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IMRO Hosts Monthly Songwriting Workshops

IMRO is continues its collaborative initiative with The Songwriting Collective. The February Workshop takes place on Thursday 19th of April from 6.00 pm to 9.00 pm at IMRO HQ, Copyright House, Dublin 2.  This will be followed by a presentation of co-writes and other self-penned songs in the Wellington Pub on Lower Baggot Street.

Each workshop provides an opportunity to showcase songs you have written, to discuss/explore the craft of songwriting, to co-write and to receive detailed feedback about your compositions. In addition, from time to time we have input from relevant specialists on topics of interest. Ideally, you should bring along your musical instrument but it is not essential.

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.

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All are welcome.

youbloom Showcase Irish at German Music Expo

Set in the commercial hotbed of Frankfurt, Musikmesse is most known for its massive musical instrument expo. This year, the trade show will expand its scope with a live music portion showcasing Europe’s rising talent. Over the course of 3 nights (April 11 -13), leading music companies from Russia, Latvia, Luxembourg, Hungary and Ireland will be presenting their finest artists.

Last year, Musikmesse partnered with Prolight + Sound to bring in over 100 thousand visitors from 144 countries. As the trade show continues to revolutionize the music industry and tech scene, that number is expected to swell. And an audience rich with exhibitors and burgeoning artists makes Musikmesse a networking hot spot on par with SXSW.

youbloom, the international music company based in Ireland will be showcasing three emerging artists at this year’s Musikmesse: Dreaming Of Jupiter ,Shane Ó Fearghail and Candice Gordon.

According to youbloom’s CEO Phil Harrington, “youbloomDublin obviously has a clear interest in showcasing Irish talent abroad and Musikmesse -Frankfurt clearly offers a great platform for connecting artists with potential new international business partners. Yet, there is more to it for the overall youbloom brand portfolio, as we’re currently launching a new online service, targeting musicians worldwide, called youbloomConnect.”

The showcases will take place at Hotel Maritim, right next to Messe Frankfurt, from 18:00 – 22:00 each night on April 11th,12 and 13th, 2018.

The youbloomConnect Irish artists are:
Dreaming Of Jupiter –
Shane Ó Fearghail –
Candice Gordon –

Ultan Conlon Releases Third Album Today

Galway singer songwriter Ultan Conlon’s third album ‘Last Days Of The Night Owl’  is released today on DarkSideOut Records.

First single from the album, ‘The Measure’ was recorded and mixed in Nashville TN by Grammy Award winning engineer Collin Dupuis (Lana Del Ray, The Black Keys, Dr. John and Ray LeMontagne amongst others).

To follow the release of the new album, MCD has announced Ultan’s own headline show for Saturday April 28th for Whelans, Dublin and tickets are now on sale.

In addition to his own headline show, Ultan’s 2018 live stream to date, has already been a busy one. In February, he toured Ireland as special guest of Eddi Reader, in March Ultan guested with The Stunning at their Olympia Theatre, Cork Opera House, and Waterford’s Royal Theatre shows, and in April ahead of his own headline Dublin show, will travel to England as special guest with Mary Coughlan for six shows including a performance at the Liverpool Royal Philharmonic Hall.| FB. @ultanconlonmusic | T. @UltanConlon

Vernon Jane Release Video for ‘Fragile’

Vernon Jane have just released the new video for their latest single ‘Fragile’.

‘Fragile’ explores the darker side of human nature. The video captures the constant battle between keeping yourself together, or letting yourself truly fall apart. The water in the video represents the feeling of suffocating under your own expectations. We tell ourselves we have to be stronger. We have to get better, and stay better. We forget to tell ourselves to be our own authentic self. To find strength in vulnerability and fragility. We push ourselves until we break. This video represents a breaking point.

Vernon Jane are a Jazz Punk band from Dublin. The intensity, creativity and hard work Vernon Jane put in behind the scenes has led to the band moving from strength to strength over the last 4 years. Highlights include a sold out show in the Opium Rooms in 2016, a sold out show in Whelans in 2017, and a viral video for their controversial single ‘Fuck Me’. 2018 has led to the signing of a worldwide distribution deal with Irish company AMS Records, and a Chinese distribution deal with Pocket Records. Vernon Jane hold a valued reputation for raucous live shows including sets at Electric Picnic, Body & Soul, Liverpool Sound City, and a headline slot at Knockanstockan. With over 150,000 listens on Spotify, and with multiple festival slots confirmed this summer, Vernon Jane are delighted to start the year off with their latest release ‘Fragile’.

Vernon Jane play The Sugar Club this Saturday, 7th April. Tickets priced €10 are available now from 

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Heroes In Hiding Announce New Single Ahead of Album Release

Dublin 4-piece Heroes in Hiding, an alternative rock band with a vibrant touch of electronics,  will release their anticipated album ‘ACTOR’ on Friday 25 May. 

‘I Live For You’ is the first single taken from their debut full-length LP and is available for download from Friday 13 April 2018. 

Speaking about ‘I Live For You’, Heroes in Hiding say: “It’s a love song addressed to the narrator’s online version of themself. It examines the phenomenon of social media, and questions the authenticity of a person’s online persona as opposed to their day to day selves. Sonically it uses synthesizers to evoke the false nature of social media and samples camera noises to give the listener a sense of its narcissistic core. Influence was taken from the works of Arcade Fire, Talking Heads and David Bowie”.

Heroes in Hiding’s ever-evolving, captivating sound and unique live performance is not to be missed. The band have announced an experiential and unique audiovisual show at the Tivoli Theatre on Friday 25 May to launch their debut album ‘ACTOR’.  Fans will be excited at this announcement having been blown away by their amazing 360-degree audiovisual show to launch their EP ‘Curtains’ in October 2016. 

Heroes in Hiding toured Ireland extensively in 2017, playing unforgettable shows at Electric Picnic, Forbidden Fruit, Castlepalooza, Vantastival and to a sold-out crowd in the Olympia Theatre. The band spent most of the tail end of 2017 in the shadows writing their debut album.  

Heroes in Hiding are back and will release their first full-length album on 25 May. Written and produced by Heroes in Hiding, the album explores the idea of authenticity and belonging.

The band also have a busy live touring schedule for  2018 ahead with dates in Dublin, Cavan, Carlow an Offaly announced to date. More shows to be announced very soon. 


14 May  – Circle Sessions, Dublin

25 May – Tivoli Theatre, Dublin (Album Launch – Audio Visual Event)

29 June – Origins, Cavan

6 July – Bare Festival 2018, Carlow

4 August – Castlepalooza, Offaly

26 August – The Bridge, Monaghan
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Shane Fallon Unveils Debut Solo Single

Shane (Tex) Fallon’s voice is possibly the best-known instrument within his band, The Shoos, so it’s no surprise the lead vocalist was tempted to investigate releasing a solo track at some point.

Now in 2018, after getting married in 2017 and set to become a dad later this year, Shane figures this is as good time as ever. ‘We’d Have It All’,is the first of a few singles he plans to release under his own name this year, ahead of going back into studio, to record the next album by The Shoos.

The single goes live today, April 5th, and perfect to get our enthusiasm for spring off to a proper start. The accompanying video was filmed by good friend Stephen Mogerly, whose work as a film maker is already well documented and admired.

‘We’d Have It All’ was inspired by Shane’s love of Motown together with his admiration for Lenny Kravitz’s music.

As a band, The Shoos has impressed many industry heavy weights through the years. This admiration was cemented by many of these inviting the band to guest on their live shows, including One Republic, Maroon 5, Life House & Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters). Indeed, on the release of the band’s last long play, 2016’s self-titled The Shoos, the band was asked to guest with Jeff Lynne at his 3Arena show in Dublin, just a few weeks later. This guest slot was quickly followed by an invitation directly from Jeff Lynne and his management to play his hometown show at Birmingham Arena later the same summer.

Shane packs ‘We’d Have It All’ with the similar energy he gives to all his records and live performances.

T. @ShaneTexFallon 

Le Boom Share New Single ‘Coma’

Le Boom  are one of Ireland’s new music success stories having garnered 600k + streams for their two singles thus far. Christy Leech and Aimie Mallon have quickly become one of the most sought-after new acts in Irish music.

Their electronic house-pop is a rush, it starts dance parties. Between Leech’s falsetto and Mallon’s manic percussive energy, there’s an infectious buzz in their music.

Since the band formed in Summer of 2016, the duo have brought their electro-indie-house-pop show to cities such as New York, Reykjavik, Cork, Belfast, Galway, their hometown of Dublin and festivals like Latitude, Body&Soul, Electric Picnic Truck Festival, Castlepalooza and Independence.

Le Boom’s debut single release, ‘What We Do’, received airplay on both US and Irish radio. It featured in the Summer 2017 ad campaign for Vodafone and has over 325k plays on Spotify.

Their long-awaited second single ‘Don’t Need It Now’ was released in November and has garnered Spotify New Music Friday and Hot New Bands features and over 200k streams.

They were recently picked by IMRO for a London showcase in the PRS office and their tracks have featured on a Failte Ireland tourist board ad representing Dublin and a recent Vodafone summer festival ad campaign.

The band’s third single ‘Coma’ is released on April 6th ahead of appearances at The Great Escape and Primavera this summer and a sold out 650-cap Button Factory gig in Dublin city.

Lisa Canny Celebrates Strength of Women with New Video

Having amassed over two million streams online, sold out shows across the UK and US and co-written with a host of artists including Kaiser Chiefs, Melissa Etheridge and Akon, Lisa Canny is set to release her debut E.P. titled ‘Freedom’ on Friday 18 May. Her awe-inducing and highly innovative performance style cannot be faulted and mirrors perfectly her organic and captivating song style. The release of ‘Freedom’ stands as a huge statement of intent for Lisa, and one that’s not to be ignored.

Lisa Canny, a Mayo native living in the UK, today releases the video for her debut single ‘Freedom’ taken from her upcoming E.P. of the same name.

“This video will move you!  It is a celebration of the strength of women!  Featuring an all female cast and directed by a Limerick’s Rachel McGill the ‘Freedom’ music video is all about female empowerment, particularly for the Irish woman!  It follows 3x different stories of struggle and triumph, both past and present: the female freedom fighters, the suffragettes and a victim of domestic violence.  Intertwined with scenes of contemporary and Irish dancing we are introduced to Aoife – our representation of a young woman growing up in Ireland today.  Seeing each of the 3x stories move from struggle to triumph around her, Aoife is also inspired to stand up and fight for what she wants and what she believes in – to find her own voice amidst the sometimes deafening noise of society!”

Speaking about the video, Lisa Canny said: “With all that is going on at the moment I think we need to take a moment to celebrate being a woman in Ireland today!  Whether it’s Repeal the 8th, The Fairplé campaign, picketing in support of other women, or something as small and personal as being called a “disgrace to the tradition” for putting a traditional Irish reel into a pop song by an old man from Co. Clare, we are constantly on the battle field!  Regardless of what side you are on – We are fighters!!  & I am proud to be made of that stuff!  This video is to help us take a moment to appreciate how far we have come and just how much change we can make if we put our minds to it!   We are strong, beautiful, talented, humble, hospitable, educated, confident, supportive, sexy, classy women, descendent of the very same.  Let’s raise a pink gin to that and remind ourselves that we are BADASS!  We can, and we will!  Watch us!!!

Lisa Canny has travelled the world and worked with a plethora of highly regarded names in the industry and was dubbed “Ireland’s next big female artist” by Miles Copeland of The Police. Heavily involved in traditional Irish music, Canny is the seven-time All Ireland Champion on harp and banjo. She was also named UK Future Music Songwriting Winner 2016, placed in the top ten of “Irish acts you don’t want to miss” by BBC America, has appeared on two PBS Specials, the Late Late Show, shared the stage with the likes of Gavin James, Lisa Hannigan and The Coronas.

Born and bred in County Mayo, Ireland, Lisa Canny is a notably talented musician who creates expertly crafted modern traditional Irish music that’s distinctive, upbeat and effortlessly entertaining. Best known for her incredible covers, sold out live performances and her reputation for driving, propulsive and heartfelt delivery, Lisa’s mastering of technique and tradition is nothing short of astounding. Gifted with empowering confidence and a charming sense of honesty, the most exciting and consummate stage of Canny’s career is now pouring vehemently over the horizon.

Single ‘Freedom’ is available for streaming and download across all digital platforms now. The ‘Freedom’ E.P. is available from Friday 18 May 2018.

Lisa Canny continues her  tour taking in shows in Galway, Cork, Belfast, Mayo, Limerick, London, Brighton and Dublin this April and May. 
April 20:  Cyprus Avenue, Cork City
April 21:  Monroe’s, Galway
April 27: The Empire, Belfast
April 28: Town Hall Theatre, Claremorris
May 18: Dolans, Limerick
May 10th: Lost Rivers, Leake Street, London
May 17th: The Great Escape, Brighton
May 31st: Chalk Venue, Swords, Dublin  (With TooFools)

Watch Lisa reinvent harp-playing” – Seán Rocks, RTE Arena

Crossing so many genres it is hard to define” – Ryan Tubridy, The Late Late Show

That was not a showcase, it was a masterclass” – Ray Jones, Talentbanq

Job Vacancy at IMRO | Distribution Assistant

Application: Please send a CV and covering letter outlining how you meet the criteria for the role to ei.ormi@snoissimbus
Salary: On request
12 Month Fixed Term Contract
Deadline for applications is 5.00pm Wednesday 18th April

1. Purpose of Job

To contribute to the provision of an efficient distribution and membership service by carrying out a variety of clerical/administrative duties with a strong emphasis on data entry, data manipulation and data processing.

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3. Job Context and Content

The job holder is one of a team of five assistants who is assigned to the Distribution Team.

4. Principal Accountabilities

  • Entering data into electronic form (e.g. work registrations, gig lists, set lists etc.)
  • Matching music titles against repertoire databases.
  • Matching data from live music performances to repertoires.
  • Inputting all information sourced regarding domestic live performances.
  • Investigating member queries.
  • Undertake any other duty, which may reasonably be allocated by the team leader.
  • Distribution assistants are also required to cover reception/switch as part of the duty relief roster.

5. Principal Working Contacts

• Distributions Officers
On a daily basis re ongoing status of daily tasks
• Distribution Manager
On a daily basis re personal and team targets
• All Personnel in Distribution Department
On an ad hoc basis.
• IMRO Members
On a daily basis re member queries

6. Challenges Faced

The job holder is required to be flexible in carrying out a variety of tasks, always achieving a high degree of accuracy and often against tight deadlines. The holder must work well as part of a team.

7. Planning and Organising

The overall planning is decided by the Head of the Distribution Team. The job holder is supervised closely and has little requirement to plan own work schedule.

8. Direction Received

Little routine direction is required as the job holder works within well defined guidelines. However, as this is an entry level post, the holder should expect continuous guidance from the Distribution Officers and Head of the Distribution Team.

9. Knowledge and Experience

  • The holder candidate should have good keyboard skills, strong organisational skills and possess keen attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access is desirable.
  • A good general knowledge of music would also be of benefit.

Chris Haze Announces Whelans Date

Off the back of releasing his 2nd Irish Chart Topping EP “RECIPE” March 23rd. Chris Haze has announced that he will take to the stage at Dublin’s notorious Whelans Live (Upstairs) July 7th for his first headline show. The latest edition to his EP collection is the 5 song ‘RECIPE’. On March 23rd it debuted at Number 5 on The Official Irish Album Charts on iTunes and at Number 7 on the Top Album Google Play Charts. Making this Haze’s 2nd Top 10 Official Irish Albums Releases on top of his two Top 3 Irish Singer-Songwriter Charted Singles.

Haze has been buried in his studio for the last while releasing acclaimed and chart topping Single’s & EP’s and has finally decided to take his new and past releases to the stage. In the past Chris has supported international acts like Rap Legend Coolio and Australian sensation Sheppard as well as playing the Mainstage of Indiependence Music Festival.

Expect acoustic driven melodies along with vocal and percussion loops built on a loop pedal with some high energy sections to more chilled out Singer-Songwriter moments.

As this gig is about sharing his music with his fans in a live setting. Haze is donating all proceeds from ticket sales to The Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice.

Tickets €12 Available At WHELANSLIVE.COM (On Sale Friday April 6th)

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