted by such inimitable talents as Willie Nelson, the Dixie Chicks, Sarah McLachlan, Judy Collins, Jason Mraz and Kermit the Frog!” “The Rainbow Connection”, from the children’s classic The “Muppet Movie”, is one of two Paul Williams’ songs that grace the American Film Institute’s list of the top movie songs of all time; the second, “Evergreen” is from the award winning Streisand/Kristofferson remake of A Star Is Born. Additional song scores include the cult favorites Phantom of the Paradise and Ishtar, as well as “The Muppet Christmas Carol”, “Bugsy Malone.”, and Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas, the latter of which has now been adapted for the stage. His recent work has remained wonderfully diverse, from creating and writing the songs and story for Disney’s A Muppets Christmas: Letters To Santa, to writing with the Scissor Sisters, to penning the music and lyrics for Garry Marshall’s theatrical sensation Happy Days.
Although most people came to know the witty Mr. Williams as one of Johnny Carson’s recurring favorites on The Tonight Show, or as an actor in dozens of films, television comedies and dramas, it is his musical legacy that continues to inspire. “We’ve Only Just Begun”, “Rainy Days And Mondays”, “You and Me Against The World”, “Just An Old Fashioned Love Song”,”Let Me Be The One” all remain pop classics and are performed by Paul in venues from New York to the Philippines.
Publicly lauded for his work as a songwriter, performer, actor and humanitarian, Paul predicts he’ll be remembered for playing Little Enos in the Smokey and the Bandit trilogy and for his lyrics to “The Love Boat” theme, although it is the lyrics from Bugsy Malone, recast for a recent Coke commercial, that aptly sum up his philosophy: “You give a little love and it all comes back to you; You’re gonna’ be remembered for the things that you say and do”. As a devoted husband to writer Mariana Williams and proud father, Paul considers his son Cole, and daughter Sarah, to be his best work.
Glen Hansard is an Academy Award winning singer songwriter, and principal vocalist/guitarist for the bands, The Frames and The Swell Season. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Glen quit school at age thirteen to begin “busking” around town. During these early years Glen honed his craft on the street during the day and refined it for the stage at bars and pubs at night. Many of the musicians he crossed paths with during this time would go on to become band members, collaborators and lifelong friends.
At the age of seventeen, Glen was signed to Island Records. In the same window of time he was picked play the role of Outspan Foster in the Alan Parker film, The Commitments. The film went on to huge success. After his obligations to the film were done, Glen gathered some busking friends, christened them The Frames, and recorded their debut, “Another Love Song.” Now charting over 20 years as a band, having released six full length records and logging countless miles, The Frames have established themselves as a dynamic and powerful live band that is not to be missed.
The Swell Season was born out of Glen being asked to write music for a film his friend and former band mate Jon Carney was making, originally entitled “Busker”. Re-christened, Once the movie tells the story of a guy and girl who meet, fall in love, make a record and then go their separate ways. Glen was commissioned, along with Marketa Irglova to score the movie.
Together the two wrote “Falling Slowly” which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2008. Following the success Once, The Swell Season released a follow up record, Strict Joy and have done a number of worldwide tours.
In June 2012 Glen released his over 20 years in the making debut release, Rhythm and Repose. That same month, Once the Musical, which had debuted on Broadway in March of the same year won 8 Tony’s, including Best New Musical. The musical is still running on Broadway and spent most of 2013 touring North America. In 2014 and into 2015 the musical will continue to make its way around the world. Glen is currently working on the follow up to his solo debut.
Keith Cullen is a Dublin born Singer/Songwriter, who has immersed himself in music his entire life, bred on every genre of music from big band to acoustic rock, which is evident in his own bold and dynamic songs. With a vocal range not usually heard in a male performer, Keith’s career has taken him to Dubai, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, New Zealand, Cairo, London, LA, New York, Boston, Paris and Berlin.
Currently splitting his time between LA and Dublin, Keith has recently signed a Management Deal with the legendary Phil Quartararo – Former CEO at Virgin records, Warner bros and EMI
Phil is credited with household names like Madonna, Smashing Pumpkins, Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson, Eric Clapton, and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers.
As a senior VP for Island Records Phil was instrumental in breaking U2 into the American market.
Keith has also been hand picked by Grammy award winning producer Robert Cutarella who has had hits with Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson, Air Supply, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, Dolly Parton, The Police, Elton John, Celine Dion, to name but a few,
Robert began his career as a writer/artist/producer. He produced albums for Mercury, A&M, Columbia and Buddah before beginning a six-year tenure as Director of Talent Acquisition for Chappell Music, Where he worked with Eric Clapton, The BeeGees, Pink Floyd, The Police, Elton John, R.E.M, Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne, Doc Pomus, Thom Bell, and Linda Creed. Eventually in 1985, he opened his own company, which produced worldwide hits with Celine Dion, Alice Cooper, Jennifer Rush, 38 Special, Deep Purple and more. With over 2000 recorded songs to his name and constant new discoveries he was rewarded with two Grammys and is credited with over 160 platinum selling songs. Robert is an established and dynamic force in today’s popular music business.
Keith Robert and JJ Daly have been based in the US working on his new Album and getting ready for the US market. And “ Say Something” has recently been placed in a top US Movie,
“Say Something” was written whilst Keith was in LA and has been chosen By Michael Damien for his new Smash hit movie “High Strung” featuring a stellar line up including Keenan Kampa, Nicholas Galitzine, Sonoya Mizuno, Ian Eastwood , Comfort Fedoke and the incredible Jane Seymour.
Fresh off the back of supporting Hozier, at a recent gig, Keith has said, “It’s such a privilege to be able to share my music and the stage with some incredible people. I’ve worked extremely hard in the studio for the last few years to get my music and my vocals to where they need to be and I’m so thrilled that it has been received so well by some of the most respected people in the industry.”
Songwriter and novelist, Brendan Graham, the man behind the phenomenal song You Raise Me Up and two winning Eurovision songs…Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids, and The Voice has taken a leap into filmmaking and lent his brooding, earthy voice to award winning director and producer Paddy Slattery’s latest project ‘Sojourn’.
Brendan has become ‘One of the most in-demand songwriters in the world’ (Hot Press). His songs have been performed and recorded by Josh Groban, Aretha Franklin, Westlife, Liam Neeson with the Chieftains and an array of artistes across the musical genres.
His bestselling novel ‘The Whitest Flower’ (1998) – the first of his trilogy of ‘documentary novels’ for HarperCollins – will be re-published this year with the Sunday Times, Canberra, calling it ‘An important addition to the Irish national story’.
Sojourn is a visual, musical and poetic meditation, about a writer named Aedh (Tristan Heanue) who finds a new muse. Her name is Aislinn (Nichola MacEvilly); a beautiful, playful and mischievous distraction. He falls in love hard but with his ordered lifestyle he soon struggles to quench her insatiable desires. We follow Aedh through the emotional highs and devastating lows of his sojourn.
A sneak preview of Sojourn will be held at Tullamore Library on June 18th at 8pm as part of WB Yeats inspired themed evening celebrating Yeats 150th anniversary. The evening includes a wine reception, some Yeats recitals and music by special guests Brendan Graham, Cathy Jordan, Feargal Murray and the Tullamore Rhymers’ followed by a showing of Sojourn and a Q&A with cast and crew.
Music City, the festival where everyone can play, will return to the city of Derry later this month. For the 2015 edition, the festival has been expanded to 3 days and will transform the city’s streets, venues, neighbourhoods, churches, offices and workplaces into performance spaces on the weekend of 19th – 21st June. All forms of music will be on show at Music City 2015 so whether it’s classical, country, folk, rock, trad, jazz or house music that is your favourite genre, Music City will have something for every music fan.