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Archive for September, 2015

Tiny Magnetic Pets ready “Stalingrad” E.P release

Tiny Magnetic Pets are set to return with “Stalingrad” a new 4 track E.P. in advance of their up-coming second album “Future Perfect?” after a successful first outing with their debut album “Return Of The Tiny Magnetic Pets” being compared to Berlin-era Bowie/Eno, Kraftwerk, Stereolab, Goldfrapp & Air.

The album received unanimous critical acclaim plus a world-wide release from Darla Records in the U.S. to Universal in the Far East. Debut single “Girl In A White Dress” was a surprise radio hit with influential U.S. DJ & tastemaker Nic Harcourt playing tracks regularly on his KCRW radio show.

Bank of Ireland invite young musicians to apply for Catherine Judge Memorial Award

The Bank of Ireland Catherine Judge Memorial Awards was created in memory of one of its employees who passed away in August 2005.

The award will be presented annually to an exceptional solo classical musician who wishes to pursue third level musical education.

The winner will receive a bursary of £5000/€6800 towards their studies and the school or society they come from will receive £1000/€1400 for the purchase of a musical instrument.

Culture 2025 | Update

Regional consultation meetings will be held in the following locations – Galway, Limerick and Kilkenny – in the
coming weeks, with the consultation process finishing with a symposium in Dublin in mid-October. The meetings have been organised in conjunction with Local Authority Arts Officers.

The aim is to have a national discourse on the role of culture in modern multicultural Ireland and what should be done to foster and develop it. This consultation process will inform and underpin the first ever National Cultural Policy – Culture 2025 – which will clearly articulate the important role of culture in our country and which will set out a road map for what we want to achieve in the cultural sector for the next 10 years leading up to 2025.

Locations for Meetings :

Galway, Town Hall Theatre – 2nd October 2015, 10am-12.30pm

Limerick, Hunt Museum – 8th October 2015, 2.30pm-5pm

Kilkenny, Parade Tower – 13th October 2015, 2.30pm-5pm (please note updated venue)

Dublin, Great Hall, Royal Hospital Kilmainham (Irish Museum of Modern Art) – Monday 19th October, 9.30am-4pm

For the full text of the discussion document, click on the following link: Culture2025

To register for an event, please click here https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YTQMNLC as places may be limited.

Submissions on Culture 2025 can be made until 31st October 2015 by email to  or in writing to:

Culture 2025
Cultural Institutions Unit
Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
New Road Killarney
Co Kerry

Philadelphia Performance of “You Raise Me Up” for US Papal Visit

Irish songwriter, Brendan Graham’s, international hit song, ” You Raise Me Up”, was performed yesterday as part of the last major event in Pope Francis’ five-day trip to the USA. The performance was delivered by Irish tenor, Anthony Kearns, outside the Philadelphia Art Museum just before the Papal Mass and was attended by almost 1 million people.

This is the second time this year that “You Raise Me Up” has been performed for Pope Francis. In January, in Manila, the song was performed to hundreds of thousands by Angeline Quinto during a Papal visit at University of Sto. Tomas.

These performances add to the social, humanitarian and political journey of “You Raise Me Up” as a song throughout the years.

IMRO and PPI Announce New Music Licensing System for Businesses in Ireland

IMRO TO UNDERTAKE MUSIC LICENSING ON PPI’S BEHALF FROM NEXT YEAR

STREAMLINED PROCESS WILL MAKE LICENSING MORE CONVENIENT FOR BUSINESSES WHICH PLAY MUSIC

24 September 2015 – The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and Phonographic Performance Ireland (PPI) today announced that starting on 1st January 2016, businesses that play music will be able to obtain a dual music licence, rather than two separate music licences from both organisations.

Cleere’s of Kilkenny Celebrating 25 Years

Cleere’s Bar and Theatre in Kilkenny is celebrating 25 years of live events this year. The venue on Parliament Street, Kilkenny was opened by John and Phyl Cleereback in 1990 and has developed a strong footing in the live music scene in Kilkenny for national and international acts.

Oracle is the 5th album from Somadrone

Irish Producer Somadrone has just released his 5th album,“Oracle”Somadrone has been making electronic music since 1997 and has toured Europe, US, Asia and Australia as member of Dublin’s cult band Redneck Manifesto and Jape.

“Headstrong” Set For Release By Robb Murphy

Robb Murphy returns with the release of the third single from his current album,“Sleep Tonight”, on 9th October. The single,“Headstrong”, follows on from the re-mastered live acoustic version of“The Darker Side” and the first single from the album, “The Mysteries of the Heart”.

London Irish Centre Appoint New CEO

The London Irish Centre (LIC) has appointed Ian McLintock as its new Chief Executive Officer, with effect from 1 December 2015. Ian will take over from Sean Kennedy, the interim CEO and member of the Board of Trustees. The appointment has been made following a highly competitive recruitment process.

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