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IV International Uuno Klami Composition Competition Gets Underway

The International Uuno Klami Composition Competition, now one of the world’s foremost composition competitions, is being held for the fourth time in 2018–2019. The Jury will be Finland’s Kalevi Aho and Magnus Lindberg and Estonia’s Erkki-Sven Tüür, three of the greatest composers and most influential musical figures of their generation. The conductor member of the Jury will be Olari Elts (Estonia), Artistic Advisor of the Kymi Sinfonietta.

The competition is open to citizens of any EU Member State, of a Nordic country, or of Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Moldavia, Monaco, Montenegro, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Switzerland, Ukraine or the Vatican City State (proof of permanent right of residence also accepted). There is no age limit. Works entered for the competition must not have been previously published or performed and must last 15–30 minutes. They must be sent to the Competition Office postmarked not later than December 3, 2018. The following prizes will be awarded: I prize €11,000, II prize €9,000 and III prize €7,000. The Jury may, if it wishes, divide the prizes in some other way.

In early spring 2019 the Jury will select at least three but not more than five of the anonymous entries for the finals. These will be performed at concerts in Kouvola and Kotka in the autumn season 2019 by the Kymi Sinfonietta, one of the finest Finnish orchestras. The Jury chooses the winners only after hearing the finals concerts and their rehearsals. The composers of these entries will be invited to be closely involved in the rehearsing of their works and thus to acquire valuable international contacts and networks that may have far-reaching consequences for their future careers. For many composers, success in the Klami Competition has indeed meant a decisive boost in their careers.

As composer Kalevi Aho, Chairman of the Jury as of the previous International Uuno Klami Composition Competitions, reports: “The Uuno Klami is the most important Finnish composition competition and one of the greatest of its kind in Europe. The most challenging stage for the Jury is selecting the finalists, since the standard has been extremely high throughout and the competition has attracted a remarkably large number of entries.

The International Uuno Klami Composition Competition has attracted an astounding number of entries: 117 from 23 countries the first time it was held, 186 from 27 countries the second time, and no fewer than 265 from 37 countries on the third occasion. This clearly indicates an obvious demand for a professional competition for international composers. The competition’s aim is to enrich and diversify the repertoire scored specifically for an orchestra of sinfonietta size and to discover and promote contemporary European music and composition under the name of Uuno Klami (1900–1961). The competition is organised by a Patrons’ Association.

Vickers Vimy and Cat Lundy Release ‘Keep Your Eye On The Road’

‘Keep Your Eye On The Road’ is the first single off Vickers Vimy’s new record ‘Atlas Of Hearts’.

A bittersweet song of friendship and loss, it features a heartfelt vocal harmony evoking Robert Plant and Alison Krauss (Raising Sand).

Vickers Vimy ramble the late hours brandishing acoustic guitar, upright piano and a lovelorn brass ensemble to quell a pair of drunken hearts ‘howling at the moon’.

Hailing from Mayo, on the wild atlantic coast of Ireland, Vickers Vimy craft songs that dwell on the borders of folk and Americana. Rich eclectic sounds anchor lyrical themes of scratched vinyl nights and hazy Sunday mornings. Their second album “Atlas of Hearts” will be released on March 31st.

Vickers Vimy have collaborated with Colm Mac Con Iomaire (The Frames & Swell Season) and had the pleasure of recording in the studio of Nick Seymour (Crowded House). Vickers Vimy had the amazing fortune to support the late John Martyn. They have have supported the Hothouse Flowers, Maria Doyle Kennedy, and Mundy. They have shared the RTE Music Train with Christy Moore, Kodaline, Lisa O’Neill and Jack L.

Forthcoming shows:

MARCH 2018

23rd  Mayo, Castlebar, Linenhall
24th  Kilkenny, Cleere’s
29th  Dublin, Smithfield, The Cobblestone
30th  Galway, The Crane Bar

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Eric Cody Releases ‘Good Intentions’

Erica Cody releases ‘Good Intentions’ on Feb 9th 2018 – the first single to be released from her debut EP ‘Leoness’

21 year-old Erica only sees her young age simply as an asset. She knows exactly what she’s creating and writing about and its visible in her latest single ‘Good Intentions’ out for release on Feb 9th 2018. Video to follow!

Working alongside Grammy nominated multi-platinum producer and recording artist Skrapp (formerly signed to Bystorm/RCA alongside Miguel) on her Debut EP she couldn’t of found a more perfect fit. Based in Atlanta Dwight ‘Skrapp’ Reynolds has worked with some of the best in the Hip Hop/ RnB scene from Usher to UK boy band Another Level.

‘”Good Intentions’ A song inspired by the impact that love, lust and time have on your Good Intentions.” – EC

The 5 track EP due out in April 2018 explores Erica finding herself in music and sound, dealing with issues from Love to being asked the question “Where you really from??” She joins an old school vibe with catchy melodies throughout the EP. Out April 2018.

The Stunning Announce New Single, Album and Tour Dates

‘Heads Are Gonna Roll’ is the latest single from this brilliantly-crafted, brand new album. This track and ‘Everything that Rises’ are both available as an immediate download with the album Pre-Order on iTunes and Amazon Music.

Amongst the band’s fans ‘Heads Are Gonna Roll’ is one of the most popular and enduring of all The Stunning’s tunes and also one of the band’s personal favourites. Originally released as a single in 1991, it reached number five in the charts and heralded a change in direction for the band musically. Unlike the diverse nature of the songs that made up their debut ‘Paradise in the Picturehouse’, ‘Heads’ sounded more of it’s time and even incorporated the ‘Manchester beat’ that was in sync with acts such as the Stone Roses, Happy Mondays, Soup Dragons etc.

Over the years the song has developed into a live tour de force. With an evocative trumpet motif and a rousing chorus “All these years I never asked why…” the band now play the song with an energy and passion that has evolved over countless gigs since the original recording. 

The new recording captures this spirit and reflects the years of experience the individual band members have built up playing music with different artists as well as with The Stunning since the band resumed performing again from 2003. Recorded live in Grouse Lodge studios as part of the re-recorded ‘Twice Around the World’ sessions, it took only a few takes to capture the energy of the final version.

The song’s lyrics are just as relevant today. Steve sings about fighting back against the acceptance of “a world full of sorrow” and how man appears not to have learned lessons from history Down through the ages we’re tearing the pages, while there’s more of the book still to write” He sings that you have to get up and act in order to effect change or before you know it, the things you value will be gone: You don’t miss the water till the well runs dry and you’ve nothing left to show….so heads are gonna roll”

The Stunning launch the album on March 16th with a lunchtime appearance in Tower Records and a show at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre. A nationwide tour follows with more dates to be announced.

Dublin-Tower Records Instore. 1pm, March 16

Dublin – Olympia Theatre – March 16

Cork – Opera House – March 17

Waterford – Theatre Royal – March 18

Limerick – Dolans Warehouse – March 22

Limerick – Dolans Warehouse – March 23 (Sold Out)

Kilkenny – Set Theatre – April 14

London – Nell’s Jazz and Blues – April 28

Athlone – Radisson Blu Hotel – May 5th

More dates to be announced


Twitter:  @TheStunningBand



Stoat Release New Album This Saturday

In an age of kneejerk sensation and flash-in-the-pan worship, Dublin three-piece Stoat are perfect testament to the power of playing the long-game. Having been making music together for the best part of 20 years, the threesome’s wonderfully wry, masterfully incisive brand of genre-warping indie-pop will come to the fore once more via their highly-anticipated second album, ‘Try Not To Think About It’, on February 10.

From to-do lists that never seem to get any smaller to psychic cul-de-sacs, the loneliness of talk radio, the pay-off of accepting one’s lot in the world and much more, at the heart of Stoat’s craft is their uncanny knack of distilling the everyday to something worth celebrating. Weaving triumphant tales from humdrum moments, their razor-sharp songs burst forth and brim with pathos, surrealism and the keenest sense of humour. But it’s not merely words that ensure ‘Try Not To Think About It’ will soon emerge as a singular, distinctly Irish artistic statement. From lead single
‘Trampolina’ and weirdo-pop hoedown ‘Hard Sums’ to the wonderfully idiosyncratic ‘Other Men’, Stoat’s songs are fully-fledged trips. Pop-centric, yes, but never at the expense at pushing boundaries, blurring genres and putting spirit – hard-won and single-minded – centre-stage.

Supported by Shrug Life, Stoat launch ‘Try Not To Think About It’ at the Underground on Dame Street in Dublin on February 10.


Keelan McGrath Wins 2018 Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal

Accordion player Keelan McGrath has become the youngest ever winner of the IMRO sponsored Seán Ó Riada Gold Medal competition.

The 16 year old, from from Borrisokane in Tipperary, competed against 15 other finalists in a concert broadcast live on RTÉ Ráidió na Gaeltachta and was judged by musicians Noel Hill, Charlie Harris and  Mick Mulcahy.

The annual competition was established by musician and broadcaster Peadar Ó Riada, to focus on different traditional music instruments. Previous winners include fiddle players Aoife Ní Bhriain and Darragh Curtin, harpers Oisín Morrison and Úna Ní Fhlannagáin, uilleann pipers Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn and Éanna Ó Cróinín, flute player Seán Gavin and concertina player Cormac Begley.

McGrath has also won the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil two years in a row and won the Under 18 title in his first year to compete in the category.

Ape Rising Share New Video

Ape Rising have released the video for their latest single ‘The Model Prime’.

‘The Model Prime’ is from their debut 12 track album , which was released in September is a mix of melodic space rock with a synth, math rock feel.

Using their love of videogames as inspiration for their song writing, the band hid themselves away for nearly 18 months to produce and record the album themselves, releasing their first single ‘King Of The Universe’ from the album in 2016. Using the critical acclaim for ‘King Of The Universe’ as a teaser for their album, the band then returned to the studio to put the final touches on what would eventually become their 12 track debut.

One of the tenets of Ape Rising is their need for creative control on all aspects of their music, not only producing and recording their own music but also creating all their own music videos, as is the case with ‘The Model Prime’.

A level of creativity that they fell in love with when their first band The Radioactive Grandma were a regular fixture in Dublin’s music scene.

The video was created and edited by Ape Rising’s bass player Jimmy who has his own production company ‘Defaced Productions’
The band are supporting Bitch Falcon in The Bowery on 15th March, tickets are available here:


Le Galaxie Release ‘Pleasure’ Across US and Ireland

Le Galaxie are set to release their third studio album ‘Pleasure’ through US label Red River on 6 April, with their new single ‘Day Of The Child’ out on 23 February. ‘Pleasure’ is available for pre-order now and fans who order the album now will get their hand on new single ‘Day Of The Child’ for free when it’s released on 23 February.

For their third studio album, Le Galaxie have coupled with LA based Independent label Red River. This isn’t the only new and exciting partnership for the band, as longtime collaborator May Kay, formally of Fight Like Apes, is now a full-time member of the Le Galaxie family.

Recorded in their own studio with ultra producer Blende, ‘Pleasure’ points to Le Galaxie’s evolution from purveyors of dance floor bangers to creators of well-crafted songs. The affecting, almost master and servant like vocal exchange between Michael Pope and May Kay, demonstrates a self-confidence and maturity of a band in control. The first release from the album, ‘Pleasure’, was the calling card for an album that sees the band producing a new body of work, to be enjoyed as much between your ears as between the throbbing floors and laser lit ceilings of venues and festivals across Ireland, the US, Europe and beyond. 

Le Galaxie have spent the past seven years claiming their title as Ireland’s best live act, honing their craft across clubs and venues, bars and fields, tents and countries, cities and towns, parties and raves. And in doing so, the band has had a multiplier effect, going from a cult following to a force. All systems are go.

Having brought festivals across Europe, like Lovebox, Benicassim, The Great Escape, Transmusicales and Electric Picnic on their feet and dancing, it is time to bring the Le Galaxie party to album.

‘Pleasure’ is released on 6 April, pre order now from iTunes: and Google:

Third Smoke Release ‘Maya’

Third Smoke are an Irish indie rock band that specialise in delivering performances of raucous gang vocals, dynamic harmonies and the chaotic swapping of instruments. The band operates as a musical collective driven by artistic exploration and friendship. Musical influences range from The Dandy Warhols, Arcade Fire, The Beatles and The White Stripes.

Third Smoke’s profile has been steadily rising over the last two years, with notable performances including supporting Ham Sandwich on a national tour and in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, along with supporting Glen Hansard, Delorentos and Le Galaxie. The summers of 2016 and 2017 have consisted of festival appearances at Longitude, Electric Picnic, Sea Sessions, Indiependence, Vantastival and many more. In addition to the above, Third Smoke have played multiple headline performances in 2016 and 2017 including Whelan’s (both main room and upstairs), the Roisin Dubh, The Spirit Store and more.

‘Maya’ is the second single of Third Smoke’s Maybe ‘In Time’ EP. The title track gained National radio exposure on Today FM, 2FM, Spin 103.8, Live 95 Limerick and Cork’s Red FM among others including BBC Northern Ireland. Recorded by Karl Odlum (The Frames, Kila, Ham Sandwich, David Kitt) mastered by Danny Kalb (Beck, Karen O, Foster the People)

“Dundalk-based indie-folk band Third Smoke have been developing their multi-vocal style on once-off singles and ‘Maybe In Time’ is another fine step in the right direction of the power-in-numbers style.” Nialler9

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.

“…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,

Nathan Carter Dedicates New Release to Old Romantics

Ireland’s most eligible bachelor, Nathan Carter is set to have hearts racing around the country following the release of his new Valentine’s Day single.

‘This Song is for You’ is an original track, penned by the singer with prolific Irish songwriter, Don Mescall.

Released just in time for the most romantic day of the year, it’s set to be the soundtrack for date nights and dances for years to come. However, the young heartthrob is leaving us guessing about who he’ll be singing it to on 14th February!

Despite a busy schedule though Nathan does manage to find time to perfect one his favourite hobbies:

“Song writing is something I’m really enjoying at the minute and it was a real pleasure to put pen to paper with Don on this one. We’re delighted with how it has turned out and I’m really looking forward to letting everyone hear it live during our concert tour!”

‘This Song is for You’ will be released on Monday 5th February 2018.
The single is available to download from iTunes.

Nathan & his band play the 3ARENA DUBLIN on Friday 23rd March & the SSE ARENA BELFAST on Saturday 24th March!
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