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Cathy Davey Releases Her New Single ‘Snitch’ From Her Album ‘New Forest’

Cathy Davey’s new single “Snitch” is the second release from her album ”New Forest” which is out now. “New Forest” debuted at the Hazel Wood Stage at this years Electric Picnic where she performed the album in sequence to a packed out magical area of the woods. She takes to the road this autumn on a nationwide tour:


6th Kilkenny, The Set Theatre
7th Dundalk, The Spirit Store
13th Listowel, Mike the Pies
14th Galway, Roisin Dubh
15th Limerick, Dolans
22nd, Dublin, Whelan’s
27th West Cork, De Barra’s
28th Cork City, Live at St Luke’s
30th Belfast, The Belfast Empire


3rd Newbridge, Riverbank Arts Centre
11th Birr, Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

‘New Forest is a collection of music that feels unshackled from expectation and sounds like an artist pursuing their craft wholeheartedly. There’s a fantastical feel to the album right from the title opener as if we are setting off into a wooded path unknown and takes in diversions through calypso, handclap pop and whimsical folk.’ – Nialler9

‘Cathy Davey weaves a real mix of mystery and magic..’ – RTÉ Ten

‘……the work of an artist with tonnes of talent, endless ideas and a refreshing disregard for the zeitgeist.’ – Irish Times

Media contact: Kathryn 087-2627977 ei.nosamnyrhtak@mk & Alexa 087-2273870 ei.nosamnyrhtak@axela

You can follow Cathy Davey on Facebook and Twitter

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John Gibson | One of Ireland’s leading composer-pianists Dies

IMRO was saddened to hear about the recent death of one Ireland’s leading composer-pianists John Gibson.

Speaking on news of John’s passing, IMRO Chairman Keith Donald said, “I was saddened to read of John Gibson’s death. As well as being a very talented composer and educator, he was a gentleman and a valued member of the board of IMRO”.

Pianist and composer John Gibson was born in Dublin in 1951. He studied piano with Rhona Marshall, and became a theory teacher at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. He lived and worked in Cork since 1982, and was a Lecturer in Piano at the CIT Cork School of Music for 29 years, until his retirement in 2012. John has performed extensively over the past 45 years with the National Symphony Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra and the RTE Vanbrugh String Quartet and as a soloist and a chamber musician. His 90 compositions include a Chamber Opera, Songs, Orchestral works and much Piano music along with three String Quartets.

Commissions included a test piece for the AXA Dublin International Piano Competition, which received its premiere performance in Cork at the Piano Portraits series in 2007. A new String Quartet, “IKON”, written for the RTE Vanbrugh String Quartet, was premiered at the West Cork Chamber Music Festival in 2006. In 2007 he was commissioned by Ian Fox to write a Nocturne for the right hand for the leading Irish pianist John O’Conor. In the same year he wrote a Lament for Voice, Cor Anglais and Piano. This was a private commission and the work is included in his new CD, The John Gibson Collection Vol 2, which was issued in 2011 to celebrate his 60th birthday. Another private commission was Proverbs 13:12 for Piano and SOLO for Violin, both from an American patron Tom Ayers. In 2009 he wrote a psalm setting for Madrigal 75, the distinguished choral group from Cork, and in 2010 received a commission from Cork City Council for “Christ Church Music”, which was performed at the official opening of Christ Church Triskel in April 2011. 7 CDs of his music have been issued, many with Arts Council funding. In 2012 he was invited to perform in the Kremlin and commissioned to compose Nocturne á la Russe for the anniversary of John Field.

The first staged performance of his Chamber Opera, “Judith and Holofernes”, was sponsored by Cork 2005-European Capital of Culture. Much of John’s music is played regularly on RTÉ lyric fm, and his works have also been performed and heard in China, Brazil, America, Russia and throughout Europe and Japan. In 1997 John was awarded the prestigious Nijinsky Medal for his piano piece Nijinsky, by the Polish Ministry of Arts and Culture and the International Society of the Friends of Vaclav Nijinsky. He is the first composer to receive this honour.

In 2015, John Gibson’s music has been used for two documentary films by director Padraig Treahy, entitled “Tadhg Barry Remembered” and “The Quiet Revolution”, about the sculptor Séamas Murphy.

Gibson’s death came days before his composition of children’s songs will be performed at the National Concert Hall in the 29 concert series “Composing the Island”, showcasing music written by 90 Irish composers between 1916 and 2016.

Frank Custy to be awarded at MÓRglór 2016

glór’s annual award to celebrate outstanding contribution to traditional music has this year been awarded to Frank Custy.

Born in Dysart in the Ruane parish of Co. Clare, as a teacher, Frank inspired many people to take up music, and Toonagh National School became renowned for its promotion of traditional Irish music and singing. Sean Conway and Mary Custy are just two of those who learned their craft at the school while Sharon and Gary Shannon also learned their trades during the classes organised outside school hours.

On Saturday 8 October, the people of Clare will express their thanks to Frank, in the most appropriate manner – with a concert featuring some of the most renowned traditional musicians and singers in the country and the county. Event information and booking details can be found here.

Liz Kelly, interim glór director, comments, ‘We are honoured that Frank Custy has accepted the MÓRglór award for 2016. Recognising the contribution that Frank Custy has made to Clare music over the years, through this award, we celebrate his legacy and his ongoing love affair with the music of County Clare. The concert on 8th October will bring together both his own family and the many musicians who have learned their craft with him. With Frank and his many family and friends, glór looks forward to producing a wonderful event for the venue itself and for Clare.’

MÓRglór is a glór acknowledgement of the wealth of professional & semi-professional artists, alongside the talented individuals, groups and communities within the county, all of whom provide a vital stimulus for the growth and development of this unique culture.

This prestigious annual award, named after Clare’s cultural ambassador and visionary, Muiris Ó Rocháin, is sponsored by glór and developed in partnership with Dr. Tim Collins who is an adviser to glór and coordinated the original concert in 2013.

Early booking advised.

MÓRglór 2016 is supported by IMRO.

Chris Haze Shares The Video For His New Song ‘I’ll Run’

Singer songwriter Chris Haze has made quite a name for himself in the music industry as an emerging artist over the past 4-5 years. With his melodic acoustic melodies and his almost Hip Hop/ Pop delivery of vocals makes him a worthy adversary of today’s music industry.

Having toured alongside the Original Rudeboys in 2013 playing sold out gigs in The Olympia Theatre and The Academy Dublin. Haze has also supported international acts such as American Hip Hop artist Coolio and and Australian sensation Sheppard. Chris has managed to gain national airplay on all Irelands major radio stations having been picked as artist of the week on RTE 2FM & Today FM where his debut single “Over And Over” received national recognition.

Set on making waves early in 2015 Haze released an EP called “Thoughts To Words” where the single “Don’t Wanna Fall Asleep” gained national & regional airplay across Ireland and in the UK.

His latest single “Let Us Be Heroes” was nominated for “Best Track” in the HotPress Magazine Readers Poll 2016. And most recently won the awards like “Artist Of The Week” & “Artist Of The Month” on Global Rockstar Magazine in Austria.

After recent success with his acclaimed single “Let Us Be Heroes” in December which gained him national airplay all over Ireland, and has gone on to give him his first major U.K
radio break trough on Radio X while also gaining his first national radio play in the Netherlands on KX Radio in Amsterdam. “Let Us Be Heroes” has since been picked up by BBC Introducing and played on a BBC Radio Lincolnshire for the first time which is Haze’s first appearance on BBC Radio’s radar.

He has now achieved the same success and more with his latest single “I’ll Run” which debuted in the Top 10 on the Irish Singer Songwriter chart on iTunes for over a week reaching the Top 3, knocking Ed Sheeran, Hozier & James Bay off their spots securing Haze with his first charted iTunes release. Following the success of the single release Haze also secured his first of official playlist position on Irish radio.

You can follow Chris Haze through his Website, Facebook and Twitter

Pure Magic Battle For the Lake Festival, Achill Island, Co. Mayo 30th Sept – 2nd Oct

Pure Magic Battle for the Lake is the last festival of the summer and it will be headlined by Ham SandwicH. The festival is in association with & Failte Ireland.

Following the success of the Battle for the Bay that brought more than 60,000 smiles together on Dublin’s Dollymount Strand in May, the Pure Magic gang & friends are back to bring us into the magical world of Watersports and Music – this time with a Wild West coast style on Achill Island! Fight for the last of the summer rays and join us at the Pure Magic Battle for the Lake. Set the Wild Atlantic Way ablaze from the 30th of September to the 2nd of October with a weekend of fire, wind, sea and music. Nestled in Keel Lake on Achill Island the last weekend of summer fun, spraoi, music and family fun awaits.

LINE UP: Hot Sprockets / Scoops / Beef Supreme / Backroad Smoker’s Club/ Ham SandwicH / Third Smoke / Graham Sweeney / Roisin El Cherif /Gerry Hodges / Katie Gallagher / Grainne Fahy / Saoirse Casey / elly d / Keith Plunkett /Davie Furey / Vagabonds and Thieves Maria Kelly / The Swiftie Experience / DJ Manu / DJ Onix & Friends

World-class kite surfing performances can be enjoyed for free in the picture perfect setting of Keel Lake situated in the centre of Achill Island county Mayo. Liberal amounts of cool Atlantic water will be required when the Battle for the Lake Kitesurfing Battle hots up. Dance on the flaming wind into the night with the musicians and entertainers performing across three stages to the backdrop of the burning Lake. When night falls watch a rainbow of colours reflected in the Burning Lake, while you hear the crackle and bang of the superb firework display. The party on Saturday night keeps going with the exclusive Wave Crest after party where DJs surge the decks until the small hours.

Relax and unwind in the all new Healing & Relaxation Tent with local holistic therapists providing a range of treatments to festival-goers.

The kiddies’ area will delight and astonish little ones with a line-up of activities and performances including bouncy castle, fun fair rides. On both Saturday and Sunday there will be a very special DJ Wil Softly Kids Disco session and the Keel Sheep Show is also happening next door! With special guests, kids’ activities, food stalls there will be something in this weekend of surprises for everyone. Weekend Night tickets are available from €40 for the entire festival or €25 per Night from

Free event during the day for all

We have partnered with top local campsite Achill Keel Caravan Park for €6 euro per person per night visit Achill Camping for more details.

Catch the tickets while they are hot!

For more information please contact Lindsey Holmes Publicity on ei.yticilbuphl@ofni or 01-4970313

Planet Parade Are Set To Release Their New Album ‘Mercury’ in October 2016

Planet Parade will release their debut album Mercury in October 2016, and the band have just been announced as special guests on the Booka Brass Band October tour. They’ll have dates in Galway, Dublin and Cork.

Planet Parade is the brainchild of Kildare duo Michael Hopkins & Andrew Lloyd. After releasing two EP’s and more recently new tracks “You’ll Be Sorry“, Cardiac” and then “Blue Sky” in August 2015, they revealed a new 6 piece live line-up. The time has now come for the twosome to come fully out of hiding and release their debut album. The new album contains 11 tracks and is entitled Mercury

Planet Parade are now back with “Face To Face” another in the series of singles with a video to follow and a release date for their debut album. The album was recorded and produced by Michael and Andrew at home in Co Kildare.

You can catch Planet Parade live with Booka Brass Band

Oct 8th – Roisin Dubh, Galway
Oct 14th – Vicar Street, Dublin
Oct 29th – Cork Opera House

You can follow Planet Parade through their Website, Facebook and Twitter.

Cathy Davey Releases Her New Album ‘New Forest’ on September 9th

“New Forest” was produced by Cathy and is preceded by the first single “The Pattern”. The album was written and recorded in the forest, two forests in fact. The first was in one of Ireland’s sole surviving indigenous forests, Woodford, in Galway and the second on the skirts of Connemara. Continuing the ‘Forest’ theme Cathy launched a new Electric Picnic stage by debuting her album in all it is full sequential beauty on the Hazel Wood Stage at midnight on Friday September 2nd 2016

Speaking about the album, Cathy says “New Forest is a way of articulating the complexity of humans working in the natural world. Don’t despair however, the album isn’t about the sounds of hedgehogs mating, it’s still very much a pop music album!”

“Cathy Davey’s first new single in six years does represent rather a departure for the Wicklow songwriter. Synths and electronic atmospherics replace her signature guitar sound. But sure-footed as ever, the result is as beguiling as anything she’s done to date.” Irish Times

“At four minutes long ‘The Pattern’ is a mini epic. The song is constantly changing, and although there is a definite hook to the chorus (something Davey has always had a flair for) the songwriting ensures that we are in a very definite place sonically from where we began by the time we reach the end.” The Last Mixed Tape

While it has been six years since Cathy’s last album “The Nameless”, she most certainly been busy. In those years Cathy released charity albums, wrote for film and TV, and set up her own charity, the My Lovely Horse Rescue. Now also a mainstay of Electric Picnic, MLHR is where Cathy has been able to explore and enjoy her love of animals, saving them from their abusive pasts. The charity is now on a solid foundation and blossoming, and thus Cathy has found the time to get back to music, her first love, and where she belongs, right at the very top of the Irish music tree.

You can listen to Cathy’s new track ‘Armadillo’ and pre-order signed copies of ‘New Forest’ here

Cathy will be performing live in store at Tower Records, at 1pm on Friday, the 9th of September.

You can follow Cathy Davey through Facebook, Twitter and her Website

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Composing the Island | A Century of Music In Ireland 1916 – 2016

The first week of Composing the Island: A century of music in Ireland 1916 – 2016 commences this evening, Wednesday 7th September at 8pm with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra under the baton of Kenneth Montgomery performing orchestral works inspired by Irish history and landscape.

These include Ina Boyle’s Symphony No. 1 Glencree from 1927, a symphony that received its only previous complete performance in 1945; Norman Hay’s Dunluce from 1921 which was inspired by the dramatic ruined castle on the north Antrim coast and Charles Villiers Stanford’s Irish Rhapsody No. 4, sometimes known as the Ulster Rhapsody. Tickets Available Here

Thursday evening sees the Vanbrugh Quartet and guests performing early 20th century chamber music and songs by English and Irish composers who were inspired by Irish landscape, language and folk traditions. These composers include Hamilton Harty, Frederick May, Ernest John Moeran and Arnold Bax. Tickets Available Here

Our Friday lunchtime concert is by tenor Robin Tritschler with pianist Peter Tuite who will perform original compositions and folk song arrangements from the first decades of the 20th century in a programme entitled Songs of Erin: An Irish Songbook (Volume 1). Tickets Available Here

Assistant organist and director of the cathedral girl choristers at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, David Leigh will perform organ music from 1916 – 1945 by three influential teachers – Percy Buck, Charles Kitson & Charles Villiers Stanford. Tickets Available Here
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Our Friday evening concert features orchestral music from the 1930s performed by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra with conductor Gavin Maloney & soprano Máire Flavin. The programme includes Howard Ferguson’s Partita for Orchestra, Hamilton Harty’s last major completed work, The Children of Lir and Aloys Fleischmann’s The Four Masters – a concert overture drawing inpsiration from the annals of Celtic Ireland. Tickets Available Here

The Band of the Defence Forces School of Music treat us to an afternoon of music by Col. Wilhelm Fritz Brase, A.J. Potter, Gerard Victory & more on Saturday with Lieutenant Colonel Mark Armstrong as conductor. Tickets Available Here

On Saturday evening in the Kevin Barry Recital Room, the Fidelio Trio perform a selection of piano trios and sonatas by influential composers including Stanford, one of the most important figures in the musical life of Dublin, Michele Esposito and Joan Trimble. Tickets Available Here

Week One draws to a close on Sunday afternoon with the Vanbrugh Quartet perfomring chamber music composed between the wars. They will be joined by the Chiral Quartet and oboeist Matthew Manning for works by Ina Boyle, Brian Boydell, Frederick May & Aloys Fleischmann. Tickets Available Here

VP Ansip receives petition signed by 20,000 creators urging Commission to tackle transfer of value

  • An author delegation led by renowned French visual artist Daniel Buren presented a petition to Commission Vice-President Ansip today.
  • The petition, signed by some 20,000 creators, calls on the Commission to end the economic and legal loophole that platforms like YouTube have been wrongfully taking advantage of these past years.
  • The loophole results in a transfer of value from creators to tech giants, draining Europe of its creative potential.

As the Commission finalises its work on the copyright reform, authors are active throughout Europe and the world to ensure that their biggest concern is addressed. The petition, signed by Pedro Almodóvar, Charles Aznavour, Imogen Heap, Agnieszka Holland, Hooverphonic, Ennio Morricone, Mikis Theodorakis, and another 20,000 creators from all creative horizons (composers, authors, directors, screenwriters, photographers, sculptors, painters, etc.) and all over the European Union, is one of many signals to the European institutions that the current state of play is unacceptable.

Irish composer Bill Whelan comments: “The nourishing effects of creative activities are essential to our understanding of ourselves and our society. By removing the income sources which previously sustained these, we have, in a startlingly short time, reduced these careers to being essentially “amateur” or part-time (…). The Commission should be forcefully aware of the organic effect that this is having culturally and take swift and radical action to respond to this alarming and culturally damaging situation.”
Today, Internet giants argue that copyright obligations do not apply to them and hide behind safe harbour exemptions to avoid paying creators and rights holders fairly. The petition argues that “This is an unprecedented opportunity for Europe to lead a movement that rebalances the market so that creators, consumers and smaller businesses alike get the best possible deal.”

The meeting with Commission VP Ansip was attended by Daniel Buren, visual artist C215, architect Aymeric Zublena, painter Paul De Gobert and representatives of authors’ societies GESAC and EVA (European Visual Artists). The Panorama exception was discussed; an exception that the Commission thought unnecessary to address in its legislative proposal. This is a decision that GESAC and EVA applaud.

  • Read the text of the petition here.
  • Find the list of signatories here.
  • Read more about transfer of value here and here.
  • Read more about the Panorama exception here.

Moira Calling Next Week – September 10th 2016

Headlined by Hudson Taylor, the one-day event features a host of indigenous artists performing on Saturday, September 10th 2016 at The Demesne, Moira, Co Armagh, including; Ex Magician Pleasure Beach, Ports, David C Clements, Arborist, Callum Stewart, Hannah McPhillimy and many others. ‘Moira Calling’ is a celebration of Music, Food, and Drink, featuring 14 artists across two stages, with a key focus on local food, ales, and ciders. Local events company, Brown Lemonade Ltd, brings ‘Moira Calling’ to you.

More information

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