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Marc O’Reilly Signs Worldwide Publishing Deal with Fintage Music International

Irish folk and blues troubadour, Marc O’Reilly, has just been signed on a worldwide publishing and neighbouring rights deal with Fintage Music International. The Netherlands-based publishing company represent an extensive list of international artists and Grammy Award winners including Jason Mraz, Tori Amos and Jack Savoretti.

Marc O’Reilly has self released two albums to date, ‘Human Herdings’ and ‘My Friend Marx’ and has toured extensively over the past few years. He will now be jointly managed between JawdropperManagement in Ireland and Red Light Management in the US, who also look after artists like Alabama Shakes, Dave Matthews Band and Kaiser Chiefs.

For details on Marc’s upcoming tour dates, check out his website at or follow him on Facebook  and Twitter.

Jupe set to ignite the UK with new single “Rocket”

Rocket, the lead single from JUPE offers an explosion of modern pop, ensuring its place in the UK arena this year.

Following chart-topping success on home soil, the 5-piece band are setting the music scene on fire with their once in a lifetime sound and their mesmerising live shows which is carving their name into the global music scene.

Hozier,Little Green Cars & Wyvern Lingo set for Belsonic show

Hozier returns to Belfast on Monday August 24th to headline BELSONIC at Custom House Square. The Irish singer, songwriter & multi instrumentalist shot to international success in 2014 following the release of Grammy nominated single “Take Me To Church”, which was a number one single in 12 countries. This rare Irish headline show will be a relatively intimate one for one of the most in-demand live acts of the moment. His intense 2015 summer concert schedule includes festivals across Europe, USA & Australia, as well as a coveted headline slot at Dublin’s Longitude festival in Marlay Park.

New Music Collection from Cian Ó Cíobháin’s An Taobh Tuathail show

An Taobh Tuathail Vol 7 is the latest collection of underground music from the radio programme of the same name presented by Cian Ó Cíobháin on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. It can be downloaded for free from from today, 20 July, for 4 months.

An Taobh Tuathail aims to bring listeners the very best in new underground music, and Cian Ó Cíobháin has made it his life’s mission to seek out and broadcast music that is consistently overlooked by other stations, and bring it to his loyal listeners.

International Songwriting Competition (ISC) Announces 2015 Judges

Kesha, Boyz II Men, Moby, Pat Metheny, Lorde, Tom Waits, Sara Evans, Bastille, Avicii, Daddy Yankee, Casting Crowns, And Many More To Judge ISC 

Called “the songwriting competition to take note of” by the prestigious New York Times,” the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) today announced its esteemed panel of judges for the 2015 competition. The panel includes many iconic, high-profile recording artists, as well as Presidents and CEOs from Atlantic, Epic, Elektra, Sony Music Latin, Warner Bros., Tommy Boy, Wind-Up, Alligator, Concord Music Group, and more. Designed to nurture the musical talent of songwriters on all levels and promote excellence in the art of songwriting, ISC offers the opportunity for songwriters to have their music heard by some of the most influential decision-makers in the industry. ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (shared among 68 winners) including an overall Grand Prize consisting of $25,000 (US) cash and $30,000 in merchandise and services. In addition to prizes, winners gain recognition, press, kudos, and more career opportunities. Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, ISC offers 22 categories to enter, representing all genres of popular music. More information on entering ISC can be found at

Last year’s ISC Grand Prize winner, Australian singer/songwriter Vance Joy, was honored for his memorable hit song, “Riptide.” In a statement, Joy said, “It is such an honor to win this songwriting prize. Writing songs is what gives me purpose, and I’m proud to receive this award.” The winning song “Riptide” turned out to be the song that launched Joy’s career worldwide and has since become a classic. He is currently on a six-month tour supporting Taylor Swift.

Joy is one of many winners who have included artists such as Bastille; Gotye; Lindsey Stirling; Kimbra; The Band Perry; Andrew Bird; Passenger; Gin Wigmore; Missy Higgins; King Charles; For King And Country; and more. The complete list of 2015 judges includes: Recording Artists Kesha; Tom Waits; Bill Withers; American Authors; Lorde; Pat Metheny; Sara Evans; Bastille; Casting Crowns; Keb Mo; Avicii; Boyz II Men; Bill Withers; Keane; Hardwell; Robben Ford; Danilo Perez; Moby; Jon Secada; Daddy Yankee; Afro Celt Sound System; Anthony Hamilton; Gerald Casale (Devo); Sean Paul; Justin Townes Earle; Hawk Nelson; Jean-Luc Ponty; Shakey Graves; Darryl McDaniels (Run D.M.C.); Chayanne; Joy Williams; Matt Maher; Art Alexakis (Everclear); Far East Movement; Femi Kuti; and more to be announced.

Industry Executives: Craig Kallman (Chairman/CEO, Atlantic Records); Sylvia Rhone (President, Epic Records); Dan McCarroll (President, Warner Bros. Records); Jeff Castelaz (President, Elektra Records); Nir Seroussi (President, Sony Music Latin); Daniel Glass (President, Glassnote Records); Ed Vetri (President, Wind-Up Records); Rosie Lopez (President, Tommy Boy Entertainment); Glen Barros (President, Concord Music Group); Bryan Stewart (VP of A&R, Curb Records); Jason McArthur (VP of A&R, Provident Label Group / Sony Music Entertainment); Bruce Iglauer (Founder/President, Alligator Records); Edward Chmelewski (President, Blind Pig Records); Sharon Tapper (Head of Publishing, Glassnote Records); Kevin Welk (Chief Creative, Vanguard/Sugar Hill Records); Angel Carrasco (President, Discos 605); Steve Lillywhite (Producer); Joseph Burney (VP of A&R, RCA Inspiration/Sony Music Entertainment); Richard Stumpf (CEO, Atlas Publishing); Steve Greenberg (CEO, S-Curve Records); Kim Buie (VP of A&R, New West Records); Albert Schilcher (VP of Music and Music Marketing, MTV International); Jamie Masada (Owner, Laugh Factory); Cyndi Nelson (General Mgr., Zanies Comedy Club); Cory Robbins (Founder/President, Robbins Entertainment); Gary Briggs (A&R Executive); Claire S. Green (President, Parents’ Choice Foundation); Leib Ostrow (Founder/CEO, Music For Little People); Julie Kertes (General Manager, National Parenting Publications Awards, NAPPA); Nate Dern (News Editor, Funny Or Die News); Wende Curtis (Owner, Comedy Works); and more to be announced.

Biggest ever TechXplore set to ‘tech’ Belfast forward

Third year of TechXplore gets underway on 3rd September 2015.

Now in its third year, the biggest ever TechXplore event was launched today and sees an unparalleled list of speakers from the US, UK and Ireland gather in Belfast on 3rd September for the digital technology event. Set to ‘tech’ Belfast forward, TechXplore offers those attending unlimited access to global experts in digital start-ups, music tech, media tech, health tech and a range of investors. Bespoke workshops with global experts will also be available to limited numbers of attendees. The day will be rounded off by Northern Ireland’s first ever dedicated TechCabaret full of comedy, tweets and quizzes for geeks.

TechXplore organiser and partner at MW Advocate, Carl Whyte was joined by event partners Edel Mullan from Belfast City Council and Kathryn Walls from Mills Selig to launch the event today at Belfast City Hall. Speakers confirmed so far include leading music industry figure and investor Jon Vanhala, US publishing expert Amanda Hale, Storyful Managing Editor Áine Kerr and digital music guru Bill Campbell. This will be Bill and Amanda’s first visit to Belfast. A range of local firms and participants will also be speaking and TechXplore favourite and BBC The Apprentice Tweeter David Levin will also be dropping in. The event will be compered by BBC Panorama’s Declan Lawn.

“TechXplore is now Belfast’s largest home-grown technology event and this year offers an unmatched number of speakers and events including multiple opportunities to meet industry experts and investors. 2015’s event also includes Belfast’s first ever TechCabaret showcasing a tech take on traditional Belfast comedy and music,” said Carl.

“The event is now Belfast’s largest and best-value home-grown technology event and has the sole aim of helping and inspiring people across Belfast, the UK and Ireland to bring their tech ideas to the world. We’ve developed an exciting and affordable day and event which anyone with an interest in technology can afford to attend,” he added.

Councillor Deirdre Hargey, Chair of the City Growth and Regeneration Committee at Belfast City Council who are the event’s principal partner said: “The Council is committed to promoting start-ups, supporting growth, encouraging innovation and promoting Belfast as a dynamic business location.

“TechXplore plays a vital part in allowing local companies to learn from and build connections with national and international experts within the tech industry. It is also significant in supporting those who work here to access global markets.”

Kathryn Walls, Director at Mills Selig, event partner said: “Mills Selig works with a range of technology companies across Northern Ireland and we’re delighted to see so many prominent speakers at this year’s TechXplore. Building a vibrant technology start-up and business network is vital if Belfast  and Northern Ireland is to compete on the global market and events like this allow people here to access global expertise.”

Full details of the programme can be found at where tickets can also be purchased.


Panellist Biogs

Amanda Hale, Talking Points Memo


Amanda Hale is Vice-President, Advertising & Creative Solutions at Talking Points Memo where she manages, SHIFT@TPM, TPM’s in-house creative and content studio. She was previously Advertising Director at The Nation, where she created and launched a successful bi-partisan business partnerships with National Review called The Purple Network. Coverage of projects she has managed has appeared in Ad Week, Folio, Digiday, Media Industry News and Slate.

Áine Kerr, Storyful


Áine Kerr is Managing Editor of Storyful; the first social media news agency in the world. She was formerly Head of Content and Political Editor with the company. She is an experienced online and print journalist who covered Irish current affairs and politics for seven years with The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner and The Irish Independent. She is also an experienced media commentator on TV and radio and a lecturer in online journalism with Dublin Business School.

Jon Vanhala, Crossfade Partners


Jon Vanhala returns to Belfast after a successful turn on the Investor panel at TechXplore 2014. This year he will  focus on his first love, Music. Having started his career at Universal Music, Jon went on to become Senior Vice President at Island Def Jam Music Group. He now works with start-ups, with a particular interest in music, whether it’s new bands or apps.

Bill Campbell, Barefoot Media


Bill has over 25 years experience in the music industry. He started in the mail room and worked his way up to Senior VP for Digital Business Development at Sony Music. Bill then set up Barefoot Media LLC and works with start-ups including a number of new streaming services.

Emerging star George Hutton releases Wexford duo’s “My Beautiful”

george huttonMy Beautiful, a song written by Wexford duo John Kinsella and Fergal O’Byrne was released by emerging star George Hutton in Dublin last week and went straight to Number 1 in the Irish and UK iTunes Easy Listening Charts. George Hutton has just finished starring in RTE’s Exiles: Vancouver show and was a massive hit with audiences. George is set for a stellar singing career and his voice has previously been heard in internationally renown Anúna and his has performed with Hozier and Glen Hansard.

The Secret of Bluesun’s Success

Eclipsing the Irish Download Charts from 10 to 8 to 7 in the space of 5 Days!

Brew (founder/singer/songwriter/guitarist) of Bluesun always had a fascination for other cultures.  Having hailed from 3 himself: Born in New York, from an African Father and a Filipino Mother, he always sought musicians from different backgrounds and found his answer to his journey with Phil Conway on Lead Guitar from Dublin, Alex Kent on Bass/Keyboards from Romania and Carlos Alves on Drums from Brazil.  The band seems to be proving themselves by going into the Top 10 and reaching number 7 within 5 days.  blue sun

Brew explains: “Yes, it was a surprise to all of us to get into the ReverbNation download charts as we’re just ordinary guys, who all work for a living, but I’m sure being an international band adds something to our sound and proves we’re doing something right….”  All the guys in Bluesun are very level headed, and are keeping their feet on the ground, – “but to us, our music is our release from everyday life, and with our single Scraping climbing the charts we can only thoroughly thank our fans who have stuck with us in the good and bad times; they’ve been very loyal, and it’s a total gas for all of us… they are the whole reason we accomplished this” concludes Brew.  Not knowing where they will end up, one thing we know is this is the best line up of Bluesun ever.

White Boys release new ‘Stylin’ single

stylinAttending recording sessions with Earth, Wind & Fire…..tracking vocals in LA with producer, G1 (R Kelly, Snoop Dogg) and engineer, Tommy D Daugherty (Death Row Records, 2Pac)…..collaborating with Michael Jackson’s long-time bassist – just a snapshot of 2014 for White Boys, hailing from Cork, Ireland.

And the boys have already hit 2015 hard with their track ‘Family Values’ – a funk remix taking sound bites from a recent Vincent Brown debate, which has gone viral – being picked up by,, The Rubber Bandits, Panti Bliss as well as 2FM, Today FM, 98FM and Red FM in Cork.

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