The annual Sean McCarthy Memorial Traditional Irish Ballad Competition is now open for entries. A prize of €1,250 will be awarded to the winner of this competition.
- Closing date for entries for the Ballad competition is Friday 15th July 2016 @ 5pm
- Entries to be submitted on CD, with 3 typed copies (or in very clear handwriting).
- Entries to be accompanied by cheque/postal order for €25.00.(No entries will be returned)
- Name, address and telephone number to be clearly written on tape cover and back of each copy of lyrics.
- Finalists will perform their entry in Finuge at Teach Siamsa on Sunday 30th July the over all winner and runner up will be decided then.
- Entries may be in English or Irish.
- Entries must be original and not previously performed or published.
- No in-house music supplied by committee.
- No pre-recorded backing music allowed.
- Adjudicators’ decision is final
- Performances on the night of the Final may be recorded and/or videod at the Committees discretion. Such recordings may be played/transmitted on the sound and visual media, eg radio, television, internet etc. entrants are deemed to have given their permission for same unless otherwise indicated by them to the Committee
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Limelight Belfast Presents: Walking On Cars & Guests
**Warm up for their headline show at the 3Arena in Dublin on 12 November**
Irish chart topping rock band Walking On Cars are pleased to announce a return to Belfast on Thursday November 10th at The Limelight 1. Following their sell out Belfast show in February and recent Belsonic performance the band are back to perform in Belfast, the warm up to their 3Arena Dublin show which takes place on November 12th.
Tickets on sale Friday July 01st at 9am from www.limelightbelfast.com, www.ticketmaster.ie Katy’s Bar & Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Northern Ireland customers 0844 277 44 55 & Republic of Ireland customers 0818 719 300.
Hailing from the remote Irish coastal town of Dingle, Walking On Cars have dominated Ireland’s live scene, selling out arenas and garnering a huge loyal fanbase. The bands much anticipated debut album which was released January 29th 2016.
Selling out three London headline shows, including The Scala and Electric Ballroom, Walking on Cars continue to dominate Ireland’s most prominent venues, playing two sold out nights at the Olympia in Dublin and announcing a 3Arena headline show on November 10th.
Smash singles Catch Me If You Can and Two Stones were both Top 30 hits in Ireland, the former also topping the iTunes charts there. The As We Fly South and Hand in Hand EPs followed, as the band hunkered down in the studio with the MyRiot production team of Tim Bran and Roy Kerr (London Grammar, Bloc Party, Foxes) to record their debut album.
Creating anthemic balladry combined with booming guitar riffs and sing-a-ling melodies, Walking on Cars have been tipped as an NME Buzzband, with praise from the Independent and Line of Best Fit. Their epic songs have been streamed over 5 million times, and the charming Irish rockers are set to make their mark on the UK this year with their highly anticipated debut album.
The Limelight 1, Belfast
Thursday November 10th 2016
Doors 7pm *EARLY SHOW*
Tickets £13.50 + Booking Fee
Here is Femmepop’s NEW VIDEO for ‘There Is A Place’. The Video is Part of a series of Videos made for the ‘Underground’ EP by Video Artist Georgina Penstkart.
Featuring Special Live Performances
Thursday 14th July
IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2
6.30pm – 8.30pm
Interviewer: Niall Stokes, Editor Hot Press
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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.
Brian Kennedy survived a childhood on the infamous Falls Road, West Belfast at the height of its hellish history against all the odds to carve an extraordinary career in music. In his own words he says, “I shouldn’t have become a singer really, given where and how my life started, but my voice had other plans and saved me in the end.” That voice changed the course of his whole life forever.
From harmonising with ambulances as a child to finally overcoming stage fright, his gradual ascent was nothing short of miraculous. He busked on the dangerous streets of his hometown whatever the political weather until a sudden escape to London, when only 18 saw him surviving in the only way he knew how. He sang unaccompanied in the underground stations and outside the Dominion Theatre, sometimes literally in order to eat and until he finally saved up enough money for a guitar. He lived in various illegal squats before eventually being discovered by the now legendary Svengali Simon Fuller- [Pop Idol, Annie Lennox, The Spice Girls.]
Brian is first and foremost a live performer and songwriter. His own words, “Music is my lifeblood .” His constant touring from Ireland and the UK to Australia, Germany and the USA, including the major global festivals, has resulted in an every-growing international fan base the old fashioned way over a phenomenal twenty-five year career in the rollercoaster ride that is the unpredictable music industry.
His work with Van Morrison has been well documented. The Belfast legend invited Brian to a rehearsal one day that resulted in him being featured as guest lead singer on the now unforgettable ‘Blues & Soul Revue’. Courtesy of Van’s continuing mentoring and generosity, Brian ended up sharing vocal duties on stages across the globe over a six-year period with Morrison and a breathtaking cast of some of the greatest artists in history: Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, Ray Charles and John Lee Hooker to name but a few. Madison Square Gardens was a far cry from the Falls Road. That unique Irish voice can be heard harmonising and answering Van on five of his major hit albums.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, you might be less familiar with Brian’s impromptu performances with Stevie Wonder at Ronnie Scotts in London. Incredibly and proudly he is one of only a few to have also sung with the late legendary Jeff Buckley at Sin É in New York.
Throughout the relentless touring with Van Morrison, Brian somehow managed to maintain a stream of chart-making albums. ‘A Better Man’ (1996) and ‘Now That I Know What I Want’ (1999), both went platinum at No.1 and earned him the awards of Irish Best Male Artist and Irish Best Male Album, as did the highly acclaimed ‘Homebird’ (2006) and cover album ‘Interpretations’ (2008). But it was Brian’s heart wrenching LIVE performance of ‘You Raise Me Up’ at the funeral of football Legend George Best that earned him a spot in the top 5 of the UK charts.
He is a natural TV & Radio host as well as lead performer on diverse international stages, from New York’s Riverdance on Broadway for 9 months of over 300 performances to Eurovision 2006 in Athens. Remarkably Brian also found time to publish 2 fiction novels that were an instant success and he continues to receive many prestigious awards, including the 2010 Ireland Meteor Lifetime Achievement Award for Music, and an even rarer Honorary Doctorate Degree of Letters by the University of Ulster for his contribution to the Arts.
Recently Brian has been very busy in the studio and has just finished recording a 32 track double CD ‘Essential Collection’ comprising all brand new recordings from the past and present including a duet with Boy George. Brian maintains that “music is the language of emotion,” and after all his years gigging and recording with Van Morrison he prizes the live gig above all else. Seeing and hearing is the only way to experience this national treasure of a man.
This October Brian Celebrates two birthdays. His iconic album ‘A Better Man’ will be 20 and that same week the man himself turns 50, so what better place to celebrate than on stage doing what he loves best. He will play the entire album in Dublin’s prestigious Vicar Street venue on October 13th 2016.
When asked what else is left for “Dr Kennedy” to achieve he simply answers playfully, ” Ah sure I’m only getting started!”
Date: Wednesday 13th July
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2
Songwriters wishing to reserve a 20 minute consultation should send an email to
(Limited availability | No admission charge | Booking Essential).
Ralph Murphy Biography:
Hall of Fame Canadian songwriter Ralph Murphy has achieved near-legendary status in Nashville through his career as a performer, producer, songwriter, publisher, and most recently, Vice President, International and Domestic Membership, ASCAP.
He had his first UK Number One in 1965 with ‘Call My Name,’ recorded by James Royal. Other hits followed with acts like Vanity Fair and The Brotherhood of Man.
In 1969 Ralph moved to New York, where he started two successful record labels. Among the many acts he produced during that time were legendary Canadian Rockers, April Wine, for whom he produced two platinum albums. He had a country hit in 1972 by Jeanie C. Riley, ‘Good Enough To Be Your Wife’.
With Roger Cook, he formed the Picalic Group and Pic-A-Lic Music Publishing and has published or written more than twenty Number One records and was publisher for Song of The Year, ‘Talking In Your Sleep’ by Crystal Gayle. Pic-A-Lic became one of the most successful independent publishers in Nashville and was eventually sold to EMI.
He has had songs recorded by many artists including, Crystal Gayle, Shania Twain, Annihilator, Randy Travis, and many more.
In 2006 Ralph had success in the UK charts with ‘21st Century Christmas’ (co-written by Paul Brady), a No. 2 for Cliff Richard and again in 2011 in the Canadian Indie Charts with a No. 1 song ‘Working at Christmas’, performed by Paul Brady and Terri Clark, written by Keith Donald, Ralph Murphy, and Paul Brady. He is also an instructor for the respected Nashville Songwriters Association International Song Camps.
Ralph most recently traveled to Australia and lead seminars in five cities for APRA. Prior to this, he did a keynote speech in Singapore at Music Matters.
SATURDAY JULY 23 – DYLAN TIGHE WITH FULL BAND + SUPPORT FROM EVERYTHING SHOOK – THE GRAND SOCIAL, LIFFEY STREET, DUBLIN 1. Doors 8pm tickets e10 + booking fee. Bookings: eventbrite.ie/dylan-tighe-the-grand-social
As a follow up to his widely acclaimed second album ‘Wabi-Sabi Soul’ and world-premiere Headphone concert & 3D Cinema Listening event, DYLAN TIGHE will play a full band show in THE GRAND SOCIAL Dublin on Saturday July 23rd – tickets e10 include a free copy of the album are on sale now. In early July, Dylan will release the follow up to the first single ‘On My knees’.
Described by The Sunday Times as “an exquisite songwriter” and by The Irish Times as having “done us all a service by framing reflective music with remarkable eloquence”, Dublin musician and actor DYLAN TIGHE will continue sharing the music and words crafted on ‘Wabi-Sabi Soul’ with a busy season of shows and events – on Thursday 30th June Dylan invites fans to ‘WHY I’M SINGING THIS SONG’, an intimate evening with journalist SIOBHAN KANE (Irish Times) of conversation, interspersed with live song at BOOKS UPSTAIRS, D’Olier Street Dublin 2. Together they will explore the lyrics of Dylan’s recently released album ‘Wabi-Sabi Soul’, the relationship between music and words, and songwriting as a literary art. Tickets e7 include a free album.
Later in the summer, Dylan will perform his music at concerts in Spain and in October he will touch down in London’s William Morris Gallery. As an ACTOR he has a busy season ahead, acting in the theatre show ‘Chekhov’s First Play’ in Estonia and The Netherlands and rehearsing for a new upcoming show with Pan Pan Theatre Company. Full details on all Dylan’s upcoming events: facebook.com/dylantighemusic
Musicmaker is the 1st European dealer to feature ground breaking digital ear scanning technology which is now available in store. Silicone impressions are a thing of the past and you can get your digital impressions FREE now. All IMRO members can get 5% off any custom Ultimate Ears products between now and the 31/7/16.
A digital impression is more accurate and does not degrade over time like physical impressions so when your scan is complete and sent immediately to Ultimate Ears servers, it will be stored and can be recalled again quickly should you ever need a back up or a replacement.
The scan itself is conducted by Musicmaker staff who were trained directly by Ultimate Ears in California and is a quick and safe process. The scan is completed by placing a small scanning probe into the ear that directs harmless lasers into the ear canal. The data is then interpreted by sophisticated software to make a highly accurate digital image of your ear.
Musicmaker is also the only Irish location where you can demo the UE 4,5,7,11,18 and Reference Remastered products making it the best place to try and buy Ultimate Ears products.
Just curious about the process? Come in and get a scan for free with no obligation to buy.All you have to do is fill in a few short details on this link and email to make an appointment for a scan.
New Valley Wolves have announced they will be touring around Ireland on the back of their very successful 2015 album ‘Refusal Is Our Weapon’.
The Dublin based rock band have already received excellent reviews, and have even been named Dublin Concerts – Irish Band Of The Week for this week.
NVW have already played all the major Irish festivals and it’s definitely worth catching them while they are on the road!
New Valley Wolves are Jonny Lucey and Baz Joyce.
New Valley Wolves are here to rescue you from the bombardment of soft rock/indie idiocy that floods your airwaves. They’ve built their reputation as the fiercest live act in Ireland through relentless gigging at home and abroad. With a sound bigger than an A-Bomb and energy that borders on psychotic, New Valley Wolves play dirty, blues rock riffs with a sinister edge.
June 24 – Sea Sessions, Donegal
October 12 – Roisin Dubh, Galway
MEPs advocate for copyright liability of online platforms in order to remove distortions in the digital market
In light of the upcoming copyright reform, 58 MEPs sent an open letter[i] urging the European Commission to put an end to the transfer of value[ii] currently taking place at the expense of creators, and called for a legal clarification of the liability regime for online platforms.
More creative content is being consumed today than ever before on services like user-uploaded content platforms and content aggregation services. Yet most of these services provide extremely low remunerations or outright refuse to pay authors. The letter, signed by 58 MEPs, explains that “[t]he upcoming copyright reform should make clear that liability exemptions can only apply to genuinely neutral and passive online service providers, and not to services that play an active role in distributing, promoting and monetising content at the expense of creators.”
The President of GESAC, Christophe Depreter, called the letter “an important signal to the Commission that the political will is there, and that the transfer of value issue needs to be dealt with urgently”.
GESAC applauds this initiative launched by MEPs Pervenche Berès, Christian Ehler and Martina Dlabajova[iii] that asks the Commission to clearly put creators and consumers at the centre of the upcoming review of the copyright Directive[iv].
In a reaction to the letter, Polish film director Agnieszka Holland said she was “encouraged to see so many Members of the European Parliament identify the critical problem of fair remuneration online that creators are faced with” and hoped to “see meaningful changes from European decision-makers before the end of the year”.
Although the Commission has consistently noted that it wishes to tackle the transfer of value problem in the copyright reform, it is crucial to keep the issue high on the agenda, considering the relentless efforts of certain internet giants to water down any initiative that could lead to re-balancing this problem towards ensuring fairer conditions for creators and the entire European Digital Single Market.
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GESAC groups 34 of the largest authors’ societies in the European Union, Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. We defend and promote the rights of about 1 million creators and rights holders in the areas of music, audiovisual works, visual arts, and literary and dramatic works.
[iii] co-chairs of the Creative and Cultural Industries Intergroup
[iv] The “InfoSoc” Directive (2001/29/EC). http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=CELEX:32001L002:EN:HTML
Double Ivor Novello Award winner and Mercury Music Prize nominee, VILLAGERS, are the latest act announced for Music City 2016 which returns to the city of Derry from July 4th – 10th. This will be the fourth year of the festival which attracts thousands of music fans to the Walled City for seven days of musical performances across the the city’s squares, neighbourhoods, venues, shops, pubs and clubs.
VILLAGERS will play at the opening night concert at The Glassworks on Monday July 4th, a former 19th Century church that will also host concerts by Mercury Music Prize Nominee and Choice Music Prize winner, SOAK supported by SAINT SISTER on Friday July 8th and American trad sensations, THE WILLIS CLAN on Saturday July 9th.
Cultùrlann Ui Chanàin will be the venue for the internationally acclaimed GIRLS NAMES on Thursday July 7th while THE STRYPES headline a mammoth rock gig in the city’s historic Guildhall on Saturday July 9th alongside EXMAGICIAN, WOOD BURNING SAVAGES AND THE BONNEVILLES.
Two of Ireland’s finest songwriters DAVID KITT and MALOJIAN will play at St Augustines Church, a hidden gem on Derry’s Walls on Wednesday July 9th while instrumental Dublin rockers, OVERHEAD THE ALBATROSS, known for their intricate yet powerful melodies and energetic stage presence and R.S.A.G, one of the most innovative and astonishing Irish musicians around make the journey north for the festival.
Internationally renowned pianist RUTH McGINLEY, who has just released her latest album Reconnection will perform a special concert at The Playhouse on Sunday July 10th with one of the finest trumpet players of his generation, NIALL O’SULLIVAN. The saxophonist GERARD McCHRYSTAL returns to Music City 2016 for his fourth annual world tour of Derry, playing in a range of community and city centre settings.
Coinciding with Foyle Maritime Festival, some of Ireland’s finest bands, musicians and singer-songwriters will perform on stages in some of the main streets and squares including Guildhall Square and The Craft Village over the weekend of July 8th – 10th. SILENCES, BEST BOY GRIP, OUR KRYPTON SON, BEAUTY SLEEP, EVE BELLE, THE CLAMEENS, PADDY NASH & THE HAPPY ENCHILADAS, STRENGTH and TRIGGERMAN are among the 130+ artists that will perform at the various concerts throughout the seven days of Music City 2016
Derry’s choral tradition is showcased throughout the festival on the main outdoor stages while the historic Walls will feature performances from pipe bands, flute bands and trad musicians. Music City Busking Competition returns to the city centre streets on Saturday July 9th with a £1500 prize fund including £1000 for Best Act.
Bars including Masons, The Grand Central and Bennigans will host late night shows from some of Ireland’s finest acts including BITCH FALCON, SWORDS and RAINY BOY SLEEP while the city’s main shopping centre, Foyleside, gets in on the act with performances throughout the centre across the weekend.
The majority of events at Music City are free of charge and family friendly. Tickets for the various Music City 2016 headline concerts are on sale now at The Millennium Forum Box Office and online at wegottickets.com. A limited number of Access All Events tickets are available priced £45. Music City 2016 is supported by Department of Culture Arts and Leisure, Department of Foreign Affairs, Tourism Northern Ireland, Derry City & Strabane District Council and Community Foundation NI Acorn Fund. For more info, check the festival website, www.musiccityderry.com