Paul Byrne has released a video to accompany his work ‘How To Come Back To You’ taken from his album ‘Cruel & Tender Ways’.
Paul Byrne first came onto the music scene as the young drummer for Dublin new wave band Deaf Actor in 1979 with Conor Brady and Jack Dublin. Deaf Actor were one of Dublin’s lesser known but well rated post-punk bands of their time playing many landmark gigs and venues.
In 1983 Paul was a founder member of the internationally successful rock band In Tua Nua with other local musicians Ivan O’Shea, Martin Clancy and Steve Wickham. It was in the pursuit of a singer that Paul came across a young Sinead O’Connor. O’Connor was singing solo at his sister, Jeannette’s, wedding. Paul worked with Sinead and recorded some early demos’.
In Tua Nua’s debut single was the very first release on U2’s own ‘Mother Records’ label (mother001) and was an instant hit in Ireland. Following a brief signing to Island records, they were eventually signed to Virgin Records in 1986. The band toured extensively in Europe and the US as supports to U2,Simple Minds and Bob Dylan to name a few. The band had their US breakthrough in 1988 with their second album on Virgin Records ‘The Long Acre’ on which Paul sang the title track. By this stage he had forged a writing partnership with guitarist Martin Clancy. Paul also co-wrote a few songs with Jack Dublin for the album.
When ITN broke up in 1989, Paul continued writing with his ITN co-writer Martin Clancy. amongst others performing and writing in bands such asSugar Candy Mountain & The Texas Kellys, The Black Romantics,Jeanette Byrne. Paul was also involved in the creation of Optophonic, Phonic Recording Studios and the I-NV-U Record Label.
After a lifetime of writing, producing, managing and generally helping everyone else’s careers, it was time for Paul to come out of the shadows. So in late 2013 he decided to put together a collection of songs and record them with the help of Conor Brady. The songs span the last 25 years but the first single is one of Paul’s most recent compositions ‘I’ve Got You’.
The award was presented at the ASCAP Foundation’s 20th annual Award Ceremony in New York in December, and was a result of Stefan’s involvement in the ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop in Los Angeles in July. Stefan was only one of twelve composers chosen from over 300 applicants.
A number of film scoring professionals such as John Powell, Richard Bellis,Bear McCreary and Dennis Sands among others were involved in the tuition of the twelve applicants, imparting knowledge across hundreds of scoring projects. The culmination of this workshop saw Stefan composing, orchestrating and conducting an original cue on the Newman Scoring Stage at 20th Century Fox with the Hollywood Studio Symphony.
Speaking to IFTN a couple of days ago about winning the award, Stefan French said: “To gain this kind of recognition from people who are so highly respected within the film music industry is highly motivating and encouraging, and I am extremely grateful.”
French’s upcoming projects include ‘I Live For You’, directed by Monika Wesley and produced by Sobini Films, is beginning its festival run in the US early this year.
New Valley Wolves have released their new single ‘Eyes on Me’.
The band describe the song as being about ‘the intoxicating power of attraction. It’s about recognising and revelling in the knowledge that another human being finds you sexy as f***. We’ve all experienced it, a fleeting moment in a crowded pub, eye contact lingering across a dance floor, when you know someone is checking you out and digging what they see. It makes us feel like titans, kings, queens and conquering badasses. It makes us feel powerful. This is a good feeling. A feeling that ‘Eyes on Me’ recreates. Turn it on.’
Musicians & Songwriters Collective Dublin Presents Duos At Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival 2016.
The Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival will host a ‘Dublin’ stage featuring members of the Musicians & Songwriters Collective Dublin.
Thursday March 3rd at The Festival Centre in the Clayton Hotel (Syrian Concert Room at 6pm)
Three by Two , six voices, twelve eyes and fifteen songs to stir your soul. Writing & performing partnerships forged in the Furnace Of Life. You’ll experience the music, hear the stories behind the songs, discover what makes partnerships successful.
Tony & Rhiannah.
Tony Floyd Kenna (Dublin) & Rhiannah Warm (Bangor) present their unique blend of Blues, Rock ‘n Country.
Jim ‘n Jimmy.
Mick Brady (Dublin) & Chris Burke (Dublin) lay down the groove with Americana and catchy Rock tunes.
Mick site – http://www.linsfortmusic.com/home.html
Jo-Jo O’ & The Woods.
Jo Jo O’Donoghue ( Canada/Dublin) & Rylan Woods (Canada/Dublin) captivate with smooth Soulful Blues.
The 2016 Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival takes place in Ballydehob from June 17 to 19 this year with a huge range of performers already confirmed to take part.
Among those appearing this year will be Matt Cranitch and Jackie Daly, Richard Grainger, Baggrinkle Shanty Group, Steve Turner, Jim Mageean, Pat Sheridan, Dick Miles, Jim Bainbridge, Andrew Mackay and Carole Etherton, Andy Kenna, Rattlesnake County, Hookes and Crookes and Monkeys Fist, Hytteu Norwegian Male Choir The Cork Singers’ Club and many many more.
A highlight of the festival is the Maritime song competition which is sponsored by IMRO, with cash prizes totaling 250 euros. Entrants must perform their song live in Ballydehob on Sat June 18 2016 Songwriters may enter the competition by emailing moc.liamg@77selimkcid. Closing date by email is midnight 14 June an closing date by conventional post is 10th June. All entries must be posted to Richard Miles Cooragurteen, Ballydehob, County Cork, Ireland.
Interested Songwriters may also turn up at the festival and must have legible copies of songs for the competition given to the judges at the commencement of the competition.
The final single release from the acclaimed The Moon Loses Its Memory album is a double A-side. It makes no sense any more but it’s being done anyways. The songs collectively showcase the two different sides to the album (the quirky off kilter “moon loses its memory” and the softer haunting “thirst & water”)
To celebrate the release of a new single Cormac will be joined by Martin Leahy for a special gig in L’Atitude, the old Lobby bar. The last time Cormac and Martin played together was for an ambitious and successful gig in Triskel Christchurch so it is a fantastic opportunity to catch them in a more intimate setting.
Cormac will then play solo gigs in Ballymore Eustace and the DC music club in Dublin in March.
Feb 25th: L’Atitude, Cork (with Martin Leahy on drums/bass)]
Feb 26th: Release date of the singles
March 7th: Mick Murphys, Ballymore Eustace, Kildare
March 11th: DC Music Club, Dublin
You can listen (and download for free) the two songs here:
The songs on the new single (due for release February 26th are The Moon Loses Its Memory and Thirst & Water. Here is what people had to say about the two songs.
The Moon Loses Its Memory
“Shades of Paddy McAloon or Martin Stephenson in its giddy, charming major seventh melody and brilliant wrongfooting tempo” – We Are Noise
“off-kilter time-signatures and jerky melody, recalls Cork outfit Microdisney at their left-field finest” – Hot Press
“Potent” – Folkwords
“a quirky start-stop affair which is very different and demands attention” – Musician.ie
“has a certain avant garde feel to it with the frequent ralls and complex guitar riffs.” – Independent Music Review
“indie-pop reminiscent of Field Music” – Golden Plec
“could almost be a piece by Pink Floyd’s lost man Sid Barrett just before he finally lost his way” – Fatea Magazine
“undeniable explosive nature ..a mastery of Jazz Bossa and Irish folk..take you on a jazzy and poppy ride” – Sphere Music
Thirst & Water
“The song washes over you in waves, and the lyrics have a beautiful melancholic aspect” – Celebrity Café
“poignant” – Musician.ie
“Cormac’s solo guitar pieces really give the song the feeling that we are not just listening to his songs, we are experiencing his story, practically standing by his side watching the story unfold” – GiggingNI.com
“gorgeously melodic” – Hot Press
“a warm folksy masterpiece with guitar and vocals standing out in the mix, and featuring Aoife Regan on backing and harmonising vocals. This is a song that will remain with the listener long after it has ended” – Whisperin and hollerin
“sweet melody and a haunting chorus” – Independent Music Review
“Reminiscent at times of Martin Stephenson.. a tour de force” – Americana UK
“haunting. Effortlessly charming” – Songwriter Magazine
Cormac O Caoimh & Martin Leahy. Photo by Dark Hearts Photography. Location: Triskel Christchurch
CORMAC O CAOIMH
Cormac O Caoimh is due to release a double A-side from the “The Moon Loses Its Memory” album. The album has already been featured and received excellent reviews in MOJO MAGAZINE, The Sunday Times, The Daily Star, Hot Press, The Ticket and many many more. He has done live sessions and interviews on RTE Radio 1, NEwstalk, KCLR to name but a few and all 14 songs of the cd have already received airplay on national stations in the UK and Ireland and across Europe. And his last gig (his most ambitious to date) he played with Martin Leahy in the Triskel Christchurch, a wonderfully successful double headlining gig with guitarist Pat Coldrick.
Other Voices is back with one of the most diverse and exciting series to date. The 14th season of the renowned music show, filmed on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, will return to RTÉ 2 on Saturday 23rd of January 2016 at 11:15 PM.
Other Voices is known for introducing audiences to the most hotly tipped, exhilarating new artists each year and with performances from musicians such as Jack Garratt, Lapsley, Little Simz, Otherkin, The Academic andMahalia, this series is no different.
Grammy nominee Glen Hansard will make a welcome return to the show and for the first time Mercury Prize nominee Gaz Coombes (Supergrass) will take to the stage in St. James’ Church. The new series also features a performance from the ever elusive Keaton Henson and Minnesota based slow-core innovators Low. Also from the US, Shakey Graves will take to the stage and the spellbinding performance from the wonderful Ane Brun is one not to be missed. (Full schedule below).
As always, the IMRO Other Room will showcase five promising artists on the rise – Talos, HAWK, Bitch Falcon, Gavin Glass and Saint Sister. Viewer’s Choice Saramai will feature in an Other Voices Other Room special later in the year.
In other exciting news, Other Voices is thrilled to announce the return ofAnnie Mac (BBC RADIO 1, AMP, Lost & Found) on presenting duties. Annie will join music aficionado Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1) and Fight Like Apes’ lead singer May Kay (Mary Kate Geraghty) to host the five new episodes.
“Musicians responded with voltage to the challenge of Storm Desmond. The new series of Other Voices features songs and music full of heart and soul from the most amazing collection of musicians and artists ever to visit Dingle. The town was full to over flowing, lit up in darkest December by vagabonds, troubadours, rappers and tune merchants of every stripe.” Philip King, Executive Producer, Other Voices.
Fans of Other Voices living outside of Ireland can watch the show by downloading the RTE International Player App for free.
Follow OtherVoicesLive on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube for up to date information and live performances. Hashtags: #OtherVoices #WildAtlanticWay
Other Voices TX dates
Episode 1 / 23rd January 2015
IMRO Other Room – Bitch Falcon
Episode 2 / 30th January 2015
IMRO Other Room – Talos
Episode 3 / 6th Feb 2015
IMRO Other Room – Saint Sister
Episode 4 / 13th Feb 2015
IMRO Other Room – HAWK
Episode 5 / 20th Feb 2015
Bleeding Heart Pigeons
IMRO Other Room – Gavin Glass
Other Voices Podcast: https://soundcloud.com/other-voices-live
Other Voices is supported by RTÉ2, the Wild Atlantic Way, Lonely Planet, IMRO, CPL Resources PLC, The Ireland Funds and The Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
Date: Wednesday 27th January | 5:30pm
Location: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Lwr Baggot St, Dublin 2
As part of their Business of Music Seminar Series and in association withTemple Bar TradFest, IMRO host a music industry panel on international touring for live artists. Hear insights on the practical elements of taking your music overseas from the line-up of experienced music industry professionals:Patrick Boyle (Milwaukee Irish Fest), Anita Daly (Daly Communications),Cathy Jordan (Dervish), Martin Nolan (MPI Bands & Essential Artists) andPaddy McPoland (Tour Manager for The High Kings).
Featuring a special guest performance by The Carty Sisters.
Free entry | Bookings via IMRO at ei.ormi@stneve or by calling 01 661 4844.
In association with Temple Bar TradFest
Daly Communications is a key player in niche marketing in the US entertainment business.
The company thrives on its ability to pinpoint audiences and create marketing campaigns geared specifically to the desired consumer. With over 30 years in the entertainment industry, The Company’s President, Anita Daly, has been part of various groundbreaking trends.
Daly Communications specializes in public relations for record releases, artist tour marketing, radio promotion, Internet marketing via all social media sites, advertising buys, event planning and more. They perform direct marketing via alternative and regional media, email blasts through their data base of over 14,000 contacts, blogs and outreach by local street teams.
Their specialty of concentration is Celtic, Folk/Americana, Blues and Gospel and World Music but is open to work with any genre.
Clients have included Celtic Woman, The Pogues, The Chieftains, Andrea Bocelli, Ravi Shankar, The Saw Doctors, The High Kings, King Sunny Ade, Sarah Brightman, Moya Brennan, Big Country, The Irish Tenors, Paul Winter. Corporate clients include Live Nation, HBO, A&E, PBS, Sony and Universal. The company has received many Gold and Platinum records for CD and DVD units sold.
Daly Communications has partnered with Cosmic Trigger, an independent record label, for which they produced the highly praised compilation, ‘Together For Christmas: A Contemporary Celtic Christmas Collection’ and Finbar Furey’s self-titled album.
Anita is a founding member of Women in Music, a long time member of the Irish Business Organization of NY and a voting member of the Irish America Hall of Fame based in Chicago. Daly Communications has voluntarily mentored many students from business colleges in NY and abroad. Anita has won numerous awards including ‘Most Influential Business Women’ and the ‘Irish American Small Business Excellence Award.’
International Tour Manager for the following artists over the past few years – he High Kings, Clannad, Sinead O’Connor, Imelda May, James Vincent McMorrow and The Stunning He is currently employed full-time by The High Kings handing all their International Touring activities and day-to-day affairs.
Martin Nolan is runs MPI Bands out of Dublin Ireland as Band Management Company and Booking Agency specialising in touring bands in Ireland and worldwide, He also runs Essential Artists a Booking Agency out of Nashville touring bands across North America.
MPI Bands Manage Trad Band Altan, Singers Frances Black and Luka Bloom and are Co- Managers of guitar band Raglans. On the Agency side, MPI represents Keith Barry, Sharon Shannon, Shane Mac Gowan, The High Kings, Mary Black, Paul Brady, We Banjo 3, Socks in the Frying Pan, Mary Coughlan, The Saw Doctors, The King Kong Club, The Original Rudeboys.MPI also works with The Coronas, Hermitage Green and have booked shows for international acts like Fun Lovin Criminals, Happy Mondays.
The US arm of the business represents The High Kings, Sharon Shannon, Tommy Fleming, Socks in the Frying Pan, Jig Jam and Grammy Award Winning Alison Brown.
Martin graduated from Trinity College and in the late 90’s and spent some time interning with a Booking Agency LWP before setting up a company with Michael O Connor who had, had success with Boy Band OTT. In 2004 Martin created MPI and set about building a team of people to expand the company including Michael Lennox who had been a member of the band Power of Dreams. In 2007, with the help of Lennox, MPI expanded into the Wrestling Market producing many very successful arena tours around Europe. Over the years MPI began building partnerships around the world to open up new markets for its artists. The roster continued to expand and MPI have booked shows across 5 continents. In 2013 they opened up their US office initially to book Irish bands in the US and are slowly expanding to add US bands to its roster.
Patrick joined the Milwaukee Irish Fest family in 2012. Patrick has over sixteen years of successful executive level non–profit and public sector management experience working with a wide range of people, including volunteers, sponsors, government agencies and elected officials, musicians, artists, teachers, community organizations, non-profit board members and the general public. He has extensive background in strategic planning, fund development, finance, programming, volunteer management, board governance, personnel management and marketing.
He has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Anthropology.
Beyond his professional experience, Patrick has a deep passion for Irish music and exploring and celebrating his Irish and Irish-American heritage.
Cathy Jordan was born in Scramogue, County Roscommon, the youngest of seven children. Her love for traditional singing and music in general was instilled at a young age and music and song was abundant in her house as she grew up. Her parents were both singers as were her siblings and Cathy herself had a repertoire at the age of three. Along side traditional music, Cathy was exposed to lots of other types of music from the vast collection of recordings found in her house that had been sent for relations in America. She began singing publicly at all kind of Feiseanna and concerts as a child and at secondary school got chosen for lead rolls in musical performances at her school in Laensboro Co Longford, she was Dorothy, in the Wizard of Oz, Ado Annie in Oklahoma and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. On weekends Cathy performed at a wide range of functions from christenings to weddings and played in numerous bands throughout the midlands winning The Longford Leader entertainer of the year in 1985. After finishing school in 1988 Cathy kept herself surrounded by music and worked as a radio DJ on two radio stations, Elphin Radio and Independent Radio Longford as well as playing numerous gigs at the weekends. She became a pastry chef in 1989 but it was always a means to an end and she could never give up on her first love, that of music. She is a self taught guitar, bodhran, bones and bouzouki player. In 1991 Cathy joined Sligo based traditional group Dervish and started her recording career with the Dervish album “Harmony Hill” to huge critical acclaim. This saw Cathy returning to her roots of traditional music and song and sparked off a musical journey which has spanned over 2 decades. During that time Cathy has been the front woman and bodhran player with the group and has led them through thousands of concerts in hundreds of cities in nearly 40 countries. Some of the more memorable of these were playing at the Great Wall of China, the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem and at the biggest rock music festival in the world – Rock in Rio to over 250 thousand people. In 2000 Cathy had the honor of singing with the National Concert Orchestra as part of a show called ‘Waves’ composed by Charlie Lennon and conducted by Prionnsias O Duinn.
From 1991 to 2007 Cathy performed and co produced 7 Dervish albums
- Harmony Hill
- Playing with Fire
- At the end of the Day
- Live in Palma
- Midsummers night
- Healing heart
In 2007 Cathy and Dervish were asked to preform on the longest running radio show in the US – The prairie home Companion hosted by Garrison Keillor to and estimated 2 million listeners across America. From there they journed to China with Taoiceach at the time, Bertie Ahern, to represent Irish music and culture at a trade expo to enhance business relations between Ireland and China. Later that same year Cathy and the group released their eighth studio album, “Traveling Show” which saw them dip their toe very successfully into a more contemporary sound. For years Cathy collected her repertoire of songs from various sources, from old recordings, manuscripts and the traditional archives to older singers happy to pass on their songs to the next generation. However folk songs can turn up in all sorts of places so for this album, with the help of producer John Reynolds, (well known for his production work on albums for Sinead O’ Connor, Damien Dempsey, John Spillane etc), Cathy breathed new life to old Cher hit “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves”, a haunting Suzanne Vega track, “The Queen and the Soldier” and a brand new song from Canadian- based singer /songwriter, Dan Frechette, entitled “My Bride and I”. Traveling Show also saw Cathy Jordan making her songwriting debut with two tracks “Lord Levett” and “Grainne” the latter a collaboration with Nashville songwriter Sharon Vaughn. Cathy has since co written songs with, Brendan Graham, Rosey and Susan Mc Keown and was commissioned by the Sligo Co Council to write a song for the Bealtine festival season 09 celebrating the contribution of the older generation in society. In the couple of years that followed as well as touring extensively throughout Europe, the US, Scandinavia, and Japan it also saw Cathy and the band accompany Ireland’s president, Mary Mc Aleese, on official state missions to Latvia and Lithuania, to represent Irish culture to the business delegation assembled as well as politicians and state leaders of both countries. They also found the time to make a series of fourteen, hour- long radio shows for broadcast in conjunction with NPR in the US. These programs called ‘Irish Heartbeat with Dervish’, presented by Cathy and with Dervish as the house band, featured special live performances from the cream of Irish talent. Guests included, Brian Kennedy, Moya Brennan, Frankie Gavin, Seamus Begley, Martin O Connor, Rick Epping, Seamie O Dowd, The Saw Doctors, Kila, David Norris, Paddy Moloney, John Spillane and the Celtic Tenors, to name but a few. The programs are still being aired in Scotland, Ireland and America. This wasn’t Cathy’s only time in the role as presenter, she also presented the Irish language program Geantrai as a special tribute to the legendary Tommie Makem for TG4, as well as a special program from the Sligo Live Festival for RTE television.
In 2009 cathy played and sang on a project called “Playing for Change” an organization who’s self described goal is to “inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music”. The creators of the project, Mark Johnson and Enzo Buono, traveled around the world to places such as New Orleans, Barcelona, South Africa, India, Nepal, the Middle East and Ireland. Using a mobile recording equipment, the duo recorded local musicians performing the same song, interpreted into their own style. Among the artists participating, or openly involved in the project, include Vusi Mahlasela, Louis Mhlanga, Clarence Bekker, Tal Ben Ari (Tula), Bono, Keb’ Mo’, David Broza, Manu Chao and Grandpa Elliott. 2010 marked Dervish’s 21st year anniversary, and to celebrate the occasion they brought out the album “From Stage to Stage” featuring live concert footage from both sides of the atlantic with special guests, Ron Sexsmith, Duke Special, Vasen, Martin Hayes, Denis Cahill and Mike Marshall. The anniversary was also marked by four very special concerts to bring together musicians from different countries who had inspired and influenced Cathy and Dervish. The first at the largest Celtic music festival in the world – Celtic Connections in Glasgow – featured duets with Cathy and Kate Rusby, and Moya Brennan as well as instrumental duets with – Mike Mc Goldrick, Martin Hayes, Kevin Burke and Sweden’s Vasen. The second to a packed 3,500 seat dome at Shrewsbury folk festival also included duets, this time with Steve Knightly, Andy Irvine, Moya Brennan and Karen Matheson. The third, a sell out of The National Concert Hall Dublin, too saw memorable collaborations with the likes of Damien Dempsey, Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill and Triona Ni Dhomhnaill. The final of these celebratory concerts was at Christmas 2010 in Sligo to a massive hometown audience with special guests, Eddi Reader, Tom Baxter, Moya Brennan and Triona Ni Dhomhnaill, plus over 30 other guest singers dancers and musicians. Cathy also plays in a second group called The Unwanted, featuring long time friend and former Dervish member Seamie O Dowd as well as multi-instrumentalist Californian, Rick Epping. The group explores the connection between the music of Ireland and America and how generations of cross pollination has led to a whole new music which has its roots in both sides of the atlantic. Their debut, “Music From the Atlantic Fringe” was released in 2010 to great critical acclaim. That same year saw Cathy collaborating with Seville folk-rock power houses Rarefolk on a number of concerts as well as there most recent album. Cathy has a deep understanding of the Irish tradition and is regarded as one of the finest traditional singers in Ireland today.
Celebrating women in music Abner Browns to launch a month long celebration of women in Irish music.
From January 16 to February 18 the iconic Abner Browns barbershop supported by IMRO, Musicmaker and Canalaphonic will showcase some of the best independent female musicians in Ireland.
In a series of free gigs over the month acts such as Mongoose, Sinead White, Grainne Hunt, I am Niamh, Katie Laffen and Carron amongst many others will feature alongside groundbreaking and influential musician Cait O Riordan, TXFMs Claire Beck and promoter/manager Una Molloy talking of their experiences and careers in the industry.
All shows are free but there will be donations on each night for The Women’s refuge in Rathmines.
It’s a byob event and schedule is as follows
Jan 16 Katie Laffen , Sive
Jan 21 Grainne Hunt , Naoise Roo
Jan 24 Hvmmingbird , I am Niamh
Jan 30 Fox Owl Crow , Miriam Donohue
Feb 4 Shelly Bukspans talent showcase
Feb 6 Ailbhe Reddy , Davina Brady
Feb 11 Mongoose , Neev Kennedy
Feb 13 Sinead White , Saramai
Feb 18 Carron , Niamh Regan
A great way to start the music year …
Tracks are being sought by an independent Irish music publisher for consideration for a high profile Fáilte Ireland national TV and radio campaign launching this coming Spring. Previous acts to feature in the campaign include Heathers and The Riptide Movement.
Up-tempo rock / pop songs at broadcast quality preferred. Submissions by unsigned and signed artists accepted.
Artists wishing to submit music for consideration should email song links to Trax on Wax at ei.xartda@eked
Closing date for submissions Friday 29th January.