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‘Limit of Our Sight’ by Ealadha is now available

The EP represents the first official release by Ealadha and it’s an rich, immersive experience that both captures their development up to this point and signals promising future directions for the band.

‘Hurricanes’ and ‘Dive’ have already gained extensive airplay on alternative stations in Ireland and showcase the band’s appreciation for post-metal quiet-loud dynamics. But it is ‘Heart of Mercury’ and ‘Souls’ where Ealadha really show what they are capable of. The former starts with a pulsing beat and edgy riff before sinister vocoded voices enter and an unexpected synth break relieves the tension, seguing seamlessly into a cathartic rock-out.

The Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast’s dedicated music hub, has appointed a new CEO

Charlotte Dryden will take up the position later in the summer.

Charlotte has an impressive background in leadership, music programming, event management, working with not-for-profit organisations, fund raising and music media. Since 2008, she has worked at Oh Yeah, rising to the position of Creative Development Director. Aside from her many accomplishments in this role, she was the co-founder of Love Music Hate Racism Northern Ireland and initiated the ground-breaking Women’s Work festival that featured in a series of venues across Belfast in March 2016.

Shona McCarthy, Chair of Oh Yeah offers: “Huge congratulations to Charlotte on behalf of the Board of Oh Yeah. We are delighted to announce this appointment and know that Charlotte brings her own vision and style to build on the powerful legacy that has been created in Oh Yeah’s first decade as Belfast’s premier music hub. She brings outstanding experience and insight to the role and will contribute to the ongoing development of the music sector in Northern Ireland. We are immensely proud of the profound contribution that Oh Yeah has already made on the cultural landscape in NI under Stuart’s leadership and can now be very excited about the future too.”

Charlotte will replace Stuart Bailie, the outgoing CEO and co-founder of Oh Yeah, who has been in the position since 2008.

Charlotte Dryden says: “I’m over the moon and honoured to be stepping into the role of CEO. Stuart has been a huge presence and inspiration and while those are big shoes to fill, I am committed to ensuring that Oh Yeah continues to welcome, nurture, develop, incubate and celebrate music. I’m really looking forward to the future of the centre and continuing to work with the Board, staff, volunteers and of course the music community as a whole as we move into the next phase of development.”

Stuart Bailie says: “Charlotte is the heart and soul of Oh Yeah. Her credibility is solid and her work rate is astonishing. Countless lives have been improved by music because of her work in the fields of outreach and talent development. The Oh Yeah vision will continue to thrive under Charlotte’s guidance and we’re all looking forward to the tenth birthday celebrations in 2017.”

‘Hanging Around’ New Single By Saramai Out Today

Hanging Around was recorded live in one take in Attica Studios with Tommy McLaughlin at the helm (S.O.A.K, Villagers, Bell X1), featuring Aimie Mallon is on drums, Cormac O’Keeffe on guitar and Saramai on keys and vocals. .

Saramai plays Vantastival on June 4th and BARE festival on June 11th.

More live gigs to be announced on soon on

Her IMRO Other Room Other Voices performance is scheduled to be be aired on RTE 2 later this summer.

The single is available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify etc.

Artwork Image by Joe Beggy, Design Anthony Mackey

Music in Film @ Fastnet Film Festival

Interested in the process of scoring for film? Then the Fastnet Film Festival is for you.

Held Annually over the last weekend in May (25th-29th), in up to 20 different venues around the village of Schull, Fastnet Film Festival host a series of public Q&As, world class workshops, screen international short film programmes, alongside the screening of their competition entries.

Music In Film At Fastnet

stephenrennicks-bannerOn Saturday 28th May Stephen Rennicks in conversation with Maurice Seezer. Following on from the success of Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, Stephen has had a very busy year scoring Room for Lenny Abrahamson, Viva for Paddy Breathnach, the Channel 4 series Not Safe For Work and the RTE mini series Rebellion among others. In this discussion Stephen will show clips from his work and discuss the collaborative nature of composing music for TV and Cinema.

On Sunday, May 29 The Schull Fastnet Film Festival in Dublin, Bill Whelan will discuss “Music in Film” in conversation with Maurice Seezer. He’ll discuss his approach to composing for film, referring to his work from Dancing At Lughnasa for Pat O’Connor, Some Mother’s Son for Terry George and Poitín for Bob Quinn among others.

The line up this year is unprecedented with over 50 expert guests taking part, including;

  • Producer of Room Ed Guiney,
  • Set Designer of Room Ethan Tobman traveling for the festival from Canada,
  • Composers Bill Whelan and Stephen Rennicks,
  • Directors John Carney, Carmel Winters, Jim Sheridan, Thaddeus O’Sullivan, Rebecca Daly, Richie O’Donnell.
  • Writers Pat McCabe, Vivienne de Courcy.
  • Producers Macdara Kelleher, Hilary Durman
  • and many more yet to be announced.

Bill-Whelan-Fastnet-240x300Over 46 events will take place including;

  • Screenings of Sing Street, Viva, Mammal, Room, Into the Wild and Atlantic.
  • In celebration of it’s 10th anniversary The Wind That Shakes The Barley will be screened followed by a panel discussion with actors Orla Fitzgerard, Martin Lucey, Frank Bourke, Aidan O’Hare, Damian Kearney and Casting Director Oonagh Kearney which will be moderated by Gerard Stembridge.

Fastnet Film Festival is sponsored by IMRO

BARQ get set for ‘That Thing You Love’ single launch


Upstairs @ Whelans
Tickets €5 On Door
Doors @ 7.30pm

BARQ are a high energy 4-piece mixing rock with agro-soul.

In March 2016 BARQ released their debut single “Gentle Kind of Lies” to critical acclaim and a surge of media attention. The track was picked up Spotify’s new music playlist in both the UK and Brazil, as well as being included on IASCA’s playirish USA, and two of Goldenplec’s Goldenstereo playlists.

BARQ have now been confirmed for a number of the leading festivals around the country including; Longitude, Indiependence, Groove, Body + Soul, Canalaphonic, Bray Jazz, Carlow Arts Festival, with more to be announced soon.

Following on from this success BARQ are having a launch party for their second single “That Thing You Love” upstairs in Whelan’s on May 29th. The single was recorded by Alwyn Walker at Westland Studios, mixed by Scott Halliday at Orphan Recording and mastered by Grammy-Nominated, Andrei Eremin (Hiatus Kaiyote, Chet Faker, Miami Horror).

“The tightness of a thoroughly experienced live band is heard in the production, and the song has a sound reminiscent of Erykah Badu in a psychedelic R&B rock style. Jess Kav’s bellowing soul voice shines through.” – Nialler9

“Impossibly tight grooves over otherworldly guitar lines and aggressively soulful vocals” –

“A meeting place between experimentation and control BARQ’s is a masterclass in how to define who you are muscially and not simply define who you aren’t.” – The Last MIxed Tape

This week Stephen Dunwoody releases his single ‘Miami’, a tribute to his uncle Brian McCoy who tragically lost his life in the 1975 Miami Showband Massacre.

While on his way to the band’s fateful gig in Banbridge, Brian posted a birthday card to his nephew Stephen. He received it with the dreadful news the following day.

Written almost 40 years later, the song is dedicated to Brian and the other members of the Miami Showband who lost their lives; Fran O’Toole and Tony Geraghty .

An accompanying video which includes never before seen footage of the band is also released ahead of Stephen’s launch of his single ‘Miami’ on Belfast Culture Night in Rosemary Street Church in Belfast.

Stephen Dunwoody Releases New Single ‘Miami’ With Original Footage Of The Miami Showband

This week Stephen Dunwoody releases his single ‘Miami’, a tribute to his uncle Brian McCoy who tragically lost his life in the 1975 Miami Showband Massacre.

While on his way to the band’s fateful gig in Banbridge, Brian posted a birthday card to his nephew Stephen. He received it with the dreadful news the following day.

Written almost 40 years later, the song is dedicated to Brian and the other members of the Miami Showband who lost their lives; Fran O’Toole and Tony Geraghty .

An accompanying video which includes never before seen footage of the band is also included in his music video for Miami.

Stephen explains: “The idea of the music video started with an old 16mm film.

“A wee while back my cousin was doing some work in his mum’s loft when he discovered an old reel of film which had lain there for 40 years. When he got the cine film converted to digital he was stunned to see his dad walk towards him on the screen. My cousin was barely four when his dad Brian died back in July 1975 and consequently had only seen photos of him.

“Brian McCoy and his band had recorded events when they toured America in 1968, travelling from New York to Miami, and this was what he was now watching.

“The name of Brian’s band was the Miami Showband.

“Earlier this year I had recorded a song called Miami and the McCoy family has kindly agreed to let me use the footage in my music video.

“It does not dwell on the incident in 1975, instead it focuses on a trip I made some years ago from New York to Miami, similar to the one the band made in 1968. I sent much of the journey thinking about Brian.”

Stephen is an independent musician who has supported numerous international acts during a 20 year career, including Jools Holland, Ally McBeal star Vonda Sheperd, Wishbone Ash, The Corrs, Tom Robinson, Kirsty McColl and Bjorn Again.

You can follow Stephen Dunwoody on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud

Villagers’ Conor O’Brien Wins Ivor Novello Songwriting Award

Congratulations to Conor O’Brien who has won best album at the 2016 Ivor Novello Awards for Villagers’ Darling Arithmetic. The album was chosen over In Colour by Jamie XX and Matador by Gaz Coombes. Darling Arithmetic was released in early 2015 to wide critical and public acclaim.

Conor O’Brien previously won the ‘Best Song Musically and Lyrically’ Ivor Novello Award in 2011, for his track ‘Becoming A Jackal’ taken from the debut album of the same name.

Previously nominated twice for the Mercury Music Prize and winner of Ireland’s Choice Music Prize, O’Brien is currently working on his fourth album.

Snow Patrol members Gary Lightbody and Jonny McDaid were also nominated for their songwriting work on Ed Sheeran’s song Bloodstream.

The Ivor Novellos are the most prestigious Awards for songwriting in the UK and Ireland.

The Songwriter Club debuts in Kerry

The first ever Kerry meeting of The Songwriter Club will take place in John B. Keane’s Pub, Listowel on Thursday 26th May at 8pm, hosted by Noelle O’Sullivan and Donnacha Toomey. There will be a meeting of the group followed by an open mic.

Sinead McNally and Keith McLoughlin set up a meet up group called The Songwriter Club which has been running in Dublin since October 2011. They get musicians to meet up and get chatting about the music industry, the lives of songwriters and much more. Meetings are now held in Galway by Noreena Gill, Wexford by Jimi Cullen, Waterford by Karen Coss and Keith in Dublin.

The idea behind the club is to bring songwriters together every couple of months to chat about all sorts of songwriting stuff, share ideas, set up collaborating groups and also to have fun getting to know each other. There will also be special guests from different areas of the industry. All songwriters, whatever the genre, whatever the standard are welcome to attend.

See Facebook for further details

Emma Lou & The Agenda Debut EP Release Today Friday 13th Of May

Emma Lou & The Agenda’s new EP is out for release today and they will be performing tracks from the EP in The Grand Social, Dublin on Sunday 15th of May.

Like many girls born the 90’s, growing up with and aspiring to become one of the Spice Girls was the norm. This was no different from newcomer Emma Lou, who has no qualms in admitting that the Wannabe singers inspired her to write her first song at age 7.

Singing along to CDs and partaking in the stereotypical karaoke while away on holidays, Emma was constantly asked to sing in public, for both her incredibly soulful voice, performance and the spine-tingling sensation you get while watching her enjoy what she does best.

To release her yearnings for a taste of the music industry, in 2008 Emma Lou decided to create her own Youtube page; the channel now stands at over 850,000 views. It wasn’t until American blogger Perez Hilton found and followed Emma Lou which lead to her receiving what she describes as “a couple of honourable mentions in his cover contests” including a tweet of her Calvin Harris cover song to his 6.2 million followers. Hilton continues to watch Emma Lou regularly, keeping in touch with the rising singer.

Turning her hand to writing original material, the self-taught guitar and keyboard player decided it was time to unleash new and original material. Emma Lou teamed up with NuMu’s producer Barry Murphy, and together they recruited band members Adam Lindsay (bass), Enmanuel Moreno (drums) Richie Jago (guitar) and Kevin Foran (brass) thus becoming Emma Lou & The Agenda.

Her range of influences is undeniably heard through her forthcoming EP (due for release in April 2016) that includes leading tracks and favourites such as Trouble Tonight, S.E.X.Y and Reason.

Emma Lou’s musical touch was steered by her love of the bluesy Etta James, Prince’s funk, with touches of R’n’B and rap from the likes of Janelle Monae and Nicki Minaj not to mention the jazzy element heard throughout, inspired by the late and great Amy Winehouse.

Now armed with a producer, manager, band and a debut EP, Emma Lou is more determined than ever to have her voice heard, her music enjoyed and her songs shared with music lovers alike.

You can follow Emma Lou on Facebook, Twitter & YouTube

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