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Job Vacancy | Assistant Co-ordinator at Music Generation Laois

Laois County Council wishes to invite applications from suitably qualified persons for inclusion on a panel which is being established to fill the vacancy for the position of:

Assistant Co-ordinator Music Generation Laois (temporary contract)

Further particulars and application forms are available from:

  • Human Resources Section, Laois County Council, Áras an Chontae, Portlaoise, County Laois.

Tel: 057-8664000; Email: ei.ococsioal@secruosernamuh.

 Applications, on the official application form, must be received not later than

12 noon on Friday 12th January 2018.

Laois County Council is an equal opportunities employer.


Robb Murphy Shares ‘North Star’

Robb Murphy, singer-songwriter from Belfast, releases ‘North Star’ to celebrate the holiday season!

In ‘North Star’ Robb Murphy brings us a new treasure that captures the spirit of Christmas melding old and new sentiments. The song takes you on a musical journey through a glistening winter landscape; a timeless song guaranteed to bring a warm, fuzzy and festive feeling. We invite you to listen and remember the season as it should be.

‘North Star’ is available as a digital download on all digital platforms; Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play etc

Ralph McLean of BBC- Radio Ulster says, “Robb Murphy is a real talent. His songs are melodic and magical. He writes from the heart and the results are spellbinding.”

Top prize of €1,000 up for grabs in the Pan Celtic National Song Contest 2018

Details of the 2018 Pan Celtic National Song Contest were announced recently and a top cash prize of €1,000 will be awarded to the winning composer in addition to the song going forward to represent Ireland at the Pan Celtic International Song Contest next April.

The competition to find newly composed songs in the Irish language was launched recently and is open to all styles whether traditional, pop, rock, country, jazz or classical with soloists, groups and bands all welcome to compete.

2018 will be the seventh year for the popular competition to take place in Carlow. Main sponsor of the contest is IMRO and the competition attracts entries of the highest quality from across the country. National winner of the 2017 song contest Emer O’Flaherty, went on to win the Pan Celtic International Song Contest with her jazz number ‘Taibhse’ and has had a hugely successful year including performing at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann and at the Electric Picnic.

The closing date for receipt of entries for the 2018 national Song Contest is Friday, 26 January at 5pm. Entries will then be shortlisted and finalists will compete live at the gala finals on Saturday, 10 March in the Seven Oaks Hotel under the musical direction of Ollie Hennessey. A panel of judges will choose the winning song to go forward to represent Ireland at the International Pan Celtic Festival 2018 which will be held in Letterkenny next April where it will go head to head with the national winners from Wales, Scotland, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man.

Full rules on the competition and application forms are available now on Details also from Glór Cheatharlach on 085 1340047, 087 2857048 or email moc.liamg@wolraccitlecnap

The Swing Cats Receive IMRO Award

IMRO have presented The Swing Cats with an IMRO Award in recognition of their Independent number one album ‘Dance With Me’.

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

Drawing on the musical expressions of Luis Prima, The Ratpack and Luis Jordan, The Swing Cats blend a tastefully contemporary dynamic to the hits of the swing/dance era, one that is resonating with audiences nationwide.

Some of the highlights of this past year for Luke Thomas and his popular ensemble include invitations to Áras An Uachtarain, performances at celebrity weddings and sell out shows at The National Concert Hall and the Spiegeltent in Wexford.

In addition to reaching number 1 in the Independent Chart, the first single to be taken from the album, ‘Dance Like Nobody’s Watching’ has notched up more than 120,000 views.

The album going to No 1, is a genuine dream come through, and just acknowledgment to the band’s work over the last four years when, in addition to the band’s wedding, private party and corporate work they decided to dip their toes into live gigging scene also.

IMRO Showcase Opportunity at Temple Bar TradFest 2018

As part of the exciting programme of events taking place at Temple Bar TradFest 2018 IMRO will host a series of music showcases and industry events over the course of the festival.

Music groups or artists interested in putting themselves forward to perform at one of these showcases should email an audio and/or website link to ei.ormi@esacwohs before Friday 29th December 2017.

TradFest has grown over the past ten years to become a firm fixture on the Irish festival calendar. Year-on-year it has seen a huge increase in international visitors from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, France, Spain and Germany. The festival has presented some of the biggest names in Irish music alongside many exciting new performers and musicians. Families will not be disappointed either, with outdoor stages carrying an emphasis on young Irish music and dance talent; street entertainment and a children’s club being just some of the many free events taking place during the festival.

BASCA Opens the Call for Entries for the 63rd Ivor Novello Awards

The Ivors celebrate, honour and reward excellence in British and Irish songwriting and composing. The Call for Entries is now open. BASCA invites eligible entries in the following six categories:

Best Song Musically and Lyrically
Best Contemporary Song
Album Award
Best Original Film Score
Best Television Soundtrack
Best Original Video Game Score

Anyone can enter an eligible work and the deadline is Friday 9th February 2018.

After a successful consultation with the media composing community BASCA has announced that it is reviving the award for Best Original Video Game Score. The award recognises outstanding composition for a video game. Games released in the UK during the calendar year ending 31st December 2017 with a British or Irish composed score are eligible for nomination.

This year also sees entries submitted via BASCA’s Award Entry Site for the first time. Please visit for more information, including BASCA’s Rules and Guidelines for the 63rd Ivor Novello Awards.

Crispin Hunt, BASCA Chair, said “The last year has seen myriad ground-breaking musical releases from across myriad ground-breaking musical genres and each and every one deserves a shot at winning an Ivor. I strongly encourage the Industry and beyond to enter the works they love. The Ivors is, as ever, about Music judged by its fellow creators —if a work deserves to win, it can. Whether it was released from a global powerhouse or a bedroom matters not, whether it nourishes and moves the listener matters a lot. BASCA looks forward to a rich and diverse array of works from across the musical curve to help make 2018 another legendary Ivor Novello Awards.”


CISAC & FutureLearn trilingual global online course on copyright starts January 15th

How did the laws develop to support today’s thriving music and film industries? What are authors’ rights and copyright, and what exactly do they protect?

Many other questions are answered in the first trilingual, globally available and totally free online course “Exploring Copyright”, which will launch on January 15th 2018.  Enrolment for the CISAC’s Massive Online Open Course (MOOC), offered in partnership with FutureLearn, is now open at:

The MOOC “Exploring Copyright” is a journey through history, from Gutenberg’s printing invention to today’s digital age. It shows how authors and creators gained protection under the law and started earning remuneration for their work, and how today’s creative industries have developed. It explains how authors’ rights contributed to economic growth through the centuries and how digital technology presented new opportunities and challenges in protecting creators. The course includes articles, videos, illustrated timelines, quizzes and interactive discussions.

The 2018 edition of the MOOC, that comes following successful runs last year, are available in English, Spanish and Portuguese, thanks to UBC and SPA, the authors’ societies of Brazil and Portugal.

The educator behind the MOOC is copyright lawyer, professor and former UBC Executive Director Marisa Gandelman. She explains: “If you are part of the creative industries, the course will explain how laws are the result of social processes, and how people’s understanding of the need to remunerate authors for their works has evolved over time.  For the curious non-expert, the course teaches that things we consume on the internet did not fall from heaven; they are the result of hard work from authors who deserve and need to be paid for it.”

CISAC Director General Gadi Oron said: “For something that is so fundamental to culture, business and our economy, copyright is often not properly understood.  We are delighted to be launching the new edition of our MOOC in Spanish and Portuguese, and to be spreading understanding of the vital importance of copyright in the lives of creators globally”.

Register today for the course and be sure to use #FLexplorecopyright to engage with learners from all around the world.

Otherkin Receive IMRO Award for Debut Album ‘OK’

Ahead of their show at Dublin’s Button Factory, IMRO took the opportunity to present Dublin 4 piece Otherkin with an IMRO Award in recognition of their Independent number one debut album ‘OK’.

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

Released at the end of September, ‘OK’ was recorded in Ireland with David Prendergast, Jason Boland and the band at the controls. The tracks were mixed in London by Jolyon Thomas, best known for his work with Slaves and Royal Blood. Showing real commitment to their art, singer Luke and drummer Rob both had fresh “OK” tattoos committed to flesh for the album artwork.

2017 has already been a tornado of touring for the band, touring the UK with The Amazons and with punk legends the Dead Kennedys. Furthermore, the band opened for Guns ‘N’ Roses at the legendary Slane Castle, made their Download debut at Castle Donington and just this week completed a European tour travelling 10,000 kilometres, playing 50 shows and visiting 19 countries. Just recently, they were championed by Metallica’s Lars Ulrich on his Beats1 radio show.

New Seasonal Release From Cork Natives ‘Blind Poets’

Blind Poets have just released their second single ‘Balulalow’ with national radio interest within days of its release. The song is their own arrangement of a 12th Century Christmas carol and is available for download on all usual sites.

The Cork band are excited to play their first gig in Prim’s Kinsale 15th December and have more dates booked for the new year.

Blind Poet’s music lies somewhere between a neo classical, contemporary celtic folk and contemporary world music sound; a music which entwines the traditional and the modern.

Christy Moore Presented with IMRO Award

IMRO was delighted to present songwriting legend Christy Moore with an IMRO No.1 Award today in recognition of his recent number 1 Irish album ‘On The Road’.

The IMRO No.1 Award was introduced to acknowledge IMRO members who reach the top of the album charts here in Ireland.

Featuring 24 songs across two discs from the last 3 years, ‘On The Road’ is the collection of songs that Christy has made his own through more than 50 incredible years of live touring.

Recorded in venues from London to Westport, and from Glasgow to Galway, the album features new song, ‘Lingo Politico’, as well as many perennial live favourites.

This is the first time all of Christy’s biggest songs have been available on one album.

I have been fortunate to gain many new listeners over recent decades. Many enquire about a collection of the most popular songs. With that in mind, I have taped all gigs over the past three years. From these recordings I have chosen 24 tracks from 17 different venues around Ireland and the U.K. It’s been a fulfilling project, comparing different versions, hearing old songs with new arrangements and different musicians. It’s a great buzz for me…. to have such great listeners, to be still out here ‘On The Road’”.

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