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Paddy Hanna Announces New Single “Mario Lanza” 

Dublin-based songwriter Paddy Hanna today reveals “Mario Lanza”, another track from his forthcoming album due for release in 2018.

The upbeat tempo of the song is proceeded by a more serious experience, as Paddy explains  “My Father, not too long ago, went through a terrible illness which left him in a coma for two weeks. The emotional strain of this event really beat me down, I repressed it in some ways, particularly in my writing. While struggling to deal with the strain I began listening through some rough demos I had, one of which was a minute-long ditty about Mario Lanza, an American Tenor from the early 20th century. I decided to finish it off and realized very quickly I was channelling my pain through this particular track. Mario Lanza, in essence, became my Dad, and through him I could express all of the emotions I had repressed, which is why the song is tinged with a sorrowful joy.”

It’s the follow up to ‘Bad Boys’, a baroque cut of shimmering, intelligent pop. 2018 will see the release of Hanna’s sophomore album via Strange Brew Records, produced by his new collaborator Daniel Fox. Following on from the Scott Walker-esc pomp of Austria and Underprotected, Fox has added a whole new orchestral element to his music, along with contributions from members of Girl Band, Saint Sister, Tandem Felix, Cian Nugent and the Cosmos and the Trinity Orchestra.

Hanna played the HWCH festival and continues with dates in November and December accompanied by a live band featuring Adam Faulkner and Daniel Fox (Girl Band), along with guitarist Paddy Ormond (Jetsetter/Postcard Versions).

Listen to ‘Mario Lanza’ on YOUTUBE | SOUNDCLOUD | SPOTIFY

“Blessed with a sharply defined, neatly uplifting chorus and some biting, Elvis Costello style lyrics it’s a neat introduction to a curious talent” – Clash

The new songs solidify Paddy Hanna’s position as one of modern pop’s premier songwriters, pitching him right up alongside everyone from Meilyr Jones, to Arab Strap, to Richard Hawley.


Fri 17th Nov – Levi’s, Ballydehob

Sat 18th Nov – Bello Bar, Dublin

Fri 24th Nov – Connolly’s Of Leap

Sat 2nd Dec – Kasbah, Limerick


Pale Rivers Share New Single and Announce Whelan’s Date

Pale Rivers are a five piece Alternative, Rock/Pop band based out of Cork and Tipperary, Ireland. Having spent the last year writing and recording with producer Gavin Glass at his Dublin studio and mixing engineer Kieran Lynch.(U2, R.E.M, Elvis Costello) They have gone on to perform at various showcases including Hard Working Class Heroes, Whelan’s ‘Ones To Watch’, and Electric Picnic

Produced at Glass’ Orphan Studio’s, ‘My Own Comeback’ picks up where their previous releases left off, developing their sound further. Driven by guitars and synths the band also utilised the use of other instruments such as a string section and saxophone to capture and finish the atmosphere of the track.

The band plays a headline show Upstairs in Whelan’s on Saturday December 9th. Tickets are available from

Creators’ global royalty collections hit record €9.2 billion (US$10.1 billion)

Global royalty collections for creators have hit a new record high of €9.2 billion (US$10.1 billion) annually, up 6% on the previous year according to new figures published by the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) today.

In the music sector, songwriters, music composers and publishers saw collections grow by 6.8% to €8.0 billion (US$8.9 billion), helped by a 52% increase in digital revenues. Collections for audiovisual and literature works also increased, while there were small declines in collections for visual arts and drama.

Revenues from digital uses of all repertoires have nearly tripled since 2012, and grew 51.4% in 2016 to just under €1 billion, the sharpest growth rate in the last five years. These are largely driven by streaming subscription services. At €948 million (US$1,045 million) digital still accounts for only 10.4% of global income, however, with revenues held back in particular by poor returns from UGC video streaming platforms.

TV and radio broadcast take the largest collections share with 42.8% of global income, followed by live and background uses. In the music sector in Europe, live and background collections have overtaken TV and radio for the first time, reflecting the health of the live business and pressure on rates from broadcasters.

The numbers are released today in the CISAC Global Collections Report, collating and analysing 2016 data received from member authors societies in 123 territories.

Introducing the 2017 Report, CISAC Director General Gadi Oron says: “This year’s report shows the system of collective management of creators’ rights is robust, successful and ready for more growth. The big traditional revenue streams, led by broadcast and live performance, remain stable and strong. Digital royalties continue to surge and in some markets already overtake other forms of income. The figures we’re releasing today reflect our societies’ relentless effort to be more efficient and innovative, and drive income growth.”

Jean-Michel Jarre, CISAC President and electronic music pioneer, writes: “This is a vast sector of cultural and economic activity, worth an amazing nine billion euros worldwide. Despite its growth, however, collections are nowhere near the level they should be. Large industries that use creative content are driving down the value of our works. A simple illustration of this is the “transfer of value” in the digital market where platforms such as YouTube are paying mere crumbs to authors. There is no greater priority that we ask from governments today than a solution to the transfer of value.”

CISAC’s global network of 239 societies licences content and collects royalties on behalf of 4 million creators for the use of works on TV, radio, background, live, digital, private copying and other uses.

RTÉ Choice Music Prize – one of the highlights of the Irish musical calendar – announces key dates for 2018

The shortlist for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2017, in association with IMRO & IRMA, will be announced on Wednesday 10th January 2018.

The winning album will be announced at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event, held in Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday 8th March 2018. The event will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM in a special four hour extended programme from 7-11pm and on RTÉ2 TV as part of a special RTÉ Choice Music Prize programme, approximately one week later.

2016 nominees All Tvvins (album) and Soulé (song) joined Tracy Clifford on 2FM today for the announcement.

“2017 has been an incredible year for Irish music. A wealth of emerging talent have made serious inroads in various international territories and in so doing reaching new audiences every step of the way. Each year, the RTE Choice Music Prize recognises and champions some of our finest songwriters and IMRO is delighted to continue its longstanding association with this prestigious music prize”Victor Finn, IMRO Chief Executive.

Dan Healy, Head of RTÉ 2FM, said, “After a really exciting first year, everyone in 2FM is absolutely up for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize which gives us yet another opportunity right across RTÉ to shine a spotlight like no one else on the very best in Irish music. Our all-Irish music days, which we introduced to celebrate last year’s partnership, have become one of the most popular things we do on the station. Here’s to another great year for Irish artists and for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize on 2FM.”

The 13th annual RTÉ Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate and acknowledge the best in Irish recorded music. The prize has become one of the music industry highlights of 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 RTE Choice Music Prize Live Event on March 8th while Golden Discs will feature special stands showcasing the RTE Choice Music Prize nominees across their stores nationwide.

The Choice Music Prize website has published a list of Irish albums released to date in 2017. This list can be viewed and updated by logging onto

RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of The Year 2017
The shortlist for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of The Year 2017 will be announced on Wednesday 31st January 2018. A special event featuring exclusive performances from both Album of the Year and Song of the Year nominees will be held in Dublin’s Tramline venue that evening.

Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event will go on sale from all Ticketmaster outlets and from on Friday 17th November priced €28.00 including booking fee.

Past recipients:

Album of the Year
2005 Julie Feeney – 13 Songs (Julie Feeney)
2006 The Divine Comedy – Victory for the Comic Muse (Parlophone)
2007 Super Extra Bonus Party – Super Extra Bonus Party (Alphabet Set)
2008 Jape – Ritual (Co-op Records)
2009 Adrian Crowley – Season of the Sparks (Chemikal Underground)
2010 Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History (Kitsune)
2011 Jape – Ocean of Frequency (Music Is For Losers)
2012 Delorentos – Little Sparks (Delo Records)
2013 Villagers – {Awayland} (Domino)
2014 The Gloaming – The Gloaming (Real World)
2015 Soak – Before We Forgot How To Dream (Rough Trade)
2016 Rusangano Family – Let The Dead Bury The Dead (Self Released)

Song of the Year
2011 Royseven – We Should Be Lovers (Warner)
2012 Gavin James – Say Hello (Believe)
2013 The Original Rudeboys – Never Gonna Walk Away (Rubyworks)
2014 The Script – Superheroes (Sony Music)
2015 Gavin James – Bitter Pill (Warner Music)
2016 Picture This – Take My Hand (Warner Music)

SONG OF GRANITE Ireland’s Official Oscar Foreign Language Contender Special Screening

As Ireland’s official Oscar entry for Foreign Language, this beautiful film brings to life, the story of the enigmatic and complex Joe Heaney the legendary traditional Irish singer from Galway.

Filmmaker Pat Collins brings Joe’s dramatic life story to the screen, an audacious exploration of the man and his music. With an approach that marries traditional narrative episodes with documentary footage, the film celebrates the music Joe Heaney created while painting an unflinching portrait of Heaney, the man.

Heaney was renowned worldwide, having extensively travelled and settled in New York, where he recorded hundreds of songs (for both RTÉ and the BBC among others) part of huge legacy to Irish culture and tradition.

Shaped by the myths, fables and songs of his upbringing in the west of Ireland, his emergence as a gifted artist came at a personal cost. Featuring performances from Lisa O’Neill, Damien Dempsey, Seamus Begley and sean nós singers Micheál O’Confhaola and Pól Ó Ceannabháin, the film is an intense exploration of music and song.

Hosted by IFTA this special screening takes place on  in the on Light House Cinema, D7 14th November @ 6:15 pm.  We have a number of FREE tickets available.  Email: ei.ormi@stneve if you would like to attend.

Directed by Pat Collins (Silence), ‘Song of Granite’ was co-written by Pat Collins, Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde and Sharon Whooley, and produced by Alan Maher, Jessie Fisk and Martin Paul-Hus. The film premiered to critical acclaim at the SXSW Film Festival in US earlier this year.

• Directed by – Pat Collins
• Screenplay by – Pat Collins, Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde and Sharon Whooley
• Produced by – Alan Maher, Jessie Fisk and Martin Paul-Hus
• Director of Photography – Richard Kendrick
• Film Editor – Tadhg O’ Sullivan
• Sound – John Brennan

‘Song of Granite’ is on release in Ireland on 8th December.


Joshua Burnside Awarded The Northern Ireland Music Prize 2017

He was presented with the award at a special event on Saturday, November 11th at the Mandela Hall, Belfast. The singer songwriter’s debut album, ‘Ephrata’ was selected as the best release by a selection of music industry and media figures.

On receiving that award Joshua Burnside said, “It’s a massive honour to win this award especially as the quality of the albums this year has been so high. I’m absolutely chuffed so thank you to everyone who voted for me. Also a big thank you to everyone involved in making the album and to my manager Lyndon Stephens who never stops working!”.

Previous NIMP winners are: 

2016 – Ciaran Lavery – Let Bad In
2015 – SOAK – Before We Forgot How To Dream
2014 – Robyn G Shiels – The Blood Of The Innocents
2013 – Foy Vance – Joy of Nothing

Charlotte Dryden, CEO of Oh Yeah said: “ It’s brilliant that a debut record can pick up the award. Joshua’s rise over the last year has been astounding and this album is an inspired piece of work full of influences from as far as Columbia, Eastern Europe and North America. Massive congratulations to Joshua on winning, and to his manager Lyndon Stephens and Champion Sound on two successful years in a row. Well done also to all the nominees, it was a brilliant shortlist. It makes you proud to be from Northern Ireland.”

Joshua Burnside has had a busy year clocking up two million plays on Spotify, with two sell out London shows, appearances at International festivals including Reeperbahn and The Great Escape. He has also had extensive radio play and support from the likes of Guy Garvey, Tom Robinson, Tom Ravenscroft, Lauren Laverne, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart. Joshua will also be performing at this year’s Atlantic Sessions in Portstewart, as well as the music trail for Other Voices in Dingle in December. He releases a deluxe edition of his album this coming Friday.

The Belfast event at the Mandela Hall also saw the presentation of a special Oh Yeah Legend Award to Vivian Campbell.

Picture This Presented with IMRO Award

Ahead of their sold out shows at Dublin’s 3Arena, IMRO took the opportunity to present Picture This with IMRO Awards in recognition of their number one self-titled debut album.

The IMRO Number 1 Award was introduced to acknowledge IMRO members who reach number 1 in the album charts here in Ireland or overseas.

Released at the end of August, the self-titled debut from the Athy natives, stormed into the charts at #1 with the highest charting entry for a debut artist this year. Already certified platinum, the album hasn’t left the Top Five since its release 11 weeks ago. The band have just come off the back of a sold out UK and Ireland tour, including two dates at the 3Arena – which placed their album back to the top of the iTunes charts!

It all began when Jimmy Rainsford [drums] and Ryan Hennessey [vocals, guitar] released their flagship song “Take My Hand.” Working in Jimmy’s D.I.Y. studio, they tracked the breezy “summer romance tune,” “Take My Hand,” and shot a befittingly charming and romantic music video. Before they knew it, the track had gone international with over 4 million cumulative plays.

The boys crossed the pond to record what would become their debut with none other than GRAMMY Award-nominated producer Jacquire King (Kings Of Leon, Of Monsters and Men) at the world-renowned Blackbird Studios in Nashville. Within three weeks, they left the studio with their now chart topping, platinum selling debut. From the singles “Never Change” and “Addicted To You” to the energetic “95” and poetic finale “Saviour,” the duo carry an undeniable energy throughout reflective of their humble outlook.

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Mick Hanly Marks 25th Anniversary of ‘Past The Point Of Rescue’

Mick Hanly, he writer of the hit song ‘Past The Point of Rescue’ celebrates the song’s 25th anniversary entering the US Billboard Charts, by re-recording a new version.

“I was never happy with my own original version….so it was great to get the chance to do justice to the song that has been so good to me” Mick Hanly

The song ‘Past The Point of Rescue’ was written in 1988 and first recorded by Mary Black in 1989. Mary’s single release made the Irish charts and became a staple of her repertoire for the coming years.

“This great song has given me immense joy to sing over the years….a timeless classic”  Mary Black

Mick recorded the song in 1990 for the album ‘All I Remember’ but did not release the song as a single.

In 1991 up and coming American country singer, Hal Ketchum made it the title track for his first album with Curb Records. On its single release it went to #2 in the Billboard Country charts and became the most played country song in 1992, for which Hanly received his first BMI award.

“’Past The Point of Rescue’ is my career song….I bless the day that Mick wrote it” Hal Ketchum

Hanly received a second BMI reward in 1993 when the song passed the 1 Million radio plays in the US.

Norwegian band The Hellbillies took their version of the song into the Norwegian charts also in 1993 and became a major show-stopping song for them. The Dixie Chicks also recorded it for their album ‘Little Ol’ Cowgirl’.

In 2012, Hanly received a third major award from BMI, this time for the song having exceeded the 2 Million radio plays mark.

About 10 years ago Hanly received a phone call from Ringsend Road studios to say that the original masters from the 1990 recording were still in their vaults. Since the record company had debunked to the UK, he went and collected the masters before sending the two spools with the tracks for ‘Past The Point Of Rescue’ to London for a special baking treatment and saved the original tracks for posterity. His friend Philip Begley learned all the original parts and they recorded the song again with new vocals.

“I was never happy with my own original version, so it was great to get the chance to do justice to the song that has been so good to me. I’ve decided to release this version as a single this year on the 25th anniversary of its charting in the US.”


Fri. 10 Greystones Theatre, Co Wicklow Tel: (01) 2871755 Tickets €25
Sat. 11 Nenagh Arts Centre, Co. Tipperary Tel (067) 34400 Tickets €20
Sun. 12 Culturlann Sweeney, Kilkee, Co. Clare Tel: 065 906 0769 Tickets €20
Wed 15 Matt Molloy’s, Westport. Tel: (098) 26655 Tickets €20

Nocturnes Release ‘Humans’ in English and Irish Language

‘Humans’ is the new single from Nocturnes, their first release since the 2016 long player ‘The Soft Animal’. Pulsating and full of heart, the song is about seeing out the tough times.

The song is released in both English and Irish language versions. Recorded with Darragh Nolan, who worked with Nocturnes on the mellifluous ‘The Soft Animal’ and released on Sligo label Bluestack Records on November 16th 2017.

A launch night takes place on November 16th at The Workman’s Club with guests Aural Air & Arch Motors. Admission €10.





New Creative Industries Festival for Donegal

New winter weekend festival, Northern Xposure takes place from Fri 1 December to Sunday 3 December 2017 in McGrory’s of Culdaff, Co. Donegal.

Northern Xposure is a mini, weekend festival of the creative industries. Featuring panel discussions, talks and gigs by artists, innovators and industry leaders this 3 day event examines the creative and business connections between art and industry as well as exploring income generating opportunities for artists and creative entrepreneurs across a diversity of disciplines including fashion, music, film, animation and digital media. More festival than conference the event will be a celebration of Irish artistic endeavour as well as providing a networking opportunity for collaborative sharing between artists/creative entrepreneurs.

Musical highlights of the weekend include performances from Saint Sister, Hannah Peel and Great White Lies

Tickets and full information are available from


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