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Creative Crime Announce Debut Release

The debut single  ‘Give Me our Pain’ from Hip-Hop duo Creative Crime is set for release on May 9th (Track Only) and the video one week later on May 16th via Slap In The Face Records. The single will be available to stream and download from bandcamp Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music and all other stores, there will be no physical singles available.

Creative Crime will host a launch Party in Whelans (Upstairs) On May 19th  Support acts TBC

Creative Crime are a brand new hip hop / dance act from Dublin Ireland. Consisting of lyricist God Creative and producer/vocalist Crimes Against (Ghost Estates, Sickboy). Work began on a record in early 2016, their 1st demos were quickly brought to the attention of director Mark O’Connor and singer Damien Dempsey. O’Connor featured several unreleased album tracks in his upcoming film Cardboard Gangsters and also hired Crimes Against to do the original score for the film. Dempsey was so impressed he invited them to play support for a 2016 Irish tour including shows in Vicar St and Mandella Hall.

Creative Crime release their 1st single ‘Give Me Your Pain’ May 12th 2017 with a video starring documentary film maker, actor and activist John Connors

The story has just begun….

Official Website:

Eoin O’Callaghan Reveals New Project Elma

Derry multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer and songwriter Eoin O’Callaghan makes music under the monikers Best Boy Grip and as part of Wake America.

However, his brand new project Elma explores a filmic, soundscape-based approach to composition. Its been a seven-month process in which O’Callaghan has exclusively used analog gear – a Revox B77 tape machine, piano, bass, cello and a bunch of synths. The project will also feature samples taken from conversations with a hermit called Dolama who is based in Lima. According to O’Callaghan, “[Dolama] has provided some amazing vocal samples for me and the album is developing into a kind of search for isolation… a realisation that we can step away from the constant barrage of social media…

The lead track ‘Drive’ is the first instalment taken from the project’s forthcoming album release, Flutter Part 1  – which will be released via Amelia Records later this year. Critics have their thumbs up and believe O’Callaghan is hinting at something very special for the full-length album.

You can check out the new video and the Spotify link below.

Youtube –
Spotify –
Twitter – @elmaplays

Ryan Sheridan Releases New Single and Video

Ryan Sheridan will release his new single ‘All Of It’ in Ireland on Friday 19 May 2017.The hotly anticipated single is the first official release since his Number One album ‘Here and Now’ topped the Irish charts. Currently writing and recording, ‘All Of It’ is a taster of those new recording sessions.

To mark the US release of his album ‘The Day You Live Forever’ with Warner later this year, Ryan Sheridan joins Rodrigo Y Gabriela as special guest on their US Tour. Ryan joins Rea Garvey as part of his tour of Germany and is also set to announce dates for his return to China this October. There are new rooms to be rocked, and fresh chapters to be written across the world.

Ryan Sheridan, a gifted and inventive guitarist, has combined his dazzling six-string skills with a percussive attack to create a unique sound that has thrilled packed housesat around the world. A born entertainer, Ryan Sheridan is a passionate singer with a commanding stage presence and a gift for storytelling. His acoustic-driven, anthemic sound connects with audiences wherever he is seen and heard.

Ryan Sheridan’s debut album – ‘The Day You Live Forever’ – fuelled massive hits ‘Jigsaw’ and ‘The Dreamer’ achieved platinum status in Ireland. His Number One album – ‘Here and Now’ – followed with massive radio hits ‘Here and Now’, ‘I’m Alive’, and ‘Hearsay’ and sold out European tours where he thrilled audiences with his high-octane live shows.

‘All Of It’ is available for download across all platforms on Friday 19 May 2017.

Tour Dates:
Ryan Sheridan joins Rodrigo Y Gabriela as special guest on their US/Canadian Tour this May/June 2017 ahead of the US release of ‘The Day You Live Forever’ with Warners.
24 May – USA, Seattle, Showbox SoDo
25 May – USA,Portland, Roseland Theatre
27 May – USA San Francisco, The Fillmore
28 May – USA, San Francisco, The Fillmore
31 May – USA, Boulder, Boulder Theatre
2 June – USA, Minneapolis, FIrst Avenue
3 June – USA, Chicago, Vic Theatre
4 June – USA, Chicago, Vic Theatre
6 June – USA, Boston, House of Blues
8 June – USA, Brooklyn, Brooklyn Steel
9 June – USA, New York, Terminal 5
10 June – USA, Philadelphia, Electric Factory
11 June – USA, Washington, DCThe 9:30Club
12 – USA, Washington,The 9:30Club 14 June – Canada Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre

23 June – München Tollwood Festival – special guest with Rea Garvey
24 June – Leipzig / Parkbühne – special guest with Rea Garvey
01 July – Stuttgart / Mercedes Benz Arena – special guest with Rea Garvey
22 July – Emmendingen / EMMusic Festival – special guest with Rea Garvey
04 August – Enderdorf / Brombachsee Open Air – special guest with Rea Garvey
13 August – Aschaffenburg / AKF – – special guest with Rea Garvey
27 August – Essen / Seaside Beach Festival – special guest with Rea Garvey

8th July – Sean Ogs- Gweedore
9th July – O’flaghertys- Buncrana
4-6 August – Indiependence Festival
31st August – Mike the Pies Listowel

1st Oct – 15th

Pine the Pilcrow Release ‘Dahlia’

Pine the Pilcrow are a contemporary folk trio based in Dublin. Kevin Murray (Piano & Guitar), Hannah Ryan (Violin) and Robert Campbell (Cello). Their new single ‘Dahlia’ is released and available on all streaming sites from today, Friday 28th April.

The band’s first EP received very high praise! As well as winning the The Last Mixed Tapes ‘Readers EP of the Year’, their song ‘Its Only Love’ was included in Nialler9’s, TLMT, The Thin Air’s and many more ‘Best Of 2016’ lists.

They went on to play to perform all over the country as well as playing a record 4 stages at Electric Picnic.

The band will play The Unitarian Church on April 28th to launch the single and have a host of gigs lined up for the summer, with more to be announced.

April 28th Unitarian Church
June 2nd YouBloom
June 3rd Vantastival
June 23rd Civic Theatre
June 25th Body and Soul
July 21st Ballinamore Fringe Fest
July 28th The Tin Church Laragh
Aug 5th Arcadian Field
Aug 6th Fheile Beag
Sep 3rd Electric Picnic

IMRO Music Technology in Performance Workshops (Ableton Live)

Dates / Times / Locations

Saturday 13th May 11.00am – 2.00pm  IMRO, Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2.
Thursday 18th May 7.00pm – 10.00pm  Oh Yeah Centre, 15-21 Gordon Street, Belfast, BT1 2LG.
Wednesday 31st May 7.00pm – 10.00pm Harbour Hotel, New Dock Road, Galway.

Bookings: (FREE events – Booking essential) Email: ei.ormi@stneve 

Ableton Certified training providers present this demo and hands-on workshop exploring how you can integrate the latest music technology and techniques to your song writing and performance. There will be a ‘Live Performance’ focus to these workshops and also a practical slant so you can pick up tips & tricks to bring to your own set up. This show-and-tell will take the form of initial demonstrations from experienced producers/musicians from the CreateSound team followed by a break-out session where participants can get their hands dirty with the latest hardware and software to explore the ideas discussed. Speakers are actively using Ableton in a live context and will be sharing their experiences along the way. All equipment including laptops, full software (incorporating latest Ableton Suite & Link) and midi controllers (e.g. PUSH) will be provided for you to use. Facilitators will be floating around to answer your specific queries.
Demo session will run for approximately one hour and will include sections on:

  • Intro to Ableton, PUSH & Link – some key features that support performance.
  • Live Set Up – run through of live set up being used by one of the tutors (Caz9).
  • Live Film Scoring – demo of putting music to film via software & controllers.

The ‘Break-Out’ session will run for about 2 hours with all equipment provided.

IMRO To Host Monthly Songwriting Workshops

IMRO is pleased to announce a collaborative initiative with The Songwriting Collective (TSC), a group dedicated to the art of songwriting in the Dublin area.

The Collective is holding the second in a series of monthly songwriting workshops on Thursday May 18th from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm in the IMRO HQ at Copyright House, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2.

Each workshop provides an opportunity to showcase songs you have written, to discuss/explore the craft of songwriting across a number of genres, to co-write and to receive detailed feedback about one’s compositions.

The workshops are facilitated by Tony Bardon ( and Danai Kelleher, both of whom have extensive experience of running workshops in Ireland and in Europe, as a result of their involvement with EU-funded music projects.

TSC uses for communication purposes so if you are interested please sign up at

All are welcome.

VFI and LVA join forces to launch inaugural Irish Pub Awards

The inaugural IMRO sponsored Irish Pub Awards 2017 were launched in Dublin yesterday. The launch, which took place in Doheny and Nesbitt’s Public House in Dublin’s Baggot Street, is jointly presented by Vintners Federation Ireland (VFI) and Licenced Vintners Association (LVA). Entries are now open, with judging taking place during the summer. The National Pub of the Year Award, including category awards, will be announced at a Gala Ceremony next November.

In executing a strategy of raising the pub profile with the Irish consumer and visiting tourists, the VFI and LVA are launching what will be the definitive national awards programme that will provide a credible and comprehensive assessment of the best in Irish pubs. The main objective of the Awards programme is to recognise and reward excellence and innovation across various categories, which includes the provision of music as an integral component of the pub offering.

The National Irish Pub Awards 2017 are open to all members of VFI and LVA. Entry is free and those interested in entering should do so on the dedicated website Closing date is 23rd June 2017. The eight categories include: Best Food Pub; Best Tourist Pub; Innovative Pub of the Year, Best Local Pub; Outstanding Customer Service; Best Music Pub; Best Outdoor Space and Pub Personality of the Year. A series of seven regional events will be held to announce 56 regional winners across all categories.

The 56 regional winners will be showcased as the best in class in their area and all will win a prize package of management training to help them progress their business further. All regional winners will also avail of comprehensive media coverage including a profile piece in a special awards supplement which will be published in the Irish Independent on the day of the Gala Awards Ceremony when national category winners and the Overall Pub of the Year will be announced next November.

Speaking at the launch, President of VFI, Pat Crotty said: “The VFI are delighted to have initiated and developed this Awards programme as the definitive national industry standard for Ireland. The pub has over the years been an integral part of Irish social culture; is a central component of our hospitality and tourism sectors as well as being a major contributor to growth in our regional economies, so these awards will be an important vehicle to showcase the diversity that is available in the modern Irish pub and recognise the creativity and innovation that is already there”.

Chair of LVA, Deirdre Devitt added: “By entering these awards, pubs in Dublin and throughout the country have a great opportunity to raise their business profile through regional and national media coverage. They will also receive a comprehensive management training package which will help them to grow and embed innovation into their business well into the future. The LVA are delighted to support this initiative which is so focussed on the progression of our industry”.

The Irish pub industry dates back to the 10th century when Sean’s Bar in Athlone was first established. Dublin’s oldest pub, the Brazen Head was opened in 1198. In the 19th century the temperance movement in Ireland forced publicans to diversify their business to compensate for decreasing spirit sales which led to combining the pub with grocery or hardware shops. This practice continued until the arrival of the supermarkets in the 1970s when the innovative spirit of the Irish publican took another leap forward by introducing pub food, music, watching sports and other entertainment.

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Ailie Releases New Single ‘Beat of Your Heart’

Following the release of ‘West to the Evening Sun’, the title track from her forthcoming début album, Ailie announces a new single, ‘Beat of Your Heart’, for release today, Wednesday 26th April.

Named as one of Nialler9’s New Irish Songs of the Week, ‘Beat of Your Heart’ “moves between bright handclap pop, urgent guitars, and piano led passages” (Niall Byrne, Irish Times).

The opening line “There was a silence on the stillness of the sea beneath a sad lament” returns again and again in the song, increasingly destabilising its otherwise regular rhythms, in a way that is described as reflecting “the auditory disturbances occurring during migraine episodes“.

Ailie’s début album, ‘West to the Evening Sun’ is due for release summer 2017.

Read her blog about the background to the ‘Beat of Your Heart’ here:

So new, so fresh, and so good” (Carl Corcoran, The Blue of the Night, RTE Lyric fm)

A taster from the Leitrim singer-songwriter’s forthcoming debut album shows a craftswoman who knows the right measure of guile and atmospherics which a soundscape of this majesty requires.” (Jim Carroll, Irish Times)

Ailbhe Reddy Announces the Release of ‘Fingertips’

Ailbhe Reddy has just announced the release of her deliciously infectious new single ‘Fingertips’.

The track is taken from her sublime new EP ‘Attach to Memory’ which will be released worldwide via AWAL/Kobalt on 24th May.

Having now accumulated almost 2 million Spotify streams for her debut self released EP ‘Hollowed Out Sea’, Ailbhe is now poised for an international breakthrough in 2017.

Ailbhe recently appeared on the TV show Other Voices and had her music synced in the RTE TV drama Striking Out before performing sold out shows in Dublin, London and Toronto. She now has a full touring schedule lined up to promote her new release across Ireland, UK, France and Germany including festival appearances at The Great Escape, Cambridge Folk Festival, Body & Soul, Electric Picnic etc

Tour Dates
27th April – Dingle, Feile na Bealtaine Festival
29th April- Waterford, Spraoi ( Sold Out )
3rd May – Galway, Roisin Dubh
5th May – Leap, Connolly’s
6th May – Ballydehob, Levis Bar
10th May, Dundalk, Spirit Store
11th May – Cork, Cyprus Avenue ( Music Cork Festival Showcase )
12th May – Belfast, The Mac
13th May – Westport, The Clock Tavern
19th May – Brighton, The Great Escape Festival (UK)
20th May – Brighton, The Great Escape Festival (UK)
24th May – London, The Slaughtered Lamb (UK)
25th May – Dublin, Bello Bar – ( Nialler9 Futureproof Showcase )
26th May – Coughlans, Cork
21st June – Paris, Centre Culturel Irlandais (FR)
25th June – Body & Soul Festival, Ireland
8th July – Clonmel Junction Festival, Ireland
29th July – Cambridge Folk Festival (UK)
18th Aug – Another Love Story Festival, Ireland
19th Aug – Groove Festival, Ireland
24th Sept – Berlin, Auster Club (GER)
Twitter : @ailbhereddy

Media Quotes
Ailbhe Reddy stands head and shoulders above the folk mainstream‘ – The Line of Best Fit
Ailbhe Reddy’s realness on her song Relent is staggering‘ – Earmilk
Haunting and breathtaking‘ – Wonderland Magazine
Prepare to be floored‘ – Record of the Day

Ensemble ICC – ‘Chordophones’

The Irish Composers’ Collective return with their first concert of 2017. ‘Ensemble ICC – Chordophones’ is association with IMRO will take place on the 29th April in the Copyright House on Pembroke Row, Dublin 2.

Ensemble ICC is an ensemble of performers and composers made up of members from the collective. For this concert they take the form of a string (chordophone) quartet of sorts: two violins, cello and classical/electric guitar.

Ensemble ICC will perform 6 new works written for them by ICC composers:
Elaine Nolan
Dónal Mac Erlaine
Kilian O’ Kelly
Martin Keary
Galen Mac Caba
Mark Francis Gillan

The performers are :
Sinéad Finegan (Violin)
Áine Gallagher (Violin)
Maeve Kelly (Cello)
Kilian O’ Kelly (Classical/Electric Guitar)

This event will be BYOB. Doors open at 7pm and music starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets are €8/€5 and are available here:
Limited tickets will be available on the door.

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