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Independent Irish Rockers Mother Mooch Unveil Cinematic Hive Mind Video

Independent Irish rockers Mother Mooch have unveiled their darkly cinematic Hive Mind Official Video, taken from their 2015 debut album Nocturnes. Accentuated by the stunning autumnal landscape of Donadea Forest, the video explores concepts of conformity and indoctrination; themes consistent with the song’s dark tone and lyrics. Filmed on location in Donadea Forest Park, Kildare, Ireland by director Shannon Moncrief and cinematographer Philip Blake, and produced by Mother Mooch and Shannon Moncrief. Speaking about the video, lead singer and lyricist Chloë Ní Dhúada said “We’re extremely grateful for all the hard work everyone put into making this beautiful piece of atmospheric art, the end result is even better than we could have hoped for.”

“Dublin heavy-psych warriors Mother Mooch have been kicking up dust for a few years now, perfecting a desert blues that oozes ominously from the speakers. From the soulful vocals of singer Chloë, to the classic hard rock riffing, shoegaze-y soundscapes and thundering drumming – Mother Mooch create a massive racket that’s all their own.”
-Peter McNally, Hot Press Magazine (IRL): Introducing Mother Mooch, Nov 30th 2015

Mother Mooch are a Heavy Rock band from Dublin, Ireland who play a “weird and wonderful mix of Psych, Desert Rock, Blues, Grunge and Stoner Rock given a trippy modern makeover” (Steve Howe – Oultaws of the Sun, UK). After spending several years honing their lineup, sound and live show, Mother Mooch shifted gears in 2015 taking their first steps into Ireland’s festival scene with performances at Canalaphonic, KnockanStockan and Electric Picnic in addition to supporting Kyuss/QotSA legend Nick Oliveri for the second time and playing to an ever increasing audience at their self promoted Dublin shows. “Voodoo Lounge was still ringing from support band Mother Mooch, an appropriately chosen act with a clear Black Sabbath and Kyuss influence on display, who drenched the venue in doom laden riffs and monumental feedback… wonderfully noisy” (Bernard O’Rourke – GoldenPlec, IRL).

Their debut EP “Preludes”, released in March 2015, began attracting fans from around the globe and brought them to the attention of national and international music media. Their fully self produced debut album “Nocturnes” was released on Friday 13th November 2015 and has received glowing reviews at home in Ireland and throughout the international heavy underground. Songs from the album have featured on radio stations, websites, blogs, podcasts and YouTube channels throughout Ireland, Europe and the US. “A full spectrum of heavy music – from psychedelia to doom to grunge – wrapped up in one beautiful package.” (Paul Rote – Doomed & Stoned, US).

“Shot in the mysterious forests of Kildare, Ireland, “Hive Mind” is a gem of a film”- Doomed & Stoned.com

Mother Mooch are set to release a vinyl edition of “Nocturnes” through independent German Psych/Stoner Rock label Krauted Mind Records in summer 2016, with Irish, UK and European shows later in the year in support of the album to follow appearances on the Irish summer festival circuit.

Shannon Moncrief is a writer, director and producer based between the US and Ireland. Her recent music video, “Make Out” by Honeychild was nominated for Best Music Video by Flagpole Music Magazine, The Sprockets Music Video Festival and the Dublin Underground Film Festival. Her short film “The Legend” has screened internationally and continues on the festival circuit.

Philip Blake is a young Irish cinematographer living in Dublin. He is a graduate of the National Film School of Ireland at IADT. He has worked on an array of projects in the U.K. including film, commercial, TV and documentary as well as shooting a number of Irish short films, including Kate Dolan’s “Little Doll” which recently had its world premier at the Berlinale Film Festival.

Listen to “Nocturnes” on Spotify.

You can follow Mother Mooch on Facebook, Twitter and Spotify

Hare Squead drop first single since signing to Columbia

Back in January Hare Squead announced that they had signed to Columbia (Sony) in the UK and it’s been all very hush hush in the interim peppered with stills from video/photo shoots.

Comprised of Tony Konstone, E-Knock and Jessy Rose, Hare Squead describe themselves as ‘three black Irish kids making waves’.

This morning they dropped their first single since signing titled ‘If I Ask’. You can check out the video below and also follow the guys on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Composing The Island: A Century Of Music In Ireland 1916-2016

Over three weeks in September, (7th – 25th), Composing the Island will present 27 concerts of orchestral, choral, instrumental, song and chamber music by Irish composers written between 1916 and 2016.

How this music developed, and the times and circumstances in which it was written will unfold over 3 weeks of concerts which will include 6 major orchestral concerts performed by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

Many of Ireland’s leadig performers will take part. They include Crash Ensemble, Chamber Choir Ireland, Concorde, Vanbrugh Quartet, Fidelio Trio, Hugh Tinney, and Robin Tritschler and, given the vital role played by the army musicians during the early years of the state, a performance will be given by the Band of the Defence Forces School of Music.

Treelan On Tour Featuring Éamonn Cagney, Niwel Tsumbu & Martin

TREELAN comprise the multi-genre talents of hand-drum percussionist Éamonn Cagney, the guitarist Niwel Tsumbu & accordionist Martin Tourish. Donegal native ÉAMONN CAGNEY has travelled the hand-drumming world, from Africa to East Asia, studying under many of the masters of his art, resulting in a tapestry of colourful, seductive grooves & sparkling syncopated rhythms. Kinshasa born NIWEL TSUMBU is renowned for his electrifying, soulful guitar, infusing the dazzling rhythms of the Congo with enthralling live improvisation. Known for his playing with the band, Altan, MARTIN TOURISH alternates the muscular style of Donegal traditional music with the subtleties & rich timbres of the piano accordion.

Having individually performed in many of the world’s most prestigious venues, Treelan have melded their kaleidoscope of Irish, jazz, African, contemporary & world sounds into one searing, spiritual and entrancing performance to finally bring the show to audiences across Ireland for one very special tour in June. To celebrate the live ‘firework’ chemistry the band share on stage, Treelan will be recording each of the shows for a live album. They invite their audience to pack the venues & be part of the spark-filled energy of these special nights.

Dublin Based Band Elm Tackle Transgender Issues With The New Video For Their Single ‘Concentrate’

The song ‘Concentrate’ is the second single release by the band Elm and accompanies the story with lyrics describing inner struggles; “In this skin, in this body, I don’t know which side will win”. It starkly highlights the isolation that so many transgender people suffer with ; “I’m all alone, I’m lost in space, I hide away”. There’s also a moment of anger at an intolerant world; “For I know you bleed the same”.

Elm are a five piece band from Dublin with a dark earthy quality to their music, which has been described as Alternative Baroque Pop. Diligent & emotive, Elm will carry you through quiet reflective moments then weave you in with immersive sound and lyrics. They produce music that ‘finds a perfect middle ground between intimate and cinematic’ (Dublin Concerts.ie). Frontman Dylan Walsh holds the audience captive with passion, poignancy and depth. His haunting vocal is accompanied by a provoking musical backdrop of atmospheric guitar, cello, synth and drums. Elm’s sound is a personal experience to their fans, lending each listener a unique relationship to the band.

Dylan Walsh, lead singer with Elm, talks about the importance of this video to the band; “The discrimination that people in the Transgender community are experiencing, especially now in some parts of the U.S. is heart-breaking to us. We wanted the video to show the isolation and inner struggle that some transgender people face”. Gary Molloy who plays cello with Elm echoes Dylan’s sentiments: “We realize everyone’s transition is different but we wanted to make a video which would show the audience that sometimes the journey can be harrowing and sometimes it can be liberating. At the end of the day we’re all just people trying to live our lives”.

Elm’s video for ‘Concentrate’ comes at a time when there have been huge strides for Transgender rights especially in Ireland with the 1 year anniversary of the Gender Recognition Bill this July 2016. Unfortunately there is still so much that needs to be done to see transgender people be accepted as part of wider society. When local governments in the U.S. introduce a ‘bathroom bill’ which discriminates and isolates people it lends support to bullying, victimisation and even violence towards anyone who doesn’t conform to the gender binary. This issue hits close to home with Elm having members who are part of the LGBT community. The video is an opportunity to see the journey that many transgender people go through and to show the audience that they are human just like anyone else.

You can follow Elm on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

AVA Festival & free daytime conference this Saturday!!

Since its debut in 2015, AVA Festival and Generator NI have fostered a community and vision to develop Northern Ireland’s electronic music and digital visual arts industry, through inviting international and local artists, labels, manufacturers, media and industry professionals to explore the key issues in music business, technology and creativity.

Partnering for the second year, AVA and Generator NI will take over three interesting spaces in the iconic T13, offering a range of panels, talks, keynotes, masterclasses, one-on-one interviews featuring a mix of artists from the Techno Pioneer Juan Atkins, to home-grown DJ Duo Bicep, Dave Haslem, Mark Lawrence, Shanti Celeste, to Bonobo’s Manager Lizzy Bowman plus many more– alongside speakers from the likes of FACT, ID Magazine, The Association of Electronic Music, Red Light Management, BigBox, Clintons and Listen Up.

Designed to bridge the gap between the evening’s live AVA experience and the creative, technical and business processed behind it, AVA’s conference has a varied programme aiming to deliver insight, facilitate conversation, spark inspiration and further connect artists and industry with the grassroots of electronic music culture of Northern Ireland.

Saturday 4th June, 10.30 am onwards

T13 WAREHOUSE, Titanic Quarter Docks, Belfast, BT3 9DT

CONFERENCE SESSION SIGN UP: www.avafestival.com/conference

FESTIVAL TICKETS AVAILABLE: www.avafestival.com/tickets

Sign-up to the individual sessions opens today at www.avafestival.com/conference

Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition 2016 – Winners Announced

Cork musician, Rory McDonnell, took home the coveted first place prize in this year’s Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition.

Rory, who plays under the stage name Actor Actor, won with his song ‘Twisted Wrecks’ which he performed on the night with Katie Conway in the beautiful Nano Nagle Chapel, Carrick-on-Suir. Rory is now set to release his next EP with ‘Twisted Wrecks’ as the title track.

The runners up were Alan Tobin with ‘Stars in a Broadway Sky’, and Gary Burke and Katie Carpenter with ‘Falling into Place’.

The three finalists performed their song at a concert during the Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art 2016 Launch Party on May 26th as part of a 15 minute set, after which the winner was announced.

With a prize including cash sponsored by IMRO, a day in a recording studio at Crossroads Recording, Kilkenny, a video by All That Can Be Productions, Dungarvan, CD duplication by Duplication Ireland, and web and a premium design package from InMusik.co including artwork, covers and online banner design, Rory is all set for the next step in his career.

‘The talent of these songwriters is incredible’, said Róisín Clancy, awarding the prizes, co-creator of the new show ‘Waters Wide’ which premieres in Carrick-on-Suir on Saturday June 4.

With 260 entries from all over Ireland and abroad, and a total prize fund of €5,000, the Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition has grown to become one of the biggest and most prestigious competitions of its type Ireland.

The shortlisting panel had more than 20 hours of music to listen to before sending the short list to the final judges, Róisín Clancy, Mike Hanrahan and Stephen Brett, (InMusik).

‘It was wonderful to see the top three perform in the beautiful Nano Nagle Chapel’, said Pete MacGowan, competition organiser, ‘and for them to play a set of songs so we were able to get a real sense of their music and of their talents as songwriters and musicians. I’d also like to thank the judges and Liam Butler for being such a great MC on the night’.

‘We’d like to thank our sponsors, IMRO, Duplication Ireland, InMusik.co, Crossroads Recording, All That Can Be Productions, The Tudor Artisan Hub and the Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art for helping us to make this competition such a success’.

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