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Fangclub Announce Belfast Headline Show

Irish rock trio Fangclub have announced a Belfast headline show at McHughs Basement Bar on April 2nd 2017. The band released their new EP ‘Coma Happy’ in November 2016. Tickets priced £10 plus booking fee are on sale now for the over 18s show from,, Katy’s Bar & Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. Northern Ireland customers 0844 277 44 55 & Republic of Ireland customers 0818 719 300.

Fangclub are set to release their debut album later in 2017.

The band have already gathered major attention from press (Kerrang!, Rock Sound, Upset) and specialist DJ’s at BBC Radio 1 (Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, Daniel P.Carter, Phil Taggart) and Kerrang! Radio with their debut track “Bullet Head” (taken from from their debut EP “Bullet Head”). The band followed in its wake with standout tracks “Loner”, a head nodding, 90’s slacker rock inspired anthem and an explosive video and the brilliant “Dreamcatcher” which saw the seriously creepy video make its way onto the MTV Rocks and Kerrang! TV playlists.

There is little doubt that, if considering brute force and infectious tunes, Fangclub have what it takes to make an impact” – Upset

Their debut album due early next year looks full of promise – if it sounds anything like Bullet Head or Coma Happy a lot of people are going to be falling in love with Fangclub.”  –

Bursting with explosively catchy tunes” – Kerrang!

Destined for mainstream success” – Punktastic

With a debut album expected early next year, it’s worth getting excited about this trio.” – Rock Sound



IMRO | RTÉ Scoring For Film Programme Seeks Composers & Filmmakers

Following on from the success of previous collaborative film scoring workshops, IMRO and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, in association with Filmbase, The Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) and Screen Training Ireland will bring together the very best emerging Irish filmmakers and composers to work on an exciting collaborative project in 2017.

The focus of the project is a one day recording session in RTÉ studios in June 2017. This will involve the RTÉ Concert Orchestra performing and recording original scores for short film submissions received from emerging Irish filmmakers.

We are now seeking applications from interested composers and filmmakers who would like to participate in this project. Due to the limited number of places available we have set down a number of qualifying criteria for those wishing to take part.


1. Previous experience in scoring to picture (short film/advertisements etc.) desirable.
2. The ability to score for full orchestra is essential.
3. The ability to work to a tight deadline is also essential.


Submitted film projects for the scheme should require original scored music totalling between three and five minutes. Ideally the film should have a maximum duration of 10 – 12 minutes and should be close to or have completed picture lock. Once selected, the filmmakers will work with a composer, who has been selected through the process, who will create a score for the film to be performed and recorded by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.

All categories of film will be accepted e.g. live-action drama, animation, documentary, experimental, etc. Ideally, the film projects submitted should be close to completion on editing, but un-sound edited/mixed. The use of temp tracks or “mood music” where score is required is allowed but not required.

This initiative will provide emerging filmmakers and composers with a valuable opportunity to enhance their skills with hands-on experience in a vital aspect of film post-production. It is also a rare opportunity to have a score composed for full orchestra.

The closing date for submissions for this initiative is 17th March.

Our preference is to receive your submission electronically. Please send a link to your music or film submission to ei.ormi@nosnhoj.htiek or alternatively by post to:

IMRO / RTÉ Scoring For Film Program 2017
Keith Johnson
Director of Marketing & Membership
Irish Music Rights Organisation
Copyright House
Pembroke Row
Lower Baggot Street
Dublin 2

Candice Gordon Announces Debut Album “Garden Of Beasts”

Having previously recorded an EP with punk legend and hellraiser Shane MacGowan, Candice Gordon is set to release her debut full length album ‘Garden of Beasts’ on the 3rd March 2017 via Proper Octopus Records.

Produced by labelmate A.S. Fanning, and mixed by Ingo Krauss (Swans, Iggy and the Stooges), the album was recorded in a country house in Ireland and at the legendary Funkhaus in Berlin. It presents a rich and brooding sonic landscape constructed using a variety of synthetic and natural instruments from Moogs to flutes, and Gordon even plays a one-string Kazakh instrument at times.

Garden of Beasts is inspired by moving to Berlin and facing the very dark and heavy history that is visible and inescapable everywhere in the city. The second world war and the Holocaust feels very real and close here. It’s an exploration of human nature, the hubris of identity, dispossession, and the conflict between the allure of savagery and the desperation for salvation from that.” explains Candice.

“The Laws of Nature” is Gordon’s first single which evokes the dark and seedy side of 60s subculture ala The Doors or Jefferson Airplane. Gordon’s seductive vocal is both alluring and commanding, and the song tells of the tyranny of nature from which escape is futile.

The music video for Gordon’s first single off the album, ‘The Laws of Nature,’ features Butoh dancer and artist Zoe Darling. The mesmeric dance video is reminiscent of 60s psychedelia and shows Darling as a disjointed figure in an abyss, metamorphosing through animal forms, completely tense like a coiled spring, and then releasing herself into convulsions of both rapture and torture as she relinquishes control.

Butoh is a Japanese dance form where you see a lot of transformation through animals. In the video, the dancer makes very slow dance moves and you see her transforming into different life forms. I wanted parts of it to be unclear and uncanny. It’s a very wytchy song, it’s about being under the spell of the natural order,” said Candice.

Candice Gordon grew up in Dublin, Ireland, but has on occasion called London, Berlin, and Botswana her home. She has previously performed at Bestival, Body and Soul, Electric Picnic and Truck Festival, and supported and shared stages with the likes of Shane MacGowan, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Horrors, Kurt Vile and the Violators, and Kevin Morby. She has toured extensively in Europe and the UK since 2012.

Tour dates will soon be announced.

Brooding atmospheric songwriting packed with ominous poetics and powerful vocals.” Clash

“Agreeably bonkers slice of horror themed garage rock raucousness.” The Guardian

The greatest song never to feature on the Twin Peaks soundtrack.” Hotpress

Watch out we’ve got a badass over here.” Nylon

Sweetly dark folk-tinged music, like ‘Murder Ballads’ era Bad Seeds.” Time Out London


New Scoops Single ‘Quicksand’ Out Today

Scoops release their new single “Quicksand” today.

Scoops hailing from Dublin Ireland with their Acoustic Driven Rock/Pop sound have been one of the big surprise packages on the Irish music scene in the past 12 months. Selling out their first ever show in Dublin’s iconic Whelan’s venue in January 2016 weeks in advance and 4 short months later going on to tour the UK and Ireland on their own headline tour which included sell out shows in Dublin, London, Edinburgh, Amsterdam and many others along the way.

Not content with just success on the livescene their debut EP DzScenes of Joydz charted 2nd in the Official Irish iTunes Charts on release (second only to Adele).

Having been the chosen support for acts like Walking on Cars, Hudson Taylor and others their fan base has grown wildly and has seen them begin tours further afield in Scandinavia and mainland Europe. Now full time touring, with a second EP (April 2017) on the way, a live set packed with energy, sold out shows everywhere they go, an ever growing array of songs and growing support from Irish and International Radio and Industry people this band are one of the must see live Acts coming out of Ireland.

Their stage motto is simple: GIVE ENERGY – GET ENERGY.

Live Dates:
2 MARCH – GMIT MOXEGEN Galway, Ireland
4 MARCH – Emerald Sounds London 2017 London, UK
29 MARCH – Whelan’s Dublin, Ireland
SUN 11 JUNE Bare In The Woods 2017 Portarlington, Ireland

Snapchat: @scoopsmusic

Pan Celtic Song Contest Final this Saturday

Forget the Eurovision, come to the Seven Oaks Hotel this Saturday night, February 25th for the Pan Celtic Song Contest where eighteen original songs will be vying for the top prize of €1,000 and the honour of representing Ireland at the International event in Carlow in April.

Once again, and for the sixth year running, Carlow has the honour of hosting the gala final. The 18 songs shortlisted from over 40 entries will feature participants from across the country including counties Cork, Kerry, Galway, Dublin, Clare, Westmeath, Laois, Kildare and Carlow. The Carlow entries were penned by Mary Griffin, Tadhg Ó Grifín and Eva Kavanagh.

The gala event is sponsored by IMRO, Gael Linn and Glór Cheatharlach and musical director is Ollie Hennessy. The evening will also feature performances from guest artiste Eric Butler. Adjudicating panel will consist of Seathrún Ó Casaide of the well known Na Casadaigh family group from Donegal, RTÉ produce Brian Páircéir and traditional singer Deirdre Nig Eanruig.

Prizes will include €100 for 3rd place, €200 for 2nd place with the composer of the winning song receiving a cash prize of €1,000. The song will represent Ireland at the Pan Celtic International Song Contest when the festival returns to Carlow in April where it will be up against entries from the other participating Celtic nations of Wales, Scotland, Brittany, Cornwall and The Isle of Man.

A great occasion not to be missed on Saturday night in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow. A packed audience is expected for the event and tickets cost just €10. Doors open at 7.30pm and the show begins at 8pm. Tickets are available on the door on the night. A raffle will take place during the interval with a cash prize of €100 compliments of Dan Morrissey & Co up for grabs as well as a Seven Oaks Hotel voucher and a Carlow Food hamper.


Sub Motion Release ‘Soccer Mom’

Sub Motion are a Dublin based explosive punk/rock band, that have been around for 4 years now. After releasing several EP’s, the band took some time to revamp their sound and image in early 2016. The result of this was their single “HEADCHECKED”, released in October 2016. This single marked a new beginning for the band and gained immediate praise, with Hot Press telling everyone to “Meet the band of unashamedly serious rockers defiantly pushing against the grain of indie and folk bands in Ireland”. RTE 2fm’s Dan Hegarty announced it as his “favourite song towards the end of 2016“, along with radio stations from the UK and US playlisting the track. The last few years have seen the band playing the Button Factory, the RDS, Roisín Dubh, Sin É, ‘Vantastival’, ‘K-Fest’, the ‘Vibe for Philo’ headlining and selling out Whelan’s numerous times and playing in the UK.

Now, Sub Motion are set to release their highly anticipated new single “Soccer Mom” on 24th February 2017. Recorded live and with James Darkin at the helm (Kanye, Funeral suits, Hozier,, Rihanna), this song has grabbed the attention of many big hitters in the industry. With other singles to follow in 2017, it won’t be long till you see these rockers making a very big impression on the music scene.

Headchecked is a song that promises so much and doesn’t disappoint, with its raw energy and slap to the face pace” – Dublin’s 98FM
With the likes of Queens of The Stone Age and Foo Fighters having played sold out gigs in recent times, Ireland is ready for distorted guitars, heavy drums and heavy rock. One of these bands making a name for themselves over the years is Sub Motion” – Dublin Concerts
It’s always refreshing for a rocker at heart like myself to see unfettered loudness and instant impact from a live show” – REMY
I love ‘Headchecked’ so much I want to marry it. Can you marry a song? Cause if you can…” – ISX Radio NYC


Guitarists Announced for Ards International Guitar Festival

With the world’s guitarists at your fingertips, Ards and North Down Borough Council is delighted to announce the line-up for this year’s Ards International Guitar Festival. The festival returns in April 2017 with an eclectic mix to suit every taste. Celebrating all that is brilliant locally with a clever mix of international artists.

From the 5-9 April Newtownards will be alive with the sound of classical, blues, folk, jazz bluegrass and a smattering of rock to keep audiences on their toes. Every genre is covered. Whether you play the guitar yourself or just love music there will be something for you. Check out the full festival programme at

This festival is real opportunity to hear world renowned musicians such as Jon Gomm. The UK based guitarist combines jaw-dropping guitar playing skills and artistic soul to craft instrumental compositions that reflect ambient and progressive music that transcends global cultures. Jon will be supported by Becky Langan, a remarkable percussive fingerstyle guitarist.

Other highlights this year include Irish classical guitarist John Feeley, jazz guitarist Hugh Buckley in conversation and in session with Ronnie Greer, excellent young guitarists Will McNichol and Joseph Leighton and a trio of Sunday Songbirds Sarah McQuaid, Brigid O’Neill and Eilidh Patterson.

International acts this year include Grammy Award winner and Solid Air Records artist Amrit Sond whose unique contemporary instrumental music draws on elements of his African and Asian roots, jazz, classical, folk, rock and new acoustic techniques.

A uniquely talented guitarist and singer, Narciso Saul interprets tangos, milongas and Argentine folk music as well as creating his own compositions and will perform a free drop in gig at Ards Arts Centre.

Sure to be one of the highlights of this year’s festival the Rumours Re-Told event sees a cast of major local talents unite for a unique one-off event to bring the classic Fleetwood Mac album to life in honour of the 40th anniversary. The album will be performed in its entirety and the event will also feature some unique interpretations and arrangements. Performers include, Anthony Toner, Stevie Moore, Gary Lutton, Billy Cook, Gavin Ferris, Ken Haddock, Matt McGinn, Suzy Coyle, Ellen Weir, Cormac Neeson, Emer Maguire, The Lazy Flies, Matthew Malcolm, Paul Mahon, Paddy Anderson, Una Clarke and Wookalilly.

Tours of the Avalon guitar factory will provide visitors with an insight into the production line of the handcrafted guitar. The guitar clinics will allow guitar aficionados to learn the techniques from the masters in an intimate environment.

There are a number of free events taking place at Ards Arts Centre including a rare opportunity to see George Lowden sit down with BBC Radio Ulster’s Ralph McLean to talk about his inspiration, his passions – and the guitars that have taken his name to concert stages across the world.

Ards International Guitar Festival is a must for the music enthusiast. For ticket details or to view the full programme please visit the website or alternatively call Ards Arts Centre on 028 9181 0803

IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards 2016

This evening Tuesday 21st February,’s Paddy McKenna hosted the much-anticipated ninth IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year Awards at the Irish Music Rights Organisation Headquarters in Dublin.

The award for National Live Music Venue of the Year 2016 (via public vote) went to the National Opera House, Wexford.

Of the annual awards voted by over 11,500 IMRO members Victor Finn, IMRO Chief Executive said “A strong live music circuit is the lifeblood of a vibrant music industry. It is important that we acknowledge those venue owners and festivals promoters whose commitment, passion and support for live music throughout the country enables music creators to continue making the music we all enjoy”.

Other winners in the regional categories include

Dublin – Vicar Street

Rest of Leinster – Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny

Connacht – The Quays, Galway

Munster – Coughlan’s, Cork

Ulster – Voodoo, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Also nabbing accolades for IMRO Music Festival of the Year and IMRO Small Live Music Festival 2016 were Sea Sessions and Kilkenny Tradfest respectively.

The Olympia Theatre picked up the award for IMRO Tech Crew of the Year.

The IMRO Outstanding Contribution to Live Music accolade was awarded to the late Frank Murray (manager for Thin Lizzy & The Pogues) who sadly passed away in December 2016. The award was presented on the night to Frank’s daughter Shannon Murray.

Performances on the night came from Soulé, Jafaris and Overhead, The Albatross.

Hot Press Editor Niall Stokes also gave special commendations, presenting awards to The Olympia Theatre, Dublin / Mike The Pies, Listowel and Boyle’s of Slane.

He said: “It has been an outstanding year for live music in Ireland. That is, of course, true in relation to what is happening in the big venues, like The Olympia Theatre, which has just been refurbished with spectacular results, and at festivals – which are so important to the ongoing health of Irish music. But from the point of view of working Irish musicians, it is really encouraging also to see the emergence of venues in smaller towns around the country, where they can go and gig – and both find an audience and earn their wages. Which is why I am so pleased to have presented awards tonight to Mike The Pies in Listowel and Boyle’s of Slane. It is the hard work and dedication of the people who make things happen in venues and bars like these – and countless others around the country – that make all the difference. Long may they flourish.”

Live music venues and festivals play a vital role in the music industry in Ireland, giving international and homegrown artists a platform to engage with fans and build new audiences. They also play a central role in urban and rural communities across the country, providing a social gathering space for varied audiences, and contributing hugely to the domestic economy.

Loud Motive Release ‘Honda Accord’

Young Irish Hip-Hop group Loud Motive are back, releasing ‘Honda Accord.’ Following sell out performances in The Bello Bar, Whelan’s, The Sound House and The Sugar Club, Loud Motive dropped their first music video as a preview for their fans on Facebook. The video amassed close to 10,000 organic views in under 24 hours. Under the eye of director Ovie David Williams, the group show us that they are not to be underestimated.

A sleek video compliments the new material, enthralling the viewer. ‘Honda Accord’ is unlike any previous release by the up-and-coming act, however they show us that they refuse to let their excellent form slip. Loud Motive display masterful use of a simple yet high impact instrumental section which marries nicely with the lyrical prowess of Marvel Mav. The song most definitely adds to the high energy atmosphere that has blown away audience members in the past.

‘Honda Accord’ is an unmissable, excellently crafted release and yet is only a sample of what Loud Motive have in store.

‘Honda Accord’ is available as a free download for a limited time only at before general release on all major platforms over the coming weeks.

Third Smoke to Release New EP “Maybe In Time”

Third Smoke are set to release their new EP “Maybe In Time” on 17th March with a launch night in Whelan’s on 18th March. A group of multi-instrumentalists that deliver a performance of raucous gang vocals and sweat combined with the fluid swapping of instruments throughout. Expect a live show built on controlled mayhem and powerful vocal interplay.

On the back of a busy 2016 including supporting Ham Sandwich, Glen Hansard and The Minutes, the summer of 2016 saw Third Smoke return to Longitude and Electric Picnic, whilst also appearing at Sea Sessions, Indiependence, Vantastival and more.

2017 continues in this vein with the launch of their first official EP “Maybe In Time”, mixed and produced by Joseph Edwards and Karl Odlum (Glen Hansard, the Frames, Ham Sandwich).

Excellent new Irish music from Third Smoke – Their brand new single ‘Man Made Fire’ is an epic salvo from one of our most interesting bands.” Ed Smith, Today FM.

Dundalk-based indie-rock band follow up their idiosyncratic season-focused single Ms. Summer Breeze, Third Smoke push their harmonic ways that are reminiscent of Grizzly Bear with a bit more bluesy chain-smoking going on.” Nialler 9, The Irish times.

…whatever genius binds Third Smoke. The Dundalk band are deservedly on the rise and their combination of Fleet Foxes-esque harmonies, Beatles-inspired melodies and deft playing is enough to ensure smooth ride. Watch this space” Phil Udell,


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