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Sing for Simon

Charity Show to help the Homeless of the Dublin Simon Community this Christmas featuring KEVIN CASEY and friends.

DUBLIN, THURSDAY – December 8, 2016: Famed troubadour, KEVIN CASEY, of the Dublin singer/songwriter circuit plays host to a one-off Christmas Charity benefit gig to aid the homeless of Dublin’s Simon Community at 8pm in The Vintage Rooms of The Workmans Club, Wellington Quay D2. In lieu of a cover charge, items of various toiletries are requested for donation. Other musical heavyweights on the night include Jeremiah Day, Brian Moriarty (Saints Boulevard) and Brew (Bluesun) with additional special guests Michelle Revins and Roger Berkeley. This inaugural show will pave the way for similar annual events as the Dublin Simon Community will be more effective in distributing the donated toiletries that are very much essential to anyone living rough especially at Christmas, so spread the tidings of goodwill to all this Christmas Season and enjoy what promises to be a Christmas cracker of a show!

RTÉ Announces New Partnership with Choice Music Prize

RTÉ has announced a new partnership with the RTÉ Choice Music Prize. The partnership will see both RTÉ2 and RTÉ 2FM play a lead role in supporting what has become one of the highlights of the Irish musical calendar as part of a new agreement.

Commenting on the announcement, Dee Forbes, Director-General RTÉ, said,

“Supporting Irish music and Irish musicians is a core part of what RTÉ does and this partnership will allow us to take our support one step further. Through RTÉ2 and RTÉ2FM, two established brands with a long and rich history in supporting Irish music, and through our popular online and mobile platforms, RTÉ will put the RTÉ Choice Music Prize at the centre of a campaign that will bring the best Irish artists and songs from the past year to a wider audience.”

The shortlist for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2016, in association with IMRO & IRMA, will be announced on Wednesday 11th January, 2017.

Commenting on the announcement, Victor Finn, Chief Executive IMRO said, “We are delighted to continue our longstanding association with this important music prize. Irish music continues to push new boundaries and this prize shines a light on the music creators and songs that resonate so strongly with audiences at home and abroad”.

And Willie Kavanagh, IRMA Chairman adds “We at IRMA are happy to continue our support of the RTE Choice Music Prize. The ongoing search for new artists and new music, which is the focus of the RTE Choice Music Prize, represents the life blood of the music industry in Ireland”.

The winning album will be announced at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event, held in Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday 9th March 2017. As part of the new partnership, the event will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM in a special four hour extended programme from 7-11pm and on RTÉ2 as part of a special RTÉ Choice Music Prize programme, approximately one week later.

The 12th annual RTÉ Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate and acknowledge the best in Irish recorded music. The prize has become one of the highlights of the Irish musical calendar since its inception in 2005 and is awarded to the Irish Album of the Year, as chosen from a shortlist of ten releases by a panel of twelve Irish music media professionals and industry experts.

The winning act will receive €10,000, a prize fund which has been provided by The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). All of the shortlisted acts will receive a specially commissioned award.

RAAP, Culture Ireland & Golden Discs are also official project partners. Culture Ireland will fund the attendance of influential overseas Industry executives to attend the Choice Music Prize Live Event on March 9th while Golden Discs will feature special stands showcasing the RTE Choice Music Prize nominees across their stores nationwide.

A list of Irish albums released to date in 2016 is available here.

RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of The Year 2016

The shortlist for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of The Year 2016 will be announced on Wednesday 1st February, 2017. A Special event featuring exclusive performances from both Album of the Year and Song of the Year nominees will be held in Dublin that evening.

Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event will go on sale from all Ticketmaster outlets and from on Friday December 2nd priced €26.50 including booking fee.

IMRO present award to We Banjo 3

Keith Johnson from IMRO was delighted to present We Banjo 3 with an award in recognition of their String Theory album going straight in at No.1 in the  Billboard World Music Chart in August of this year.

Award-winning quartet WeBanjo3 from Galway, Ireland combine Irish Music with Old-Time American and Bluegrass influences to reveal the banjo’s rich legacy and roots. When this band of brothers take flight in a wave of virtuosity, verve and joie-de-vivre, feet tap and pulses race.

Featuring banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, vocals and percussion We Banjo 3 make a bold and extraordinary musical statement. Creativity, sensitivity and passion are present in full measure and Irish music is at the heart of what they play.

We Banjo 3 play with swing and soul, effortlessly combining the best of Irish and Bluegrass banjo music and song, mining the rich vein of the American Old Time tradition and thoroughly reinventing the banjo band sound. Modern rhythms, traditional melodies, virtuosic technique and innovative arrangements of music and song add up to an incredible feast of banjo and mandolin music – guaranteed to put a smile on your face and get your feet tapping.

Keep an eye on these guys because 2017 promises to be a huge year.

18 year old Katie O’Connor wins 6th annual IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition

Singer songwriter, Katie O’Connor who hails from Raheny in Dublin was crowned the winner of the 6th annual IMRO Christie Hennessy Song Competition with her song ‘Just Too Young’.

Katie was inspired to write the song when she was 15 after she discovered her 5 year old cousin was diagnosed with cancer.

The live final took place on Saturday, 26th November at The Rose Hotel, Tralee, with a special guest performance from the much-loved singer songwriter John Spillane. Ten finalists were selected from over 200 entries from across Ireland and beyond to perform their original song in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges.

As the winner, Katie was presented with a cheque for €1,000, courtesy of Tralee Credit Union and Kilkenny man Robert Grace received €300 as a worthy runner up for his song ‘Talk To Me’ which he co-wrote with James Foley and Glenn Herlihy.

The competition which is a tribute to one of Tralee’s most famous sons had over 200 entries from across Ireland and beyond. Now in its sixth year, the competition has grown in stature over the years to become one of Ireland’s leading song competitions and continues to attract a high calibre of songwriters from Ireland and overseas, covering a broad range of musical genres. Previous winners have included Paul McDonnell, Dave Molloy, Alan Kavanagh, Enda Reilly/Christine Deady and Míde Houlihan.

Twitter: @oconnorkatie9

New Orchestral Work by Vincent Kennedy

IMRO member Vincent Kennedy’s latest work IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN (New orchestral suite in 8 movements) will receive its World Premiere performance at 5pm on Saturday 3rd December 2016. The work has been commissioned by Roscommon County Council for Roscommon County Youth Orchestra with Moate Community School Orchestra to celebrate and remember 1916. Vincent’s inspiration for the music is the 1916 Proclamation and events that took place at that time and people that were involved directly or indirectly or who had an influence on Irish culture at the time, hence the movements are called.

2. Raising The Flag
3. Brothers In Arms
4. O’Connell Street Tram
5. An Craoibhin Aoibhinn – Soloists Natalia Murray- Violin, Ella Healy – Cello
6. Valour And Discipline
7. Arbour Hill
8. August Destiny

“In this supreme hour the Irish nation must, by its valour and discipline and by the readiness of its children to sacrifice themselves for the common good, prove itself worthy of the august destiny to which it is called.

Signed on behalf of the Provisional Government,

CISAC Release Its 2016 Global Collections Report

The International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) has released its 2016 Global Collections Report providing insight into the remuneration of creators in the year 2015. This unique publication aggregates financial data from the organisation’s 239 member societies, which represent over four million creators of music, audiovisual works, drama, literature and visual arts in 123 countries. For the first time, the report also consolidates CISAC members’ data with figures from leading music publishers on the digital music business in key markets.

The report shows that total royalties have grown for the third year in a row to €8.6 billion, up 8.9% from 2014 and breaking the €8 billion mark for the first time. Music collections accounted for nearly 90% of this figure (€7.5 billion) and increased 8.5% year on year. Other repertoires also experienced strong growth with audiovisual royalties up 15.1% and royalties for visual art increasing 27.4%.

Collections from digital services jumped 21.4%, representing 7.2% of overall royalties collected around the world. The new edition of CISAC’s Global Collections Report provides in-depth analysis of market trends with a first look at collections by societies and music publishers from digital music platforms in the US, Canada, UK, France, Germany and Sweden.

CISAC President and electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre said: “In 2015, CISAC member organisations collected over €8.6 billion, an all-time high in the history of the confederation. Such a positive report matters a lot to creators worldwide. Like everyone else, we rely on the health of the economy. However, unlike others, we truly depend on our societies to collect our royalties so that we can continue creating. We need effective systems that capture the value of our works and require those who benefit from them to pay us fairly. The positive health of the creative industries and the ability of creators to make a living from their work is of vital importance to culture as well as to the economy”.

Key trends:
•Global royalty collections in 2015 totalled over €8.6 billion, rising 8.9% from 2014 collections.
•By region, Europe continues to lead the world in royalty collections with 58.4% of the total (€5.0 billion), experiencing a year-on-year growth of 3.6%.
•By repertoire, music accounts for the vast majority of collections (86.8% of the total). Audiovisual (+15.1%) and Visual Arts (+27.4%) posted strong year-on-year growth.
•Collections from digital services jumped 21.4% but account for only 7.2% of total royalties collected worldwide.

Commenting on the report’s findings, CISAC Director General Gadi Oron stated: “CISAC members’ collections in 2015 experienced unprecedented growth of close to 9% year-on-year and, for the first time, broke the €8 billion mark. This is testament to the continued development of the global collective management network and the increased efforts of our members on improving their operations, adjusting their licensing solutions and responding to market demands. The strong growth experienced in all regions of the world in which CISAC members are active is particularly encouraging. It reflects the grassroots work undertaken in many countries by CISAC and its members to promote favourable laws, support societies’ operations and further improve their services to affiliated creators and publishers.”

Digital Music

The new CISAC report includes a special focus on the online market and, for the first time, provides analysis by industry expert Susan Butler on the digital music business. It brings consolidated data from societies and music publishers in six key markets (US, Canada, UK, France, Germany and Sweden) on collections from ad-supported digital audio and video platforms, subscription digital audio services and paid download services.

The report shows that subscription services is the prevailing model in terms of royalties paid to creators and music publishers in the US, UK, France and Sweden, while download services dominate digital income in Germany and Canada. Ad-supported services pay creators significantly less than other business models for online music, in all key markets.

Commenting on creators’ income from digital platforms, Gadi Oron said: “2015 saw an overall increase of 21.4% in our members’ collections from digital platforms and this is strongly encouraging. Yet, the share of digital income out of total royalties collected by our members is fairly low, at 7.2% only. The main root of the problem remains legal loopholes and outdated laws which prevents our members from obtaining fair royalties from digital platforms in many countries. The huge difference between collections from subscription services and ad- supported platforms is not only alarming, but also clear evidence that regulatory solutions are desperately needed. Some major online services generate huge profits from the use of creative content, but refuse to share them with the creators of that content. What we are witnessing is a transfer of value from those who create to those who disseminate; an unfair situation which requires urgent attention from governments and legislators.”

Global figures in further detail

Collections by region
•Growth was driven globally, in all regions of the world.
•North America posted the strongest growth with a 33% increase in collections year on year. This jump is partly attributable to exchange rate fluctuations and the income from the Harry Fox Agency (now part of the SESAC group), added to CISAC’s data for the first time.
•Africa saw encouraging increase of 14.9% in collections between 2014 and 2015.
•Asia-Pacific collections went up 5.6%.
•Latin America & the Caribbean saw a 3.7% growth.
•Europe had a 3.6% growth year on year.

Collections by repertoire
•Generating the lion’s share of global collections at 86.8%, music collections grew in 2015 by 8.5%.
•Audiovisual collections went up 15.1% from 2014 to 2015 reaching €574 million, with the overwhelming majority of these royalties (90%) collected in Europe.
•Visual arts, the smallest sector in terms of royalty collections (€181 million) showed the strongest growth (+27.4%).

Collections by type of right
•Royalties for public performance rights posted a growth rate of 9.1%, climbing to €6.8 billion and accounting for 78.8% of overall collections.

Download the Full Report Here

The Strypes Announce Limited Edition 7”

The Strypes are set to release a limited edition 7” double A-side single, ‘Down At The Radiotron / Peace, Love, and Understanding’. Released through Reckless Records, all profits from the limited 500 vinyl-only will be donated to the charity CanTeen Ireland.

CanTeen Ireland is a nationwide support group for young people between the ages of 12 and 25 years who have or have had cancer – the only support group in Ireland specifically for young people with cancer. Its aims are to support, empower and develop young people with cancer by providing an opportunity for young people who have been affected with cancer to meet up in a relaxed and informal setting.

Recorded at the brand spanking new Camden Studios in Dublin last month, the double-A-side features versions of Nick Lowe’s ‘(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding’ and Stefan Murphy’s ‘Down at the Radiotron’. 100 copies will be signed by all 4 band members, and will include an extra £10 donation to CanTeen. Pre-orders will be shipped the week commencing 9 January 2017 but if you can’t wait until January for a fix of The Strypes, the band play Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on Thursday 8 December.
Pre-order ‘Down At The Radiotron / Peace, Love, and Understanding’ HERE

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“All Of The Stars” | The New Single from Glenn&Ronan

2016 will go down as a most memorable year in the lives of Glenn&Ronan. To finish the year out, they release their second single, “All Of The Stars” on December 2nd on iTunes with the Spotify release on 11th November via Liffey Records.

The stars have certainly shone brightly for Glenn Murphy and Ronan Scolard over the past year. Little did they know at the start of 2016 what lay ahead for them. Three months into the new year a video of their performing an Adele medley went viral, racking up over 25m views! An invitation came quickly from the legendary Ellen DeGeneres Show in the States for them to appear. Then to crown off the hat trick, Adele invited them on stage to perform the medley at her sold-out Dublin show.

Glenn&Ronan released their debut single “Come Home” in September and are back with a new single written by none other than Ed Sheeran and Johnny McDaid from Snow Patrol. “All Of The Stars” showcases Glenn&Ronan’s magnificent vocal range. The song was produced in Ireland by Chris O’Brien and Graham Murphy and showcases their stunning vocal talents, taking their trademark piano/vocal chilled sound to new heights in production.

Glenn&Ronan are thrilled to have been asked to join the line-up for Dublin City at Christmas events to switch on the Henry St lights 17th. Speaking about this honour the guys said “We are completely honoured to be asked to be part of the Christmas light events in Dublin. It’s All Of The Stars…and the Christmas lights!”

Available 2nd December 2016 on iTunes & November 11th on Spotify

Mick Hanly & Donal Lunny Take to the Road

I suppose it was inevitable that two stalwarts of the Irish music scene, whose careers have intertwined many times over the last 45 years would sooner or later emerge in the guise of a musical duo. The combination of songwriter Mick Hanly and multi-instrumentalist and composer Donal Lunny is a marriage made in musical heaven. Both have honed their musical skills to perfection and play with a freshness and enthusiasm that belies their years on the road.

In the 70’s Lunny produced Hanly’s two folk albums, the much loved Kiss In The Morning Early and As I Went Over Blackwater for Mulligan Records. After his departure from the ground breaking Planxty, he went on to found and fronting the hugely influential Bothy Band. After some years on the Continent with Andy Irvine, Hanly decided to go it alone and explore a more contemporary song writing style. However, their paths crossed again when Hanly took over from Christy Moore as vocalist in Moving Hearts. After 14 months with the band he quit to concentrate on song writing. The Hearts went on to record the magnificent instrumental album The Storm, which contained Lunny’s beautiful composition Tribute to Peadair O’Donnell. Lunny also founded Coolfin and continued to produce and play on a variety projects too numerous to mention.

Meanwhile, Hanly clocked a huge success in the US with ‘Past The Point Of Rescue’. Recorded by Hal Ketchum….. it picked up a 3rd BMI award in 2002 for 2 Million plays on American radio. His songs were also recorded by the likes of Dolores Keane, Mary Black, Ronnie Drew, Delbert McClinton, etc. When recording his latest album, Homeland, Hanly again called on Lunny to add his unique sound to 4 of the tracks. The album is a joy. Hanly is joined by many of his old friends as he grapples with bringing a traditional influence to some brand new stories. Lunny, as always adding his unique touches to the mix.

Now the two ‘vets’ are taking to the road for a ten night stint around the country this November…..If they’re playing in your neck of the woods….be sure and catch them.

18 St David’s Church, Naas. Tickets:
19 The Forge, Moycullen Tickets: 091 868944
20 DeBarra’s, Clonakilty, Co. Cork 023 8833381 Tickets:
24 The Royal Oak, Carlow Tickets:
25 The Village Theatre, Loughrea, Tel Tickets:
26 The Arts Centre, Cobh, 021 4813790
27 The DC Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin Tickets

To The End with Track Dogs

“To The End” is the current single taken from Track Dogs’ third studio album “Serenity Sessions”. It was the last song recorded for the new album and whereas many of the band’s other tracks feature four-part harmonies and multi-instrument arrangements the special thing about “To The End” is that it features the band’s classic line up of cajón, guitar, bass, trumpet and lead vocals. Sometimes less truly is more.

Lyrically the song deals with the theme of bullying, both school bullying but also bullying of the old and vulnerable. Within this it also addresses anti-war and anti-abuse sentiments. The official “lyric” video for the song uses strong images to convey it’s message along with the simple, yet direct words of the song.

“To The End is an instantly enjoyable, smooth start to the album. Brushed snares, light piano and soft, sleepy brass ease airily from the speakers while the warmth of Garrett Wall’s vocal charms the listener. To The End, though, is a sheep in wolf’s clothing. It’s like a gentle summer love song, but there’s a clever bite to those lyrics.”

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